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Final Takeaways

Lesson 20 from: Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Bill Burnett, Dave Evans

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20. Final Takeaways

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The lesson is about the final takeaways from the class "Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life." The instructors discuss the importance of making choices, adapting to those choices, and being free of decisions. They also talk about the power of emotional intelligence and trusting your gut. The instructors provide a tip on how to recognize when you already know something. Other highlights include the importance of imagining your future, thinking big, taking small steps, and pivoting when necessary. The online audience shares their excitement about what they learned, particularly about networking and exploring different dimensions of oneself. The instructors emphasize that they are not trying to tell the readers who they are, but rather guide them in figuring it out for themselves. The lesson ends with encouragement and the reminder that everyone can design their own life.


  1. What is the importance of making choices and adapting to them?

    Making choices allows you to move forward and adaptability helps you navigate through the consequences and changes that come with those choices.

  2. How can you be free of decisions?

    By not dwelling on past decisions, but instead focusing on the present and future and being open to new possibilities.

  3. What is the power of emotional intelligence and trusting your gut?

    Emotional intelligence and trusting your intuition can provide valuable insights and guidance in decision-making and personal growth.

  4. How can you recognize when you already know something?

    Pay attention to how others react when you make a decision or share your thoughts; they might have picked up on cues and behaviors that indicate your true feelings.

  5. What is the importance of imagining your future and thinking big?

    Imagining your future and thinking big can help you set meaningful goals and aspirations that push you out of your comfort zone and lead to personal growth.

  6. How can you navigate setbacks and failures?

    Take small steps towards your goals, be willing to pivot and adjust your approach when things don't go as planned, and maintain a positive mindset.

  7. What was the online audience excited about learning?

    The online audience was excited about learning a different perspective on networking and discovering that there are unlimited versions of themselves, relieving anxiety about choosing just one path.

  8. What is the instructors' approach to guiding the readers?

    The instructors respect the autonomy of the reader and provide guidance on how to figure things out for themselves, rather than trying to tell them who they are.

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Final Takeaways

You know, what were some of the big takeaways for you today? If you have a last lingering question, ask it now because this is the last thing we're gonna do. So, any questions, if you've got 'em, including from the online community? Derek. I'd say definitely, once you make a choice to move on from that choice and then continue to adapt from the choice that you actually make. So, really allowing yourself to be free of the decisions that you make. Yeah, reality's a really cool place, might as well just stick with that. Others, yeah? Easy way to identify gravity problems. Gravity problems, okay. Great, yes, defy gravity, it's fun. I was gonna say the power of, oh sorry, the power of EQ, and the intelligence of your gut. Yeah. Yeah. Oh a quick tip on that one I forgot to mention. How many of you have had the experience of you walk up, you got a life partner, you got a really good friend, a close colleague, and you go, "You know, I've finally made a "decision, I finally made...

a decision, "we're gonna sell the beach house. "Or we're gonna get the Labradoodle." Or whatever it is. And the person says, "Well, finally. "I've known you were gonna do that for three weeks." (laughter) You know, you all had that experience? What's going on there? And you go, "What? You can't have known, "I mean, I just came to this decision." Go, "Yeah, you just came to this decision, "a month ago." What's going on there is, you're broadcasting what your EQ knows, what that wisdom center knows, is evident in you and in your behavior and in the way you've been talking about it. But your left brain doesn't give it permission to say so yet. Your left brain finally came up with a rationalization that caught up to what your emotional brain was doing. So if you wanna learn how you know when you know, remember the people who told you, "Oh I knew you did that." "Oh, Diane, I knew that three weeks ago." Go find those people and go, "Remember that "time you told me what you knew about me? "I didn't know that about me. "How did you know that?" They can give you tips on how you're broadcasting what you already think. So, sidebar. Any other highlights from the day? Yeah. I was gonna say, my key takeaway was that it's important to imagine your future and think big, and take incremental steps to get to the next milestone. (crosstalk) And pivot when you don't succeed immediately. That's a great--, think big and take small steps, great combination. I have a couple from the online audience as well. Karen says, "I'm really excited about what we learned "from the networking portion. "I will start putting that into action "ASAP." Yes! "It was a very different perspective on networking "I'd never heard before." Kerry says, Kerry Harvey, "I learned that there "are unlimited versions of me, and I don't "have to give myself anxiety about choosing just "one and sticking with it." I love that phrase that you used, David, you're gonna give us the tools to, what is it? For you to get access to you (laughs). Which, I thought all these tools were about that, exploring different dimensions of yourself that you don't usually talk about. One of the nicest comments we got, somebody who was reviewing the audiobook on Amazon said, "The authors obviously "respect the autonomy of the reader." We're not trying to tell you anything that we know about you, we're just trying to tell you how to figure it out for yourself. I think that's the other reason why this isn't a pep talk, it isn't an assessment, it's just, you just need some guidance on how to get to the stuff that you already, kinda know. So with that, thank you very much and know [Both Instructors] You can do this! Everybody does this! (applause)

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Ratings and Reviews


A fantastic class for someone seeking to optimize their life for a greater sense of satisfaction and especially for someone who is considering a career transition. We are taught effective methods for brainstorming, examining, and prototyping our options, and we are given an approach for the hardest task of all: how to make a choice when faced with multiple good options! Also great tips for networking and getting your foot in the door. This class was very timely for me as I've been struggling with making a decision on what my next career was going to be. I now feel equipped with tools that will help me make that decision with less agony and more fun! Also, I'm a huge fan of design thinking, so it was great to see how that methodology could be applied to making one of the most important decisions in our life.

Karen Vitto

Great course! Great for who like me is on their 30's starting life in a new country with a new language and have been out of the industry for 4 years. Designing new goals, making new networking and starting a MBA for some updates on my carrear. Really helped with some focus. Super recommend!


Loved this class! It was high energy, fast paced and well organized, as well as inspiring. It helped me to make more concrete things I've been thinking and dreaming about. I'm so glad I took it. I made great contacts and will definitely use this material in the future!

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