An In-depth and detailed Review of Ikigai by Héctor García

Written by Kaitholil Storyboard Team. Last updated at 2022-07-18 04:47:09

Ikigai is a Japanese word roughly meaning "the reason you wake up in the morning" or "the reason for being." It represents the thing that gives your life balance and meaning. Ikigai is something that drives you forward every day. But, most people don't know what their ikigai is. Most people haven't thought about or haven't found it yet. Ikigai isn't a feel-good buzzword. 

"The feeling that we belong to something bigger than ourselves, something more beautiful and eternal, is the most basic and profound emotion we can feel as humans."

It has real scientific merit. In fact, according to the authors, waking up early to take on a challenging day is the secret to living a long and happy life. 

First things first: What exactly is ikigai? You might think it is another word for "passion," but it's more complex. For example, here are some examples from Wikipedia. "Ikigai is a commonly used idea in Japanese psychology and orthodox Okinawan ideology, which roughly translates into 'reason for being. Ikigai is the reason that makes you get up in the morning. It is the reason you stay alive. 

Ikigai is the word the Japanese use to imply "a reason for being."

Ikigai is a concept they have identified as the source of happiness and well-being. It could be that elusive thing that helps you feel at peace with your life—if you know where to look.

Having a sense of purpose elicits happiness.

A study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that sense of purpose was the strongest predictor of happiness. In other words, ikigai leads to happiness by giving people something to look forward to daily. Other sources of contentment are external—like material possessions or romantic relationships. Ikigai is internal because it comes from within yourself. It's something that only someone like you could provide in your unique way!

Be honest with yourself.

  • Know what you want out of life and be clear about it.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Accept the things that you cannot change.
  • Always think about the future and plan where you want to go.

Ikigai can improve both the quality and quantity of your life. It is more than a job or a career; it's your passion, purpose, and reason for living.

Look for the meaning in what you do.

Ikigai is a Japanese word for the reason you get out of bed in the morning. It answers the question, "What do you love?" Ikigai is also your contribution to others, yourself, and the world around you. It's what makes you feel most alive and happy? The lesson here: Look for meaning in what you do. Don't be afraid of mistakes because it's normal for people to try new things!

"The only way to live a long life is by being passionate about it."

Exercise regularly.

It doesn't matter if you're a professional athlete or an ordinary person —exercising regularly helps people live longer, improve sleep quality, and feel better about themselves.  Exercise also helps keep weight off, which is vital for many people. Obesity can lead to other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. 

If you don't like exercising alone or at home, try finding an activity involving working with other people. For example, yoga classes or weekend morning hikes in nature (if there's one near where you live).

Start now.

One of the biggest life lessons from Ikigai is not to wait. 

  • Don't wait until you're ready. 
  • Don't wait until you have all the resources.
  • Don't wait until you're sure.
  • Don't wait until you have permission. 
  • Don't even think about waiting for some perfect moment when everything will be okay. 

The truth is that if we keep waiting for something to happen, it won't ever happen. We must take action now for anything beautiful or worthwhile to occur in our lives!

Be persistent.

A significant theme in Ikigai is the importance of persistence. The author discusses how his mentor has always encouraged him to keep going no matter what and how this lesson has helped him succeed. He also talks about the importance of persistence in your work or studies and relationships with others. It would help if you never gave up on something until it's over or until you can no longer see a way forward.

Finding your ikigai will improve your life expectancy.

The first lesson is that finding your ikigai will improve your life expectancy.  According to a Harvard study, "the act of pursuing a purpose in life—a mission that is meaningful to you—may help protect against disease and disability." Samurai warriors used ikigai to find their purpose in life before the battle. Since then, the method of ikigai has found successful applications in modern times.

Japanese people have one of the longest life expectancies in the world.

Ikigai is helpful for everyone, regardless of nationality or culture. Japanese people have one of the longest life expectancies in the world, and they're not alone. People who follow a purposeful lifestyle tend to live longer, happier lives. This doesn't mean that a person diagnosed with cancer should start ikigai. Instead, it means that if you have a sense of purpose in your life, you'll be better prepared when trials come along.

"If you don't do what you love, at least love what you do."

Focus on what you are good at, not what others expect of you.

We often feel pressured to live up to the expectations of others instead of focusing on our talents and passions.

  • Don't worry about what others expect of you.
  • Don't worry about what others are doing.
  • Don't worry about what others have done.
  • Don't worry about what others have achieved.
  • Don't worry about what others are capable of

Your ikigai might be hidden in your hobbies and interests.

Your ikigai is not a secret that you must dig to find. It is hiding in what makes you happy and what gives meaning to your life. These things make up who you are and can be found in your hobbies and interests.

If we look at these two topics as one, we can see that they both depend on each other. Your hobbies lead to your interests (and vice versa). So it's essential to understand how they are connected if you want to learn more about yourself.

