Archive for March, 2008

Lost At Sea

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Last Sunday afternoon, I got word that the Alaska Ranger had sunk, about 120 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

It’s certainly not the kind of news you want to hear on Easter Sunday.

And being that I used to be a fisherman myself, I took it harder than most.

You see, I know how dangerous this line of work is, and I have a lot of respect for the people who work in the fishing industry.

They put their lives on the line every day in an effort to provide a decent lifestyle for their families.

Eric Jacobsen was the captain of the Alaska Ranger, and had always been known for running a “tight ship”.

He’d been in the industry for 25 years and was the kind of guy who would put others first.

He proved this on Sunday, as he worked to save as many crew members as possible, then went down with the sinking ship.

As you can imagine, I’m no stranger to accidents like this.

During my 7 years as an Alaska Fisherman, I lost more friends than most folks lose in a lifetime.

And though I’ve been out of the industry since 1995, every time I hear a story like this, it REALLY chokes me up inside.

After almost losing my own life that year in a tragic fishing accident, I made the decision to get out of the industry.

I was sick and tired of putting my life on the line for a paycheck, and knew there had to be a better way.

Looking back, it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

I now get to live the kind of lifestyle I’ve always dreamed of, but more importantly, I get to spend the majority of my time showing others how I did it, and how they can easily do the same.

There’s no doubt that I figured a few things out over the last 13 years.

In fact, my biggest discovery was this (you’ll want to write this one down)…

There’s no correlation between how hard you work, and how much munee gets put into your bank account.

When I worked as an Alaska Fisherman, there’s no doubt that I worked HARD for the munee I made.

But…

Now it seems like the less I work – the more munee gets put into my bank account.

And I’ll let you in on another little secret.

I LOVE the work I get to do now.

I LOVE sharing the strategies that got me where I am now.

I LOVE seeing my clients use those strategies.

And, I LOVE knowing that I had a hand in changing their lives for the better.

So…

If you’re reading this right now, and thinking to yourself, “Yeah Kevin, I can relate to you. I work my tail off, but it seems like I’m not getting any closer to having what I REALLY want from life”.

If that’s where you’re at right now, I’ve got GREAT NEWS.

There IS a better way.

To find out more, Go Here right now.

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson

P.S. Like I mentioned before, you don’t have to work harder in order to have a better life. The secret is to work less and have more fun at what you do. Once you start doing this, everything else just kinda falls into place, and yes, the munee will come in too. To get started, Go Here.

Simple… My Eye

Friday, March 28th, 2008

The other day I went to the doctor for what should have been a simple procedure.

Only problem is, things didn’t turn out that way.

As one of my members, I’m sure you’ve seen photos or video of me.

I’m also sure you’ve also noticed the two large moles just above my right eye.

How could you not.

They’re as noticeable as my lazy eye.

The moles have been there for most my life, and though they’ve never caused me any real concern, I wanted to get them removed.

My reason for doing so was more for appearances sake than anything else.

Prior to scheduling the appointment, the doctor went over the procedure with me.

He explained how he’d freeze the two moles, and within a week or so, they’d simply fall off, leaving me with a couple of small, and barely noticeable scars.

“Sounds good”, I said, “Let’s git er done”.

When I arrived for my appointment the other day, it took the doc less than 10 minutes to do the procedure.

And other than some minor discomfort, it wasn’t a big deal at all.

But…

When I woke up the following morning, my right eye had a considerable amount of swelling.

No big deal I think to myself, “Doc probably just forgot to mention that this would happen”.

I went to be that evening, completely unprepared for the situation I’d wake up to the following morning.

When I got out of be the next morning, my eye was swollen up twice as big as the day before, and now I could barely see out of it.

When Lisa caught a glimpse of it, she gasped in amazement.

I looked like Mike Tyson after a fight… minus all the black and blue bruising.

Needless to say, I called the docs office, and they scheduled me for another appointment so we could find out what the problem was.

To make a long story short, while my situation certainly wasn’t expected, he was able to prescribe some meds that got the swelling under control.

Going through this little ordeal reminded me that this kind of thing happens all the time.

The fact is, things don’t always go as planned in life.

