In his book Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day, Todd Henry provides the framework for the processes introduced in the Accidental Creative and explains deeper evidence for falling in love with the process instead of just the end product itself. This is a great book for assessing the inner workings of your heart and the sources of fear and different obstacles to doing your best work. There are many nuggets of advice in here, for those that seek to understand the how and the why, and if you’re prone to over–complicate the decisions that you control in life this book will help you prepare to give your best and cut back on your excuses.
It is best explained with a quote, ‘To avoid aimlessness, you have to stand for something.’ One part that was challenging to me was Todd's explanation of passion and it’s meaning which is ‘to suffer’. This is contrary to how the term is flippantly used to define something self-driven. Compassion is a close second, ‘suffer with.’ What drives you to the point that you'd be willing to suffer for it. This, no doubt, goes much deeper than the simple actions that we do. It goes to the internal drive within us and our worldview.
If you like to understand the human condition and ways you can produce more, this book will remind you of what’s most important and stir you to act on it. It may cause you to be a little uncomfortable at the thought of your current situation. But, as he says in the book, when you stop stretching yourself and seeking new challenges you stop growing. It is a lighter and quicker read on the topic, but one you’ll probably read twice.