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The Happiness of Pursuit - Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

Chris Guillebeau

A remarkable book that will both guide and inspire, The Happiness of Pursuit reveals how anyone can bring meaning into their life by undertaking a quest. When he set out to visit all of the planet's countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey's biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist--each pursuing a challenging quest. And, interestingly, these quests aren't just travel-oriented. On the contrary, they're as diverse as humanity itself. Some involve exploration; others the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence; still others a battle against injustice or poverty or threats to the environment. Everywhere that Chris visited he found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dream. The more Chris spoke with these strivers--including a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project, a DJ producing the world's largest symphony, a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplish, a teenager crossing an entire ocean alone, and scores of others writing themselves into the record books--the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness--how going after something in a methodical way enriches our lives. He was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon and extract the best advice. 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 Chris' examination of questing's other side, including questers' acute awareness of mortality, their struggle against monotony, and their wistful feelings once a quest has succeeded. 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 control--t

A remarkable book that will both guide and inspire, The Happiness of Pursuit reveals how anyone can bring meaning into their life by undertaking a quest. When he set out to visit all of the planet's countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey's biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist--each pursuing a challenging quest. And, interestingly, these quests aren't just travel-oriented. On the contrary, they're as diverse as humanity itself. Some involve exploration; others the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence; still others a battle against injustice or poverty or threats to the environment. Everywhere that Chris visited he found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dream. The more Chris spoke with these strivers--including a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project, a DJ producing the world's largest symphony, a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplish, a teenager crossing an entire ocean alone, and scores of others writing themselves into the record books--the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness--how going after something in a methodical way enriches our lives. He was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon and extract the best advice. 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 Chris' examination of questing's other side, including questers' acute awareness of mortality, their struggle against monotony, and their wistful feelings once a quest has succeeded. 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 control--t
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A remarkable book that will both guide and inspire, The Happiness of Pursuit reveals how anyone can bring meaning into their life by undertaking a quest. When he set out to visit all of the planet's countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey's biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist--each pursuing a challenging quest. And, interestingly, these quests aren't just travel-oriented. On the contrary, they're as diverse as humanity itself. Some involve exploration; others the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence; still others a battle against injustice or poverty or threats to the environment. Everywhere that Chris visited he found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dream. The more Chris spoke with these strivers--including a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project, a DJ producing the world's largest symphony, a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplish, a teenager crossing an entire ocean alone, and scores of others writing themselves into the record books--the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness--how going after something in a methodical way enriches our lives. He was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon and extract the best advice. 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 Chris' examination of questing's other side, including questers' acute awareness of mortality, their struggle against monotony, and their wistful feelings once a quest has succeeded. 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 control--t

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

7h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:58


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:47


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:48


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:17


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:40


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:33


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:19


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:36


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:45


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:45


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:36


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:55


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:07


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:11


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:26


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:21


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:15


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:07


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:12


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

00:27


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:36


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:35


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:31


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

00:32