Saul Kaplan titled his 1/5/09 post Creating the Passion Economy. In it he writes: "We commit to our passions. We invest our minds, our time, and our resources in passions and passionate people. We will create a more prosperous economy and stronger communities when we enable connections between passionate people and create an environment where innovators can more easily pursue their passions. Knowledge and networks are important enablers but passion is the secret sauce."
I think there's a single ingredient missing in Saul's analysis. It's milk. In the movie "Cinderella Man" James Braddock finally figures out why he's fighting and what he's fighting for. In an interview before the biggest fight of his life, he tells a reporter, "I know what I'm fighting for." The reporter asks, "What's that?" Braddock answers, "Milk."
The Milk Factor is huge. In a world that gives us nearly everything, what is left to give us meaning and purpose? Purpose is the fire that ignites passion. Purpose is the ladder that we build to climb out of the dip. Purpose is a catalyst of passion -- giving direction and speed to our passionate pursuites.
The Milk Factor is seen clearly in the clip above. I am a Cinderella Man myself -- as many are. What is the real intersection between passion and purpose? Are they interchangeable? Are Saul and I talking about the same thing?
I'm passionate about a lot of things. Until recently, I haven't had a clear purpose. That's one distinction and I'm sure there are others. Please join the conversations.