- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio (August 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591847524
- ISBN-13: 978-1591847526
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In a world where it is increasingly easy to fake the voice you think you're supposed to have (see the parade of manicured social media accounts), Todd's new book is a flare on the road back to honesty. If you're tired of façades, rediscover your real voice with the wisdom inside this book."
"Our authentic voice is the key to the jobs, clients, and creative work that fuel our lives. Todd Henry clearly and soulfully lays out the path for discovering and communicating your unique message and value to the world. This book is essential for anyone who cares about making a difference."
"Figuring out what you're meant to do in this world is challenging, but Todd serves as an en- couraging guide, always nudging the reader to think bigger. This is a thought-provoking book, yet still practical enough to help readers build progress toward their callings into daily life."
About the Author
TODD HENRY, the author of The Accidental Creative and Die Empty, is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps people and teams in many different industries. Through his speaking and workshops, he teaches simple practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He lives in Cincinnati with his family. Visit www.AccidentalCreative.com.
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Todd acknowledges that there is no free lunch, you do have to invest yourself in thinking about, planning, and executing the work then reflecting on your outcomes so that you can start the cycle all over again. That's another thing I like about Todd's candor and insight - you can't put your life in order all at once, nor can you "fix" it and then leave it on autopilot. You have to stay engaged and aware, investing thought and action at the appropriate time.
And it's not just for your day job or corporate occupation. The principles and perspectives here apply to that environment, certainly. But they apply to your passions as well. I'm in a corporate role but want to develop the skills and knowledge to move to a full-time occupation as an artist at some point in the future. What I'm learning in Louder than words will serve me well in both areas. I can get better at what I do at work, to include refining and charting my growth and progression going forward, and I can coherently and effectively improve and grow as an artist. In both cases it will help me to grow in either role and to prepare for future opportunities.
I look forward to not only completing the book and it's exercises, but more importantly to applying what I learn in my life, recalibrating, and applying the process over and over. Consistency and action are certainly keys to the long-term outcomes but the power of repetition (and mastery) of Todd's approach will only get, not easier, but more frictionless over time.
Well worth the read (and re-read). To the extent you apply what's offered here (And that's the trick, isn't it?), I believe you will benefit significantly in effectiveness, alignment, and growth into the future.
I'll update my review from time to time as I complete the book and apply it to my all aspects of my life.
Inspire us, Henry does, in his third, and perhaps his deepest and yet most pragmatic work to date. The first half of the book focuses on three driving forces that shape us and our work: Identity, Vision, and Mastery. Henry fleshes out each theme in a detailed, multi-layered, and yet accessible and actionable way, inviting us to think through who we are, where we are going, and how we work toward the highest level of command of our life's work, Mastery.
LTW is not a light and breezy read, nor is it a volume that quickly and easily gives up its layers of meaning. More than one read is not only possible, but I decided early in my first reading that it would be a book I would return to for at least a second reading, and likely often as a welcome reference. This said, LTW is book that I could not put down.
This is both a powerful and illuminating guide, and a thorough framework to which readers are likely to return to capture nuances missed in a first reading. Such efforts will be rewarded with greater clarity and sharper focus for each reader's uniquely individual approach to the main themes.
Louder Than Words is an important and valuable work that should appear on many reading lists, most especially the lists of those who are questioning the major and essential themes that lie at the core each of us confronts more than once in our lives. I encourage readers to share this outstanding book with friends, colleagues, and most especially with students who are at the threshold of their adult life journeys.
If you haven't yet read Henry's first two books, The Accidental Creative and Die Empty, you will want to, and will find that, individually or collectively, the three are an ideal platform for personal and group exploration, conversation, and discovery.
My takeaway from this book is that we need to find a “Sherpa” mentor. A Sherpa mentor is one that doesn't just provide passive advice but is fully vested in the path to your success. If you succeed, they succeed and, if you fail, they fail . . . just like a Sherpa and a climber.
Also, Henry provided an effective template for getting feedback on your performance and to help you define your uniqueness. I have summarized this process below:
1. Identify five to seven people you’ve worked with closely and have seen you operate under pressure and at your best.
2. Ask them to give you three words that describe how they see you functioning when you are adding your greatest value and a brief description of . why each of the three is significant.
3. Ask them; “what should I do more of?”
4. Ask them; “what should I do less of?””
5. Finally, ask them; “if you were to sum up my unique value in a sentence, what would it be?”