SPI 061 : Successful Startups and the Entrepreneurial Mindset with John Saddington

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In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I’m incredibly excited to talk about creating successful startups and life as an entrepreneur with visionary serial entrepreneur, John Saddington from John.do.

I recently discovered John and his work when I met and connected with him in person at the Platform Conference in Nashville this past February.

Here is why I love John and was really interested in having him on the show:

  1. He has several successful projects under his belt. We’re talkin’ idea to execution to getting acquired, multiple times. We only talk about a few of these examples on the show, but he has many more, and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down one bit.
  2. Like myself, John is a family man. He presented at the Platform Conference and shared some great images of his family life at home and I totally connected with both the joys and challenges of being a husband and a father while also being an entrepreneur.
  3. Like me, he loves to experiment with stuff. Try something – if it works, awesome (and then he writes about it), if it doesn’t work, awesome (and then he writes about it).
  4. He’s totally honest and transparent about what he does, which you’ll hear in today’s episode.
  5. He’s a coach and advisor for other businesses and startups, so he has a ton of great experience and advice to share.

John SaddingtonAt the Platform Conference, John said the following during his presentation:

“A shift in perspective radically changes the use of objects and ideas – and that is entrepreneurship.”

This quote totally resonates with me, and you’ll hear how John has taken some things that were a part of who he was, things that were a part of his everyday life, and without reinventing the wheel how he was able to create something valuable, useful and “acquire-able”. And like I said, he’s done this several times now.

A more recent example of this shift in perspective can be found in a Kickstarer campaign for something called PressGram, an Instagram inspired Instagram alternative, which is gaining quite a bit of buzz in the tech space right now.

In a nutshell, it’s an Instagram inspired Instagram alternative that will allow you to take images and apply filters (like Instagram), but publish them on your own WordPress site so that you maintain full control of when, where and how your images are used.  As a result, all of the pageviews, as well as conversations around the images you share are on your own site. Views of your images become your own pageviews again, which could be huge for any online publisher.

John touches on Pressgram a little bit at the tail end of the show, and you can read more about it here in case you’re interested. It was organically finding this kickstarter campaign that re-connected me with John and what he does, and I got so inspired that I just had to get him on the show.

In this session you’ll discover:

  • Why John loves to build software based businesses as opposed to anything else.
  • How he started developing software solutions for large corporations at the age of 14.
  • What John did to build his first company, and why it was important even though he never had any clients.
  • Why becoming an executive at a Fortune 50 company felt like a “living death”
  • Why it’s okay to invest in yourself and explore opportunities “on the side” and you don’t need to take a giant leap right away.
  • How the ordinary and mundane can turn into business opportunities.
  • How being an adopted, South Korean twin helped him create his first commercial success, and how it all started with just one email.
  • How Warcraft inspired him to create his second major exit.
  • The idea that innovation can be very small and you don’t have to create anything ground-breaking.
  • Why the key to successful marketing is a great product to market with.
  • Why when blogging for business opportunities, you should blog about what you are interested in, but not what you’re passionate about.
  • Why John is rebranding his site at Tentblogger.
  • How John is “balancing” family life with life as a serial entrepreneur.
  • John’s step-by-step “formula” for creating a successful startup, and why you should share your idea with other people even before you have a product.

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Items mentioned in this podcast include:

Here are a some of my favorite quotes from today’s episode:

“I’m not doing anything crazy unique. I’m not doing anything groundbreaking…Innovation can be very small.”

(We) have problems and have solutions, we just never really try to look out for them or execute on them.”

“When you build a GREAT product, it somehow speaks for itself.”

“You should blog about the stuff you’re interested in, but NOT the stuff you’re passionate about…when I blog about stuff I really like – not LOVE, but like – there’s a distance I can create between me and the blog which lets me create critical business decisions about the blog….”

“This is what happens when you start to share your idea…it starts to become refined.”

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Transcription

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  • http://john.do/ John Saddington

    thanks so much for your time last night… you really drew out some answers from me that no one has done before…! You’re an incredible interviewer and doing great work here. Thanks so much for your time!

    And thanks for your support of Pressgram!

  • Curt

    Awesome podcast. This is definitely one of the best recent ones. John has a way of explaining clearly and calmly, things that would otherwise seem complicated or difficult to achieve.

