Designing your Life

Designing your Life

How to Build A Well-lived, Joyful Life

Book - 2016
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Burnett and Evans believe that in order to change, people need a process-- a design process-- to help them figure out what they want and how to create it. Rather than dreaming up a lot of fun fantasies that have no relationship to the real world-- or the real you-- they show us how to build a future brick by brick, how to approach our own life design challenges with curiosity and creativity. They give us the tools and show us certain simple "mind-sets," and how to use them to practice life design in your life.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451494085
Branch Call Number: 650.1 Bu
Description: xxxi, 238 pages : illustrations, charts ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Evans, David J. (David John), 1953-


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Feb 28, 2017

wasn't sure what to expect with this book (like many others, I received the recommendation from a friend, put it on my library list and didn't read anything about it until it became available for me to pick up). Although I am not in a position to drastically change or redesign my life, I did really appreciate a lot of the principles from this book. Each chapter closed with action steps on what the writers suggested and ways to put what you read into practice. I also loved the idea that there is not one specific (or "correct") life for you to live - there are many! This takes the pressure off making decisions, because you are always just testing and trying things out. Mistakes aren't failures, they are proof you are trying AND LEARNING!

Dec 18, 2016

Contrary to the previous comment, I find this book highly useful and inspiring! I have not read the "Path Finder" book and can not compare and contrast the two. But the designing your life book is:
1. Well-researched. The book is based on the same-titled highly popular class in Stanford and has changed people's lives in classroom and in print.
2. Inspiring. The examples, life lessons and perspectives on well-lived lives (and those who are not so) are inspiring.
3. Practical. It offers worksheets that allows you to really carry out your designing process.

Life design is a hard process. It is arduous, challenging, and sometimes terrifying. It took me more than 2 years to go through this process - I started even before I read the book. The book has gave me fuel when I was in a tough spot.

This book empowers you to make the choices you have not even dared to dream. The dreams of your youth


Nov 27, 2016

Based on the dust jacket summary and first chapter I really thought I would get a lot from this book. I am a career changer and this book was a disappointment - The Pathfinder by Nicholas Lore was a much more useful resource. One of their main concepts - Prototyping is really just a new name for the old fashioned "information Interview" described about a million years ago in "What Color is Your Parachute".

The biggest let down was the exercise on identifying alternatives for a life path. It is basically the plan you already have in mind, a back-up plan if plan A isn't possible, and the "money is no object" plan. The next step really is to somehow evaluate and possibly incorporate the best of these ideas into one plan - but the book just jumps off onto another topic.


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