And They Said I Was Stupid – A Thought from 21,400 Feet in the Air

A ThoughtI’m currently writing this blog post on an airplane. I’m en route to Austin, TX (my first time there!) to meet with my mastermind group for a few days. Major planning sessions ahead, but for now – this blog post.

I had another post scheduled, but something funny happened at the airport that I wanted to write about.

While sitting in Terminal 1, Gate 9 at the San Diego airport, listening to a podcast (the new Tim Ferriss Podcast. Not for your super young kids, but it’s awesome!) a woman who I have never met before walked up to me, smiled and waved.

I took off my earbuds and then she said, “Hi Pat!”

Rarely does anyone ever come up to me in public and talk about what I do online. When it has happened, it’s really weird to me and I don’t think I could ever get used to it.

It’s flattering – don’t get me wrong – and I appreciate it very much, but it doesn’t make me feel like a “rock star”.

Plus, my wife once said to me, “If your head grows too big I won’t be there to support it for you.”

I love her for that. Seriously. 

While attending blogging and business conferences, however, people who I’ve never met before come up to me all of the time, since I’m in a place where my audience is gathered already.

The first time someone approached me, he started asking questions like he knew me, and I started to freak out because I knew nothing about this person who seemed to know so much about me.

That was scary.

But, when this kept happening over and over again, I realized that everything I was doing online to build a relationship with my audience – the blog, the podcast and the videos, the stories within and the personalization of my content, it was working!

I realized that I was making real connections and building real relationships with real people through my content, and instead of being scared, I was thankful for those moments.

I became proud of my work.

And I became humbled as well.

I took off my earbuds and then she said, “Hi Pat!”

I replied, “Hi!”

“Hi Pat, I’m Jean! I listen to your podcast all of the time! Thank you for what you do…I was in marching band in the 80s and played the trumpet too, I heard you mention it at the beginning of one of your podcasts.”

Jean and I ended up chatting for over a half an hour about random things – mostly marching band and trumpet related stuff – until I had to board my plane.

It was such a fun conversation!

Sitting here on the plane now, I thought about how that conversation started and it was interesting that out of all the things to say first, she mentioned marching band.

But it also makes complete sense, because it’s one thing she knew we both had in common.

And They Told Me I Was Stupid…

When I first started my podcast, there was a lot on my list of things do to. One of those things was to create an intro that would play at the beginning of each episode.

Because I didn’t like listening to the same intro over and over again on other podcasts (I would often fast-forward through them), I had an idea to include a different intro each time, specifically by having my voiceover guy introduce a new, random fact about me at the start of each episode.

When I shared this idea with my online business colleagues – some who had podcasts already, some who did not – nobody got it.

They would say things like:

“Pat, you’re wasting your time and money. Focus on the meat and content of your show instead.”

I also heard:

“Nobody will care or remember these random facts about you. It’s at the start of your show, and you said it yourself…it’s random.”

And one person, who I trusted (and still do), replied with:

“Pat, don’t be stupid.”

Well, I did it anyway.

Fast forward nearly 4 years later with a top-rated business podcast and 8 million downloads, those same exact people who doubted my choice have since told me how smart I was to do it.

When I think back to the conversations I’ve had with people who have come up to me at conferences, a couple of things come to mind:

1. They almost always mention the podcast – never the blog anymore. When I realized this at New Media Expo in early 2013, I switched from a bi-weekly show to publishing an episode once a week. 

A podcast is an incredible way to make a personal connection with several people at the same time.

(If you’d like help starting a podcast, check out my free step-by-step podcasting tutorial! No cost or email opt-in required.)

2. Within those conversations, I would say that one of those random facts from the introduction of my show is mentioned 50% of the time.

That’s a lot.

People ask me about my fantasy football team, my marching band career, when I was a DJ, how I was 11 lbs. 12 oz. when I was born, and the one thing that seems to resonate with the most people – my love for Back to the Future, my all-time favorite movie.

When I get deeper into those conversations, I find out that they remember those things because they experienced or enjoy those things too, or know someone close to them who has.

These random things that seem to have absolutely no relevance to the topic of my blog or podcast are making all the difference in the world when it comes to connecting with my audience.

Therefore, it actually has all the relevance in the world to what I do online.

The purpose of this post is to remind you that it’s okay to share bits and pieces of your life with people – and actually – you’d be doing yourself and your audience a disservice if you don’t.

Your hobbies, your interests and other things outside of the topic of your blog, you may feel like it doesn’t matter – that’s it’s wasted space on your blog or podcast – but it does matter.

It’s like that ice breaker during the first day of summer camp.

People connect with real people, and this is a quick and easy way to show that you’re a real person online – a place where people are often not being real and are afraid to show exactly who they are.

Although your audience may not connect with everything you have share, it only takes that one shared experience – that one time at band camp – to make people remember you and keep coming back.

So…How, Exactly?

So how are you supposed to share bits and pieces of yourself with your audience?

For me, I chose to do it regularly during the intro of my podcast, but you don’t have to do it that way. Plus, I’ll be honest, it does take some work to do it this way.

The intro to each new episode is edited – I can’t just copy and paste an intro from a previous episode – and I have to work with my voiceover guy to get them done ahead of time.

It’s worth it to me though.

Here are some other ideas for you:

  1. You can share bits and pieces of yourself on social media, on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  2. As interesting things come up in your life, mention them in your podcast episodes or blog posts, and if you can interweave those happenings with your topic and content, even better!
  3. Create an entire blog post or podcast episode that is devoted just for helping people get to know more about who you are. These are some of my favorite blog posts to read, like this one from Glen Allsop from Viperchill.com, and this more recent post from Scott Dinsmore from Live Your Legend.
  4. Definitely mention one or two things about yourself on your about page. But of course, make sure you structure your about page in an effective way, like described here.
  5. If you do any public speaking, inserting bits and pieces of your real life into your presentation can help add flavor to your talk, and make a connection that will keep people’s attention and keep them engaged for much longer. I’ll often start my own presentations with a relevant story or video that involves my kids (and I’ve started one talking about marching band too!), which then leads into the main topic of the talk.

These are just a few of the hundreds of ways you can better connect with your audience and more quickly build that relationship and trust that’s needed for any online business to succeed.

And now, I’d like to flip the switch a little and get to know YOU more (and have all get to know each other)!

I Want to Get to Know You (And Skype with One of You)!

All you need to do is leave a comment below sharing a fun and interesting fact about you and your life. That’s all! Share something that will help us get to know you better – something beyond what you do online.

As incentive, I’m going to pick one commenter at random and get on a Skype call with you for 30 minutes to help answer any questions you may have about your specific online business. I don’t do consultations very often, but I thought this would be fun.

Plus, I would already know a little something about you before we chat!

Leave a comment before 11:59pm PST Sunday, May 4th and I’ll choose someone at random for the Skype call. I’ll contact the winner via email to schedule a date and time to chat. I’ll announce the winner in next week’s blog post.

Cheers, and thanks for reading this blog post (published at 21,400 feet in the air!) and I look forward to learning more about you!

*Congratulations to Kevin Young for winning the 30 minute Skype call with me! Thank you all for your comments I’ve read them all over the past week, and please feel free to share a tidbit about yourself if you haven’t already! I hope you can already see how much of an impact just sharing these fun little stories can make.

**Also, shout out to Gareth for the highest rated comment (you can sort below to find it), and probably the most epic blog comment I’ve ever read.

  • Joel Runyon

    Fun #fact: we are the best catchphrase team. That is all.

    • http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ Pat Flynn

      100% Fact. Any challengers?

  • Dan Shure

    Pat – cool post! From personal experience, I get the same. Most people mention either the picture of my dog I used to have on my about page, or an article I wrote about hating Worcester, MA and then deciding to move my business there. Both have nothing to do with my core business, but it resonates.

    So, onto the point. Unusual fact about me: I drove a VW Golf Diesel for over 50,000 miles on used Vegetable oil (in just about two years!).

    • http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ Pat Flynn

      That is so cool Dan! Did you get that from restaurants who were going to throw away the used oil?

      • Sicco

        Hi Dan and Pat,
        As i’m enjoying your posts at what was to be my first starbucks mastermind group this evening, (where no one showed up…Palm Desert) I too thought about mentioning my greasetruck which I drive from Wa state to So Cal and back (over 3000 miles) without stopping for gas..Glad to see a fellow greaser out of the box thinker in this community :-) Driving by gas stations without having to buy gas is a wonderful feeling! If anyone in San Diego county or Coachella valley has any extra filtered fryer oil, drop me a note :-)

      • Dan Shure

        Yes, I was a full time musician at the time, so I knew a ton of restaurant owners. I filtered the waste oil with a 3 step hanging filtration system. I could drive 1200 miles without having to fill the tank with diesel :)

    • Jonathan Normandin

      Hey Dan, I’d like to read your article on hating Worcester MA, I can certainly relate to rte 290, but hang out in Southbridge MA, then you’ll soon change your mind about Worcester, Lol!

  • http://marketingwithsergio.com/ Sergio Félix

    Hey Pat, well let’s see… I actually earned a classical music scholarship (guitar major) which I declined because I didn’t feel that was for me, then after about 10 years of struggling trying to become a professional studio musician I came back to my hometown to study something “normal” so I became a Computer Systems Engineer.

    Got into the 9 to 5 gigs (although it was more like 8a to 7p) grew up miserable and finally got myself into an accident which made me look into that famous phrase “how to make money online”.

    That led to finding a blog from Robert Plank which had a really basic app to be read on an iPod device (there was only the iPod Touch at the time, no tablets or iPhones) and that’s when I decided to stop working for someone else and do my own thing.

    Right now after four years, I have had some online successes and some failures but it’s still way more rewarding than being an employee (which is something that has to be fixed ALREADY) because I’m a newly wed and my wife is not so down for struggling so frequently to pay for our expenses.

    She believes in me and all this Internet Marketing “thing” she’s just getting REALLY desperate now. That’s my life, just four paragraphs… damn! LOL ;-)

    • http://marketingwithsergio.com/ Sergio Félix

      Oh you said “fun and interesting” sorry I threw everything in there! Haha

      • http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ Pat Flynn

        I love it! :)

  • Chris Broholm

    I think your random intro idea is great Pat, it really adds an extra touch of style to your show. I thought about doing it for my new podcast, but I just figured that the work included was too much or the expense would grow too much for a new brand. Either way I really do appreciate the personal touches you bring to your audience, which does allow us to feel like we know you.

    I’m a big BTTF fan as well, did you ever play the Telltale game? I thought it was pretty good, a few wacky story lines here and there but overall it did feel like the BTTF environment.

  • Dave McGuire

    Good stuff Pat. We do feel like we know you. My random fact: I like to mix the peanut butter with the jelly in a bowl before putting it on the bread. It somehow makes pb&j taste even better.

  • http://wireless-stereo-speakers.com Warren Alford

    Great post Pat! I do feel like I know you. And even that you’re a friend of mine. Despite you not having a clue who I am … lol!

  • http://www.ellorywells.com/ Ellory Wells

    Pat, I told you if you were in Austin, I’d take you to lunch!

    My fun fact? Today I have my first official Toastmasters speech and I shared something with them only a handful of people in the world know.

    I hope to see you while you’re here, and maybe Jaime too!

  • James

    Is your ring on a different finger in the picture or did you just reverse it? Sorry not relevant! :)

  • http://www.WesleyWiley.com/ Wesley Wiley

    Embarrassing: I got a mickey mouse tattoo when I was 18 because a girl I liked loved mickey mouse. Fast forward 20 years and I now live in Orlando…which is not where I want to live with a mickey mouse tattoo on my ankle…sad fact is the girl never even knew about it because I was too shy. Oooops.

  • http://www.regainedwellness.com/ Regained Wellness

    I’m Jamie and I can tell the difference between butter and I can’t believe it’s not butter

    • Melissa

      I can *smell* the difference between regular and diet soda.

    • Piers

      So you’re saying you CAN believe it’s not butter?! XD

  • Gareth Mailer

    Oh, go on then (I shouldn’t be sharing this publicly, but nearly EVERY client mentions it anyway, so what the ‘eck).

    Before I went self-employed, I attended a lot of job interviews. My character was dissected, trodden on…the usual. HIGHLY dispiriting stuff. I still thought it was ‘the right thing to do’ (I needed to be a fully-formed ‘normal’ adult, and conventional wisdom suggests a job is the way to do that!). Anyway, I digress.

    After one particularly bad interview down in London, I was braced to hop back onto a Megabus – I stayed in Scotland at the time, so it was a REALLY long journey home and plenty of time to go into self-critical mode. Well, until something happened.

    While I was sitting in the bus station – looking fairly glum << we Scots have a particular knack for it! – a really beautiful Dutch girl came over to me and sat down. Being the socially awkward person I have a tendency to be, I reneged on starting the conversation: 'talk to a BEAUTIFUL girl, that would be crazy!'. But then something happened.

    'Hi, where are you heading?' she said.

    'I'm going back to Dundee, you?'

    'Same! Cool! I'm staying with my Sister, but I hope to move over there in the next few months', she said.

    And so began a rather long, amazingly interesting conversation – for 8 hours, we spent time talking about absolutely EVERYTHING you could imagine: pets, family, friends, her life in Amsterdam, where her Sister stayed, her ambitions – EVERYTHING.

    Then…it was getting to the end of our journey. We were nearly home.

    My only thought was: 'I really like this girl, I'm going to have to ask her out when the bus stops – I would be crazy NOT to'.

    So I was ready. I was primed. The bus pulled up, we both got off, I got the sense she wanted me to ask her…this was great! Then…

    …her Sister showed up.

    "Bye-bye confidence". I let her go. DARN!

    It was about 1am in the morning by this point and my friend arrived to pick me up. We talked about it on the way back to the apartment and that was that…well, until we had a 'few drinks' (I'm REALLY not much of a drinker – drinking is considered by many on the 'outside' to be something of a Scottish past-time but I've never really been one for it!).

    Well, after a few drinks, it happened…'the idea' (well, at least as far as I remember it!)

    'I know where she stays, right?'

    'Yeah, so?', my friend said.

    'Well, why don't we just post flyers all over the place? I mean, she's bound to see them, right?'

    How could it fail? So, picture it: two young guys, running around the streets of Dundee at 3am in the morning, posting flyers: "Dutch girl, can you e-mail me at this address please?"

    'it will never work', my friend said, as he used half a roll of sellotape to fix our one hundredth flyer to yet another piece of public property.

    As soon as I woke up I didn't remember a thing – I know it's cliche, but I really didn't (as above, I'm really bad with alcohol)…well, that was until I looked at my phone…

    …you see, when you make a public proclamation of the sort I made, you're going to get a little bit of attention. General ridicule and mocking from the locals is to be expected, right?

    Well, by 9am in the morning, I had everyone calling me: The Sun, The Evening Telegraph, The Daily Record – all massive, national newspapers.

    #uh-oh

    By 11am my front lawn was like a scene from some sort of political scandal – three journalists, a couple of camera men…and oh yeah, a hangover.

    The next day, I was everywhere – I was even on the frontpage of my local newspaper. Here's one of the few remaining items online: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/scottishnews/2705872/Dutch-courage-from-Scotsman.html (probably the worst photo ever taken!).

    All of this was great (not!) – but really I did all of this (stupidly) for a reason. I'd posted all of these flyers, made national news and acquired a very rare hangover…'why hasn't she got in touch?'

    The good news? She did.

    At about 6pm that night, she sent me the most amazing e-mail, completely shocked at everything which had transpired. The next night?

    We had our first date :)

    #win

    • http://www.WesleyWiley.com/ Wesley Wiley

      That’s awesome! I love it. Way to go for it Gareth.

      • Gareth Mailer

        Cheers, Wesley! :)

        • Amy Robles

          Wow. Respect.

          That is AWESOME. I’m hi-fiving you in my mind right now.

        • Gareth Mailer

          *Digital high-five* right back at you, Amy ;)

    • http://www.peoplepassionate.com/ Kevin

      Hahahaha, WOW! What a story, Gareth!

      • Gareth Mailer

        Ha, thanks for reading, Kevin. It was over five years ago but I haven’t escaped it to this day!

    • Den

      You didn’t use Scotch tape? lol

      • Gareth Mailer

        Badum Tsssshh ;)

        Ha, to be honest, thinking back to how little we had back then, I’m surprised we even had sellotape and enough ink in the ‘slowest printer ever’ to print 100-odd flyers!

      • JT

        CLASSIC!!!!

    • http://www.pualingo.com/ VinceLin

      Dude. just ask for the number next time

      • Gareth Mailer

        Ha, but that would have completely ruined the story!

        Plus, I thought it would be easier and make an all round bigger impact if I just went through the national press :P

    • http://edjourneys.com Tara Ross

      Awesome story! I loved that she called you in the end. Definite win. Love Scotland, too. I’ve been twice and it’s where my husband’s family is from.

      • Gareth Mailer

        Thanks, Tara :) And yeah, you’ve got a common Scottish surname! That’s so cool.

        I love going back home, always loads to see and do and always relaxing (much of my family stays further up North and out in the countryside, very tranquil!). Where’s your husband from?

    • johnamitchell

      Dude! If Hollywood made that story into a movie, I swear I would probably go see it like 3-5 times. Congrats!

      • Gareth Mailer

        Ha, thanks for reading it John :)

    • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny Hsu

      I haven’t read any other comments but this one wins. :)

      • Gareth Mailer

        Thanks, Benny :) Not sure about winning mind you, just wanted to post an interesting story! << about as interesting a story that has happened to me as I could think up, well other than the time I went tyre rolling in Romania ;)

    • Kee Sitt Lim

      MY GOSH! That is so so awesome! Now…its the matter of time who will pick up this story and make it into a film!

      • Gareth Mailer

        Thanks, Kee! :)

    • Hadarah Batyah Yasharal

      THAT is amazing :)

      • Gareth Mailer

        Thanks, Hadarah! :)

    • http://www.bluntim.com/ Fran

      When’s the sequel? You married her right?

      • Gareth Mailer

        Ha, should I reveal part 2 in next week’s blog post?

        I didn’t, no – she went back to Amsterdam and we were both a bit too young and heading in completely opposite directions (I got a job acceptance in my e-mail account the same night I arrived back, ironically!) :(

        That said, she is an awesome person and that’s reason enough to keep in touch with her.

        • http://www.bluntim.com/ Fran

          Downer! Still a great story. ;-)

    • Jamie Hibbert

      Fantastic reply and shows if you really want something you just have to get out there and make it yours!

      • Gareth Mailer

        Thanks and couldn’t agree more Jamie! :)

        The same lesson can be applied to many situations in life and I think the number one issue most of us have isn’t ability, innate talent or anything of the sort, it’s negative inner dialogue and from that, a lack of consistency and belief.

        With a bit of belief in ourselves, we can do just about anything. It’s just a shame they can’t teach resilience and consistency in schools.

    • http://joshuajlutz.com/ Joshua J. Lutz

      Very cool. It shows you can begin again. Just because you don’t have the guts to do something the first time, it doesn’t mean it’s over.

      • Gareth Mailer

        Thanks, Joshua! :)

    • http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ Pat Flynn

      Epic.

      • Gareth Mailer

        Cheers, Pat!

      • http://aboutlifting.com/ Ironthumb

        Pat, I have read this website voraciously and let me say that it has helped me alot.
        I have published my very first ebook with the help of you newsletter articles, thus let me share with you and all of the readers a little giveaway,
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        cheers and TRAIN HARD!!

    • http://www.TheTexasPros.com Joy Pecoraro

      Love this! Please teach other men to be daring, too!

      • Gareth Mailer

        Thanks, Joy! *and I think many of us are (or at least want to be), it can just be a smidgen intimidating when you really like someone – I bottled it when I had a chance to ask her out (when her Sister showed up), happens to the best of us :)

    • Catherine Mills

      Gareth, that’s amazing! It really does sound like a movie!

      • Gareth Mailer

        Thanks, Catherine! :)

    • http://www.fortheloveofbeagle.com fortheloveofbeagle

      That is probably one of the best comments I have ever seen posted on a blog!

      • Gareth Mailer

        Thank you – glad you liked it! :)

    • Pete Zbrojkiewicz

      Brilliant!

      • Gareth Mailer

        Cheers, Pete! :)

    • Tim Day

      Tremendous!

      • Gareth Mailer

        Cheers, Tim! :)

    • http://www.darrellwolfe.com @DarrellWolfe

      That was MOVIE WORTHY! How cool!

      • Gareth Mailer

        Thanks, Darrell! :)

    • Brenton Riling

      So did you win the skype call with Pat? How could anyone compete with this?!

      • Gareth Mailer

        Thanks, Brenton! I left a comment after Pat asked everyone to leave something interesting in the comments section below, that’s the only reason I left it – he states above that the winner will be randomly selected.

    • http://www.electriccampfire.com/ Mike Outram

      Great story!

    • http://www.wokenmind.com/ Larry G. Maguire

      I’m a bit late to the party, but very cool indeed!

  • http://newboldincome.com/ Alex

    Great stuff as always Pat. I’ve always loved the interesting/funny facts you include, it’s a light and fun way to get you sucked in. I try to do similar things with my content.

    And now we all know tons of random facts about you. I still feel pity that you had a Sega Saturn instead of a Playstation- that must have been a rough part of your life. ;)

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Here’s a random fact about me: I grew up in a strict Christian home and wasn’t allowed to listen to “secular” music. Once I moved out I went on music overload, I LOVE music! The random fact is I’m a HUGE Taylor Swift fan! Yes, I just admitted that :)

  • LadyJevonnahEllison

    Hi Pat! A fun fact about me is that I’m a Pastor’s Wife who loves to ride motorcycles. Yes, it’s true. I’m also a Leadership Coach who helps people find their authentic purpose and voice, but people love it when I tell them I love to ride motorcycles with my husband. Oh, and run marathons. Just finished up LA marathon #13 (26.2 miles) and crossed the finish line. Enjoy your trip to Austin!

  • TravelMoreRoads

    The back to the future eggs are awesome, with you on that, but totally on board with the 90s rap covers, love it! I know a frightening amount of 90s lyrics.

  • http://www.jacquewatkins.com/ Jacque Watkins

    Love this post Pat, because it is so true. People love transparency and authenticity, and that IS what makes connections. For me, as I’ve shared my story online, I hear from countless others who write and share very personal things with me, because I dared to share first. And I can’t think of many things more rewarding than giving and making a difference in the life of another.

    So…random facts huh? Well, if I’m desperate, I’ve been known to floss my teeth with my hair, I can drive a tractor since I grew up on a walnut orchard, I wrote my high school’s alma mater fight song that is now on the gym wall, and I have THE best job imaginable as a labor and delivery nurse. I go to work and get to be present at births, and it is THE best!

    Oh! And I was in Austin if February for the IF Gathering, and had a great time. Have a wonderful weekend, blessings to you!

  • Kevin

    Awesome post, Pat. I do video blogging, mostly to “connect” with customers, and help them to learn that this Kevin guy is a real person, not a faceless corporation.

    Random fact about me: I built a part-time business out of a hobby 15 years ago, and it’s been paying 100% of my bills for over 10 years now.

