Do you love what you do? Are you good at it? Is there a need for it, and can you earn a decent living from it?
According to the Japanese concept “Ikigai,” the secret to a long, happy, meaningful and fulfilling life is to have a REASON FOR YOUR BEING.
The word “Ikigai,” is thought to come from two Japanese words: Ikiru and Kai. Ikiru means, “to live.” And Kai means “the realization of your potential/ worth.” Together, the two definitions create the concept of having a purpose for your being.
In 2017 Gallup released a poll which concluded that 85% of workers worldwide admit to hating their jobs. A common reason, the role/function performed has no meaning. That’s a lot of dissatisfied and unfulfilled people in the workplace.
Are you part of the 85%?
Perhaps you’re an artist, a performer, someone who spends day and night mastering their craft. You couldn’t imagine being anything else. People love your work and leave amazing reviews, but no matter how hard you try landing gigs is difficult.
Maybe you are a creator someone who loves to invent new products. Your attention to detail is meticulous. The construction toward those ideas is like no other. You make cool things but there is no need for them so you can’t sell them.
Or, are you one of the lucky ones? Someone that wakes up, excited, motivated and looks forward to the day ahead. Eager to use your abilities to overcome any challenge or obstacle standing in the way of you realizing your dream.
An influencer that affects positive change in others, and a mentor to those who want to follow in your footsteps. You use your strengths and skills to get across the goal line. And always feel a sense of accomplishment with every achievement. You ride the wave of momentum and aspire for more. You’ve mastered your craft and created a career doing what you love doing the most.
That’s what the Japanese refer to as “Ikigai” having a purpose for your being.
The Secret Formula to a Meaningful Life
If you have a desire to achieve “Ikigai,” the formula is simple:
Use your natural abilities and the gifts you are blessed with to do something significant. The key here is to know and to use your strengths and skills to do something meaningful. If you don’t know what they are I can definitely help you.
Uncover your strengths and skills and learn how you can live a long, happy and meaningful life.