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Developing Self-Agency

About this life-skill course

Look Within (Developing Self-Agency) teaches students to take ownership of their actions by breaking them down into accessible and easily modeled behaviors. It’s all about unlocking human potential and preparing students to navigate life on their own after high school.

Who's it for?

8th - 12th grade

How it works

Our partners at SkillsLine have developed an "Essential Skills" framework that aligns with 30+ career-ready skills across 5 core competencies based on what employers, colleges, and community leaders tell us are the skills they look for in an ideal applicant.

This course teaches students the first of those five core competencies: self-agency.

Self-agency is a feeling of ownership over our actions and their consequences, and a belief in our ability to take action to accomplish our goals. We build confidence while building character, developing our sense of control and care for ourselves, and for those around us.

This Essentials course breaks down the core competency of self-agency into its most fundamental and actionable behaviors, which each serve as a theme for our 10-minute micro lessons. Students simply conquer each new challenge in the order they are presented, developing and applying their self-agency as they go.

Why this course matters

Self-Agency is one of the most essential, transferable skills in the future world of work. It’s a feeling of ownership over our actions and their consequences, and a belief in our ability to take action to accomplish our goals.

Course Type

Self-paced online learning with text-message study reminders.

Topics in Developing Self-Agency

  • Embrace learning
  • Show accountability
  • Enhance emotional intelligence
  • Practice inclusion
  • Build resilience
  • Know yourself
  • Set your course

Meet the Creators

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Donna Dunning
Throughout her 35-year career, Donna has worked as a certified teacher, consultant, author, and psychologist in the areas of learning, career development and work performance.


  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
  • M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology
  • Canadian (so you know she's nice)

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  • Full access to all courses on Everydae
  • Access to all future courses too!
  • Text message study reminders keep you accountable
  • Weekly prizes keep you motivated
  • And more!


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All plans include

  • SAT Prep
  • Algebra
  • AP US History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English Lit: The Great Gatsby
  • Ikigai and CHIL (Find your Purpose)
  • Developing Self Agency (Look Within)
  • Every new course we release in the future!
  • 1000+ daily online challenges
  • 7500+ individual questions and detailed answers.
  • Motivational Daily Tracker
  • Checkpoint Quizzes
  • Fun, easy-to-use interface
  • Video Lessons (Everydae TV)
  • Memorable strategies for school and life.
  • Text message study reminders
  • Weekly prize board with real-world gift cards up for grabs

+ FREE bonuses when you enroll

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Finding Your Purpose with Ikigai - FAQs

Ikigai definition: what is ikigai?

The concept of ikigai comes from Japan. There is no literal English translation for the word ikigai, but if you split it in half, the word “iki” translates to “life” and “gai” means “worth.” So, you could say that ikigai is your life’s worth. Some people say it’s your reason for being, others say it’s your purpose in life. At Everydae, we like to say that your ikigai is what makes your soul smile :)

What does CHIL mean?

CHIL is an acronym created by Everydae. It stands for Commitment, Happiness, Impact and Leadership. It was created based on our years of experience in the college and graduate school admissions consulting industry. We use the CHIL acronym as a framework to help teenagers develop a personal growth strategy for high school that prioritizes their intrinsic passion over external pressures. It’s the ultimate framework for building a strong college application profile. 

How to find your ikigai

You find your ikigai by exploring the intersections of what you love to do, what you’re good at, what the world needs, and what you can be rewarded for. Your ikigai is not a checkered flag in your future. It’s not a destination. It’s a journey. It’s what you do each and every day that brings you the most joy. Take our Ikigai & CHIL course and we’ll guide you toward your ikigai.  

How to pronounce ikigai

Ikigai is pronounced ee-kee-guy. It's cute right? We think you can’t help but smile when you say it :)

What is the ikigai diagram?

The ikigai diagram is a westernized interpretation of the Japanese philosophy of ikigai. Basically, it conveys that your ikigai lies at the center of four introspective questions: What do you love to do? What are you good at? What does the world need? What can you be rewarded for?

Is there an Ikigai test?

No. There is no Ikigai test. At least there shouldn’t be. Your ikigai is your own. There is no right or wrong in ikigai. That said, there are ways you can explore your ikigai (which we cover in our course), but again, there is no standardized ikigai test that we are aware of. And anything claiming to be one should be viewed with healthy skepticism. 

Can adults take this course too?

Yes, definitely! We get this question all the time. While our Ikigai & CHIL course was designed for high school students, adults can also learn a lot from the experience. 

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