    “Just keep swimming”. :-)

  • Jed Lavoie

    I am Olaf and I like warm hugs.

  • http://www.peoplepassionate.com/ Kevin

    What a great post, Pat! This especially resonated with me because making connections with others is EXACTLY what my blog is about. Isn’t it a great feeling knowing that you stuck with something that you believed in (connecting with your audience with random facts about you) and it worked, despite the naysayers? It proves that sometimes it pays to think outside the box in a world where a lot of people are trying to copy specific formulas to get to where they want.

    Here’s an interesting fact about me: I have Tourette’s Syndrome, and I was terrified of being transparent with that on my blog since there are a lot of misconceptions about it. (Thankfully I don’t walk around barking like a dog…all the time.) I made the decision to acknowledge this in one of my podcasts and people received it so well. It wasn’t a big deal at all and the podcast episode I mentioned it in is one of our most-listened to shows!

    Your post just reaffirmed something I always knew deep down, that it’s all about forming those awesome connections with others. Glad you had a great conversation with that lady on the plane. :)

  • http://www.lightteaching.com/ Jerry S. Lopez

    Fun Fact: I once caressed a strange woman’s hand in church–and my wife was sitting right next to me! The woman probably still thinks she ran into the biggest pervert ever in church. Pick me and I’ll explain it all during our 30 minute chat. :)

    • Kacy Kazmierczak

      That is hilarious, Jerry. Reminds me of my father-in-law and how he constantly is being hit on by women in his church, even with his wife sitting right there!

      • http://www.lightteaching.com/ Jerry S. Lopez

        Til this day, I still cringe with embarrassment when I think about that day .

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      I went up to a complete stranger, thinking it was a guy I knew, and hugged and kissed him before I realized my mistake. Needless to say, his wife was close by. I’m sure he had a lot of talking ahead of him that day. Lol.

      • http://www.lightteaching.com/ Jerry S. Lopez

        LOL! Excellent! I love hearing about other people’s embarrassing moments. Makes me feel better. ;)

  • Jeremy Chandanais

    That is a great post Pat! I agree completely. It is one of my ways to meet people. I find common ground in order to bond. Hmm me… Well I am a father of four wonderful kids, one of whom you met an NMX. I learned how to play craps from this real nice guy (he looked a lot like you) lol. Things you may not know about me though. I have worked in the auto industry since 1995 here in MI. I love talking and getting to know people and connecting those people to each other. I was on track to become an animator til I was hired full time. I love cooking and gardening. My family is everything to me, prolly because I was adopted and family is something I value highly.
    Ok check out the podcast for more, ha ha.

    (0; JC

  • Terry Jachimiak II

    You know, I’m sitting here reading these posts, and they’re amazing. Like, truly amazing. Now, fun and interesting fact about me.

    I am a theatre professor, yet if it wasn’t for my first theatre teacher telling me to get out of her class because it was full, I would never have gotten into theatre And I mean literally looking me in the eye as I walked into the classroom and telling me to leave right then. Obviously there is much more to the story, but that’s an almost 30 minute tale I’ll save for another time.

    20 years later and I’m still doing theatre. Though I’m looking to change up my career path a bit, you realize the little things that have an effect on your life.

  • Kacy Kazmierczak

    Great post, Pat. The human, transparent approach is what makes the connection economy run! Fun fact: When in college (okay, I admit it, some 30 years ago), I took tons of advanced math and it counted as foreign language credit!

  • http://wherespablo.com Pablo

    What’s up Pat!? You definitely have one of the more open and personable blogs that I read. Your character and voice in your writing really comes across and makes it. The random facts on the podcasts adds to all of that.

    My random fact, more of a life view I guess, is that whenever I’m confronted with a decision to make, I base it on whether or not it will create a memorable story. This doesn’t always lead to the most safe or smart decisions, but it does lead to a lot of great moments. At the end of the day I want to have lived a life full of grandpa stories. : )

  • http://lingabson.com/ Ling Abson

    Great post! I was in a band too when I was 13 and I played the timpani. I was assigned to play the drums by my teacher at the time and I hated it and wanted to play the flute instead because I thought drums were too boyish. I was so wrong! Loved the timpani! :)

  • http://www.zieglerimmigrationcoaching.com ZieglerImmCoaching

    That comment uis really bugging you even after 4 years. It might have hurt a lot. Did you ever tell this person about it?

  • Loren Bartley

    Hi Pat. I love your insights. I always include a bit about what is going on in my life/business as the opening of my weekly emails that I send to my subscribers and like you that is often what people ask me about. I spoke about purchasing a new car about six months ago and am amazed how many people ask me if they can see my car when they meet me. It is just a KIA Rondo, so it’s not like it’s a fancy sports car, so that surprises me but like you it motivates me to keep doing it.

    Anyway, the fact about me that I wanted to share with you was that I once met the Queen and in our brief conversation I managed to inadvertently offend her and she turned on her heals and walked away from me.

    Hope you enjoy your time in Austin with your Mastermind.

    Loren

  • Jason McSheene

    I’m with you Pat. I started listening to podcasts from the video game review site IGN back in 2007. I listened to the Xbox and PS3 podcasts each week because I loved the personalities! I didn’t even have those systems at the time. The appeal was all in the personality.

    Anyway, fun fact: I’m a 90s Pop-Rock karaoke pro. Anyone from Gin Blossoms to the Goo Goo Dolls.

  • http://pennystockstowatchtoday.com/ Jason Schiffner

    I spent ten years in Special Operations and I never told my fellow operators that I too am a band geek. I played Alto Sax and was really proud of my first chair. I didn’t start in SpecOps, though; I started in computer networking. Now I’m building an online business. Like the pitch of a note, I just know when something sounds right. That’s why I’ve fearlessly pursued vastly unique endeavors without worrying if people say differently.

  • http://www.technownews.com/ Scott from Tech Now News

    Aside from being a former trumpet player in high school, and a huge back to the future fan (who isn’t, really?) when I was young I was pretty mischievous and used to go around causing havoc in my town by paint balling fast good menu signs…dumb I know but hey it was a small town with nothing to do lol.

  • http://elitegamingcomputers.com Brent Hale

    I run a computer hardware website that teaches people how to build their own gaming computers.

    However, my main goal in life is to become the world’s first trillionaire and use my ridiculous amount of wealth to build a a suit of armor that allows me to fly and shoot powerful beams of energy from my hands.

    I’d also like to purchase the San Francisco Giants and increase the team’s payroll to unheard of proportions, all so that I can buy the SF fan base a few more World Series rings…

    That’s it!

  • Pam

    Great post Pat. Thanks for reminding us to be real with our readers.

    I used to be scared of dogs and never wanted one as a pet. My family finally persuaded me into getting a small dog. We came home with a 80lb Black lab. Lol

  • http://www.EnzieShahmiri.com/ Enzie Shahmiri Portrait Artist

    How wonderful that you are receiving recognition for your work and that people are starting to recognize you in person. I love hearing random things about people, because it is one of the way I tend to remember – name of person associated to a story.

    Anyhow I would love to be on a skype call. I am doing a Pay What You Want for my artwork with the intend of donating a portion to various charities. I thrive when I can make people happy and decided that a portion of my work will be done simply to do good in this world. Problem is that people think it’s too good to be true and very few are clicking to buy. I can’t figure out how to go about getting the word spread and could use your help.

  • http://www.30footgorilla.com/ Shah Turner

    Hey Pat, most people have no idea that I’m HALF MALAYSIAN (and half Australian)! Kinda like you being half Filipino ;) Weirdly related to that is my love of making HOME SMOKED BACON from free range pork, the last batch I did was smoked with all natural wood from apple and peach trees. SoooooO goood! SShhhh… don’t tell my Malaysian mum though! I’ll fill you in on the details on our Skype chat?!

  • Christy Largent

    Hi Pat, Love this post. You crack me up!

    Random info…my 2 kids (6 and 10) and I sing your “ask pat” intro all together each time we listen to your podcast in the car. Go Bears!

    (PS – you’ve been great inspiration as I’m preparing my podcast to launch…finish A-Z and launch this Friday!…”Encouraging Words for Working Moms Podcast”) Keep up the great work! You’re blessing us all.

  • http://www.hiddenhollywoodjobs.com F. Toor

    Just a FYI – they said Elon Musk was stupid, look at him now. For me, it is about fulfillment. I was told to get an education and get a stable job. That was not me, I got my CPA and MBA and said no to the corporate life. I started at a talent agency and worked my way up and joined a film finance company and 3 years ago started my own. It is never-ending when running a company, but it is all me. I am working for me.

    In the meantime I met my future business partner and we started an entertainment job site and it is doing well! Film studios are using us. I love the entrepreneurship world. It is not stable. But it is like this: “If you cannot invest in yourself, who can you invest in? If you can’t then join a 9-5 job.”

    Cheers!

  • http://www.nobelthoughts.com Darpan

    Pat You Rock:)
    I am a huge fan of your way.Keep it up!!!
    Darpan

  • Cassel

    Interesting that I have actually added two such facts on my About page already (I like geocaching, and I earned my black belt in Shotokan karate in 2007). But something that everyone seems to find funny about me is that I always twist my long hair around my fingers. I can do that with one hand while doing something totally different with the other hand, even writing (talk about motor dissociation!). Although I was born with straight hair, with years and years of twisting them, they become kind of wavy!
    As a side note, I have a scrapbooking site, and I am currently offering a weekly prompt (with a personal story for each) about memories that could be shared, while having no photographic documentation. A bit like the oral tradition to keep alive. Just for fun, if you want to read them (and comment), you can view them here: http://scrapbookcampus.com/blog I guess I am sharing a fair bit of myself in those stories!

  • Monica Lennon

    Hi there Pat! You’re super inspirational!!! Love all your podcasts and how personable you are!!!
    MY FUN LAME FACT: I’m an identical twin sister who fainted in front of my class in the 5th grade while standing before my classmates and giving my introduction to my “Abraham Lincoln speech” while wearing a tall hat similar to the one Pres. Lincoln wore. I fainted, timbered and hit my head on the desk of the guy who I had a crush on named David Nguyen. Today I train hundreds on public speaking…GO FIGURE lol! Best wishes!

  • Rokham Fard

    Hi Pat. Love the intros and never knew people told you otherwise.

    English is my second language but I can sing Sean Paul’s songs just like him :)

  • Marcelo Masci

    Hi, I’m Marcelo, from Argentina. When I was a child I used to collect comicbooks of Superman. That hooby continued over time in different ways.

    Great work Pat. Have a good time in your trip.

  • http://edjourneys.com Tara Ross

    Hi Pat! I’m glad you’re picking one at random, because there are so many great stories here that I don’t know how you’d pick otherwise.

    Fun fact: I’m in the travel/laptop lifestyle niche, but even travel savvy me makes mistakes. On a car trip to Washington, DC several years ago with my husband and my son, it was my turn to drive. My son and husband sat in the back and watched a movie. I pulled over to a rest area for a restroom break, looked in the back to see if anyone else needed to go, and since they were absorbed in their Godzilla movie I hopped out. A few minutes later, I got back in, and got back on the interstate. The movie must have been really good, because it was about a minute later that my son said, “Uh, mom, where’s dad?” Sure enough, we had left him at the rest area! I could not call him because he had left his cell phone and his wallet in the car. There was no way to turn around in the median due to dense trees, so it took us about 10-15 minutes to get back to the rest area. My husband was there, thankfully laughing, and I’ve never lived it down since.

  • Josh Schmidt

    Pat, stellar article! I like what your wife told you to keep you grounded. It’s because your so real that people approach you. It wasn’t until I found your podcast that my mind changed about making money online. Who you are is much appreciated.

    Interesting fact about myself…I started my photography business by dumpster diving. I sold the goods to pay for my first camera.

    If I get chosen for the Skype call I for see it going like this. http://youtu.be/W79N7ph5r9A

  • http://influencinggenerationwhy.com Brandon Galluppi

    Hey what’s up Pat? So I’ve played baseball all my life, really from the age 5-21: multiple amateur World Series and college baseball. Regardless I was at a tournament senior year of high school, and my mom met Mike Ditka face to face in the hotel lobby and didn’t know who he was. She asked if he was one of her dental hygienist patients, and finally realized he was the guy from…the nutrisystem commercials (because that’s what he’s known for).

  • Bill Tozzo

    Hi Pat!

    You’re one of the few I follow consistently. Thank you so much for all you’ve done for me.

    Random Fact? Too many choices for me. How about a little word salad?

    I AM a high school math teacher, high school drop out, licensed PI, father, Columbia U. PhD.

    I HAVE body guarded Mariah Carey, tended bars, chased infidels, taught teenagers, taught inmates, created 3 and sold 2 businesses, married the best woman in the world, two terrific little boys.

    I WANT TO focus on working smarter, working less, working passionately so I can spend more time with my family. I want nothing more than to put my boys on the bus before they get to old to like me doing it.

  • http://inquisitivemom.com Monica Santos Lennon

    Hi there Pat! You’re super inspirational!!! Love all your podcasts and how personable you are!!!
    MY FUN LAME FACT: I’m an identical twin sister who fainted in front of my class in the 5th grade while standing before my classmates and giving my introduction to my “Abraham Lincoln speech” while wearing a tall hat similar to the one Pres. Lincoln wore. I fainted, timbered and hit my head on the desk of the guy who I had a crush on named David Nguyen. Today I train hundreds on public speaking…GO FIGURE lol! Best wishes!

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    Hi Pat – Even better than in your presentations is sharing personal experiences in your speaker introduction. Instead of a dry bio I share a few things that warms up and engages the audience. It takes some experimentation to get it right, but once you find the right stuff it works like magic every time to get them smiling as you hit the stage.

  • Mason Crane

    I’m waiting at the vet for some blood work on my Pitbull, Lulu, so why not comment? Some fun facts about me: I have a four year old daughter, three jobs and am just getting my SEO business off the ground with my roommate as a partner.

    I’ve been in shiny object mode for the past two years, and have even attended an IM event in Manchester (across the pond) to network with some people I’d been in contact with. With that being said I’m finally getting my head straight and focusing on one thing; SEO and building that business as quickly as I can. My main two driving factors are feeling good about myself and, of course, providing a much better life for my daughter and her mom.

  • http://www.OneNewPerson.com/ Nick Moody

    I’ve been to Indonesia 3 times and Fiji twice on surfing (Bodyboarding) trips with my family. Also, I love carne asada fries and live in San Diego hehe;)

    Whether I win or not, I would absolutely love to hang out sometime Pat. Gotta do an “in the lineup” mastermind haha

  • Monica

    Pat, I just started listening to your podcast and reading your blog this week, and I’m so excited because I have been longing to find an enjoyable way to make money while at home with my two young kids. I’ve loved everything I’ve read and heard of yours so far!

    My interesting fact is this –

    Last year, I reunited with my dad after 23 years, and taking the leap to reach out and reconnect was one of the scariest and best decisions I’ve made in my life. Now my kids will grow up knowing their grandpa, and I’ve found the father figure that I always wanted, right where I least expected.

    Now it’s time for me to make another scary leap that I know will have great rewards and start my online business. Thanks for everything you do!

  • Misty

    There is a reason you do this. You know it works. For a long time my husband wondered who this “Pat” guy was because I mentioned “Pat” all the time…not “that guy who makes money online”, I talked about you like I knew you personally. I still do. It’s weird probably, but I can’t help it. You’re a very approachable and personal guy. :)

    Ok so random fact about myself…I’m totally a cougar. My husband is almost 13 years younger than me…and I’m celebrating my 40th this year.

  • http://lifestoked.com Deacon Bradley

    On my 20th birthday I “ran” the LA Marathon… without a single day of running training in preparation. I say “ran” because I walked 6 miles (but I ran 20!). The adventure of what happened in between mile 1 and mile 26 is something I’ll never forget :).

    Checked off “complete 1 marathon” off the bucket list. #DONE

  • Toni Tanner-Scott

    Pat, you are going to LOVE Austin! Welcome!

  • http://www.voicesofmarketing.com/ John Shea

    Hmm.. a random thing I can share. I attempted to learn how to play guitar years ago and gave up fairly quickly, despite my lack of interest to really learn how to play I started a metal music site out of passion and devoted a ton of time to building it over the past 2 years. I’ve somehow managed to make an awesome resource that does not make me any money but also does not cost me any money either!

    Due to some powerful relationships I’ve built, I have someone who posts for me for free on the site because they love it (It’s like a VA I don’t pay for), one friend gave me free web hosting, and another friend set me up with a high bandwidth internet radio station through Shoutcast for free. I’ve thought about completely dropping my current show at Voices Of Marketing and interviewing metal bands instead out of a passion for music.

  • Maggie

    Hey Pat, my name is Maggie. I use to sing into the fan as a kid almost all the time at my grandmas. And well, my secret confession is that I have been dying to run into someone who has a fan that I can sing into (even though Im now 31) it was just the coolest thing to do when you were a kid

  • http://plantinggodlyseeds.com/ Ella Halligan

    Hi, Pat! What a fun post. I’ve been having a blast reading through the comments. What a testimony that you’ve accumulated such a diverse group of loyal enthusiasts!

    As for me, well, I’ve had an interesting ride through life. I started playing the piano at 4, the violin at 8. I played the viola in Carnegie Hall at age 17 and toured Europe at age 18 as a singer….

    But my favorite journey was at age 14… it was the summer of Chernobyl and the TWA hijackings… so, my mom’s reaction was, “Hey, discount travel!” We flew into London, drove through England and Scotland, and then took the ferry across to France. We bicycled through France, Belgium and Holland and then into what was then East Berlin, passing through Checkpoint Charlie. (I got to see the Berlin Wall again when I toured as a singer, which allowed me to see it both before and after the fall.)

    In East Berlin we grabbed a train down through what was then Czechoslovakia and into Poland. Somewhere between East Berlin and Krakow, though, the baggage car carrying our bicycles went a different way! My mother was a bit upset, as we were on our way to an international bicycling rally in south Poland! We called home and mom got a little more upset because my dad wouldn’t stop laughing. She finally handed the phone to me and I got him to say, in between fits of laughter, “Only two Polacks could show up to an International Bicycle Rally… with no bicycles!!!” (Mom kind of thinks it is funny now, 28 years later…)

    Anyway, after all of my travels, I settled down and am a wife and mother of 8 awesome children and we live in rural Idaho. I am a RN, Certified Pediatric Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Counselor who teaches parenting and healthful living.

  • http://www.rightcall.co/ Sam Gavis-Hughson

    Hey Pat -
    Of course I have to reiterate what basically everyone has said, but thanks for doing everything that you’re doing. Its great to read all of this content from someone who is so passionate about their work.

    On to my fun fact…
    I also play the trumpet, although I only did jazz band. Apparently I am also one of the few people who follows you primarily through your blog. Don’t get me wrong, I think that your podcasts are really interesting, its just hard to find the time. I love your blog posts because I can read them at my leisure and its easy to refer back to them. In either form, though, just keep up the awesome work!

  • Andrea Hale

    Pat, as always, love your post as well as your podcast. Followed you since almost the very beginning, when you started the SPI.

    Hm….an interesting and fun fact?

    I immigrated to Canada at the age of 18, alone, and barely speaking English.
    Took me about a year or so to really speak English on a decent level. Being an ESL (or maybe E7L as English is my 7th language), the hardest time I had was with slang. I was dating this cute guy who took me to a party. Trying to be helpful, I ended up in the kitchen, helping the host. She had a HUGE bowl of salad she prepared and she asked me ‘Could you toss the salad?’. For a few seconds I wondered what was wrong with it, as it looked totally fine to me, and I even asked her if she really wants me to ‘toss it’. She said ‘of course, or I can do it myself’. To which I replied…’no need, I will do it, I am here to help!’.

    So there went my foot on the step to open the large trashcan and I tossed the whole darn thing! Well needless to say, it was a very embarrassing evening…and an end of that relationship :) lol
    After making a few more, even more embarrassing mistakes, I finally learned English :)

    So the accent part has held me back for a long time, from doing videos, podcast etc and putting myself fully out there.

    Thank you for all you do Pat, as it has encouraged me to step into truly serving and being transparent :)

    • Karen Taylor

      That is soooo hilarious!

      • Andrea Hale

        Thanks Karen, it sure did not feel like it back then, but now I laugh out loud about all my mistakes and at parties, my close friends joke a lot, as you can imagine about my ESL :)

        • John Gallagher

          That a good one thanks for sharing

  • http://www.travelhackingpodcast.com/ Kevin Le

    I helped create and establish a basketball team as a study abroad student at the American University of Paris back in 2007 with my classmates who just wanted to play ball. Now it’s a full blown athletic department. I was also the starting point guard of that team that played a 16 game season. This is just one of many travel stories that I’ve gotten to experience that’s led me to start the travel hacking podcast. Great post and this is a wonderful offer. Have a safe trip and can’t wait to hear about it if you decide to share about what went down at the mastermind. -KL

  • gwen

    Hi Pat! I just lived this post and have made it my number one goal to connect with my readers this year. It’s truly humbling!

    My Fun Lame Fact: I studied voice in college and was invited to sing during a special concert. At the very end of my aria, I took a big breath to support the high B flat and snorted as loud as momma elephant on zyrtec! It was all I could do to finish the song and not break out in hysterical laughter… Hadn’t thought of that in years.

  • http://www.wanzaleftwich.com Wanza Leftwich

    Well hi there, Pat! I’m Wanza. Something about me? I was infertile a few years ago! The docs said that I couldn’t have kids now I have 2 after three pregnancies. I had one miscarriage. I just said that in thinking about starting my own podcast and viola…your email pops into my email. Go figure. Lol. But seriously thanks for the great tips.

  • Spouse Dates

    I love the intro tidbits you share. I see a podcast in my future and I can hear the intro now, “Welcome to the spousedates.com podcast and here’s your host Steve Pare who proposed to his wife without a ring… And she accepted anyway!” Thanks for keeping it real, Pat! You’re awesome.

  • http://www.ourbuildhandyman.com.au/ James Mason

    Hey Pat, great post.

    For some reason i always remember you for the marching band, we don’t have them hear in Australia so i always picture the Hollywood movies with the big bands going crazy at football matches…

    I like to tell people that i grew up in a country town and also talk a lot about my family and where i live now. Growing up on a farm is a little different to where we live now in downtown Sydney on a 200m2 block of land (not sure what you guys make that in yards or feet?).

    All the best.

    Btw – Did you have service to post this blog from 21,400 feet or did you post from land?

  • cynthialil

    A fun fact about me – I appeared on two episodes of Blue Collar TV and it was a blast! Love Bill Engvall!

  • jeffreyschaefer

    This is sort of fun. I lived in the castle where Harry Potter filmed the game quidich (I don’t think I spelled that correctly), through my college study abroad program. This was well before the books were ever published. The town the castle is located in is Alnwick England.

