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The Happiness of Pursuit: Find the Quest that will Bring Purpose to Your Life by [Guillebeau, Chris]
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Chris Guillebeau is a rare combination of sage and adventurer, and The Happiness of Pursuit is both a distillation of his wisdom and a demonstration of his - and others' - passion for the questing life. The passion Chris chronicles is infectious, and it becomes even more so as we read about life-focusing action delivering deep meaning. Even if you prefer never to leave your armchair, this book will inspire you to take a beautiful voyage - one that can be either physical or mental as you chase the thrill of steady accomplishment. (Susan Cain, Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of Quiet)

The Happiness of Pursuit is smart, honest, and dangerous. Why dangerous? Because it is as practical as it is inspiring. You won't just be daydreaming about your quest - you'll be packing for it! (Brene Brown, author of New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly)

It's not easy to dream big - and it's not easy to turn that dream into reality. The brilliant Chris Guillebeau provides the essential blueprint for those of us for whom the happiness of pursuit - such as Chris's successful quest to visit every country in the world - is a key part of the pursuit of happiness (Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project)

If you like complacency and mediocrity, do not read this book. It's dangerously inspiring. It will make you want to do amazing things with your life. You may not end up visiting every country on Earth or directing a global protest from the top of a tree (I certainly won't), but Chris made me want to dive into an adventure. The Happiness of Pursuit is a how-to guide for avoiding a boring life. (A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically)

The incredible quests Chris Guillebeau explores in The Happiness of Pursuit, including his own to visit every country, left me feeling exhausted. Of course, as a person who works from home, I limit my quests most days to taking a shower. Bottom line: these stories are inspiring-and very, very entertaining." (Joel Stein, columnist for Time magazine and author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity)

Chris Guillebeau is a true Renaissance Man. In The Happiness of Pursuit he shows us how the power of a quest
can transform lives. Adventure comes in many forms, but having the courage to pursue one's true calling is what defines a life worth living. Guillebeau inspires readers to do just that, no matter whom they are or where their passions lie. This is a must-read for anyone seeking that spark of insight that will ignite the inner fire.

(Dean Karnazes, acclaimed endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author)

Could be nothing short of life changing. (Forbes)

Fabulous . . .well-written, entertaining, and inspiring. (Huffington Post)

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Social entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau offers practical advice for adding purpose to your work and life

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2825 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 038534886X
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (11 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LB89TXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've been a fan of Chris's work for a long time and he had a big influence on finally getting me out of the blocks with my own writing so I was looking forward to reading this new release. It didn't disappoint.

The book is interwoven with Chris's own experiences of travelling the world as well as many other tales of people on their own quests. It digs under the importance of quests in all our lives and helps the reader find their own version of a quest they might like to target.

It's a book with many layers and as with all his work is very readable, accessible, uplifting, challenging and extremely motivating.

Highly recommended!
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The Happiness Of Pursiut aims to explore the nature of the quest in its broadest possible sense. Hanging from the central thread of the author’s own mission to visit every country in the world, we come across people making athletic, artistic, personal and social endeavours that satisfy both the literal and metaphorical meanings of ‘journeys with a purpose’, including a man who gave up speaking for more than a decade and lived a life of silence, a woman who spent more than a year living at the top of a tree in Tasmania, a lady who dedicated her life to sighting every species of bird on the planet, and a great many more.

Rather than simply recounting these stories (which would be interesting enough on its own), what Chris has attempted to do is distil common patterns and threads from these stories, exploring how and (more importantly) why people embark upon such missions, the way in which they tend to be ignited or conceived, the common phases that people pass through on the way, and the outcome of doing them, which is really at the crux of the book’s thesis: that the concept of a quest can be used, one way or another, to find meaning and purpose in one’s life.

I should state for reasons of candour that parts of my own journey (as recounted in Janapar) make an appearance in this book. Chris’s philosophy is a community-centric one, and though it would have been easier to compile a list of well-known, high-profile quests into a book like this, he instead chose to crowdsource a range of far more unusual stories for this book from his existing community of readers, of which I have been a member for several years.

The Happiness Of Pursuit is shorter than I was expecting.
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Chris’s own stories of travelling to every country in the world is often hugely inspiring for all that follow his adventures on The Art Of Non-Conformity blog.

As exciting as it may sound to visit 193 countries, this type of quest may not be for everyone. Hence, in this book, the author, also known for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller "The $100 Startup" shares not only his, but also the extraordinary stories of others on their own journeys.

As Chris met fellow travellers and readers around the globe, he noticed that when people have a compelling story - a reason, end goal or a cause as to why they are doing what they are doing - no matter how unconventional it may seem, such a ‘quest’ can bring a huge sense of happiness and purpose from the progress that is being made towards this goal.

This book is a guide to the critical ingredients of successful quests told by way of a beautiful collection of stories of people who are on a journey of self-exploration and adventure, often linked to worthy causes.
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I loved this book. As a follower of Chris's blog I already knew how inspirational he, and his own quest to visit every country in the world, was. But this book really showed how important quests can be. Chris does an excellent job of sharing the experiences of different people carrying out different types of quest, many of them very big and ambitious and some of them frankly bonkers. But, perhaps more motivating, is the idea that anyone can undertake a quest and it only needs to challenge you, it doesn't have to be something others recognise. Because of this I have set myself a challenge - to read 80 books in a year and blog about them. Book number one is this one so for my full thoughts on it please check out my brand new blog A Book Lover's Adventure at [...]
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I read all of Chris books and i'm a big fan, but this one is the "worst" of his books you are better reading the other 2 much helpful, or maybe i read to much and this book didn't teach me/open my eyes not at all. If you don't read to much and want to get an insight on "what happiness means" it's a good book. for you.If you read much this book won't blow your mind, but the other 2 Chris books are brilliant.
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Dull book. I enjoyed his first book. Was expecting great things from this but I was terribly bored. It was very very repetitive.
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I really wanted to love this book, but i just found it a bit disjointed and repetitive and only read half. There were some interesting stories, but the author kept returning to them later in the book to illustrate a point which I found a bit annoying.
I much preferred his previous book $100 startup which I still flick back through sometimes.
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