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How to Ikigai: Lessons for Finding Happiness and Living Your Life's Purpose

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Ancient, time-tested wisdom: Okinawa, Japan is a tiny, tiny island south of the Japanese mainland where people live their life’s purpose every day. How is it possible for so many to live each day in such meaningful ways? The Okinawan concept of Ikigai. How to Ikigai describes the lifestyle choices that have led to an island full of fulfilled, long-

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Jess Kang
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do what you love
Do what you’re good at
Do what the world needs
Do what you can be rewarded for
Tulga G
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I met with Ikigai when an author of this book, Tim Tamashiro gave a speech at TEDxYYC last year. As soon as I started watching, Ikigai attracted me as its four-circle diagram provided a complete understanding, great knowledge about life purpose. This particular book had stayed in my mind until it came to me last December when I read it in very short time span. It is the second time that I finished reading and now, I agree with the fact that it seems not enough that you can find your purpo ...more
Clicky Steve
This book didn't quite live up to the description. While there were interesting examples and stories, there wasn't really any deeper explanation of what 'Ikigai' actually meant beyond the surface of 'finding stuff that give your life purpose'. I have a lot of time for the ideas expressed, but the substance didn't really resonate with me. Part of that could be because a lot of the suggestions and ways to find purpose would only really work for those who are privileged enough to be able to make th ...more
Eternalramblings (Mayank Mittal)
It could have been shorter and more crisp. The repetitive nature though does help concretisation of certain key elements the author is focusing on. The second half of the book is till more methodical and has an approach readers can pick and chose to follow. The material is not new though the stories make it a little bearable. It can even get on your nerves. But like every book. You can learn from it if you’re reading with the intention to get something out of it. To be read once and once alone. ...more
Jack Davenport
Pap and Pablum

Stick with the source material. There is value in this book, yet it derives from the great minds cited instead of the author's interpretation. This is the second book on ikigai I have read and both have been oversimplified and reductionist with only a cursory examination of the underlying Japanese concept. Does anyone have a recommendation for great book on ikigai that offers a more thorough analysis within the context of Japanese culture and history?
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PaulA Ghosh
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding happiness n spirituality is very important. Ikigai is the path to find one's true source of happiness n contentment. Good to read. ...more
Rodrigo Couching Universitario
The book is quite light in the way that is presented, some typos, and many details about the personal history of the author witch some times distract from the point. It it is very repetitive
Jay Chatree
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
หลายคนอาจจะเคยอ่านและได้ยินเรื่องเกี่ยวกับ Ikigai ซึ่งเป็นแนวคิดของชาวญี่ปุ่นในการทำชีวิตให้สมดุล สี่ด้าน
1.ทำในสิ่งที่รัก 2.ทำในสิ่งที่เราเก่ง 3.ทำในสิ่งที่โลกต้องการ 4.และสุดท้ายสิ่งนั้นต้องทำเงินให้กับเรา อะไรที่เราทำแล้วสามารถตอบโจทย์ 4 ด้านนี้ได้ชีวิตเราก็จะมีความสุข รู้สึกดีในทุกวันที่ตื่นเช้ามาทำมัน หนังสือเล่มนี้ก็คล้ายๆกับหนังสืออิคิไกเล่มอื่นๆ แม้ชื่อจะบอกว่า How to แต่เรื่องนี้มันเป็นอะไรที่ยากจะอะิบายก้เหมือนแค่นำเสนอแนวคิด อิคิไก ใครจะนำไปประยุกต์ใช้ยังไงก็อยู่ที่ตัวของคุณเอง แต่แนว
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Bogdan
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
To ikigai is not easy.
It does not come easy to you. It is not obvious. At least not to me...
I went through the book with the hope to get a practical approach, especially for that part on making explicit what you are good at and what you like.
I liked the idea of asking the people in your closer circle. It should help start your inner brainstorming.
But it seems there is no quick way or a deterministic method over a time frame to conclude on what is your ikigai... Even the examples of various peop
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Brittney Kristina
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It was inspiring, hooking, and entertaining, even as a self-help book. At times, I felt like I listening to Tim ramble on and on with no super clear structure, but I mostly enjoyed it. I think I found my Ikigai, I'm not sure. I do wish there was either a longer list of possible Ikigais, or a clearer way to actually find my Ikigai. Because frankly, I'm not even sure what I love most in life and as a college student, and Ikigap year isn't practical right now. This book ...more
Jaclyn
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Okinawan concept of ikigai is deceptively simple. Ikigai, or your life's purpose, can be found in the intersection between four factors: what you love to do, what you're good at, what the world needs, and what you will be rewarded for. Pretty obvious, eh? But ask yourself: how much time do you actually spend contemplating what makes you happy, and how much effort do you actually put into incorporating it into your every day?

