Have You Found Your “Ikigai”

Although we’re all just working for a living, the individual driving forces that motivate us to succeed each day are vastly different. The Japanese concept of ikigai (“eye-ka-guy”), or “a reason for being” is a useful self-assessment framework that can help put your career wants, needs, and desires into context and provide direction for building an action plan that leads to a more fulfilling career and a happier life balance.

Based on four key qualifiers—what you love, what the world needs, what you can be paid for, and what you’re good at—Ikigai uses a Venn diagram layout that forces you to ask yourself probing questions about your career or interests in order to gain insight into where your priorities lie.


Do you have a job that pays the bills, but isn’t fulfilling? Or are you doing work you enjoy, but struggling to make ends meet? If you’ve found yourself going down a career path that doesn’t make you feel a sense of “ikigai,” it may be time to make a change.

In a year from now, you’ll wish you started today
Whether it’s asking for a raise, changing jobs, or embarking on a new career, there are many ways to realign your work situation with your interests and the goals you’ve set for your life inside and outside of the office.

For many, that path may lead toward entrepreneurship … and there’s no better way to take the first step toward business ownership than franchising.

Express Employment Professionals is ranked among the top franchise opportunities (#69) in the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 (2018).

And it’s easy to see why.

The temporary staffing industry is on track to generate a projected $150 billion in North America annually. Express Employment Professionals reached $3.4 billion in sales in 2017 and has been ranked the No.1 staffing franchise in the Entrepreneur 500 for seven years running!

Our start-up offices average more than $1 million in sales in their first year, with mature offices averaging $6.46 million annually.* Plus, as an Express franchise owner, you control your life with flexible weekday hours in a professional business setting.

Express is a growing franchise with more than 800 locations and a 35-year history of success. For information about the Express franchise opportunity, visit ExpressFranchising.com.

*For franchises open more than two years, average sales per territory in 2017
were $6,469,106. And for first year offices, sales were $1,011,864 per Item 19 in the Express Franchise Disclosure Document.

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