How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life by Designing your Life
There is dysfunctional belief that “If you are successful you will be happy” however “True happiness comes from designing a life that works for you.” This is the basis of the new book “Designing your life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. It is an excellent read and here is my review.
- How do I find a job that I like?
- How do I build a career that will make a good living?
- How do I balance my career with my family?
- How can I make a difference in the world?
– There is no way you can design your life without taking some action against your ideas. All successful people have what some call as bias for action. It is better take action on one idea than have 100 ideas for which no action is taken. Just like it was mentioned in the book “The Lean Startup” you should have a minimum viable product which you should test before releasing final version.
– Design by nature is a messy process which involves great thinking resulting in a lot of failed experiments. However great designers don’t worry about the outcome instead they invest in the process to make it better.
– Just think of the iPod there was no way Steve Jobs could have done it alone. It requires a team to create anything extraordinary. It requires a lot of team effort and collaboration. Engage in brainstorming and get the most out of your team.
Some of the other things I liked in the book were
You cannot go anywhere without understanding where you are currently. The authors discuss key ideas on health, work, play and love.
Here the authors’ advice that you should connect between three things which are who you are, what you believe and what you are doing.
- Experiencing complete involvement in the activity.
- Feeling euphoria
- Having a great clarity
- Being totally calm and at peace
- Time stands still
There are chapters on how to make your job hunt more effective and failure immunity. There is a three step exercise provided for any failures you encounter.
Overall it is an excellent read with some great food for thought.