  • http://dumbpassiveincome.com/ Matthew Allen

    In high school, and for a couple of years after, me and some of my friends would drive out to this train bridge in the middle of the night. The bridge sat maybe 40 or 50 feet above a really wide river. We would sit on the bridge and wait for a train. And then we would stay on the bridge while the train passed, all huddled together on this tiny little platform that suspended outwards and over the river. We were only a few feet from the train as it thundered by. We did this over and over again on several occasions. What a rush – seeing that lone train light coming at us and we had nowhere to go. Slowly but surely, it would get louder and louder and the bridge would begin to shake. And before we knew it, the train was passing us by, rattling and roaring. It was almost better than the thrill of the best roller coaster I’ve ever been on.

  • Sean Gilgore

    Okay for First grade I bought a Playboy to school for show and tell. The subject was things your parents read. The same week I brought a beer with my lunch. The principal retired the end of that year. 30 years later I was teaching 4th grade.

    • John Gallagher

      Love it

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      Do you think you had anything to do with his retirement? haha

  • Charles Marabella

    Nice read! Fun Fact: On the topic of traveling, before the age of around 21 i got to traveled all over (Canaries, Indonesia, Ireland, Hawaii, Mexico etc) to bodyboard! Time of my life and now at 25 its still my passion!

  • http://www.moneymanifesto.com/ Lance Cothern

    Hey Pat! One thing not many people know about me is that I funded my Magic: the Gathering habit in a rather entrepreneurial fashion in junior high and high school. I’d buy a box of cards that had 36 packs online and sell the individual packs for more than my cost but less than the local card store would. My friends never wanted to save up enough to do it themselves, so I’d sell them 2/3rds of the box and I’d get the other 1/3rd for free! It was pretty awesome and it was a ton of fun!

  • http://chiccritiqueforum.com/ Matthew France

    Hi Pat,
    When I was younger I had a job testing bubble gum. I was paid $20 dollars up front and then 2 packs of hubba bubba each month until I was 18. I had to taste test the gum and return a post card to the company giving my thoughts on the flavor,packaging, etc. I have been listening to your pod casts for quite a while. It’s awesome that you have a family, 2 kids and still get so much done. My wife and I have 4 kids and work together running an on-line photography school. Take care!

  • http://www.householdbudgetcoach.com/ Michael Taylor

    Hey Pat! This was a great post. It was great to meet you at FinCon13 last year. Something unique about me, I grew up in East TN and have personally experienced most of the things Jeff Foxworthy jokes about. :o)

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      :O

  • http://www.joshuakearns.com/ Joshua Kearns

    Awesome post Pat. Something that resonated with me was the same situation you found yourself in with Jean: I too played the trumpet in marching band. When I heard you say that, I thought it was so amazing that a “band geek” could have such a following and online presence, I knew that I could too. I just have to put in the hard work like you have, and not expect the overnight success either.

    However, my one thing about me I’d like to share is that I attended a camp for 7 years, then was a camp counselor for three at Sheldon Calvary Camp in Conneaut, OH. Two of those years, I was on the archery staff, and was able to get my Silver Bowman, which is 100 points from 40 yards away with a recurve bow. Camp was my getaway, year after year, and always has and always mean the world to me. It helped shaped who I am, and focus on who I truly want to become as I continue to grow in life.

  • Daryl

    I recently started playing the ukulele. I really enjoy it. I can’t think of anything that can be played on a ukulele that doesn’t sound happy. I bought a ukulele because my son wanted one and wanted to learn to play but I think I play it a lot more than he does. I’ve played guitar for years so it is an easy transition. I highly recommend it. Later

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      Is it hard? I started playing guitar a few years ago but didn’t get as far as I would have liked. I’ve been thinking starting with a simpler instrument might be the ticket.

      • Daryl

        I think it’s much easier than guitar, especially for beginners, but I have seen some really advanced ukulele players play things that I can’t imagine playing. My son got frustrated with the guitar but he has done well with the ukulele so far. FYI-a lot of the chord shapes are the same as guitar chord shapes so it might be even easier for you. For example the D chord shape on guitar is a G chord on the ukulele. If there is a Guitar Center store near you they offer free group ukulele lessons and you can even use one of their ukuleles to see how you like it. Go give it a try! Good luck!

        • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

          Thanks, Daryl, that’s great to hear! I’ll scout out a used one to try it out.

  • Sharnee Melinda Bennett

    Hey Pat, I think what you have done is great! Imagine if you had of just got another job after getting made redundant from your last!! NUTS! I have been in the Corporate World for…well Forever…and am totally over it! I have been working on my Online Plan for 10 years….and that is going….well nowhere!! I read a lot of books & watch heaps of videos….I know a lot of theory…but haven’t quite cracked it.
    I put together a sort video of all my Favourite Internet Marketers in the World….and guess what…you are in it Dude! Let me know what you think! http://youtu.be/ERlM9oF6Fx8
    I hope you have a wonderful time in Austin and thanks for asking us to share a little more about ourselves…instead of remaining anomymous in the background reading all the posts & information you share so readily.
    Sharnee
    Adelaide, Australia

  • Alex Forrest

    Hey Pat — I was also a trumpet player in the marching band. As for another random fact, my very first job was at one of the first free-standing (i.e. not in a mall) Chick-fil-A restaurants, which was in Snellville, GA (suburban Atlanta)

  • Olga

    At first I straggled to pull fun interesting story from my head. I know we had a lot of fun things happen to us all the time, but when I consciously tried to surface at least one, they all seem to hide somewhere in my mind. And when I nailed one, they all started to jump out. So thanks for unlocking this little joy for me today. And here is my little story that I decided to share.

    When we were honeymooning in Yellowstone in 2010, we planned to do multi-day treks and sleep in a tent. However, when we stepped into information center, the guy scared us to death with the bears’ dangers. Of course, we were aware and prepared, but he went on and on so vividly about this, that we only wanted to buy tickets home.

    Instead we bought bear spray and bells and went on a day hiking. We met few trekkers on the trail, some had the bells, some not, but all of them kept the bear spray handy. After couple of hours hiking we became very annoyed with the bells and silenced them. After another coupe of hours and a lunch by a lake, we encountered grassy and swampy river bank strip. It was safe to pass, and it was really fascinating because it had amazingly sharp animals footprints.

    “This can be a wolf”, “This is probably a deer”, “Do you think this is a rabbit” – “No they are too lightweight, maybe a beaver?”, “Look at this, it is SO huge!” – “it is 100% BEAR!!! Run!”

    What a boost of energy we had! After feeling a bit sleepy after a long hike and a meal, in a nano-second we became so awake as never before in entire life. We took out our bear bells (now they didn’t sound annoying at all) and walked real fast through the forest. We were lucky not to encounter any bears on our way

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      Too funny, Olga! I didn’t see your comment yesterday. My story is about a bear cub.

  • aswartz82

    Right now, my little family of three is facing a big decision…whether or not to leave our extended family in Canada to move to Kuwait to be teachers (music and classroom teachers). We’ve been out of significant work for almost a year and this gives us a great opportunity, but big steps are sometimes hard to take.

  • http://www.longtermmindset.com LongTermMindset

    Random face: I can solve a rubik’s cube in under 3 minutes. I learned in college instead of studying for an exam :) At least its a skill I now have for the rest of my life!

    2 (soon to be 3) kids, full time job, and just starting blogging! Would love to chat with you Pat!

  • Julie Marston

    This post is so timely for me – it’s another reminder to just do what I feel like I need to do and let the naysayers naysay away!

    Random fact – mention a movie that you don’t know the title to and I could probably name it based off the plot explanation that you give (except for the horror genre). I could also probably name actors/actresses as well. Movies are my thing. :)

    Thanks again Pat! Keep it up!

  • http://www.remixrelease.com/ Truman Tang

    Totally dig the DJ thing Pat. Like you, I also dig the urban musical arts and that also includes beat boxing. *boom!

  • Ron Russell

    So Pat – I just finished listening to SPI Podcasts 1-106 and am now working through Ask Pat. Great stuff, Thank you!
    Fun fact – I am nearly twice your age and totally respect and envy what you are doing.

    • Laura G. Nistor

      thanks for sharing that with us!

  • http://www.accularian.com/ Accularian

    Great ice-breaker Pat. I once met Margret Hamilton! You know her better as the Wicked Witch of the West. She gave me her autograph… “For you Dana. Best and wickedest wishes, WWW & Margret Hamilton.”

  • GetTubeFit

    Random: No matter how strict of a diet program I’m on, I’ll always stop at Chick-Fila for a chocolate chip cookie.

    Cornell Green from GetTubeFit

  • http://thedroiddemos.com Brent Klauck (djR3Z)

    I’ll do you one better and treat you to lunch or dinner while you’re in Austin! You’d be hard pressed to find someone with a better grasp on the food scene here haha.

    One thing about me, hmmm. I’ve only worn a dress one time! No, maybe we shouldn’t talk about that. I have a completely healthy obsession with Harry Potter and motorcycles. It works, I promise!

  • http://www.countryconsultant.com/blogspot/ Dene Brock

    Hi Pat~ I learned about your podcast through an interview you had with Jessica Larrew. I am currently selling online using Amazon FBA, and I also have a couple of blogs that I enjoy working on. I decided to comment on this post after you mentioned being a trumpet player in a marching band. I played trumpet in High School and was a member of the Marching 100 (which was actually closer to 150…) in Belton, Texas. I now live north of Dallas on the TX/OK border with my family on a 13 acre hobby farm. Love your shows- keep up the great work!

  • http://joeyaugustin.com/ Joey Augustin

    Thanks for being so open and honest Pat!
    Fun fact: I packed everything I owned into my car and moved from Minnesota to California in August 2013.

  • Kathi

    I hugged a wild bear cub when I was three. And guess what? The little guy loved it! Momma bear, though, not so much. She chased my brothers and me (mostly me) to a tree, got up on her hind legs and swiped at my mine. My takeaway from the experience was that a real bear is not soft like the stuffed ones at home, they make funny little noises when they’re happy – almost like a puppy – and bears aren’t stupid. That momma charged me for all she was worth but when she got a good look at me and saw that I was a baby, just like her cub, all the fight went right out of her.

    Have a great time at the mastermind.

    • John Gallagher

      That a good one, I would pick you to skype with

      • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

        Awwww thanks, John! And I cut out all the good parts too… ;-)

        • http://backyardbrilliant.com BackyardBrilliant

          Kathi, that’s so crazy! (and crazy cool!) I could totally picture my friendly, animal-loving 3 year-old doing the same thing! Happy that you stayed safe!

        • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

          Thanks! I think animals are a lot less scary than we think they are. I’ve had many face-to-face encounters over the years and so far I’ve had some great experiences.

  • Ange

    Hey Pat,
    reading you/listening to your voice, you always sound like a friend.

    - I have published +15children books but most of the people I know now (work, personal) have no idea about it
    - I have learnt how to paint using the aerograph in the street with a one-leg guy from Peru
    - I have played soccer with monks at the top of a mountain
    - I am practicing to learn the James Brown’s way of dancing (I don’t care if I’ll keep it for myself forever).

    Now your turn, can you share a fun fact about you that you felt too uncomfortable sharing in the podcast at first, but decide to do it anyway?

  • http://chrislarson.me/ Chris Larson

    Hi Pat! Welcome to Austin! Hope you get to checkout all our awesome food trucks.

  • http://BusinessActionSteps.com Tom Brownsword

    I was once an illegal alien in Slovakia.

    I’ll tell you the details on our Skype call. :)

  • http://www.mingjongtey.com Ming Jong Tey

    Apart from working on my online business, I invest and trade stocks in Malaysia and Singapore, sometimes US options. And that has become my main stream income on top of the online business, which is awesome…

  • casey

    Hey pat, taxes scare me and hold me back =[ I hate that I am bonded by these fears. I know I could grow my business exponentially if I could find a way to calm my fear.

  • james

    Sharing personal things is always a risk which is why people don’t do it! Good story Pat.,

  • Phil

    Hi Pat….FACT: I’ve hiked 5 of Colorado’s 54 14ers. Two before the age of 20 … 3 after the age of 50 :)

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      A big thumbs up, Phil! I’m at 23 of the Adirondack 46 :)

  • TLGrover

    Went skydiving for my birthday 5 years ago. A physical marker and a check off the list. I am at the stage of life that my bucket list is needing to be redone. In a re-launch of the “now what” time of life! I am just starting a podcast – first episode in the pipe. Figuring out all the tech stuff is challenging! Thanks for your podcast encouragement! http://Www.Tomigrover.com
    Only You can Stop Human Trafficking!

  • Jon Normandin

    You the Man Pat! Enjoy your work!

    Fact: not sure it’s fun, maybe funny? I don’t say much but in my mind I can’t shut up!

    Ok, I guess it’s not funny either. But I am known as a great listener.

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      I think it’s funny, Jon! I’m leading at least 3 or 4 lives no one will ever know about. Lol.

      • Jon Normandin

        Hi Kathi, Wouldn’t it be great that each life will each provide an income & fund retirement accounts!

        • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

          I’m a millionaire many times, over, Jon. How about you? I just can’t figure out how to put all the money into my accounts here in this life. Haha

  • http://define-smart-goals.com Tom

    Pat, I think your intro is SMART! As a podcast listener, I can say that it does help you to connect with your audience on a personal level. I hate listening to the same intro, and like you, skip over it. Your’s is short and carries a new little tidbit about you, so I don’t mind.

    I also listen to Frank Curzio — an investment podcaster — and he usually starts with a little story about something going on in his life in Florida. It is totally entertaining and not at all related to investments most of the time. It really builds a strong connection. Although the conversation is one-sided, I feel I know the podcasters I listen to as well as some of my friends.

    I’ve listened to every one of your podcasts and enjoy them immensely, I appreciate how you put it all out there, the good, the bad and the ugly. I bought “The Promise of a Pencil” on Kindle for iPhone before the podcast was over and have enjoyed reading Adam Braun’s story — very inspirational. In contrast, I’m also reading “Flash Boys” about Wall Street folks consumed with greed that took quite the opposite path of Adam, and they all say they hate their jobs even though they are making six and seven figure incomes. Compensation comes in many forms.

    Best Regards,
    Tom

  • http://www.CFinancialFreedom.com Dr. Jason Cabler

    Great post Pat!
    A few facts:
    I’ve traveled to 45 states and 4 Canadian territories
    I have a poster of Cosmo Kramer in the bathroom next to my home office
    I currently have a bird nest in my barbecue grill that has 7 eggs in it (no grillin’ for me!)
    I too was in marching band (drums)
    My two teenagers tell me I’m a dork, but they still want to spend a lot of time with me anyway
    I met you at FinCon last year
    I love what you’re doing and want to learn more!

  • http://www.infantadoptionguide.com/ Tim Elder

    Hi Pat! Great post! I love how you handled the lady who said hi to you in the airport – and I love your wife’s comment about getting a big head!
    My fun fact – my first car cost $100 (back in 1988), it was a 1972 Chevelle. It had more rust on it than good metal.
    I called it my “Fred Flinstone” car because the floor boards were soooo rusted (and partially missing) so you could put your feet through the floor and push the car along (but I didn’t do that – too dangerous and valued my legs) :0)
    It lasted about 6 months – then the left rear wheel came off while I was driving – yep, rusted lugs…oh well, it was a fun car!
    PS. I am a HUGE Fantasy Football guy too – been playing and running a league for over 20 years!

    • Leanne Drew

      Hey Tim :-) sounds like a coool car. I didn’t know Fantasy Footy been going that long? It’s only been a few year in Oz. That I know of . Too hard work to keep up>!? whose in, whose out.

      I set up normal footy tipping comp on my crew at work, and even since I left, (out of the mines) hee but….Im coming last. Never said I was any good at it. Just setting it up , plus I tip with my heart. Teams I hate, and teams I love!! Doesnt work

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      Glad to see you still with us, Tim! My brothers were gearheads so your story resonates. I used to look at the ground through the floorboards of a Carmen Ghia my brother owned.

  • http://www.pualingo.com/ VinceLin

    Hi Pat I wanna chat with you you’re so cool :)

  • Amy Shah

    Hi Pat,
    Love your show. At the age of 18 I found my passion in nutrition- I read every book, took every class and switched my major to it. Then I saw all my classmates gunning for law school, med school, business school etc and I got kind of jealous of their intensity and drive– so I left my passion behind and pursued med school. It was stupid. Well not so bad.

    But Luckily I started pursuing it again about 18 years later as a passion project!

  • http://SellLeadSucceed.com/ Tim Mushey

    Hey Pat! Hmmmmm great question! Well I am a “Child of the ’80′s” and love the old 1980′s rock bands :-) There is nothing I would rather do in the summer (other than hang with my family) then go to outdoor concerts and rekindle my youth!

  • Mary Lynne

    I have two dogs. One is a mutt named Marty (his middle name is McFly). The other is a Maltese!

  • Ben Rutkevitz

    Hi Pat,
    One interesting fact about me is that I have participated in numerous 10 day silent meditation retreats. The first one when i was 21 and at that point i had no previous in meditation. keep on rocking Pat, you’re an inspiration to me

  • http://www.autofocusmarketing.com/ Roger Graves

    Great post, Pat! I love to listen to the different intro’s each time. Normally, I press my skip 15 a few times with other podcasts, but not yours! Random fact: I learned how to windsurf in Finland, taught by two teenage Finish girls! (I was a teenager too, all the way from Michigan!). I can still windsurf to this day and love it! Have a safe trip!

  • John Gallagher

    Salamat po for that link from Scotts blog post, I support a family in Gensan Philippines but there not my family, I promote solar energy and I work in the oil field of Oklahoma and I time traveled listening to your podcast.

  • A P

    Great blog post Pat! I always wonder about how much I will share with my audience about my personal life once I “explode” onto the scene! ;) OK, heres a fun fact about me… as a kid I had an obsessive interest in UFOs. So I wrote to the J. Allen Hynek Centre for UFO Studies asking how I could prepare for a career in Ufology. Mr. Hynek wrote back a letter which I still have to this day, and I ended up doing my Psych. Thesis on the subject while attending University back in the late 90s. And get this, it was published in a scientific journal! Yup, I helped pioneer the subject into academic institutions! :) …hmm, i wonder if I could get on Coast to Coast AM?

  • PatricioParada

    Hi Pat. A couple of fun facts about me: I did first year of architecture before switching to electrical engineering (yup, that’s weird).

    Second fun fact: I learned to play tennis at 31, after a whole life of people telling me that I had no talent for sports (gym ed teacher someone?)

    Now, I am totally fired up with my internet business. I am finishing website number 1 and started website number 2. But the best thing, today I hired my first VA.

    Thanks for being such a great inspiration.
    Pat

  • troublesometots

    I secretly love Regency Romance novels but don’t admit to it in real life because all my brilliant and bookish friends are reading literature. Although in all truth I think they’re missing out on some terrific fun!

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      oooops! I think you just outed yourself. When my friends look askance at my trashy selections I just smile and tell them I’m on a commercial break.

      • troublesometots

        Hey Kathi,
        I’m counting on the fact that few of my local friends will be checking my comments here :) And luckily my kindle “hides” most of my trashy selections which is 99% of the reason I bought it.
        Cheers!

  • http://www.scottmazerall.com/ Scott Mazerall

    Hi Pat, people I have known for years are still discovering things they never knew about me.

    My original goal was to set out and be a performer on Broadway and then become a music teacher (until I found out how little you make). I’m now in banking (and loving it), but here are a few fun things I’ve done as a performer:

    - I was the White Power Ranger for two weeks in 1995
    - After a decade hiatus from acting, I just finished filming a full-feature film
    (Should be out in 2015)
    - I too was in a marching band (bass drum and alto sax)… shout out to you,
    Jean, and Dene!

    BUT… What I’d really like to share is about my brother (and I’d like to give him the opportunity to spend a half hour on Skype with you).

    He was the script consultant (he’s a writer in LA) for the Blockbuster, Act of Valor. This movie starred Active US Navy SEALS.

    FUN FACT: This was the first movie filmed that used live rounds since the 1920s.

    Anyways, he had the opportunity to do a wide array of things with the SEALS that a normal person will never have the opportunity to do. Wish I could expand more, but I can’t. Hopefully that’s a fun enough fact though!

    There are some other great stories here too!

    - Kathy hugged a cub
    - Sean’s 1st grade class sounds interesting
    - Tons of musicians here. I love it, being one myself!
    - Monica, that’s awesome that you reunited after 23 years!
    - Monica Santos, you should have said you were your sister! (just kidding)

    Really great stuff here!

  • http://www.UnStuckable.co Christopher Wilson

    Great work as usual Pat. As I told you before you and your content helped me in my first real marketing position and again you are helping me in my business. For every person that says thanks there are 1000 that never had a chance to. Thanks Pat.

  • http://fitrovert.com/ Alykhan Gulamali

    Hey Pat! Here are a few interesting facts about me. My dad’s family is Indian. My mom’s family is Japanese. My parents met in the UK and I was born in Kenya but I’ve lived here in the US (Florida) for most of my life. Love your show, man!

    • http://esellingmadeeasy.com/ Jonathan Hoke

      That is crazy! What a conversation starter. At least you didn’t end with you grew up living in east LA.

      • http://fitrovert.com/ Alykhan Gulamali

        Lol yeah dude. The facts get less cool as I go, but gotta start out with a bang!

  • http://ourpeacefulfamily.com/ Marcus

    Interesting post Pat. One fun fact about me is whenever l sleep at night, l can laugh so loud its as if l being entertained by a comedian. Funny thing is my 1.5 year old daughter has caught up on me. :)

  • AmandaJ2014

    A random fact about me that is mildly interesting: I found my true passion in life directly as a result of becoming an utterly spectacular failure in the profession I worked my entire life to learn. And it wasn’t just one failure, oh no. It was three really amazing, soul-crushing failures.

    I can be really stubborn.

    • Erik V

      Are you going to give details. Sounds like it could be a good one.

    • Piers

      I second the motion for more details!(from someone who studied their whole life and a Masters Degree to be in one career, then threw it all out to be an entrepreneur)

  • Kristen Burkhart

    I went 100 mph in a Yugo! Faster than you would go in your delorian!

  • http://www.twitter.com/danieldecker Daniel Decker

    I have 6 toes. Just kidding but that would be a cool fun fact. Seriously though, here are a few:

    1. I lived across the street from Andy Griffith (Matlock, Andy Griffith Show) when I was a kid.
    2. I once lived in a house that had a secret passage way, underground tunnel from the main house to a secret cabin about 1/2 a mile away.
    3. Last week, at a church youth event, I did the worm – yes, the break-dance move and it left the kids in awe (I am almost 39).

    P.S., I think a great point in this post is also that it’s okay to trust your gut and sometimes go against the advice of those who supposedly “know better.” As with all things, we should listen and evaluate the advice of others but when we feel compelled to do it differently, we should. That’s where innovation happens and your podcast opener is a great example of that.

    • Christina Makrides

      I’ve always wanted to own or live in a house with a secret passage! Did you ever use it? I get like a child in a candy story just thinking about how awesome that could be!

      • http://www.twitter.com/danieldecker Daniel Decker

        The house actually had two secret passageways! The house was in Virginia, built back in the Civil War time and restored a few times since. I lived there when I was a kid for a few years. The tunnel was in the basement behind a big cabinet. You would slide the cabinet over and there was a big hole that went to the cabin. My mom only let me go in / through it a couple times. The other passageway was in the house. There was a tiny panel in one of the closets that could be removed and behind it was a tiny stairwell that went up to a small private room. I did play in that a lot. We were told that both passageways were to hide soldiers during the war. Pretty cool.

