Designing Your Life

Narrated by: Bill Burnett, Dave Evans
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Whether you're 20, 40, 60 or older, many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question: 'what do I want to be when I grow up?'

In Designing Your Life, Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans use their expertise to help you work out what you want - and how to get it. Their phenomenally successful Life Design course has been tried and tested by thousands of people, from students to midcareer professionals to retirees contemplating whole new futures.

Now in audiobook form, their simple method will teach you how to use basic design tools to create a life that will work for you. Using lots of real-life stories and proven techniques like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping, you will learn how to build your way forwards, step by positive step, to a life that's better by a design of your own making. Because a well-designed life means a life well lived.

©2016 Bill Burnett and Dave Evans (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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  • owevakas
  • 11-24-19

There are better alternatives

I don't like to be mean but this was so dull I couldn't finish it, and that's very unusual. it does offer a plan to be worked through - perhaps it works better as a book. I have recently listened to Tara Swart's 'The Source' and Rangan Chatterjee's first two books. Although not quite the same sort of thing, I'd recommend them if you're looking to make changes in your life.

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  • Nick
  • 08-21-18

One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to

Fascinating. Practical. Engaging. Relevant. This is a book that I will come back to again and again. Strongly recommend you listen to this with a notebook to hand and print the relevant PDFs (link on Audible or the authors' website) and make sure you are able to pause and do the writing exercises. Everyone should listen to this and work through the exercises.

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  • Mr P.
  • 12-04-19

Excellent useful engaging PD Audiobook!

From an engineering background and can really relate to the methodology set out in the audibook for getting the most out of life and aligning it to my aspirations and purpose. Lots of practical tips easy to apply to your life. Highly recommended!!!!

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  • Lorraine
  • 02-07-19

interesting perspective

from chapter 4 it becomes significant. ...was an interesting book for those who could never answer the question 'what are you going to be when you grow up'? refreshing to know I'm still growing

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  • Matthew
  • 04-01-17

Xompelling all the way

A captivating message told with authenticity. Practical and meaningful. I am.already benefitting and embracing creativity!

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  • Stop the lights
  • 08-06-20

Really Enjoyed it

I haven't downloaded the workshop worksheets yet but I thought it was insightful.

Probably not as easy in real life but I am interested in doing the exercise and see what happens

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  • Ianmhodge
  • 01-14-17

Stimulating, inspiring and highly digestible.

Would you consider the audio edition of Designing Your Life to be better than the print version?

I have only listened to the audio version and will be using the print version as an ongoing resource.

What other book might you compare Designing Your Life to, and why?

Designing Your Life inspired me this year the way A Beautiful Constraint inspired me in 2016. Both strongly academically based, yet highly pragmatically pitched; multiple case studies added credibility throughout, and the product of mature collaboration.

Which character – as performed by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans – was your favourite?

Bill and Dave offer complementary styles and as we worked through the book I started getting excited as I approached each new Chapter, presented alternately by the authors, in anticipation of reconnecting with my increasingly familiar author/friends. Dave's sense of humour colours every sentence without compromising the gravitas of the content. Bill's slightly more monotonic and steady delivery adds a sense of thoughtful seriousness to the mix. Despite the swapping for each chapter, continuity is maintained faultlessly and the sense of collaboration is constant.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The emotional reaction was not one of sadness or ecstasy as in a "laugh or cry" response, Moreso one of exhilaration and enthusiasm about a newly discovered approach to career and life development.

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  • Robert
  • 07-04-17

very helpful

This has given me a way to rebuild my life from a very bad place

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-20

learning to live

great practical advice and structure for living your life the way you want to

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  • Merc Moldrich
  • 02-04-20

I keep coming back

The writers/narrators are entertaining, knowledgeable, good story tellers and engaging. Loved it.

I keep coming back to it as the subject matter is easy to be understand and easy to apply.

Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-19

Look at your life in a whole new perspective

I read so many self-help books but this one is different, so different that I wouldn't even call it self help. The authors help you reflect on your life from a logical design perspective, rather than looking to spirituality and philosophy to design your life, this book teaches you that you don't have one life but many infinite lives you can choose.

Highly recommend to absolutely everyone!

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  • Jeff Kerr-Bell
  • 08-12-19

Fantastically challenging and empowering

Everyone should read this book to help add to a good life or reframe towards s better life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-18

If only I had heard this at half my age!

Simply the most intelligent and fascinating Audio Book. Bill & Dave would appeal to such a wide audience with their step by step approach to help us in answering some of lifes 'very tricky questions'. I am listening to this for the third time in two weeks as I easily pick something else up each time. Design wisdom that I truly needed and have already began to put into play. THANKYOU for extending this outside of the realms of University lecture and enabling this to be part of Audible's fabulous offerings.