My Workview Reflection


I am in the midst of reading and exercising “Designing Your Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. It is intended to literally help you design the life you want “now”, which may change from time to time. As it opines, the life you want is not the same when you are a teenager, a working young adult, and later if you are lucky enough to be an “empty-nester”.

I have reinvented my life several times; sometimes moving from a place of fear; sometimes ambition, and always because I wanted to–it was a decision. Taking risks to overcome your fears requires embracing them and squeezing them to death. Chasing ambition is not a sin when it is done with good and worthy intentions. Change takes courage, unless it is hoisted upon you, which it often is. But, if we learn that reflection is helpful, as opposed to obsession, then we can have some control over how our life might change.

I am reflecting on whether I know enough about my own life to redesign it again. I would never say one last time, because I know that is foolish. Once you have gotten used to knowing and acting on a desire to change and better yourself in any way, you know that so long as you are alive, some change is always feasible.

Reading the book on designing your life I thought would be appropriate, because as a lifelong learner, and a teacher, I am always open to someone teaching me the ropes in something I want to take on that will save me time and trouble. It is time well invested. Either at the end of this book I will say wow, I knew all of this already (Fat chance!), which means I will be free to make my own plans as I always have. Or, it might teach me how to go about my next re-design armed with some new knowledge and a tool box I did not have before (much more likely outcome).

I am not sure if I will do these exercises from the book in public. But, if I think I want to, I might post them. This one I am about to do is “Workview Reflection”–off to exercise peeps!

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Avery Mann

I am not any of the" Avery Mann"s who pop up when you Google the name; not the one who has written a couple of books...not the media executive...etc...etc. The following definitions were selected from Wikipedia or some such source--too many contradicting citations from other sources; might as well go with the one not known for scholarly accolades, but...used and cited most often: "Avery" is a given name taken from Avery, an English surname that was itself derived from an Old French version of the name Alfred or the Ancient Germanic name Alberich. The meaning of the name is derived from the Old English words aelf, meaning elf, and raed, meaning counsel. "Mann" is a surname of Germanic origin. The word means "man", "person", "husband". "ᛗ" is a single character (rune) in the traditional old-English, Anglo Saxon, runic alphabet, which denotes "Mann". "Mann" is also a surname of Jatt origin. Words, letters, all are just signs--intended to facilitate identification and then communication. That is the only sort of Avery or Mann that I chose to be.

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