Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Art of Fully Living: 1 Man. 10 Years. 100 Life Goals Around the World by Tal Gur (Review)

"The Art of Fully Living: 1 Man. 10 Years. 100 Life Goals Around the World"

Master the art of fully living, one life goal at a time.

Do you want to experience your one life—your whole life—to its fullest measure?

In this stirring book, author, blogger and lifestyle entrepreneur, Tal Gur offers his own transformational journey as an inspiring example and practical guide to implementing the art of fully living. You’ll learn how to actualize your potential by forging all aspects of your life through the process built into your life goals.

The very structure of this book models Tal’s immersive approach to goal-driven living: each chapter of The Art of Fully Living is dedicated to a year of focus—socializing, fitness, freedom, contribution, love, adventure, wealth, relationship, spirituality, and creativity—and follows Tal’s endeavors as he works toward fulfilling 100 life goals in only 10 years.

This daunting ambition, springing from one late-night conversation among friends and a gnawing discontentment within the typical “success” story, becomes extremely relatable through Tal’s bold storytelling; what’s more, the deep lessons learned become immediately applicable for your own purposes as Tal thoughtfully extracts the actionable wisdom from his own experiences to articulate the principles and techniques of “the art of fully living.”

The Art of Fully Living takes you along the exhilarating ride of Tal’s journey while illuminating your own possible life-goal trajectory: as Tal relates how he socialized nonstop in vibrant Melbourne to master English and trained intensively to complete Ironman New Zealand and practice ancient Thai martial arts, you’ll learn how to apply immersion to achieve your own life goals; as Tal describes how he eliminated his crushing student debt in one year and attained financial and location independence, you’ll learn how to simplify your life, recognize your own present wealth, and turn your passions into a living; and as Tal animates his experiences learning to surf and salsa, to drum in a troupe and compose electronic music, and to write this very book, you’ll learn how to let your intuition be your guide, reveal your authentic core, and achieve flow—among the myriad other adventures and take-aways that fill this book.

Tal not only introduces the idea that the art of fully living is another skill to master but also guides you through honing this skill with chapter lessons and actionable key takeaways.

Once you discover “the art of fully living,” there is no going back; it will feel unacceptable to settle for less than your dreams—and what’s more, you’ll dream even more wildly, aspiring to action with greater clarity of purpose, broader horizons of possibility, and holistic vision across all areas of your life.

This book is especially for you if you find yourself frustrated often, feeling low, or if you’re struggling while asking yourself “What do I REALLY want?”

  • You will discover how to leverage your strengths to achieve your dreams.

  • You will know what it means to be truly free.

  • You will be fulfilled by the path you have chosen to take from this point on.

  • Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone discovered and did what made them feel FULLY alive?

    Your dreams are your dreams for a reason; they are rooted in your deepest understanding of who you want and can become. It’s up to you to follow though, to trust in your vision enough to persist until it becomes a reality, part of the world and part of who you are becoming. Your inspiration is meant to be, and you can make it so through the “art of fully living.” 


    My review:

    3.75 out of 5 stars

    The Art of Fully Living: 1 Man. 10 Years. 100 Life Goals Around the World by Tal Gur is a memoir that chronicles the author’s journey from a mind-numbing existence to a series of adventures that allow him to stretch his boundaries and experience new cultures and challenges.

    I had to take a break from reading this book as I wasn’t quite in a frame of mind to appreciate it due to personal issues. This is a memoir and naturally, centers on the author. Unfortunately, I wasn’t enamored by his propensity for shedding all encumbrances when he decides to change direction…including romantic relationships. I admire his zest for life and ability to assess his situation and whether it is truly fulfilling and I am impressed with his determination to conquer and excel at new endeavors. I think that I would have been more drawn in if I had a more in-depth view of those whose lives he touched, whether through his charitable activities or his business associates or his training partners and instructors. For me, it grew exhausting to read about the extremes that the author went to, even though it was fascinating to watch him move around the world. Those who like to read about people reinventing themselves and overcoming obstacles will be inspired by this book and enjoy meeting this powerful and determined individual.

    A copy of this title was provided for review


    1. Great review. I enjoyed the book as well and had many of the same criticisms...

      1. Thank you for the compliment and for taking the time to visit, ErrynB!

    2. I enjoyed your honest review. Enjoy the Holiday weekend---Rae