When asked about the motivating force behind my unconventional walk events in recent years, providing a straightforward answer has always been a challenge for me. However, there's has been one essential component, a mental framework that has made the decision making planning and execution of these events much easier for me, that I wanted to throw out to the world today, in case it can be of as much value to someone else as it has been to me.
This clear component is a mental framework tool I have used which is the Japanese concept of "ikigai" .
This term is derived from the Japanese words for "life" and "value". It's 4 four key elements being– what I love, what I'm good at, what the world needs, and what I can be paid for – by spending the time thinking through those really important questions, and then basing my decisions and life directions as a result, it has clearly for me formed the foundation around the mindset I have needed to not only come up with these events but also the planning, prepararation and executition of them to the best of my abilities.
At the heart of ikigai lies a profound principle—the pursuit of what we genuinely love. This concept may seem too simple and idealistic for many, but for me it resonates powerfully, especially for anyone who wants to create stories and effect real change or impact on their world. The four essential components of ikigai really become a framework to achieve great things, if you are in the pursuit of what you truly love
By delving into these core questions and dedicating time to ponder their implications, the foundation for a mindset to be able to drive not just the ideation but also meticulous planning, preparation, and execution can take shape.
The parallels between ikigai and other motivational philosophies championed by influential figures are unmistakable. Thought leaders like Tony Robbins, Daniel Pink, and Simon Sinek, renowned for his "why" talk, often explore concepts around "purpose" that closely intertwine with ikigai. While these motivational philosophies interest me, ikigai stands as a unique and comprehensible framework due to the simplicity it offers and the clear roadmap for aligning my personal passions, skills, societal needs, and financial viability.
As I continue on my journey, and look to create more stories for myself and hopefully others whilst supporting causes close to my heart such as Youth Mental Health, the application of ikigai will I beleieve will continue to become an even more important and pronounced catalyst in my pursuit of creating meaningful change.
If you are keen to chat with me about your Ikigai and how to create your own lasting stories , I would love to have the conversation anytime, just drop me a line, send a request to come on the Podcast or please share your thoughts here.