The seeking of Purpose has been a life long pursuit for me, and I believe that it is a journey not a destination as we are so often taught. I have always believed that everyone has something they can contribute on this planet, and if we take the time to listen, we will all be the better for it. Many years ago, as I was starting to pursue my purpose more fully, and was challenged to remove my focus from the ‘what’ and focus more closely on my ‘why’. There are many reasons why we do the things we do; but more often than not despite the blaring pop psychology that tells us otherwise, our careers are driven by survival and not by the illusionary ‘self-actualisation’. Well, what if they were not mutually exclusive concepts, what if we could in fact work to survive, and work to feed that sacred individual ‘why’ that dwells in the core of our souls.
Ikigai(生き甲斐) is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” The word “ikigai” is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile.
Please indulge me for a moment, and share your ‘why’. Why do you do what you do? Why do you get up every morning? What makes doing what you do worthwhile?
What’s your Ikigai?