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Publisher's Summary

At last, a book that shows you how to build - design - a life you can thrive in at any age or stage. 
Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home - at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve. 
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. 
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 
©2016 Bill Burnett & Dale Evans (P)2016 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"An empowering book based on their popular class of the same name at Stanford University.... Perhaps the book's most important lesson is that the only failure is settling for a life that makes one unhappy. With useful fact-finding exercises, an empathetic tone, and sensible advice, this book will easily earn a place among career-finding classics." (Publishers Weekly)
"Both authors narrate this helpful audio with the same refreshing tone that's embodied in their conversational advice on making your life great. They speak with the natural cadences of experienced professors who care about their students and feel confident about their material...this empowering audio will motivate many listeners to create lives that line up better with who they are." (AudioFile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By dogwood lady on 12-03-16

Get the printed version

Would you listen to Designing Your Life again? Why?

The audio is quite nice and well done. I suggest the printed version for the charts, questionnaires/homework, etc. Difficult to use the references in the audio version.Content is inspiring and the authors are illuminating and scholarly. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to owning a hard copy.I would not buy this as an audio book to start.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bill Burnett and Dave Evans ’s performances?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

The only reason I gave less than four stars in any category was because of the audio format. I would rate this book much higher in its printed form.

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4 out of 5 stars
By ann lom on 09-25-16

From a Retired Person's Point Of View

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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