READ: I had a couple of great conversations with my valued creative comrades about seeking fulfillment in our work- what the Japanese call Ikigai– a sense of meaning that lies at the intersection of what we love, what we’re good at, what the world needs, and what we can be paid for. Contrary to popular belief, simply “doing what you love” is not actually enough to bring the you the fullest joy nor the greatest success in life. Those other three quadrants are just as important.
This week it occurred to me as I was narrating a course for Kroger which will soon be deployed to it’s 550,000 employees, that my voice has now touched at least one hundred million pairs of ears over the last twelve years. That realization brought me to tears of joy as I felt a very strong sense of Ikigai swell up in me, seeing all of those four elements coming together in this work I am so fortunate to do.
Many days, we can all get lost in the details, forgetting to take into account all the ways that we actually impact the world around us. See if you can zoom out a little on your life and work this week and find those threads of Ikigai at play in your world as well.
WATCH: Here you’ll find a great little presentation and worksheet to help you find your own sense of Ikigai from career and business video blogger, Lavendaire.
LISTEN: One of those creative comrades I mentioned above is an amazing lady who recently appeared here in Nashville from Portland, Oregon with awesome Airstream home in tow: designer, musician, photographer, and all around badass woman, Bethany Bauman. She’s a really great exemplar of Ikigai in action, too! You can see her design work here and listen to her fantastic new record, Turn, here.
Make this week magnificent!