And I’m not just talking about medical issues.

I’m talking about life in general.

And when it comes to business, things are no different.

Only difference between me and most folks is the fact that I don’t get upset, frustrated or down on myself when things don’t go like I wanted.

Like the experience I just shared with you, when things don’t go as planned, I simply get in touch with someone who’s qualified to help me.

Case in point:

I got an email the other day from a client who was whining because he hadn’t made any munee with the Automatic Income System.

He then goes on to say, “You haven’t given me the help you promised”.

After reading his comments, I remember thinking to myself, “Huh”?

I had to remind him that I’ve always been here to help (just as I promised), BUT… it was up to him to take advantage of that help.

And the fact is, he hadn’t contacted me, or been on a coaching call in ages.

My guess is that he’d been trying to figure things out on his own, and things obviously weren’t going the way he’d liked.

And now he was trying to place the blame on me.

As you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “How crazy is that. Why would the guy do that, when he has access to someone who’s already been there and done that, and can give him all the help he needs”.

And I gotta tell you, I was asking myself the same question.

While I wasn’t able to come up with a good answer, I can tell you that this kind of thing happens all the time.

Maybe it’s pride.

Maybe it’s fear.

Maybe it’s lack of understanding.

But the last thing you want to do when you come up against a challenge is try to deal with it yourself.

Your better option is to get feedback, advice and help from someone who’s qualified to help you.

Sure, things don’t always go as planned, but when you take to heart what I’ve just shared, you can ALWAYS reach your desired results.

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson

The NON-Baby Shower

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Odds are, unless you’ve only been a subscriber for a VERY short period, you already know the BIG news.

Lisa and I are getting ready to have a baby, and her due date is April 17th.

As you can imagine, after 3 miscarriages in the past, this is a SERIOUS time of celebration in our lives.

A couple months ago, Lisa’s mom began planning the baby shower.

When they began talking about it, I commented about being out of the house on the day of the shower, so the ladies could have the place to themselves.

My thought process was that baby showers were for women, and men don’t usually attend such events.

But, to my surprise, Lisa would hear nothing of it.

She insisted that I be there for the baby shower.

And, she insisted that it would NOT be a “women only” event.

She wanted to invite all of our family and friends, and make it a big day of celebration.

Well…

The baby shower, or should I say NON-Baby Shower was last Saturday.

And let me tell you, it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

We had a houseful of more than 50 friends and family, who all showed up to celebrate the occasion with us.

What amazed me most was the fact that there were so many men who showed up.

My best friends Scott and Robert even spent the afternoon with us.

It doesn’t surprise me that Scott came over – but Robert – that’s another story.

Robert is what you’d consider a macho guy.

And he’s certainly not the kind of guy who goes to baby showers.

Needless to say, it was an event to remember.

But, here’s what REALLY made the day special.

After Lisa finished opening all the gifts, everyone began chanting, “Speech – Speech – Speech”.

Then, as Lisa began to speak, our entire home got so quiet that you could hear a pin drop.

She thanked everyone for coming to celebrate the soon-to-be birth of our son Brock.

And then…

The tears began to flow down her face as she told everyone about our 3 previous miscarriages, and how she was SO excited to finally be having another baby.

She also told everyone how thankful she was for the opportunity to be a stay at home mom, so she could now be there for our son Brock, as well as the other kids.

You see – one of our long time goals was to get Lisa home from work, and I’ve been on Cloud 9 ever since we realized that goal a few weeks ago.

And Lisa – well, let’s just say that I’ve become a hero to her and the kids over the last several years, and I’ve gotta tell you, it feels REALLY good.

Sure, it’s extremely rewarding to know that I have such a successful business.

It’s rewarding to know that I’m helping others.

It’s rewarding to know that I’m making a difference in the world.

But that’s not what REALLY motivates me.

And yes, I get great satisfaction, knowing that I’m a hero to my wife and kids.

But here’s what excites me the most:

Knowing that I’ve had a hand in helping YOU become the hero for YOUR family.

If something I’ve said, or a strategy I’ve shared, or a story I’ve told has had that kind of an impact on you – then that’s what REALLY gets me fired up.

