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seanwes podcast

seanwes podcast

Tangible insights on creativity and business every single Wednesday and Friday.

Want to make a living with your passion? 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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119: How to Get an Extra Day a Week

Friday, October 17, 2014 – 1 hour, 14 minutes

Is it actually possible to get an extra day a week? What would that even look like? Imagine going through your entire week, doing all of your work, and having a whole day left over.

Think of all the things you could do. You could relax, you could kick back, spend some time with your family, maybe do some cleaning around the house… Heck, maybe you’re hustling right now and thinking of how much more you could accomplish if you had another day just to work on your side project!

Focus.

“What are you talking about, Sean?”

Silence.

“Ok, now I’m totally confused.”

Those are the two things that most people lack. They don’t have focused work time and they don’t carve out silence and prevent interruptions.

If you’re allowing interruptions, you might as well be throwing money out the window. I’m going to tell you the difference between productive people and super productive people. We’re going to look at the way to create focused work time and how to get an extra day a week.

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118: The Fear of Losing Everything: Dealing With Stress and Catastrophic Failure

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 1 hour, 10 minutes

My website crashed. It crashed hard. Nothing was loading. I had no dashboard access. It gets worse: I should’ve had daily backups, but something was improperly configured and the most recent backup was nearly 3 months ago.

I feared the worst.

Everything was down. I was getting complaints. My host tried reverting the database only to cause even more problems: orders from the database were getting repeated. Customers were getting charged multiple times. Overdrafts were happening as a result.

It wasn’t pretty.

In this episode, I tell the story of how I (nearly) lost everything, how I got it back, and what I learned from an experience that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

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117: 62 Topic Ideas So You Never Run Out of Things to Write About

Friday, October 10, 2014 – 1 hour, 13 minutes

Uh oh. Your scheduled blog post is due tomorrow and you have no idea what to write about! It’s come down to the wire and you thought your trusty, old procrastination would create the time constraint you needed to crank out something golden in the last minute. It almost always works, but this time it’s not working.

This time, you feel stuck. It’s time to podcast and you have no idea what to talk about. But you’re not going to do a disservice to your audience and just turn on the mic and ramble. You’re determined to provide value. You just need a topic!

In this episode, I share 62 topics you can write about (or use as fuel for your podcast, videos, etc.). There’s so much to talk about, it’s just hard to remember when you’ve hit a block. We’ll help you get unstuck.

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116: How to Find Your Own Unique Voice and Style

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 1 hour, 4 minutes

How do you produce work that looks authentic? How do you find a voice that feels like your own? How do you say or create something original without feeling like you copied or ripped off someone else?

I break down it down into 3 parts: your actual voice, what you talk about, and how you say it. I talk about finding your unique voice in a written or spoken sense, but then also apply what we uncover to discovering your own artistic style.

I conclude with how to be inspired without copying and why you aren’t the one who determines your own style.

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115: How to Overcome Self-Doubt, Get Rid of Anxiety, and Stay Focused

Friday, October 3, 2014 – 1 hour, 4 minutes

Self-doubt is paralyzing. “Do I have what it takes?” “What if my best isn’t good enough?” “What if I fail?”

It’s not just if you’re a beginner either. Even people who are successful struggle with self-doubt regularly.

But they have learned how to consistently resolve the feelings of self-doubt or impostor syndrome.

We talk about how to overcome feelings of paralysis, what to do to keep self-doubt minimized and less likely to resurface, as well as why the phrase “could be” is keeping you from ever accomplishing anything.

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114: When to Increase the Frequency

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 7 minutes

So you’re thinking about publishing more? If you’re like me, it’s fun to entertain the thought of sending more newsletters, doing more artwork, publishing more blog posts, or recording more podcasts.

Wouldn’t it be great to be more prolific?

Yes, but if you go about it the wrong way, you’ll get yourself into a mess of trouble.

Today, I talk about increasing the frequency of your output: how to know the right time, and if you should do it at all.

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113: The Importance of Your WHY and How To Get People on Board

Friday, September 26, 2014 – 11 minutes

I’m gonna be switching things up a little bit in this episode. This is one of what I’m calling my mini sabbatical episodes.

Today, I want to talk about this idea of the WHY for a moment. What is your WHY? What are you about?

Sure, you have certain pursuits you are fond of and things you enjoying doing, but what is your greater purpose?

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112: What Is the Perfect Age to Work For Yourself?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 50 minutes

Too young to be taken seriously? Too old to be relevant? Where does adolescent inexperience meet youthful ambition? Where does late start meet experiential wisdom?

I think if you’re asking the question, you have what it takes. It definitely takes hard work, but you’re not too early and you’re not too late.

Are you living for 2 weeks out of the year or are you making the 52 worth living?

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111: Courting Your Clients and Customers

Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 1 hour, 14 minutes

We buy from those we trust and we trust those we know. You may have the solution to someone’s problem but if someone doesn’t know that your solution can be trusted, it’s going to be a tough sell.

Familiarity is key. You want people to be comfortable with you and you want to make a personal connection. In relational terms you want to court them—flirt with them even! It sounds crazy, but people crave this.

We get so caught up in pitching and teaching and providing samples that we forget one of the biggest hooks: story telling.

