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Where do brilliant ideas come from? And, is it possible to do great work under pressure every single day? The Accidental Creative podcast explores how to stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work as a creative pro. Host Todd Henry (author of the books The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, and The Motivation Code) interviews artists, authors and business leaders, and offers tips for how to thrive in life and work. Listen in and join the conversatio ...
 
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It’s bound to happen sooner or later. No matter how skilled you are and no matter how well you’ve prepared, you’re inevitably going to find yourself stuck on a tough problem without a clear path forward. It’s tempting in these circumstances to keep your nose down and continue cranking on the problem. The problem with this method is that you may be …
 
Do you ever feel like you don't really belong in the room? Like your ideas just aren't as good as everyone else's? Like everyone else seems to have it figured out and you don't? You're not alone. The number one struggle that many teams I work with have is a lack of creative confidence, whether in presenting ideas or taking risks. On this episode, I…
 
When I ask "what is the one thing that stands in the way of your productivity?" the most common answer get is "I don't have enough time!" But...really? We each have the same amount of time - 168 hours a week. It's not so much about the quantity of time as it is about how we choose to leverage it. In this episode, I share three big time blocking str…
 
If I had to choose one gift to impart upon every person I meet - one master key that unlocks their potential - it would be bravery. We need radical bravery in our workplaces, our schools, our neighborhoods, and in our politics. If more people committed to making brave choices daily, we would see stronger, more effective teams, less corruption, less…
 
Needless complexity is often an enemy of the creative process. In this episode, we share three ways to seek simplicity in your life and work in 2022: Processes Expectations Assumptions Get a worksheet to help you apply this framework here. Get ad-free and bonus episodes, and daily episodes of The Daily Creative with AC Premium. This episode is spon…
 
It's that time of year when many people start thinking about their goals, where their life and work will go in the coming year, and changes they might want to make. There are four questions that I've been pondering lately, and on this episode I share them, explain them, and offer my thoughts about how to apply them to help you calibrate your focus …
 
You can create the most wonderful product or service in the world, but if no one knows about it then it will certainly fail to gain traction. You must be able to find your ideal customer, and figure out how to connect with them in a way that compels them to interact with your work. Today's guest is Pamela Slim. In her new book The Widest Net, she s…
 
Like many bright, creative professionals, you likely have a lot of ideas. Big ideas. You know where you want to go, but the first challenge is often the most duanting. Where do you even begin? Today’s guest has accomplished a lot of big things. He’s a Rhodes Scholar, successful consultant, author of the international best-selling book The Coaching …
 
As a creative pro, you must be ready to deliver great results at a moment's notice, whenever and wherever you happen to be. That pressure can wear you down and cause burnout, frustration, and disconnectedness from your work. In order to thrive, you need to figure out how to structure life and work in such a way that you are poised to produce great …
 
How do you define a "rich life"? Have you ever even considered the question? Many creative pros spend their career chasing after something... undefined. What are you trying to achieve in life and work? Today's guest has spent decades helping others define what a "rich life" means. Ramit Sethi is the author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich and the hos…
 
[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] When I ask creative pros what prevents them from sharing their idea, or putting work into the world, it's often that they fear the work isn't good enough. Or, that they aren't good enough. Or, that they just don't really belong in the room. On this episode, we discuss how fear can para…
 
[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] Creative pros are by nature builders. We love to make things, play with ideas, and put new concepts into the world where they can be experienced by others. But, the process of building new things can be daunting, and selecting which ideas to build can be confusing. Today's guest is a c…
 
We live in a short-term thinking world. Many people want immediate results, and as a result they fail to make the necessary investments to reap long-term rewards. However, those who are able to think long-term make investments today that are likely to provide a return for months or years to come. How do you break the short-term thinking cycle and s…
 
The love of comfort is often the enemy of greatness. We can look successful to everyone around us, but deep down know that we're essentially "phoning it in" and have stopped growing, challenging ourself, and chasing aspirations. We've settled in. In Part four of our series on my book Die Empty, we discuss the various ways in which the pursuit of co…
 
Do you have a minute to think? It’s a good question, and it’s difficult to answer. I think most of us - especially right now - have days full of meetings and obligations. Now that meetings are essentially frictionless, more are added to our calendar. After all, the next group is just a click away. However, this means that as we’re squeezing more an…
 
To gain attention for your work (or your message) you must stand apart from everyone else. There is no place for being another in a line of similar messages. How do you separate yourself from the pack? Today's guest is Mike Michalowicz, author of the new book Get Different. He shares specific strategies for standing out from the crowd. Get ad-free …
 
How do you share your idea in a way that it will resonate with your intended audience? Whether you're a leader, a marketer, a designer, a writer, or a product developer, it's not your idea that matters it's whether others understand it and feel compelled to respond. Today's guest Tamsen Webster has spent years helping some of the top thinkers in th…
 
Many creative pros love the work they do, but strongly dislike talking about or marketing that work. Today's guest John Jantsch has been teaching small business owners and freelancers how to market for decades, and on this episode he shares a simple framework for helping the world experience your work and growing your influence. His new book is cal…
 
You've likely heard the old advice "you can't change other people." Today's guest would beg to differ. Through decades of coaching, he's developed a method to help you help other people change and achieve the results that they want. Peter Bregman is the author of the new book You Can Change Other People. Support the show and get ad-free and bonus e…
 
This is the second part of a nine part series on Todd Henry's book Die Empty. In this episode, we look at the effect that aimlessness can have on your day to day work, and how to identify a portfolio of productive passion that drives you forward in life. Parts three and four of this series will be available only to AC Premium subscribers. To join, …
 
The average person lives about 4,000 weeks. How does that fact make you feel? More importantly, how might knowing that your time is so finite cause you to choose to live? There are so many tools at our disposal for time management, but often our efforts only make us feel more busy and overwhelmed. Today's guest is Oliver Burkeman. We discuss existe…
 
This week we begin a new series covering Todd Henry's 2013 book Die Empty. For each of the next nine episodes, we will be discussing a core principle from the book and how it applies to life and work. Today we discuss the three modes of work, and why each is important if you want to build a body of work you can be proud of. If you would like to rec…
 
When we talk about the creative process, what we’re really talking about is the ability to connect dots and make intuitive leaps. Sometimes those dots are previous projects we worked on, or experiences we had, and sometimes they are from things that we’ve read or studied along the way. Today, we’re going to talk about the value of reading to our cr…
 
On today's show, Todd Henry discusses the difference between bold creative work and brave creative work. This applies both to the work we do as professionals as well as how we lead others. Then, Todd turns to discussing the three core elements of brilliant work that he shared in his talk at Leadercast this week: Skills, Experience, and Motivation. …
 
How do the best of the best do what they do? It's easy to watch and admire top performers, but we can actually do more than that. We can decode how they got there. Today's guest is Ron Friedman. He shares insights about how we can reverse engineer the greatness of those we admire with tips from his new book Decoding Greatness. This episode is spons…
 
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