After all, that’s what this is all about.

Showing you how to have a business that funds your ideal lifestyle.

Because, when it comes right down to it, it’s NOT really about business.

It’s about moments like the NON-Baby Shower.

That’s why we do what we do.

So we can have plenty of moments like that.

I’m sure you agree.

And when you’re ready to make it happen, I’m right here to give you all the help you need
www.HomeBusinessShortcut.com/ais.html

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson

Dog Days of March

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Wednesday was the first day of spring.

Don’t know about you, but here in Washington, it don’t seem much like spring yet.

But…

We did get a taste of it on Wednesday, when the sun decided to show itself for a few hours.

That being the case, my oldest son Jerry decided to take advantage of the nice weather, and wash his car.

Now – one of our dogs – a large border collie named Coda, loves to be outside when Jerry washes his car.

To be more precise, he LOVES to play in the water.

When I was heading out the door on Wednesday, Coda nearly bowled me over as he shoved the door wide open on his way outside.

It was as if he knew Jerry was washing the car.

He races out to the driveway, and immediately begins attacking the water hose.

As I stood there watching, I couldn’t help but laugh.

It was so entertaining that I decided to grab the camera, so I could take a couple photos to share with you.

You’ll find em here
http://www.AutomaticIncomeSystem.com/dogdays.html

Seeing Coda have so much fun was contagious.

As I was snapping photos, I began thinking to myself, “Isn’t this what life is all about”?

In fact, my whole life (and my business), is all about having fun.

And it pains me to know that so many folks never take time out for fun.

They go through each day, doing what they do – working, running, hurrying and trying to keep up with everything that’s going on in their hectic lives.

And yes, in case you’re wondering, I used to do the same thing.

But…

Now things are different.

Now things are WAY different.

In fact, there’s 5 guiding principles that I now live my entire life by.

Because 2 of them bear directly on this conversation, I’m going to share them with you here.

1. I have fun with EVERYTHING I do.

2. I spend my time with inspirational and motivating people.

As I said, my entire life revolves around 5 guiding principles, and the 2 that I just shared with you are very important to me.

It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about my personal life, or my business life.

But, to be honest, there’s not a big difference between the two.

Personal or business – it’s simply my life, and I want to have fun with ALL of it.

This is also one of the biggest things I teach my clients – how to have fun in their lives.

How to have LOTS of fun… TODAY.

Too many people put off having fun for someday later, off in the distant future.

They think to themselves, “I’ll work hard now, so I can enjoy myself later”.

Only problem is, “later” never comes.

I’m here to tell you – you’ve gotta have fun NOW.

You’ve gotta have fun with your work.

You’ve gotta have fun in your personal life.

You’ve gotta have fun with ALL of it.

I mean really…

Do you really want to go through life without having fun?

Of course not.

That’s why it’s so important to use the strategies I teach in the Automatic Income System.

They show you how to have a business that’s fun (and runs on auto-pilot), but more importantly, they show you how to have a business that will fund your ideal lifestyle.

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson

Dolly, Peacocks and Turkeys

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

The other day I was driving down the road, and I did something out of the ordinary.

I turned on the radio.

Now…

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “that’s not out of the ordinary, I listen to the radio all the time when I’m driving down the road”.

Well, it’s not the norm for me.

99.9% of the time, I listen to CD’s.

In essence, my vehicle is a rolling university on wheels, and I ALWAYS have a stockpile of valuable munee-makin and bidness-building CD’s in the Hummer.

But…

For whatever reason, I didn’t pop in a CD on this occasion.

Something compelled me to turn on the radio, and when I did, I immediately understood why.

The local country station was doing a “live” interview with Dolly Parton, and let me tell you, I sure am glad that I decided to listen in.

Whether you’re in to country music or not, there’s plenty to be discovered from a person like Dolly.

Not only is she a successful entrepreneur – she’s also got a heart of gold.

She truly cares about making a difference in this world, and having a positive impact on everyone she comes in contact with.

If you’ve ever been to her website (which I visited after hearing her interview), you know what I’m talking about.

