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Announcing The Happiness of Pursuit (and please, join us!)

*** Update: You can now order the book! ***


Greetings, all!

Big news today. I’d like to officially unveil my new book, The Happiness of Pursuit. In this post you can learn more about it, read a FREE excerpt, sign up to help with the launch (if you want…), and get FREE tickets to your choice of 40+ events.

It’s a long post.

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A Long Time Ago

More than twelve years ago, I fell in love with world travel. I loved being out and about, experiencing the world and learning about different cultures.

I didn’t love everything about travel. I often became frustrated with myself and circumstances as I continually became lost or did something stupid. But over time, I realized that this frustration was a key part of embracing travel itself.

I loved the act of going from place to place, as well as the planning process. When I started I knew very little about the world beyond my doors. I’d stay up all night on those first few flights, sipping coffee and studying the route map in the back of the airline magazine. Maybe one day I’d go to some of those places, I thought.

And then I did. In 2008 I formalized the quest and started this blog for thousands of readers at least five family members and close friends, including my grandma who subscribed twice, therefore consisting of 40% of my readership.

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I made it to the first 100 countries.

I made it to the final 50.

It was almost done.

And then it was done. I’d done it! I’d made it to the end of the world.

By the time I came to the end, I was a very different person. As I learned, this is a common feature of quests. You set out to accomplish something, and hopefully you do—but something else usually happens along the way, too.

It Wasn’t Just Me

Perhaps the greatest revelation of the journey was in learning about quests themselves.

I loved the travel, but I also loved building a structure and a clear goal around it. Knowing that I was working toward something made a huge difference. I enjoyed completing different parts of the world and getting closer and closer toward the end—even though I also didn’t want it to end! (It was sometimes a little complicated, which I wrote about in the book.)

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Along the way I met a number of people who were also undertaking quests. Interestingly, while some of them were travel quests, many of the other quests were completely different.

I heard from:

  • A man who had undertaken a vow of silence for 17 years
  • People who walked across entire countries or continents
  • A man who became a real-life ninja (and another who became a real-life James Bond)
  • A family that embraced unconventional living together by cycling from Alaska to Argentina
  • A woman who cooked a meal from every country in the world

Plus many more! My goal was to tell these stories and extract the lessons. What can we learn from those who pursue a quest—and why should we care?

Introducing the Book

The central message of the book is that a quest can improve your life. I make this argument through my own story and (thankfully) the stories of many other people who have also undertaken a quest. Using a similar case-study method as The $100 Startup (an international bestseller), I share lessons from the journey and a specific path you can follow in creating a quest of your own—even if you have zero interest in world travel.

On Tuesday, September 9, it will be available to the world, first in the original English edition and then eventually in foreign markets with translations. My previous books are now published in twenty languages, and it’s always fun to hear from readers who first discover the work in a different culture.

Naturally, I’ll be going on the road for my third Unconventional Book Tour.

This isn’t a promotional tour, at least not primarily. It’s a chance for readers to connect with one another (Oh, and we usually have cupcakes.)

If you’re in a North American city and haven’t signed up yet, please do! I’ll be starting in New York City and going to 40 other stops throughout North America.

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We’ll be announcing more world cities soon, including London and (hopefully) New Delhi, Tokyo, and more.

Read a Free Excerpt

Want to learn more?

Check out a free excerpt of the introduction + first chapter below, or over here if you can’t see the embedded file. Spoiler warning: you won’t be able to find out what happened after Guinea Bissau until you read the actual book.


 

THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT by CHRIS GUILLEBEAU

 

Coming Soon: Pre-Orders, Tour Updates, & More

Before a big book comes out, authors and publishers like to encourage readers to pre-order. Why are pre-orders so important? Well, for two reasons. First, they are a sign of confidence that a lot of people want to read the book. Bookstores notice this and order more copies.

When my first book came out, I ran into a big problem: my publisher didn’t print enough copies, and most bookstores didn’t order enough copies. (These problems are related.) We ended up being out of stock on Amazon for several days, which affected the first several weeks of sales figures.

Anyway, the short version is: pre-orders help authors.

For now, you can pre-order order the book from:

Want to Help? That’s Great Too!

AONC has always been a reader-supported blog and project. We can’t do anything without readers!

Whether you’ve been around for years or are just joining in, thank you. This is the next big adventure and I’m grateful to know you’re out there.

If you’d like to help out with the launch and get involved in some behind-the-scenes things, fill out this form (it’s on the site—come on over if reading by email or RSS).

[Update: this form is now closed—but you can still help! Tell your friends about the book—it’s the best thing you can do!]

Thanks again to everyone for being out there. The journey is just beginning, and this chapter looks highly promising.

Will I see you on the road? Let me know!

