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The Accidental Creative

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AccidentalCreative.com - Todd Henry

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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.

Latest Episodes

Seth Godin on The Practice

The key to producing a brilliant body of work is steady, regular, brave practice. You must engage every day with your work as a matter of discipline. No one embodies this ethic better than Seth Godin. Seth is the author of most of my favorite books, all of which have been best-sellers, and is a champion of those who make brave art each day. On this episode, we discuss his new book The Practice and how we can purposefully bring ourselves to our work every day. This episode is sponsored by Patreon. Patreon lets you build real, sustainable income through the direct support of your fans. Sign up on patreon.com now and start building the steady income stream you deserve. This episode is also sponsored by Hover. Hover knows you will do something that will make a difference. Grab your domain name and many more at hover.com/accidentalcreative for a 10% discount on all new purchases. Make a name for yourself with Hover.

28 min1 d ago
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Seth Godin on The Practice

10 Questions For Finding Your Voice

Since the early days of the Accidental Creativepodcastwe’ve closed off with the phrase “cover bands don’t change the world – you need to find your unique voice if you want to thrive.” A cover band is a band that plays other people’s music, and they often fill music venues and make money, but at the end of the night people go home singing the music. Cover bands are often quickly forgotten, but the music lives on. This doesn’t mean that emulationis always wrong.In fact, emulationis a key part of early growth and development. However, we cannot rely on imitation as a short-cut to success. If we do, our success will be hollow, and without a foundation. In order to add lasting, meaningful value, we must – eventually – find our own voice. But how do we do that?With the pressures and demands of daily work, it can often be overwhelming simply to deliver on expectations, let alone to try to find some unique way of engaging our day. But it’s oftenin the midstof our work that we will...

17 min4 d ago
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10 Questions For Finding Your Voice

3 Words Every Creative Pro Needs To Hear

In the face of uncertainty, teams need good, effective leadership. Not just bold, brash, decisive leadership, but empathetic, focused, generous leadership. Is it possible to accomplish a lot of great work while simultaneously growing a great culture? Yes, but it requires that leaders routinely model for their team what a great culture looks like. There are three words that every creative pro needs to hear from their manager: "I'm for you." I want to see you thrive. I want to see you excel. I want to help you accomplish your goals. Here are three specific ways we can model this sentiment to our teams: * I believe in your abilities. I won't try to control your work, but will instead allow you to operate within clear principles and will give you the freedom you need to bring your best thought to the work. * I won't let you settle. I will hold you accountable to expectations and to a high standard of performance, not because of how it reflects on the team but because I believe you are c...

15 min1 w ago
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3 Words Every Creative Pro Needs To Hear

Design and Everyday Life

Some people think of design as the afterthought of a project. It's about making things look good, tweaking the usability, or simply making a product or service more appealing. However, those who understand the value of design know that it must be baked into the very fabric of a product or service. Design is not an afterthought, it's a starting point. On this episode, Scott Berkun shares principles from his new book How Design Makes The World, and offers some tactical insights for how we can be more intentional about approaching our everyday interactions and work through the lens of good design. This episode is sponsored byPatreon. Creators — are you tired of being paid in clicks and likes? Patreon lets you build real, sustainable income through the direct support of your fans. Sign up onpatreon.comnow and start building the steady income stream you deserve.

23 min1 w ago
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Design and Everyday Life

Developing Creative Resilience

If there was one word that I would use to describe those who succeed in the face of adversity, it would be resilience. Some professionals are able to withstand changing times, shifting expectations, and limited resources in a way that others aren't. And, if there was one quality that is most needed right now, it certaintly is resilience. On this episode, we feature an interview with John Jantsch, author of The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur. John discusses key principles for growing self-reliance in the midst of disconnected times, and how small business owners can continue to succeed even as the ground is constantly shifting beneath their feet. In part two of this episode, I share three key principles for developing creative resilience during these uncertain times: * Train yourself to take risks in low-risk environments.* Always be learning a new skill, to create layers of redundancy and a mindset of perseverance.* Take time to synthesize and to think systemically and in layers, so that...

