Design Thinking: The Way Forward (Part One)

The Creative Live course: Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life taught by Dave Evans and Bill Burnett is based on their #1 New York Times Bestseller book by the same name.

I’m about halfway through the course now. I am especially enjoying the high levels of energy and tasteful comedy from Evens and Burnett. The high energy takes the course to another level and leaves you with the feeling that you’ve had three coffees, a red-bull and an extremely productive session with a psychotherapist.

So far three things have stood out to me:

Number One: You Are Not Late

The first thing that really stood out is an idea they talk about only briefly but it was as though the group of people I was doing the course with all breathed a collective sigh of relief. You are not late, you are not too early either. If you are here doing something then you are right on time to be doing that thing.

Number Two: Passion Is A Endpoint

The second thing that stood out to me was how they talked about passion. So often all the books, ted talks, podcasts and well-meaning grandparents preach to ‘Follow your passion’. But Evens and Burnett argue that you can start and successfully finish something without any particular love for it. You can find it uninspiring and uninteresting but with dedication somewhere along the way with enough hard work that passion will turn up. But don’t worry if it isn’t always there to start off with.

Number Three: The Four Pillars Of Thinking

The third thing was about the different thought processes and which one will lead us forward in our homegrown startup, big fancy company or even personal lives. They broke the thought processes down into four categories.

Engineering - A thought process that is orientated around solving the problem to move forward.

Business -  A thought process that is orientated around optimizing to move forward.

Research - A thought process that is orientated around analyzing the way forward.

Design - A thought process that is orientated around building the way forward.  

I personally think that all of these methods of thought are necessary. However, the point Evens and Burnett were making was that as designers you build the future. So to build your own personal future you need to adopt design thinking as a thought process.

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