Ikigai is a Japanese word that means “reason for being.” It’s the thing that motivates you to wake up every morning, the thing that makes you want to get out of bed and start your day. And it’s not just a buzzword: it has real meaning and implications for how we live our lives. In fact, according to Japanese philosophy, ikigai can help us live healthier, more meaningful lives—and even figure out what kind of work we might be good at!



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What do you want to do each day?

Next, you have to figure out what it is that you want to do every day. This is your ikigai and it will be the thing that gives you energy and passion in life. It’s the reason why you get up in the morning, so it has to be something exciting and fulfilling for you!

Your ikigai could be anything from writing books, learning new languages or playing video games—anything that makes your heart race with excitement. If there were two things I could do everyday (and trust me there are), one would be making music and the other would be talking about how much I love making music so I know that these activities are definitely my ikigai because they make me feel alive!

What are you good at?

You can think of your ikigai as the thing that makes you happy, and comes naturally to you. It’s what motivates you and gives meaning to your life.

So how do you find it? One way is by thinking about what makes you good at something—your strengths. What are you really good at? What do other people tell you that they admire about your work or personality? What can only be done by YOU? And what are the things that make up a big part of who YOU are now, or who have been important parts of who YOU were when younger (like having been an athlete in high school)?

These questions might take some reflection but don’t worry too much if it doesn’t come easily! Once we start digging into this topic, I think many readers will realize they already have a good answer in their heads—even if they haven’t thought much about it before this article!

Think through all these different categories: strengths, talents and hobbies; interests outside of work; skillsets like being able to speak three languages fluently or having studied engineering before getting into journalism; personal characteristics such as being caring towards others…

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What can you get paid for?

  • What kind of work do you like doing?
  • What types of tasks are you good at?
  • How long can you focus on a task before getting bored or distracted?
  • Do you enjoy learning new skills, or would it make more sense for someone else to take over new projects in your life so that you can focus on something else entirely?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then congratulations! You’re on the right track towards finding your ikigai.

What does the world need?

Now that you’ve identified your ikigai, the work begins. You need to ask yourself: What does the world need?

To begin, sit down and write out a list of all of your skills and talents. Next, go through each item on this list and try to think of how you could use your talent as a way to solve one of the problems in our world today. For example:


  • Do we have enough food for everyone? Yes! We can grow more food! How will I do this? Well…I know how to grow things so maybe I can teach others or build an app or website that helps people plant their own gardens and become self-sufficient with their produce.
  • How do I get from place A to place B faster than walking? Yes! We can build cars that travel at faster speeds than walking speed! How will I do this? Well…I know how to make things move quickly so maybe I could create an invention that makes it easier for people who don’t have cars already (like buses).
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The Japanese formula for a long and happy life

ikigai refers to the Japanese concept of a state of mind that keeps you going and gives you energy. It’s a powerful motivator that drives us to do what we love, and it can make the difference between having a life full of soul-sucking drudgery, or one where you’re truly happy. The idea started out as an actual word, but today it’s often used as shorthand for personal motivation or passion—essentially meaning “the reason someone gets up in the morning.”

That reason might be money (which usually isn’t exactly ikigai), but more often than not, it’s something deeper than just getting by day-to-day: It’s about finding purpose in your life and doing what fulfills you as a person. This doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your job tomorrow—it could simply mean thinking about how to change things up so that what matters most is worth sharing with others more than ever before.

You could find the key to your future business in ikigai.

It is a Japanese word that means “a reason for being.” This concept was defined by Ken Mogi, who believes that there are six types of ikigai:


  • Purposeful passion. This is your purpose in life, the reason you get up every morning and go to work.
  • Play. It’s what you enjoy doing most with your time outside of work or school.
  • Harmony and balance between the individual and their environment (work/school).
  • Contribution to society through meaningful work or voluntary action (volunteerism).
  • Quality time spent with family/friends at home (family/friendship)


We hope this blog post has inspired you to find and pursue your ikigai. Remember, it can take time to find your way, but with dedication and patience, you’ll get there! If you have any questions or comments about ikigai, please let us know in the comments below.
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