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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 to its fullest potential. You'll learn how to actualize your potential by forging all aspects of your life through the process built into your life goals.
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.
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.
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By Erryn Barratt on 04-02-18
Interesting travels lead to life-changing moments
Who is Tal Gur?
About halfway through this book, I was truly struck by that question. Up to that point, I was caught up in his world travels as he globe-trotted, looking for the next soul-fulfilling adventure. And there were a lot of them.
At some point, I questioned how he was financing this journey of self-discovery.
Passive internet income.
I’ve read about internet entrepreneurs of course, but at one point, in a very short time, Gur was able to build his business into 6-figures, a good portion of it being passive income.
After the 10 years, he wrote ‘The Art of Living Fully (1 Man. 10 Years. 100 Life Goals Around the World.)’, and turned that journey into a very successful coaching program with him as the guru of sorts.
And why not?
He wanted to conquer the Ironman. Normal mortals take a year to train. Tal? A mere 5 months. He wanted to learn English, get a high-powered job, and make lots of friends. He ‘immersed’ himself in Australian culture and made sure he became the life of the party.
But the high life had a cost and when it came time to pay up, he did. He cleared up a massive debt in a year, set up his passive internet income, and headed out into the great wild world.
Some of his goals were small, while others were outlandish. I mean, not everyone climbs Everest. They just don’t.
In some ways, I couldn’t relate to this book at all. Maybe I am stuck in the 9 to 5 corporate crush, but I need things like insurance and healthcare. I will need a pension. But, if you have a source of funds and can declutter yourself down to 2 bags, then this book is for you.
That being said, Gur did learn some valuable lessons and even if you can’t go to Medina just to take salsa lessons, there are things that might apply to your life.
He talks about less being more, and he is on to something. Consumer debt (besides mortgages) is at an all-time high. What are we spending our money on? Stuff. Not only is it cluttering our homes, but storage lockers are a booming business. But if you aren’t acquiring true heirlooms to pass along to the next generation, what are you really accumulating? Stuff that will end up in the landfill. Leaving you feeling empty and slowly destroying Mother Earth.
Gur also talks about finding your calling. After a devastating mudslide in Peru, he volunteered to help clean up debris of destroyed homes. That led him to a family who needed help rebuilding. He used his abilities to gather the resources and leveraged his charisma to help recruit volunteers. They rebuilt a house for a family. A true selfless act.
He talks about prioritizing happiness. He met someone he fell in love with and married. At first, while she supported him on his adventures, life was good. But when she wanted to settle close to her family and have the kids he had agreed to, he became depressed and, frankly, belligerent. Unwilling to compromise, he kept putting himself first. He has the right to do that, of course, but being grown up means making compromises.
Gur speaks about Givers, Seekers, and Matchers. We all know Seekers. Those who take what they can get and don’t care about anyone else. There are the Matchers – those who are Seekers or Givers, depending on the situation. Then there are Givers. And we all know them. They are often taken advantage of because of their selflessness. Yet they tend to have the most fulfilling lives.
He asks the reader to answer, “What makes you happy?” Why do we look for happiness in the wrong places? Why do we delay happiness? Will more money and power bring us happiness? Gur suggests prioritizing happiness – saying it is more important than goals or intentions.
But if you have an aging parent counting on you, or an demanding boss who controls your security and paycheque, or a professor who can determine your future, this ideal can feel fanciful. He does talk about taking a few minutes by yourself every day and I do agree with that. One hour of yoga or guided meditation may not be practical, but even 5 minutes can centre you or lower your blood pressure. This can help bring a sense of calm.
Gur has, over the years, sought out his ‘people’, his ‘tribe’. On the way, he’s become a committed growth agent. This sounds fanciful, but there are people who could benefit, at least from this book. In some ways, this book is a slick marketing tool, designed to drive you to his website and services. He says other people told him that he had to tell his story, and that was probably true, but the book is not entirely altruistic.
One more thing. Matt Weight was a very good narrator. I often forgot Gur wasn’t narrating himself. Gur’s voice was strong and pervasive, but Weight’s delivery is exceptional. There was a moment, though, when I thought he might be too good. He sounded arrogant and I wondered if it was appropriate. So I listened very carefully to the words. Weight had it perfect. It was arrogance (or hubris, or self-confidence…).
So if you enjoy hearing about a healthy, fit, attractive specimen of maleness surfing, climbing mountains, crossing the Outback, doing yoga, building houses, and running a Burning Man Camp in Israel titled “Abundance”, this is definitely the book for you.
If you are searching for an answer to the question ‘why are you here’ and are looking for helpful guidance on the path to self-actualization, this is the book for you as well.
Maybe Maslow was on to something.
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By Sylvia on 05-23-18
An inspirational journey that makes you think
If you want to be inspired to make changes to your life, this book is for you. I loved how Tal takes us on a journey through his 10 years of change where he has a focus on one aspect of his life in each year. I loved learning about seemingly small steps he took to change one aspect of his life, that ultimately lead to big chances. This book shows that changing your life and how you want it to be all starts with you. It's honest and very personal but also has a lot of food for thought on how you can make changes in your own life. If you have ever wanted more freedom in your life and wonder how you can make it happen, you will definitely be inspired by this book!
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By Tim on 01-10-18
Great read for anyone struggling with goals
What did you like most about The Art of Fully Living?
Tal goes beyond any traditional self-help book by sharing his personal experience and research including the good and bad times including "how to picking yourself up from some of the darkest and bleakest times".
He openly shares how he's truly internationalized himself and transitioned from working as an employee and moving from Israel with a limited understanding of English and money to moving to Australia and how it's possible to speak and fit in like a local within a matter of a few months.
This is truly a MUST read for any digital nomad or anyone who is SERIOUS about setting up a location independent business and wanting to move overseas.
What did you like best about this story?
The best part of the story involves Tal discusses the ways he's been able to break through his personal barriers and any can too to create the life of their dreams (literally speaking). He also talks about how to really find your own definition of happiness away from the standard stock standard approach of buying a big house on a quarter acre block, a fancy European luxury sedan and taking out a big mortgage that only enslaves you further into debt.
What about Matt Weight’s performance did you like?
Good steady oration pace and not too monotonous.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
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