Designing Your Life

With our day-to-day responsibilities, it’s tough to find the headspace to actually construct a plan for how our lives will unfold. Stanford lecturer Dave Evans joins us to talk about how we can borrow strategies from designers to create a more meaningful existence, which he writes about in “Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life” (Knopf).

This episode originally aired on Feb 1, 2017.

Dave Evans on …

… using prototyping to design a meaningful life: 

“Turns out there are lots of different kinds of problems in the world and the ones where you know that you don’t know the answer yet, and there is no perfect criteria. There’s no perfect equation that will get you the answer. You can’t think your way forward, but you can build your way forward. You can’t analyze it because you don’t have any data. So, the only way to get there is to try stuff. And prototyping becomes the center of it, and design is an approach to solving problems through prototyping and experimentation.That’s a really good approach for that wicked problem called, ‘What do I do with the rest of my life?'”