Today, I’d like to talk about a couple of terms that have been on my mind lately, thanks to the guys at the High Performance Podcast.
Passion and Purpose.
A passion is something that you’re jazzed about. For me it’s Music, Stories, Nature, Photography, just to name a few. The thing about passions is that they’re malleable. Something you may have been passionate about ten years ago, might not hold the same level of excitement for you as it did. Or it might. Passions are tricky.
Purpose, in this context, is your “Why.” Why are you here? What is it that you were meant to do? Purpose is as solid as the bones of the Earth – as just as easily changed. Purpose is also infinite.
For me, my purpose is to tell stories. That’s what I’m wired to do. It’s in my bones. The need to move people through stories is something that’s been part of me for as long as I can remember. That’s my purpose. And it’s infinite because there will always be more stories to tell. At this point, you might be tempted to get into Archetypes – which claim that there are only, really, seven stories out there. That may be true if you step far enough back to where all you can clearly see are those seven stories, but if you give the same story prompt to seven different people, you’ll get seven different stories.
Additionally, there are so many different ways to tell stories: Prose, audio, images (both moving and static), either singly, or in combination with one another. Infinite variety.
The real trick is to bring your passions and your purpose as closely into parallel as they can get. That’s when things really start to take off.
Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.
I’ll see you on Thursday.
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