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Tangible insights on creativity and business every Wednesday.

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.

Thinking Time: Solve Problems and Clear Your Mind

393: Thinking Time: Solve Problems and Clear Your Mind

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – 1 hour, 9 minutes

You need dedicated time to think.

The actual work you do is only part of the process. What work you do, how you do it, and when you do it, are all determined in your thinking time.

You don’t want to work hard on the wrong things.

Clarity is everything. Thinking time helps you solve problems and clear your mind.

Today, we talk about why you need thinking time, how to find time to think, how to get mental clarity, two kinds of thinking times, and more.

Coffee With Sean and Ben

392: Coffee With Sean and Ben

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – 45 minutes

Before we record the podcast, we stream a live “Pre Show” to the seanwes members in the Community. It’s a casual and fun segment where we catch up with what’s going on in each other’s lives, share behind the scenes stuff, and have a good time.

Coffee With Sean and Ben has the same casual vibe. It’s like a longer, public Pre Show where you can see the kinds of things you miss each week by not tuning in live.

With our topical shows, there’s not much time to share what’s going on or what’s on our minds. The “coffee” format gives us time to share more of what we’re thinking about as well as respond to things like listener feedback (should you send any via seanwes.com/contact).

This week, we cover:

• Gratitude
• Ben’s new AirPods
• My nearly starting an electrical fire in my office
• Sabbatical and holiday recap
• Updates on my months-long Learning Paths project
• Updates on how seanwes is doing and my outlook
• My excitement for the two Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K Cameras I pre-ordered
• Plans to ramp up content production (of all kinds) in 2019
• Teasing and upcoming show on the topic of: “Is it possible to be friends with someone who doesn’t share your values (and if so, should you?)”
• Thoughts and ideas about the fast-approaching 2020 sabbatical year

The Advantage Podcasts and Videos Have Over Written Word

391: The Advantage Podcasts and Videos Have Over Written Word

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 – 34 minutes

I like efficiency.

I want all of the information I can get fast, fast, FAST! I pride myself on digesting loads of information quickly.

For this reason, I’m a big fan of writing. Written words are easy to skim and take in quickly. If I want to find something specific, I just search for a key word. You can’t scrub through (or gloss over) videos or podcast audio content as easily.

So writing wins, right? Reading is best because it’s faster, right?

Well, not so fast (heh).

Faster doesn’t always mean better.

Here’s a thought: what if all the information and wisdom you ever needed in life you’ve already heard? What if you didn’t need *more* information, but instead to reflect on, meditate on, and APPLY the information you’ve already consumed?

It’s likely you’ve already consumed more information than most people did in their entire lives just a few hundred years ago.

I’m not saying we’d be better off in the dark ages. Information is a wonderful thing!

But while we’re often in constant pursuit of more, more, and more information—at 2X speeds, skimming, glossing, scrolling, and digesting in quick bite-sized chunks—it may not be the best way to learn and internalize important topics.

Schedule a Recurring Sabbatical

390: Schedule a Recurring Sabbatical

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – 8 minutes

I started taking off every seventh week in 2014 as a sabbatical.

The only reason I followed through with it is because I told people I was going to do it. I was public about the fact that I was going to try out this sabbatical idea I had.

Committing publicly is actually what got me to follow through with taking a sabbatical (I might not have otherwise).

Sabbaticals are the topic of my next book. My next book is called Seventh Week Sabbatical. I was writing the book offline, but I thought, “You know what? If I get hit by a bus, I want at least part of these ideas to be out there.”

So I decided to write the book in public on a new website at sabbatical.blog (there’s also a separate email newsletter there if you want to get notified of updates).

My mission: By 2047, I want every company in the world to pay their employees to take off every seventh week as a sabbatical.

In today’s episode, I share a clip of an interview I did with Brent Weaver on his podcast, The Digital Agency Show, where we talked more about sabbaticals and preventing burnout (spoiler: Brent committed to scheduling his sabbatical on the recording!). If you want to hear the full conversation, you can check out his podcast for more.

Turn Stuff Around Your House Into Cash

389: The eBay Show: Turn Stuff Around Your House Into Cash

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – 1 hour, 11 minutes

You have stuff around your house you’re no longer using. You could turn it into money by selling it.

“But it’s such a hassle.”

I hear you. I’ve procrastinated on getting rid of things I haven’t used in months or years because I don’t want to go to the trouble of selling it.

Maybe you’ve used eBay before. Maybe you used eBay back in the day. I’ve been selling on eBay for 17 years. A decade ago, it was a hassle, I’ll be honest.

What a lot of people don’t know is just how easy it’s become to sell things on eBay. It’s practically as easy as posting on social media now.

eBay autofills all of the details about the product you’re selling. You can sell right from your phone. Just snap a few pictures, and tap to select the photos you want to include from your camera roll.

