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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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