The Happiness of Pursuit

the happiness of pursuit

A few weeks ago I received an advance copy of Chris Guillebeau’s new book The Happiness of Pursuit (catchy title, no?).  For those who don’t know Chris, he has a hugely popular blog and is a New York Times bestselling author, but he is probably best known for his goal (recently completed) of visiting every country in the world.

In the book Chris talks about the importance of finding quests that bring purpose and excitement to your life.  He offers his quest to visit every country as an example, then weaves dozens more examples throughout the book where ordinary people turned a big idea and a willingness to act into a new adventure.

Get a free copy of the book

I’ve really enjoyed reading through the book and have been using it to outline a fun new quest for 2015 (more on that later this year).  If you’re interested in living an intentional, meaningful life, I’d encourage you to check it out as well.  In fact, I’m going to give you a free copy.  Well, one of you anyway.  My copy of the book is dog-eared and marked up, so I picked up another one to give away.

How to enter the giveaway?  There are thousands of people all around the world who subscribe to the weekly updates at Intentional Retirement.  In just the last few weeks we’ve had people sign up from as far away as North Pole Alaska, Norbury United Kingdom, and Quarry Bay Hong Kong.

I love hearing from those readers (that’s you!), so to enter the contest just go to Intentional Retirement and leave a short comment at the end of this post saying hi and the city you call home.  If you’d prefer, you can also email me at  That’s it.  “Hi Joe! I’m reading this article in <insert city>.”  I’ll pick one of you at random from the comments/emails and follow up with you to get you your free book.

Have a great weekend!


40 Responses to “The Happiness of Pursuit”

  1. R Cousins September 19, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Enjoy hearing all views regarding retirement here in Portland, ME

  2. Lynn September 19, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Hi Joe! I’m reading this article in sunny San Diego, CA.

  3. Mitchell Maloney September 19, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Hi, Joe. Would love to get the free book but I know I am not any more worthy of being chosen than the next person so, God bless your weekend and your continued endeavor to help us live enriched lives in whatever we classify as our retirement years.

  4. Steve C September 19, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Hi, I’m reading this article in rainy Houston this morning.

  5. Jerry G September 19, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Hi Joe, I enjoy reading what you write in Louisville KY

  6. Jerry Martin September 19, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Hi Joe! I’m reading this article in New York City.

  7. Jerry Martin September 19, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Hi Joe! I’m reading this article in Manhattan, New York, NY

  8. DeEtte September 19, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Hi Joe! I’m reading this article in Omaha, NE.

  9. Joe Hearn September 19, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Keep ’em coming! Great to hear from all of you! For those interested, I’ve also gotten emails from readers in Washington DC, Albuquerque, Omaha (represent!), Tehachapi CA (toughest to spell so far!), Concord, Fort Worth, Frisco, Sidney, East Windsor, Blair (otherwise known as where I went to high school), Napa (send me some wine please) and Cassopolis Michigan.

  10. Scott September 19, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Enjoy Blog. New York City

  11. Sam September 19, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Hi Joe! I’m reading this article in Albuquerque, NM.

  12. Kelly September 19, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Love reading your posts in Omaha,NE..

  13. Fran Jones September 19, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Hello Joe! I’m reading this article in Mesquite, TX Have a great day!

  14. Cheryl September 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I’m from Clemmons, NC

  15. Sherry September 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi Joe! I’m reading this article in Austell, GA and it sounds like a great book.

  16. Donna Sako September 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi Joe! love your blogs. I am from Taneytown, Maryland.

  17. Steven September 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Hi Joe! I’m reading this article in East Hanover, NJ

  18. Sue September 19, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Hi Joe! I’m writing from Marina del Rey, California. I’ve been to 80 countries (shooting for 100) myself. I’d love to know how long Chris lasted in Djibouti! lol So I’d love to win a copy of his book–also to find out how he was able to get into those last few countries.

  19. Dave September 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Joe, greetings from Lake Montezuma, Arizona! Thanks for all you do – we find your observations and recommendations invaluable.

  20. Maria September 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    I’m in Miami, Fl and I really enjoy your blog! Thanks for this giveaway…

  21. Dennis September 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Hello Joe. I’ve recently retired (a little early) and am living in Pacific City, OR. Thanks for not just the book offer, but your insightful words and encouragement.

  22. cyndi September 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Hey Joe,
    Love your blog…I’m writing from Washington, .D.C.
    Thanks for doing so much to help us have a great retirement–and life. This books sounds fabulous!

  23. Dick September 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    “Hi Joe! I’m reading this article in Huntsville, AL., the rocket. I’m ready to blast of to an Intentional retirement

  24. Thomas September 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Greetings Joe, from Fargo North Dakota. Really enjoy your blogs!

  25. Nancy aka dogear6 September 19, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Greetings from Richmond, Virginia!! (Go Omaha! Great town to live in.)

  26. phil September 19, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    “Hi Joe! I’m reading this article in Lima ,Peru.”Really Enjoy your blogs ! Life is Good !

  27. Craig September 20, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Enjoying your articles with 20 months tills retirement in Orlando, FL.

  28. Sally September 20, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Hi Joe! Reading this from sunny Canton Ohio! Fall is on the way here.

  29. Mike Pattison September 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Hi Joe. I’m reading this book in Houston, TX. I enjoy your blog and read each new post. I have been retired for two years. Long ago I realized that for people to be happy each of us must have a sense of purpose beyond ourselves. We need a mission to have a reason to get up in the morning. Without that we will only survive a relatively short time. During that time are intellectually and emotionally empty even though we may be busy. After his retirement, my father had no purpose (intentionally) and only lived two years (health issues were being successfully managed). I believe he died because he didn’t have a reason to live.

    Purpose is life.

  30. Don September 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    I’m reading this in Scottsdale, AZ.

  31. Kenny Hinson September 21, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Love your info here in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  32. Chris Urbom September 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    I am reading this is Arapahoe NE

  33. Jerry September 22, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Hi, Joe. Reading this in Greensboro, NC. Only 192 days to go to my Intentional retirement!!

  34. Scott B September 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Hi Joe, I’m reading this post in Mahomet, IL. Located in the flatland of Central Illinois

  35. LCI September 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Hi, Joe–been reading your posts since shortly before I retired in February 2012, and have shared with numerous friends who are planning to retire and even some who are still decades away. Greetings from Anchorage, Alaska.

  36. Patti P. September 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi Joe! I’m reading this post in Walla Walla, WA.

  37. Paul A. September 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    Hi Joe!

    I found your column in a presentation that was given at work. We have a group of over 200 interested employees sharing information relative to retirement. Keep up the great work from Altadena CA.

  38. Susan September 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi Joe, Susan from the beautiful rolling plains of Dickinson, North Dakota. I felt like an instant winner the day a friend turned me on to your web site! With my 50th Birthday in sight, you’ve inspired me to push the proverbial needle on the retirement time line with your fresh approach to living and the great information and content found on your web site. Thank you for doing what you do – your passion and energy are contagious!

  39. Mike October 7, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Hi Joe,
    I’m a reader in Cassopolis, Michigan

  40. Gloria Seier April 18, 2015 at 11:50 pm #

    Your articles are timely for me since I’m approaching retirement soon… keep up the good work…from Omaha, NE.

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