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*** The #1 New York Times Bestseller *** Whether we’re 20, 40, 60 or older, many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ In Designing Your Life, Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans use their expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it. Their phenomenally succes *** The #1 New York Times Bestseller *** Whether we’re 20, 40, 60 or older, many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ In Designing Your Life, Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans use their expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it. Their phenomenally successful Life Design course has been tried and tested by thousands of people, from students to mid-career professionals to retirees contemplating a whole new future. Now in book form for the first time, their simple method will teach you how to use basic design tools to create a life that will work for you. Using real-life stories and proven techniques like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping, you will learn how to build your way forwards, step-by-positive-step, to a life that’s better by a design of your own making. Because a well-designed life means a life well-lived.


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*** The #1 New York Times Bestseller *** Whether we’re 20, 40, 60 or older, many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ In Designing Your Life, Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans use their expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it. Their phenomenally succes *** The #1 New York Times Bestseller *** Whether we’re 20, 40, 60 or older, many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ In Designing Your Life, Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans use their expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it. Their phenomenally successful Life Design course has been tried and tested by thousands of people, from students to mid-career professionals to retirees contemplating a whole new future. Now in book form for the first time, their simple method will teach you how to use basic design tools to create a life that will work for you. Using real-life stories and proven techniques like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping, you will learn how to build your way forwards, step-by-positive-step, to a life that’s better by a design of your own making. Because a well-designed life means a life well-lived.

30 review for Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    I actually thought this was going to be more about life rather than focusing on just work. Dschool and DT apologists will insist that this stuff can be applied to life too, but that's a farking load of steaming hot BS. It's about work. Full stop. And, sure, okay, the method in the book probably works for that...or at least a fairly narrow sub-set of highly skilled and highly valued workers in large urban areas. People who are basically on track for a good career no matter what. For people who a) I actually thought this was going to be more about life rather than focusing on just work. Dschool and DT apologists will insist that this stuff can be applied to life too, but that's a farking load of steaming hot BS. It's about work. Full stop. And, sure, okay, the method in the book probably works for that...or at least a fairly narrow sub-set of highly skilled and highly valued workers in large urban areas. People who are basically on track for a good career no matter what. For people who a) may not be the top in their class, b) may be pursuing careers outside tech and big business, or c) may find themselves in a smaller city or rural situation are NOT going to profit from this, except to realize what choices they don't have and what lives they'll NEVER lead. Kinda depressing. For the rest of us, it's kind of...meh. However, it did take me back to my three-option five year plan from grad school which started with the quote: "Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living." So I don't disagree with them 100% - I just don't see very much of real value here for people who aren't over-anxious, confused, or indecisive one-percenters. Overall, over-hyped business book. Blah.

  2. 4 out of 5

    D

    Try Stuff Health/Work/Play/Love dashboard 1. Write a few sentences about how it's going in each of the 4 areas 2. Mark where you are (0 to Full) 3. Ask yourself if there's a design problem you'd like to tackle 4. Now ask yourself if it's a problem of 'gravity' (not one that's gonna change). Counsel vs Advice Someone helps you figure out what you think vs telling you what to do Integrity - Coherence among - Who you are - What you believe - What you are doing. Good Time Journal 1. Complete a log of daily activ Try Stuff Health/Work/Play/Love dashboard 1. Write a few sentences about how it's going in each of the 4 areas 2. Mark where you are (0 to Full) 3. Ask yourself if there's a design problem you'd like to tackle 4. Now ask yourself if it's a problem of 'gravity' (not one that's gonna change). Counsel vs Advice Someone helps you figure out what you think vs telling you what to do Integrity - Coherence among - Who you are - What you believe - What you are doing. Good Time Journal 1. Complete a log of daily activities. Note when you are energized and/or engaged. 2. Continue for 3 weeks 3. Jot down your reflections at the end of each week 4. Are there any surprises in your reflections? 5. Zoom in and get more specific about what does/not energize or engage you 6. AEIOU method (Activities, Environments, Interactions, Objects, Users). Life 1 - The Thing You Do Life 2 - The Thing You'd Do If Thing 1 Were Suddenly Gone Life 3 - The Thing You'd Do If Money or Image Were No Object Dysfunctional: You focus on your need to find a job Reframe: Focus on the hiring manager's need to find the right person. Actively seek and co-create your dream job. - Start the call with news and agenda. Check in with people.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    The concept behind this book was great - applying Design Thinking to designing your own life. But The actual content was fairly light, fairly uninstructive, and, to be frank, quite unaware of its own privilege. To apply the concepts in this book, you have to have the financial and personal capacity to put the ideas into action. The issue that the book displays no awareness of this fact.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Peterson

