New age stuff doesnt really speak to me.” Yet she was willing to give Designing Your Life a chance when it showed up in workshop form at her employerin part because she was encouraged by the career success that Evans, a cofounder of Electronic Arts, and Bennett had enjoyed. “Theyre very accomplished professionals, their resumes have all the checkmarks,” she says, “but they also excel equally on the other stuff.” “I can take the plunge with a little more confidence when the other areas of my life are balanced out.” Parts of the workshop, like the idea of prototyping, came naturally to Susan. “Doing things quickly and on the cheap is in my genes, that really stuck with me.” But for others, she needed a bit of coaching from Evans, who stays in regular touch with dozens of his students. He encouraged her to pay more attention to her instincts, particularly when feeling stuck or indecisive. “When I have a decision, dont ignore the gut. Listen to those good feelings.” With his prompting, she and her husband are now thinking long-term about finding a way to live in Santa Fe, a town that they both love. her responseWhat You Choose Makes You Happy At a workshop in New York last month, several dozen mid-career professionals converged on a Friday morning over coffee and donuts for the half-day version of Designing Your Life. Each had completed a deceptively simple two-part assignment: write your life view and your work view. Participants arranged themselves in groups of three to discuss what they had written, coworkers turned sudden confidantes. Among their comments: “I had a really hard time making the life view personal to me.” “Me too!
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