The Orgin of the Venn Diagram Symbolizing Ikigai and its Meaning

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The Orgin of the Venn Diagram Symbolizing Ikigai and its Meaning is the topic of today’s post.

 

In the last post, I ended my article as the following.

 

By the way, where did this concept of ikigai described in the diagram come from? I had never heard of it, and neither have most Japanese. You can ask your Japanese friend to check if you like.

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I don’t think it said anything about it in the book Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, or maybe I missed it.

 

I have read over a half of The Little Book of Ikigai: The Japanese Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life, and yet, I haven’t come across a sentence explaining the origin of the diagram so far. Again I might have missed it or it may come up later on.

 

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So I read Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life again and found a small letter under the diagram saying  based on a diagram by Mark Winn. I did miss it after all, but it was very small.

 

Then I googled this guy Mark Winn and found this

 

What is your Ikigai?
By Marc Winn
http://theviewinside.me/what-is-your-ikigai/

 

Apparently, his name is spelled with c.

 

In the article, he refers to another article he had written that explained the story behind the diagram.

 

So, I clicked on the link and went to

 

Meme Seeding
By Marc Winn
http://theviewinside.me/meme-seeding/

 

In this post, he confesses that he merged two concepts to create something new. He merged a venn diagram on ‘purpose’ with Dan Buettner’s Ikigai concept.

 

That makes Marc Winn is the creator of the famous diagram, and Dan Buettner is the founder of this concept.

 

So I went ahead and watched his famous Ted talk video, which I now recall that Ken Mogi mentioned it in The Little Book of Ikigai: The Japanese Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life.

 

 

Nevertheless, he didn’t mention those 4 qualities: What you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for.

 

Instead, he mentioned the following 4 elements common to the Blue Zones.

move naturally

right outlook

eat wisely

connect

 

Looks like I have to read his book The Blue Zones, but I don’t want to go through that much trouble.

 

So I went back to the article my friend had originally sent to me.

Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life?
by Laura Oliver

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/08/is-this-japanese-concept-the-secret-to-a-long-life/?utm_content=buffer345e2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

There was a sentence which might be relevant.

 

according to Akihiro Hasegawa, a clinical psychologist and associate professor at Toyo Eiwa University,

 

I clicked on it and found this article.

 

Ikigai:A Japanese concept to improve work and life
By Yukari Mitsuhashi
http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170807-ikigai-a-japanese-concept-to-improve-work-and-life

 

Finally I found a sentence that Dan Buettner was referring to those three qualities:your values, things you like to do, and things you are good at.

 

That means, it looks like the rest was added by Marc Winn.

 

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