Don’t follow your dreams.
Sounds crazy, right? 🤯
Going all-in on a passion is great but if you’re unable to make a living from it, you won’t be able to do it long-term and may even grow resentful of it.
On the other hand, staying with a comfortable job that doesn’t fulfill you is a recipe for disaster in the long term too.
That is where a Japanese concept comes in: ikigai. It tackles the question of a fulfilling life by breaking it up into 4 separate questions:
- What do you love?
- What does the world need?
- What can you get paid for?
- What are you good at?
The magic happens when you find the one thing that’s an answer to all 4 questions.
You’ll have a specific thing you’re passionate about that can sustain you, helps others, and doesn’t come with ridiculous effort.
Actionable advice for this week: find your Ikigai.
Answer the 4 separate questions on their own by creating exhaustive lists. Then see if there’s something that’s a part of all 4, or could become one.