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Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day Hardcover – September 26, 2013
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"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."
"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."
“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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
"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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A reminder to settle for nothing but your best every day and in every way possible.Published 1 month ago by Sana Badhwar
interesting concept. never thought this way before other than live each day as thought it's your last.
Lots of good points to think about here.
Todd Henry provides inspiration and practical advice for those seeking a greater sense of meaning and purpose in work – doing the work that we are meant to do. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gordon H. Parry
This book did a reasonable job of discussing the topic of your creative life, finding your voice, getting unstuck from stuck places, and of trying to create a legacy of work that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I saw Todd speak in Colorado as a keynote at a conference. He is a great speaker, the book is okay. Hearing him speak gave me high expectations for the book which fell short... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Edward O'Neill
Great book, outstanding thoughts that challenge us to bring out the best in all of us.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty good book. Worth the read, but not my favorite. Came in great condition.Published 6 months ago by S. Perry