    I really liked the way he talked about having an idea, gathering a team (full of people who can do the things you can’t), and sticking with it.

    Great choice of guest and another great podcast, Pat.

    • Pat Flynn

      Thanks Curt, I felt during the interview that it was definitely going to be well received, John has so much great knowledge to share. I’m really glad I asked that question at the end which lead to what you liked and several other key moments!

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Curt,

      I really appreciate this feedback! You know what, Pat made me feel very comfortable which helped me calm my nerves… I still honestly get nervous being interviewed!

      But, before we even started, Pat said:

      It’ll be just like friends talking over coffee.

      It kind of was!

  • http://louiesison.com Louie Sison

    Great podcast discussion. Never was a dull moment, every minute was interesting to me.

    I love what you point out “Why it’s okay to invest in yourself and explore opportunities “on the side” and you don’t need to take a giant leap right away. ”

    This is what I am doing right now. I have a blog right now and hope in the future it will take care all my financial requirements. But for now, I’m keeping my blog and a regualar job.

    Keep up the good work guys!
    All the best to you,
    Louie Sison

    • Pat Flynn

      Yeah that was an interesting part of John’s story, the fact that he did the night and weekends thing to get started, and of course it all worked out for him! Thanks Louie and wishing you all the best!

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Thanks Louie! I had a great time doing it.

      Keep that regular job, invest on the side, and see what happens!

      • http://louiesison.com Louie Sison

        I’ll keep your word on that, John! Thanks too…

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          please do…… and lmk when it works out!

  • http://izzbox.com/kashflow-review/ Izzy

    For some reason I cannot get this to play on my Android phone, have tried twice with no joy. I’ll try again later or wait till I get home to use the iPad.

    • Pat Flynn

      Hmm, that’s weird. Sorry about that Izzy. I’ll see if I can look into this for you. Cheers!

      • http://izzbox.com Izzy

        Hi Pat,

        Working fine now, must have been a temporary glitch.

        Thanks

  • http://www.bluediamondbeats.com Ron

    Inspiring interview, Pat, John.

    Thanks for being so candid John, it’s actually quite inspiring to hear that your road to success wasn’t paved with just good luck, but with failure, persistence, and changing your mindset about success as a developer.

    The whole idea of boundaries in marriage is quite useful as well. It’s funny, being recently married, I’ve also found that setting well-defined boundaries actually allows much more freedom in my marriage. I know what’s expected of me, so if I don’t follow through…well…let’s just say I prefer to follow through.

    Cheers,
    Ron

    • Pat Flynn

      Definitely best to follow through, lol. Thanks Ron, I appreciate you listening to the show and coming back here to leave a comment! Wishing you all the best!

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      without question Ron… it definitely allows much more freedom in marriage. It’s worked really well!

      I spend a lot of time sharing my successes but behind those are 1,000 failures. Sometimes I wish I could share more of those, but people don’t want to hear about those as often.

      • Rich

        I’d love to hear about all of the things that didnt work out. I think most of the people here can learn a lot from what you did wrong before. And like you hinted on before because something doesnt work out doesnt mean you did something wrong.

        • http://john.do/ John Saddington

          Hah! Maybe Pat will have me back at some point. That would be fun and I’d say yes!

  • http://www.shuckabuck.com Eric @ ShuckaBuck.com

    So you are not publishing anything on Amazon? What happened to that?

  • http://locsolutions.biz Michael

    I was wondering what happened to yesterday’s podast ;)
    Another great podcast, inspiring as always.

    Thanks Pat & Jon

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Sure thing michael! did you have any questions?

  • http://www.blogaid.net MaAnna

    WP Daily has quickly become one of my fave sites and I get so much info from John’s posts there too, along with the other staff writers. i don’t know when you guys sleep! Lots of content. And, I really appreciate how active they are in the community too.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thank you for that MaAnna! you’re a big fan and we appreciate it!

  • http://mattreport.com Matt

    So glad you were able to interview John — he is for lack of a better term, awesome.

    I had the chance to interview him and it was one of the most enlightening experiences I’ve had in my entrepreneurial journey.

    His simplistic approach to evaluating opportunity is unmatched. His vision is so clear, it will force you to reevaluate yourself in a whole new light.

    John — good to see you using “serial entrepreneur” and dropping breaking news here as well! ;)

    Cheers to both of you!

