Daily Creative with Todd Henry podcast

Daily Creative with Todd Henry

Formerly The Accidental Creative. Being a creative professional should be the greatest job in the world. You get to solve problems, express yourself, bring something new into the world and you get paid to do it. What's not to love. Yet every day, creative pros face, tremendous pressure and uncertainty. The temptation is just to play it safe, surrender to distraction and settle for less than your best daily creative is about making sure that's not your story. Each episode focuses on a topic relevant to creative pros, like how to come up with ideas under pressure, or how the collaborate when you're overwhelmed, or how to lead your team and help them discover motivation. It's time to fall back in love with your work. Listen to Daily Creative wherever you get your podcasts or subscribe in the Daily Creative app at dailycreative.app.

Formerly The Accidental Creative. Being a creative professional should be the greatest job in the world. You get to solve problems, express yourself, bring something new into the world and you get paid to do it. What's not to love. Yet every day, creative pros face, tremendous pressure and uncertainty. The temptation is just to play it safe, surrender to distraction and settle for less than your best daily creative is about making sure that's not your story. Each episode focuses on a topic relevant to creative pros, like how to come up with ideas under pressure, or how the collaborate when you're overwhelmed, or how to lead your team and help them discover motivation. It's time to fall back in love with your work. Listen to Daily Creative wherever you get your podcasts or subscribe in the Daily Creative app at dailycreative.app.

 

#24

Rainmaker

In this episode, we discuss why just having a good idea is not enough. Joined by [Wes Kao] (https://weskao.com) , a brand strategist and co-founder of Maven, we explore why merely having good ideas won't lead to their adoption, and how to effectively communicate and implement those ideas to achieve success. Wes shares her personal story of learning the difference between insights and actionable suggestions early in her career, emphasizing the importance of taking responsibility and advocating for one's ideas. We delve into the concept of having a "spiky point of view" and its significance in standing out and driving impactful conversations. Wes also explains how translating unique ideas into actionable steps can garner the trust and support of managers and clients alike. Finally, we highlight the inspiring story of a young musician who maintained his distinct style in the face of initial rejection, ultimately revolutionizing the music industry. Key Learnings: 1. Creative professionals must articulate the value and process behind their work to gain recognition and trust. 2. There is a critical distinction between merely having insights and making actionable assertions. 3. Advocating for a point of view and backing it up with credible steps can significantly influence stakeholders. 4. Maintaining a "spiky point of view" helps in standing out and initiating meaningful discussions. 5. Staying true to one's unique creative abilities, even in the face of rejection, can pave the way for long-term success and impact. Get full interviews, daily episodes, courses, and more at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) . Mentioned in this episode: NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold. [Learn more] (https://amzn.to/496DxJ1) ... Read more

16 Jul 2024

19 MINS

19:38

16 Jul 2024


#23

4000 Weeks

In today's episode, we explore the concept of how the sense of time affects our mindset with guest Oliver Burkeman, author of the book "4000 Weeks". We delve into several traps that creative professionals often fall into due to this awareness of limited time, such as procrastination, the efficiency trap, and the fear of missing out (FOMO). Burkeman offers strategies to counter these tendencies, including embracing the joy of missing out (JOMO) and focusing on fewer but more meaningful endeavors. Furthermore, we discuss the distinction between mapping (planning), making (doing the work), and meshing (personal development), stressing the need for balance among these three types of work to maximize our creative output. Key Learnings: 1--Finite Time Awareness: Recognizing our limited lifespan helps us focus on what truly matters. 2--Overcome Procrastination: Beginning a project can be intimidating, but it’s essential to move past the fear of losing control. 3--Efficiency Trap: Simply making processes more efficient can lead to more tasks and overwhelm; balance is key. 4--Joy of Missing Out (JOMO): Embracing the joy of missing out can liberate us from the fear of missing out, leading to more focused and meaningful work. 5--Balanced Work Types: Balancing mapping, making, and meshing leads to effective and fulfilling creative endeavors. Get full interviews, daily episodes, courses, and more at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) . Mentioned in this episode: NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold. [Learn more] (https://amzn.to/496DxJ1) ... Read more

09 Jul 2024

16 MINS

16:30

09 Jul 2024


#22

Ask (Or Ask Not)

Why do talented, capable people fail to ask the questions that they know they should ask? In this episode, our guest, Jeff Wetzler, author of the book Ask, shares why capable individuals often struggle to learn from others. Throughout the conversation, we explore Jeff's five-part ASK framework, designed to systemize effective questioning and enrich our understanding of those around us. We learn that choosing curiosity, making it safe, asking quality questions, listening to learn, and reflecting and reconnecting are key practices that lead to impactful learning and growth. Join us as we unravel why these practices are crucial and how to integrate them into our daily lives to become more aware, thoughtful, and effective in our personal and professional interactions. Key Learnings: 1. Choose Curiosity: We should actively choose to be curious and strive to learn from others, rather than relying on our existing assumptions. 2. Make It Safe: Creating a psychologically safe environment encourages others to share valuable insights without fear of judgment. 3. Ask Quality Questions: Good questions are those that genuinely seek to learn from others and are asked at the right moment. 4. Listen to Learn: Listening with the intention to learn, rather than to respond, leads to deeper understanding and better outcomes. 5. Reflect and Reconnect: Post-conversation reflection and subsequent connection ensure that insights are properly understood and lead to actionable steps. Get full interviews, daily episodes, courses, and more at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) . ... Read more

