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The Accidental Creative

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Rank #24 in Careers category

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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.

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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.

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Very innovative podcast

By RameshDon - Sep 18 2019
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Really like the format and the focus on creativity and innovation. A very different podcast indeed.

Todd's amazing.

By Matt-East - Mar 13 2019
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Todd's amazing and so is this podcast. Dig in and enjoy.

iTunes Ratings

392 Ratings
Average Ratings
287
70
12
9
14

Very innovative podcast

By RameshDon - Sep 18 2019
Read more
Really like the format and the focus on creativity and innovation. A very different podcast indeed.

Todd's amazing.

By Matt-East - Mar 13 2019
Read more
Todd's amazing and so is this podcast. Dig in and enjoy.
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The Accidental Creative

Latest release on Feb 12, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: How To Dance With Uncertainty

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One force that’s ever-present in any form of creative work is uncertainty. The reality is that you will never know – really know – what’s right.
Is this good enough?
Is it finished?
Is it the right strategy?
How should I spend my time/focus/energy today?
Which idea should I run with?
How can I sell this to my manager?
Uncertainty is an uncooperative dance partner. You have to move with it – in concert, drawing from it, following its lead at times, but always with an eye on your next move – in order to do your best work. The worst thing you can do is allow uncertainty to paralyze you into inaction.

On today’s show, we share three strategies for dealing with uncertainty.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Freshbooks. To claim your free month trial – with no credit card needed – visit Freshbooks.com/accidental and enter Accidental Creative in the how did you hear about us section.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. Remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Jun 24 2019

13mins

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Rank #2: Three Life-Changing Daily Practices

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Your ability to thrive as a creative pro is largely determined by the little things you do every day. Talent will get you so far, but without daily practices to develop your intuition, feed your mind, and sharpen your skills, you will eventually stall out. On this episode, we share three daily practices that will set you up for long-term success.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Freshbooks. To claim your free month trial – with no credit card needed – visit Freshbooks.com/accidental and enter Accidental Creative in the how did you hear about us section.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Dec 30 2019

31mins

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Rank #3: Feeling Undisciplined? Here’s Why.

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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, I think this is a gross misunderstanding of the word.

Discipline simply means making an agreement with yourself, and keeping it.

That’s all. Nothing more complicated than that. The problem with discipline begins when we don’t understand which commitments are worth our effort, when we make too many commitments, when our commitments conflict, or when we are subject to the unclear commitments of others.

On this episode, we address how to deal with moments when you feel undisciplined.

This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. To get two months of Skillshare absolutely free, just visit Skillshare.com/AC.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. The remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Jul 15 2019

15mins

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Rank #4: Three Principles For Achieving Your Goals

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We are wired for two conflicting things: comfort, and conquest. To achieve goals, we need to disrupt the comfort instinct long enough to experience our first successes on the path to the goal. On this episode, I share three core principles for doing the hard work necessary to get moving on your goals.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Freshbooks. To claim your free month trial – with no credit card needed – visit Freshbooks.com/accidental.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Aug 01 2019

16mins

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Rank #5: Your Head Is Not For Holding Ideas (with David Allen)

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Your mind is brilliant at surfacing potential insights, and connecting dots that help you solve problems. However, many people rely on their mind as the key repository for all of their hunches and ideas, which is not a great system. Too many things slip through the cracks.

On this episode, David Allen shares the five key steps for turning hunches into breakthroughs, and why he’s just released a workbook companionto his bestselling book Getting Things Done.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Freshbooks. To claim your free month trial – with no credit card needed – visit Freshbooks.com/accidentaland enter Accidental Creative in the how did you hear about us section.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Sep 02 2019

31mins

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Rank #6: Becoming Indistractable (with Nir Eyal)

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Our world is full of distractions, both good and bad. How do you choose what to allocate your finite focus to each day? On this episode, Nir Eyal shares how to become indistractable with tips from his new book.

This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. Get two months of access to thousands of classes absolutely free! To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/AC.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Oct 28 2019

27mins

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Rank #7: Pursuing Your Creative Calling (with Chase Jarvis)

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If you want to have great ideas when it matters most, you must have practices in your life to help you do so. On this episode, Chase Jarvisgives insight into how to establish a creative practice that will help you bring your best work each day, identify your “sweet spot”, and build a body of work you can be proud of. Chase’s new book is Creative Calling.

This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. Get two months of access to thousands of classes absolutely free! To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/AC.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Sep 23 2019

26mins

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Rank #8: Brilliance Demands Bravery

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What does it mean to be brave? We often think of those people who muster one huge, courageous act of the will to overcome an obstacle. However, bravery can also mean a steady, daily push to take small risks in the face of uncertainty.

On this episode, I share my talk from a Creative Mornings gathering about why bravery is so critical to creative pros.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Mighty Networks. Start your online community now with three months free at MightyNetworks.com/accidental.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Thanks to Jay Wong and his team for the audio of my talk.

Aug 21 2019

51mins

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Rank #9: The 10 Stories That Great Leaders Tell (with Paul Smith)

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My book Louder Than Words begins with the line “attention for your work is not a birthright.” I believe this to the core of my being. Some people think that simply making something great entitles them to the attention of people around them, but it’s simply not true. If you want their attention, you must earn it.

