Everyone has an IKIGAI, according to the Japanese.
A reason to get up in the morning.
A reason to enjoy life.
The passion that brings meaning to life.
In Japanese, iki = referring to life, and kai = the realisation of what one expects and hopes for.
What IKIGAI is not:
- Your profession
- Your religion
- Whose wife / mother / daughter / husband / father / son you are
- Your sport
- Your hobby
What IKIGAI is, to me
- It lies at the center of the inter-connecting circles of what I love, what I am good at, what the world needs, and what I can be paid for.
- I love sharing ideas, helping people. Competing and innovating. Solving problems, and helping others solve their problems.
How do you find Your IKIGAI?
- What part of life, actions, activities, bring you great joy?
- What has achieved great results for you in the past?
- What skills do you love, that you use to help others?
- What activities make you happy, that you could do for a hundred years and still enjoy?
- What gets you up in the morning?
- What do you centre your goals around?
These are a few of the questions which bring you closer to your own IKIGAI.
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