02 Jul 2024

17 MINS

17:59

02 Jul 2024


#21

I Am Buffering

In this episode, we investigate the necessity of working in harmony with our environment and our own resource constraints. We are joined by Laura Mae Martin, Google's productivity expert and author of Uptime, who shares invaluable insights on productivity, efficiency, and creative flow. Laura recounts her journey at Google, where she transitioned from a sales role to coaching executives and developing productivity strategies from scratch. In a world teeming with tools and technologies, she argues for the need to be selective about the tools we use and deliberate in our approach to productivity. She introduces her five-step funnel framework—Create, Capture, Consolidate, Close, and Calm—that facilitates creative work from ideation to execution while emphasizing the importance of downtime. We also discuss the strategy of zero-based calendaring, which encourages designing your week from a blank slate to prioritize tasks that truly matter. This approach, alongside thoughtful planning and creating buffers in your schedule, can help manage the overwhelming demands of modern work life. Five Key Learnings from the Episode: 1. Work in Harmony: Emulate the serene and focused approach of master artisans to produce high-quality work more efficiently. 2. Five-Step Funnel: Apply Laura's framework—Create, Capture, Consolidate, Close, and Calm—to streamline your creative process. 3. Zero-Based Calendaring: Rethink your schedule from scratch to ensure it aligns with your true priorities. 4. Buffers for Productivity: Allocate specific periods free from interruptions to allow for deep, focused work. 5. Downtime Equals Uptime: Integrate adequate breaks and periods of calm into your schedule to fuel creativity and prevent burnout. Mentioned in this episode: [Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule] (https://paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html) Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Mentioned in this episode: NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold. [Learn more] (https://amzn.to/496DxJ1) ... Read more

25 Jun 2024

18 MINS

18:50

25 Jun 2024


#20

Me > We?

Get full interviews, tools, and daily coaching at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) . Are teams inherently more, or less productive than individuals? And, is there a way to structure teamwork so that it's less cumbersome? In this episode, we dive into the fascinating story of Philo Farnsworth, the farm boy who revolutionized the world with the invention of electronic television. Despite his humble beginnings and the lack of formal education, Farnsworth's vision and determination enabled him to outpace corporate giants like RCA, proving the power of individual ingenuity. However, this story sparks an important question: do individuals achieve more than teams, or is there a way for teams to function as highly effective, innovative units? We explore this with our guest, David Allen, author of the international bestseller "Getting Things Done" and the new book "Team." David discusses the gap between individual and team productivity and outlines core practices from his book that can help teams function more effectively. These practices include capturing what has the team's collective attention, clarifying and organizing actionable steps, reflecting on progress, and engaging effectively. Key Learnings: 1--Capture Team Focus: Identifying what captures a team's attention helps bring crucial, non-routine issues into focus. 2--Clarification and Context: Clarifying captured points to understand their importance and context ensures the team is aligned on priorities. 3--Organize Information: Having structured methods to organize and store team data and tasks ensures accessibility and streamlined workflow. 4--Reflect Regularly: Periodic reflection, such as daily stand-ups or annual reviews, ensures the team remains current with objectives and progress. 5--Engage Purposefully: Combining these steps allows teams to engage with purpose, rather than reacting to immediate pressures, thus making more informed and strategic decisions. Mentioned in this episode: NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold. [Learn more] (https://amzn.to/496DxJ1) ... Read more

18 Jun 2024

15 MINS

15:03

18 Jun 2024


#19

Question (Almost) Everything

Get full interviews and daily episodes in the [Daily Creative app] (https://DailyCreative.app) . In this episode of Daily Creative, we delve into the fascinating world of questioning and its impact on creativity and problem-solving. We start with a story from the 1980s about A&W Restaurants’ third-pound burger blunder, highlighting the importance of asking the right questions. We then welcome Warren Berger, the author of "A More Beautiful Question," who shares his journey from a newspaper journalist to a "questionologist." Berger emphasizes that asking the right questions is a vital skill that often goes untrained, even in fields that rely heavily on inquiry, like journalism. Our discussion reveals how innovators from Silicon Valley use questions not just to gather information but to spark creativity and solve problems. Berger introduces us to three fundamental types of questions—Why?, What If?, and How?—that can guide us through any challenge. We also explore how leaders can cultivate a questioning culture within their organizations by modeling curiosity, transforming mission statements into mission questions, and encouraging open inquiry among team members. Finally, Todd Henry challenges listeners to identify and overcome their own limiting assumptions, or "ghost rules," using curiosity-driven questioning. Five Key Learnings: 1. Clear and effective questioning is crucial in marketing and creative work, as illustrated by A&W’s third-pound burger mistake. 2. Training in the art of questioning is often overlooked, even in professions that depend on it, such as journalism. 3. Innovators use questions to understand problems, imagine solutions, and take actionable steps—summarized in the Why, What If, and How framework. 4. Leaders can foster a culture of questioning by modeling curiosity, encouraging open-ended questions, and rewarding inquisitive thinking. 5. Challenging and reframing our assumptions (ghost rules) can unlock new possibilities and drive innovation. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Mentioned in this episode: Pre-order The Brave Habit, get the audiobook for FREE You may have noticed that we're currently in the middle of a five part series on creative courage. That's because my new book, The Brave Habit, launches on January 23rd. It's been a multi-year passion project for me, and I really want you to read it. So, if you pre-order the book before January 23rd and then register your pre-order, I'm going to give you the audio book for free along with a PDF of the brave habit workbook, super simple. And you can do it all at [ToddHenry.com/brave] (http://toddhenry.com/brave) ... Read more

