The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry - Book Notes, Summary, Review

Book-Notes
Written: January 29, 2021
Reading Time: 16 mins

Reading The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry really opened my eyes to the fun and creativity that can be found in the world of designers and creators. As a UI designer, I now have a renewed motivation to continue to improve my craft and to create new things.

If you take nothing else away from this book, then schedule time each week for unnecessary creating. This will build your creative muscle and help you to develop your idea generation muscles.

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Who Should Read This Book?

I would recommend this book to any type of creative worker, i.e. a UI UX designer, a graphic designer, or someone whose job relies on churning out creative ideas and designs.

What’s more, this is a particularly helpful book to read if you find that you are frustrated at work due to a lack of ideas, low motivation, and maybe how projects are managed.

From reading this book, I have begun to look at my day job differently including how I can derive value from that work and create better solutions or ideas.

A few of the concepts talked about in this book, I believe, could be applied to anyone creative, including content creators.

For instance, there are strategies in this book for developing your ability to generate creative ideas that I feel could be applied in several different areas, not just UI design.


How This Book Changed Me


My Top 3 Quotes That Resonated With Me

“Regardless of your circumstances, you are the ultimate owner of your own creative growth.”

The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry p11

“No matter how talented they are, the only path to consistent, long-term success is to maintain focus on the basics as the foundation for everything you do.”

The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry p68

“Our most significant work will nearly always come from a deep understanding of not only what we are doing, but the why behind it. When we gain a sense of mastery over how we engage our work, we are better able to connect with this deeper sense of motivation.”

The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry p204


Book Notes

Part 1 – The Dynamics

1 The Dynamics Of Creative Work

“Working harder and staring more intently at the problem to achieve better ideas is like trying to control the weather by staring at the clouds.” (p16)

“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations” – Orson Welles (p20)

2 The Dynamics Of Team Work

3 The Side Effects: Dealing With The Assassins Of Creativity

Part 2 – Creative Rhythm

4 Focus: Zeroing In On What’s Critical

5 Relationships: Being Brilliant Together

“Introversion doesn’t mean that we don’t like being around people; it simply means that we derive our energy from being alone rather than from being around others.” p96

6 Energy: Your Invisible Ally

7 Stimuli: What Goes In Must Come Out

“Our best creative work comes from a mind-set of abundance and generosity rather than one of scarcity.” p150

8 Hours: They’re The Currency Of Productivity

9 Putting It All Together: The Checkpoints

“Our most significant work will nearly always come from a deep understanding of not only what we are doing, but the why behind it. When we gain a sense of mastery over how we engage our work, we are better able to connect with this deeper sense of motivation.” p204

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