Here is the full transcript of author Bill Burnett’s TEDx Talk: Designing Your Life at TEDxStanford conference. This event took place on April 23, 2017 at Stanford, California.
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Bill Burnett – Stanford professor & Author
Hello everyone. I’m here to help you design your life where you’re just going to use the technique of design thinking. Design thinking is something we’ve been working on at the D school and in the School of Engineering for over 50 years. And it’s an innovation methodology — works on products, works on services but I think the most interesting design problem is your life. So that’s what we’re going to talk about.
I want to just make sure everybody knows. He’s my buddy Dave Evans’s face. Dave and I are the co-authors of the book. And he’s the guy who helped me co-found the Life Design Lab at Stanford.
So what do we do in the Life Design Lab? Well, we teach the class that helps you figure out what you want to be when you grow up.
Now I’m going to give you the first reframe. Designers love reframes. How many of you hope you never grow up and lose that childlike curiosity that drives everything you do? Raise your hand. Right? Who wants to grow up? I mean we’ve been talking about curiosity in almost every one of these talks.
And so I’d like to reframe this is we say we teach the class that helps you figure out what you want to grow into next, as this life of yours, this amazing design of yours unfolds.