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About The Book
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 “did the work I do 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.
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.
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 mindset 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 a curious mindset.
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 a newfound 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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Die Empty
Chapter 2: Your Contribution
Chapter 3: The Siren Song of Mediocrity
Chapter 4: Define Your Battles
Chapter 5: Be Fiercely Curious
Chapter 6: Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Chapter 7: Know Yourself
Chapter 8: Be Confidently Adaptable
Chapter 9: Find Your Voice
Chapter 10: Stay Connected
Chapter 11: Live EMPTY
Chapter 12: Forward
“A simple, elegant and 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
Todd Henry is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams generate brilliant ideas. He regularly speaks and consults with companies, both large and small, about how to develop practices and systems that lead to everyday brilliance. Todd's work has been featured by Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, HBR.org, US News & World Report, and many other major media outlets.
Todd's first book, The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice offers strategies for how to thrive in the creative marketplace and has been called "one of the best books to date on how to structure your ideas, and manage the creative process and work that comes out of it" by Jack Covert, author of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time and founder of 800-CEO-READ.
His latest book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day, unlocks the forces that cause even the brightest, most skilled people to become stagnant in their life and career, and introduces practices that help them build a body of work they can be proud of.
"In this powerful book, Todd reminds us that the world will not be changed by what we want to create, it will be changed by what we created. Life is short. Learn how to die empty." - Pamela Slim, author of Escape From Cubicle Nation