Yes, ikigai (pronounced icky-guy) and it means “a reason for being,” a Japanese philosophy I just became aware of that I want to share and would like to have you add its concepts to your LinkedIn profile.
It consists of 4 intersecting circles, each one comprising 3 subconcepts and the intersection of all segments define your ikigai, your raison d’etre, your reason for being.
Each day this week I will explore a new circle with you and by Friday we will wrap up with the finale, in essence, why you do what you do, your ikigai. Yesterday I spoke of What You Are Good At.
Today: The Ikigai of LinkedIn
We spent the past 4 days exploring the circles above. As we developed the thoughts around them, and the ideas they evoke for discussion on your LinkedIn profile, they pointed towards the intersection, that square in the middle, your ikigai.
The fillet, if you will..The sweet point. Your raison d’etre.
Your need to self-express your unique reason to be a contributing member of society and a prospective professional in your field.
Now you need to draw all these threads together and stitch your story: not what you do, not who you are or where you do it, but give us your higher thought and best written and visual articulation on LinkedIn: “why do you do what you do?”
Also, how do others say how well “you do what you do?” Ask them to endorse the right skills they know you possess and commit to writing a recommendation about an aspect of your expertise.
It’s mission, passion, vocation, and profession, all brought together to give a casual reader of your LinkedIn profile a memorable and intensive idea of you, enough to activate them to contact you for more information.
Not a tease, but a start of a great professional relationship, because we are all made of up more experience and possibilities than what we show on LinkedIn. Me too.
We are amazing, but need to show yourself as amazing-er than the competition. Repeat the mantra.
We’ve now gone full circle.
Ikigai: why you.
Please email me what your ikigai is. I’d be glad to learn that from you since you know mine.