On Discerning Your Calling

Don’t you hate it when people ask the age-old interview question, “What gets you up on a Monday morning?” If we’re being honest, the first thing which comes to mind is my dog persistently nudging me until I groggily get out of bed to take him on a walk. I personally find the question overwhelming. But recently, I did some research on how to identify the things that motivate me.

In Japan, the Ikigai (ick-ee-guy) is a framework used to identify your purpose. The model can be visualized as a “reasons for being” Venn Diagram split up into four categories: