Why People Really Hate Us Online

Pat Flynn: Stop talking, because nobody cares. You are a complete idiot— Speaker 2: You are a complete idiot from head to toe. Speaker 3: Go do something that actually matters. Speaker 4: Why were you even born? Pat: . . . I hate you. Speaker 2: I hate you. Pat: These are some powerful words that I’ve read online about myself. Now, nobody has ever said any of these things to me in person, but it doesn’t really matter because when I read these things online, it hurts. I don’t know if you’ve ever been targeted for hate online. Whether it’s a comment on a YouTube video, or your blog, or a reply on social media, or something that you read in a forum somewhere, it doesn’t matter. It never feels good no matter how much people tell you that those are things you should just ignore. I’ve been […]

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The Truth about “Work-Life Balance”

When most people think about work-life balance, they imagine a perfectly balanced scale. I’ll tell you why this idea is flawed—and how to think about work-life balance instead. Pat Flynn May 13, 2019 Let’s talk about work-life balance. When most people think about work-life balance, they imagine a scale that can only be perfectly balanced when there is equal weight on both sides. But I think this idea is flawed, and I’ll tell you why—along with how you should be thinking about work-life balance instead. How I Like to Think About Work-Life Balance First, realize that in life, things rarely fall cleanly into one category or another. There are many aspects of “business” that are only “business”—but there are other aspects of “business” that also bleed into “life.” So when you’re trying to build a work-life balance, how do you know what’s “life” and what’s “business”? There can be a […]

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Is YouTube Even Worth it Anymore? Life after Getting Serious about Video

Is YouTube even worth it anymore? I share what’s worked for me on YouTube, what hasn’t worked, YouTube strategies, and YouTube for me going forward! Pat Flynn May 6, 2019 I’ve had a YouTube channel since 2009. But for most of that time, I didn’t really take this platform all that seriously. That all changed in February 2018. Since then, I’ve jumped into the deep end with YouTube, treating it like a primary platform for a lot of my content. In this post, I want to share with you why I made this big shift, and how it’s worked out so far. Getting Serious About YouTube: The Experiment In the time I’ve been in the YouTube game, I’ve scaled new heights … and occasionally fallen flat. Some of my videos have done very well, getting over 500,000 views. Others have barely made a mark. Until recently, though, I didn’t consider […]

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I Wrote a New Book, and It’s Publishing Soon!

Pat Flynn has written a new book, and it’s publishing in August 2019! It’s called Superfans, and it’s all about creating superfans for your business. Pat Flynn April 22, 2019 I’m incredibly excited about this post, because it’s the first public announcement about a really big milestone coming up this summer! (No, not FlynnCon, although I am definitely excited about that!) Team Flynn, please mark your calendars for August 13, because that’s the day my next book launches. I’m so amped to share more with you, so read on to learn about the process that’s gone into writing and creating the book—and of course, stay tuned for the big reveal: what the book is called and what it’s going to be about. Why I Chose to Self-Publish (Again) This book has been in the works for a while—about five years, in fact. And like my previous books, I’ll be self-publishing […]

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My First Physical Product (Costs, Manufacturing, and More)

How a common pain point led us deep into the physical product world, from designs and prototypes to a KickStarter launch and everything in between. Pat Flynn February 4, 2019 “There’s got to be a better way.” This is what my videographer Caleb Wojcik and I said to each other 15 months ago—almost in unison—as we observed video creators of all types walking around the VidSummit event in Los Angeles. That thought immediately turned into an idea, which then turned into some drawings, which turned into prototypes, which turned into what is now a new hardware brand that just released its first physical product into the world on Kickstarter last week. Meet the SwitchPod, the first tripod invented specifically for vloggers. This blog post is an all-in, super-detailed account of every part of this entire process. From how this idea came to be, who we worked with, every single design […]

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Everything Behind the Launch of My New Invention—the SwitchPod

Pat Flynn: Fourteen-ish months later and here we are from idea to launch. I’m so scared. I’m so excited. This is something I’ve never done before. For those of you who don’t know, myself and my videographer, Caleb, we partnered up, we invented an actual physical product. This idea was conceptualized in October of 2017, and it just launched on Kickstarter. This is a big experiment. Some people have called it a big gamble, but Caleb and I are gonna talk about it and everything about it, including how much money we spent in the process so far, what we hope to achieve out of this, where this idea came from, the entire prototyping process, and how we have been marketing this overtime to hopefully have a successful funding campaign. We’ll even answer questions like, well, why are we even funding it on Kickstarter and where is it gonna be […]

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The Next Big Steps in Business—with Matt Gartland from Team Flynn

