Choose Purpose Over Passion

Passion is form over function. But purpose is function and function and function!

Goethe once said: “Great passions are maladies without hope.” Some people call their base camp, where they pitch their tent, passion. But passion is what you are about.

Unfortunately, passion plays out as frenetic energy, impetuousness, and breathless last-minute activity. It’s exhausting and unstable. If instead, your base camp is grounded in purpose—something that you are in purpose for and with an approach that looks like perseverance to a disciplined and masterful execution towards some great end—that is what purpose is all about.

Passion may have its roots in what is good and noble, but, unfortunately, it often plays out in a way that is laughable and painful.

Choose purpose over passion every day.

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