I am passionate about creating and curating meaningful communities. I do this by developing a variety of programs, such as "Your Future Story", and also in my business activities using programs such as ‘Search Inside Yourself’ and business coaching.
MOTOKI TONN // IKIGAI COACH
REGION: LISBON, PORTUGAL
I am totally amazed by the authentic meaning of Ikigai and true Japanese culture.
1.Our world today
"Deep roots are not reached by the frost." J. R. R. Tolkien
In a world that is constantly changing and developing at a faster and faster pace, humans are searching for orientation and purpose in their lives.
People these days are finding a lot of programs that promise a quick solution – almost a shortcut – to finding personal purpose and meaning. The risk with such shortcuts is that we do not dive deep enough to explore the roots of our lives.
A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.
A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live. – Hermann Hesse
2. Theory of Change:
We all are looking for ways to become happy. We invest time and resources to "achieve" a happy state. Yet, chasing happiness often leads to paradoxical tension: the more we look for it, the more elusive it becomes. Following Viktor Frankl's teaching: The waiver of little things can lead to a great increase of one's well-being, but the acquisition of great wealth may lead only to a small increase.
“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it as a target the more you’ll miss it.” “Happiness must happen, … you have to let it happen by not caring about it.”— Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
3. My Mission:
My mission is to help people and organizations find a wide-angle perspective on their futures and a clear focus on what to do next.
My goal is to support people who are looking for their meaning using a holistic point of view.
My passion is to encourage people to look at the challenging sides of life as well as the bright sides of life.
I use a variety of pictures and visualizations, such as the Kintsugi metaphor, to help people embrace the fragments of their life, uncover the resources of their past (V. Frankl) and find meaning in their presence. These methods / techniques / tools enable people to find a constructive view for their future.
I am passionate about creating and curating meaningful communities. I do this by developing a variety of programs, such as "Your Future Story", and also in my business activities using programs such as ‘Search Inside Yourself’ and business coaching. My offer exists for individuals as well as groups. I mostly prefer to do this by offering thinking environments: safe spaces where people feel heard; environments where people speak up for themselves and ask bold questions.
5. What qualifies me?
First of all I consider myself a life-long learner. There is hardly a season that passes in which I do not take a course, read vast quantities of literature/books/materials or place myself into uncomfortable and challenging situations so that I can learn and grow.
For over 25 years I have been founding communities and facilitating diverse groups in business and in the non-profit field. I have built several businesses, led large corporate projects, won international design prizes, negotiated challenging situations – but even more than that, I experienced failures, setbacks and a variety of challenges. Though none of my businesses ever went bankrupt, these challenges led to personal growth. My kids, my friends, my colleagues, my peers all teach me every day how to be a better ‘leader’.
I strongly believe that leaders are people who:
seek the best in their peers,
take time to understand others first and fully,
are good listeners and care-takers.
I consider listening to be an art of hospitality. According to Henri Nouwen, the act of listening enables others to explore their true thoughts and feelings, they feel valued and heard. Listening invites others into our presence – this is where life happens.