How to Find The Best Career with Ikigai Career Circles

Ikigai Career Circles - PASSION PURPOSE PURSUIT PROFESSION - Jared J. Wiese -

Why do you wake up in the morning?

Is it for a CAREER you LOVE? You see, it’s all about finding your Ikigai. I revised the Japanese version to tie it better to careers and make it more memorable.

So what is your Career Ikigai (ee-kee-guy)? TL;DR: Passion+Purpose+Pursuit+Profession

Ikigai Career Circles - PASSION PURPOSE PURSUIT PROFESSION - Jared J. Wiese -
Ikigai Career Circles – PASSION PURPOSE PURSUIT PROFESSION – Jared J. Wiese –

One way to understand it is to reflect on the interrelation of the 4 Ps:

  • PROFESSION: What knowledge and skills can you be paid for?
  • PURSUIT: What can you get paid well for doing that many people need?
  • PURPOSE: What are you drawn to that the world needs?
  • PASSION: What things do you love doing, naturally?

As Melissa Hughes pointed out, the components relate, overlap and integrate in a meaningful way when we find our [center] “reason for being.” She authored an article and video, both titled “Live on Purpose”. These were influenced by Janice Kobelski‘s Do It For You.

The American Dream

Many of us start chasing the dream on the left of the big circle, focusing on an education without a clear picture of what we want to do for work. This gives us TALENTS which we then use to seek a PROFESSION.

We follow “down the right path”, looking for a job that PAYS. We have to pay the bills and all those student loans!

As we master our craft, we start up in Pursuit of a better VOCATION, as we finally get a sense of what the world really NEEDS.

Finally, we tire of the rat race and look for more of a PURPOSE (MISSION) and PASSION to address our true LOVES.

What’s Your Point?

Now, this is how most people take the path. It’s also why most of us feel like we are circling the drain, never quite hitting the mark, or missing the point. Which are YOU doing?

Are you one of the lucky few, born with a green thumb or an artist’s eye, who followed your passions and didn’t care about money?

Did this all seem obvious and silly to you, as you figured it all out without even going to school? Maybe you are one of the lucky 15% who doesn’t hate their work?

What do YOU think?

No matter who you are, your experiences or your timing, I’d LOVE to hear what you think about this topic! What do you like best about #Ikigai?

Do More

Print the picture and brainstorm each main circle TOPIC and then look for overlap!

Learn More

See More

See all of my Ikigai content that came from this article – all in one place:

  • Worksheets, including the diagram
  • My presentation on this topic
  • The slide deck – with all sorts of goodies!

Reach out for career coaching!

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