• You can find lots more information about life design on the Designing Your Life web site. Both Evans and Burnett have interesting backgrounds. Check out their bios here.
  • Their book, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life (Buy it at Amazon,, or IndieBound), is based on a Stanford University course of the same name that Burnett and Evans have been teaching for several years. Here’s a good Fast Company story about the class.


24 Responses to “Pinkcast 1.11: Don’t plan your future. Sneak up on it.”

  1. Walter Akana says:

    Love it!! Actually, I’m pretty bad at planning, but a big fan of trying stuff. I’ve always called it testing, but think prototype is an awesome way to describe it!!

  2. Love these podcasts!!

  3. Florian says:

    Really liked this one 🙂
    Looking forward to the next Pinktcast!

  4. Robin Guptill says:

    Totally agree!! Everything and everyone is joining the agile movement. Out with planning, in with doing! Iterate, collaborate, adapt and respond, full transparency. It is a life lesson. Thanks for sharing, look forward to checking out the book!

  5. Dan – you are awesome. Folksy, interesting, educational, and what a nice way to end my day.

  6. Bev Lyseng says:

    I love this – you guys are awesome!

    Short, sweet and life-changing in terms of a way of thinking.

    I’m going to use this with our kids at school tomorrow….

    Thanks – made my day! :O)

  7. Bill says:

    Nice work guys. I guess life comes down to doing more and not just continually researching! 🙂 Have a perfect day!

  8. Sarah says:

    Another excellent edition!! I like it – don’t spend so much time planning – try stuff out!!

  9. Minh Tri says:

    Great advice on trying out stuff and applying design thinking to life design. Love your books and the Pinkcast =) Can’t wait for the next one.

  10. Sarra Laycock says:

    This is great fun to watch and great advice. I’m off to sneak up on something!!! Well it is nearly Halloween, an ancient Scottish Celtic tradition I feel obliged to point out as a patriot ;-).

  11. Cindy Stader says:

    I think this is similar to being a life long learner. It seems individuals who are truly life long learners are more successful because they learn, try something, and learn some more as a result of trying it out. This makes life interesting. And, when the mind is open to new possibilities that arise, it is freeing to know a previous thought or goal doesn’t have to limit us. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Gail says:

    I love these podcasts. They are always interesting, useful but short and snappy. Well Done:)

  13. Jaki Evans says:

    I can now put into words what I do when people ask me, ‘What are your plans?’
    I never have any plans but yet I have done a million diverse things in my life.
    Answer from now on, ‘No plans just a prototype’.

  14. Tim Griffith says:

    Like it! I’m feeling inspired to start trying more, contemplating less – thanks!

  15. Lev Karasin says:

    Love It.

    Actually do stuff rather then talk about it!! Great Pinkcast Dan!!

  16. Mikki Cardell says:

    Always enjoy these concise bits of motivation!

  17. Stephanie M. says:

    Love this very practical advice for taking charge of your future!

  18. Shelby says:

    Love it! So much more value in *doing* than in *wondering* and your special guests were great! Thanks again Dan!

  19. Raffaella says:

    I agree with giving quick advice, but this time you all spoke so fast that I couldn’t understand what you meant.
    You can argue that English is not my mother tongue, but, I usually understand every word people say to me.
    Please, take a deep breath ….

  20. Ariel Robaldo says:

    Two thumbs up! (or six?)

    Nevermind, I am sneaking up on mine, and I love that!

    In my mother’s tongue: “Sólo hay una forma de saberlo, haciéndolo!” (There’s just one way to know it, doing it!)


  21. Jayne Gould says:

    Thanks for this – this really relates to my work in HR and career coaching and I look forward to reading the book.

    PS. Due to work pressures I’ve had to ignore emails (other than work critical messages) over the past few weeks and have just binged on the last 5 Pinkcasts over lunch!! I now have 4 new ideas to try out and a book to read – that’s quite something (and possibly more valuable than going on a typical 1-day personal development course).

    Don’t stop the Pinkcasts – they are very much appreciated!!

  22. Connie Chang says:

    Love the cheerfulness and informality. Quick tip from two guests and great links. Don’t plan. Prototype. Whenever I just go “do,” I’m always amazed at how much fun I have. Thank you Dan!

  23. Alison Shannon says:

    After your last Pinkcast, I mentioned the Designing Your Life book to a friend, who surprised me with a prezzie of the book and left it on my doorstep. I mentioned the book to my sister the next day and she told me Bill & Dave were speaking at Rotman’s in Toronto the next week. So, … I bought tickets for me and my husband to go and see/listen to them. They rocked it! Loved the book! Thanks Dan for being so on top of great stuff!

  24. Hoo Kang says:

    Wow Excellent Advice. I’m going to start using this. Thanks Dan, Will, and David!

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