EP 020 – The Happiness of Pursuit

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”

 

Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit

 

 

 

Sometimes we get caught up in the mundaneness of our work lives and crave for that JOLT OF ADVENTURE.  Some of us only find it 2 to 3 weeks out of the year, and then wait around the rest of the year for our next big trip.

But as busy as we all are, most of us don’t realize that we still have enough free time to pursue hobbies and take on opportunities that would provide for PERSONAL GROWTH. If we wanted to travel, we could book a flight and TRAVEL to wherever in the world we want or can afford to. Whatever we want to learn, is literally a google search away.

But these opportunities and unlimited choices can definitely be overwhelming, because after our basic needs are met, how do we choose what hobby or project to take on, and still hold down our adult responsibilities of a full time job?

In Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit, he suggests you instill a sense of adventure into your everyday life by taking on a QUEST.

In this episode, I talk about  

* Steve Kamb – The guy who leveled up his life by treating it like a video game

* Sasha Martin – The woman who cooked a different meal from a different country for her family every week for 195 weeks

* Julie Powell – The woman who decided to take on a challenge to make all 524 recipes from Julia Child’s classic French cookbook in 365 days

* Scott Young – The guy who taught himself the world-renowned 4 year MIT computer science curriculum in just 1 year

* Mimi Ikonn’s story of owning a million-dollar business and still feeling unfulfilled, and much more

 

 

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  • Cherise
    October 15, 2016

    I really enjoyed this podcast – It is coming at a perfect time in my life where I am redefining what it is I need most AND trying each morning to reset my mind. I woke up on Saturday (today) and decided before doing anything else that I should listen to one of your podcasts because it is helping to get in the right mindset to make the most out of this weekend.
    I still work fulltime in a job that I’m extremely unhappy in, but one of my “quests” right now is to get my designer pillow business up and running. Listening to your podcast is helping me to understand better the elements of a good quest, and why I have this desire to take this on. I like how you said quests are a lifestyle because we should think about what is next after we reach our goals and that passion and fulfillment are ultimately it “The happiness of Pursuit.” I also listened to the 4 day work week yesterday and it really has inspired me to feel like I already have things that even money can’t buy 🙂

    • Cherise
      October 15, 2016

      *correction – Sorry I meant to write “4 hour work week” above

    • Nat
      October 16, 2016

      Cherise! Thank you for listening and I am so happy to hear you are working on a quest of your own – especially during a time while you are at an unfulfilling job. I was in the same position not too long ago and it takes time to slowly close that gap between where you are and where you want to be (and I don’t think we ever really close that gap, but we do get closer and closer). I don’t doubt that once you figure out exactly what it is you want and need in your life and career, that exciting changes will start to happen. Love your positivity and please keep me posted on your progress! Love, Nat

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