        • Christina Makrides

          My imagination has gone on overdrive! Not too many kids can say they played in a secret passage! I’ve always loved Scooby Doo so I think my fascination stems from there. Solving mysteries, secret passages a dog that talks LOL. You’re a lucky man!

  • bccochran

    Holy Moses! You sure know how to generate comments Pat! Thanks for the awesome post. I’ve been thinking a lot about the art of storytelling this week and your post encapsulated it perfectly. A bit about me….hmmm…let’s see…I have rescue dog name Piper (my best little pal) who looks like Spuds Mackenzie, and I think I’m officially addicted to crossfit (my gym is called SicFit). I’ve only been at it for about 6 mos. ago, but have found it to be a great way to keep energized and practice focus and achieving the seemingly impossible. I’d say your podcasts have a similar effect. :) Cheers!

  • http://plantbasedkatie.com/ Katie Mae

    I totally love your random facts Pat! It definitely helps to feel like I know you more, which is nice since I’m listening to you for hours. I’m actually giving my first webinar tomorrow morning largely inspired by your interview with Lewis Howes. It’s going to be on how to cook without using processed oil, sugar and salt to reverse chronic disease and give people more vibrant health.

    Random fact: I’m a recovering ice cream addict :)

    • Laura G. Nistor

      ice cream gets me into a cold every time!!! nonetheless, I still eat as much ice cream as I can ….

      • http://plantbasedkatie.com/ Katie Mae

        Nice Laura, I still love it too! I just opt for coconut or almond ice creams now.

        • Laura G. Nistor

          love the coconut, but still I’m a vanilla person

    • http://backyardbrilliant.com BackyardBrilliant

      Love your website, Katie Mae! Pinning some of your recipes now, and congrats on your first webinar! Way to go!!
      ~ Beth Anne

      • http://plantbasedkatie.com/ Katie Mae

        Thank you Beth Anne! The webinar was a success! Let me know if you try any of the recipes. Would love to hear what you think :)

        • http://backyardbrilliant.com BackyardBrilliant

          Awesome, will do!

  • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

    I’m 6’8″ tall 265 pounds and I have a foam phobia. Yes, foam.

  • dswood1

    Great post, as usual. My online presence is minimal, but I know the potential online is massive, and I’d like to think I can tap into it somehow. My life has been an evolution for sure….one thing about me….the challenges I see my kids having today are all things I struggled with so many years ago, and STILL struggle with as an adult. I LOVE being OUTSIDE in Colorado playing whenever I can, and although I have not picked up a drumstick since 1987, I played in the marching band like you (but as a drummer, not in the brass) for many years!

  • Catherine

    Pat! Just today while learning that you are horrible at tennis, I wondered why on Earth you share these random facts. My exact thought went something like this: “Sure, they’re always entertaining but what is the point of this goofiness? Is there a strategy to this or is it all just for fun?” So thanks for clearing that up without me even asking.

    As for me, my name is Catherine and my day job is a nutrition educator for kids and pregnant teenagers. It’s my dream and plan to become location independent in the next three years. As part of that plan, I have a few side projects I am currently working on.

    The first (and most bizarre) is a website where I am beginning to share stories from my volunteer work/missions with individuals who have been sexually exploited and working in the adult entertainment industry. TheGraceInHisEyes.com was created to help people grab ahold of the vision and also help me with fundraising.

    The second project is a health/fitness site that was born out of my frustration with scammy, expensive, complicated workouts/gyms/websites/products. I’m still outlining this plan and doing some research. I’m super excited but also super nervous about pulling the trigger on that!

    Third is just the fun site where I will be documenting my journey towards working for myself and becoming location independent. This site is called theworldinpause.com

    Thanks for everything you do and share! You’ve been a ton of help and inspiration just in the few months I have been following. Keep it up and have fun in Austin!

  • http://emoryconsultingandcoaching.com/ Laurel Emory

    Thanks, Pat. Really appreciated this post. I had my first fantasy football team last season but didn’t do so well. Semi-related insider info about me: When I was in 7th grade I wanted to play football; as you can imagine the boys weren’t too enthusiastic about this but one day during their practice they let me do a 10-yard run as the receiver. To prove their point one of the boys tackled me just like he would’ve if it was another boy that he was going up against; that tackle, which landed me flat on my back, was enough to change my mind forever about playing football. :) Thanks for your vulnerability, transparency, and authenticity. Be well.

    • Laura G. Nistor

      that hurt for sure!

  • Merinne

    When I was in 2nd grade, a police officer came to my class as part of the DARE program, to talk about not doing drugs. He brought a small stuffed lion, “Darrell,” and told us to be nice to it and pass it around. I was a bookish kid, afraid of getting in any trouble, but I wanted to look cool. So, when I thought the cop wasn’t looking, I held the lion by its tail and spun it, twisting up the tail. The kids around me laughed and oohed. I felt like I was such a bada$$. And then I realized they weren’t reacting anymore…

    …because the cop was standing right behind me, watching me. My stomach sank to my feet.

    He told me he was going to arrest me for harassing the lion, and he took out his handcuffs. I got all cold and tingly and freaked out. I was imagining the cop walking me down a corridor of black bars and people shouting, and my parents being super pissed at me. Then I realized everyone around me was laughing at me.

    It finally hit me that they weren’t laughing AT me, they had just gotten the joke which I totally missed. So, of course, I tried to act like I knew it was a joke all along.

    And that was the last time I ever tried to look like a bada$$. I’m still afraid of cops to this day!

  • http://www.mlmblogpost.com/ Jason Lee

    Awesome you’re willing to reach out to your listeners Pat! Cool deal, so here is an interesting fact about me bud:

    *I served in the Navy on submarines as a nuclear plant operator for 6 years and have seen things that would make grown men cry.

    I’m also happily married with one 2 year old daughter =).

    Thanks again Pat for everything you do man. Awesome stuff.

    Jason.

  • Reba Charleston

    Love your podcast Pat, and wish you a successful mastermind meetup (tell JT I said hi)! Fun facts: I’m a lifelong learner always up for a challenge. Took piano lessons in my 30′s (unfortunately discovered I DON’T have natural talent). Had back surgery at 48, and then became a fitness trainer (Zumba and bootcamps) a couple years later. Left corporate job with a techie company after 23 yrs, and recently launched my own podcast. I love adventure – life is all about taking risks! See ya’ on Skype! ;o)

  • Andy Shaw

    I was traded in Little League. Multiple times. Because I was both A) terrible and B) scrawny, so C) Coaches wanted to find someone else to deal with me and D) My mom wanted me on the same teams as the biggest kids so they wouldn’t pitch against me. What I’m saying is I’m a winner.

  • http://amotherfarfromhome.com Rachel @ Mother Far from Home

    I play the piano and the guitar, but I don’t really like listening to music!

  • http://yankeebridesoutherngroom.weebly.com/ Audrey Mercier

    Hey Pat! Love this idea!

    –I grew up in a dome home that my parents built in the 70′s. I loved it when my parents would show me the photos of how it was built, and how each helping hand made it into the unique home it is today.

    –My now husband and I dated for two years all while being a thousand miles apart. Skype was our best friend!! And after living in that same dome home all my life, just last year, we got married and I made the thousand mile move from my hometown of Hartford, WI to his home state of Louisiana. It was a culture shock, along with a myriad of other acclimating circumstances, but I can say that finally being together is so awesome!

  • Brittyni Marr

    Hi

    I absolutely love the random facts! Its a reminder that even successful people are “ordinary” people.

    My interesting fact is that I am a professional figure skater. I traveled through Europe performing shows in multiple countries and now have my own skating accessories business. The only reason I started skating was because my older brother started so he would learn some coordination, and at the age of 3 I had to do EVERYTHING my older brother did.

    Good luck in all of your future endeavors :)

  • http://www.thinkingcloset.com/ Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Pat! I always appreciate the insights you share with us through your written word and podcasts. And I firmly believe in sharing a piece of yourself with your readers/listeners every time you interact with them. I have a theory: “People follow bloggers, not blogs.” And I think your post today is evidence of that!

    But my fun fact: “Don’t know much about history,” but I can recite all of the Presidents of the United States, Washington to Obama, in 14 seconds…thanks to my 9th grade Social Studies teacher.

  • http://joshuajlutz.com/ Joshua J. Lutz

    Johnny Cash held me when I was a baby.

    My parents met him and they all had a conversation during which I wound up in his arms at some point.

    #Random

    :0)

    • Christina Makrides

      That is AWESOME!

      • http://joshuajlutz.com/ Joshua J. Lutz

        Thanks! Since I was only a baby, I can’t remember the moment. I wish I could go back in time to see it. Where’s Doc Emmett Brown when you need him? :0)

        • http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ Pat Flynn

          If I find him I’ll point him your direction. Great tidbit!

        • http://joshuajlutz.com/ Joshua J. Lutz

          Ha! Thanks, Pat! :0)

  • Claudia

    Back to the Future II is better than the first one and one of my favorite movies. Lets see, oh yea, one of my greatest fears is getting attacked by a vicious dog…..another one of my favorite movies is The Sandlot :-)

  • warren

    Hello Pat! This is Warren Lynn from Internetbusiness.co. That is fantastic that you are able to make a living being yourself and helping people all over the world. I can still
    remember holding a chat session in Jeremy and Jason’s Platinum MasterMind Group
    when you joined in. Even then you were confident and knowledgeable about
    Internet business. I thought this guy is really going to do something with
    this. Well almost five years later you’re doing great. I also think that you
    should do more fun work with movies (like Crooked Arrows). I really enjoy
    working with the creative people on background gigs around the set. It’s a
    different world. Keep up the great work and thanks again for the interview. The
    Internet is in constant change and I can see the next big thing coming from
    your corner. Keep your feet on the ground and be ready.

    -Warren

  • Alan

    I can ride my bike with no handlebars, I love to play soccer – it’s my life, I do yoga and I’m sometimes ashamed to tell that when people ask. I only read marketing and personal development books – I just have read 1 novell in my life.

  • Bernardo

    Hi Pat, and hi to the rest of the people posting their comments about this post, good luck to all!!

    Finding your site, reading and listening from you, have been inspiring, and helpful, thank you for that.

    I first started working on a hotel as a phone receptionist and then moved in to the reservations department to be in charge of cleaning and sorting accounts, it was a bit like a detective kind of thing and used to like it because I love Sherlock
    Holmes novels and to me my job was in a way similar to his, after I was positioned as manager of group’s reservations.

    From that hotel I went to work for a different one as manager for the reservations department, lots of e-mails, phone calls, faxes, filing and long, long hours.

    While at this I met someone that invited me to work as a tour guide for a new attraction interacting and swimming with Stingrays, (yes like the ones that Steve Irwin got killed with), I have since been with this company for a number of years and is like my work has turn in to a permanent vacation!.

    Now I am in the process of expanding/sharing my experiences and knowledge
    at another level, on line, because I think there is a need for it, and while researching on how to do it is how I came to know about you when I read your
    e-Book the Smart Way.

    It might sound a little strange, but after reading this post I realize that you have come to be a part of the day by day happenings of my days and is because of how you have done your posts, and blogs, once more, thank you.

    Again, good luck to all!!

    • Laura G. Nistor

      that should be pretty nice!

      • Bernardo

        It is an amazing experience Laura.

  • http://design-playground.com/blog Taran Tej

    hey pat, i really enjoyed this post. I mean i could really connect with what you and jean were feeling. I used to personal blogging on blogger. I didn’t know much about blogging, just knew how to put episodes of my life in blogger. Though that blog is no more, I sometimes wonder if i should put those posts (i had saved them) in my current blog about web design. Its really good advice

  • Melissa

    Your random facts are like a delicious appetizer before the main course of the podcast. They’ve inspired me to share a little more of myself with my readers/listeners as well.

    Fun fact: I was once threatened with a lawsuit by Sir Ridley Scott, and that’s when I learned the power of a tiny website versus a Goliath film studio.

  • johnamitchell

    Hey pat! You are pretty cool! One of the first SPI podcasts I ever listened to the intro was”Pats office is completely paperless. Its all whiteboards.” I thought “finally! Someone loves whiteboards in their office just like me!” Have a great trip to Texas! John from Houston!

  • darci

    I got married in Mexico a few years ago and several crazy things happened. We were staying in a gorgeous resort in the Mayan Riviera and our resort wasn’t close to anything. We had 26 of our closest friends and family come and we had planned this for a year. We were there for two weeks and the wedding was near the end of the trip.
    A few mishaps make for great stories now! Here are just a few of the big things that went array!

    1. The airline crew took my dress from me to put it in a “safe” spot on the plane. When we landed my dress was just put up on the overhead bin with other luggage and now was in the corner with luggage over it in a crumpled mess. Forge on……….

    2. We had purchased 2 tan groomsmen outfits (linen of course) and my future hubby’s white linen digs. We got to our room and unpacked and then had upgraded to a different room the next day. Awesome. We repacked and moved. Several days later I asked Terry where his outfit was. He said he thought I had taken it from the previous room and vice versa. After much discussion with the hotel the outfit was never seen again. Uh oh….what to do. As the big day neared closer and still no sign from the hotel of any wedding outfit, we were having drinks at the bar one night and I had a great idea. “Hey Terry, what about the waiters outfit?” I mean, anyone who has been to Mexico would know………..typical white pants and shirt. We went to the manager the next day and asked. No problem and they even tailored it for him!

    3. Then after our beautiful ceremony on the beach with my crumpled dress and my hubby’s waiter outfit we headed off for pictures. I now am adorned with this gorgeous sentimental diamond ring as we take photo’s throughout the resort. Eventually we head to the outdoor reception, beautifully lit with candles as it is sunset. At one point my Mom asks to see the ring but it is too dark so we walk over to a candle…………my heart stopped…………the diamond is gone! Yes, the diamond is gone. I shriek, and everyone is on there hands and knees looking. Oh my, we have been everywhere taking photo’s how on earth could it be found? I finally say to everyone STOP LOOKING, let’s just continue on with the reception, we can’t do anything and it is so dark now. At that moment a Mexican worker yells something we didn’t quite understand but was holding his hand up. Yep, he had the diamond in his hand. Yes, he got a great tip!

    Looking back it is so funny all the random things that happened but I was a lucky gal that week and got to marry my best friend.

  • http://coltonbarry.com/ Colton Barry

    Hey Pat,

    Thanks for the inspiration.
    I’ve found that you have a way of directing your audience to simply listen to themselves. It is such a simple concept. But a hard one to grasp at times. About a year ago I returned home early from serving as a missionary for the LDS church. I had been in California for 7 months. I couldn’t do it for anyone else tho.
    The decision to come home was a decision to be honest with myself.
    I’m a spiritual guy, grateful for life, and I don’t know what happens when we die.
    I’ve started to pursue freelance work as a graphic & web designer. I like hiking and the fresh mountain air. And I’m about to propose to a beautiful young woman who’s waiting for me to come snuggle.

    All the best,
    -Colton

  • garysanchez

    My nickname is Cheese & I’ve played drums in the same cover band ( The Martyrs) for 20 years.

  • Amy Robles

    I think you should know, I have a big laugh. Rotund, as they say. It gets me into a lot of good stories or yelled at by annoyed people. When we Skype, Pat, please don’t be weirded out by it.

    Ps. This community rocks. I’m happy to be here. Thank you!

  • Designsmith

    Pat, your log in thing here wiped out my very long comment. I do not have the energy to write it all out again. so sad :( One part of it you might be interested in is this fact – your son and my grandson look identical. trues bob!

  • Joey

    I recently decided to start fishing for monster catfish. I fished a lot as a kid, usually with my dad and siblings but its been probably 10cant years since ive done it.

  • Yaron Levite

    Brilliant post as usual.

    Funny but true fact: for 3 years I was the king of TV campaigns in Israel. I did 18 commercials in 3 years until I told my agent that I don’t want to do anymore.

    I recently found one of them online, it is my favorite cause it was shot in South Africa, I star with a real live lion (scary), and I had hair!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diHB9vpj3TE

    • Laura G. Nistor

      freaking scarry!

      • Yaron Levite

        It was sooooo scary, and I had to act as if it wasn’t. There was one bit when the lion roared – I could feel my innards vibrating I was so close…

        We finished the take, I was so relieved, then I hear the director: “ok, let’s setup for another take.”

        NOOOO!!!!

        • Laura G. Nistor

          the director was nuts for sure!

        • http://www.expandbeyondyourself.com/ Michal

          ROTFL

  • John Dennis

    Hi gang. Here’s a story I’ve always kept close to my heart and haven’t shared much at all.

    When I was 20 and single (9 years ago), a friend and I were hanging out trying to figure out what to do one afternoon. He started telling me about this girl he knew who worked at a local GameStop and was apparently stunningly gorgeous and even down to Earth.

    Being the mischievous friend he was, he came up with this bold and “brilliant” idea: drive to GameStop and send me in to pretend I was just a normal customer while he waited in the car.

    While inside, I was supposed to “notice” her, introduce myself and ask for her number. At first, I refused – just the thought alone made me shudder with nervousness! But he convinced me… and I decided that I was going to go take bold action.

    So that same afternoon, we drove over to GameStop to carry out Operation: Embarrass Myself.

    I walked in and noticed her right away: Perfect not too straight and not too curly brown hair, beautiful bright (and I mean bright) green eyes, perfect skin tone, tall, but not as tall as me… Heck, I even noticed her curves in her not-so-flattering uniform. She was stunningly gorgeous.

    I was all about it.

    But what happened next, I was completely unprepared for. As I walked further into the store, I noticed from the corner of my eye that she was still looking my way. Her stare was piercing my confidence balloon and it was losing air FAST.

    So I did my best to brush it off and browsed around, picking up a few games while trying to figure out which one I was going to take up to her and buy without seeming like too much of a nerd. Not to mention, the whole time it “felt” like she was looking at me… watching my every move. I remember feeling so awkward.

    Eventually, I chose a game (I believe it was a Metal Gear game) and walked towards the counter. It felt like an eternity-walk down some fashion runway with everyone looking at me – even though it was just her who was starring.

    She had a smirk on her face that I couldn’t put a finger on and when I finally made it to the counter, I made one of those tight-lipped smile nods. She reciprocated, and began to ring me up.

    Here’s what shocked me: Before I could even whip out my wallet, she looked at me, introduced herself, told me straight up that we should hang out sometime and asked me for my number. Just like that. True story.

    I knew right then and there that she had a “tip off” about me. She had to. There was no way that just randomly happened.

    So we chatted and eventually realized that our little buddy had arranged the whole thing from BOTH sides without telling either of us. Like it was some big social experiment to see who would ask first!

    To keep this story long and not epically long, Jesse and I became a couple. Her and I were the epitome of passionate, and we had a truly amazing relationship. For a year and a half, we were together nearly every single day.

    Until one day she decided that she wanted to join the military to become a Marine sniper. Whoa.

    I wrestled with the fact that she was going military and I was pursuing my business at the time. Why wouldn’t she want to stay here with me? All those guys who would inevitably go after her – surely one would be more attractive than me and I’d lose her the hard way, so – why not just call it all off and lose her the “easy” way?

    And so I did. I broke it off while we were cruising the beach one afternoon. I ran.

    For the next two years, her and I still chatted every so often. We never really “settled down” with anyone else, but we both dated other people off and on. Out of her entire platoon, she even became the top sniper… which was no surprise to me. I knew she would excel, and excel she did. She always had a story.

    One weekend, she came down on leave for a long weekend. The night before she had to drive back up north, she called me at two in the morning asking what I was doing. Of course, I was doing nothing (even if I was doing something). After all, I hadn’t seen her in two years so I was anxious to finally meet up.

    Turned out, she had this CRAZY idea that we’d go to Singer Island (an island beach in South Florida) and go swimming on one of the coldest nights of the year. It was low 40′s out! But we were always spontaneous like that, so of course I said yes.

    When I arrived, she was already waiting leaning up against the trunk of her car. I got out and she gave me a leaping four-limbed hug and kiss.

    We walked down to the beach and … well, to keep this PG, she decided that she wanted us to swim “all-naturale” style.

    There was no way. I didn’t even want to go into the water in board shorts with how cold the air was.

    She insisted though. Said we’d keep each other warm and so … in we went (yes, I was “forced”). I remember being surprised about how warm the water was compared to the air. Still cold, but much much warmer than the air.

    That night was one if the most surreal memories of my life. I also remember the sky had this really red glow to the west from the city lights and to the east, over the Atlantic, was this deep contrasting blue color in the sky. Just over us, the colors met in a beautiful, intense mash up.

    It was the perfect representation of our relationship, and I said that to her. She melted in my arms.

    We got out, warmed up in the car and eventually said our goodbye – never knowing when we’d see each other again. She was headed back and would most likely get deployed. Or so I thought.

    The next day, while driving up with 3 other marines in a rental car, they had a blowout on the highway, flipped numerous times and Jesse was somehow ejected from the back seat. I believe one person died.

    Miraculously, she lived.

    For the next 3.5 months though, she was in a coma. Doctors had to cut her skull open to allow her brain to swell without killing her. They even had to fly her from Savannah, Georgia (near the crash site) to a hospital in Tampa so she could be cared for by neurological specialists and surgeons. It was like a nightmare.

    One evening, three and a half months after her crash, I received a call from her moms cell phone. Jesse had woken up.

    But there was something wrong…

    Her first words were, “where’s John?” and according to her mom, she kept asking over and over. The next day, I called to check in and what her mom told me is something that will be with me for the rest of my life.

    The doctors made the suggestion that since her and I had not been a “couple” for over two years, that I keep my distance. See, Jesse woke from her coma with absolutely no recollection of the last two years of her life. According to her mom, she thought we were still together.

    Sounds crazy, I know… and it IS crazy, but it really happened. She could no longer read, write or even walk but somehow “knew” we were together and noticed that I wasn’t by her side when she woke up.

    She spent over a year relearning what we take for granted every day. Walking… talking… knowing what a pencil does…

    It was heartbreaking. One of the most intelligent human beings I have ever met was reduced to an almost vegetative state, and to top it all off, she thought we were still a couple.

    After she returned home, I went to visit her with her mothers’ request. She thought it’d be best that I told Jesse myself what reality was. By then, I met someone else who I was serious with (and who was okay with me going to see her).

    I pulled up to her house, walked to her front door and knocked. Jesse ran to the door like a child and swung the door open, gave me a huge hug, let go, took a step back and said, “don’t I look pretty in my dress?”

    She had a black dress on. I told her she was beautiful.

    Her mom was in the kitchen, and I saw she was tearing up. I lost it. Clearly, she would never be the same again.

    I visited for an hour, told Jesse the same story that doctors and her family told her many, many times and then I left… It was a very confusing visit for her (and me).

    That was the last time I saw her.

    If you’ve taken the time to read this entire story, take the time now to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Tell them you love them. Hug, hold and kiss them. You never know what tomorrow may bring.

    Pat, I hope you’ve read this because I’d like to say that one of the reasons you resonate with me is because of how closely you hold family and how much they mean to you. Family is everything.

