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294: 5 Business Lessons Learned In 2021
28th October 2021 • Selling the Couch • Melvin Varghese, PhD
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This is the last podcast episode for this year as I take some extra time off to refresh, recharge, and get new episodes ready for 2022. In this solo episode, I’m reflecting and sharing the top five business lessons I have learned this year and what I’ll be focusing on for the upcoming year.

You’ll Learn:

● How I was intentional about taking an indefinite sabbatical from clinical work to focus fully on STC (See Episode 210 for the full story.)

● Why humbling realizations came to me about the difficulties in running two businesses, delivering clarity about my calling, and my desire to build a life around my family

● How this decision has significantly improved my mental health and sleep quality

● Five Business Lessons I’ve Learned this Year:

○ #1--”I don’t want to keep swapping Corelle plates.”

■ I’m focusing now on four things: the STC podcast, The Healthcasters course and community, Online Course School, and a high-level Mastermind group--and this feels right to me.

○ #2--What is ENOUGH?

■ Success and personal worth are not solely measured in finances, and there are other aspects of life that are higher priorities.

○ #3--I love teaching and want to create more space for that.

■ Creating exercises to help students learn brings me great satisfaction and happiness.

○ #4--I value a few deep and authentic relationships with fellow creators.

■ I love these friendships and the connection we have to do life and our business journeys together.

○ #5--Slow and steady growth is fine.

■ This pace of life makes sense to me and suits me, and I couldn’t ask for anything more than this meaningful and purposeful life.

● My primary goals for 2022:

○ Work intentionally on my money stuff.

○ Focus on making Online Course School an amazing experience for therapists.

One of the questions I get asked all the time as a podcaster is “what podcasts do you listen or subscribe to?” This might surprise you, but there's really only one show that I absolutely have to listen to . . . every week. Actually, every day. Like, I'll literally drop what I'm doing (unless I'm with the family of course) and listen to each episode when it drops.

The show is Tesla Daily, which is why I couldn't be more thrilled to have its host Rob Maurer on the show today!

If you want a behind-the-curtain peek at how someone with over 100,000 YouTube subscribers produces a hard-hitting podcast every day, you're in the right place. Rob built this show from the ground up and incredibly, launched his first episode from concept to publish in just 48 – 72 hours. Even more impressive is how Rob's built a trust-worthy brand in such a crowded space.

What does it take to keep up production with a daily show like this? Why does Rob do what he does and how did he get started? How do you combine an audio-first podcast with the power of YouTube? And what does Rob do when Elon Musk posts a controversial tweet? All that and more today — press play, y'all!

Our Featured Guest

Rob Maurer

Rob Maurer has been a Tesla retail investor since 2013 and started the Tesla Daily podcast in 2017 to help people understand the company and contextualize the flurry of news surrounding Tesla. In 2019, Rob expanded the podcast to YouTube, amassing 100,000 subscribers in less than a year.



You'll Learn:

  • How a gap in mainstream reporting and the pursuit of neuroplasticity led to Tesla Daily
  • Why producing his podcast on top of a full-time job led Rob to a critical decision point
  • How Rob 10X'd his audience by taking Tesla Daily to YouTube
  • Rob's workflow, end-to-end, for producing a podcast episode for podcast platforms and YouTube
  • What Rob focuses on when researching material for his podcast
  • How Rob handles stress and pressure from the growth of his show
  • Why naming his podcast Tesla Daily became a source of motivation for Rob
  • Where Rob's revenue comes from and why he chose not to sell adspots when his show started
  • How Rob pivots his show based on breaking news (or Elon Musk's Twitter feed)
  • Rob's top advice for new content creators

Today’s Sponsor: Zynnyme

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I credit their Business School Boot Camp for helping build the business and life that I imagined. Their values align with mine in helping clients build valuable and gratifying businesses while living healthy, happy, and sustainable lives.

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Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.

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Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast for aspiring and current mental health private practitioners who think differently.

On the podcast, I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room.

The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries.

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Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist (PhD), entrepreneur, and online creator living in Philadelphia, PA.

In 2014, I began to think about how to use the therapy skills we learn in grad school, and in our clinical work into different realms (e.g., podcasting, consulting, online course creation, etc).

This allows us to serve others on larger scales while diversifying our income beyond 1 to 1 work.

I make podcasts and videos about business, tech, productivity, and lessons I'm learning from becoming the CEO of a lean, mean 5 person 100% remote team (we're not really just rhymed =P).

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