We all love Nip and we all quote this line but I think we quote it using the cliché follow your passion thinking. When I was reading Ash Cash book this is exactly what he did. I was thrown for a loop.
Ash was equating purpose with passion and I was like nah fam. Nah. We think that passion equals purpose and I am here to tell you that it is not.
Passion does not mean purpose even though we would like for it to. We want to do the work we enjoy while the big problems pass us by and never get solved. “That’s the government’s responsibility fam”. Stop it. There is more to life than merely being passionate about your work. There is more to life than merely doing the things YOU enjoy.
I believe that PURPOSE is about doing the work that matters not merely the work that you ENJOY.
Purpose: Something set up as an object or end to be attained (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purpose)
Passion: Intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction
So what do I mean by this? I mean that for men, your purpose, is to love your wife like Christ love the church because God wants women to have husbands whether they deserve them or not. Christ loves us unconditionally whether we deserve it or not. Therefore you must love your wife not based on whether she does the things to warrant your love but because God mandates this.
Your purpose is to leave an inheritance for your children’s children. It is not the governments responsibility to do these things. Therefore, you must do the work, make the sacrifice to see this through. It wont be easy but it will ensure that future generations start where you end not where you began.
I believe our purpose is more focused on the things we are put here to do not just the things that bring us pleasure. Chasing pleasure is why men duck their responsibility. They do what they want not what God requires. In turn they under achieve because they chased what felt good and not what is required of them. Chasing pleasure is why people leave marriages when its not “perfect”. Instead of learning through the struggle they blame the other person and move on. The person who does this misses out on the growth because usually its YOU who is the problem not your mate.
I believe your passion can drive your purpose but your passion should not be substituted for your purpose. If we focused more on our purpose (solving the problems in our community that need solutions) we would have less rappers, strippers and athletes and more entrepreneurs and business owners. Job creators not professional complainers. The purpose is to plug the gaps that exist in our society with our work not just get money and look good while we aren’t doing good. If successful people did this we would have safer neighborhoods because they would focus on the problem not just being the one that made it out. What is your purpose? Its bigger than a few bucks.
Why is this important? It’s important because the follow your passion stuff doesn’t yield the true results you want in life. Life comes to the people who do what they are supposed to do not merely what they enjoy doing. We need more people doing the work not just the grinding to buy expensive things or worse, foregoing the work to chase a pipe dream that never manifests. Too many aspiring rap stars and athletes, we need more trades fam.
We must do the work that hurts not the work that looks and feels good. For example: Health comes to the person that works out when they don’t want to work out. Success comes to the person that studies when they are supposed to study. Wealth comes to the person who invests when they could spend.
We, as a culture, need to focus on doing the work that is required of us not merely what is comfortable and easy. When we make that shift the true rewards will accrue to us. Find your purpose, not your passion, don’t waste air.
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