Chris Guillebeau set out a quest for himself: to visit every country in the world by the time that he turned 35. In this book, Chris outlines not only the motivations and struggles behind his own quest, but what qualities are at the heart of every person who pursues a quest. He tells the stories of people who have undertaken enormous quests: whether they be crossing entire countries by foot, sailing around the entire planet, or cooking a meal from every country. He posits that the quest is the answer to the longing that we all feel to be a part of something greater than ourselves.
Whether it’s writing, crafting, or saving the world, submitting to a purpose greater than yourself can prove fulfilling.
It’s a combination of destiny and determined free will.
This book made me want to do something. If you’re anything like me, you probably feel like you’re working under your potential. You have moments where you look at the ages of people who are doing amazing things, whether in the news, in Hollywood, or in your community, and you wonder why you haven’t been able to do anything that feels like it’s of similar value. Chris gives you a bit of a kick in the butt, and shows that the only thing that sets the dreamers apart from the doers, is that the doers actually try to put one foot in front of the other. The doer does. They are not necessarily more capable, or more creative, or more athletic…they just decided to try. They didn’t let the fear of failure, or the fear of judgment, stop them from doing the thing that excited them.
What’s truly worth dying for? It’s difficult to know for sure…
And yet, every single day, each of us gets to answer a far more interesting question: What’s worth living for?
If you feel like you’re lacking some inspiration to just GET OUT AND DO SOMETHING, this is the book for you. It did not feel preachy, it just pointed out that if your life feels like it is missing something, you most likely have all of the tools that you need to fix that.