People are asking me “What is lifestyle design?”
Because of an email I received recently I decided to really dig deeper into what did Lifestyle Design really meant. I found that a lot of people have put their two cents into it. There are hundreds of new blogs every day writing about lifestyle design grrrrr, yea this word again. Myself included have gotten confused about what it means.
So what’s LIFESTYLE DESIGN?
If we ask Google, this is the answer we get: Lifestyle Design is the design of one’s ideal lifestyle, especially an unconventional one, providing good opportunities for personal growth, leisure and adventure. Detailed methods include: career planning, entrepreneurship and travel.
Corbett Barr says in one of his posts titled “What is lifestyle design?”: It’s about designing your life instead of letting society design it for you.
Justin Wright says: In a nutshell, lifestyle design is all about creating your own design and plan for life.
Taner Maluchnik explains it this way: Goals are what you want to achieve, whereas lifestyle designs are the experiences that you want to have in life.
Adrian Koh wrote on a guest post for Litemind: Whether you call it lifestyle design, life design, work-life balance, or enlightened self-management, the central idea is this: life should be lived consciously and deliberately, and not left to chance.
But if we go by what Tim Ferriss wrote on his four hour work week book: The New Rich (NR) are those who abandon the deferred-life plan and create luxury lifestyles in the present using the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility. This is an art and a science we will refer to as Lifestyle Design (LD).
Out of all the interpretations that I found, Corbett really broke it down the easiest way. We live in a society that believes we should go to college, get a good job after graduation, get married…etc…etc then retire when you’re 65. That’s the way life has been designed for us, and that’s the ways IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE. Nooooo, not anymore!!!
I understand it has to be tough for you to know what exactly lifestyle design is when there are so many people blogging about it and so many blogs coming out every day talking about how to live “the lifestyle design“. If you ask me, there really is not a one-size fits all to the word.
I got introduced to the four hour work week when I read the book. The best way to get familiar with this whole new movement is to connect with people doing the things that Tim suggests in the book, and reading his blog as well. Go through the archives and learn about all the assumptions we’re so accustomed to believing, automation, online businesses, outsourcing and all the other 4HWW vocab that might be new to you.
If you think that Lifestyle Design is a scam or some kind of fad, I want to know why. What are your thoughts on LD? Do you think it’s here to stay? What do you know about it that we can learn?
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