The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
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The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion


Who hasn’t asked the question “How can I find and follow my true calling?” Elle Luna frames this moment as “standing at the crossroads of Should and Must.” “Should” is what we feel we ought to be doing, or what is expected of us. “Must” is the thing we dream of doing, our heart’s desire. And it was her own personal journey that inspired Elle Luna to write a brief online manifesto that, in a few short months, has touched hundreds of thousands of people who’ve read it or heard Elle speak on the topic. Now Ms. Luna expands her ideas into an inspirational, highly visual gift book for every recent graduate, every artist, every seeker, every career changer.

The Crossroads of Should and Must has a universal message—we get to choose the path between Should and Must. And it gives every reader permission to embrace this message. It’s about the difference between jobs, careers, and callings. The difference between going to work and becoming one with your work. Why knowing what you want is often the hardest part. It gives eye-opening techniques for reconnecting with one’s inner voice, like writing your own obituary (talk about putting life in perspective). It talks about the most common fears of choosing Must over Should—money, time, space, and the ultimate fear: total vulnerability—and shores up our hesitation with inspiring stories of and quotes from the artists and writers and thinkers who’ve faced their own crossroads of Should and Must and taken the leap. It explains the importance of mistakes, of “unlearning,” of solitude, of keeping moving, of following a soul path.

Presented in four chapters—The Crossroads, The Origin of Should, Must, and The Return—inspired by the hero’s journey outlined by Joseph Campbell, The Crossroads of Should and Must guides us from the small moment, discovering our Must, to the big moment—actually doing something about it, and returning to share our new gifts with the world.

Title:The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:161 pages

    The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion Reviews

  • Ali M.
    May 05, 2015

    Great construct, beautiful illustrations, but surprisingly superficial in the end. I think Maria Popova's summary of this book on has more punch than the book itself. There's no deep...

  • Emily (Obsessed Reader)
    Feb 02, 2016

    Visually, this book is outstanding. The artwork is wonderful, and I loved the colors. The book itself is very inspiring, and is filled with some GREAT nuggets of wisdom. I didn't get as much out of it...

  • Arminda Lindsay
    Apr 25, 2015

    Short. Gorgeous. All the reminders. Gotta be about my must instead of ". . . really should write a longer review."Buy it. Read it. Gift it. Be about it. ...

  • Anna Alexander
    May 31, 2015

    I really wanted to like this book. It's an approachable, nice book a friend gives you when you're in a rut or you pick it up off the shelf at a bookstore for its cover appeal, however, there's not a l...

  • Amy
    Jul 31, 2015

    Woulda. Shoulda. Coulda. Elle Luna uses her artists' palette and inspiring words to draw a plum line between all of the shoulds and obligations in our lives and the musts that drive our dreams and pas...

  • Nicole Lynn
    Apr 11, 2015

    Visually appealing. Took maybe an hour and a half to read. Not as motivational as I thought it would be for a...well, motivational book. I was given this book by a friend because he thought it closely...

  • Elizabeth A
    Dec 17, 2015

    Oh, but I am so conflicted about this one. It's a five star idea in two star packaging. I love so much the basic premise of this book: follow your bliss; be you. What's not to love about the notion of...

  • Jeff Finley
    May 24, 2015

    I've read and heard quite a bit about following your passion. But Elle's book approaches the topic in such a pure way that resonates with my spirit. There is so much color and aliveness in this book. ...

  • Shaimaa Ali
    Aug 01, 2015

    That was a marvelous read! recommended to me by my dear friend (Eman) & will be our book discussion this month in our work book-club schedule. For some it can be a life-changer read .. for me I get as...

  • Mary Magin
    May 28, 2015

    I picked this book up on the "Graduates" table at the book store. It's short, easy to read and packed with easily managed tasks to find and follow your passion. Unlike all the others, this book addres...