What Comes First – Passion or Purpose

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Passion and Purpose 235x300 What Comes First   Passion or PurposeWhen it comes to starting your online marketing business, what comes first — the passion, or the purpose?

It’s a surprisingly tough question to answer – and I’ve heard a myriad of responses about this thought-provoking issue.  I’ve head from some marketers that passion and purpose are one and the same; I’ve heard from others that either passion or purpose need to be in place before the other can follow.

No matter where you stand on this issue, it’s important to note that both PASSION and PURPOSE are fundamental to the online marketing experience…and without both, you’re bound to throw in the reins of your business.

So why am I stressing these two fundamental qualities to you right now?

Well, perhaps it’s because I’ve noticed an influx of “plug-in marketing systems” that seem to offer get-rich-quick promises to buyers if they part with just $57, or $77, or $97 of their hard-earned money (the number always seems to end in 7, doesn’t it?).  I don’t need to point out to my fellow business owners and online marketers that this really irks me.  Starting an online business shouldn’t be approached with the mentality that it’s a get-rich-quick scheme, or that it only requires a couple hours of work a day.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth!

As an online marketer, business owner or entrepreneur, you’ll work harder – maybe even harder than you do, or ever did, during your 9 to 5 job.  You’ll have to make sacrifices with your time, and skip out on plans with friends to put in time at the “office.”  You’ll have to ask your partner to watch the kids while you work, or limit your weekend fun so you can develop the perfect sales letter.

In short, successful online marketing involves plenty of sweat, time, and sacrifice.

But when you have passion and purpose driving your every move, somehow, that time spent in front of your computer becomes almost therapeutic.  You wake up in the mornings, wondering what the day has in store for you, and greeting every moment at work with joy and curiosity.

Passion and purpose account for 99% of your online success.  If you have these two elements on your side, there’s no stopping your climb to success.

So what are your thoughts about passion and purpose as it relates to your business and it’s success.   Leave your comments below.


To Your Continued Business Success!

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Interesting article: Finding your strengths, which then leads to your passion
from John Falchetto (see the comments too)


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  8. Mika Castro says:

    Thank you for the reply Lynn. I hope to see more good articles to share my thoughts with.

  9. Lynn Brown says:

    Always good to hear Mika. Glad that this information is helpful and thank you for stopping in and sharing your comments today.

  10. Mika Castro says:

    all things have passion depends on how you handle it. I love those points that you have discussed. I learned new things and how to deal with it.

  11. Lynn Brown says:

    Good point Sham. Passion certainly can help you to stay focused and have joy in what you are wanting to accomplish. Thank you very much for stopping by today and sharing your thoughts. Hope you will visit again real soon!

  12. sham says:

    I believe passion come first. If we do our work passionately everything else will follow by itself. When we are doing a work with passion we don’t feel the pain of doing it that’s the power of it.

  13. Lynn Brown says:

    I agree Bonnie, there is a lot of good discussion here about this topic.

    I really enjoyed your analogy and would love to quote you …. ” Passion is the fuel for a deeper purpose.” That really is a meaningful statement and your insight is inspiring! I think it also shows how you can tell when people have a passion for what they are doing. That is a wonderful attractive part of who we are.

    Thank you so much for coming by and adding your awesome words of wisdom. :)

  14. Bonnie says:

    Ah word play, one of my favourite ways to explore a topic Lynn. Passion and purpose. Personally I think you can have a purpose all you like but with out passion for the cause it’s not a deep enough, true enough purpose to get you through the tough days.

    Purpose can be found, given or constructed. We can find a reason or purpose to just about anything I think if we try hard enough. A goal can be a purpose. However when you add in feelings of passion, this is taking purpose to another level. This is where the idea of a divine purpose is found.

    If you don’t feel passionate about your reasons, they won’t hold you up when you stumble or get worn out. Passion is the fuel for a deeper purpose.

    Fascinating conversations here Lynn.

  15. Lynn Brown says:

    Thank you Jacob for stopping by today and sharing your comments. Feeling good about your business and what you are doing are important and you know you are on the right track!

  16. Jacob says:

    When your doing any business and you know feel good doing it. You know you are in following your passions and purpose. When taking action doesn’t become should I, it comes naturally.

  17. Lynn Brown says:

    Very meaningful explanation Roberta! So true that if the passion is gone then pretty tough to stay working at something. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful words of wisdom.

  18. My take as someone who styles herself as a Passionate Purposeful Performer – my purpose always is regardless of the job, business or whatever. As long as my passion exists for what I am doing I can climb over any obstacle but when my passion leaves, I need to leave too. If I stay, I make everyone miserable.
    I also believe that if the purpose, the why, is missing in anything, all the passion in the world will go for nothing and I have tested this one again and again. BUT ventures succeed because both exist fueling each other.

  19. Lynn Brown says:

    Well Adrienne I think you had that inner passion without being aware of it until you started helping others and then it really has shined! I love your story and so glad that you did find both your purpose and passion. Helping others as you do, only makes me hopeful that more can learn and grow from your experiences and then pay it forward when they start reaching their success.

    So glad that you stopped by today Adrienne, as I always enjoy learning more about you and what you share with us is very helpful.

    Thanks … I am enjoying the week so far, you do the same!

  20. Adrienne says:

    What an interesting topic Lynn and I can see why it would upset you when people promote low costs way to become rich.

    I’m going to tell on myself here but I don’t think I really had either. Okay, maybe purpose definitely came before passion. I’ve never really been passionate about any one thing in my life, sad I know. I just knew that I wanted a better life for myself so I turned to the internet. I was roped into all this fluff too although in my gut I knew it was a bunch of bull.

