Tim Tamashiro

Stress and Happiness Expert

Tim Tamashiro is the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book How To Ikigai. He’s a speaker, singer and explorer. For a decade Tim was host of Tonic on CBC Radio 2. He departed from CBC to study positive psychology, wellbeing and Ikigai (life’s worth).

Ikigai is an ancient philosophy from Okinawa, Japan. It encourages all people to live your “life’s worth”. Studies show that the pillars of Ikigai support overall wellbeing. Each person has an ikigai that, once understood, will enhance daily life and personal fulfillment. Best of all, Ikigai is a map with four directions to follow:

1. Do what you love
2. Do what you’re good at
3. Do what the world needs
4. Do what you can be rewarded for

Tim has learned that his own Ikigai is “to delight”. He shares his Ikigai every chance he gets whether he’s giving a speech, singing a song on stage or sharing a smile with a stranger.

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This keynote focuses on how the concept of Ikigai (life’s worth) is a meaningful and beneficial wellbeing tool. It will introduce you to Ikigai. How To Ikigai author and former CBC broadcaster Tim Tamashiro will encourage you to explore your own Ikigai. You’ll learn how Ikigai is a map for life's purpose. It has four directions:

1. Do what you love
2. Do what you're good at
3. Do what the world needs
4. Do what you can be rewarded for

The four directions of ikigai provide a practical method for daily purpose. Tim will demonstrate how Ikigai allows each person to offer more of themselves each day. The result is a more authentic, more purposeful and more joyful you.

Imagine bringing more of yourself to work everyday. Corporations are learning that job crafting is a powerful way to boost employee satisfaction and retention rates. Job crafting affords employees the chance to include their personal strengths in the workplace. Tim Tamashiro has job crafted his entire career as a record label rep, a singer, a radio host and an author.

Do you work in accounting but you really enjoy party planning? Job craft! Are you a supervisor but you’re really passionate about volunteering? Job craft! Do you work with your hands but you’re really good at strategy? Job craft!

Learn about the job crafters who are making a big difference at work doing things that aren’t listed in their job descriptions. Do More You when you job craft.

Have you ever tried to meditate but you couldn’t stop your mind from racing? It’s not your fault. Your Meditation Monkey’s need taming. Tim Tamashiro shows you how to tame those silly monkeys and give them a job to do. The more you tame those monkeys… the more your brain rewires itself for mindfulness, relaxation and much needed quiet time.

This interactive keynote will have you breathing, relaxing and laughing at your monkeys. You’ll learn that those monkeys like having something to do. You’ll start to understand the benefits of meditation.

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How to Ikigai: Lessons for Finding Happiness and Living Your Life's Purpose

Ancient, time-tested wisdom: Okinawa, Japan is a tiny, tiny island south of the Japanese mainland where people live their life’s purpose every day. How is it possible for so many to live each day in such meaningful ways? The Okinawan concept of Ikigai. How to Ikigai describes the lifestyle choices that have led to an island full of fulfilled, long-living people. Magical reality come to life: Examples of ikigai in action are often magical. Take David Michiels. David stuttered severely well into his adulthood. In clinical terms, his stutter was difficult to treat. But David started to work in a liquor store. Before long, his focus turned to one specific section of the sales floor: the scotch section. As he spent more of his days learning about scotch, he began to share his knowledge with customers. Eventually, David noticed that his stutter vanished when he talked to anyone about scotch. Over time, David’s passion led to a new life. Today, he is a renowned whiskey expert, traveling the world tasting and purchasing whiskey on behalf of his employer. He feels his life is meaningful because of ikigai. A humble look at happiness: Bringing together an exploration of joy not unlike that of The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a look inward reminiscent of The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, and deep truths like those explored by Singer in The Surrender Experiment, How to Ikigai describes the concept of Ikigai with clarity and meaning. How to Ikigai explains a simple but abstract map for living a meaningful life. After reading this book, you will understand how to implement Ikigai’s four directions in your own life: Do what you love Do what you’re good at Do what the world needs Do what you can be rewarded for

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