The Importance of Ikigai

Have you ever wondered why we all have to live and work? Sometimes you feel fatigued, lost, and burn-out. It’s because you’re lacking motivation or in this article, we will call it ‘Ikigai’ What is Ikigai? It can be defined as a sense of purpose in life or motivation for living.

Why must we implement Ikigai?

Today’s world society, most people tend to burn out when they’re at a working age or working for a while. Don’t get discouraged! ‘Ikigai’ can be applied to work, including use in your daily life. You just have to be aware of the thing that gets you up in the morning. Every day when you wake up, ask yourself what you love, what you are good at, what you can be paid for, and what the world needs. These questions can create your work-life balance and also make you feel that life is full of value and meaning. That’s why Ikigai is essential for you to adapt to your life management.   

The concept of Ikigai

‘A reason of being’ according to this Japanese concept can be divided into 5 things as can be seen from overlapping models. You can start to answer yourself about what really matters in your life by looking at it. 

1. What you love: it’s something that you love to do such as your favorite hobbies or leisure activities. It can be anything that makes you feel happy. Just think about it. We’re sure you have at least one thing that you’re comfortable with. 

2. What you are good at: It’s something that you have a good skill like your specialty, areas of expertise, or fields of work, etc. For instance, if you’re an eloquent speaker or skillful problem solver, this can be considered in this section. 

3. What you can be paid for: It’s something that you do and gets rewarded such as your full-time or part-time jobs.

4. What the world needs: It’s something that you can benefit others. To put you in the picture, it can be your volunteer work or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). If you like charity or want to be a consultant, these things can help make the world a better place.

How can it link to business?

Ikigai doesn’t only help you in living, but it also can help you when doing business. The importance of ikigai in business is to help you work happily.

By applying ikigai to your business, it could help you find the balance between work and life. You have to consider what your passion is, or what you want to do. Next, you have to think about the thing that you love or are good at.  Even though you are not good at anything specifically, it’s okay as you have a long way to find yourself. What I’m trying to tell you is, if you can find something that you are good at, it will make you feel more valuable and love yourself more. 

If you’re struggling with your work-life whether you are burnt out or have no motivation, you can adapt the ikigai concept to your life. It could help your life get easier, but if you still have no ideas about that, you can contact our Get Unstuck at to help you find your balance. 

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