    Once you see the full potential of what you can create, I think the rest just falls into place. I’m now passionate about helping others although I never really knew that. It’s just something I’ve always done my entire life so being able to build a business around that model is truly exciting.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this though. You’ve definitely had some wonderful comments related to this.

    Hope you’re enjoying your week Lynn.


  21. Lynn Brown says:

    Interesting point Mitch. Business decisions drive our focus and motivation and the passion will keep us moving forward on that path for success. That is why it is a great discussion to have because it seems without one, the other can have a significant effect on us.

    Appreciate you stopping by today. I really hope you will consider visiting again soon. Have a great day!

  22. Lynn Brown says:

    You make a good point Kostas. If you are forcing yourself to do something just for money alone, it won’t bring happiness or the longevity for increasing your business income and profits. Thanks so much for adding to the discussion, appreciate your comments and advice.

  23. Lynn Brown says:

    Well said Anne. It can be a lonely journey at times. But then I appreciate meeting such wonderful business professionals, owners, colleagues that keep my days always interesting. Appreciate your sharing your thoughts, thank you for stopping by today. Hope you will visit again soon.

  24. I think if most people are honest with themselves purpose comes up before passion when it comes to marketing online. I tend to believe that even if we’re passionate with everything else we do that sometimes the marketing online is an afterthought. It may become a passion later on, but initially I think people see it as a business decision.

  25. Kostas says:

    Hi Lynn,
    I think that purpose and passion are pretty much the same thing since having a purpose gives you passion and in the other had being passionate on something gives you a purpose. Without having these 2 you can not force yourself do certain things that are required in order to succeed and if you try to force yourself just for the money you will certainly not feel happy and there will be no difference with a 9 to 5 job that you have to do to just survive…

  26. Anne Perez says:

    Hi Lynn
    Passion and Purpose. As you say if you don’t have both you’ll quit. So true. You need passion and purpose for what you’re doing. How else could we go into our home offices day after day by ourselves with no more company than in my case my dogs. Its hard work, consistency and dedication that keeps us going on the path towards our goals.

  27. Lynn Brown says:

    And of course my opinions here Marty are not scientific so I am sure you have a tremendous knowledge of meaning of purpose and how it affects us. So thank you very much for coming by and sharing your wisdom with us. Always a pleasure to have you visit.

  28. Oh my, great question it’s just I’ve spent the last week up to my eyeballs going through psychological studies on the importance of having a purpose … so for that reason alone I’d have to say that. But I agree both are very important for life as well as business.

  29. Lynn Brown says:

    Yes, maybe that would make for another post idea! I don’t understand it either Lilach, how someone would wake up in the morning only to start thinking of ways to scam people so they can get ahead in life. And then, don’t know how those same people can fall to sleep at night. So you bring up a very good point! Thank you for coming by and sharing your thoughts.

  30. Lynn Brown says:

    Wow PeggyLee an 8 day course, that surely is one way to focus in and find that purpose. I love your passion and purpose and how you express yourself to others. And one thing is for sure, when you know your passion and purpose, it IS fun! So I appreciate you stopping by today and adding to the discussion.

  31. Lynn Brown says:

    Well said Patricia! I think adding in planning is really important to our business success as you point out. And unfortunately, there are still all those ‘promises’ out there on the internet that reel people in only to bring disappointment. As you mention Patricia, listening to our intuition is probably the best advice you can give. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and advice.

  32. Lynn Brown says:

    Interesting points you make here Roy which distinguishes between passion and purpose. And your last statement says it best, because I agree, when you have both, then ‘the idea has the best potential for success’. Always appreciate your positive contributions.

  33. Lynn I love this post and completely agree:) Business should be about passion first and foremost. I don’t understand how some people can be just about the making money by pretty much scamming people just to make a quick buck… but maybe that’s for another post lol

  34. Love the chicken-or-the-egg approach! I’m trying to recall if I knew my passion first or my purpose; but it was probably my passion. I actually had a mini-course within an 8-day full-on course of finding my purpose. Now I am trained to help other seekers of purpose to find their own. Quite fun and quite rewarding! The purpose I speak of may be a bit more introspective and woo-woo than some might like or think, but as for me, it sure explains why I do what I do. My passion is let my brothers and sisters here on earth know they are loved and not alone. My purpose is to light the world with my warm sunshine and to show them the way. An entirely different discussion altogether! ;-) Loved how you reminded me of this… thank you, Lynn.

  35. Thank you Lynn for this thought provoking question.
    I believe the 3 P passion, purpose and planning are the 3 fundamental elements t have our business grow.
    At the same time, i believe we have to be careful of all the offers that are dazzling and promissing everything for us in no time.

    It has happned more than once that I fet alienated and confused by all the promises on the how to’s.

    And this is about being centered , listening to our intuition and knowing we can acheive all what we want not becuase of what is offered outside of us but mainly because we are the drivers of our bus.
    Money , offers, tools can take us where we want but we need to remember that we are at the drivers’ seat and results can be achieved in infinite ways.

  36. I leave the chicken or egg discussion to those desperately in need of picayune arguments. Passion and purpose are not the same to me- but I can see how they could be so construed.
    To me, purpose is the need to accomplish something. Passion- as the secondary construct of the word- means that as in romantic interludes, there is a breathiness, a need to communicate, a need to surround, that exceeds the concept of purpose.
    I welcome both-when they are both present, then the idea has the best potential for success.