‘Jumping Out of Bed With Glee’

  • Three out of four workers are actively considering quitting their jobs amid “The Great Resignation”.
  • Career coach Cherie Wilcox says the Japanese concept of “ikigai” can help unhappy employees.
  • Ikigai is “your reason for being” and “jumping out of bed for joy” – this is how you find yours.

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In all industries, employees are leaving their current positions in order to receive higher wages, more flexibility or completely new career paths in the midst of “The Great Resignation”.

A record 4.4 million workers left their jobs in September, according to new data released by the US Department of Labor on Friday.

Cherie Wilcox, a career coach who specializes in job and career changes, told Insider that workers looking for more fulfilling positions should start by identifying their “ikigai”. It is a Japanese concept with no direct English translation and generally means “your purpose in life” or “reason to wake up in the morning with joy”.

Wilcox explained Ikigai as the intersection of four circles: (1) what the world needs, (2) what you can make money with, (3) what you are good at and (4) what you love.

“Where these intersect, as well as an understanding of the person’s true core values ​​- the things they cannot live without – is a good pole star or guide light to find their direction,” she told Insider.

The first component, “what the world needs,” is how you can affect the world.

“What you can earn money with” excludes all hobbies – let’s say archery or table tennis – that are very difficult to turn into a career.

To answer “what you are good at,” Wilcox suggests asking six to ten friends “what they think are your best skills / strengths and when they saw you at your best”. Or you can take the Gallup StrengthsFinder or DISC rating, she added.

“What you love” can be identified by pinpointing exactly when you felt “flow” in your life or career, or lost track of time, or when you felt most energetic, “said Wilcox.

Once you’ve identified the four Ikigai components, it’s time to make a list of your “core values”. According to Wilcox, if you are dissatisfied at work, your job is likely to break a deeply rooted belief. Belonging, creativity, autonomy, integrity, work-life balance, fairness, connection, status, trust and growth are just a few examples.

To find out which ideals are most important to you, Wilcox recommends reviewing recent disputes with loved ones.

“When you think about these arguments, you are probably arguing about something that is really important,” said Wilcox. “Journal of the last times you became angry – what was the basic value that was not met?”

Representing the four Ikigai components and at least three core values ​​together can help formulate a career pivot plan.

“Understanding your values ​​is really important because if you get a job or a career and it doesn’t match your values, it is potentially going to cause problems,” she added.

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