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Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow. But sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out. Each day that you postpone the hard work and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation will result in a net deficit to the world, to your company, and to yourself. Die Empty is a tool for individuals and companies th Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow. But sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out. Each day that you postpone the hard work and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation will result in a net deficit to the world, to your company, and to yourself. Die Empty is a tool for individuals and companies that aren't willing to put off their best work. Todd Henry explains the forces that keep people in stagnation and introduces a three-part process for tapping into your passion: Excavate: Find the bedrock of your work to discover what drives you. Cultivate: Learn how to develop the curiosity, humility, and persistence that save you from getting stuck in ruts. Resonate: Learn how your unique brilliance can inspire others. Henry shows how to find and sustain your passion and curiosity, even in tough times.


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Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow. But sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out. Each day that you postpone the hard work and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation will result in a net deficit to the world, to your company, and to yourself. Die Empty is a tool for individuals and companies th Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow. But sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out. Each day that you postpone the hard work and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation will result in a net deficit to the world, to your company, and to yourself. Die Empty is a tool for individuals and companies that aren't willing to put off their best work. Todd Henry explains the forces that keep people in stagnation and introduces a three-part process for tapping into your passion: Excavate: Find the bedrock of your work to discover what drives you. Cultivate: Learn how to develop the curiosity, humility, and persistence that save you from getting stuck in ruts. Resonate: Learn how your unique brilliance can inspire others. Henry shows how to find and sustain your passion and curiosity, even in tough times.

30 review for Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heidi The Reader

    Your days are finite. One day, they will run out. As a friend of mine likes to say, "You know, the death rate is hovering right around one hundred percent." pg 3 Todd Henry has given the world a call-to-action with Die Empty. The book is one big reminder that one day you (yes, you!) will die and he imparts some useful tools to help you discover what you're meant to do and then to do it to the best of your ability. "If there is one overriding goal of this book it is this: to bring a new found clari Your days are finite. One day, they will run out. As a friend of mine likes to say, "You know, the death rate is hovering right around one hundred percent." pg 3 Todd Henry has given the world a call-to-action with Die Empty. The book is one big reminder that one day you (yes, you!) will die and he imparts some useful tools to help you discover what you're meant to do and then to do it to the best of your ability. "If there is one overriding goal of this book it is this: to bring a new found clarity and sense of urgency to how you approach your work on a daily basis, and over your lifetime." pgs 5-6 Henry is into catchy acronyms and veers very close to empty motivational jargon. But, I feel, he pulls himself back in time. "No one charts a course for mediocrity, yet it's still a destination of choice. It's chosen in small ways over time, and those tiny, seemingly inconsequential decisions accumulate until they result in a state of crisis. pg 35 I learned a great deal from his abc's of mediocrity that include "comfort zone" as the letter C. If I am guilty of anything, it is finding my comfort zone boundaries and then staying carefully inside of them. Henry believes you do the world a disservice when you don't push yourself. Who knows how much you can do if you don't try? "Growth is about daily, measured, and disciplined action. It's about embracing purposeful skill development and pursuing new opportunities that stretch you a step beyond your comfort zone, even when it means venturing boldly into the unknown." pg 89 You escape your comfort zone, Henry says, by creating goals in steps, sprints and stretches. Steps are goals that can be accomplished in one day. Sprints are completed in one or two weeks. Stretches are a big goal that takes longer than that. Throughout much of the book, the lesson seems to be act, observe, and act again. It touches on everything from fear of failure and delusions to inflated egos and effective communication. Die Empty could be described as a one-stop-shop for almost anything that holds you back from "unleashing your best work every day". Henry even addresses the fact that no self help book is the complete answer for anyone. The final ingredient in any lasting change or improvement in your life is you. You can have the map, and there can be gas in the tank, but unless you're willing to fire up the engine and put your foot on the gas, you'll never get anywhere. Intention and theory don't change the world; decisive action does." pg 201 Recommended for readers who are unwilling to settle for less than their very best work every day.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura Leaney

