By October 23, 2006 5 Comments Read More →

Equation of Absolute Success

Over the last few weeks I have blogged about the defining quality of Podcasts (context is king) and the concept for a Powered by Passion community.  How fitting that the two have come together over the last few days to create yet another concept.

On October 12th, I blogged about a comment Larry Lawfer had made (“from passion to purpose”) during a PodCamp interview and I elaborated on how it was missing the mark on passion by equating purpose with money.  Purpose can be anything the individual values – that was the missing piece of the interview.  Here we have a great example of content in a particular context, and content missing context.  See… it’s all about context!

Larry and I have corresponded about passion, purpose and money and how you can have all three, or any combination thereof.  One of the greatest quotes of our discussion was how Larry explained what I will now call the Equation of Absolute Success.

“Passion is key to any success.  Purpose is also necessary.  Passion without purpose leads nowhere.  Purpose without passion is also a slow death.  Mixing passion with your purpose is what drives all great successes.”

| success | = purpose * passion

So, how does this relate to Powered by Passion?  Powered by Passion acknowledges one of the above groupings and does so because other groupings are already represented with tangible identifiers.


About the Author:

Mark Blevis is a digital public affairs strategist and President of, an integrated digital communications, public affairs and research company. His work focuses on the role of digital tools and culture on issues and reputation management. He also leads research into how Canadian opinions are shaped through online content and interactions.
  • Dave Brodbeck

    why the absolute value around ‘success’? Is that a sort of typo? Cuz like if you have say negative passion your success would be negative….

    Damned science mind..

  • Mark

    Hey Dave!

    Good catch. At first your comment concerned me. Then, I realized that if you put “negative” passion into your project, or have “negative” purpose, you will have negative success. Where things get interesting is if you have both negative passion and negative purpose.


  • Dave Brodbeck

    hmm yeah, I will have to think that out. Somewhere in there there is a paper….

  • Arthur

    Sounds like it would collapse into some kind of apathetic entropy…

    Why is it that these threads only seem to occur around midnight? I just came from reading Phillip K Dick’s short story ‘What The Dead Men Say’ (1964) and am reminded of this quote:

    Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.

  • AndyCast Andy

    Negative passion and negative purpose…wouldn’t that be in the realm of hate and violence?