Matt Gartland: Yeah. It’s tremendously exciting, gratifying, and probably, mostly just a humble moment for me, and certainly for the team. Because as we’ve talked about today, we didn’t necessarily know, I didn’t necessarily know it was going to lead to this tremendous moment, right, but it naturally, I think, led there. You have always been . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to one of my team members, Matt Gartland, who I have on the show today, to make a huge announcement with you about the SPI brand, about where I am in business, and about where we are in business. Matt’s been on my team for quite a while. Some of you may not even know what our relationship exactly is, and my relationship with the team is. I’m just going to tell you upfront, right here before we get into it, that up until January 1st, I […]

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Introducing Team Flynn

It takes many hands to keep the SPI ship running. Meet Team Flynn: the full-time team that have officially joined Flynndustries LLC as of January 1st! Pat Flynn January 14, 2019 It takes many hands to keep the SPI ship running. Meet Team Flynn: the full-time team that have officially joined Flynndustries LLC as of January 1! Today on the blog, I’m going to introduce you to each member of Team Flynn—the team that has been helping me these past few years from behind the scenes on the blog, the podcasts, my book projects, all the online courses, overarching strategy (business, creative, and otherwise), and so much more. But today, Team Flynn will no longer be behind the scenes. They’re taking center stage! First though, some context. Smart Passive Income is my baby. It’s the brand and company I built from the ground up more than 10 years ago now. […]

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Some Big Business and Life Updates—Lightning Round Style!

Pat Flynn: What’s up, Team Flynn? It is Friday, which is interesting, because I don’t usually publish a podcast episode on Fridays, nor do I publish two podcasts episodes in one week, but hey, that’s happening this week. Now, truth be told, this episode was supposed to be . . . It is Episode 343, and it remains 343, but it’s a little bit different than what I had thought it was gonna be. It was supposed to be a behind the scenes conversation with myself and my videographer, Caleb, as we launched a brand new invention and physical product on Kickstarter. Some of you may have heard of this little thing called the SwitchPod, which I’ll talk a little bit about that in the beginning here after I intro, because that’s what this episode was supposed to be about, because it was supposed to have launched. But, due to […]

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My First Live Conference—Announcing FlynnCON1!

Pat Flynn: Hey, what’s up Team Flynn? Really thankful you’re spending some time with me today. This will be a very unique episode actually, because I don’t have a special guest on. I’m not necessarily teaching you step by step tactics—which I love to do, and don’t worry there are a lot more of those episodes coming—but I wanted to take you into my brain behind the scenes of my business and tell you about something that’s coming next year that I haven’t announced formally or publicly yet. I’ve teased it a little bit here and there on social media and so far just, I mean, I’m so excited about this but I’m so scared. And actually it’s because I’m scared, that’s how I know that this is the right direction to go. What is this? What am I going to be talking about? The very first live event that […]

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Preorder the Special Edition of Let Go on Kickstarter!

10 years ago today I walked into my boss’s office and got let go from my dream job. I felt like I’d been punched in the gut, but this was actually one of the best things that’s ever happened to me! Sometimes it takes letting go of where you are to get where you need to be. I celebrate my Let Go Day every year. It reminds me of how far I’ve come since starting my journey. I’ve written about this journey before in my book, Let Go, but this year I’m doing something special. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of my Let Go Day, I’m launching the first ever hardcover edition, coffee table-style version of Let Go. Through my brand-new Kickstarter campaign, you can get access to it, as well as a limited, signature edition of the book. I have various pledge goals at different levels: You can get […]

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My April 2017 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my April 2017 Monthly Income Report! As always, I create these reports to share the latest happenings with my online businesses, including the wins, the failures, the lessons learned, and the income generated along the way. If this is your first time stumbling upon these reports, check out the income report page to see my income history dating back to October 2008, which is when I first started to monetize a website (InTheLeed.com then; now GreenExamAcademy.com) dedicated to helping people pass an architectural industry exam. Since then, I’ve created many more websites, brands, and products ranging from courses to software to books. And, as always, I’m happy to share the inside scoop on what I’ve learned so you can be better prepared for your own online business journey. Without further ado, here’s the April 2017 report. Latest Goings-On As shared in last month’s income report, March was an […]

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My March 2017 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my March 2017 Monthly Income Report. Fun fact: This is the 102nd monthly report published here on the blog. As always, I’m happy to share with you what happened during the past month, from the actions taken to the lessons learned, and, of course, the earnings report and where it all comes from. March was an extremely busy month, but also very exciting. A lot of hard work from the past six months paid off in March, and I’m stoked to talk about the results of two course launches that happened. Yes—two courses. 🙂 Am I crazy? Probably, but also very excited to be moving forward with the goals I set for myself and the business. With no more delay, let’s get right into it. Important Goings-On in March Two courses? Yes. Let’s start with the one that’s more well known, Smart From Scratch, which opened up for […]

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Will It Fly? Becomes a Bestseller! Shout-Outs to All Who Helped

My new book, Will It Fly?, is now a bestseller! It hit #1 in all business related categories on Amazon this week, including #1 in Entrepreneurship, #1 in Startups, and even #1 in Self-Help/Motivational. Furthermore, the paperback copy of the book got up to #80 Overall Best Seller (out of all books!), and the Kindle version climbed to Top #22 Overall Best Seller in the Kindle Store. And at one point, both the Kindle and Paperback copy were both #1 and #2 in the Entrepreneurial category, which was super cool to see: It’s still pretty crazy to me to see it do so well in the rankings, surpassing several authors who I admire and very well-known books that have been around for ages. Of course, I’m coming off the excitement of the launch and the true test is how well will the book do over the long haul, but based on many of the comments […]

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My Home Office Set Up and Tour

I’m taking you on a tour of my home office! This space is so important to me because it’s where I create content for all of you—I hope this video inspires you to work towards your own dream office! Pat Flynn March 19, 2018 What’s up, everybody? I’m so excited, because today I’m taking you on a tour of my home office! Whether you work from home or a coffee shop or somewhere else, you’re going to get a couple things out of this post. First, you’re just going to see the different kinds of work that I do and why it’s important to have a specific environment where you do those certain things. Second, hopefully it will also give you some inspiration for something to work toward when it comes to your own work space—because this is definitely not how it was for me in the beginning. It took […]

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Back to the YouTube: Why You Should Subscribe to the Channel

Learn about my YouTube journey and why you should subscribe to the channel, why I’m renewing my focus there in 2018, and how you can enter my YouTube giveaway! Pat Flynn January 29, 2018 2018 is the year of video. Haven’t you heard? You may have heard me mention this a few times already. But we’re ready to take this to the next level. In just a few days, I am going to start posting three to five videos a week on my YouTube channel! With my video recording studio all set up, and my trusty videographer Caleb, I am equipped and excited to bring you value in new ways, on a channel I haven’t focused on at all. Subscribe here if you haven’t yet (or read on to find out exactly why you should subscribe!). SPI on YouTube—A Little History To effectively talk about the future of my YouTube […]

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SPI 302: Coaching vs. Teaching—What I’ve Learned Since Investing in the Art of Coaching

In this episode you’re going to learn about the difference between coaching and teaching, what I’ve learned since investing in the art of coaching, the seven questions you need to ask when coaching, and why this is important for you and your business. Whether you’re just getting started with coaching or are looking to take it to the next level, this episode is critical listening! Why is the difference between coaching and teaching so critical? Coaching is an exceptional way to help people develop skills and abilities and boost performance. There’s crossover of course, but the big difference is that when you’re teaching, the focus is on you and your knowledge. Coaching is about the individual; it’s two-way, collaborative communication. And it’s very, very personal (that’s why coaches can charge more). When it comes to your business’ content, you have a lot of options. You can offer content in a […]

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SPI 300: Meet the Mastermind Members in “The Green Room”

Today we’re talking about The Green Room, a six-member mastermind group that I’ve been a part of for years. Leslie Samuel, Michael Stelzner, Cliff Ravenscraft, Mark Mason, Ray Edwards, and myself—we get together to hold each other accountable, set goals, meet those goals, and be brutally honest with each other. Today I’m celebrating my 300th episode by sitting down with each of them! A massive, virtual hug to everyone who’s made the road to Episode 300 possible. We started in July 2010, and here we are in Episode 300. I’m so excited! Today I’m going to be talking individually with each of the members of this group to find out what they’ve been up to, what they’ve learned, and what their plans are going forward. Think of this episode as a best-of from my mastermind. It’s a roundup of wisdom, viewpoints, and advice from a fascinating and successful group of […]

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The Stage is Getting Bigger! My Biggest Keynote is Happening Next Month

I know I can make an impact on people through my blog, podcast, and video channel on YouTube, but when you’re on stage and people can see you in person, you have the capacity to affect them on an emotional level. That’s why I’m so excited to announce my biggest keynote ever! Pat Flynn January 8, 2018 My Biggest Keynote Ever Just this past November, I spoke in front of an audience of 3,000 people—the largest number ever for me—at Christy Wright’s Business Boutique event. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Everything is amplified in a room with that many people—from the applause to the laughter and even the silence. When you’re on stage, by yourself, standing in front of an audience of that size, all the senses are heightened. It’s both electric and magical. And guess what? I’m going to do it again. But […]

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SPI 298: Before Your New Year Begins . . .

Today’s episode is a very special one, and it’s just you and me. We’re closing in on the end of the year, and there’s a lot to talk about. This time is a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and what’s to come for the year ahead. Hopefully you’re already thinking about 2018 and the things you’re going to try, what you’re going to experiment with—but hopefully this episode inspires you to go even further, to be vulnerable, and to be courageous. This episode is a little bit of an experiment (because that’s what I do here)—I really wanted to switch up the normal episode format with this one. And experimentation is one of the big takeaways: It isn’t easy, and often we don’t know what the results are going to be. A lot of what we do is very public these days, because of social media, etc., […]

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