Let’s talk about how you can Design your Lifestyle, Apple Style. Lifestyle design is a very broad topic and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the ideas and options for how to design your lifestyle. This podcast looks at what we can learn from Apple when it comes to lifestyle design.
Lifestyle Design – Apple Style
You probably have at least one Apple product in your home. Or if you don’t have one, you know someone who does. Apple has become shorthand for sustainable success and instant recognizability. So much so that song lyrics include phrases about iPods and iPhones. There’s a song that my kids loved and we’d play it in the car from their iPod. I thought the song said, “It’s like my eyeballs stuck on a plate.” so I would sing this phrase out loud. My kids loved correcting me no Mom, it says, “It’s like my iPod stuck on replay.”
Apple has a small but mighty line of products that do exceptionally well. They are focused and strategic in their product development and marketing. And their big not-so-secret weapon? They invent something and then keep refining it.
This approach to innovation and incremental change is something you can easily adapt to your own life.
1. Hit it with the Simple Stick
Ken Segall author of Insanely Simple the Obsession that Drives Apple’s Success shares in his book how people who worked at Apple would come out of meetings with Steve Jobs shaking their heads discouraged. When asked what happened, they said, “Steve hit us with the simple stick.” This meant that Steve had rejected their work and sent them back to the drawing board. As someone who has worked as a creative professional most of my life, I understand this completely.
So many times, I have thought or overthought a problem and delivered a solution to a client only to have them say, “Nah, I don’t like it.” On one occasion, I recall a client had said, “Just do whatever you think is right for us.” This was a new home in upscale development with a Southern Plantation feel about it. Our interior design team put together a beautiful Southern Plantation style presentation for this client and we bombed… The client said, “No no no, we thought you knew we wanted a more Tuscan Mediterranean feel like you did for so-and so”
Wow! We were we off track… We could have given them a rubber stamp of what we did for another client.
When Steve Jobs returned to Apple. He made a strategic decision to keep Apple’s focus tight. He simplified their product lines down to four computers.
How can you simplify your life right now by eliminating the elements that waste your time and resources?
Start by cutting down or cutting out TV and video games, which are both low-return uses of your time.Then think of how you can downsize your resources. Right now we are switching to a smaller car or 1 car, moving to a smaller house, de-cluttering, to not buying more stuff you don’t need.
How can you free up time by shopping online, buying in bulk, and batch cooking?
2. Ideate & Iterate
To Ideate means brainstorm and to iterate means incremental changes.
Any psychologist will tell you that small, incremental lifestyle changes are much more successful than the big sort that tries to change everything at once. Think of how successful most New Year’s resolutions are.
Make a commitment to a significant life change, like early retirement, semi retirement or taking mini vacations.
You can make a series of small changes, like switching from going out for coffee to brewing coffee at home. Add in complementary changes, like cutting down on takeout, downgrading your subscriptions and buying a smaller car. Small iterations compound over time and can make a massive impact on your life.
3 . Be Curious
One of Apple’s big successes is its research and development capacity. They are committed to not missing an opportunity to learn and grow and improve over time. Stay ahead of the pack by being curious, by always being open to learning and change, looking for new opportunities, tweaking your goals, and always staying committed to improvement.
4. Pinch & Zoom
The coolest feature on an iPad or iPhone is the Pinch & Zoom feature. Being able to zoom in and look at something closer is so amazing.
In my past life, I worked for an architecture firm where my boss left me a note on my desk to print out a floorplan at 1” = 1’ scale and put it on the conference table. I thought it was a mistake because we usually printed hotels at 1/8” = 1’ so I knew this would take lots of paper. I did what was asked and unrolled this on the conference room table. My boss came in and started looking over these drawings. He would lean down and put his eyes right next to the paper and then back up. I watched him a minute and asked if there was anything else he needed. He said, “you probably think this is little crazy don’t you”. I said, “Maybe a little but you’re the boss.” He said, “My eyes are getting so bad that this is how big I need to look at the drawings to catch mistakes.” He was zooming into the drawing.
