Who is Pat Flynn?
Meet the Man Who Started It All
Hey everyone! Pat here. I’m a family man who learned about online business because I had to. Like so many other people who have faced hardships in their jobs, I was forced to adapt—and quickly—to support myself and my family. Today, I’m well into my Plan B career.
I graduated from college with an architecture degree and went to work for an amazing architectural firm as a Job Captain. I was thriving in my career and had no plans to leave it—but there are some parts of life we can’t control.
The economic collapse of 2008 hit my industry hard. I watched with deep sadness as many of my colleagues lost their jobs. I survived for a while, so I began to think I might make it. I was wrong. With just a few months to go before my wedding, I was laid off too.
It's about finding your passion and letting go. It's about believing in yourself and learning to succeed or fail on your merits, not the whims of the economy or factors outside of your control. This is a great dose of inspiration, and if that is what you are looking for (or if you just want to know more about Pat's story), you won't be disappointed.”Ryan, An Amazon.com Verified Purchase reader review
How SPI Began
A Little Story About a Big Dream
I felt lost and afraid in the wake of losing my job. I searched for answers and a new direction. What I found blew my mind. Accidently, during my time at the firm, I had built a popular blog that housed my study notes for a prestigious industry exam. As a test, I created a complete study guide as a simple PDF and put it up on the site for sale. Overnight, people began to buy it in droves. That discovery changed everything.
My “niche site” led me into the world of Internet marketing and online business. I learned the ropes of “passive income”—revenue streams that are anchored by high-quality free content that support the sale of a more premium product. At every step, I met remarkably kind, talented, and generous people who helped me. I knew quickly into my journey as an online entrepreneur that I wanted to help others to take back control of their careers, financial security, and life as I had. That was the spark that launched Smart Passive Income (SPI).
I was thrilled and humbled by how quickly the SPI community grew. The more I taught others, the more I learned myself. We grew together. At the five year mark, I wrote my memoir, Let Go, which shares in detail my origin story as an online entrepreneur. We continue to grow, evolve, and mature. The SPI story is far from over. In fact, in many ways, it has only just begun.
Why and How We Exist
Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values
We are proud to be a purpose-driven company in the service of others. A mission, vision, and set of core values are essential to such a company that is truly devoted to a cause greater than itself. We are excited to share ours here as a commitment to you of our authenticity as well as a means of ensuring that our work is held accountable to these high standards.
A mission is a company’s northstar. It establishes a reason for being—a “why” we exist. All of our work is guided by this simple, empowering, and unifying statement.
Our Mission: To elevate entrepreneurs to within reach of their dreams
A vision is a direction, not a current-state reality, meaning we work in pursuit of achieving our vision. It is informed by the mission and describes that mission in more precise, actionable terms.
SPI is a trusted learning and development ecosystem that serves a worldwide community of online entrepreneurs. The community is alive with individuals and teams from all walks of life and at all stages of their entrepreneurial journeys bonded by a common cause—to build purpose-driven and profitable businesses they can be proud of. SPI empowers its community members to take action toward achieving their goals by providing best-in-class educational content and training experiences. Beyond its own creations, SPI partners up with other industry experts to develop and champion useful resources that further enable its own mission.
Core values are declarations of integrity not to be negotiated. They inform judgment and govern behaviors in a world where the quality of one’s choices defines who they truly are far more than their abilities.
Work With Purpose
The best, most valuable work we can do comes from focusing on priorities, reducing waste of resources, providing helpful feedback, and collaborating with positive intentions.
Share Without Ego
We offer the complete picture of our experiences—to ourselves and to our audience—to enable authentic learning that promotes our values without compromise.
We strive to care for our team and our community through being considerate of the needs, goals, and boundaries of all, weaving empathy and service into every action and intention.
Own Your Outcome
Embrace the privilege that responsibilities provide to do deep work that delivers meaningful results and makes a positive difference in the lives of others.
Embrace the Process
Be curious. Learn from failure and admit mistakes. Question assumptions and explore opportunities. Reduce chaos. Promote sustainability. And find as much joy in the work as in the success.
We embrace, without guilt, the flexibility of our work life that allows us to take care of ourselves first so that we can better serve others.
Our Awesome Team
Meet the People Who Make It All Possible
All things SPI are brought to you by an amazing team of talented professionals. Each member of our team has years of experience across a range of business-critical superpowers that we need to live out our mission. They are the heroes behind the scenes.
Our Trusted Partners
We Could Not Do It Without Them
From our beloved Smart Bar platform partners to our inner circle of talented service specialists, our partners make our work better every step of the way.Meet Our Partners
Our World-class Community
About Us? It’s About You.
You are our reason for being. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or an accomplished one, we do what we do to serve you. Our work will never be done because entrepreneurial missions are big, visions are long, and needs are ever-changing. We appreciate you and are here for you for the long haul.
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