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The Accidental Creative

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Rank #82 in Careers category

Business
Education
Careers
Self-Improvement
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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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370 Ratings
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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

370 Ratings
Average Ratings
268
68
11
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

Updated 2 days ago

Rank #82 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.

Rank #1: 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
51 mins
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Rank #2: 3 Ways To Gain Creative Focus

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You have a finite amount of attention to spend on behalf of the creative problems you’re solving. How you allocate that attention will often determine your success or failure. On this episode, I share three simple strategies for gaining creative focus and generating traction in your work.

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.

Mar 04 2019
17 mins
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Rank #3: How To Keep Going (with Austin Kleon)

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At some point, you’re going to encounter difficult times as a creative pro. It could be something that happens to you, or a situation you created yourself. How do you persist in your work in the face of adversity and challenges? On this episode, Austin Kleon is back to share his perspective on how to develop creative resilience in hard times. His new book is called Keep Going.

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.

Apr 01 2019
35 mins
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Rank #4: A Five-Part Daily Planning Process

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Your life is composed of days, and how you spend those days is how you spend your life. On this episode, I share a simple five-part daily planning process that will help you stay on-course, engaged, and focused on the things that matter most.

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.

May 28 2019
18 mins
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Rank #5: 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
15 mins
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Rank #6: Dealing With a Difficult Co-worker

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Work would be so easy if it weren’t for all the people, right? However, all of us have to deal (from time to time) with difficult co-workers and people who seem intent on making our lives miserable. On this episode, I share a few principles for dealing with those difficult co-workers.

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Today’s episode is sponsored by Gusto. Get three months free when you run your first payroll. Visit Gusto.com/creative.

Music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Feb 28 2019
14 mins
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Rank #7: 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
16 mins
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Rank #8: Three Questions You’re Probably Not Asking (But Definitely Should Be)

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Those who ask the best questions ultimately win. There are some questions that are obvious. These are the ones that directly affect our work and its outcomes. Then, there are questions that hover just beneath the surface of our work, and rarely get asked. On this episode, we share three questions that you’re probably not asking, but definitely should be.

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.

Apr 25 2019
17 mins
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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
21 mins
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Rank #10: Adventure Is Right In Front Of You

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I sent a tweet (@toddhenry) the other day that addressed a pattern I’m seeing with people I’ve been interacting with. It seems that many people are losing the narrative. They expect results without adventure. Celebration with the risk of rejection. Pride without doubts. This doesn’t happen. On this episode, I share a few areas where you need to be brave this week.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Gusto. Get three months free when you run your first payroll. Visit Gusto.com/creative.

Music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Mar 07 2019
16 mins
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Rank #11: Getting The Small Things Right

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It’s tempting to gloss over small areas of misalignment or misunderstanding because they seem like no big deal in the moment. However, those small areas of misalignment can become big problems later. On this episode, we share a few ways this happens to leaders and teams and a handful of questions to help you stay ahead of them.

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.

May 20 2019
14 mins
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Rank #12: Focus, Function, Fire

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What exactly does a great leader do? There are three key things that an effective leader of creative people provides for the team consistently and well. On this episode, I share the importance of focus, function, and fire to the creative process.

Insights from today’s episode are from the book Herding Tigers: Be The Leader That Creative People Need.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Gusto. Get three months free when you run your first payroll. Visit Gusto.com/creative.

Music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Apr 29 2019
16 mins
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Rank #13: Color Filter Theory

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The story you believe becomes your experience of reality, because it’s your filter for all of your experiences. If you filter your life through the lens of anxiety, everything will feel like a threat. If you filter your life through the lens of hopelessness, then when things are going well you won’t be able to enjoy it because you’ll always be waiting for the other shoe to drop.

If you filter your life through the lens of envy, then you’ll always feel like others are getting a better deal than you, even when you’re doing better than you could have ever imagined. These inner narratives/filters are very stealthy and difficult to spot. I’ve developed what I call “color filter theory” to help identify areas where I’m slipping into unhealthy thought patterns or narratives. On this episode, I share those filters and how they affect us.

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.

Apr 22 2019
20 mins
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Rank #14: Limitless (with Laura Gassner Otting)

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You proably have goals you’d like to pursue or dreams you’d like to chase. It’s also likely that there are limits that you encounter as you pursue them. However, some of those limits are self-imposed. On this episode, Laura Gassner Otting is here to teach us how to bust through those artificial limits with insights from her new book Limitless.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Gusto. Get three months free when you run your first payroll. Visit Gusto.com/creative.

Music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.

Apr 04 2019
25 mins
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Rank #15: Two Types Of Workplace Stress

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Stress. We all deal with it, and it affects our work in significant, and often unseen ways. There are actually two types of stress that we encounter in doing creative work, and on this episode we share what they are and how to deal with them so that they don’t rob us of our ability to produce brilliant work.

Thanks to Grammarly for supporting Accidental Creative. For 20% off a Grammarly premium account, go to Grammarly.com/ac.

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

May 09 2019
18 mins
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Rank #16: 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
12 mins
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Rank #17: The Career Investments Every Creative Pro Should Make

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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. Finally, when people ask for career advice, what they’re often asking is that you validate something they’ve already decided to do.

However, in the past few days I’ve been struck by stories of friends and colleagues who are feeling the effects of a shifting creative marketplace, and a decreasingly stable job market. Just like when the stock market takes a downturn and everyone gets very conservative, I see many creatives jumping at the first opportunity to come along rather than thinking about their career as an investment portfolio to be build over time.

With that in mind, here are three career investments that I think every single creative should be making now, and should continue to make consistently. These are the three aspirations that you should be chasing in order to ensure that you are positioning yourself to do increasingly meaningful and valuable work.

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.

Jun 10 2019
15 mins
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Rank #18: The Proximity Principle (with Ken Coleman)

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Many people dream of making a leap into their ideal career, but have no clue what their first steps should be. On this episode, Ken Coleman (host of the Ken Coleman Show and author of The Proximity Principle) shares some simple, practical tips for identifying and stepping into your dream job.

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.

May 13 2019
27 mins
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Rank #19: The Art of Completing Conversations

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So much stress and misalignment happens in organizations because conversations are left incomplete. There is misunderstanding, dissonance, and a general level of anxiety about expectations and next steps. On this episode, we share a few simple strategies for completing conversations and ensuring that you are aligned with your peers, your team, and your leadership.

The core ideas in this episode are from the book Herding Tigers.

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.

Apr 08 2019
15 mins
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