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Try this to find out what people are thinking: start typing a question into the Google search box. Something like “where does” or “why can’t” or “how come” — anything that starts with a question word.

Robin Williams died yesterday and this will not be a remembrance or tribute. It will be a short and sharp question to you about what you’re making and what it means to you. I was a big fan. His insanity and exuberance anchored me a bit as a kid. If there was a place for this guy in the world, maybe there’d be one for me as well.

Unlike how most people get started writing and creating online, which is typically very lonely, Pixar thrives on collaboration. Employees there aren’t afraid of criticism, but rather embrace it, for it makes them and what they create better. Entire scenes they may have worked tireless nights on can get cut if they don’t build on the story being told.

Figuring out what you should be spending your time on is a lot of work. Then there is the whole "doing the work" part. The distinction between these two modes, dubbed CEO and Worker Bee by our very own Chase Reeves, is an important mental barrier to create, especially for a solo bootstrapping founder.

You get to a point in your business where you can either stagnate — and find yourself in 5 years doing the same damn things you’re doing today — or push forward to the next stage. Some listeners wrote in with questions about that struggle and, in this episode, we dig into some answers. We also debrief from the World Domination Summit conference. Enjoy!

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