A Heart-Healthy Start to the Semester

02/01/2018 11:42


As you work on course design, why not consider designing your life as well?

Between the good, the bad, and the many choices to be made, each life and life-phase offers new challenges. Shaping life meaningfully and intentionally is its own satisfaction. Which brings us to a fine book that David Agoff and Jim Morgan both recommend, Designing your Life: How To Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, by Silicon Valley innovators and Stanford University design educators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.

Click here to see an article from Forbes on five key points contained in the book, and how they apply to organizations as well as to individuals. 

Last year, I shared some of the book’s ideas with students working on sustainable design projects—there are cool templates to work with in the book. One I have used with students confused about life-paths is Odyssey Planning 101.   Incredibly, a student’s mother happens to be connected to the related Stanford franchise, The Life Design Lab. Folks are paying ~$60,000 for a special course on what to do next with their lives. The class is filled with wealthy people, CEOs and retired folks who want something more of life, and are “reaching for joy” in new chapters of their lives. I’m sure many meaningful connections are made in such classes. At least I hope so.

Finally, here’s an article about professors at Stanislaus State taking advantage of Stanford’s Life Design Studio course, Life Design Studio for University Educators. Participants also came from Dartmouth, Cornell, Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley, Michigan, and Yale, to name a few. “Given the high proportion of first-generation students at Stan State, this material has the potential to be life-changing,” noted one professor. Another noted that the course included “issues that are important for students to explore but that we don’t always consider in our curriculum.”

On a Related Note: Aurgh!


I have notes that relate to the topic of self-development and personal growth, but can’t find the original articles/books/sites they came from. Regretfully without attribution then, here are some of them for what they’re worth:


“People, even more than things, have to be restored renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed.” Katherine Hepburn

-          Everyone has the same problems: they appear differently to everyone

-          You need to identify and admit to your problems before you can solve them

-          Everyone is on a quest; we just need to know what our goals in life are, and if they’re worth working for

-          Generate a lot of ideas – there are no perfect ones.

-          Being stuck is the launch pad for creativity

-          We all live several lives, and follow many plans throughout our lives

-          There are no right choices; just good choosing

-          You figure out who you are as you go

-          Commitment means “no matter what”

-          It’s always possible to change, but first you must grapple with your hidden fears

-          78% people between the ages of 18-70 want to change some aspect of themselves

-          The concept of “enclothed cognition” = the clothes we wear changes us (?)

-          According to Kurt Lewin (thank you, Maria Mendez, I am enjoying reading his work) there are forces that move us forward, and forces that move us back. Hence, we must mindfully strengthen the forces that move us forward…and upward. And hopefully support others in their efforts to do the same.