    What an excellent read! This is going to be my "Christmas of 2016" gift for friends and family. There's the reframe of a dysfunctional belief or Life Design tip for everyone inside. It's especially timely for the recent grad, the restless mid-career professional, or the encore passion seeker ready for a change. Admittedly, I've been a Design Thinker for awhile, so the concepts here were not too foreign to me, but the application of them for my personal life very much was. Curiosity and prototypi What an excellent read! This is going to be my "Christmas of 2016" gift for friends and family. There's the reframe of a dysfunctional belief or Life Design tip for everyone inside. It's especially timely for the recent grad, the restless mid-career professional, or the encore passion seeker ready for a change. Admittedly, I've been a Design Thinker for awhile, so the concepts here were not too foreign to me, but the application of them for my personal life very much was. Curiosity and prototyping are a crucial part of discovering what makes you happy in life, and DYL reminded me of that. Designing Your Life is not a manual, it's an actual toolkit with worksheets and activities for you to do on your Life Design Journey. I have already read it a few times, and know I'll be coming back for years to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    While this book offered helpful advice, I found by the end that it was difficult to read and complete the activities. As someone who works with designers (and lives with one), I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief and accept the idealized vision of designers and design thinking in this book. I don't know any designers who are as put together as this book makes it sound like they are, nor do I know any designers who actively use all the steps of "design thinking". I also found the business While this book offered helpful advice, I found by the end that it was difficult to read and complete the activities. As someone who works with designers (and lives with one), I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief and accept the idealized vision of designers and design thinking in this book. I don't know any designers who are as put together as this book makes it sound like they are, nor do I know any designers who actively use all the steps of "design thinking". I also found the business language (i.e. "radical collaboration", "co-creation", "reframing failure") excruciating to read, thought that many of the case study examples were idealized, and couldn't stand the constant happy references to Stanford, as though all Stanford students and academics have the answers to life. While it was informative to read about half of the tips in this book, and filled with advice I've also heard from recruiters, it was a slog to finish and I ended up taking almost a six month break before I could work my way through the last half. However, it's one of the least annoying examples of job hunt literature I've read (which is saying a lot about the genre), so I do recommend it for that reason.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christina Helen Birch

    This book is excellent at *what it does*, which is providing a framework for thinking and working through major career changes. Even though I'm not looking for a new job, I found plenty of useful exercises to sink my teeth into, allowing me to imagine my way forward into new approaches within the job I do have. So why only three stars? Poor expectation management: It's not entirely clear from the title or the blurb that this book is exclusively about designing your career, and when I started read This book is excellent at *what it does*, which is providing a framework for thinking and working through major career changes. Even though I'm not looking for a new job, I found plenty of useful exercises to sink my teeth into, allowing me to imagine my way forward into new approaches within the job I do have. So why only three stars? Poor expectation management: It's not entirely clear from the title or the blurb that this book is exclusively about designing your career, and when I started reading this I was expecting something much more holistic. If you're not looking to make changes in your career, then this book doesn't really have anything to offer you, even if you *do* want to actively design other parts of your life. I'm sure that some of the concepts are applicable to other areas of life, but learning how to apply them to different areas would require a whole 'nother book. (Or, you know, already being intimately familiar with design thinking.) It's also worth keeping in mind that as with *all* self-help books, having the headspace, time, and resources to implement these life-improving principles is a matter of privilege.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Max Nova

