A remarkable guide to the quests that give our lives meaningâ€”and how to find your ownâ€”from the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup and 100 Side Hustles
â€śIf you like complacency and mediocrity, do not read this book. Itâ€™s dangerously inspiring.â€ťâ€”A. J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All
When he set out to visit all of the planetâ€™s countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal-seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journeyâ€™s biggest revelation would be how many people like himself existâ€”each pursuing a challenging quest. These quests are as diverse as humanity itself, involving exploration, the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence, or battling against injustice and poverty. Everywhere that Chris visited he found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dreams. These â€śquestersâ€ť included a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project, a DJ producing the worldâ€™s largest symphony, a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplishâ€”and scores of others writing themselves into the record books.
The more Chris spoke with these strivers, the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness, and he was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon. In The Happiness of Pursuit, he draws on interviews with hundreds of questers, revealing their secret motivations, their selection criteria, the role played by friends and family, their tricks for solving logistics, and the importance of documentation. Equally fascinating is Chrisâ€™s examination of questingâ€™s other side. What happens after the summit is climbed, the painting hung, the endurance record broken, the at-risk community saved?
A book that challenges each of us to take controlâ€”to make our lives be about something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitmentâ€”The Happiness of Pursuit will inspire readers of every age and aspiration. Itâ€™s a playbook for making your life count.
â€śThe Happiness of Pursuit is smart, honest, and dangerous. Why dangerous? Because it is as practical as it is inspiring. You wonâ€™t just be daydreaming about your questâ€”youâ€™ll be packing for it!â€ťâ€”BrenĂ© Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, author of Daring Greatly