Jody Maberry is filling in for Jared Easley as host for today’s Starve the Doubts episode, as he interviews New York Times bestselling author and modern day explorer Chris Guillebeau.
Chris Guillebeau has a new book called the Happiness of Pursuit. He is best known for the blog The Art of Non-Conformity, which talks about travel, entrepreneurship, and personal development. In 2008, he published A Brief Guide to World Domination, which drove tremendous traffic to his blog site. He has also authored a book with the same title. Chris is also the author of the $100 Startup. Additionally, he has written guides for travel as well as small business topics.
Chris organizes World Domination Summit, which is an annual event in Portland, Oregon with thousands of people in attendance, as well as Pioneer Nation that brings together small business owners and independent entrepreneurs. His recent speaking engagements include Google, Facebook, Evernote, Hallmark, and Carnegie-Mellon University.
In this episode, you will learn about:
- His book, The Happiness of Pursuit
- Hobby vs. Goal vs. Quest
- Shifting a sense of sadness or alienation to a sense of purpose
- How people can use discontent and inspiration to light their fire
- How to live a life with no regrets
- The awareness of mortality
- The writing process of The Happiness of Pursuit
- The value of case studies in building on the purpose of a book
On his book, The Happiness of Pursuit
- He has been on a personal quest in the last 10 years, visiting different countries
- Gave him a whole new career as a secondary benefit
- It’s powerful message: How a quest can change your life.
- His goal was to create narrative of his story and other’s stories
- A two-year process of research and writing
He studied about “quest” in general to understand:
- Why people do that?
- What they learned from it?
- How did it change them along the way?
If you want to do something bigger and better, consider doing a quest.
A hobby is something you do for fun. A quest is something that you create structure or parameters around.
If you’re discontented in your life, connect it to something tangible.
Pursuing a quest brings greater purpose and meaning into your life.
Discontent is the match. Inspiration is the kindling.
The inspiring story of Sasha Martin.
A life with no regrets is a very powerful thing to be aware of and value to live by.
If you have a dream, take it seriously.
Moving from an intellectual awareness to an emotional awareness of mortality.
Adjusting from being in a sense of purpose now that the quest is done.
The quest has changed his life:
- Living a life of gratitude
- Taking the experience and applying it in a way that makes the world a better place
The value of case studies in building on the purpose of the book:
- They are relatable.
The danger of not using case studies:
- You’re only speaking from your own experience.
- Your experience is limited.
- The reader may not be able to relate to just one person.