Hector Garcia: Ikigai - The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life


In 2016, a book by the name of Ikigai hit the shelves of bookstores worldwide. Ikigai was a book like no other, a deep exploration of an ancient Japanese concept around our purpose for being, or a reason to jump out of bed every morning. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa - the world's longest-living people - finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. I’m not surprised that Ikigai has sold over a million copies worldwide.

In this week’s episode of Decoding Purpose, author of Ikigai Hector Garcia, referenced a crisis he believes our world is experienced, a crisis of meaning. That life is moving so fast, we have more accessible to us than ever before and we’re being pushed to absorb and participate in more than we ever have before, that in the moments when life slows down, we’re faced with thoughts of what life is all about, what it means.

For me, it’s really no surprise that when a book that explores the concept of a fulfilled life, and connecting with the unique thing that makes you desperate to jump out of bed, appears on our shelves, it disappears into the homes of over a million people just as fast.

Hector’s philosophy, and lessons from Japanese culture on the concept of purpose, and of Ikigai, are simple, insightful and incredible practical. We talked about how people might find and connect with their Ikigai, being aware and noticing the things that bring you joy, and the things that make time disappear for you. Our conversation was straightforward, and full of beautiful and mindful concepts that make it easy for everyone to connect with their purpose.

“we are life, we are on this planet and we are breathing, and you can explain how you came to this world in many ways - you can have any beliefs...that we all came from God, from science. You can believe we came here in any way, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are here, alive and you have a certain time here on planet earth.”

Click on the link below to listen to Episode 12 of Decoding Purpose, with internationally best selling author Hector Garcia. I look forward to hearing how it influenced your journey in finding your Ikigai.