The Happiness of Pursuit: A Unbiased Book Review and Summary

the happiness of pursuit
the happiness of pursuit

I first became interested in Chris Guillebeau when my mom purchased me a signed copy of his book 100 Side Hustles: Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job for my twenty-sixth birthday. I had heard of Chris Guillebeau before and had listened to his podcast Side Hustle School a few times, but nothing ever too serious. 

Then, I started reading 100 Side Hustles and became obsessed. I was fascinated with all of the different ideas that were out there for turning a passion into a side hustle. And here, Guillebeau was interviewing all of these individuals and sharing their stories. 

Finally, I came across The Happiness of Pursuit and knew I had to read this. As someone who loves to travel and is on a never-ending quest to find happiness in their life, I knew that this book would relate well to me. 

Well, I was right. 

Chris Guillebeau is honestly one of the most inspiring individuals that I have ever come across. The Happiness of Pursuit was written after Guillebeau had spent the last ten years of his life traveling to all 193 countries in the world. Now there are 195, but at the time that the book had been completed, there were 193. 

Just like he did with 100 Side Hustles, Guillebeau devoted his time to interviewing other individuals from all over the world who had completed unusual pursuits in their own lives as well. All of these different lessons, interviews, and stories would eventually turn into what is now The Happiness of Pursuit.

There are 4 main lessons that I want to share with you that I took away from The Happiness of Pursuit.

the happiness of pursuit

1. Everyone has a calling.

What’s that one thing that is eating at you? That one thing that when you think about it, you just couldn’t live without? That one thing that gives you motivation and a purpose to get out of bed in the morning? 

That is your calling. And like so many others around you, odds are that you aren’t chasing it. 

Everyone has a calling, we just need to be willing to listen to what that calling is and follow our calling with everything that we have. The truth is, we will never be as happy as we potentially could be if we don’t follow our calling in life. Whatever it is, if it matters to you, follow it.

2. You are the only one who needs to believe in your dream.

Not everyone is going to agree with what your calling is. That’s the beautiful thing about life, though. Everybody is different. You aren’t going to agree with everybody else’s choices, so don’t expect everyone to agree with yours. 

Others are going to tell you that your dreams are foolish, childish, or unattainable. These are also the same individuals who are going to live a boring life because of their overbearing fear of failure. 

Every time you are doubted by somebody, remember this – you will never be doubted by somebody who has achieved more than you. The only people who will ever doubt you are those who have achieved less because they do not understand the happiness of pursuing a dream or a goal. 

3. Unhappiness can lead to new beginnings

A lot of the different stories in the book first start with someone being so unhappy with where they were at in life, that they had to get away and do something “more meaningful.”

That’s what it takes to be happy in life. 

If you want to find happiness and you currently aren’t at a stage in life in which you are happy, then you need to change something up. There is so much to be happy with in the world around us, we, as individuals, just need to go out there and find whatever it is that brings happiness, joy, and purpose to our lives. Nobody else is going to find it for us. 

4. There are always risks – don’t let them stop you.

Everything in life comes with risks. You are forced to break out of your comfort zone, to jump into the world of unknowns, and you are forced to learn to believe in yourself like you never have before. Hell, you may even hurt some relationships along the way or get hurt depending on the quest you choose. 

But what if you don’t take that risk? What if you let all of your fears and the possibility of what “may happen” stop you from ever knowing what could have been? At the end of your life, do you want to look back and wish you would have done more, or do you want to look back and know that you lived the very best life you could live? 

There are risks with everything in life. There are risks of taking chances on yourself and embarking on a quest, and there are risks in staying content with the life that you are living and settling. The choice is yours to make though on which one you choose to live with. 

Final Thoughts

I honestly can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book. It came at a time in my life in which I needed a little inspiration. 

I’m pretty open and honest in admitting that my life is not perfect. Recently, though, I just have felt drained and unmotivated. But after reading this book, it helped me to look within, realize what it is that I want to get out of life, and helped to spark that motivation inside of me to go out there and pursue the happiness that I envision for myself. 

Just like how my life is up to me to make the most out of it, your life is up to you to make the most out of as well. Every day brings new opportunities to create the very life we envision for ourselves. It is just up to us to actually create it.

Michael Bonnell

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