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Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett
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This is a great book to encourage intentional decision making and action to becoming your best version of yourself. For anyone looking for a job, or even just wanting to tweak their current job, this book holds so much practical wisdom. But for anyone looking to live more fully into their best self, this book contains practical tools to urge you onward.

“A well-designed life is generative—it is constantly creative, productive, changing, evolving, and there is always the possibility of surprise.” (xvi)

“Your life is not a thing, it’s an experience; the fun comes from designing and enjoying the experience.” (xx)

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” becomes “Who or what do you want to grow into?” (xxi)

“…the positive psychologist Martin Seligman found that the people who can make an explicit connection between their work and something socially meaningful to them are more likely to find satisfaction, and are better able to adapt to the inevitable stresses and compromises that come with working in the world.” (35)”

“…follow the joy; follow what engages and excites you, what brings you alive.” (49)

“Work is fun when you are actually leaning into your strengths and are deeply engaged and energized by what you’re doing.” (49)

“…if a problem isn’t actionable, then it’s not solvable.” (82)

“Grokking” (169) – pretending you’ve made a decision and living into it for a few days (not talking about it, just living it), take a day off, then switch to the alternate decision and live into that for a few days; see which feels best

“It’s important to think of ourselves as life designers who are curious and action-oriented, and who like to make prototypes and ‘build our way forward’ into the future. But when you take this approach to designing your life, you are going to experience failure. In fact, you are going to ‘fail by design’ more with this approach than with any other.” (182)

“Once you become a life designing person and are living the ongoing creative process of life design, you can’t fail; you can only be making progress and learning from the different kinds of experiences that failure and success both have to offer.” (183)

“Designing your life is actually what life is, because life is a process, not an outcome.” (184)

“We are always growing from the present into the future, and therefore always changing. With each change comes a new design. Life is not an outcome; it’s more like a dance. Life design is just a really good set of dance moves.” (184)
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July 8, 2017 – Shelved
July 8, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
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February 25, 2018 – Shelved as: nonfiction
February 25, 2018 – Finished Reading

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