How many of us truly enjoy what we do? By enjoy, I mean, wake up in the morning, excited about the day in front of us. How many of us have the privilege of living such a life?  Not many of us are lucky enough to find the perfect work-life balance that gifts us enough time to follow our passion. Many of us are dissatisfied with work, feeling unfulfilled and misunderstood, while several others feel uninspired to go after what they want. As per a 2014 study by Gallup, more than 70% of the working community is not engaged in their work-life. The problem here being that it takes a lot of courage to quit your regular job and go after something you genuinely love.

But every once in a while, something comes along that changes that thought process, and gets us off our backs. Sometimes it’s a person who inspires us to reach for more, other times it’s one of our own experiences, and yet other times, it’s a book that does the trick. Such books gift us inspirational thoughts and lights a fire within us. Keeping that in mind, here’s a look at a few books which will  inspire you to follow your passion and find your purpose in life!

1. The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins’ new book The Art of Work inspires people to take a deep look into their lives, and really gauge whether they are happy or not. According to Goins’, life gets meaning through three different yet important things; something we are passionate about, a meaningful relationship, and a clear view on life. Hence, to be satisfied in life, we must get moving, rise above our own issues and work things out. He talks about how people wait their whole lives for an adventure, when instead, they need to find one for themselves. The book also provides a lot of practical advice and evidence regarding people who have been able to do the impossible, and actually follow their passion. One of the best quotes from the book is as follows;

Regardless of natural talent or the lack thereof, every person has the ability to improve themselves.

2. Do-Over by Jon Acuff

Do-Over is Jon Acuff’s final book of a trilogy that helped people all over the world redo their life, the right way. The book focuses on the four skills that every person needs to build to achieve success in life. While his book Quitter, helped people get over their fear of quitting their jobs, Start helped people build their own company. Do-over goes a step further by explaining how one can build themselves up by investing time and effort in acquiring and polishing the right skills. The book also encourages people to analyse their skills and helps them understand which new skills they must procure in order to become more employable and successful in life. Here’s a great quote from the book;

I like being a beginner. I like the moment where I look at everyone and say, “I have no idea how to do this, let’s figure it out.

3. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

Vagabonding is the ultimate travel book for all people who have a serious case of wanderlust. If you feel like you don’t have enough time in your life to take some time off and go see all the places you have always wanted to, then this is the book for you! Having a regular 9 to 5 job really restricts your ability to see the world, but this book opens your eyes to everything you are missing out on, and is therefore an amazing way to get inspired and explore new places. The book beautifully highlights how travel can help you grow as an individual and as a professional, and also about all the long-term benefits of being a traveller. Often regarded as the Bible for backpackers, this book will give you a serious case of the travel bug, and is worth the read. One of my favourite quotes from the book is:

Work is when you confront the problems you might otherwise be tempted to run away from.

4. Choose Yourself by James Altucher

Choose Yourself is a wonderful book by Altucher that focuses on how sometimes it is important to put yourself first and choose what is best for yourself, even if that makes you a little selfish. The book talks about how sometimes we let ourselves be carried away by the words of others, and how people rarely do anything for themselves anymore. Focusing on yourself, and trying to better yourself by investing time and effort in building and honing skills are the best assets you can have in today’s competitive world. In a world where everyone is busy looking out for themselves, if you are one of the unfortunate few who tend to depend a lot on the words of others, you will find yourself unhappy and stuck. Here’s one of the best quotes quotes from the book:

Every time you say yes to something you don’t want to do, you will resent people, you will do a bad job, you will have less energy for the things you were doing a good job on, you will make less money, and yet another small percentage of your life will be used up, burned up, a smoke signal to the future saying, “I did it again.

5. The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch by Dan Norris

This book by Dan Norris inspires you to quit that job you hate so much, and head on out there and follow your dreams. Many people have issues figuring out what to do after they hand their resignations in, and that is exactly what this book helps you with. From explaining marketing basics to giving you the confidence required to go after the things you love, Norris really helps us realise how we are the only ones holding ourselves back in this gem of a book. Every stage of business from designing a product to shipping has been meticulously mentioned here so that young entrepreneurs get a taste of what’s out there for them. Here’s a great quote from the book:

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.

If you feel you are stuck in a job you don’t enjoy, or feel like you are made for better things, then grab a copy of one of these books, and engross yourself in them to gain more understanding of the options you have. Not everyone can leave their desk job behind and explore the world. But, the only person stopping you from doing that is yourself, and these books might just solve that problem. They will challenge your perspective, and inspire you to head out of your comfort-zone and embrace the risk that comes along with following your dreams. Have we missed your favourite book in this list? If so, do let us know by commenting in the section below!