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
"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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"Same Old Same Old"
No. Rehashed stuff. Platitudes. Dull reading.
Sounds like a corporate motivational speaker writing a book.
"Deeeeep sigh. And a tired one at that."
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.
Okay narration, but too overworked, in my opinion.
Tighten it up. Balance it out.
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.
"Good ideas but struggling listening"
I had mixed feelings while listening to the audio book. The book is full of good ideas and inspiration, it made me want to work on my goals eagerly. However, time after time my attention wandered away, and I had to force myself to pay attention. I think if you haven't listened to similar books before, it's worth to give a try, but if you are familiar with this type of books, this one doesn't give you as much as you expect.
"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.
"I will listen several times"
I gained a lot from this book, but plan to listen a few more times to get more. May have to by the actual book.
The content is unbelievable. I recommend stopping at the checkpoints and digging into the assignments he gives you to do. You'll get some great tips if you just listen through nonstop, but to really create a new path for yourself, you have to apply it to your own life first.
As for the reader (the author), it was okay. I've heard authors who are terrible readers, but Henry did a good job with pace and tone. Unless the author has significant history improving their speaking ability or communication skills, it's worth the money to hire a professional narrator. Henry does a decent reading, but it could have been better.
"Gold in the mountain"
Like disparate gold mines spread across a large mountain. This book offers value by condensing key points of other Great thinkers and books. The last 20 minutes are by far the best. The author shares his personal struggles and distills his own inner wisdom. The book often gives me the feeling of listening to Seth Godin but I'm not a hater -- at least he's imitating/reading great work.
Loved this book. Listening while at work. It is filled with practical advice that can be used to become more productive while offering your best to others.
"Must for anyone who thinks they have lots of time"
Yes, It take too long to read a book. I have a paper back for reference when I need to look up something specific.
It was my choice for the Book Club (all men this was book # 199) in June. We were moved by the content and took several action step Todd suggested to focus into our individual lives..
"Stopped listening after 30 minutes"
Boring, jargon-filled ramble about sales and marketing. The description did not make that the least bit clear.
"Really enjoyed this book. Very helpful advice."
I would probably go back and listen to certain chapters again as I try to implement some of the steps.
A great personal development book with a strong message, sounds controversial but is really just the hard facts of life and a very positive mantra to give the best of yourself to everything you do.
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