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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.

How to Deal With Haters

418: How to Deal With Haters

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 1 hour, 42 minutes

What will other people think? What if they say hurtful things?

Being on the receiving end of hate sucks. I’ve been there before. All of the things you know to be true (“It’s not you, it’s them!”) start to feel like trite, meaningless phrases. You feel empty inside and nothing seems to console.

Worse, because this experience you’ve had is so devastating, it can cause you to be cynical and fearful. Now, you expect the worst at every turn and can’t bring yourself to put yourself out there anymore. Or at least if you do, you hold back in subtle ways.

I received a comment recently from someone who admitted to being jaded and having an attitude of cynicism because of past negative experiences. They now expect the worst of everyone and expect people to be horrible.

Obviously, this is crippling. You can’t move forward in this state. You have to find a way to heal from the wound and learn to deal with negativity because it’s a part of success. Attempting to isolate yourself from it isn’t the solution.

Whether you’ve experienced hate before, are currently on the receiving end, or simply want to prepare yourself for the inevitable, this show will put you on the right track.

Behind the Scenes With Sean

417: Behind the Scenes With Sean

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 21 minutes

Hey, it’s Sean McCabe here with a solo show. It’s been a heck of a past couple weeks. All kinds of crazy stuff seemed to conspire to keep us from being able to record!

From power outages, to equipment failure, one thing after another fell through and we had to skip several recordings. We’ll be back soon with the Sean and Ryan Show! Ben and I also have several great episodes lined up for you. I explain a bit more in the episode. That’s part of why I’m doing a solo show today to make sure there’s a show for you.

I also have a topic for today: comparing. I know I shouldn’t do it, but I still catch myself comparing to others from time to time. I share my thoughts on why you shouldn’t compare to other people (and the one thing you should compare to).

I also talk about how I’m expanding the podcast by including occasional interviews. You may have heard the interview episode last week. I look forward to your feedback on this.

Finally, I share some thoughts on how I think the 2020 Sabbatical Year will go.

Overcome Insecurity and Imposter Syndrome- The Alter Ego Effect With Todd Herman

416: Overcome Insecurity and Imposter Syndrome: The Alter Ego Effect With Todd Herman

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 1 hour, 58 minutes

I recently read The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman and found it tremendously insightful. The book helped unlock new ideas for me as well as helped codify something I’ve done for a long time without ever having the words to describe it.

Today, I’m happy to be joined by best-selling author of The Alter Ego Effect, Todd Herman to go even deeper on the concepts discussed in the book. I had the privilege of meeting Todd in person a few years ago in New York City. His latest book teaches the methods he’s used to coach top athletes for many years.

Before you think “alter egos” may not be for you, Todd explains how you already use alter egos in your life—everyone does—you just may not be aware of it! Alter egos are incredibly powerful. We talk about how using a persona can help you do what you might otherwise feel like you aren’t capable of doing. We discuss certain methods for unlocking hidden potential by activating a persona.

We also discuss how to create your persona along with “activation” techniques for embodying that persona to increase your performance in business and in life.

If you still aren’t sure about the whole “alter ego” idea, Todd explains science now shows it’s people who see themselves as a single self have the most mental health issues. Yes, single self! He talks about why we should embrace the the many selves we actually are.

Be sure to listen through the second half of the episode when the discussion really opens up. You’ll learn how to overcome insecurity and combat imposter syndrome.

Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich Book Club

415: Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich – Chapter 6: Imagination

Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 1 hour, 20 minutes

Today we’re talking about imagination. The book differentiates between “Synthetic Imagination” and “Creative Imagination”.

There are some amazing stories in this chapter about the value of ideas.

> Keep in mind as you follow these principles, that the entire story of how one may convert DESIRE into money cannot be told in one statement. The story will be complete, only when one has MASTERED, ASSIMILATED, and BEGUN TO MAKE USE of all the principles.

We’ll also discuss why desire alone is nebulous and of no value until it is made physical.

> Desire is only a thought, an impulse. It is nebulous and ephemeral. It is abstract, and of no value, until it has been transformed into its physical counterpart.

You must have a plan in place to carry out your desire. We’ll talk about a story in this chapter that highlights the importance of specifying the amount of TIME in which you will realize a desired result.

> Transformation of the intangible impulse, of DESIRE, into the tangible reality, of MONEY, calls for the use of a plan, or plans. These plans must be formed with the aid of the imagination, and mainly, with the synthetic faculty.

What I Wish I Knew Before Hiring a Team

414: What I Wish I Knew Before Hiring a Team

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – 1 hour, 58 minutes

I believe in the saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

If I want to do great things (and I do), I need a team.

I didn’t always believe this. I used to have “superhero” syndrome and wanted to do everything myself. That wasn’t a good place to be. I learned that lesson, overcame my ego, and hired a team.

But in doing so, I made a lot of mistakes in what has been a decade-long correction process.

I went from no team to a team of 8 full-time people in little time. Every mistake I made was as a result of following [the right advice at the wrong time].

“Delegate! Hire people to do the things you’re not good at. Hire people to do the things you don’t like to do.”

