SPI 318: Modern Mindfulness with Melissa Monte—An SPI Student and Her Successful Start

I’ve had a lot of requests for episodes like this, so we’re doing something a little different today. We’re talking to Melissa Monte, a student of my Power-Up Podcasting Fast Track Workshop. Her podcast, Mind Love, launched soon after, and she’s here to share how she created her vibrant and successful podcast from scratch. I wanted to bring Melissa on today to talk about what she’s learned, what she has planned for the future, and how she’s progressing. It gets pretty personal too. Melissa talks about some of the darker years of her life, and how she was able to overcome them and create a whole new perspective. We go into why she decided to launch a podcast, and why podcasting specifically is helping her fulfill her life’s mission. Now that Melissa has a growing audience, I also offer some help and advice for next steps so that she can […]

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SPI 317: Make Money with Your Skills—Creating Awesome with Roberto Blake

Let’s go back in time to the day after I lost my architecture job. What would you say to me? That’s the thought experiment we’re running today with Roberto Blake, creative entrepreneur and founder of Awesome Creator Academy and Create Awesome Media. In my challenge to Roberto, he walks me through exactly what he’d suggest I do to get started building a personal brand (if it was the day after I got let go). He identifies the strategies, tactics, and mindset that any new entrepreneur should embrace, and highlights the shifting culture of modern business. Roberto has a reputation for building brands from the ground up and helping entrepreneurs make money with their creativity, and his game plans are spot-on. This episode is powerful listening, especially if you’re at the beginning of your journey. Even if you’re not, you’re going to gain some major insight from Roberto. Put that phone […]

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SPI 316: The Art of Scaling with Nathan Chan from Foundr

How do you take an idea and grow it into a six-figure business, a multiple six-figure business, and then scale it to a multiple seven-figure business? That’s what we’re talking about with today’s special guest: Nathan Chan, founder of Foundr Magazine. Foundr Magazine has turned into a powerhouse brand since I last spoke with Nathan (Episode 169). So much has happened! Today, Nathan is going to dish on all that he’s done, and all that he’s had to stop doing in order to grow. I’m basically just turning the mic over to Nathan so he can give us the scoop on what he’s learned, what he’s aiming for now, how he’s building his brand, and why his mission with Foundr has increased 100x. Stick that phone in your pocket and listen close, because this episode is stuffed with insights and powerful takeaways. That’s what Foundr is all about—helping entrepreneurs create […]

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SPI 315: How to Disrupt Yourself & Grow a Company with Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson is one of the Top 50 leading business thinkers in the world, according to Thinkers50. She’s an expert in disruptive innovation and personal disruption, and she’s here today to help us learn how to grow our businesses and understand the patterns we’re going through, especially when we’re starting something new. She’s also giving us a seven-point framework for working through essential disruption and creating change in our lives and businesses. Whitney’s story is filled with diverse entrepreneurial adventures. She got a degree in music, and ended up in New York City. In New York she discovered Wall Street and found her way to investment banking, became an award-winning equity research analyst, and then . . . she disrupted herself. She became an entrepreneur and co-founded an investment firm specializing in disruptive innovation. It was there that she had a huge “aha!”—the theory of disruption she was applying to […]

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SPI 314: From Clients to Passive Income—Productize Your Business with Brian Casel

Today we have a return appearance from an amazing past guest—Brian Casel. I’ve had a lot of people asking me to bring him back to talk about how to take your service-based business and turn that business into a product, or into something that can be scaled and automated. We’ll cover all of that, plus how to hire for and manage your productized business, why Brian is delving into the software field, and more! We really get deep in the weeds in this conversation. For example, we’ll be talking about how to get over the fear of hiring or being a manager for the first time, so that you’re not the one doing all the work anymore. The goal is to have people or software or other tools that can do it for you so that you can get a little bit of time back, work on the bigger decisions […]

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SPI 313: Building a Strong and Healthy Brand with Michelle Tam from Nom Nom Paleo

Today’s guest is the author of two of my favorite books, and they’re not entrepreneurial books, they’re actually cookbooks! Her name is Michelle Tam, the author and creator of Nom Nom Paleo. She’s here to talk about her story and the strategies she’s used to launch her products, books, and merchandise. You might have seen her books at Whole Foods. Today we’re talking about how Michelle grew her business, but also how she’s able to balance her business with family life, even incorporating her family into her business in really unique ways. I really look up to her for that—as you know I’m a family man and always looking for new ways to get my family involved in what I do. This episode is full of great tactics if you’re thinking of launching a business or a product of your own. Michelle’s story really is a classic online business story, […]

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SPI 312: This “Hole” Can Cost Entrepreneurs Thousands—Let’s Fix It

