• Ashraf Sheikh

Read these 3 Books in 10 Days = Find Your (Work) Purpose


Remember the scene from Fight Club , where Tyler grabs the cashier in a grocery store and puts a gun to his head and asks him why he works at such a dull job.


The guy tells him that college was too hard, too tiring. So he quit and took the easiest route.


Then Tyler asks him what he had dreamt to be one day, when he was younger and the guy says 'a veterinarian'. Tyler takes his ID,and says he'd come back in six weeks and if he's not on his way on becoming one, then he'd kill him.




Luckily no ones holding a gun to your head and you don't need six weeks either.

Read these 3 Books to connect to your authentic-professional self, find your work calling and become an expert at that.



#1- The War of Art - Steven Pressfield “Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” - The War of Art- Steven Pressfield

Have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were meant to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what “Resistance” is. This book will help you personify the enemy and help you find your calling.

#2- Mastery - Robert Greene “It is in fact the height of selfishness to merely consume what others create and to retreat into a shell of limited goals and immediate pleasures.” - Mastery by Robert Greene

This is a book about discovering your calling, creating your own apprenticeship, and building mastery. It lists different strategies you can take, although the strategy names are often esoteric – you'll need to read the stories in order to figure out what they mean.

#3- Deep Work - Cal Newport "To simply wait and be bored has become a novel experience in modern life, but from the perspective of concentration training, it’s incredibly valuable."- Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep work is Valuable, Rare, and Meaningful. This book is a fascinating read about the benefits and practical steps you can take to do more deep work. Unlike shallow work, that can give the false impression of productivity, deep work is rare, much sought after and extremely rewarding.

Many of you have read at-least one of the 3 Books, how did it work out for you? Any recommendations?

ASHRAF SHEIKH

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