The Concept of Ikigai

Ikigai

Contributor: Sophie

What is Ikigai?

The concept of Ikigai has been popping up everywhere lately. With the recent lockdowns and social distancing rules, people have had time to reflect on their lives again. Are we doing what we love? And are we happy enough? Ikigai is a Japanese concept that stands for 'reason for living' or 'reason for being'. The word consists of 'iki', meaning 'to live' in Japanese, and 'gai', meaning reason. The concept started gaining popularity in the sixties and seventies (and partially through the eighties) when it was believed to have been introduced to improve society. Give people a concept on good behavior and society will benefit from it. In the twenty-first century however, especially now, the concept is more directed towards the individual (how can it not in this day and age). Today, Ikigai stands for finding meaning and fulfilment in yourself, your life and your work — especially the latter.

Ikigai

Contributor: Sophie

What is Ikigai?

The concept of Ikigai has been popping up everywhere lately. With the recent lockdowns and social distancing rules, people have had time to reflect on their lives again. Are we doing what we love? And are we happy enough? Ikigai is a Japanese concept that stands for 'reason for living' or 'reason for being'. The word consists of 'iki', meaning 'to live' in Japanese, and 'gai', meaning reason. The concept started gaining popularity in the sixties and seventies (and partially through the eighties) when it was believed to have been introduced to improve society. Give people a concept on good behavior and society will benefit from it. In the twenty-first century however, especially now, the concept is more directed towards the individual (how can it not in this day and age). Today, Ikigai stands for finding meaning and fulfilment in yourself, your life and your work — especially the latter.

Ikigai

Contributor: Sophie

What is Ikigai?

The concept of Ikigai has been popping up everywhere lately. With the recent lockdowns and social distancing rules, people have had time to reflect on their lives again. Are we doing what we love? And are we happy enough? Ikigai is a Japanese concept that stands for 'reason for living' or 'reason for being'. The word consists of 'iki', meaning 'to live' in Japanese, and 'gai', meaning reason. The concept started gaining popularity in the sixties and seventies (and partially through the eighties) when it was believed to have been introduced to improve society. Give people a concept on good behavior and society will benefit from it. In the twenty-first century however, especially now, the concept is more directed towards the individual (how can it not in this day and age). Today, Ikigai stands for finding meaning and fulfilment in yourself, your life and your work — especially the latter.

The Concept of Ikigai
The Concept of Ikigai

Ikigai

Contributor: Sophie

What is Ikigai?

The concept of Ikigai has been popping up everywhere lately. With the recent lockdowns and social distancing rules, people have had time to reflect on their lives again. Are we doing what we love? And are we happy enough? Ikigai is a Japanese concept that stands for 'reason for living' or 'reason for being'. The word consists of 'iki', meaning 'to live' in Japanese, and 'gai', meaning reason. The concept started gaining popularity in the sixties and seventies (and partially through the eighties) when it was believed to have been introduced to improve society. Give people a concept on good behavior and society will benefit from it. In the twenty-first century however, especially now, the concept is more directed towards the individual (how can it not in this day and age). Today, Ikigai stands for finding meaning and fulfilment in yourself, your life and your work — especially the latter.

Ikigai

Contributor: Sophie

What is Ikigai?

The concept of Ikigai has been popping up everywhere lately. With the recent lockdowns and social distancing rules, people have had time to reflect on their lives again. Are we doing what we love? And are we happy enough? Ikigai is a Japanese concept that stands for 'reason for living' or 'reason for being'. The word consists of 'iki', meaning 'to live' in Japanese, and 'gai', meaning reason. The concept started gaining popularity in the sixties and seventies (and partially through the eighties) when it was believed to have been introduced to improve society. Give people a concept on good behavior and society will benefit from it. In the twenty-first century however, especially now, the concept is more directed towards the individual (how can it not in this day and age). Today, Ikigai stands for finding meaning and fulfilment in yourself, your life and your work — especially the latter.

The Concept of Ikigai

We all know someone who isn't happy with their career or is trying to find meaning behind what they're doing forty hours a week. Perhaps we've wondered it ourselves at times. The fact is that a good number of people seem to be unhappy with their work. It may lie in more diverse reasons, like having a demanding boss, or co-workers you dislike, but most of the time, it's because they don't like what they're doing.

According to the concept of Ikigai, one can only find happiness when your job is a culmination of four things:
You are good at your job
You love your job
The world needs your job
You can be paid for your job

When you can tick all of the boxes, you have succeeded in finding meaning in your life and you will be happy.

How to find your Ikigai

No one can really help you at finding your Ikigai. It should be an introspective journey with yourself. And once you've found it, who is to say you'll do it or love doing it for the rest of your life. Ikigai is a concept best visited multiple times throughout your life. Your dreams and needs change and naturally, so will your Ikigai.

That said, here's some pointers you can think about!

What you are passionate about
Generally, your passion is a combination of what you're good at and what you love. What you love, should drive you to work hard so that you become good at it. And once you become good at it, you are likely to love it even more.

