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The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice Paperback – August 27, 2013
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“Mr. Henry’s prescription for maximizing productivity is sagacious, innovative, and sublimely practical. The Accidental Creative is high-octane fuel for creative productivity.”
—Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art
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.
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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.
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.)
Before reading his book, I felt that the three main limiting factors in life and career were time, money and energy. Of the three, I thought that time was the largest constraint. Mr. Henry argues that energy, and its preservation and deployment, is the constraint that requires the most careful consideration. While considering his arguments, I found them persuasive.
He further contends that separation of career and personal life is a false dichotomy. Each aspect of one's life requires time, money and energy. Since these resources are limited, expenditures in one area of one's life, whether career or personal, limits the availability of these resources for deployment into other areas of one's life. The book considers the necessity of balancing one's personal life and career. This is a challenge that I, and I suspect many others, experience regularly.
The author argues that what one puts into your life affects the creative potential of what you will be able to produce. Or, to put it another way, what goes in will heavily affect what comes out of your career endeavors. He argues for pursuing broader intellectual interests as this might allow unexpected creative insights.
A certain amount of courage is required to avoid mediocrity. Inherently, risk accompanies traveling unfamiliar paths. Read the book to understand the author's mantra of "die empty."
I would not generally be considered a creative, but I found the author's approach readily applicable to the career that I have pursued. I found his suggestions and arguments, which are far more than I have discussed above, to be thoughtful and provocative. Many business books consist of 20-30 pages of useful material repeated 5 or 6 times (or more) with some variation in the information presented so there are 150 or more pages so the publisher has a book and not a magazine article to publish. Mr. Henry avoids this fault, provides useful guideposts for life and career and for these reasons I assigned 5 stars to the book. I encourage you to read it..
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Like all of Todd's work, he has a calm, simple way to help you tackle some of the most monumental issues in our lives. Check out his podcast too.