Design Your Life by Vince Frost is a chronological insight into the life of Vince Frost and his philosophies on design, health, relationships, family and everything in-between.
The 238 page book is not a long read however it is a good read. For someone who’d rather digest a bullet as opposed to written content, I found myself making a proactive effort to absorb every line of every page to the best of my ability, to the point I used my boarding pass to follow the lines down the page.
The sheer honesty in the content is not only relatable but captivating. Knowing someone so prolific came from such humble beginnings gives hope not only to me but the masses of graduates out there. It’s timing is perfect and essential.
The book follows Vince around the world from his unassuming child hood through to his evolution at Pentagon, cameo at Vogue and modern history with his world famous agency Frost* collective.
Unlike most books, there are no chapters but instead, a range of sections all pertaining to different facets of design and philosophy as understood by Vince. While I would recommend that everyone experience the book from front to back, I see myself using to book as a coach of sorts. There are many sections which literally give you the mental pat on the ass required to get back in the game and enjoy life for what it is.
There are 27 sections made up of 15 principles, 10 interviews, a preface, an introduction, a conclusion and an index. The interviews are good BUT the principles what I enjoyed the most. Not only is each principle easy to understand, they are each underpinned by a story or anecdotes how Vince came to understand the importance of each principle first hand. This approach to literature bought me closer to the author and as a result helped me understand my own life experiences in a new light giving me some well needed revitalisation.
Some sections make you laugh out loud (even in public). The sort of laugh you associate with love and friendship, yet some chapters are quite serious and thought provoking. Being a book with a chronological element, there will be at least one chapter which speaks directly into your soul due to the content resonating with the issues and problems you and I are currently experiencing. And this is another reason why I loved this book so much. I am a step closer to understanding what it takes to go to the next level.
At no stage does the content make you feel like your too old, too far gone or not good enough. The book helps you understand that when the sun comes up tomorrow, each of us will be blessed with the opportunity to make a difference in our lives, our friends lives and our families lives — and every moment is an opportunity to be happy and both mentally and physically present.
My favourite reading was on page 14:
“How well do you know yourself? I thought I knew myself. But I didn’t have balance in my life. I spent years working like a dog. Design was a thing I put before everything else. Work was the most important thing. And the next more important thing was more work. Except that I didn’t see it as work, I saw as an opportunity. I was so excited. So hungry for opportunity, to do stuff, that I didn’t want tit to stop. Because I never wanted to fall behind. Not again. Not ever”
This sentence shook me hard because hard work is all I have ever known. And when one of the world best thought leaders challenges you to live your to live differently in the aim of enjoying it more, well, it’s probably worth giving it a serious attempt.
So out with "New years resolutions" I've already made up my mind that today is the day. I'm officially through with cigarettes, over sized portions, working past 7pm and I am going to replace these evils with exercise, street hoops, weekend adventures, making love, listening to music and better time management.
I give this book 9 out of 10 frogs.
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