24 Most Helpful Books About Finding Your Passion

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This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Finding Your Passion. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Follow Your Heart by Andrew Matthews

This product was recommended by Gian Moore from Mellowpine

I was at a point in my life where I felt attacked, vulnerable and confused. I just couldn’t figure out why all of this stuff was happening to me (death of loved one, lawsuits, and money problems). I found myself having forms of anxiety and the need to retreat from life. We were at an airport and quite by accident, my kids asked if we could go into the store and get a postcard. I saw this book and thumbed through it. It was written as if the author was talking to you and he included many cartoons. I bought it and put it in the outside pocket of my carry-on. As I was boarding the plane the flight attendant saw the book and told me that this book had changed his life. As I started to read, the book started to answer so many of my questions as to why things were happening to me. I started to use some of his techniques and sure enough, my life turned around very, very quickly. It is 2009 now and I read this book in 2003….my life is still on track and I have nothing to complain about. He has a book for teenagers, one about making friends and another book similar to this one. I have bought this book as a gift for other people and it has changed their lives too. The greatest book ever.

The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday

This product was recommended by Rowena Murakami from Tiny Kitchen Divas

He talks about how it is important to embrace obstacles and that the obstacle will help you discover your purpose and passion. The book is based on Stoicism, a school of philosophy.

The Little Book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi

This product was recommended by Erika Rykun from Booklyst

This book teaches us the Japanese philosophy of ikigai, which is about finding passion and enjoying what you are doing. The book shows a new way to appreciate things we do without depending on social media likes and shares.

On Purpose With Purpose by John Ramstead

This product was recommended by Saskia Ketz from Mojomox

The knowledge within this book took a lifetime to write and is the precise path on how to find your best self, connect to your purpose and live life more fully. A fully comprehensive toolbox to be used regularly to discover your passion with step-by-step actions to navigate from A-Z. It would make a brilliant addition to any student library.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank

This product was recommended by Admir Salcinovic from Pricelisto

Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning provides a vivid account of an individual’s experience as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp. The book focuses on love, hope, responsibility, inner freedom, and the beauty to be found in both nature and art as means that help one endure and overcome harrowing experiences.

The Element by Ken Robinson

This product was recommended by Admir Salcinovic from Pricelisto

The Element invite you to look within yourself to journey towards your very essence: your Element – your most precious asset. The message is simple: realize yourself and become more involved in the present moment, in the here and now. Finding the Element means finding yourself, and getting what you really want out of life.

Unwrapping Your Passion by Karen Putz

This product was recommended by Admir Salcinovic from Pricelisto

In writing this book, Karen set out to determine how people find their passions and what keeps them passionate. She interviewed 200 people, and she tells many of their stories, revealing their secrets and inspirations. Then she challenges readers with exercises to help discover the passion within themselves.

The Life You Were Born to Live by Dan Millman

This product was recommended by Admir Salcinovic from Pricelisto

The Life You Were Born to Live, reveals a precise method to determine your own life path and the life paths of others; your core issues and hidden calling; your innate talents as well as challenges in areas of health, money, sexuality, and other areas.

This Proud Heart by Pearl S. Buck

This product was recommended by Emma Miles from PawsomeAdvice

This book is fiction and it doesn’t talk about discovering and finding your passion directly. However, the story of a young and talented girl captivated by the patriarchal society tells us we shouldn’t suffocate our wants and desires to please society, our partner, and family. It shows us that we should nurture our true, authentic self, regardless of what other people say since, at the end of the day, we are the ones living in our bodies. We are the ones who should live our lives the best we can, and be proud of every mistake and success we make because we know we followed what our intuition told us to follow. That said, the moral of the story is to avoid compromising our authentic selves and nurture every bit of passion and spark we have. Only through true authenticity, we can find our true passions.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

The best self-help book for people looking for ideas to achieve their dreams. The book is filled with confirmation, spiritual truth, and wisdom beyond your imagination. Each chapter brings the concepts to life and keeps the book lighter and more approachable. Also tell you that you cannot acquire great wealth without a concrete plan for attaining that wealth, a serious passion that compels you to act on your plan continuously, and great faith that your plan will allow you to succeed.

Man’s Search for Meaning By Viktor E. Frankl

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

This is one of the few novels that everyone should read at least once in their lives. Read this book when you’re feeling lost; read it when you’re feeling trapped; and read it while you’re in agony. The human is a pleasure-seeking creature, yet allowing pleasure to control the route of your life will never lead you to your passion and purpose. Man’s Search for Meaning is a book on how to find your life’s purpose as well as how to overcome adversity, suffering, and feel free no matter what your circumstances are.

The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

This product was recommended by Sean Chapman from Tools’n’Goods

Sometimes a feeling of stagnation in your life is caused by the lack of adventure. This wonderful book by Chris Guillebeau will encourage you to turn your life into an exciting quest that will bring back meaning and the feeling of fulfillment. The story is full of different inspiring stories and includes interviews with people who have done something special to change their lives completely. Consider this book as a guide on how to make your life more interesting and memorable.

