In this book, “How to Ikigai: Lessons for Finding Happiness and Living Your Life’s Purpose” Tim Tamashiro seamlessly blends ancient Japanese principles with modern insights, providing fascinating real-life examples of ikigai (life’s worth) while imparting valuable lessons in humility.
The author starts with the story of his friend Dave, whose purpose in life is to bring joy to others. The book is full of such inspiring stories that highlight the unique reasons that make each person’s day worthwhile.
Tamashiro also stresses the reciprocal nature of ikigai, stating that by spreading joy in the world, one can receive it back. This idea is reminiscent of the film “Pay It Forward.” The author’s message is that ikigai can help us discover our talents and live with purpose, and is achievable by all. He suggests that ikigai is a map that can guide us in figuring out our life’s purpose by aligning the four dimensions commonly associated with ikigai. The key elements that need to be combined to achieve balance and happiness in both personal and professional life are:
What are you really good at?
This aspect encompasses your distinctive aptitudes, gifts, and capacities that distinguish you and make you exceptional. It’s crucial to identify what you’re skilled at and what comes effortlessly to you in order to follow your passions and fulfill your life’s meaning.
What do you love to do?
This aspect covers your zeal, pursuits, and pastimes that bring happiness and satisfaction. Engaging in activities you’re passionate about will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired, and increase the likelihood of putting in effort and being productive.
What does the world need?
This aspect encompasses the influence you aspire to have on the world and the beliefs and principles that matter most to you. It is about comprehending how you can make a contribution to society and affect people’s lives positively.
What can you get paid for?
This aspect concerns discovering employment that satisfies both your personal and financial needs. By aligning your talents, passions, beliefs, and monetary necessities, you will uncover a career that offers financial security and accomplishment.
Finding your ikigai is like gaining a superpower, a GPS for your life. The book’s superpower is its ability to clearly explain ikigai. – Tim Tamashiro
The book’s superpower is its ability to clearly explain the concept of ikigai and bring it to life through captivating stories. The author concludes by reminding us that ikigai can only be experienced in the present moment, not in the future.