Book Category: Business, Entrepreneurial, Motivational,

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Henry, Todd (2013) Hardcover (book summary)

Author: Todd Henry
Life Changing Principles
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pros: Inspirational, straight-forward
cons: None
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Quick Summary
Henry’s Die Empty serves as a great reminder of the importance of today. We won’t always have tomorrow to do our best work.

Key Insights

  • The most valuable land in the world is the graveyard
  • Mapping + Making + Meshing = Developer
  • Mapping + Making – Meshing = Driver
  • Making + Meshing – Mapping = Drifter
  • Meshing + Mapping – Making = Dreamer
  • Direct and aggressive honesty is the salve that consistently heals avoidance and self-delusion.

Practical Application

  • Become a “Developer”
  • Find your bliss station
  • Strive for influence rather than control
  • Do a personal SWOT analysis
  • Avoid “shadow pursuits”
  • Be mindful of the 10% in conversations (those things left unsaid that will continue to cause disturbance)
  • Don’t create “phantom rules” – be clear about expectations

Meaningful Quotes (Optional)

“You possess a one-of-a-kind combination of passions, skills, and experiences; there is something you bring to your work that no one else could.”

“Greatness emerges when you consistently choose to do what’s right, even when it’s uncomfortable.”

“Brilliant work is forged by those who consistently approach their days with urgency and diligence.”

“We live with the stubborn illusion that we will always have tomorrow to do today’s work.”

“You cannot pursue greatness and comfort at the same time.”

“Nobody wins when you shape the truth to make it more palatable.”

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