11 Jun 2024

16 MINS

16:44

11 Jun 2024


#18

Spotlight Sickness

Get full interviews and daily coaching in the [Daily Creative app] (https://dailycreative.app) ! In this episode we delve into the intricacies of managing the spotlight and thriving within it. Our conversations with Michael Port, Tim Schurrer, and Richard Hytner unfold valuable insights on navigating the pressures of high-stakes situations, finding contentment beyond recognition, and fostering healthy dynamics within creative teams. Michael Port shares his wisdom on overcoming self-absorption and neuroses by focusing on being helpful and the need for thorough rehearsal in high-stakes situations. He urges us to rehearse effectively for speeches and critical performances, ensuring we are well-prepared and confident. Tim Schurrer draws inspiration from Michael Collins, the unsung hero of the Apollo Eleven mission, to illustrate the satisfaction found in contributing to a larger cause rather than seeking the spotlight. He defines the "spotlight mindset" and offers strategies to counter its harmful effects, emphasizing the importance of humble confidence and recognizing the contributions of others. Richard Hytner provides a unique perspective on leadership from the shadows, advocating for the value of "C's" (consiglieri) who support "A's" (accountables) in creative organizations. He emphasizes the significance of reciprocal feedback, emotional intelligence, and the necessity for both roles to appreciate and leverage each other's strengths. Key Learnings: 1--Focus on being helpful and well-prepared through thorough rehearsal to overcome self-absorption in high-stakes situations. 2--Find contentment and success by contributing to a larger cause instead of seeking recognition and the spotlight. 3--Cultivate humble confidence and create a culture that values and recognizes everyone's contributions. 4--Understand the importance of the relationship between "A's" and "C's" in creative organizations and how both roles can thrive together. 5--Embrace discomfort in the spotlight as an opportunity for personal and professional growth. Mentioned in this episode: NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold. [Learn more] (https://amzn.to/496DxJ1) Craft a brand story that makes sense. Work with Josh Gott. Visit GotClarity.com to simplify your message. ... Read more

04 Jun 2024

36 MINS

36:23

04 Jun 2024


#17

The Stories You Should Tell

In this episode of Daily Creative, we explore the power of storytelling with guest Neal Foard, a seasoned storyteller with a background in advertising. Neal shares personal anecdotes that showcase the impact and importance of the stories we choose to tell. From moments of kindness and enthusiasm to lessons on being relatable and engaging through storytelling, we delve into the art of crafting narratives to create connections and leave a lasting impression. Get the full 60+ minute interview with Neal Foard, as well as daily episodes, guides, courses, access to the full archive of hundreds of episodes, and more in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) . Key learnings from the episode: 1--The stories we tell reveal a lot about our character and can influence how others perceive us. 2--Life becomes easier when people like you, and storytelling is a powerful tool to cultivate likability. 3--Avoid making yourself the hero of your stories to foster genuine connections and camaraderie. 4--Practice storytelling as a craft to perfect your narratives and create meaningful connections. 5--Pay attention to everyday moments and choose to create stories that inspire, uplift, and connect with others. Mentioned in this episode: Craft a brand story that makes sense. Work with Josh Gott. Visit GotClarity.com to simplify your message. NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold. [Learn more] (https://amzn.to/496DxJ1) ... Read more

27 May 2024

23 MINS

23:51

27 May 2024


#16

Anxiety Attack

In this episode, we delve into the pervasive issue of anxiety and its impact on creative work. Liz Bohannon shares her journey from corporate life to launching Sseko Designs in Uganda. She explains how the narrative of being "special" can foster fear and anxiety, leading to a reluctance to take risks. ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman recounts his experiences with panic attacks, including a career-defining on-air mistake, and the strategies he's used to manage anxiety, which he shares in his book No Time to Panic. Scott Mautz offers insights on building mental strength through fortitude, confidence, boldness, decision-making, goal focus, and positive messaging, outlined in his new book The Mentally Strong Leader. Finally, Erwin McManus discusses the importance of creating for others and how love can displace anxiety. His new book is called Mind Shift. Five Key Learnings: 1--The Myth of Being Special: Liz Bohannon highlights how believing you are inherently special can actually lead to fear and anxiety, causing you to play it safe and stifling creativity. 2--Techniques for Managing Anxiety: Matt Gutman introduces various modalities, including physical activities and mindfulness techniques, that can help manage anxiety and prevent panic attacks. 3--Mental Strength in Leadership: Scott Mautz outlines six core mental muscles—fortitude, confidence, boldness, decision making, goal focus, and messaging—that leaders can develop to regulate emotions and thoughts. 4--Redirect Rhythm: A simple but effective four-step process called the "redirect rhythm" can help manage negative emotions and improve mental strength. 5--Creating with Love: Erwin McManus emphasizes the importance of creating for the benefit of others and how love can be a powerful force in combating anxiety and enhancing creativity. Listen to full interviews, and get daily episodes, guides, and access to the full archives at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) . Mentioned in this episode: NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold. [Learn more] (https://amzn.to/496DxJ1) Craft a brand story that makes sense. Work with Josh Gott. Visit GotClarity.com to simplify your message. ... Read more