    As a family man, nothing matters more than my wife and (almost) three year old son. Sometimes, when I think about this time in my life – I literally tear up as I imagine anything like that happening again. Keeps me in check.

    Thanks for prompting me to share this, even though it was supposed to be “fun and interesting” … I figured it would certainly help to get to know me, but more importantly, serve as a lesson for some who read. As always, I appreciate your value

    Grateful,

    John Dennis

    • Christina Makrides

      John, I want to thank you for sharing such a defining moment in your life with the all of us here. I’m amazed at the courage it must have taken you to write this.and grateful to have been given such an experience to draw from when I need to be reminded of what really matters in life. Thank you.

      • John Dennis

        Thank you Christina! If this positively affected even one single person, it was worth sharing. Appreciate your words. :)

    • Laura G. Nistor

      long long story, but you made me keep reading it to the end. So, fact about you – you’re a good story teller. Inspirational indeed, you made me call my husband and say “Hey, I have a big hug for you at home!”

      • John Dennis

        Laura, that’s what it’s about! Moments come and go but the memories they leave are lasting. Make them count.

    • http://www.fortheloveofbeagle.com fortheloveofbeagle

      Wow, that made me tear up.

    • Cathy Ayala

      John, I’m still crying! Thanks for sharing! I too have a deep family connection. That’s the reason I started working from home. Since my children are older now (22 and 19) our daily lives sometimes get in the way but I’m always connected somehow. Just need to make time for a few more hugs! God bless you and your family, John:) Pat, thanks for the blog post!

  • Vedran Sučec

    Here is one fact I just realized yesterday.

    My profession for long time was, first programmer then several years later, code architect. The weird thing is I liked to write my code with the pen and paper??

    Although this was highly ineffective and inefficient way anything could be done in programming, I was doing it. For this fact I was ridiculed from my team members, hated by the boss and at the end I was simply ineffective.

    Maybe you ask what the moral of the story is?

    Simple.

    When I started working as a programmer I neglected my song (poems) writing (was too busy surviving).
    I really love to write poems, it’s my life, my breath, my salvation… and today after 6 years from my last job I finally pinpointed the feeling and causal connection. I was feeling creative and free when writing a poem and that feeling only survived based on my style of code writing.

    Today I’m writing code as I was back then, with pen and paper, but I write poems too. The fun fact is
    that I don’t need to do any of them today to survive and let alone thrive. Today I’m free to do both my way :)

    Cheers ya all!

    P.S. Sorry for bad language. English is not my native.

    • Christina Makrides

      Vedran, your English is GREAT for it not being your native language! Love how you connected the dots about your creativity!

  • Stuart Webster

    Random fact #1 My left thumb is shorter than my right thumb!

  • Laura G. Nistor

    Hi! It’s intimidating to see all these fun and interesting stories.
    Mine is simply that I’ve never had a traditional job in my entire life – well I’ve just started working two years ago – but I truly hope I’ll never have to get a 9 to 5 job never ever – although now I work somewhere from 7 to 8 (p.m.), but I enjoy what I do and someday I imagine myself only working like 4 hours per day!
    Have a nice day everybody!

  • http://www.sirvatka.com Cathy Sirvatka

    Hi Pat! We met in Chicago last year when you introduced me to Gene
    Hammett! Let’s see… When I was a kid, I got kicked in the leg by a Shetland pony that I was forbidden by my parents to be around. I had to
    hide the welted, bruised image of a hoof print from my parents for a
    long time!

  • Scott L

    Hey Pat,

    My fun random fact is that I was JET SKIING WITH FINS in the water . . . YIKES!

    I loveeee Jet Skiing and I was with a bunch of friends out in Oceanside, CA and we saw fins coming up out of the water swimming next to us. (We were going about 50pmh up and down in the swells.) My friends in the boat were ecstatic! I was on the jet ski and . . . . with my feet less than 5 inches from the water I wasn’t exactly trying pet them. Haha. However, they were Dolphins! It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

    Honestly, I hadn’t thought about this in a while. Thank you Pat for bringing this memory back to light!

    Safe travels.
    Scott

  • Dan Ramm

    No Dutch Girl. But I did once take part in the world’s largest marracca shake. World record achiever in my lunch break!

  • Radu Vrabie

    I had a similar thing happen to me, but on the reverse side: I met Steve Pavlina while walking on the street, which is quite a big coincidence since I live in Romania. We chatted for a few minutes and then I attended an improvised self-development workshop of his, in Bucharest, several days later.

  • Chris

    Hi Pat, great Post, thanks a lot.

    I’d like a 30 minute skype call with you and here’s my (hopefully) interesting fact about me.

    I’ve been raised to work 9to5 and have done so rather unsuccessfully and unhappy. So I’ve come across the 4hww and your spi community and my first project is actually starting to make money these days (http://xn--canyoningallgu-iib.de). The INTERESTING FACT is that still my friends and family are telling me “that I’m stupid” and I shouldn’t pursue the dream of a passive income. Moreover, I’m trying to ignore this and keep going with this idea.

    And with posts like this you help me out lots.

    Thanks

    Chris

    • Christina Makrides

      Hey Chris,
      Don’t feel bad, mine think I’m stupid for believing that there’s life outside a 9-5 but it’s all ignorance. I just smile and say “I understand what you’re saying” and let it go. When you do finally reach your goal, just like Pat said above, they will eventually come around;)

  • http://shamimnasir.com Nasir Uddin Shamim

    You guys actually changed the way of Podcasting. For me, i never heard any podcast in my life. But you have changed me and compelled me to follow your podcast in iTunes. Thanks pat again. :)

  • The Guy

    Another great article Pat. I’ve been a long term international business traveller since May 2000. There’s hardly been a month since when I haven’t flown off to some foreign land.

    More importantly though, this Sunday is my first wedding anniversary :-)

  • Alexandria Ingham

    I never think there is anything interesting about me but I will give it a go. My favorite 3 movies of all time are old (in fact 2 are black and white) and I’m only in my 20. I love It’s a Wonderful Life, Arsenic and Old Lace and Great Escape.

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      Can’t go wrong with It’s a Wonderful Life! We watch it every Christmas.

  • http://www.expandbeyondyourself.com/ Michal

    I can do more pull-ups than Craig Ballantyne. And I’m a white-collar worker (12 hours a day behind the desk and on a train) and fitness is not my passion.

  • http://www.nsavides.com/ Nick Savides

    Hi Pat,
    Hmm … An interesting and fun fact about my life, OK: I normally work the late shift, but today is my night off. I still try to keep a similar sleep schedule so I don’t get thrown off by the switch, and so I turned to your blog in the early morning hours as a diversion from the tasks at hand, but also to stay awake.

    The fun part is that right before reading this I ate a handful of assorted jellybeans! I’ve found that grabbing a fistful of them can produce unsettling tastes, so I’ve resorted to consuming only like colors at a time. This still produces peculiar tastes at times, but the results are more enjoyable, by and large. There is a science to everything, you see!

    Keep up the good work, and thanks for the inspiration.

  • wkhojoseph

    Hi pat!

    Today I just hit another milestone for my niche site duel 2.0. My niche site now is earning $80 from adsense.

  • Jeremy Fox

    Hi Pat,

    I have an unusual family tree. I have two cousins – my brother and my sister, one uncle – my dad and one aunt – my mum. I’ll tell you how it happened if you like. In case you’re worried – there’s noting weird going on!

    Cheers,
    Jeremy

  • http://www.plugins24.com/ Philip-Daniel Kleudgen

    The unique intros are really a great way to share information and connect with other peoplee. That’s exactly why I created the graphic about you and your podcast at handmadewp.com – because I enjoyed the intros and wanted to share them! Maybe you’d also like to share them here :-) Thanks for caring about your readers!

  • Manoj

    Hi Pat. Your resonant post! Over time I have come to realize how I should lead life on my own terms. The gumption to be different. I am always after my kids to think differently and forge their own paths.

  • Roger Michael Fraley

    I really appreciate the work you put into this site Pat. Not being afraid to do what you know to be right is a bold move and a smart one for sure! I have shared your site with a few friends looking to get into the same passive income business building. I myself have started but still am in the infancy stages. I’m a 25 year old single guy who worked full time and went to school full time at the same time. I had no assistance with payments from family, student loans, or any outside sources other than myself. After years of bashing my head in I wanted to go full go at this and have since but still have trouble. If you see this comment and pick me great if not thats also great because your site has helped so many people I can not hope to be singled out of the thousands among us. Thanks again for the great work Pat!

  • http://iPhonePhotographySchool.com/ Emil Pakarklis

    The first time I was trying to do an online video with me in front of the camera, I awkwardly bumped into the wall, almost fell over, and swore much worse that I normally do. Everything was recorded, and it could only get better after that :)

    • Laura G. Nistor

      interesting fact! I’m also doing video recordings, but I sit in front of the computer, so no accidents so far…

  • http://www.wleewarrenmd.com W. Lee Warren, MD

    Hey Pat,

    When I’m not online, I’m a brain surgeon.

    I know, most people say, “It’s not brain surgery…”

    But I really know what that means. Seriously, here’s my site: http://www.wleewarrenmd.com

    And here’s why no one invites brain surgeons to parties: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THNPmhBl-8I

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      Does this mean you don’t stay in a Holiday Inn?

      • http://www.wleewarrenmd.com W. Lee Warren, MD

        It’s not a bad place to stay, but they frown on folks trying to do brain surgery there…

    • http://backyardbrilliant.com BackyardBrilliant

      W. Lee, thank you so much for your service! My husband just returned home from his first deployment. He provided close air support for Operation Enduring Freedom. Just added your book to my wishlist on Amazon. Thanks again, and keep writing and encouraging. You certainly have a unique perspective to share!
      ~ Beth Anne

  • Naomi

    I generally avoid comments, but I’ve enjoyed reading through some of these!

    random story: I grew up in the middle of nowhere Rocky Mountains of Canada. One Easter my grandfather took my sister, cousin, and myself for a hike, I was maybe 10. Even though we were singing, talking, and laughing, we suddenly saw a large brown animal scrambling to stand up ahead of us. My first thought was that it was a bear, but it ended up being a moose. A mad moose. She came at us and us girls scattered while my grandfather yelled at it and beat its nose with his leather mitts. Moose hooves are sharp enough to kill a person, but she didn’t rear up and eventually turned and wandered away As we continued to hike, I had to go in the back because I was the oldest and I was sooooo scared. It turns out that someone had shot the moose in the rump but let it go, so she was not a happy camper. Animals in the forest usually turn and run when they hear people approaching.

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      Naomi, it looks like we’re part of a subculture here…haha…encounters with wild animals, that is. I had no idea it was so common. Glad to hear you’re okay. People don’t realize it but moose can charge at great speed. Your grandfather was smart, though – if it’s a black bear you can do the same thing most of the time. Loud noise bothers everyone I guess ;-)

  • http://www.bluntim.com/ Fran

    Some good tips there Pat. And I definitely agree on sharing personal
    things about yourself whatever business your in. People trust and like
    to deal with / buy from people they trust. Note that says “with people”
    not “with businesses”. that might not be applicable in some cases but I
    think 80% of the time it rings true, even if the person trusting or
    buying doesn’t realise it. Your random facts help make a connection.
    Even if I’ve never played the trumpet or follow fantasy football, it’s
    nice to know your a person and not some artificial persona behind a
    computer.

    For those who’ve ever been a member of BNI (largest
    international networking group) they will know this is built into your
    10 minute presentation introduction. “One thing you didn’t know about
    John Smith is ….”

    In the spirit of the post, my random fact = I won my first boxing fight by knock out in front of 500 people. (White collar, i’m not a real boxer) He was probably beating me until that point.

  • Andy Firth

    Some interesting facts about me in a few sentences. I played Hammond Organ & keyboards in a pro band for 10 years, drove a fork lift truck for 12 months then joined the Police! I now work on building my online business whilst having a full time job, supporting my family & my 2 children and their dancing. I love cars, technology and spending time outdoors with my family over here in Yorkshire, UK and also love Gracie jiu Jitsu. I also make sand drawings and sculptures with my friend Jamie for his business. Speak soon Pat! :-)

  • http://www.salomon-fotografie.de Alexander Salomon

    Hi Pat,

    first of all, I really love your blog and your Podcast, It’s so inspiring and what you are talking about simply makes and it’s so true.
    I was listening to one of your Podcasts episodes while I was comute to work this morning and I thought by myself: “why is this guy not giving up all of his current business and makes a live by just from teaching and Consulting”? Thousands of “Business experts” make probably much more Money than you by just sharing some common knowledge. And I think you do a much better Job that most of the “experts” out there. Your Content is just awesome.
    OK, one Thing I remember the most why I was studying is when we have been cought up by the Police. Decades ago I was studiying forestry sciences. And at one evening, a good Buddy and I deceided to go into the forest at night in order to study some frogs. Yes, you read right. We’de like to watching frogs in a waterhole in the Woods.
    So, we drove jumped into he car and drove into the forest.
    At this Point I Need to say that I live in Germany and forest streets are normally not public but as we were studying foresty sciences we had the permision to use this roads.
    When we made to turn into the forest, we recognized that another car did follow us. We didn’t care much about who this was but the car did follow us until we reached the waterhole – with the frogs. We went out of the car and the gentlemen in the car did as well. There were two Police officers. I Thing that they probably thought that they’ve mad a catch. Two students in a rusty old French car in the Woods. Must be something to do with drugs or so. At least something illegally.
    So, they asked us what we are doing here and we said: “well, we are watching frogs”. You shoud have seen their faces. The first reply was: “did you drink anything”?.
    Anyhow, we cleard the Situation, explained what we are doing and why and we convinced them that everything is fine. At the end, we ending up laughing and we had a good Chat with them. But the first Impression on the officers face – I’ll never will Forget.
    I have leared from this Little Story that we all live inside our box and we really don’t think that there could be something outside. So, try to pen the lid of your a Little bit and try to catch something what’s outside.
    Have a great day
    alexander
    http://www.salomon-fotografie.de

  • Matt Young

    I’m not sure anyone is going to top Gareth Mailer’s story but here is a little interesting fact about me. At the age of 9 (at school in Canada, I’m British) I was labelled as gifted (I.Q 145) and put in a different class. I hated it and asked to be moved back to my normal classroom. It didn’t help my education but it kept my ego in check and I came out of it with the best gift ever… common sense.

  • Stefan

    I started my online businesses as a way to escape doing a job I didn’t like doing.

  • http://www.affordableentrepreneur.com/ Mark

    Since you like Back to the Future, let’s pretend you are taking the Delorean on a ride together with Doc to fix something that went wrong. All the way back to the year 1817. And we were both in high school, just like McFly.

    You and Doc wanted to fix something that was simply wrong because it led to the first McFly who was sent away to an asylum. True story. Believe it or not, that’s where deaf people went in 1817. To the Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb.

    Great scott! Doc yells at you. We had it all wrong. Don’t you see, Marty? Your great-great-great-great-uncle Mark (yours truly here) was deaf. In 1817, the asylum was meant to be a s a safe place for deaf people to learn just as if you were going to Hill Valley High School. Well, not the one in the alternative 2015. But in 1985 before the whole mess began.

    What? You mean to tell me Doc that my great-great-great-whatever Uncle Mark was not … (you see me running down the front lawn of the asylum to you and Doc waving four fingers in the air) …crazy??? (put on your best bewildered look here)

    As soon as I reach you and Doc,I grab you two by the arm and pull you down just as a golf ball lands on the grass in front of you. Doc looks up at you, then me, sees me holding up 4 fingers.

    Great scott! Don’t you see Marty? I should have seen it coming. He’s not dumb. He’s telling us “FORE”!!! They are playing golf. Uncle Mark just saved your life. You could have been hit in the head by a golf ball. We gotta get out of here, Marty, before we screw up the timeline.

    Running away towards the front entrance to where the Delorean is parked, you look back and see your great-great-great-great-uncle Mark playing with an air guitar.

    Wait, Doc. What’s he’s doing now?

    Doc watches and interprets for you as your uncle finishes with a riff and looks at you, giving you a thumbs up. Marty! It all makes sense now. I think your uncle is trying to tell you will be a great rock star!

    Back to 2014 now…

    I guess my interesting fact to share here is I have a way with words and can certainly use my imagination to combine fiction and fact to make for an entertaining story that’s gonna leave you wondering if it was all real or a dream.

    Keep up the good work, and look forward to see if this was a worthy contender for your Skype call prize.

  • Kim_Avery

    Pick me! Pick me! (Sorry, just talking to the radomizer that will pick a lucky commenter.)

    Here’s a fact about me that no one knows and no one has ever wanted to know: I played Oboe in the fourth grade band. Why? The band director said my lips weren’t right for the flute.

    Sadly, both I and my parents fell for it not realizing that he was on flute-player overload and needed to beef up the reed section.

    Needless to say, my Oboe career was short-lived and the world is glad.

  • Leanne Drew

    Awesome post Pat. You always get my mind racing…Saw your post originally on Facebook and got all excited that your were coming to AUS(tralia) but alas, like many of your Aussie fans I realised it was in fact Austin.

    I seem to remember one of your “fun facts” that you have been to Austrlaia only the one time, and that you came to Mackay in Tropical Nth QueenslandI live half an hour north of Mackay, and have a website promoting our area, trying to put my little town of “Kolijo” on the map as I go on my on line journey, not knowing where it wil take me.

    I guess my “claim to fame” is that I drive trucks in the coal mines. The really big ones, and graders and loaders etc. Whlst working 13 hour days and nights I found through Jeremey and Jason from Internet Business Mastery a belief and vision of a way out of my cubicle. Truck Cab!. I listened to you in the wee hours Pat, taking multitude notes during my 5 days away.

    Last year I took a voluntary redundancy to help make my dreams come true. However being home all the time threw up challenges I had not thought of, and the realisation that becoming an overnight success will take more than 6 months.

    This morning I completed an interview, drove a truck in a simulator and realised I still got it! It’s good money, but life is more than money and I thought I had the plan. So now I am dealing with beating myself up about having to go back, but……I am choosing to see it as a pivot not a failure…and I haven’t got the job yet either.

  • Stephen Warley

    Pat . . . first thank you for sharing fun facts about your life! I have appreciated them and you have inspired me to start sharing more of my personal side, something I have been reluctant to do. I guess I was scared, maybe shy or didn’t want to come off as self promotional. Thanks for the encouragement! Now for my fun fact (maybe weird)!

    I have an aversion to paper. I don’t use paper of any kind. I use cloth napkins. I use tea towels instead of paper towels. I don’t even have business cards and it never seem to hurt my business! I almost never use cash. I don’t take receipts, I scan them instead. As soon as I receive a piece of junk mail I immediately get my name off taken off the mailing list. I always refuse swag at conferences because there’s always more paper stuffed into those bags than anything of use! I’ve wrapped gifts in cloth before. I do use toilet paper, but have thought about installing a bidet, but don’t think I’m ready to take my aversion to paper that far (yet). Once in a while I will send a card to someone on a special occasion (because it stands out and seems more special than sending an email).

    Why am I so against paper? Mainly because of the clutter and waste it creates. I’m a minimalist. If you want to reduce clutter or waste in your home or office, paper is one of the worst offenders. When people learn this about me their eyes bug out of their head! They think it’s impossible to eradicate paper from your life. It isn’t because I’ve been doing for the last 7 years!

    Thanks for letting m share something personal with you Pat . . . now I have to start doing this more in my own podcast and blog!

  • WJ Anderson

    Pat, first, I want to thank you.
    You are THE ONE who inspired me to beginning building an online
    presence. I’m less than a year in and still learning and really
    enjoy your podcasts and the materials provided by people I met
    through your podcast. controlofmylife.com would not exist today if it were not for you. Although I don’t have a lot of traffic yet, I do have a small community of people that I am able to help with free content, because of your coaching! Thank you.

    Fun fact – I was once at the hospital for some routine tests. In the waiting room were 2 elderly gentleman in poor health. When nurse called me “Mr. Anderson”, one of the elderly gentleman got excited because he was in the same room as the famous professional wrestler Arn Anderson. I’m not him, so I found it odd and looked for a picture of Arn Anderson. I discovered that we do look awfully similar. Although I’ve never been a pro-wrestler, I think that just be there made a long day of medical treatment and diagnosis a little bit cheerier for an sick, old man.

  • http://TheLongerHaul.com/ Jody

    One summer when a kid, I really wanted to go to summer camp. After much begging and pleading my mom finally gave in and sent me to…Asthma Camp?! Uh, this in not what I had in mind.

    It was everything you would think it would be. A ton of kids, allergic to everything around them, puffing on inhalers constantly, and wheezing all over the place. Who thought that would be a good idea? Oh, and it was in the middle of the forest (why not put these kids in the middle of EVERYTHING they are allergic too?).

    One of the only things I really remember (blocked the rest of it out most likely) are the counselors bringing it two big buckets of water, throwing two cow lungs in them, and saying, “this lung is healthy…see it floats!” “This lung is not healthy…like yours…and it sinks!” Wow, thanks. Can you say scared for life?

  • http://florenciadisarli.com Florencia Di Sarli

    I think you’d really appreciate this article called “Stop Taking Advice – Especially from Friends and Family” – https://medium.com/design-creativity-life/495fed31c2dc.

    I think it’s a pretty good reminder to trust your instincts and do things that seem right for you :)

  • Faith Watson

    Hi Pat! I loved your post. I have to admit I now use meeting YOU a year ago and not knowing who you were at all, as a random fact/fun story about me. Especially because your backpack said, “Hi My Name Is Pat.” When the spotlight at the conference went on you and everyone started cheering, theeennn I…actually, nope, nothin’. I was not in this realm we’re in together now today, so, to me, you were just a nice kid who beat the terrible storm on his way to Chicago whose name was the same as my mom’s. I have so many bits of trivia–I’ve been realizing that I’ve lived so much and am grateful I’ve met so many people and paid attention to my days!–but I’ll share this one:

    I met Bill Murray when I got to work backstage at these big Eric Clapton Crossroads concerts that were held in Chicago a couple of times (he was the emcee). I’m a huge fan but managed not to be starstruck b/c he is soooo down to earth and a great guy. It began as I was told to put a couple of 12 packs of beer in his green room’s fridge, it was part of his contract. He came in as I was loading them and walked up to take them from me to help…and then he wisecracked about the beer brand and said to take them away (love Bill Murray!) …so I hesitated with two 12 packs and he said, “Whoa, nice guns” and proceeded to squeeze my biceps. “What do you do to work out?” I told him mostly body weight exercise, I owned an alternative fitness studio then, and I was a Pilates instructor. “Pilates? I know Pilates, I have a Reformer.”

