Passion vs. Purpose: 9 Essential Differences And Why You Need Both

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If you’re like most people, you might get confused about the meanings of passion and purpose.

You might get them mixed up, misaligned, or even use them interchangeably. 

Both are powerful forces of nature that dictate the course of your life.

While they are related in some ways, they are quite different.

Knowing those differences will help make it easier to follow your passions and guide you toward your true life purpose. 

Here we’ll define each, discuss their differences, and answer some frequently asked questions.

(Sidebar: You may want to check out this post on How To Write A Personal Mission Statement)

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29 Ways To Leave A Legacy For Your Family And The World

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Your actions can exert a positive influence far into the future.

The choices that you make between now and the day that you depart this world have the power to leave a lasting legacy.

Your legacy might impact your family, your community, or even the world. Choosing to build a legacy will bring purpose to your life.

You can upgrade your motivations beyond meeting daily needs and direct your attention toward fixing a problem, helping others, or supporting your descendants.

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How To Write A Personal Mission Statement (And 28 Mission Statement Examples)

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Do you have a personal mission statement?

If not, you should.

Early in my career, I was inspired to create one when I worked in public relations for the JCPenney Company.

James Cash Penney, the founder of the once giant retailer, based his business philosophy on one simple personal mission statement: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” — the Golden Rule.

In fact, his first store was called The Golden Rule.

This mission statement permeated every aspect of how Mr. Penney ran his business.

He asked for a “fair remuneration and not all the profits the traffic will bear,” and was the first to call employees “associates,” and he treated them like family.

During the stock market crash in the 1920’s, Mr. Penney lost his personal fortune and took a loan against his life insurance in order to pay the associates’ salaries.

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Lacking Purpose In Your Life? 9 Steps To Uncover Your Purpose

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If it seems that life has no purpose, and you’re experiencing an existential crisis, the world can seem pretty bleak.

Feeling that life has no meaning can make you question everything about who you are or why you even exist.

Maybe you’re not quite so philosophical, but you seem to lack a guiding principle for your life. You find yourself thinking, “My life has no purpose, and I don’t know why I’m doing what I’m doing.”

Perhaps your job has grown stale, or you don’t know if you’re in the right career at all.

Are you spending time with the right people?

Living up to your potential?

Going in the right direction?

These questions feel impossible to answer when you have no idea what drives you and have no purpose guiding your next move.

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Wondering What The Heck To Do With Your Life? 39 Steps To Find Out

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Whether you’re 16 or 60, or any age for that matter, you will bump up against this question at some point: “What should I do with my life?”

There’s nothing quite so daunting as asking yourself this question only to see a vast emptiness ahead of you.

How do you know what to do when you have no idea where you’re going?

Even if you’re gainfully employed in a respectable career, you might still be frustrated and think, “I don’t know what to do with my life.”

Is It Okay Not to Know What You Want to Do in Life?

Not only is it okay, but it’s pretty darn common. Most people question what they are doing more than once in their lives.

So many people lose touch with who and what they want to be because they’ve been so busy doing what they think they’re supposed to do — only to find themselves unfulfilled and bored.

They feel empty and without purpose, going through the motions just to keep the paychecks rolling in.

Eventually, though, the emptiness becomes too much, and you have to take action before you fall into complete despair.

  • Maybe you’re in a job that doesn’t inspire you.
  • You might be just starting out in the workforce, but you have no idea what you want to do.
  • Maybe you’re about to become an empty nester or nearing retirement, and the years ahead look confusing and desolate.

The obvious question you’re likely wondering is, “How do I figure out what I want to do with my life?”

Well, we’re here to offer more clarity as you work to answer this question.

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Online Vision Boards: The Nine Best Vision Board Apps and Sites for 2022

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No matter your goals, an online vision board may help you achieve them.

Vision boards are powerful tools for helping people visualize their ambitions.

They are collages of images and words designed to help make your goals seem more achievable.

When you have a clear picture of what you hope to achieve, your mind starts to accept your plans as reality.

This leads to greater focus, motivation, and confidence in your abilities to succeed.

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21 Extraordinary Things To Be Passionate About In 2022

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Have you ever wondered, “What am I passionate about?” Have you been struggling to figure out a career or hobby that lights your fire but just can’t find it?

As frustrating as it is to search and search and not find your passion, it undermines your efforts to delay happiness until you discover it.

Enjoying life and savoring everything you are doing along the path to your passion is a valuable part of the experience.

As you become more engaged with the life you have, you’ll expand your awareness of the life you dream of living.

As you become more grateful, positive, and curious, you’ll open doorways of enlightenment that lead you to your passion.

What I’m suggesting is more than a “relax and wait” frame of mind. It’s a “relax, envision, engage, and expect” mindset.

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37 Of The Best Creative Project Ideas For Fun And Relaxation

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Whether you’ve hit a creative dry spell or you’re looking for new ways to express your creative genius, you’ll enjoy the list we’ve cooked up for this article.

What can it hurt, after all, to learn about creative project ideas that could enrich your life and the lives of others?

Or maybe what you learn from one project will translate into new ideas for another.

The potential for cross-over with these creative projects is what makes them potentially life-changing.

But what makes creativity so powerful in the first place?

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