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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.

My New Big 10X Goal

403: My New Big 10X Goal

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – 1 hour, 45 minutes

I just got back from 10X Growth Conference 2019. I’m feeling invigorated and on-fire. It’s no hyperbole that the talks were life-changing for me.

I had 3 major revelations, and I’m going to share them in today’s show.

If you’re ever wondered, “What the point of conferences? I don’t really see the value…” it’s about to become abundantly clear.

Today, I’m going to share ALL of it—including my new big 10X goal.

Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich Book Club

402: Sean and Ryan Show: Think and Grow Rich Book Club

Thursday, February 7, 2019 – 54 minutes

This is the first episode of a new weekly show with Sean (that’s me) and Ryan McCabe.

I always enjoy my conversations with Ryan. In early January of 2019, I called him for a specific reason, but our discussion expanded into something bigger, as it often does.

Ryan is going to be great. You’ll know this as soon as you hear him speak.

Yet, Ryan and I rarely ever spoke with each other, save for the occasional text message! Unless there was a specific reason to call, we didn’t often see each other outside holidays with the family.

I wanted to change that. I asked Ryan if he would like to have a weekly call. Only good things can come of it, I said. He agreed.

I recognize greatness in Ryan and I want to document what will undoubtedly be his meteoric rise. I also want to have someone like him in my life on a regular and frequent basis. I make a point to get around people with a positive mindset.

When I realized 99% of what we say on our phone calls would be valuable to anyone listening in, I asked Ryan if he would be okay with recording the calls and sharing them. That quickly blossomed into the idea for this weekly podcast.

That’s how this show started: Weekly calls between two brothers shared with the world.

But in order for you understand the mindset Ryan has, you will need to read a book. Just one book. Specifically, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Read the physical book, listen to the audio book, or read it for free online, but you must read it. Think and Grow Rich will lay the necessary foundation for all of the conversations to come.

If you’ve read the book, before, read it again.

But as I write this, I know few will go and read the book on their own without any accountability. So Ryan and I have decided to make it impossible for you not to!


We don’t yet know what our weekly conversations will look like, but we know the first four months of this show will involve going through the entire book, Think and Grow Rich, one chapter per week.

We invite you to join us by reading one chapter of Think and Grow Rich each week before listening to the corresponding episode.

Step 1: Get the book (Amazon).
The book was written in 1937 and it is now in the public domain. You can purchase the book if you like, but lacking money is no excuse not to read it as you can easily read the book online for free. ⭐️ Simply search the web for “Read Think and Grow Rich”.
Step 2: Read one chapter per week and listen to the correspondingly titled podcast episode.
Can you listen to the podcast without reading the book? Yes, but you rob only yourself. This initial series is not intended to replace the book but rather to deepen your understanding by engaging in deeper discussion and commentary.

Is this podcast a book club show? No. We are starting this podcast with the book, Think and Grow Rich, to lay a foundation for the conversations Ryan and I have. We will do normal, conversational, or topical episodes in the future. We may also decide at some point we would like to go through another book with you, but that remains to be seen.

I’m subscribed to the seanwes podcast—do I need to subscribe to a new feed to get this show? Nope. New episodes will come out on the same feed you’re already subscribed to. Nice and convenient!

This episode is an introduction to the book club we’re starting next week. You will learn how this book transformed not just Ryan’s life, but also the life of our brother, Caleb. Coincidentally, Ryan and Caleb have gone through the book together, meeting weekly in person.

You’ll hear a bit about our backstory as brothers.

Finally, you have your homework assignment and one week to complete it: Get the book, Think and Grow Rich, and read Chapter 1. Next week’s episode will be dedicated to discussing this initial chapter.

The Numbers Don't Matter

401: The Numbers Don’t Matter

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – 1 hour, 25 minutes

So you’re not getting enough views, likes, or followers.

Well, how many do you want? It’s a question worth considering seriously.

If you could name a number right this moment—how many likes do you want on your posts? How many followers or subscribers? What about views?

You may have never stopped to think about exactly what you want. I truly believe you can achieve whatever you put your mind to. The first thing is to get extremely clear about what you want.

But the second, and even more important thing, to ask yourself is “Why?”

Why do you want more?

Maybe a better way of thinking about it is: what do you believe those numbers would say about you? What do you think they would mean about you?

Would it mean you matter? Would it confirm you have an impact? Would it make you feel important?

You may have 278 followers right now. You may get 36 views. Your posts may get 2 likes. What does that mean? What does that say about you? Should you change your behavior?

I’m asking more questions than I’m answering in this description, but the point of this episode will be to create a space for you to think and explore these ideas.

Every view, every follower, is a person. You never know who or what impact you might have. Maybe you matter right now. Maybe you already make a difference. Let’s talk about that.

How to Have a Positive Mindset

400: How to Have a Positive Mindset No Matter Your Circumstances

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – 1 hour, 11 minutes

What an amazing episode! We celebrated 400 episodes with a show on positive mindset.

I couldn’t think of a better special guest than my brother, Ryan McCabe.

You will not soon forget this show.

I was also incredibly excited to announce in this episode that Ryan and I are starting a new weekly podcast together next month! The episodes will come out on the same seanwes podcast feed you’re already subscribed too.

We’re starting the new show off with a book club on the book, Think and Grow Rich. You won’t want to miss it.

Finding Time and Energy

399: Finding Time and Energy

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – 1 hour, 36 minutes

You’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed.

You want to work on your goals, you want to make progress, but everything just ends up feeling like “more”, and you can’t do MORE right now.

You’re at capacity and you’ve reached your limits. There’s simply no more time for anything whatsoever. Every moment is accounted for, and it’s not like you can just get rid of things: everything seems immovable.

Responsibilities, tasks, and demands pile up. So many things rely upon you and you alone. You have to be there. You have to show up.

There’s no time for “more”. It doesn’t matter how nice it would be to pursue something new—you simply can’t add anything to your plate. The frustrating thing is the same goals for your goals. Your goals and ambitions have to take a back seat, because you’re simply surviving right now. You’re just trying to get by from day to day.

To say nothing of your energy! Rather, your lack of energy.

There’s simply not a single drop of energy left by the time you reach the end of your day. If you’re lucky, you’ll collapse on the couch, or in bed, and catch a few minutes of a TV show or social media just to unwind. You need that time. That’s your decompress time. Life is too crazy not to have it. You’ve got to get those few minutes of escape before your head hits the pillow and you wake up and do it all over again.

How does it sound like I’m reading your mind? Because I’ve been there. I’m not mind reader. I’ve just been exactly where you are right now.

I have very good news: it doesn’t have to stay that way. There is hope. There is a future for you where life isn’t like this—and that isn’t a future you have to wait for. No, it doesn’t come after things at work die down, it doesn’t come after the kids move out, it doesn’t come when you “have more time”. It’s here, right now, for the taking, and you can have it.

Getting this new reality will take some major changes. You will have to make adjustments. This is a process—it’s not something that happens overnight. But change is possible and life can get better.

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?

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