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Henry is the founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, a consulting firm that helps organizations generate new ideas. His first book, The Accidental Creative (2011), offered strategies for how to thrive in the creative marketplace and was supported by a podcast of the same name. The imperative of the new book to “die empty” may sound exhausting, but it’s not about working yourself to the bone until you have nothing left to give. Instead, it’s about reminding yourself that your life is finite to create a sense of urgency that breaks the habit of putting your best work off until tomorrow. Many modern professionals are “busily bored,” cranking through a lot of work but not engaged or meeting their larger objectives. Henry provides a number of tactics and mental challenges to keep you focused on short, medium, and long-range goals. Keep this one by your bedside and read a section or two at the beginning or end of the day to keep yourself on track. --David Siegfried

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"One of the best books of the year. Passionate, practical and powerful, Todd will help you do more and do it better, starting right now."
- Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception


"A simple, masterful manual for leading a fulfilled life. I couldn't put it down. Bravo, Todd Henry!"
-  David Allen, author of the international bestseller Getting Things Done


"In a field crowded with rivals, Todd Henry stands out as a unique and original voice.... If you can read this book and not be inspired, you need a 100% full-body-and-soul transplant. Outstanding!" 
Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art and Turning Pro


"You have a limited number of days on Earth. This book sends an urgent message: make them count!"
- Chris Guillebeau, NYT Bestselling author of The $100 Startup


"Die Empty looks past simple slogans to highlight detailed strategies for building a meaningful life; a must-read for anyone interested in moving from inspiration to action."
Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can't Ignore You


"We all want confirmation that our life compass is pointed in the direction and that we are on course. Die Empty provides practical methods for reflecting and then immediately taking action that keeps you on the right path and helps you unlock your full potential on a daily basis."
Tim Schigel, founder and Chairman of ShareThis


“In a field crowded with rivals, Todd Henry stands out as a unique and original voice. I love Todd’s outstanding thoughts on how each of us possesses a career-in-potential, and it’s our challenge to bring it forth so that we can ‘die empty.’ If you can read this book and not be inspired, you need a 100 percent full-body-and-soul transplant.”
STEVEN PRESSFIELD, AUTHOR OF THE WAR OF ART AND TURNING PRO


“Todd Henry says to create a life of meaning and impact you need to map, make, and mesh. You’re probably doing one or two of those right now, but just imagine how interesting your work will get when you incorporate all three into your daily life. Todd gives you the tools and points the way.”
MICHAEL BUNGAY STANIER, SENIOR PARTNER AT BOX OF CRAYONS, AUTHOR OF DO MORE GREAT WORK


Die Empty looks past simple slogans to highlight detailed strategies for building a meaningful life; a must-read for anyone interested in moving from inspiration to action.”

CAL NEWPORT, AUTHOR OF SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU


“In this powerful book, Todd reminds us that the world will not be changed by what we want to create, it will be changed by what we created. Life is short. Learn how to die empty.”

PAMELA SLIM, AUTHOR OF ESCAPE FROM CUBICLE NATION


“No matter your role in your family, community, or business, Todd Henry will open your eyes to new ways to unlock your purpose and set you on the right path to pursue your personal mission. Die Empty will keep you on a true and steady course and help you

reach your full potential every day.”
TIM SCHIGEL, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, SHARETHIS, INC.


“You have a limited number of days on Earth. This book sends an urgent message: make them count!”
CHRIS GUILLEBEAU, AUTHOR OF THE $100 STARTUP AND THE ART OF NON-CONFORMITY


“I can think of no better phrase to live your life by nor any better person to explain the message. Bravo.” 

—JULIEN SMITH, FOUNDER OF BREATHER.COM AND AUTHOR OF THE FLINCH

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; 10.1.2013 edition (September 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591845890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591845898
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
Todd Henry's first book was Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice, which examined the creative process and provides strategies to maximize your creativity while maintaining healthy work habits.

