I got an email this week from my friend, John, who is in the midst of a career RESET. He forwarded along a picture his dad had sent him that shows a Venn diagram based on a Japanese concept I had never heard of call "Ikigai." I don't know who created the chart, although there's a small citation in the bottom corner. I've discussed something similar in the past, but this chart adds a new dimension:
So how did I use it just now? As a reflection tool. Take anything you spend your time doing. For me, I used "leadership curriculum development" as my first "filter." My answers are in bold. Now ask yourself the following questions:
Sure enough, developing leadership curriculum is a comfortable activity that can leave me with a feeling of emptiness. I'm ok with that, because it financially fuels other ventures that are much more Ikigai.
Another way I used the chart was to take something I spend time doing and figure out which of the five "feelings" it leaves me with. For this one, I took "career/life coaching."
Give it a go. Pick something you do, anything you spend time on, and use it as your filter. After figuring out which circle it belongs in, ask yourself the following:
Finally, if you need help identifying your Ikigai, hit me up! It's my Ikigai.
Hi! I'm Dustin.
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