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Build and grow a sustainable business. From products and marketing to professionalism and clients, you’ll get answers to the hard-hitting questions. Join entrepreneurs Sean McCabe and Ben Toalson as they let you inside their discussions on the many facets of making a living online. You’ll come away from every episode with something of value that you can apply to your business.

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Build and grow a sustainable business. From products and marketing to professionalism and clients, you’ll get answers to the hard-hitting questions. Join entrepreneurs Sean McCabe and Ben Toalson as they let you inside their discussions on the many facets of making a living online. You’ll come away from every episode with something of value that you can apply to your business.

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Really helped keep me keeping on when I feel like I should just give up!

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iTunes Ratings

706 Ratings
Average Ratings
683
11
4
3
5

Great stuff!

By SoupySale - Jan 22 2019
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Really helped keep me keeping on when I feel like I should just give up!

Great

By Jane Z123 - Jan 22 2019
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Practical information that’s invaluable
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seanwes podcast

Latest release on Jan 16, 2020

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Build and grow a sustainable business. From products and marketing to professionalism and clients, you’ll get answers to the hard-hitting questions. Join entrepreneurs Sean McCabe and Ben Toalson as they let you inside their discussions on the many facets of making a living online. You’ll come away from every episode with something of value that you can apply to your business.

Rank #1: 167: Tips for Making Next Tax Season Less Stressful

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Wait a minute… didn’t tax season just end? Well yes, it did, but this is actually the best time to start preparing for next year!

A lot of people start off by saying, “Now, I know this is a boring topic…” If there were any topic to do that with, it would be taxes.

But I don’t want to do that. Remember, people feed off of your energy! They’re looking to you for how to feel.

That’s why I’m going to make this fun. This is going to be an exciting episode about taxes that will help you feel a lot more prepared for next year.

This is an ideal episode for freelancers, small business owners, and any kind of entrepreneur.

If you’re looking to understand taxes better, feel a little more prepared, learn to categorize expenses easily, reduce self employment tax, and get a handle on things, this episode is for you.

Apr 24 2015

1hr 3mins

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Rank #2: 464: Why Would You Even Want to Start a Business?

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*This episode of the seanwes podcast comes from a call Sean and Dan had while Sean is on his Sabbatical year. We decided this segment was interesting enough to record and edit into an episode of the podcast. Enjoy! Ben and Dan will be back with a regular episode next week.*

Sean and Dan discuss a question implicit in the topic of this podcast: Who should, in fact, start a business? And why would they want to?

Entrepreneurship gets a lot of press. Starting and running a business is portrayed as more than glamorous: it seems like the only way to escape a lifetime of unsatisfying employment and “live out our dreams”.

But what does it really take to succeed at running a business, and withstand the workload and responsibilities required? As a longtime business owner, Sean shares his opinions, and we discuss the benefits of *not* being “Number One” in an enterprise.

In the end, the person who succeeds at the challenge of building a business will need to push through resistance. They’ll need to find a passion strong enough that they don’t give up when the going gets tough… and then stays that way.

Dec 25 2019

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Rank #3: 360: How-To Guide: Attracting Clients

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Want clients and want them NOW?

Good news: I'm going to share all of the ways I know to get great clients.

I've got half a dozen different methods you can use to attract clients. No one method is the silver bullet, but you're going to have success if you try these.

The goal is to get clients to knock on your door, but that doesn't mean you have to be passive. We talk about some ways you can be PROACTIVE in getting new clients.

Apr 25 2018

1hr 57mins

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Rank #4: 155: Freeing Yourself From Golden Handcuffs

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You’re in a job that pays well and has good benefits but you don’t want to be there. It’s not your favorite thing, or you may even actually hate the job, but it pays so well that you feel bad leaving it.

You’re scared of abandoning the stability it provides or fear that you would look foolish to your friends. Maybe you try to do something you’re passionate about on nights and weekends, except you come home from your job exhausted and spent. It feels like you’re spending all of the wrong kinds of energy and it’s taking everything from you.

Maybe you don’t have the time or energy after work to do what you really enjoy doing but it seems silly to leave a job so stable to do something else—especially if you’ve been at that job for years.

Maybe you have a lot of friends at the job or friends that know you work there who would wonder why you left: “What are you doing? We would all kill to be you! Why in the world would you leave?”

Golden Handcuffs. They come in many forms.

Mar 06 2015

1hr 10mins

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Rank #5: 424: You Already Have the Skills You Need to Make $1M/yr

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I’m going to share an extremely powerful idea in this episode. I’ve talked about it with a couple close friends, but this is the first time I’m sharing the concept publicly.

