Tuesday 11 June 2013

What's your ikigai?

I quote from Wikipedia:

Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". 

Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. 

Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.
In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning"; that is, a reason to enjoy life.

What's your ikigai?

I was discussing in a recent post on why we see 80 plus year old seniors queuing up to buy Toto?

I believe its the same reason why Li Ka Shing and Warren Buffet are still doing what they do even in their 80s and with all their wealth.

Same same why Lao Lee refuses to step down I guess.

Next time when you visit the hawker centres, do take a look at the retired seniors there. See if you can spot those with ikigai, and those you suspect have no ikigai.

It takes time to know our ikigai. 

Once we know it, everything else will fall in place.

If we are clueless to our ikigai, all the goal settings and planning in life may lead us to a situation where we have climbed the ladder of "success" and find the ladder is leaning on the "wrong" wall...


  1. Why seniors at 80+ buying ToTo?

    How to stop when they started buying ToTo since its beginning?

    Guess I will be buying ToTo for long time :-)

    1. CW,

      I am a Toto regular too with a 7 years of hiatus.

      temperament is right. It ain't over till its over.

      Without hope or something to look forward to, why even bother getting up in the morning?

      I guess that's why slaves need religion, and why some POWs are able to endure the horrors and sufferings of their ordeals.

      HOPE and the WILL of the human spirit.

  2. wah heng ah! i never start buying toto, striking toto is like getting strik by lightning, probability wise.

    i do have a problem thought, i can't stop trading...

    1. so buying toto every week is like worrying i got hit by lightning every time i walk out of my house. the composit of hope and fear.

    2. coconut,

      Same same.

      Our poison may be different, but we do similar things over and over again ;)

    3. No no no. It is actually go fishing then got chance to strike by lightning.

      The fishing rod!

    4. golf have a better chance of getting hit, one time under the shalter, we were 20 meters away from being hit by lightning!

      my leg was still shacking when we reach the 18 hole haha...

    5. after that incident, i stop buying toto! i'm still worry about lightning to this day.

    6. instead of stop playing golf hahaha...

    7. talking about stricking by lightning, i better start buying some stocks for my family, if i can view these investment is meant for them, i might just be able to sit tight on it.

      i hope!

    8. coconut,

      Well, talk about good timing. Now mini GSS for STI stocks liao ;)

    9. Sorry.

      It's Great Singapore Sale.

      STI down around 8% from it's recent May peak ;)

    10. only 8%?

      those stocks i bought drop almost 15-20%, this time, i will be buying only those stocks which i'm actively involved in trading using cash and not those stupid SMRT again!

  3. Ha! Ha!
    coconut, you are right SMRT is very difficult to grow back to Miss Saw's glorious era. It has become a hot political potato.

  4. lucky i sold off my SMRT last year, losing some money i think.

    already so pack and crowded and they still can't make money! going to increase price soon!


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