‘Life has questions. They have answers.’ New York Times
At last, a book that shows you how to build – design – a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage
A well-designed life means a life well-lived. Many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question, ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?’
In book form for the first time, Stanford innovators 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 and where we are, our careers and our age. Designing Your Life puts forward the idea that the same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products and spaces can be used to build towards a better life and career by a design of your own making.
‘An empowering book based on their popular class of the same name at Stanford University…this book will easily earn a place among career-finding classics.’ Publishers Weekly
Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Burnett and Evans present an empowering book based on their popular class of the same name at Stanford University. At the center of their philosophy is the idea that people need a process a design to make any sort of significant life change. After encouraging readers to unflinchingly examine their own views of work and life, the authors advise readers to undertake "prototyping," a method for exploring new life directions in manageable and realistic ways. A key tool is creating a "Good Time Journal," an outline of the times when readers felt most engaged and energized. What their plan has no room for, however, is agonizing over paths not taken. "The fourth step in the process is to let go," the authors state. Perhaps the book's most important lesson is that the only failure is settling for a life that makes one unhappy. With useful fact-finding exercises, an empathetic tone, and sensible advice, this book will easily earn a place among career-finding classics.