Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day [NOOK Book]


"Embrace the importance of now and refuse to allow the lull of comfort, fear, familiarity, and ego to prevent you from taking action on your ambitions...The cost of inaction is vast. Don't go to your grave with your best work inside of you. Choose to die empty."

Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we’ll always have tomorrow to ...
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"Embrace the importance of now and refuse to allow the lull of comfort, fear, familiarity, and ego to prevent you from taking action on your ambitions...The cost of inaction is vast. Don't go to your grave with your best work inside of you. Choose to die empty."

Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we’ll always have tomorrow to do our most important and valuable work. We fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. But by the end of each day we’re often left asking ourselves, Does the work I did today really matter? We feel the ticking of the clock, but we’re stuck in first gear, unsure of the path forward and without a road map to guide us.

Here’s the hard truth: sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out, so how we choose to spend today is significant. Each day that we postpone difficult tasks and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation results in a net deficit to the world, our organizations, and ourselves.

Die Empty is a tool for people who aren’t willing to put off their most important work for another day. Todd Henry explains the forces that keep us in stagnation and introduces a process for instilling consistent practices into your life that will keep you on a true and steady course.

It’s not about slaving over a project or living on a whim—it’s about embracing the idea that time is finite and making the unique contribution to the world that only you can make. Henry shows how to cultivate the mind-set and the methods you need to sustain your enthusiasm, push through mental barriers, and unleash your best work each day. His guiding principles and checkpoints include:

DEFINE YOUR BATTLES: Counter aimlessness by defining your goals wisely and build your life around achieving them.

BE FIERCELY CURIOUS: Prevent boredom from dulling your senses by approaching your work with curiosity.

STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE: Make a valuable contribution to the world by getting uncomfortable and embracing lifelong growth and skill development.

Sure to bring clarity and a sense of urgency to how you approach your work every day, Die Empty will help you reach for and achieve your goals.
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What People Are Saying

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“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101600627
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/26/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 97,923
  • File size: 513 KB

Meet the Author

Todd Henry is the founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, a consultancy that helps organizations generate brilliant ideas. He is the author of The Accidental Creative and runs a top business podcast of the same name. He is a sought-after speaker, consultant, and coach. He lives in Cincinnati with his family.


Visit www.toddhenry.com
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  • Posted April 18, 2014

    Die Empty is a motivational book meant to encourage individuals

    Die Empty is a motivational book meant to encourage individuals to achieve their full potential in life. Todd describes many ways in which to do this. He enumerates three types of work: mapping, making, and meshing. Each of these is needed to be a successfully productive person, but each one on their own is not enough, nor is any combination of the two. Separated from one another they produce very little other than ruined dreams and failed attempts at greatness, but when combined they can help you rise out of mediocrity. Mediocrity is another facet Todd explores when he explains the human tendency to embrace mediocrity out of security and comfort. He does not completely condemn it per se, because he recognizes that life throws a variety of hurdles in our path, from basic living expenditures such as rent, food, and clothing, to larger responsibilities that come with having a family to support. Still, he accurately portrays the human condition of never being satisfied when one settles for less than what they’re worth. When this occurs we witness a person wandering aimlessly, hoping to regain that lost spark.

    What Todd attempts to convey is that contained within each of us is an enormous amount of creative potential, but that if we lack the discipline and focus, that creativity will go untapped. He very correctly states that where many people go wrong is in the assumption that because they have a passion for something, they will be able to achieve their goals. This is false. Passion alone is not enough. To produce your greatest work you must suffer for it.

    Though much of the book is technically applicable to business professionals, it’s something that can be embraced by anyone who wants to get the most out of life. If you want to feel reinvigorated and excited about the next day, the next week, or even the next year, then read this book because it offers hope through the description of practical advice. Oddly enough, Todd doesn’t say anything particularly radical, but much of what he does say probably has never been said to you. Much in the same way people believe there is a secret to weight loss, people believe there is a secret to success. Todd essentially shatters this myth by offering hardcore truths that when applied will allow you to maximize your fullest potential.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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