There’s a Sauce That Helps You Find Your Purpose

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GradSimple's ultra spicy ikigai sauce to find fulfillment.

So you’re here for the ultra secret, extra spicy, ikigai sauce. You want, no, need it. And it’s okay, I understand. I won’t blame you if you need a minute to go set a new personal best on your 100-meter dash to let off some of your excitement. 

You’re back! Well, without further ado, here’s the secret formula. And no, it’s not one of the many cliché tips like:

  • Ask yourself what makes you happy
  • Identify your strengths & passions
  • Reflect on your past experiences
  • Figure out what you are naturally good at
  • Ask for feedback on what you’re good at from people you trust

Okay, after writing them out, I stand corrected—these are some pretty good tips. You should do them. But, AFTER you’ve done these things, you need to take action. And no, I don’t mean volunteering, taking a class, or even switching careers.

These suggestions are either just hobbies or wayyy too drastic. Baby steps

No Major Life Overhauls.

You don’t have to drop out of school. You don’t have to quit or switch your job. 

What you need is a creative outlet that lets you experiment and explore your true calling. One that’s low stakes, but requires time, effort, and commitment.

It must be something you have full, creative control over. It must let you explore if you enjoy doing something, are good enough to get paid for it, and whether there’s a need for it.

The Sauce.

What could this unicorn be, you ask? Are you ready for the ultra secret, extra spicy, Tyler Yip special, ikigai sauce? 

Start a side hustle. 

I quote from Dictionary.com “a job or occupation that brings in extra money beyond one’s regular job and main source of income.”

Why side-hustle? Think about it. Side-hustles let you explore what you love, what you’re good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for in a systematic way. It forces you to put yourself out there, stay consistent, and grow as a person. It’s low stakes but high impact. 

What’s the worst that could happen?

Not taking a chance, and living a life of “what if?” But if you start a side-hustle, worst case scenario, you learn what doesn’t work and gain experience (seriously, you can put it on your resume). And if it DOES work, you create a side-income stream, discover your new career, or perhaps even become your own boss! 

Either way, you get one step closer to your ikigai. Seems like a no-brainer to me. 

But the choice is yours. Are you in search of fulfillment? Are you willing to put in the work? Do you choose to fight for your ikigai

If your answer is yes but you don’t know where to start, perhaps I can help. Friends and family already treat me like a side hustle accelerator anyway so consider this your open invitation to reach out if you want to pick my brain!

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