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The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose Paperback – September 30, 2008
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“It's simple, it's easy, and it's profound.”—Jack Canfield, #1 New York Times bestselling co-creator of 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
“Co-founders of the online magazine Healthy Wealthy '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… both practical and intuitive.”—Publishers Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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?
This may seem like a lot to deal with, but look at people who are achieving their dreams and how they are consciously or unconsciously implementing the above. This is why I recommend "Anatomy of Success" by Ronald A. Kaufman, which gives you a straightforward step-by-step system for incorporating all the necessary elements in one place. The book is filled with real world examples, tools, and techniques, and includes checklists for career, as well as a checklist of `101' questions to ask before you begin or end a relationship, which in itself can be priceless.
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.
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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I know that is a very strong sentence,and I don't use it often,but let me explain.In my childhood days,I was a very creative kid.