32 min2 w ago
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Developing Creative Resilience

Dealing With Covid Overwhelm

Have we worn out the phrase "unprecedented times" yet? OK, let's just say that we are continuing to wrestle with the uncertainty of our systems, our expectations, our relationships, our team dynamics, and even the edges of our workdays. In addition to the overwhelming loss of those who have succmbed to the virus, another major thing that has been taken from us is a sense of rhythm. We are wired for rhythm, and without it we are less focused, productive, and engaged. On this episode, we share three core principles for dealing with Covid overwhelm: Understand and use your natural motivaiton to overcome overwhelm. Discover your unique motivations and bring those to what you do every day instead of waiting for your circumstances to inspire you. Gave clear edges and set buffers. Define the beginning and end of your work day, and establish breaks in the midst of the day so that your obligations don't stack up. Mind your dailies. Have routines and practices that keep you grounded. Feed you...

18 min2 w ago
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Dealing With Covid Overwhelm

The Wonder Switch (with Harris iii)

We often hear about the importance of curiosity, or intuition, or exploration with regard to the creative process. But, one word we rarely hear is wonder. Wonder is a word that perfectly captures the state of awe and inspiration when we are at the precipice of a breakthrough. It encapsulates the sense of possibility being greater than expected and more expansive than previously known. When we can operate with a sense of wonder, our world expands. On this episode of the podcast, Harris iii shares insights from his new book The Wonder Switch that will help us activate wonder in our daily lives and live with our eyes on possibility, not just pragmatism. This episode is sponsored by Patreon. Creators -- are you tired of being paid in clicks and likes? Patreon lets you build real, sustainable income through the direct support of your fans. Sign up on patreon.com now and start building the steady income stream you deserve.

26 min3 w ago
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The Wonder Switch (with Harris iii)

The Myths Of Motivation

There are many misunderstandings about what it means to be "motivated". Typically, we think that either someone is motivated or they aren't, as if motivation is a switch to be flipped. The reality is that we are always motivated to do something, and once we begin to unlock the secrets to what drives us we can learn to bring our motivation to what we do each day instead of waiting for our work to motivate us. On this episode, I share a passage from the new book The Motivation Code in which my co-authors and I dispel some common misunderstandings about what drives us: * Motivation is just about diligence or laziness.* Motivation is about enjoying tasks.* Motivation naturally comes with "the perfect job".

15 min3 w ago
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The Myths Of Motivation

Understanding Gen Z (with Jason Dorsey)

In today's workplace, there are multiple generations working side by side, meaning that in order to collaborate effectively and lead well it's important to understand the unique qualities and characteristics of each generation, and also how they uniquely contribute to the fabric and mission of the team. On this episode, Jason Dorsey (expert in generational dynamics and co-author of Zconomy) shares insights into how to understand Gen Z, lead them, and unleash their best work. This episode is sponsored by Grammarly. Get 20% off Grammarly Premium when you sign up at Grammarly.com/creative.

28 minSEP 29
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Understanding Gen Z (with Jason Dorsey)

Managing Your Manager

Leadership isn't about being on top, it's about being in the middle. This means that you not only have to learn how to manage those on your team, but also that you must develop the ability to manage up in order to get what you and the team need to succeed. On this episode, we share a few key principles for entering into difficult conversations with your manager: * Approach the conversation with respect and assume the best.* Have your supporting facts in order and make your case clearly.* Aim for small wins and build from there. This episode is sponsored by Indeed. Right now, Indeed is offering our listeners a free seventy-five dollar credit to boost your job post – which means more quality candidates will see it, fast. Offer valid through September 30. Learn more atIndeed.com/creative. The intro music for the AC podcast is byJoshua Seurkamp. End remix is byDJ Z-Trip.