I want you to meditate on the question I’m about to ask.

What if you already possessed the skills you need to make a million dollars a year and it was just a matter of alignment with the right people?

You don’t lack any ability. You don’t need to develop more skills.

Is it a good idea to continue to develop yourself? Absolutely. But right now, you don’t lack anything other than alignment with whomever would benefit significantly from the skills you already possess. The only thing that is missing is connection. It’s all networking. It’s all people. It’s all who you know.

After I lay out this idea in full, we put it into practice. Ben has an idea for documentary filmmaking and we discuss it in the context of this idea.

May 22 2019

2hr 9mins

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Rank #6: 103: You Are an Independent Marketing Firm

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The playing field has now been leveled. The middlemen are slowly fading away and you no longer have to play by the rules of the gatekeepers in order to reach your audience.

However, with the disappearance of the middleman comes many equivalent software replacements. Many platforms are seeking content creators and teachers like yourself to create, sell and teach on their platforms.

They bring the appeal of "wider reach" and "large audiences" that you will gain access to. But in exchange for this exposure, there is a very significant downside: lack of control.

When you build your own platform, you are the master. You own the domain and you set the rules. This means you can control the pricing, you can control whether or not your products are discounted, and you can design the entire experience.

Yes, building your own platform is a lot more difficult, but what does the alternative look like? Is the incentive of exposure enough for you to compromise your control and potentially devalue your products?

With the middleman gone it also places a lot of responsibility on you. The brunt of the marketing and distribution work is now yours to deal with. This can sound scary but it's also extremely empowering.

I want to empower you: You are an independent marketing firm. Let me tell you why that should excite you.

Aug 22 2014

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Rank #7: 335: How to Promote Your Product Launch (Lessons From Overlap)

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You've spent so much time working on your product, and it's finally time to launch.

Now, you want people to know about it, care about it, and buy it.

I've launched a lot of products and seen (as well as made) a lot of mistakes.

I've learned a lot and I'm applying everything I've learned to my latest launch.

Today, I want to take you behind the scenes of what I'm doing to promote my new book, Overlap, which launches on September 14th.

Sep 13 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #8: 350: Five Habit Tracker

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You have good reasons for wanting to build a habit.

Maybe you want to read, write, learn, exercise, eat healthy, or wake up early.

All of these will improve your life, and they're worth making the necessary sacrifices. But it's not easy to build new habits. That's why you work to set yourself up for success as much as possible.

Accountability, rewards, punishments—these are all methods people use to keep up their momentum and stay on track.

But how do you know if you're staying on track unless you actually track your habits?

That's what we're talking about today.

Recently, I shared a sketch from my notebook featuring a habit tracker I designed. There was a lot of demand for me to write an in-depth blog post.

In addition to a blog post, I also put together some downloadable resources to accompany what I wrote over at FiveHabitTracker.com.

Feb 14 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #9: 104: Become An Expert, Have a Happy Family & Get Your Focus Back

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You have ideas. Great ideas. They come at you all day long but you aren't able to pursue them. You have a task at hand that needs to be done. Maybe it's your day job. Maybe it's a project you're busy working on.

You can't engage these ideas because you're supposed to be working, but they keep distracting you! A concept for your painting, a solution to your engineering problem, a way to relate to your students—they're all begging for your attention.

We're going to unpack all of this in a DYNAMITE episode. I'm going to tell you the way to get your focus back, show you how to apply that focus to becoming an expert, and explain how to do all of this while having a happy family.

A tall order? You bet. Let's dive in.

Aug 27 2014

1hr 17mins

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Rank #10: 324: Choosing One Thing to Focus On

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Do you feel overwhelmed with the possibilities?

There are so many things you could do. So many things you want to do (or you're good at).

How do you pick the right thing to focus on next?

What if you pick the wrong thing?

This line of thinking is a distraction. We're going to talk about how it's impossible for you to pick the wrong thing (this should come as a relief!) and why you need to pick an option and GO.

Indecision is the enemy and we're here to help you get unstuck.

Jun 21 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #11: 449: How to Create Daily Content

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Content is the key to building your brand, increasing your influence, and growing your audience.

Maintaining consistency is the most important but also most difficult part.

Weekly output is good, but daily output is the ultimate.

But how in the world can you create daily content?

It can definitely be overwhelming. That's why today, I want to share the system I've created for seanwes media (the client services branch of seanwes). This is our system for producing daily social media video content for our clients.

If you'd like to just show up once a week, hit record, and then have us produce and distribute daily content for you on the big 5 platforms, feel free to get in touch.

Otherwise, tune in to hear our process and get ideas for streamlining the creation, production, and distribution of daily content.

