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How to Find Your Ikigai (and Find Your Purpose)

How to find your Ikigai

Especially now, people are rethinking and reorganizing their lives, seeking deeper purpose. Here’s how to find your Ikigai and find your purpose. Start by getting rid of any credit card debt with the free, 7-Step Credit Card Debt Slasher.

What is Ikigai

For most, a precarious financial situation is a symptom of something else. Our $51,000 in credit card debt, for example, was about seeking validation and love.

But the things we buy rarely give us the sense of long-term happiness and fulfillment we’re hoping for. And while there are systemic issues that get in our way as the LGBTQ community, those roadblocks are overcome-able with the right purpose or motivation.

But how do you uncover your purpose? And more importantly, how do you take steps to build your life around that purpose?

On this episode of Queer Money, we share the Japanese philosophy of Ikigaithat helped us find our purpose, explaining how the term translates to ‘reason for being.’

We walk you through the four questions to ask yourself to identify your Ikigai challenging you to consider what you love, what you’re good at, what the world needs and what you can get paid well for.

Listen in to understand why purpose is the foundation of a happy gay life and learn how to design a plan to achieve your Ikigai—and the financial wellbeing that comes with it!

Listen in to hear the 4 components of Ikagai and how they can help you find your purpose in life:

Topics Covered

  • Why a precarious financial situation is often a symptom of something else
  • The Japanese work Ikigai which translates to ‘reason for being’
  • How we think about Ikigai as the state of well-being one gets from a sense of fulfillment
  • Finding your Ikigai at the intersection of what you love, what you’re good at, what the world needs and what you can get paid well for
  • Why being broke isn’t noble and abundance is your birthright
  • Our advice on journaling or recording a voice memo to brainstorm around your ikigai
  • How Megan Watt’s Act. Engage. can help you design a plan to achieve your ‘someday goals’
  • The relationship among Ikigai, financial well-being and fulfillment
  • What makes Ikigai the foundation of a happy gay life



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We’re David and John Auten-Schneider, the Debt Free Guys ( and hosts of the Queer Money® podcast. We help queer people (and allies) live fabulously not fabulously broke by helping them 1) pay off credit card debt, 2) become part- or full-time entrepreneurs and 3) save and invest for retirement.

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