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The Accidental Creative | Creativity, Innovation, and Doing Brilliant Work: Episodes

Steven Pressfield is a warrior. He gets up everyday and fights Resistance to put words on a page and bring art to life. Steven’s book The War of Art is a masterpiece on how to thrive in the create-on-demand world.
Chris Michel is a successful entrepreneur, having built and sold multiple companies, and a world-traveling writer and photographer. In this interview, he shares his thoughts about where ideas come from, the importance of compliance mechanisms, and how to continue to grow and evolve in life and work.
One of the biggest challenges we all face is getting people to listen to our ideas, especially in a team setting. In this episode, I share four tips for getting your ideas heard.
Your best work results from a deep understanding of who you're creating for. You have to define your intended audience.
Many people struggle with procrastination, but Rory Vaden says that there is actually a way to make procrastination a strategy for better productivity. In this episode, he explains why.
As 2015 approaches, here are seven key questions you can ask to help you have your best and most productive year yet.
Small things done well lead to big results. Small things done poorly eventually lead to failure. As a creative professional, you have three responsibilities to fulfill. In this episode, we address each of them and a few small practices to help you succeed in 2015.
Some people are naturally drawn to sketching ideas and concepts. Others fear it. Today's guest, Mike Rohde, will share how all of us can use sketching as a way to unlock ideas and new avenues of thought with tips from his new book The Sketchnote Workbook.
Jocelyn Glei, Director of 99u, returns to the podcast to share three big movements that are affecting creative pros and businesses, and to talk about the brand new book Make Your Mark.
It's great when inspiration strikes and you're deeply motivated to do your work, but what about when you simply can't muster the will to do your important work? Today we share three simple steps to getting moving, even when you don't feel the "fire in your belly".
Are you playing too small in life and work? Today's guest Tara Mohr is the author of the brand new book Playing Big, and she will challenge you to move past your perceived limits and fears in order to create impact.
Life is noisy, and it's only getting more so, which makes it difficult to stay focused and get in touch with your creative intuition. Is it possible in these hyper-connected times to actually get alone with your thoughts?
Do you have a set of practices that keep you steady and on-course? For years I've had a small group of daily activities that have helped me pursue my long-term goals, and today I'll share them with you and tell you how you can incorporate the same ideas into your own life and work.
Is it possible to make a good living making art you love? Lisa Congdon says "YES!", and she shares specific strategies for how to do so in her new book Art, Inc.
We're all familiar with the myth of the lone genius, which states that most creative work is performed in isolation by brilliant individuals. However, today's guest Joshua Wolf Shenk shares research from his new book about how the pair is actually the primary creative unit.
Did you know that Jimi Hendrix once toured as the opening act for The Monkees? Let's just say that the experiment didn't go so well. Here are some reflections on making art for the wrong crowd.
It's important to adapt your rhythms to the season you are in rather than expecting circumstances to conform to your systems. To perform at your best, you must structure your weekly activity by design, not default.
Over the past week I've been listening to Creativity, Inc. by Pixar founder and President Ed Catmull on my morning walks. As much as has been written about the company over the past several years, there is something refreshing about getting insights into Pixar's culture and mindset directly from one ...
We are obsessed with dominant leaders. With the #1. But what about those who are better equipped to be the #2, or the counselor, the truth-teller? Global Vice-Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Richard Hytner is here to tell us how to become a better "consiglieri".
Ryan Holiday, author of the fantastic new book The Obstacle Is The Way, shares his journey into stoicism, and discusses how we can find possibility even in the midst of setbacks.
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