George Sawyer
Apr 8, 2021

Four questions to help choose your next direction

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.

Venn Diagram labeled Ikigai.

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.

George Sawyer

Silicon Valley road warrior who went from winning sales awards to being totally burned out. Then he found a road back.