The Accidental Creative
By AccidentalCreative.com - Todd Henry
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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.
||CleanPermission To Screw Up (with Kristen Hadeed)||When you hear the story of the founding of a business, you often get the sanitized version. You only hear the high points. However, it's often in failure that the biggest lessons are learned. Today's guest Kristen Hadeed founded Student Maid several ye...||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFind The Fire (with Scott Mautz)||You're a pro. You do the work even when you don't feel like it. Still, you can't discount the value of inspiration. Without it, your work might begin to ring hollow. How do you protect the fire so that you can stay engaged and motivated to do your best...||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 3% Movement (with Kat Gordon)||Diversity in leadership is not only good for culture, it's good for business. On today's show, Kat Gordon, the founder of the 3% Movement, shares insights into how the movement began and how leaders of organizations can build more diversity into their ...||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEntrepreneurial You (with Dorie Clark)||It's one thing to build an income around a product or an idea, but it's something entirely different to build a business. On today's episode, Dorie Clark shares insights from her new book Entrepreneurial You.||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndrea Summer on Wanderlust||Andrea Summer has been working on an album project called Wanderlust for a few years, but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. She’s had to work on the project a little at a time as the resources were available,||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBalancing Your Creative Project and Your Day Job (with Adam Walker Phillips)||We set up a false choice between pursuing creative work that you love, and maintaining a day job. In fact, some of the great artists, writers, thinkers, and scientists throughout history did their best work while simultaneously working a "day job".||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaise Your Inner Game (with David Levin)||There are two "games" that we play as creative pros: the outer, and the inner. The inner game is about how you deal with stress, the limiting narratives that prevent you from doing your best work, and the inevitable conflicts you experience in the cour...||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo Ego (with Cy Wakeman)||Leading creative teams is challenging. You not only have to manage very complex work, but also the very complex interpersonal relationships and aspirations of the people on your team. Today's guest Cy Wakeman shares tips for minimizing the drama and pr...||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Your Creative Community (with Dane Sanders)||Who are your people? I'm talking about the people who help you stay inspired, engaged, and focused, and who celebrate your successes with you and help you get through your setbacks? We all need these people in our life,||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Power of Onlyness (with Nilofer Merchant)||You have an idea inside of you that could change the very world around you. And, many people allow those ideas to die on the vine because they lack the courage to take the first step, or the community around them to support their efforts.||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing a Strategic Storyteller (with Alexander Jutkowitz)||How often are you conscious of the story you're telling through your work? You can't afford to create just for yourself. You need to be mindful of how the work you're creating will be received by the educated consumer on the other end.||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAligning Your Expectations With Reality||One of the greatest sources of tension on creative teams is when unspoken expectations are violated. This can lead to misalignment with your clients, with your peers, and even with your own efforts. On today's episode,||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Art Of Selective Attention||Every day we are flooded with information. Some of that information might be helpful in serving our clients or organization, but because there is so much of it we are often unable to step back and look for patterns we can apply. On today's episode,||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Work That Lasts (with Ryan Holiday)||Have you ever considered whether the work you're doing today will still be around in five years? How about ten or twenty years? Many people don't think strategically about how to create work that will resonate deeply for a long time to come.||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAvoiding The Comparison Trap (with Carrie Wilkerson)||When you work as a freelancer, or are doing creative work largely on your own, it can be difficult to find a rhythm that allows you to simultaneously bring your best work into the world, and also keep yourself on-track and healthy. On today's show,||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding A Place Of Your Own||My question for you this week is very simple: where is your sacred space? Do you have a place in your life where you go in order to retreat from the world, to think, to write, to create, to read? Do you have a dedicated space where you can simply play ...||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDealing With Difficult Co-workers (with Dr. Jody Foster)||Difficult people can make work miserable. You can control your own work and collaboration, but when there is someone throwing wrenches into the machinery just for fun, it can seriously derail your work and drive you crazy. On today's episode, Dr.||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBe More Focused With A Weekly Checkpoint||Many creative pros charge into their week like a bull and collapse over the finish line on Friday. Then, they may take a few days off and the cycle begins again. However, there is little consideration given to their rhythms,||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree Practices That Will Change Your Life||It’s not the big things that take out most leaders and creative pros, it’s the little ones. Over time, they forget to do the small things that position them to bring their best effort to the table every day.||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Power Of Little Ideas (with David Robertson)||When you think about innovation, what comes to mind? Blue-sky ideas? Complete disruption? Something no one has ever seen before? Yes, those are important. However, today's guest David Robertson believes that in our pursuit of disruption we often overlo...||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Art of Radical Candor (with Kim Scott)||At some point in your career, you've probably had "that boss". You know... the one who's either obnoxiously aggressive and issues orders from on-high like the ruler of a small kingdom, or the one who wants so desperately to be liked that they refuse to...||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon't Apologize For Your Existence||Have you ever been in a meeting, and introduced an idea, then felt the urge to discount or qualify your idea with "well, that's just my opinion", or "just my 2 cents"? Or, do you find the need to apologize anytime you speak up or offer an insight?||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Two Reasons You Procrastinate or Under-deliver||There are two fundamental fears that are endemic to the work of creative pros, and they both can prevent you from experiencing the work you're capable of doing. In today's episode, I discuss each of them and how they can cause you to self-limit your cr...||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAvoiding The Hustle Trap||Yes, work hard. Of course you need to put your full effort into whatever you’re doing at any given time. However, be careful not to fall into the hustle trap. You might find you’re only sprinting on a treadmill rather than making true progress.