Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” It is similar to the French phrase, raison d’être. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. 
“I am doing work that has both meaning and impact and that I am passionate about; plus I am getting paid for it. What more could I want?” – was my reply when the other day, a friend asked me how I like living here in Istanbul and my job as Compliance Officer in a pharmaceutical company.
Now I recall why the ikigai diagram  resonated so much with me immediately when I first saw it. For me ikigai is closely related to, if not synonymous with, a feeling of personal integrity.
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 Source: Wikipedia