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Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day | [Todd Henry]

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. 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.

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.

©2013 Todd Henry (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

What the Critics Say

"One of the best books of the year. Passionate, practical and powerful, Todd will help you do more and do it better, starting right now." Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception"A simple, masterful manual for leading a fulfilled life... Bravo, Todd Henry!" (David Allen, author of the international best seller Getting Things Done)

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    Oliver Copenhagen 12-25-13
    Oliver Copenhagen 12-25-13

    I teach WordPress web design online, focusing on the *design* part - and fun:) I love learning new concepts, hence all these audiobooks;)

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    "Deeeeep sigh. And a tired one at that."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Todd is probably well-meaning and sincere. I believe he is. But I'm just as well-meaning and sincere, when I say this book truly made me stressed. It doesn't feel organised, and just like my issue was with Todd's previous book "The Accidental Creative", this one quickly propels into manic overdrive mode, encouraging you to make a list of this, make a list of this, build this into your routine, and hey - you also need to do this and this and this and this.

    I'm by no means against doing exercises, thinking and contemplating, but the more I read and think about productivity, the creative process, and life in general; it becomes more and more evident that 99% of "us" (as in "the western, young to middle-aged knowledge working class") are way too stressed and overworked.

    We are getting too far away from what's really important in life. And another list, brainstorm, habit, goal: does *not* alleviate that problem. Quite the contrary: it *is* the problem.

    One of the biggest "villains" in that tale, is David Allen. I was following his GTD methodology for years, and can wholeheartedly say that it's downright wrong in many of its concepts on human productivity and stress. Will not go into detail about that here, just say that Todd sounds like a GTD by-product. David Allen also endorsed his book with a glowing testimonial.

    Lists are not a cure for a stressed out life. Lists are part of the problem. You can always think up more ideas, more projects, more tasks and note them down on a gazillion lists. But it will *not* make you more productive. Just overwhelmed.

    Brain science doesn't back up the claims of GTD.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Okay narration, but too overworked, in my opinion.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Die Empty?

    Tighten it up. Balance it out.


    Any additional comments?

    Read The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte, for a more mindful, healthy substitute for Die Empty. One that will make you happy. Now - and at your deathbed.

    I also highly recommend Autopilot by Andrew Smart, and Your Brain at Work by David Rock.

    69 of 75 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Loudon, TN, United States 04-08-14
    Phil Loudon, TN, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Same Old Same Old"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Rehashed stuff. Platitudes. Dull reading.


    Did Die Empty inspire you to do anything?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Sounds like a corporate motivational speaker writing a book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida 04-11-14
    A. Yoshida 04-11-14
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    "Be fulfilled at the end of the day"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 04-10-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 04-10-14 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Grab life by the short hairs and ride!"

    Die Empty starts off with a great metaphor of all the un filled dreams, ideas and passions that fill the graveyard. It ends with the idea of living every day as if it was your last. Between those bookends are some great ideas about how to strive for your best work and to make a difference in the world. Not necessarily trying to gain world recognition but to know deep in your heart you gave your all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Health Crusader Florida,USA 03-11-14
    Health Crusader Florida,USA 03-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic! Great book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Loved it.


    What other book might you compare Die Empty to and why?

    The Brain That Changes Everything by. Shaahin Cheyene because of the author's tone.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dell 06-03-14
    Dell 06-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "This book is amazing. 12/10"
    Where does Die Empty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    out of the 25 audio books ive purchased this is by far my favorite. It has clear actionable steps and is interesting to listen to. So much so that I have listened to it several times through. Whoever you are, you will find this useful & relevant.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Single Dad 04-17-14
    Single Dad 04-17-14
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    "not bad, but not great"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It could have been a lot shorter. It didn't keep my attention.


    What did you take away from Die Empty that you can apply to your work?

    Throw care to the wind, and just go do it.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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