James Kaguima
February 17, 2021

Often people go along to get along - subconsciously living life to fit into traditional societal norms and not living their lives tothe fullest - boxed into lanes that may leave them feeling unfulfilled. Painting by numbers.

But the Japanese have the concept of Ikigai. It means “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.’ It usually indicates the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile. 

To the Japanese Ikigai brings a sense of purpose and happiness – not just in the moment but in the future too.

If you lack purpose, you are more than likely to become a follower of what society has planned for you… and sometimes that isn’t much.

Ikigai may not make you a leader – but all leaders have a sense of Ikigai.


The most successful people in the world are the ones who have the courage to live life on their own terms by taking control of their own destiny.That takes self-awareness, learning from your failures, unlearning bad habits and creating better ones

When you start to operate from a place of attracting your ideal life you start to see signs, opportunities and people who fit those goals. To achieve this, you need to find a reason to jump out of bed each morning 


·     What you love (Your passion)

·     What you are good at (Your vocation)

·     What you can get paid for (Your profession)

·     What the world needs (Your Mission)

The challenge for a many people is that they stop being curious about new experiences as they assume more responsibilities and build routines. Their sense of wonder and will to learn new things starts to evaporate. But you can change that, especially if you are still looking for true meaning and fulfilment in what you do every day.

Your greatest asset is your existing passion, the skills you already have and, most of all, your own personal story. The truth is that your real wealth is in your story. Your journey so far has not been a waste of time, it’s been perfect. Your hobbies and interests are not meaningless, they are a gold mine. Your passion isn’t hollow; it’s the best fuel you will ever have. You already have examples of people you’ve helped, times where you added value. You need to harness what you have and refine it


·     Your values

·     Things you like to do

·     Things you are good at

The cross section of the three lists is your purpose, then find a way it can serve others in an act of service.

“Your Ikigai is at the intersection of what you are good at and what you love doing,” says Hector Garcia, the co-author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life.

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