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Build and grow a sustainable business. 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.

Build and grow a sustainable business. 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.
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Build and grow a sustainable business. 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.




385: Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

Having problems changing your habits? According to one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, James Clear, the problem isn't you, it's your system. Bad habits repeat themselves not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. My friend, James Clear, has a new book out called Atomic Habits (, and it is fantastic. I've been looking forward to this book for a long time, as it has been years in the making. I was given an...


384: How To Finish

Today's show is a companion to the prior "How To Start" episode. It's often said that starting is the hardest part. While that may be true, finishing is far from easy. Procrastination, distractions, lack of motivation, and many other things can keep us from completing tasks and projects. Unfinished side projects pile high and we feel a lack of satisfaction and accomplishment. How do you buckle down and finish something? What does it take? Should you finish everything? Is there such a thing...


383: How To Keep Going

Last week, we had a show called, How To Start. Next week, we have a show for you called, How To Finish. But what about in between? How do you keep going when you've lost steam? The first half of a project tends to be the most exciting. Once you're in the middle of a project, things can start to feel like a drag. I want to talk about finding the motivation and drive to persevere in the middle of a project when you feel like you've lost steam.


382: How To Start

Starting is the hardest part. You'd think doing the actual work would be hardest, but it's not as hard as starting. Why do we feel such resistance to starting? Why is it so difficult to begin? • We feel like we need to start the right way. • We feel like we don't have the right tools. • We feel like we're not ready to start yet. What if you start and the first results you see are less than perfect? What does that mean? What does it say about you? Once you start, there's also some expectation...


381: Why and How to Start an Exercise Habit

You're a creative professional. Why exercise? I put off exercise too, for most of my 20s. "I'll get active at some point, I'm not too worried." Exercising isn't just for athletes. Last year, around the holidays, I spoke to some family members who were in their 40s and 50s. I asked them what advice they'd give to their younger self? I'm about to turn 30, and I asked them what they'd do differently if they could go back. First, they said their 30s were a great decade. It's a good age. That...


380: Recovery From Depression (Part 1)

Today's show topic is intense. If you're looking for a light and fun show, you'll probably want to skip this one. I was depressed. It was bad. I'm talking about it for the first time. On last week's show, we talked about how difficult it is to open up about the real things that might be going on in your life. The *unpleasant* things. Where's the place to do that? Social media doesn't seem to be the answer. I talked about feeling like I need to wait until I can wrap the story up in a neat...


379: Working Hard Just to Be Normal

If you feel like you're treading water, barely keeping your head above the surface, and struggling just to get by, you're not alone. If you feel like everyone else has it all figured out, and you're the only one who doesn't have their stuff together, you're not alone. If you feel like you're behind and you should be further along in your life, career, relationships, and success by now, you're not alone. I find that most people I talk to feel like they are behind in some way. It seems like...


378: Seventh Week Sabbatical

I was so burned out, I didn’t even know I was burned out until six months after the fact. That’s a story for another day, but I’ll tell you this much: burnout isn't pretty. You can't afford burnout. • You think you’re saving time by pushing yourself. • You think you’re preventing problems by overworking. • You think you’re getting more done by grinding harder. But the time you will lose by being burned out is a million times worse than the time you think you’ll lose now. In 2014, I started...


377: How to Be More Confident

Do you question yourself a lot? Do you wonder why you don't have things figured out? Why aren't you more confident? These thoughts can run rampant through your mind and repeat themselves over and over. How you think about feel about yourself affects how you act. How you act determines a lot—including how successful you are in life. We know successful people are confident, but that can make it feel like a "chicken and egg" problem. That's great for successful people, you say, but what if I'm...


376: 30 Days Without Video Games

Hey, it’s Sean McCabe with a mini sabbatical episode. Long-time listeners know I take Seventh Week Sabbaticals, and have since 2014. When I take off that seventh week, I could just take a break from the podcast and have no episode go out on the feed. But the reason I do these mini sabbatical episodes is to remind you of the importance of rest. My hope is that when you hear me talk about being on sabbatical, you think about the importance of rest. Now, I don’t always talk about sabbaticals on...


