The Little Book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi

Book Review: The Little Book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi

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The Little Book of Ikigai” by Ken Mogi is a beautifully written and inspiring self-help book that sheds light on the fascinating concept of “ikigai“.

The author, a renowned Japanese neuroscientist and writer, presents the idea of ikigai through five pillars, which serve as a roadmap for finding and maintaining a sense of purpose and happiness in life.

The five pillars of ikigai presented in the book are:

  • Starting small

    This pillar emphasizes the importance of embracing a slow and steady approach to finding ikigai. The author encourages readers to take small steps towards their goals and not to be discouraged by setbacks.

  • Releasing yourself

    This pillar stresses the importance of letting go of negative thoughts, emotions, and habits that may be holding readers back. The author encourages them to release themselves from these hindrances and embrace a positive outlook on life.

  • Harmony and sustainability

    This pillar focuses on finding balance and sustainability in all aspects of life, including work, relationships, and personal well-being. The author encourages readers to strive for harmony and sustainability in their daily lives.

  • The joy of little things

    This pillar emphasizes the importance of finding joy and happiness in the simple and everyday moments of life. The author encourages readers to appreciate and enjoy the little things that bring them happiness.

  • Being in the here and now

    This pillar stresses the importance of living in the present moment and not getting caught up in regrets about the past or worries about the future. The author encourages readers to be fully present and embrace each moment as it comes.

Throughout the book, Mogi cites various examples and guides the reader on a journey to understand the significance of finding one’s ikigai and how it can bring about happiness and purpose in life. He empowers readers to take an active role in discovering their ikigai and to use the five pillars as a guide on their journey towards fulfillment and happiness.

This book is a must-read for anyone looking to find meaning and purpose in their lives.