Oct 09 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #12: 151: The Most Important Thing

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There’s a lot of things.

So many ideas and projects and things you could do. Some need to be done, some should be done, some would be nice to have done.

Even of the things that truly need to be done, there are simply so many that if an entire weekend opened up for you tomorrow, you’d still have more than you could possibly accomplish in that time.

I know because it’s what happens to me on my sabbatical. I take every 7th week off, like I’m doing right now. That’s where I have these mini sabbatical episodes. For an entire week, I’m free from my normal obligations.

There are so many things I can do during this time! It’s not just a weekend but an entire week! Surely I could get caught up on everything.

Feb 20 2015

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Rank #13: 463: Recovering From an Eating Disorder

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Update: Laci is doing great! She is healthy and feeling much more like herself. Getting treatment has been fantastic. We are absolutely thrilled how well she is doing.

This episode was Laci's idea. She wanted to share the experience from her perspective. It's her hope that being vulnerable with her story might help someone else who is struggling.

If this is your first time hearing about her struggles with an eating disorder, here's a bit of backstory:

My wife's eating disorder almost killed her (as I talked about in a previous episode: https://seanwes.com/456).

If you heard the previous episode I shared, you know how bad things had gotten. After starving herself earlier in 2019, her cognitive abilities declined so severely from malnutrition, she was unable to speak a single full sentence. We could not even communicate. I had to take off work for several months to take care of her full time.

Later in the year, she was having panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety episodes that would last 6–8 hours a day.

Treatment has literally been a life-saver.

I'm happy to say, thanks to the generous support we received from so many, we were able to pay for the intensive care Laci needs. For a little over one month, she was in 7-day-per-week partial hospitalization at a recovery center, followed by 5 days per week of outpatient treatment. She's doing so well, this week, her team recommended she step down to 3-day-per week outpatient treatment. She continues to see multiple therapists and dietitians per week.

Her diet has been consistent, nutrition is good, and cognitive abilities have returned! She's sharp and able to comprehend and respond quickly. Her sense of humor has also been restored.

Her friends and I feel like we have Laci back. We are so grateful for your help. Thank you.

As you'll see in this episode, her speaking abilities have returned, and she's able to communicate incredibly well. I can't tell you how much joy it brings me to see her look and sound more like herself.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with an eating disorder, anxiety, or depression, please see the many links and resources listed in the previous episode here: https://seanwes.com/456.

Dec 19 2019

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Rank #14: 339: How to Make Money on the Side While Overlapping With a Day Job

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If you’re not yet making a full-time living with your business, that’s okay!

It can feel like having a day job is a step backwards, but really it’s the foundation of everything you’re building. It’s enabling you to build your business the way you want to build it.

I often see people waiting entirely too long to start bringing in revenue with their business. Even if you’re working a day job, you can still start making money on the side!

A lot of people wait to start making money with their business “until it can be sustainable”. They’re thinking of it more as a leap when instead they should think of it as a transition—an overlap.

How do you know when you’re ready to make money? Where should you start? What’s the easiest way? We’re talking about all of those things today.

Oct 18 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #15: 171: 6 Tips for Dealing With Confrontation

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Confrontation isn’t pleasant. It’s typically associated with arguments and hostility.

Whether it’s a client, your spouse, family, or friends, there’s nothing pleasant about confronting someone. Out of self-preservation, we often expect the worst based on past situations that went bad.

Ben mentions in this episode that you generally have two types of confronters: doormats and bulldozers. Both of them stem from fear.

We share several anecdotes and lessons learned from past encounters along with some healthy ways to approach confrontation—everything from asking your boss for a raise to talking with the neighbor who plays his music too loud.

May 08 2015

1hr 15mins

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Rank #16: 404: Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich – Chapter 1: Introduction

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"You, and every other person, ought to be interested in knowing how to acquire that state of mind which will attract riches."

"When riches begin to come they come so quickly, in such great abundance, that one wonders where they have been hiding during all those lean years."

"Success comes to those who become success conscious."

Are you success conscious?

Join us in diving into Think and Grow Rich—the product of twenty-five years of research, analyzing the success of more than 25,000 wealthy individuals.

Discover the fundamentals of success and 13 principles of money-making.

You should read Chapter 1 of Think and Grow Rich before listening to this episode. This episode is not meant to replace the book. Rather, it is meant to serve as a commentary and further discussion on the application of the book's 13 principles in a 21st century world.

Feb 14 2019

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Rank #17: 453: How to Cure Perfectionism and Be Consistent

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Most of the things you love and enjoy in life are imperfect in some way. But that doesn't keep you from loving them. In many cases, you love something because of its imperfections.