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Thanks Matt! I had a great time with you as well! Both you guys are great interviewers!

  • http://ivanbickett.com Ivan Bickett

    This was a fabulous interview.

    I was fortunate to get personal coaching from John in the past that really helped me change the way I see myself and the world. And this interview still taught me even more.

    The last 15 minutes is solid gold. I’m going to go back through it and take some notes.

    Pat, you’re an excellent interviewer. You ask deep questions and dig when you see a little hint of something that might be a lot more. Great job, sir.

    ~Ivan

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Ivan,

      Ah, you’ve had to put up with me from personal experience! Hope you are doing well!

  • Ria

    Fantastic as usual,
    Thanks Pat :)

  • Daniel

    I like the quote about change of perspective, because that’s exactly what got me to start preparing my own blog about a topic I know a lot about and utilizing my Marketing/Design skills. Great blog, Pat! It’s been a great help getting started.

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Sure thing daniel!

      I have a neat activity where I share the power of perspective and how it changes everything. Just think of any mundane object and then think of how it’s used. Start there. That’s how I see entrepreneurship!

  • http://www.loraleelewis.com Lee Lewis

    I love the quote about sharing = refining. There is something magic about action, and it’s hard for an overachiever to create a product they know is not as good as they want it to be. Your style and content is excellent for helping the overachievers. Keep it up Pat

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Lee,

      Refining is an important part of entrepreneurship. Pat does this as well!

  • Rich

    Great podcast, most influential to me. Moar like this pls :D!!!

    loling at the twitter unfollowing.

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Rich,

      I want to laugh too (and I do, on occasion) but some people take that very seriously!

      :O

  • http://kuvings-juicers.com/ Clifford Kuvings

    From every indication, John has a superb persona. I also agree with John on the issue of building software as opposed to any other product out there. The truth is that business automation is on the increase. After all, every serial entrepreneur is looking for the right button to press.

    Thank you Pat for featuring John on your podcast. I’ve picked up gems in this podcast, which I’m going to implement right away on my kuvings review site. I hope it works out fine for me.

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Clifford,

      Thanks for that encouragement! I want my online persona to be as clear as the one that’s not online… and I hope that comes across via interviews like this.

  • http://www.BiggerPockets.com/renewsblog Brandon Turner

    Great podcast Pat and John! Perhaps my favorite yet, Pat.

    I think a game of Monopoly is in store for the three of us someday :) In high school, a buddy of mine and I played over 50 games in a row – one every day for a summer. Longest game: 9 hours. Shortest game: 12 minutes (amazing strange game.) Yes, we grew up in a small town!

    John- it’s great to hear about you! I’m hooked. I love your concept of “Tentblogging.” I’ve always kinda considered my online adventures as the same, but never was able to phrase it so nicely. I like to think “Paul” would approve :) I guess I can now call myself a Tentblogger! I’m also more encouraged to play around with making an App because of your encouragement! I look forward to meeting you someday (for that Monopoly game, of course.)

    Great job guys!

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Wow, your favorite after 60 podcasts?! That’s too much!

      Brandon,

      I’d be down. For sure. I’m still trying to think how the shortest game was 12 minutes… if you include sorting money, then that’s like… the game never started!

  • http://snitchim.com Eric Pangburn

    Wow this is really good stuff! I never knew that John was a child prodigy with flash! That pretty cool!

    I have been following John a quite time now, and he is the real deal. He is down to earth, honest, and delivers. And this interview just shows his real personality coming out. Some great advice through this whole interview.

    Thanks to Pat and John for this great interview!

    Eric

    P.S. Don’t we all need a mentor!

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Ah.. flash… it’s an interesting “secret” if you will, but at the time it was a really, really big deal.

      And to be honest, I looooooooooved it. I fell in love with the community and the power of online multimedia. To a degree we’ve lost that. I want it back.

  • http://www.zzzprofits.com Moe

    HAH! your a sponger. Surfer here, but i never had anything against spongers. Its just about being in the ocean & surf. When is that last time you hit the waves Pat? IF your Success is preventing you from getting out there and hitting the waves, its not worth it. lol.

