If you have been following me you know I like a good self-help book. I am somewhat of a “homework” junkie. So when I came across this book the title alone grabbed me, as I feel I am on a journey to create a joyful life.
The authors show us how to build a well-lived life by thinking like a designer. Designers build and move forward using prototypes. They look at their “failures” as learning opportunities and what they can change and take forward. A sample of a designers mind-set is:
- Curiosity – invites exploration.
- Try stuff – designers try things and test things out. They create prototypes until they find out what works. Designers embrace change and are not attached to a particular outcome because they are curious about what will happen next.
- Reframing – is how designers (us!) get unstuck. Reframing is a change in perspective, to step back and examine biases and move forward.
- Ask for help – radical collaboration. Design is a collaborative process and we are not alone. The book will show us how to get mentors, advisors and a supportive community to help design the life we are building.
What I liked about the book is right off they authors said “you don’t have to know your passion to design a life you love. Most people are passionate about many different things….” I think we often get caught up in “finding our passion” and don’t move forward building the life we want as we are often waiting for that ball to drop.
A few other areas that are explored are brainstorming, creating a workview (why work? what for? money? what defines good or worthwhile work? and a lifeview (why are we here? purpose? where do family/country/world fit in? what is the role of joy/sorrow/justice/love in life? Also creating a supportive community.
You are given exercises so get the pen and paper out. Their web site is: http://designingyour.life/
I came away realizing I am on the right path. I just have to continue to build the life I want and embrace putting myself out there regardless of outcomes. As it is all good if I take away a learning experience and move forward.
You can always start now !