February 7, 2020

5+2+7: The secret code for designing a better life

Think about this question: can your current life and career brave through the changes in the workplace and our world? In this blog, we’re going to introduce a technique to develop the right mindsets and skillsets to designing a better life and ensure your answer to the question above is a big ‘yes’.


A prominent expert on designing one’s life and career for the better, Arinya Talerngsri, Managing Director at SEAC, has shared a ‘5+2+7’ code to design the life you desire during her recent talk at the Creative Talk Conference 2020.

Arinya Talerngsri, Managing Director at SEAC, at the Creative Talk Conference 2020


According to Arinya, the right mindset is important because it drives our thought process that can shape our actions towards our desired goals. Meanwhile, our skillsets are an important driving force in the workplace. Here are 5 mindsets, 2 skillsets and 7 tips to begin designing the life that you desire.


Encouraging positivity with 5 mindsets

1. Growth Mindset

Challenges and adversity are opportunities to grow

When Carol Dweck, a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, first coined this term, she referred growth mindset as seeing opportunity in anything even failure. Those with this mindset believe that we don’t necessarily need to be ‘born with it’ to be ‘great at it’ – we can grow through hard work and dedication.


2. Outward Mindset

See people as people, not obstacles towards our goals

Academic, author and business consultant, Dr. Terry C. Warner, developed this term and it is about seeing other people and their goals the way we view our own. The approach is to collectively achieve our own and others’ goals together.  A popular saying that could pop to mind is: “Together we stand, divided we fall”. In many ways, the outward mindset works this way.


3. Learning Mindset

Continuous learning is what keeps us relevant

Truth be told, not many of us would say we like to ‘learn’. But what we dread isn’t learning itself but our image of learning – a boring lecture hall. Learning doesn’t necessarily happen in a hall, it can happen at work. A learning mindset is just understanding that it is a continuous process, anywhere at any time and that there is always room to improve and grow.


4. Agile Mindset

Adapting to change with speed gets us ahead

Having an agile mindset is about seeing the opportunities fast enough to adapt to it with speed. The keywords here are ‘adapt’ with ‘speed’. Even if we aren’t currently facing major challenges or problems, it doesn’t mean we can sit still and continue with the usual. It is also important to predict and quickly adapt to changes in the business landscape.


5. Curious Mindset

Curiosity unfolds new knowledge and new ways of doing things

You may be familiar with the saying “curiosity killed the cat”. This was meant to warn us from poking our noses in the wrong places. But the saying also continues with “but satisfaction brought it back” – which means that curiosity makes us question and understand things better to our satisfaction. We can’t truly solve problems or understand a topic if our mindset isn’t to be curious about it first.



Grooming the 2 skillsets

To develop skills to serve the goals in your life, you should look at the two sets of skills: Soft Skills which include skills on the human side like communications and collaborative skills, and Technical Skills which include the hard skills you require in the particular profession.

But the problem with this is that there is no fixed list of skills that can guarantee success, regardless of a specific industry, position and role. What we require is to ‘upskill’ our current skills to become more effective in our current role, and ‘reskill’ to gain new skills to take on new roles, expanding our capabilities to adapt to change.


We know the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ – but ‘how’ do we do begin?

We know the mindsets we require to encourage positive thinking and the skillsets to consistently develop to stay relevant in our changing world, here are the 7 tips to begin in designing a better life. Arinya has concluded her own experience and has come up with these tips:

  1. Change the way you ‘talk’ to yourself; don’t become your own worst critic
  2. Change the way you speak to other people
  3. Select the mindsets you want to begin with
  4. Learn and practice the mindset every day
  5. Surround yourself with people with the mindset you want
  6. Make a habit out of the mindset as well as ‘upskilling’ and reskilling’
  7. Get out of the ‘comfort zone’

Remember, we cannot do and be everything. The point of designing your life is not to achieve perfection. The skillsets considered valuable in the past could be redundant today. In the same manner, what may be valuable today, could no longer be useful in 5 years. The point of the formula is to build capabilities to adapt to the changing world so we remain on top of our game and achieve continuous success.