    I moved my whole family to Costa Rica & started a Surf Yoga Camp & in my spare time work on online passive income. Next time you need a vacation you should come out to “Shaka Costa Rica”, i’ll hook you up. You can boogie board uncrowded waves all you want with out any hassle. We could even try and covert you to a surfer.

    Why don’t we combine it, and make a special VIP passive income, surf & yoga retreat. Could be awsome!

    Don’t forget about the waves, get out and get some more waves. Life is always better that way.
    Pura Vida & Aloha
    Moe

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Moe,

      To be honest, I’ve never heard the word “sponger” until today… where have I been? All I could think for a few moments was…

      What the heck is a sponger… … … focus on the interview John……..!

      LOL.

      • http://www.loraleelewis.com Lee Lewis

        Ha! This was the first time I’ve heard of a sponger, too. I went on wikipedia while listening to the podcast and looked up bodysurfing so I could keep up with the interview, LOL.

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          i almost did it during the interview!

  • http://www.marketingyourfarm.com/ Iain Robson

    Hi Pat,

    The part I found most interesting was when you guys talked about rebranding.

    It presented an interesting situation where you want to rebrand but you may lose a large chunk of your community.

    The challenges that you get presented are extremely dynamic.

    I love the way John tries those extreme things and rebrand. That sounds like a crazy way of doing things, but if that is what works, why change.

    Until next time.

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      Iain,

      It doesn’t work for everyone but I don’t mind experimenting and experiencing the “loss” of a few followers. What is it really about… amassing numbers or amassing experiences that matter?

  • http://www.supporters.dk/ IT Firma

    First of all must say that the, quotes are the best and inspirational. The blog is very much interesting and good. So many revealing facts and information is been disclosed from this blog. A nice place to attain great information.

  • Tracy Stonard

    This was one of my favourite podcasts, and no doubt I’ll listen to it again as I had at least two ‘light bulb’ moments listening to John’s advice, thanks guys.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      Tracy,

      I’m curious as to which two they were!?

  • http://zaidisoft.com Zaidi

    All I can say is WOW! Thanks to John for what you have shared with us. Something totally different and unique. I am on the same boat that many people are in, trying to make it on their startups ideas. I have few ideas and apps on the market but I can not scratch the surface or move forward. After listening to you, my mind set has changed big time. You thoughts are very inspirational and energy booster.

    Thanks Pat for having John as one of your guest and I hope you will invite him back. I would like to hear what thoughts he has on different ways to monetize blogs, web apps, mobile apps, etc.

    Thanks.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      Zaidi,

      Appreciate that! Pat probably has all of the advice on monetization… he’s doing it superbly!

      You have most of what you need to move forward with your app – now you have to summon courage!

      • http://zaidisoft.com Zaidi

        Hey John,

        Thank you for the feedback. I am working on few fronts after this podcast. You have shared some thoughts that I have never tried before.

        Again, I appreciate for sharing your wisdom.

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

    Very great Interview because it was articulated very clearly and for those the are Entrepreneurs or want to be, this interview is great to listen to. Coding, Graphics and the like are not my cup of tea, but people enhancement is.. Good stuff.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      Lincoln,

      It’s great to see you over here. Thanks for your support, as always!

  • http://kfdp.com Kellie Frissell (@kfdpcom)

    That was fantastic! Thanks for making it available. You touched on a lot more things that connect with many of us branching out on our own. Personal battles plus professional battles, and overcoming them.
    I’m a living example of making sure you discern when it’s time to go on your own and not time. I worked from 1984 thru about 2004/05 and freelanced on the side most of that time. Every full-time job I had I learned priceless information that helped prepare me for what I do now.
    Now, I just need to refocus on the part about family boundaries… sigh… it’s always something, isn’t it!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      Kellie,

      it is. There’s always something else to grab our attention away from our focus.

      20 years of freelancing on the side? That’s running the marathon race well and wisely!

  • http://www.modernvintageradio.com/ Addy Saucedo

    This interview is great! I just heard of Pressgram at a WordPress MeetUp last week and was so excited once I saw John’s name ! I really like that John continues to do what he wants and not do what others expect him to do. This mentality is very strong and I believe we should take his examples. Thank you for this interview Pat and I will see you Tuesday! :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      Addy,

      What WordPress Meetup was this one?

      • http://www.meetup.com/OC-Wordpress-Group/ Addy Saucedo

        Hi John!

