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From the Publisher“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
Posted April 18, 2014
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.
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