9 episodes

Formerly The Accidental Creative.
Being a creative professional should be the greatest job in the world. You get to solve problems, express yourself, bring something new into the world and you get paid to do it. What's not to love. Yet every day, creative pros face, tremendous pressure and uncertainty. The temptation is just to play it safe, surrender to distraction and settle for less than your best daily creative is about making sure that's not your story.

Each episode focuses on a topic relevant to creative pros, like how to come up with ideas under pressure, or how the collaborate when you're overwhelmed, or how to lead your team and help them discover motivation.

It's time to fall back in love with your work.

Listen to Daily Creative wherever you get your podcasts or subscribe in the Daily Creative app at dailycreative.app.

Daily Creative with Todd Henry Todd Henry

    • Business
    • 4.5 • 500 Ratings

Formerly The Accidental Creative.
Being a creative professional should be the greatest job in the world. You get to solve problems, express yourself, bring something new into the world and you get paid to do it. What's not to love. Yet every day, creative pros face, tremendous pressure and uncertainty. The temptation is just to play it safe, surrender to distraction and settle for less than your best daily creative is about making sure that's not your story.

Each episode focuses on a topic relevant to creative pros, like how to come up with ideas under pressure, or how the collaborate when you're overwhelmed, or how to lead your team and help them discover motivation.

It's time to fall back in love with your work.

Listen to Daily Creative wherever you get your podcasts or subscribe in the Daily Creative app at dailycreative.app.

    Big Black Beast With 88 Teeth

    Big Black Beast With 88 Teeth

    A pervasive myth of creativity goes something like this: if it's good, it should feel easy. But that's never been the case... for anyone. The truth is, doing creative work is hard. Sometimes it's like carving marble.
    In this episode, we explore the challenges of creativity and uncover strategies to overcome mental blocks when facing the daunting task of generating new ideas. From the unconventional approach of famous musicians and physicists to the power of terrible ideas, we invite listeners to push boundaries, think outside the box, and embrace the discomfort of creativity.
    Key Learnings:
    1. Embrace Irresponsibility: Sometimes, the pressure to be brilliant can hinder creativity. By allowing ourselves to play around with ideas without the expectation of publication, we can unlock new pathways and generate unconventional solutions.
    2. The Power of Terrible Ideas: Imaginating, or intentionally focusing on terrible ideas, can paradoxically lead to breakthrough concepts. By freeing ourselves from self-editing, we create space for unexpected and innovative thinking.
    3. Personal Idea Pad: Utilizing a tool such as the personal idea pad can help force connections and spark new ideas by smashing random concepts together. (Get the PIP at IdeaPad.me)
    4. Overcoming Biological Challenges: Our brain’s novelty function can work against creativity, but with deliberate tools and strategies, we can hijack our biology and foster unique and valuable ideas.
    5. Creativity Is Work: Creativity demands effort, persistence, and the willingness to push beyond comfort zones. Great ideas are attainable if we are committed to the process.
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    Mentioned in this episode:
    NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now
    Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold.

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    • 24 min
    Plays Nice With Others

    Plays Nice With Others

    What was the secret weapon that made Star Wars successful? (No, it wasn't the Death Star.) And, which Oscar-winning film's script was almost not even written, if not for some harsh words from a friend?
    In this episode, we delve into the importance of healthy relationships, radical candor, and effective communication in the creative process. We hear stories of challenging relationships and transformative conversations that led to breakthroughs in creativity and collaboration. We learn about the pivotal role others play in our creative work and the significance of becoming the type of person others need in their creative journeys. Guests include Kim Scott (author of Radical Candor), Charles Duhigg (author of the new book Supercommunicators), and Ausin Kleon (author of Steal Like An Artist).
    Key Learnings:
    1. Healthy relationships can play a crucial role in the creative process, and the input of others can be transformative for our work.
    2. Radical candor, the balance between caring personally and challenging directly, is rare but incredibly impactful in creative collaboration.
    3. Understanding the kind of conversation we're having, whether practical, emotional, or social, is essential for effective communication and connection.
    4. It's crucial to be attuned to others' needs and perspectives, and to engage in conversations that foster understanding and alignment.
    5. Effective communication involves proving that we are genuinely listening and understanding the perspectives of others, which can mitigate conflicts and foster meaningful dialogue.
    Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at DailyCreative.app
    Mentioned in this episode:
    NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now
    Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold.

    Learn more

    • 26 min
    Bambino

    Bambino

    Chances are, you're probably not taking enough shots.
    In this episode, we explore the importance of starting more and letting go of the pressure to finish everything. We discuss how embracing parallel creation and being unafraid to repeat ourselves can lead to brilliant work. We also hear from Becky Blades, Austin Kleon, Andy J. Pizza, and Ozan Varol about the significance of taking action on our ideas without being paralyzed by the fear of public perception.
    Key Insights:
    1. Overthinking can hinder creativity, so it's important to move from imagination to action swiftly.
    2. Embracing the process of starting multiple ideas can help identify the ones worth persevering for.
    3. Pay attention to the ideas that won't leave you alone, as they may be the keepers.
    4. Life is more of a jungle gym than a ladder; sometimes the road ahead only becomes clear as you take each step.
    5. Taking action on the ideas that resonate with you is crucial, as the world often lights the path ahead only a few steps at a time.
    Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at DailyCreative.app
    Mentioned in this episode:
    NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now
    Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold.

