Episode #017: Todd Henry, Author of Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

Author, Todd HenryTodd Henry has managed no small feat: He’s written one of my favorite books of the year. Since I read about a book a week – and we’re now nearly into November – that’s saying a lot.

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Since 2005, Todd has hosted the hugely successful Accidental Creative podcast and is author of a book by the same name, published just over two years ago.

Just last month, he released his brand new book Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day. Seth Godin and I agree. It’s one of the best books so far this year.

From Die Empty:

“Embrace the importance of now and refuse to allow the lull of comfort, fear, familiarity, and ego to prevent you from taking action on your ambitions. The cost of inaction is vast. Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside of you. Choose to Die Empty.”

In this episode, Todd explains:

  • The process of adopting a mindset of Urgent Diligence
  • The three kinds of work: Mapping, Making and Meshing and what happens when they all come together
  • The Seven Sins of Mediocrity and how to overcome them
  • The importance of Daily Checkpoints and their impact on your efficiency
  • What Todd means by, “Stop trying to be great. Just be great.”
  • And much more!

Books by Todd Henry

For a complete list of Todd’s books, check out this list of books by Todd Henry.

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Die Empty Book

Connecting with Todd

If you enjoyed this episode, let Todd know by sending him a tweet to @ToddHenry

You can find Todd on the web at ToddHenry.com

Hire Todd to Fire Up the Troops

Todd has spoken internationally to tens of thousands of people across dozens of industries about productivity, creativity, passion for work, leadership, and how to unleash everyday brilliance. Find out more about how to bring him to your event.

Todd in Action

Books Todd Recommends

  1. Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin
  2. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
  3. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen

The Accidental Creative Podcast

Since 2005, Todd has hosted the Accidental Creative podcast, consistently a top 10 Business and top 5 Career podcast in iTunes.

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