365 Days of Courage #12: Choose to Die Empty
Yesterday I was listening to a great episode of the Accidental Creative podcast with Todd Henry. It was about his book, Die Empty. At the end of Todd's first book, "The Accidental Creative", he shares the story of someone he met who asked people to guess the most valuable land in the world.
"He said that many people believe that the most valuable land in the world is found in the oil fields of Saudi Arabia, the skyscraper-lined streets of Manhattan, or the diamond mines of South Africa. His contention, however, is that the most valuable land in the world is not in any of these places, but rather in the cemetery, because it is there that we find buried the unsurpassable value of businesses never started, novels never written, and dreams never pursued. He challenged listeners to "die empty."
This conversation inspired Todd to write the book, "Die Empty."
I wholeheartedly agree with the idea that so much extraordinary value ends up dying with us rather than being shared with the world why we are alive to do so.
We can get so caught up in our own heads and our own reasons for not doing our best work. It can be an interesting perspective to shift our focus to what we are denying the world by not acting on our dreams and ambitions.
Can you imagine a world where JK Rowling never wrote the Harry Potter books or Lin Manuel Miranda talked himself out of his crazy idea of a hip-hop telling of Hamilton's story or Adele just sat in a pub in England bitching about her exes rather than sharing those stories through her songs or if Oprah believed the people who told her that she wouldn't make it in TV or if Misty Copeland thought she was too old to start taking ballet classes or [insert the name of your favorite author, actor, singer, comedian, dancer, artist, poet, business founder etc etc] had taken their best work to the grave with them?
I highly recommend the book "Die Empty". Todd describes the book by saying:
Here's the hard truth: sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out, so how we choose to spend today is significant. ... Die Empty is a tool for people who aren't willing to put off their most important work for another day.
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