Waking up early to take on a challenging day is a secret to living a long and happy life.

It's no secret that waking up early is good for you. The science backs it up—early risers are happier, healthier, and more productive. But how do you make sure your morning routine is effective? According to Héctor García and Francesc Miralles, one key ingredient is embracing your ikigai. 

Having an ikigai helps us find meaning in our lives—and helps us wake up ready to take on the day with enthusiasm! "The bottom line," says García, "is that if your idea of happiness doesn't include getting out there and doing stuff, then it's not a good fit for you."

Ikigai combines what you love, what the world needs, what you are good at and what you can be paid for.

"Ikigai is a combination of what you love, what the world needs, what you are good at, and what you can get paid for. If you don't love something, you won't do it. That makes sense to me." This statement resonated with me. I believe that if I was going to invest my time into something, it had to be something I enjoyed doing. And it should matter in the long term. This quote also sparked an idea. 

If we look at our daily lives as projects rather than tasks, we will find greater fulfillment in them. For example, imagine making meals for loved ones instead of cooking for others.

Starting is what counts, not finishing.

The first and best lesson to learn from Ikigai is to start. Don't wait! If you think about it, the most successful people are those who started first. They didn't wait for others' approval or for all the stars to be aligned in some perfect cosmic order.  They started doing whatever they wanted, even if they weren't sure how things would turn out. The second lesson that Ikigai offers is that what other people think and what you perceive as ideal conditions aren't nearly as important as deciding on your own.  I'm not talking about sacrificing your principles or going against your morals here.  Instead, I mean focusing on what matters most to you over everything else—even when it seems like nothing will ever come of your efforts...

"The people who enjoy long lives are patient with others, thankful for what they receive, generous with their time, and eager to share knowledge."

A person can have more than one Ikigai, but usually, there is a dominant one.

It's important to note that a person can have more than one ikigai, but usually, there is a dominant one.  This means that the other ones are less important and often support the dominant ikigai.  Your dominant ikigai is the one you are most passionate about and often comes with its challenges.  We want to find our dominant ikigai because it will give us purpose and help us live happier lives. 

Suppose your dominant ikigai is not aligned with what you love. In that case, it will be harder for you to succeed because nothing else matters except for this one thing (which might not even be worthwhile). When we figure out our values, they become like strings connecting everything we do into an overarching story. 

Everything makes sense now (even if those stories aren't strictly factual). This helps us decide what's worth doing based on whether they align with our values. Whether or not something aligns with who we want ourselves and others around us(those closest)to become as people; because ultimately--that's where happiness lies: inside each person themselves!

Ikigai doesn't necessarily depend on your job.

While having the work you love is essential, Ikigai is not about your career. It's about finding joy in the little things, regardless of your day job. You might find that you already have an ikigai if you're reading this article at work and feeling distracted by the idea of doing something else. 

This could be anything from gardening, playing music, or even walking around the block with friends. Whatever brings you enjoyment in life can help define what makes up your ikigai!

There are many ways to find an ikigai outside of work:

  • You may love taking care of your garden, which could become part of your ikigai.
  • Maybe one day, while walking around town with friends, they suggest stopping off at a café they've heard good things about — how this becomes part of their ikigai too!

You don't have to quit your job to find your ikigai.

You don't have to quit your job to find your ikigai — instead, try doing something outside of work that brings you joy. It could be as simple as having fun with friends or caring for your garden.

Eat mostly plants.

Food can significantly impact your overall health and well-being, so eating a diet rich in healthy is crucial. This means mainly eating plants—fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes—and fewer meat products like red meat and dairy products like cheese or ice cream.

The brain is also made up of 60% fat (the rest being made up of water), so getting enough omega-3 fatty acids is crucial to supporting brain health. Omega 3s are found primarily in fish such as salmon or tuna but in nuts like walnuts or flaxseeds, chia seeds, and beans such as chickpeas or lentils.

Surround yourself with people you love and who love you back.

These people will be there when things are good, wrong, and everything in between. A stable network of individuals with whom you can discuss your challenges without shame or self-judgment is essential.

Do things right now, don't wait until you're ready or until you have all the resources to do so.

One of the main takeaways you should learn from this book is that if you want to do something, don't wait until you're ready or have all the resources to do so. It doesn't matter if you don't have a lot of money or your personal life isn't perfect; if something in your head keeps waking up every morning, then do it! 

Do things right now. Don't wait until tomorrow because tomorrow may never come.


After reading this book or trying out some of the tips and suggestions I've given you, I hope you can find your ikigai. By doing so, you will be able to enjoy life more fully and live it to the fullest—that is something worth striving for!

Ikigai isn't just about money; it's about finding that thing in life that will bring meaning and fulfillment to your existence. Ikigai is a sense of happiness that doesn't depend on external factors like salary or possessions but rather something more intrinsic than material things alone could ever provide. 

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