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Ikigai – a reason for being

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Ikigai – where are you right now?

Ikigai – your ‘reason for being.’ Of course the Japanese have a word, and an infographic to explain this concept! I would argue that getting yourself into the central segment on here is almost impossible most of the time. Why do the fun things in life never pay the bills? And if they did, would they still be fun? Nevertheless, the Ikigai balance looks like something to aspire to.
It occurs to me that a central theme in my ‘It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time’ book is trying to find the sweet spot balancing working at something I enjoy and following my passions, and actually having to earn a living. That theme is pretty universal for creative types, I feel. Over the years I have swung from the ’empty feeling’ working for other people, to the ‘sense of uncertainty’ (for which I read “crippling self-doubt”) with my own businesses, and now as an aspiring writer, I am definitely in the No Wealth camp. But aren’t we all?! To my mind, ‘happy but broke’ is always a better option than ‘rich but bored.’
What is your Ikigai spot?

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My name is Annabel Townsend, and I really am a doctor of coffee! I wrote my PhD. thesis about ideas of quality in the coffee industry, from the University of Sheffield, UK. When I'm not making coffee, I write a lot of creative non-fiction, ride my bikes everywhere and enjoy life in the flat bit of Canada.

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