        The WordPress Meetup is the OC WordPress Group. Looking forward to PressGram.

  • http://www.localleaper.com/ Kim Seang

    John, we met a few nights ago at the AASA/GTAHA gathering. Since, I’ve been reading some of your articles and listened to this podcast last night. It takes developing a strong backbone to do what you do and say everything you truly believe and have experienced. I think for someone to pursue their own business takes honest desire because the sacrifices are more than just hurdles. I would say primarily, most ideas are not pursued or fully executed because of fear and this very reason. Venturing to experiment to reach new discoveries is pioneering and leading. Keep it up. Btw, I also suffered the GT GPA blow. For me, I had to learn that was now how I should value myself. Entrepreneurs fail like crazy but it’s how they perceive failure that makes them different.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      Kim,

      Great to see you here! And glad to have met you! Still waiting on that pitch deck……!

  • http://www.casauri.com Emily

    Many nails were hit on the head in this podcast, especially the discussion on failure and partnerships. I think it is critical for people to know that for all the perceived glitz and glamor of entrepreneurship, there are times when things can and will go very wrong. Being able to come to grips with that possibility is extremely important, and above all, knowing that there is always a way out. I can attest to this personally and appreciate John’s comments on failure, boundary markers, and the determination to overcome, no matter what. Thank you for sharing these personal insights with us. Please don’t unfollow me on Twitter:)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      Emily,

      :) THank you for your support!

      There’s a lot that we’ve all gone through in our journeys… most of which is never really shared, unfortunately.

  • sergio raya

    Pat and John,

    Thank you so much for sharing your personal story John. By far my favorite podcast off all time – I literally felt like you both were in the same room with me.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah, i love that! that’s what we want people to feel – comfortable!

  • http://refairesasalledebain-fr.blogspot.com/ nouveau article

    it is. There’s always something else to grab our attention away from our focus.

    20 years of freelancing on the side? That’s running the marathon race well and wisely!

  • http://robinetteriesalledebain-fr.blogspot.com/ robinetterie salle de bain

    All I can say is WOW! Thanks to John for what you have shared with us. Something totally different and unique. I am on the same boat that many people are in, trying to make it on their startups ideas. I have few ideas and apps on the market but I can not scratch the surface or move forward. After listening to you, my mind set has changed big time. You thoughts are very inspirational and energy booster.

    Thanks Pat for having John as one of your guest and I hope you will invite him back. I would like to hear what thoughts he has on different ways to monetize blogs, web apps, mobile apps, etc.

  • http://constructeurmaisonnord-fr.blogspot.com/ constructeur maison nord

    Wow this is really good stuff! I never knew that John was a child prodigy with flash! That pretty cool!

    I have been following John a quite time now, and he is the real deal. He is down to earth, honest, and delivers. And this interview just shows his real personality coming out. Some great advice through this whole interview.

    Thanks to Pat and John for this great interview!

  • http://cherchefemmedemenage-fr.blogspot.com/ cherche femme de menage

    First of all must say that the, quotes are the best and inspirational. The blog is very much interesting and good. So many revealing facts and information is been disclosed from this blog. A nice place to attain great information.

  • http://facademaison-fr.blogspot.com/ facade maison

    Thank you so much for sharing your personal story John. By far my favorite podcast off all time – I literally felt like you both were in the same room with me

  • http://installationelectriquemaison-fr.blogspot.com/ installation electrique maison

    This interview is great! I just heard of Pressgram at a WordPress MeetUp last week and was so excited once I saw John’s name

  • http://renoverunemaison-fr.blogspot.com/ renover une maison

    I think for someone to pursue their own business takes honest desire because the sacrifices are more than just hurdles.

  • http://voitureeconomique-fr.blogspot.com/ voiture economique

    You thoughts are very inspirational and energy booster.

  • http://www.selfesteemactivitieshub.com ash

    Pat, John,

    Great stuff and this is exactly what I am doing too; working full time and every spare minute I have dedicate to improving my website!

    I am a long time follower and fan of SPI and I must thank you Pat for your very useful guidance and knowledge as without it, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to get started!

  • Miguel

    Hey John, great interview, great ideas. Awesome.

    Could you share the address to your first project? The one about that website for adopted people?

