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Dave Evans: “Designing Your Life” | Talks at Google


Dave Evans is the designer of the Apple mouse, co-founder of Electronic Arts, co-developer of Stanford’s most popular class and, now, the co-author of the book based on it: DESIGNING YOUR LIFE: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life (Knopf).

What do you want to do with the rest of your life? Whether you’re fifteen or fifty, this is the question most of us agonize, worry, and speculate about, often leaving us stuck. Tried and tested over nearly a decade in Stanford’s Design program and the subject of two studies proving the efficacy of its approach, DESIGNING YOUR LIFE provides readers with a step-by-step process for figuring out “what they want, who they want to grow into, and how to create a life they love.” Dave Evans visits the Seattle office to talk about the practical applications of the design mindset, the common fallacies of self-improvement, and even some tricks to set yourself on a course to a more enjoyable life immediately.

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  1. Dudes you live in Cali with the good icky sticky, you don't need to snort the Peruvian pink or the Bolivian blue. Someone should have reassured this guy his nose might have been numb but it hadn't fallen off.

  2. lol. How much do students at his university have to pay for this? Remember most academicians with a pdh have permanent head damage, which they pass on to students, and the process continues.

  3. know your audience. Analogies need to be something Google employees can relate to. Lost audience with examples of people in their late 40's and 50's. Examples should have come more from MBA students in their late 20's and 30's. I find "Designing Your Life" concepts very helpful, however if I had been introduced through this presentation I would think it nothing of it, or worse – useless.

  4. Are they paying this guy? Is he trying to teach something? He talks too fast. Too many filler words and information overload. If he is doing a workshop for a one hour presentation just focus on two main points and elaborate.

  5. Whoa…I'm at the 20 minute mark. If you slow the speed to .75, he turns out to be a pretty good lecturer!! I'm laughing inside because as stupid as that sounds, its actually true! hehehe!!!

  6. Well obvi this talk is an instant favorite, one which I will indeed revisit many times because he is flowing and spits some serious fire!! Not sure what other playlist to add it too…maybe philosophy.

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