Purpose Vs Passion
What is the difference between purpose and passion?
Passion is for you –
Purpose is for others.
When you recognize you enjoy something, it brings you inner peace and happiness.
Purpose, on the other hand, is about your long-term goal. It bends what you love with why you’re doing it.
You can have more than one passion. For years you might chase sewing, creating your own line of children’s clothing. Then, one day, you might discover that you love knitting and enjoy creating baby sweaters. Passions evolve as you lean more about them and actively engage with them.
What Is Your Passion?
To discover what you might see as your passion, take out your journal and write answers to these questions:
- What activities bring me joy and satisfaction in my personal life?
- What activities bring me joy and satisfaction in my professional life?
- What do I want to learn more about, no matter how much I learn?
- What makes me lose track of time, or become fully engaged in trying to figure out?
You should get some sense of what your rue passions are. Think carefully about it, write down all the areas you might consider to be your passion, including hobbies and interests.
Why is Passion Important?
It’s part of the meaning of life. Passion is key to your self-motivation and tapping into your passions will motivate you to keep learning, develop new sills, and stay excited. Passions are critical to your mental health and overall well-being.
Your passion can also keep you grounded. Things that keep your mind aligned with your body and soul will improve your whole life.
The more you actively work with the questions and challenges that move you, the more likely you will discover work that you feel passionate about.
What is Purpose?
Purpose is the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
There are three types of purpose
A purpose is the WHY behind your actions. It’s the reason you get up in the morning. It is something external to you – it’s how you contribute to the world.
You might like to write (your passion) and have created a blog. That’s the part of your daily routine that is for you. Your topics can be about many different subjects, but they benefit someone else.
Here are some example purposes to inspire you:
- Bringing people together
- Helping people feel good about themselves.
- Soothing people’s pain
- Bringing people joy
- Supporting people’s goals
- Teaching people new skills
A purpose is essential to leading a fulfilling and successful life. As you search for your purpose, white about these questions:
- Why do I have the skills I have?
- Why do I have this talent?
- What strengths can I uniquely bring to a challenge that no one else can?
- Why am I good at this and not other things?
- Why do I care about these issues more than others?
- Why does it matter that this type of issue is addressed?
Meaning and purpose improve our satisfaction with life, amp up our motivation, increase our well-being and resilience, and have a positive impact on the people around us. Now that is a compelling “why”.
As Mark Twain so elegantly penned –
“The two most important days in life are the day you’re born, and the day you find out WHY.”
As we continue to move forward on this 52-week journey, our purpose is to inform y of the various aspects of how to Start, Run, and Grow a business.
Each week we explore another topic and add it to the correct category of Start – Run – Grow.
We hope you continue to travel along with us, and look forward to the next post.