Ikigai is experiential. We feel it by taking action and gaining meaningful life experiences. By seeking meaningful life experiences, not only do we attain ikigai but also develop ourselves.
With this, Nick Kemp leaves us with some questions to ponder: What actions can you take to develop yourself? How can your life be more fulfilling or meaningful?
It’s Nick Kemp here from the Ikigai Tribe and I’d like to make a statement: I’d like to develop myself.
This statement is actually from a psychometric tool called the Ikigai-9 that was developed and validated by Japanese researchers in Japan. So we can take this statement and use it as a question: How would you like to develop yourself?
We have an abundance of opportunities to do this. The benefits of developing ourselves include self discovery, growth, and self-actualization.
Now, the problem we face with today is distraction and entertainment on tab 24/7. So you're watching this probably on YouTube, and there are things like Netflix and other streaming services. Of course, things like podcasts; streaming music.
So we have this abundance of very passive ways to be entertained. That’s probably a problem if we do that to excess. So how does this all relate to ikigai?
With ikigai, to feel ikigai, you need to be proactive because ikigai is experiential. So we need to take actions, have some sort of experience, and then we can feel ikigai from that experience. If that experience is fulfilling and meaningful.
So what actions can you take to develop yourself? How can your life be more fulfilling or meaningful?