20 May 2024

25 MINS

25:36

20 May 2024


#15

Commit To The Bit

In this episode we dive deep into what it means to truly commit to your creative project, featuring stories from our guests, Daniel Troia (award-winning filmmaker of We're All In This Together), Brent Underwood (author of Ghost Town Living), and A.J. Jacobs (NY Times author of The Year Of Living Constitutionally). Daniel shares his unique journey of creating an award-winning film with minimal resources while relying on the kindness of strangers across America. Brent recounts his tale of revitalizing an abandoned mining town, investing all his resources despite numerous setbacks, including a devastating fire and the pandemic. And, A.J. Jacobs brings his usual blend of humor and wisdom to our discussion, elaborating on how he brings the lessons of his long-arc creative experiments to the world. Here are five key lessons from the episode: 1. Pursuit of Passion Projects: Each guest highlights the personal fulfillment derived from pursuing their unique passion projects. Daniel Troia's filmmaking journey, Brent Underwood's revitalization of Cerro Gordo, and A.J. Jacobs' immersive experiments demonstrate the depths of commitment and the personal satisfaction it can bring. 2. Understanding Costs and Setting Boundaries: The experiences of Brent Underwood and A.J. Jacobs shed light on the importance of being aware of the sacrifices involved in chasing ambitious goals. They both stress the necessity of setting healthy boundaries to avoid burnout and ensure sustainability in their pursuits. 3. Value of Experiential Learning: Both Daniel Troia and A.J. Jacobs emphasize learning by doing. Whether it’s learning filmmaking on the go or experimenting with living by historical documents, these experiences provide unique insights and foster a deeper understanding of their subjects. 4. Impact of Deep Engagement: A.J. Jacobs’ approach to his projects, such as adopting the tools and methods from the 18th century, illustrates how immersive experiences can lead to profound reflections and unexpected revelations, proving the value of engaging deeply with one’s work. 5. Community and Support: Across the narratives, there’s a recurring theme of the role of community and supportive relationships. Whether it's the strangers who aided Daniel Troia on his journey or the need for people who can offer honest feedback as mentioned by Brent Underwood, the support system is crucial for navigating the challenges of intense, passion-driven projects. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://dailycreative.app) . Mentioned in this episode: NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold. [Learn more] (https://amzn.to/496DxJ1) Mentioned in this episode Work with Josh Gott. Visit GotClarity.com to learn more. ... Read more

13 May 2024

30 MINS

30:27

13 May 2024


#14

Slow Productivity

We're back with another slate of Daily Creative episodes! In this episode, we delve into the concept of slow productivity—a groundbreaking approach challenging traditional work norms that push us toward constant busyness. Authors [Cal Newport] (https://http:/calnewport.com) , [Ryan Holiday] (https://RyanHoliday.net) , and [Marc Zao Sanders] (https://marczaosanders.com) join us to dissect why the old factory model doesn't align with human cognitive patterns and propose solutions to counteract pseudo productivity. Newport describes the damaging effects of high-intensity work without variation and shares insights on how modern work culture overburdens us through excessive pseudo productivity. Holiday talks about the personal and financial benefits of scaling back and creating more space for meaningful work, while Sanders introduces the concept of "time boxing" as a method to manage and complete tasks effectively. Five Key Learnings: 1--Mismatch of Work Pace and Human Nature: Traditional continuous high-intensity work does not suit human cognitive behavior, which requires varied intensity and rest. 2--Consequences of Pseudo Productivity: The inability to measure knowledge work effectively has led managers to prioritize visible activity, inadvertently promoting an unhealthy work culture. 3--Importance of Workload Management: Effective workload management and making workload visible within organizations can help in better prioritization and lessen stress. 4--Benefits of Doing Less: Focusing on fewer tasks at a time can lead to better quality outcomes, making the work more valuable. 5--Time Boxing Over Time Blocking: Time blocking falls short without completion; time boxing focuses on finishing tasks within a set timeframe to maintain productivity and momentum. Listen to full interviews, and get access to daily episodes, guides, and more in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://dailycreative.app) . Mentioned in this episode: Mentioned in this episode Work with Josh Gott. Visit GotClarity.com to learn more. ... Read more