This is equally true in leadership, sales, or any other arena where you must cultivate awareness and attention for your ideas in order to succeed. The best way to capture attention is through the power of story. Story binds us. It reminds us of what we have in common. It builds empathy and trust. And, it allows you to leverage common ground to inspire people to move toward your vision.

Think about the last time you were inspired by someone. I guarantee it was because they were sharing a story that resonated to the core of your being. We are defined by the stories we believe.

On this episode, we talk about the power of story, and how leaders can use it to help those on their team do better work, stay aligned, and produce great work each day. Our guest is author Paul Smith, whose new book is called The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell.

This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. Get two months of access to over 25,000 classes absolutely free! To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/AC.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Aug 05 2019

21mins

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Rank #10: Three Principles For Getting To The Best Idea

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When you create under pressure, it’s tempting to gravitate toward the first idea just to relieve the tension of not knowing where the project is headed. However, this can often mean compromising the work if that idea doesn’t deliver the kind of value you really want to be known for. You’re simply trading a little discomfort now for a lot of discomfort later.

On this episode, I share three principles from my interview with Adam Steltzner about how to get to the best creative idea and produce work you’re proud of.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Freshbooks. To claim your free month trial – with no credit card needed – visit Freshbooks.com/accidental and enter The Accidental Creative in the how did you hear about us section.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Sep 16 2019

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Rank #11: Quit Your Approval Addiction

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To do your best work, you must commit to doing the right thing even when it’s not the most popular thing. However, many creative pros and leaders fall into the “likeability trap”, meaning they’d rather be liked than effective. On this episode, we share three principles for ditching the approval addiction and being a dream collaborator.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Freshbooks. To claim your free month trial – with no credit card needed – visit Freshbooks.com/accidentaland enter Accidental Creative in the how did you hear about us section.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Aug 26 2019

15mins

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Rank #12: Finding Your Sweet Spot

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Your “sweet spot” of effectiveness is discovered through active contemplation, not passive reflection. The broader your base of experience, the more patterns you will be able to discern. On this episode, we share three key principles for discovering what you’re wired for, and navigating to a place of effectiveness in life and work

This episode is sponsored by Quip. Brush better with Quip. Go to getquip.com/accidentalcreative to get your first refill FREE. 

Nov 14 2019

17mins

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Rank #13: Where Creative Pros Get Stuck

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At some point in your career, you will feel stuck. Not stuck because you can’t come up with an idea for a project, but stuck in the sense that you feel like you don’t know how to go to the next level. How do you continue to grow, to develop your voice, and create more impact?

On this episode, we share the two common places where creative pros get stuck, and how to continue moving up the curve into rare air where you can do work worth noticing.

This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. To get two months of Skillshare absolutely free, just visit Skillshare.com/AC.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. The remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Jul 01 2019

11mins

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Rank #14: Pitch Better (with Brant Pinvidic)

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The first few minutes of your pitch can make all the difference between a successful and failed outcome. On this episode, former TV exec and expert pitchman Brant Pinvidic shares how to pitch better with tips from his book The 3-Minute Rule.

This episode is sponsored by Quip. Brush better with Quip. Go to getquip.com/accidentalcreative to get your first refill FREE. 

Oct 31 2019

20mins

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Rank #15: How To Keep a Commonplace Book

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With the increase of information crossing your attention span each day, it’s easy to forget even the most impactful experiences. Make every effort to capture these, and to ensure that they become a valuable part of your creative process.

On this episode, we share four key principles for keeping sparks and seeds of inspiration at the ready for those moments when you need a brilliant idea.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Freshbooks. To claim your free month trial – with no credit card needed – visit Freshbooks.com/accidental and enter Accidental Creative in the how did you hear about us section.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. Remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Jul 08 2019

12mins

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Rank #16: Take Notes Like a (Creative) Pro

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Most notes are simply facts, to-do’s, and records that will never be reviewed later. However, there is a better way to leverage your notes to help you generate brilliant ideas and spot patterns in your environment. On this episode, we share some best practices for taking and processing notes more effectively.

This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. Get two months of access to thousands of classes absolutely free! To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/AC.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Dec 02 2019

16mins

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Rank #17: You Are Awesome (with Neil Pasricha)

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If you want to produce a body of work you can be proud of, you must be resilient. But, how do you learn to persist in the face of failure, resistance, and uncertainty? On this episode, Neil Pasricha share insights into how to become more resilient with tips from his book You Are Awesome.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Freshbooks. To claim your free month trial – with no credit card needed – visit Freshbooks.com/accidental and enter Accidental Creative in the how did you hear about us section.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Nov 26 2019

23mins

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Rank #18: Three Creative Thresholds

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There are three types of bravery that you might need to engage in as a creative professional. On this episode, we discuss each of them and how to be brave in the face of uncertainty.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Freshbooks. To claim your free month trial – with no credit card needed – visit Freshbooks.com/accidentaland enter Accidental Creative in the how did you hear about us section.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Nov 05 2019

22mins

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Rank #19: What Drives You?

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It’s tempting to think that motivation is largely driven by the tasks that you do every day, but it’s more accurate to say that you bring your motivation to those tasks. On this episode, we discuss three core motivational archetypes and how they affect everyday engagement. Are you a builder, a fixer, or an optimizer?

This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. Get two months of access to thousands of classes absolutely free! To sign up, go to Skillshare.com/AC.

The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Dec 12 2019

18mins

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