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One of the most common laments among people everywhere is how easy it is to feel that routine has taken over our lives. For all of us, it’s easy to look back over the past year and question what we really accomplished.
Chris Guillebeau has never been “that guy.” Chris starts each year like a general drawing up a battle plan. Were it not for that “make every day count” attitude, it’s unlikely he would have pulled off the feat of traveling to every country by age 35. And had he not done all that traveling, it’s unlikely that he would have experienced the epiphany that has led to this book—i.e., that happiness comes from incremental striving (a “quest,” if you will) where we see taking shape, right in front of our eyes, the concrete evidence of what our life has been building toward.
Throughout his 193-country journey, Chris met hundreds of questers like himself who were committed to years-in-the-making projects: jaw dropping, and often thought provoking, 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. And amazingly, 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.
In THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT Guillebeau draws on interviews with hundreds of fellow questers, revealing their secret motivations, their tricks for leaping the hurdles of time and money, the role played by friends and family, and the importance of writing it all down.
About the author: Chris Guillebeau is an entrepreneur, traveler, and New York Times bestselling author. His first two books were The Art of Non-Conformity and The $100 Startup. Recently, he completed his quest to visit every country in the world before the age of 35. Host of the World Domination Summit, an international gathering of creative people, Chris is focused on encouraging individual quests while also “giving back.” His main website, ChrisGuillebeau.com, is visited by more than 500,000 people per month.