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    Yolobus founder Shailesh Gupta has always chased his Ikigai

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    For those who want to find their Ikigai, Gupta suggests starting with passion.

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    Gupta says that creating a product/business to solve real-world problems is his Ikigai
    Shailesh Gupta, CEO and co-founder at Yolobus, is a firm believer in the Japanese concept of Ikigai - a reason to jump out of bed each morning. Ikigai believed to be the intersection between passion, skills, opportunity and meaning.

    “I was introduced to Ikigai during a conversation with a friend. I connected instantly to it because it felt like a reiteration of what I have been practising,” Gupta told ET Panache. “It beautifully captures several aspects of one's life, mainly life itself, purpose, fulfillment and, most importantly, happiness. Though I came to know about it only recently, in hindsight, I was always steering myself towards that intersection. I believe if I had known it earlier, I would have steered myself faster, with much more zeal and conviction towards the intersection.”

    For those who want to find their Ikigai, Gupta suggests starting with passion.

    “Find something which keeps you up at night and consumes you so much that you don’t have to think twice before doing it,” he said. “Then you need to find opportunities that meet that passion. There will be obvious gaps between your skill sets to claim those opportunities which fall in the intersection of your passion. You need to spend time honing your skill sets and somewhere along the way, you will find your meaning in life. And hence, fulfill the circle of Ikigai.”

    Sharing an example of how he found his Ikigai, Gupta explained, “I was always passionate about start-ups and wanted to build my own business ventures (Passion). I started by finding opportunities in the internet business (Opportunity). However, for that, I did not know programming. So, I spent the next 8 months, 10 hours a day, learning how to code and eventually became good enough to develop my own products for my start-up (Skills). As someone in the journey of founding multiple start-ups, one after the other, I have found my Ikigai in creating companies from scratch (Meaningfulness). Creating a product/business to solve real-world problems is my Ikigai.”
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