During this particular interview she had plenty to share, but she really caught my attention when she said, “There’s no excuse for not having the success you want in life.

Self-education allows us to do, have and become whatever our heart desires”.

Now that’s POWERFUL.

When I look back on my own life, I totally agree with Dolly.

My father died when I was in the 10th grade, and once my mom became the sole income earner for our family, my dream of going to college came to a screeching halt.

She simply couldn’t afford to pay for my college education.

I was forced to take matters into my own hands, and yes, I took a different route.

I took the route of self-education.

The same route that Dolly was talking about.

I continually invest in home study courses, CD’s, videos, seminars, tele-seminars and the like.

And though I’ve never attended a day of college in my life, it hasn’t slowed my success in the least.

In fact – if anything – it’s put it into hyperdrive.

Most folks think one’s at a disadvantage if they haven’t attended college, but I disagree.

Like Dolly, I know that there are two different paths, and the self-education path was the one I took.

And looking back, I don’t have a single regret.

I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Being that you’re one of my members, my guess is that you’re on the same path, and I commend you for that.

Keep doing what you’re doing.

Keep investing in yourself.

Keep discovering new things.

And most of all – have FUN.

I’m going to end this letter with a quote from Dolly’s interview.

“A peacock that sits on its feathers is just another turkey”.

Don’t sit on your feathers.

Keep doing what you’re doing so everyone can see em.

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson

Selling – No Such Thing

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

I got a VERY interesting letter from one of my clients the other day.

In that letter, he said something that I couldn’t believe.

Why?

Cause most people NEVER get this.

In fact, the majority of business owners and entrepreneurs never get this, yet if they did, they’d have more business than they’d know what to do with.

Here’s what he said:

“People ask me when I learned how to sell.

I tell them I was six years old when my grandfather taught me that there’s no such thing as selling.

What you do is build a great friendship with your customers”.

And let me tell you – NO truer words have ever been spoken.

I’ve long said that nobody cares about you, your business, your products, or your services… UNTIL they know, trust and like you.

And the way you accomplish this is to become a friend first.

Now, just in case you’re wondering, yes, I’ve made this mistake in the past.

When I started my first business, I was all about making a buck.

My entire business was about what I wanted.

My goals.

My agenda.

But…

Once I took my eyes off myself, and became focused on becoming a true friend to every customer who had the good fortune to meet me, an amazing thing happened.

My business began to grow like CRAZY.

It was if I’d opened up a fire hydrant, and now, I couldn’t shut it down if I wanted to.

So, let me ask you:

Are you friends with your customers and clients?

Or…

Do you view them as a necessary evil in your business?

I certainly hope it’s not the latter.

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson

Sailing The World

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Last Thursday, I did something I’ve never done before.

And if you’re one of my clients, you got to witness it first-hand.

On our regular scheduled Mastery Group Coaching Call you heard Eric Wenger’s incredible (and emotional) story.

If you were on the call “live”, you know that Eric used to be in the cleaning and restoration business, just like me.

In fact, that’s how I originally met him, back in 2004.

Back then, Eric’s biggest goal was to build his business up to the point where it was really profitable, so he could then sell it, cash out, and RETIRE.

Once the business was sold, his plan was to buy a sailboat and spend a year or so sailing the world.

Well…

At the ripe ole age of 38, Eric accomplished all this – and MORE.

In fact, it’s been 17 months since Eric’s worked a job.

For the last year and a half, he’s been living what most folks would consider the “dream lifestyle”.

But, even at that, something was missing.

Even though Eric could get up each morning, and do exactly what he wanted.

Even though he didn’t have to answer to anyone.

Even though he didn’t have a care in the world.

Something was missing.

And that’s about the time he got in touch with me.

Last January he sent me an email from his sailboat.

Since that time, things have changed dramatically (which he told you about during the interview).

And yes, Eric found his “MISSING LINK”, and he’s now having the time of his life.

To make a long story short, Eric put up a website less than a month ago (using the strategies in the Automatic Income System), and in that short time, he’s already having incredible success.

More importantly, he now has the fulfilling, rewarding and gratifying life that he’s always dreamed of.

If you were on the “live” interview, you heard the WHOLE story.

