You’d love to “follow your dream” or “find your passion” but you’re just not sure what they might be? These books should help.
It’s easy to get to your destination if you … know where it is. But what if you don’t know quite where you’re heading?
Feedback from readers of my latest book “Every Single Day” have said that although the book has helped them see how they’ll get to their dream or passion in a simple way, some say they just don’t know what their dream or passion is.
I believe that we all have passions and dreams but that they might just be a bit buried under the dust of everyday life.
They are there, we just need to discover, uncover, brush off, and bring them to life. I’m also of the opinion that we can “force” or “tease” them out through regular practice. That is, do that thing that you think might be “the thing” every single day for a month and see how it feels. If that wasn’t it, do another thing.
It sounds simple and possibly annoying, but it’s one way to get what you don’t want to do out of your system, to squash “pseudo dreams” that have been floating around your imagination for years and it’s time to clean out the attic and see what’s worth saving up there.
Here are a handful of books that might help you get to that dusty corner of the attic of your mind where your dreams and passions might just be buried under that scarf you bought in New York City eight years ago.
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
A New York Times-bestselling breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement from the one of the world’s leading thinkers on creativity and self-fulfillment. You, Your Child, and School is forthcoming from Viking.
The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. With a wry sense of humor, Ken Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the Element and those that stifle that possibility. Drawing on the stories of a wide range of people, including Paul McCartney, Matt Groening, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Bart Conner, he shows that age and occupation are no barrier and that this is the essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities in the twenty-first century.
“The Element offers life-altering insights about the discovery of your true best self.” — Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose
Can a simple test change a person’s life? Through their New York Times bestseller The Passion Test, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood have inspired thousands to shape their lives by discovering their passions and living according to what matters most to them. Readers can identify their top five passions by taking the Test, and then learn exactly how to align their lives with their priorities by following the Attwoods’ easy-to-follow step-by-step program of action.
“The Passion Test provides the simplest, clearest way to get started on knowing what you want-by getting clear on who you are.”—T. Harv Eker, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
Screw Finding Your Passion: It’s Within You, Let’s Unlock It
I especially like the title of this one!
The commonly held belief that you should ‘follow your passion’ is flawed.
Many people believe that in order to be truly happy, you need to find and follow your one and only true passion. This is a very limiting approach to passion, and one not backed up by much research. In fact, recent research in the field of positive psychology has shown that you can live a more fulfilling life by choosing to pursue your whole life with passion. This has nothing to do with monetising the one thing that you love, but finding love in what you do.
Any book on positivity and passion that starts with “Screw” is my cup of tea. At times, books in this realm can come off so fluffy that it becomes challenging to take them to heart and bring them to life. Certainly not the case here. Susanna does an excellent job of sharing information and theories while also sharing the tools (and examples) to make those changes in your own life or even to inspire change in the lives of those around you. I look forward to implementing many suggestions she provided and reading anything else she puts out there! — Kelly Poulsonon
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness: 101 Inspirational Stories about Finding Your Purpose, Passion, and Joy
The Chicken Soup series usually has a collection or two that will resonate with everyone.
What makes you happy? Others share how they found their passion, purpose, and joy in life in these 101 personal and exciting stories that are sure to inspire and encourage readers to find their own happiness.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness will encourage readers to pursue their dreams, find their passion and seek joy in their life with its 101 personal and inspiring stories. This book continues Chicken Soup for the Soul’s focus on inspiration and hope, reminding us that we all can find our own happiness.
If I have said it once I will say it again; “Chicken Soup for the Soul” are classic reading books about real peoples life events and “Answered Prayers” is one of those that continue you to give you hope and to let you know that you are not alone in this life’s journey. — Amazon Reviewer