I write about creativity, leadership, and passion for work.
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“Stuckness” is, in many cases, a choice. You may not come up with the optimal solution, but if you stay diligent and commit to progress, you can always re-direct to a better place. However, wallowing in stagnancy is a shortcut to misery.
In busy times, the thing we most often squeeze out of our lives is the single most essential component to effectiveness: thought. Isn’t it odd that when there is more on the line, we stumble into the bad habit of “shooting from the hip” rather than giving full and measured consideration to our responsibilities?
Last week I read Mason Curry’s new book Daily Rituals. There can also be a lot to learn by observing how ritual and routine forge channels for effective work, especially in the lives of especially productive artists and entrepreneurs.
Having traditionally published two books, I field a lot of questions from writers about how I manage my book projects, what kinds of software I use, and what my schedule looks like. Here’s a brief summary of my process.
As you consider the gift that you have to offer – the expression that is uniquely yours, and yours alone to give away – consider this: the impact of a gift given away in freedom is vast, while a gift spent on the giver quickly fades.
No one writes a book, launches a business, or changes an organization’s culture. All of these things are the result of daily commitment to steady, measured progress.
In delaying your start you are missing out on the learning and development that only happens in the fray. You can dance around the edges for years, but at some point you must get into the game if you want to understand what it’s really like.
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.
Todd Henry is an author, international speaker, consultant, and advisor. His six books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Since 2005 he's hosted the globally popular podcast The Accidental Creative. Full Bio