  • http://chuckbrown.com/ Chuck

    A standout interview, Pat. Really enjoyed it, and feel like I picked up some usable tips as well.

  • http://www.connorbanks.com Connor

    First time ive acutally listened to a podcast on SPI. Really happy I decided to take the plunge. Super informative. Cant wait for the next one! Thanks Pat.

  • http://wickededm.com Peter

    Excellent podcast Pat, I’m learning something new everyday from your site and as someone whose trying to make his own site, I appreciate everything you’re doing for this community.

    • http://pagerankworld.com Brandon

      Agreed, these podcasts are sweet. I think its the fact that the information is coming in a different medium from normal, that makes it so helpful.

    • http://urbanlabour.blogspot.com Urban Joe

      Podcat very inspiring to other bloggers, hopefully.

    • http://www.kangjum.com Jav Beauty

      It’s brilliant ideas to share with others. and I really appreciate it. greetings blogging.

  • http://joemajoris.blogspot.com Joe Java

    i like sthe best strategy podcast, is simple and more tricks

    • http://joemajoris.blogspot.com Pete Samu

      Sometimes beautiful is not necessarily with the success of a podcast strtegi bro

  • http://rokero.net rockero

    Yea pat never leave us your are my daily motivation ,excellent podcast like always

  • http://www.signstomotivate.com Pete Sveen

    I’d say the new Thursday schedule works great to Pat. I’m a big fan of them once a week now. Thanks for making them! – Pete

  • http://buylucumapowder.co.uk/ Dave

    Hey Pat (and John) this interview was really interesting and inspiring – thank you both for sharing this, and especially to John for the openness – one of the best things about this kind of info is knowing that when things don’t work out, it’s part of the process and happens to almost everybody.

    Thanks :)

  • http://www.mycanoncamera.com Pete

    What a great episode. The weekly episode is really great. Thanks for putting in the effort. I also enjoyed your Snippet book, “Let Go”. It is the missing introduction to SPI.
    I have been interested in software based businesses for a long time so I really appreciate it when I get more information. A big thanks to John for sharing so much knowledge.
    You have inspired my site and I am working hard at building content. Thanks again.
    Pete

  • http://www.whichguayagain.wordpress.com Mike Dooley

    Pat- Biiig fan. I want to throw out a suggestion for an interview- Tyler Moore. His videos are unmatched on youtube as far as youtube website tutorials.

  • Bob Straub

    Another great session Pat. It’s kind of ironic that this was the first of you putting out the podcast on Thursday. This was the first week that I tried to listen as soon as it came out on Wednesday. I spent my spare time over the last 2 weeks listening to every podcast episode.

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for being everywhere and showing us all how it’s done. You’ve been a great inspiration.

  • http://mattragland.com Matt Ragland

    Pat and John,

    Great podcast, one of my favorites! As a fan of both your blogs, it was a treat to hear you discuss some of the challenges and rewards which come with being an entrepreneur. John, I really appreciated the advice you shared on going through the product cycle, and the man who wasn’t a developer, but still had an idea and where to go with that.

    Thanks again to both of you for your openness and honesty, really great!

  • http://www.mysimpleengagementrings.com Terry

    It’s a very inspiring podcast, thank you!

  • Matt Nunn

    Great interview! Having the right mindset is so important and underrated when starting any venture in life. Good stuff yet again.

  • http://www.therecipesforjuicing.com/ Shane

    Such motivation. Everytime I listen to these great entrepreneurial interviews, it gives me so much drive to pursue my dreams and take that next step with my own creations. Keep them coming Pat!

  • http://www.usamysteryshopping.com J.T. Williamson

    I LOVED this interview! Listened to it on the treadmill, was very inspirational!

  • http://kang.juplo.com Kang Juplo

    Strategy should be backed up with hard work and enthusiasm for learning

  • http://www.cbil360.com/ CBIL360

    It’s a first time visit to your site and I really happy to be here. I like your website so much to get inspiration and learn from you.

  • http://www.seoteam.ir/ mori

    Hi Pat, very inspiring podcast, thank !

  • http://genxfinance.com/ KC @ genxfinance

    Great podcast. So true. You don’t have to create something new, although it will be great, but you can innovate, something that is convenient.

  • http://renoverunemaison-fr.blogspot.com/ France 2013

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for being everywhere and showing us all how it’s done. You’ve been a great inspiration.

