Instaread Summary, Analysis & Review of Bill Burnett's and Dave Evans’s Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
Five out of five stars
The basic premise of the book being summarized is a very critical one to learn as the job outlook in the rapidly evolving economy changes. A new phrase, “the gig economy” is emerging to describe the job outlook. Fundamentally, it means that more and more people are working as free-lance workers that take a job for the duration of the job rather than their working life. This requires people to be emotionally and intellectually nimble, able to move in, quickly identify the issues, explore all the viable options and then implement the solution. Then, once it is done, leave.
In the words of the authors, to work in the gig economy you need to think like a designer. More specifically:
“Designers see the world differently than most people. Where others will avoid or fear problems, designers seek them out. Where others will perceive failure and give up on a task, designers will prototype solutions and test them until they find the best possible course of action. By applying a designer’s unique way of approaching problems to aspects of their lives, people can attain more lasting happiness and fulfillment.”
From this summary, it is clear that this is a self-help book that gives solid direction for working in the modern world.
There are nine key takeaways and they are all bullet points for successfully working as a free-lancer.
As someone that once made the decision to move into the gig economy when he was single with a four-year-old daughter, I remember the exhilaration and fear when I walked out of the building where I worked for the last time. If you are contemplating such a move, read this summary first. It will give you some solid pointers on how to develop the mindset that you need to prepare for the challenge.