Following These 3 Steps Will Bring Joy Into Our Journey At Work For Our Colleagues And Us.

What Is One Thing That You Are Doing That Brings You Joy?

Ahmadou DIALLO ✪
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5 min readJun 5, 2022


“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

What are the things that bring us joy?

What are the things that we do daily?

What do those have in common?

I have been looking for that holy grail. I have been looking for that one elephant that fits it all.

We might call it Ikigai:

Ikigai (生き甲斐, lit. ‘a reason for being’) is a Japanese concept referring to something that gives a person a sense of purpose, a reason for living.

Source: Wikipedia

Yes, I feel like having a great job, don’t get me wrong. I just have that ghost knocking at the backdoor of my mind.

He keeps telling me that I have not yet reached my Ikigai.

We cannot all find that sweet spot where we do what we love, what the world needs, and for which we can get paid.

The question for me is the following:

Can I create my Ikigai in my current situation and not search for it forever?

I believe that it is a question worth asking.

Enjoying the spectacular now is the ultimate present of life. The past is gone. The future is just an illusion.

We cannot just all be rich and famous. The world needs more. Humanity needs less vanity and more variety.

We can all impact our job and find joy all along the way as our day passes.

We can create our Ikigai today by following the 3 steps below:

  1. Make a list of things that brings us joy,
  2. Make a list of things we do every day,
  3. Compare the lists and adjust accordingly.

The premise is that we can start where we are, in the present, and make it the most critical moment in our life.



Ahmadou DIALLO ✪

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