Purpose over Passion

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First of all, I’m not knocking passion. I think, as a culture, we’re letting extreme rationality overtake passion (but that’s for another post).

I’m talking about you today, though (and me). We’ve been imbued with a more creative nature. Passion isn’t lost on us. This is great, but it can also keep us spinning in circles chasing the proverbial tail of our passion.

It’s really easy to make our driving question…

“What am I passionate about?”

Because today, you really can take something you’re passionate about and turn it into a business or start a movement behind it (at least a small one).

The problem with being fully motivated by passion is that it’s fickle. Our passions shift, often without warning.

One moment, we’re totally into something.
The next, we’re over it.

This is where purpose comes in. Here’s how I see the equation…

Passion + Service = Purpose

Your passions are you-centered. Which is fun.

But purpose exists in relationship. It’s not just you anymore.

Something powerful happens when you bring ‘the other’ into it. When you’re serving a tribe of others (passionately), the stakes are higher. You’re called to a bigger game. You can’t just bail out so easily. You have to stick it out through the dip(s). And when you do move on, you do so with intention and grace.

Purpose keeps our hearts and minds in the game. It sharpens our focus and deepens our resolve.

When it comes to building a body of work that matters, purpose beats passion every day.