Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry (2013) is an excellent work for those interested in sharpening their skills and improving their personal effectiveness.
Henry describes the three kinds of work:
Mapping = the planning.
Making = the “doing” stuff that adds value.
Meshing = the learning, sharpening, honing kinds of things we do to make ourselves better.
He also discusses four typologies of individuals who mix those different kinds work:
- the Developers
- the Drivers
- the Drifters
- the Dreamers
Henry is a proponent of pushing ourselves beyond comfort zones and challenging assumptions.
He quotes Benjamin Franklin’s two daily questions...
The Morning Question: What Good shall I do this day?
The Evening Question: What Good have I done today?
to reinforce the need for living life in a purposeful and selfless way.
Finally, Henry asserts that “dying empty” does not mean working ourselves to death or being workaholics. Rather, it implies choosing right and worthy endeavors and focusing our full efforts and attention to those important objectives.
Die Empty is a good work. I recommend.