SPI 140: Productivity and the Early Morning Routine with Hal Elrod

I've always been a night owl. I work after the kids go to sleep (because my WHY is to spend all day with my family as much as I can), and I've found the evenings to be when I'm the most creative. Recently, however, after recording this interview with Hal Elrod, I've added a small early morning routine to my day, and the results have been amazing. Check it out!

The Road to 50,000 Subscribers

Last week, the Smart Passive Income Blog passed the 50,000 subscriber mark, a milestone that I never thought was possible when I started it back in 2008. It has truly been an amazing and humbling journey and I only have you to thank for it. I realize that there are several sites that have grown [...]

Pat FAIL – My Past Business Ideas That Didn’t Work Out So Well

I've had a lot of success online, but I've probably had even more failures - and I'm very thankful for each and every one of them. Without my failures, I would not be where I'm at today. As Winston Churchill once said, "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." It's [...]

You Are Now at Point A

Taking action is important - you know this. Without any doing, there can be no getting. But, there's a difference between working on something and working towards something that must be realized. Many people, including myself at times, work just to stay busy - to give ourselves the illusion that we're actually getting somewhere when really we're just [...]

How to Find a Mastermind Group

A mastermind group is mandatory to achieve online success. I wholeheartedly believe this statement because I would not be where I'm at today if it weren't for the mastermind groups that I've been a part of since I began doing business online. Sure, you can make progress without one, but in order to quickly get [...]

The Realization That Enabled Me to Make a Living Online

This is a guest post from Glen Allsopp of If you've been around on my blog for a while, you may notice that I refer to Glen and his blog quite a bit. Why? Because his content is just that good, and this guest post is no exception. When I built my first website [...]

The Order of Operations for Online Business and Blogging

"Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally." Does that phrase sound familiar to you? If it does, that's because our grade school teachers used it over and over again to help us learn how to do math in the proper order. Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally = Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction. This is [...]

I Give You Permission to Succeed

I Give You Permission to Succeed, By Pat Flynn You might be wondering to yourself, "Who are you, to give me permission to succeed?" "Who are you, to tell me when I can do things?" "Who are you, to grant me any kind of permission to do anything?" As soon as we begin to comprehend [...]

3 Ways to B*tch Slap Fear in the Face and Laugh

I'll admit it. When I started my online adventures one year ago, I was scared. I had just been laid off from my architecture job, and to top it off I was engaged and getting married a few months later. Just to clarify, I wasn't scared of getting married, I was scared of not being [...]

Pat’s Three Laws of Business and Success: Law #3

In order to understand fundamentally how the world works and how things move and interact with each other, you have to understand Physics. It's the same thing for business - in order to understand it, you must break it down and try to figure out how each part interacts with each other. Luckily, there are [...]