There’s a fairly popular graphic you’ll see on social media the origins & attribution of which I can’t trace but I’ve recreated below…
It’s a simply, sweet little message to encourage you to focus on your purpose. The thinking is that purpose is found at the intersection of Passion, Mission, Vocation & Profession. Or in other words, purpose is a combination of loving what you do, being great at it, being paid for both of these and because the world needs it.
Simple. Sweet. Inspiring perhaps.
It’s also paper thin nonsense.
Plenty of us can feel that we are fulfilling our purpose through one, two, or three of the four of the components.
For an organisation it has perhaps more relevance but even that doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny… Plenty of organisations fulfil their apparent purpose with one or two of the four components.
Thinking of purpose beyond our working lives the graphic says nothing about family, friends, interests or our place in this world. I believe those all influence our sense of purpose.
Purpose isn’t found where you are told to find it. Purpose is found where you fulfil it.
You won’t find it in the “paper thin”.