Right now I'm blasting out into the universe so much knowledge on finding your purpose. Being in the process of looking for your purpose is such an exciting one! Although it can feel scary and lonely at the same time.
A couple of years ago, 2 to be exact, I was LOST and feeling so alone. I was desperately searching for the light at the end of the tunnel guiding me towards my life purpose, the thing that would fill me with excitement, get me so jazzed that I would not want to go to bed at night and then be dying to wake up the next morning to get back to work. At that time I was spending a whole lot of time lying on my couch watching sitcom reruns and wondering what I was doing with my life.
Finally, I decided to take one of the biggest leaps of my life, quit my job, and moved to San Francisco on a whim that whatever I was searching for was waiting for me there.
That began the path of discovering my purpose and many books were involved in the process. I want to share my favorites with you to jumpstart you on YOUR path to purpose!
Book 1: The Alchemist By: Paulo Coelho
This book is a fictional book, but with the most amazing metaphor on finding your life purpose. This book helped me to not feel so alone on this quest of discovering my purpose and helped me see the beauty in the journey of the path to discovery as well as gave me faith in the fact that I had it inside me the whole time. I highly recommend this book to anyone on the journey of purpose.
"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," said the boy. "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself, and no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of it's dreams," replied the Alchemist.
Book 2: The Crossroads of Should and Must. Find and Follow Your Passion By: Elle Luna
This book literally JUMPED out a bookstore at me. It was hanging on a giant poster on the window of a bookstore in Portland, OR. After I saw the poster I couldn't stop thinking about it for 3 days until I finally went back and just bought it.
This book is exactly what you need if you are someone stuck in the spot of doing what you should do instead of following your MUST. Are you a people pleaser? Are you afraid to make a leap of faith? Are you unsure you can really do what you want? If so, this book is for you. And, it's beautiful.
Book 3: Man's Search for Meaning By: Viktor E. Frankl
This book is a MUST for anyone searching for their life's meaning. This book is 2 fold; the first part describing Viktor Frankl's experience of being the lone survivor of his entire family through his experience in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. His account is sobering and inspiring as he explains the reality of the theory "he who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." The 2nd portion of the book discusses his philosophy on how to discover the meaning of your life and inspires you to find meaning in WHATEVER part of the journey you may be on.
Book 4: The Happiness of Pursuit By: Chris Guillebeau
This book is perfect for one who is in the throes of the quest. It speaks to the happiness that is found along the journey of finding your passion. Where are you currently at? What are your current curiosities? How can you act on those to create something amazing inside yourself? Those and so many more questions are answered in this book.
My favorite quote from this book is, "It has become ever more clear to me that if I had spent my life avoiding any and all potential risks, I would have missed doing most of the things that have comprised the best years of my life." I second that statement 100%.
Book 5: Choose Yourself By: James Altucher
Once you have chosen a path to pursue, this book is the perfect guide for how to stick with it, create the courage you seek, and be happy no matter the situation. Not to mention, this book is hilarious, I laughed out loud through the whole thing and immediately subscribed to his podcast.
"Success comes from continually expanding your frontiers in every direction - creatively, financially, spiritually, and physically"
This is just a great guide for life. Period.
Anyways, whether you're an avid book reader like me, or just need a little kick in the pants to ignite your flame for discovering your purpose or pushing ahead through the fire, pick up one of these books and dive in. It is only through seeking knowledge that we find the answers.
And if you would like some one-on-one support click the link below to join the FREE "Life on Purpose" Challenge that begins NEXT week! We are going to:
discover together how your creativity + uniqueness = your personal passion so you can begin living life on purpose.
See you there!