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111 Comments

  • Olivia says:

    If you bring your tour down to Australia I’ll be there! This book sounds more exciting than your previous ones (to me and my life right now) so I’ll be sure to check it out.

  • Fadhilah says:

    Is it available as an epub? 🙂

  • Marv.n.Jo says:

    Congratulations Chris, on what we know will be another huge hit! We’re so proud of you and all the good things you have done for the world, and we cant wait to read the new book! Will you be having another SE Asia stop during your tour?

    We are happily pursuing the release of this book. 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    I came across this article via Alltop… and it came at such an opportune time for me. I am facing the wonderful (and frankly terrifying) prospect of my daughter leaving for college next year. It will open up new opportunities to explore the world and life beyond mom-hood. I’ve never thought about embarking on a “quest”, but it has certainly given me food for (even more) thought. Hopefully, you will make it down to Florida, because I would love to meet you. You are an inspiration to all of us fellow gypsies! Thank you for sharing your quest.

  • Kara Lane says:

    Hi Chris. I just pre-ordered “The Happiness of Pursuit” (Kindle edition) on Amazon. Can’t wait to read it! I enjoyed your world domination manifesto and your Art of Non-Conformity and $100 Startup books, so I’m sure I’m in for a treat with your new book. Kind of funny, too…I noticed the subtitle of your new book is “Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life,” and the subtitle of the book “Simoni’s Gift” that I published last month is “A Story about Your Purpose in Life.” 🙂 Thanks for being such an inspiration to so many people…we appreciate it!

  • Marianne says:

    Hi Chris, congrats on the next book. Of course i will read it, I’ve already read the preview copy I received at WDS and have read your other books as well and loved them both.

    I think this is great timing as I’ve been thinking I need a “quest” of my own but haven’t been able to figure out how that looks yet. This may be the fuel I need for the fire. Thanks as always for everything you do.

  • Fernanda FR says:

    Dear Chris,
    So good that the publication date is getting close! I had already pre-ordered it (even before reading this post). Will you be showing up in Sao Paulo, BR? Hope so!
    Also, I look forward to checking out the dates for after October.
    See you soon? 😉

  • Ada says:

    Excited to get the new book! Oh, and I’ll bring some cupcakes when you arrive in Vancouver for the book tour 🙂 what flavour do you like most?

    I’m guessing many people will be bringing cupcakes too!

  • Deb Nelson says:

    Soooo happy to see Portland, ME on your schedule!!!

  • Deb Nelson says:

    So happy to see Portland, ME on your schedule!!!

  • Yayyy! Looking forward to seeing you and your team, I mean Y’all, here in ATX 😀

  • Chris Guillebeau says:

    @Fadhilah,

    It will be on Kindle, iBooks, and Nook — I hope that helps!

  • Chris Guillebeau says:

    @Marv.n.Jo,

    I hope so!!

  • I would LOVE to come to an event, but sadly I don’t see anything in my area—Cleveland, Columbus, Cincy, Indy, Pittsburgh, even Chicago…

  • Erin McNaughton says:

    See you in AZ! The WDS crew here has saved the date and we can’t wait to see you and check out the new book! 🙂

  • Chris Guillebeau says:

    @Jill,

    I’ll be in Naperville, just outside Chicago – would love to add other cities later, too.

  • Jeff Goins says:

    Excellent. I can’t wait for this to come out. It’s such an important message.

  • Excited as always to read your writing, and this book has me particularly intrigued! I’ll definitely catch you in San Francisco, but hopefully Dallas as well… 🙂

  • Pat Dowling says:

    Purchased and anxious to read – already someplace in my own pursuit, looking for some focus.
    Rock On!

  • David Harbour says:

    Chris,

    I will see you at Book People in Austin, Texas, can’t wait!

  • Hey Chris:

    Absolutely thrilled with the title of your new book.

    Looking forward to seeing you back in Toronto. Will bring donuts, naturally.

    See you soon!

    Natalie

  • aNCA Urdea says:

    Any thoughts on coming to London?
    Looking forward to the book club too!

  • Tracey Duffield says:

    Being from a state full of non-conformists, how come you never come to Alaska?

  • I cannot wait to get my hands on this beautiful book!!! It’s exactly what I’m going through in my life right now – very timely! Thank you Chris!

  • Wanbun says:

    Would you please come to Zurich, Switzerland?

  • Chris Guillebeau says:

    @Tracey,

    I’ve been there several times and done events twice! Hope to return at some point. 🙂

  • Sandra says:

    Do come to Brussels! Would love to actually meet you! And so many ex-pat civil servants out here that could do with a bit of AONC. Looking forward to reading your newest writings.

  • Benny says:

    Can’t wait to read this book. Your others I still recommend all the time and I’m sure this one will be the same!

