When you protect your dharma,
Your dharma protects you.– Manusmriti 8:15
Whole Equation of DHARMA
Dharma = Passion + Expertise + Usefulness
Dharma isn’t just passion and skills. Dharma is passion in the service of others. Your passion is for you. Your purpose is for others. Your passion becomes a purpose when you use it to serve others. Your dharma has to fill a need in the world.
This does not mean every activity outside your dharma is a waste of time. To build your competence without regard for character is narcissistic, and to build character without working on skills is devoid of impact.
Knowing your purpose and fulfilling it is easier and more fruitful when you use your time and energy wisely every day.