06 May 2024

27 MINS

27:42

06 May 2024


#13

The Universal Laws Of Creativity

Are there really universal laws of creativity? Doesn't that sound too good to be true? In final episode of season one, hosts Todd Henry and Joshua Gott discuss Dave Zaboski's five 'Universal Laws Of Creativity', unpacking powerful insights from the first twelve episodes. They explore the dynamics of feedback and empathy in collaborative environments, the invigorating challenge of early project traction, the strategy behind juggling multiple initiatives, the transformative power of belief in the creative process, and the courage it takes to invite others into your work. Here are some key insights: 1. Feedback is a dish best served with care. Navigating the fine line between directness and consideration is crucial when giving feedback. Todd Henry's candid confession about his sometimes over-aggressive approach to challenging ideas hints at the nuanced dance of pushing for improvement without bruising spirits. How can you ensure that your feedback builds up rather than tears down? 2. Empathy without action leads to creative stagnation. Ruinous empathy can silently sabotage the best of teams, as the episode's conversation reveals. Over-caring without confronting issues may seem harmless but often results in a loss of trust and stunted growth. Instead, fostering a culture where challenges are met head-on, albeit with a human touch, can fuel a more vibrant and productive creative process. Is your empathy is empowering others or enabling a fear of conflict. 3. The first step of creation is belief in the vision. A core message delivered by Dave Zaboski is the indispensable power of belief for igniting the creative spark. The session revisits moments when embracing a vision was the impetus for remarkable collaborations and projects. From the drawing boards of iconic films to the birth of a podcast season, belief is the secret sauce that enables creators to dream and venture beyond the ordinary. What creative vision are you pursuing? 4. Risk is the price of admission for a chance to dance with success. Thad Cockrell's tale of a $99 album and the musician's gamble of mortgaging his house underlines a truth discussed in our episode: pivotal breaks often come at the heels of risk-filled decisions. Linking this concept to the 'Band of Brothers' metaphor echoes the idea that freedom to create is intertwined with the bravery to confront possible losses. What risk might you need to take in order to make your idea happen? 5. Completion is a marathon, not a sprint. The hardest part is not starting, but finishing — this sentiment is echoed throughout the episode, particularly in the context of managing one's energy and resolve. As creators, seeing a project through to its conclusion, especially when novelty wanes and the grind sets in, distinguishes the successful from those who fall short. What does "finishing" mean in your current work? As always, you can hear the full interview with Dave Zaboski and receive daily episodes and prompts in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) . Mentioned in this episode: NEW BOOK! The Brave Habit is available now Rise to important moments in your life and work by developing the habit of bravery. Available in paperback, ebook, or audiobook wherever books are sold. [Learn more] (https://amzn.to/496DxJ1) ... Read more

25 Mar 2024

35 MINS

35:48

25 Mar 2024


#12

The Wisdom Of The Water Tower

Have you ever noticed those water towers, scattered across the horizon, and thought "Hmm... I wonder how those work?" Well, there's actually lot to learn from them about how to manage your life as a creative pro. In this episode, we explore the idea of managing energy instead of time in our creative process. Our guests, [Lisa Congdon] (https://LisaCongdon.com) , [Brian Johnson] (https://heroic.us) (author of Areté), [Tony Schwartz] (https://theenergyproject.com/our-team/tony-schwartz/) (author of Be Excellent At Anything), and [Jeff Karp] (https://www.karplab.net/team/jeff-karp) (author of LIT), share their insights on the importance of understanding the creative process as a journey with highs and lows. We explore the link between physical and creative energy, emphasizing the significance of managing energy effectively to achieve peak performance in our work. The episode covers essential strategies for managing energy, including the concept of activation energy, the impact of deep work and intermittent renewal, and the importance of prioritizing tasks based on their energy requirements. It also delves into the power of micro-progress, the negative effects of multitasking, and the value of starting each day with the most important task. Key learnings: 1. Managing energy is crucial for achieving peak performance in creative work. 2. Prioritizing the most important task at the start of the day can significantly impact productivity. 3. Working in increments and avoiding multitasking can lead to higher quality work. 4. Small victories and low activation energy goals can contribute to overall energy management and motivation. 5. Recognizing the link between physical and creative energy is essential for sustained optimal performance. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) ... Read more

18 Mar 2024

26 MINS

26:08

18 Mar 2024


#11

Remarkable

Are you "flying blind"? It's rare that everything is so clear that you can see exactly what to do. In those situations it's dangerous to just go with your gut. In creative work, you need a few external tools to help you gauge which decision is best. In this episode of Daily Creative, we explore how creators can navigate life's challenges by establishing a personal "instrument panel". We learn key insights from business leaders and high-performance coaches about living a remarkable life. Our guests include Guy Kawasaki (author of Think Remarkable), Christiana Smith Shi and Grace Puma (authors of Career Forward), and Jason Jaggard and Joseph Barkley (authors of Beyond High Performance). Key Learnings: 1. Maintain perspective: Understand that situations are never as good or as bad as they seem, and use the attitude indicator to stay balanced. 2. Plant many seeds: Continuously sow opportunities and remain open to countless possibilities, regardless of the outcomes. 3. Embrace being underestimated: Actively pursue roles or projects where others may underestimate you, as it can lead to standing out and rising to the top. 4. Beware of benevolent stagnation: Don't get too comfortable in your success; actively seek change and new challenges to keep growing. 5. Choose an optimistic vision: Instead of creating a pessimistic view of the future, opt for an optimistic perspective and believe in the possibility of success. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) ... Read more

11 Mar 2024

24 MINS

24:57

11 Mar 2024


#10

Mind Powers

How do you get the most out of your mind in the moment you need your mind the most? In this episode of Daily Creative, we delve into the power of the mind and how to maximize its potential in moments of creative need. Todd Henry is joined by guests Andy J. Pizza, Juliet Funt, Charan Ranganath, Dan Doyon, and Tiago Forte to explore the various strategies to leverage the subconscious for creative inspiration. The discussion touches on the concept of incubation, the interplay between the conscious and subconscious mind, the importance of a healthy mental diet, the impact of repetition on memory and idea recall, and the development of a "second brain" to store and organize ideas for easy access. Key learnings from this episode: 1. Giving our minds space and time for incubation is crucial for inspiring creative insights. 2. The subconscious mind requires a healthy mental diet of high-quality stimuli to fuel the creative process effectively. 3. Repetition and organization of ideas through tools like the second brain method can help improve memory retention and idea recall. 4. Diversifying sources of information and experiences can prevent the mind from becoming narrow in its range of memories and ideas. 5. External systems like a second brain can lighten the cognitive load and provide easy access to a wealth of amassed ideas. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Mentioned in this episode: We want your questions, stories, and thoughts! We're collecting your questions, stories, and reactions to episodes 1-13 of Daily Creative for our April series. To submit a question, just go to dcshare.me, click the mic button, and share your thoughts. If we use your submission on the show, you'll get a Daily Creative t-shirt. ... Read more

