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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 anWhether 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....

Title : Designing Your Life: How to Think Like a Designer and Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
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Designing Your Life: How to Think Like a Designer and Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life Reviews

  • James
    2019-02-21 22:15

    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.

  • D
    2019-03-13 01:11

    Try StuffHealth/Work/Play/Love dashboard1. Write a few sentences about how it's going in each of the 4 areas2. Mark where you are (0 to Full)3. Ask yourself if there's a design problem you'd like to tackle4. Now ask yourself if it's a problem of 'gravity' (not one that's gonna change).Counsel vs AdviceSomeone helps you figure out what you think vs telling you what to doIntegrity -Coherence among - Who you are- What you believe- What you are doing.Good Time Journal1. Complete a log of daily activities. Not when you are energized and/or engaged.2. Continue for 3 weeks3. Jot down your reflections at the end of each week4. Are there any surprises in your reflections?5. Zoom in and get more specific about what does/not energize or engage you6. AEIOU method (Activities, Environments, Interactions, Objects, Users).Life 1 - The Thing You DoLife 2 - The Thing You'd Do If Thing 1 Were Suddenly GoneLife 3 - The Thing You'd Do If Money or Image Were No ObjectDysfunctional: You focus on your need to find a jobReframe: 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.

  • Savannah Peterson
    2019-03-16 01:16

    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.

  • Kim
    2019-03-05 23:29

    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.

  • Alexis
    2019-02-19 03:07

    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.

  • Gaylord Dold
    2019-03-15 20:08

    Only two Stanford academics could sell theidea that one designs a life the way one designsa car. Life surprises, daunts, accepts gratefullyand surrenders grudgingly--mostly those thingsthat people strive toward. Sometimes there aresurprises, by-ways, tunnels and dead-ends wedeal with on a case-by-case basis. Mostly, ourcharacter is fate, as Nietzsche said. I guess it wasthe fate of Stanford to hire life designers and tolet their classes become popular. The rest of usjust have to muddle through somehow.

  • Brandice
    2019-03-03 20:20

    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.

  • Melinda
    2019-03-10 21:26

    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.

  • Allison
    2019-03-21 21:25

    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.

  • Max Nova
    2019-03-20 23:08

    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

  • Christina Helen Birch
    2019-03-07 22:26

    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.

  • Yazaid Ahmed
    2019-02-26 23:08

    One of the most amazing books I have ever readI 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.

  • Shreyans Goenka
    2019-03-16 03:31

    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!!

  • Anita
    2019-02-21 02:21

    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."

  • Juvoni
    2019-03-05 20:09

    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.

  • Sara
    2019-03-17 01:20

    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.

  • Volodymyr Dehtyarov
    2019-02-20 20:25

    Дослушал отличную книгу Designing your own life. Авторы преподают одноимённый курс в Стэнфорде и применяют навыки дизайн-мышления, чтобы помочь студентам и клиентам создать свою, а не навязанную обществом жизнь. Украду несколько интересных упражнений для работы с коучинг клиентами и для курса Осознанность. Основные мысли:- идеальной работы нет, пока вы её не создадите сами;- не ходите на собеседования, ходите на беседы с людьми, которые занимаются тем, что вам интересно;- стройте разные сценарии своей жизни (авторы называют это "Одиссеей") - прототипируйте: пробуйте реализовать мечту в малом масштабе- ведите журнал радостей и ошибок, делайте выводы

  • Losa
    2019-03-20 01:33

    YAS I DID IT.It took me so long to finish this book because I'd get caught up in trying to perfectly complete all the worksheets & exercises. (Update: I didn't, but I made sure to write a little bit or reflect about each end of chapter exercise). Also you can only digest so much of a self-help/life-improvement book at a time.Anyway, a recommendable book with a calming, encouraging, and thoughtful tone about living your best life. I particularly liked all the real life examples they gave. Also the latest book design (it's light blue) from the font to the titles to the diagrams to the cover is just very visually pleasing. Like I got it from the library but I'd wanna buy it because it'd be nice to have.Two good takeaways: keep building your way forward, and also call your mother, because she'd probably be thrilled if you did.

