The day-to-day battles we fight, using bravery to fight mediocrity

“Creativity and bravery are two sides of the same coin. It is impossible to execute a creative act without bravery.” Todd Henry discusses how being brave isn’t just about how we handle certain moments of our lives: it’s about the choices, even small ones, we make daily. “At the end of your life you’ll point to a delta, a sum total of change that exist in this world because you were alive. The choices we make every day on where we want to put our focus, assets, time and energy ultimately determine the body of work that we build.” Henry walks through seven everyday acts of bravery, including the ways in which we look at at ourselves, staying connected and choosing our battles, asking ourselves why we are doing what we are doing and what is the greater battle we’re trying to fight.

About the speaker

Todd is the founder of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams generate brilliant ideas. He regularly speaks and consults with companies, both large and small, about how to develop practices and systems that lead to everyday brilliance. Todd’s work has been featured by Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes,, US News & World Report, and many other major media outlets.

His latest book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day, unlocks the forces that cause even the brightest, most skilled people to become stagnant in their life and career, and introduces practices that help then build a body of work they can be proud of. It’s been called “A simple, elegant and masterful manual for leading a fulfilled life” by David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, and Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art says “If you can read this book and not be inspired, you need a 100% full-body-and-soul transplant.”

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    Thanks for the post. I reviewed Todd Henry's presentation in Cincinnati. He is smart and impressive.

    Ibrahim Moss • December 18, 2013