H is for Todd Henry: Doing Your Best In Life

Todd’s books encourage people to be creative. They also provide practical tools that enable people to do their best in life.

You can discover more about Todd’s work via the following link.


Here is the official introduction his book The Accidental Creative.

You go to work each day tasked with (1) inventing brilliant solutions that (2) meet specific objectives by (3) defined deadlines.

If you do this successfully you get to keep your job. If you don’t, you get to work on your resume.

The moment you exchange your creative efforts for money, you enter a world where you will have to be brilliant at a moment’s notice. (No pressure, right?)

It isn’t enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today’s marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand.

Accidental Creative

The Accidental Creative teaches effective practices that support your creative process. You’ll discover how to:

Focus in on your most critical work and reclaim your attention.

Develop stimulating relationships that will lead to creative insights.

Effectively manage your energy so that you are always ready to engage.

Curate stimuli that help you stay mentally focused.

Leverage your hours wisely and effectively to eliminate creativity drains.

The Accidental Creative is your guide to staying fresh and doing your best work each day.

Die Empty

Todd believes it is vital for people to give their best in life. This led to him writing Die Empty. Here is the official introduction to the book.

Die Empty is a tool for people who aren’t willing to put off their most important work for another day.

Todd Henry explains the forces that keep us in stagnation, and introduces a process for instilling consistent practices into your life that will keep you on a true and steady course.

Each day that we postpone difficult tasks and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation results in a net deficit to the world, our organizations, and ourselves.

It’s not about slaving over a project or living on a whim – it’s about embracing the idea that time is finite and making the unique contribution to the world that only you can make.

Henry shows how to cultivate the mindset and the methods you need to sustain your enthusiasm, push through mental barriers, and unleash your best work each day.

Die Empty

His guiding principles and checkpoints include:

Define Your Battles: Counter aimlessness by defining your goals wisely and build your life around achieving them.

Be Fiercely Curious: Prevent boredom from dulling your senses by approaching your work with a curious mindset.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: Make a valuable contribution to the world by getting uncomfortable and embracing lifelong growth and skill development.

Sure to bring a new found clarity and a sense of urgency to how you approach your work every day, Die Empty will help you reach for and achieve your goals.

Below is a video of Todd speaking on this theme. Here is what he says about the talk.

I was recently asked by Creative Mornings/Cincinnati to do a talk on the importance of bravery in the creative process.

I believe that bravery and creative expression are two sides of the same coin, and that if you want to do brilliant work you must commit to a set of everyday acts of courage.

Below is a video of my recent talk. It was a fun event, and we had over 200 people in attendance. Enjoy!

You can connect with Todd here, or learn more about how to hire him to speak at your event or train your team.

You can discover more about Creative Mornings via the following link.


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