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

Todd Henry
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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


"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 to learn more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591844010
  • Publisher: Portfolio (July 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IYJDY8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plan for Great Creating July 7, 2011
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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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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay attempt to enhance your creativity October 6, 2011
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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes love it, but beware of the target audience November 17, 2011
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Accidental Creative November 4, 2011
I consider myself a reasonably creative person (I asked my wife the other day and she thought I was, so that settles it!). Some of the creative things I do or have done include: paint and decorate our house, paint small Civil War and Revolutionary War soldiers and create miniature battlefields, teach a Children's Sunday School and fill in for an Adult class, landscaping around our house, enjoy thinking and how to improve areas of my life, etc.

Naturally, I was drawn to Henry's book and wanted to get ideas on how to improve my creativity. The book is divided into 2 main parts:

1. Dynamics of Creativity - working with others, being careful of people and things that hijack creativity.
2. Establishing a Creative Rhythm in Your Life - focus, energy, stimuli, hours, relationships, etc.

Among the many topics covered include:

1. Working with other people can enhance your creativity - of course, I should clarify that working with the RIGHT kind of people can help! Other types of people can be energy and creative draining vampires!
2. Focus - try to stay on one topic for a reasonably prolonged period of time to allow for deep thinking. Some mindless employers expect you to constantly multitask, resulting in short and long-term adverse effects.
3. Stimuli - focus on events, surroundings, etc. that can enhance your productivity. Hint - different people respond to different stimuli.
4. Hours - use the time (morning, afternoon, night) when you are strongest and most likely to think creatively.
5. Energy - get enough rest, eat healthy, and do other things that are good for you and can help enhance your creativity.

I enjoyed reading the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic I wish I had found earlier
Parts of this doesn't directly apply to the solo creative--in fact gets old to me--because he talks about those creatives who have to go to work & create for a company and a... Read more
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Published 2 months ago by Kimberlee McEntire
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible, inspiring and actionable read
Highly recommended for any creative professional or aspiring creative. This book is a life changer. There is value packed from beginning to end
Published 2 months ago by Jacob C Jorgovan
1.0 out of 5 stars It was not torn out it looked like it was printed that way
I am giving this book one star not because I read it but because I could read it. When I received the book it was completely missing the first chapter and the preface. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lindsey M. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Not pushy. (For those of you who know what ...
Not pushy. (For those of you who know what I mean, you know what I mean. For those of you who are saying ???!!!, don't worry about it.)
Published 4 months ago by M. E. Donnelly
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Great book on being more creative
Published 4 months ago by Diane Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great ideas on how to movitate other creatives, drive ideas forward, stay focused and improve your idea engine.
Published 5 months ago by Melina Garza
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More About the Author

Todd Henry is the founder 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 or to learn more.


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