The Art of Fully Living by Tal Gur || Review


Title: The Art of Fully Living: 1 Man. 10 Years. 100 Life Goals Around the World
Author(s): Tal Gur
No. of pages: 264
Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction, Self help
Publication date: October 8th 2017
Date read: May 9th 2018
3.5/5 ★


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 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: 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.

This 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 find your calling.
You will define your life goals.
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.


Because I’m now in a time of my life that I don’t exactly know what I want and how I want to achieve that, I was happy to get the opportunity to read and review The Art of Fully Living. It seemed like the perfect book to give me a better insight on how to deal with these questions.

We all want to change everything we don’t like in a heartbeat; however, most of us are too busy living our lives to change them.

It definitely was a good read with lots of helpful tips and beautiful quotes that were very relatable. On the other hand I couldn’t really find myself in Gur’s life goals. My goals in life are more like getting a job I love so I can pay the bills, see a bit of the world and be happy with what I already have. The goals in the book were a lot more extravagant than mine and of course there’s nothing wrong with that – its just not something that I can relate to.

Although I couldn’t relate to the extravert topics in the book, the tips given on how to cope with rejection and failure I found really helpful and I do hope I keep on remembering passages like this one:

I reasoned pathetically with myself: it’s just easier to avoid the rejection. But as I reflected on all the victories I’d won thus far in my mad dash toward audacious goals …, I realised that I didn’t want these insecurities to be my reality, to perpetually reconfirm my scared mindset like a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Emboldened by the strides I’d made so far in Melbourne, I finally realised: What if I confronted my fears and made it my *goal* to be rejected? I don’t have to appeal to everyone. I could even practice failure. I just want to keep having fun, keep finding out what I’m made of. Maybe the real failure is in never trying. (emphasis my own)

So, all in all, The Art of Fully Living was full of helpful tips for both extra- and introverts. Also for both the people who want to see the whole world, and for those who want to make more of their life exactly where they are.

This book was kindly sent to me in exchange for an honest review *

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