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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; 01 edition (15 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1784740241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1784740245
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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"You’re going to learn how to find a fulfilling career. You’re going to learn how to better navigate life’s big-moment decisions and kill your “wicked problems” dead... Design thinking, as rendered in the book, is about treating life in a more improvisational way. It’s a welcome counterbalance to the data-driven, engineering mind-set gripping the culture. Follow Mr. Burnett’s and Mr. Evans’s teachings, and the anxiety-ridden process of decision making suddenly seems more playful. Their method is experiential and accepts that failure is part of the process" (New York Times)

"Their philosophy is that by applying a Silicon Valley-tested design approach, we can all build lives that will suit us better – regardless of our age... I sketched my own plans, which unearthed dreams I’d never really articulated, or hadn’t thought about in over a decade. I drew an alternative life, in which I would work with photographers at a gallery or an art publisher. The process gave me an ego boost – maybe I’m not a one-trick pony – and filled me with a sense of possibility that reminded me of being a kid" (Hattie Crisell Pool)

"Life has questions. They have answers" (New York Times)

"A Designing Your Life class has become one of Silicon Valley's most popular courses... Two academic studies have now proved its ability to cut anxiety on the career front and help people each their goals whatever their age... Crucially, your life is not a problem to be solved. It's an experience, and the fun comes from designing it" (Christina Patterson Daily Mail)

"Numerous studies suggest we’re generally miserable at work... The book was born out of the eponymous course Burnett and Evans teach at Stanford and uses techniques that anyone familiar with design thinking will instantly recognize to allow us to take control of our lives... With change likely to be a growing presence in all of our lives, the basic design principles outlined above could prove invaluable in helping us to create the kind of life we want" (Adi Gaskell Forbes)

"[Bill Burnett and Dave Evans] bring a rigorous approach to rethinking your life (with a major focus on work) and have been credited with revolutionising careers coaching in American universities... [Designing Your Life] teaches you how to change what’s not working by turning ideas on their head. I think of it as Bill and Dave’s Excellent Adventure: How To Stop Driving Yourself Mad With Unnecessary Drama And Anxiety" (Viv Groskop Pool)

"Everyone should read this book!" (Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa)

"Bill and Dave's session was one of the highlights of FutureFest 2016. Hundreds of people packed into The Social Stage, a relatively small space, to see them; the laughter from their audience was heard throughout the venue. Clearly they made a significant impact as they managed to sell more books than all the other speakers at FutureFest combined" (Josh McNorton FutureFest)

"There is no design problem more challenging than figuring out what we are going to do with our life . . . Bill Burnett and Dave Evans are bringing their powerful insights to readers everywhere to help them create a productive and happy life . . . 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 the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford)

"Bill Burnett and Dave Evan’s wisdom will bring immense fulfillment, accomplishment, and happiness to all who read and apply it to their lives" (Laura Arrillaga Andreessen, Founder & Chairman Emeritus of SV2)

"The go to book for young adults ready to create a life they love" (Nicole Taylor; Executive Director, Thrive Foundation for Youth)

"In business, we have lots of ways of helping people become better leaders, managers and entrepreneurs in designing more effective enterprises. It's shocking in contrast how little help we give people in designing their lives. Design thinking at Stanford is making major contributions in many fields and Burnett and Evans have finally extended it to empower individuals to do "life design." It's about time―I recommend it highly" (John Christensen; President, Foresight first, Inc)

"Imagine a conversation between Vaclav Havel and Steve Jobs―the playwright-become-politician who drew on an older wisdom about the good life lived in the modern world, and the iconic visionary who worked his dreams into the marketplace of the 21st-century―and you begin to get some sense of the importance of Designing Your Life. Playful and serious at the same time, the authors have drawn on years of working in the design world of Silicon Valley and years of teaching at Stanford University to invite us into an honest conversation about forming a well-lived life" (Steven Garber, The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture)

"An exciting, clear, and amusing guide to reaching your goals by designing your life. Engaging from the start, the book reveals a step-by-step method to teach the reader how to think like a designer and build a life to thrive in" (Flight Time, Editor's Pick)

"The narrative and examples are well written and the key points are articulated in a manner that keeps the reader’s interested." (Quality World)

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By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Feb. 2017
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This is a brisk readable book about deciding what you want to do with your life and then setting out to do it.

Some of the material is common sense, some of it is stuff you would probably be daft to do, but overall there are some decent takeaway lessons in here, and it is bright and positive in its approach.
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I thought this book was more of an optimistic approach to life guide then anything really life changing. It's full of exercises to do but I did wonder about the people mentioned in the book. Michael the civil engineer, Grant at the major rental company, Sharon the para legal, Melanie the sociology teacher, John with the 'anchor' problem, Kurt with the masters degree from Yale and Stanford, Andy the top premed student and so on and so on. Do these people actually exsist? A bit of a mish mash of ideas thrown together. Not my thing.
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This is a must read! Designing Your Life is unlike any book I have ever read before. The entire experience (and I say experience on purpose because this is more than just a read) is hands-on. You start by putting stickers on the cover, and end with pages of notes outlining the many futures you could live. There are worksheets built into the book to keep you present and active, increasing your awareness of what brings you joy. It's quite fun! The authors, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, have learned a lot in their decade+ of teaching this scientifically proven methodology at Stanford. It's fantastic they bequeathed their insights to the rest of us in book form.

This will be my holiday go-present this year, and I can't wait to start talking to my friends about their experience with this book. If you've ever wanted to explore options for your life versus just think about them, DYL will kick you into gear.

I know it's a book I will revisit at many junctures in the road ahead.
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Designing Your Life is by far the best career planning book I've read to date. It's very well written with excellent practical and grounded advice on how to go about designing the life that you want in relation to your work. The chapters on job hunting are particularly refreshing and useful - even for someone like me who has read lots of career books and written my own too! Buy this for yourself and get another copy for someone you care about - you'll be glad you did.
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A terrific + engaging book. Simple, effective and not at all "self-helpy". In the same vein as Chimp Paradox / Thinking Hats, only focussed on YOU. Taking you through the Stanford course that Bill Burnett and Dave Evans founded years ago, it's a step by step guide to using design tools to improve your career AND life. The cover is cool too, with a neat place to tuck notes in.
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Must read if you are bored with your job and simply feel like you need a career change
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this book is a really interesting read in terms of ideas and observations
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This book is awsome
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