Ikigai Career Circles – How to Find the Best Career

Ikigai Career Circles - Jared J. Wiese - Profiles That POP - ProfilesThatPOP.com 2019-10-04

To find your PASSION and PURPOSE with your LOVES and TALENTS… and get the PAY you deserve giving the world what it NEEDS, you should consider the Ikigai Career Circles!

Ikigai Career Circles - PASSION PURPOSE PURSUIT PROFESSION - Jared J. Wiese - #ProfilesThatPOP.com http://bit.ly/iWantToPOP
Ikigai Career Circles – PASSION PURPOSE PURSUIT PROFESSION – Jared J. Wiese – #ProfilesThatPOP.com http://bit.ly/iWantToPOP

What is Ikigai? (ee-key-guy)

First, you should understand Ikigai, and then the Career Circles I created… 😉 See this original article to learn more about Ikigai, its tie to careers and see the discussion!...

Why do you wake up in the morning? Especially Mondays?!

Is it for a CAREER you LOVE? If not, consider the Ikigai Career Circles. I revised the Japanese Ikigai (ee-kee-guy) to tie it better to careers and make it more memorable with 4 Ps of Passion+Purpose+Pursuit+Profession.

TL;DR: Ikigai Career Circles = Passion+Purpose+Pursuit+Profession

Does that include Monday mornings?

Why Ikigai Is Important – 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.

How do you find your Ikigai Career?

An Ikigai Career is the intersection of your PASSION, PURPOSE, PURSUIT & PROFESSION.

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?

Another way to look at it: your LOVES and TALENTS, combined with what the world NEEDS & would PAY!

If you’re not doing that, start! Doesn’t mean you have to quit your job…

Using Ikigai Career Circles

Use the diagram and start to list each of those and look for the overlap.

Print the picture, brainstorm answers to these topics, then look for intersections/overlaps!

Remember, often Ikigai is what you discover rather than what you know.

Want more?


Can we help?


With RESUME WRITING, CAREER COACHING or LINKEDIN, what’s your biggest challenge, frustration or question?