Summary of The Passion Plan

A Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering, Developing, and Living Your Passion

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The Passion Plan book summary
If you hate your job, if you sit at your desk sure that there must be something more to life, then ask yourself: “What’s my passion?” Now, make it so.


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Richard Y. Chang describes how to find your passion - what really excites you - and use that to guide your life. He emphasizes looking to your heart to discover what your passion is and then using your head to stay in touch with reality. The book presents some nice summaries and charts that highlight key concepts. But otherwise, much of this is well-trod ground that has been covered by many other writers in the self-improvement genre, in books such as Wishcraft or with titles like "love what you do." Chang adds enlivening personal touches and examples, but otherwise, much of the book seems familiar, and even repetitious. getAbstract recommends this book to the unfulfilled employee or uncertain entrepreneur, the person still searching for a passion.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why you should follow your heart but listen to your head;
  • Which seven steps to follow to lead you to your passions; and
  • Why the pursuit of your passions will create many new opportunities.


Discover Your Passion
Many people spend long hours doing things they don’t want to do in places they don’t want to be, because they feel they must. You don’t want to be like that, stuck in a job or field you don’t like or stifled by a boss or co-workers. Rather, you want to really feel...
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About the Author

Richard Y. Chang, Ph.D. is the CEO of Richard Chang Associates, based in Irvine, California. He is an internationally recognized management consultant who works with major corporations, including Toshiba, Marriott, Citibank, Universal Studios, Nabisco, Fidelity Investments, and McDonald’s. He is chairman of the board of the American Society for Training and Development.

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