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IKIGAI – Finding Purpose

Ikigai is not the end but the beginning of the pursuit of a life worth living.” – Gordon Mathews

Ikigai is a Japanese concept compounded by two words: iki meaning “life” and gai meaning “result” or “value”. Hence, Ikigai means “a reason for being.” It refers to having a meaningful direction or purpose in life. Uncovering and pursuing ikigai involves building self-awareness, cultivating your inner potential, taking time to appreciate life’s joys in order to identify what the world needs, and finding in what ways your can help fulfill these needs.

This activity can be used to motivate employees by helping them identify their role in the organization and the value of their service to the world. It can also be applied to identify the purpose of an organization or team. Download the worksheet below.


Updated on October 23, 2023

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