    Oddly, superstar Mr. Bill Murray and I continued to bond on the subject of alternative fitness through the weekend. He demonstrated some movements from his latest program, Egoscue, which I knew nothing about. I discussed his golf habit and what might help with his game and body… and he made me sit on his couch to experience a cryogenic type machine he carried with him: “which knee is your worse one?” he asked. My right, but he was sitting on my left so he struggled to wrap the band around, and I said something like, “My leg might be too big,” and he smirked, “You do have powerful thighs…”

    Oh Bill Murray. Or Billy, as James Caan (the dad in Elf for you young ones) called him later in the concert weekend as we watched him entertain the masses, Jimmy’s around me in the green room. See, Jimmy, that would be what Jeff Daniels called him, who…oh never mind. Just the best weekend ever… and every time Mr. Murray would call out my name looking for something, my husband would say, “Honey, Bill wants you. Use those thighs and hustle over there.” ;-)

  • Sam Haslam

    Hi Pat. Firstly I want to say thank you for all your hard work and content on both your site and podcast. Everything is accessible and easy to understand, really valuable content.

    Otherwise, I have an irrational fear of praying mantis’ since one escaped in my house when I was a child. I cringe at the sight of a picture of one!

  • Nabil Ansari

    The most random fact about me – I’m bipolar and a workaholic. But I do pretty good things. Like, right now I’m 18 and I received an invitation from a global company to be their content developer.

    But I’m still in the 2nd year of my degree. They said it was okay. And following your advice, I started a “self-hosted” blog because I’m damn serious about this self-employed thingy.

    But outside my internet life, I play snooker. But after playing for my state, I ran out of money and so I had to leave my snooker career there.

    So this interview, self-employment and blog thing makes sense, right? So this is exactly what I will be talking about when you skype me. I will surely take some interview tips from you.

    Expecting your call soon….

    Till then,
    -N

  • http://StacieWalker.com/ Stacie Walker

    Hey Pat,

    You are in Austin. Great city. My family and I are about 45 minutes away in San Antonio. I hope you are enjoying the city life. Anyway, this is a great post. I do enjoy your little facts about yourself during the intro. It’s brilliant! It does make a difference and it’s a genius way to build trust.

    Let’s see, um something about me…

    I’m a sleep talker not a sleep walker.

    My hubby confessed to me a couple of years ago that I have conversations with him while I sleep. Pretty crazy, right?! I have no clue that I’m doing this. It’s actually kind of embarrassing. My hubby enjoys asking me questions while I sleep because I answer his questions.

    I can’t believe I’m sharing this on your blog. A LOT of people discover me through you. Oh well, it’s out.

    Have a safe trip:)

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      I don’t think I would ever go to sleep, Stacie!

      • http://StacieWalker.com/ Stacie Walker

        Kathi, I know what you mean. I’m still uncomfortable to this day and we have been together for 3 years. He gets the best of me when I take naps during the day. There is no escape! Lol

        • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

          Haha! no blackmail yet? he must really love you

        • http://StacieWalker.com/ Stacie Walker

          Oh, yes. He has blackmailed me a couple of time. He better love me. hehe:)

        • http://StacieWalker.com/ Stacie Walker

          Kathi,

          He said that he has captured a video of my sleep talking episodes. I haven’t seen them yet. I almost don’t believe him but I shouldn’t put anything past him. He sleep walks and I caputred a fantastic two minute video of him trying to go out the front door. Hehe. I’m the sleep talker and he’s the sleep walker. I guess we are perfect for one another:)

        • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

          Stacie, you two are hilarious! I think there’s a YouTube video here somewhere…

        • http://StacieWalker.com/ Stacie Walker

          Lol! I don’t think I’m ready for him to release it on YouTube quite yet. One of these days, I just might share our weirdness on my blog. Heck, I’ve already posted my fun fact on a high traffic blog. Thanks Pat Flynn:)

  • Kyle

    I’m a drummer and I’ve played on the same stage as The Beatles. (Just not at the same time)

  • http://nerdycreator.com/ Yong Kang Chan

    Hi Pat,

    First time posting here. My brother recommended me to your site.

    I can relate to your post. Sharing is really important. I used to be a very quiet person in secondary school and I felt very disconnected with all my classmates. I felt like an outcast them. That’s because I didn’t share any thing about myself! I made myself an outcast by not sharing enough.

    Fast forward to today, I’m writing a book called “Fearless Passion” to share my love for creativity, writing, animation, music plus many more passions with the world. As I share more about myself, I feel that I made more friends. :)

    Cool post you have written. Keep it up!

    P.S: Perhaps one more thing to share is tomorrow is my 30th birthday. haha…

  • http://www.ajanweb.com Cem Göknil

    Dear Pat, I’m really glad you’re doing it in a different way, because if everybody approached internet marketing in the same way, we wouldn’t have any innovation.

    Also, I really like how you are not angry or bitter about your experiments. For example, before reading your blog, if I had made only 200$ from something, I’d be like: “I can’t believe it – all this time I’ve put in – all for 200 bucks!” But you are say “ok, cool, let’s see what else can I add.. how can I tweak it. Or it’s too early, let’s give it some time..”

    Often times we are our own worst enemy, and your positive, open-minded attitude that values any result has changed my perception that everything should have results, and fast!

    Thanks.

  • chanahliorawizenberg

    I started off a ballerina but realized I wanted more and definitely more money. When the day came to leave that world the first thing I did was cut off my hair. I had braids. I took the hair dresser several minutes to be able to cut them off. He was more upset than I was about it. After her finally cut them he told me each braid probably weight about 2 pounds. I was rather fixated on making money so it seemed right to take them to a Hasidic Jewish neighborhood in NYC and sell them. I got 50 bucks for them and the ladies in the shop were very happy. They would be used to make payois, prayer sidecurls for that Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish men wear. Then I went straight for the food. I enrolled in Johnson & Wales College for pastry arts. That was wonderful and story for another time.

  • http://www.listalista.com/ Lisa Lista

    “May the 4th be with you.” Love the deadline!

    So….a fun and interesting fact about my life. How about this?

    When I was 21 I was offered a job as teacher in a one-room school for the children of workers on a ranch in Tecate, Mexico which was owned by a former US Secret Service Agent who kept a loaded automatic machine gun slung over the back of his kitchen chair.

    Do you think I took the job?

  • scott moore

    I have been on your list for quite awhile and mostly because of your no-hype, very real approach.

    As far as a fact about me outside of working online, the easiest fact is that I am a huge Alabama football fan. Alabama is a football state with a lot of tradition and passion that was cemented when Paul “Bear” Bryant was the coach for so many years.

    Keep your connection with people online. It would help me knowing I inspire people and the goal is to someday do that the way you do. That is what you do, buddy. You inspire people to keep reaching.

    Scott

  • http://fitnessforprofessionals.com/ Tim

    Hi Pat!

    Random fact about me: I went skydiving when I was 21 years old and it was awesome!

    Cheers!

    • http://inthewoods.us/ Kathi Tevlin

      It is, isn’t it? :)

  • http://best2keepitsimple.com/ Janet Walker

    Now There’s a Fun, Clever & Different Way to boost your readers memory bank.

    For me my kids are everything, even when they drive me crazy. My eldest is 10 and is a brown belt in karate which i am so proud.

    So my interesting part is i also used to be in a band i played the kazoo, yes really. not many know this an actually i had forgotten about that part of my life:)

    The fun part is i am getting my son to do his karate moves for the intro in some videos i plan on doing. Apart from this comment becoming my accountability statement, my son says, now i wrote it its gotta happen :).

    Thanks for letting me share. I hope you enjoy your mastermind group and also have a little time out for yourself. We all need a little time to listen, reflect and enjoy the present moment.

    Blessings Janet

  • Sara

    When I was 19 I spontaneously moved to Florida and got a job working at Disney. I arranged it so that my commute to work involved a ride on the monorail, and a couple of trips on the Rockin Rollercoaster through the singles line… and I didn’t even work in the parks! That certainly took the blah out of a Monday morning… and took some of the sting out of the $6.15 an hour I made doing the job!

  • Guest

    I learned to solve a rubik’s cube while I was a missionary in Manta, Ecuador

  • http://manifestyourself.com/ Kimberly Whittaker

    Fun Fact: I have studied vocal Jazz at UCONN for over 6 years (middle school + high school)… and can scat with the best of them! Too bad I haven’t taken the time to sing (unless I am requested) in the last few years. Have a great day, Pat!

  • Rosana

    Growing up in Brazil in the 80′s we had a clothes line running underneath a huge avocado tree. One morning I went and got a pair of jeans from the clothes line, put them on and walked to school. I sat down on my desk in class and started to wonder what that strange feeling on my leg was, so I went to the bathroom, took my pants off and shook them. Out came this HUGE, green, gnarly caterpillar…UGHHHH

  • http://bestwordforward.weebly.com/ Jonathan Ytreberg

    I have been wracking my brain all morning to find a random fact about myself to share here. It’s kind of difficult to follow Gareth Mailer’s story so I don’t think I’ll even try. My little fact is along those lines of two people getting together though.

    I too participated in marching band in high school (sorry Pat, drummer, not trumpet). My now wife participated in drum corps and colorguard in the are as well. With the similarities of these activities, the people involved in the activities regularly hung out together. In 1996 I was a freshman in high school and I found out many years later that my wife had been to several band rehearsals that fall to visit a friend of hers that was in the same band. We never spoke at the time, but were that close to each other without even knowing what would someday happen.

    Ironically, at the close of the summer of 1996, I attended the Drum Corps Associates World Championships (which happened to be in my home town of Rochester, NY that year), an event at which my wife performed. Again, I had no idea who she was, but it actually turns out that the date of that event was almost 10 years to the day before we got married.

    We have both said a few times that it would be interesting to travel back to those events and see just how close we were to each other without ever knowing. It must have been some destiny that led us together.

    So the random fact is that I was in the same place at the same time as my wife 10 years before marrying her and 6 years before even meeting her. WEIRD!

  • http://heelpainrelief.net Randy

    Hi Pat-

    In my other life (outside of online business) I work on oceanographic and atmospheric buoys in the Gulf of Mexico. I design the software and electronics for these systems. I’m involved in deploying and recovering them as well.

    Thanks for all of your hard work…

  • Denise Albright

    Hi Pat,

    I’ve recently gotten to know you and heart your style!

    My fun fact…my first job out of college (Penn State) was driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. It was a life changing experience. I was given the keys to a piece of Americana and the platform to reach out to 1000s! After the year long stint, I fell in love with San Diego and lived there for 15 years. This was yet another reason it was so life-changing. This Erie, PA native would never have decided to move to San Diego, aka paradise on the mainland.

    We live on the right coast now, but hope to return to SD in the upcoming year or so…just after I get my passive income stream flowing wildly! When I do, I’d love to hear you speak in person, or go on a double date with our spouses.

    Cheers,
    Denise

  • Jeffrey James

    A fun and interesting fact about my life? I can jump rope while on a pogo stick. Not a useful skill — but definitely fun and interesting!

  • http://www.parententrepreneursuccess.com/ Mary Kathryn Johnson

    Oh My God! A possible consultation with Pat Flynn produces almost 300 comments in less than one day!
    Hey Pat, I was a volunteer Ambulance Driver for the volunteer Fire Dept. in Bodega Bay, CA for about 3 years. Interesting time of my life to say the least.
    I also love to play my cello (since 7th grade, and I’m 50yo. now) and love to listen to my sons in Marching Band and Jazz Band!

    Have fun in Texas!

  • David Hutcherson

    I love Batman. He is my favorite super hero. I sometimes where my Batman mask while I work.

  • Barb

    Hi Pat, You’ll love Austin… very cool place. I can’t compete with most of the fun and interesting facts here. I’m on my second career, trying my hand at IM. In my first career as a consultant, I got to work on some very interesting projects with the likes of NASA and the Smithsonian. My dream is to go cross country in an RV and visit all the national parks.

  • http://www.faqtube.tv Tom Martin

    My name’s Tom and I don’t like Star Wars. There, I said it.

  • http://www.michaelkentsmith.com Michael Smith

    My fun (at least for me) and interesting fact is that I have just started to run again this year after 6 years of not being able to, due to a severe ankle injury.

    I just completed 3 miles for the first time without having to revert to walking. Now, that’s a tough pill to swallow since I have done dozens of triathlons and marathons in the past, but you have to start where you are — and after 6 years without running, that’s where I am.

    In any case, I’m thrilled because I missed it very much!

  • Mike Drew

    Hey Pat,

    I enjoyed reading this post. I just discovered you through a podcast you did with Chris Ducker on Virtual Assistants. I am really enjoying your site and podcasts. I just finished the 3 part series on Smart Passive Income.

    One thing about myself, is that me and several buddies are working on developing a mobile app! It’s rather comical to me because, several years ago in college I failed the computer assessment twice! Now, I am learning through people such as yourself how to build different skills and open new doors of opportunities.

    Thanks so much for all you do!
    -Mike Drew

  • Michael Katz

    Love to Travel. Austin is a great city. I have been to all 50 states and 65 countries. Love China. Hate Alabama. My wife thinks I am obsessed with earning miles and points. I am. But it helps us travel!

  • Kristin Tara Horowitz

    I know you get a million emails, but I saw you walk by at the World Domination Summit last year and got all fangirl about you to my husband.

    I was too shy to say hello because I actually know how you feel. I’ve been niche-famous for a while and people do the same thing to me and I find it incredibly awkward. I like to blame being a nerd in high school and not getting used to being “popular” then.

    Just loved the post because it was real and made me feel better about how I handle the fame and simultaneously bad for not giving you a stoke for recognizing you. Lesson learned, keep up the good work. :)

  • James Kaczmark

    Irony that I’m replying today which is “National Honesty Day”

    File this response under: “How asking to carry the books for the most popular girl in class changed my life.” (And no, this is not what you might otherwise expect to be a romantic story.)

    I was in 7th grade, and “comfortable” socially, not thinking I was either popular or wanting of friends. One day I witnessed this girl struggling with the items she needed to carry to class, so I simply offered to help by carrying her books. By that afternoon, the word had gotten out to the entire school that I was interested in this girl. I was amazed at the varying responses from encouraging to demoralizing & derogatory. It was a very quick lesson in how junior high school really worked. I looked back and remembered that I was actually nervous before I offered my assistance to someone even though I wasn’t trying to “make a move on her”. I suddenly recognized the various social categories everyone placed themselves in and how hard to most it must be to make that first move to fit in across all of those unseen borders. But I had already made that “jump” once, so why not do it again? The optimist in me saw more of the smile and thank you from the girl, more of the positive in the amazement that I had “done such a thing” from others than I saw in the several “you’re not good enough for her” comments I also received.

    So what to do next? I tried my little social experiment again, and then again. By the end of high school, I was just as comfortable cracking a joke with the burnouts as I was helping someone with something they didn’t understand in physics. I was in both the band and on the hockey team. (As a result I had by far the loudest personal cheering section at all of my games!) I could chat with the cheerleaders before class, then walk to my class with someone who was always more in need of a friend. I had gained a deep sense of being comfortable with myself. I never once attended one of the parties many went to on weekends, and in the end even received senior yearbook comments expressing how others had wished they had not been drawn into such things.

    The lessons learned as a result of my offer to help someone are carried with me to this day. I still often feel a bit nervous before meeting someone or trying something new. Then I just think of my offer to help out the most popular girl in class years ago.

  • Jacob @ iHeartBudgets

    Fun Fact: I am a black belt in karate and earned a Gold medal in state and went on to earn two silver medals in the West Coast regionals. Every now and then I’ll take someone down for fun, especially if they think they can take me. Also, I can punch really, really hard for a 155 lb. skinny guy…

  • Andrew Whittington

    Hi everyone, well i guess here it goes..hehe..Just last year i returned home to my parents to regroup and refresh because of personal financial reasons. I’ve worked many jobs, “dirty jobs”. Every day i worked hard for low wage believing there is a better way to make a living, making money yourself and being self employed. One day i will be self employed freeing myself from a “capped income” and allowing me to spend more time with my Wife and one year old daughter.
    In August of 2013, I saved every penny could to meet my Wife in the Philippines and on September 19th of 2013 we married in her hometown BayBay City, Leyte Province. Little did we know at the time a typhoon “Yolanda” would hit the small city we lived in and Tacloban City thereafter. AND for the first time in my life feel an Earthquake from Bohol, Cebu! lol. We survived and endured through so much since we have married.
    The main adversity now is our financial situation. I am back now here in Florida but without my lovely Wife and my darling Daughter:( Hoping that someday i will make enough money to migrate them both here. To me Family come first in my life. I miss them both so much and as i said, when i find out a way to earn money through a way online, i will send her here. PEace!

    Andrew.

  • http://www.magneticmemorymethod.com/ Anthony Metivier

    Fact about me: I can recite the alphabet backwards and have had the privilege of teaching thousands of others to do the same. Sounds trivial, but this simple little skill can change your life.

  • http://marknoldy.com/ Mark Noldy

    I noticed the random fact thing about your podcast, and I always thought it was pretty original.

  • pr0digy1

    Pat this is super awesome and I’m so happy for you! I think including info about your life is what humanizes you in comparison to some of your peers that I may be following. Everyone has their own style, but this makes you much easier to relate to.

    Random fact about me: I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of the Marvel Universe. Specifically the cosmic beings/space entities. My favorite character is Adam Warlock (and the Silver Surfer is a close second).

  • ThePreparedPerformer

    1. The timing of this post was scary perfect for me. I put so much of myself out there online, and I know it has helped me to connect with my niche. I have a very small following, but my husband has been recognized a few times because of fun family tidbits I share publicly which is always crazy. When I read this post, I was in the middle of wondering whether or not it was a good idea for me to be so open because I’ve started getting some really great email questions through my blog from people who live all around the world. It reminds me that it’s not just my own private students who see the content I post. I know you’ve spoken about it before, but I’d love to know how you decided what to keep private and what you decide to put out there.

    2. I have been having a really rough time getting people to comment on my blog. But, I just realized that I honestly think about commenting on yours %90 of the time, but I either get side tracked or it’s not convenient at the time and then I forget. So, I’m going to make an honest effort to comment more often. Comment Karma! : )

    3. FUN FACT – I’ve had dentures since I was 12. Not a full set, just 2. They were on a retainer as a kid and then I had implants put in when I was in college. I even took them out for a production of The Man of La Mancha I was in before I had my implants. : )

    4. Airplanes are the BEST time to get work done. I love that you wrote this whole post in the air.

    5. Thank you again for being so awesome.

  • Imtiaz

    Awesome advice! #TakingActionNow

  • Ryan Kimm

    I know how to Curl, really well in fact. You know, like the olympic sport?! I grew up with a curling rink in my home town and learned at an early age. Most people have no idea I know all about the sport. OK, there it is. Short and simple. Thanks!

  • Greg Palmer

    As you can see in my picture I have grey hair. I have had a significant amount of grey hair since I was a senior in high school which is the first time someone actually commented to me about it. That was the first of many interesting comments.

    Since then I have had several people ask me if I dye my hair to look grey. I always tell them that if I dyed my hair it would be brown.

    The best comment that I got was from my wife. After our first date she told me that she was afraid to say anything about it because she wasn’t sure if I knew that I had grey hair. Yes, I am fully aware. She married me anyway.

  • http://the52weekchallenge.com/ Casey

    When I was in High School I was in the FFA. I stuck out like a sore thumb because I’d never raised an animal before in my life (and still haven’t besides a pet dog), but I earned some respect from my FFA peers by rocking the speaking and parliamentary procedures competitions.

  • Gabriella

    In keeping with your podcast intros which are brilliant, not stupid… here is something about me that also connects to you… we share the same wedding anniversary (February 21st) although you didn’t say… I have a feeling it’s the same year too…

  • http://backyardbrilliant.com BackyardBrilliant

    Pat, this was such an encouraging post! I often worry that I’m an over-sharer online, but I really want my readers (and soon-to-be listeners!) to get to know me. Who cares if they know my full name or some fun facts about me and my family? And, let’s face it, I love showing off my adorable little boy so I’ve incorporated some videos of him on my blog. I only started listening to your podcast a few months ago, but I will always remember that your Mom can break bricks with her head (she wins the awesome award, by the way!) or that you once had a spitting contest with a camel.
    Now for my random fact: My brother once trapped me under our garage door as a kid. He convinced me that we were both just chilling out, lying down under the garage door. Then he got up really fast and sprinted to hit the button. This was before the safety feature, so I was pinned under the door just flailing my arms and legs. My parents were doing yard work and couldn’t hear me yelling above the noise of the lawn mower. I think my brother realized that the joke had gone too far so he pushed the button again and freed me after a minute or so. The funny thing is, my brother is like the best guy ever! We were great pals as kids and he’s still someone I love and admire so much. We all have our weak moments, I guess!
    On the oversharing front: here’s a homecoming video I just made to welcome my hubby home from deployment :) Hope it brings you a smile! http://youtu.be/ZVkYmkYL1Is

    Beth Anne from backyardbrilliant.com

  • Chris

    Hey Pat, so one fun fact about me is that I am an only child, but my wife comes from a family of 12 kids (no twins or adoptions – all the same mom and dad). Definetly makes for some interesting hollidays. :-)

  • Bonnie Gean

    Thinking back to the stories mom used to tell the relatives (albeit to make me fidget whenever she had a chance), happened when I was 10 years old. To this day, my sisters still bring it up!

    Dad was always an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish and this weekend was no exception. Mom would take the prize he brought home and cook it up for dinner.

    This night, it was rabbit meat mixed with turkey for meat pies. They were delicious, but such a painstakingly process to prepare. More than two hours passed before mom was ready to fill the pie plates.

    We were a family of six; both parents had to work (this was back in the 60′s) to make ends meet. I believe this is why dad went hunting – to fill the freezer with extra meat. However, I digress.

    After mom deboned the meat, it was time to mix it with the other ingredients for pie. She called out to me to discard the bones into the trashcan. (We had two metal cans sitting out in the backyard.)

    It was dark, and being a youngster, I did not relish going outside alone. In addition, I was watching the Wizard of Oz on television and I was very engrossed! The last thing I wanted to do was a chore, but mom called more than once and I could hear the mounting disgust in her voice due to my ignorance.

    Scoffing, I ran to the kitchen and picked up the pot of bones to go outside. Being afraid, I did not waste time getting to the can and lifting the lid. I poured the contents of the container into the dark pit of broken glass and smelly waste.

    “I hope she’s satisfied,” I thought.

    From the backdoor, I could hear her yelling, “Bonnie! Don’t you dare dump that yet!”

    “Geez, make up my mind!”

    I can see dad coming out to the trash bin, flashlight in tow. Mom is still standing at the door screaming at the top of her lungs. I was not sure what I did wrong, but whatever it was – mom was not elated.

    In case you have not guessed, I did not dump the bones into the trashcan. In my haste to get outside and back to watch the Wizard of Oz, I grabbed the bowl of meat instead.

    Consequently, we did not have meat pie that night. We had pizza. :)

    I liked the idea, but for the next week mom did not ask me to do a single thing! Her anger brewed for quite some time. ROFL

  • jameshartlaw

    Hi Pat, Love your show. I’ll be brief. I’ve got two kids like you do, about the same age as well. (almost 4 and almost 2). My “fun” fact is that my wife is 38 weeks pregnant and we are about to have three kids, all within 4 years. I’m scared to death – but excited all at the same time. So if you want to talk about parenting, and how to find time to build an online business with two toddlers and a baby – I’m your guy. Safe travels to you.

