What is IKIGAI?
Ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy) is a Japanese concept that combines 2 words: “iki” which means life and “gai” which means “purpose”. It is similar to the French concept “Raison d’être” or reason for being and basically refers to having a reason to get up in the morning… This can be achieved by finding and living your true purpose.
Ikigai should not be confused with the concept of blue zones. Blue zones are regions in the world where people seem to live longer than average, and the Okinawa Prefecture in Japan is one of those regions. Obviously having a long and happy life depends on many factors, such as eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and having positive people around you… Sadly, finding your ikigai will not magically help you live longer, however, the Japanese have a proverb which perfectly explains the importance of finding your purpose or ikigai:
“Only by remaining active will you wish to live for a hundred years.”
Many people hate their job for various reasons, it may be that they don’t really love it or they receive very little money for their efforts, or they feel that their talents are wasted and they could do more positive things for the world. Can you imagine having the perfect job? Work at something you love, are good at, get paid well, and need you in the world.