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Episode 00: Introduction

Welcome to the Louder Than Words Bookcast. In this series, I’ll be walking you through the book chapter by chapter and helping you uncover your calling, sharpen your vision, and master your days so that you can do your life’s work.

Each week I’m also giving away a free copy of my 4 hour Udemy course to help you organize and unleash your best work every day. To participate, just leave a response to the question below. We’ll choose one commenter each week to win the course.

This week’s question: Can you think of someone whose work has deeply resonated with you? It might be a leader, an artist, a writer, or anyone else who has influenced your own work. Who is that person, and why do you think their work resonates?

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43 Comments

  1. Tim

    I would like to name the surgeon/academic/writer Atul Gawande as a massively inspirational figure. He’s someone who does truly amazing work saving and enhancing people’s lives, including in the developing world, but also passes on his experience and knowledge to those he teaches and to a very wide audience through the amazingly profound and useful books and articles he has written.

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  2. Kimberly Naranjo

    4 business models and or people that over the past few years awakened my heart to want to be authentic and productive including you have been Artifact Uprising, for their vision and reasons of being who they are, noon day collection, for their outreach business model, and the Jealous Curator .. For her embracing her jealousy and putting into use . I am so inspired!!

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  3. Randy Redd

    The remarkable storyteller, director John Doyle, has been a big influence in my life and work. I find myself starting almost every creative endeavor with a stronger sense of wonder and curiosity – I’m more fascinated by the process and ultimately more satisfied with the results.

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  4. Kindall Nelson

    I recently read a book called, “The Miraculous Journey of Henry Vanderbush,” written by his son, Bill.
    His life resonated with me as read it because, while I knew that I wanted to live a life that caused people to stop and say, “Wow, look what Jesus did for her, I want that too…” Very few live it out to the extent that Henry Vanderbush did. He did things that he knew others would think were crazy because God told him to. He did them almost fearlessly and God would show up and show off every time.

    Thanks for this series! I look forward to hearing more!

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  5. Brett

    Just got around to listening to these….

    Over the last couple years, I’d say Andy Stanley’s work has been a huge influence. His clarity in communication is the absolute best I’ve experienced – both his leadership material and his sermons. Also, his willingness to buck some evangelical (yet not biblical) chestnuts also resonates.

    Also, Anthony Iannarino’s relentless output and perspective on sales has been a huge source of inspiration and education.

    Finally, Jocko Willink’s recent podcast and work makes me want to not be a wimp.

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  6. Kate Murray

    I’d have to go with Brene Brown… when I hear her speak or read her words, I’m continually struck by her genuineness and how she’s able to put words to things that I know we all feel. Her work, both in subject and in presentation, has changed my life.
    Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Michael Crichton and Prince… two artists who spoke to me so deeply in my formative teenage years. The former for his wife-ranging curiosity and imagination, and the latter for his unique creativity and approach to sex and gender norms.

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  7. Susan Scott

    For me, E.E. Cummings. “The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself.” As a classical music coach helping musicians undo some of the training that has distanced them from their UNIQUE path in the music world, this quote embodies what any artist must do to find their authentic voice.

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    • Todd Henry

      Love this quote, Susan. I wish I’d found it when writing the book. Thanks!

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      • Kate Murray

        Such a beautiful quote… I hadn’t heard it before either. To the bulletin board it goes! 😉

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    • Todd Henry

      Congrats, Susan – you’ve been chosen as this week’s winner of a copy of my Udemy course. Please send your e-mail to support@accidentalcreative.com and we’ll send you a link to claim the course. Enjoy!

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      • Susan Scott

        Fantastic!! Thanks so very much!!

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  8. Susie deVille

    Todd! Thank you so much for writing Die Empty and Louder Than Words! I thoroughly enjoyed both and am now eager to subscribe to your new podcast, as well as snack on your new book.

