Designing Your Life - Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

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Designing Your Life is a guide that helps you to identify what's truly important to you and how to create a life centered around what you desire. 

Below, I've shared my favorite excerpts from the book:

"In life design, we reframe a lot. The biggest reframe is that your life can't be perfectly planned, 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 filed with hope for the kind of creative and unfolding reality that makes life worth living into. Your life is not a things, it's an experience; the fun comes from designing and enjoying the experience."


"A well-designed life is a life that makes sense. It's a life in which who you are, what you believe and what you do all line up together."


"Beware of working on a really good problem that's not actually the right problem, not actually your problem."


"Living coherently doesn't mean everything is in perfect order all the time. It simply means you  are living in alignment with your values and have not sacrificed your integrity along the way."


"The truth is that all of us have more than one life in us. When we ask our students, "How many lifetime' worth of living are there in you?", the average answer is 3-4. And your life, though you'll still only get to live one - it is rather liberating. There is no one idea for your life. There are many lives you could live happily and productively (no matter how many years old you are), and there are lots of different paths you could take to live each of those productive, amazingly different lives."


"... the number one enemy of creativity is judgment."


"Dysfunctional belief: Happiness is having it all. Reframe: Happiness is letting go of what you don't need."


"Life is not about winning and losing. It's about learning and playing the infinite game, and when we approach our lives as designers, we are constantly curious to discover what will happen next."


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