Passion is individualistic. […] purpose is something people can share.*
(Chip and Dan Heath)
I write and talk a lot about passion but Chip and Dan Heath make a good point. It was Frederick Buechner who pointed out that we find our purpose where our deepest joy meet the world’s greatest need.
Of asking others about what they are doing, the Heaths conclude:
‘You know you’re finished when you reach the contribution.’*
We can’t contribute towards ourselves – that would be to only answer the “Who am I?” question that is important but must be counterweighted by “What is my contribution.”
Which takes us to others with others.
(*From Chip and Dan Heath’s The Power of Moments.)