    The first 30 pages or so resonated with me, mostly because I waste a lot of time deviating from well-intentioned plans. I also love the title. The rest of it was painfully boring. Better self-help lessons might be found in the writings of Marcus Aurelius. I'm pretty sure he "died empty" without giving too much thought to catch phrases like the "Seven Deadly Sins of Mediocrity." The author's ideas are fine, but the writing is dull and clichéd: Engage today with urgency and diligence. Plant seeds The first 30 pages or so resonated with me, mostly because I waste a lot of time deviating from well-intentioned plans. I also love the title. The rest of it was painfully boring. Better self-help lessons might be found in the writings of Marcus Aurelius. I'm pretty sure he "died empty" without giving too much thought to catch phrases like the "Seven Deadly Sins of Mediocrity." The author's ideas are fine, but the writing is dull and clichéd: Engage today with urgency and diligence. Plant seeds every day that will yield a harvest later. Sigh.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma Sea

    The book sat very uneasily with me, for more reasons than simply the repetition of bland aphorism. It's clear Henry's target market is the middle-class white-collar worker, and although Henry discusses entrepreneurs in many places, the overall tone of the book is very much that the cure for a meaningless paper-pushing middle-management life riddled with Koinophobia is to put more energy into your work; all your energy; all your drive. When Henry talks about frustrated staff who whine, "My manager The book sat very uneasily with me, for more reasons than simply the repetition of bland aphorism. It's clear Henry's target market is the middle-class white-collar worker, and although Henry discusses entrepreneurs in many places, the overall tone of the book is very much that the cure for a meaningless paper-pushing middle-management life riddled with Koinophobia is to put more energy into your work; all your energy; all your drive. When Henry talks about frustrated staff who whine, "My manager is too controlling", who are "deferring the discomfort of acting on their decision" and who are "lacking the courage to act" I feel like he's talking directly to Gen X'ers, who have made it to their 40s and 50s and wondered when the life they were implicitly promised will arrive. They played by the rules, were the first generation to face crushing student loan debt, started at the bottom prepared to work their way up, and just somehow never got there, and the Baby Boomers who's senior jobs they would once-upon-a-time have moved into are deferring retirement because of economic instability. Monica Pott's piece in the Washington Monthly magazine, on the post-ownership society, is an interesting companion read to this book; a look at how some Millennials have responded to the same issues - by disengaging from exactly the kind of work Henry is proposing we instead give our all.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    A disclaimer is in order. I have been a Todd Henry enthusiast since I read his first book, The Accidental Creative: How to be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice. His regular podcast is on my weekly “must listen to” list. I was thrilled when I heard the title and theme of his second book. I’m what business guru, Ken Blanchard, calls a “raving fan” of Todd’s work. Admittedly, I’m biased not just because we share the same first name. Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day is about how we can unle A disclaimer is in order. I have been a Todd Henry enthusiast since I read his first book, The Accidental Creative: How to be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice. His regular podcast is on my weekly “must listen to” list. I was thrilled when I heard the title and theme of his second book. I’m what business guru, Ken Blanchard, calls a “raving fan” of Todd’s work. Admittedly, I’m biased not just because we share the same first name. Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day is about how we can unleash our best work each day and increase the odds that we won’t regret the work we’ve done when we come to the end of our life. It’s about living full so we can die empty. What I like most about Todd’s writing is his courage. He doesn’t hesitate to call out the fluffy platitudes that we are fed in too many business and career books. He doesn’t shy away from saying that success and our best work will require effort and self-discipline. Those two things go against the grain of our comfort driven culture. I was practically cheering out loud when he said, “You cannot pursue comfort and greatness at the same time.” One popular fallacy Todd takes on that resonated with me was, “The Passion Fallacy.” We are told countless times to just “follow your passion” and the money will follow you. Besides the obvious impracticality of this advice, (How many of us actually do get paid for playing video games all day?) Todd points out that it is a selfish approach to finding meaningful work. Eventually the passion dies down and we are left searching for a different obsession. A better approach is asking, “What value can I add?” instead of “What can I get?” When we pose the question this way, it correctly reminds us that we are not the center of the world. We know that when we are the center of our own world, it’s a very small world…after all. Another example of Todd’s courage occurs in the chapter titled, “Finding Your Voice,” which tackles discovering our unique expression of value through our life’s journey. He challenged me when he wrote, “Great work results when you stop doing only what you know you can do and instead begin pursuing what you believe you might be able to do with a little focused effort.” In the infamous words of television character Barney Stinson (Played by Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother), “Challenge accepted!” Todd’s writing tone is one we would find from a buddy who is sitting across the table having coffee with us. It’s friend to friend encouraging conversation rather than top down pronouncements. In addition, his stories are nicely balanced with practical applications and probing questions at the end of every chapter. This is the type of book I can see myself rereading on a yearly basis to keep myself on track in fulfilling my life’s mission. The message of the book is simply stated: “Don’t go to your grave with your best work still inside of you. Choose to die empty.” May that be true for us all.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chung Chin

