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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (April 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591846994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591846994
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,017 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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