Designing Your Life

"A well-designed life is a life that is generative - it is constantly creative, productive, changing, evolving, and there is always the possibility of surprise."

Be Curious - Curiosity makes everything new. It invites exploration and makes everything feel like play. Most of all, curiosity is going to help you "get good at being lucky."

Try Stuff - Have a bias for action. Designers are always trying things and testing them out. They create prototype after prototype, failing often but failing forward, until they find what works and solves the problem.

Reframe Problems - Thinking about something differently is how designers get unstuck. It also makes sure we are working on the right problem. Key reframes help you step back, examine your biases, and open up new solution spaces.

Know It's a Process - To think like a designer, you have to understand that life gets messy. For every step forward, it can sometimes seem like you are moving two steps back. An important part of the process is letting go - of your first idea and of good-but-not-great solution.

Ask for Help - This last mind-set of design thinking is perhaps the most important. You are not alone; it takes a team. The best designers know that great design requires radical collaboration.

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