“Human design reveals your inherent gifts and talents to boost your performance”
30 de November de 2023
I have everything, but I feel like something’s missing. Does this thought sound familiar? You have what they told you should make you happy: your basic needs covered, a house, a job, a salary that allows you to live well, comforts… But, once again, that thought is like a fly buzzing around your head: “Yes, I have everything, but…”.
These thoughts are much more common than you might think. The proof is in the many people who have turned this experience into books, to help others find that hidden purpose not visible at first glance.
Some of the pillars on which they build their discourse are:
Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, two professors at Stanford University, and Julia Cameron… These are important names who have been in your same situation and have tried to pave the way for others going through this process.
Here’s a list of the most important titles that will help you find your purpose:
2. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life is a book by Ken Robinson, an influential educator and advisor to governments around the world. Robinson refers to the “element” as the place where people do what they really want to do and become who they’ve always wanted to be. In this book, Robinson guides readers through a series of questions, such as: How can I discover my talents and passions? What happens if I like something that I’m not good at? What should I do if I’m good at something that I don’t like? What if I can’t make a living from my Element? Throughout the book, Robinson helps readers find the answers to these vital questions that can change their personal and professional paths. Robinson also suggests that no matter your ageor your current situation is, it’s never too late to find your element and transform your life through your passion.
3. The Artist’s Way is a book written by Julia Cameron, a woman of many passions: she’s a writer, a playwright, a composer and a filmmaker. The New York Times has dubbed her “the queen of change” and she has written over forty books, both fiction and non-fiction. Although the title of the book might make it seem like it’s only for people who want to pursue the arts —music, painting, writing or film— the exercises proposed in the book can be useful for anyone, thanks to the abundance of practical exercises that are offered. These exercises will allow you to undergo a process of self-discovery, where you can identify your creative potential from a place of curiosity, playfulness and exploration. One particularly interesting exercise that Cameron suggests is what she calls the “morning pages”. This activity involves writing three pages in a notebook every morning about your thoughts, emotions, feelings or sensations, in order to empty your mind and keep the flow constant. You don’t have to write well; the goal is simply to clear your mind and keep the words flowing.
It is designed based on two core concepts: having a real experience in the development of key aspects of entrepreneurship and having the necessary fun during the learning process.
4. Regain Your Power. In order to discover your passions, talents and abilities, it’s essential that you feel connected with yourself. Rut Nieves, the author of this book, suggests that you take back control of your life by reconnecting with your inner power. In this work, Nieves explains that our minds are conditioned by a series of limiting beliefs that have caused us to distrust our abilities and capacities to the point of even forgetting them altogether. In “Regain Your Power”, you’ll find tools and practical exercises to begin a process of liberation from a belief system that holds you back and to reconnect with your intuition, abilities and instincts.
5. Shoe Dog is the autobiography of Nike’s founder, Phil Knight. This book is ideal for people with unconventional dreams who are seeking inspiration. It speaks honestly about the entrepreneurial process and what it takes to turn an idea into a real business. This book is great if you also want to learn about one of the most successful and revolutionary entrepreneurs, including both the achievements and the obstacles that can be encountered during the entrepreneurial journey.
The authors of these five books demonstrate that it is possible to have a career that’s in alignment with you —with the gifts, talents and abilities you have— and to feel fulfilled both personally and professionally.