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Ep. 098 | The Brave Habit

Cultivating Bravery in Daily Life, with Todd Henry


What is bravery, and why is it so important? What are some of the common counterfeits of bravery? How can we detect and eliminate them from our own lives? How can we get braver? 

As an “arms dealer for the creative revolution," Todd Henry is the author of seven books and a veteran podcaster of 19 years who speaks internationally on creativity, productivity, and passion for work, and helps people and teams generate brilliant ideas. 

Todd's new book, The Brave Habit, is a concise, persuasive, and timely treatise on bravery. In today's conversation, we explore bravery through the lens of The Brave Habit in pursuit of actionable insights for all of us. Todd also shares how an encounter with Mortality when he was 15 radically altered his perception of risk and what's most important.  

I first invited Todd to be on the show in early 2020. The timing wasn't right for a variety of reasons, though, and then COVID hit, and all bets were off for a while. I'm grateful four years later to be able to bring you Todd's wisdom and insights today. 

In this episode, you will learn how to:

  • Cultivate authentic bravery in your daily life to unlock more of your potential in service to others. 

  • Overcome fear by taking action and embrace the exhilarating freedom on the other side.

  • Embrace the impact of mortality on life choices and discover the transformative power it holds.

Key moments in this episode include:

  • 00:00:00 - The Deceptive Nature of Fear

  • 00:00:54 - Importance of Bravery

  • 00:02:04 - Cultivating the Brave Habit

  • 00:04:43 - Todd Henry's Journey to Brave Habit

  • 00:07:38 - The Definition of Bravery

  • 00:13:40 - Starting Over with Daily Creative

  • 00:14:44 - The Right Thing to Do

  • 00:17:32 - Bravery as a Habit

  • 00:18:53 - Close Encounter with Mortality

  • 00:23:32 - Connecting with Todd Henry's Work 

Remember: You ARE going to die. But you’re not dead yet. So get after it!

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Welcome! I invite you to browse the archive of past interviews with fascinating people and short, topical solo episodes--all designed to equip you with the mindset and the means to become the person you were made to be and live the life you were made to live with guts, gusto, and abandon. We flip the script by inviting our ancient foe, Death, to become an unlikely ally in our heroic journey to leave it all out on the field of life. Turns out, Mortality might just be the best motivator available--blasting us out of our ambivalence and complacency and toward the fullness of our potential.

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