    Jonathan Fields has been an incredible influence on my creative life, most especially in the realms of authenticity and alignment. He is an astounding model for both — in his professional and personal lives. Through working with him in person, online, via his podcasts, books, and posts, I have found the courage to drop outward focus and exchange that for going in — waaaaaay in. I have discovered what authentically lights me up, what my Hero’s Journey purpose is all about, and what I am meant to share (and how I am meant to serve) during my time here.

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    • Todd Henry

      Susie, thanks for your kind words. Yes, Jonathan is an amazing guy. He’s also inspired me in profound ways. (We have a monthly catch-up call, and I always walk away with a ton of food for thought.)

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  9. Jen L

    I have been influenced and affected by a number of writers, speakers, teachers, and mentors – the single most influential author in my experience thus far is Julia Cameron and her book The Artist’s Way. I read it just over a year ago for the first time and my first thought was “Why didn’t I read this 15 years ago!” It should be a required book for our 20’s. I still practice morning pages each day, and I look forward to starting the book again in the Fall, or continuing with one of her following books. The other big influence for me has been Danielle LaPorte and her Firestarter Sessions and The Desire Map. Beautiful people, beautiful books. I’m excited for your new podcast, Todd – I still enjoy The Accidental Creative as part of a menu of regular podcasts I tune into.

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    • Todd Henry

      Great list, JL. Thanks for your kind words about the podcast. I’ve not announced it yet, but there are a few more podcasts launching this fall too. More to come…

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    • Kate Murray

      I’ve just picked up The Artist’s Way… I can’t wait to get started, as I’ve heard so many amazing things!

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  10. Lisa Northey

    Pam Slim is one of my heroes. I first came across her from her book Escape From Cubicle Nation and I loved it. I loved the idea of escaping the corporate drudgery and eventually I did. I guess I never really thought about the possibility of doing something other than climbing the corporate ladder but this book showed me a different path. I’m grateful to Pam for her ideas and also she’s just an amazingly nice and generous person to boot. We eventually met and now I consider her a friend. And hero 😉

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    • Todd Henry

      Pam is super. Have you seen what she’s doing with the co-working space in Mesa? Fantastic.

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      • Lisa Northey

        Yes!

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  11. Tom Pryor

    If I had to pick one book that influenced my professional life it would be “Information Anxiety” by Richard Saul Wurman, the founder of TED Talks. Wurman taught me how to convert data into useful information. For example, he wrote “Which is more understandable: an acre is equal to 43,560 sq ft or an acre is about the size of a football field without the end zones? I choose the latter.

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    • Todd Henry

      I’ve not read that, Tom. I need to pick it up. Thanks!

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  12. Kent Faver

    On a broader scope, the person who has impacted my direction the most in the past five years has been the late Wayne Dyer. I saw Wayne speak on my college campus way back in 1984. I forgot him for 20 years and then re-found him 12 or so years ago. His spiritual and creative teachings continues to guide me to this day.

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    • Todd Henry

      I heard him speak a few times too, Kent. Found him very insightful.

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    • Todd Henry

      Fantastic – thanks, Susan.

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  13. Raymond Negorn

    I’m going to have to answer this question as a panapoly of people that have had an integrated influence as each of these people, some I’ve invested and mentored with and others have grazed the sensors of my mind to operate me in a different comfort zone, which is totally uncomfortable. Here’s my list of live people, because the dead ones have been on my shelves for awhile: Lori Kennedy, Chris Brogan, Ken Wilbur, Grant Cardone, Lewsi Howes, and Brian Johnson( not, the AC/DC guy) philosophers notes. In a sell song hymn they have all motivated me to better myself, while finding there own place to move them to that place to do this has moved me as living is learning.I’ve invested energy to learn from these greats, including yourself.
    Hope that makes sense. As I’m working to launch my own area of greatness with “School of Weight Loss!” To help people loose weight, feel great and stay in shape. The basics: Eat, Move and Sleep. Also, get your mind right.???ok, babbled enough much love everybody. I’ll definitely make use of your program. Thank you for your intuition and intentions and sticktuitivenessTodd.

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    • Todd Henry

      Love this – thanks, Raymond.