    From the cover jacket - "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 keeps us in stagnation and introduces a process for instilling consistent practices into your life that will keep you on a true and steady course." Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again. - Andre Gide This quote came to mind as I was reading through the book From the cover jacket - "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 keeps us in stagnation and introduces a process for instilling consistent practices into your life that will keep you on a true and steady course." Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again. - Andre Gide This quote came to mind as I was reading through the book. If you are an avid reader of self-growth books that has a focus on career growth, you will find that a lot of the subjects Todd Henry writes about have been written elsewhere; the book feels very familiar and in time, will readers might feel it redundant to read further. The difference between this book and others may be that it offers a lot of probing questions that make the readers think about the subject. It gives you a lot to think about, which I think is good. Rather than feeding its readers information, the book forces us to take part in a discussion and come up with something of our own. Some books make us feel really energetic after reading it; it might be because of the inspiration we receive; it might be because of the new information we want to apply. Some books make us feel "cold" after reading it; just because it's a bore, and nothing new has been learned. For this book, I feel lukewarm towards it and that isn't necessarily a good thing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Reem

    Die empty . it is not about getting everything done today. . it is not the same as “live like there is no tomorrow. . it is not about following your whims. So what does Die empty mean? 1- Your days are numbered – finite- someday they will run out, Do not waste the opportunity. 2- You have a unique contribution to make to world. 3- No one else can make your contribution for you, Do not make yourself a victim. 4- Your contribution is not about you; cultivating a love of the process is the key to m Die empty . it is not about getting everything done today. . it is not the same as “live like there is no tomorrow. . it is not about following your whims. So what does Die empty mean? 1- Your days are numbered – finite- someday they will run out, Do not waste the opportunity. 2- You have a unique contribution to make to world. 3- No one else can make your contribution for you, Do not make yourself a victim. 4- Your contribution is not about you; cultivating a love of the process is the key to make a lasting contribution. 5- Avoid comfort it is dangerous, Greatness emerges when you consistently choose to do what is right, even when it is uncomfortable. 6- Take a stand; do not shape shift. If you do not stand for what you believe in, you will eventually lose yourself in your work. 7- You must plan seeds today for a harvest later. 8- Know yourself, define your battles and be fiercely curious. 9- Find your voice and stay connected. 10- And at last; forward your experience. A definitely must read book 💜 “only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go”.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Reeves

    A fabulous read about making a difference in your life each and every day rather than living by your to-do list. I will keep this by my side as a reference and reminder to live and act with purpose.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Þórsteinn Ágústsson

    The title says it all, the book is empty! Pretty dull, full of common truth told much better elsewhere. Had to force my self through 3/4 than I couldn´t take it any more

  9. 4 out of 5

    Reemi

    *Finished this book* during the COVID- 19 quarantine. 31 March , 2020 11:45 PM.* "It's easy to get lost and wake up many years later in a strange land asking yourself, "where am I, how did I get here, and how do I go back ?" " This is one of the few nonfiction work-related books I've read, which is not my to-go-to genre, so this book was like a sweet introduction to that. Die empty is a book that discusses how to treat your job the way it should be treated, it claims that unlike most books and opin *Finished this book* during the COVID- 19 quarantine. 31 March , 2020 11:45 PM.* "It's easy to get lost and wake up many years later in a strange land asking yourself, "where am I, how did I get here, and how do I go back ?" " This is one of the few nonfiction work-related books I've read, which is not my to-go-to genre, so this book was like a sweet introduction to that. Die empty is a book that discusses how to treat your job the way it should be treated, it claims that unlike most books and opinions that demands to focus on personal life and treat our job as just 8 hours in which we go, do a certain task and go home. This book says that our job should be more than that. whether you love or hate your job, I believe you can find yourself somewhere in this book. the most amazing thing about it is that it tells you the things that you already know and believe but afraid to say even to yourself, and also mentions new things that open new perspectives you didn't know existed before. Another thing I liked about this book is that it first explains the problem, then tells you what you can do about it. It actually gives you practical -hard- solutions, in addition to the practices at the end of each chapter. Overall I think this book was amazing and I believe that everyone should read it :) Quotes that I loved and highlighted on my kindle : *Waiting for the permission to act is the easy way out *Don't go to your grave with your best work inside you. Choose to die empty. *You may be doing great work, and you may be doing a lot of work, but you're not making progress in a way that is personally meaningful. and waaaay to many other quotes. I loved this book

