Start Here (Pt 2)

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Booking under: Nicole

Stepping into the second week of 2017, we continue our reading and blogging journey on Designing Your Life. This year, I am keen to make use of the design tools recommended by Bill and Dave and reframe the dysfunctional beliefs discussed in the book. The ultimate goal of this exercise is to train myself to think like a designer and inspire me to navigate my life and career with new perspectives.

Without further ado, let me walk you through my key takeaways from Chapter 1.

Start Where You Are

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I hope this little penguin knows where he is and can find the way home.

As a person who values long term vision and planning, I find the theme of this chapter very intriguing as it expresses and reminds me of the importance of focusing on now. Oftentimes, when we envision the things we wish to achieve, we are lured to quickly jump to the perfect target end-state or steer direction to the past shortcomings that stopped us from succeeding.

Yet, Bill and Dave pointed out that in order to truly build the way forward, we should be aware of and curious about what currently stands in our lives such that we can be practical and figure out what’s working and what’s not.

To better understand my current status on health, work, play, and love, I am committed to do a fair assessment against myself on each of the area and complete the dashboards. It will be a good starting point on the journey of contemplating a new life design.

Face The Right Problems

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Let’s face the camera too. Chik-chak!

A well-designed life consists of problem finding and problem solving. As the chapter suggested, many people fell prey to working on the wrong problem and wasted plenty of time. In order to mitigate this situation, we are encouraged to first identify the right problem, even though it may take longer than actually resolving it.

Avoidance is never a good idea, since the problem will always come back to you. Face it, acknowledge it exists, and then tackle it. The beauty of problem-solving is that you still have a chance to make things right again even though they may have gone wrong in the first place.

Now, what about the problems that can not be solved at all? We call them gravity problems. Unfortunately, they are not actionable and are just the way they appear. The best we can do is to change our thinking, accept it as part of life, and concentrate on those that we can take action to change.

Summing Up

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So far, so good. This summarized how I felt about the book after reading the first chapter. I am excited to do my homework (it’s been a while since graduating from college after all) and share the assessment results with you in the weeks after. At the same time, I am curious to know how Keith feels about himself in the four core areas at this point in his life. If you share the same curiosity as me, don’t forget to visit us again next week as he reveals his thoughts!

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