Ikigai, which translates to “purpose for living,” is a concept from ancient Japanese philosophy that permeates modern Japanese culture. This worldwide bestseller was written by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles.
Some even credit Ikigai as the main factor in their success and longevity. Okinawa, Japan, is home to some of the oldest people on the planet, hence the island is often connected with their longevity. Ikigai incorporates feelings of contentment, fulfilment, pleasure, and meaning in one’s life. It’s about knowing that your existence is meaningful and contributing.
Finding our Ikigai involves striking a balance between our interests, skills, the needs of the world, and the ability to make a living. The key is to figure out what we’re interested in and make it our life’s work.
Why Should We Read This Book?
The lessons of Ikigai can help us find happiness inside ourselves. It encourages us to accept ourselves and our circumstances as they are. It lets us prioritise our sanity and will to keep living. Once we have our life’s mission clearly defined, we’re living a healthy lifestyle, and we have the right perspective, positivity will naturally flow from within.
8 Motivational Quotes
“Life is not a problem to be solved. Just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you.”
“There is a tension between what is good for someone and what they want to do. This is because people, especially older people, like to do things as they’ve always done them. The problem is that when the brain develops ingrained habits, it doesn’t need to think anymore. Things get done very quickly and efficiently on automatic pilot, often in a very advantageous way. This creates a tendency to stick to routines, and the only way of breaking these is to confront the brain with new information.”
“Our ikigai is different for all of us, but one thing we have in common is that we are all searching for meaning.”
“The moment. Stop regretting the past and fearing the future. Today is all you have. Make the most of it. Make it worth remembering.”
“It is much more important to have a compass pointing to a concrete objective than to have a map.”
“Concentrating on one thing at a time may be the single most important factor in achieving flow.”
“Existential frustration arises when our life is without purpose, or when that purpose is skewed.”
“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”