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.
Tough but effective advice
Excellent book if you're looking for some straight-talk about how to utilize your "one-of-a-kind combination of passion, skills and experience" so you can live a meaningful life. The author reminds us our days are numbered and it's our responsibility to make our unique contribution through our work. But we're not left hanging with just tough advice. The book also contains many helpful exercises and techniques you can use in your daily life. We're given specific tactics to overcome such obstacles as aimlessness, boredom, comfort, ego, and fear. An excellent example of the book's philosophy is this quote from the end of Chapter One,"Don't go your grave with your best work inside you. Choose to die empty."
rating is for iBooks
i was near done with this book, but sadly took a long break from it. came back - ALL my highlights are scrambled. not sure if it has something to do with the publisher pushing out an “update” (cover is different now, for no good reason) - but, the whole book is now ruined for me. i was ready to finish it, then go back through my notes and actually do the tasks - now, i can’t. utterly ruined. apple’s fault? the publisher’s? who knows… but the author should get to the bottom of this. seriously depressing.