Yet, we're pretty hard on ourselves. We expect perfection and nothing less, so we end up feeling stuck because we can't make something perfect.

This is a huge problem because quantity leads to quality.

Perfectionism inhibits consistency. Without consistency, you won't produce quantity—which means you can't produce quality. The very pursuit of perfectionism ensures you won't get the results you seek.

Your standards are unrealistically high if they cause paralysis.

You don't get to determine the value of your work. That's for others to decide.

So how do you get past the mental roadblocks and be consistent? That's what we'll talk about today.

Oct 23 2019

1hr 49mins

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Rank #18: 380: Recovery From Depression (Part 1)

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Today's show topic is intense. If you're looking for a light and fun show, you'll probably want to skip this one.

I was depressed. It was bad. I'm talking about it for the first time.

On last week's show, we talked about how difficult it is to open up about the real things that might be going on in your life. The *unpleasant* things. Where's the place to do that? Social media doesn't seem to be the answer.

I talked about feeling like I need to wait until I can wrap the story up in a neat "Hero's Journey" bow. Because people are conditioned to expect the Hero's Journey format.

"Okay, yeah, sure, things were bad, but then what happened, *next*?"

"No... things were just bad, and then they got worse. And that's it. I don't have a happy ending to this story for you right now."

"Oh."

I didn't want that. But I didn't know how to share something that wasn't good and positive.

The stages I went through were:

• Push, push, push (push forward with work, push down the feelings).
• Reach a breaking point where my best is no longer good enough.
• Things fall apart.
• Get really depressed.
• Feel numb.
• Not want to share any of this.
• Feel like I can't share even if I wanted to.
• Finally decide I do want to share, but don't know how without being a "downer".
• Conclude that if I ever will share, it needs to be a story that has a "happy ending" so people can tolerate the uncomfortable parts knowing things end well.

Until recently, that's where I was. I wasn't happy with this conclusion, but it was the only way. I didn't think there would be interest or value in an incomplete story. I know that's wrong, I'm just telling you where I was.

After last week’s show, I changed my mind. I decided I would start sharing about the events that took place over the last couple years. I just started sharing.

I didn't know how many parts would be in this series. That’s why you see “Part 1” and not “Part 1 of X”. We haven't recorded a Part 2 yet—we're waiting to see what your feedback will be like.

But I'm going to do what I set out to do when I started this podcast: iterate in public.

Sep 12 2018

2hr 14mins

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Rank #19: 394: Organize Your Home Office for Better Productivity

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Has your work changed in any way the past few years?

Consider your home office. At one point, you arranged your space for the type of work you're doing.

Over time, the work you do changes. Priorities change, but your environment stays the same. This means your office space is no longer ideal for the work you do. You're not as productive as you could be.

Join us today for a journey of reevaluating your office space. We'll talk about how to better organizer your environment (both physically and digitally) for maximum productivity.

Dec 19 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #20: 284: Figuring Out Your Business Model

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There are many different ways to be in business. But you do have to sell something.

What you sell, who you sell it to, and how it helps them are all important things to think about.

There's no right, or wrong, or even necessarily better business model—it's all going to depend. Some business models work better for different businesses.

I find that a lot of people don't have a good grasp on their own business model, so I feel it's an important conversation to have. A lot of people need clarity on this topic.

We talk about examples of different business models and go over the pros and cons of half a dozen of them.

Sep 07 2016

1hr 21mins

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471: Sabbatical Episode: We’re Gonna Be Nomads! (Can We Stay With You?)

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I’m excited to announce our official move out date: January 26th! I’m so happy to finally begin our sabbatical year of nomadic world travel, and hopefully get to hang out with you in person.

We won’t have a house or car, and we’ve sold a lot of our other possessions as well. Everything we’ll use for the next year will fit in a backpack.

While we have some specific places in mind we’d like to visit, we also want to connect with people. I’ll keep you posted on any meetups in a city near you.

But beyond meetups, a number of people have reached out to actually offer us a place to stay—which is incredible!

The only problem is, I’ve had a hard time keeping track of the various comments and messages from people offering us a place to stay in various cities. So I came up with a solution:

If you want to have us stay with you during 2020, you can visit the Host Us page to fill out a form so we know how to get in touch. That way, I’ll know how to reach you if I’m in your city.

Laci and I would love to hang out with you!

Lastly, I genuinely want to know: what questions do you have for me?

Feel free to get in touch. What type of things do you want me to share? What are you interested in? What things would you like to see? I want to hear from you.

Jan 16 2020

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470: Give Yourself Permission to Be Weird

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“Stop being such a weirdo.”

