Episode Date February 14, 2023
Featured Guest Ayse Birsel
Featured Book "The Creative Habit" by Twyla Tharp

Episode Summary

Ayse Birsel reading from Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit, and discussing the most tedious design project; remodeling your life into one you want to live.

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Who do you think of when I say, ‘designer’? My brain goes into all sorts of nooks and crannies, and one person that comes to mind is you. A designer is someone who solves a problem. We can all probably improve at how and what we design, but have no doubts, you’ve already crossed the thresholds. You are already a designer.

Ayse Birsel’s center of authority has always been in industrial design, making products that make life better. However, her current work has shifted beyond that. Now, Ayse is focused on what it takes to design a good life.

Ayse reads two pages from ‘The Creative Habit’ by Twyla Tharp. [reading begins at 16:40]

Hear us discuss:

  • Deconstruction-reconstruction: “How do I go from what I know today, to what I can imagine in the future?” [9:25]
  • “Design creates optimism.” [13:38]
  • The feeling of starting a creation from nothing. [21:37]
  • Maintaining creative habits. [23:08]
  • The transition from pessimism to optimism: “Pessimism is seeing the problems, optimism is seeing the problems as opportunities.” [27:30]
  • Manufacturing fresh friendships. [30:05]

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Ayse Birsel | Website | LinkedIn | Instagram | Design the Long Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Love, Purpose, Well-Being, and Friendship | Design the Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future

Twyla Tharp | The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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