Die Empty by Todd Henry is just what I would expect from such an impassioned speaker. It’s well written and provides a thoughtful, and though-provoking, commentary giving it your all. Always doing your best work.
There’s a very personal tone to the book which is evident throughout. Todd is clearly invested in this subject and walks his own talk. He comes across as genuine in his beliefs, and advice, which lends a little book a lot of depth. Included in the book is a lot of advice about how to best approach and conquer your goals. This includes practical advice and ideas on how to assess if you’re really giving it your all. Todd asks that we consider whether we’re putting 100% into what we do. More than that, he questions whether you’re focusing that 100% in the right direction. Sometimes we’re giving it our all, but our focus is on the wrong thing, so we’re not getting the desired results. Not because we’re not trying hard enough, but because we’re looking in the wrong direction.
This is an excellent book to read if you’re unhappy with your progress. If you need to shake things up a bit. Or if you’re looking for a different approach, or if you just like books on personal and career development. The title, Die Empty, refers to the key question of the book:
How do you set in motion a course of action that will allow you to unleash your best, most valuable work while you still can?
Todd answers this query with a combination of practical advice and a reasonable number of anecdotal stories. He doesn’t shy away from detailing his personal struggled in order to demonstrate what he’s discussing. His background means there is a rather ‘coachy’ feel to a lot of what he says. Todd is a motivational speaker and life coach, and it shows. This isn’t a criticism, but if it’s a style you don’t enjoy you may not appreciate it.
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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 chasing the next promotion. But by the end of each day we're often left asking ourselves, 'did the work I do today really matter?' Die Emptyis 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. 'You have limited number of days on Earth. This book sends an urgent message: make them count!' Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startupand The Art of Non-conformity 'In a field crowded with rivals, Todd Henry stands out as a unique and original voice. I love Todd's outstanding thoughts on how each of us possesses a career-in-potential, and it's our challenge to bring it forth so that we can 'die empty.' If you can read this book and not be inspired, you need a 100 percent full-body-and-soul transplant.' Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Artand Turning Pro 'It's a veritable page-turner of insights and new ways to think about how to soak the most creative juices out of your life.' Twist Image 'If you've pondered a life list, books you want to write, trips you want to take, creative projects you want to begin, don't allow those visions to die with you. Let Todd Henry help you make it happen.' Aaron McHugh's Insights Into Work, Life, & Playblog 'Most of the advice is sensible, easy to implement, and a reminder that best efforts are more rewarding than mediocre ones.' Success
Hazel is an author, copywriter and blogger. She has published several books and short stories, including The Uber Author Planner, Chasing Azrael, a Urban Fantasy novel, and Bleizgeist, a Dark Fantasy novella. She has had several academic papers published internationally.
Hazel is currently working on two exciting new books on blogging: When the Phoenix Dances, and The Divine Blogging Design, due for publication in 2016 and 2017, respectively. She is also currently penning Death Becomes Me, the second novel in her Urban Fantasy series.