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Behind the Scenes of the Overlap Documentary

334: Behind the Scenes of the Overlap Documentary

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – 31 minutes

On September 7th, one week before the Overlap book launches, we’re releasing a new documentary!

“How to Write a Book” is a film Cory McCabe has been working on for over a year. This 22-minute documentary takes you behind the scenes of writing my first book.

In today’s mini sabbatical episode, I interview Cory about the making of the film. I suppose you could say it’s a behind the scenes look at a behind the scenes film!

We’ll be talking about Cory’s thought process, how he came up with the narrative, and why it almost didn’t happen.

Don't Quit Your Day Job

333: Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – 1 hour, 6 minutes

When I say “day job” people react like I said a four-letter word!

Getting a day job is not giving up on your dream.

A lot of people feel like having a day job is holding them back. They’re eager to take a leap.

But trying to monetize your passion too soon is what will kill your passion.

When you don’t protect your passion by first covering your bills with a day job, it will be crushed the first time it encounters resistance. You have to protect it.

Protecting comes in the form of a day job. You have to protect your ability to make objective decisions and your ability to say no to bad opportunities.

When you put yourself in a position where you have to make money from your passion in order to survive, you will be desperate. This desperation leads to compromise on many things—including your prices, professionalism or morals.

A day job that covers 100% of your bills is what prevents scarcity mindset. Build a solid foundation and then overlap. Overlap is a transition, not a leap.

Documenting vs. Creating

332: Documenting vs. Creating

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 – 1 hour, 2 minute

You just want to do the work, but then some business influencer says you have to build hype before it’s even ready.

That means creating content, right? Who has time to create content? It’s hard enough just to do the work!

A big mantra Gary Vaynerchuk has is “Document. Don’t create.”

What he means is, don’t get caught up in feeling the pressure of constantly having to create. Your story and your journey are both interesting—share them!

Share the process of getting where you want to go.

Share the journey as you work towards getting there.

I completely agree. And while Gary has made a video and written an article on this topic, I think it deserves an even more in-depth discussion to explore some examples of what documenting looks like.

We’re going to help reduce the overwhelm you feel when it comes to creating content.

The Right Advice at the Wrong Time Is the Wrong Advice

331: The Right Advice at the Wrong Time Is the Wrong Advice

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – 53 minutes

We have information coming at us from all directions: social media, videos, podcasts, leaders, influencers, peers, mentors…

Much of the advice that’s shared is well-meaning.

But a lesson just learned by someone who is far ahead of you may not be relevant right now. It very well could be the right advice but for someone in a different position.

Getting the right advice at the wrong time is just as bad as getting the wrong advice.

How do you find advice that will help you where you are right now? How do you know the difference?

Approval Addiction

330: Approval Addiction

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – 60 minutes

From a young age, we seek love, acceptance, and approval from our parents. This deep-seated conditioning extends to many other areas of life as we get older, but it’s not always a good thing.

Your need for approval creates anxiety.

Ever find yourself compulsively checking social media notifications?

Approval addiction negatively affects your performance. It keeps you from focusing on the right things and making meaningful progress.

How do you stop worrying about what other people think?

How to Overcome Mental Overwhelm

329: How to Overcome Mental Overwhelm

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – 1 hour, 13 minutes

Ever try to fit too much into your day?

Do you feel like you should be doing more, but at at the same time you have absolutely no capacity?

You get to the end of your day and there’s still a mountain of things left to do.

Meanwhile, you haven’t dedicated any time to your mental or physical health.

A new email just came in. Someone’s knocking on the door. Your watch vibrates with a text message. Your computer displays a reminder of a meeting coming up in 15 minutes.

We say yes to too many things, don’t think carefully about what really matters, and try to fit too much into a day.

Is it any wonder we feel overwhelmed?

Aaron Dowd joins me on today’s show to talk about overcoming mental overwhelm.

Defining Your Big Idea

328: Defining Your Big Idea

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – 46 minutes

I have a big idea called Overlap.

But that word doesn’t mean anything to anyone else until I explain it.

While I have enough to say about my big idea to write the book on it, I also need to be able to communicate that idea in a simple manner.

That’s where today’s episode comes in.

I thought it would be fun to do a conversional episode with Ben about distilling down your big idea.

We also talk about how to come up with your big idea.

How to Be More Expressive in Videos and Podcasts

327: How to Be More Expressive in Videos and Podcasts

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – 9 minutes

Hopefully you know about my book, Overlap, launching on September 14th.

You’ve heard me say it before: “People don’t notice announcements they notice consistency.”

If you want people to notice your project (this could be a book, podcast, video show, course, Kickstarter, or t-shirt collection), you can’t just announce it once. You can’t just mention it, you have to build up buzz and anticipation by continually talking about it.

Of course, you have to figure out a way to do that without being annoying or unnecessarily repetitive.

To get people to pay attention, you have to grab their attention.

If I want people to know about Overlap, I have to talk about it.

There’s a big problem though: I’m extremely introverted.

Stay Motivated

326: Stay Motivated

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – 16 minutes

Have you been struggling with enthusiasm or motivation for a project lately? Have you encountered multiple setbacks that have derailed your progress?

At any given time, we all have dozens of things asking for our attention. Sometime even demanding our attention.
How do you stay focused and motivated when there are so many things trying to pull you away from your main goal? What do you do when making progress feels impossible?

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