  • Eduardo Bermudez says:

    We all know how much you love Sydney (AUS), so can you make sure you include it in your tour so we can have the opportunity of a nice chat?

  • Steve says:

    Congratulations Chris! You’re a big inspiration and I look forward to getting my hands on your book come September!

  • Cody James says:

    Joseph Campbell laid out the Monomyth as the structure of a Quest across all cultures. I’m eager to find out how the Monomyth stands up to real-life Quests. Are the myths representative of what actual heroes experience? Are there stages that living heroes go through that are left out of the myths?

    Can’t wait!

  • Congratulations on the new book – ordered and excited!

  • Colette says:

    Signed up for the Street Team and I’m looking forward to your big NYC kickoff!

  • Ashish says:

    Hey Chris,

    Congratulations on the new book. I’m sure it will be a smashing success. I’m a huge fan and I’m going to pre-order it soon :).. I am sure it is going to inspire people like ‘The 100$ Startup’ inspired me and countless others. Great Going!

    P.S. If you are coming to India, how about stopping over at Bangalore instead of/in addition to New Delhi. It is the startup capital of India and you’ll find tons of fans and entrepreuners over here.. Cheers!

  • Nic Naut says:

    Signed up. Eager for the book. Hope you will visit Berlin again, even if you´ve been here! Or Europe at least? Any chances for 2014?

  • MaryM says:

    You may have to do another huge tour just to meet fan requests ….Congrats and best wishes.

  • Kate says:

    Speaking for everyone, thanks for writing this book, Chris. Your timing is perfection.
    And speaking for (& with should I be part of the street team) all of NYC and the Boroughs, I’ll see you in September in the City. Big ups!

  • Chris Guillebeau says:

    @Ashish,

    It looks like I’ll be able to return to India in December. Not sure of cities yet, but yes, hopefully it will be more than just Delhi. I was in Bangalore last time and really enjoyed it.

  • Chris Guillebeau says:

    @Eduardo,

    Definitely hope so!

  • During the 100 Startup, I was able to attend the book signing in Atlanta (at Urban Oasis Bed & Breakfast). Loved the band.

    I now live in Pasadena and am looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Fernanda FR says:

    Chris,
    I’ve shared a link for you at hello@chris…
    Hope you can get a hold of it!
    Cheers, 🙂

  • Chris,

    My wife and I had a great time at WDS2014 and enjoyed meeting you there. We look forward to seeing you again when you come to Denver. Good luck with the release and happy travels!

    Cheers,

    Michael

  • Pooja says:

    Hi Chris, Just read your free excerpt and I’m hooked. Your first book (The Art of Non-Conformity) changed my life and I can see that this new book is going to do it again!

    Thank you for all that you are and all that you do. You’re AWESOME.

    Congratulations to you!

  • Jess Van Den says:

    Congrats on the new book, Chris, sounds like it will be some serious inspiration for non-conformists. I think I have a few small quests going on at any one time, but it would be nice to have one epic one someday. Perhaps this will spark some ideas!

    I, too, will add a vote for a visit to Oz ;D

  • Kendra says:

    Can’t wait to see you in Austin Chris! And the comment about your granny being 40% of your readership, gave me a good chuckle 🙂

  • J Sterzinger says:

    Just preordered on Amazon. On question, many bookstores want you to buy at their location for the author to sign. I hope those of us who buy on line will be allowef to get them signed at one of your stops. Congrats on the book!

  • Lori Leduc says:

    I am very excited for this book to come out. I have been to both previous book tours and attended WDS two summers ago. It was my jumping off pep rally before I headed out on my own quest. Just completed 10 months of travel across Canada and the USA with my 4 dogs in a camper van. I hope I can share with others considering their own journey. The main one being you don’t have to be a twenty something to feel free. I am 46.

  • Lucy Chen says:

    COME to Australia!!!!!!!

  • Chris Guillebeau says:

    @J,

    Yes, that’s usually no problem at the stores I work with. Of course, I like to support the stores as well – but I think there’s a happy medium for that.

  • So thrilled to see you’re coming to Miami and I will help with ground crew if I can. I also may see you in Brooklyn as I’m scheduled to be in New York then (unconfirmed right now). But the most surprising stop on your tour is Naperville, IL, my home town (I was just back last month)! I’ve alerted my peeps there, so hopefully they’ll come out to support you. What tangled webs we weave, and how we all intersect, amazes me. Here’s wishing you an amazing tour and looking forward to seeing you in the tropics.

  • Heather says:

    Looking forward to seeing you in Tampa and can’t wait to spread the word about this book. You have inspired our family so much and now we get to return the favor and pass it on!

