Archive for May, 2011

Change Of Plans

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Last Thursday I was sitting here at my desk working on a project, when Brock comes strolling into my office and asks me if we can go play outside.

In order to understand the gravity of the situation, I need to set the stage for you.

As you know, we live in Washington State.

And here in Washington, we just got through our cold, wet winter season.

In fact, last week was the first time we’d really seen the sun in a long, long time.

So…

When Brock wants me to go outside and play with him, how could I resist?

Sure, I had work to do, but work was going to have to wait.

My son wanted to play, and in the moment, I knew in my heart that taking Brock outside was the right thing to do.

So I had a change of plans, and took the afternoon off.

And let me tell you, I sure am glad I did.

As you can see by the photos, we had a GREAT time together last Thursday afternoon, as we took in the beautiful sunny day.

We kind live out in the sticks on this back country road that doesn’t get any traffic, other than those of us who live on the road.

I took Brock for a wagon ride down our street, and along the way there’s this ranch with horses.

Brock spots them and decides he wants to stop and get a closer look.

As we do, the horses (who are way off in the field) spot us too, and start walking our way.

They come right up to us, and Brock was able to pet them.

And let me tell you, that made his day.

He’s been talking about those horses ever since… to EVERYONE, and we’re now making a regular habit of going to visit them.

I took these photos on my cell phone, and then emailed them to myself so I could upload them to the blog and share them with you (isn’t technology incredible).

It felt so awesome to be able to have a change of plans, and spend some quality time with my son.

In the process, the two of us got to make some memories that he’ll have for years to come.

And guess what?

I still got my work done.

I just did it later.

Not only that…

I also had an incredible experience, that I was now able to share with you, in the hope that it will somehow have an impact on your life.

So let me ask you…

Did it?

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

What Happens In Vegas

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

The other day I was reading a REALLY interesting article by Dan Kennedy in his monthly No B.S. Marketing Newsletter.

Apparently… on December 9th of 2010 (just a few months back), a woman won a $10,000.00 jackpot while play the slots at the Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas.

On the lucky spin, she’d bet $1.

Not a bad return on her investment.

I’ve never got a 10,000 times return on any of my investments, but if I did, I’d be pretty doggone happy about it.

But here’s the twist.

As it turns out, the particular slot machine this woman was playing was a networked game.

Had she bet the max bet, which was $3 (instead of the $1 she actually bet), her jackpot would’ve been $12.1-million.

Looking back, she shoulda played the max bet.

I’m sure she was happy about her 10K win, but upon hearing the news of what she could have won, I imagine she was kicking herself in the back side.

I shared this little story with you, not just to entertain you, but to point out a much bigger point.

And here it is:

When it comes to life (and to business), most people operate in the same way our female slot player did.

They refuse to go all in.

And if they do, they don’t do it consistently.

Instead, they half-heartedly participate in the day to day operations of their business, more or less putting in their time.

Sure, they might have been excited when they originally opened the doors of that business, as they thought about all the moolah they’d hopefully be making in the near future.

But that excitement soon vanished.

And the sad thing is, they don’t even know what went wrong.

As they took a look around at the business they’ve created, they wonder how things could have ended up the way they did.

Had they gone “all in” from the beginning, things would be completely different.

And by going all in, no, I’m not talking about betting the farm, and putting in every penny you’ve got.

I’m talking about going “all in” emotionally and mentally.

Being 100% committed to what you’re setting out to do.

Being passionate and excited about using your business to make a difference in this world.

Honoring the promises you’ve made to the people who have placed their trust in your business.

That’s what I mean by going “all in”.

So let me ask you…

Are you “ALL IN”?

If so, let me know by posting your comments below.

And if you’ve got a great story to share, that illustrates how you’ve gone “all in”, be sure to share that to.

Who knows, I might even do something REALLY special for the person who shares the best example.

