On the face of it, what Todd Henry tells us why we should pass on good ideas we may have in our mind instead of keeping them only unto ourselves in his book “Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day” is like a feast delivered to us on a platter.
The fact is – I am inspired more by what should have motivated him to have written this book than what he has written in the book.
The story that goes behind what should have motivated him to write such a book
As is believed, he got motivated to write this book when he attended a business meeting, in which the CEO of the company had asked the audience – where is the richest land in the world.
To which, one of the participants said, “Oil-rich Gulf states.”
Another participant answered, “Diamond mines in Africa.”
Yet another participant responded, “America is the richest land since it has the maximum number of billionaires in the world.”
But the director said, “No, it is the Cemetery”, supporting his reply by telling that it is the richest land in the world since millions of people lying inside the graves carried with them many valuable ideas they had in their mind, instead of having left them behind.
He took an inspiration to write this book from what this man told them toward the end, “It is all in the cemetery where they are buried” – with the sole objective of motivating people to pour out their ideas and potential energies in their communities and turn them into something useful before it was too late by remarking, “Do not go to your grave carrying inside you the best that you have. Aim to Die Empty.”
The book purports to pass on the message that we should aim to deliver whatever calibre we have in us to the world, before we leave for the grave much the same what a prophet had sermonised, “If the Final Hour comes upon one of you while he has in his hand a sapling, then – let him plant it.”
So, if we have any useful idea in our mind, we should let it be known to the world instead of carrying it to our grave with us.
But the world is not limited to only good ideas we may have with us.
The consequences of holding everything unto only ourselves may be far more horrendous than what you may be, probably, even aware of.
Though he has warned that the good ideas we may hold in our memory may not benefit anyone if we carried them straight to our grave without passing them on to anyone in his book, just watch out – it can make others even bankrupt (or quasi-bankrupt), if we don’t let out of our mind the “passwords” that are known only to us – none else, as has happened in the case of the Canadian Crypto-currency Exchange “Quadriga”, consequent upon the death of its founder, since all these “passwords” happened to be only his “preserve” – none else.