A while ago I started a blogpost with a question: “what would you do if you were not afraid”?
I cannot remember the number of times I asked myself this question. Yet, in the past few months, I have asked myself a different question: “do you do things out of fear or out of love”?
Over time, I also learned to ground myself through another important question: “would you rather be happy or right”?
I have recently read a book called “so good they can’t ignore you” by Cal Newport.
What is the book about
In his book, Newport debunks a long-held belief that one should follow his/her passion. The author describes how passions are rare and do not mean that people will love and excel at what they are doing. He also strongly believes that following your passion has negative impacts on your life such as anxiety and chronic job-hopping.
Briefly, this is a case against passion.
Those who match their job with a preexisting passion do not necessarily succeed. Most successful people found their passion after hard work. It is not the opposite. As such, what you do for a living is not as important as how you do it.
The author believes that you can create a life you like and a work you love.
Why I liked the book
I am not a big fan of theories around happiness and passion. I do not think that there is a recipe and a one-size fits all when it comes to success. I also do not recommend looking at life from this perspective for three main reasons
This book confirms my theory that says that if you are very good at something, you will end up loving it.
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Who should read this book: Those fretting about what to do with their life, or frustrated by their current job situation
Why you should read this book: To find a fresh new way to take control of your livelihood
Book genre: Non-fiction, psychology, self-improvement
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This book is an invitation to women who are oftentimes overly fearful of being seen as “too much” or “not enough”. The authors urge women from all walks of life not to back off prematurely and not to worry if they step over the line.
Women tend to tell themselves stories about their emotions and their bodies. Reading this book helps any women rewrite her story to her own advantage.
In her book Never Give Up, Joyce Meyer quotes this speech as an example of a winning state of mind. Her book is about how to create it.