I was wrong. I’ve spent months not knowing this till recently. I was wrong to believe: “do what you love and the money will follow”. That’s not to say the statement is incorrect. Not at all. It’s just incomplete.
If you’ve been following my blog, you might remember one of my earliest entries. It was on the day after I discovered my passion. I was on life coaching courses and NLP training weekend, going through self discovery exercises when it all dawned on me. It was one of the most profound moments in my life. You can read about it here.
When that happened I thought… that’s it… all I have to do now is follow my heart and everything will be fine and dandy. Well, it wasn’t.
Last time I shared with you my thoughts on death in the hope of getting you thinking about your legacy. And to think about your legacy, you would’ve first needed to consider your purpose. There’s a reasons why I wanted you to do that.
Because recently I discovered a critical fact.
It took me months to figure this out. I share it with you in the hope that you’ll save yourself some of the trouble I went through. Here’s what I learned:
Passion without purpose will get you nowhere.
Different people define passion differently. Oprah Winfrey believes that if you’re passionate about what you do, you’d still do it without getting paid for it; even if you had to work a second job to support it. But that alone isn’t enough.
If passion is the fuel that drives you forward, purpose is the destination where you’re heading. Without a purpose, you’ll be getting nowhere and your fuel will eventually dry out.
I was life coaching a friend a couple days ago. He’s been offered three jobs, each with a 6 figure salary. Yet he was hesitant to accept either of them. He was confused. He didn’t know what he wanted and so he thought he’ll turn all of them down and stay home. He was overwhelmed because he forgot about his purpose. He had one; he just forgot about it getting busy with life! The minute he remembers his purpose, is the minute such big decisions will become a no brainer.
So how do you remind yourself or your purpose? And what if you don’t have one? How would you go about finding it? Well… it’s a process that would take anything from a couple hours to a few days. But here’s a start…
Ask yourself this:
• How would my ideal world be?
• How do I want to best contribute to the world?
• How can I do this?
These are big questions that will require a bit of thinking from you. So pull out a pen and a paper and answer them. It’ll be worth it I promise.
Once you’ve answered your questions, share them with us in the comment box below. And remember, by sharing your dreams, you bring them closer to reality.
That’s not just it however. After you’ve defined your passion and purpose there would still be two missing pieces. And these are your vision and mission. We’ll be talking about these in the future.
Until next time,
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