Today’s guest is Casey Graham, the founder of Gravy, a company that’s filling a huge hole for businesses. The thing is, a lot of people don’t even know that hole exists. It takes a lot of effort to go back and recover failed payments. That’s what Casey and his team at Gravy do, and they do it very well. When I started working with Casey I didn’t even realize how much I needed him and his service. But he’s helped me recover tens of thousands of dollars. Read that sentence again. Yeah—this is that important. That money would have been lost if it weren’t for Casey. I didn’t even know that stuff was happening. Casey’s giving us a huge wealth of information today. A lot of what he’s talking about, even if you don’t have a business yet—it’s so good to know. This is stuff that doesn’t get talked about […]

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SPI 311: How to Build an Audience with Your Hobby

Have you ever considered starting a podcast? Do you wonder what it’s like to get going? Are you thinking of trying to build an audience out of your hobby? Today’s guest—Phil Lichtenberger of Scanner School—can give you some insight into that experience. You might also be scratching your heads as to what the scanner radio hobby is, and Phil will explain all of that in today’s episode. He’s just started building his business, and while it’s not super-successful yet, he’s well on his way. Scanner radio is certainly a niche hobby, but Phil’s managing to build a growing audience out of it. He’s been consistent every week with his podcast, and he’s up to Episode 10 already (at the time of this recording). He’s having a lot of fun, but he has a lot of questions to ask too. To put it bluntly: Phil’s in the thick of it. I […]

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BONUS: How to Focus on Just One Thing at a Time (Special Episode)

I have a special announcement to make! I know a lot of you have not yet heard AskPat 2.0, so today I’m giving you SPI subscribers a little bonus: A sample call from the new show. Enjoy! Ask Pat (1.0) was a show I started back in 2014 in which I answered short questions from audience members. I answered 999 of those questions, but I started to realize that a lot of the questions were similar. I also wanted to have one-on-one conversations to help people even further. So that’s exactly what I decided to do for AskPat 2.0! Starting with Episode 1001, I’ve been publishing a weekly coaching call (usually around thirty minutes long) to help callers through any number of issues. Today I’m sharing a sample call from Episode 1003, where I coach Jackie on what I call “squirrel syndrome.” Most entrepreneurs struggle with this—having too much on […]

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SPI 310: The Secret to Superfans in Two Words

What exactly is a superfan? Glad you asked! Today I’m offering some tips and blueprints for building a thriving community of superfans who will boost your online business to the next level. I also have two guests toward the end of this episode—Matt Barnett and Oli Bridge from Bonjoro—who are going to talk about how their tool will help surprise and delight your audience. It’s a fantastic resource for making a solid first impression, and I highly recommend it, whether you’re just getting started or already have a business up and running. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] I also have a special giveaway to announce! All you have to do is find three people in your audience to surprise and delight. You can surprise and delight each of them in the same way, or three different ways—up to you. Just leave […]

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SPI 309: How to Create a Marketing Funnel That Works (with Molly Pittman)

No matter where you are in your business journey, it’s fundamental for you to understand your customer’s journey. What happens after a person comes to your website? How do you go from the minute they find you all the way to a purchase? I knew when I hired Molly Pittman that it was going to change my business forever, specifically with funnels. She’s here today to talk about strategies for your customer journey, how to implement them in your business, and how to keep them simple so you’re not overwhelmed. Molly is the former VP of DigitalMarketer—the company that puts on the Traffic & Conversion Summit every year in San Diego (an amazing event). I brought Molly on to help me and Team Flynn manage all of the pieces of our business so that we can better optimize the customer journey. What does that mean? Well, it means taking the […]

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SPI 308: Sunny Lenarduzzi on Bad Dream Jobs, Building a YouTube Empire, and Using Video for Business

Today’s guest is Sunny Lenarduzzi, an amazing woman with a giant YouTube channel and a brand-new podcast. She’s here today to talk about her story, and to lay out tactics for using YouTube and other content to drive email subscribers, engagement, and traffic for online business. Sunny’s story is truly inspiring. Imagine you work years to land a dream job, but you get there and it’s not what you thought it would be. You realize the dream job was just that: A dream in your head. What would you do? That was exactly Sunny’s experience, which she’ll be sharing with us today. I got connected with Sunny literally over Twitter. I’d heard her name before, but when I was posting about doing some more YouTube collaborations, Sunny was quick to say “Pat, I want to work with you!” What she had built blew my mind—her channel with over 130,000 subscribers, […]

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SPI 308: Sunny Lenarduzzi on Bad Dream Jobs, Building a YouTube Empire, and Using Video for Business

