Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he'll be safe.
Chris Guillebeau, The Happiness of Pursuit
Chris Guillebeau has never been a man of routine. He’s a visionary social entrepreneur and a lifestyle architect. He specializes in helping people break out of the “box” of their habitual lives. He starts each year like a general drawing up a battle plan, with a “make every day count” attitude. His sense of adventure led him to pull off the feat of traveling to every country in the world by age 35.
What he realized on his 193-country journey is that genuine fulfillment typically requires an ambition or challenge that is big and inspired, that involves surpassing the limits of a boring, routine-filled life and making an actual difference. That happiness comes from incremental accomplishment, commitment, and visible progress. Happiness requires a quest.
But the quests or projects discussed in this book need not involve travel at all. Throughout his journey, Chris met hundreds of questers like himself who were committed to years-in-the-making projects: attempts to blaze a new artistic trail, reach an intellectual summit, change the world through philanthropy, undergo an endurance-testing adventure, or smash through a physical barrier. Even the quests that weren’t superhero scaled—those that consisted of an ordinary job done amazingly well—delivered outsized happiness when tackled in an immersive way.
The Happiness of Pursuit is Guillebeau at his best: well-researched, easy-to-follow advice that helps readers bridge the gap between “impossible dream” and “everyday reality.” It collects interviews with Guillebeau’s fellow questers, revealing their unique motivations, tricks for leaping the hurdles of time and money, how they coped with the end of a quest, and the importance of writing it all down. Chris Guillebeau, is the author of The Art of Nonconformity and the New York Times bestseller The $100 Startup, a manifesto on how to create income on one’s own terms and break from a 9-to-5 grind, the “work for the man” model. He is also the host of the annual World Domination Summit and Pioneer Nation. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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