Oscar-Winning Insights from SXSW 2024

I recently got  back from SXSW 2024, where I had the chance to hear from Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert–known as “the Daniels,— who are the creative geniuses behind “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” They talked a lot about an ancient Japanese concept called Ikigai, which basically means finding your purpose. 

Although their panel wasn’t about leadership coaching, it got me thinking about how Ikigai is a phenomenal process for my clients and for all women leaders who crave more impact, influence, and success.  Ikigai can shift you into consistent and intentional creation and action, paving the way for that outcome you really want.

Finding Your Purpose: Ikigai

So, what’s Ikigai (pronounced “ee-kee-guy,) all about? It’s basically your personal roadmap to leading yourself with purpose, and leading others.

Think about it as a blend of four elements : 

  • What you love, 
  • What you’re good at, 
  • What you can get paid for,
  •  & What the world needs. 

It’s about figuring out what truly lights you up and using that to guide your choices. Finding the overlap of these four elements may sound challenging, and while it may take some effort, it is WORTH IT.

By thinking about  these elements and exploring where they overlap, you’re well on your way to leading yourself with a sense of purpose that can keep you very motivated and in action.  That’s MAJOR. 

Leading With Intention

Leading yourself with intention is everything. Discovering your Ikigai means you are no longer drifting aimlessly, you have a clear path in mind and are the sole architect of it. You turn autopilot mode off  and forge a new direction that resonates with your own values and aspirations. By clarifying your purpose, you can make every decision through this lens and easily sync that up with your actions.  No more feeling stuck! Whether it’s pursuing impact, influence, wealth, or any kind of success as you define it, you do so with intention, conviction and consistent action..

Ikigai isn’t just about you though. By leading yourself with purpose, you become a motivating spark for those around you. Your clarity and authenticity motivate others to find their own Ikigai and discover what they are capable of. Together, you create a chain reaction of purpose-driven leaders making a real impact in their world and in the world.  AHHHMAZING!

Taking Action

Ikigai is such a great fit for my coaching clients and all women leaders because it isn’t just about deep thoughts and reflection – it’s about taking action. Armed with your newfound sense of purpose, you’ll have the confidence and drive to pursue your goals with passion and determination. Whether it’s launching a new initiative, founding a company, or mentoring the next generation of women leaders, every action you take is infused with purpose and intent. 

Ready to explore Ikigai? 

Here’s how you can get started:

  • Reflect on what makes you tick – what do you love, what are you good at, what gets you fired up?
  • Explore how each answer aligns with your current role and what you really want to create and do,  as a woman leader.
  • Then, try it out and use your Ikigai as a guiding compass to inform your decisions and actions going forward..
  • Share your journey with others and encourage them to discover their own Ikigai. 

Ikigai in a nutshell:

In his Academy Awards acceptance speech, Daniel Kwan took the opportunity to encourage everyone to tap into this creativity. 

“There is greatness in every single person, it doesn’t matter who they are. If you have a genius that is waiting to erupt, you just need to find the right people to unlock that.,”

As a successful woman leader, exploring  Ikigai can be an incredible tool. By finding your purpose, leading yourself with intention, and inspiring others through your actions, you’ll create a ripple effect of positive change for yourself and everyone around you. 

Inspired by the transformative power of Ikigai? You’re not alone. I invite you to explore the depths of your own purpose and potential with a guide who’s walked this path and helped many women leaders like yourself illuminate their journeys. It is my passion – and profession – to do that with you EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!

Dive deep into the heart of your Ikigai with personalized coaching designed to unlock your unique blend of passion, skill, vocation, and mission. Together, we’ll craft a roadmap that not only leads you to success but also fulfillment and impact. Whether you’re aiming to redefine your career, enhance your leadership, or simply find more meaning in your everyday actions, our one-on-one sessions provide the clarity, strategy, and support you need to lead with intention and thrive.

Get in touch here to learn more about one-on-one coaching and be sure to follow me on Instagram and LinkedIn to be part of a community committed to purposeful growth and leadership.

Stay true to your Ikigai and watch what happens.