My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Happiness of Pursuit is not necessarily a groundbreaking book, although it is a great book. It talks about the idea of quests, endeavors people take on that are decidedly more than just tasks or goals and take on a life of their own, and breaks them down into a series of “easy to follow” steps the reader can use to structure a quest of their own, all wrapped around a series of stories from people who undertook such quests. Most of what’s written about here is common sense, but given that sense is anything but common, having it all laid out by Guillebeau is not only handy, but helpful.
Where the book shines is in its positivity; it comes through every page and it’s contagious. Even when discussing possible setbacks, the lesson is always angled towards the positive angle. Reading through the various stories is inspiring, and even if you don’t set out to travel to every country on Earth, walk across the entire United States, or ride your bicycle from Alaska to Argentina (among other quests explored), you’ll certainly gain a new sense of optimism that anything is possible with planning and gumption.
At a time when so much in the world is suffused with negativity, The Happiness of Pursuit was a welcomed breath of positive fresh air.