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The most inspiring books to follow your passions

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The most inspiring books to follow your passions

What inspired me to start The Passion Co. has been a mix of tears and sweat as well as ink from the pens of those who wrote about life and its meaning.

For your holidays, I wanted to share with you these books that have been a source of inspiration and new ideas. Whether you plan to be lying on a beach in Mexico, taking the slopes of Tahoe, or at café in Paris, these reads will be sure to get your 2015 started with a new perspective, ideas and maybe an action plan. 

1) The War of Art, Steven Pressfield

Why we love it: easy to read, makes you want to get out and do something, and full of memorable quotes. Pressfield’s style is masculine, honest and playful.

Category: Easy read

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2) Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl

Why we love it: A classic, and an all time best seller, this book is worth reading once, twice and as many times. Dr. Frankl depicts the essence and core of our lives after having survived concentration camps including Auschwitz. In addition to telling his raw story, Dr. Frankl weaves in his experiments as a doctor in Psychiatry.

Category: Philosophical, story telling

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3) The Prophet, Gebran Khalil Gebran

Why we love it: Besides being from my home country, Lebanon, Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. A collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and inspirational you can refer to at any time you are in doubt.

Category: Poetic, life

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4) The $100 start-up, Chris Guillebeau

Why we love it: Chris’s practical style makes a compelling case that you no longer need significant money or time to start something you love. The book has great examples to get you inspired and pragmatic advice.

Category: Entrepreneurship, practical 

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5) The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Why we love it: A book that I read when I was a teenager, Coelho tells a magical story of a young boy traveling the world, weaving in lessons and wisdom about life, love and work. Coelho’s words will be sure to warm your heart and inspires you to follow it.

Category: Classic, poetic

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6) Losing My Virginity, Sir Richard Branson

Why we love it: Branson’s life adventures will keep you off your seat, and make you wonder why you are not dreaming bigger. One of the most thrilling autobiography of our times.

Category: Entrepreneurship, story telling

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7) The Enneagram, Understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life

Why we love it: Our favorite personality type framework, based on the ancient system of the Enneagram, will help you to enjoy more satisfying and fulfilling relationships in all areas of your life by introducing you to the nine basic personality types inherent in human nature. Soon you will start referring to people by their Enneagram number.

Category: Manual, personality type

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8) Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously, Osho

Why we love it: Osho inspired us to believe in embracing fear, which is one of the principles in our Find Your Passion Program. This is one of the best manual on fear, perfect if you are going through transitions or challenging times in general.

Category: Life, spirituality

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A Professional Liar - How I went from Procrastinating to Doing

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A Professional Liar - How I went from Procrastinating to Doing

It was to be named Zendez. It would become the number 1 online destination for wellness retreats: a weekend at Esalen in Big Sur or a month long meditation retreat in rural India, you would find a range of experiences at your fingertips. I spent a year, talking about my tech wellness “start-up” during the day and going home at night procrastinating on Facebook and boyfriend drama.

Speaking of boyfriend, we were together for three years. I spent the last year, promising myself and my close friends that I was going to have that difficult conversation. It was not working and I knew that it was time for me to learn to be alone and focus on my personal growth.

I managed for a full year to find excuses to avoid breaking up until one morning, my now ex-boyfriend and I realized there was nothing left but the coffee we had bought on our way to our hike. We never went on that hike; he did not drink his coffee. I crawled back into my undone bed, feeling empty, picking up what was left: a tech company that never was, a year of pretense and a frightened little girl. I discovered a part of myself that day.

Photo Credit: Celeste Noche Photography

Photo Credit: Celeste Noche Photography

Her name is Jessica. She was crying, cold and lonely.

Beneath the every day excuses, there is a young Jessica who is scared of getting hurt, rejected, punished for failing, being alone and most importantly afraid of what the future has to hold.

She desperately needed a hug. And I gave her that hug. I asked what she was afraid of with no judgment.

The truth is I had ignored how I was feeling all this time and instead I had become a professional liar.

I lied when someone asked me why I did not launch the website. I lied when my friend asked me why have I not said yes when my boyfriend threatened to leave. Most importantly I lied to myself. 

And only when I started giving the little Jessica that hug every day that I started doing what my heart truly desires. And only when I stopped running away from my fears, that life began to happen.

Underneath all of our fears I discovered, lies the fear of uncertainty. For we assume that uncertainty equals upcoming suffering, and then we freeze and get "stuck." When we don't take action, we forget that we are also missing out on the high probability that uncertainty can hold the life we have been yearning for. 

So we lie. We lie because we are afraid. We lie when we don’t want to go there and deal with the fear.

We have the potential to spend all of our lives lying, not actually living because we don’t want to face the unknown.

The difference is simple: the ones who do, know their fear best. The ones who don’t, run away from fear.

It is only when we become intimate with ourselves and get to know our fears that we can start doing. 

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
— Krishnamurti
Photo Credit: Celeste Noche Photography

Photo Credit: Celeste Noche Photography

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