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Page count: 240 in hardback
Rating: 9 out of 10
The Punch Line: If you have to or want to create great ideas and meaningful ideas on a daily basis, this book is for you. Most importantly, Todd Henry provides practical applications and tools to inspire our daily creativity.
Extended Thoughts and Summary:
Henry does an excellent job of structuring this book into two parts: The Dynamics and Creative Rythm. The Dynamics begins with an introduction to his way of thinking and philosophy on creative work and teamwork. Creative Rhythm follows up by breaking the five areas of creative rythym into their own, detailed chapters. What are the five areas? … Focus, relationships, energy, stimuli, and hours.
Following the deep dive into each of the five areas, Henry pulls all of the information from throughout the book together into a practical toolset and summary. I found this chapter to be the most useful, as it brought the entirety of the book into focus in a meaningful and actionable way.
Finally, Mr. Henry ends on with a call to action. Don’t just read the book and put it on a shelf and forget about it, he says. GO USE THIS STUFF TO DO WORK THAT MATTERS. Agreed, sir, agreed.
I’ll leave you with three things from the book’s last chapter that I found to be absolutely inspiring after receiving so much useful information.
1) Throughout the book Henry uses quotes of his own or from others to break up any potential monotony of formatting. The one that I liked the most:
What work I have done I have done because it has been play…. Cursed is the man who has found some other man’s work and cannot lose it. When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world. The fellows who grain and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great. How can they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The product of slavery, intellectual or physical, can never be great. – Mark Twain
That, my friends, is truth in words. And my how I plan to embrace that sentiment, Messrs. Henry and Twain. I cannot thank you enough for finding this quote and putting it in my life.
2) My 7 word bio for the future (look for the idea on pp. 213): Inspiring alignment of values, passion, and work.
3) I leave you, finally, with Todd Henry’s own words on greatness:
There is no greater reward than that of knowing that you are free from the need to be defined by pay or prestige, and are instead motivated by the very process of doing your work each day. This is how we begin to see the seeds of greatness spring up in our life. – Todd Henry, Accidental Creative pp. 215
Go, be creative. And in turn, be great. If you need some inspiration to do so, please, pick up a copy of Accidental Creative by Todd Henry.