Prototyping Your Life (Pt 2)

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As much as I respect and believe in Bill and Daves’ life design methodology, one thing that they probably can not/ did not teach us is when life hits us hard with unexpected surprises. While sometimes things might not go as what we planned, we got to learn to live with it and embrace it with love, hope, and most importantly God’s blessings.

As we are making strides in life design, prototyping is what we will experiment next.  We may hear this word a lot in a work context but what exactly is it about when it comes to life design? Let’s find out.

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Design Your Lives (Pt 2)

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I am sure we have all imagined living a different life at some point. The only difference is that writing out our Odyssey Plan gives us an opportunity to ponder more deeply on how our future variates shall we pursue different paths at one turning point. This is the first time I put these on paper and I am excited to share my 5-year plan in three alternate lives with you. Let’s take a look.

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Living Multiple Lives (Pt 2)

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“In reality, life is more of an abstract painting – one that’s open to multiple interpretations,” said Bill and Dave. 

Indeed, it depends what color paints we choose to apply to our lives. If I were free from picking a commercially accepted major in college, I would have chosen Geography since I always have a deep appreciation towards the nature and strong interest in investigating the phenomena of Earth. If I had not taken the job offer in Hong Kong, I would have flown back to the States and embark an exciting journey in the East Coast.

There are many if’s in life, and each opens up many possibilities. In this month’s chapter, the authors teach us to ideate multiple lives and introduce an useful tool to start designing our way forward.

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Making Mind Maps (Pt 2)

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From my memory, the last time I created a mind-map (in the exact format introduced by Bill and Dave) was probably in college when I prepared a final thesis for an urban geography class. Of course, I do organize ideas and concept on paper all the time, but just in different formats such as a storyboard or an outline. As such, I am glad to apply this mind map exercise to a work context and visually plot and connect ideas that offer a deeper learning experience.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at my freshly-produced mind map below.

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Getting Unstuck (Pt 2)

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Aloha! It’s been a while since I last wrote on our blog and I am definitely excited to resume writing and share my perspectives on Designing Your Life with you all again.

As the subject matter suggests, this chapter examines solution when things seem to get into a dead end . While it’s common that people get stuck at some life events from time to time, having the ability and courage to ideate can make a huge difference. Let’s explore how we can untie the knot when we are stuck and continue to live our beautiful lives.

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The Good Time Journal (Pt 2)

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First things first, why is it called the Good Time Journal?

I don’t have a clue because only Bill and Dave know best. However, it makes absolute sense to record the good times and keep track of things via a journal. In the context of work, my work diary is where I jot down important notes that facilitate my work. It provides detail of my to-do list everyday, helps me stay focused on the key items, and identifies the activities that bring me the greatest joy.

Without further ado, let me disclose my Good Time Journal to you.

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Wayfinding (Pt 2)

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Last month, we discussed the importance of acquiring a compass in the life design process. In what follows, we will apply the knowledge and learn how to enable the tool with actions to find a way in life and evaluate if we are heading towards the right direction.

Are you ready to find your way?

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Building a Compass (Pt 2)

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Question: Is it a dolphin or a whale?

Nevermind 😛 … Dolphins, my favorite aquatic mammal, are well known for their intelligence, playfulness, and friendliness – these attributes enchanted me since they are something that I want to relate to. Using echolocation, dolphins can see better under water and determine the directions to travel. Similarly, human beings utilize compass to help them navigate on the ground.

Before I go on and explain my admiration towards dolphins , let me first share with you my take on more interesting aspects, my workview and lifeview.

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Finding True North (Pt 2)

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What is a compass composed of? Most people will say a wind rose with the orientation of four cardinal directions.

For Bill and Dave, it’s a little different. In order to know where we are going in life and whether we are going towards the right direction, they suggested that we create a compass that’s built with our workview and lifeview. They help us answer some of the most original and yet important questions and find our quest ultimately. Let’s check out mine below.

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The Dashboard (Pt 2)

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As much as I wish I am exploring the nature in the wild like the lady above, I am actually sitting at my desk and filling in my life dashboard on health, work, play, and love. The idea  behind this assignment is to work out a balance and adjust it accordingly.

Before I climb into my warm bed and dream about the delicious food over Chinese New Year, let me share my gauges on each of the four areas.

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