Finding Purpose and Passion in Life Through Books

Have you ever thought what’s the best place or way to find the purpose and passion in your life?

For some people, it could be nature, traveling, friends, family, movies, or songs. Anything that can make them feel that spark in life again. Hence, most people find comfort and inspiration in books. They grasp the information faster and feel much more understood to find themselves in other people’s experiences.

Here are five main books to read so you can find your purpose and passion!


Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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This book can offer you a different point of view to find your passion and purpose in life. If you’re a creative person and have never been understood by others and lost your spark, this book is for you.

Big Magic is divided into six sections which are courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity. Through these chapters, the author suggests that you learn to learn the difference between passion and work. Sometimes you might mix them and lose that spark in your life. What makes this book different is the fact that Gilbert doesn’t set rules. She uses more common sense to help everyone no matter the age, to reflect on what’s stopping them from achieving their goals.


How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen

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Clayton M. Christensen shows how strategy is not just about writing down your goals or ideas. He wants you to know that in order to stay motivated you need to get that motivation from every realm. Just like Elizabeth Gilbert, Christensen, wants you to not focus only on work and find your life purpose. He implies that strategy whether in life or business is created through your decisions on how you spend time, money, and energy. These are the elements that give importance to planning. His theory of finding purpose and creating a stable life is not learning by making mistakes. Instead, the book shows that you should learn by making a prior plan and sticking to it.


The Element by Ken Robinson

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Being New York Times bestseller, The Element has introduced to the audience a new concept of self-fulfillment. The crucial aim of the book is to show the reader that this book is a two-way journey. The first one is to find what is within you and then to look around and grab opportunities.

Ken Robinson shares stories of different artists, athletes, scientists, academics, and business leaders. Each of them shows how reaching the element was important to find the purpose in their lives. He emphasizes that when natural talent meets personal passion that’s called the element. Then when you reach it you might claim that you’ve found the purpose of your life.


The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Alan Singer

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This book helps you to be free from intrusive thoughts and find peace within yourself. More precisely, this book will polish your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll learn how to manage the thoughts and emotions that have impacted negatively your unconsciousness. Michael Singer wants you to know that the development of consciousness can help you to be more present. Additionally, you’ll be able to free yourself from negative thoughts and emotions. Once you learn to manage these feelings, you’ll start to understand the outside world.


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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The last but not least, the most popular book by the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. If you like to read fiction instead of non-fiction books, you should read this one.

Actually, this book intertwines very carefully, Coelho’s journey of finding what was his purpose in this life and the protagonist’s aim. Many book critics, one of them being the New York Times editor Gregory Cowles, labeled this book as being more of a self-help piece than just fiction.

It’s so mesmerizing how the protagonist Santiago embarks on an unknown journey, but he has hope that he’ll find his true self. During this journey, Santiago learns who he is and what he wants. This journey helps him to focus on what he could improve and what really matters in life.

Today with 65 million copies sold worldwide, this book keeps inspiring millions of people.


It’s quite understandable if you find yourself in that stage of life where your life light is dimmed. Everyone does at some point in their lives, but the most important thing is to find something that can help reverse the situation. Many people might find it a cliché to find the passion and purpose in life through books. Yet, the experience and wisdom that is transmitted to you through words can change your life.


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