Ep. #31 – Do Your Best Work Now: Die Empty


“I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.”

– Bernard Berenson

In This Episode

You’re going to learn the difference between working yourself to death and dying empty. How to give your best every day and leaving nothing within you at the end of your days.

A good amount of what I share in this episode comes from a book by Todd Henry called “Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day.”

You can listen to an interview Todd Henry did with my friend Jeff Brown on his Read To Lead Podcast, episode 17.

You Only Have So Much Time

Don’t put off your best work until tomorrow thinking things will be better than. The absolute best time to take action is to right now. That doesn’t mean the best time to take all action is now, but action in general should not be postponed.

Define Your Goals

I’ve found, having well-defined goals is the best way to get out of your comfort zone. It’s like having a safety rope dangling down into your comfort zone.  You just have to climb up the rope, one hand over the other and you’ll soon be out and back on track.

Focus on the true goal that has an emotional connection and will fulfill your passion. This goes deeper and beyond your material goals; something that resonates with your spirit. It’s the difference between a “head goal” and a “heart goal.”

Put a timeline on your goal that’s realistic but still causes you to stretch. This is one of the best ways to motivate yourself to take action today. Without that timeline, you simply need to take action, not take action now.

Get Uncomfortable

Our desire for comfort can lull us into inactivity because it has a lower barrier than our desire for improvement. Comfort is now, improvement will come after effort. When given the option of having something we desire now (comfort) versus something we want later (another goal), we’ll default to now over later.

I don’t want to vilify the idea of having times of comfort. It’s important we have those times, but we must set the boundaries on that comfort before we begin. For example, “When I complete that spreadsheet, I’m going to spend some time watching the basketball game.”  Or something like “I’m going to go relax on the beach for week, but then it’s back to work on my new goals.”  Vacation and relaxation is vital to have the energy we need to move forward.

P Desmond Adams


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A formerly frustrated entrepreneur who has learned how to go from dreamer to doer to done. I help you discover your purpose, explore your psyche, maximise your productivity, and grow your platform so you can bring your unique gift to the world and live the life you deserve.

  • Jeff Brown says:

    Hey Desmond. Thanks so much for referencing my chat with Todd Henry. It’s one of my favorite episodes. Love what you’re doing here. Please keep it up. 🙂

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