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Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day Paperback – April 28, 2015
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"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
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The book has been easy to digest and apply quickly. I found myself immediately brainstorming ways that my current commitments could have significantly more meaning and also dream (and plan) for work that could bring fulfillment. I have always has a deep sense that there was something in this world that I was "supposed to do" and this book gives a strong foundation for following that through and making sure I don't put it off until it's too late.
Todd is often tongue and cheek about the irony of writing a book about ways to live with the focus of death on the forefront. He handles this existential topic well. There are also tools created to make a nice component for this content. I plan on using them with my small work team and also with some of my clients. As I talk to more and more people about this topic, it seems that we live in a day when most people want to do more than just earn money. This book really helped clarify how to walk that out.
This is huge. From a career and personal perspective, it sets you apart from everyone else. People will want to work with you. You’ll be making a bigger difference. You’ll enjoy what you’re doing at a much deeper level.
In the book, Henry states: If you believe you’re capable of more, your best work is ahead of you. I love it. Then, he guides you through a process to step out of your comfort zone. His 3-step approach includes:
1) Mapping: figuring out your plan.
2) Making it happen; doing the work.
3) Meshing: prepping for long term success.
I strongly encourage people to read this book simply to understand that concept better — and hopefully, embrace it. My life has changed immeasurably since I committed to wholeheartedly giving away my personal gifts.
Don’t settle for a life of mediocrity. Go for it.
I've been working for six months on figuring out where I should be directing my life. I'm a business owner and a creative person over all, but I've been feeling listless and adrift. I was finishing up a guided writing class with a creativity mentor when she turned me on to Seth Godin. He in turn had written glowing praise for Todd Henry and Die Empty. When I saw that I took it as a sign and jumped in feet first.
Since this is my first reading, I don't know that any of the wonderful writing that Todd did has fully sunk in to my practical world. I do know this. Next Tuesday I begin teaching a class at a local university and the first thing my students will see when they come in to class will be a quote from this book.