Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-lived Joyful Life
by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans (2016)
Discussion Leader: Karla McCain
This book is based on a course that the two authors have taught for several years at Stanford. Their approach is thinking about how to apply design principles to life and career planning. Researchers have found that students taking their course were better able to conceive of and pursue a career they really wanted, had fewer dysfunctional beliefs about careers, and an increased ability to generate new ideas for their life design. To be honest, I never would have picked up this book, but I heard an interview with one of the authors on KERA and was impressed with his substance. The book has a lot of very good questions and exercises for students as they think through what they want to do with their lives. Those questions and exercises are also useful for us as we think through how we want to mold our careers as faculty.