The crossroads of should and must by Elle Luna

This product was recommended by Smriti Tuteja from Yogic-Experience

This is a light and quick read that leaves you with some intense thoughts. It brings about a change in the way you approach life. The author is an artist, and that is reflected in the gorgeous pages that have stunning drawings. Most people move through life without recognizing their genuine passion. All they focus on is earning and try figuring out ways in which they can make money. Only a few recognize the difference between a job and a passion and, through this book, the author has tried to make the distinction clearer. I was at those crossroads once when I hated my IT job but stuck to it only because it paid the bills. The book helped me clear the fog and now I am a writer, an artist, and a yoga instructor. I have gifted 8 copies ever since I read it and all the recipients have loved it. You can keep it close to your heart, gift it or adorn your coffee table with it, it is a brilliant book that helps develop a perspective.

The Passion Test by Janet Attwood

This product was recommended by Gennady Litvin from Moshes Law

The title of the book speaks for itself. Any time you need to make a choice if you are afraid of making the wrong decision. Despite its being deceptively simple, the book is very helpful if you need to choose between different passions. After all, your passions influence your whole life!

Manifesting Your Dreams by Marla McKenna

This product was recommended by Marla McKenna from MarlaMcKenna

Twenty Inspiring Stories of Manifested Dreams revealing how each of the authors found their life’s purpose through actual manifesting tools, the Law of Attraction, hard work, believing in themselves, or on the other side of trauma or tragedy. Each unique story offers encouragement to face life’s challenges and find strength, peace, and joy in purpose and making a difference.

Define Your Destiny by Kelvin A. Redd

This product was recommended by Kelvin Redd from Kelvin Redd, LLC

We all want to be happy and successful. But it’s hard to know what we really have a passion for, or how to get there. The problem is that most people are not clear on their goals and values, which leads them down the wrong path in life. You don’t have to suffer from a lack of direction like this any longer! Define Your Destiny will help you discover your purpose and passion in life by defining your core strengths, hopes, and desires so that you can live a more meaningful existence. Kelvin Redd will also show you how to avoid common traps such as materialism and predictability so that you can achieve success without compromising happiness along the way. This self-awareness book is for anyone who wants a better understanding of themselves AND those around him/her – whether they’re heading up an organization or just looking for ways to improve their personal relationships with family & friends.

Grit by Angela Duckworth

This product was recommended by Sara Reed from Sara Reed Business Coaching

Oftentimes we think too hard about what we are passionate about. When it’s really a matter of what is fun and is a subject we can talk about for hours. In Grit, Angela shows you grit can be learned, regardless of I.Q. or circumstances and how lifelong interest is triggered and turns into passion.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

This product was recommended by Daniel Morris from Fire and Saw

This is maybe an unexpected book about finding your passion, but it really helped me to discover some new things I enjoy doing. The title of the book really says it all, but it’s about identifying and breaking bad habits while at the same time recognizing and improving good ones. Reading this book helped me to see where I was wasting a ton of time and energy in my life, and how I could better direct that time and energy into more important things. For example, instead of scrolling through Facebook for up to an hour or more a day, I removed the app from my phone. Instead, I got out in the garden and discovered how much I enjoy sowing, growing, and harvesting fresh food. When you fill your life up with meaningless things, it keeps you from discovering the things that will become your passions. That’s what this book has shown me.

Don’t Stop, Won’t Stop by Alec Moonee

This product was recommended by Krista Haws from Dripped Coffee

While most books that teach people to follow their passion and find their purpose in life speak of general ideas and fundamental insights, this one by Alec Moonee gives readers a step-by-step guide on how to discover these essential elements of a fulfilling life. The lessons on letting go of the past are incredibly beneficial, as are the thoughtful worksheets that coax readers into tackling challenges in a realistic manner. Written in an energetic tone that rubs off on the reader, this book encourages you to overcome anxiety and negativity to embrace a vibrant and creative life.

Finding Your Element by Sir Ken Robinson PhD and Lou Aronica

This product was recommended by Jerry Ford from 4WD Life

Going beyond the boundaries set by society and even ourselves is often the biggest challenge in discovering our true selves. In this book, the authors show readers how to overcome this challenge to find and travel the path of personal enlightenment. Thanks to the many stories, lessons, and roadmaps shared in the book, committing to change becomes easier for readers, and finding the inspiration to find purpose in life is no longer a struggle. This book’s as useful for leaders and educators as it is for individuals looking for ways to make their personal journeys more meaningful.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how to find passions through your curiosity, what living a creative life really means and how you can live more creatively to find more joy and meaning in your life. I love this book. I regularly recommend people to listen to/read it. Listen to Big Magic on Audible, read the Kindle e-book, or buy a classic paperback or hardcover.

Find Your Passion by Henri Junttila

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

As the name suggests, it is one of the best books to know about your passion. Asking questions from yourself is the best way to find the best in yourself. This book contains 25 questions that can change your life and end your struggles. After reading the book, you will also get to know more about yourself, your passion, sentiments, state of mind, decision-making, and many more.

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

One of the most exciting books that can help you achieve whatever you dream of. After reading the book, you will be full of positivity, confidence, and a flame of motivation will be lit up in your body. The book helps individuals maintain the right mindset about what they want to achieve and implement their plans to achieve success.

It Starts With Passion by Keith Abraham

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

The book’s title is exciting and tells the importance of following your passion. The book tells how following your passion will help you live the life you want. So if you are getting away from your passion for several reasons, this book helps you reconnect with it.

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