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Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life Hardcover – Illustrated, 20 September 2016
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—The New York Times
“The prototype for a happy life…Burnett and Evans show how to apply Stanford’s famous design principles to finding your place in the world, as a recent graduate or mid-career.”
—NPR’s Brian Lehrer
“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.”
About the Author
DAVE EVANS is an adjunct lecturer in the Product Design Program at Stanford, a management consultant, and a co-founder of Electronic Arts
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- ASIN : 1101875321
- Publisher : Knopf; Illustrated edition (20 September 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781101875322
- ISBN-13 : 978-1101875322
- Item Weight : 476 g
- Dimensions : 15.49 x 2.54 x 21.59 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chapter 1. Start Where You Are
The authors advise readers to accept what you can't change, avoiding so-called "gravity problems," which, by their very nature, cannot be changed.
Chapter 2. Building a Compass
This chapter discusses one's Workview (the reason one works) and Lifeview (areas that give life meaning), and encourage readers to align the two to form a Life Compass.
Chapter 3. Wayfinding
The book defines Wayfinding as figuring out where to go when the destination is not known. The authors emphasize engagement and energy in finding one's way in work and in life.
Chapter 4. Getting Unstuck
In this chapter, the book reviews the use of Mind Maps to generate new ideas.
Chapter 5. Design Your Lives
The book encourages readers to develop (at least) 3 potential "Lives" and assess them.
Chapter 6. Prototyping
In this chapter, the authors encourage testing the potential lives through informational interviews and other techniques to try out the lives in a non-committal way.
Chapter 7. How Not to Get a Job
Chapter 8. Designing Your Dream Job
Chapters 7 and 8 were disappointing, offering obvious advice such as, "pursue as many job offers as you can," and showed little knowledge or awareness of the today's job search process.
Chapter 9. Choosing Happiness
The chapter encourages people to embracing the choices we make, rather than agonizing over them. It especially recommends paying attention to the Basal Ganglia (the ancient base brain) to monitor personal feelings toward potential choices.
Chapter 10. Failure Immunity
The authors recommend learning from one's mistakes, to become "immune" to the sadness of failure.
Chapter 11. Building a Team
Here, the authors encourage the reader to engage others toward one's life path.
Overall, I found the book interesting with useful elements.
The book would be improved by removing chapters 7 and 8, and in their place, adding more examples of people going through life designs and the challenges facing them, especially those wishing to change careers. Recommended for people interested in applying design thinking toward career development.
Wer also auf der Suche nach Möglichkeiten ist, seine Sicht auf die Arbeit zu verändern oder allgemein eine andere Richtung sucht, die er mit seiner Arbeit einschlagen kann, ist bei diesem Buch genau richtig. Alle, die mehr als nur diesen Bereich verändern wollen, würden hier leider - wie ich- enttäuscht werden.