By Brian Schwartz

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." – Wayne Dyer

Wireframed is based from a view of life being a computer program. If our lives were simulated, how might we code best version of ourselves? In Wireframed, I will borrow concepts from computer science as an analogy to ‘decode’ our real lives. My objective is to show you how you can use the analogy of writing, running, and debugging 'code' to gain control and live a more vibrant life.

What is the Wireframed hypothesis?

It builds off the simulation hypothesis, which considers the possibility that our reality is simulated and there’s coder behind the screen we can’t see. By viewing challenges you face in the framework of a program, you find yourself better equipped to deal with the obstacles that arise.

“I’m not as good as I’m gonna get, but I’m better than I used to be.”

Apply Wireframed to your own life.

The best way to turn knowledge into wisdom is to apply it. Very quickly, I want to engage your program by injecting calls to action to run what if scenarios.

How might someone apply Wireframed? Here's an example:

I received an email from a disappointed client. Before WF, I would have taken it personally, felt a lower self worth, and perhaps even lashed back at the client in defense, since he was accusing me in part as being the cause of discontent. In general, I would have felt pretty crappy about myself. But from the WF perspective, this problem is viewed as little more than an 'error' in the code. The negative emotions I felt were a clue that a bug had entered the program. Rather than get pulled into the drama, from my library of programs, I pulled up a module called disappointed and ran it to remove the bug. I felt better almost instantly.

This demonstrates the power of having code to turn to when needed. It’s the ability to view issues more objectively so you can handle whatever arises. Wireframed is the beginning of what I see as an expanding library of code to help all us level up to our full potential.

As a coder in an ever evolving operating system, debugging is an ongoing part of being a program in a simulation someone else created.

This is a work of creative nonfiction, with the protagonist being a fictional character named Simon. I will provide you with options to 'role play' the programs in your own life via CTCs (calls to code). If at any point you feel the ‘call to adventure,' feel free to jump to a different module. The calls to action (CTA) throughout are up to you, and each CTA will have different levels to choose from depending on your skill level.  The order in which you read Wireframed is not important once grok the concept.

Part biographical, part spiritual, part therapy, part how-to, Wireframed is probably unlike any instruction manual you’ve read before. I hope you have as much fun reading Wireframed as I had writing it. Wireframed (as it relates to your own life) is a role playing adventure, where you choose the role to play.

A repository like GitHub for human intelligence.

Similar to a Github model for the real world, Wireframed can be a catalyst to guide you in coding the your own human program. Visit the links at the end of each module (chapter) to share your experiences, contribute to the collective wisdom, and find more ways to deepen your understanding. I consider the online version of this work open source, since the collective wisdom of the readers exceeds that of the author. In the spirit of the open source model:

“Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.” -

You will build a library of open source code that you can use to ‘reprogram’ yourself when needed.

The ideas in Wireframed will only improve with feedback from readers like you. 

In Wireframed, Simon is the protagonist in the story and could be anyone.

YouTube has already empowered confidence in an entire generation. It's become the go to repository of knowledge for millions. Need to know how to string a ukulele? There's lesson for that. Need to fix a leaking toilet, drain a hot water heater, make kale chips? There's likely someone who has the code you need.

I'll make use of relevant code already in use when possible.

Bugs in our programming show up as hardships, emotions, failures, setbacks, and generally anything that disrupts our natural state of peace. While debugging is unique to each program, it’s helpful to have a library to pull form.

Each module explores a different aspect of the human condition/program. They are the result of years of reflective writings, a lifelong study in human development, and my own unique mashup of mindfulness, yoga, existentialism, and a lifelong passion for technology.

Wireframed is written in the first person, my intent is that you become the narrator. I've discovered there's more power in both writing and reading I statements.

The structure of Wireframed

With some exceptions, each module will contain the following:

Our protagonist Simon deals with real-world issues that trigger him to run a particular program (module).

A Real World Role Playing Adventure

A dynamic aspect of Wireframed is that it contains elements of the Choose Your Own Adventure series, one of the earliest forms of interactive games. Success in the real world requires that we click on the right response. When we have a drop down menu of relevant choices, our decision becomes easier.

Instead of feeling powerless in not knowing what to do in a situation, you will be empowered as you become more familiar with the various modules (including your own custom snippets) to run whenever a challenge arises.

Debugging is only possible when we learn-by-doing. Experience teaches us what we need to know. In time, we’ll gain the ability to debug any issue that arises - and Wireframed can provide you with a library of code to integrate into your own program.

In all likelihood, someone else has has faced the problem (bug) before, and resolved it. In Wireframed, one of my prime objectives is to accelerate your discovery of the patches needed to run your program with fewer bugs.


In the bibliography you will find additional sources of insight. In Wireframed, I’m reframing old ideas in a new way, using an current era analogy, on which I hope helps the reader see new truths for themselves.

An invitation to engage

The collective wisdom of the readers will most certainly exceed that of the author. In an effort to capture as much of it as possible, every page contains space for comments. I strongly encourage you to share your own insights!

Just as wikipedia hyperlinks words that contain pages, so does Wireframed. For this reason, you will find immense value in the cloud edition of Wireframed.

Life is an adventure, so you might as well enjoy the journey.

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