Panic at the Border: How Corbett Barr Got Started (FS003)

Do you wonder how you’ll ever actually do the things you dream about? In this episode Corbett Barr shares how he made the transition from dreaming to doing.

It wasn’t easy for him (wait till the bit about his panic at the Mexican border) but it completely changed his path, expanding his perspective about where he wanted to go with his career (and life).

If you’ve been a reader of Think Traffic for a while you already know Corbett. But in this episode you’ll discover what started the journey from a burnt out consultant to an electrified, successful and celebrated blogger and business builder.

We also answer a couple of colorful listener questions (thanks Dave & Jeff!) that lead to Chase’s 5 website design tips and Caleb’s killer Santa Claus metaphor.

How To Listen

It’s still launch week and this is the first of a three part series where we introduce the hosts of the show (tomorrow is Chase and Friday is Caleb). So be sure to subscribe via one of the following methods:

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I hope you’re enjoying this new format for us. It’s a very personal and conversational view into how Corbett, Caleb and I do business together.

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Thanks! Hope you enjoy this episode. (I enjoyed it so much I had to remove pieces of my clothing… more on that in the episode).

Show Notes

Man Vs. Debt — Sell your crap. Pay off your debt. Do what you love.

Passive Income: The Smart Passive Income Blog

Nerd Fitness: Helping You Lose Weight, Get Stronger, Live Better.

Signal vs. Noise by 37signals — Business, Design, Programming and the Web

Online Marketing Strategy – Social Triggers (and if you haven’t yet, maybe check out this ridiculous Derek Halpern impersonator)

Online video tutorials & training |

Build a Website – Squarespace

Chris Guillebeau – The art of non conformity

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  • Myka Reede

    Hey guys – any plans on providing written transcripts of the shows? Don’t have much opportunities to listen to podcasts, but I do for reading a few minutes at a time.

    • Corbett Barr

      Hi Myka, thanks for the note. We don’t have immediate plans for transcripts. We’re thinking about it, but our priority is focusing on new episodes and dialing-in our formula for great audio. Cheers.

  • Halina Goldstein

    I wanted to hear your story, Corbett, for a long time – you are such an inspiration! So I am thrilled about finally having the opportunity to hear about it. And, if it wasn’t of such importance to me, I probably wouldn’t dedicate 1 hour of my very limited time to listening… Not because I don’t want to but because I really don’t have much time. In other words: Transcripts, please!!!!!

    THANK YOU! (for everything you do)

    Halina (Denmark)

    • Corbett Barr

      Thanks Halina!

      We’re still figuring out how these podcasts will fit in with the rest of our content. I can’t promise transcripts, but we are thinking about them.

      Cheers, thanks for the feedback, and thank YOU for listening :)

  • John Corcoran

    Hey guys – is there a plugin you can install so we can click on “play” and listen directly from the webpage? See Smart Passive Income or my blog for what I’m talking about. I don’t know how many people listen using that link (maybe it’s a small amount), but I just wanted to listen to this episode and it would have been easy to click on the “play” link. Thanks!

    • Corbett Barr

      Hey John, we’re working on it and should have something up for direct play shortly. Thanks for the feedback!

    • Darlene

      FWIW I listen that way at work cause I can’t install iTunes here but I can listen to something embedded if it’s there. So yeah but John said.

  • Darlene

    Chase in his underwear and Corbett being uncomfortable. But didn’t you say in Episode #2 that you “came out” as it were Corbett? What about the bro-mance is it dead? ;-)

    Thanks for the metric translation of “butt ton” for us Canadians!

    I didn’t know you did the SPI site? It doesn’t look different when did you do that one?

  • Ekaterina Ramirez

    Loved hearing your story, Corbett! I found ThinkTraffic not long time ago – so I didn’t a chance yet to get to know you guys personally. This was great opportunity. Thx!

  • Paul Evans

    I think the main take-away here is the idea of pursuing happiness, and how much it’s actually worth to you. There’s no point in having an amazingly-paid fast-pace job if 1) you’re not happy and 2) you don’t have the time to spend all that money as you’re working all the time.

    Thanks for the inspiration Corbett.

  • Tom Southern

    Brilliant concept – the quality of your message as it comes through your content is a part of your blog’s design.

    No one else has said it better than you. Enjoyed the show. Btw, the band of borthers without banners idea – I can see a Band of Brothers skit on YouTube coming along ;).

    Another aspect of design that gets forgotten (and you touched on in your first podcast) is your character – or voice – as it comes across on your blog. Stand out with your character and the quality of your message, and you’ll have a running start.

    Thanks guys. Enjoying the podcasts.

  • Jeff Jones

    Caleb, Corbett and Chase,

    This is exactly why I’ve signed up for fizzle! Where else are you going to get 3 people who are both knowledgeable AND bring out the best in each other!

    I too can’t decide if the Miracle On 34th Street, terror at the border or the Chase Reeves design philosophy taught me more in this episode! Seriously!

    Guess it’s time to head over to iTunes and leave that five star review! Look for me in various places throughout your online domain.

    Oh, and I need to get back to Corbett’s email training too!


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