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.


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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  • This has been getting a bunch of traffic this week. Of course we only know that because we are in this particular sphere. Every area of life goes through fads or trends. Whenever something becomes more popular, people clamor to complain about it being a fad, and there is invariably some jackasses trying to scam people.

    I can think of 20 different industries off the top of my head where people have sold scam products (“send $14.99 for the secret to_____” and you get a sheet of paper that says “Get people to send you $14.99 for the secret to _____, and send them a copy of this”).

    THAT is a scam. People teaching others how to do something with a quality, step-by-step and thorough product on how to run a legitimate business is not a scam. It’s widely done in every industry.

    Some terms and marketing tactics just get used in both scenarios, leading to the scammy people tainting the waters, or leaving too many people burned by past experiences to trust anything again.

    That or they realize their desired get-rich-quick system involves a lot of time and effort to actually be successful (even the scams require a lot of work to work well!)

    I’ve heard a lot of people shout about “scammy products” which are actually quite well-done, they just don’t let the buyer sit on the couch collecting money for doing nothing like so many people want.

    All that Tony Robbins shit is valuable information, but just reading a book isn’t going to summon the magic money truck for you: you have to actually build something and do stuff.

    • I like the way you think man, as I said in another post, effort and patience are two keys to making it. That applies to anything I believe.

  • Jon

    Just as you said, the main thing is plugging into spheres of influence with people that are designing their own lifestyle. They say you become the average of the “x” amount of people you associate with most. Maybe 5 was the number. Either way, feed your mind and routine wisdom from lifestyle designers and you won’t wind up bagging groceries in your Golden Years.

  • Good day! I have followed your posts, but your blog doesn’t load on my Ipad. Should I disable cookies or something else? Gracias. xxx Nicol

    • thank you nicol from stopping by, I don’t know why you went to my spam comments. But anyhow you’re here now.

  • Hi Wilson, it’s definitely not a scam. I agree Corbett’s definition is probably the most straightforward and one that resonates with most people. For me it is even more simple than that though and can be summarised in one word: Control. It’s about you having control of your own life rather than being like a pinball in a machine bouncing off the obstacles that life throws in it’s own way.

    Too many people who have been reliant on others and have sadly lost thier jobs didn’t have control. Their lives are ruined, possibly forever. There hopes and dreams shattered at a stroke.

    Taking control is a little unconventional, but certainly the most logical. Why should you be dependant on someone else?

    • That’s right Matthew, we shouldn’t depend on someone else. I think its the fear of not knowing what to do on your own that scares people. If they can realize that they already have skills people are willing to pay them for, they would jump in a heart beat, but we also have to think that only a percentage will make the leap to creating a lifestyle they want anyway.

    • I like that “control” one word it says it all. I think if you ask others what would they like to have, if they could have it right now, they would answer something like “control over my… control over blah” You’re right on brother.

  • What uuuuup Wilson?

    I love your approach here buddy! There sure is no one size fits all method. I believe the hardest part of designing our lives is digging deep and finding our true passions, living for our passions is easy.

    Nice one mate


    • that’s true. It took me a long time to realize teaching people how to make money online was not my passion. Being introduced to internet marketing by the wrong people guided me to the wrong side. Now I know what my passions.

      Thanks brother, you’re doing a good job on your blog as well. Congratulations!

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