Bernie Roth on How to Design a Life

Dozens of people have reached out to share how much they enjoyed the Bernie Roth interview, and it’s not hard to figure out why.

As an innovator, Stanford Professor, and Co-Founder Bernie thinks about life in complex ways. As a designer, his practicality is enchanting.

Bernie has a hearty laugh and is quick to offer encouragement to those of us aiming to design a life that’s different or better than the one we’re living right now.

In his book, The Achievement Habit, and in our conversation, Bernie sums up his approach as “having a bias toward action.” He doesn’t worry about whether the next thing he does is the perfect thing. He focuses on doing the thing that helps gets him to a new place or that generates a new set of ideas.

Bernie’s candor is part of his charm. During the interview, he shared:

  • How to get unstuck when problems seem insurmountable
  • How to rethink physical space for increased creativity and collaboration
  • Ways to build mindsets that drive passionate, caring approaches to life and work

If you’re looking for a fresh perspective from a master teacher and innovator, I encourage you to listen to my conversation with this insightful man. You won’t regret it.

And if you enjoy what you hear, please rate the podcast and leave a review. Thank you for your support!


  1. Shannon R Jones on October 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Gayle I really enjoyed this discussion with Bernie Roth. We don’t often hear the perspective of engineers and designers when the topics of happiness and fulfillment come up. I like hearing how he became involved in the human potential movement and how he iterated from there.

  2. Gayle on October 22, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I agree, Shannon. This is a perspective we don’t often hear. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Vip Gupta on October 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Gayle, I really enjoyed this as well. Thank you for creating and sharing this podcast, I found it quite inspiring!

  4. Gayle on October 30, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Vip, so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback.