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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 conversation at AccidentalCreative.com.

The Accidental Creative with Todd Henry Todd Henry

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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 conversation at AccidentalCreative.com.

    Plays Well With Others (with Eric Barker)

    Plays Well With Others (with Eric Barker)

    Some of what we think we know about relationships is actually... wrong. So many of the tried and true axioms that are passed along are simply not helpful. We need to better understand what the research truly says if we want to be better collaborators, better leaders, and better human beings.
    https://bakadesuyo.com (Eric Barker) is the best-selling author of a new book Plays Well With Others. In this episode, he shares some common misunderstandings about relationships and how we can each learn to be better at making them work.
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    Sponsors
    This episode is sponsored by Indeed. Visit Indeed.com/creative.
    This episode is sponsored by Shopify. Visit Shopify.com/accidentalcreative.

    • 26 min
    Amos Heller on Navigating Creative Careers (from 2013)

    Amos Heller on Navigating Creative Careers (from 2013)

    What if the thing you do is highly competitive? How do you get noticed? On this episode, https://www.instagram.com/amosjheller/ (Amos Heller) (touring bass player for Taylor Swift and many other artists) shares how he went from barista to touring bass player and some things he learned along the way that anyone can use to gain a foothold in a competitive industry.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Bambee
    You run your business. Let Bambee run your HR. Go to Bambee.com/accidentalcreative for your free HR audit.

    • 32 min
    Ryan Holiday on Perennial Seller (from 2017)

    Ryan Holiday on Perennial Seller (from 2017)

    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.
    In this interview from 2017, http://ryanholiday.net/ (Ryan Holiday) discusses his book http://amzn.to/2fLPxK6 (Perennial Seller) that examines work that lasts and how it is created and marketed. In the interview, we discuss not just how to make work that stands the test of time, but how to structure your life so that you have the margin you need to create proactively and not just reactively.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Indeed
    With Indeed, businesses only pay for quality applications matching the sponsored job description. Visit Indeed.com/creative to start hiring now.

    • 29 min
    Daily Practices and My New Book Daily Creative

    Daily Practices and My New Book Daily Creative

    I have been waiting for this announcement for over a year. Last Thursday I sent an announcement to all of our subscribers of 3 Things, my Sunday email that goes out each week with three creative sparks, that I've been working on a secret book during the pandemic. In fact, the book is about twice as long as any of my previous books and I wrote it in about a third of the time. It was quite a push.
    The main reason why I wrote this book is because I noticed that a lot of people around me - creative pros at all levels of their game - were struggling to stay engaged and focused during the pandemic. However, those who seemed to endure and even thrive in the midst of the uncertainty were those who had daily practices to sustain them.
    A phrase popped into my head: Talent may get you a seat at the table, but it's your daily practices that keep you in the game. What you do every day matters most.
    So my new book, Daily Creative, is designed to help you do just that. It features 366 daily essays covering everything from mindset to tools to creative sparks to leadership. It's designed to be your daily companion as a creative pro. In fact, one early reader told me "It's like having my own personal coach in the mornings." That's exactly what I was aiming for.
    Why are daily practices important?
    1. They keep you micro-aligned. When you're doing complex, uncertain work, it's easy to drift. Just a few small deviations from your intended course seem like no big deal, but those deviations amplify over time and can carry you far from where you intended to end up. So, by doing a daily check-in on both your mindset and your practices, you ensure that you're at least making intentional decisions about your course.
    2. They develop resilience. How do you increase your capacity? By doing hard things. By asking hard questions. By pushing beyond your comfort. Daily practices force you to do things you may not always feel like doing, but that will increase the likelihood you'll persist in the face of resistance. You train yourself to do hard things.
    3. They refine your perspective and productive passion. You are smarter than you think. You know much more than you think. However, much of what you know is beneath the surface of your consciousness. It's on the level of intuition. When you're under pressure, you are likely to ignore those intuitive hunches because they're inconvenient. A daily practice forces you to slow down, listen to your thoughts, and be shaped by your intuition.
    So, even though the book doesn't release until September 6th, I'm asking you to pre-order it now. Pre-orders are a huge part of the early success of a book, which is why so many authors ask you for them. So, I've put together a bunch of pretty great bonuses as a thank you for those who pre-order.
    For example, you can get the audiobook version for free. Or, you can actually start reading the book RIGHT NOW by receiving it as a daily email.
    Learn how to get these bonuses at http://dailycreativebook.com (dailycreativebook.com).
    Mentioned in this episode:
    ConversionCopywriting.com
    Go to conversioncopywriting.com today. Grab a course, and take the next 7 days to try it. If you’re not a more convincing copywriter by the end of it, get a full refund. ConversionCopywriting.com.

    • 15 min
    Liz Wiseman on Impact Players

    Liz Wiseman on Impact Players

    Everyone desires to make an impact through their work. But, there are some creative pros who seem to constantly separate themselves from their peers by delivering greater value. How can you become one of these impact players?
    Today's guest is Liz Wiseman. She's the best-selling author of several books, including https://amzn.to/3RADrB8 (Impact Players: How to Take The Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact).
    Mentioned in this episode:
    ConversionCopywriting.com
    Go to conversioncopywriting.com today. Grab a course, and take the next 7 days to try it. If you’re not a more convincing copywriter by the end of it, get a full refund. ConversionCopywriting.com.

    • 27 min
    The Self-Employed Life (with Jeffrey Shaw)

    The Self-Employed Life (with Jeffrey Shaw)

    Have you ever considered launching out into your own business? If so, today is just for you. We have on the show http://jeffreyshaw.com/ (Jeffrey Shaw), author of The Self-Employed Life. We discuss everything from how to know when to make the leap to how to sustain yourself each day as a self-employed entrepreneur.
    This episode is sponsored by http://shopify.com/accidentalcreative (Shopify).

    • 29 min

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468 Ratings

468 Ratings

Tim Woosley ,

Bringing Light to Creatives!

Todd is doing creative a big service by talking with other creatives and hearing their thoughts about their processes. It’s awesome to crack open the minds of other brilliant people and see how they tick and feel about their efforts. Keep it up, Todd!

caleb_podcasts ,

Awesome Podcast!

Todd is a great host that really taps into the minds of creatives which provides his listeners with the knowledge it takes to use their creativity to achieve success. This is a must listen!

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Todd, host of the Accidental Creative podcast, highlights all aspects of prolific people and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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