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mason

    If there’s one book that America’s politicians should be reading, it’s Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry. Although the book is aimed at creative professionals, and they’re used for most examples, the principles and insights gleaned can relate to anyone that’s willing to get honest with themselves and open up to Henry’s advice. Die Empty is less about a stringent set of rules and tasks that you must accomplish and more about adopting a different mindset. Henry makes sure t If there’s one book that America’s politicians should be reading, it’s Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry. Although the book is aimed at creative professionals, and they’re used for most examples, the principles and insights gleaned can relate to anyone that’s willing to get honest with themselves and open up to Henry’s advice. Die Empty is less about a stringent set of rules and tasks that you must accomplish and more about adopting a different mindset. Henry makes sure to tell us that the “work” in the title doesn't only reference our professional careers, but applies to the work we do in our private lives as well. Die Empty is peppered with questions to ask ourselves and, if your mind is open to it, you’ll start subconsciously picking out the ones that relate the most to you. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone (executives, politicians, real estate agents, my mom), because although you may be happy with your success or career, I think that we should do everything we can to continue growing ourselves and those around us. (Disclaimer: I received a free, advance copy of the book to review.)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Boomershine

    I read a few books like this a year, because I feel I must. I do desire to keep some sort of finger to the pulse of what modern man finds to be the answer to productivity and effectiveness, and this book is really well reviewed. This book is to productivity jargon what the Moulin Rouge is the can-can. [By that I mean it is a sort of epicenter, if you must know why I must deal in crude metaphor.] In fact, Henry skirts alongside biblical mores the whole book through without ever hitting them head-on I read a few books like this a year, because I feel I must. I do desire to keep some sort of finger to the pulse of what modern man finds to be the answer to productivity and effectiveness, and this book is really well reviewed. This book is to productivity jargon what the Moulin Rouge is the can-can. [By that I mean it is a sort of epicenter, if you must know why I must deal in crude metaphor.] In fact, Henry skirts alongside biblical mores the whole book through without ever hitting them head-on. This is an atypical business book because it's not about exhausting yourself through the hard charge of relentless pursuit of promotion. In that wise, its refreshing. It's full of good sensibilities. I think a good test of whether a business book is sound and profitable tome is when I consider how my grandfathers would have considered this book if they had read this during their plowhorse years of work. In fact, I think they would have chucked this thing out the window. If I could remember who convinced me to buy a copy of this book last year, I would stick a banana in his tailpipe (literally, not figuratively).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Candleflame23

    . . What Die Empty Doesn't Mean The phrase "die empty" could easily be misunderstood to mean spending every ounce of yourself on your career. the words "DIE EMPTY!" in an attempt to squeeze a little more effort No one else can make your contribution for you Waiting for permission to act is the easy way out. Everyone has to play the hand they're dealt. This means that you can't make a habit of pointing fingers, blaming others, or complaining. As painful as it can be, unfairness is baked into every aspe . . What Die Empty Doesn't Mean The phrase "die empty" could easily be misunderstood to mean spending every ounce of yourself on your career. the words "DIE EMPTY!" in an attempt to squeeze a little more effort No one else can make your contribution for you Waiting for permission to act is the easy way out. Everyone has to play the hand they're dealt. This means that you can't make a habit of pointing fingers, blaming others, or complaining. As painful as it can be, unfairness is baked into every aspect of life, and to make a contribution and empty yourself of your potential, you have to come to terms with it and refuse to be a victim. بالمختصر الكتاب دعوة للعمل وانجاز الأهداف والابتعاد عن التسويف ... وقد تمت ترجمته باللغة العربية تحت عنوان : #مت_فارغاً ... ماذا بعد القرّاءة ؟ اصنع الأثر ♥️ #تمت #أبجدية_فرح 4/5 ‏#candleflame23bookreviews #غرد_بإقتباس #حي_على_القراءة #ماذا_تقرأ #ماذا_تقتبس #القراءة_حياة #القراءة #القراءة_حياة_أخرى_نعيشها #مت_فارغ ‏#DieEmpty #ToddHenery

