The distinction between drive and passion is crucial… Passion pulls you toward something you cannot resist. Drive pushes you toward something you feel compelled or obligated to do. If you know nothing about yourself, you can’t tell the difference. Once you gain a modicum of self knowledge, you can express your passion. But it isn’t just the desire to achieve some goal or payoff, and it’s not about quotas or bonuses or cashing out. It’s not about jumping through someone else’s hoops. That’s drive.
Randy Komisar – The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life while Making a Living
Nathanael Boehm says
Very true – this is something I worked on with my psychologist on depression and cult recovery … and I discovered that some of my drivers were based in the teachings of the church to put others first and to serve. Now that I’ve discarded those drivers there’s still a desire to help others and do social good but now the only force behind it is passion, not duty.