The Accidental Creative

The Accidental Creative

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Make The Most Of Your Meetings
Feb 16 • 14 min
Meetings are necessary to a healthy team, but when you spend most of your day in meetings, it makes it challenging to accomplish any of the real work for which you’re accountable. Worse, when meetings are stacked one after the other, it sometimes means…
The Questions We Avoid
Feb 12 • 17 min
In many ways, the quality of your work is defined by the questions you ask. Those who ask the best questions ultimately get closest to the heart of the situation, and in many cases ultimately win. However, you are also defined by the questions that you…
Do What Only You Can Do (with Jen Gotch)
Feb 8 • 36 min
When you are growing a business, it’s tempting to allow yourself to get pulled into the million little things that demand your time. However, there is something that your business needs from you that only you can do, and you’re the only one who knows what…
Truth, Lies, and Body Language (with Mark Bowden)
Feb 5 • 26 min
Have you ever been in a business pitch, a conversation with a peer, or an argument and thought “I wonder what that person is really thinking?” On this episode, Mark Bowden, author of Truth and Lies: What People Are Really Thinking, will offer advice for…
25 Questions That Will Help You Get Unstuck
Jan 30 • 20 min
No matter how talented and driven you are, sooner or later you’re bound to feel stuck. When you’e at a standstill, the worst thing you can do is to keep staring at the problem and digging yourself deeper into a rut. On this episode, Todd Henry shares 25…
Gain Focus With These Three Questions
Jan 25 • 16 min
If you want to accomplish much of anything, you need to focus. You have a finite amount of attention to allocate to problems that matter. However, many creative pros struggle with questions about what they should focus on, when they should focus on it,…
Your Customer’s Secret Language (with Jeffrey Shaw)
Jan 22 • 24 min
Who is your ideal customer? If you’re a freelancer, a small business owner, or even someone designing or writing within an organization, this is a critical question. But you can’t stop by identifying that customer, you also need to understand how to…
Jonathan Willis on Passion Projects
Jan 19 • 40 min
Jonathan Willis is a globe-traveling photographer. His work has been featured by some of the biggest brands in the world, and he’s dedicated himself to becoming a true master of his craft. However, over the past few years he’s also engaged in a number of…
5 Myths About Creative People
Jan 15 • 18 min
You’ve probably heard them before. You might even believe them. However, the myths that exist about creative people in the marketplace can affect your ability to engage in and do your work effectively. On today’s episode, I share five common myths about…
What Creative People Need
Jan 11 • 21 min
When you create for a living, you might find yourself frustrated with your management or client and not even know why. When you can’t articulate what you need, it’s really difficult to thrive. On today’s episode, I share the few things that creative…
Lying To The Pope
Jan 9 • 18 min
How do you make decisions in your work, about your career, or for your life as a whole? If you don’t have a clear framework for making those decisions ahead of time, then you’ll be tempted to compromise your values in the moment. On today’s show, I share…
There’s a Bear In Ohio!
Jan 5 • 14 min
If you do creative work for a living, trust is your currency. It’s impossible to do great, collaborative, creative work without it. However, there are a number of ways in which we can lose trust and never even know it. On this episode, I share a small way…
Four Questions for 2018
Jan 1 • 20 min
It’s a new year, and that means many of us are thinking about how we want to make 2018 our best year yet. Last year, I introduced four questions that you can ask to help you gain better clarity and establish more meaningful goals. On this episode, I…
Take More Shots
Dec 28, 2017 • 14 min
Winning is often a game of percentages. The more shots you take, the more likely you are to eventually hit your goal and create something valuable. On this episode, I discuss how to practice and hone your skills through unnecessary creation, follow your…
Staying Creatively Supercharged
Dec 26, 2017 • 15 min
Many people go crashing into the weekend like a running back diving into the end zone. They have thoroughly spent themselves during the work week, so the weekends are their time to completely disconnect, and engage in mindless activities like watching TV,…
The Seven Deadly Sins
Dec 22, 2017 • 21 min
As we wrap 2017 and head into a new year, it’s natural to look back to consider whether your ambitions for the year lined up with your accomplishments. It’s easy to unknowingly settle into ruts without even realize it’s happening, and to fail to do the…
The Heart To Start (with David Kadavy)
Dec 20, 2017 • 24 min
What’s the most important part of doing creative work? Some people say it’s getting started, but I think that’s a bit simplistic. It’s more about getting started right, and then being able to sustain yourself when times get tough. On this episode, David…
The Motivation Myth (with Jeff Haden)
Dec 18, 2017 • 26 min
How do you find the motivation you need to attack your goals? According to Jeff Haden, the problem is waiting for motivation at all. If you want to experience fulfillment and tackle big projects, it’s more about the process. On this episode, we dive into…
The Fierce Urgency Of Now
Dec 14, 2017 • 18 min
When you’re under pressure, it’s easy to defer the little actions that you need to do in order to accomplish you work. However, each of those little choices to defer action accumulate and become big problems later. On this episode, I share three areas…
Robbing Or Investing In Your Future Self
Dec 7, 2017 • 11 min
Don’t rob yourself, and stop trying to will yourself to do better. Instead, recognize that small actions of focus and discipline today is the best way to love your future self. Make investments today so that you can reap a return tomorrow. ==== Today’s…
The Lie About Success That’s Holding You Back
Dec 4, 2017 • 17 min
What does success feel like at the beginning, or in the middle? It’s difficult to say. In fact, many massive successes felt like anything but success when they were in the early stages. On today’s show, I share some thoughts about how to prevent the…
Three Kinds Of Work
Nov 30, 2017 • 14 min
It’s getting close to the end of the year. How many of the things you planned to accomplish this year actually got done? For some people, the list is long, and it’s because they failed to engage in all three kinds of work necessary in order to remain…
Why You Should Cluster Your Work
Nov 27, 2017 • 15 min
The constant shift back and forth from creative work to administrative work throughout your day carries a high price. You pay a task switching penalty each time you try to make this transition. On today’s show, I share a few tactics from The Accidental…
Marking The Moment
Nov 24, 2017 • 18 min
At times, it can feel like life and work is one long string of projects and tasks. You have your eyes fixed forward, and you’re thinking about the next thing you’re going to do, the next hill you’re going to climb, or the next project you’re accountable…
Private Victories
Nov 22, 2017 • 17 min
You are known for your public victories, but it’s the private victories you achieve that make them possible. In today’s episode, we share some of the private victories that help you build the confidence, resilience, and skills necessary to sustain the…
Secret Work
Nov 20, 2017 • 16 min
You are known for your public work, but you’re defined by your “secret” work. On today’s episode we discuss the importance of having work in your life that no one sees as a means of developing skills and cultivating passion and curiosity. ==== Today’s…
What Should I Do With My Life?
Nov 16, 2017 • 26 min
Do you have a framework for making larger decisions about your life, your career, and your work? How do you decide what you’re trying to do with your life? In this episode, I address a question from a listener about how to make decisions about the larger…
Thoughts On Business Travel
Nov 9, 2017 • 18 min
If you travel for business, you know that it can be both stressful and frustrating. However, if you have some core principles that guide how you approach travel it can also turn your time “on the road” into space to help you be more prolific, brilliant,…
How To Fight Fair
Nov 6, 2017 • 16 min
Conflict is a natural and expected thing when you have talented, driven people working side by side. In fact, if you don’t have conflict on your team then it’s potentially a sign of a lack of health. Conflict can sharpen your relationships, but how you…
The Ripple Effect (with Dr. Greg Wells)
Oct 30, 2017 • 30 min
When you think about what it takes to be creative every day, you probably think about the technical aspects of your work, keeping yourself inspired, and other important factors like focus. However, you might not consider how what you eat, how you sleep,…
Unbranding (with Alison Stratten)
Oct 26, 2017 • 25 min
How do the best brands in the world inspire loyalty? And, why do some brands just seem to fall apart even though they seem to be doing everything right? On today’s episode, Alison Stratten is here to share a few stories of brands who have leveraged…
One Mindset Tweak That Will Change How You Approach Your Work
Oct 23, 2017 • 18 min
Tactics are important and necessary if you want to do brilliant work, but so is mindset. You can be the most talented and disciplined person on the planet, but if you have a blind spot in your mindset you will eventually fail. On today’s episode, I talk…
Permission To Screw Up (with Kristen Hadeed)
Oct 19, 2017 • 22 min
When you hear the story of the founding of a business, you often get the sanitized version. You only hear the high points. However, it’s often in failure that the biggest lessons are learned. Today’s guest Kristen Hadeed founded Student Maid several years…
Find The Fire (with Scott Mautz)
Oct 12, 2017 • 20 min
You’re a pro. You do the work even when you don’t feel like it. Still, you can’t discount the value of inspiration. Without it, your work might begin to ring hollow. How do you protect the fire so that you can stay engaged and motivated to do your best…
The 3% Movement (with Kat Gordon)
Oct 9, 2017 • 20 min
Diversity in leadership is not only good for culture, it’s good for business. On today’s show, Kat Gordon, the founder of the 3% Movement, shares insights into how the movement began and how leaders of organizations can build more diversity into their…
Entrepreneurial You (with Dorie Clark)
Oct 4, 2017 • 23 min
It’s one thing to build an income around a product or an idea, but it’s something entirely different to build a business. On today’s episode, Dorie Clark shares insights from her new book Entrepreneurial You. She’s going to help us think through how to…
Andrea Summer on Wanderlust
Sep 27, 2017 • 33 min
Andrea Summer has been working on an album project called Wanderlust for a few years, but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. She’s had to work on the project a little at a time as the resources were available, she lost her voice due to a fluke illness,…
Balancing Your Creative Project and Your Day Job (with Adam Walker Phillips)
Sep 21, 2017 • 25 min
We set up a false choice between pursuing creative work that you love, and maintaining a day job. In fact, some of the great artists, writers, thinkers, and scientists throughout history did their best work while simultaneously working a “day job”.…
Raise Your Inner Game (with David Levin)
Sep 18, 2017 • 21 min
There are two “games” that we play as creative pros: the outer, and the inner. The outer game is about your mechanics. The inner game is about how you deal with stress, the limiting narratives that prevent you from doing your best work, and the inevitable…
No Ego (with Cy Wakeman)
Sep 14, 2017 • 27 min
Leading creative teams is challenging. You not only have to manage very complex work, but also the very complex interpersonal relationships and aspirations of the people on your team. Today’s guest Cy Wakeman shares tips for minimizing the drama and…
Finding Your Creative Community (with Dane Sanders)
Sep 11, 2017 • 38 min
Who are your people? I’m talking about the people who help you stay inspired, engaged, and focused, and who celebrate your successes with you and help you get through your setbacks? We all need these people in our life, especially when doing creative work…
The Power of Onlyness (with Nilofer Merchant)
Sep 6, 2017 • 23 min
You have an idea inside of you that could change the very world around you. And, many people allow those ideas to die on the vine because they lack the courage to take the first step, or the community around them to support their efforts. Today’s guest,…
Being a Strategic Storyteller (with Alexander Jutkowitz)
Aug 31, 2017 • 16 min
How often are you conscious of the story you’re telling through your work? You can’t afford to create just for yourself. You need to be mindful of how the work you’re creating will be received by the educated consumer on the other end. In today’s episode,…
Aligning Your Expectations With Reality
Aug 28, 2017 • 19 min
One of the greatest sources of tension on creative teams is when unspoken expectations are violated. This can lead to misalignment with your clients, with your peers, and even with your own efforts. On today’s episode, we’ll look at three kinds of…
The Art Of Selective Attention
Aug 23, 2017 • 20 min
Every day we are flooded with information. Some of that information might be helpful in serving our clients or organization, but because there is so much of it we are often unable to step back and look for patterns we can apply. On today’s episode, I…