Last weekend I had the opportunity to listen to Mr Fela Durotoye speak on his passion for a dream Nigeria that will manifest in 2025. As I sat there and listened to him all I kept saying to myself is as long as you have discovered Purpose, Passion is bound to follow. Even though he was on his feet for a long time sharing on how to get involved in the best life ever, it was neither boring nor was he tired. It flowed from his spirit and you can tell this had nothing to do with something he just studied. This was his life!
While I can go on forever about this amazingly passionate man and his dream, I will like to anchor my podcast today on the difference that purpose makes in the life of the Leaderpreneur. Many times people have walked up to me to say “I have no passion.” Yes, I have come across those who are not able to emphatically say that a particular thing is their passion, they say something like “well I can do a number of things well, but nothing really excites me like that.” And then they ask, so what do you suggest is a dream that is organic to me?
On the other hand there are also those who know for sure what it is that they are passionate about and have actually stepped out for years to pursue their passion. They come to me and say something like “so and so is my passion, and I have worked on it for a number of years, while I am doing well at it, I still feel there is something more I could be doing.”
To both parties the answer is simple… Get Purpose! And someone is wondering,“Really? Isn’t there something more scientific that can be recommended?” The truth is no, there is nothing more I can personally ask you to consider.
If you can do a whole lot of things well, but none of them excites you enough to be counted as a passion, then maybe you need to take a hard look at where you are, ask why you are planted there, and assess which of your gifts will bring the best value to your place of planting. For instance if you are a mother and a wife, and you know how to cook, sew and maybe even bake, but none of these things excite you enough to be referred to as your passion, and you are wondering what you can do. What you need to do is to look at these three strengths you have vis-á-vis the value using them can add to your family and your purpose as a mother and wife and deploy it. Like I mentioned I listened to Mr Durotoye last week and something he said that rang very true to me is “The purpose for which you are born is tied to the land in which you were born”.
Purpose is about service, adding value and doing good, so if I have skills as a wife and mother but cannot say I have a passion, I just take my purpose and use my skills to live it out. Before you know it, the excitement of being able to add value is bound to ignite some passion one way or the other in you.
For the man who has a Passion, say for art, and has spent years either studying art or following trends in art but has not been able to add value and find fulfillment, the issue is the same; you are pursuing a passion which if you do alone, can only feed your flesh and be about you alone, without adding value to another. My counsel is therefore, take time and think again, about where you are, and what value you can add right there. Which means if you are a father and husband and pursuing your passion in art has left your family living from hand to mouth with no direction or respite in sight, you want to step up to your purpose as father and husband which is primarily to ensure that your household is well taken care of and provided for. If art cannot meet these needs then, you need to begin to check your other skills and determine which will best serve your purpose.
As you begin to step up to the plate and live a purposeful life which can no longer be selfish or self-centered, the excitement of adding value and doing good, will galvanize you and you may even in the end be able to tie art to your quest to add value.
The verdict today therefore, is if you had to choose between purpose and passion, please choose purpose. This is a higher level of living, where you live more for others than you live for yourself.
You will make it NeverTheLess; you will.
Here is to your success!
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