  • http://formyourfuture.com/ Josh Escusa

    Hey Pat. Been following your blog since 2011 and it’s always a treat to read your content. You know if, I saw you on the street I think I would recognize you. You do such a good job of inserting your personality into your blog and podcast and it’s been an inspiration for me. I ended up building my own blog and it’s been going great. After a few months I was finally able to quit my full time job and focus on my online business. I love it!

  • http://www.TrueSpiritualAwakening.com/ Steve Rice

    Sometimes the most spontaneous decisions are the coolest life experiences. (As @garethmailer:disqus epic story shows)

    Mine’s not as dramatic…but once, I was watching a show “10 Best Beaches You’ve Never Heard Of” (or some such title). In it they mentioned an unspoiled beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico. My mom is from PR, so I was surprised that I didn’t know this town.

    I Googled it, and it’s a tiny island next to Vieques off the eastern end of the main island. I started reading about this place and found a cool little resort for sale. At the time, I thought it would be so fun to move to the Caribbean and operate a little hotel, so I flew down there to meet with the realtor.

    Someone else ended up buying the resort, but it was one of the neatest memories of my life. I spent 3 days there exploring all by myself. I met cool locals and travelers at a little bar/restaurant called the Dinghy Dock.

    It was strange to go to a place where I didn’t know anyone (or even speak the language well) and find connection and relaxation. All on a whim. :)

    Guess the point of this random story is to jump. When “inspiration” (or even a show on Travel Channel) hits you, take the leap sometimes. Life’s more fun that way.

    • Peggy

      Love your story! So many times we’re afraid to jump.

      • http://www.TrueSpiritualAwakening.com/ Steve Rice

        Thanks, Peggy. Do you have any “jump” stories of your own?

  • http://www.expandbeyondyourself.com/ Michal

    Your wife is awesome. Now I know how you’ve managed to stay down-to-earth for so long ;)
    Thanks for this post Pat. It confirmed my determination to listen to my ‘gut feelings’ and to find the courage to do the things my way.
    As to the connecting to my audience, I have no problems with that. I practically spill out my soul in my books and on my blog.

  • Jeffry Humes

    Hi Pat, thanks for your work!
    I missed out on the entire marching band thing, but I can attest to the fact that marching band changed my daughters’ life….very much for the positive. I’ve spent most of my working time in the hotel business, and I have an idea for a hotel blog that is almost stand-up comedy based on the hilarity this profession creates. Look for it soon. It’ll be called Check-In Time.

  • http://themeaningmovement.com/ dan cumberland

    You rock, Pat!

    Here’s a fun fact: I randomly found a live rat in my backyard yesterday. That’s not unheard of, right? I live in a city (Seattle). But then I grabbed a five gallon bucket and managed to catch it!

    As if that wasn’t weird enough— last night I showed it to someone (“hey look at this rat I caught) and it jumped out of the bucket. It hit the ground running and my dog was immediately in chase. They went around in the yard for a few seconds and then it came running my direction. I took a few steps and scooped it up in the bucket— again!

    Twice in one day!

    You can’t make up stuff like that. It’s just too weird!

  • Guest

    I googled “Top 10 party cities in the US” after I was devastated by a breakup because I was PISSED. Ended up in Austin, TX from Pomona, CA and 7 years later, still here. Graduated from UT Austin and started a business branded only for Texas so yes, I’ll be buried here.

    BEST. BREAKUP. EVER.

    Lesson: Don’t get bitter, get better.

    • http://www.fineartmom.com/ Crystal Foth

      I know Pomona CA and I can say that was a GOOD MOVE!!! ;)

      • http://www.TheTexasPros.com/ Joy Pecoraro

        HAHAHAHA! Amen, girl! Don’t regret it one bit.

        • http://www.fineartmom.com/ Crystal Foth

          I grew up in Chino :)

  • http://www.TheTexasPros.com Joy Pecoraro

    I googled “Top 10 party cities in the US” after I was devastated by a breakup because I was PISSED. Ended up in Austin, TX from Pomona, CA and 7 years later, still here. Graduated from UT Austin and started a business branded only for Texas so yes, I’ll be buried here.

    BEST. BREAKUP. EVER.

    Lesson Learned: Don’t get bitter, get better.

  • http://www.successharbor.com/ George w Success Harbor

    Hi Pat,
    I really enjoy your podcast. I have lived in San Diego since 1989 too. When I was 17-years old I have spent 22-months as a political refugee. There was a time when we I slept with 67 other people – strangers- in the same room at the camp. I don’t normally share this about myself.

  • Peggy Baron

    I love this! I, too, was in marching band, although they switched me from flute to tenor drum because no one can hear a flute in the stands.

    My random share here is that during the driving portion of my driving test, when told by the scary driving test instructor to pull over and park on a hill, a hitchhiker tried to open the door and get in the backseat. Luckily the door was locked. But it earned the poor fellow a reprimand from the scary driving instruction who rolled down her window and told him off. Like he was supposed to know that I was pulling over right by him for another reason??

  • Piers

    The deadline is the day after my birthday!…but I have no idea which one.

    I stopped counting the number of trips around the sun I’d experienced many years ago at 18 after studying hypnosis. I came to realize that almost all “I am” statements (eg “I am 20,30,40 etc.”) are a powerful form of self hypnosis causing us to act how we believe a person with that label would be, including it’s problems. I didn’t feel like being limited to what I believed (even subconsciously) a 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 etc. year old would be. I have no problem with ageing. I just want to be who I really am, rather than being limited by a mental projection.

    • Piers

      Random personal fact #2 – the photo of Pat at the start of this blog post scares me… o.O

  • Martin J. Fischer

    Hey Pat, Great Post as usual…..I really respect your vulnerability.

    One thing I learned early in my life from my Dad was to always find one thing about somebody and do something out of the ordinary to show appreciation for that person.

    I have spent the majority of my adult life as a waiter so I pride myself on giving Great service and being memorable. Reason being- you never know what someone is going through in their life so some times all a person needs is a smile and a bit of kindness.

    So when I get great service or appreciate someone’s body of work I may send a Starbucks Gift card, a Chipolte Card or I may send a sport jacket that signifies my respect and admiration.

    We only see part of the work people do when in reality they have put in a ton of work like yourself.

    Thanks Again for all you do and stand for….

  • http://www.Boyrista.com Levi Andersen

    One of my favorite things to share is that I was a barista at career day, age 6. This is funny because who wants to be a barista for career day? Especially back in 1992? And it’s funny because I am a career-level-barista now. How random! Cheers Pat (and followers)!

  • Catherine Mills

    Pat, your podcast intros are one of the things that make you so likable and I always thought they were a stroke of brilliance. :)

    I’m not sure about “fun” but a somewhat funny fact about me: I recently got sunburned walking across the parking lot to a Cardinals game. That may not sound funny until you realize that it was less than a 10 minute walk, that was the only sun I got that day because I was sitting under an awning at the game, and this was in April in St. Louis, not July in Florida. Obviously there was a reason my nickname in high school was Glow In The Dark. Lol!

  • Bree Brouwer

    How’re you enjoying Austin, Pat? I’m going back in July for a convention.

    My fact: I like eating jalepeno pepper strips for a snack (with the seeds removed, of course).

    • http://www.TheTexasPros.com/ Joy Pecoraro

      Hi Bree! Welcome to my city (in advance). Let me know if you want to know where the cool kids hang out around here!

      Joy

      • Bree Brouwer

        Thanks, Joy! I know for a fact I want Torchy’s again. :)

  • Hadass Eviatar

    Random fact about me: I was born exactly six years, six months and six days after my sister. I’m sure this is somehow significant.

  • http://www.d1soccerrecruiting.com/ Frank Johnson

    For years, whenever I said the word “misled”, I would pronounce it correctly, but when I read it, I would hear it pronounced incorrectly in my head (with the “i” being a long “i” sound and the “s” sounding like the letter z) – wish I could upload an audio comment because it would be more obvious how ridiculous this was. The most embarrassing part was that for years, I used to think that the word I said out loud when speaking and the word I heard in my head when reading were synonyms for each other. Literally.

  • http://charbelworks.com/ Charbel Semaan

    I enjoyed this, Pat. Your spontaneous posts like this one always catch my attention.

    I’ve…
    - Survived an airplane hijacking
    - Survived a near-death experience when I was 21

    Grateful for and humbled by both. I get to enjoy life with my son today. Keep up all the great creative work you do, Pat. Cheers.

  • Sean Ackerman

    I once was hairy, and now I’m not!

    Hey Pat I’ve got a podcast launching in May and I’d love to get the chance to pick your brain.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Sean

  • Tom

    Good for you Pat! You’re a rock star! One day – I’ll get back in the game. Burned too many times for too many years. Some things my fault – many things – others.. and just plain bad timing.

    Hey! Rock on Brother!

  • Matt Quanstrom

    Hi Pat, I am a real estate agent and am trying to generate more business for my team through our online presence. Quite the challenge! I’ve enjoyed all your helpful articles, and especially the resources page.

    There are some things about myself that don’t shine through “online.” I have been a musician since I was twelve and learned how to play the trumpet (and yes I was a marching band guy too!). I picked up other instruments as well, and did a lot of music related things for a while. Whether it was helping others record their stuff, or playing instruments on recordings or at shows, I tried to be involved in as much as I could. It was a blast!

    My passion for music is actually a backbone to anything I’m passionate about. It’s a great barometer that tells me if what I’m currently doing truly matters to me.

  • http://conversations-with-a-gender-therapist.com/ Dara Hoffman-Fox

    I have three donkeys.

    • Laura G. Nistor

      how amazing that must be!

  • http://www.fineartmom.com/ Crystal Foth

    A fun an interesting fact about me… I stalked the New Kids on the Block when I was a teenager and used my first credit card to charge a $300 a night hotel room at a hotel they were staying in so that I might “bump into them” in the lobby. It worked… I have photos to prove it.

    • http://www.fineartmom.com/ Crystal Foth

      Did I just say that on the internet! ;)

      • http://www.fineartmom.com/ Crystal Foth

        Oh and I forgot to add…. What an EXCELLENT POST @patwithspi:disqus. So genuine and on point!!

  • Kevin Young

    Great post Pat! For the record, I like your personalized intros. Glad you listened to your intuition!! About me… I’m in Australia getting ready to do my 4th Ironman and on a quest to do an IM on every continent that offers one … Africa, Asia, and South America are still on my list. And what we have in common: Go Bears! Would love to catch up some time. Cheers, Kevin

  • http://changeforge.com ChangeForge | Ken Stewart

    I’ve very much enjoyed getting to know more about everyone here. Quite savvy, Pat!

    I’ve got lots of fun little tidbits in my life, as I’m sure most everyone here does (People are so very interesting!). I could tell you about how I’m a former Marine who can hit a man-sized target at 500 yards with a rifle 9/10 times in a 30 knot winds and also managed the Marine Corps network in San Diego. Think about me showing up to fix your computer with my sunny disposition!

    Or, I could tell you that I play guitar, took several years of Aikido, and collect Star Wars Legos (boy those images just don’t go together do they?) But my favorite story to tell is how I met my wife.

    Let’s just say it all started with a phone call, a garage band video, a former best friend’s betrayal, and a high speed car wreck…

    19 years later we are celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary… on May 4th! The best part is I am married to the love of my life and have been blessed with a beautiful little girl who is the light of my life!

    Call or not, I love sharing how much I cherish my family. Keep up the good work Pat, and everyone else keep living such wonderful lives!

  • http://www.aha-now.com/ Harleena Singh

    That’s an interesting question, Pat, and it had me mull over. “Something beyond what you do online” – I realized that I’m online most of the time and there’s hardly anything else I do other than seeing to the house, go for outings, and pay a few social visits.

    This reminds me of one incident when I had to introduce myself to the parents of my daughter’s friend. I said I’m a blogger. They’d a difficult time understanding that and were confused if its related to any of the similar sounding “er” professions like plumber, carpenter, sweeper… lol! Then I’d to re-frame and say, I’m a writer. That was better.. err.. the “er” again! :)

    I didn’t comment on this post earlier fearing you’d shortlist me for the Skype call. Yes, that’s a fact. But now with almost 400 comments on this post (unbelievable! Isn’t ?), I seem to be out of danger!! I may be the queen of commenting, but when it comes to talking, I’m as shy as the regular blog visitor who never comments. :)

  • Sam Ruckle

    The very first job that I had was as a “Sniffing Specialist”. I worked on an Odour panel. It was $20 cash-in-hand (epic) and each shift there would be two bong-like pipes sticking out of the table. Out of each tube there would be air.
    Fresh air, and bad air.
    I would have to sniff both tubes, and then click on an electronic device which tube I believe had the bad air.
    “Bad air” consisted of sewage, various factory smokes, animal slaughter house places, and other things that I never learnt of. The only reason why I knew this much is because I worked there for over two years and had a sneaky peak when the scientists weren’t watching.
    At the time I was desperate for a job and just finishing highschool. I saw an ad in the local newspaper that said: “Do you have a nose? If your answer is yes, please call *insert phone number*”. I thought “Hells yes I have a nose!”

    I had a stomach ache for the entire two and a half years that I worked there. And I’m pretty sure I signed a disclaimer at the beginning to ensure that I wouldn’t sue.
    I still don’t know why I was needed to sniff these substances.

  • Pragati Bidkar

    Hey Pat…what a great inspiring post..since your post refers to a flight, I thought of this one..the first time I ever ate salad – the basic lettuce, tomato, cucumber, one – was at 35,000 feet in the air. It was my first trans Atlantic flight, and almost every aspect of it was new to me. A new country awaited me at the other end. Someone I had never met was going to meet me at the airport. This was a non Facebook era so I had no idea what this person looked like! I started eating and realized there was a dressing packet that went with it that people poured over the salad, and i felt really foolish.

    I think what I am trying to say is there is always a first time for every experience. I try to remember it when I write my blog posts, whether it is explaining the nuances of pasta to an Indian audience, or explaining the basics of Indian cooking to Western readers, or deconstructing some aspect of technology or social media for non techies.

    But I am not very good at talking about real life experiences. One reason is being naturally shy, and the other is who’s going to care about this trivia? I am not Beyonce or Ashton Kutcher. People will just X out of my window and go somewhere else..

    Your experience gives inspiration, but it also makes me think if this is a chicken and egg thing? Are people interested because you are famous now, or did it actually contribute to your being famous?

    Either way, this is great advice and I thank you for it!!

  • Brooke

    In 5th grade my mom put me in beauty pageants. I was always something like 7th runner up in a field of 8 girls in the beauty category. #sadface But I always killed it in talent with my rendition of What A Feeling from the 80s classic, “Flashdance.” Grand prize, baby! #happyface

  • Caroliine Heim

    A random fact about me? I guess it’s 50 books or so that I over the past 12 years filled with loads of random facts on me & life… yes diaries! And I am still wondering what I should do with them all (as they grow more in number book by book). That’s my personal random fact.

    So fun to see everyone elses random fact too =)
    Cheers from Berlin

  • Manie

    Hey Pat great read buddy, I feel like I already know you due to all your blogs/podcasts and videos, you’ve helped me tremendously, thank you.

    Anyway on to me now I left university 10 years ago with a multimedia computing degree, however I got stuck into the family business straight after (Indian restaurant) as my dad was crying for help. And my degree knoweledge just got brushed away.

    For 10 long years I stuck it out at the restaurant with little or no results in moving forward freely and financially all because I listened and pretty much was a good boy…

    I finally woke up and got wiser and decided to do something about it, i am now an inspired internet marketer I’m new in the game but love every second of it.

    I now work 3 jobs (one being IM) my freedom has been taken away from me but I will NEVER give up!

    I’m on my way to work smart and hard to reap the benefits later, I never started IM for money or anything like that, I started it to give value for others. To attract millions and to have freedom, that will be my wealth. Kind regards Manie

  • http://tribal-publishing.com/ Holly Worton

    I love all these stories, and I love the idea of sharing random facts about me on my podcast. I’ll need to figure out how to work those in.

    I lived in the jungle in Mexico for seven years, with no phone line, electricity, or gas, and until we had a well installed, we had to have water trucked in from a nearby town on a daily basis. Living there was also a little bit like having the Nature Channel in my house.

    Sometimes I’d wake up in the morning to find a boa constrictor curled up under my bathroom sink (it was nice and cool there). There were times I’d come home to find an iguana had ended up in my bathtub and was trapped there. And I can’t even count the number of times I tripped over hermit crabs that had crawled into the house and across my floor.

    I won’t even get into the tarantulas and scorpions that got into my house…that was constant. I’m happy to have electricity now (it just makes so many things easier), but I do miss being in constant contact with nature (except for the scorpions and tarantulas, probably).

  • Samantha

    Pat, this is brilliant! I have been reading comments for an hour, time to share my own story. This is really personal but it’s a great story.
    I always wanted to travel the world, for as long as I could remember. Born in a small town in Italy by the sea, many still wonder to this day why would somebody want to live abroad, but for me it was all about reading adventure books and dreaming about the day I could be independent. However, it took me a long time to realize my dream.
    I have always been a shy and insecure person, which means that everything I did even a tiny bit more extravagant, costed me a lot. Add to that that I was raised rather conservatively, and that unfortunately in a small town what people think of you affects your life one way or the other. I was bullied when being a teenager, even by a teacher (yes, unbelievable how some people never grow up), and my only consolation was found in books. All of this didn’t prevent me from being involved in several extracurricular activities at school, but one thing I never did was to learn play violin, even if I loved it, because the person that bullied me the most played it and it would have reminded me of her. I don’t know if you or other readers know, but you pretty much have to start when you are a child with the violin, as it’s such a complicated instrument.
    Anyway. Fast forward 5 years, I am at university, hundreds of miles away in a big city, I have a loving boyfriend, and we always go out with the same group of friends. Little by little, day by day, I start getting more and more interested in one of his friends. I try to ignore the feeling, one and a half year passes by, and it becomes unbearable. Me and him, we became very good friends in the meantime, so one day I decide to take all my courage and tell him about it, hoping we could laugh it off, since by then I understood he was gay.
    Which is exactly what happened. We laughed, he told me about his boyfriend (no one in our group knew about his sexual orientation, he did not want to tell them), we had a walk, a couple of drinks, and then he kissed me. We kissed for a long time, but that was all.
    Next morning, he tells me it was a mistake, and he didn’t mean to, and it was better if we didn’t see each other for a while. I was heartbroken. I really did love him. I couldn’t get out of bed nor stopping crying for days, my flatmates did not know what to do. I felt so bad like never before in my life.
    So I start seeing a therapist, which puts me on antidepressants. Weeks went by, and I eventually meet the guy again, we all go back to the ways things were before that incident happened, except that he still tries to kiss me whenever we are alone, or to create occasions for us to be alone. He knew I was on antidepressants and he knew I was seeing a therapist because he broke my heart, btw. If you loved somebody, you know how powerless one can be in this kind of situations. I fell for it every time, and every day after that I felt worse.
    Shortly before the first incident happened however, and already tired of all that emotional rollercoaster before the shitstorm even hit me, I had filed an application for an internship abroad, financed by my university. I got the answer back three months later, when I was in the middle of the crisis: I had been pre-accepted, and was admitted to the interviews. I powered through the last months of my life there, continuing to take medication and being tortured by him, at the same time doing my interviews, my language tests, and I finally was assigned the position and the grant.
    I left Italy on a rainy April day for Belgium. I found a room in an apartment with other interns and so it started the best time of my life. Within months, I was off medications.
    And then, one day, this guy moves in with us. He is so handsome, and when our eyes first meet it’s like time stops for me. But I had been there 6 months, I just got out of a big relationship and an even more disruptive affair, and I have really no interest in meeting anyone. The handsome guy moves in the room next to mine, and we start talking a lot when going out with the group or when cooking. He’s totally out of my league, I am sure. One night though, at a party, I confess to a common friend that I like him. To my greatest surprise, the friend tells me that the handsome guy actually likes me too. A few hours later, while we are dancing, he kisses me. The following day, he asks me out on a date (remember, he lives in the room next to mine and sees me in a pajama when meeting in the corridor or brushing teeth), and he behaves the perfect gentleman for months. My internship comes to a close, and I am offered the opportunity of going back to my studies or prolonge it for another 5 months. It was a very difficult decision, as I was scared I would have wasted precious time, time that separated me from my complete independence, but I decide to stay and study for my exams while I work as an intern, plus I pick up other occasional jobs to sustain myself. Best decision ever.
    It’s been 7 years since then, I finished my M.A., progressed in my career and we live together now, and love each other very much. We traveled and still travel the world together, we lived in several countries and still live abroad, and he is the best partner one can wish for.
    Funny part is, when he first moved to Belgium he had no idea where to find a room, and he was walking down the street when he randomly met our common friend, who used to go at the same university he went to, in another country (which is nor Belgium, nor any of their own countries of origin) two years before (FB was not really diffused in Europe at the time). I know, crazy, right? Our friend told him we were looking for a roommate, and the rest is history. I always find this part of the story so crazy. If it wasn’t for that random encounter, we would never have met.
    Since then, I like to think that nothing is random in life.
    And that good, loving people always get great opportunities.
    Last year, he gave me a violin for Christmas, and I am taking lessons and getting better and better at it every day.
    Never stop believing in your dreams. Ever. They will come true, if you believe hard enough and trust yourself, no matter what the world says, what the crisis is. Always pick up the courage to do those first steps – the rest, I assure you, will follow. It might take a while, and you never have to take for granted that it will (which is different from having faith in it, meaning you still will have to work on it with all yourself, besides believing), but it will.
    That small, shy, penniless girl is now a happy woman, with an amazing partner, the adventurous life abroad she always wanted and a beautiful ’800 violin on which she can play Canon in D. And she still has dreams that require all her attention, faith and heart to become true. It’s not easy, and the road ahead is unknown, but every step is necessary and will eventually lead me there, so I get up every morning and fight for them. Even when I feel really down. Even when I don’t see any progress. Because one day, that girl that bullied me told me, while we were running the 400 meters, that I should not stop. “It’s exactly when you are close to making it that you have to use all your strength and power to do the last meters – that’s the most difficult part, but if you do it, you are done – you made it!”. I always remembered her words, and from that day on, I finished my runs. Many years later, I found the same words in the introduction to The Alchemist of Coelho.
    May God or whoever you believe in bless you all.
    Samantha
    P.S.= this is not a fun fact, it’s the history of my life, so it should not be considered for the sweepstake. And I am not saying this as a tactic. I am sure you had as much adventurous lives out there as I did – this was not what Pat asked though. But it’s a crazy story and it was a crazy ride. And we have so few chances to actually tell these stories, and it shouldn’t be this way. Sharing experiences makes us stronger and better.

    • http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ Pat Flynn

      I love that you shared this Samantha! Thank you so much!

  • http://www.successwithfocus.com/about/ Jeff Jones

    I know that’s one of the things entrepreneurs wrestle with all the time: how much should I say and will they be interested?

    Fun fact: in elementary school (I’ll be dating myself here so prepare-LOL!) I used to do ventriloquist shows with my Danny O’Day ventriloquist doll! I loved doing it but I’m so glad video was not readily available at the time or I may have had to undergo years of therapy-LOL!