04 Mar 2024

23 MINS

23:26

04 Mar 2024


#9

Big Black Beast With 88 Teeth

A pervasive myth of creativity goes something like this: if it's good, it should feel easy. But that's never been the case... for anyone. The truth is, doing creative work is hard. Sometimes it's like carving marble. In this episode, we explore the challenges of creativity and uncover strategies to overcome mental blocks when facing the daunting task of generating new ideas. From the unconventional approach of famous musicians and physicists to the power of terrible ideas, we invite listeners to push boundaries, think outside the box, and embrace the discomfort of creativity. Key Learnings: 1. Embrace Irresponsibility: Sometimes, the pressure to be brilliant can hinder creativity. By allowing ourselves to play around with ideas without the expectation of publication, we can unlock new pathways and generate unconventional solutions. 2. The Power of Terrible Ideas: Imaginating, or intentionally focusing on terrible ideas, can paradoxically lead to breakthrough concepts. By freeing ourselves from self-editing, we create space for unexpected and innovative thinking. 3. Personal Idea Pad: Utilizing a tool such as the personal idea pad can help force connections and spark new ideas by smashing random concepts together. (Get the PIP at [IdeaPad.me] (https://IdeaPad.me) ) 4. Overcoming Biological Challenges: Our brain’s novelty function can work against creativity, but with deliberate tools and strategies, we can hijack our biology and foster unique and valuable ideas. 5. Creativity Is Work: Creativity demands effort, persistence, and the willingness to push beyond comfort zones. Great ideas are attainable if we are committed to the process. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Mentioned in this episode: We want your questions, stories, and thoughts! We're collecting your questions, stories, and reactions to episodes 1-13 of Daily Creative for our April series. To submit a question, just go to dcshare.me, click the mic button, and share your thoughts. If we use your submission on the show, you'll get a Daily Creative t-shirt. ... Read more

26 Feb 2024

24 MINS

24:41

26 Feb 2024


#8

Plays Nice With Others

What was the secret weapon that made Star Wars successful? (No, it wasn't the Death Star.) And, which Oscar-winning film's script was almost not even written, if not for some harsh words from a friend? In this episode, we delve into the importance of healthy relationships, radical candor, and effective communication in the creative process. We hear stories of challenging relationships and transformative conversations that led to breakthroughs in creativity and collaboration. We learn about the pivotal role others play in our creative work and the significance of becoming the type of person others need in their creative journeys. Guests include Kim Scott (author of Radical Candor), Charles Duhigg (author of the new book Supercommunicators), and Ausin Kleon (author of Steal Like An Artist). Key Learnings: 1. Healthy relationships can play a crucial role in the creative process, and the input of others can be transformative for our work. 2. Radical candor, the balance between caring personally and challenging directly, is rare but incredibly impactful in creative collaboration. 3. Understanding the kind of conversation we're having, whether practical, emotional, or social, is essential for effective communication and connection. 4. It's crucial to be attuned to others' needs and perspectives, and to engage in conversations that foster understanding and alignment. 5. Effective communication involves proving that we are genuinely listening and understanding the perspectives of others, which can mitigate conflicts and foster meaningful dialogue. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Mentioned in this episode: We want your questions, stories, and thoughts! We're collecting your questions, stories, and reactions to episodes 1-13 of Daily Creative for our April series. To submit a question, just go to dcshare.me, click the mic button, and share your thoughts. If we use your submission on the show, you'll get a Daily Creative t-shirt. ... Read more

19 Feb 2024

27 MINS

27:07

19 Feb 2024


#7

Bambino

Chances are, you're probably not taking enough shots. In this episode, we explore the importance of starting more and letting go of the pressure to finish everything. We discuss how embracing parallel creation and being unafraid to repeat ourselves can lead to brilliant work. We also hear from [Becky Blades] (https://beckyblades.com) , [Austin Kleon] (https://austinkleon.com) , [Andy J. Pizza] (https://andyjpizza.com) , and [Ozan Varol] (https://OzanVarol.com) about the significance of taking action on our ideas without being paralyzed by the fear of public perception. Key Insights: 1. Overthinking can hinder creativity, so it's important to move from imagination to action swiftly. 2. Embracing the process of starting multiple ideas can help identify the ones worth persevering for. 3. Pay attention to the ideas that won't leave you alone, as they may be the keepers. 4. Life is more of a jungle gym than a ladder; sometimes the road ahead only becomes clear as you take each step. 5. Taking action on the ideas that resonate with you is crucial, as the world often lights the path ahead only a few steps at a time. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Mentioned in this episode: We want your questions, stories, and thoughts! We're collecting your questions, stories, and reactions to episodes 1-13 of Daily Creative for our April series. To submit a question, just go to dcshare.me, click the mic button, and share your thoughts. If we use your submission on the show, you'll get a Daily Creative t-shirt. ... Read more

12 Feb 2024

22 MINS

22:16

12 Feb 2024


#6

Chaos Theory

If a butterfly flaps its wings in India, will your pizza arrive on time? In this episode, we explore the idea of interconnectedness and the role it plays in our lives and creative work. We delve into how the chaos and randomness of the world influence ideas and decision-making, and some strategies for dealing with the uncertainty. Our guests include Diane Hoskins and Andy Cohen (co-CEO's of Gensler and authors of [Design For A Radically Changing World] (https://amzn.to/3SHKYjU) ), and Brian Klaas (author of [Fluke] (https://amzn.to/49hjGq8) ) as we discuss the strategies and philosophies they employ to navigate the complexity of interconnections, leverage them for greater impact, and cultivate creativity in the face of uncertainty. Key Ideas: 1. Overcoming fixation on the first idea: The danger of latching onto the first idea and missing out on alternative, more profound connections. 2. Leveraging randomness to our advantage: The idea of fighting randomness with randomness and increasing experimentation to anticipate unintended consequences and broaden the scope of options. 3. Collaborative leadership and embracing difference: How harnessing diverse perspectives and bringing together people with different strengths can lead to innovation and problem-solving. 4. Balancing local and global perspectives: The importance of understanding both the specifics and the broader patterns to gain deeper insights and have a greater impact. 5. Applying creativity to solve global challenges: Utilizing design and creative thinking to address interconnected global issues such as climate change, housing shortages, and social inequalities. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Mentioned in this episode: We want your questions, stories, and thoughts! We're collecting your questions, stories, and reactions to episodes 1-13 of Daily Creative for our April series. To submit a question, just go to dcshare.me, click the mic button, and share your thoughts. If we use your submission on the show, you'll get a Daily Creative t-shirt. ... Read more

05 Feb 2024

27 MINS

27:57

05 Feb 2024


#5

The Kid

What does it feel like, after years of hard work, to have Jimmy Fallon rescue your album from obscurity? And then what do you do when you realize that, for all practical purposes, it really didnt make that much of a difference? In this episode, we explore Thad Cockrell's extraordinary journey in the music industry. Thad's latest album, [The Kid] (https://thadcockrell.com) , encapsulates his brave decision-making over the years, showcasing his resilience amidst the highs and the lows. From his unexpected "encounter" with Jimmy Fallon at a hardware store to the challenges he and his work faced during the pandemic, Thad shares how he persisted in pursuing his passion for music by playing by his own rules. Key Learnings: 1. The power of perseverance and bravery: Thad Cockrell's story demonstrates the importance of never giving up, even when faced with setbacks and challenges. His journey is a testament to the power of resilience and determination in pursuing creative endeavors. 2. Embracing naivete: Thad's willingness to embrace the "gift of naivete" allowed him to break free from conventional wisdom and expectations, enabling him to pursue his passion for music with a sense of fearlessness and openness. 3. Challenging industry norms: Thad's decision to release his album independently at a price of $99 challenges the traditional music industry model. His approach aims to create an escape hatch for artists who feel constrained by the current system and seeks to change the narrative that artists have to suffer or be poor. 4. The healthy triangle: Thad's therapist introduced him to the concept of the "healthy triangle" consisting of ownership, negotiation, and boundaries. This framework influenced his approach to business and life, empowering him to take control and make decisions aligned with his values and aspirations. 5. The transformative power of music: Thad's profound belief in the impact of music on individuals and society underscores the enduring and influential nature of music. His commitment to creating music that resonates deeply with listeners exemplifies the transformative potential of artistic expression. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Mentioned in this episode: We want your questions, stories, and thoughts! We're collecting your questions, stories, and reactions to episodes 1-13 of Daily Creative for our April series. To submit a question, just go to dcshare.me, click the mic button, and share your thoughts. If we use your submission on the show, you'll get a Daily Creative t-shirt. ... Read more

29 Jan 2024

24 MINS

24:43

29 Jan 2024


#4

The Curious Death of Todd Henry

Why would you drive a perfectly good barge through a perfectly good yacht club? In this episode of Daily Creative, we embark on a journey with Todd Henry and host Joshua Gott as they delve into the rebranding of the podcast from The Accidental Creative to Daily Creative. With the release of Todd's 7th book, [The Brave Habit] (https://amzn.to/490TsIe) , they explore the deep changes and tough decisions Todd has made in his career, as he confronts the death of the brand he cultivated over 18 years. They discuss the catalysts behind Todd's decision-making, reflect on pivotal moments in his career, and explore the important concepts of bravery and having a vision for the future. The episode offers valuable insights on confronting fear, embracing change, and pursuing a vision for a better future in your personal and professional life. Key Learnings: 1. Brave decisions often precede a period of transformation. Embracing change and confronting fear can lead to new opportunities and growth. 2. Having a clear vision for the future is essential. Recognizing how things could be better propels individuals to make brave decisions and take action. 3. Comfort and familiarity can hinder progress. It's important to recognize when fine isn't good enough and pursue excellence, even if it means letting go and starting over. 4. Claiming agency is crucial in making brave decisions. Realizing one's capacity to contribute to a better future is a vital step in pursuing change and growth. 5. Living out the principles being shared is essential. Todd's personal journey reflects the bravery and commitment to change and growth that he encourages in others through his work and writing. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Mentioned in this episode: We want your questions, stories, and thoughts! We're collecting your questions, stories, and reactions to episodes 1-13 of Daily Creative for our April series. To submit a question, just go to dcshare.me, click the mic button, and share your thoughts. If we use your submission on the show, you'll get a Daily Creative t-shirt. ... Read more

22 Jan 2024

23 MINS

23:37

22 Jan 2024


#3

Chosen Frozen

Are you white-knuckling a station wagon? Or, is it possible you're just a multi-potentialite and don't know it? In this episode of Daily Creative, we explore the theme of paralysis in creativity and decision-making. Featuring insightful interviews with Emily Wapnick and Seth Godin, we uncover lessons about how to get unstuck. We learn about the different work models used by multipotentialites and the benefits of embracing varied interests and pursuits. With a focus on decision-making, the episode provides valuable insights for navigating moments of indecision and finding the courage to push through challenges. Key learnings from this episode: 1. Paralysis in creativity can manifest in various forms, such as indecision, fear of failure, and the struggle to choose a specific path. 2. Understanding the concept of the "dip" and the "cul de sac" can help in determining whether to push through challenges or quit pursuits that lead nowhere. 3. Different work models, such as the group hug approach and the slash approach, offer multipotentialites a framework for integrating diverse interests into their careers. 4. The power of choice plays a significant role in overcoming creative paralysis, allowing individuals to make decisive decisions and embrace varied pursuits. 5. Embracing varied interests and pursuing multiple passions can be a source of strength and inspiration in one's creative journey. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Mentioned in this episode: We want your questions, stories, and thoughts! We're collecting your questions, stories, and reactions to episodes 1-13 of Daily Creative for our April series. To submit a question, just go to dcshare.me, click the mic button, and share your thoughts. If we use your submission on the show, you'll get a Daily Creative t-shirt. ... Read more

15 Jan 2024

25 MINS

25:37

15 Jan 2024


#2

Dream Scenario

How does learning to dunk a basketball help you sell digital ads? And, what if you got rid of titles in your company and just focused instead on tasks? These are just a few of the questions we explore on today's episode. If you want to do brave, creative work, you have to go "all in". But how do you do that when you don't necessarily love the tasks that you have to do all day? On this episode, we explore strategies for overcoming resistance and fully engaging with work. We discuss three different approaches to tackling this challenge: Mike Michalowicz's model of providing fit, ability, safety, and ownership, the "Tell Me Your Dreams" program at Common Thread Collective, and their follow-up focus on building elite performance "standard setting" at the company. Each approach offers unique insights into driving engagement and empowering us to excel. Key Learnings: 1. The importance of identifying and overcoming resistance in creative work, as discussed by Steven Pressfield in his book "The War of Art." 2. Mike Michalowicz's approach to fostering engagement by matching individual talents to tasks in the workplace, leading to improved performance and job satisfaction. Mike's new book is called All In. 3. The "Tell Me Your Dreams" program at Common Thread Collective, emphasizing support for employees' personal dreams in exchange for commitment to the company's goals, which later evolved into a focus on personal growth and empowerment. 4. The shift from motivating individuals with personal dreams to cultivating a company culture centered around embracing challenge and striving for elite performance. 5. The significance of aligning individual aspirations with organizational goals in creating a thriving and motivated team. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Mentioned in this episode: We want your questions, stories, and thoughts! We're collecting your questions, stories, and reactions to episodes 1-13 of Daily Creative for our April series. To submit a question, just go to dcshare.me, click the mic button, and share your thoughts. If we use your submission on the show, you'll get a Daily Creative t-shirt. ... Read more

08 Jan 2024

25 MINS

25:38

08 Jan 2024


#1

Snakebite

In this first episode of Daily Creative with Todd Henry, we explore the concept of vision and its role in our work and relationships. We hear from Joshua Gott, a consultant and strategist, and Jonbob Willis, a creative photographer and "mad scientist", who share their experiences of pursuing their passions and visions, despite fear and uncertainty. Through their stories, we discover that discontentment often leads to the birth of a vision, and that having the courage to act in the face of uncertainty and fear can lead to remarkable outcomes. The episode challenges us to consider what we might do if fear had no power over us and failure was an option, encouraging us to embrace brave action and creative courage in our lives and work. Todd Henry's new book [The Brave Habit] (https://amzn.to/4aCf92T) releases on January 23! Key Learnings: 1. Discontentment can be the catalyst for developing a vision for the future, as it prompts us to consider what could be better in our lives and work. 2. Acting bravely and pursuing our visions often involves stepping into the unknown, embracing uncertainty, and taking risks. 3. When pursuing a vision, it's important to focus on what we are moving toward, rather than what we are trying to escape. 4. Permission is not needed to pursue our ideas and passion projects. We should not be afraid to try new things and take risks, even if failure is a possibility. 5. Embracing creative courage and acting boldly in the face of fear and uncertainty can lead to unexpected and meaningful outcomes. Get full interviews and daily content in the Daily Creative app at [DailyCreative.app] (https://DailyCreative.app) Learn more about Joshua Gott at [JoshuaGott.com] (https://JoshuaGott.com) Learn more about Jonbob Willis at [Jonbob.com] (https://Jonbob.com) Mentioned in this episode: We want your questions, stories, and thoughts! We're collecting your questions, stories, and reactions to episodes 1-13 of Daily Creative for our April series. To submit a question, just go to dcshare.me, click the mic button, and share your thoughts. If we use your submission on the show, you'll get a Daily Creative t-shirt. ... Read more

01 Jan 2024

20 MINS

20:14

01 Jan 2024