2 Best Books to Help You Find Your Passion

passion.png, Nov 2022

Ikigai by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Do you know the two simple questions that play a crucial role in the journey to becoming successful? Finding answers to these two questions will change your life upside down. It can make college drop-outs become billionaires and can convert a dyslexic person into the New York Times best-selling author. Finding the answer to these two questions can make us rise and fly high in the sky, achieve whatever we wish for, and break any previously set records. Those two simple questions are WHY and HOW. These interrogations are significant, and every person should ask themselves often.

Setting the ultimate goal and planning what we have to do may not be sufficient to achieve the goals. If we don’t have an answer for our WHY and HOW, then we may lose track and shift our focus to something else, which is not even that important. If we have us WHY and HOW in front of us, then the chances are high that we will never quit and keep us motivated during our entire journey. Having clear answers to these questions may clarify our goal in many aspects. Also, clear answers to these questions prevent the wastage of our precious time in figuring out what to do and kill procrastination from our routine and make us more prompt.

The two best books that made me realize the importance of knowing why and how I want to achieve my end goal, and helped to plan my journey in a better way are ‘Ikigai’ and ‘Start with Why.

I loved the concept of ‘Golden Circle, which I think is the best part of the book ‘Start with WHY’ written by Simon Sinek. The Golden Circle is consist of three concentric circles. According to the author of this book, the secret to success for any company or organisation is its core values. The core values that develop from the question WHY. After having fixed the cause, the companies focus on how they do it and what they do. The Author has given many more useful insights to gain leadership values and achieve success. I was so fascinated by these penetrations that I read this book twice. And After reading this book twice, I discern why I never quit pursuing my dream despite all the dazzling yet distracting opportunities on my way – it is because of my WHY – to empower people with all the information about preventive medical and non-medical practices which will help them live their lives in a better way and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

For someone, it is difficult to find their WHY as they are confused or not sure about what is their passion. Our WHYs cannot be earning too much money or fame; because they are outputs of the work we are performing or the service we will provide. Money, fame, and success are certain if we are working on our passion. Also, satisfaction and happiness coming from outputs are temporary. However, satisfaction and enjoyment coming from the process of working on our passion are long-term.

The second book which I would like to discuss is ‘Ikigai’. It helped me to reaffirm my passion for the field of Public Health and Community Nutrition.  It is a great book which helps us to find our passion. This book has explained four different aspects of work including - mission, vocation, profession, and passion; based on likings, skills, and needs of the world. The work that we like to do and we are good at it, and also, the world needs it, and we will get paid nicely for doing it becomes our Ikigai. However, the word Ikigai means the purpose of life. If we know your Ikigai, then we know where to go when we feel lost. This book has many other amazing principles to be happy and longevity.

After reading these two books I decided to work on my purpose, core values, cause, and beliefs. For long-term gratification and peace, we all need to find our passion. Working on our passion can lead to great success. Rather I would say that to create a sustainable life, we all should find out our WHY. If we know our passion or our WHY, then there is no need to look for motivation outside. It will come from within. We don’t have to wait for someone to come and support us. We will receive help in all possible ways once we start working on our passion.


About the Author:

Dr. Priyanka Mohol [BHMS, PGDEMS & CC, DDHN, MPH (Scotland)]

Public Health Consultant & Community Nutrition Specialist