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Tracking Wonder: Reclaiming a Life of Meaning and Possibility in a World Obsessed with Productivity (Hardcover)
Discover how the lost art of wonder can help you cultivate greater creativity, resilience, meaning, and joy as you bring your greatest contributions to life.
Beyond grit, focus, and 10,000 hours lies a surprising advantage that all creatives have—wonder. Far from child’s play, wonder is the one radical quality that has led exemplary people from all walks of life to move toward the fruition of their deepest dreams and wildest endeavors—and it can do so for you, too.
“Wonder is a quiet disruptor of unseen biases,” writes Jeffrey Davis. “It dissolves our habitual ways of seeing and thinking so that we may glimpse anew the beauty of what is real, true, and possible.” Rich with wisdom, inspiring stories, and practical tools, Tracking Wonder invites us to explore how the lost art of wonder can inspire a life of greater joy, possibility, and purpose. You’ll discover:
· The six facets of wonder—key qualities to help you cultivate the art of wonder in your work, relationships, and life
· How wonder can help us fertilize creativity, sustain the motivation to pursue big ideas, navigate uncertainty and crises, deepen our relationships, and more
· The biases against wonder—moving beyond societal and internalized resistance to our inherent gifts
· Why experiencing wonder isn’t really about achieving goals—though that happens—but about how we live each day
· Inspiring stories of people whose experiences of wonder helped them move through the unthinkable to create extraordinary lives
· Practical exercises, tools, and reflections to help you begin your own practice of tracking wonder
A refreshing counter-voice to the exhausting narrative hyper-productivity, Tracking Wonder is a welcome guide for experiencing more meaning and joy in the present moment as you bring your greatest contributions to life.
About the Author
Jeffrey Davis works with innovators, professionals, writers, scientists, and social psychologists, offering him leading insights into the creative process. He is a sought-after speaker who presents at conferences, universities, and centers nationwide. Founder of Tracking Wonder Consultancy, he works with organizations and individuals to advance their best ideas and best lives with integrity and wonder. He lives with his family in the Hudson Valley of New York.
“In our experience, curious wonder is the foundation of lifelong growth. It allows us to retain a beginner’s mind even as our wisdom expands. It permits our hearts and minds to grow stronger, not just older, every day. Tracking Wonder is an invaluable guide for honing our curious minds and growing into our strongest selves.” —Marc and Angel Chernoff, New York Times bestselling authors of Getting Back to Happy, 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently, and 1000+ Little Habits of Happy, Successful Relationships
“We’re born in a state of wonder, abandon it in the name of adulting, then spend the rest of our lives aching to get back to it. Tracking Wonder is a wake-up call, bundled with a road map home to that elusive place inhabited by the potential for serendipity, surprise, and magic in every nook, corner, and conversation.” —Jonathan Fields, award-winning author of Sparked and host of the Good Life Project podcast
“In these most complex times, Jeffrey Davis’s book will feel like an epiphany in its reading, opening your mind and heart to that most vital of human strengths—wonder.” —Dacher Keltner, PhD, professor of psychology, UC Berkeley, and founding director of the Greater Good Science Center