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  14. M Haag

    I have the audiobook, but want to get the content in my hands as well as my head.
    Great point in the intro, Todd: *While your work speaks about you, does it really speak for you?*

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  15. M Haag

    Looking forward to relating this book’s content with my new teaching assignment.

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    • Todd Henry

      Thanks so much – I look forward to sharing the rest of it!

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  16. Deisha Millar

    In my creative life, I have stood on the precipice of failure. I have also had a certain luxury in the process of creating personal successes. In the creation of work, I look for a mutability in what the end product could potentially look like. There is a meta thematic and some beginning ideas, but the end product is typically way different than what I had initially imagined. Through improvisation and play, I seek to create soundscapes with musicians that are inclined to this sort of multi-faceted journey through texture and rhythm. I have luckily had the opportunity to play music with people who are incredible at what they do and who are not afraid to experiment with new techniques. I have to say that through that opportunity of playing music with incredible thinkers, musicians, storytellers … it has informed how I think about music on a daily basis. Though music is not my daily job, it is a part of what inspires me to work hard daily. Could I name one? There isn’t a chance – too many, too many to name.

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    • Todd Henry

      That’s how I feel about authors and thinkers too. It’s difficult to pare it down to just a few.

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  17. Dan De Leon

    In my life I’ve always been inspired and influenced by other artists who strive for excellence, strive to deliver their best work, put their guts and passion into the work everyday and turn around and give back to the community of up and comers rising up at the margins. I was greatly influenced by my mentors, James Lecesne in screenwriting, Bryan Singer in filmmaking, DJ Chus and DJ Paulo in music and DJ performance — they put knowledge into me that changed my life and now I help those who show promise and seek my advice, and the rewards are immeasurable! It’s amazing! To inspire and to be inspired, this is what I live for.

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  18. Raymond Negorn

    Absolutely, love Todd Henrys work as “Die Empty,” has opened up my warrior, crying soul towards amazing endeavors that have started my source of enthusiasm in my day. Studying Todd’s work like a college course of life. Thank you Todd.????.

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    • Todd Henry

      You’re too kind – thanks, Raymond.

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  19. Joe

    Even though I’m not a filmmaker, I love immersing myself in the work of great directors to help me in my daily creative work. There are too many to mention.

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  20. Christine

    Kim Dobson is my daily inspiration. She wasn’t famous and she didn’t do anything earth shattering in terms of the world at large, but she impacted my personal and professional world more than she will ever know. She lived her life humbly, gave of herself unconditionally, and her actions spoke volumes. And, I won’t get to tell her how much she has impacted my voice, because my dear friend lost her second battle with cancer on July 25. My goal moving forward is to take the lessons I learned from the way she lived her life to make a more positive impact in the lives of others.

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    • Todd Henry

      That’s so great. So many of the people who have deeply impacted me are not widely known either. They are people who modeled what it means to live a life of value and impact, even when it’s not easy. Thanks for sharing.

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      • Christine

        Yes, Kim was definitely one of those people for a lot of us who live in this small community of 1200. I’m not quite sure she knew what kind of a legacy she was going to leave. And, I always appreciate the time you take to respond, Todd.

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  21. Mike Moose

    Ludwig van Beethoven has been my biggest inspiration as I have begun to venture more deeply into musical composition. Todd, when you speak of a “unique voice”, he is the one who comes to my mind–not being content to remain in particular musical structures, but to bravely and creatively expand them in an endless search for something new. It is why his work remains as among the greatest compositions ever. His passion for creativity and originality are a constant encouragement and insistence to me to push the boundaries of creative expression and seek with all my heart my individual voice in music.

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    • Todd Henry

      Fantastic – thanks so much for sharing, Mike.

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  22. Raj P

    I had a geography teacher in high school named Jerry Salloum. He was incredible – little did I know how much of an iconoclast he was compared to the rest of his peers. He was the first person through which I learned that the path to discovery is by asking questions. Here was a standard geography class, and here we were learning how to live and how to move through life, and how to look at the world around us. Hands down, Mr. Salloum was the biggest impact on my early life.

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