Life decision options can be prototyped for validation and learning.

  1. Lightweight explorations can avoid overinvesting in bad options. Review odyssey plans for prototype opportunities.
  2. Identify conversations that could answer the questions.
  3. List experiences that could answer the questions.
  4. If stuck, brainstorm with trusted peers, or mindmap options.
  5. “Prototype” pursuit of life decisions by engaging in interviews and experiences.


  1. William Burnett and David J. Evans, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, First edition (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016). (See notes.)