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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.

seanwes podcast: Self-Doubt Is Holding You Back

457: Self-Doubt Is Holding You Back

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – 1 hour, 47 minutes

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.

Sean and Laci

456: My Wife’s Eating Disorder Almost Killed Her

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – 49 minutes

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.

seanwes podcast: What Would It Take for You to Make?

455: What Would It Take for You to Make?

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – 1 hour, 19 minutes

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?

Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich Book Club

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

Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 1 hour, 6 minutes

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 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.

How to Cure Perfectionism and Be Consistent

453: How to Cure Perfectionism and Be Consistent

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – 1 hour, 49 minutes

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.

Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich Book Club

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019 – 56 minutes

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.

seanwes podcast: 3 Ways to Get Unstuck and Make More Content

451: 3 Ways to Get Unstuck and Make More Content

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 1 hour, 16 minutes

I came across an article from nearly a decade ago that talked about how one writer 5X’d her writing speed.

She came up with a with a triangle method. Here are the three sides:

1. Knowledge
2. Time
3. Enthusiasm

Alone, each method can boost your numbers quite a bit, but combining all three will yield profound results.

While originally designed for increasing writing speed, these methods can be adapted for content creation in general. That’s what we’re talking about today.

If you’ve been feeling stuck, it’s very likely one or more of these methods will unlock things for you.

Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich Book Club

450: Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich – Chapter 13: The Brain

Thursday, October 10, 2019 – 34 minutes

So far in going through this book, each chapter has provided good insights, and I haven’t had to look hard to find them.

I’m struggling with Chapter 13, The Brain.

It’s an extremely short chapter, and I’ve read it twice in the past few days to see if I’m missing something. I’ve done my best to glean any wisdom and gold mine what nuggets I can from each chapter, but I’m still finding Chapter 13 difficult to parse.

I’m not sure what to make of the comments on “telepathy”:

“The actual existence of telepathy and clairvoyance now seems to some scientists enormously probable as the result of Rhine’s experiments. Various percipients were asked to name as many cards in a special pack as they could without looking at them and without other sensory access to them. About a score of men and women were discovered who could regularly name so many of the cards correctly that ‘there was not one chance in many a million million of their having done their feats by luck or accident.”

The book goes on to say, “The reader is not asked to accept any of these conclusions unless he finds it necessary,” which is encouraging, but I’m still left wondering what to take away from this chapter.

The last paragraph of the chapter also contains somewhat of a cryptic message:

“By adopting and following a similar plan any student of this philosophy may come into possession of the famous Carnegie formula briefly described in the introduction. If it means nothing to you at this time, mark this page and read it again after you have finished the last chapter.”

I’ll keep an open mind and revisit it after reading the last chapter!

I wrote this excerpt before Ryan and I spoke about the chapter, so we’ll see what he has to say about it—he’s been through the book more times than I.

How to Create Daily Content

449: How to Create Daily Content

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – 1 hour, 26 minutes

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.

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