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.
Do you want to know where the book title is coming from? Check this one-minute video!
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
This is a must-read. It is a sweeping attempt to explain not only poverty (1.29 billion people struggling to survive on less than USD 1.25 per day) but various forms of gut-wrenching world problems.
Sexy stories: know how to tell them but do not believe them. Every best seller is ephemeral. Realization is inwards.
My friend and frequent contributor Ken used to live in the Middle East where I got to meet him. He is not only passionate about this part of the world. He is also one among the few expats I know who embraces the Middle East and understands it.
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