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Discover Purpose and Passion in your Leadership

Have you heard about "Ikigai"?


Ikigai is the Japanese word for "raison d'être". It presents a powerful framework not just for finding purpose but for cultivating a fulfilling life. I first learnt about it from David B. Peterson and David Goldsmith.


While it's often used in career coaching, I believe it's just as important for founders and leaders.


For them, it's all about building their businesses, but they often forget what truly motivates them.


Imagine waking up each day not just to work, but to lead with passion and purpose. That's the power of embracing your Ikigai.


But how do you find your ikigai? It starts with asking yourself some fundamental questions: What are you passionate about? What are you skilled at? What does the world need from you? And what can you be paid for? These questions lie at the heart of discovering your Ikigai. Remember, this process isn't a one-time event but a continuous journey. Our Ikigai might change or shift, so it's essential to revisit these questions regularly and frequently.





Let me give you an example: One of my clients, a highly successful entrepreneur, felt like something was missing in his life, even though his company was doing well. Through "Ikigai", we discovered that while his strengths were aligned with running his business, he lacked a sense of giving back. He started to organise charity events which did not only align with his values but also brought his team and customers together. In his words he felt "energised and rejuvenated".


Personally, transitioning from finance into coaching and consulting was about moving towards my "Ikigai". This transition helped me to align my strengths and core values with my professional life.


Remember though, finding your Ikigai is a journey, not just a destination. Embrace self-discovery as you uncover what truly lights you up.


What is your Ikigai?


If you want to find out how coaching can help you to find your Ikigai, get in touch.



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