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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.

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.



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 a passion for what you do and to build better quality relationships with family and friends.

The key is "Profit with a capital P." This means more than just gaining financial profit; it means finding profit in your emotional, spiritual, physical, interpersonal, and professional experiences. You want to find great pride and excitement in your work. The source of this kind of "Profit" is passion. Having a passion is the way to be truly fulfilled. A single source of passion can give you energy and initiative. This strong force will uplift and inspire you, and improve your performance so you can achieve much more than you might think possible.

This passion comes from the heart. The key to being a person who acquires a passion, someone who might be called a "passioneer," is to look to your heart. First, recognize that following your passion is a choice anyone can make. Once you decide...

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