Passion vs. Purpose

Find your passion.

Sounds like a smart advice, right?

Do what makes you happy. Love what you do. Develop a magnificent obsession and stick to it no matter what.

But passion is oftentimes violent. It involves strong emotions, it involves a certain degree of blindness.

While passion can keep you going, having a purpose is a better idea.

Why?

Because it’s the difference between pushing towards something and being pulled by something.

Having a purpose means that at some level you believe it is your destiny to do something. You are willing to make a plan, to learn the rules, to develop certain skills.

You’re only writing 24/7 but you are also learning how to write.

It is also true that at least one of them is required for you to push past discomfort, venture outside your comfort zone, and overcome various obstacles that stop most people.

If you do not wholeheartedly believe in your purpose or if you are not passionate about what it is you are doing…

Let me put it this way…

There’s got to be some incentive for you to embrace the extreme work that is required in order to achieve anything of importance, because, whether you like it or not, it also takes a lot more work to achieve something than you consider before attempting it.

That is all.

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8 comments on “Passion vs. Purpose

  1. mexploring says:

    I would be happy to follow a balance between purpose and passion. Because purpose sounds too rational to me, and passion – too emotional. Sometimes emotions are not enough – you have to put in some work. Sometimes the reason is not enough – doing something for a long time without putting your heart in it is a joy-killing and draining sport. But words are only words, right? They are only posts showing the direction. And there is a direction between these two posts too ;)

  2. JLoveLife says:

    New outlook! I never thought about things this way but I agree wholeheartedly. I have had the pleasure in my life to have found my purpose (educating children/teachers) but before I knew it was my purpose, the passion was there. I feel blessed that this is my life! Someone once told me “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” and I believe that and have the opportunity to live it!!
    Janyll

  3. jameslubwa says:

    Great post! I have recently just started writing. I write because am passionate about it. What am not sure of is if it’s my purpose.

  4. In my head, they’re two quarreling lovers. I’m still trying to find my balance, too. Great stuff!

  5. I always had felt that the “extension of little finger” is a better way to lead that the palm and PUSH.

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