Seth Czerepak’s Podcast: “The Story of My Experiments With Hope”

Podcast 43: Learning from Chaos

Knowing how to deal with chaos at work is just as important as knowing how to deal with failure, or success. Chaos seems sudden. But, it’s almost always the result of dozens (or hundreds) of small choices you’ve made (or neglected to make) over a period of time. Most of us never consciously consider choices until the consequences of those choices show up. Many times…

Podcast 42: Above the Snakeline

Working above the snakeline is the secret to achieving the infamous “4-Hour Workweek.” From my 10,000+ hours of one-on-one coaching with thousands of entrepreneurs, working with everyone from the broke, to the wealthy, I’ve learned that the standard Monday to Friday, 40 plus hour workweek is just a fossil of the industrial age model. Working “above the snakeline”…

Podcast 41: Failure is Necessary

Failure is the greatest teacher…why do wise people say such things? Because they understand something ordinary people never learn…they understand the Universal Principle of Attrition. Jesus of Nazareth summarized this principle in this quote: “Many are called, but few are chosen.” Anything worth doing carries a high attrition rate. This is one of the lost secrets of success.

Podcast 40: Self-Proclaimed Experts

Are your customers being seduced by smooth-talking self-proclaimed experts? You’ve invested decades into becoming a real expert in your niche. Why should you compete with imposters? Because they’re out there whether we like it not, and they’re damn good at fooling people. Thankfully, false experts have a few weaknesses which you can expose to your customers.

Podcast 39: Shiny Objects

Shiny object syndrome…why are some so vulnerable to it, while others seem bulletproof? Aspiring entrepreneurs have a horrible habit of chasing from one business venture to another. One year, they’re promoting an MLM business. The next year, they’re working as some kind of coach or consultant. The next year, they’re selling “how to make money online” products.

Podcast 38: False Prophets

Some people are really vulnerable to entrepreneurship scams. They’ve tried dozens of new business ideas, but they’ve spent more money than they’ve made. I’ve met people who have spent five and six-figure sums on entrepreneurial ventures, training courses, seminars and business opportunities, and made nearly nothing as a result. Why are some people so…

Podcast 37: On Dumping Drama

Drama in business…do entrepreneurs have the freedom to overcome it? It depends on two things. First, you need a way to overcome “people drama.” Second, you need a way to overcome what I call “operational drama.” People drama comes from bad customers, business partners or employees. Operational drama comes from the procedures and/or technologies used to…

Podcast 36: Time Management

Time Management vs Energy Management: I’ve been talking about this since my first few years of being a business coach. In my opinion, time management is a lousy way to become more productive. You can’t manage time. You have 24 hours in a day, and seven days in a week. What you CAN manage is your energy. Energy management is the path to entrepreneurial success.

Podcast 35: Dreamers vs Achievers

Entrepreneurs vs dreamers…what’s the difference? Some would say that dreamers dream, while entrepreneurs act. But, there’s more to it than that. In my experience, the most important difference between the two is that dreamers have unreasonable expectations about how hard it is to get a business off of the ground. They’re mostly interested in the good parts of being…

Podcast 34: Income Plateaus

Some entrepreneurs blow right past income plateaus on the first try. Others struggle for years, or a lifetime, to break past key barriers in their income. This barrier often depends on how much you’ve made in a year. For example, if you’ve never made more than $30k a year working for someone else, the $30k market might be your income barrier. 

Podcast 33: 7 Days Raw Vegan

Over the past seven days, I experimented with a raw, 7 day vegan diet. This is not something new to me. Just the raw part. Below is a picture of me after one year of eating non-raw vegan. I was 38 years old and still in better shape than I’d been at 19 when I was an althlete, martial artist, and a meat-eater. This time, I decided to try it raw for seven days and see the…

Podcast 32: Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is mostly physiological. It has very little to do with your beliefs about what you’re capable of as a new freelance entrepreneur. The problem isn’t the anxiety. That’s normal and will only go away with experience. What matters is the STORY you tell yourself about why you’re anxious. Our left brain fears uncertainty. It likes labels. It NEEDS to put a label on…

Podcast 31: Staying Happily Married

If there’s one thing you should know about marriage and entrepreneurship, it’s that you’ll never turn your non-entrepreneur spouse into an entrepreneur. The harder you try, the more you’ll ruin your marriage. This is because being an entrepreneur isn’t just about running your own business. I’ve met business owners who weren’t entrepreneurs by the definition of the word.

Podcast 30: Fleeting Depression

Working at home, by yourself, can create frequent fluctuations between depression and motivation. Sometimes, you’re a whirlwind of activity and motivation. Other times, you just don’t have the energy to do anything but sit there and stare at your to-do list. How can you cut out these “slumps” and be motivated and productive all the time?

Podcast 29: A.I. and Copywriting

Will artificial intelligence replace writers? People started asking this back in 2015. I saw the discussions on forums, on social media, and in blog posts. The debate is still happening. In my opinion, those who assume that A.I. will ultimately replace writers are morons who don’t understand writing or human nature. They’ll be replaced first. But some writers never will.

Podcast 28: Beating Bad Decisions

How to overcome writing anxiety and bad decision making. Some states of mind are so negative, or anxious, you should ignore even your own advice, your own reasoning and your own interpretations of circumstances while in this state. Too many times, we get anxious, angry or depressed, and our left brain looks for reasons, and these reasons aren’t always valid.

Podcast 27: Humility and Gratitude

For entrepreneurs, humility and gratitude go hand in hand. This is because gratitude is a tangible strategy for creating sustainable business or sales success. I know this sounds a little “woo-woo.” I used to think it was. But I’ve discovered a surprising link between Gratitude and Ambition that every entrepreneur should know about. Like most entrepreneurs, I’m…

Podcast 26: New Year’s Resolutions

Do you know why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work? It’s not because people are lazy, or unmotivated, or uncommitted, or too hard on themselves. It’s because New Year’s Resolutions are based on a superstitious assumption…that people are more likely to change their lives simply because the calendar is changing. Self-Discipline is the bedrock of all personal achievement.

Podcast 25: Poverty and Laziness

Few people talk about the link between poverty and entrepreneurship. But, the fact is there are more poor and struggling entrepreneurs than there are rich and prosperous entrepreneurs. This is why most new businesses fail after 5 years. How do you get on the right side of this statistic? It starts with understand the link between poverty and entrepreneurship.

Podcast 24: When to Quit

Is quitting ever a good idea? Persistence is the key ingredient for success, in business and in life. But, where does smart persistence end and blockheaded stubbornness begin? First, remember that success often comes just after the moment when you almost decided to quit. So, if you’re in the habit of quitting too early, you’ll miss out on the best things your life has to offer.

Podcast 23: Faith, or Skepticism?

Faith and Skepticism are both essential to your success as an entrepreneur. Faith for reasons I’ve talked about in past podcasts on the Principle of Faith.  Skepticism because it guards your mind from the truckloads of BS found in so many books on business success. It also protects you from being led astray by the shiny objects that come across your path.