There were three things in particular in this book that resonated wi
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Dhiran
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to Ikigai -Tim Tamashiro as a gift from my secret santa first time ever, this is my first read for 2020, and its an awesome start I must say. Ikigai provides a simple roadmap for success, do what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs and what you will be rewarded for. Rewards may not be monetary but yet they may make one feel much more happy because of their Ikigai. Do today what ever it is that you love and are good at, then come back tomorrow and continue doing it again, thi ...more
Bonnie Parker
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a good book full of inspiring stories but practical tips are rather scarce. And by that, I mean that there are no exercises or whatsoever. Sometimes I felt like there were too many of the stories and the whole content could have been concluded in 40 pages tops. Towards the end of the book, I got a bit annoyed because of the stories. I hoped the last chapters of the book would be more practical (fill-in tables or whatever) but there were stories... yet again.
Overall, it is a good book. Wort
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Wan Megat a
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ikigai today. Come back tomorrow. Half Ikigai, Full Ikigai. StrengthFinder focus and it will be amplified. Living a meaningful life. Positive psychology, Maslow’s self actualization. Simon Sinek’s Why. Prof Dweck’s Mindset. Stop Should-ing. What do you love, what you are good at. Do what the world need. Then be rewarded for. Ikigap year. Headspace. Slay the dragon of Moro
Shrinkhala
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How to Ikigai was the book I was looking for after I read Ikigai, although its not easy but getting a clear structure of what and how you can achieve ikigai is good and interesting.
This book works as a self help for people who are looking for a new direction or a new way of reassessing their life.
Erika
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Thaddeus Chan
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a "how to..." book. It's more like a guidebook that points you to a variety of ways to seek your 'ikigai'. Reading this book is just the beginning of a either a very long or (if you're lucky) a very short life journey. Good luck (to me and other seekers)! ...more
Kunal Kamania
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ikigai is a very clean and straight forward concept which basically or roughly translates to your purpose in life. The book has some nice stories but it could all be written in 20 pages instead of 200.
Nopadol Rompho
Another book that talks about Ikigai. But this book focuses more on the concept of doing what you love, doing what you are good at, doing what the world need, and doing what you get rewards for. Out of the books that I read about Ikigai, I like this one the most.
Dan Burt
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.8 stars.
A_Learning_Life
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mango
By far the best book about ikigai if you are looking to implement the approach in your life. Clear, simple, encouraging guidance on how to move towards your ikigai.
Mirko de Vicariis
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice book to understand better what is Ikigai and how to apply this philosophy to our life. It is best combined with other books about the topic
Joan Kite
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book but not new information though I can’t put my finger on its essence. Part yoga, part philosophy, part Buddhism, part practicality. I highly recommend it.
Dinesh Palli
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping and Informational.
Kelly D.
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring, well-done book explaining Ikigai, giving examples of it, and tips for inching closer to finding your own.
Oge
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good collection of pieces and bits of advice on how to achieve a sense of purpose and true happiness in life.
Alvin Soh
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the story of Kyoko and Yuuto. “My Ikigai is not to kill dragon”.

Ikigai today, come back tomorrow.
Marius
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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