ikigai = "a reason for being.” = "Raison d’être"
Combining what I love, what I am good at, what I can be paid for, and what the world needs.
The Germans, always, have a word for it, but the Japanese have an entire philosophy complete with an info-graphic. Where are you at in life: pic.twitter.com/9BwbT0USpl— Patrick Reynolds (@pv_reynolds) April 23, 2017
Teaching and learning through research is my ikigai, the reason for which I can get up no matter how tired I might be.
After completing my PhD in biology at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity in Paris, I decided to maximise my impact on the world and science by studying how to design learning experiences for life science students. My idealist view is that some day my students might discover things I could not have even dreamed of.
And who knows… some of them might follow my footsteps and train the next generation of explorers of the unknown.
My favorite quotes:
“I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be” ― Douglas Adams
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ― Confucius
“Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” ― Lao Tzu
"Thinking you can make a teacher out of someone just by showing him a course planning is as stupid as thinking you can make a researcher out of someone just by making him learn from books." - Samuel Churlaud