Die Empty by Todd Henry
It is in our nature to live with the stubborn belief that tomorrow will always be there for us to do our most valuable and important work. Often, we jump from one task to another, chasing deadlines and striving for the next promotion. In the end, we are often left wondering, "did the work I did today make a difference?" We feel the clock ticking, but we are stuck in first gear, unsure of what to do.
Eventually, each of our tomorrows will run out, so how we choose to spend each day is crucial. The world, our organizations, and ourselves are hurt each day when we postpone difficult tasks or succumb to cluttered offices and cluttered workspaces.
Others will do whatever it takes to complete their tasks today, no matter what. As Todd Henry explains in this podcast, stagnation is a result of the forces that keep us in a rut, and he introduces practices for staying on the path.
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. His guiding principles and checkpoints include:
- Define Your Battles: Counter aimlessness by defining your goals wisely and build your life around achieving them.
- Be Fiercely Curious: Prevent boredom from dulling your senses by approaching your work with a curious mindset.
- Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: Make a valuable contribution to the world by getting uncomfortable and embracing lifelong growth and skill development.
- ...and many more.
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.