  13. 4 out of 5

    Loren

    What a disappointment. I read the first chapter for free and was intrigued enough to download the worksheets and order a copy of the book. Unfortunately, the book is not geared toward "creatives" at all, but people laboring for start-ups and larger businesses, "creating" under the gun for their corporate masters. It's about making yourself feel better about pouring your soul into work for someone else's profit. Reading this book was less an exercise in getting out of it what I put into it and mor What a disappointment. I read the first chapter for free and was intrigued enough to download the worksheets and order a copy of the book. Unfortunately, the book is not geared toward "creatives" at all, but people laboring for start-ups and larger businesses, "creating" under the gun for their corporate masters. It's about making yourself feel better about pouring your soul into work for someone else's profit. Reading this book was less an exercise in getting out of it what I put into it and more a slog to find the few pearls that would connect to my life as a self-employed author contracting to publishers. In fact, Henry disses the "lone genius slaving away in their studio loft, occasionally gracing the public" when that describes my work situation exactly. Well, maybe not the genius part, but the slaving away in isolation could not be truer. Wish his disdain for who I am had been made clear in chapter 1 instead of chapter 10. In addition, the writing in this book was surprisingly awful. As illustrated by the quote above, Henry doesn't want to commit to gendered pronouns, so he often uses the plural "they" to describe a singular subject. Made me wonder if anyone edited the book -- or proofread it. The book about living in such as way as to "Die Empty" with all your creativity released into the world is yet to be written.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Banner

    Motivational talks don't usually touch on death, this one built it's premise on the fact that you are going to die one day. To quote, "the death rate is hovering somewhere around 100%". Given this unavoidable fact, how does this effect your life decisions? What we regret most is not living up too and fulfilling our potential. Life is full of unrealized dreams and goals, not because they were attempted and failed, but because we chose the comfortable path and just didn't really try. Through a cou Motivational talks don't usually touch on death, this one built it's premise on the fact that you are going to die one day. To quote, "the death rate is hovering somewhere around 100%". Given this unavoidable fact, how does this effect your life decisions? What we regret most is not living up too and fulfilling our potential. Life is full of unrealized dreams and goals, not because they were attempted and failed, but because we chose the comfortable path and just didn't really try. Through a course of reasoning and practical suggestions the author leads you down a path of living a life wherein that potential can be realized and used up, thus "empty". Much thought is given to how we can adapt our thinking to fit this pattern. There is a lot of practical and logical suggestions to help aid our thinking along this process. This short book was extremely helpful and pleasant to read (listened to the audio). There was not a lot of guilt ridden, over the top stories about people reaching the impossible dream. It was more focused on the average guy learning how to break certain unproductive patterns of thought that hinder us from reaching our potential.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    The title "Die Empty" gives the impression on how to be ambitious and driven to achieve all your dreams. This was more about methodically improving yourself and picking the things that are important. He gives an example of how his son had hurt himself by trying to jump two steps at a time going downstairs. He freaked out from the crying and was ready to enact a new rule of "no jumping on stairs". Then he stepped back. This was the first time it happened. Obviously, his son felt the pain of makin The title "Die Empty" gives the impression on how to be ambitious and driven to achieve all your dreams. This was more about methodically improving yourself and picking the things that are important. He gives an example of how his son had hurt himself by trying to jump two steps at a time going downstairs. He freaked out from the crying and was ready to enact a new rule of "no jumping on stairs". Then he stepped back. This was the first time it happened. Obviously, his son felt the pain of making this mistake and would unlikely do it again. We lose sight of the value of learning from our mistakes and growing our wisdom from those experiences. We create rules for ourselves and others. Then they never learn from experience; they only suffocate from all the rules surrounding them. It's through these insights that you learn what actions you can take so you start to feel more fulfilled at the end of each day.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ben Nesvig