13 minSEP 24
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Managing Your Manager

Latest Episodes

Seth Godin on The Practice

The key to producing a brilliant body of work is steady, regular, brave practice. You must engage every day with your work as a matter of discipline. No one embodies this ethic better than Seth Godin. Seth is the author of most of my favorite books, all of which have been best-sellers, and is a champion of those who make brave art each day. On this episode, we discuss his new book The Practice and how we can purposefully bring ourselves to our work every day. This episode is sponsored by Patreon. Patreon lets you build real, sustainable income through the direct support of your fans. Sign up on patreon.com now and start building the steady income stream you deserve. This episode is also sponsored by Hover. Hover knows you will do something that will make a difference. Grab your domain name and many more at hover.com/accidentalcreative for a 10% discount on all new purchases. Make a name for yourself with Hover.

28 min1 d ago
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Seth Godin on The Practice

10 Questions For Finding Your Voice

Since the early days of the Accidental Creativepodcastwe’ve closed off with the phrase “cover bands don’t change the world – you need to find your unique voice if you want to thrive.” A cover band is a band that plays other people’s music, and they often fill music venues and make money, but at the end of the night people go home singing the music. Cover bands are often quickly forgotten, but the music lives on. This doesn’t mean that emulationis always wrong.In fact, emulationis a key part of early growth and development. However, we cannot rely on imitation as a short-cut to success. If we do, our success will be hollow, and without a foundation. In order to add lasting, meaningful value, we must – eventually – find our own voice. But how do we do that?With the pressures and demands of daily work, it can often be overwhelming simply to deliver on expectations, let alone to try to find some unique way of engaging our day. But it’s oftenin the midstof our work that we will...

17 min4 d ago
Comments
10 Questions For Finding Your Voice

3 Words Every Creative Pro Needs To Hear

In the face of uncertainty, teams need good, effective leadership. Not just bold, brash, decisive leadership, but empathetic, focused, generous leadership. Is it possible to accomplish a lot of great work while simultaneously growing a great culture? Yes, but it requires that leaders routinely model for their team what a great culture looks like. There are three words that every creative pro needs to hear from their manager: "I'm for you." I want to see you thrive. I want to see you excel. I want to help you accomplish your goals. Here are three specific ways we can model this sentiment to our teams: * I believe in your abilities. I won't try to control your work, but will instead allow you to operate within clear principles and will give you the freedom you need to bring your best thought to the work. * I won't let you settle. I will hold you accountable to expectations and to a high standard of performance, not because of how it reflects on the team but because I believe you are c...

15 min1 w ago
Comments
3 Words Every Creative Pro Needs To Hear

Design and Everyday Life

Some people think of design as the afterthought of a project. It's about making things look good, tweaking the usability, or simply making a product or service more appealing. However, those who understand the value of design know that it must be baked into the very fabric of a product or service. Design is not an afterthought, it's a starting point. On this episode, Scott Berkun shares principles from his new book How Design Makes The World, and offers some tactical insights for how we can be more intentional about approaching our everyday interactions and work through the lens of good design. This episode is sponsored byPatreon. Creators — are you tired of being paid in clicks and likes? Patreon lets you build real, sustainable income through the direct support of your fans. Sign up onpatreon.comnow and start building the steady income stream you deserve.

23 min1 w ago
Comments
Design and Everyday Life

Developing Creative Resilience

If there was one word that I would use to describe those who succeed in the face of adversity, it would be resilience. Some professionals are able to withstand changing times, shifting expectations, and limited resources in a way that others aren't. And, if there was one quality that is most needed right now, it certaintly is resilience. On this episode, we feature an interview with John Jantsch, author of The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur. John discusses key principles for growing self-reliance in the midst of disconnected times, and how small business owners can continue to succeed even as the ground is constantly shifting beneath their feet. In part two of this episode, I share three key principles for developing creative resilience during these uncertain times: * Train yourself to take risks in low-risk environments.* Always be learning a new skill, to create layers of redundancy and a mindset of perseverance.* Take time to synthesize and to think systemically and in layers, so that...

