Ikigai: The secret to finding your purpose

As we grow older we find ourselves wondering what our purpose is in life. 
What were we put here to do? 
We spend years, sometime our whole lifetime trying to figure this out.
There is however a secret concept call Ikigai, and it is a Japanese term that roughly translates to “reason for being.”
When I first heard about this concept I was immediately intrigued and set about learning everything I could about this framework and how it applies to our lives.
What is Ikigai?
Ikigai originated on The Japanese island of Okinawa.
“Your ikigai is at the intersection of what you are good at and what you love doing,”
Discovering your own ikigai is said to bring fulfilment, happiness and make you live longer.
One of the many mistakes I’ve made in my life was believing that money led to fulfillment. That’s largely why I went into the corporate world in the first place.
I thought that if I had money, then I could have an impact on the world. What I learned, however, is that form follows intent.
This is something that I can relate to. I’d be lying if I said that I always cared deeply about finance and outside opinions. Truth is, these things are not meaningful to me in of themselves.
What I am passionate about is authenticity, truth, and helping people live up to their highest potential.
My company is simply the vehicle through which I can take these passions, apply them to the things that the world needs, and make a profit in the process.
In other words, Mindset Mentoring is my Ikigai.
To discover your Ikigai, you must first find what you’re most passionate about. Then, you find the medium through which you can express that passion.
Discovering your Ikigai
Ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elements:
What you love (your passion)
What the world needs (your mission)
What you are good at (your vocation)
What you can get paid for (your profession)
Now, I am not saying that work is the be all end all. What I am saying is that if we are going to spend ⅓ of our life at work we should make sure it is something that fulfills us and brings constant joy into our daily lives.
Ikigai is about finding joy, fulfillment, and balance in the daily routine of life.
It’s all too easy to fall victim to negative thinking, that our job, family, passions, and desires are all separate and unrelated aspects of our lives.
The fundamental truth of Ikigai is that nothing is separate. Everything is connected.
It is possible to be true to your passions, live a life of consequence, and still use business as a medium of expression.
At the intersection of all of this are feelings of peace and lasting happiness that can sustain us throughout our entire lives.
What do you deeply care about?
The problem for millions of people is that they stop being curious about new experiences as they assume responsibilities and build routines.
“Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.” … Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” 
Their sense of wonder starts to escape them.
But you can change that, especially if you are still looking for meaning and fulfilment in what you do daily.
We are born curious. Our insatiable drive to learn, invent, explore, and study deserves to have the same status as every other drive in our lives.
Fulfilment is fast becoming the main priority for most of us. Millions of people still struggle to find what they are meant to do. What excites them. What makes them lose the sense of time. What brings out the best in them.
“Our intuition and curiosity are very powerful internal compasses to help us connect with our ikigai,” Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles write.
What is the one simple thing you could do or be today that would be an expression of your ikigai?
Find it and pursue it with all you have, anything less is not worth your limited time on planet earth.
Find it and pursue it with all you have, anything less is not worth your limited time on planet earth.
>> Check out the LIVE video I did on Ikigai.
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