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Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans - Book Summary: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

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Note: This is an audiobook summary of the following book:

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans


Designing Your Life teaches you how to take a design-based approach toward your life in order to live better and optimize the life you lead in every way, and in every area. The book was coauthored by Bill Burnett, one of Apple’s original designers; and Dave Evans, a mechanical engineer, and previous VP of talent for Electronic Arts. Bill and Dave also teach a popular class together at Stanford that teaches students how to leverage design-thinking to customize a personal and professional lifestyle optimized for maximum fulfillment. This book is based on their Stanford life-design class.

One of the most important points the authors reiterate throughout the book is that any one can design and live-out a joyful, purposeful life – including you. Regardless of your past, your failures, or whatever skills you believe may be holding you back, remember this: When you take a design approach to your life, you will learn exactly how to evaluate your biggest challenges, reframe your thinking, and try solutions, as you find what works specifically for you. This design-thinking approach takes the pressure off needing to know exactly what you want and how to get it. Instead, you try options that seem interesting, enjoy the journey, and add or subtract choices as you design your life. It leads to a dynamic, energetic, and fulfilling life where you’re always growing and changing for the better.

Here’s what you’ll learn about in this summary:

You’ll learn how to go from where you are right now to where you want to go, to the type of person you must grow into in order to get thereYou’ll learn how to sort through several options and choose the one that suits you best by using techniques like way-finding and prototypingYou’ll learn how to practice living a life where you can positively reframe negative situations and use them to your advantage

And much, much more.