The Passion Paradox

A Guide to Going All In, Finding Success, and Discovering the Benefits of an Unbalanced Life
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"Should we throw everything to the wind and follow our passions? Or should we strive for balance and let our passions cool? This book offers the surprising, nuanced, and research-backed answer." (Daniel H. Pink, Bestselling author of When and Drive)

"I feel like this book was written for me. I had to resist underlining every sentence." (Shalane Flanagan. New York City Marathon Champion, Four-Time Olympian, and New York Times bestselling author)

The coauthors of the bestselling Peak Performance dive into the science behind passion, revealing the ways in which passion is a double-edged sword and offering a plan for following your passion without ruining your life.

Common advice is to find and follow your passion. A life of passion is a good life, or so we are told. But it's not that simple. The same drive that fuels breakthroughs - whether they're athletic, scientific, entrepreneurial, or artistic - can be every bit as destructive as they are productive. Yes, passion can be a wonderful gift, but only if you know how to use it. If you're not careful, passion can become an awful curse, leading to suffering and burnout. 

Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness once again team up, this time to demystify passion, showing readers how they can find their passion, sustainably harness its power, and avoid its dangers. They ultimately argue that passion and balance - that other virtue touted by our culture - are incompatible, and that to find your passion, you must lose balance. And they show how to develop the right kind of passion, the kind that lets you achieve great things without ruining your life. Swift, compact, and powerful, this thought-provoking book combines captivating stories of extraordinarily passionate individuals with the latest science on the biological and psychological factors that give rise to passion.

©2019 Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Take the time to listen to this book

If you’re looking for a book that speaks to where you’ve been, where you may go, and/or how you can laser in on how to help yourself and others around you, read this.

It’s a balance of research, commentary, and thought provoking points that are well worth the listen. I’m planning to listen again soon

Thanks for publishing this!

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Wise words for the driven

Steve and Brad really capture what it means to embrace passions and channel it in a healthy and productive way. I hope they started a new book while waiting for this one to release. A great book for coaches, leaders and the pushers out there. Great job guys!

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Game changer especially for the over 40 crowd.<br />

Very practical and insightful at the same time.
Audio performance is excellent. Will listen to it again.

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An Important Guide

Stulberg and Magness dove into the research and have written a unique guide to living with passion--desperately needed for passion-driven people and tge people around them.

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Passion Paradox: Important | life stories

Passion Paradox: An important discussion | life stories - Why are life stories told about the exceptional few? What about life stories of those struggling with mediocrity?

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Another Really, REALLY good one

As a national team rowing athlete and aspiring Olympic hopeful, this book resonated deeply with me. Thank you guys once again for another book that goes in my very short list of must read books again.

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awesome

a great book for self-reflection. and also a great book to think about both the positives and negatives of passion. what I really like about this book that they also give pointers at the end of each chapter so you can embrace and mold your own passions so they don't become obsessions.

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Wow

interesting book... the author does a excellent job explaining passion... the good and bad
Great touching book

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necessary reading

possibly the best timed book recommendation for me ever. a way to think about all my life , successes and failures, constructively. hopeful without cliche.

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I can't take this!

I tried to get myself to listen to this and find at least something that engaged me but this is just plain horrible. Sorry. I hate returning books but I just can't take this book. Boring beyond belief!