The Happiness of Pursuit (book review)

July 9, 2024 Aphsie 2 comments

This book captivated me from start to finish, reshaping my perspective on joy as not just the destination but the journey itself. This transformative read has shown me that few feelings match the satisfaction of setting a goal, making plans, and ultimately achieving it. 

The book delves into that very sentiment, urging us to identify, create, or embark upon quests in our lives that bring us a deep sense of accomplishment.

Throughout ‘The Happiness of Pursuit,’ pivotal questions are raised: What defines a quest? How does it differ from a goal or a dream? While the book doesn’t provide a definitive answer to these questions, it offers a clear definition of what a quest entails within its pages. As I immersed myself in the stories of featured “quest pursuers,” I found myself journeying alongside them, gaining new insights and inspiration.

One particularly memorable quest was that of Jia Jiang, who, upon recognising his fear of rejection, embarked on a daring challenge known as “100 Days of Rejection.” His plan was to request outrageous favours from strangers to desensitise himself to rejection and overcome his fears. It was a brilliant and unconventional approach that left a lasting impression on me. Later, I watched Jia Jiang’s TEDx talk, where he further elaborated on his quest. You can view it here. Reading this enriching piece of literature not only brought me closer to my own truths and challenged me to confront my fears but also reminded me of the importance of planning to achieve our heart’s desires.

The stories in ‘The Happiness of Pursuit’ are more than just anecdotes; they are powerful narratives that inspire us to embrace our ambitions. The book emphasises that while a quest may not have a rigid definition, it is a personal journey that pushes us beyond our comfort zones and leads to profound self-discovery. Each quest featured in the book serves as a testament to the human spirit’s resilience and creativity, encouraging us to pursue our own unique paths with determination and courage.

I’ve since returned to my trusty to-do lists and embraced my tendency to over-plan, knowing that without a plan, a dream remains just that—a dream. Planning provides structure and direction, transforming abstract desires into achievable goals. It is this blend of meticulous preparation and unwavering resolve that propels us toward success and fulfilment.

As I reflect on the lessons learned from ‘The Happiness of Pursuit,’ I am inspired to take bold steps toward realising my dreams. The book has reignited my passion for pursuing meaningful quests and has given me the confidence to face challenges head-on. By viewing joy as the journey rather than the destination, I am able to savour each moment and appreciate the progress made along the way.

Will you join me in embracing boldness to make your dreams a reality? Let’s embark on this journey together, finding joy in the pursuit and celebrating every step of the way.

Yours – but mine first,
Aphsie

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2 Comments on “The Happiness of Pursuit (book review)

  1. The Happiness of Pursuit sounds like an interesting read. It kind of reminds me of how finding meaning and purpose is good for our mental wellbeing. I may have to read this book at some point

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