Eric is living proof that all of us can have the kind of life we dream of.

Where we live life on our terms.

Where we answer only to ourselves.

Where every day is filled with excitement.

I’ve been receiving countless emails and voicemails, telling me how much you enjoyed the interview I did with Eric.

Needless to say, Eric made an emotional connection with you, and many of you want to hear more from him.

That being the case, I’ll talk with Eric so we can make it happen.

Many of you have asked for a recording of the interview, and I’ve got good news.

As a current client, I’ll be sending you a CD recording of the interview.

You can expect to receive it in your mailbox within the next week or two.

If you’re not yet a client, and want a copy of the interview, reply to this email and say, “I want the interview”.

If enough of you are interested, I’ll work something out so you can get a copy of it for a very miniscule investment.

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson

Yes… People Lie

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Well, that might be a little harsh.

So let me clarify what I’m talking about.

People won’t always tell you what they’re REALLY thinking.

Last summer, my good friend Robert got married.

On this particular Saturday, as we were on the way to the wedding, Lisa wanted me to stop at the store so she could get something to snack on.

Shortly after leaving the store, she realized that she’d forgot the soda she’d bought.

She’d left it sitting on the check out counter.

As soon as she mentioned this, I said, “Honey, do you want me to turn around so we can go back and get your soda”?

“No”, she replied, “Don’t worry about it. I don’t want to be late for the wedding”.

And though her body language told me that she really DID want me to go back to the store, I keep driving on my merry way.

So I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised when – it happened.

Not two minutes later, Lisa says, “I can’t believe you didn’t go back to the store and get my soda”.

I then said, “I thought you told me not to worry about it”.

To which she replied, “Yeah, I did say that, but I still wanted you to go back to the store”.

Most guys can certainly relate to this kind of thing.

Our wives, girlfriends or significant others don’t always tell us what they’re REALLY thinking.

In many cases, they expect us to read their body language.

And, when it comes to your business, the same thing is true.

Your prospects and customers don’t always tell you what they’re REALLY thinking.

For example, when I used to own the cleaning and restoration company, and I finally learned how to market my business effectively, I became one of the most expensive providers in my area.

In many cases, I was charging 3 to 5 times as much as my competition.

Needless to say, because I was charging so much more, I had to make sure and let my prospect know why I was worth every penny they’d be investing in my service.

When I succeeded in doing so, I’d always get the job and book the appointment.

But…

If I hadn’t created enough value in their mind, they’d say things like:

“I need to talk it over with my husband”.

or…

“I’ll get back in touch with you later”.

or…

“We’re just shopping around right now”.

And like the story I shared with you about Lisa and I, none of these answers were entirely true.

My potential customer was simply giving me signs, and letting me know, that I hadn’t made a compelling enough case for why they should hire me right now.

They were expecting me to read their body language.

When I’d probe a little deeper, I’d always be able to get to the REAL objection.

And once I knew what it was, I could address it for them, so we could go ahead and schedule their cleaning appointment.

So…

How does this translate to YOU, and YOUR business?
Let me tell you.

In this day and age, it’s more important than ever that we communicate with our prospects and customers.

And the great news is – technology makes it really easy for us.

I communicate with you on a regular basis.

Almost daily.

In the process of doing so, I also invite your feedback.

This gives you the opportunity to get to know me, find out that I really am qualified to help you, and as a result, you feel comfortable in communicating with me.

I get emails from people like yourself on a daily basis, talking about how something I said, had a profound impact on their lives.

And let me tell you, when you’re communicating with people on an emotional level like this, they naturally want to be a part of what you have going.

It’s as if they’re magnetically attracted to you.

And make no mistake about it, that’s GOOD for your business.

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson
“The Head Coach of Automatic Income”

Pushing a Noodle Uphill

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

When I started my first business back in 1996, the cleaning and restoration company, it seemed like I did nothing but struggle for the first year.

I did everything I knew how to do in order to get new customers.

I even did cold calling, right out of the phone book, trying to find people who would let me clean their carpets.

And let me tell you…

If you’ve ever done this, you know it SUCKS.

Cold calling is for the birds.

