Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day - by Todd Henry



my notes:

Waiting for permission to act is the easy way out.

How much of your day do you spend doing work that you’ll be proud of later?

MAPPING: planning, plotting, setting priorities. “the work before the work”.

MAKING: actually doing the work. Creating value of any kind. What comes to mind when you think of ‘work’. You can strategize all you want, but in the end, you have to do something about your plans.

It’s also the area where it’s easiest to get distracted.

MESHING: activities that stretch and grow you, such as acquiring and developing new skills, reinforcing your knowledge, cultivation curiosity, etc.

Mediocrity: Latin ‘medius’ = middle, ‘ocris’= rugged mountain (to settle halfway up the mountain.

The key to conquering aimlessness is to concretely define the battles that you need to fight each day in order to make meaningful progress, then focus your efforts on those above all else.

The cure fore boredom is intentional and applied curiosity.

Overcoming the ill effects of a love of comfort is a commitment to continual growth and skill development.

To add the value you’re capable of adding, you need to cultivate self-awareness. You must have an accurate sense of your skills, weaknesses and core drivers. Then, orient your daily activity around that self-knowledge so that you are building on a solid foundation rather than on wishful thinking.

To beat fear is to instill a practice of strategic, intentional, and purposeful risk-taking in your life and work.

The most fulfilled people approach their work from a place of ‘what can I add?’ instead of ‘what can I get?’

We misuse the word ‘passion’ to describe anything in which we are remotely interested.

Passion has its roots in the latin word ‘pati’ which means “to suffer or endure”

Reclaim curiosity by embracing an ENGAGEMENT mind-set rather than an ENTERTAINMENT mind-set.

The Curse of Familiarity=Because of my awareness of something, I am falsely under the impression that I understand it.

Give yourself permission to not know things.

The next great idea for your work will probably not come from competitors, but from taking an insight from an unrelated industry and applying it to your own.

Structure and Freedom are two sides of the same coin.

Consider the project you’re currently working on, and ask yourself ‘what is this aspiring to become?’ And ‘what assumptions might I be making about this?’

How would you act differently tomorrow if you knew that your actions and attitude on that ONE day were going to be a permanent testament to your life?

How does your imagined behavior compare with how you are ACTUALLY living your life?

Growth is painful, messy and very uncomfortable, and occurs only when we are willing to stretch ourselves in order to accept new challenges.

We can’t pursue greatness and comfort at the same time.

Find a balance between introspection and flow.

Know yourself first, then act on what you see.

It’s MUCH easier to make a rule than to attempt to cultivate wisdom.

We believe that what is obvious inherently lacks value.

There’s always a delay between planting and harvesting.