Ikigai: an idea to explore

Found this graphic exploring Twitter this morning

Check out @wef’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/wef/status/927159068413833216?s=09

A very clever Venn diagram displaying the importance of balance in life. Each of the four pieces bring value: 

  1. What you love
  2. What the world needs
  3. What you can be paid for
  4. What you are good at 

We find our best life, with the most satisfaction, where all these pieces intersect. And that neglecting any of these areas brings consequences. 

Ikigai is a new concept to me. One that bears exploring further. I appreciate the way it helps define key life management concepts:

  • Passion: what you love insects with what you’re good at
  • Vocation: what you can get paid for intersects with what the world needs
  • Mission: what the world needs with what you love
  • Profession: what you’re good at with what you can get paid for

I appreciate the reminder: look beyond my habits, my reflexes, and seek greater understanding. By dedicating energy to areas out of balance, I bring greater satisfaction, balance, and relive stress. That’s something I forget. 

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