Find a job you love using the IKIGAI model

Ikigai is a Japanese concept about finding your individual purpose, or in other words: “what is worth living for”, or “your reason for getting up every morning”.

It covers 4 perspectives that will help you get a new line of work to cherish.

The combination of words mean:

“iki” (life/living) + “kai” (value/result)

The four circles in a Venn diagram, best illustrate this concept in order to find the point of intersection between your: mission, passion, calling, and career.

These are the four areas every person should explore are:

  • What do I love?
  • What am I really good at?
  • What does the world need?
  • What can I earn money with?

It’s the specific convergence of enthusiasm, ability, and potential to profit others. It is just a question of discovering it. The excursion to ikigai may require time

This theory is easier said than done. Putting these concepts into practice can be difficult, as it requires a deep sense of understanding yourself — a skill of personal reflection.

Ikigai Model

As this diagram shows, ikigai holds the central position and involves four major spheres of interest and how they might overlap in one’s life.

In trying to determine your own personal ikigai with the help of such a diagram, you would fill in each sphere with its appropriate content based on your own experiences, self-knowledge, and understanding of the world. Finding your ikigai helps to find the purpose in your life and make it meaningful.

So how can you find a job to love?

You can start by drawing the diagram and filling it out with keywords, ideas, or pictures that suit you best.

What are you really good at

It is important to keep an open mind so that your ‘ikigai’ will become clear.

1.What do I love?

Think about what you really like to do.

  • What really matters to you?
  • What do you appreciate doing?

2.What am I really good at?

Think about what unique talents you have.

  • What do individuals offer you praises about?
  • What comes simple/characteristic to you?
  • What expertise have you gained?

3.What can I get paid for?

This will help you get a new line of work to cherish.

This can uphold your own marking, by realizing how to advertise your abilities.

4.What does the world need?

Think about what you can contribute to the world.

  • Is there something helpful you can do for others?
  • What activities are there that would have a positive effect on the world?
  • What would your children/grandchildren be proud of?

After reflecting on the first 4 questions, try to find the point of intersection? It can be a mix of concrete activities and abstract principles that could guide you.

Finding your ikigai can be helpful in many ways, in knowing what profession to look for, what to improve in order to reach your goals, and discovering what is important to you.

Undergraduate | Software Engineering | Dharmaraja College Kandy | Sri Lankan