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suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

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hop6-1Nate Damm walked across the United States.  At 14, Laura Dekker was the youngest sailor ever who sailed solo around the globe.  A.J. Jacobs read through the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in one year. Phoebe Snetsinger set the world’s record for sighting more species of birds than any other human being.  Sasha Martin, in her Oklahoma home, cooked an authentic meal from every country in the world. And the list of accomplishments in this book goes on.

According to author Chris Guillebeau, all of these are examples of quests that have been undertaken by people who have found great personal fulfillment in the pursuit of those life-changing adventures.  Chris should know because he has achieved a quest of his own.  He has visited every country in the world – all 193 of them!

In this entertaining and engaging book, Guillebeau distinguishes between a true quest and a life calling or a weekend hobby.  A true quest, he says, has some definite characteristics.  Some of these are that quests have a quantifiable goal and a set starting and ending point.  His premise, though, is that it is not what you do as much as it is how and why you do it. Chris believes that, “you can have the life you want no matter who you are. There’s a quest waiting for you to find, claim, or create….Follow your passion.”

Guillebeau breaks the process of pursuing a quest into principles.  Some of these are:

“Adventure is for everyone.”

“Not everyone needs to believe in your dream, but you do.”

“Before beginning a quest, count the cost.”

“The effort is the reward.”

“Quests do not always tie up well.”

All throughout the book, Chris illustrates these points with dozens of exciting and inspirational stories and interviews with people who have embarked upon their own quests and have attempted to live out their dreams.  All of this makes for very interesting and, potentially, life-changing reading.

So if you have ever wondered if you were meant to do something special; if you have ever thought that there must be more to life than this; and if you have a burning passion to achieve something great, then this book is for you.  Pick up this book and discover that the pursuit of your special quest can lead to great happiness.  I’m glad I did and I think you will be, too!

Check the PPLC Catalog for The Happiness of Pursuit.

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