Discover What You Truly Desire in Life

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My dad passed away from cancer when I was 11 years old. That one experience impacted me in all the ways you’d expect: grief, uncertainty, struggle. But, it was an unexpected lesson I learned decades after his death that was the true impact.

I learned the importance of living life by design and not by default. Of living life in a way that is aligned to who I truly am, rather than living to fulfill other people’s desires and expectations. I learned how precious this 1 shot at life is, and that I need to be responsible for crafting the road ahead.

Today we’re diving into the Life Design process and focusing on the first couple steps in the process. The Stanford University Life Design Lab calls this process crafting your Odyssey.

In today’s episode, I’ll talk about my personal journey to discovering the importance and power of life design. I’ll give you a high-level overview of the whole process, then we’ll dive deep into the first couple of stages.

As a bonus, I’ve created a free activity for you all to help you begin to craft your own odyssey. Visit to get free, immediate access to a guided visualization and workbook to help you get a clearer picture of the life you’re hoping to design. It’s my gift to you.

Your life is important and you need to create a life you deserve. Please choose to live it by design, not by default.

Additional Resources:

  1. Get free access to the visualization and workbook that accompany this episode at
  2. Learn about the difference between mindfulness meditation and visualization:
  3. Read our post on Increasing Employee Engagement:

Stanford graduate students have used this process to design career paths that lead the world. But like them, design can be a part of your life.