    Learn more

    • 21 min
    Chaos Theory

    Chaos Theory

    If a butterfly flaps its wings in India, will your pizza arrive on time?
    In this episode, we explore the idea of interconnectedness and the role it plays in our lives and creative work. We delve into how the chaos and randomness of the world influence ideas and decision-making, and some strategies for dealing with the uncertainty. Our guests include Diane Hoskins and Andy Cohen (co-CEO's of Gensler and authors of Design For A Radically Changing World), and Brian Klaas (author of Fluke) as we discuss the strategies and philosophies they employ to navigate the complexity of interconnections, leverage them for greater impact, and cultivate creativity in the face of uncertainty.
    Key Ideas:
    1. Overcoming fixation on the first idea: The danger of latching onto the first idea and missing out on alternative, more profound connections.
    2. Leveraging randomness to our advantage: The idea of fighting randomness with randomness and increasing experimentation to anticipate unintended consequences and broaden the scope of options.
    3. Collaborative leadership and embracing difference: How harnessing diverse perspectives and bringing together people with different strengths can lead to innovation and problem-solving.
    4. Balancing local and global perspectives: The importance of understanding both the specifics and the broader patterns to gain deeper insights and have a greater impact.
    5. Applying creativity to solve global challenges: Utilizing design and creative thinking to address interconnected global issues such as climate change, housing shortages, and social inequalities.
    Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at DailyCreative.app
    Mentioned in this episode:
    NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now
    Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold.

    Learn more

    • 27 min
    The Kid

    The Kid

    What does it feel like, after years of hard work, to have Jimmy Fallon rescue your album from obscurity? And then what do you do when you realize that, for all practical purposes, it really didnt make that much of a difference?
    In this episode, we explore Thad Cockrell's extraordinary journey in the music industry. Thad's latest album, The Kid, encapsulates his brave decision-making over the years, showcasing his resilience amidst the highs and the lows. From his unexpected "encounter" with Jimmy Fallon at a hardware store to the challenges he and his work faced during the pandemic, Thad shares how he persisted in pursuing his passion for music by playing by his own rules.
    Key Learnings:
    1. The power of perseverance and bravery: Thad Cockrell's story demonstrates the importance of never giving up, even when faced with setbacks and challenges. His journey is a testament to the power of resilience and determination in pursuing creative endeavors.
    2. Embracing naivete: Thad's willingness to embrace the "gift of naivete" allowed him to break free from conventional wisdom and expectations, enabling him to pursue his passion for music with a sense of fearlessness and openness.
    3. Challenging industry norms: Thad's decision to release his album independently at a price of $99 challenges the traditional music industry model. His approach aims to create an escape hatch for artists who feel constrained by the current system and seeks to change the narrative that artists have to suffer or be poor.
    4. The healthy triangle: Thad's therapist introduced him to the concept of the "healthy triangle" consisting of ownership, negotiation, and boundaries. This framework influenced his approach to business and life, empowering him to take control and make decisions aligned with his values and aspirations.
    5. The transformative power of music: Thad's profound belief in the impact of music on individuals and society underscores the enduring and influential nature of music. His commitment to creating music that resonates deeply with listeners exemplifies the transformative potential of artistic expression.
    Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at DailyCreative.app
    Mentioned in this episode:
    NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now
    Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold.

    Learn more

    • 24 min
    The Curious Death of Todd Henry

    The Curious Death of Todd Henry

    Why would you drive a perfectly good barge through a perfectly good yacht club?
    In this episode of Daily Creative, we embark on a journey with Todd Henry and host Joshua Gott as they delve into the rebranding of the podcast from The Accidental Creative to Daily Creative.
    With the release of Todd's 7th book, The Brave Habit, they explore the deep changes and tough decisions Todd has made in his career, as he confronts the death of the brand he cultivated over 18 years. They discuss the catalysts behind Todd's decision-making, reflect on pivotal moments in his career, and explore the important concepts of bravery and having a vision for the future.
    The episode offers valuable insights on confronting fear, embracing change, and pursuing a vision for a better future in your personal and professional life.
    Key Learnings:
    1. Brave decisions often precede a period of transformation. Embracing change and confronting fear can lead to new opportunities and growth.
    2. Having a clear vision for the future is essential. Recognizing how things could be better propels individuals to make brave decisions and take action.
    3. Comfort and familiarity can hinder progress. It's important to recognize when fine isn't good enough and pursue excellence, even if it means letting go and starting over.
    4. Claiming agency is crucial in making brave decisions. Realizing one's capacity to contribute to a better future is a vital step in pursuing change and growth.
    5. Living out the principles being shared is essential. Todd's personal journey reflects the bravery and commitment to change and growth that he encourages in others through his work and writing.
    Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at DailyCreative.app
    Mentioned in this episode:
    NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now
    Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold.

    Learn more

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
500 Ratings

500 Ratings

Rowiki ,

Awesome new format

It’s kind of amazing when someone actually walks the talk. Todd Henry has done a terrific job rebooting the show by exploring the themes, issues and ideas we encounter in everyday life. Whenever I listen, I always pick up a new tool to use in life. Sometimes even a new way to look at the world.

Benitezc82 ,

Creative Compass

I’ve been listening to and reading Todd’s books for over a decade. Initially I thought he was ending his podcast for a brief second, felt really sad. Then quickly realized he was just evolving his approach. I love his content and hope to have him in my weekly rotation for years to come.

b_johnson75 ,

New Inspiration for a Longtime Listener

I love the new format of the podcast. From the top-notch editing to the story to the practical tips and insights the podcast delivers. I am refreshed and inspired listening to the clips of the guests and the comments from Todd. I have always been a fan and listener, and new format is making it all the better!

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