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.Wikipedia
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.
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.
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
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: