The Accidental Creative



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


  • Live A Rich Life (with Ramit Sethi)

    22/11/2021 Duración: 31min

    How do you define a "rich life"? Have you ever even considered the question? Many creative pros spend their career chasing after something... undefined. What are you trying to achieve in life and work? Today's guest has spent decades helping others define what a "rich life" means. Ramit Sethi is the author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich and the host of the podcast of the same name. In this episode we discuss how to make wise career choices, how our beliefs about money can unknowingly limit us, and how to talk with our stakeholders about important decisions. This episode is sponsored by Bambee. This episode is sponsored by Shopify.

  • Die Empty Part Seven: Conquering Fear

    15/11/2021 Duración: 20min

    [et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] When I ask creative pros what prevents them from sharing their idea, or putting work into the world, it's often that they fear the work isn't good enough. Or, that they aren't good enough. Or, that they just don't really belong in the room. On this episode, we discuss how fear can paralyze you and some specific strategies for limiting its grip. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

  • Advice For Builders (with Julien Smith)

    08/11/2021 Duración: 28min

    Creative pros are by nature builders. We love to make things, play with ideas, and put new concepts into the world where they can be experienced by others. But, the process of building new things can be daunting, and selecting which ideas to build can be confusing. Today's guest is a certainly a builder. His most recent projects are Breather and Practice, for which he just raised a $10 million round of investment led by Andreessen Horowitz. On this episode we discuss the nature of building, how to choose the right ideas, and how to spot trends before they become mainstream. Please support the show by subscribing to AC Premium. This episode is sponsored by Indeed.

  • The Long Game (with Dorie Clark)

    01/11/2021 Duración: 26min

    We live in a short-term thinking world. Many people want immediate results, and as a result they fail to make the necessary investments to reap long-term rewards. However, those who are able to think long-term make investments today that are likely to provide a return for months or years to come. How do you break the short-term thinking cycle and shift toward a long-term mindset? Today's guest is Dorie Clark. She is the author of a new book called The Long Game and on this episode she helps us understand how to cultivate a mindset that focuses on achieving long-term results. Want to take your AC experience to a whole new level? Get ad-free episodes, bonus episodes, and full access to the AC archives with AC Premium. This episode is sponsored by Shopify.

  • Die Empty Part 4: Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

    25/10/2021 Duración: 31min

     The love of comfort is often the enemy of greatness. We can look successful to everyone around us, but deep down know that we're essentially "phoning it in" and have stopped growing, challenging ourself, and chasing aspirations. We've settled in.  In Part four of our series on my book Die Empty, we discuss the various ways in which the pursuit of comfort can infiltrate our lives and prevent us from achieving our goals.  Want every episode in this Die Empty series? Subscribe to AC Premium. You'll get ad-free episodes, access to the full archives, and many bonuses and surprises.  This episode is sponsored by Netsuite. This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. 

  • A Minute To Think (with Juliet Funt)

    18/10/2021 Duración: 34min

    Do you have a minute to think? It’s a good question, and it’s difficult to answer. I think most of us - especially right now - have days full of meetings and obligations. Now that meetings are essentially frictionless, more are added to our calendar. After all, the next group is just a click away. However, this means that as we’re squeezing more and more efficiency into our lives, we’re simultaneously eliminating the very thing we need in order to do great work - space for ideas to develop.  So, do you have a minute to think? That’s the name of the new book - A Minute To Think - by today’s guest Juliet Funt. On this episode, she’s going to share why white space is so important and how to incorporate more of it into your calendar and life. Get ad-free episodes and bonus surprises with AC Premium.  This episode is sponsored by Indeed. This episode is sponsored by Marpipe.

  • Get Different (with Mike Michalowicz)

    11/10/2021 Duración: 32min

    To gain attention for your work (or your message) you must stand apart from everyone else. There is no place for being another in a line of similar messages. How do you separate yourself from the pack? Today's guest is Mike Michalowicz, author of the new book Get Different. He shares specific strategies for standing out from the crowd. Get ad-free episodes and bonuses with AC Premium.  This episode is sponsored by Bambee.  This episode is sponsored by Novo.

  • Find Your Red Thread (with Tamsen Webster)

    04/10/2021 Duración: 25min

    How do you share your idea in a way that it will resonate with your intended audience? Whether you're a leader, a marketer, a designer, a writer, or a product developer, it's not your idea that matters it's whether others understand it and feel compelled to respond. Today's guest Tamsen Webster has spent years helping some of the top thinkers in the world convey their ideas in a compelling way, and on this episode she shares how you can find the through-line that makes your idea resonate. Her new book is called Find Your Red Thread.  Get ad-free episodes and bonus episodes with AC Premium.  This episode is sponsored by Shopify.

  • How To Market Your Creative Work (with John Jantsch)

    27/09/2021 Duración: 30min

    Many creative pros love the work they do, but strongly dislike talking about or marketing that work. Today's guest John Jantsch has been teaching small business owners and freelancers how to market for decades, and on this episode he shares a simple framework for helping the world experience your work and growing your influence. His new book is called The Ultimate Marketing Engine.  This episode is sponsored by Headspace. This episode is sponsored by Novo. 

  • You Can Change Other People (with Peter Bregman)

    20/09/2021 Duración: 26min

    You've likely heard the old advice "you can't change other people." Today's guest would beg to differ. Through decades of coaching, he's developed a method to help you help other people change and achieve the results that they want. Peter Bregman is the author of the new book You Can Change Other People.  Support the show and get ad-free and bonus episodes at Today's episode is sponsored by Indeed. Todday's episode is sponsored by Netsuite.  

