the “ikigaï”, the empire of meaning at work

Cit is time for good resolutions for Florian, who has just come out of a catastrophic New Year’s Eve. Looking more and more crestfallen over the hours, he had to answer traditional questions from strangers: “What do you do if not yourself in life?”Uh… I manage data projects to upgrade the marketing of a start-up.No but concretely what do you do, do you like it? “ Then the black hole: it’s decided, Florian will change his life in 2022. Met at the party, Victoria will guide him in his quest for himself: ex-success custom manager (her job was in fact to follow up with clients by phone), she gave up everything to alternate in freelance two activities of yoga teacher and coach in ikigaï.

This Japanese word is the goal towards which everyone should strive: it is literally a life (the verb ikiru meaning “to live”) which is worth (gaï meaning “reason, meaning”). Find his ikigaïis to redesign your life to measure to have a reason to get up in the morning. Vast project.

The origins of the concept are the subject of debate: it comes from the island of Okinawa, famous for its villages of centenarians, practicing their many activities in community such as dancing or the management of vegetable gardens. After all, ” We must cultivate our garden “, said Voltaire’s Candide.

L’ikigaï à la sauce professionnel is a real method, the stages of which vary according to the personal development books. To better take big decisions, it is a question of knowing oneself: at the beginning there is therefore a deep introspection. This dear Florian will abandon all certainty: ” Who am I ? What am I ? Where am I going ? “ He will also be invited by Victoria to seek the sincere opinion of his relatives, especially his parents who do not understand what their son is doing in his start-up.

“Vocation with dough”

The democratized method in many companies is often represented by a Venn diagram, made of intersecting circles. If the previous step has been completed successfully, the meaning-seeking employee should be able to fill the four basic circles with ideas: what they like to do, what they are good at, what they can be paid for. , and what the world needs. For example, if, like François Pignon from Stupid dinner (film by Francis Veber, 1998), you like to make models of monuments with matches, it is a starting point to relaunch yourself in the construction industry (the world does not need your models, and it is difficult to ‘hope to earn an income).

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