The Accidental Creative
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The Accidental Creative podcast shares how to build practical, everyday practices that help you stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work. Host Todd Henry (author of the books The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words) interviews artists, authors and business leaders, and offers tips for how to thrive in life and work. Listen in and join the conversation at AccidentalCreative.com.
||CleanGetting To The Best Idea (with Niki Papadopoulos)||Every idea - even a great one - needs an editor. Someone to help sift through the fluff and get to the heart of it all. For a band, it's the producer. For an agency, a creative director. And for an author, it's the editor. On this episode,||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Are A Badass Every Day (with Jen Sincero)||Your everday practices are what set you up for success. It's not the "every so often" mustering of your will, it's the things you choose to implement regularly that prepare you for those moments when you need to be brilliant.||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFour Ways To Stoke Curiosity||I (strongly) agree that the future belongs to the curious, but would add that so does the present. Curious people are able to parse experience and recognize Reality behind reality; what’s truly going on in patterns and systems.||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChasing Dreams (and When To Quit)||People love to encourage you to chase your dreams. They mostly mean well. What they don’t tell you is that you are probably going to fail a lot. And, the problem with pursuing a dream is that it’s hard to know when to quit. On this episode,||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Power of Magic and Story (with Harris III)||Why does story have such a powerful hold on us? How do the stories we believe influence the way we behave each day? Perhaps more importantly, how do we leverage the power of story to get our work into the world in a more meaningful way?||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree Weekend Rituals That Will Refresh Your Creativity||Weekends are not only a great time to rest, but also to recreate (as in “re-create” yourself, and to regain your focus and enthusiasm for your life and work.) By instilling a few simple checkpoints, or rituals, in your weekend,||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBack To Human (with Dan Schawbel)||Even though we are deeply connected by technology, it's hard to argue that we are in some sense "alone, together." This is especially true in many workplaces, where expectatations are rising, and familiarity is high but empathy and deep connection can .||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisrupting Yourself Before You’re Disrupted (with Mike McDerment)||In 2015, a strange new competitor appeared to challenge cloud accounting software company Freshbooks' dominance in their space. The new company, called Billspring, had a fresh look and feel, and seemed poised to pose a serious threat to Freshbooks.||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScratching Your Own Itch (with Wade Foster of Zapier)||On this episode, Wade Foster of Zapier shares the story of the founding of his company, how he knew it was time to make the leap from side hustle to full-time, and how his entire company has managed to work remotely while maintaining its strong culture.||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Talk From The STORY Conference||A few months ago, I had the chance to speak at the STORY Conference in Nashville, TN. It's a gathering of 1,200 creative pros across multiple disciplines designed to talk about the power of story in our work and lives.||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRock The Problem||Rocking back and forth on a problem can also jog previously overlooked connections and solutions as you shift from is to is not thinking.||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOvercoming The Fear Of Launching Work||On this episode, I re-visit a conversation with Julien Smith about the launch of his company Breather, and share three core principles to help you put your valuable work into the world every day.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Echoes||Leadership and legacy are not just what you do, but also how you do it. It will be determined by a series of choices you make over your life about how to spend this moment – here, and now. The challenging thing is that each moment feels like a throwaw||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Big Idea: Herding Tigers||What do highly creative people really need from their leader? Two things, primarily: stability and challenge. On this episode, I dive into the big idea from my latest book Herding Tigers, and explain why these two forces are the key to unlocking perfor.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Bullet Journal Method (with Ryder Carroll)||The creator of the Bullet Journal Method is Ryder Carroll, and he’s on this episode of the show to help us understand a bit about how to use journaling to organize our lives and accomplish our goals. He’s just released a book called The Bullet Journ||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Big Idea: Louder Than Words||On this episode, I share the big idea of my third book Louder Than Words, and a few ideas for how to develop a voice that resonates with the people you lead and serve.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAtomic Habits (with James Clear)||On today’s show we have a guest who can help us better understand the habits that form the foundation of our success or failure. His name is James Clear, and he’s just released a book called Atomic Habits, which is about the small changes we can mak||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Big Idea: Die Empty||This is part two in a series of episodes in which I share the "big idea" from each of my books. This episode covers the big idea from my 2013 book Die Empty, which is about the common places people and teams get stuck and fail to do the work they are c.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalk Triggers (with Jay Baer)||When you think of the restaurant The Cheesecake Factory, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Probably the menu, right? Or how about Doubletree Hotels? The chocolate chip cookie? These are examples of what Jay Baer calls "Talk Triggers",||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Big Idea: The Accidental Creative||Today we're beginning a new podcast series called The Big Idea, in which we'll cover the core concepts from each of Todd Henry's first four books. This episode is devoted to the first book, The Accidental Creative.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Messy Middle (with Scott Belsky)||There is no shortage of advice about how to handle the start of a project, or how to push through and finish one, but what about that grey area in-between? What about the challenges and problems we encounter in the space between? On this episode,||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChanging The World One Step At a Time (with Scott Harrison)||Scott Harrison is the founder of Charity:Water, and organization dedicated to bringing fresh drinking water to areas of the world in need. On this episode, he shares how he transitioned from in-demand night club promoter to on-mission advocate for thos.||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow A Study Plan Will Forever Change Your Career||A study plan is the most valuable tool you have for keeping yourself inspired. But a study plan takes effort, and measured discipline to implement effectively. You need to ensure that you are spending your time wisely,||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiscover Your Productive Passion||What gets you out of bed in the morning? What keeps you going even when you face difficulty and overwhelming odds? For many people, the answer is something other than the tasks or the job. Rather, it's something deeper and more closely knit to their se.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWisdom At Work (with Chip Conley)||There are many stages we go through in our career, from novice to being the senior and most experienced person on the team. How we think about our role as we transition through these stages plays a large part in the quality of the body of work that we .