Today’s guest is Sunny Lenarduzzi, an amazing woman with a giant YouTube channel and a brand-new podcast. She’s here today to talk about her story, and to lay out tactics for using YouTube and other content to drive email subscribers, engagement, and traffic for online business. Sunny’s story is truly inspiring. Imagine you work years to land a dream job, but you get there and it’s not what you thought it would be. You realize the dream job was just that: A dream in your head. What would you do? That was exactly Sunny’s experience, which she’ll be sharing with us today. I got connected with Sunny literally over Twitter. I’d heard her name before, but when I was posting about doing some more YouTube collaborations, Sunny was quick to say “Pat, I want to work with you!” What she had built blew my mind—her channel with over 130,000 subscribers, […]

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SPI 307: Copyright Infringement and DMCA (with my Attorney)

What if someone copied your written content, online course, or digital products, and used them to make money? What would you do? How would you respond? This happens to me all the time, but it doesn’t have to weigh you down, and it doesn’t have to be difficult to respond. That’s why I invited Richard Chapo from SoCalInternetLawyer.com onto the show, my attorney of almost a decade, to answer these questions and give you practical strategies for responding to copyright infringement. This happens all the time; you may even be dealing with this right now. But even if you’ve never run into these issues, please listen closely. Stealing other people’s work on the internet is so easy these days, and it’s important to know how to handle these cases. It could easily happen to you, and once you reach a certain level with your business, it almost certainly will. Richard […]

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SPI 306: Rise of the Youpreneur with Chris Ducker

Today I have a very special guest: Chris Ducker of ChrisDucker.com and Youpreneur, and author of the new book Rise of the Youpreneur! Chris and I have been friends for eight years now. He’s been on the show before but we’ve never gotten this deep. A lot of people may not be familiar with the side of Chris we’re going to be talking about today. We’ll be discussing a time in Chris’s life when he was actually hospitalized due to burnout. That event, and everything that happened after, ultimately led Chris to a successful, enjoyable, and fulfilling business. Chris understands how to be the best version of you, how to portray that so that you can hire people, coach people, and get your audience to trust you. This translates into every facet of his business: branding, content, and how he interacts with his audience. He’s going to be sharing some […]

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SPI 305: The Funnel After the Funnel with Nicole Walters

Today’s special guest is Nicole Walters of NicoleWalters.tv, who’s talking about the funnel after the funnel, what that is, and why it’s so critical to her mindset and success. We’ll also be talking about how she quit her job . . . in front of a live audience! Since then, she’s built a seven-figure business while being an amazing mother too. She’s here to talk about all that and more, today on The Smart Passive Income Podcast. There are things that we purposefully focus on that help us grow and scale our businesses. For Nicole it’s her incredible community. We’d spoken at an event together—Business Boutique with Christy Wright, in Nashville—and after the event I swear we didn’t go ten feet without someone stopping Nicole to ask for a selfie or an autograph. The value Nicole provides for her community is incredible and her journey is inspiring. From a high-level […]

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SPI 304: Building an Online Course From Start to Finish

Last year I built three online courses—premium courses that people paid for—as well as a fourth free course. They’ve been working like gangbusters: In 2017 I earned $1 million in revenue from online courses alone. Online courses have been an incredible experience for me, and today I’m sharing the ten steps you can take to create life-changing online courses for your audience. Why are online courses so great? Why wouldn’t you do an online course? Does it make sense to do an online course? Does it best serve your audience? Today we’re going to get into all of these questions and a whole lot more. (I hope you brought a notebook!) I hesitated about building an online course for so long because, well, I was too afraid to sell to my audience. The big realization for me? You can sell and serve at the same time. And, I realized that I […]

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SPI 303: How a Loan Signing Agent Built a $30K per Month Business

As outlined in my book, Will It Fly?, validation is key, and with me today are two guests who have used that strategy to build an incredible business: Mark Wills and Roman Rosario of Loan Signing System. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.] What started as a simple idea turned into a robust online business that’s changed the lives of tons of people, earning Mark and Roman over $30K per month as a result. This episode is a lot of fun, loaded with tips and strategies for online courses, validation, and building an online business organically. How Mark and I connected is kind of a funny story—Mark was actually the agent who oversaw me signing documents for our first rental property. Through that meeting we discovered that we have a love of building online courses. I have both Mark and his business […]

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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 301: How a Data Scientist Pivoted into a New Brand (And Won a Tesla Roadster)

Affiliate marketing isn’t just for recommending hosting companies or your favorite company on Amazon. Today I’m talking to Ben Sullins, the founder of Teslanomics. He tuned into the signals his YouTube channel was giving him, making a complete pivot into the Tesla space and creating a successful online business. And, he was able to refer so many people to Tesla (sixty-seven purchased Teslas!) that he actually won a brand new Tesla Roadster! Ben’s story is one of a kind. He started with a career in data science—consulting with Silicon Valley giants like Facebook and Mozilla—while creating online courses in the meantime. Eventually he decided he wanted more flexibility and time when it came to his income, so he left his corporate career behind. What happened next was a surprising pivot for Ben—one video led to a complete shift in his YouTube channel and a successful online business. This is an […]

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