Stanford University’s most popular lecture tells us that
Five Principles for Designing a Dream Life, a Dream Job

The book began with a two-night Stanford Design School Life Design seminar with six students. The students were so immersed in the class that they refused to leave even after the lecture and were forced to part until it was time to close the classroom. Since then, it has been opened as a formal lecture after persistent requests from students, and more than 2,000 students have taken it so far. The lecture scored a high rating of 4.5 on the lecture evaluation site ( of American college students, and was selected as the “most popular class at Stanford University” by the management magazine Fast Company. The dean of Stanford University of Technology said, “Can I take the course, too? I don’t know what to do after resigning from the dean,” he said, adding, “It’s worth realizing its popularity.

The two authors, who have been holding workshops on life design for various companies in Silicon Valley, including Google for years, emphasize that five ways of thinking must be premised for a well-designed life. When armed with the following five ways of thinking, you can make whatever you want, as well as the life you want.
1) Be curious: Curiosity is the fuel for our brains to learn new things. Therefore, curiosity is the first important way of thinking that must be used in life design.
2) Try: Don’t just sit on your desk and worry, try and fail constantly and find a solution.
3) Reorganize the problem: There are so many biases that suppress our thoughts and limit our choices. It is necessary to take a step back, examine prejudice, and explore the possibility of a new solution.
4) Understand that life design is a process: there is no end to life design. You have to focus on the process of achieving it rather than the result to get something even if you face an unexpected situation.
5) Ask for help. Design is a process of cooperation, and the best ideas often come from the heads of others. Ask for help, but you must know how to ask the right questions.

Get out of the mire of life with design thinking!
Make a prototype, make your own Odyssey life plan!

Many people get stuck in the life design process, unable to move forward with problems they cannot solve, unable to see other options because they are obsessed with one choice, or struggling with where and how to start even if they know the solution. At the center of the life design approach that will emerge from the quagmire is ‘circular making’, which is the core of design thinking. When it comes to life problems, the amount of reliable data is very small. Therefore, making a prototype does not jump recklessly into an unknown world, but quickly tests future scenarios and helps them fail. For example, if you’re contemplating a career change, interview someone who’s actually doing something you’re interested in, shadow him for a day, or experience it yourself through a weekend part-time job. If you think the job suits you, take it one step further, otherwise you can just make another prototype. The two authors present specific ways to successfully conduct circular interviews and circular experiences along with vivid examples of real Stanford students.

The highlight of life design is the Odyssey Plan. The two authors point out that the moment people enter the wrong path in the life design process regardless of age, education level, or career is when they think that “life will flow smoothly according to the plan if they make a proper life plan.” Life isn’t just about finding out the best life. It is important to choose one of the various plans within me and go to the next step. From that point of view, the Odyssey planning training proposed by the authors is a way to design various lives. It is to imagine three life scenarios in the next five years that are completely different from now and express them in writing and painting. The Odyssey plan is a sketch of future possibilities. These sketches are useful when choosing which direction to go in order to create a prototype and move on to the next step.

Design Your Life is not only about the Odyssey plan, but also about your health to check your current status?It provides a variety of sample forms in the text that allow readers to participate in the life design process themselves, such as Love? Play? Work Instrument Panel, Happiness Diary to find out what they can do with passion, and Mind Map to come up with as many ideas as possible. This book tells how to apply design thinking that has led Silicon Valley companies to individual life designs, not just young people taking their first steps into society, but also middle-aged workers who want to prepare for the next 10 years and think about what to do after retirement. Unlike existing vague and emotional self-development books, it starts from realizing one’s reality, breaks down false beliefs that hinder life design one by one, and provides specific courses and training methods to acquire the desired career and life.
Recognizing that a well-designed life is a constant process of creation, change, and evolution, you can recreate your career and life in the same way that amazing technologies and products were created in the world, regardless of what kind of person an individual is, what a job is, or how old it is.

Here’s the restructuring of the question, “What do you want to do later?” “What kind of person do you want to be?” or “What kind of person do you want to be?” The key to life is growth and change. In other words, life is not static and there is no specific destination. Also, life can’t be determined by answering the above questions only once. Frankly speaking, no one knows what kind of person they really want to be. The same is true of those who write down doctors, lawyers, or engineers in the desired occupation field. Such a job of hope is only an ambiguous direction for the course of life. There are numerous questions that persistently follow every step of life. What people really need is to find out what they want, what they want to be, and what they need to do to create a life they love. That’s the design of life design. -[Design Life]

“I need a better job” says, “I’m not very happy to go out and work.” It’s not a solution to the problem of raising children at home.” It’s not an appropriate problem and it’s not your real problem, but there may be problems that you think are important. We should be wary of taking our strength out of such a problem. Don’t you not solve family problems at work or start dieting again to solve work problems?

There is no single final destination in life, so you can’t enter your destination in GPS or receive detailed directions to it. All you can do is pay close attention to the clues that appear in front of you and use the tools you can use to pave the best way forward. We think the first hints are engagement and energy.
Don’t make an anchor problem that you’re obsessed with unrealistic solutions and can solve enough. Instead, get yourself out of the quagmire by reconstructing solutions, exploring possible alternatives, and creating a prototype model of ideas like hiking an easy course as a trial. The anchor problem keeps us in the mire. This is because we are obsessed with only one solution that is not effective at all that we came up with first.

One of the most effective ways to design life is to design multiple lives. It’s neither nonsense nor typo. Many lives are right. From now on, all you have to do is imagine and write down different life paths for the next five years. We call this the Odyssey Plan. (…) Of course, you can only live one life at a time, but wouldn’t it be possible to make creative and productive choices at any time if you materialize various life scenarios?

Let’s briefly summarize the reasons for making the prototype. It is to ask good questions, create experiences, reveal prejudices and speculations, fail quickly, overcome failures, move forward, experience the future in advance, and form empathy for yourself and others. Only when you accept that creating a prototype is the only way to acquire the necessary data, making a prototype becomes a key part of the life design process. Creating a prototype is certainly a good idea. Conversely, not creating a prototype is a bad idea that sometimes costs a lot. That’s for certain.

Most of the so-called dream jobs never publicly announce their job openings. For promising startups that will grow into the next generation of Google or Apple, they will not disclose their recruitment plans on the Internet before the hiring process is completed. On the other hand, among small companies with fewer than 50 employees and no human resources departments, there are good jobs to work for, but they do not regularly make job openings. In the case of large companies, the most tempting jobs are mainly announced internally. This means that most job seekers do not know. In addition, there are many cases where employees are hired through word of mouth or SNS before being released to the outside world. In other words, you can’t find a good job online.

There is a ‘set of three delusions’ that job seekers think too wrong when choosing a job. The first is the nature of work, followed by salaries and favorable colleagues.
The problem with this scenario, which considers the nature of work as a top priority, is that there is no way to know the true ‘personality of work’ until you approach the door of acceptance.