Sunday, October 12, 2014

Book Review: The Happiness of Pursuit

 
The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life
Author Chris Guillebeau achieved his goal of visiting all the countries of the world by the time he was 35. In the process he discovered that joy lies in the journey rather than the destination. He reiterates his point by telling the stories of others who likewise set out on quests. From a birdwatcher to a bicyclist to a crafter to those who set out on quests to help others, the stories fascinate and inspire. This book shares the author’s insights as he discusses beginning a quest, financing it, accepting help along the way and finally, the challenges faced when the quest ends.
 
This is a fun read, one that makes you think about the possibility of setting out on a quest of your own. I like boxed inserts that offer food for thought, such as a list of questions to determine “Why a Quest Might Be For You.” I also found helpful the chapters ending with “Remember” statements, which summarize and clarify main points. 
 
Guillebeau’s sense of humor shines through nicely, and he presents a balanced view not only of the joys of the journey but of the inevitable challenges. Appendix 1 offers “Lessons from the Journey,” a nice overview of such an experience, while Appendix 2 lists others he interviewed along with their quests and status.  The book includes an index as well. Certainly an inspirational read, one that might motivate you right out of your easy chair.

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