I did that. I followed all of the advice. Only, I missed the biggest part that no one ever spoke about, and it became my downfall.

Here’s the problem: the advice about building a team comes from people who have built a team and forgotten what it’s like to not have a team. As a result, all of the advice becomes about the how instead of about the when—which is actually the single MOST important part of the equation for the solo entrepreneur. It’s just that the people giving advice about teams are so far removed from having no team, they’ve forgotten what it’s like and thus can’t give the right contextual advice.

That’s what we cover in today’s episode.

Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich Book Club

413: Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich – Chapter 5: Specialized Knowledge

Thursday, March 21, 2019 – 1 hour, 6 minutes

There are two kinds of knowledge:

1. General Knowledge
2. Specialized Knowledge

> General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity or variety it may be, is of but little use in the accumulation of money.

Many people believe “knowledge is power”. But that is not the case. Knowledge is only potential power.

> It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.

> This “missing link” in all systems of education known to civilization today, may be found in the failure of educational institutions to teach their students HOW TO ORGANIZE AND USE KNOWLEDGE AFTER THEY ACQUIRE IT.

Ford was criticized for not knowing the answer to a particular question. He shot back, “Why should I clutter up my mind with general knowledge for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?”

Ford had his own personal “Google” before Google existed.

> Any man is educated who knows where to get knowledge when he needs it and to organize that knowledge into a plan.

Knowledge alone is not enough.

The author says the universal weakness is that of lack of ambition.

Finding Your Purpose

412: Finding Your Purpose

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 1 hour, 38 minutes

How do you find your purpose? Is that something you should even worry about? Do you find it, or does it find you?

You’re probably in one of two places:

You may be eagerly searching for your purpose. You want to find meaning and something that will pull you out of bed in the morning.


You may be completely overwhelmed at the thought of finding your purpose right now. You feel like you can barely function as a human and take care of basic things.

The very idea of finding your purpose may fill you with existential dread.

To set the stage, we’ll begin the show with a discussion around Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:

1. Physiological
2. Safety
3. Love and Belonging
4. Esteem
5. Self-Actualization

You may have seen these five stages arranged in the shape of a pyramid with Self-Actualization being the fifth and final stage at the top of the pyramid.

Finding your purpose falls squarely within Self-Actualization. If you aren’t getting your basic, physiological needs taken care of, it’s impossible to adequately address the deeper needs like finding your purpose.

If this is you, give yourself a break and allow yourself to set aside the notion of finding your purpose for the time being. Take care of your basic needs first.

We’ll talk more about this in the show.

Once the first four stages of needs are met, you’re ready to tackle the fifth stage of Self-Actualization and finding your purpose. There are a number of things you can do to help you get closer to discovering your purpose and what will give you meaning.

We’ll talk more about these in the show as well.

Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich Book Club

411: Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich – Chapter 4: Auto-Suggestion

Thursday, March 14, 2019 – 1 hour, 4 minutes

Auto-suggestion is the medium for influencing the subconscious mind. It is self suggestion. It is how to change your mindset.

When you influence the mind by auto-suggestion, you influence your thoughts. Unhappy with the thoughts you think? Change your mindset with auto-suggestion. Follow the instructions in this chapter.

The book tells you, “You cannot get something for nothing. You must pay the price.”, but still there are those who pay no attention to the instructions.

Skeptical people think they’re clever when they say, “I read these magic words aloud… am I rich now? Huh??”

They would do well to actually read the book!

> If you choose to follow some of the instructions but neglect, or refuse to follow others–you will fail! To get satisfactory results, you must follow ALL instructions in a spirit of FAITH.

Most people who read this book fail because they refuse to follow all of the instructions. We dare you to actually follow the instructions instead of picking and choosing selectively which of the instructions you will follow.

Write a list copying every instruction in this book. Put a check mark next to the items you have completed. Put an X next to the items you have chosen to ignore. Until you have nothing but check marks, do not complain.

You would never follow every other step of a brownie recipe and expect tasty results. Why then do you treat a book in the same manner and then claim it does not work?

A copy of the “Definite Chief Aim” script from the book is provided in the episode shownotes at

Let's Talk About Hustle

410: Let’s Talk About Hustle

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 1 hour, 35 minutes

“Hustle” had its heyday for a few years. Put your head down and work hard, people said. It’s well-meaning advice: you won’t find someone successful who didn’t work hard. Period. Full stop.

But something else is happening in culture right now: we’re seeing a rise in burnout. At the very least, we’re seeing an increase in people’s willingness to talk about burnout and what seems to be a greater focus on sustainability and balance. This is a good thing.

The simplest explanation would be to believe that “hustle” is the cause of burnout. Therefore, “hustle” is the problem, and anyone who promotes it is the enemy.

You might have already guessed: the real story is much more complicated. To say you either “hustle” or you care about your health and your family is to create a false dichotomy.

As someone who for 10 years worked 18-hour days, 7 days a week, and who now takes off every seventh week as a sabbatical, I am uniquely qualified to address both sides of this topic.

In today’s episode, we discuss where “hustle” stands in 2019.

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Sean McCabe
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