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The Accidental Creative at Jim Dunkerley's Bookshelf

The Accidental Creative

These are the books that I’m currently reading…

The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry

I like to consider myself a purposeful creative, but Todd Henry has some great ideas for anyone in a work environment that requires you be regularly creative at a moment’s notice.

Todd describes the creative process and how it has a natural rhythm of ebb and flow. The book lays out a plan for you to unleash your creative potential in a method that isn’t affected by the pressures and expectations that are put on you to turn out a creative product or idea.

Keeping Creative Rhythm: The FRESH Way

The Accidental Creative introduces five manageable elements of the creative thinking process, the initial letters spell out FRESH:

  • Focus
  • Relationships
  • Eenergy
  • Stimuli
  • Hours

As I skimmed ahead, it looks like Todd has some good ideas for managing the creative process. I’m particularly looking forward to:

  • Strategies to Enrich Relationships
  • Eliminating Less-Effective Activity
  • Your Diet of Stimuli
  • Structuring a Study Plan (to keep stimuli flowing into your life)
  • Managing Idea Time

I can tell that this is going to be an interesting read. The book is well written, by someone who knows what he’s talking about. I’m looking forward to reading The Accidental Creative. I suspect I will learn a lot of good stuff.

I’ll keep you posted.

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Jim Dunkerley review of A Guide to the Good Life

A Guide to the Good Life

A Guide to the Good Life {The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy} by William B. Irvine

Finally! Here’s a book about developing a practical “philosophy of life” (POL). It’s written by a philosophy professor, who admittedly taught philosophy as an academic discipline, but didn’t think to apply it to his own life until he was in his mid-50s. He’s written a fascinating “user’s manual” on how to apply the ancient philosophy of stoicism to your own life.

So far I’ve learned about the common misconceptions of Stoicism, and how it can be applied in a practical manner to my life. The book covers a brief history of Stoicism and the great Stoic thinkers and their writings. I’m looking forward to learning more and applying the Stoic wisdom to my own life. The book covers:

  • The Rise of Stoicism
  • Stoic Psychological Techniques
  • Stoic Advice
  • Stoicism for Modern Life
  • A Stoic Reading Program

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Jim Dunkerley review of Talent Is Overrated

Talent Is Overrated


Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin

At my guitar player’s site, Make Guitar Music, I’m researching effective practice methods for my series on Purposeful Guitar Practice. I ran across this excellent book which has many great ideas for achieving mastery in your chosen fields.

The book draws on scientific studies and research in the areas of music, sports, art, business and more. I’ve been skipping through parts that applied to guitar practice. Now I’m sitting down to give this valuable book a thorough reading. It’s an enjoyable and covers such topics as:

  • The Mystery: Where does great performance come from?
  • Talent is Overrated: Facts and myths about innate abilities.
  • The role of intelligence in high achievement.
  • An explanation of great performance.
  • Purposeful Practice: It’s not what most of us do when we “practice” something like golf, tennis, or guitar.
  • How to practice with purpose.
  • Where Does The Passion Come From?

The last topic, Where Does The Passion Come From, will answer a question that I’ve often pondered about “talent.” It seems to me that one side of a talent or gift is the ability to want to do something (practice) for extended periods of time. I’m looking forward to learning more.

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