Looking out

Somewhat jet lagged after travelling half way around the world I woke up on day 2 in Australia Melbourne at 3.30 am in the morning. My normal sort of rising time and stepped out onto the balcony to look at the beautiful city lights and felt inspired.

Whether I'm here or there or anywhere in the world, feelings of inspiration, from my view, come from within.. Sure the space and place you are in can have a definitive role but ultimately it's on you! 

A go to reminder of that for me is the word 'Ikigai', a Japanese word that literally means the reason for waking up.

I introduced this concept recently to some student leaders and they went quiet! The term hit home. 

Here is more on what ikigai means:

- what you love to do

- what the world needs

- what the world values

- what you can get paid to do

As I looked out at the city that is what I felt - ikigai .

It's a growing thing to define, discover and develop everyday.

You don't have to have it all figured out.

You could quite literally link this to what you know and feel right now.

Does not have to be a 50 year blue print.

Ask yourself this two-part question...

What does the world need from you right now and what are you inspired to do?

Lean in.

With Arete,


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