It’s like trying to push a wet noodle uphill.

After a year of struggling, a friend of mine introduced me to this guy Joe, who would change my life forever, and put me on the track to business success.

One of the biggest secrets Joe taught me was the art of magnetically attracting customers.

Once I began using his “Customer Attraction System”, my days of cold calling came to a screeching halt.

I now had the ability to attract a flood of new customers at will.

In fact…

The “Customer Attraction System” worked SOOOO well, that I had to turn it off at times, because I was getting more new customers than I could handle.

Since discovering this system, I’ve used it in ALL my business endeavors.

If you think back, and recall how you heard about me, you’ll realize that you probably came to me through this system.

Over the last several years, I’ve taught this system to hundreds of business owners (and aspiring business owners), and they too have had the same results.

The success they’ve had with this system is incredible.

It’s a wonderful thing when you have customers chasing you, instead of you chasing them.

As you probably know, I’m getting ready to host the “Automatic Income Secrets Update” Training Series.

We kick things off on March 28th.

And…

When you participate in this training series, I’ll be giving you the “Customer Attraction System” as an added bonus.

As one of my existing clients, you get to join us for the entire training series at no charge.

If you’re not yet a client, the investment is $1,200 – and it comes with a copy of The Automatic Income System… for FREE-ola.

To inquire, send an email to Kevin@AutomaticIncomeSystem.com.

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson

The Root Of All Evil

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Last Sunday morning in church our pastor made some comments that got more than a few people riled up.

Funny…

When you talk about munee, a lotta folks tend to get uncomfortable.

The pastor was quoting a verse in the bible that says, “The love of munee is the root of all evil”.

He went on to explain that a lot of people have misconstrued that verse and mistakenly believe that it says “Munee is the root of all evil”.

Lisa and I were sitting in the back of the church when the pastor began his sermon, and it didn’t surprise me in the least to see so many people start squirming in their seats.

Like I said, when you talk about munee, a lotta folks get uncomfortable.

You see, most folks have this notion that munee is in short supply.

When you were growing up, you may have heard your parents say things like, “Munee doesn’t grow on trees”, or “Do you think I’m made of munee”?

You also watched how they used it, and how they handled it.

And make no mistake about it, all of this has had an effect on your own thought’s about munee.

Think I’m kidding?

Let me give you a personal example.

When I first met my wife Lisa several years ago, she was a single mom raising four children.

Needless to say, munee was tight in their household.

I can remember the first time I took Lisa and the kids out to dinner at Red Robin, and how bad it hurt me to see their reaction as they looked at the menu.

All of them (including Lisa) were in shock when they saw the prices.

In fact, Kaitlynn even whispered to her mom, “Oh my gosh, it’s so expensive”.

If you’ve ever been to Red Robin, you know that it costs about 8 bucks for a burger.

And at the time, this seemed like a lot of munee to Lisa and the kids.

Now…

Fast forward to today.

You never hear comments like that coming from Lisa or the kids any longer.

In fact, our youngest daughter Kaitlynn has absolutely no problem asking for what she wants – regardless of how much it costs.

At this point, you might be thinking to yourself, “Of course they don’t have a problem Kevin. You’re a successful business owner, and now that you’re involved in their lives, munee isn’t an issue”.

And if that’s what you’re thinking, you’d be wrong.

At the time I met Lisa, I’d just sold my cleaning business and was making a major transition in my life.

I had the munee from the sale of that business, but in the process of selling it, I’d also given up a big source of my monthly revenue.

In addition, I’d just taken on a lot of financial responsibility for Lisa and the kids.

Needless to say, we didn’t have a lot of expendable income at the time.

But…

Even though munee was a little tight, I understood that the situation was only temporary.

And there’s one other thing I knew.

Being broke never helped ANYONE.

It takes munee to make a difference in this world.

It takes munee to help other people.

It takes munee to help yourself.

And there’s something else I’ve discovered over the years.

Making munee is just like any other task, in the fact that it’s a skill that can be taught.

If you wanna know how to make more munee, all you gotta do is have a teacher that knows how to do it.

Dedicated to your success,
Kevin Thompson