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Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry
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“Passion” has its roots in the Latin word pati, which means “to suffer or endure.” Therefore, at the root of passion is suffering. This is a far cry from the way we casually toss around the word in our day-to-day conversations. Instead of asking “What would bring me enjoyment?” which is how many people think about following their passion, we should instead ask “What work am I willing to suffer for today?” Great work requires suffering for something beyond yourself. It’s created when you bend your life around a mission and spend yourself on something you deem worthy of your best effort. What is your worthwhile cause?”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“Make sure that you’re nurturing your process. It’s the only thing you can truly control, and it’s the thing you’ll always have regardless of where you end up.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“Emptying yourself of your best work isn’t just about checking off tasks on your to-do list; it’s about making steady, critical progress each day on the projects that matter, in all areas of life.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“We need to fall in love with the process, not just the end product of our work.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“The great problems we see in the world today will not be solved by people functioning at half capacity cranking out work they don't care about in order to buy more things that will eventually rust and rot.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“When people begin to experience the lull of mediocrity, they often question whether they are in the right job. They wonder if there might be another one out there that would better suit them, and that might give them the thrill they once experienced before things went south. They may even act on that impulse, hopping to another job or company, and subsequently find that everything is better for a while. The newness is back, and that craved-for sense of challenge has returned. Problem solved? Actually, no. In many of these situations the job hopper is right back in crisis within a matter of months. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with their new job; it’s because they changed their external situation without changing their mind-set and methods. They were trying to solve an internal problem by changing their external circumstances, which rarely works. You have to begin by finding alignment internally, then question your work environment.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“Great work results when you stop doing only what you know you can do and instead begin pursuing what you believe you might be able to do with a little focused effort.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“Of course, it’s easy to confuse progress with effectiveness. All progress is not true progress. It’s possible to gain ground for many days, weeks, months, or even years but be going in a completely wrong direction. That’s why it’s important to have mechanisms in your life to help you decide whether your efforts are, in fact, helping you advance on your goals, or just feeding your need for forward motion.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music—the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself. —HENRY MILLER”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“Overtime we learn the art of compromise. The problem is we often compromise the most valuable thing: the fire that drives our best work.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“The only two approaches to dealing with uncertainty are design and default. When you operate by default, your biology, which is wired for comfort, wins out and you almost always end up squarely in the gray zone.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“instill consistent practices into your life that keep you on a true and steady course. An ounce of preventative discipline today is worth a pound of corrective action later.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“Nobody wins when you shape the truth to make it more palatable.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“Intellectual growth results not from the accumulation of tidbits of information, but from considering and integrating it.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“This means dedicating yourself to the pursuit of new and better questions, attuning your mind to dive deeply into important problems, and questioning the assumptions that sometimes limit fresh new perspectives.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. —JAMES OPPENHEIM”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“What do you already suspect to be true, but are ignoring because it seems impractical on the surface? You will never do your best work until you learn to hone and trust your instincts, then develop the courage to take small steps in the right direction.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“Great work, like a healthy financial portfolio, takes time to mature.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“in against their will, or that it’s something that necessarily pulls us away from the people and activities we really care about. But work encompasses much more than just how we make a living. Any value we create that requires us to spend our time, focus, and energy—whether in the context of”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“This morning Ava snuck into my office with an announcement: “I only have a few minutes here, because I have to go to work.” “Oh, all right,” I replied. Ava’s “office” is the closet in our basement. I often see her tucked away in there with her pink toy laptop typing away for several minutes at a time. Curious, I thought I’d probe a bit. “Ava, what do you do when you work?” She thought about it for a few seconds, eyes turned upward. “Well, I . . . I do things, and . . .” She paused again. “Well . . . I don’t know. They haven’t told me yet.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“I’ve learned that I need to lean into the fear of falling short, and push through the initial urge to retreat from the challenge of having to up my game. When I do this, my best work shines through.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“In a similar way, we each have resonant frequencies that we respond to naturally, and when we encounter them in others, their words or actions are amplified in us and we begin to resonate with the other person. This can happen in the least expected places, such as when you notice a subtle theme in a work of art, you hear someone voice their opinion at a meeting, or you read their story in the newspaper.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“the best way to learn something is to teach it.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. —T. S. ELIOT”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“when you allow the behavior of others to control your sense of engagement, you are abdicating control of your own work. There’s a high cost to protecting your ego in this way.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“our minds don’t always understand the difference between a “good” problem and a “bad” problem,”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“When there is silence around expectations, we will sometimes fill the gap and artificially escalate our expectations beyond even where the organization would set them.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“The most valuable land in the world is the graveyard. In the graveyard are buried all of the unwritten novels, never-launched businesses, unreconciled relationships, and all of the other things that people thought, ‘I’ll get around to that tomorrow.’ One day, however, their tomorrows ran”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“The most valuable land in the world is the graveyard. In the graveyard are buried all of the unwritten novels, never-launched businesses, unreconciled relationships, and all of the other things that people thought, ‘I’ll get around to that tomorrow.’ One day, however, their tomorrows ran out.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
“This is the inherent problem with trying to imitate someone else’s success. The steps they took to get to where they are, while perhaps instructive, don’t provide a concrete action plan for you. You must figure out how to apply their map to your situation.”
Todd Henry, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

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