What your mission is in life
Your mission is a combination of what you love and what the world needs. What the world needs, is a difficult one. Try having a conversation with an entrepreneur or artist, ask how they knew what their mission was and chances are, they'll say they had no clue. Sometimes you have to start at something to be able to find out what the world is missing and what you could offer. And often a first step at that is finding out the things that definitely aren't your mission.

What your vocation must be
Your vocation is the combination of what the world needs and what you can be paid for. After all, bills need to be paid. That's perhaps too simply put but if you aren't going to be able to sustain yourself, you are likely to quit at it anyway at one point.

What your profession must be
Your profession is the combination of what you can be paid for and what you're good at. You can offer a service that the world needs and the world can pay for, but if you're not good at it, you will at one point lose from strong competition.

A state of happiness

To truly find your meaning and purpose in life and become happy with what you do, you have to tick all the boxes. Miss one or more and you will feel useless, empty and uncertain about future and financial prospects. And you'll end up right with the rest of us — forever in search of happiness.

But find all of the above and you'll perhaps have found work heaven.

The Concept of Ikigai

We all know someone who isn't happy with their career or is trying to find meaning behind what they're doing forty hours a week. Perhaps we've wondered it ourselves at times. The fact is that a good number of people seem to be unhappy with their work. It may lie in more diverse reasons, like having a demanding boss, or co-workers you dislike, but most of the time, it's because they don't like what they're doing.

According to the concept of Ikigai, one can only find happiness when your job is a culmination of four things:
You are good at your job
You love your job
The world needs your job
You can be paid for your job

When you can tick all of the boxes, you have succeeded in finding meaning in your life and you will be happy.

The Concept of Ikigai

We all know someone who isn't happy with their career or is trying to find meaning behind what they're doing forty hours a week. Perhaps we've wondered it ourselves at times. The fact is that a good number of people seem to be unhappy with their work. It may lie in more diverse reasons, like having a demanding boss, or co-workers you dislike, but most of the time, it's because they don't like what they're doing.

According to the concept of Ikigai, one can only find happiness when your job is a culmination of four things:
You are good at your job
You love your job
The world needs your job
You can be paid for your job

When you can tick all of the boxes, you have succeeded in finding meaning in your life and you will be happy.

Ikigai

Contributor: Sophie

What is Ikigai?

The concept of Ikigai has been popping up everywhere lately. With the recent lockdowns and social distancing rules, people have had time to reflect on their lives again. Are we doing what we love? And are we happy enough? Ikigai is a Japanese concept that stands for 'reason for living' or 'reason for being'. The word consists of 'iki', meaning 'to live' in Japanese, and 'gai', meaning reason. The concept started gaining popularity in the sixties and seventies (and partially through the eighties) when it was believed to have been introduced to improve society. Give people a concept on good behavior and society will benefit from it. In the twenty-first century however, especially now, the concept is more directed towards the individual (how can it not in this day and age). Today, Ikigai stands for finding meaning and fulfilment in yourself, your life and your work — especially the latter.

The Concept of Ikigai

We all know someone who isn't happy with their career or is trying to find meaning behind what they're doing forty hours a week. Perhaps we've wondered it ourselves at times. The fact is that a good number of people seem to be unhappy with their work. It may lie in more diverse reasons, like having a demanding boss, or co-workers you dislike, but most of the time, it's because they don't like what they're doing.

According to the concept of Ikigai, one can only find happiness when your job is a culmination of four things:
You are good at your job
You love your job
The world needs your job
You can be paid for your job

When you can tick all of the boxes, you have succeeded in finding meaning in your life and you will be happy.

The Concept of Ikigai
How to find your Ikigai

No one can really help you at finding your Ikigai. It should be an introspective journey with yourself. And once you've found it, who is to say you'll do it or love doing it for the rest of your life. Ikigai is a concept best visited multiple times throughout your life. Your dreams and needs change and naturally, so will your Ikigai.

That said, here's some pointers you can think about!

What you are passionate about
Generally, your passion is a combination of what you're good at and what you love. What you love, should drive you to work hard so that you become good at it. And once you become good at it, you are likely to love it even more.

What your mission is in life
Your mission is a combination of what you love and what the world needs. What the world needs, is a difficult one. Try having a conversation with an entrepreneur or artist, ask how they knew what their mission was and chances are, they'll say they had no clue. Sometimes you have to start at something to be able to find out what the world is missing and what you could offer. And often a first step at that is finding out the things that definitely aren't your mission.

What your vocation must be
Your vocation is the combination of what the world needs and what you can be paid for. After all, bills need to be paid. That's perhaps too simply put but if you aren't going to be able to sustain yourself, you are likely to quit at it anyway at one point.

What your profession must be
Your profession is the combination of what you can be paid for and what you're good at. You can offer a service that the world needs and the world can pay for, but if you're not good at it, you will at one point lose from strong competition.

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A state of happiness

To truly find your meaning and purpose in life and become happy with what you do, you have to tick all the boxes. Miss one or more and you will feel useless, empty and uncertain about future and financial prospects. And you'll end up right with the rest of us — forever in search of happiness.

But find all of the above and you'll perhaps have found work heaven.

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