    Jeff

  • Napolean

    Blog in the air. It’s amazing man. http://www.classiblogger.com

  • Angel from Hammer and Heels

    Gareth that’s an amazing story, I couldn’t stop smiling.

    Here’s a little something about me…..

    I walked into a bar one Saturday night and met a guy. From the first moment our eyes met there was this crazy unexplained feeling….

    Freaking out at this unidentifiable emotion which I had been gripped by I did my best to be disinterested, I might even have been rude to him, not to play hard to get but to shoo him away as I didn’t want him anywhere near my heart. After three months he worn me down and we started going out.

    Things went from good to great to awesome and on my birthday (about four months later) I told him I had fallen in love with him and he broke up with me right there and then. He simply said he wasn’t ready. We went our separate ways, me confused, in shock and with a shattered heart.

    Ten years later our paths crossed again and that unexplained feeling was back. To cut a long story short let’s just say we didn’t waste our second chance. Today we are deeply in love and have a beautiful nine month old daughter.

    The morel of the story, if you love something set it free, if it comes back it is meant to be yours.

    Oh and that unexplained feeling, with the benefit of hindsight I would have to describe it as staring at destiny in the face.

  • Kevin G

    Pat, I build a backyard ice rink every year for my kids to skate on. I can fill you in on the deets of pulling it off successfully should ever choose to move to a climate that isn’t so consistently warm and beautiful.

  • http://www.fortheloveofbeagle.com fortheloveofbeagle

    I can tell you that starting this whole online business thing scares me to death. I left a very well paying corporate job to venture out on my own. It wasn’t the job per say but the company that made me miserable. Seriously.
    I decided to start a blog about my life raising a beagle and my other two dogs as a hobby. The idea came to my after our 16 year old beagle mix passed away. I wanted to create a place where I could talk about the funny things George used to do or maybe the not so funny things he did. Beagles are silly dogs, hence why Charles Schultz created Snoopy. I see that attitude in my beagles. In case it didn’t come across I am an animal lover but I am struggling to monetize my blog and drive traffic to it. I know if my content is good it will come in time but I am not the most patient person on the planet.
    I love to write, not just my blog but just to write. Because of you I found 750words.com. I signed up and am on my third day. I have ideas all the time but I can’t seem to get the written down, at least if I sit down for awhile each day and just write whatever comes to mind, I can capture some of it.

  • rchoehn

    I appreciate that everything you do is unique from what everybody else is doing. Keep up the great work!

  • Ralph Thomure

    I recently quit my job to start my own business and I love mountain biking in Colorado and I’m training for a Physique competition in the Fall. Thanks Pat!

  • http://www.brandroar.com Bryan Glanz

    Perfect timing Pat. I was just thinking about the different intros and your reasoning. I honestly get a kick out of them.

    My favorite is song at the beginning of Episode 75.

    A fun and interesting fact about my life….well maybe not interesting is that I love infomercials.

    Take care!

  • Martin Pigg

    Great post, Pat. Hope you enjoy Austin. I’ll be moving there sometime this year and can’t wait. I tried to post this comment earlier, so I hope I’m not repeating myself.

    I spent twenty years on three continents looking for my purpose in life, and along the way experienced the following:

    * Worked in Texas prisons for four years (two as a guard, two as a counselor)
    * Started a pipeline business in Russia that was stolen by another prison guard
    * Endured the Russian marriage-from-hell
    * Narrowly avoided being kidnapped by a family in Tbilisi, Georgia
    * Chased an Iranian oil deal with a member of the Shah’s extended family
    * Closed a fertilizer deal with the fugitive president of a Georgian fertilizer factory
    * Lost thousands of dollars to African fraudsters and caught the last flight out of Cotonou

    After all of that, plus a few more “adventures,” I ended up finding my purpose twenty miles from home at a local airport when I discovered my passion for flying airplanes. Three years ago I sold my house and left my job to write a memoir entitled, “When Piggs Fly,” about the experience.

    The first draft gave me shingles, but subsequent drafts gave me a lifetime of healing and a mission to help others find their purpose and use it to make a difference in the world. Now I’m querying agents and preparing to launch my mission.

  • http://www.hammerandheels.net Angel

    Gareth that’s an amazing story, I couldn’t stop smiling.

    Here’s a little something about me…..

    I walked into a bar one Saturday night and met a guy. From the first moment our eyes met there was this crazy unexplained feeling….

    Freaking out at this unidentifiable emotion which I had been gripped by I did my best to be disinterested, I might even have been rude to him, not to play hard to get but to shoo him away as I didn’t want him anywhere near my heart. After three months he worn me down and we started going out.

    Things went from good to great to awesome and on my birthday (about four months later) I told him I had fallen in love with him and he broke up with me right there and then. He simply said he wasn’t ready. We went our separate ways, me confused, in shock and with a shattered heart.

    Ten years later our paths crossed again and that unexplained feeling was back. To cut a long story short let’s just say we didn’t waste our second chance. Today we are deeply in love and have a beautiful nine month old daughter.

    The morel of the story, if you love something set it free, if it comes back it is meant to be yours.

    Oh and that unexplained feeling, with the benefit of hindsight I would have to describe it as staring at destiny in the face.

    • http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ Pat Flynn

      Wow! What an amazing story Angel, thank you for sharing!

  • http://conqueringmanhood.com Jose Florencio

    Hello SPI / Pat!

    One of my fondest memories with my mother as a child was one rainy day in New York City. My mother had taken my sisters and I to the park to play (we were about 6-9 years old), while we were out it began to rain… my mother, instead of taking shelter, she stayed out in the rain…. we played in the rain, got wet, and laughed… It was an unexpected experience with our mother… she just lived and enjoyed us… enjoy the moment regardless of the rain.

    Yup, that memory makes me smile.

    Hope to hear from you soon Pat!

    Peace

  • Ryan C.D.

    I have a “mirror face” whenever I look at my reflection.

    As I look at a mirror, I always find myself making the same face. The
    process is as follows: squint the eyes, close the mouth, and intensify
    the eyebrows. I don’t do this for anyone else or even during
    pictures. It’s my “mirror face.”

  • Clint_Moar

    I live in northern Canada, Edmonton Alberta (53degrees
    latitude)…not the biggest movie/film locale, but years ago, I responded to an
    ad in the paper for Extra’s wanted for a movie being shot with Chevy Chase
    called Snow Day (we get lots!). I’d never done anything like this before, but I
    went down and did the whole registration thing with photos etc…I never got
    called for Snow Day, but some time later I got called to come out for a shoot
    in a movie called “Framed” with Daniel Baldwin…Very exciting for a Canadian
    Prairie Boy!…So, I went out, sat around a movie set (which was very cool),
    listened to: Quiet!Rolling!Action! from a small cubicle with other extras,
    gathered wondering when we’d get our moment of fame…I was clothed/dressed in
    coveralls and told I was to be a “Maintenance Man” who will be “tearing apart a
    trailer, looking for evidence” for a cop whose been framed. Cool! But, I never
    made it on film because the other maint. guy looked way cooler than me, having
    a long, straggly, grey beard and looking tough and mean…At lunch though, as all
    the other extras sat by themselves in a corner table, I got some food and sat
    at the same table, across from Daniel and his costar themselves.

    This made a pretty cool story and fun times at parties.

    UPDATE. I just googled this after all these years and the
    movie is actually called Double Frame (2000) and I never even knew it existed!
    More stories for me to tell!

    Thanks for asking Pat, this memory made my week.

    Clint.

  • http://www.almostlanding.com/ Amanda Nicholls

    I grew up in a very small opal mining town in Australia. We lived in a house in the bush, with dirt roads only, and our tv was run by a generator that always ran out of petrol just before the end of the show.

  • Susan

    Your story is great Pat! I’ve always dreamed of being “recognized” by a random stranger for doing something helpful, inspiring and/or cool – or all of the above :). I am a passionate blogger and entrepreneur and LOVE sitcoms! I’ve seen every episode of Friends about 20 times. One of the highlights of my teen years was visiting the set of Back to the Future at Universal Studios :).

  • Briana Gibson

    I love to tell people how my husband and I met. We were connected through swing dancing. There is a big social swing dancing event every Thursday in Pasadena and we still go out there almost every week.

  • http://aboutlifting.com/ Ironthumb

    I love lifting weights (obviously with my site on lifting)and I my wife is 2 months pregnant – I hope she got pregnant around feb because I believe in the Chinese Gender Predictor (which noone else knows) which says that it’s gonna be a boy if that’s the case.

    Our first kid is a She and she’s turning six and we’re living-in not yet married.

    One thing that no one (not even my wife) knows is that I act like a jerk around her, but that’s a facade and I actually love her more than anything else

  • Marcus

    When I still worked an office job (this time last year, actually) my biggest fear was that I was never going to pursue my own dreams when it came to making money. To add to the mix, if I stayed in a job I hated I would end up spending my entire summer suffocating in an office building that had no air conditioner and miss all the summer fun. This is Canada, after all, you have to take full advantage of summers because the winters are rather bleak-looking.

    So I started dreaming up, “what would be my perfect summer?”. All I knew was that I wanted to travel and spend more time with those I love. That was it. Pretty basic, nothing too specific. When I checked back into reality at my office desk I noticed an e-mail just arrived from a friend in Vancouver. He wanted to fly me to Vancouver to DJ a party for him in 2 weeks. I took it as a sign and gave my 2 weeks notice. Time to put my money where my mouth way.

    I ended up taking 4 trips last summer (to both coasts in Canada) AND the trips didn’t even cost me anything out of my own pocket!!! I ended up hanging out in Vancouver for over a week and had a blast with my best friend. I got to go away for a week with my girlfriend (we we given some money to house sit which covered our expenses). I was able to visit my home town for the first time in 6 years for a vacation (someone GAVE me a free airline ticket, out of the blue). And I actually got paid significantly for the last trip. That was one of the best summer’s I’ve had in a long time and it definitely changed my life.

  • Tim Day

    I used to be in the Australian Army as an officer trainee, then left after three years to work as a Civil Engineer in drainage with a clearer conscience, then left that to become an organic gardener and fish keeper who is more engaged. The reverse wage pyramid!!! I’m 26.

  • http://www.sparkyourprofits.com/ Sarah

    I guess my previous comment got eaten by Disqus. :-0 Very generous offer, Pat. I used to compete in an unusual equestrian sport called eventing, which has 3 phases. The first is sort of like the compulsory figure skating rounds, where you perform certain movements in front of a judge. Lower scores are better. Next there is cross country jumping, where you jump fixed obstacles like logs, ditches, down banks, into water, etc. Then there is traditional show jumping in a ring. The one with the fewest penalty points wins. I’d love to do it again, but it requires daily practice and a significant time commitment. Someday I hope to get back to it, when I’m able to dictate my schedule better. Right now i’m working hard so that I can reap the benefits later :-)

  • ddeevine

    My first and middle name is “Mikki Devine”. A lot of people ask me ‘if my name is REALLY Mikki’ and the answer is ‘Yes!’. How did I get that name? My Mom and my sister were watching the same movie (although, their memories of the movie differ). Neither remember the movie name, but they agree that Goldie Hawn was in the movie and that her character’s name was ‘Mikki Devine’. The only problem? Her character was a ‘lady of the night’. So, my parents basically named me after a fictional h**ker! Gotta love family! lol

  • Quirky Travel Guy

    This is an inspiring post :) My factoid is that I’m Amish royalty. One of my ancestors started a particular Amish settlement in Pennsylvania that still exists. Succeeding generations remained Amish until my grandfather broke away from the group…

    • http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ Pat Flynn

      Whooaaaa, that’s super cool!!

  • http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ Robert Farrington

    Love the story – it’s been hard for me to share facts about myself because I always keep everything pretty separate. I’ve been focusing on this, at both my work and my blog, and I find it to be extremely helpful. I guess a fun ice breaker to share here is that I also was a band guy for a long time, and I played in the San Diego Youth Symphony here in town.

  • Christina Williams Routon

    Hey Pat. Random fact about me. I love to read and I tend to remember random bits of knowledge. I say my head is full of useless trivia, but I did try out for Jeopardy several years ago and got Alex trebek’s autograph. I didn’t make it on the show but it’s an experience I’ll never forget.

  • Olga Devitskaya

    Hi guys, hi Pat! Well, it’s the first comment I’ve left on SPI.. No wonder I am writing now, of course I would love to be that random someone for a Skype call.. Let’s get to the point – to a fun and interesting fact about me and my life.

    This fact is that I’ve started to run a blog in a FOREIGN language. This is the biggest mental challenge I’ve ever come across with! My husband and I already have a successful blog in Russian, but running a blog in English is something absolutely different. I realised that all the things that I’ve learnt about blogging in Russian don’t work for blogging in English. That’s probably why I’m writting – in a hope to get some consultations, if I were the winner.

    But what I have to say is that when you set goals like this, that probably are beyond your limits, that’s when you get your mind SUPER-working. It might be compared to the workouts, when your muscles are almost exhausted, that’s the moment when they actually start working and growing.

  • http://nukermage.blogspot.com/ Daniel Postma

    Hey there, great blog post. I found this really inspiring because it’s so easy to compartmentalize my life! Knowing that there is freedom to, and even benefits from sharing other aspects of your life with people who meet with a common interest is liberating. Thanks Pat!

  • http://thegrassgetsgreener.com/ Melissa Wilson

    Sometimes instincts are right. I think it’s great that you went with your gut to share random things about yourself at the beginning of podcast episodes and that it has become the thing that listeners latch on to. Thanks for the tips on some different ways to share random things with an audience as well.

    A random thing about me is that I’m trying to learn French on my own. I’ve been to France two times and I absolutely love it, especially Paris. I studied Spanish in high school but never used it and have since forgotten it. I would really like to be able to speak a second language so I decided French would be the one I would like to speak. I’ve found a really great set of YouTube videos and I watch them when I’m working out to try to learn as much as I can. I plan on spending much more time in France in the future so I would definitely like to be able to speak it as much as possible.

  • http://boldaffiliate.com Richard Foster

    Great info Pat, as always!

    An interesting fact about me: My wife played the organ at my wedding.

  • John @ Our Home from Scratch

    Fun facts about me: If you like Back to the Future (who doesn’t), you’ll like the new Doctor Who. I just started watching it maybe a year or so ago and I’m HUGELY addicted to it. It’s hard to beat British television nowadays. Such a fun show.

    I’m also a giant fan of the Delorean, although after looking into them I think they’re a bit underpowered (something like 160hp). If I become independently wealthy I may buy one. You can get them fairly inexpensively (~$25k for a new/like new.) There are all-electric versions available too.

    I travel a fair bit and get out to San Diego a few times a year. Gaslamp is nice, but I actually enjoy staying out in the burbs once in a while. I love the Mira Mesa, Scripps Poway and even Carlsbad areas. Tons of shopping and restaurants. As an east-coaster, big fan of the In-N-Out and El Torito. Two thumbs up. Barona is a fun casino, but I never win.

    A Skype chat is such a cool idea. SPI has changed the way I’ve approached my blog. Just started writing an ebook on Kitchen Remodeling, planning on launching a podcast and a membership section as well as a separate site with some courses. Also have a HUGE idea for an online business venture, but will probably fund it with proceeds from the first couple projects. Exciting times. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ Pat Flynn

      Thanks for the comment John. The Delorean is TOTALLY underpowered, it’s sad, but I still want one lol!

  • http://www.about.me/mattauckland Matt Auckland

    Fun fact. During the interview for my last ever job (I’ve been self-employed since 2004) I was very nervous, as most people are prior to/during an interview. I sat in the small office, facing me was the Managing Director and lead Software Engineer. In a moment of utter genius or total stupidity, a combination of nerves and adrenaline took over as I said out loud “Hi, my name is Matt and I’m an alcoholic”. Luckily this broke the ice, which lead to me getting offered the job.

    I found out later though that my Managing Director was actually a bit of an alcoholic, but took a shine to me. Even though there was only one position on offer in this small e-Learning start-up, and I was under qualified but with years more experience in the role than the other candidate, we both got the job.

  • escorpicon

    Good

  • Alyssa Reynolds

    Hey Pat! You give me daily inspiration and motivation to keep trekking even as I feel I am a little unknown Introvert in the corner between a lot of books and re-learning everything that education sucks out of you and the things it doesn’t teach either. Humans are not robots. Apparently Education has yet to figure that out. Someone needs to sit down with it and have a long talk one of these days…

    My Random Fact: I was born without a corpus callosum. That’s the bridge of white matter that attaches the right side of your brain to the left side. It is what allows you to use both sides of your brain at once for certain tasks (In case you didn’t know). Doctors were worried I was going to end up with a billion problems because that does happen on the rare occasions there are individuals like myself. Amusingly though I think the biggest problem is that the medical world twenty years ago
    knew squat all about the effects of this birth defect (throught an individual’s life, not just at birth). Still today they are largely at the same place of not knowing flip.

    Then again, I cannot say much on the matter either, seeing as it is my brain (ie: it’s who I am), and the doctors did determine (after two years of observation after birth) that I was functioning “normally.” (I take issue with that word; the English language really needs to remove it as a term since everyone is quite literally and obviously different). Then again, the issues I dealt with were not far off what I am sure many people experience: ie: a serious speech impediment right through until around age 19, it does take me a conscious moment to leap between certain tasks and because of that mathematical word problems are like trying to read Latin (which is to say, I can’t. I don’t see where the math starts and the words are just being flowery words) and yet I mastered complex musical theory analysis overnight.

    So don’t go getting all *insert your chosen emotion here*. The brain is a fantastic
    thing. But about 99% of the time it makes not a dust of logical sense in my opinion. Which makes it equally terrifying. And yet, look at all it has allowed us to do. All it has allowed us to be.

  • http://www.darrellwolfe.com @DarrellWolfe

    Due to my own technological and time limitations. I’ll pass on the Skype call… THIS time… Until I can upgrade and get the time.

    But I felt like I should jump into the conversation too.

    #1. This is a GREAT story! You are living what Seth Godin calls the Connection Economy. Thank you for sharing this story Pat!

    #2. Here is a fun fact. It’s not secret, it is something people tend to find interesting:

    I am the son of an Atheist Pastor.

    My father was a Pastor for a mainline denomination. He has a Doctorate in Theology and Two Masters. He was a Pastor for about 20 Years, alcoholic Pastor for most of that time. He decided he was an atheist and became a drug addict. He is now a sober Psychologist.

    I now serve God, but not religion. It makes for some interesting family conversations.

  • http://akalifehacking.com Pascal Genotal

    Hello Pat,

    Great post. It has a special resonance as I currently build up a new blog and I’m still in the design phase. Any idea or such advices feed my brainstorming.
    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  • http://www.chinabiohacker.com/ Randy

    Looks like I’m too late to qualify for the Skype session, but here’s an interesting fact about me anyway:

    I recently realized that failing to make my first startup a huge success was perhaps one of the best things that could have happened to me.

  • http://goresults.in/ victoriasmith

    such a crazy
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  • http://www.theaffiliatemarketingtutorial.com Tom Lorimer

    I’m sad that I missed commenting before May the Forth (be with you) but I’ll comment anyways. I’m a struggling apprentice millionaire, but I have a wife and two kids (one only 2 months) and a full time job. I’m actually a professional photographer (as you can maybe tell from my profile photo). Baby’s and kids mostly. Lots of fun and a truly amazing feeling when I get home to look at the photographs and see that one great shot that the parents are going to just love for the rest of their lives.

    Here a shot of my 8 week old son Joshua that I photographed last weekend.

  • elvin

    hey PAT i have just create a blog http://www.trikintosh.blospot.com so i need your suggestion that how can i get more traffic and how can i earn money so please help i need your help . !!!!!

  • elvin

    hey PAT i have just create a blog http://www.trikintosh.blogspot.com so i need your suggestion that how can i get more traffic and how can i earn money so please help i need your help . !!!!!

  • Gareth Mailer

    Ha, not quite. I mentioned this above but we went on a few dates then she moved back to Amsterdam, it didn’t really go anywhere from there, unfortunately (we were both still a bit too young to be honest!).

  • Gareth Mailer

    Pat: thanks for the mention in the post and BIG congrats to Kevin Young!

  • Mike

    Thanks pat
    Enjoy what you do

  • Justin Stowe

    You’re awesome Pat! I think it’s great that you went against the grain and decided not only what you wanted to do, but also something that you knew you could keep up. If you just did the same intro every time, you’d probably get tired of listening to your own podcast

  • Dillon Carter

    I have dealt with and continue to deal with people who look down at my goals in life. For some reason people do not understand entrepreneurship and why it is the route I want to go. Family will say they just want the best for you, yet the best for you is what you want at the end of the day.

    When I was dealing with it badly I wrote a post about what I visualize my ideal day would look like, http://dilloncarter.com/ideal-day/ I continue to read my post each week and try my hardest to make progress in getting to that achievement. You must know the end result before you can plan a path.

    Focus on yourself and keep working towards your goals and it will all pay off! :) Never quit!

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  • Jeff Ambrose

    Awesome blog and podcast Pat! I was doing online business for a couple years prior to discovering your content and I must say it has provided a LOT of value to me and helped grow not only my business, but helped me grow as a person too. I can’t thank you enough – keep up the good work!
    My niche is business plans – you can check out my website at http://www.bizplans4u.com – it’s a work in progress, but won’t it always be? :)

  • Nicole MindOverMessy

    When I left my career to be a stay-at-home Mom, my co-worker said “What a waste of an MBA.” Five years later I am building a blog and am still determined to prove he shouldn’t have assumed the knowledge would be wasted! My son was sick at the time and I knew putting him first was a priority, but also a chance to reinvent my career. I never liked working for others and hope to be my own boss. Love your blog and willingness to share the personal things.

  • http://designgulp.com Wilfred Morales

    Pat! I LOVE the movie voice guy at the beginning of the podcast, genius! I sometimes find myself saying “Paaat Flynnn” as he does. :)

  • Josh Ludin

    Overall, I think that if you share info about yourself, it just helps creating trust. People can relate better to you, and knowing who you are listening to helps build a relationship.

    Josh Ludin
    NeverjobHunt.com

  • http://www.bigstoryteller.org/blog/ Matthew

    “And they thought I was stupid…” hats off to that line at the top – content marketing at it’s best – who will not be intrigued?!

  • Christine

    The post is simply fun to read. Though normal at first, you
    still manage to give me an insight that podcasts is a must-try.

  • nick

    great story pat, awesome kemeja pria

  • Craig Lewis

    Pat, thank you for the link to Scott Dinsmore’s post. I think that I am one who can easily dismiss the necessary and hard work that you and others do by assuming there is a secret trick or that you are all superhuman. This post assures me that it is all within reach, but requires dedicated and structured effort. Plus, it kept me from asking you the same question, “Pat, what is your process?”

  • http://altermie.wordpress.com Mieke De Spriet

    Damn, I am to late to tell something personal and Mie chance at a personal skypecall from you! Just new here and getting dirty at blogging, Tried to change my favicon thanks to you, it diddn’t work, so I was browsing through. Really like the way you blog! So thank you, Pat Flynn for sharing your knowledge! x, altermie.com