Ikigai (ee-key-guy) is a Japanese concept that combines the terms iki, meaning “alive” or “life,” and gai, meaning “value” or “worth.”
When combined, these terms mean that which gives your meaningful life or purpose in life.
Ikigai is similar to the French term “raison d’être” or “reason for being.”
What Is the Japanese Concept Ikigai?
Ikigai is an ancient Japanese philosophy that has enveloped the way Japanese people live. Some believe it’s even the reason for their happiness and longevity. Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means your ‘reason for being.’
Your ikigai is your life purpose or your bliss. It’s what brings you joy and inspires you to get out of bed every day. It’s important to mention that while traditional Japanese philosophy focuses on finding your bliss, western interpretation has used ikigai as a method of finding your dream career.
The full IKIGAI focus on these 9 Principles:
1. Stay active and don’t retire.
4. Surround yourself with good friends
7. Reconnect with nature
2. Take it slow.
5. Get in shape for your next birthday
8. Give thanks
3. Don’t fill your stomach.
9. Live in the moment
The Westernized version of Ikigai says you’ve found your dream career when your career includes these four qualities :
What you love
What you’re good at
What you can be paid for
What the world needs & matters to you
The center point on the Venn diagram where all four circles overlap is your ikigai.
Knowing your ikigai can help you:
Align with your purpose in life
Create a healthy work-life balance
Create joy & happiness in your existence
Make a positive impact on the planet
Perform at your best
Create strong social connections at work
Design your ideal work lifestyle
Do what you love most
Pursue your career dreams
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