ABSTRACT

A Japanese term, “Ikigai,” means “reason for being.” It is the delicate balance at which your passions, talents, the needs of the world, and economic sustainability converge. It is the golden mean that promises fulfilment, contentment, and a sense of contribution. This chapter focuses on an exploration of the four realms of ikigai: that which you love, that which the world needs, that which you can be paid for, that which you are good at, and that which the future no longer needs from me. When ambition transforms into an obsession for overnight success, it blinds us to the long-term consequences and takes us further from our true purpose. The noise becomes so deafening that the whispers of our IkigAI get drowned.