    I wish I had been diligent enough to write down my mental models of the world and publish them in book form. Luckily, in "Designing Your Life", Burnett and Evans have already done all the hard work for me! The nuggets-to-fluff ratio is pretty high and they hit most of the high points. This is required reading for all college students. The key idea of the book is that you have lots of dysfunctional mental models that are holding you back. Here are the key takeaways: * Forget your "passion". You hav I wish I had been diligent enough to write down my mental models of the world and publish them in book form. Luckily, in "Designing Your Life", Burnett and Evans have already done all the hard work for me! The nuggets-to-fluff ratio is pretty high and they hit most of the high points. This is required reading for all college students. The key idea of the book is that you have lots of dysfunctional mental models that are holding you back. Here are the key takeaways: * Forget your "passion". You have no idea what your passion is. Explore! * There is no right choice - only good choosing. The worst choice is decision paralysis. * Applying for jobs is ridiculous. Go meet people, be interested and interesting, and solve real problems. * Know the game you're playing. Success disasters are real. * Failure is just the raw material of success. You're not going to starve under a bridge. Be bold and get to work. * Only worry about the things you can control. * Happiness is letting go of what you don’t need. Full review and highlights at http://books.max-nova.com/designing-your-life

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gaylord Dold

    Only two Stanford academics could sell the idea that one designs a life the way one designs a car. Life surprises, daunts, accepts gratefully and surrenders grudgingly--mostly those things that people strive toward. Sometimes there are surprises, by-ways, tunnels and dead-ends we deal with on a case-by-case basis. Mostly, our character is fate, as Nietzsche said. I guess it was the fate of Stanford to hire life designers and to let their classes become popular. The rest of us just have to muddle through s Only two Stanford academics could sell the idea that one designs a life the way one designs a car. Life surprises, daunts, accepts gratefully and surrenders grudgingly--mostly those things that people strive toward. Sometimes there are surprises, by-ways, tunnels and dead-ends we deal with on a case-by-case basis. Mostly, our character is fate, as Nietzsche said. I guess it was the fate of Stanford to hire life designers and to let their classes become popular. The rest of us just have to muddle through somehow.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Provided good advice on how to design/build/frame your life. Brings up potential set backs and what to do about them. What you want to do, what you should do, what you've always wanted to do, what you've always wondered to do, which to choose? This book helps focus in on what's most important to you and what will actually work. I picked up this book and put it down so many times but I've finally finished it lol Provided good advice on how to design/build/frame your life. Brings up potential set backs and what to do about them. What you want to do, what you should do, what you've always wanted to do, what you've always wondered to do, which to choose? This book helps focus in on what's most important to you and what will actually work. I picked up this book and put it down so many times but I've finally finished it lol

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    Hearing a story about this book on NPR motivated me to purchase Designing Your Life: How to Think Like a Designer and Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life. In all, I am pleased to have purchased and read this book. First, it gave me a different lens by which to view my life. Second, it allowed me to look at my youngest child and see how she is a natural born designer, and increased my desire to nurture her approach to life. The book is to-the-point and easy to read, combing ideas with real life stori Hearing a story about this book on NPR motivated me to purchase Designing Your Life: How to Think Like a Designer and Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life. In all, I am pleased to have purchased and read this book. First, it gave me a different lens by which to view my life. Second, it allowed me to look at my youngest child and see how she is a natural born designer, and increased my desire to nurture her approach to life. The book is to-the-point and easy to read, combing ideas with real life stories with exercises. As I read this book I realized that my work-life situation is close to ideal. Yet the book seemed heavily weighted to analyzing and adjusting your work/career situation. Personally I could have used more assistance with enhancing the "play" portion of my life. I did make a mental note to refer to this book should I decided to have an encore career or change career directions later in life. Overall the design approach to life's challenges offers a much needed element of positive empowerment in a challenging world.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    There is nothing new in terms of basic wisdom. Thus the plus value here could be that it is based on a college course, so maybe it's good for young people like Stanford students, except that I don't know that Jacques Cousteau, for example, is especially of the moment. There is nothing new in terms of basic wisdom. Thus the plus value here could be that it is based on a college course, so maybe it's good for young people like Stanford students, except that I don't know that Jacques Cousteau, for example, is especially of the moment.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brandice

