Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Read All About It: The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry

Read All About it: The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry |

I had never heard of Todd Henry or "The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice", but I saw Kenzie's review about it on her blog, Hello Neverland and I knew I had to read it! Here is the synopsis from Goodreads: 

The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry
"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-even the accountants-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."

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): 5 out of 5 stars. 

It was completely and utterly inspiring. I was so pumped after reading it and ready to brainstorm.  

Here's why I liked it:

While the book addresses those who do creative work for a living, and I pursue creative work as a passion (unpaid, sadly), I was still able to adapt the principles that Henry talks about in his book very easily. The strategies on how to plan time in your day to brainstorm really spoke to me. It may seem counter-intuitive to plan time to be creative, but you really have to do it to get the creative juices flowing. I try to do this now at least 3 or 4 times each week to keep my brain fresh. 

Henry also talks about our relationships with others as it relates to creativity. That a lot of the time we create and brainstorm on our own, but that neglecting relationships with others can be a big hindrance to our creative process. As an introvert, I inwardly groan at hearing people say this because it means I might actually have to interact with someone. Ha! But I know Henry is right. Having people to bounce ideas around with and brainstorm opens you up to new perspectives and insights that you might not otherwise come to on your own. This happens to me a lot where I'll think "I like x." And then someone else will say, "Really? I think y is a much better idea, but of this and this and this." And you may not agree or even use their idea, but it still gets your creative process going and may inspire you in a whole new direction. 

Can you tell that I freaking love this book?! He has another book out called "Die Empty" and I have to get my hands on it asap. 

Favorite Quotes:

  • "Remember that common sense is not common practice, and that people who succeed are often those who do the little, everyday things that others won't."
  • "If you want to deliver the right idea at the right moment, you must begin the process far upstream from when you need that idea."
  • And my personal favorite: "You need to create space for your creative process to thrive rather than expect it to operate in the cracks of your frenetic schedule." So true! 

Have you read this book? Did you like it? What are you reading now? I always love new book suggestions! 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review! I'm interested in reading this book now.

    I'm especially interested in the "relationships" section. I've been in Hawaii for two years now, and I've had little time to make any friends :(. I can *feel* how much it has affected my creativity. I have no one to share ideas with or get constructive feedback from except my husband, and he's a little more of a left-brainer. Plus, I'm sure since moving here, he thinks I talk to much since he's the only person on the receiving end. Haha!


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