Every time I find a friend lost with which direction to take their career or they feel hopeless in not knowing what to pursue I direct them to Ikigai. Ikigai can help you self-reflect on what your passion and purpose in life is.
To start off let’s look into the word itself. Ikigai is a Japanese word that translates to “A reason to live’
Iki – to live
Gai – reason
The Visual: Broad Map
To break this down answer the first outer questions – (try not to limit yourself in your answers, write down what you truly feel and connect with)
- What you love
- What the world needs
- What you are good at
- What you can get paid for
Now combine and connect your answers with the following
- What you are good at – Your Passion- What you love
- What you love – Your Mission – What the world needs
- What the world needs – Your Vocation – What you can get paid for
- What you can get paid for – Your profession – What you are good at
Ikigai also looks into simple ways to improve your wellbeing. The book IKIGAI: The Japanese Secret To a Long and Happy Life written by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles delves into lessons learned from a village in Okinawa, Japan. They summarised 10 rules to help improve and at least 1 of these rules will be easy to implement in anyone’s life.
The 10 rules of Ikigai
- Stay active; don’t retire
- Take it slow
- Don’t fill your sdtomah
- Surround yourself with good friends
- Get in shape for your next birthday
- Reconnect with nature
- Give thanks
- Live in the moment
- Follow your Ikigai
Ikigai related quotes
Young people often say “My life has no ikigai”. This is obvious. People who isolate themselves can’t have ikigai – meaning or purpose. Ikigai is only found in interpersonal relationships.
- Ishikawa Tatsuzō
Ikigai can be defined as ‘a sense of being alive now, an individual’s consciousness as a motive to live.’
- Aikihiro Hasegawa
Ikigai is the action we take in pursuit of happiness.
- Yukari Mitsuhashi
Find your own ikigai by asking yourself how you want to serve your community. If you are undecided, remember your dreams from when you were younger, maybe in your youth.
- Tsutomu Hotta
Our ikigai is different for all of us, but one thing we have in common is that we are all searching for meaning. When we spend our days feeling connected to what is meaningful to us, we live more fully; when we lose the connection, we feel despair.
- Hector Garcia Puigcerver
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