  • Helen says:

    This has really resonated with me, as I feel myself drawn to travels and challenging myself to DO something I’ve always wanted to do. I find myself watching films/documentaries of adventures and feeling my soul telling me this is something I should be doing. I definitely feel that part of ‘me’ that’s most ‘me’ is not happy because I’m not following my true – ‘explorer’ nature. (I have two small children – hence my reason for my reticence to begin said adventure- and, yes, parenting is an adventure all in itself!)

  • Marcio CS says:

    It would be awesome if you could come to Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. Your books resonate with me big time. Thank you so much for the great ideas and inspirations!

  • Looking forward to seeing you in Tampa, FL . Can’t wait to get my copy of this book! It was great meeting you at WDS2014. Cheers to you for all the great things you are doing to inspire and change the world!

  • jerry sterzinger says:

    Just got my book… looking forward to reading it this weekend !!

  • Nancy says:

    Will be on the east coast while you are on the west coast – sorry to miss you at Vroman’s. Have you considered The Last Bookstore yet in L.A.? Or, please do London in March, as that’s when I’ll be there 🙂

    I’ll be pre-ordering multiple copies during the campaign.

    Looking forward!

  • Ian says:

    Preordered the other day, can’t wait to get it!!!!

  • Huge Congratulations Chris,

    Very much looking forward to reading it, sending you hugs and best wishes from afar,

    Siobhain
    :):)

  • Hey Chris!

    WDS was awesome, thank you. My girlfriend Kristen Blake and I attended this year for the first time and loved it. We both look forward to seeing you in Brookline, MA on your book signing tour. We love your work.

    You’re awesome man…. Cheers!

  • Chris,

    I received my advanced copy a few days ago and have begun diving in. Lets just say I’ve been inspired by a 15 year old that received all 154 merit badges.

    The wheels in my noodle are spinning. Thanks for the mojo on my next big pursuit.

  • Irwan Cornelius says:

    Hi Chris,

    Received a copy of the book today. That was a pleasant surprise!
    Looking forward to reading it and if you are ever dropping by Singapore, let me know how I can help!

    Cheers!

  • Hi Chris,

    Can’t wait to get a copy of your book. Your philosophy certainly resonates with me. On September 17th I start my 10th and final Quest in my “Quests for Kids” initiative, to complete 10 Quests in 5 years, raise $1m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play and help 20,000 kids. My “Canada Quest for Kids” road trip will take me to 10 Universities across the continent and attempt 10 sport and play themed Guinness World Records. I hope paths cross along the way.

    All the best,

    Martin

  • Hey Chris,

    I just ordered your new book and can’t wait to read it! I have no doubt it will satisfy my gypsy soul. Your rock!

    Have fun on your tour!

    Varelie

  • Tr1sh says:

    Pre-ordered the book – available 11th September in the Uk. Look forward to seeing you in Europe soonish. Congratulations.
    Best
    Tr1sh

  • Brooke says:

    Congratulations, Chris on this book!

    You are an inspiration in all that you do.

    Your $100 Startup book helped lead me through my own start up as a restaurant consultant and gave me the courage to write my first e-book on becoming a restaurant consultant by committing to and following your daily writing routine. I’m more than halfway done writing the book and I can’t wait to ship it! More than anything, thanks for being someone who has the courage to say YES and for showing people that living an extraordinary life is totally DOABLE. I can’t wait to get the book and continue recommending your books to my clients and friends. Go you!

  • Claudia Corriero says:

    Hi Chris! I’ve been reading your newsletter on and off for more than a couple of years now and I always something which inspires me to build up the life I’ve always wanted and I am doing that indeed! Right now I am in the States for my first time and would like to see which are the other cities you’re going to tour. I hope I’ll be able to catch up with you ant the other reader. Meanwhile, congratulations for your great achievement! Claudia

  • Kajari says:

    I have just discovered that you and your book exist. And after reading excerpts, I am thrilled about both! I can’t wait to read The Happiness of Pursuit and hope it will enable me to find my personal quest. Thanks to Medium.com for introducing me to you and your book. I also hope you will include Calcutta in your book tour.

  • Becky Blades says:

    I loved seeing you in Kansas City, Chris. You did a beautiful job of engaging and inspiring the kids from MindDrive. I know you are an introvert (me, too), so, I appreciate how gently and effectively you present to diverse groups. I know your book will do well!

  • Andres says:

    I just got the audio book. I’m on my own journey, so I’m eager to read the stories you collected from around the world. I starting documenting my journey as well, but I just started and I’m unsure. I’m a big fan of your writing.

  • Chris, you are a source of inspiration (!) by following your heart like this. This is something I really want to do and afraid. I have a really great career, which I worked hard for, however lately I am not sure this is the life I truly want. I am planning to read your book, looking forward for.

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  • Brian Robben says:

    Definitely going to check this out on Amazon. The 300+ reviews are extremely promising!

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