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10 Carrots of Gold (I hope)
This past Friday, I gave a talk about how I apply design thinking to my everyday life. The talk was a series of 10 points, which were taken from the 100 points I wrote down immediately after leaving the d.school in an attempt to capture what I had learned before the lessons faded.  

Going back through the list of 100 points to choose the 10 was one of the most constructive moments of the past week. I am not a fan of looking back, but sometimes it's the best way to mine the gold of your life experience. Each point reminded me of not only what I had learned, but how I had changed.  

So, what were the ten points? Well, here they are:  

  1. No one is in charge. (You are.) 
  2. Pain is a tool we can use to make joy. 
  3. It’s not about you. (It’s about others.) 
  4. Walk in like Beyonce. (It’s easier than she lets on.)
  5. Make your manifesto. 
  6. Forget passion. Find purpose. 
  7. Form diverse and inclusive teams. 
  8. Change your frame. 
  9. Make your own design process. 
  10. Forgive yourself. 
I hope they prove helpful as you navigate the next week! On to the reading!

(Oh, and no one had any vacation ideas. #Sadness)

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