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  • Designing Your Life

  • How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
  • By: Bill Burnett, Dave Evans
  • Narrated by: Bill Burnett, Dave Evans
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
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  • Story
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In this book Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create lives that are both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of whom or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.

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  • By dogwood lady on 12-03-16

From a Retired Person's Point Of View

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Reviewed: 09-25-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I would recommend this. As a person retired from conventional 'work', but still active in various independent ventures- artist, publicity for creatives, local non-profits- I am able to transpose a lot of the examples used in a the book, to apply it to someone like me. But most examples (so far- I'm on writing my good time journal for 3 weeks right now) are centered around young people and also, on academia, to a certain extent. As a retired person, the minute you retire, everyone puts pressure on you to " this, do that, volunteer, join my book club, travel..." and, as a retired person, often, they do not understand why you don't have time (or the desire, more accurately) do do those things. I've made up a few good responses and so can handle that nicely now. But many of my friends have not, and they are uncomfortable a lot of the time. Another problem is that retirement is better for some of us when we can put some structure in life. For example, if I like to ride bikes, garden, workout, socialize, paint, cook, entertain, be with grandkids...and i also do my own housework, garden work, shopping, laundry, manage admin duties of the house.... Often, especially in Summer when we have a lot of guests, I feel like I'm "busy", but so unfulfilled. Like I'm scratching around the itch. Then, Fall arrives and I've missed beach picnics and other things I like to do. I'm not managing my time well. Clearly. To rectify this, for a few YEARS, I had been making lists, strategizing, trying to map out my days, weeks-but I was using the ACTIVITIES in my lists. Not the Work, Love, Play, Health starting point. I have made and tossed many pages. I did keep my last version, which helped me fill in the activities for your program. Your book is, so far, solving my problem. After just the beginning, (I'm listening on Audio Book) I rearranged the room I 'work' in- laptop, etc.- and it has already felt better. Also, as a parent of a 34-year-old who dances to the beat of her own drum, this has added to my respect and admiration of her, and the challenge she has taken to live life on her own terms. An entrepreneur, I am pretty sure she did all these steps, but it was not easy and there was no clear guidance for her. She has my utmost respect.

What did you like best about this story?

the approach. Starting from health, work, play, love was a paradigm shift I needed. Instead of starting from: laundry, shopping, painting, bike riding....

Have you listened to any of Bill Burnett and Dave Evans ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no. I had not, but i most likely will.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Reframing around Anchor and Gravity problems. getting clear on distinguishing those two, and the ways that can and cannot be worked with on them. I liked the clarity. and I liked that I was actually able to see it after listening to the book.

Any additional comments?

I think I said it all in my first part up top... retirees need more than AARP to dig deeper to help optimize these amazing years. Most of the resources out here are "pablum". After decades spending days in a certain way, it's a huge transition to make. Why waste precious years figuring it out when we can read/listen/participate in this book instead?

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