The Secret to Happiness & Success – IKIGAI

What makes you happy? And are you? What’s your motivation to get out of bed every day? What’s the purpose of your life? What do you live for? Can you honestly look at yourself in the mirror and say you are who you want to be, you are where you want to be, and you know where you’re going in life? If not, then it’s time to look at the Japanese concept of Ikigai – your own personal reason for being, the thing that brings you your joie de vivre, the joy of life.
In this video I explore the concept of Ikigai from its Japanese roots, especially with Mieko Kamiya, to its first Western inception by Andres Zuzunaga, to its popularisation by Marc Winn and his Purpose Venn Diagram. I show just how massively following the concept of Ikigai can change your entire life – removing you from a miserable, monotonous existence and instead letting you take control of your destiny so that you can live the life you personally want to live. One that benefits the world as well.
It’s such a simple concept but such an amazingly perceptive one. The Ikigai Purpose Diagram has been utilized now for several years in management training, marketing, entrepeunership and personal development as it encompasses all aspects of a balanced, successful life – and it makes it easy to pinpoint exactly what your strong points are and where you should be focusing your innate talents. These same points can be applied to self-reliance as it helps you understand just who you are and what you’re capable of.

Filmed with a Panasonic Lumix FZ300/FZ330 with a Polaroid UV lens.
On location in the Carpathian Mountains of Slovakia.

Published by Carpathian Adventure

My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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