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This book is a good introduction to applying design thinking to life planning, with an emphasis on careers. The content below includes my interpretation of the book's chapters and key ideas. It is my intent that the review kindles your interest and spurs you on to buy the book.
Chapter 1. Start Where You Are The authors advise readers to accept what you can't change, avoiding so-called "gravity problems," which, by their very nature, cannot be changed.
Chapter 2. Building a Compass This chapter discusses one's Workview (the reason one works) and Lifeview (areas that give life meaning), and encourage readers to align the two to form a Life Compass.
Chapter 3. Wayfinding The book defines Wayfinding as figuring out where to go when the destination is not known. The authors emphasize engagement and energy in finding one's way in work and in life.
Chapter 4. Getting Unstuck In this chapter, the book reviews the use of Mind Maps to generate new ideas.
Chapter 5. Design Your Lives The book encourages readers to develop (at least) 3 potential "Lives" and assess them.
Chapter 6. Prototyping In this chapter, the authors encourage testing the potential lives through informational interviews and other techniques to try out the lives in a non-committal way.
Chapter 7. How Not to Get a Job Chapter 8. Designing Your Dream Job Chapters 7 and 8 were disappointing, offering obvious advice such as, "pursue as many job offers as you can," and showed little knowledge or awareness of the today's job search process.
Chapter 9. Choosing Happiness The chapter encourages people to embracing the choices we make, rather than agonizing over them. It especially recommends paying attention to the Basal Ganglia (the ancient base brain) to monitor personal feelings toward potential choices.
Chapter 10. Failure Immunity The authors recommend learning from one's mistakes, to become "immune" to the sadness of failure.
Chapter 11. Building a Team Here, the authors encourage the reader to engage others toward one's life path.
Overall, I found the book interesting with useful elements. The book would be improved by removing chapters 7 and 8, and in their place, adding more examples of people going through life designs and the challenges facing them, especially those wishing to change careers. Recommended for people interested in applying design thinking toward career development.
Overrated and disappointing. Perhaps needs something more apt for the UK but even then I’m not too sure. It’s pribably good for a teen. Well branded and great on line support. If you see someone who has NEVER self-reflected then this would be a dream so I’m perhaps my expectations were too high. So may regift it.
I'm not one to sit back and contemplate life, but this book does help if you're looking for direction on your next move. It helps you stop and think and hopefully find a direction that will make you happy and fulfilled. Worth the read.
This book is full of practical tools to organize and better plan our lives in a truly consistent way based on our personal values and our hidden passions. This is a good north, and you can use it's content to have many other useful ideas on how to plan your life on your own terms, so you can live your fullest.