Ikigai: Finding Your Personal Happiness Share:

Steve Williamson, Dir. Product Development, eRep, Inc.
Monday, September 3, 2018

The Japanese have a concept called ikigai[1] that roughly translates into English as 'reason for being.' It can be graphically represented as a four-lobed Venn diagram with what you love, what you are good at, what you can be paid for, and what the world needs, all overlapping into passion, mission, profession, and vocation with a state of ikigai in the center.

Three of these lobes are practical and can be determined through formalized means, but discovering what you love can be elusive for many people.

The saying, "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life," only gets you so far as life advice. It assumes you already know what you love to do. Besides embarking on a potentially life-long process of trial and error, how do you define what will make you happy? How do you jump straight to that state of finding personal happiness?

Psychometric assessments like the Core Values Index and competing systems like Myers-Briggs and Strengths Finders have been used in the workplace for decades. They are often implemented during the hiring or promotion process as a way to determine fit for the role. In this case, it is one party — the employer — using the assessment to determine the path of an another — the candidate.

How does the individual take charge of their own life and use a psychometric assessment to find their own path?

One of the most powerful benefits of the Core Values Index is its ability to identify the areas of activity within a person's life where they will feel the most fulfillment and happiness. For example, in Core Values Index parlance, Innovators are happiest when they are solving problems; Bankers find their joy gathering and dispensing knowledge; Builders are at their peak when they are getting things done; and Merchants prefer to engage others and build meaningful relationships.

Discover your personality's DNA with the Core Values Index psychometric assessment.

When you take the Core Values Index assessment, you receive a 17-page report customized specifically for you that details the type of activities and pursuits that will yield the greatest level of happiness and fulfillment. It also provides valuable information about the areas of life you will instinctively avoid because they provide the least happiness.

Taking the CVI gives you insight that helps you answer the ikigai question, "What do you love?" When you combine that knowledge and insight with your own answers to the other questions of what does the world need, what are you good at, and what can you be paid for, you will be well on your way toward achieving a state of ikigai and finding your reason for being.

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Steve Williamson

Steve Williamson

Innovator/Banker - Dir. Product Development, eRep, Inc.

Steve has a career in information technology and software development spanning three decades. He is the author of a series of fantasy novels called The Taesian Chronicles (, and when he isn't writing he enjoys motorcycle adventure touring and buzzing around the skies in his home-built flight simulator.