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How to Find Your Ikigai

Cindy Leong is a contributor to TEDx and recently joined the Marketing Communications team. She has a background in marketing & photography with a passion for creative expression.

I first came across the term ‘ikigai’ when my sister sent me a Japanese diagram.

We were discussing our passions, and our purpose in life. It’s something that I’ve become more aware of in the past 3 years, however, I believe everyone seeks this from a young age in one way or another. I wasn’t very conscious about the idea of my purpose until the feeling of needing one started to grow inside me. Instead of blindly following the motions of life and allow society or others dictate what I should be doing, I’ve recalibrated my perspective to pursue what I feel is my life’s purpose. I believe I can work towards anything my heart desires, but that’s difficult when you don’t know what that thing is. This is where ikigai can help.

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