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Co-founders of the online magazine Healthy Wealhty 'n' Wise, husband and wife team Bray and Attwood have produced a self-help guide with a simple test at its core, requiring readers to list and prioritize their goals, wants and desires, weeding and striking until they have just five "passions" listed; those are then held against one's life to determine how close one is to each (readers are encouraged to retake the test every six months). A full life steeped in passion is achievable, the authors assert, through the application of three concepts: intention, attention and "no tension." In part one, these concepts are explored in depth, along with seven steps for "Living Life Aligned with Passion"; part two puts these ideas into action. Throughout, the text is peppered with anecdotes, theories and analysis from experts and colleagues who have taken the test and put it to use in their lives. There's nothing revolutionary about Bray and Attwood's technique, but it's a simple (if not exactly "effortless") approach to organizing and prioritizing that's both practical and intuitive.
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“The simplest, clearest way to get started on knowing what you want—by getting clear on who you are.”
—T. Harv Eker, author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

“It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s profound.”
—Jack Canfield, cocreator of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Chicken Soup for the Soul

“[A] clear, simple, and effective method to help you identify your core passions so you can create the fulfilling life you deserve.”
—John Gray, Ph.D., #1 New York Times bestselling author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452289858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452289857
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By seeker67 on February 5, 2009
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People like to knock books like these because their ideas are perhaps too simple. My thinking, however, is just the opposite- all the good ideas that really work ARE simple.

To me, the biggest value of this book is that it can really help one get focused on their passions and the things they really want out of life- and few things are more important than that.

Sure you can reduce the book down to its simplest form of "make a list of your passions". But then again, weight loss can be reduced down to "eat less and exercise more" as well. Yes, that's a simple and effective solution, but I doubt most people will be successful with just that simple piece of advice alone. And THAT'S the real value of the book- it provides guidance on how to have a fulfilling life using a very simple idea.

Get this book if you feel like something's not quite right in your life and you need a change of direction- the book will help. Remember, you can't get what you want until you know WHAT you want. Readers might also be interested in The Prayer Project: How Each One of Us Can Make The World a Better Place to Live - In a Few Minutes a Day. G-luck.
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149 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Brian Allen VINE VOICE on March 28, 2007
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I entirely agree with one of the previous reviews by Suchit Parikh that this is not worth buying. It gives a simple test to write down the ten most important goals in your life and then every chapter tells you how to do it over again and refine it. I read about 2/3 of the book and after reading how the authors had claimed to have coached several people on their way to becoming millionares realized this book was their effortless path to make a million.

There is not much substance here and there are better ways to reflect on how you should lead your life. I would recommend taking a good vacation, go hike a mountain, visit a foreign country and do something to get a better perspective on your life. I am somewhat obsessive about finishing books and almost never stop reading a book without finishing it, this was a rare exception.

This might be a good book for someone that really needs a simple way to organize their thoughts but as the previous reviewer said it would have been better done on a pamphlet or webpage.
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91 of 103 people found the following review helpful By clarita apple on April 28, 2007
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I should have read the other negative reviews before buying this book. The Passion Test is nothing more than making a list of 10 things you like and then whittling it down. No insight, no creativity, no help.

The authors have been active in the self-help world for some time and have peddled all sorts of pap, anything to make a buck. They are part of a group that promotes each others' products through cross marketing and reviewing each others' products, so I'd take the raves for this book with a large grain of salt.

One thing is clear: The author's passion is marketing pap to the pseudo-spiritual seekers. Save your money.
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63 of 72 people found the following review helpful By H. Tran-Tien on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the first half of the book because it is direct and clear. List 10 passions, find out your top 5 passions and look at them on a daily basis. I had an epiphany when I found out my number 1 passion!

Then, for the rest of the book, there is nothing new and it seems like a rehash from other self-improvement books. I was less excited and have stopped reading the book.

This book is recommended for those who don't know their passions in life or need to re-organise their passions to achieve their maximum potential!
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Hutcheson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Having been fortunate enough to have learned my passion as a child, I found this book to no avail. But the message is true and worthwhile and it works. And the stories were inspiring.

If you've not yet found your passion and are not sure how to find it, this is the place to begin. Doing what you love, being the type of person you want to be . . . those are key to a great, fulfilling life. And anything that helps you to get there is a good thing.

First, of course, as the book says, you must find your passion. Odd that so many people don't know their passion. But unfortunately, lots of people don't. Just to know how to dig it out of yourself is worth gold.

So my recommendation is simple. If you already know you passion, forget this book. It won't be of help to you. Read more about how to apply your passion.

But if you've not yet discovered your destiny, read the book. Everyone has an inner gift, something unique. When we do what we love, happiness results. To see people labor daily at jobs they hate is so sad. If people would read a book like this and get started on finding their destiny, they would be better off.

So whether to buy the book or not depends on where on that trip you are.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Michaels on October 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I think "The Passion Test" is a great start to get focused on what someone wants, and the interviews in the second half of the book can be inspiring. If this is all you need to do to have the quality of life that you wish, then you need go no further. But as with "The Secret," with most of the people that I deal with, we need a lot more to fulfill our objectives.

Many elements need to be working in harmony to achieve your goals. Here are some questions to help you accomplish what you want:
1. Do you have clear specific measurable goals, so specific that anyone can easily understand what you want? Do they have enough detail to create pictures?
2. Do you know what your values are (freedom, love, contribution, etc.), and are they in harmony with a particular goal?
3. Do you have the skills (organizing, communicating, persuading, etc.) to achieve what you want, or can you get the support of someone who has the necessary skills?
4. Do you have the traits (dependable, hardworking, friendly, etc.) to be able to succeed?
5. Are you able to uncover and remove any negative limiting beliefs that you may have about yourself ("I don't deserve to be loved") or a particular objective ("This will never work")?
6. Can you establish the positive beliefs within yourself ("I can be healthy") that will enable you to achieve what you want?
7. Do you have access to the required resources to make things happen (money, equipment, people, etc.)?
Also, are you able to keep yourself consistently motivated by understanding what the negative consequences are if you don't achieve a goal, and what the wonderful benefits are if you do achieve the goal?
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