I’m gonna make a prediction: at some point, probably while at recess, someone said this to you—or they said something very much like it.

We are trained from birth to conform with the expectations of others. We are precision-engineered to please those around us. And let’s be clear: there’s enormous value in being able to get along with our fellow human beings!

But if what you want out of life is not the same thing as your parents want, as your friends want, as what society keeps telling you you should want…

You’re going to have to walk an uncomfortable road.

You’re going to have to be… some kind of weirdo.

It’s true. If you want something different from what other people get… you have to do things that other people do not—or will not—do.

For some of us, this comes more easily than for others. But don’t kid yourself: the odds are stacked against you. Forces within and without will try to convince you to “just be normal”. Just try to fit in. Just go along with everyone else. Same clothes. Same job. Same hobbies. Same life. Why isn’t that enough for you?

If it’s not enough, don’t worry, weirdo. You’re not alone. Today we’re going to—no. We’re going to get you to give yourself permission to be as weird as you need to be.

Jan 15 2020

1hr 51mins

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469: Sabbatical Episode: How I Hired Someone to Run My Business While I Take a Year Off

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In this mini-sabbatical episode, Sean tells the story of how he hired Dan to run seanwes in 2020. Hiring the right person is never easy, but Sean gave himself a huge advantage: he created a community of awesome people. We also discuss what it takes to get an unusual job like Dan’s. The secret isn’t in how you format your résumé, it’s about how well you communicate and connect with others.

Jan 11 2020

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468: Sabbatical Episode: When Will Sean Be on the Podcast in 2020?

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In this mini-sabbatical episode, Dan asks a question Sean’s been getting a lot lately: “Will you still do podcasts in 2020?” While the existence of this episode makes it clear that he’s not sitting out the whole year, Sean explains that he’ll be creating content—including podcasts—when he wants to, instead of on any kind of schedule; that’s the secret to a restful sabbatical: freedom from obligation.

We also discuss seanwes as a “personality brand”, and what it means for both the podcast and the business as a whole to have Sean McCabe take a step away from center stage. How do you grow a business beyond yourself when the business is so closely associated with… you?

Sean talks about the long game mindset, and how he’s willing to accept change and disruption now to build a better and stronger business in the years to come.

Jan 10 2020

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467: Sabbatical Episode: The Gear Doesn’t Matter

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Welcome to the first behind-the-scenes look at Sean’s Sabbatical Year!

Dan quizzes Sean on his mobile recording setup: now that the seanwes podcast studio is in storage, how will Sean produce content? Does he have to give up on quality? We talk about the lessons Sean learned hauling a 4K camera across Kauai, how the camera you have in your pocket is more than enough, and how you can produce the best work possible using the tools at hand.

Look for more bonus sabbatical episodes in your podcast feed soon!

Jan 09 2020

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466: Setting Your 2020 Goals

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Happy New Year… and New Decade!

But, look: In terms of your goals and aspirations, January 1st is much the same as April 17th, or August 22nd. But that’s not how we tick: we put a lot of stock in the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one.

If nothing else, a “fresh start” is a useful thing. If you didn’t give yourself one a week or a month ago, you might as well do it at the new year.

With that in mind—that this is as good a time as any!—let’s talk about how to accomplish whatever it is we want to accomplish in the coming year.

The system that will take you in the right direction has three parts:

1. The Target: what we usually think of as a resolution (“I want to run 100 miles every month”).
2. The Strategy: how you’ll hit the target (“I’ll run three times a week in the morning, I’ll count my macros, I’ll change my diet in this way”).
3. The Reason: why you actually want to do all this—the change you want to see in yourself (“I want to be a healthy and athletic person”).

Jan 08 2020

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465: Building a Foundation for Your Passion, Bringing Value to a Newsletter While Doing a Podcast, and Finding the Pain Points of Your Podcast Audience

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We're doing something a little different for this episode. In the seanwes Community, we do a special live show every Monday morning called Fired Up Mondays. This is our community office hours where members can get live answers to their questions right there on the show. This is just one of the many benefits of seanwes membership; to find out more, go to https://seanwes.com.

Fired Up Mondays is members-only, but since Ben and I weren't able to record over the holidays, we're sharing this episode with you. It's a little different in format than the regular seanwes podcast, but I think you'll still find it full of value. Ben and I will be back next week with a great episode called "Setting Your 2020 Goals".

In the meantime, enjoy this look inside Fired Up Mondays! 🔥

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It’s the last Fired Up Mondays of 2019!

