Ikigai is a Japanese concept that essentially means “the reason why you get up in the morning.”
Did you know the Japanese island of Okinawa, where ikigai has its origins, is home to the largest population of centenarians?
What is Ikigai?
Ikigai (pronounced “eye-ka-guy”) is a lifestyle that strives to balance the spiritual and the practical. Most of us deal with the struggle of finding a profession that satisfies both self-fulfillment and financial needs. Ikigai solves this problem by merging the following four elements:
What you love (your passion)
What the world needs (your mission)
What you are good at (your vocation)
What you can get paid for (your profession)
Ask yourself these four questions to help you find your Ikigai. Start now, don’t wait for the right time. Find your Ikigai and pursue it relentlessly. Life is way too short to live it meaningless and unfulfilled.
Don’t forget to trust your intuition and curiosity as internal compasses that will help you achieve Ikigai. What makes you curious? What makes you excited? What makes you come alive? When we start to follow a linear career path founded on society’s expectations, we enter into monotonous routines. This leads to dissatisfaction and boredom. Our sense of wonder disappears and we stop being curious. How will we ever truly discover our life’s purpose if we stop being curious? Don’t be afraid to follow your curiosity. Do it and it will unlock your Ikigai.