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You Are My Why

My success is based on your success. period.

When I started SPI, I immediately realized the importance of community. Sharing valuable information has been the name of the game ever since.

I’ve gone through this entrepreneurial journey right along side many of you and every time someone shares a success story with me, it keeps me going.

Your story matters

And I'd Love to Share It!

Success comes in many forms. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in business for years, I love hearing from readers about the steps you’re taking to reach your goals.

Gratitude is a

Two-Way Street

To put it plainly, I wouldn’t be here without you. I can’t imagine another job where I’d be able to give so much to a community and get so much in return.

If you’ve been active in the SPI community for a while, you know that my first why—the reason I started this business—is my family. They mean everything to me. That said, readers just like you have been sharing their successes with me over the years and that community has created an entirely different reason for me to keep sharing what I know in this space.

Every time I receive a handwritten letter, email, comment, or tweet from a reader who has seen success in their business, I know I’m on the right track. And when I know my work here means something to you, I’m motivated to continue my quest to be of service. Gratitude is simple, in theory, but the power it holds is immense.

In that vein, I’d love to share a few thank you notes from those who have found SPI to be helpful over the years:

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“I wanted to reach out and say a massive THANK YOU for helping me over the years. I’ve had plenty of missteps when it comes to online business, but I FINALLY cracked the code. I remember back in 2008 and 2009, reading your posts with gusto and trying to figure out where I wanted to go in life.

Having just finished a very expensive law degree, and with no job to go to (thank you, Global Recession!), this was obviously a priority. I am now officially a full-time Kindle author! I’ve always written fiction for fun, but I never considered a career as an author until Kindle came along.

Six thriller novels later, I finally cracked $10,000 per month income (95 percent profit) and your tips on keyword research and niche targeting got me there. No kidding! My sales were hitting around $2,000 per month until May of this year (2014), but after some serious keyword research that figure rocketed into the stratosphere. Now, after more than five years, I finally made it. I can now support my family, all through my writing. And I get to do something I love. What more can a guy ask for? So, THANK YOU again. Please keep up the amazing work!”


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“I found your site after I knew my family needed a transition from our past lifestyle. At the time, I was working more than full-time running a residential summer camp that I loved, but it wasn’t going to work for me and my family long term. So, we needed a new plan.

I waded through a lot of content online, but yours was the only content I found that was actionable, accurate, and based on doing honest business. With nine months left at my job, I launched two online businesses: Summer Camp Revolution and Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings. I worked on them almost every day until summer came and camp took me away again, and when we left camp in September, my two businesses now provide me with enough income for my family to continue to be a single income household.

Now I’m working less than half-time and still doing things I love. I’m being paid to keynote three conferences in the next three months. My daily fantasy sports site has 330 members at $15 per month and sells $2,000 per month in advertising. We rank first for very important keywords in a very competitive market. Life is great, Pat, and that’s mostly thanks to you being so generous with the information you share. You’ve given my kids their dad back. That’s really something. I’m sure you get it all the time—but thanks so much for all the amazing work.”


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“I’ve been meaning to write you this email to say a big THANK YOU. I’m a psychologist and I love my work, but two winters ago we had a crazy snow storm here in Philadelphia and I had to cancel with scheduled clients. I lost a little over $1,000 in income just as we were getting ready to buy our first home, freaked out a bit, and then realized that I had to go more online to prevent future unexpected losses of income.

That’s when I discovered your blog and your podcasts. You inspired me to launch my podcast and blog, Selling The Couch, last March to help my field learn the business and marketing lessons we don’t get to learn in school, to fill a major gap. I followed much of your advice on the SPI blog and podcasts and have built something that’s changing the lives of my colleagues.

Currently, I have an email list of 2,800 and a loyal Facebook community of 3,300. The best part is that I get such nice notes from colleagues and it only makes me smile. I even launched my first online course late last year based on a need (a course/community for mind/body health, wellness, and fitness podcasters). I did a little over $2,000 in pre-launch last year and now have made a little over $25,000 from the course in our first year. I just wanted to thank you and let you know how much I appreciate the grace and sincerity you take to life and business. It’s something I aspire to every day.”


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Please share, in detail, how SPI has changed the way you do business. Be sure to include examples of what you were struggling with before finding the SPI Community and how you’ve used SPI tools and strategies to overcome those obstacles.

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