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04 - Ikigai and Gig Work

Utilizing gig work to aid in pursuing your ikigai

Season 1, episode 4
57 min / Published

In this episode we dive into the ever-expanding, huge world of gig working.  We take a look at all things positive, negative, and in-between, sharing stories about our own gig working lives, and what you might expect to find out there.  Join us for another lively discussion!

  • ikigai
  • the iki guys
  • gig work
  • self improvement
  • japanese philosophy
  • purpose
  • passion
  • self help
  • life
Show notes

Synopsis with time stamps:

What is gig work? (2:35)

Gig work options (5:05)

Flexibility of gig work (13:20)

Where to find gig work (17:50)

Benefits of gig work (23:00)

Downsides of gig work (28:32)

Getting taken advantage of (38:48)

Gig economy and Ikigai (46:38)


Links from Episode

99 Designs






Flex Jobs


Task Rabbit 

Field Agent  



Tim Tamashiro, How to Ikigai 

Our favorite words of wisdom from the Guests/Hosts:

“If I can do this job from home and can fit it within my schedule, that’s going to allow me this supplemental income to afford to pay for this class to find what I’m passionate about.” -Brett


“As we’ve learned over the last year and a half, a lot of these jobs can be done remotely.  You don’t need your giant corporate office with 500 employees in it.  You can just wait until a project needs a specific thing, and you can go and find that person and hire them to do it.”  -Nevin


“When it comes to gig workings, now you are the identity of your company.  Now all that effort and everything that you put in comes directly back to you, back to your business.” -Brett


“It can be extremely difficult.  It’s definitely not for everybody.  You have to be your own boss.  You have to be motivated, you have to be determined, you have to be organized, you have to be really passionate about what you’re doing.”  -Nevin


 ‘If you don’t have that ‘why’, you’re going to get burnt out.  You’re going to stop coming back to it.”  -Brett


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Tim Tamashiro

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