The Art of Fully Living by Tal Gur

264 pages

Self-published on October 8, 2017

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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.

Tal Gur in two words: intimidatingly cool.

The Art of Fully Living is a blend of memoir and self-improvement manual. Tal gave himself 100 goals and ten years to complete them, and his book not only chronicles his successes, but also shares the techniques he used to overcome the failures. Each chapter focuses on a single year – the Year of Socializing, the Year of Freedom, and so on – and follows his journey from Israel to Australia to New Zealand to South America and just about everywhere in between.

Tal’s a good storyteller (especially considering English is not his first language) and The Art of Fully Living is a super enjoyable read. That said, I think the book itself had a couple too many goals. If you read it with an eye to self-improvement, you’ll find plenty of good advice – immerse yourself in your goal, meditate, give more than you take – but nothing extraordinarily groundbreaking. The self-help scene runs rife with these same pointers, and The Art of Fully Living didn’t add a unique angle or spin.

On the other hand, you could read it as a memoir, but it falls a little flat on that count as well. Tal doesn’t go into a ton of detail about his many and varied exploits (presumably to save word count for the self-improvement stuff) and I found myself wanting more. The full list of 100 goals – the main draw of the book, in my opinion – isn’t even included.

Again – I really enjoyed reading this book and I definitely felt inspired and energized after turning the final page. I just think it’s trying to be too many things at once. Your mileage may vary.