Ikigai & the Art of Remaining Relevant

As we delve into Ikigai in the Remain Relevant course, I continually reinforce the reason we are doing so: to identify individuals’ “quick pivot paths” – areas of intrinsic passion, aptitude and value that will enable the rapid development of skillsets with which to better address the ever-changing world.

A recent in-class dialogue went a tad deeper and involved the practical & tactical – how to go about carving a living out of one’s passions while still providing three-hots-and-a-cot. 

Over the past week I ran into a couple of articles that dovetail with and support these points (interestingly, both are from The Ladders – serendipity, table for one, now seating).

First, this Ladders piece from February 2

Quote of Note:

“To best position yourself for a life of happiness and success on your terms, it is vital to have a philosophy around what you hope to be, and what you intend to accomplish. Some people call this a creed. I call it, Establishing Yourself. This is written documentation that establishes three things: 1) your purpose; 2) your direction; & 3) the substance of things that matter to you.”

Yes, indeed … this firmly reinforces our learnings from the exploration of “What You Love”; “Passion”, “Mission” & “Vocation” within Ikigai. All of these elements should overlap, interleave and feed each other (e.g. what you value should inform your passion, mission & calling – and vice versa).

Then, there’s the “rubber meeting the road” discussion.  The question is: how does one pursue their true vocation/calling when to do so is economically impractical – that is, passion doesn’t pay (yet).  The response in class was to develop a side gig while keeping one’s “day job”. 

As if on cue, this article emerged:

Why You Should Keep You Day Job and Follow Your Passion at Night

(Hey, the word “Passion” even appears in the headline – too cool, right? You can’t buy that kind of timing.)

Quote of Note:

“… he became one of the “bifurcators,” as he called it – people splitting their time between a job and a passion … There was a comfort in this setup, he added, and having a job took some pressure off the high-stakes pursuit of creativity. “Pursuing such a self-indulgent long-shot too formally, too publicly, seemed ill-advised.” While Maloney succeeded twofold in his dream of writing a novel, he’s an advocate not for leaping blindly after a passion, but to compromise instead. “There is another group of achievers, less celebrated but perhaps happier on average, whose central accomplishment is a balancing act.””

What’s the punchline-Takeaway, here?  Do what you love that’s congruent with your values – and give it all the time and energy you can, however you can.  That’s the space into which you may need to quickly maneuver and being a focused bifurcator is the strategy for being ready to pivot into that space when it’s most necessary.

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