Many people tell you to “follow your passion”.

But passion really is a bad compass for making big decisions.

I’m passionate about sports, golf, reading, travel, biking, e.t.c. .

Does it mean I go to golf course and golf all day; or lock up myself and read all day without leaving the house.

Instead of passion, I would recommend to follow your purpose. 

Passion (even as can be seen in most romantic relationships) comes and goes often. Its fleeting. But purpose isn’t .

If your purpose is to help others and better their lives, it becomes hard to let go of that.

If your purpose is to educate others, inspire others, entertain others; it becomes hard to let go of that.

Ideally, your passions should be aligned with your purpose. 

Example

Use your passion for writing to achieve your purpose of educating others.

Use your passion for music to achieve your purpose of inspiring others.

Use your passion for sports to achieve your purpose of helping people live healthy lives.

Start with your purpose. Follow it. Use it as a compass to guide you. Then align your passions around your purpose.

Unlike passion, purpose in enduring.

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