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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.

Confessions of a Recovered Workaholic

398: Confessions of a Recovered Workaholic

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – 26 minutes

My name is Sean McCabe. I am the founder of seanwes, and I’m a recovered workaholic.

For 10 years, I worked 16-hour days, 7 days a week.

“But I love what I do!” As if loving my work meant it was any less of an addiction.

It was an addiction. I buried myself in my work.

In this podcast, I read my post (“Confessions of a Recovered Workaholic”) and also share excerpts from an interview with Matthew Walker on the Joe Rogan podcast which changed my thinking on sleep forever.

If you read the post already, I would still recommend listening to the podcast as it includes some extra material.

How to Be a Full-Time YouTuber in 2019

397: How to Be a Full-Time YouTuber in 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – 1 hour, 1 minutes

Download: MP3 (83.6 MB) Bad news: Ben was feeling sick the day before we were set to record and couldn't make it. Good news: You get a special treat as a result: Today's episode is a clip from our member-exclusive show, Fired Up Mondays. Lucky you! Even though Ben wasn't able to record the seanwes  Continue Reading »

The Other Side of Resistance (Knowing When You're Passionate About Something)

396: The Other Side of Resistance (Knowing When You’re Passionate About Something)

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – 1 hour, 6 minutes

Some months ago, I pre-ordered some new cameras (the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k). Today, as we record this episode, they finally arrived!

While I’ll primarily use these cameras for studio work (seanwes tv videos, filming of the podcast, etc.), they are technically cinema cameras.

In the months leading up to their delivery, I spent many hours researching and learning about the new cameras, and really got engrossed in filmmaking. I’ve always been inspired by film and enjoy the idea of shooting, scripting, recording, and editing my own cinematic films.

I also want to travel. I plan to travel a lot during my sabbatical year in 2020. It seems like this could be a good fit.

But all of this is an idea right now. I don’t actually know what it’s like to make cinematic videos. I have friends that do, and I subscribe to plenty of YouTube channels with such videos, but I haven’t actually done it.

Meanwhile, I have many gigabytes of footage from a conference where we shot 5 awesome interviews. The footage is just waiting to be edited! But I feel resistant to go in and do the work. Partially because I’ve been busy with other big projects, but also because it just seems daunting.

I have not yet overcome the resistance.

It’s only on the other side of resistance you truly know you’re passionate about something.

Holiday Hangover

395: Holiday Hangover

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 – 54 minutes

No, we’re not actually talking about being drunk…

Today’s episode is about that slump you get into during the holidays. You sort of check out for the year around Thanksgiving in November, only to try to shock things back to life with a New Year’s Resolution in January.

Is this good?

Should you give into the hangover, and just relax until the new year, or should you start setting up next year for success now?

394: Organize Your Home Office for Better Productivity

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – 1 hour, 25 minutes

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.

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

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 (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.

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