  • Die Empty Part 2: Define Your Battles

    13/09/2021 Duración: 25min

    This is the second part of a nine part series on Todd Henry's book Die Empty. In this episode, we look at the effect that aimlessness can have on your day to day work, and how to identify a portfolio of productive passion that drives you forward in life. Parts three and four of this series will be available only to AC Premium subscribers. To join, visit Get a workbook for this series at This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. This episode is sponsored by Netsuite. 

  • Oliver Burkeman on 4,000 Weeks

    06/09/2021 Duración: 32min

    The average person lives about 4,000 weeks. How does that fact make you feel? More importantly, how might knowing that your time is so finite cause you to choose to live?  There are so many tools at our disposal for time management, but often our efforts only make us feel more busy and overwhelmed. Today's guest is Oliver Burkeman. We discuss existential overwhelm, the efficiency trap, and how to reclaim just a little bit of sanity in a world obsessed with better, faster, more. His new book is the instant NY Times Best-seller 4,000 Weeks.  Today's episode is sponsored by Headspace and Bambee. 

  • Die Empty Part 1: Three Modes Of Work

    30/08/2021 Duración: 25min

    This week we begin a new series covering Todd Henry's 2013 book Die Empty. For each of the next nine episodes, we will be discussing a core principle from the book and how it applies to life and work. Today we discuss the three modes of work, and why each is important if you want to build a body of work you can be proud of. If you would like to receive every one of the nine episodes in this series, subscribe to AC Premium at You will also receive every future episode of the show ad-free. 

  • How Reading Affects Creativity (with Jeff Brown)

    23/08/2021 Duración: 33min

    When we talk about the creative process, what we’re really talking about is the ability to connect dots and make intuitive leaps. Sometimes those dots are previous projects we worked on, or experiences we had, and sometimes they are from things that we’ve read or studied along the way. Today, we’re going to talk about the value of reading to our creative process.  Our guest is Jeff Brown, author of the new book Read To Lead and host of the Read To Lead podcast. This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. Explore your creativity at and get a one-month free trial of Premium Membership.

  • Bold vs. Brave Work, and 3 Elements of Brilliance

    16/08/2021 Duración: 27min

    On today's show, Todd Henry discusses the difference between bold creative work and brave creative work. This applies both to the work we do as professionals as well as how we lead others.  Then, Todd turns to discussing the three core elements of brilliant work that he shared in his talk at Leadercast this week: Skills, Experience, and Motivation. This episode is sponsored by Bambee. Go to right now to schedule your FREE HR audit. 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. Learn more at Offer valid through September 30, terms and conditions apply.

  • Decoding Greatness (with Ron Friedman)

    09/08/2021 Duración: 25min

    How do the best of the best do what they do? It's easy to watch and admire top performers, but we can actually do more than that. We can decode how they got there. Today's guest is Ron Friedman. He shares insights about how we can reverse engineer the greatness of those we admire with tips from his new book Decoding Greatness. This episode is sponsored by Bambee. Go to right now to schedule your FREE HR audit.

  • A/J Jackson of Saint Motel

    02/08/2021 Duración: 32min

    When you have a number of ideas, how do you know which one to pursue? On this episode, we discuss creative process, practices, and how to know when an idea is right with A/J Jackson. A/J is an American filmmaker, musician, songwriter, record producer, and perhaps best known as the lead singer for the international platinum-selling band Saint Motel. He is also the founder of AVIEW, a new eyewear brand that offers shades in every hue of the rainbow.  Want to support the show? Join AC Premium for ad-free and bonus episodes and more. This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. Explore your creativity at and get a one-month free trial of Premium Membership.

  • How Music Affects Your Creativity (with Will Henshall)

    26/07/2021 Duración: 29min

    Does what you listen to affect your ability to generate ideas and be productive? According to today's guest, the soundtrack you choose can impact your creativity significantly. Will Henshall is the founding member of the band Londonbeat and the founder of FocusAtWill. In this conversation, we discuss how different personality types perform better when utilizing different sonic environments.  This episode is sponsored by Headspace. Want to support the show? Become an AC Premium member.  Join the weekly newsletter 3 Things. Just three simple things guaranteed to spark creative thought delivered to your inbox each Sunday.   

  • Time To Re-think Your Rituals

    19/07/2021 Duración: 14min

    Brilliant performers in any field often have rituals or practices that they fall back on to help them perform consistently at their peak. When you are charged with doing complex work every day, rituals can bring order to your world and help you focus more effectively. If you want to deliver a result consistently, you must systemize it, and that’s precisely what a ritual does. However, the danger of rituals is that they can remain in your schedule long after they have stopped serving their original purpose. Worse, they can begin to work against your ability to be effective. While I believe that high-performing people and teams must have strong rituals in their life to support their goals, I also know that these rituals must be examined on a regular basis to ensure that they aren’t becoming fossilized ruts. Here are a few suggestions for shaking up your rituals before they stall your progress. This episode is sponsored by Indeed. Get started right now with a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post at

  • 6 Tips For Dealing With Creative Burnout

    12/07/2021 Duración: 20min

    It's been a long year, and many creative pros are experiencing some level of creative burnout. It's taken everything we have to deliver on expectations over the past year, and as we now return to a sense of "normal", the uncertainty and expectations are likely to rise even more. On this episode, I offer six tips for dealing with those moments when you feel overwhelmed and burned out.  1. Pause and organize 2. Clear the decks 3. Re-prioritize 4. Time block 5. Care physically 6. Re-root in your productive passion Have a question you'd like answered on the show? Visit Support the show! Get ad-free episodes and access to the full archives at This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. Explore your creativity at and get a one-month free trial of Premium Membership. The Accidental Creative is an Airwave Media podcast.

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