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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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“After graduating with a doctorate degree in physical therapy, I rapidly climbed the ladder to reach the status of director of an outpatient clinic in Salt Lake City. As the bills continued to pile up, my wife and I realized that ends just weren’t being met.

I started my business, Tone and Tighten, as a way to share something I felt passionately about—health, fitness, and helping other people feel better. Working hard and utilizing the information you share, it took about eleven months to reach my first 1 million page views. I project hitting 14 million before my 16th month in business. I’ve stepped down from the director position in my clinic and am now working 25-30 hours/week. The remaining time I dedicate to building my site and my brand. Using the amazing information found on your site and podcasts, I have more than made up for the money I sacrificed in stepping down from my salaried position.

I am happier. I am at home more with my beautiful wife and amazing family. I am a better husband and father, and I couldn’t be more humbled and grateful. Thank you for your knowledge. Your content is amazing and so incredibly valuable. Thank you for sharing what you have learned—both your successes and your failures—and helping people like me to realize our dreams.”


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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 set up my first website in 1998 (sharing free teaching ideas and educational resources) and that has been earning money through Adsense and other ad networks. That free site gets between 30,000 and 45,000 visitors per day now and it has changed my life.

Last year I set up a membership site, again offering resources for teachers, which now has thousands of members. I discovered your podcast about this time last year and it has made a huge impact on how I run this site (and others). I have you to thank for sharing the power of the email list, the importance of building a Facebook page, the freedom available to me through outsourcing to virtual assistants, the strength I can find in seeking out a community, and more.

I recently resigned from my teaching job, so I am now working full-time on my sites. You are an inspiration and I am truly grateful for the ideas and experiences that you have shared. They have had a direct impact on my own actions and the success of my business so far.”


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You know what makes my day? Hearing all about how SPI and the community we’ve built have benefited you and your business endeavors.

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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