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Adventure in Everything: How the Five Elements of Adventure Create a Life of Authenticity, Purpose, and Inspiration Paperback – May 9, 2011
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Michael Port, NYTimes Best Selling Author and Speaker
Tucson Weekly - Book Review
About the Author
Matthew Walker, who received his master’s degree in applied behavioral science from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, has worked as an outdoor educator and mountain guide for the past two decades. Through his company, Inner Passage, Matt’s mission is to teach and facilitate leadership development to individuals and organizations via outdoor adventure, and help people reconnect with their professional and personal potential.
Matt has led expeditions throughout all reaches of the globe; and divides his time between climbing, family, and work—seeking adventure in all. He lives with his wife, daughter, and their canine climbing partner in Tucson, Arizona.
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Top Customer Reviews
The world is not perfect, though, and it seems Matthew can help with that, too! What is your path in life? How do you get there? Mr. Walker gives you 5 ways to make the most of your journey.
This is not a book about being a daredevil or living recklessly on the edge. It's not even about rock climbing.
Please... read the book (easy read), take his advice (no tricks here), and experience the world like it was meant to be. I cannot imagine any aspect of your life that would not benefit from his profound interpretations.
Thanks again, Mr. Walker!
As a woman leader in predominantly male corporate settings, I need ways to keep my energy, purpose and impact at the top of the game - but I don't want to just be competitive. Matt's Element #1 of High Endeavor felt like a great way to align myself to my work. The exercises really helped me see a clearer picture of how my values and my unique talents turn work into an adventure. Now I have a daily reminder of why I love what I do and why it matters in the world.
I also really liked the way Matt talked about Element #3, Total Commitment. Sometimes I hesitate to make decisions or commitments because I am afraid I won't deliver on it "perfectly". But when I follow the book's way of making a Total Commitment, I can commit to the process of what I'm doing and be adaptive enough along the way to follow the best course - not necessarily the path I had in mind or what might look right but isn't in the long run. I think one of a leader's greatest skills is this, to be adaptive in the path they follow to success, not a pre-determined result (I mean really, my business is changing constantly, why do I get hung up on a "right way"?).
And last but certainly not least - the book was PRACTICAL, hands on tools, and not filled with a bunch of extra hoo-hah!Read more ›
Fast forward to my life now, I'm 30 and am a full time teacher wanting to go back for another Masters in Neuroscience. Reading this book inspired me to look past the hefty debt I would accrue in returning to school, and focus on what I wanted to do. I feel so much more at ease with my choice and my new adventure ahead! I am so glad I picked up this book!
I met Matt through twitter and went on one of his Inner Passage rock climbing expeditions. It was a life altering experience. I developed an even more open, receptive attitude toward my anxiety. This occurred while bagging some multi-pitch peaks and being quite fearful of heights on the rock face. Matt was an amazing guide and his encouragement and attitude emanate through the pages of his book.
Upon reading this book, I was humbled to discover that he used our conversations in the book. All this being said, I told Matt that I never endorse books until I read and evaluate them. Thus, you will not find my endorsement anywhere inside or outside of the book.
Having just finished this brief treatise, I can confidently claim that this book is fantastic. If you are thinking about purchasing this book, you might read the table of contents and decide against it. After all, there are tons of books about great companionship, accomplishment, and distress tolerance. This would be a mistake as Matt's gift is tying these individual elements together into a coherent framework for how people can live better. His writing style is smooth, so expect to breeze through chapters (in a good way). His stories are poignant, so expect to feel motivated. His writing exercises are poignant, so if you decide to do them, expect to learn a bit more about yourself in terms of that challenging gap between the present and ideal self. And if you don't want to do the writing exercises, the quality of the book will be unaffected.
Too many people complain that their adults lives are boring and lacking the adventure of childhood. This is a book about reclaiming qualities that for no good reason, are abandoned in adulthood. A simple, powerful message.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This looked an interesting read for someone who likes the outdoors & has a spirit of adventure.
A practical guide on life & how to meet your challenges, accept where you are... Read more
The book has been really useful in working through a process of reviewing what I'm wanting to achieve with my life.Published on March 3, 2013 by Tony Pietersen
Matt's Five Elements of Adventure create a framework for finding adventure in everything you do. It also helps you focus on what is important in life.Published on December 27, 2012 by James A Bradley
This book is exactly what I have been looking for. As someone who was much more adventurous before settling down to start a family, I found Matt Walker's advice inspiring and... Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by Whittier
I consider myself someone who has always tried to find adventure in my day to day life, but have never found that consistency that I craved. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by WestSeattleite
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Adventure in Everything by Matt Walker. Often books that claim to help you improve your life just provide you with cute stories and 'how it should be'... Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by GMac
Adventure in Everything has a lot to offer anyone who is looking to make the next big step in their life... even if they don't know what that is yet. Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Canuck_N7
Adventure in Everything is -
Easy to read
I found that this book offers sound advice and a step-by-step plan... Read more