  • Katherine Congleton
    2019-02-19 00:12

    Read this. Now. I can't think of a better way to put the growth mindset into practice. This book inspires you to always stay curious, to always aim for alignment between your work and life values, and to always seek others who will help you in your path to personal and professional growth.

  • Jason Pettus
    2019-03-09 03:10

    I'm posting the last of my 2017 reads here this month without reviews, so that they'll count towards this year's Goodreads Reading Challenge. Full review coming in early 2018.

  • Kristopher Muir
    2019-03-15 02:33

    Want to take one of the most popular courses at Stanford University? Well, you can, almost. “Designing Your Life” is based on the course taught by Dave Evans and Bill Burnett at Stanford the past 10+ years. Their methodology is rooted in design thinking, a human-centered process for solving problems. Design thinking prioritizes empathy for the user as well as a bias toward action in generating ideas and prototyping representations of those ideas, designing your way forward.What if you applied design principles to help find a job or, better yet, figure out what you want to do with your life? How many lives are you? The book hinges on a dialectical framework of dysfunctional beliefs (false assumptions that most of us are taught to believe) and reframes (ways of looking at the same false beliefs differently). One example is the dysfunctional belief of “I need to figure out my best possible life, make a plan, and then execute it” whereas the reframe underscores “there are multiple great lives (and plans) within me, and I get to choose which one to build my way forward to next.”For me, this book is a huge win. From this book I was inspired to write my philosophy of work. I have applied principles to my own life and I have appropriated exercises such as the Odyssey Planning in my own teaching of students @maysbusiness. The strategy of planning various life options, for example, was validated by the Stanford Graduate School of Education, which concluded that “if your mind starts with multiple ideas in parallel, it is not prematurely committed to one path and stays more open and able to receive and conceive more novel innovations.”Happy Reading!

  • Randy
    2019-03-12 01:23

    A better book on career planning than others I've seen. This stands out for its use of prototyping your options (which should include more on interviewing folks in jobs you're considering, rather than volunteering in related settings, which is usually unenlightening, IME). Written by an engineer, the theses show a greater emphasis on validation, error detection and robustness than other career books. Alas, because the authors teach at Stanford, their audience is 20-sommethings, who know nothing yet about life and how it could or does work. But some of their methods strike me as better grounded in reality than most, and less idealistic or promotional.Worth a read, if you're inclined to tune up your career prospects, especially if you're less than a decade into the,.

  • Michael Feehly
    2019-02-22 20:06

    Insipid and deceptive. I expected something more rigorous: the application of design thinking principles to life-planning. Instead this was 5% design and 95% the same content as every other self-help potboiler. Stanford should be upset that the authors' market this book as the content of a course taught on their campus. Because this is at most the content of two lectures, not at all what would be expected over an entire semester.

  • Tee Ponsukcharoen
    2019-03-06 02:15

    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.

  • Tabi Slick
    2019-03-08 04:29

    What does it mean to live like a designer? Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans will answer this and many other questions that will help direct your focus and developing a well designed way of living as well as a healthier state of mind.The Review:This book wasn’t on my to-be-read list, but boy am I glad a friend of mine invited me to read it with her group. I needed this book more than I thought. There are many unhealthy views that we’ve told ourselves, like “I must work in the exact field that I got my degree in” when we really aren’t passionate about that degree, or that “What I’ve been doing for the last 10 years is what I should be doing for the next 10”. These are not only false, but they hurt our chances of finding that one job that will bring meaning back into our days.I can’t recommend this book enough. The only thing I would advise is to not listen to the audio book while you’re working out if you want to do the exercises at the end of each chapter. I waited until after I had finished the book to do the exercises because I listened to the audio book while road my bike or ran. It is a good motivator though so feel free to use this as your exercise buddy!If you’ve ever found yourself asking the questions “What am I doing?” or “How did I get here?” then I would definitely suggest taking a look at Designing Your Life: How to Think Like a Designer and Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by William Burnett. Preferably the audio book.Nonfiction Star Rating Report Card:5 Stars out of 51) How would you rate the writing?★★★★★ - 5 stars2) Does the intro grab your attention?★★★★★ - 5 stars3) Does the book move at a good pace?★★★★ - 5 stars4) Did you enjoy the story overall?★★★★★ - 5 stars

