It’s a harsh reality — most of us need to earn a living. And sometimes, it doesn’t align with our passion — or our mission. At least not immediately.
Often, whether you can be paid for what you love to do, or even sometimes whether you can get paid for what you are best at, is not completely under your control. It depends on the economy, your personal situation, and the values of the culture you live in. Sometimes, and sometimes for long periods, you cannot have everything intersect.
But if you can discover where your passion, talent and potential benefit to others do intersect, you’ve achieved a balance in ikigai. The rest will come.