Ikigai is a greatly misunderstood concept that millions of people believe involves doing something that you love, that you are good at, that the world needs and that you can be paid for. This is not Ikigai.

Ikigai is a life philosophy involving daily rituals, living your values, building intimate relationships, fulfilling your life roles and pursuing a life goal with a healthy sense of urgency.

It can help you live longer and give you motivation and resilience in times of hardship. And it can be your path to self-actualisation, to becoming your true self.

In the world we now live in, we face constant pressure, fear and uncertainty, depriving us of our opportunity to be our true self. Ikigai is the solution to this problem.

And the beauty of this Japanese concept is that it is a universal human experience we can all benefit from.


The below Venn diagram does not accurately represent ikigai. It is not a framework of doing something that you love, that you are good at, that the world needs, and that you can be paid for.

Not Ikigai



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'Ikigai translated into English as ‘life purpose’ sounds quite formidable, but ikigai need not be the one overriding purpose of a person’s life. In fact, the word life aligns more with daily life. In other words, ikigai can be about the joy a person finds living day-to-day, without which their life as a whole would not be a happy one.' – Akihiro Hasegawa (Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist), from the book IKIGAI - Giving Every Day Meaning And Joy, by Yukari Mitsuhashi


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