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In one of my all-time favorite books, The One Thing, authors Gary Kellar and Jay Papasan describe the domino effect, which is what happens when you focus on the small task or project you should be doing that’ll have the biggest impact on everything else that happens ahead of it. Because a domino can knock over another one that’s double its size, the effect is massive over a re ...
Some of my favorite stories from the Smart Passive Income Podcast are those where brave entrepreneurs took risks, changed career paths, and found enormous success in the process. Today’s guest is an expert on this kind of pivoting—in fact, she literally wrote the book on it. She’s Jenny Blake, author of PIVOT, a handbook for navigating life’s big turning points.
Here is a common experience: You get incredibly excited about a new business idea or project. Maybe you’ve had it in the back of your head for a long time and something finally clicked inside of you to start working on it. Or, maybe it’s something you just thought of and you want to get it up and running as soon as possible.
When it comes to gift-giving, are you still abiding by the age-old saying, “It’s the thought that counts”? Today’s guest is about to prove you wrong in the best way possible. Joining me for this episode is professional giver John Ruhlin, who’s built a career out of helping others give better gifts.
I always get excited at the end of each year, not only because Christmas is my favorite time of year (and my birthday happens to land in December), but because I get to reflect on the lessons learned and examine the numbers to see what’s been working, and what I can improve. We shouldn’t have to wait until the end of the year to reflect on these kinds of things, but we can’t h ...
The Smart Passive Income Podcast kicks off 2017 with a very special episode I know you’re going to love. Joining me today are Eric Nordhoff and James Frazier, two guys who’ve built an astonishingly successful brand called The Walker Stalkers. Eric and James have created a fan-driven business empire around their love of the hit AMC show, The Walking Dead.
If you could accomplish only one thing in 2017, what would it be? Before you answer that question, I’d like for you to let it sink in and really give it some meaningful thought. While you do that, I’m going to explain my process in coming up with my own answer. Ready? Let’s do this! The question you see above is one I asked myself toward the end of 2016, a time when a lot of ...
Can you believe we’ve arrived at our last episode for 2016? The Smart Passive Income Podcast has captured some fantastic conversations this year, so before the new year arrives, I want to revisit a few of the best ones. In this episode, we’ll flash back to six episodes from 2016 that raised the bar.
2016 is almost over, and what a year it has been! Some of the major highlights were: Will It Fly? was self-published and became a Wall Street Journal bestseller. The SPI blog was completely redesigned from the ground up. The SPI Podcast surpassed 30,000,000 ...
2016 is almost over, and what a year it has been! Some of the major highlights were: Will It Fly? was self-published and became a Wall Street Journal bestseller. The SPI blog was completely redesigned from the ground up. The SPI Podcast surpassed 30,000,000 total downloads! I launched a beta version of my first course, Smart From Scratch, which sold to 100+ students.
Back in 2011, Sol Orwell was frustrated. The health and fitness corner of the Internet was packed with misinformation about supplements, and there was no comprehensive source for real research. Sol decided to solve this problem like he solves lots of his problems: by building a reliable, trusted business to connect people with the right information. That’s how Examine.com was born.
As we quickly approach the end of the 2016, which was a wild year indeed, I thought it would be fun to do a recap of some of my favorite posts, podcasts, and SPI TV episodes published here on SPI this past year. Before I do, however, I’d like to publicly thank my editorial content manager, Janna Maron, for helping keep me and the rest of the SPI team on track to deliver, for t ...
As you know, I post these income reports not only to share the numbers behind my business, but also to share all of the important lessons I’ve learned and my plans for the future. I’ve been posting these reports since October 2008 when the blog started, so if you want to go back into the archives and check them out, head on over to the income report page here.
In business, just as in life, it’s important to have an understanding of who you are, where you’re going, what you want to achieve, and why you want to get there. You need to have goals, and those goals need to serve an overarching purpose. But, to get there, it takes effort. That’s why having a solid vision and mission statement for your business (and yourself!) is important.
Watch the episode on YouTube December has arrived, and it’s time to set our sights on what we hope to achieve in 2017. In this episode of SPI TV, I’ll share the steps I’m taking to set myself up for success next year and take stock of what I accomplished in 2016. I’ll be using Michael Hyatt’s new ebook, Achieve More in 2017, to guide me through important steps in my planning process.
It’s Thanksgiving this week here in the United States, and since we’ve been talking a lot about gratitude this month, I thought it would be fun to finish off the month (whether you live in the US or not) by giving you a fun and rewarding challenge (and bonus giveaway)! Before the challenge starts, I’d first like to tell you a quick story about my executive assistant, Jessica.
If you know me, even just a tiny bit, you know that I make an effort to express my appreciation for the amazing people around me. Because, you know what? There are so many amazing people around me, and I wholeheartedly appreciate each and every one of you. Here’s why. Between 2005 and 2008, I worked in an architecture firm. While I was there, I worked my tail off day in and day out.
Watch the episode on YouTube Yesterday, I teamed up with the awesome folks at Teachable for a webinar on increasing the success rate of your online course students. We had such a great discussion that I wanted to share a replay of that webinar with you today. In the webinar, I’m joined by some fantastic course creators from a variety of backgrounds and business niches.
Important Goings-On in October One of the most important things that happened in October was that on October 1, tickets for the Backstreet Boys in Vegas went on sale. I wanted to buy tickets for my wife, who is a hardcore BSB fan. She literally has action figures of each of the members, among other types of random BSB paraphernalia.
On October 28, 2016, Smart Passive Income turned eight years old. I can hardly believe it! We’ve come such a long way since 2008, and I’d like to take a moment to reflect on how this community has changed. In this episode, you’ll get a glimpse of what life used to be like at SPI headquarters—including my not-so-glamorous home office and the very first incarnation of the Sm ...