    Designing Your Life offers some useful tips in regard to making changes. While it can apply to other areas, the majority of the book focused on career applications which is practical, since the majority of us tend to spend most of our time at work. There was useful information throughout the book that I think can apply to most people seeking some type of change - small or drastic, but I personally didn't think the tips were groundbreaking or crazy game changers. Just ways to reframe some of the Designing Your Life offers some useful tips in regard to making changes. While it can apply to other areas, the majority of the book focused on career applications which is practical, since the majority of us tend to spend most of our time at work. There was useful information throughout the book that I think can apply to most people seeking some type of change - small or drastic, but I personally didn't think the tips were groundbreaking or crazy game changers. Just ways to reframe some of the deep daunting questions of being an adult and trying to achieve a professionally fulfilling life. I read about 1/3 of the book and then it sat idle for months. I just couldn't get back into it for awhile. My interest was waning. I decided to finally revisit it again last week though. I'm glad I read it, and think the information can be applied strategically, depending on what you hope to achieve from it, and, keeping in mind that the terms "fulfilling" and "well-designed" are subjective, as always.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    While I can come up with a few groups who might not benefit from this book, I would think in general most would take away something to help them in their approach to life. The authors provide helpful anecdotes, exercises, and insight to guide the reader on the path of living intentionally. As a Christian, I understandably found the lack of spirituality and reliance on self didn't fully align with my worldview. However, this book is a framework, and I think with thoughtfulness can be used by peopl While I can come up with a few groups who might not benefit from this book, I would think in general most would take away something to help them in their approach to life. The authors provide helpful anecdotes, exercises, and insight to guide the reader on the path of living intentionally. As a Christian, I understandably found the lack of spirituality and reliance on self didn't fully align with my worldview. However, this book is a framework, and I think with thoughtfulness can be used by people with spiritual beliefs or persuasions and catered to include those frameworks. Overall, a useful book to have on the self-help or career-planning shelf.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emmy Hermina Nathasia

    I was excited to read this book as I have hope that it will give me a step-by-step guidance on how to design the life I want. Yes, it did give me that. But I find that the explanation leans more towards mechanical process and how to, to an extent that it lacks the warmth of story-telling that I love. They do share examples of experiences and stories of other people related to the topic of discussion but for me, the stories didn't stick. However, let me share a few interesting notes in the book that I was excited to read this book as I have hope that it will give me a step-by-step guidance on how to design the life I want. Yes, it did give me that. But I find that the explanation leans more towards mechanical process and how to, to an extent that it lacks the warmth of story-telling that I love. They do share examples of experiences and stories of other people related to the topic of discussion but for me, the stories didn't stick. However, let me share a few interesting notes in the book that might interests you: 1. Be curious on something, try to do stuff, learn about it, take class, listen to podcasts, read books, see new people etc 2. Reframe your mind and how you look at things, see things in various angle and take different approaches. Ask a stranger or someone you're not close to for their opinion, once in a while to get fresh perspective. 3. Life is a process, a journey. Instant gratification will not lasts. Be patient. Things change, people change. Accept and adapt.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeanny

    This book counts towards my literary genius JULY book challenge Read 6 non-fiction books this year. Book 1 of 6 (audible version) I don’t know why authors choose to release audio versions of their books but fail to hire professional narrators. I’ve yet to listen to a book in which the author read his/her own work & I thought the performance couldn’t have been improved upon. This was an especially bad decision for this book. The authors are university professors & their performance (imo) felt lik This book counts towards my literary genius JULY book challenge Read 6 non-fiction books this year. Book 1 of 6 (audible version) I don’t know why authors choose to release audio versions of their books but fail to hire professional narrators. I’ve yet to listen to a book in which the author read his/her own work & I thought the performance couldn’t have been improved upon. This was an especially bad decision for this book. The authors are university professors & their performance (imo) felt like a lecture. Blah blah blah Stanford.... blah blah Stanford. I found the material although common sense for some of us is not necessary easily applied for others. The authors seemed completely unaware of their societal privilege. If you can ignore the many Stanford references, the authors lack of awareness, & are a professional in a metropolitan area the material may be of help to you. If you’re interested in the material but aren’t sure you can easily dismiss what some reviewers have called bragging or snobbery but I think is just lack of societal awareness perhaps skip the audible version read the book or just use the corresponding workbook. I’m not a fan of non-fiction so I’m unsure of the audible or the Material itself is to blame 😑 Whatever the reason, I found finishing this book a true challenge. One I failed miserably at I might add. That’s right DNF. FYI this book’s focus is on career as such most of the examples are on professional choices but the concept is applicable to daily life as well. I imagine the class would be beneficial & very popular but being I only listened to the audible & used the workbook I’m limited to rating those. Audible version 1 Star (this version) Workbook 4 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yazaid Ahmed