  • http://www.pagalblogger.in Tripathi Pinak

    I am also wants to start my own blogs network to huge money like SmartPassiveIncome blog. I wants only some inspirations.

  • http://lawyerstipshq.com/ Bill Westbrook

    Yet another awesome podcast!
    Great interview. Really motivating. Thanks!

  • http://www.careerexitstrategy.com/ Matt

    Very inspiring to hear obstacles Mr Saddington overcame to where he is now. Great podcast.

  • kirit

    i am continuously reading you posts,listening podcast,watching your videos. Thank you so much to inspire me to create passive income.

  • Henning Hoffmann

    I liked the advice about putting the idea down on paper.

  • http://howtospeak-japanese.com Yamato

    Very good advise about how to handle entrepreneuership with your spouse.
    Wish I had this earlier :(

  • http://www.redboarchain.com Prior Quigley

    Pat, This was just the best interview I’ve heard in a long time. Inspired.
    Thanks!

  • http://www.homelearningexperience.com Sibo

    I just finished listening to #61 and I love the interview with the following reasons:

    There needs to be a reason to keep us going. For me, it’s my family, so when John was talking about how he set up the margin on his schedule and enjoy more time with his family, I paid more attention and definitely agree on him.

    I love experiment too. I just recently complete “4 hour body” by Tim Ferris and started an experiment on losing weight since 3 days ago. Recently I have been experimenting lots of stuffs such as new habits, keeping records, etc. Lots of numbers, but it’s fun! Other than learning from experts, this is the only preferred way I use to learn.

    Keep up the hard work and get more great interviews done, Pat!

  • http://www.getmorecorporategigs.com Barry Friedman

    Fantastic episode. His focus on getting stuff done is the real gold here. I must admit I don’t go blabbing about my ideas right after writing them down. I have this analogy (from personal experience) that my ideas are like bags of sand and every time I tell someone my idea it’s like poking a hole in the bag. Soon it’s empty, and I’m done.

    I do love sharing with my team and mastermind group. That is putting more sand in the bag.

    Thanks for finding him and grabbing the interview, Pat.

  • Joe Awesome

    Nice interview, but would have liked to have heard more about the first two startups – the social networks. For instance, what language did you program them in? How many users did the wow social network have when it was sold? etc

  • http://ContractorRegistry.com/ Mike the Home Construciton Contractor

    Great inspiration from John.

    Was someone playing with a slinky during the podcast???

  • BK

    Fantastic interview Pat!

    John,

    I appreciated your honesty about past struggles and perseverance through the tough times. I relate to having some difficult times during college and I have lost time and opportunity because of it. Since I cannot travel back in time in my DeLorian I must look at what action I can take now.

    That’s another great tip I heard from you John. Taking action. I heard it numerous times in the podcast.

    Thank you Pat and John!

  • http://www.aspergersinchildrentips.com Michael Kitt

    Great episode. I implemented the advice that Pat was given about his ‘About’ page onto one of our websites and it has converted the next day with subscribers.

    I need to tweak the wording as it was a real rush job but very good advice.

  • Marable

    Incredible interview. It started off kinda rocky, and I was afraid it would devolve into that standard “mindset” ra ra that a lot of the podcasts are doing now, but it got really good.

  • http://tanned-finance.com/ tanned@economie

    Thanks! Your article and interview were very interesting!
    Kee up the good work! Your blog is excellent!

  • http://happy2013smswallpapers.blogspot.in/ Harry

    Entrepreneurship is the best thing, you got to do thing you want to. Finding inspirational person and hearing about them is just great

  • http://www.kentanphoto.com Ken Tan

    Great podcast, Pat! This is such an inspiration! Thank you!

  • Chris

    I really liked this Episode of SPI. Pat and Johns ideas are a great inspiration !!
    From now on i will carry all my dreams in my wallet to discuss it with friends, what can go wrong?

  • Matt Lewis

    Day-yum, Pat! You always bring it. It’s amazing. Thank you for bringing us so much truth, help, encouragement…I don’t know what all but I’m so thankful for the way you lift people up and keeps it real.

  • http://www.zachis.it/blog Zachary Smith

    Thanks for the info! Will share…

  • Tammy Hawk-Bridges

    I enjoyed this so much! Thank you!