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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Finding Your Life's Purpose.

Last year I wrote a post on why it's okay to not know what to do with your life, and to date that is one of my most viewed and most well-received post I have ever written.

The general feedback I got from that post is that a lot of you really don't know where you want to go in your life and sometimes seem pressured into needing to know or hit milestones at times which are deemed as the "norm". If you've clicked on this post, chances are you too don't know what to do with your life and feel stuck in a process to figure it out.

Everybody goes through this and that's okay!

At the start of this year I set up my own business and since then things have just got better and better. I have found a true passion which pays me and I'm well on my way to achieving one of my biggest life goals of being my own boss. Let me know if you want a post about my business and what I do!

Finding what I want to do for the rest of my life, I'm going to refer to it "purpose" in this post, didn't come easy. For most of my life I felt like I was lacking and behind everyone who seemed to know what university course they wanted to do, or what they wanted to do as a career. I simply felt as if I was plodding along, knowing I wanted to run my own business, but not knowing exactly what the business was going to be and feeling like there was no way little old me could ever set up something of my own. That's when I found this concept of "Ikigai".

Ikigai translates to "a reason of being" in Japanese and is a Japanese concept which brings together 4 elements: passion, mission, vocation and profession. In other words, your ikigai is finding an occupation which you love, are good at, helps others and pays you!

You're probably thinking, "well...duh?" 

And I don't blame you. That's what everyone is searching for, but sometimes it can be difficult to put a finger on just what exactly that is. This is where the ikigai comes in!

What would you do if money was no object?

If you have an answer to this, then why the hell aren't you doing it?! In life the hardest yet most rewarding thing you can do for yourself is to not care about other people's opinions and eliminate your battle of self-doubt.

If you don't have an answer to this question, grab a pen and paper.
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In one corner of the page write down everything you are good at, absolutely everything.
In the second corner write down everything you love to do and things which get you excited.
In the third corner write everything you think the world needs more of or could benefit from.
In the fourth corner write down everything you can be paid money for.

Be totally truthful with this exercise - nobody else has to see this list except for you.

If you have found something which fits in all 4 categories (and there will be something), then congratulations, you have found your ikigai!

Your passions are what make you feel significant and you can turn absolutely any passion into a career. Once you have found your purpose your life will start to lead more direction and happiness. Money will merely be a bonus. 

Let me know down below if you try this technique, or if you have already found where you want to go in life!


  1. I've never seen this technique before but as a freelancer this is something that I should have done before I set up on my own, haha. Such a useful graphic, thank you, I'll be fascinated to see what I come up with! Lisa x

    1. It’s such a good method! You really get to uncover your strengths and how you can turn them into a career! X

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