We have a big show today, starting with a question about staying sane during the period where you can’t afford to do your passion. It’s frustrating to feel like you aren’t making progress, but the key is to realize that you are: you’re laying a strong foundation for pursuing your passion wholeheartedly in the years to come.

Next we have a question about giving value to your newsletter subscribers. If you can no longer produce exclusive content for them, how do you reward their loyalty? We’ve got a great episode from the seanwes podcast archives that lays out the plan for you.

Finally, there’s a question about understanding the pain points of your podcast audience to come up with topics. You can only figure out so much about your audience before you drum up an audience, so your best bet is to just start with the topics you care about, and, once people respond, ask them what they’re struggling with!

Finally-finally, Dan talks a bit about how much he (hasn’t) changed in the last seven years, and why, just maybe, that’s okay.

See you in 2020!

Jan 01 2020

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464: Why Would You Even Want to Start a Business?

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*This episode of the seanwes podcast comes from a call Sean and Dan had while Sean is on his Sabbatical year. We decided this segment was interesting enough to record and edit into an episode of the podcast. Enjoy! Ben and Dan will be back with a regular episode next week.*

Sean and Dan discuss a question implicit in the topic of this podcast: Who should, in fact, start a business? And why would they want to?

Entrepreneurship gets a lot of press. Starting and running a business is portrayed as more than glamorous: it seems like the only way to escape a lifetime of unsatisfying employment and “live out our dreams”.

But what does it really take to succeed at running a business, and withstand the workload and responsibilities required? As a longtime business owner, Sean shares his opinions, and we discuss the benefits of *not* being “Number One” in an enterprise.

In the end, the person who succeeds at the challenge of building a business will need to push through resistance. They’ll need to find a passion strong enough that they don’t give up when the going gets tough… and then stays that way.

Dec 25 2019

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463: Recovering From an Eating Disorder

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Update: Laci is doing great! She is healthy and feeling much more like herself. Getting treatment has been fantastic. We are absolutely thrilled how well she is doing.

This episode was Laci's idea. She wanted to share the experience from her perspective. It's her hope that being vulnerable with her story might help someone else who is struggling.

If this is your first time hearing about her struggles with an eating disorder, here's a bit of backstory:

My wife's eating disorder almost killed her (as I talked about in a previous episode: https://seanwes.com/456).

If you heard the previous episode I shared, you know how bad things had gotten. After starving herself earlier in 2019, her cognitive abilities declined so severely from malnutrition, she was unable to speak a single full sentence. We could not even communicate. I had to take off work for several months to take care of her full time.

Later in the year, she was having panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety episodes that would last 6–8 hours a day.

Treatment has literally been a life-saver.

I'm happy to say, thanks to the generous support we received from so many, we were able to pay for the intensive care Laci needs. For a little over one month, she was in 7-day-per-week partial hospitalization at a recovery center, followed by 5 days per week of outpatient treatment. She's doing so well, this week, her team recommended she step down to 3-day-per week outpatient treatment. She continues to see multiple therapists and dietitians per week.

Her diet has been consistent, nutrition is good, and cognitive abilities have returned! She's sharp and able to comprehend and respond quickly. Her sense of humor has also been restored.

Her friends and I feel like we have Laci back. We are so grateful for your help. Thank you.

As you'll see in this episode, her speaking abilities have returned, and she's able to communicate incredibly well. I can't tell you how much joy it brings me to see her look and sound more like herself.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with an eating disorder, anxiety, or depression, please see the many links and resources listed in the previous episode here: https://seanwes.com/456.

Dec 19 2019

2hr 13mins

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462: Surviving the Holidays

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We look forward to it every year… or do we?

The holiday season is just about on top of us, and while it can hypothetically be a time for peace, reflection, and family, those qualities are easily overwhelmed by feelings of stress, overcommitment, and inadequacy.

Today, Ben and Dan give their best tips for making it through the holidays in one (mental and emotional) piece. A lot of these are perennial seanwes topics, and now is the perfect time of year to talk about them once again. (We also include a great sidebar on holiday travel, where Ben provides his recommendations for the best suitcases to pack your six kids in.)

Between managing your commitments and protecting your time and attention, focusing on what’s meaningful and setting yourself up for a great new year, let’s go into 2020 strong.

Happy Holidays! 🥳

Dec 18 2019

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461: Sean Is Forcing Me to Write a Book

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The other day, Sean and Dan had a call. Sure, they could have talked about growing the business, or Sean’s upcoming sabbatical year.

But, no.

They had to talk about Dan’s lack of progress on his novel.

See, Sean had this brilliant id—well. Sean had this… idea.

“I want you to write a book called, 'I Tried to Write a Book'.”

