Recently I listened to a Ted Talk entitled Stop Searching for your Passion. At first glance, I thought this was a peculiar title for a Ted Talk and wondered why anyone would suggest for people to stop searching for their passion? I was intrigued and wanted to know what the speaker, Terri Trespicio had to say about this. After watching the 10 minute video, which I strongly encourage you to watch, I gained a greater understand of passion versus purpose.
Passion leads to purpose, but passion is not purpose. Passion is a temporary emotion that guides us to the things that we love. Perhaps you have a passion for helping people and you decide to go to school to study nursing, only to discover two years after graduation that nursing is not your calling. Our passions are fleeting and change based on our level of commitment and motivation.
Purpose is your calling in life, the thing that you were born to do in order to create change in the world. Your purpose is unique and specially designed for you. Your passions, gifts, and talents carry a deeper meaning to guide you to your purpose. Open yourself up to exploring your passions without being too committed to them. Following your passion will lead you to discover things about yourself that you never knew existed. Allow your passions to direct you to your purpose.
Take some time today to write down the things that you are passionate about and reflect on the commonality between those things. Don’t stay bound to the things that you are passionate about, but instead use them as a map key to find your purpose. Become like a young child exploring the sandbox, not knowing what treasures you will find. The world is your sandbox and there’s much to be discovered. It is your purpose, not your passion, that is the treasure you are searching for. Purpose is the reason you journey, your passion lights the way.