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.
[Tweet theme=”tweet-box-shadow”]The idea that failure is caused by misdirection, even when you’re certain you’re on the right path, is an eye-opener.[/Tweet]
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.