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EdgeX Wednesday Episode 1: Step One to Ikigai

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Thank You for Checking Out the First EdgeX Wednesday!

We had a great turnout for the inaugural EdgeX Wednesday despite the short runway of 3 days! Even though the registrations looks kinda low, the turn out was higher than the number of people registered! Usually, it is the case that we get 40% attrition rates for events. However, we had about 15% more attendees than was registered! SURPRISE!

It was a crazy idea to only release the speakers and topics three days before the event. We believe that if people want to attend the event, three days is more than enough for them to make it happen! And they did show up despite the short notice!

The attendees loved our events because they felt that the sharing was pure and genuine. The session was very comfortable and casual session, where everyone is equal!

Accidental-All-Female Speakers

Entrepreneurship and tech startup scene had always been really male-dominated. Accidentally, we had gathered three founders who are all female! Gender equality is definitely something EdgeX wants to promote. We will try to have a good mix of males and females speakers in the future, but we are glad we had these three speakers! They were awesome in sharing their stories and experiences with our audiences.

You can find out more about the profile of each speaker by clicking the pictures below.

What is Ikigai?

When we organized the event, we thought everyone knows what is ikigai! We were surprised that even our speakers had to google it. So we decided to give a little introduction to help people understand what is ikigai.

kigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) (ee-kee-gah-ee) 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. Such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.

Don’t Wait, Find Your Ikigai

For the first EdgeX Wednesday, we brought together three very different entrepreneurs with one thing in common. They managed to do well in what they love and is making money out of selling a product or service the world needs. 

It turns out that you do not necessarily have only one ikigai in your life. It also turns out that you can find it at different stages of your life. As a person grows, priorities change and ikigai change too.

Here is a TEDx talk about the Gangadharan’s journey of finding his ikigai.

Takeaway 1: Danielle’s 5-steps to Ikigai

Even though Danielle is only 10 years old, she knows something about life that others seek for years. She prepared her own slides without us telling her to. We decided to change our casual chatting session format to make it work for her! And we were blown away! She gave us her 5 steps of how to achieve ikigai. Watch this video to find out what she says!

Takeaway 2: Lessons After 5 Failed Startups

Su Yuen founded a total of 6 startups. 5 failed and 1 is currently growing globally, serving over 1,000+ from Y-combinator and Google Ventures-backed startups to Series B, Series C funded startups, MNCs and government organization. Here is the one of the key takeaways from Su Yuen other than her tips on how to start a profitable startup with $0 funding!

Takeaway 3: To Spend or Not to Spend?

Leanne founded two startups. After the first one failed because of high burn rate, she took the lessons learned (to the extreme). She discovered that learning from one lesson results in another mistake. And that leads her to learn one of the biggest lessons in life.

Ultimate Takeaway

This session was created to help people know that life is not about choosing one of the extremes, working for people, or working for yourself. A well-lived life is one where you are doing what you love, and making a living doing it. There is not a single formula for how you can achieve ikigai. There is no shortcut except to experiment as much as you can and try to discover your ikigai as early as possible. Sometimes, all it takes is to say ‘yes’ to the opportunities without fear of failure and see where it leads you. Even when you fail, let go of the pain and try again. But most importantly, learn from your failure and not let it hold you back!

PS: Thank you

Special thanks to thebridge for hosting us. Samuel and Nick for volunteering for the event. Speakers for sharing your stories. And everyone else for showing up! Get 10% off future events with the loyalty promo code “EDGEXIKIGAI”.

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