It’s the story of an aspiring author. A harried, foul-mouthed aspiring author. His name is Dane Jacobson (no relation).

Today, Ben and Dan discuss this ambitious project: Is Sean for real? What is this cryptic book really about? And what the heck does any of this have to do with making a living pursuing our creative passions?

Tune in to find out.

Dec 11 2019

1hr 14mins

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460: Do You Have a Shadow Career?

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In Overlap, Sean talks about the importance of the day job to protect your passion: you need to cover all your bills with something that doesn’t rely on your passion so that you don’t compromise out of desperation to make ends meet.

Compromise kills passion: do enough of the kind of work you love under circumstances you hate, and one day you’ll realize you don’t have that passion anymore.

We’ve talked a lot about the dangers of the wrong day job. A bad job, that drains your energy, that you resent, but you can’t give it up because it keeps you comfortable.

But today we want to explore something a little different: what happens when you have a great day job? A job you enjoy doing, with a flexible schedule, working with people you love, making a good living… That’s the ideal situation in which to pursue your passion on the side.

Right?

In his book, Turning Pro, Stephen Pressfield describes the “Shadow Career” as a calling we pursue because we’re terrified of our true calling:

"Are you getting your Ph.D. in Elizabethan studies because you’re afraid to write the tragedies and comedies that you know you have inside you? Are you living the drugs-and-booze half of the musician’s life, without actually writing the music? Are you working in a support capacity for an innovator because you’re afraid to risk becoming an innovator yourself?"

When you have a job you love AND a passion you want to pursue, is the job a stepping-stone, a companion on the journey… or just another way to hide from the work you were really meant to be doing?

Dec 04 2019

1hr 16mins

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459: Fired Up Mondays: Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays, and the Map Is Not the Territory

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Hey, Dan here. We’re doing something a little different for this episode of the seanwes podcast.

In the seanwes Community, we do a special live show every Monday morning, called Fired Up Mondays. This is our community office hours, where members can ask questions and get answers right there on the show. This is just one of the many benefits of seanwes membership. To find out more, go to https://seanwes.com/membership

Normally, Fired Up Mondays is members-only. But Sean suggested that we put this episode out on the regular feed.

You’ll notice this show is a little different from the usual seanwes podcast. It’s a solo show, and I’m answering questions from our members and touching on a variety of topics.

At the end, I give an update on my own “side-hustle”: the novel I’m writing. This is because Sean, well, basically dared me to talk about the novel every week as a form of accountability.

Ugh! This guy, amirite? ;)

There’s some context for what you’re about to hear. It’s a little different from the usual podcast, but still full of value. I hope you enjoy it!

Ben and I will be back next week with another episode of the seanwes podcast. Thanks for listening!

Nov 27 2019

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458: No One Is an Island, but Everyone Is an Iceberg

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Your internal life is wonderfully complex. You have an endless sea of thoughts and feelings, beliefs and reactions, and, for better or worse, they’re mostly your little secret.

It’s not just you, of course: we all know, intellectually, that everyone has just as much going on beneath the surface as we do. But it’s one thing to know something, and another to understand its implications.

The truth is, it’s hard to remember, in the moment, that each of us is an iceberg—what’s visible on the surface only tells a fraction of the story. When we all react differently to the same situations, when we do and say things that baffle or enrage each other, it’s because we thought we were all basically the same, thought the same, felt the same…

But that’s a big “nope”.

This isn’t just a reminder not to judge one another’s actions too harshly; it’s also the reason that sharing our own iceberg is so important. If you want to connect with people—really connect, in a meaningful way—you have to reveal at least some of what’s hidden beneath the surface.

The problem? There’s nothing scarier than revealing what’s hidden beneath the surface.

Let’s talk about why and how and with whom to share yourself—not the carefully polished and manicured self, but your actual self—and ask how we can better understand others, no matter what they share.

Nov 20 2019

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457: Self-Doubt Is Holding You Back

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Is it safe to say we have all struggled with self-doubt? Very little is more frightening than a sense of uncertainty, and when we feel like we don’t know what we’re doing, it’s easy to become paralyzed.

If you think you need to wait until you’re free of doubt and fear before you can accomplish anything… bad news: you’re not going anywhere.

The people who do things and make things have one thing in common: they start before they feel ready to start.

In this episode, Dan and Ben talk about the dangers (and inevitability) of comparison, self-doubt’s roots in your lack of skill and your abundance of ego, and the steps you can take to overcome self-doubt and build confidence in your abilities… in any area of life.

Nov 13 2019

1hr 46mins

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456: My Wife’s Eating Disorder Almost Killed Her

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Something’s been going on for more than a year that I haven’t been able to talk about.

