Short but impactful, Find Your Fire gets to the heart of the matter—finding your purpose, what lights you, and putting your whole self into the endeavor.
Diana Stout’s resume hosts a litany of honors and credentials, but she humbles herself in this book as she shares openly what compelled her to become a full-time writer. How she achieved such a dream when juggling so much—including raising a family and working three jobs—would give anyone hope. It’s clear how much she loves her work and has been keeping the “writing” fire hot for forty-five years. It’s a testament to the power of believing in yourself and following your desire despite the odds. She shares how doing so gives meaning to one’s life, regardless of how you define success.
Yes, this book is a little skewed toward the writer, but I don’t want to dismiss the applicability to anyone looking for a purpose and a path.
She encourages the reader to go deep, unearth your passion that feeds your inner core and offers self-satisfying purpose unlike a job that only pays the bills. Then she guides you through the process, applying how Universal Laws, goals, plans, and subconscious stoking keeps the fire alive. With a chapter or two on obstacles, Stout offers resolutions to get unstuck and back on your “fire” path.
There is quite a bit of research evident in Finding Your Fire. I imagine her students, and those who are taught through reading her book, see her enthusiasm for interpersonal success resonate through each page. Stout stresses the importance of never giving up. But it’s not just cheerleading or platitudes. Rather a hard-won belief in the possibilities of personal achievement at any point in one’s life. She shares how she’s completely changed her trajectory to follow her dreams and outlines with examples, suggestions, tools, and motivational insight, how you can do the same.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a pick-me-up goal-getter book to get you fired up and ready to realize your dreams, then Finding Your Fire and Keeping It Hot fits the bill.
Book and Images Courtesy of Diana Stout, MFA, PhD