The literal translation is it’s composed of two Japanese words: iki referring to life, and kai, which roughly means the realisation of what one expects and hopes for.
Google translate defines it as “salt of life.”
The concept of ikigai is the Japanese meaning reason for being. Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self.
If you think about where you’re at right now in your life, do you think it’s possible you haven’t put enough time into having that deep and lengthy search of oneself? It is pretty hard to do when you’re being bombarded all around you by social media interruptions, by entertainment, by life just dragging on.
Certainly, I was in that zone where I had a job and I was just on a one-track mission to provide for my family, and I couldn’t say that I was doing a deep and lengthy search of one’s self back then.
Third Tuesday of every month we share a podcast that can help you in your business as well as personal life, our this month's podcast is on Ikigai obviously! Find it here.
And read on to dive into finding your reason of being, Your Ikigai.
How to find your ikigai ?
The ikigai lies in the center of the following interconnected circles: the big circles are “that which you love.” What’s your passion? What’s your mission? Another one is “that which you’re good at.” What’s your passion, what’s your profession? And then there’s “that which the world needs,” which is mission and vocation. And then “that which you can be paid for;” profession, vocation.
“Do the things you love, do the things that you are really good at. Do the things that you can get paid for, and that bring a positive change/impact around you”
Ikigai and Longevity
Ikigai plays a big role in health and longevity. It is believed that Ikigai is the reason Japanese live longer.
Ikigai and Business
So I’ve been able to find the things that I love and things that the world needs. It turns out that because the online space is very confusing and competitive for intermediate marketers, and especially as your business grows, the advanced phase can actually get even more complex.
“What wakes you up in the morning?”
Find your ikigai by answering these questions
1.What “wins” have you had that you can put down as something you’re good at?
2.What do you feel really happy about in your life right now, like what makes you happy?
3.What are you so good at that others ask you for help? What sort of skills do you have?
4.What part of your business brings you joy? I’m sure there’s things that don’t, but what parts do bring you joy?
“If you could do one thing for the rest of your life, what would you do?”
Let these questions be a way for you to know yourself better, and to help you get a reason to jump out of your bed in the morning. Let us know if you do happen to find it.
We love this so much we decided to name our new upcoming coworking space in Surat - "Ikigai" because we believe every individual is on a journey to figuring it out for themselves and we want to help them find it, through what we do. :)
Our Ikigai is to provide inspiring workspaces where communities can thrive and achieve accelerated serendipity. What's Yours?
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