    One of the most amazing books I have ever read I give it 5 stars because the concepts and ideas in it are so powerful and positive. Majority of them aligned perfectly well with even my faith. There are concepts and ideas that when you learn will make life interesting to you just by knowing that there are actually people who think a certain way or have a certain point of view on the same things that once seemed daunting for you which will make the same things exciting for you. I was so excited and h One of the most amazing books I have ever read I give it 5 stars because the concepts and ideas in it are so powerful and positive. Majority of them aligned perfectly well with even my faith. There are concepts and ideas that when you learn will make life interesting to you just by knowing that there are actually people who think a certain way or have a certain point of view on the same things that once seemed daunting for you which will make the same things exciting for you. I was so excited and hooked throughout the entire book until the end I'm writing this review at 3.27 a.m. What got me even more excited is that while reading the book I would get ideas to implement I would stop reading and go implement them right away only to discover that at the end of the chapter they are the very ame things the authos suggest to do. I have already recommended this book to 6 of my friends. Created a what's up group for 4 of my friends and we will embark on it together. Right now what is left for me is to get some prototypes ready for my parallel lives to experiment with and then delve into the most exciting one. You guys have done a tremendous job. Thanks.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Timely and helpful to me. Will revisit some of these exercises again!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shreyans Goenka

    I approached this book with a healthy dose of skepticism, reserved for all books in the 'self-help' genre. I was curious to give this book a try as it was based on a very popular Stanford course. True to its reviews, this is quite an exceptional book. Though, none of the ideas written here are particularly revolutionary, they are just written in such a approachable, easy, and convincing manner you can't help but be engaged. I already see myself thinking differently about my future and life choic I approached this book with a healthy dose of skepticism, reserved for all books in the 'self-help' genre. I was curious to give this book a try as it was based on a very popular Stanford course. True to its reviews, this is quite an exceptional book. Though, none of the ideas written here are particularly revolutionary, they are just written in such a approachable, easy, and convincing manner you can't help but be engaged. I already see myself thinking differently about my future and life choices. Will surely be revisiting this book down the years every time I feel the need to design my life!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Pretty helpful read in terms of reviewing some overarching concepts on life direction and providing actionable exercises. Coincidentally, the coach I am currently working with already has taken me through a few of the exercises, but I do see value in completing all of them and would encourage others to do so. Some of the big picture ideas are fairly obvious, but the book is useful in talking through the 'why' and providing reinforcement behind the reasoning. Pretty helpful read in terms of reviewing some overarching concepts on life direction and providing actionable exercises. Coincidentally, the coach I am currently working with already has taken me through a few of the exercises, but I do see value in completing all of them and would encourage others to do so. Some of the big picture ideas are fairly obvious, but the book is useful in talking through the 'why' and providing reinforcement behind the reasoning.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Lozano

    This book is a bit like a mind map - there are tons of creative ideas, but it isn’t organized into a coherent whole. It’s helpful for brainstorming your “life design”, but it also feels like a jumble of random blog entries.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    While swiftly walking through my neighborhood with a couple friends, talking and hopping from topic to topic like we were speed dating with a three minute limit, I mentioned thoughts of heading back out into the world of the employed; however, with no planned direction, which is when this book was recommended by one of the friends. The co-authors, who have extensive technical backgrounds, morphed from corporate work to collaborating material for the popular Design Program at Stanford to a brand t While swiftly walking through my neighborhood with a couple friends, talking and hopping from topic to topic like we were speed dating with a three minute limit, I mentioned thoughts of heading back out into the world of the employed; however, with no planned direction, which is when this book was recommended by one of the friends. The co-authors, who have extensive technical backgrounds, morphed from corporate work to collaborating material for the popular Design Program at Stanford to a brand that includes the book, a website/blog, broadcasts, and workshops. Job seekers would benefit from reading it; however, anyone can choose an area of their life and apply it. It was a fun read with lots of common sense tips that we tend to forget when eager or anxious for a life change. Also, lots of the latest business buzzwords and techniques are included. Each reader will take way something from the book. This is the sentence that summed it up for me: "When you remember that you are always playing the infinite game of becoming more and more yourself and designing how to express the amazingness of you into the world, you can't fail."

