Reconsidering the Future: What Happened When I Put Designing Your Life to Work for Me

Nothing makes the Designing Your Life team happier than learning about how the book has positively impacted your life. From big to small, your stories truly brighten our day and encourage us to find more ways to empower our community. We especially like this review by Jennifer Ridgway of Brightly, who highlights how important it is to put the work in, and sums up the ethos of Life Design well. Here’s an excerpt:

Designing Your Life isn’t a simple self-help or career book filled with tips and tricks — it really is a full class in a book. What does this mean for the reader who wants to get the most out of it? It means you have to be ready to put in the thoughtfulness required and work through all of the exercises in the book, which are pulled from the Stanford course. Some of these exercises take ten minutes, such as the Health/Work/Play/Love Dashboard, which helps you realize where you are by assessing these four areas of your life on a quick scale. (Users learn that design thinking can help you to move forward from where you are, but you need to know where you are first to make that step!) And some of the exercises can take months, such as Prototyping, which includes things like brainstorming, interviewing people who are doing work you are interested in doing, and/or finding ways to actually experience the possibility you’re exploring (for example, through job shadowing). The prototyping process is crucial to helping you make an informed decision, just as it is in product design — you have to make a prototype of a chair to ensure it works as intended before releasing it to the wider public!” Continue reading…

3 Comments

  • Tracy says:

    I read the book and I think it is a good read but there is nothing new in it. Encore from AARP has been doing some of this for years in terms of getting folks who are trying to figure out what they want to do in the next stage of their lives to go interview people and then spend a few days actually doing the job before committing to the career. What a novel idea! Yes, we should all do that. You don’t need to go to Stanford to learn that. Pivot by Adam Markel is a great read as well and offers some great information on debunking your own story and the myths that come with it. Let your life Speak by Parker J Palmer is a great story about vocation in a tiny little book that takes very little time to read. All I am saying is that it is a solid but not great book and let’s not get caught up in it because these guys teach at Stanford and came from Apple.

  • Stacey Clark says:

    My name is Stacey Clark. I read the book and I went to the DYL for women at Asilomar Beach and I highly recomend both. Design Thinking is about doing, so just reading the book is not enough. Being able to radically collaborate with others who are as dedicated to their own next step as I am really brought the core concepts together for me. I learned that I cannot do it alone and that I don’t have to because there are many people on their own transition path who need me as much as I had them. I want to shout it from the mountain top, “Find yourself a DYL Tribe and begin to experience the fullness of your life, one Oddessy plan at a time!”

    • Savannah Peterson says:

      This is music to our ears, Stacey! We hope you’ll join us again or send some friends to the June & July events! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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