||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Things You Need To Thrive as a Creative Pro||Creating under pressure is challenging. This is especially true when you're creating inside of an organization, and you have all of the unspoken expectations, dysfunctions, and conflicts to deal with just in order to get around to your work.||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPredicting The Turn (with Dave Knox)||How do you know which idea is the right one to execute? And, how do you avoid some of the pitfalls that all people who try to execute an idea inevitably encounter? On this episode, Dave Knox (author of Predicting The Turn) shares insights from his expe.||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDesign Your Business To Run Itself (with Mike Michalowicz)||Many freelancers and business owners get pulled so deeply into their business that they are unable to spend their time doing the things they are actually uniquely capable of doing. Instead of focusing on the value they're creating,||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInside Apple’s Creative Process (with Ken Kocienda)||Over a period of fifteen years, Ken Kocienda had a front-row seat to the development of some of the most innovative technology in history. As a team member, he was responsible for helping develop the software on the iPhone,||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStaying Out Of The “Danger Zone”||We each have danger zones we have to watch out for in the course of our work. They can be particular habits or patterns we fall into when we go into “coast mode” or areas or situations where we are likely to get irritated and short-circuit collabora||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGet Rid Of Ghost Rules||Do you ever find yourself doing things for inexplicable reasons, or making decisions in your work that you can't really explain? It's possible that you're living with "ghost rules". These are invisible narratives that limit your thinking and creating,||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Choose The Best Idea||We've all been there. You have ten great ideas on the whiteboard, and you have to make a decision today about which you're going to work on. How do you know which one is best? - It helps to have a framework for making these decisions.||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEliminate Unnecessary Complexity||Things rarely get more simple. They typically only get more complex. This applies to our creative process as well, and unnecessary complexity can have a terrible effect on our ability to gain mental traction. On this episode,||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDropping Insecurity Work||I first heard the phrase "insecurity work" from Scott Belsky a number of years ago. He defines it as work that has no intended outcome, doesn't move the ball forward, and is quick enough to do without realizing.||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake Maps, Don’t Just Follow Them (with Wes Kao)||As much as we'd all love a simple and easy to follow plan for career success, the reality is that we're all mostly making things up as we go. However, that doesn't stop many people from slipping into comfort mode instead of pushing for creative growth .||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLetting Go and Moving Up||A creative career (and a life) have seasons, but it's often tempting to hold onto something long after it's grown stale simply because you're too comfortable to make a move. On this episode, we share insights from the book Louder Than Words about how t.||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat To Do When You Fail||Everyone loves to win. The accolades, attention, and rewards are addictive. However, if you’re trying to do the work you’re capable of doing, you’ll eventually fail. If you’re leading a team of capable, driven people who are stretching themselve||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreativity For Its Own Sake (with Srini Rao)||Many people begin their career as a creative pro amazed that they get to do work they love, and get paid for it. Then, at some point, it becomes more about making a living than the joy of creating. On this episode,||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRunning Down A Dream (with Tim Grahl)||There are a number of creative battles that must be won in order to get from where you are to where you want to be. Unfortunately, many creative pros are "taken out" of the game because they aren't prepared for what's inevitably going to come there way.||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Legacy Is People||Leadership and legacy are not just what you do, but also how you do it. It will be determined by a series of choices you make over your life about how to spend this moment – here, and now. The challenging thing is that each moment feels like a throwaw||7/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Quit Your Approval Addiction||Which do you value more: being liked, or being effective? For many creative pros, they'd say that being effective is their highest ambition, but the reality is that they do many things simply for the sake of approval from others.||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFour Ways To Reclaim Creative Energy||When was the last time you purposefully pruned your life (and project list) so that you had the time, focus and energy you needed for your most important work? Doing this on a regular basis is difficult, because each pruned idea and project feels like .||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Many Creative Pros Struggle With Discipline||Discipline is sometimes perceived as a “dirty word” because it’s interpreted as pushing through the muck, doing the unenjoyable activities first, and forgoing the chocolate cake for the steamed broccoli. However,||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree Career Investments Creative Pros Should Make||I am frequently asked for career advice, and I very, very rarely offer it. Why? First, because I only intimately know my own path and those of a few others. Second, because all advice is local. What works for one person will be misery for another.||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting Things Done (with David Allen)||If you do complex creative work for a living, you probably have some kind of system you use to help you organize your work and ensure that nothing is slipping through the cracks. But how reliable is that system? If you can't rely on it completely,||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I really enjoy how “creativity” is being spoken about here. It’s just thing I like to hear when I need to get out of my own head. Advice is appropriate, and I learn new things from Todd and the guests that he has on.
Made a difference in my Life
This is my go-to podcast. The tips and insights provided by Todd Henry and his guests have helped me develop my skills as a human being and a legal professional by creating habits in the way I live my every day life. It has helped me professionally, but most importantly, it has helped me create a healthy lifestyle. It steered me into finding my true passions and turning them into actual work that I am proud of. I have improved my health, my relationships (personal and professional), my way of thinking, and how I take action. I believe I have really honed in on "how to be creative at a moment's notice." Thank you Todd Henry (and guests) for helping me find myself and for guiding me throughout all my important stages in my life. I have grown immensely and am now ready to branch out on my own and leave the typical 9-5 jobs that I have relied on for the past 15 years, to pursue my true passions. Cheers! -- Loyal listener.
Awesome show, highly recommend!
Todd and his guests share actionable and inspiring lessons on how to become a better business leader and (more importantly) a better overall person.
Highly recommend listening and subscribing to The Accidental Creative if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to become the very best version of yourself (and reach all of your overall business goals as a result)!