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Designing Your Life Book Summary

Book Summary

By Bill Burnett

15 min
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Designers proactively identify problems and keep an open mind while brainstorming and prototyping all possible solutions. They understand that success is not a finite goal, so they embrace failure as a necessary part of the process of learning and growing. By embracing the five key mindsets for designers, individuals can reframe the problems in their life and proactively design their future. They should reflect and evaluate the four key areas of their life to understand where they should focus their time and energy to improve, and they should use a Good Time Journal to help them understand where they should direct their future. They will experience more happiness and fulfillment by pursuing the activities that they find makes them feel energized, engaged, and happy.

About the Author

Dave Evans is a Management Consultant and a Lecturer in the Product Design Program at Stanford University. He is also a co-founder and the first VP of Talent at Electronic Arts. Previously, he worked at Apple. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and holds a graduate diploma in Contemplative Spirituality from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Bill Burnett is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford University. He serves on the board of multiple internet start-up companies, including the high fashion start-up VOZ. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Product Design from Stanford University.
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Designing Your Life

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