So what exactly is Ikigai?
The origin of the word ikigai goes back to the Heian period (794 to 1185). Clinical psychologist and avid expert of the ikigai evolution, Akihiro Hasegawa released a research paper in 2001 where he wrote that the word “gai” comes from the word “kai” which translates to “shell” in Japanese.
During the Heian period, shells were extremely valuable, so the association of value is still inherently seen in this word. It can also be seen in similar Japanese words like hatarakigai, (働きがい) which means the value of work, or yarigai ~ga aru (やり甲斐がある), meaning “it’s worth doing it.”
Ikigai is what gets you up every morning and keeps you going.
Gai is the key to finding your purpose, or value in life. The best way to really encapsulate the overarching ideology of ikigai is by looking at the ikigai Venn diagram which displays the overlapping four main qualities: what you are good at, what the world needs, what you can be paid for, and of course, what you love.
Boiling it down to its most basic theory, it’s within the crossover of these points where ikigai stands.
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Michelle Nolting - Partnerships Manager
Michelle is a Mechanic profile and is the Partnerships Manager within the Genius Group. She has over 15 years of experience in coaching, mentoring and personal development. Her strength is assisting the partners in finding the best solutions for them, their business and assisting them in using the GeniusU platform to enhance their businesses. She is super excited to guide you through the next steps in your entrepreneurial journey.