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The Big Idea: The Accidental Creative

by | The Accidental Creative

Today we’re beginning a new podcast series called The Big Idea, in which we’ll cover the core concepts from each of Todd Henry’s first four books. This episode is devoted to the first book, The Accidental Creative.

Key ideas from this episode:

  • The goal for create on demand professionals should be to be prolific, brilliant, and healthy in life and in work.
  • If you don’t get the healthy piece right, you will eventually lose the prolific and brilliant piece as well.
  • You need to be mindful of the assassins – dissonance, fear, expectation escalation – and build practices to help you avoid them.
  • There are five key areas of creative rhythm – Focus, Relationships, Energy, Stimuli, Hours – that will help you sustain brilliant work over time.
  • You should build checkpoints into your life to help you re-evaluate and adapt your rhythms as necessary from season to season.

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

Todd Henry

Todd Henry

Positioning himself as an “arms dealer for the creative revolution”, Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.

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