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.