Chris and Janet Attwood have provided a clear, simple, and effective method to help you identify your core passions. -- John Gray, PhD, #1 NY Times author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Passion Test has given me insight into what was missing in my life, where I was not 100% spot on. -- Jack Canfield, co-creator, #1 NY Times bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, and Director, Canfield Training Institute
The Attwood's will ... wake up the passions which are the fuel for living the life you were meant to live -- Richard Paul Evans ~ #1 NY Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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The naysayers are correct. This book has a great message, in fact 200 pages of great message, all of which could have been explained in adequate detail in 3 pages or a single blog post. Don't waste your money, skim it at the book store and go home and live it.
If you want focused, easy to apply guidelines on finding & developing your own passions this book is a waste of your time and money. If you don't mind having your focus constantly interrupted by the boring details of the author's ego trip to India, then you might enjoy it. It totally failed to gain & keep my interest long enough to dig out anything of practical value. The "effortless path" in this book leads to boredom, confusion, and disappointment. It never got anywhere close to helping me discover my life purpose. I regret buying the book.