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آ When he set out to visit all of the planetâ€™s countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journeyâ€™s biggest revelation would be how people like himself exist--each pursuing a challenging quest. And, interestingly, these quests arenâ€™t just travel-oriented. On the contrary, theyâ€™re as diverse as humanity itself. Some involve exploration; others the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence; still others a battle against injustice or poverty or threats to the environment.آ Everywhere that Chris visited he found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dream. The more Chris spoke with these strivers--including a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project, a DJ producing the worldâ€™s largest symphony, a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplish, a teenager crossing an entire ocean alone, and scores of others writing themselves into the record books--the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness--how going after something in a methodical way enriches our lives. He was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon and extract the best advice. In he draws on interviews with hundreds of questers, revealing their secret motivations, their selection criteria, the role played by friends and family, their tricks for solving logistics, and the importance of documentation.آ Equally fascinating is Chrisâ€™ examination of questingâ€™s other side, including questersâ€™ acute awareness of mortality, their struggle against monotony, and their wistful feelings once a quest has succeeded. What happens the summit is climbed, the painting hung, the endurance record broken, the â€œat riskâ€ community saved?آ آ A book that challenges each of us to take control--to make our livesbe something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitment--will inspire readers of every age and aspiration. Itâ€™s a playbook for making your life count.