In fact, eBay has gone so far out of their way to make it insanely easy to sell, a lot of the advanced options are nearly impossible to find (unless you know where to look). Their idea is to get the complicated stuff out of your way so it becomes absurdly easy for anyone to sell.

I’ve sold cameras, computers, and all kinds of electronics on eBay and turned it into thousands of dollars—that I then spent on new, upgraded equipment! What I’ve found is so many people either haven’t tried eBay themselves, or they did years ago and assume it’s still a hassle (it isn’t).

Yet, even knowing how easy it is to sell things these days, I still procrastinate myself on offloading my unused devices. Why do we resist? Why do we put off selling stuff? We talk about some ways you can make selling easier, practical tips for turning unused items into cash, and even flipping (buying things for cheap and selling them for more).

Guilt-Free Guide to Reading More Books

388: Guilt-Free Guide to Reading More Books

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 1 hour, 24 minutes

So you want to read more books but you just can’t find the time.

How did I know, right?!

Okay, so it’s not an uncommon problem. You’ve probably bought some new books as a way to kickstart your new reading habit. Surely if you stack more books on your nightstand, you’ll eventually read them.

But somehow, you keep going to the phone. “What’s new on social media?” You look for bit-sized content you can consume in seconds. You don’t have time to read a book right now, but you can get a few scrolls of your feeds.

Next thing you know, it’s time to sleep. Another busy day ahead tomorrow. The books remain unread, and now you start to feel bad. Your books start to represent guilt itself.

Where do you find time to read?

How can you stick with a reading habit consistently?

Can you ever overcome the guilt of buying books and not reading them?

We’ll answer all of these and more.

Coffee With Sean and Ben (Part 2 of 2)

387: Coffee With Sean and Ben (Part 2 of 2)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – 1 hour, 11 minutes

We’re introducing a new show type we might continue doing periodically called, “Coffee With Sean and Ben”.

Before we record the podcast, we start streaming a live “Pre Show” to the seanwes members in the Community. It’s a casual and fun segment where we catch up with what’s going on in each other’s lives, share behind the scenes stuff, and have a good time.

Coffee With Sean and Ben will be in that same spirit. It’s like a longer, public Pre Show where you can see the kinds of things you miss each week by not tuning in live.

With our topical shows, there’s not much time to share what’s going on or what’s on our minds. We’re thinking this format will give us time to share more of what we’re thinking about as well as respond to things like listener feedback (should you send any).

In fact, we’re hoping you do send in feedback. We’d love to hear what you think of this occasional show format and if you have any questions you’d like us to answer: https://seanwes.com/contact

Since Ben will be out of town, we decided to record a long episode and break it into two parts. This episode is Part 2 of 2.

Coffee With Sean and Ben (Part 1 of 2)

386: Coffee With Sean and Ben (Part 1 of 2)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – 53 minutes

We’re introducing a new show type we might continue doing periodically called, “Coffee With Sean and Ben”.

Before we record the podcast, we start streaming a live “Pre Show” to the seanwes members in the Community. It’s a casual and fun segment where we catch up with what’s going on in each other’s lives, share behind the scenes stuff, and have a good time.

Coffee With Sean and Ben will be in that same spirit. It’s like a longer, public Pre Show where you can see the kinds of things you miss each week by not tuning in live.

With our topical shows, there’s not much time to share what’s going on or what’s on our minds. We’re thinking this format will give us time to share more of what we’re thinking about as well as respond to things like listener feedback (should you send any).

In fact, we’re hoping you do send in feedback. We’d love to hear what you think of this occasional show format and if you have any questions you’d like us to answer: https://seanwes.com/contact

Since Ben will be out of town, we decided to record a long episode and break it into two parts. This episode is Part 1 of 2.

Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

385: Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 1 hour, 20 minutes

Having problems changing your habits? According to one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, James Clear, the problem isn’t you, it’s your system.

Bad habits repeat themselves not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change.

My friend, James Clear, has a new book out called Atomic Habits (https://amzn.to/2C7ZTgK), and it is fantastic. I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time, as it has been years in the making.

I was given an early copy of the book, and in today’s episode, I want to give you a sense of what’s inside.

We’ll only have enough time to cover some of the concepts in the first 25% of the book, but I’m confident you’ll get so many takeaways, you’ll pre-order the book before the show ends so you can read the whole thing.

Today’s title is derived from the tagline of the book: Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.

If you’re not already subscribed to James Clear’s newsletter (at https://jamesclear.com), go fix that right now.

My favorite part about the book is it’s extremely grounded and easy to follow. This is not a boring textbook with abstract concepts. Every principle comes loaded with practical examples. With illustrations like brushing your teeth, putting on your running shoes, or kissing your partner good night, you’re never left wondering how to apply what you learn to your own life.

Best of all, the entire premise of the book is that tiny changes bring remarkable results. If building tons of new habits and completely changing your life sounds overwhelming, well, that’s because it would be! The good news is, you don’t have to completely change your life. You just need to get 1% better each day.

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