Are you there yet? Do you know what your purpose in life is? Have you discovered what you love doing and what are your passions?
Purpose and passion are two words that define and influence the course of your life the most. Passion makes you enthusiastic about being alive. Purpose shows you the path to take; it makes you fearless and self-assured.
Unfortunately, many of us are searching for our purpose and passion in life endlessly because they are not easily revealing themselves to you. More than that, sometimes they are right in front of your eyes, but you don’t see them.
Discover in this article, 18 of the best books on finding your passion and purpose in life. Read one or more of these books so that you can find (easy and fast) your passion and purpose.
Table of Contents
- 1. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl, William J. Winslade, Harold S. Kushner
- 2. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything – Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica
- 3. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
- 4. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos – Jordan B. Peterson
- 5. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times – Pema Chodron
- 6. Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World – Bob Goff
- 7. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself – Michael A. Singer
- 8. Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself – Henri Junttila
- 9. Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way – Steven Pressfield, Seth Godin
- 10. Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose – Gabrielle Bernstein
- 11. The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion – Elle Luna
- 12. The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life – Chris Guillebeau
- 13. Unwrapping Your Passion: Creating the Life You Truly Want – Karen Putz, Janet Attwood, Debra Poneman
- 14. The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose – Dan Millman
- 15. I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It – Barbara Sher, Barbara Smith
- 16. The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do – Jeff Goins
- 17. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brené Brown
- 18. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
This is one of those few books that anyone must read… at least one time in their life. Read this book when you feel lost; read this book when you feel stuck; read this book when you’re in pain.
The human a pleasure-seeking creature, but you’ll never find your passion and purpose by allowing pleasure to determine the course of your life.
“Man’s Search for Meaning” is not only a book on how to find your life’s purpose but also a book on how to overcome adversity, hardship, and feel free no matter the circumstances of your life.
Do you have the feeling that you never fit in where you are? If that happens to you, perhaps you want to change your mind. Think differently; discover your passion and purpose by reading this book, and find the place that fits you.
Trying to fit in, can kill your zest for life; never finding the environment where your talents and skills are appreciated and welcomed. Plus, life seems a never-ending struggle to satisfy others.
Sir Ken Robinson, shows you in this book how to:
- Overcome some of your fears,
- Improve your mental toughness,
- Find your passion and purpose,
- Feel better about yourself,
- Redefine what you want from life.
“What you’re doing now, or have done in the past, need not determine what you can do next and in the future.” – Ken Robinson
What would you do with your life if you’d know when will be the end? Would you change your life for the better? Would you start living and seizing every moment?
Trivial things surround us; and sometimes, we lose valuable time with those things without realizing that life, no matter how long is, always feels too short.
Make your life count. Find your passion and purpose by reading this book and make your life extraordinary; if for no other reason, just because you can.
Jordan Peterson is a fantastic storyteller, and for that reason, this book can delight you in more than one single way.
12 Rules for Life cover a broad range of topics, including psychology, philosophy, and in a way, it’s also a self-help book for finding purpose and passion in life.
Listen, this book can challenge your beliefs and desires in a somewhat uncomfortable way. Read this book if you’re willing to change your mind and discover a new path for your life. (One that will make you feel fulfilled and concerned about your choice.)
Are your fears, anxieties, and pains preventing you from living a fulfilling life and achieving your big dreams?
When Things Fall Apart is a classic bestseller that explores personal development and personal growth.
Discover in this book, how you can use fear as an incentive to push yourself forward, find your purpose, become your best self, and cherish every moment of your life.
Did you notice how the grass (almost always) feels greener on the other side?
I’ve used the word ‘feels’ on purpose. It doesn’t matter what see others having, it matters how is that making you feel.
If you’re wondering why it seems that hard to find your passion and purpose, the following might be the answer for you.
You look from the outside into other people lives and believe they are better than you, they know better what they want, they are more motivated, skilled and driven.
Looking from the outside most things look more beautiful than how they, actually are.
Do, your passion and purpose, seem too small? Unimportant? Somehow, irrelevant? That is not true. Those around you, looking into your garden, feel your grass is greener…
Michael Singer, a spiritual teacher, and bestselling author shows you how to live in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts that keep you from achieving happiness and meaningful life.
The road to finding your passion and purpose must begin by knowing yourself better. Recognizing and appreciating who you are: first, makes you feel you are enough, and second, allows you to take advantage of who you are.
“What a waste of life!” we say when seeing someone talented and skilled but too afraid to show the world who they are.
Read this book and learn how to love and accept yourself as you are so you can build the future of your dream.
Read this book and end your struggle of finding your passion in life.
Asking yourself questions is one of the most more natural ways to discover what’s the best option for you of moving forward.