    If The War of Art, So Good They Can't Ignore You, and chapter 4 of The 33 Strategies of War had a book baby, this would be the result. And I mean that in a good way. The book has a lot of solid applicable advice that anyone can use to be more effective, get clarity, and do better work. If The War of Art, So Good They Can't Ignore You, and chapter 4 of The 33 Strategies of War had a book baby, this would be the result. And I mean that in a good way. The book has a lot of solid applicable advice that anyone can use to be more effective, get clarity, and do better work.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Excellent. Outlines seven ways that humans fall into stagnation or mediocrity not only at work but also in other areas of our lives. Describes each factor and how to remedy it in a easy to understand way. I recommend it to anyone that what to improve their life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    An honest, practical read that applies to everyone. A good book that will make you think.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Really enjoying Todd Henry’s books for creative workers. There are a lot of good tips and advice in what I’ve read so far - and he has a lot of free resources on his website as well!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    Classic “new year, new you” read. Lol at myself. It was good. The stuff about the traps we fall in to - especially the trap of comfort - resonates. The privilege of being able to spend time finding the thing you’re uniquely suited to though. Sometimes I sicken myself. Four stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kamie

    "Be fiercely curious" 👍👍 "Be fiercely curious" 👍👍

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Inspirational business read on how to figure out and focus on what's most important to do right now to reach long-term life and work goals. Inspirational business read on how to figure out and focus on what's most important to do right now to reach long-term life and work goals.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Payal Sachdeva

    Finished reading this beautiful book full of serendipitous insight and treasures . When Henry wrote his first book , he recounted having a conversation with his friend and other guests on the launch of his book , where he asked them a question : “ What do you think is the most valuable land in the World ? “ Several replied , tripping in Manhattan , the oil fields of Middle East , the gold mines of South Africa but his friend said , “ YOU are all WRONG , the most valuable land in the world is the g Finished reading this beautiful book full of serendipitous insight and treasures . When Henry wrote his first book , he recounted having a conversation with his friend and other guests on the launch of his book , where he asked them a question : “ What do you think is the most valuable land in the World ? “ Several replied , tripping in Manhattan , the oil fields of Middle East , the gold mines of South Africa but his friend said , “ YOU are all WRONG , the most valuable land in the world is the graveyard.” This one answer inspired him to write this book .Because it’s the place where you are buried and with you are buried your unfulfilled dreams , aspirations , the ideas which if one had brought to life would have changed the world and lives of millions .In the graveyard are buried all the unwritten novels , never launched businesses , unreconciled relationships and many things which people thought we would do tomorrow or in near future , but it never saw the light of day. The main nub of the book is never die full but Die Empty.Empty yourself of your best work for generations of people to benefit by it . Unleash your best work every day by pragmatic and systematic planning .Never fit yourself in the mediocrity and be satisfied with it . Chase your dreams even if it means unfettering yourself from your own comfort zone . The book is full of wisdom and we all can benefit from it by one way or the other . Todd penned it beautifully by narrating anecdotes , apothegms and narratives of famous personalities . The one I loved most is by Henry Miller : “ Develop an interest in life as you see it ; the people , things , literature , music - the world is so rich , simply throbbing with treasures , beautiful souls and interesting people . Forget yourself “ So aptly said forget yourself and see the beautiful souls around you full of life , vigour , teachings , positive convictions about life and living life to the fullest, some of them become your mirror and doppelgänger as you venture in your life . One establishes genuine connections with others . We all are motley of strengths and flaws and connecting with each other teaches us the redemptive power of love and life . Just loved it ... it’s not something which we all haven’t read earlier , we all have read motivating books on love , life and many more but it’s the title DIE EMPTY , which wants one to read it and one want to unburden the soul before dying !