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    This book explores how mindsets and strategies used in design can be extended to life in general, and careers in particular. I found this book to be worth reading, at least for the concrete advice on how to evaluate different aspects of your life, and how to analyze your levels of engagement/energy (or lack thereof) in specific activities. This exercise can reveal patterns that are helpful to keep in mind as you consider the next steps in your career. It’s especially helpful if you’re the kind o This book explores how mindsets and strategies used in design can be extended to life in general, and careers in particular. I found this book to be worth reading, at least for the concrete advice on how to evaluate different aspects of your life, and how to analyze your levels of engagement/energy (or lack thereof) in specific activities. This exercise can reveal patterns that are helpful to keep in mind as you consider the next steps in your career. It’s especially helpful if you’re the kind of person who tends to throw the baby out with the bathwater; even difficult, painful situation can yield insights that may prove handy in the future. I also appreciated the emphasis on developing passions, rather than attempting to "find" them. However, the book’s advice became a bit generic and repetitive as it went on, and the overly chipper tone and would-be inspirational lingo grated on me after a while.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Juvoni

    I found Designing Your Life, to focus more on designing one's career, with patterns that could be applicable to one's personal life. The book teaches you how to think more like a designer with an emphasis on prototyping and iteration. The core mind-sets to learn are curiosity, bias to action, reframing, awareness and radical collaboration. The exercises were helpful in helping you to figure out how to approach the problems you come across in your life and design the right solutions and attitudes I found Designing Your Life, to focus more on designing one's career, with patterns that could be applicable to one's personal life. The book teaches you how to think more like a designer with an emphasis on prototyping and iteration. The core mind-sets to learn are curiosity, bias to action, reframing, awareness and radical collaboration. The exercises were helpful in helping you to figure out how to approach the problems you come across in your life and design the right solutions and attitudes towards them. Some problems are gravity problems things that surround us and we have no control over so we should learn to accept and work around them, I found that principle very stoic in nature. The first quarter of the book was too formulaic to me, and I have to really grind through the case studies, but pay attention as there are a number of hidden gems spread throughout the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I found the book to be helpful and worth reading. Many of the points they made were things that I'd previously considered, but they elaborated or reframed many of them and, especially important to me, encouraged you not to dwell on or agonize over things. For me, it helped refocus my attention different aspects - let's hope I can keep it up! I checked the book out of the library and it really is best completed as a workbook, which is difficult when I only had the book for two weeks. For example, I found the book to be helpful and worth reading. Many of the points they made were things that I'd previously considered, but they elaborated or reframed many of them and, especially important to me, encouraged you not to dwell on or agonize over things. For me, it helped refocus my attention different aspects - let's hope I can keep it up! I checked the book out of the library and it really is best completed as a workbook, which is difficult when I only had the book for two weeks. For example, one exercise tells you to track something for three weeks. That's just not possible with a new library book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I read this book alongside a Life Designing course which I attended out of interest. I liked the reframing of perspective to help you with situations in which you might feel stuck and have to creatively think of new solutions. However, there is a lot of unacknowledged privilege in this book. The starting point of almost every advice given here is that you're financially secure because the recommended steps involve unpaid efforts and quite a lot of time which is in most people's lives frankly unr I read this book alongside a Life Designing course which I attended out of interest. I liked the reframing of perspective to help you with situations in which you might feel stuck and have to creatively think of new solutions. However, there is a lot of unacknowledged privilege in this book. The starting point of almost every advice given here is that you're financially secure because the recommended steps involve unpaid efforts and quite a lot of time which is in most people's lives frankly unrealistic. The case examples were also written in a very dry and repetitive fashion. I understand that the authors are not writers per se but this could've been improved during the editing process.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tee Ponsukcharoen

