• prajakta kuwalekar

what the hell is ikigai?

sometimes you are convinced you are craving change. you comb through newer ideas about how to bring about that change. if you were ever on that path, ikigai is something you would have heard about. in simple words ikigai is a journey of self-discovery. at clymbe, we think ikigai is very important for not finding only career but also overall wellbeing. gone are the days when you are deciding between arts, commerce and science. ikigai might be the best tool for the modern times to crack that career nut. it is the most holistic approach to discovering yourself. 

ikigai requires you to pay attention, follow the clues, and learn as you go. when you become fully aware of your ikigai, it will be the greatest knowledge of your lifetime. use it like thor, not loki. 

the first thing you need to know to prepare for your ikigai is be open to choosing change. you either choose to do what you want, or you stay exactly where you are at. change sure is a scary prospect. especially if you don’t have a clear idea of what is the new reality for which you are changing. ikigai helps you understand what the new reality you seek. ikigai is the reason you get out of bed in the morning. it’s what you do, every day, that’s meaningful to you and to others. it’s an ancient japanese concept from the island of okinawa and it has taken the world by a storm. 

the second thing about ikigai is that it’s within everyone’s reach. ikigai is a map. when you practice your purpose, you are following a map that can lead you to discovering your gifts. how to decode this map? 

four easy steps: 

  1. do what you love

  2. do what you are good at

  3. do what the world needs

  4. do what you can be rewarded for

practicing your life’s purpose will seem like a daunting task. where do you begin? is there a science to life purpose? what steps do you take and how do you know you are on the right path? these are all overwhelming questions that keep people from even beginning the journey. at clymbe we exist to help you find answers to these and more questions you have about your future. 

ikigai comes in two parts. there is half ikigai and full ikigai. half ikigai focuses on you: what do you love and what are you good at? full ikigai shows you the full cycle of ikigai: seeing how doing what you love and what you’re good at, provides for the world and flows rewards back to you. as soon as you commit to your full ikigai, you will begin to see the benefits. your half ikigai will be first step in the direction of purpose. it will bring you clearer understanding of yourself and you can begin your work. 

through ikigai you are at last provided with a map that can lead you to your life’s purpose and everyday meaning. we will explore this map in the form of a very famous venn diagram. but details of that are for another blog. until then, here are some books on ikigai that you may enjoy. let’s get started. 

Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life Hector Garcia

How to IKIIGAI Tim Tamashiro



© 2023 by clymbe