32 min2 w ago
Comments
Developing Creative Resilience

Dealing With Covid Overwhelm

Have we worn out the phrase "unprecedented times" yet? OK, let's just say that we are continuing to wrestle with the uncertainty of our systems, our expectations, our relationships, our team dynamics, and even the edges of our workdays. In addition to the overwhelming loss of those who have succmbed to the virus, another major thing that has been taken from us is a sense of rhythm. We are wired for rhythm, and without it we are less focused, productive, and engaged. On this episode, we share three core principles for dealing with Covid overwhelm: Understand and use your natural motivaiton to overcome overwhelm. Discover your unique motivations and bring those to what you do every day instead of waiting for your circumstances to inspire you. Gave clear edges and set buffers. Define the beginning and end of your work day, and establish breaks in the midst of the day so that your obligations don't stack up. Mind your dailies. Have routines and practices that keep you grounded. Feed you...

18 min2 w ago
Comments
Dealing With Covid Overwhelm

The Wonder Switch (with Harris iii)

We often hear about the importance of curiosity, or intuition, or exploration with regard to the creative process. But, one word we rarely hear is wonder. Wonder is a word that perfectly captures the state of awe and inspiration when we are at the precipice of a breakthrough. It encapsulates the sense of possibility being greater than expected and more expansive than previously known. When we can operate with a sense of wonder, our world expands. On this episode of the podcast, Harris iii shares insights from his new book The Wonder Switch that will help us activate wonder in our daily lives and live with our eyes on possibility, not just pragmatism. This episode is sponsored by Patreon. Creators -- are you tired of being paid in clicks and likes? Patreon lets you build real, sustainable income through the direct support of your fans. Sign up on patreon.com now and start building the steady income stream you deserve.

26 min3 w ago
Comments
The Wonder Switch (with Harris iii)

The Myths Of Motivation

There are many misunderstandings about what it means to be "motivated". Typically, we think that either someone is motivated or they aren't, as if motivation is a switch to be flipped. The reality is that we are always motivated to do something, and once we begin to unlock the secrets to what drives us we can learn to bring our motivation to what we do each day instead of waiting for our work to motivate us. On this episode, I share a passage from the new book The Motivation Code in which my co-authors and I dispel some common misunderstandings about what drives us: * Motivation is just about diligence or laziness.* Motivation is about enjoying tasks.* Motivation naturally comes with "the perfect job".

15 min3 w ago
Comments
The Myths Of Motivation

Understanding Gen Z (with Jason Dorsey)

In today's workplace, there are multiple generations working side by side, meaning that in order to collaborate effectively and lead well it's important to understand the unique qualities and characteristics of each generation, and also how they uniquely contribute to the fabric and mission of the team. On this episode, Jason Dorsey (expert in generational dynamics and co-author of Zconomy) shares insights into how to understand Gen Z, lead them, and unleash their best work. This episode is sponsored by Grammarly. Get 20% off Grammarly Premium when you sign up at Grammarly.com/creative.

28 minSEP 29
Comments
Understanding Gen Z (with Jason Dorsey)

Managing Your Manager

Leadership isn't about being on top, it's about being in the middle. This means that you not only have to learn how to manage those on your team, but also that you must develop the ability to manage up in order to get what you and the team need to succeed. On this episode, we share a few key principles for entering into difficult conversations with your manager: * Approach the conversation with respect and assume the best.* Have your supporting facts in order and make your case clearly.* Aim for small wins and build from there. This episode is sponsored by Indeed. Right now, Indeed is offering our listeners a free seventy-five dollar credit to boost your job post – which means more quality candidates will see it, fast. Offer valid through September 30. Learn more atIndeed.com/creative. The intro music for the AC podcast is byJoshua Seurkamp. End remix is byDJ Z-Trip.

13 minSEP 24
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Managing Your Manager
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