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AP 0774: How Do I Stay Motivated and Productive Once I Achieve a Comfortable Level of Success?

AP 0774: How Do I Stay Motivated and Productive Once I Achieve a Comfortable Level of Success?

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AskPat 774 Episode Transcript

Pat Flynn: What’s up? Welcome to Episode 774 of AskPat. Thank you so much for joining me today. As always I’m here to help you by answering your online business questions, five days a week.

We have a great question today from Tom, but before we get to that I do want to mention that next month I’m coming out with my brand new course. It’s called Smart From Scratch for those of you who are just starting out, you’ve never touched business before, you want to do it the right way, or maybe you have and you tried it out and it just didn’t go the way you wanted it to. Well I’m going to get you started on the right foot with

A brand new course that’s already been tested by a number of students and we’re re-releasing it and opening enrollment very soon, next month. And what’s cool is I take you through the process of honing in on an idea, validating it through several different sort of tests to make sure it’s one that’s actually going to work out, that actually would have paying customers and then even getting to a point where you actually ask people to begin to pay money for that idea even before you create it. This is actually how I launched this course and many people have started their businesses in this fashion too. It’s verses the other way that most people do it which is they spend their time, money, sweat, effort building something and then they shout from the rooftops and say hey buy my thing and then nobody buys it and then you wonder why. Well that’s not going to happen. So here we go,, super stoked for it and now let’s get to Tom’s question. Here we go.

Tom: Hey Pat, Tom here from Leeds in the UK, and my question for you today is concerning how you stay motivated and productive once you reached a certain level of success and comfort within your business. For me it was easy to kind of be motivated at the start when you know I needed to pay bills, but now I’ve reached a certain level of comfort and I’m finding it much harder to get as motivated as I did at the beginning. And I know for you a big motivation was to be able to spend more time with your family and so I’m wondering now you’ve achieved that, how you set new goals for yourself and stay motivated? So that’s all, thanks for all you do Pat and cheers!

Pat Flynn: Hey Tom, thank you so much for this. You know complacency is very evil, because sometimes we get into our comfort zone and we don’t push ourselves anymore. And, like you said, when you’re starting out you’re in survival mode and when you’re in survival mode you take risks and you take bold actions that you would never have taken otherwise. That’s why after I got let go and laid off in 2008 that I did things that I wouldn’t have done and I found this amazing world of online business and just crushed it and did everything I could to survive and stayed up and sacrificed hours of sleep and asked questions to people who I would’ve never reached out to before and all these kinds of things.

But then as you start to become a little bit successful and as you start to gain momentum, you start to get into a rhythm and comfortable and when you stay in your comfort zone not so amazing things happen. Things start to happen but they’re not as amazing as they were in the beginning when you’re just trying to survive right?

So you said a lot of what I was going to say already. You said a couple of things. One, that I used my kids to help me, motivate me and I think a lot of us have experienced that baby effect, that when you have kids all you want to do is just hopefully spend as much time with them as possible and you’ll do whatever you can and that was sort of like my lay off where it was just super motivating but now I’ve been able to do that like you said but you had mentioned creating new goals and that’s what you should always be doing. Once you reach your goal, you set a new one and once you reach that one you set a new one. And so for me I’ve put a lot of devices in place to always keep me motivated and moving forward.

For one, I’m always very open with my progress and I think that’s one things that helps me make sure I stay productive so that you all don’t see me slacking off and you know I have you to hold me accountable. Another thing is my Mastermind group. So I’m in two different Mastermind groups that meet each weekly. One on Monday, one on Wednesday, and we hold each other accountable. We motivate each other when we’re unmotivated. We’re brutally honest with each other when we have to be and we’re there and in it together and one person’s win is all of our wins and one person’s loss is all of our losses. So we always do the best for the group in that way which is really cool and that’s really motivating too.

But the other thing that I do is I’m trying to think bigger so that’s why I’m pulling inspiration from a lot of people. Like Elon Musk, who just had this limitless brain who were thinking about the greater good and so I’ve been able to recently think beyond SPI and see how I might be able to help other people in different regions of the world in ways that I never thought possible. So, I’m an advisor for an organization called Pencils Of Promise now, which builds schools in many different places around the world and offers education to kids who didn’t normally have access to it. Which is amazing.

I actually went to Ghana last year, in Africa and I got to see the schools being built an where all the money was going and it was just an amazing experience and that was so great for me to see firsthand because that is my motivation, a lot of my motivation now.

So, for example, if I were to just get lazy I would realize that well, there are people on the other side of the world that are not benefiting from my laziness. I also consider you guys, the audience and those of you who may need my help and if I get lazy and I drop the ball It’s going to be not just on me but I’m not offering the value that I know I could provide. I’m thinking of these kinds of devices, Tom, to help me stay motivated even though I’ve found success in terms of money and time, now. I know there is more I can do and there is more I should be doing and there are other people out there who don’t even know I exist yet, who I need to keep working for so I can make the greatest impact in this world.

And here’s the final part, leave a legacy because you know I’m not going to be around forever and this speaks to my kids and having them have great memories of me and hopefully have them soak up all this entrepreneurial spirit that I have and these kinds of things that I’ve learned over these past eight years as an entrepreneur so they can incorporate that into their lives at an earlier age so I can be an example to all of you guys out there who are just starting, too. But more than that, so I can be remembered and have a foot print and a long lasting one on this earth before I leave. So that’s hugely motivating to me.

I mean, it reminds me of a video I saw that Gary Vaynerchuk posted and it was really interesting because there was you know D. Rock was shooting a behind-the-scenes, I think, for Ask Gary V. And this woman they’re in the car, Gary and his cameraman and this woman comes up to the window on the outside because there in like a taxi, or a car or something and Gary rolls down the window and she’s like “Oh, my gosh Gary, you’re awesome! Let’s take a picture.” They took a picture and she’s like, “Okay, give me three words that are motivating to you that can help me today.” And he goes, “Oh, here you go, three words: you’re gonna die.” (laughs) And at first I was like shocked. I was like, oh, my gosh who would say that and of course it’s Gary, so I’m not surprised.

But what he meant by that was get off your butt and get stuff done and do what you need to do and reach your goals because guess what one day you’re not going to be around anymore and there’s nothing more motivating than knowing that your time is limited on this earth. And I fully agree with that. You know, I don’t want to waste any moments. And some of those moments are work moments, some of those moments are personal moments, and you just really being in the moment now and appreciating every part of it. That’s what it’s all about. So that’s how I stay motivated and stay productive. Even though, “I’ve reached this level of success.” I know I’m successful and I know I’d be crazy to say that I’m not but I also don’t feel like I’m near to where I know I could go.

So, Tom, thank you so much for the question. I appreciate you, wishing you all the best. And I want to send you an AskPat t-shirt for having your question featured here on the show. And for those of you listening, if you have a question that you’d like potentially featured here on the show just head on over to and you can ask right there on that page.

Thank you so much. I appreciate you and here’s a quote to finish off the day by Georgia O’Keeffe. “Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.” Very appropriate for today.

Thank you so much, take care. Keep up the good work. Bye guys, see you in the next episode

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