You’ll hear more on that analogy (along with riveting story of 3rd Grade Ben & The Note), but I’ll also be talking about the 3 modes a client or customer is in.

Most people are only reaching customers in 1 or 2 of these modes. Sure, you can still make some sales and land some gigs, but you’re missing out on so many opportunities. You’ll learn what those are and how to attract people in each one of those modes.

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110: Behind the Scenes of seanwes: What It Takes & How Many Hours Sean Works

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 1 hour, 3 minutes

You know what’s frustrating? Seeing someone make something hard look easy.

What’s worse is when you don’t know that it’s actually hard to do and you think that it should be easy. Then you just end up feeling bad about yourself for not being able to do it.

They make it look so effortless. Surely they’re not spending hundreds upon thousands upon tens of thousands of hours working at it.

But in fact, they are.

The easier they make it look, the harder they’re working. As you read this, no doubt those people are working on their craft.

I want to demystify the process for you. I’m going to take you behind the scenes and show you exactly what it takes and all that I’m doing to make everything happen. You’ll witness the things that aren’t normally visible to you.

I’m going to get real and I’m going to tell you how many hours I work a week (hint: it’s not a two-digit number). In this episode, I’m also going to be fully honest and tell you that I often forget to eat. Neither of these are things I’m proud of and neither are healthy. I’m not censoring any of this, I’m simply showing you the reality that is behind the curtain.

I’m not promising it’s going to be pretty (it never is behind the curtain). You’re getting a real look inside the well-oiled machine. I’m showing you because I want you to see that it’s not a machine at all.

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109: Mentorship Meeting with Sean & Ben

Friday, September 12, 2014 – 1 hour, 10 minutes

You walk into your favorite coffee shop. It’s a bit early and you’re somewhat groggy. Standing in line, you already know what you’re going to order. It’s the same thing every time.

“What can I get started for you?”

Startled, you come out of your daze and place an order.

Stepping away from the counter, you look around to take in the scene. “Why are people up at this hour anyway?” you wonder. Your thoughts are interrupted. Wait a minute.

Is that… is that Sean and Ben?

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108: Creating Ambassadors for Your Brand When You’re Not Well Known Yet

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 54 minutes

You’re dreaming big. You have huge aspirations for where you want to be, and you have a vision for how to get there. But for as big as your vision is, the results don’t seem to be aligning.

You feel like you’re spinning your wheels. You feel like you’re working hard to show up and create content but it doesn’t seem to be resonating with anyone. Your audience doesn’t seem to be growing very much or even at all.

There’s a problem here. I’m going to tell you what it is, and I’m going to tell you why you have it.

I’ll show you how to create insanely loyal followers who will become your personal ambassadors. I’m going to show you the key to your next 10,000 followers.

It starts with one person. All you need is one person. You can change someone’s entire perception of you with this one, single conversation tactic I’ll be sharing in this episode.

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107: Why You Need an Accountability Partner & How to Find One

Friday, September 5, 2014 – 1 hour, 14 minutes

How do you stay motivated? How do you become the person you want to be? How do you keep commitments to yourself? How can you achieve the kinds of things the people you look up to have achieved?

You want all of these things, but you can’t seem to stick with something. You want to commit, but every time you try to start something it doesn’t really go anywhere and you just give up and move on.

These people you look up to seem to be prolific in their output. They’re successful, they’re consistent, and they’re constantly putting things out without fail.

If you feel like you’ve wanted to get to this point and you just aren’t there yet, accountability is what is missing.

Now the big question: how do you find someone?

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106: Get More Done by Working Less

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – 59 minutes

Note: This episode happened before I made the decision to start practicing Small Scale Sabbaticals. A few days after this episode was recorded, I decided to take off a week every 7 weeks. It’s interesting to listen back to some of the thoughts that were going through my mind beforehand.

Do you feel like you’re making an effort to say no to things, bringing on help, not doing too many things at once, and somehow you’re still overloaded? You’re still exhausted, you still feel like you have no time, and still don’t seem to be getting any more done?

It seems like no matter how much I say no and regardless of whether I’m hiring people to help, I somehow don’t end up having more time. What I’ve realized is I consistently tend to ramp up everything until I’m at maximum capacity. I’m bad at slowing down. I’m bad at taking breaks because I fall prey to the idea that they’re unproductive.

We talk about why breaks are actually helpful, the two kinds of breaks, the importance of thinking time, being able to take breaks even when you have kids, the piano teacher that always knew, and leveraging procrastination to get more done in less time.

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105: What if I’m Jack of All Trades and Master of None?

Friday, August 29, 2014 – 59 minutes

Eagerness to do a lot of things at once. It’s an ambition many of us struggle with: being good at many things but not perceived as an expert with any one of them. You feel like you’re never really able to get traction.

Do you often pick up something to learn and end up gaining just enough knowledge to be dangerous?

I believe there are two kinds of Jack of All Trades: a permanent Jack of All Trades (you don’t want this one!), and an intermittent Jack of All Trades. The latter is a result of the journey to becoming a master—a good thing.

I want to talk about how to know the difference so you can determine which one you are. You’ll find out if you’re on your way to mastery or simply floundering about in the novice world of mediocre proficiency.

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – 1 hour, 18 minutes

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.

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