What's your Ikigai? / by Tyson Pop

In ten words or less, can you tell me why you wake up each morning?

If you can, firstly I'm impressed. 

I wasn't expecting you to say yes. 

Secondly, being able to do so may add valuable years to your life according to a National Geographic study of the worlds oldest, healthiest people. In fact, it's one of the reasons that the Japanese people of Okinawa live longer than most people on the planet. 

They know why they wake up each morning. 

They call this Ikigai. 

It comes in all different shapes and sizes. Like the 102-year-old Karate master who still practices daily. Or another 100-year-old fisherman who just love being in the ocean. Whilst for another, 102-year-old it's simply holding her great-great-great-granddaughter. 

If you'd like to know what your is, here's what you do:

Take a pen and paper and spend 20-30 minutes brainstorming your passions, desires and what you feel as though the world needs. Then think about what steps could you take towards combining all these things to make a positive impact in that area. 

At the end of it, you'll have your Ikigai. 

Such a simple task. 

Such huge rewards. 

So go on...what's yours?