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Sean is taking off the month of July to write his next book, Sabbatical. During his absence, Ben and Dan will record new episodes of the show. Sean will return in August.

At Craft + Commerce, Ben attended a workshop by Rachel Rodgers: “Million-Dollar Badass: Nine Steps to Scaling Your Business to a Million”.

He asked Rachel a question, because it didn’t seem like her framework could apply to his business.

Her reply: “What’s I’m hearing is, ‘I’m a special snowflake.’”

Is that true? Could Ben really scale his business to a million dollars and beyond? And, if he did, wouldn’t he lose the creative voice that’s unique to his work?

Dan is with Rachel on this. He thinks Ben is doing something we creators and entrepreneurs do all the time: disqualifying himself—avoiding the perceived pain of failure by finding reasons to never try.

This is a fiery episode!

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The rising anxiety associated with a particular thing comes from a misapprehension of what it will actually be like to do the work. Work itself is made of concrete, small things like phone calls, forms, conversations, reading sessions and writing sessions. The anxiety associated with the work is made of abstract, big-picture emotional concerns, about reputation, legacy, anxiety for the future, self-esteem, comparisons to others — worries about who you are, rather than what you’re doing.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”