My wife, Laci, nearly died earlier this year.

She is currently in a partial hospitalization program. It’s still a dangerous situation. The recommended treatment period is a minimum of 30 days. But after only two weeks, our insurance suddenly decided to stop paying for treatment far short of the duration recommended by her team of healthcare professionals. I’ll explain more in a moment.

Warning: this article talks about anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and eating disorders. If you struggle with any of these things, consider having a loved one read this instead.

What I’m about to share is extremely difficult for a lot of reasons, but we have decided it’s time.

Nov 06 2019

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455: What Would It Take for You to Make?

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We’ve been talking about content for the last few weeks: how to make it, why you should make it, what to make.

But the truth is, despite knowing all the tactics, despite having the path laid out in front of us…

Most of us still do nothing.

We have a passion. We have a message that we want to share with the world. So why don’t we do anything about it?

Today, Dan and Ben want to get to the bottom of this. What does it take? What does it take to turn intentions into action? What does it take to step past our barriers and do something? What does it take, to actually make the work we care about?

Nov 06 2019

1hr 18mins

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454: Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich – Chapter 15: How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear

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The final chapter of Think and Grow Rich warns of six "subtle enemies" that can remain hidden in the subconscious mind, where they are difficult to locate, and still more difficult to eliminate.

These are the Six Ghosts of Fear.

- The fear of POVERTY
- The fear of CRITICISM
- The fear of ILL HEALTH
- The fear of LOSS OF LOVE OF SOMEONE
- The fear of OLD AGE
- The fear of DEATH

"All other fears are of minor importance, they can be grouped under these six headings."

But where does fear come from?

"Study, analyze, and understand the three enemies you have to clear out. Where one is found, the other two are close at hand."

The Unholy Trio:

- Indecision
- Doubt
- Fear

"INDECISION is the seedling of FEAR! Indecision crystalizes into DOUBT, the two blend and become FEAR!"

Indecision and doubt blend to form fear.

"The "blending" process often is slow. This is one reason why these three enemies are so dangerous. They germinate and grow without their presence being observed."

The purpose of this chapter is to focus on the cause and cure of the six fears.

Oct 24 2019

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453: How to Cure Perfectionism and Be Consistent

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Most of the things you love and enjoy in life are imperfect in some way. But that doesn't keep you from loving them. In many cases, you love something because of its imperfections.

Yet, we're pretty hard on ourselves. We expect perfection and nothing less, so we end up feeling stuck because we can't make something perfect.

This is a huge problem because quantity leads to quality.

Perfectionism inhibits consistency. Without consistency, you won't produce quantity—which means you can't produce quality. The very pursuit of perfectionism ensures you won't get the results you seek.

Your standards are unrealistically high if they cause paralysis.

You don't get to determine the value of your work. That's for others to decide.

So how do you get past the mental roadblocks and be consistent? That's what we'll talk about today.

Oct 23 2019

1hr 49mins

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452: Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich – Chapter 14: The Sixth Sense

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The Sixth Sense is a movie, right?

Well, yes, but this chapter far predates the 1999 M. Night Shyamalan film by the same name.

The book uses the term "sixth sense" to refer to "creative imagination", "hunches", or "inspiration".

"The SIXTH SENSE is that portion of the subconscious mind which has been referred to as the Creative Imagination."

"I find my mind most receptive to ideas, thoughts, and knowledge which reach me through the sixth sense."

"[...] self-suggestion is a powerful factor in building character, that it is, in fact, the sole principle through which character is built."

According to Think and Grow Rich, the sixth sense, "is a mixture of both the mental and the spiritual."

"Step by step, through the preceding chapters, you have been led to this, the last principle. If you have mastered each of the preceding principles, you are now prepared to accept, without being skeptical, the stupendous claims made here. If you have not mastered the other principles, you must do so before you may determine, definitely, whether or not the claims made in this chapter are fact or fiction."

The author shares his nightly routine of imagining a group of men seated with him around a table, which he called his Invisible Council. While he makes a point to state emphatically he still regards his meetings as purely imaginary, he stresses these visualizations were instrumental:

"My original purpose in conducting Council meetings with imaginary beings, was solely that of impressing my own subconscious mind, through the principle of auto-suggestion, with certain characteristics which I desired to acquire."

We're going to talk about this "sixth sense" and the idea of an Invisible Council.

Oct 17 2019

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Great stuff!

By SoupySale - Jan 22 2019
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Really helped keep me keeping on when I feel like I should just give up!

Great

By Jane Z123 - Jan 22 2019
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Practical information that’s invaluable