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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.

    What Comes Next? (with Scott Belsky)

    What Comes Next? (with Scott Belsky)

    Given the number of surprises and twists that 2020 brought us, it might seem like a foolish exercise to try to predict what will happen next. However, there are some people who have their finger on the pulse of the creative community and how work is happening and will likely continue to happen over the coming years. Scott Belsky is the Chief Product Officer at Adobe, where the team has been doing extensive research into how the creative community has adapted to remote work and is striving to create tools to facilitate where the world of creative work is headed.

    On this episode, we talk about some of the tactical ways in which creative pros have adapted to the circumstances we find ourselves in, why some things have changed forever and others are likely to revert to the way they've always been, and how creative pros can adapt their mindset to help them deal with what comes next.

    This episode is sponsored by Headspace. Headspace is meditation made simple. Get a free one month trial at Headspace.com/accidentalcreative.

    This episode is also sponsored by Skillshare. Explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/AC and get a free trial of Premium Membership.

    • 29 min
    The Art Of Impossible (with Steven Kotler)

    The Art Of Impossible (with Steven Kotler)

    We all want to make 2021 a great year. We have plans, dreams, ambitions for the coming year, but the reality is that if we don't develop new habits we won't get new results, especially when so much seems out of our control. Steven Kotler has spent his career studying peak performers and analyzing how they are able to achieve such seemingly impossible things. In this conversation we discuss his new book The Art Of Impossible and the fundamental elements of peak performance, how to develop a mindset that allows for new possibilities, and how to point your focus, action, and habit in the same direction.

    This episode is sponsored by Indeed. Listeners can get a free $75 credit to boost your job post at Indeed.com/creative. (Offer valid through March 31.)

    This episode is also sponsored by Bambee. Go to Bambee.com/accidentalcreative right now to schedule your free HR audit.

    • 26 min
    Pursuing The Right Career (with Ashley Stahl)

    Pursuing The Right Career (with Ashley Stahl)

    After 2020, a lot of people are asking questions about life, work, and the choices they are making. Some are even beginning to consider whether it's time to move on to a new kind of work. But where do you even start to consider a career change? How do you find the intersection of your skills, your interests, and the opportunities in the marketplace?

    Today's guest, Ashley Stahl, is a career expert and has developed a framework to help anyone discover the kind of career that they are best suited for. In the interview, we discuss everything from how to seek opportunities to how to identify the kind of work you are best suited for to how to interview well. Her new book is called Youturn.

    This episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. Get a four week trial plus free postage and a digital scale. Go to Stamps.com and enter promo code Accidental.

    • 24 min
    Leading From Anywhere (with David Burkus)

    Leading From Anywhere (with David Burkus)

    The pandemic hasn't really changed the direction of the marketplace, it's mostly just accelerated it. Many of the strategies companies are employing to deal with remote work are ones that were already inevitable a year or two ago, but have now become necessities because of the state of the world. The change that we've all been thrust into can be destabilizing if we aren't able to adapt to the new reality.

    On today's episode of the podcast, David Burkus shares key insights from his new book Leading From Anywhere. It's important that managers learn to understand how these new complexities affect the mindset and workflow of the people they work with, and develop strategies for helping their teams thrive, especially since it's unlikely the workplace will ever go back to "normal".

    One of the key insights we discuss is the importance of developing empathy for the people on your team. The workplace is often the "great equalizer", in that we all have access to the same enviroment, the same resources, the same tools, and the same people. However, when we work remotely, each person is in their own environment and some are most definitely better equipped than others to deal with the pressures of the day. While one person may live alone with plenty of space and ultra-fast WiFi, another might be living in a two-bedroom apartment with small children who are doing remote school at the kitchen table. We must learn and adapt to the unique needs of the people on our team if we want to help them succeed, which means we can't simply layer the same expectations on everyone on the team. We must commit to a posture of continuous learning, then adjust as we go.

    Regardless of when the pandemic ends, we will all need to learn to "lead from anywhere". Hopefully, this episode will help you along that journey.

    This episode is sponsored by Indeed. Want qualities job candidates fast? You need Indeed. Right now, our listeners get a free $75 credit to upgrade your job post at Indeed.com/creative. (Offer good through March 31, 2021.)

    This episode is also sponsored by Skillshare. Explore your creativity at Skillshare.com/AC and get a free trial of Premium Membership.

    • 27 min
    A Mental Habit To Shed in 2021

    A Mental Habit To Shed in 2021

    Have you ever felt anxious about your job, but you don’t know why?

    Everything is going well, or at least according to plan, and there is nothing obvious that should be causing anxiety. Yet, when bedtime rolls around, you struggle to get to sleep, and you have a perpetual sense that you’re falling behind.

    Falling behind? Behind what?

