🗻 Ikigai

Ikigai is the Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." The word refers to having a meaningful direction or purpose in life, constituting the sense of one's life being made worthwhile, with actions taken toward achieving one's ikigai resulting in satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.


Ikigai comes from a combination of two Japanese words: iki referring to life, and kai, which roughly means “the realisation of what one expects and hopes for”.

In life there exists four core elements: passion, mission, vocation, and profession. Ikigai is the intersection between these four elements.


Finding Your Ikigai

To find your own Ikigai you first need answer four key questions that will in term help you discover the four elements in your life.

Note: The text boxes below store the values on your local device so you can always revisit this page to remind yourself of your Ikigai.

What do you love?

What does the world need?

What are you good at?

What can you be paid for?

Summarising Your Ikigai

Now that you've thought about the four key areas in your life. It's time to examine the intersections between them.


Passion is the intersection between what you're good at and what you love to do.

What you're good at

What you love


Mission is the intersection between what you love and what the world needs.

What you love

What the world needs


Vocation is the intersection between what the world needs and what you can be paid for.

What the world needs

What you can be paid for


Profession is the final intersection that is between what you get paid for and what you're good at.

What you can be paid for

What you're good at

Going Forward From Here

I hope that you've found the above exercise useful and have gotten some kind of peace from it.

Below are some links to external resources on Ikigai: