Designing Your Life: How To Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life
ISBN: 1101875321
EAN13: 9781101875322
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 20, 2016
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 8.4" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

At last, a book that shows you how to build--design--a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage

Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home--at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve.

In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.

Includes a bonus PDF of worksheets, journal exercises, illustrations, and more

Designing Your Life walks readers through the process of building a satisfying, meaningful life by approaching the challenge the way a designer would. Experimentation. Wayfinding. Prototyping. Constant iteration. You should read Read More chevron_right

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   Worth the read!
There is something for everyone in the book. It is helpful to those just starting a career. There are some good questions and exercises to do. You can read this book more than once. It might be fun to read with a group.
   High Impact Reading!
An approach to problem solving. It may change how you think about life's big decisions. Good luck!
   As a designer, I didn’t really get much from this book.
A toxic boss made life hell after I left my 8-year job. I had to decide if I should stay and try to get a Big Tech job, or if I should leave and go to a place that might be better. I saw Julie Zhou promote the book and thought it would help me find my way. No, not really. The book asks what is missing from your life. What do you think is stimulating? Reframe how you feel. I could talk to a life coach. The examples given do not ring true for me or anyone else. Martha wants to know if she should open a bar in an expensive area or become CEO of a nonprofit. If you are driven like that and have that kind of money, you should be happy, but I have a financial safety net and I am worried about insurance if I leave my job.
   Felt kind of disastisfied
You can try to design your life and make attempts to succeed, but you can't get the desired results and still be sad. The book says to network by listening to people's life stories. If you don't know who you want or need to network with, the book doesn't tell you how to do that. The book doesn't address failure, apathy, or anything related to not succeeding. Doesn't speak to people who are stuck in poverty or who lack skills.
   Very helpful in Career Decisions
Excellent condition, arrived on time. There are lots of practical exercises in the book on how to approach career choice.
   Take the time to read this
A very useful read. It is worth the time and effort if you work through the early parts patiently.
   Really helped me figure out where to go next
I went through this with some friends. We were helped to think through where we were going in the future. It's a good recommendation for anyone trying to figure out the next step in their career.
Don't be shy to read this book. It won't give you answers, but it will ask pertinent questions to make you think and inspire the creative process that can lead to a more fulfilling life.
   Give everyone you know a copy
I enjoy the talks at TED. I like to design. I was interested in Bill's method after I stumbled on his talk. My teacher assigned this book to me. And it's amazing. Everyone and my mom should read this.
   Not helpful for middle-aged people
It's not good for people my age, 53, but maybe this book is good for college students or retirees. If I want to open a restaurant, I should be a busboy first to learn about different aspects of the business, according to the suggestions. Who would pay for my mortgage, vacations, summer camps, and car if I had to pay it myself? I was told that I should combine my interests with my skills. How can genealogy and chemical engineering be combined? They do not combine. The book is full of ideas that sound good but don't work in practice for my age.