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The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice [Kindle Edition]

Todd Henry
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Have better ideas, faster, without the stress and burnout.

It isn't enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today's marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand.

Business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to establish effective practices that unleash your creative potential. Born out of his consultancy and his popular podcast, Henry has created a practical method for discovering your personal creative rhythm. He focuses on five key elements:

*Focus: Begin with your end goal in mind. 
*Relationships: Build stimulating relationships and ideas will follow. 
*Energy: Manage it as your most valuable resource. 
*Stimuli: Structure the right inputs to maximize creative output. 
*Hours: Focus on effectiveness, not efficiency. 
This is a guide for staying inspired and experiencing greater creative productivity than you ever imagined possible.


Editorial Reviews

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"My copy of The Accidental Creative has notes and highlights throughout. Invaluable for anyone who thinks for a living."  
Seth Godin, Author of Linchpin


"Mr. Henry's prescription for maximizing productivity is sagacious, innovative, and sublimely practical. I've already incorporated into my own regime three of his notions and they are working like gangbusters. The Accidental Creative is high-octane fuel for creative productivity." 
Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art


"Todd Henry has spent years breaking down the secrets of highly effective creatives. Read this book and prepare to ramp up your brilliance!" 
Chris Guillebeau, author of The Art of Nonconformity


"The gift of creative insight is not to be squandered! Todd Henry has assembled a guide that will enrich your creative pursuits. Don't dream without it."
- Scott Belsky, CEO of Behance, author of Making Ideas Happen

"There are two definitive versions of you with Todd's book: you before reading it, and you to the 100th power immediately after. Bottom line, The Accidental Creative offers real-world, inspirational insight on how to realize your creative best."
- riCardo Crespo, SVP/Global Creative Chief, 20th Century Fox FCP

"The Accidental Creative" is an inspiring and practical guide for staying fresh and doing brilliant work. If you regularly need great ideas, this book will help you find them."
-Tony Schwartz, Author of "Be Excellent at Anything"

About the Author

Todd Henry is the founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, a consultancy that helps organizations generate brilliant ideas. In 2006 he started The Accidental Creative, one of the top business podcasts. Henry is a sought-after speaker, consultant, and coach. Visit AccidentalCreative.com to learn more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (July 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IYJDY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plan for Great Creating July 7, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As soon as I finished reading this, I bought four more copies for my writer friends. This book will serve creative professionals and dedicated hobbyists of all stripes, from writers, painters, and graphic designers to design engineers and computer programmers.

This book will help you bring a thoughtful structure to your every day creative work. It's work in the best way; Todd teaches you how to examine your life as a whole to make sure that you have the key elements necessary to support your creating over the long term.

So often I find myself exhausted from a long day at work, with little energy left to give to my own personal art. After reading the book I've made some small, intentional changes to my daily habits and I've been excited to find I have so much more left in the tank for my writing and creating sessions. I even find myself waking up early, filled with new ideas. That's in the short term; I'm excited for the long term change to my production.

This book stands on its own (no knowledge of the podcast necessary), but fans of the podcast will especially love this book! It's definitely money well spent and I even find that it is helping me to synthesize the ideas from other creative revolution books like Daniel Pink's "A Whole New Mind." The book has earned a spot on my desk, not on my bookshelf.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay attempt to enhance your creativity October 6, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Creativity comes and goes; you can't force it. Todd Henry attempts to show how to enhance your creativity. While there were some interesting points in this book, I was not particularly inspired.

The good points for me:

**Ideas how to maintain a creative rhythm. It's perfectly normal to not be in creative mode all of the time. Recognize the down times and make the most of them.

**The concept of focus. Todd suggests that you group like tasks together so you can maintain rhythm and focus. Try not to constantly check your email while trying to do something else. You end up half concentrating on each task.

**Tips on how to manage your energy. Okay, this is common sense, but it's helpful to have it repeated. I'm most definitely a morning person, so that's when I should be doing my tough tasks that require lots of thinking.

**Suggestion to aside time to just think. This is very hard to do in our overly-scheduled, 24/7 connected world, but it will pay off. Start with just one hour a week.

**Learn how to identify and cut your time sinks. Recognize that surfing the Internet is not productive. Sure it may relax you, but it is a big time sink.

