#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.
"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 the book. Everyone else will."
—Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive
“This [is] the career book of the next decade and . . . the go-to book that is read as a rite of passage whenever someone is ready to create a life they love.”
—David Kelley, Founder of IDEO
“An empowering book based on their popular class of the same name at Stanford University . . . 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.”
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.
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This book is perfect for anyone looking for more clear direction in their life. It provides very practical advice and easy-to-follow reflection activities. It always seems dramatic to say a book changed your life, but this one came close.
Incredible tool for reframing life choices.
Honestly and objectively reflect on your life and future life. Gain a deeper understanding of your interests, strengths, and weaknesses. Reframe how you view failure. This book is full of incredibly useful ideas, exercises, and insight.
Appropriate for anyone -- not just a design book.
Find the what, why and how for the greater life
Everyone have a different choice and goal in life. This book guide us to create our own framework to have a life that we want. We'll find the purpose if our life, we'll find the what, why and how we achieve the greater life in our own words and in our own way