5. Being Okay with Imperfection
One of Apple’s mottos is ‘just ship’ meaning that they don’t wait to get a product absolutely perfect before they launch it into the world. Being okay with imperfection doesn’t mean you just leave it there and turn out low-quality work. It means you keep hustling. You give it your best shot, get it out, and then make improvements. You keep moving, keep thinking, keep improving.
I had a very cool experience for Valentine’s Day. My sweetheart took me to see Jodi Benson. You know who Jodi Benson is don’t you? She is the voice of Ariel, The Little Mermaid. Let me share a few things that Jodi Benson said that I found meaningful.
What I Learned from Jodi Benson
When asked what she learned from playing Ariel in the Little Mermaid She said, “Ariel teaches her all the time…To be brave,..To go for your dreams… To speak your mind…To be honest… To keep your childlike innocence.”
Someone asked her if it’s too late to chase your dreams. And Jodi answered, “It’s never too late, God has a purpose for everyone.”
I was very impressed by Mrs. Benson. She is a true Disney Princess. I loved the way she answered everyone’s questions, especially the little girls in the audience. This got me thinking about the idea of it never being too late to start a new dream and some of my favorite entrepreneurs who have decided they are not buying into the idea that it is too late.
It’s Never Too Late to Dream Big
Martha Stewart is Always Reinventing Herself
Martha Stewart comes to mind first. Martha was a model in her youth. She was a stockbroker after college. She has reinvented herself over and over as an author, a tv host, a caterer, a decorator, and a chef.
At 63, Martha was convicted in a case about Insider Trading and she went to jail. She accepted her punishment and even helped another inmate get started in the fashion business.
Martha is now almost 80 and she is still going strong. She is creating shows with Snoop Dog “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” where she is meeting a whole a new generation.
Kate White from Magazine Boss Lady to Best Selling Author
Another one of my favorite encore entrepreneurs is Kate White, she is the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine, Working Women, Child, and Redbook. She is now a New York Times best selling author and speaker. She has several fiction books with titles like: A Body to Die For and Such a Perfect Wife. I love her non-fiction titles:
Next let’s talk about Ernesto Shepard. This lady is impressive she is the World’s Oldest Performing Female BodyBuilder (by Guinness World Records)
At 79 Years Young, she started this at 56 when she thought she needed to get in shape to look good in a swim suit. She is a personal trainer and she participates in body building competitions. She definitely adheres the the idea that it is never too late to dream big.
Another Fabulous Encore Entrepreneur is Tamara Monosoff
Tamara Monosoff, worked in the white house, worked in Washington D.C. in the Clinton Administration where she served as Chief of Staff for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education, Education Director for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, and Senior Communications Associate for the President’s Initiative on Race at the White House.
She is an Inventor and the Founder of Mom Invented & the Mom Invented® Brand of products
Welcome to the first episode of 2020 of Design Your Lifestyle Podcast. In this episode, Kimberly discusses the DESIGNER steps to Lifestyle Design. This is a frame work for future episodes because these steps will be used again to go further along the lifestyle designer’s journey.Subscribe to the show for lots more to come!
Why I am Relaunching the Podcast
Why am I real launching my podcast when I realized what experience does podcast feed and happens to lotta podcast or’s that goes into creating a podcast and I simply was not ready so what’s new with me in the last year 2019 I wrote and self published a book on Amazon called design your life and business Amazon and it still doing really well I would love for you to check it out – KimberlyLoves.me/book
My book is called Design Your Life & Business and its all about Lifestyle Design.
You might be wondering what does lifestyle design mean exactly. In my book, I define Lifestyle Design as “creating a deliberate and purposeful plan that promotes a desirable life.”
Lifestyle Design means different things to different people. I can tell you what it has meant to me:
Meant being able to fly to Arizona and help my sister, who was having a difficult pregnancy stay for a month without losing my job.
Means being able to travel and be there for my family, my grandfather, who recently passed and my beautiful granddaughter who lives in another state.
Meant picking up my kids at school instead of them staying at aftercare or with a nanny.
Means having a home cooked dinner with my family every night instead of sitting in I-4 traffic.
Meant volunteering with my teenage daughter at Give Kids the World and modeling how to be of service to those in need.
