Ikigai is the Japanese concept of “the reason for being”. Finding it requires a deep and lengthy search of self, or at least that’s what a tweet from Victoria van Eyk said in June of 2017. Trent Hamm over at The Simple Dollar recently wrote a fantastic article about ikigai. Using the Concept of Ikigai to Find Financial, Personal, and Professional Fulfillment:
… there are a few main takeaways that you should take home from this post. Ikigai is a pretty attractive concept for life fulfillment as it touches on financial, personal, and professional fulfillment. It’s simply the area where the things you love to do, the things you’re good at, the things that help the world, and the things you’re paid for overlap. Financial instability forces you to prioritize “the things you’re paid for” and that often causes you to leave other factors behind. Many people wind up where I was, in the “profession” area (where the things you’re good at overlap the things you’re paid for) and missing out on things that you love and things that are changing the world, and that’s often a recipe for unhappiness. Financial stability de-emphasizes “the things you’re paid for” and financial independence removes that factor entirely. This lets you focus more and more on the things you love, the things you’re good at, and the things that change the world, which all provide a meaning and value in your life that’s far beyond what money can provide. In other words, if you view ikigai as a great place to be, then it’s a call to get your finances in order. The better your finances are, the easier it is to find a life situation where you can achieve that kind of deep fulfillment in whatever it is you choose to do.
(Via The Simple Dollar)
I read the same source article, Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life, after I saw the concept in detail for the first time in this Tokyo Weekender post. The article, How to Find Your Ikigai – Your Reason for Being, took me down something of a rabbit hole. I picked up two Kindle books which I plan to review here.