How Silicon Valley Enthusiastic Stanford Students Prepare for Life
Meet Stanford University’s Creative Life Design in a book
“The only thing that blocks you is your imagination!”

Her lectures start with having the most creative attitude necessary for life design. First of all, we introduce creative challenges that can break the stereotypes that are located in us from the first to fifth rounds. It delivers a friendly methodology that breaks the existing framework to find pleasant answers, citing actual tasks in her classroom, such as the $5 project and the upside-down circus project. Now, if you’re ready to break the stereotype, point out the things you shouldn’t forget in setting the most important long-term goals in life design from round 6 to round 10. Looking back on what I really want, I solve the misunderstanding of human relationships and negotiations that I have to protect with examples. In the remaining 11 and 12 rounds, she gives her own warm advice to readers so that they can become winners without being shaken in front of a new life that will just begin. The lecture ends by telling that the senior who followed the existing success formula is not the only answer, and that the uncertain future was not a bad news but an opportunity.

“Get out of the prison of thought right now.”
The core of life design that boldly imagines and crosses the line freely!

What would you do if someone asked you to make money for five dollars and two hours? With the so-called Stanford’s $5 Project, students achieve an average return of 4,000 percent. Instead of relying on luck, such as buying “business” or lottery tickets, which make and sell lemonade, Stanford students found the possibility of success in their daily lives. The long line of restaurants saw the desire of customers to eat food right now, and someone did the task in a completely new way, saying the key to the answer was “time to present the task.” He took an advertisement in front of Stanford students who are about to get a job to promote a company that wants to hire these students. As such, her classroom is filled with ridiculous tasks that cannot be found in Korea, and has become a classroom that produces students who solve them creatively.

It is clear why she is giving these unique tasks to students. This is because looking at problems anew and breaking stereotypes cannot be achieved by desk theory alone. Instead of explaining, she throws a task that she can enlighten herself. For example, in order to come up with a successful business item, a new way of brainstorming from the worst idea is also suggested. These tasks allow students to break down thinking prisons on their own and come up with ingenious solutions. As the training continues, students become more competitive.

“The more uncertain the world is, the more opportunities every problem becomes”
a manual for life that turns stereotypes and failures into opportunities

Famous global companies such as Google, Netflix, Nike, and Instagram have only one thing in common. It is the fact that it was an “out-of-school start-up” centered on Stanford University. Those who have found a “creative edge” to success go beyond the safe framework of school without hesitation. Amid the emergence of young venture companies that create cracks in existing markets such as Tada, Market Kurly, and Lundrigo in Korean society, what we need now is how to create that one, the “entrepreneurial spirit.”

Seeking new things, taking risks as needed, working flexibly with experts in other fields, and being willing to fail in the course of challenges and gain as much experience as possible. She presents several ways to develop an “entrepreneurial spirit” through actual examples found inside and outside the classroom. Stereotypes help seniors to realize how to break through and why they should pursue certain failures rather than ambiguous successes.

What Tina Seelig says in the classroom comes down to “allow yourself.” When you don’t believe in the limits of your ability and allow yourself to try anything more, we finally take the initiative in my life. If I still need someone’s permission in my life, I recommend reading this book. If you follow the footsteps of life seniors who have achieved success in a novel and original way in an uncertain world without answers, you will surely find a clue to redesign your life.

We often look at the problem from a too fixed and narrow perspective. Given a simple challenge (e.g., generating revenue in two hours), most people resort to common, cliché solutions that quickly emerge. They do not know how to take a step back and look at the problem from a broader perspective. However, if you remove the blindfold in front of you, you will see numerous possibilities and opportunities. The students who participated in my project took these lessons to heart. Now they think it doesn’t make sense to be broke and then make one excuse or another. This is because there are always problems waiting to be solved around.

Let’s assume this. What would it look like if you turned your life upside down? Practice challenging stereotypes in the following way. First, make a ‘before change’ list. It is to write down all the stereotypes about your daily life, that is, your daily life. For example, write down the time you wake up in the morning, the number of days and hours you work a week, the type of work you do, the people you work with, the time you exercise, who you usually spend your free time with, what you usually eat for dinner and what you do on weekends, where you go on vacation, how much you save your salary, how you feel at the end of the day, and when you go to bed. The longer the list, the better. Bring up as many stereotypes as you can about your own life.

We don’t expect a child to do everything perfectly in the first place. Likewise, an adult facing a complex task should not expect to complete it from scratch. It is almost impossible to learn something without doing it yourself, through constant trial and error, and recovering from failure. You can’t learn soccer by reading the rules, you can’t learn the piano by reading the score.

Most people are not born passionate about a particular field, but find what they like through experience. Most people don’t know much about something until they like it. You don’t know until you try it yourself that you really like cooking and have talent. The same goes for software coding, golf, and novel writing. The reason why it is important to keep experiencing new things is that it opens the door to develop various kinds of passion.

Remember that what someone does for you always comes with an opportunity cost. In other words, if someone spends part of their day for you, he gives up doing something for himself or someone else and gives you time. You tend to think that your request is trivial and small. But if the other person is busy, it is by no means a trivial request.

I make this practice in the classroom. On the surface, it is an exercise in conducting simple consultations between job seekers and employers. In this negotiation, a total of eight conditions, including salary, vacation, and work content, must be discussed with each other, and the goal is for participants (both job seekers and employers) to raise their point values as much as they want for each condition. Job seekers and employers usually negotiate by reviewing the conditions one by one. However, you soon realize that it is not a very effective method.

In order to complete your own story in life, you need to recognize your current appearance and position exactly. Also, you need to know how you got here now, what your strengths and weaknesses are, where you want to go, what obstacles are blocking you, what driving forces you to move forward, and what supplies you will take on the journey of life. And you have to understand what people say about your past and what you mean to yourself about your future.