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The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is a fun read if you've ever thought of doing something a little different. I'm just cynical enough to not let the words of one person set the rules for my own quests and ambitions, but hopeful and quirky enough to to let it act as a good guideline. I've read Chris Guillebeau's previous two books, The Art of Non-Conformity and The $100 Start-Up. This one shares some parallels with the Art of Non-Conformity, yet still stands alone. The Happiness of Pursuit looks at a number of people who have completed what the author calls quests. The quests all have a specific criteria, but range widely. One woman was determined to cook a meal from every country for her family, one guy studied and passed the entire MIT curriculum in a year, one guy walked across the entire United States, and one guy is working on taking one million quality photographs. These aren't spoilers, more like teasers. From these various quests the reader learns about the rewards and obstacles each quester faced and gains insights on how to identify his or her own quest. I was an easy sell on this book because I was a fan of his earlier works and I subscribe to similar thoughts as the author. I'm a fan of tests of endurance (I once sang "This is the song that doesn't end" for an hour just to see if I could), working on something that seems impossible, and I've toyed with the idea of breaking a world record just to say I did. I'm inspired by artists that have accomplished unusual feats and thought, "There is no reason I can't do something remarkable, too." I'd never thought of my life goals as quests before, but this book has got me to reexamine some of the things I want to do and see how they might be quests. I've got a couple ideas already and I'm both scared and excited when I really consider them.
If you're looking to get motivated and looking for great ideas on things to do I think this book is right for you
Many people are looking for ways to create a meaningful life. These same people know that they are worth more than they are right now. Sure, these people could go to life changing events, but they need something more---something that they can take with them. I would like to introduce you, the reader, to this masterpiece called "The Happiness of Pursuit." This book is about the art of finding your Quest. What is a Quest? Many people have different meanings about of what a Quest is, but Chris Guillebeau stated the definition of a Quest, beautifully and expertly. A Quest is a goal that has a specific end point. It is something that is meaningful to you and it is something you would die for. A Quest is something that consumes you that you will do just about anything, to make it a reality in your life. If you read this book, it will cause you to raise your standards. This book will also force you to want to do more with your life. Do not read this review any further. Just go ahead and buy this book. You will not regret it.