How To Design A Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Interview with Stanford Life Design Lab Founder, Bill Burnett

Bill Burnett is an award-winning Silicon Valley designer and the Executive Director of the renowned Design Program at Stanford University.

He is the co-author of Designing Your Life, an incredible book that teaches people of any age how to design a life in which they can thrive. Bill is a thoughtful and motivating speaker and his TED Talk, on Lifestyle Design has more than 20k views.

As a designer, Bill worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Apple & IBM and helped design the original Hasbro Star Wars action figures. He then turned his passion for design into a career as a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford.

Burnett & colleague Dave Evans, have expanded one of Stanford's most popular classes on Life Design into a best-selling book, keynote speeches, and live workshops around the country. 

To read more you can visit his website, DesigningYour.Life

Their approach teaches people how to look at career and life planning through the lens of design. Whether you're a college grad entering the workforce, a forty year-old shifting careers, or a sixty-eight year-old trying to define an encore career, the search for a fulfilling life never stops. 

Plagued by the question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" Burnett's, students are given the tools to build their way forward and develop various life scenarios just like a designer tests multiple prototypes.  This system fosters creativity and adaptability and allows the auidence to accept that there is always more than one path.

In our interview we discuss ​how to reframe limiting mental beliefs, how to take a designer's perspective of life, why you can't find the answers to life while sitting in your living room, and why broken toys mean a successful idea. I learned tons during this conversation and if you're ready to stop stumbling through life and want to implement easy-to-make changes to create a well-lived and joyful life then sit back and relax.

Finally, you can jump to your favorite sections of the interview by clicking the timestamps below. Enjoy :)​

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You can stumble into the default next step of your life if you want to, and good luck with that. Or, you can be an agent for change in your life and design your future... and why wouldn't you?
Bill Burnett
Author, Professor, & Founder, Life Design Lab 

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1:20... Who is Bill Burnett?
3:10... A designer's perspective on designing your life
4:35... Solving the problem. "What do I want to do next?"
7:13... Creating the Life Design Lab toolbox
8:04... Work view vs. life view
9:10... Answering the question "How's it going?"
10:30... Top skills for success in 2017
12:10... You can't find the answers to life in your living room
14:15... How to reframe limiting mental beliefs
16:30... Why you need to stop trying to find the "best version of yourself"
18:15... You can't solve a problem you're not willing to have
20:20... The Life Design Lab Story
22:00... Why broken toys mean a successful idea
25:15... Pestered into writing an incredibly successful, life-changing book
28:00... Who is an inspiration to you?
31:30... Empirical evidence vs. self-help books
34:00... Where to find out more about The LifeDesign Lab
37:50... Lessons from an 85 year old adventurer
40:15... If you could have a conversation with anyone?
42:00... Final words of wisdom

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