Oh, passion?

People who are most happy reference the following of their passion. That's a pretty cliche ideal and I think we all know that.

If you want this broken down, it doesn't mean they are eternally happy, but essentially they care so much about the projects they work on, that when shit sucks, they don't mind it.

It's because what they are working towards is worth the suffering.

Passion, is caring and caring gives meaning in life. Some people find projects in life they are passion about naturally, while for some us, it requires some wandering.

Really, it comes down to the social fears and stigmas associated with whatever we like to do.

Have you ever been scared to raise your hand in class?

Have you ever been scared to make a passionate post online about a social cause?

If so, in that instance you were scared of being wrong, crazy or annoying. Life is not defined by single events. That's the risk takers mindset. They know if they get chopped up by the media, they can come back in two weeks and get their message right.

I work in marketing. First impressions are not everything.

Andrew's TOP FIVE Book Recommendations:

  1. The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo
  2. Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki
  3. Mindset by Carol Dweck
  4. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
  5. The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch

 

Three Book Reviews

Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl was a psychiatrist in Austria who had committed his life to identifying meaning. The Nazis took him and his family away. His family was killed and he survived three years in concentration camps through sheer willpower.

Get Man's Search for Meaning Here

Mindset

Read this after Man's Search for Meaning. Mindset is an epic account based on psychology which breaks down how your thought actually drives results and gives you the life you want.

I know that sounds ULTRA cliche. But trust me. This shit will blow your mind.

Get Mindset Here

The Alchemist

This book is an incredible narrative that will show you when things suck, its worth it.

It teaches you to think bad situations might be placed in your life to make you avoid worse situations.

Get Alchemist Here

 

Tests to help you know you

Gallup's Clifton Strengths Finder

The Clifton Strengths Finder test, hosted by Gallup Inc. has been one of the most meaningful tests in my life for the discovery of who I am, of which I have leveraged in my career. Going into the test, I thought my results would return how social and extroverted I was.

Like many other personality tests, this (short) test will analyze your behavior, thoughts and actions in a variety of situations. Gallup Inc. is a highly reputable domain and you can trust these results. The test is $15 for your top 5 traits.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

My results showed analytical and curious (among others). At first I was confused, but I sat back and tried to understand. When I really analyzed by past and how I maneuvered through my day, these traits really began to show.

Lots of people (myself included) want to believe themselves to be a certain way. You can train and develop skills, but you might be surprised about who you really are, sometimes it takes an unbiased computer to analyze your behavior!

Sign up to take the Gallups Clifton Strengths Finder Test here

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

It is quite likely you have heard of this one. The Myers Briggs exam is easily the most thorough personality exam out there. I won't dive too deep on the history of the exam or it's inventors, but it is worth a read itself.

Anyways, take the exam. The full edition can be found here. Be aware the real exam is a big deal. It will cost you $49.95. A little more costly but this one is absolutely huge.

The Clifton Strengths Finder exam talks about more actionable traits for yourself, whereas the MBTI dives deep on the core of who you are and this lend you a overflow amount of resources to understand yourself. Imagine a breakdown of potential strengths and weaknesses for yourself and how to tackle them.

So many of the successful say their success began on knowing their strengths and weaknesses then investing into the strengths. This exam is based on science. Imagine horoscope but based on real data, and how you actually interact in situations. It is INSANELY POWERFUL.

You need to take this exam.

Use this link to take the Myers-Briggs Typer Indicator (MBTI)