Improvement Pill here.
We all want to be happy,
but the majority of us have no idea what to do.
Should we focus on making more money?
Should we focus on pursuing our passions?
Should we give up all of our material possessions
and become a monk in the mountains?
Everyone seems to have a different take on it,
so in today’s video I’m gonna give you
a definite answer by showing you guys a proven formula
that has actually been around for hundreds and hundreds of years:
a formula for happiness.
日本人有个叫做 Ikigai 的概念
See, the Japanese have a concept called Ikigai,
which roughly translates into “a reason for being”.
要想获得快乐 你就要有 Ikigai 地做事
And in order for you to be happy, you need to spend your time doing something with Ikigai.
You need to have a purpose for being here.
But this is easier said than done,
because there are four components
that you need to check off in order to achieve Ikigai,
and without all four, you will never truly be happy.
The first component is that it needs to be something that you love.
We all have things that make us feel good,
things that make us stop thinking for short periods of time,
to just be present and aware of what’s happening right now in front of us.
The more technical people will call this ”flow state”,
but the majority of us call it “love”.
That’s why so many of us enjoy the arts,
绘画 跳舞 唱歌 阅读
drawing, dancing, singing, reading,
because it takes us into the state of bliss,
where we feel good and are focused on the task in front of us.
That’s why some of us fall in love with one another,
because being with that person allows us to forget about
all the other problems in our lives, at least momentarily.
I don’t need to get into too much detail about this component
because we know in our gut when we truly love to do something.
It’s a feeling that we humans all share.
The second component for Ikigai is a little bit more tricky.
It needs to be something that the world needs.
See, we’ve been hardwired to feel good
when we know that we’re needed in a community.
以前 人类还在捕猎采集时 做到这点很容易
Back in the day when we were hunters and gatherers, this was easy.
Everyone played an important part.
The cook was just as important as the hunter.
The builder was just as important as the caretaker.
Back then, whenever you put in work,
you could see the immediate positive effects your efforts had on others.
But this isn’t the case nowadays.
Most of us work in offices, being given small roles in a massive company,
where even if we work our butts off,
it’s hard to see the positive effects our work has on the rest of the world.
It feels like our work isn’t really helping anyone.
It feels like if we quit our job one day, no one would even care,
because to be honest, nothing would change.
You need to find something that the world needs,
something that you can do that will create a visible positive effect on those around you.
Ikigai 的第三个要素 就是它要让你赚到不错的薪水
The third component for Ikigai is that it needs to be something that you can get paid well for.
我懂 我懂 有些人立刻就会告诉我
Now, I know, I know, right out the gate some of you are automatically going to say something like,
“Oh, Improvement Pill, you don’t need money in order to be happy.”
但是实话实说 有了钱 你才能有家住
But let’s be real, money is what puts a roof over your head,
food in your mouth, and clothes on your body.
Without enough of it, you’re gonna spend the majority of your time stressed out of your mind,
wondering how you’re going to get by.
And it’s not enough to just be making some money.
You need to be getting paid well enough to live a comfortable life.
So it really depends on where you live.
比如 在一些国家 年薪3万美元能让你过上国王般的生活
For example, you could live like a king off of 30,000 USD a year in some countries,
but in a place like New York City, that would barely be enough to cover your rent.
If you’re not making enough money to live without stress,
then you will never achieve happiness.
Ikigai 的第四个 也是最后一个要素
The fourth and final component you need to have in order to achieve Ikigai
is that it needs to be something that you’re good at.
Now this doesn’t mean that you need to be born with talent.
This actually means that you’re able to put in the time and effort
in order to get better at the skill.
Let’s say, for example, you want to become a motivational speaker.
When you first get started, you’re terrible.
You have stage fright, you stutter a lot,
you forget what you’re supposed to say,
but over time, as you practice more and more,
you start to overcome these obstacles.
You start getting applause from the audience.
That’s what it means to be good at something,
not to be good from the get-go,
but to be able to overcome obstacles and improve at this skill.
This overcoming of obstacles creates a very fulfilling feeling inside of you,
which is why it’s such a crucial component of Ikigai.
Now the interesting thing about this Japanese formula
is that you can tell where you are in life and what you need to work on
by looking at the components you have so far.
If all you have is something that you love and are good at,
then you have what’s called a passion.
People who fall into this category are all the aspiring singers and aspiring artists.
The main thing stopping you from being happy
is the fact that you aren’t getting paid enough for your skills.
Nobody seems to notice your talent.
If you find yourself in this category,
then you need to focus on marketing yourself,
so that you can start getting paid well.
On the other hand, if you have something that you love, and you can see how the world needs it,
then you have what’s called a mission.
A lot of people who fall into this category are the amateur bloggers and activists
who talk about things like saving the planet or going vegan.
These are people who want to see positive change in the world
but unfortunately they aren’t good enough
at public speaking, persuasion or writing
to actually be able to convince people to join their cause.
If you’re in this category, then you need to focus on getting better at your craft,
figuring out how to convince people,
instead of just stating your opinion loudly.
Now, if you’re someone who has something you get paid well for and are good at,
then you have what most people in the world have, which is a profession.
That boring nine-to-five job that pays the bills.
What’s stopping you from happiness is the fact that you don’t love your work,
or see how any of this can actually make a difference in the world.
If you find yourself in this category,
then you need to try out new things and figure out what it is that you truly love doing.
最后 如果你的薪水很高 而你的工作也能帮到世界
And finally, if you get paid well, and it’s something that you know can help the world,
then you have what’s called a vocation.
A good example of a vocation are professors.
They get paid decently well, and their job does have a positive effect on the world.
Right, they’re raising the future generation.
But they often fall into the bad habit of teaching the same things every single year,
which stalls their improvement.
If you find yourself in this category,
the main thing you need to make sure you have
is that you are constantly getting better at your job,
constantly challenging yourself to improve.
Remember guys, in order to be truly happy with your life,
you need to achieve Ikigai.
You need to be spending your time doing something that you love,
that you can get better at, that pays well,
and that the world needs.
Without all four, you will always feel like you’re missing something inside of you.
Skillshare.com 是个很好的资源 它能帮助你实现 Ikigai
One of the best resources out there that you can use to achieve Ikigai is Skillshare.com.
Skillshare has over 25,000 courses teaching you about a wide variety of topics,
包括摄影 绘画 生产力 商业等等
covering things like photography, drawing, productivity, business, and much much more.
It’s the perfect place for you to go if you’re someone who is trying to figure out what they love,
or if you’re someone who is trying to get good at their craft.
Personally I’ve been spending a decent amount of time on their writing videos.
One of the things I’m trying to improve this year is my writing.
Being able to create more emotionally powerful pieces
that will have more of an impact for you guys,
and being able to learn from people who are considered to be expert writers in their fields
has given me a lot of new ideas.
And remember, constantly trying to improve one’s skills
is a crucial component for achieving happiness.
所以 如果你想实现 Ikigai
So for those of you that are trying to achieve Ikigai,
我强烈建议你们上 Skillshare 试试看
I highly recommend that you try out Skillshare.
The first 300 people to click on the link in the description box below
将能免费使用 Skillshare 两个月
will receive two months of Skillshare for absolutely free.
After that, it’s only $10 per month to remain a member.
Besides that guys, stay tuned!