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Obras de Héctor García

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life (2016) 1,290 cópias, 19 resenhas
Escribir con luz (1985) 3 cópias

Associated Works

Major League [1989 film] (1989) — Actor — 158 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
García, Héctor
Nome de batismo
García Puigcerver, Héctor
Data de nascimento
20th Century



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Ikigai is interesting and informative self-help book that focuses on how one can live long, happy, and purposeful life by finding their Ikigai.

Book started with what work Ikigai means, where the word came from, and what one can expect from the book that explores if the Ikigai is the reason more centenarians are found in Japan and what is the secret of living a long life. I love that diagram of Ikigai.

There are many points/aspects covered in this book but not all are new to me or I haven’t already known but some are interesting and informative. Most interesting parts are those that highlight Japanese culture and lifestyle.

Why 3 stars- I think ****finding Ikigai is sidetracked in some parts and it is more focused on longevity and how centenarians lived long life. All well known and universally accepted things are included. Like I said some points I already knew and so it didn’t add much for me. I also don’t think I agreed with everything. The community this book talked about, I don’t think we find that kind of community everywhere in world. I’ve seen dysfunctional and toxic communities as well.

Overall, Ikigai summarises all important concepts to live healthy, long life but I don’t think it exactly helps in finding Ikigai which is important for Long and Happy Life.
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BooksTeacupReviews | outras 18 resenhas | Jun 28, 2024 |
Hay que valorar cada momento como un bello tesoro, si lo dejamos escapar sin disfrutarlo la ocasión se habrá perdido para siempre.

Después de marcar tendencia en todo el mundo con su ensayo pionero Ikigai: Los secretos de Japón para una vida larga y feliz, publicado en 42 idiomas, y El método Ikigai. Despierta tu verdadera pasión y cumple tus propósitos vitales, Héctor García (Kirai) y Francesc Miralles nos descubren un nuevo concepto de origen ancestral que va a transformar la vida de millones de lectores.

Este nuevo libro sobre el mindfulness y el concepto de ICHIGO-ICHIE (una oportunidad en la vida), algo parecido al carpe diem, es un ensayo inspirador que nos enseña cómo hacer para:

- Liberarnos del pasado y del futuro, haciendo de cada instante algo único.

- Integrar en nuestra vida el zen que Steve Jobs aprendió de un maestro japonés, y que fue la clave de su éxito.

- Hacer de las sincronicidades un instrumento de magia consciente.

- Crear encuentros inolvidables en el ámbito profesional y en el personal.

- Mejorar nuestras relaciones con una nueva clase de mindfulness.

- Abrir compuertas al flujo creativo cada vez que lo necesitemos.
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bibliotecayamaguchi | Mar 7, 2024 |
The gist: Okinawans consume a rainbow of vegetables, only eat to 80% fullness, do low intensity exercise, have healthy relationships with their friends, smile, live in the present, connect with nature and tend to their allotments (for most of the Okinawans in the book, this is also their ikigai).

The book mainly focuses on Okinawans who are retired in the professional sense, and who busy themselves with social and naturalistic activities around the island. In the UK, people aged 65-79 are also the happiest group in society, but they also live in dramatically different circumstances to younger age groups. With that in mind, can centenarians without a day in day out routine really give effective advice to a millennial yuppie who desperately wants more meaning in her life, but cannot find it?

I think the central problem with this book is that it never really delves into the idea of ikigai, or at least not in a rigorous way. I was often confused by the activities that the authors identified as one's ikigai. For instance, tending to an allotment is indeed an enjoyable task, but if 100% of the people described in the book keep vegetable gardens, then I highly doubt that it is something one 'can be paid for', the bottommost circle of the diagram. Further to that, it is not necessarily something the world needs either, as it is done for the benefit of the individual; low demand is created by such abundance. Below are two similarly inconsistent examples from the book. I would make it three, but there are so few case studies of ikigai actually in the text that I can only really cite two.

> Parenting as ikigai: you may love it, be good at it, the world certainly needs it, but who gets paid for being a parent?

> Being in a relationship as ikigai: your spouse may need you desperately, and you may love her, and you might also be a good partner, but to achieve ikigai you still need to be paid for your relationship, and may have to consider some saucy career options as a result.

Many millenials are deeply talented individuals --musicians, artists, software developers, writers-- with strong senses of both passion and mission. For most of us, however, we haven't been able to turn the things we love, are good at, or which the world needs into professions or vocations. For me, this book fails to acknowledge the disturbing truth of the bottommost circle: it's extremely difficult to get paid for almost anything unless it's on someone else's terms.

I was hoping this book would reconcile internal goals with external limitations, but it doesn't. Instead, it just seems to glorify a culture of either starving artists, or low expectations. In which case, who the hell would want to live to 100?
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nmnili | outras 18 resenhas | Dec 13, 2023 |

In life, there will be many questions unanswered. At some time, usually, instead of taking people's help sometimes, books come to the rescue. They are self-help books. According to the subject and topic, written by the subject matter experts, many such books worldwide have been embraced.

From an anonymous source, it is said that there are several benefits of reading self-help books. The first and foremost benefit of reading self-help books is that the experience puts the reader on a path to read, practise the strategies learned, and improve their lives without asking others for help. Thus, if we read, understand and decide to create our life plan and carefully do the necessary things to make us better, we can accomplish our goals and improve our lives significantly. The book is set up on an island in Japan called Okinawa. There the readers get to see a group of people who lived for more than 100 years. It is a rare phenomenon that there are such a large number of centenaries. Thus, there comes a question in life how can someone live that long. Here comes the topic of Ikigai.

In the literal translation of Ikigai, Iki means life, and Gai means result/effect. Ikigai book is a basket of life's secrets and techniques. It contains a collection of exciting and workable strategies for individuals who may feel that their life lacks a purpose. But this book doesn't simply help a person discover the meaning of life but also talks about making it achievable.

The book contains nine chapters. Each chapter is a gem to itself. Jotting down the summary of every chapter, the first takeaway from the book is 'to find what is that you love to do?'. This one question will ponder the brain to look for the passion that drives you all along with great enthusiasm. It is primarily the perfect combination of passion, duty, work, and pleasure, where you can find your Ikigai. The second and most interesting takeaway from the book is setting up a strong mind and thought-process not to overeat but eat that amount that your stomach can actually accommodate. Overeating only results in extra fat that will be the definite reason for ill-health! The scientific explanation is given in the book that helps a person overcome overeating is quite interesting.

Then another takeaway is about bonding with the family and people. It talks about following the heart, and the third is to create a strong bond with people! Take the time to spend with your family and friends. Transparency and communication are some of the key concepts explained here. To achieve all the above, staying fit and active is the most prominent ingredient, and thus, the next takeaway is this. To use the available resources, be it materialistic or mental, in the whole way possible is an excellent trait that one can acquire over the years. The art of engaging ourselves in whatever we do that we love helps us stay fit, which helps in mental health progress.

The easy yet effective English language with the required vocabulary comforts the readers to align with the said things in the book. The other elements like IKIGAI quotes, IKIGAI rules, and though it is engaging, it also skips some points that may have augmented the philosophy more efficiently.

As said above, there are many books about the purpose in life and people's problems. This book goes in-depth on happiness, way of life with ten ideas, creating flows, sure diets, and train and have fun. This book is a good recommendation!

… (mais)
BookReviewsCafe | Apr 27, 2023 |


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