READ: The Happiness of Pursuit


Glimpse inward. Use your inner eyes to delve into your very soul. What’s there? What do you find yourself yearning to do? What stands out so strongly that you can taste it, nearly grasp it, that automatically makes your endorphins rise because it’s the one thing that you have to do?

What is your quest?

From the beginning of time, people have gone on quests. They’ve set out to find the Golden Fleece, discover new lands, create remedies. It’s in our mythos. It’s in our history. It’s in our blood. Earlier last week on September 9th, Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit made it’s debut. If you’re a Chris fan, like myself, this is a must read. Once again, Guillebeau explores an enticing issue through his own journey and the stories of others. From exploration to self-improvement, athletic triumphs to obscure accomplishments this book looks at what individuals around the world have done to pursue their own self-devised quests and what it means to live your dream out loud. (Chris, for instance, set out to travel to every country in the world… and he finished that pursuit).

Learn about how one young woman set out to have 50 first dates spanning across the United States, why one man set out to fulfill his late wife’s bucket list, the spark behind why one gentleman stopped speaking and walked everywhere for 17 years. Be inspired to take action with that one thing (or grocery list of things) that fuels you. Or if you’re like me and don’t quite know yet what that one thing is, to start thinking about it.

When I was in high school, my family and my aunt’s family set out to see which family could get to all 50 states first. It was riveting. I remember waking up in the middle of the night on cross-country train journeys to hop out and take a picture to prove that we’d been to Missouri… or renting a car for a brief layover so we could swoop up to Michigan and say we’d been there. Let’s just say we never made it to all 50 states. I ended up going to college and my parents got divorced so it just kind of fizzled out. However, the buzz that arose from checking states off the list as we came closer and closer to our goal has remained with me. It gave me… the zest for a quest. Look, a rhyme!

So what are the takeaways I got out of The Happiness of Pursuit?

  1. A quest has a clear ending point
  2. Sometimes it takes dissatisfaction to get you going.
  3. You’re never too young or too old to begin your quest.
  4. You will have setbacks.
  5. It’s okay to readjust  your pursuit as necessary.
  6. You are your biggest supporter.

If you need a kick in the ass to get started on determining what your quest is, figuring out how to get going, how to finance it, or you just need some inspiration, read this book! It’s absolutely worth it. And, if you want to meet Chris Guillebeau, he will be travelling across the country on a book tour so go say hello if he’s stopping in your town.

What’s Your Quest?


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