    That’s the question I was asking myself early last year. Pre-pandemic, I was on the mark to have a record year. Things had been going great, and I was able to help more people and teams and see more impact from my work this year than I ever have. By all accounts, I should have been on cloud nine. Yet, somewhere in the back of my mind, I noticed anxiety creeping into my thoughts, my planning, and the writing I was doing for my new book. At the exact moment that I should have felt peace and space I was experiencing the opposite.

    That’s when I realized that I was keeping score.

    This is an old habit, and one that dies hard. I was paying attention to a lot of little markers that have nothing whatsoever to do with my core work, or my effectiveness, or the impact that I’m trying to have with my clients or the people who read my books and listen to my podcasts. Instead, I was paying attention to things outside of my lane, and allowing them to pull me off-course and rob me of the joy and satisfaction that I should have been experiencing.

    Here are a few of the unhealthy ways I tend to keep score. See if you can relate:

    How THEY Are Scoring

    When someone else gets something – a contract, an offer, an endorsement – that I wanted, it bothers me. It’s as if there is only so much of it to go around. As much as I encourage my clients to focus on their own lane, I have to admit that it’s easy for me to let my peripheral vision distract me. I’ve had to develop the discipline of reminding myself that they are not responsible for my body of work, and I am not responsible for theirs. Stay. In. Your. Lane.

    I’ve seen this play out in teams when someone gets a coveted promotion, or is celebrated for a project, or gets more than their share of esteem for the amount of contribution they truly made. It pulls the team apart, and people begin to withhold because they feel as if they aren’t being treated fairly.

    They aren’t.

    Business isn’t fair, just like life isn’t fair. There will be things that you get that you don’t deserve, and things you deserve that go to someone else. There’s probably someone else right now keeping score on what you’re getting that they’re not. The sooner you learn to embrace the inherent unfairness of the workplace, the sooner you can simply focus on bringing your best every day and letting the chips fall where they may. I love this quote from the Bhagavad Gita, which I first heard from Steven Pressfield: “You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work.”

    Are you paying too much attention to how they are scoring?

    Things I Can’t Control

    This is another one. I tend to track things I can’t control, and get anxious about things that I couldn’t change if I wanted to. It’s one of the curses of being a systemic thinker – I always worry about the governing dynamics, even when they are well beyond my ability to influence.

    Inside of organizations, I see this play out as a general fear about market trends, or about the new company leadership (seven or eight levels above), or about the person on the team who simply doesn’t like you. There is nothing that can be done about any of these things – aside from diligentl...

    • 15 min
    Optimizing 2021 (with Brian Johnson)

    Optimizing 2021 (with Brian Johnson)

    There probably aren't many people reading this who will be deeply saddened to see 2020 in the rear view mirror. This has been quite a year, for certain. Now, it's time to set our sights on the future and to think about how we will prepare ourselves for whatever is ahead. It's time to steel our resolve and establish the practices that will enable us to bring our best each day in the coming year.

    On today's episode, Brian Johnson is here to talk about how to optimize your life and pursue wisdom in 2021.

    If you want to accomplish anything in your life, you need to build the infrastructure to facilitate it. Nothing happens without the supporting mechanisms, disciplines, and practices to bolster your effort. As much as we love the romantic notion of "winging it" or "making it up as we go", talent and instincts only get you so far. If you want to create deep impact, and to sustain that impact for a long season, you need to support your effort with practices.

    Your practices do a few things for you:

    * Increase your capacity. When you do something over and over, your capacity to do that thing increases over time. So, if you want to get better at study, then study. If you want to be a better writer, you write. If you want better relationships, you set disciplines around how and how often you engage with others.* Increase your agency. When you obtain a sense of mastery in one area, it tends to increase your sense of agency to change other areas of your life as well. If you want to up your confidence, start doing one or two small things very consistently and very well. * Increase life satisfaction. A lot of research points to the reality that small, everyday wins create a sense of deep engagement and enjoyment. If you want to feel deeply engaged with your life in 2021, just choose a few small, healthy habits or practices to implement and do them well and often. You'll notice an uptick in your mood and your sense of overall wellbeing.

    Here are the questions I challenge you to consider over the coming week:

    What 1-2 new practices will you implement in 2021 to help you achieve your goals? (Will you start studying? Develop better exercise habits? Start a small writing practice each day?)

    What will you stop doing in 2021 so that you have more space to do the things you want to integrate? You can't just layer things into your life - you need to regularly prune.

    Let's make 2021 a great year!

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
434 Ratings

434 Ratings

Miketrave405 ,

Love the topics, real life experiences and strategies

First of all, each episode is in digestible short chunks which helps me consume great content quickly.

Secondly, I love how Todd uses his real life experiences to share actionable items in the areas of motivation, productivity, mindset, growth and other impactful topics.

His guest have been great as well.

Highly recommend this to anyone willing to learn and grow in their personal life and career.


berne81 ,

Long time listener...

For at least 10 years—I shape my creative life through many of Todd’s strategies. Thank you!

tefererythrfssasrrggfdschujnh ,


Just the bit of motivation I needed!

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