Means I can work at in my home office, at Starbucks, or at the beach .
How is Lifestyle Design Good for the World?
Lifestyle Design is better for the environment because if everyone were designing their life, we would have less traffic, less waste, and more time freedom.
You may think that lifestyle design is a new concept invented by young people like Tim Ferris author of the book the 4 hour workweek.
It’s a strategy that works for the young and the young at heart.
But it is a concept that goes back to people like Henry David Thoreau, who said, “if one advances confidently to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Lifestyle Design is not a get rich quick scheme. It’s not always easy.
How do we design our lifestyle?
I use the word DESIGNER as an acronym for the steps to designing your life & business. These steps are used towards creating a lifestyle business that you can run from anywhere in the world.
D = Dream & Decide
E = Engage & Empathize
S = Study & Survey
I = Invest & Ideate
G = Grow with Gratitude
N = Nurture Yourself & Your Clients
ER = Evaluate & Refine
On this Podcast, we want to hear from you. How you are designing your life? We want to hear your story. To share your story,
So it starts with a dream. It starts with dreaming up lots of ideas too many big lofty ideas, maybe you’re like me and you get lots of great ideas and you trouble deciding on the right idea.
If you are ready to take the first step in Designing Your Life, I encourage you to take the Dream and Decide Workshop. I will walk you through how to figure our your best idea and launch a lifestyle business.
Dreaming and the deciding is the first step to lifestyle design.
Have you ever wanted to be someone else or change your personality? Here are 5 Ways To design your personality.
Personality is what makes you a unique human being. It encompasses the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and while you may like all aspects of your character, you may notice that others don’t always have a positive reaction to specific traits. Or perhaps you recognize some bad habits you have developed over the years and are wishing to make a change.
If you are looking for ways to enhance personality, to build new character traits that mean others are more comfortable with you, then we’ve got you covered. Here are five ways to design your personality.
#1. Discover Everything You Can About Yourself
Spend some time really evaluating who you are, what you like, how you behave, and how others react to you. Take time to notice how people respond to things you do and say, see what others appreciate most about you, and purposefully observe how you interact with others in different types of situations. Make a list of the personality traits that you think are strengths and identify a few key areas where you would like to improve.
#2. Expand Your Interests to Design Your Personality
The more you read and experience in life, the more interesting you will be. Reading, travel, and hobbies all expand your understanding of the world, teach you new perspectives, and enhance the empathy for others, also. This can make you a better friend and provides you with topics for interactions with others. Listen to a new podcast, pick up a new-to-you genre of book, or learn a hobby you’ve always wanted to try.
#3. Focus on The Needs of Others
By learning to be supportive of others, you enhance your personality and welcome more people around you. When you maintain interest in others’ passions, you show you are actively interested in their lives and care about what matters to them. Most people love to feel that others are interested in what they have to say, and they, in return, will reciprocate with interest in you, as well.
#4. Focus on Your Conversational Abilities
Whether you identify as an introvert or an extrovert, improving the way you communicate with others will enhance the relationships around you. There’s a lovely dance that goes on between introverts and extroverts. Introverts have learned to listen but by simply asking an extrovert a key question they can engage in conversation. Practice active listening techniques as well as share your knowledge and interests with those around you. Becoming a good conversationalist will help in your personal as well as professional life.
#5. Take a Stance
Most of us have a viewpoint but are afraid to show it. Most people find others with no opinions to be boring. Know where you stand on issues important to your beliefs and be sure you have information to support your perspectives. But, you should also be willing to listen to others’ views and use those to evaluate your own stance. Make an effort to talk with people whose views are different than yours to understand their perspective better.
You have the power to design your personality and enhance specific traits. By learning to evaluate what you like best about yourself, then selecting new characteristics you wish to develop, you have created a plan for your personal development.
Once you start implementing these new changes, practice again observing how you are making progress, how others respond to your attempts, and identify where you need to make adjustments. It’s always helpful to talk with others whom you really trust to see how they think you can improve your personality.
They may have identified specific traits you were not even aware others noticed about you. When you take the time to commit to this process, you will put yourself on a course toward personal development and improved happiness.