SLR 066: The Designed Life of Michael Hyatt

Simple Life Reboot

Armosa Studios / WDS 2014

Sheryl and I have been influenced by a number of extraordinary thinkers on the subject of simplifying your life

to focus on what is important.  One person who has inspired us is Michael Hyatt , author of “Platform”, and online entrepreneur, who spoke recently at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

Default Approaches

Michael’s talk entitled, “The Designed Life”, described three ways people often approach life.  There is the person who wanders along, letting life happen to him, the Drifting Life.  Then, there is the individual who prides himself on his ability to work harder, the Driven Life, often sacrificing relationships and other priorities.  The Driven Life status symbol is exhaustion.

Unfortunately, both of these approaches are more reactionary than intentional. Michael Hyatt went on to explain that living the “drifting” or “driven” life amounts to living life by default, letting circumstances dictate the result, limiting us and our legacy.

Designed Life

Michael went on to describe a better approach that he called, “The Designed Life”.  He described how critical it is that we be intentional about our life choices. This theme is fleshed out in Michael’s free e-book Creating Your Personal Life Plan, in which he states:

“…most people spend more time planning a one-week vacation than they spend planning their life”.


We are all so caught up in appearances, the kind of car we drive, how large of a house we live in, that we lose sight of the big picture.  According to Michael, what we should be asking ourselves is

  • “How will I be remembered?”
  • “What is really important to me?”
  •  “What single brave decision do I need to make today?”

These are questions that if asked, lead us to ponder what our impact is upon others, and in the pondering, to begin to act with more intention.

“The Designed Life” is a life that is not wasted, not hurried, and not selfish.  It is the life we were put here to live out.

At the end of his talk, Michael asked the audience, “How are you doing with what you have been given?

It’s one of those questions each of us already knows the answer to, almost without thinking.  The answer is different for each of us, and no one can answer for another.

Michael Hyatt was a joy to listen to.  He left the audience in Irene Schnitzer auditorium with two final thoughts.

“Life is a gift.”   &   “Do what matters!”


Originally posted on


We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

Leave a Reply