In Die Empty, Todd helps individuals and companies stop deferring their most important work. The book provides a process and principles for tapping into your passion -- at first, that may sound like several other books on the market, but this incorporates Todd's uber-valuable approach to the create-on-demand expectations of today's workplace.

The book is organized around the "seven deadly sins of mediocrity" for individuals and teams:

AIMLESSNESS: The book's chapter "Define Your Battles" helps you identify what you will stand for.
BOREDOM: "Be Fiercely Curious" provides several strategies to avoid "busy boredom," including what he calls a "bliss station."
COMFORT: "Step Out of Your Comfort Zone" helps you establish a new vector and set step, sprint, and stretch goals on your new course.
DELUSION: "Know Yourself" helps you identify what truly resonates with you and what unique contribution you alone are capable of pursuing.
EGO: "Be Confidently Adaptable" helps you prevent an inflated ego from stalling progress on your most important work.
FEAR: "Find Your Voice" helps you take small, calculated risks every day.
GUARDEDNESS: "Stay Connected" helps you maintain productive collaboration rather than closing off from relationships when things get busy.

Todd also outlines four key factors that will determine your long-term effectiveness in life and work. Your F.A.T.E. determines your fate!

I liked Accidental Creative, but I love Die Empty. As the author has continued to develop his ideas and speak to audiences large and small, his writing style, insight, and fascinating stories hit a whole new level in this book.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I started this book and was immediately hooked. Todd lays down the foundation for what "die empty" means and why it's so important. We get one life that goes fast. We can spend our life on a lot of things but only with focus and intention can we truly invest ourselves and our lives into what matters the most.

Todd leads the way to show how we can die empty. He states, "We have only a certain amount of time available to us, and how we choose to spend our days is significant...we feel the ticking of the clock, and the accompanying sense that we may be missing our opportunity to make a contribution to the world. However, we often ignore these impulses as a result of the relentless pragmatics of life and work."

Todd sets out to answer the question, "How do you set in motion a course of action that will allow you to unleash your best, most valuable work while you still can?"

Over the course of the book Todd doesn't give empty cliches or motivational speeches. Instead he shares his observations in his work and real life applicable disciplines we can incorporate into life- from examine where we are going, to the reason we need to step out of our comfort zone to the importance of developing and chasing our curiosity.

This isn't a quick fix book. It's not a call to crazy-busy activity. It's an instruction manual on how to live so that we die empty of regret and full of the satisfaction that we lived life well, giving, serving, spending ourselves on what really mattered.
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Format: Hardcover
I was first introduced to Todd Herny's work through his first title "The Accidental Creative". I knew right away I just had to share his message with my coworkers. It's not often you find someone who really understands the creative process and the myriad pitfalls so many of us creative professionals face in our work and careers. Recently I had the opportunity to hear Todd speak at a leadership event and was immediately reminded just how important and necessary his voice is to the community. Needless to say, I was excited to hear he had written a new book that focused on unleashing excelent work.

"How much of your day do you spend doing work that you'll be proud of later?"
This is the question Todd asks us to consider in his newest title "Die Empty". It's a tough question, but it's one worth grappling with. Let's face it, at some point we're going to run out of tomorrows. And all those great ideas we've been sitting on, those noble projects and worthy causes we hoped we'd get to one day will be left undone. And should that happen, the world will be poorer as a result of our procrastination. "Die Empty" is a powerful antidote to that scenario. It's a weapon against procrastination.

Todd's book doesn't just contain wisdom and aspirations (though there's plenty of that) it provides actionable processes and road maps designed to help us understand our values and to empower those values to drive the work we do. It's a powerful tool for those of us determined to throw our full weight - our values, our talents and our passions - into our work, families and communities.

I have no doubt Die Empty will quickly become a manifesto for professionals intent on living out their passions.
Wanna unleash your best work? Read the book, Then roll up your sleeves and get at it!
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