What’s up, guys—recently I got a question from a reader about discovering your passion:
“…it seems I don’t have any passions at all in life… because I have been honestly trying to find passion for years now (I’m 27) but I haven’t been able to find anything. Maybe I’m just going through a depressing time in life since everything just seems dreary/dull and the more I try to find any sort of passion, the more lost and confused I get because I still can’t find anything remotely interesting to me.”
I asked him a few questions, and we went back and forth…but I decided that rather than responding to his email I would just make an article so that we can all learn from this.
If you are having trouble finding your passion, get the fuck in here. You need to read this.
As I’ve said many times before, I’m an avid reader. I try (keyword: try) to read a book a day, depending on whether or not time permits.
Recently I’ve been delving into a lot of different spiritual books, which can be quite intimidating. Some of these books grapple with intense concepts such as death, the meaning of life, the ego, finding your place in the world, and transcending your old self.
Despite their difficulty to read, spiritual books are perhaps the most rewarding books that you could ever read.
They will teach you amazing life lessons that have been passed down to us from wise sages of the past, they will help you to better understand yourself and your reality, and they will give you a deep sense of fulfillment (if you internalize them).
So, without further ado, here are my top 5 spiritual books that will make you a better man.
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
I’ll never forget the first time that I heard these words—I was a 14 year old boy, in a seminar filled with other 14 year old boys. It was my first year of high school. One of the veteran football coaches, who’d played as a linebacker in the NFL, hobbled out; his body was that of a man who’d endured a lifetime of tackles and blows, but there was a distinct sense of purpose, of will, in his walk.
He spoke these words to me and my fellow classmates, in a very serious tone of voice. At the time, I just thought it was a cool quote. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how powerful this idea really was.
A lot of guys wonder what the key to success is. Persistence? Hard work? Or maybe being decisive? Well, these things are all great, but there’s one key to success that’s even more fundamental than these.
It’s what will make persistence easy. It’s what will enable the hard work. And without it? You won’t ever be decisive. Despite the incredible impact of this one little key to success, it’s actually very simple. Do you know what it is?
It’s your ability to stay present to the moment, and to focus on the process, not on the results. In other words, it’s learning to enjoy the journey.