Ikigai in Action: Using Talent in Meaningful Ways

In pursuit of my own ikigai and happiness, I spent some time doing the work that requires. Over the course of that process, I managed to come up with an approach to distilling down my ikigai, which ended up looking like four lists:

So, where do these intersect? Let’s take a quick look. Speaking and facilitation seem to be at the heart of many things on my four lists. Teaching, coaching, consulting, selling—they all revolve around the ability to connect with others and have meaningful conversations. Of course, listening and analysis can be just as important to those conversations as the speaking parts!

Now, bear in mind that these lists do have some similarities between them. That’s kind of the idea! If you’ve been paying any attention at all to my posts describing the facets of ikigai, the point is to find where those intersect. Once you know that, then you can focus on that intersection.

How the heck does this mesh with “what the world needs,” though? Obviously, that list is largely based on my opinions. I feel that in this day and age, we are all too distracted, disorganized and frenetic. The problem with those things is that many people don’t see them as bad things, or, at least, not bad enough to take any kind of lasting action.

How, then, can I use my talents in ways that are meaningful to me?

It looks like I am going to have to roll up my sleeves, put on my “Hat o’ Patience” and attempt to find the folks who do care enough to try tackling those issues. Companies thrive on efficiency and tactics, and many of us are looking for the right reasons to really spur lasting, positive change.

With that said, I intend to try an experiment. I will provide email coaching for five people over the course of three months on a pay-what-you-want model. This means you have no obligation to pay me anything if you don’t want to. I am truly looking to help people who are feeling stuck in a rut or tired of their job, or who are looking for an edge as they start a business or side hustle.

This is first come, first served, so drop me a line at curious@protagonist.life if you want in! Spots will go quickly, so stop being frustrated and take action! There is literally no risk to you.

Posted by Curious

He is the crazy mastermind behind coaching/consulting practice Protagonist and serves as lead Valor Consultant. With his sharp mind, specialized training, and deep empathy, he guides others toward what they really want out of their business . . . and has fun with them along the way. Life should be fun, after all! Curious is also a serial entrepreneur who centers his projects on bettering the lives of others.

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