||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Answer To How Is Yes (with Peter Block, from 2008)||Over the course of this summer I'm going to share a few legacy episodes of The Accidental Creative podcast. These are some of my favorite conversastions of the past 12 years. Today's episode features a 2008 sit-down conversation I had with Peter Block....||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Defense of the Steve Harvey Memo (and Boundaries)||About a month ago, a memo from comedian and TV host Steve Harvey made the rounds and earned him a lot of criticism. It was directed at his team, and instructed them not to approach him in public spaces, not to interrupt him when he's in the makeup chai...||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 Ways Leaders Unknowingly Limit Creativity||There are many things a good leader does to help their team gain focus, stay motivated, and produce great work. However, there are also some very common mistakes that many leaders make that they don’t even know are killing their team’s ability to enga||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Be Brave In Your Work (with Adam Smith)||Are you brave? Strangely, it depends on what your definition of brave is. Today's guest Adam Smith is here to walk us through what it looks like to be brave in life and work, and it may not always look like what you think.||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTurn Everyday Hunches Into Brilliant Work (with Bernadette Jiwa)||Where do great ideas come from? For many creative pros great ideas are simply sourced in everyday experience. However, in order to turn those seemingly commonplace observations into brilliant work, you need to know what you're looking for.||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReal Artists Don't Starve (with Jeff Goins)||We've all heard the myth of the starving artist. Everyone knows that artists have to suffer for their art, live in squalid conditions, and experience great pain in order to produce brilliant work. Except, according to today's guest,||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Ways To Get Out Of Your Own Way (And Do Your Work)||No matter how experienced you are or how much great work you’ve produced in your career, there inevitably comes a time when you’ll find yourself “stuck”. This usually has less to do with a lack of ability to do the work and more to do with some ki||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Story You Believe (with Tom Asacker)||The story that you believe can either free you or imprison you. On today's episode, Tom Asacker shares what he's learned about how these narratives can prevent you from doing your best work, collaborating with others,||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen It's Never Good Enough||Ever feel like you can't possibly please a boss or client? Or, are you ratcheting up the expectations for yourself (or your team) in a way that makes it impossible for you to be satisfied with an outcome? You might be experiencing something called expe...||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShooting For The Three||Is the thing you think you're trying to do with your work really what you're doing? What if the entire system is set up to get you to do something else, but you don't even realize it? On today's episode, I explain why pop radio is so bad,||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUncertainty, Systems, and Action (with Seth Godin)||It's such a joy to have Seth Godin back on the podcast. In this conversation, Seth shares insights about the nature of doing creative work in the face of uncertainty, and how to succeed with the smallest possible market instead of aiming for big.||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Be Everything (with Emilie Wapnick)||Ever feel like you have too many interests and curiosities to choose just one? For some people, this attribute makes them feel a little out of place in a world of specialists. However, today's guest says there's nothing wrong with you,||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Two Places That Creative Pros Get Stuck (And What To Do About It)||Your career is going really well, and you're knocking it out of the park with your projects. Then suddenly, one day you realize that your work just isn't quite giving you the same spark or gratification that it once did.||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmulate Your Superheroes||We're all influenced by the greats of our craft. Every writer has a hero, as does every designer, leader, and musician. However, we often fail to think deeply about why those particular heroes are so influential on our own work. In today's episode,||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Value Of Strategic Slacking (Or, Why You Should Be Lazy Sometimes)||Yes, hustle is important. However, it's possible to hustle so much that you become decreasingly effective. In today's episode, I share the value of strategic slacking and how to use the "breakout principle" to have breakthroughs and generate better ide...||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Kafka Effect (with Nick Tasler)||When you're stuck on a project and need an idea, what do you do? Do you stare at it, beating your head against the desk and straining for insight? There's a better way. Today's guest, Nick Tasler, shares a phenomenon called The Kafka Effect and how it ...||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy You Should Write A Resignation Letter (But Not Deliver It)||Does your current job have you dreaming of greener pastures, and longing to make a leap to a new one? Wait! Before you do, I have an exercise for you. You should write a resignation letter, but not send it.||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 3 Letter Word That's Robbing You Of Great Work||One three letter word might be killing your creative output. Worse, it's the reason your team doesn't want to collaborate with you, and it's the thing that's preventing you from doing the best work of your life. On today's episode,||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Instincts Are Killing Your Creativity (with Adam Hansen)||Your human instincts are fine-tuned for survival, not innovation. This is handy when you're escaping a lion in the wild, but not so great when you need to come up with an amazing new idea for that client project you're working on. On today's episode,||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dance Of The Possible (with Scott Berkun)||Where do great ideas come from? More importantly, how do you put them out into the world where they can actually impact people and change the world? Today's guest, Scott Berkun, has spent many years studying these topics,||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Run Your Day From The Back Of An Index Card||On today's episode, I show you how to run your life from the back of an index card. (Yes, really.) You'll learn how to hone in on your mission for the day, how to bring your best to the people around you, and how to create unique and powerful value for...||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Excited about this series of podcasts!
This is an excellent introduction to the speaker's philosophy of creative development. My only question is, who is this guy, and where can I get his stuff? There's nothing on the website to tell me who you are! I especially like the correlation between personal creative dissonance and organizational dissonance. Gives me a paradigm to view my own business and creative efforts. Can't wait to listen to more! T Myers, 87 Ideas.
A very succint and helpful podcast
I'm an independent animator working on a long project... This podcast really speaks to me... I haven't found the information presented in this podcast anywhere else but it has really helped me stay productive and interested in my current tasks.
A Creative Must!
Whether you have a creative role or not, this is a wonderful podcast. A good motivation for any career....