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How To Chart A New Course For Your Life With 3 Simple Diagrams

The Ikigai diagram

The Ikigai diagram

Ikigai (usually translated as 'life’s purpose') is a Japanese concept that provides a visual framework to reach clarity and identify long-term goals.

It encompasses 4 dimensions of life: what you love, what you are good at, what you can be paid for and what the world needs.

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