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It is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being". The word refers to having a direction or purpose in life, that which makes one's life worthwhile, and towards which an individual takes spontaneous and willing actions giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life (Wikipedia, 2020)
At this point, can you tell what your ikigai is?
If not yet, here is the bigger picture. I hope it will clarify what you are thinking.
According to Japanese culture, your ikigai lies at the center of four intersecting circles:
What do you think is the profession you can get paid for?
What do you think the things that you are good at?
Get a paper and list down your answers. It takes time to figure out about these things, do not rush. But if you know now what are the reasons of your being, then do it.
You do not have to rush in just for you to have something to write. You can think for it. Have enough time to think of it very well.
A philosopher and civil rights leader by the name Howard W Thurman once said, “Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.” … “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
From the elements above, it helps contribute to our happiness, finances and intellectual pursuit, and health. All these things are very important for us to find “the reason to wake up in the morning.”
Do not be afraid to take risks in life. Sometimes, you have to take risks to see the better picture. There's nothing wrong about it, it will only be wrong if it is employed in the wrong path.
Sometimes you have to follow your curiousity in the good way. Like what is happening right now in the world, fulfilment is fast becoming the number one priority for most of us.
If you were to do one thing today that can express your ikigai, what will it be?
Before you leave this article, you might want to leave a comment below regarding your thoughts about our topic today. Do not worry, this is not required. But, just in case you have something in your mind, do not be shy to share it.
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