I found myself in the YouTube TED Talk rabbit hole today and came across a great talk I wanted to share with the community. The talk is titled Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett, Executive director of Stanford’s design program.
What I love about this talk is that it outlines a process that I think most technically minded people (like myself) can follow. It also challenges dysfunctional beliefs some of us have that hold us back, such as:
· the concept that we only have 1 passion (less than 20% of people do),
· that we should know by now what our passion is (and how you’re going to get there) which implies we are somehow behind, and
· Are you being the best possible version of you (i.e. are you settling)? Which implies there’s only 1 best version of yourself
The talk outlines a design/engineering approach to having a meaningful life. In essence: connecting the dots between who you are, what you believe and what you do = meaningful life.
Bill then provides some practical exercises to explore these things, all of which are in your control.
I plan to provide this to my coaching clients, especially those that I’ve talked to in the past that don’t know what their passion is. Another great #toolinthetoolbox
Did you watch the video? What do you think about this approach?