"The idea is not only to find your purpose but the proper balance between all aspects surrounding it. Another consideration, one’s ikigai doesn’t affect the individual alone.
"For the Japanese, the concept has a social element. It’s about getting comfortable with your role in your family, job, and society."
The Japanese concept of ikigai (iki means life, gai means value or worth) is interesting and hints at something that often seems to be lacking in Western society. It's not just the sense of purpose but how that fits with those around you and society as a whole rather than the "what's in it for me" attitude.
Via Ann Althouse.