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    MMM... The main innovation was an alliteration: mapping, meshing, making. This is equivalent to the old concept that there are three broad categories of jobs (working with Ideas, People or Things) and that each of us tends to prefer one over the other two, but needs to do all three to some extent. I think the old way of talking about it is clearer even if it isn't alliterative. The examples used to illustrate concepts are pretty superficial or else are lifted from other books. It's not malarkey, MMM... The main innovation was an alliteration: mapping, meshing, making. This is equivalent to the old concept that there are three broad categories of jobs (working with Ideas, People or Things) and that each of us tends to prefer one over the other two, but needs to do all three to some extent. I think the old way of talking about it is clearer even if it isn't alliterative. The examples used to illustrate concepts are pretty superficial or else are lifted from other books. It's not malarkey, but it also doesn't add anything important that isn't already in better books. It didn't resonate with me. I think most people who have read any of the self-help classics would find this m, m, mediocre.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    This book's a great complement to David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD). I read GTD shortly before reading Die Empty. GTD teaches you how to be organized and productive. Die Empty helps you figure out how to be productive, but it also helps you determine your goals. The author explains how to pinpoint your goals, make sure they're the right goals, and make a plan for reaching them. This applies to your personal life and your professional life. (Disclaimer: This is what I got out of the book. T This book's a great complement to David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD). I read GTD shortly before reading Die Empty. GTD teaches you how to be organized and productive. Die Empty helps you figure out how to be productive, but it also helps you determine your goals. The author explains how to pinpoint your goals, make sure they're the right goals, and make a plan for reaching them. This applies to your personal life and your professional life. (Disclaimer: This is what I got out of the book. There's a ton of stuff in the book, so you may have different takeaways after reading it.) I like how the book brings together so many techniques in one volume. It's a great resource, even though I've read about or heard about most of the book's techniques in other sources. The author covers some of them in his podcast, The Accidental Creative. I listened to the audiobook, and I hope to read the printed book because there's a lot to absorb from it. I plan to read the printed book so I can mark it up and reference it later.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This book has a great title and starts off with promise, but gets bogged down with to many rules and things you have to do to be successful. I think it would be nigh impossible to do everything the author suggests and have any time or energy left to do your best work. Much of the material is not new, but has simply been renamed. On the plus side, I appreciate the author's emphasis on developing character. Many of the principles are based on character traits of honesty, humility, perseverance, et This book has a great title and starts off with promise, but gets bogged down with to many rules and things you have to do to be successful. I think it would be nigh impossible to do everything the author suggests and have any time or energy left to do your best work. Much of the material is not new, but has simply been renamed. On the plus side, I appreciate the author's emphasis on developing character. Many of the principles are based on character traits of honesty, humility, perseverance, etc.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Gillespie

    Die Empty includes a lot of the same concepts as The Accidental Creative, including advice on how to curate the flow of media you’re subjected to, ideas for how to have weekly and quarterly self-assessments of all of your work and life activities, and how to maximize your focus. It does contain a bit more information about goal setting and how to leverage your focus, time, and energy to be sure you’re really being effective in the roles you identify as your priorities. {Read my full review here} Die Empty includes a lot of the same concepts as The Accidental Creative, including advice on how to curate the flow of media you’re subjected to, ideas for how to have weekly and quarterly self-assessments of all of your work and life activities, and how to maximize your focus. It does contain a bit more information about goal setting and how to leverage your focus, time, and energy to be sure you’re really being effective in the roles you identify as your priorities. {Read my full review here}

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vitalmommy

    I could not finish this book. While I loved the premise and the first several chapters, I really think it is soooo long, with very little new in that later chapters. I wanted to love this book, and maybe I'll come back to it, but for now it just is not worth the slog when there are so many other fabulous things I'd like to read in my limited reading time. Since I could not finish it, I'm giving it a one. I will note that I would give the first 3 chapters a 4. After that, it just gets too slow. I could not finish this book. While I loved the premise and the first several chapters, I really think it is soooo long, with very little new in that later chapters. I wanted to love this book, and maybe I'll come back to it, but for now it just is not worth the slog when there are so many other fabulous things I'd like to read in my limited reading time. Since I could not finish it, I'm giving it a one. I will note that I would give the first 3 chapters a 4. After that, it just gets too slow.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Louden

    Highly useful. I read Todd's first book, Accidental Creative, and found it useful as well, although he does write more for people in organizations then self-employed but still, easy to apply most of the ideas. This is a book you need to read through, and then decide how you will apply it. I will not be applying all his ideas - they are a bit complicated and overwhelming at first blush, but I will be adapting quite a few. Read with a highlighter! Highly useful. I read Todd's first book, Accidental Creative, and found it useful as well, although he does write more for people in organizations then self-employed but still, easy to apply most of the ideas. This is a book you need to read through, and then decide how you will apply it. I will not be applying all his ideas - they are a bit complicated and overwhelming at first blush, but I will be adapting quite a few. Read with a highlighter!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brady

    Another bland self-help book with too many "do it this way or your life won't be important" manifestos. The title was good, but there didn't need to be a whole book declaring every practice you need to do in work and life to make it happen. Another bland self-help book with too many "do it this way or your life won't be important" manifestos. The title was good, but there didn't need to be a whole book declaring every practice you need to do in work and life to make it happen.

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