The Happiness of Pursuit, Chris Guillebeau

Alla Saltanovich

5 Stars

August 17, 2016

In “The Happiness of Pursuit,” Chris Guillebeau discusses how pursuing a quest (a long-term goal) is a worthy endeavor by illustrating individual stories of those who had decided to go through with pursuing their dreams (whether traveling around the world, attempting to make a career out of a hobby, or pursue a passion, learning languages, completing a four-year curriculum in one year, etc.), intentionally (setting aside a period of free time) or unintentionally (ending up with a period of free time). The vignettes range from the sad to the funny to the inspirational. The author mentions how many quests fall into categories like travel/adventure, active activity, personal development, and academic/creative. He provides tips on accomplishing quests, mixed in with the experiences of others and analysis of the ways they went about completing them. What drew me to the book was the personal stories, and I enjoyed reading them. For me, it’s more inspirational reading about real-life stories than hypothetical advice, and this book fit the bill. I found this to be an interesting collection of stories that analyze how different people set about accomplishing their goals. This book was received from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.