375: 3-Month Guide to Waking Up at 6am Consistently

What if the most important thing of your day was the first thing you did? For me, that thing is writing. Writing is the seed of everything that I do. It all starts with writing. I was a night owl all of my life. I hated waking up early. So why did I change? One day, I decided to log my output and run a test: do I write more at night or do I write more in the morning? After several weeks, I had the data in front of me: I wrote twice as much in the morning. Okay, so obviously I'd get results...


374: Building Your Personal Brand on Social Media in 2018 (Part 2 of 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of our series on building your personal brand on social media. In Part 1, we explained how you have a personal brand whether you like it or not—and ignoring it doesn't make it go away! In Part 2, we cover four major platforms (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) get practical about how to develop your brand using video, audio, and written content. I break down the strengths of each platform as it pertains to video, audio, and written content. To help you visualize...


373: Building Your Personal Brand on Social Media in 2018 (Part 1 of 2)

Many people think "having a personal brand" means being that obnoxious person on social media who is full of themselves. Those people definitely exist. However, being obnoxious and having a personal brand are different things. Don't confuse the two! You have a personal brand whether you like it or not. It doesn't even matter whether or not you use the internet, post to social media, or have followers. You have a personal brand even with your small circle of friends. It's how and what they...


372: Show Up Every Day

The key to success is to show up every day. You will not find a truly successful person who did not work hard. You have to put in the effort. The reason passion matters is because you won't show up to something you hate. You can't just love the idea of something, you have to fall in love with the process. Show up every day for two years. And it's not that there's something magical about two years necessarily, but things tend to click at that point. Two years is also the point at which you...


371: My 2018 Craft + Commerce Conference Experience

Last year, I spoke at the first Craft + Commerce conference. My wife and I enjoyed the experience so much, we got tickets to go again this year. (Spoiler alert: we already bought our tickets for 2019!) I got to meet Casey Neistat. I'll tell you the story. We actually flew up to Boise, Idaho a few days early to do some hiking in the mountains (since we happened to be on a sabbatical week). That was wonderful. But even with the likes of Casey Neistat speaking, conferences like this, for me,...


370: Why We’re Giving Away All the Podcasts for Free

You may have heard in the last episode, we've made all of the podcasts free and publicly accessible. We already addressed and solved the issue of rewarding our loyal customers. Current Gold Members now have access to every program we've ever made inside their Vault. Past Master Class customers will receive over $1M in membership credit in total. The real question is: why are we doing this? People regularly say they have learned way more from the seanwes podcast than they did from college....


369: Let’s Talk About IGTV

You've no doubt heard about Instagram launching their new long form video platform, IGTV. You can now publish videos up to 60 minutes long. IGTV is built in to the Instagram app, however there also a standalone IGTV app you can use to watch and upload videos... Portrait videos, that is. Yes, the platform is built entirely around portrait orientation videos. I was definitely skeptical at first (you might be too). But I've actually come to love it. It feels really natural. This is going to big...


368: What Happened on the Mastermind Retreat

I just got back from a mastermind retreat, and I'm feeling clarity unlike what I have in years. We are simplifying what we're doing significantly at seanwes. The feedback I received helped me realize just how complicated things are and how confusing it can be for someone looking for solutions. Unification. Everything is going to be simplified and clear. People who don't pay us money are going to get more value. People who pay us money are going to get even more value. The people who have...


367: Rekindle Your Passion

Do you have a long lost passion you want to go back to? Sometimes burnout causes you to stop doing something you once loved, or maybe life just got in the way. But what are you truly passionate about? How can you be sure? How do you rekindle a passion from the past? Maybe it's the timing. Maybe it's the loss of interest. Maybe... just maybe... there's something still there.


366: How to Stay Productive When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

I live in Texas where we're starting to get 100° days as summer is just around the corner. But no problem, right? That's why we have air conditioning. Well... until your air conditioning unit decides to stop working. That's what happened over the weekend. I had to cancel a class I was doing because it was too hot to record. But no problem, right? We'll just have someone out to fix the air conditioning unit! Well... until you realize that it just so happened to be a holiday and all the...