You see? A question reveals much more information than an answer. Is it not?
Perhaps, you already know your purpose in life, but something stops you from going towards it. Perhaps, you’re passionate and enthusiastic, but something prevents you from pursuing your passion. Perhaps, you’re motivated and driven, but something stubbornly holds you back.
Are you resisting to embrace the good things in your life? You are not alone. We often (unknowingly) self-hypnotize ourselves into believing that we can’t, we don’t deserve, we are not good enough.
Read this book, and discover how to make a clear distinction between productive and destructive resistance.
10. Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose – Gabrielle Bernstein
The opposite of calm is not always anger. Sometimes it’s feeling helpless and hopeless, other times it’s feeling surrounded by the chaos you can’t control or organize.
When it is not, this book can give you the tools you need to improve your mood, and feel more relaxed about things so that you can, with a clear mind, take the best option for your own life.
If you’re already found your purpose and passion, but you don’t go that direction, you might be stuck, suspended in mid-air by what you think is your social obligation, and family pressure.
Do you must or should you be the artist of your life? To get to the destination you desire, paint your road ahead.
12. The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life – Chris Guillebeau
If you ask people “What would you like to do more?” Most people say, “I would like to travel more.”
When I was a child I’ve seen a grainy, black and white picture of a volcanic lake and visiting it became one of my dreams. A decade later, together with some friends, we started an adventure at the lake.
From the base of the mountain, we had to hike about five hours to get there. We were all excited and imagined how splendid the lake must be. But when we got there… sheer disappointment… it looks like a small pond. We sat down on the grass, looking at each other, and one of us said: “Six fools have come to see a pond; I’m tired; what a waste of time! Let’s go back.”
We stood there, on the grass, a few minutes more and then, we started our journey back. Our hike back took us eight hours; no one said anything, we just walked.
I remember that day, not because I was disappointed, but because the road back was one of the most enjoyable ‘events’ in my life. I didn’t expect anything, but I’ve discovered the wonders of a beautiful forest. Plus, it was remarkable that six late teens can walk for eight hours without saying a word…
You don’t always arrive at the destination you expect. However, there is always something surprising and pleasurable about your journey to get there (or from there).
13. Unwrapping Your Passion: Creating the Life You Truly Want – Karen Putz, Janet Attwood, Debra Poneman
Can we say passion is a gift? Yes, it’s a gift that you’re giving yourself.
Read this book, and discover how you can, step by step, find your passion and own it.
Learn how to live your life with passion, love your life, and it will love you back.
It is not a conventional book on how to find your passion in life. Based on numerology wisdom, helps you find your purpose by discovering many critical points of your personality.
If you have a destiny, your destiny has more than one version. This book can put a light on your destiny’s best version based on your:
15. I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It – Barbara Sher, Barbara Smith
“If you can dream it you can achieve it.” That’s a saying that you’re often hearing. However, what happens if you don’t “dream it”?
Your success journey starts with a dream, a wish, a desire.
Read this book, and discover how to create your dream because, once you have it, you know what to do with it.
Statistics say that most people don’t enjoy what they do, their job.
Most of us believe we are above average. And if you really think about it, that’s nonsense. We can’t be all above average, most of us are average. That’s fine! I’m an average person, and I love being in this club. Where are you? Do you like where you are?
No matter what job I had so far, even if I didn’t like it too much, I found ways to make it enjoyable.
My dream job would be to build houses. I’m passionate about it, but not very good at it. I have the talent to fix everything in my house, but that doesn’t make me a skilled builder. Could I become one? Probably yes. Should I become a builder? Probably not.
Do you see? Your potential and skills are not in one single field. Your potential is like a tree with many branches, some big, some small, and others, tiny.
Read this book, and discover how to take full advantage of the most significant branches of your potential and enjoy what you do.
17. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brené Brown
The day you were born, a dream has been born with you. But not your dream; it was your parents’ dream – what will you become, how smart you’ll be, what talents you’ll have.
For the for first years of your life, you didn’t have too much to say about that. Later in life, you discovered you have your own dream. Sometimes, your dreams are not the same as your parents.
Did you stud your ground and build your own path? Or, did you give in, and live their dream instead of yours?
Most parents have the best intentions. Nevertheless, they also have a hard time accepting their children’s choices.
Discover in this book, how to be mentally strong and embrace who you are with grace and love.
This masterpiece is unlike any other self-help book. It’s one of the great books ever written about self-discovery, listening to your heart, and following your dreams. Even some famous and successful people recommend reading The Alchemist.
Dive into the magical story of an Andalusian shepherd boy that starts out as a journey of finding worldly treasure, which later turns into a discovery of something even more significant.