When my friends see something online about Japan, they forward it to me. This is how heard about ‘ikigai.’ I lived in Japan, speak some Japanese, practiced a Japanese martial art, drink Japanese tea (and sake).
If I believe what I read online, ‘ikigai’ is an important thing in Japan, and clever publishers, reading Marie Kondo’s sales figures [The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up], have brought it to our attention.
Ask yourself four questions:
What am I good at doing?
What do I love doing?
What does the world need done?
What can I be paid to do?
The next time someone comes and asks me about finding a new job or finding their “passion” I’ll show them this diagram.
I’ll be sure to tell them not to ignore the fourth question.