Designing your life
In our most recent Moonshot committee meeting, we had a thought-provoking presentation by one of our members about the concept of 'Design Thinking'. It's a concept used for product manufacturing, focusing on identifying key problems/consumer needs, and going through reiterative processes to ultimately produce something that is desirable, feasible, and viable. It can involve thinking outside the box, like this super-cool induction rod that can be used as a kettle-alternative, or many of the innovative social impact initiatives we've curated in this Moonshot bulletin! Creating something like this also requires not becoming too attached to an outcome - rather, it's critical to stay flexible and accepting of unexpected obstacles.
This got me thinking - can the same approaches can be used for designing our life?
Whether its trying to fix a bad-habit, or trying to figure out the steps to work towards your dream-job, we can apply a similar framework. First, identifying precisely what the problem is that you're facing (apparently, during product designs, many companies invest time and money solving the wrong problem). Then, understanding that a truly sustainable solution that brings you happiness, should meet the three requirements (desirable, feasible, viable), and that finding this will require patience and continuous improvements. Most importantly, realising that our final destination will oftentimes (actually, most definitely) be completely different to what we'd initially had in mind - and that's okay. In fact, that is the beauty of design.
So ask yourself - how do I want to design my life?