What missed the mark for me:

**The book seemed to ramble. Todd goes from defining creativity and its components, to talking about team work, to giving some concrete steps on how to set up your Big 3, those most important loops in your life.

**I'm still not sure how all the chapters fit together. They seem piecemeal.

This book is best enjoyed if you skim and see if a few of Todd's suggestions resonate with you.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If only I had been armed with this information in college but Oh how grateful I am to have it now!
A few years ago, I stumbled upon Todd Henry and his podcast. Instantly I was drawn in by his accessible manner, as he painted the picture of what creative burn-out looked like..and it was my self portrait. His emphasis on "filling your tank" with artistic input before you even begin expelling your creative output, changed my entire perspective of the process.

This book, How To Be Brilliant At A Moment's Notice is not only the compilation of the Accidental Creative's brilliant, prolific and healthy golden nuggets but reveals to you what's at the core of your blocked and frustrating creative moments. And then helps you create workable resolutions. I am thrilled to say that it exceeded all expectations that I had. It is the essential user's manual for any creative! If your creative outlook was impacted by Steven Pressfield's "The War of Art" then this book will blow you away.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes love it, but beware of the target audience November 17, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First of all, I love this book.

And now here is "why" of I love this book ....

I think this book is great if you are a creative in the commercial world (ie writer, artist, etc). I don't think it would be as helpful if you have what would be considered traditionally a non-creative job. It's really geared for those trying to avoid burn out and how to maintain the creative "flow" or always being on with some sort of consistency. These are pretty universal problems to most people in these types of jobs AND the book gives some practical everyday advice on how to manage/find creativity when you need to depend on it.

Read the book to see how it applies to you (but only if you are in a creative field.)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Hour Body for the mind July 7, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After being a listener of the Accidental Creative podcast for years, it was great to see Todd finally release a book.

This is an important book worth sharing for a few reasons...
1. it's hits all the strong points from Accidental Creative podcasts - and there are many,
2. it covers a ton of uncharted territory extremely relevant to the modern knowledge worker,
3. it articulates art and creativity in way that almost anyone can digest, bringing it closer to home for engineering minds (like mine) and knowledge workers, and
4. brings all this together with a focus on mental and physical health too - it's like a Four Hour Body for the mind.

A thoroughly recommended, refreshing read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a process for creativity?
This book suggests that there are key things to do if you want to unlock creativity. Some are counterintuitive. I plan to try a few things, and for me that's a sign of a good book.
Published 2 days ago by Aviva Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
Has one of the best set of ideas for handling myriad things while keeping ideas focused. Have shared it with many people.
Published 23 days ago by Ruth Rosenbaum
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my Creative Life!
I read The Accidental Creative more than five years ago and I am still using the principles Todd Henry laid out in the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Enjoyed the author's take on approaching any creative process. It felt as though there were more general life lessons included within.
Published 1 month ago by Matt Story
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Message and Stratagies
Very good tips and information I plan to use. Recommend this to any one interested in freelance Graphic Design!!! Awesome
Published 1 month ago by Brian Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Picked up some great ideas, definitely will need to re-read this one soon. First thing I did was buy a journal and start taking notes!
Published 2 months ago by Paul Pichugin
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative? Not as productive as you'd like? Read this. Really.
This should be required reading for creative people. It's full of tremendous tips and confirmation of work habits you may have thought about... but weren't sure of. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aisling D'Art
5.0 out of 5 stars whether you're a creative or not, this is well worth reading
Maintaining focus during a career is not easy. Todd Henry provides practical guidelines to do so. I'll address just a few of his guidelines. Read more
Published 2 months ago by fitzalling
1.0 out of 5 stars Not happy
The book was ordered for xmas and didn't get here until Dec 26. So thanks for that. Also it had tears and looked used. I was really humiliated when i saw this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P ta
4.0 out of 5 stars I used to think I wasn't creative, or required to be
More than just artistic talent, creativity (like laziness) leads to innovation and is a necessary skill for entrepreneurs.

The first part of this book is a bit dry. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kay Smoljak
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More About the Author

Todd Henry is the founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams be prolific, brilliant and healthy. He regularly speaks and consults with companies about how to develop practices that lead to everyday brilliance. Visit AccidentalCreative.com to learn more.


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