The following are resources pertaining to the Bliss Map.

As you explore through the content below, continue asking yourself:

  • What do I love doing?
  • What am I good at?
  • What am I paid well-enough for to be satisfied?
  • What do I feel the world needs?

Remember to explore these independently, yet holistically. They’re dials, not switches. A single job may answer all of those questions for you. And, more likely, it will be a combination of work, family, personal interests, etc.

In Love With It Good At It Paid For It The World Needs It Passion Profession Vocation Mission Satisfaction Comfort Contentment Fulfillment Bliss Fulfillment Satisfaction Comfort Contentment

Work / Life Balance

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Money / Wealth / $$$

Job Hunting

Skill and Success

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‘Discover Your Purpose’ in 4 steps

This is a very practical and handy video exercise walking through the Bliss Map (Ikigai)

How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Find Your Why – Simon Sinek

Relevant, and slightly different. Sinek’s approach can be applied with some overlap to the Bliss Map.

Alan Watts on Work as Play

Everyone Needs to Hear This by Jay Shetty

A parody of the ‘rat race’ by Alan Watts.


In the Village of Longevity

A touching short documentary that asks elderly Japanese about their Ikigai.

Ikigai Book study notes
This video goes in-depth with the book Ikigai by Hector Garcia.

Japanese brain scientist Ken Mogi discusses Ikigai.


On Our Relationship to Money

Are You in Prison?

On Ikigai

The Japanese ‘reason to live’

On Job Searching


“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

“For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.” -Arne Garborg, writer (1851-1924)

“Live each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.” – Harold V Melcher

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” – Carl Rogers

“Money often costs too much.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I define art as having nothing at all to do with painting.
Art is a human act, a generous contribution, something that might not work, and it is intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen.
Five elements that are difficult to find and worth seeking out. Human, generous, risky, change and connection.
You can be perfect or you can make art.
You can keep track of what you get in return, or you can make art.
You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.
The most difficult part might be in choosing whether you want to make art at all, and committing to what it requires of you.” – Seth Godin