Ikigai – find your reason for being

Philosopher and civil rights leader Howard W. Thurman said, “Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Ikigai is a Japanese concept translated as ‘reason for being’, that can help anyone achieve and life a fulfilling life. It sits at the intersection of 4 elements: what you love, what the world needs, what you are good at, and what you can get paid for.

The next video explains these concepts, as well as their convergence.

In the next video, a realistic scenario for finding one’s ikigai is given. Doing this exercise will ensure that you are able to find a place in your life in which you work doing what you love, you can grow and improve, while helping the world in the process.

Additionally, Thomas Oppong provides in his blog post the ten rules from the book “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life”, by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles:

  1. Stay active and don’t retire.
  2. Leave urgency behind and adopt a slower pace of life.
  3. Only eat until you are 80 per cent full.
  4. Surround yourself with good friends.
  5. Get in shape through daily, gentle exercise.
  6. Smile and acknowledge people around you.
  7. Reconnect with nature.
  8. Give thanks to anything that brightens our day and makes us feel alive.
  9. Live in the moment.
  10. Follow your ikigai.