Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

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Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016)

Designing Your Life How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

The book is designed to help readers co-create yourself. Authors, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans teach courses at Stanford University that help their students apply the innovation principles of design thinking to the “wicked problems” of designing their life at and after University. They are teaching college students how to use design to figure out what they want to be when they grow up. I believe Designing Your Life is a powerful book to help busy lawyers begin to understand how design thinking can be used in planning for any of life’s transitions including Retirement Planning.

What lawyers of all ages need today is a process—a design process—for figuring out what they want, whom they want to grow into, and how to create a life they love. After reading this book, you will begin to see the benefits of design thinking in your own life. You will become more comfortable in using design thinking to create a life that is meaningful, joyful, and fulfilling.

It doesn’t matter where you are along your career path, what you do or did for a living, how young or how old you are – you can use the same design thinking approaches to shape young career or your life. Professors Bill Burnett and Dan Evans show readers how A well-designed life is a life that is generative – it is constantly creative, productive, changing, evolving, and there’s always the possibility of surprise. A well-designed life will have a look and I feel all of its own, and design thinking will help you solve your own life design problems.

Reframing is one of the most important mind-sets of a designer. The authors say that, in life design, we reframe a lot. The biggest reframe is that your life can’t be perfectly planed, that there isn’t just one solution to your life, and that that’s a good thing. There are many designs for your life, all filled with hope for a kind of creative and unfolding reality that makes life worth living. When you think like a designer, when you’re willing to ask these tough questions, when you realize that life is always about designing something that has never existed before, then you can find renewed passion you have never before imagined.

The last mind-set of design thinking is perhaps the most important, especially when it comes to designing your life: radical collaboration. What this means is simple – you are not alone. The best designers know the great design requires radical collaboration. Design is a collaborative process, and many of the best ideas are going to come from other people. When you reach out to the world, the world reaches back.

Designing Your Life is another valuable resource for lawyers, law firms and bar associations who are looking for ways to assist Lawyers in Transition at every stage of career transition. Finally, it is important to understand that you don’t need to know your passion in order to design a life you love. This book will help you understand how you can begin building prototypes or models to help you move forward on the path to discovering the things you truly love, passion or not.

About the Author:

I am a frequent speaker at bar association meetings on topics related to transition/succession planning, leadership skills training, and professional development.

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