    I have taken a 1-day version of design your life class and it was incredible. The book is even deeper and lasting. This book touches on both philosophy and practicality. Good to have it as a guide to live a well-lived life.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ying Ying

    The book invites us to approach life with the curiosity of a designer and to prototype without fear of failure. The last chapter has been the most enlightening of all; the mind-sets described therein will guide us all along the way.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert Sutherland

    There are a lot of mentions of privilege in the reviews and comments. Noting that the authors are instructors at Stanford, and that the material was workshopped at that school (list price $75,000 per year), those assertions are valid. But because an author is privileged and its test subjects are privileged doesn't by default make their conclusions wrong. Granted, this is a book for people that are pretty high on the pyramid of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. If you're in the bottom sections worrying There are a lot of mentions of privilege in the reviews and comments. Noting that the authors are instructors at Stanford, and that the material was workshopped at that school (list price $75,000 per year), those assertions are valid. But because an author is privileged and its test subjects are privileged doesn't by default make their conclusions wrong. Granted, this is a book for people that are pretty high on the pyramid of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. If you're in the bottom sections worrying about food and shelter, this is not your book. If you operate at "Love and Belonging" or higher, I think you will find some valuable and actionable material. If you are about to start your career, want a new career, or find yourself interested in trying something different, this book offers a good framework and some excellent questions to point you in a direction. Utilizing a "design thinking" mindset, they don't urge you to look for a perfect job, or a perfect life. There are five framing questions to set you in a direction. Through action, iteration, and staying in touch with your "true north," you can use these tools to improve your current situation--either by changing your own expectations or your situation.

  29. 5 out of 5

    cizi

    Basically: career coach in a book. Also: What a win-win / “abundance” mentality looks like and how it plays out Accessible writing with practical tactics that inspire you to get unstuck and get yourself moving towards a well-designed life. Remember that life is an act of co-creation and the people that you cross paths with will be “collaborators, participants, and informers.” I’ll wrap up with few quotations that resonated with me: “Community is more than just sharing resources or hanging out now Basically: career coach in a book. Also: What a win-win / “abundance” mentality looks like and how it plays out Accessible writing with practical tactics that inspire you to get unstuck and get yourself moving towards a well-designed life. Remember that life is an act of co-creation and the people that you cross paths with will be “collaborators, participants, and informers.” I’ll wrap up with few quotations that resonated with me: “Community is more than just sharing resources or hanging out now and then. It’s showing up and investing in the ongoing creation of one another’s lives” “The ideas and possibilities and roles and forms that you will end up living do not actually exist anywhere in the universe right now, as you are reading this. The ...raw material to invent them is found out in the world and, most important, lying in wait in the hearts and minds and actions of others—many of whom you’ve not met yet.” “As you do all this, including making choices that set you on one path for a number of years, you grow various aspects of your personality and identity that are nurtured and called upon by those experiences—you become more yourself. ”

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anna Fedusiv

    The authors show to use the Design Thinking approach in designing your life. I particularly liked the book for the following ideas: - there is no such thing as a "perfect job." A perfect job is the one created yourself when understanding your values, things you are passionate about, and issues you think are vital for your personal happiness. (The authors also share a bunch of handy techniques that can help answer the above questions). - If you want to make a career shift - before leaping - try do The authors show to use the Design Thinking approach in designing your life. I particularly liked the book for the following ideas: - there is no such thing as a "perfect job." A perfect job is the one created yourself when understanding your values, things you are passionate about, and issues you think are vital for your personal happiness. (The authors also share a bunch of handy techniques that can help answer the above questions). - If you want to make a career shift - before leaping - try doing "life interviews" - speak with people who already live your potential dream job. In this way, you will have a more well-rounded perspective on the job and its reality. Furthermore, those life interviews eventually may help you landing at a job. - Prototype and build MVPs of your dream life - start small and build it big. - Build Failure immunity - start loving failure, learn from failures, and move forward. - Use your network, especially when looking for a job. Only 20% of vacancies available are published online. There is a huge hidden market, and you can benefit from knowing how to use it to your advantage.

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