  • Pinar
    2019-03-07 04:21

    Kütüphaneden "audiobook" olarak alıp dinledim. bu kitabı seçmemin nedeni ilgimi çeken diğer kitaplarda fazla sıra vardı ve ismi ilginç geldi. İki akademisyenin yazdığı kitapta enteresan tavsiyeler olmasına rağmen, bu amerikan tarzı tavsiyeleri pek hayatıma uygulamakta başarılı olamıyorum. Sesli kitap olarak kolay bir dili var. Tavsiyeleri daha çok iş ile ilgili. İlk önce üç hafta boyunca, günlük size enerji veren, akışta hisseden, enerjinizi çeken işleri listeleyin diyor. Sonra bu enerji çeken aktiviteleri nasıl başka şekilde gerçekleşebilirsiniz üzerine kafa yorun. Üç tane 5 yıllık hayat planı yapın, bunu nasıl gerçekleşirsiniz üzerine kafa yorun.. vs. Özetle, bir product designer konuya nasıl yaklaşırsa hayatınıza o şekilde yaklaşın diyor. Kitabın sonunda meditasyon, şiir ile uğraşın haftada bir ve uzun yürüyüş yapın şeklinde bitiyor.. kitapla ilgili bilgi için Yazarlar kitapla ilgili eğitim de veriyor.

  • Esther
    2019-03-16 23:13

    This book pulls together a lot of useful concepts I've encountered elsewhere, and some new ones, into one coherent message: we can use a design approach for our own lives, where we generate ideas, create prototypes, and build our way forward. A very different mentality to thinking we have only limited pre-defined choices, that one of them must be the "right" choice, and that once we've made our decision we should still agonise over it endlessly. It's certainly got a heavy focus on careers, but I do think it's helpful for other parts of life, too. Thinking back, I can see a number of areas of my life where I used this kind of design approach to see lots of options and get advice and mentoring from others - whether to get married in my early 20s, choosing to work part-time even without family commitments, various aspects of parenting, buying a house, self-employment... I really like my life right now so it's hard to figure out how to apply this life design stuff straight away, but I'm glad I've read it and can come back to it in future.

  • Jeff Kowalk
    2019-03-09 00:24

    This is a fantastic book if you're interested in living a more purposeful, well-balanced life. The two authors have been teaching 'life design' at Stanford for many years with good results, and put their thinking and teaching into this book. I liked it because while still based on positive psychology, they do not get on board with the "just believe in yourself," and instead provide practical steps you can take to help you make decisions and take actions in your life. No matter your faith or beliefs, I think you will find many helpful exercises in this book and will walk away from reading it with a spark in your step and some new tools to help you discover what a well-balanced life really means to you. Highly recommended to readers of all ages!

  • Lobo
    2019-03-13 00:24

    A kötet könnyed, jól használható és nem csak elmélet, hanem gyakorlati feladatokkal is tele van. Elmondják, hogy mégis mire megy ki ez a tervezői gondolkodásmód, hogyan lehet alkalmaznia olyan embereknek is, akik nem ezzel foglalkoznak. Rendszerüknek középpontjában az áll, hogy az embereknek folyamatokra, tervre van szükségük ahhoz, hogy bármilyen jelentős változást hozzanak az életükbe.Részletesebben:

  • Sarah
    2019-03-02 22:23

    I enjoyed this one as my mother a retired HS Guidance Councilor bought it for me over a year ago and it sat waiting. It's an interesting approach to designing your next career/life move by doing what a lot of design teams would call sprints. Try it on for a week, conduct the info interview, form a team and prototype options. One interesting chapter on how to be failure-resistant reflects scriptural principals, you don't look back. God is I AM now and move forward after your choice is made. While there is no mention of God, there is a critical Kingdom Key espoused - spend time in "practice" centering and listening to gain a deeper understanding. We find out toward the end that the co-author Dave Evans practices Centering Prayer. I knew I liked the foundation of a life design book without direct reference to God's Will and prayerful discernment and understood why I was led to keep reading despite not even wanting to pick it up. The foundation is good and the "how-to" is step-by-step clear. I have enjoyed starting work on the next life phase when the kids are both off to college and I'm free to fly off the perch in the Pocono Mountains.