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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
“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
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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!
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People going through ruts or lost their sense of purpose remotely should read this! Urgency & Diligence, very well said!Published 17 days ago by Kenneth Sim
Quick read, but a lot of inspiring dialogue. Highly recommended if you've fallen into a rut and are looking for something to regain a positive perspectivePublished 22 days ago by Justin Belden
One of my top five favorite books ever. Everyone needs to read this one. Yes, that means you. :) I feel that I was already working (somewhat feverishly) to the goal of dying empty,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by m tribble
Great book! I'm reading now for the second time to effectively digest all the information I missed the first time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Diane I. Wieland
Encouraging and well put, but nothing new in this book. YOu pretty much know what you are going to get.Published 6 months ago by JewExpert
Like the encouragement, more examples, recommended to people from all walks of life. Some exercises were vague hence the ask for more examples.Published 7 months ago by gatongs
A reminder to settle for nothing but your best every day and in every way possible.Published 9 months ago by Sana Badhwar