Reframe & Reset Your Career Podcast

Episode 53. How To Design The Career & Long Life You Love – Ayse Birsel

Looking for ideas and strategies to design the career and long life you love? Ayse Birsel, one of the world’s leading industrial designers, and I discussed this, her creative process, her books and much more on Episode 53 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

In this episode, we will learn about:

How she develops her creative habit by starting early before the work day begins,

Teaching is the best form of learning,

Her design process which involves deconstruction and reconstruction,

Although she is an introvert, she has reframed the way she build connections by viewing them as friends she is yet to meet,

The principles of thinking like a designer: empathy, open mind, play, collaboration, and holistic thinking,

Not being afraid to reach out for help as people are more helpful than you realise,

How to be more productive and focused with your time,

Living a life true to yourself and making time for what you love and

Staying in the moment and focusing on the process.

Ayse’s work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).  She has helped thousands of people across the globe transform their lives by teaching them how to solve life’s problems using design, which has earned her the nickname Design Evangelista. Her goal is to improve 10 Million lives through her movement, Design the Life You Love.

She is one of the Most Creative People In Business, according to Fast Company. She is recognized as “#1 Coach for Life Design,” by Marshall Goldsmith 100Coaches. Ayse coaches individuals, entrepreneurs, corporations, and communities on how to design their life and work through her training programs, workshops, and keynotes. Her new book, Design the LONG Life You Love, was published in December of 2022. 

Ayse and I talked about the importance of using your time more efficiently and she told me “As a designer, I love deadlines so life has a deadline and deadlines helps you get to action … there was a study that was done with people who were dying about their biggest regrets and the number one regret of the dying is “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself not what others expected of me” and I thought that’s the most beautiful definition of why designing your life is important … knowing that we’re not here forever is very useful in inspiring us to do what’s important to us now.”


People & Resources Mentioned

The Creative Habit – Twyla Tharp 

Brue Hannah

Rowena Reed

How To Begin – Michael Bungay Stanier 

Ayse’s TEDx Talk: 


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