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

Same Content… Different Results

Monday, May 16th, 2011

I released the first version of the Automatic Income System in 2004, and since that time, we’ve sold more than three thousand copies.

While the overwhelming majority of people love this product, and the life-changing information it offers, there’s a small percentage of the population who have returned it for a refund, saying that it’s nothing more than hogwash, and a waste of time.

The first time someone sent me a negative review of the Automatic Income System, I made the mistake of taking it personally, and even went so far as to question the value of what I had to offer.

But as time went on, it became increasingly obvious that these nay-sayers were the minority… NOT the majority.

Still…

For a long time, I wondered, “How can two people receive the exact identical product, yet have such widely differing opinions about it”?

The good news is, that over time, I’ve come up with a VERY good answer to this question.

And the answer has absolutely NOTHING to do with the product itself.

In all cases, the product was the same, other than the fact that I’ve updated it over the years.

The difference lies in the person who receives the product, and here’s my take on it:

One person comes from a place of abundance, while the other comes from a place of scarcity.

And it just so happens that a real life example of what I’m talking about unfolded on the blog last week.

I had shared some insight into how I go about achieving my own goals, while simultaneously enjoying my life to the fullest in the here and now.

Two of the people that commented were Ro and Joseph.

Ro said…

This truly resonates with me.

Over 30 years ago, as a second lieutenant, I wrote down my goals for the future: to make major below the zone, to attend war college, to get a masters degree, to make colonel, to retire somewhere spectacular and wild, to become a US Senator.

I made major 3 yrs below the zone (early) and Lt col 2 yrs early, and col 2 yrs early, then passed the goal to earn a star.

I got a masters degree on scholarship at full pay, retired from the Air Force in Alaska, and decided politics was not for me.

So, I met or exceeded all those goals, or decided on learning more that it wasn’t for me.

My vision for retirement was to continue working on something that made a difference, build my dream log home, have horses, and eventually work for myself.

Now I work on launching rockets for NASA, flying unmanned aircraft for science and civil support, and constructing an icebreaker for the university.

I moved into my log home last year, will soon plant my first garden there and move my horse to the property, and have begun planning to move from employment to my own coaching business and professional cat breeding.

Part of that goal is to develop streams of income that are independent of each other and independent of government budget decisions – and so your program, Kevin, is on my plan, along with learning to build and maintain my various websites, or at least maintain them, for each endeavor.

My life is testimony to the principle that if you dream it and keep the dream in view as the many decisions of life come along, you will achieve the dream and better.

Best wishes to all just starting out, and thanks, Kevin, for the chance to post this.

Joseph Said…

One thing that everyone forgets is that even people who can not work outside of their home due to a disability or handicap, will look online for work, however, those who are in such poor state of being can not afford to pay to join some group and pay for web hosting fees, advertising, or membership fees.

They simply do not have the income to get started.

And even if they do and become the greatest online worker ever, they can not afford to keep doing it because the cost of doing it eats up the profit and then they can not pay their rent and medical costs, and transportation costs, and food cost and utility bills etc.

So it is a rat race of banging your head against a brick wall in hopes of finding something that will allow them to make a little extra money to make life better for them and their friends and family without going deeper in debt.

So if you ever find a free system that is totally without cost, please let me know.

= = =

I don’t personally know Ro or Joseph, but I can most certainly tell you that one has an abundance mentality, and the other has a scarcity mentality.

So let me ask you, where are you coming from?

What kind of mentality do you have – abundance or scarcity?

Because the fact is, the choice is completely up to you.

Hope this gives you some insight.

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

P.S. Perry Marshall sent out a similar email to his subscribers last week, talking about this very same subject matter. If you’re on his list too (as I am), hopefully you’ll get the lesson… because it’s a biggie.

Seeing Into The Future

Friday, May 13th, 2011

I have to say, I was quite impressed by many of you who took the time to post your visions on the blog.

There’s definitely some BIG thinkers among us, and that’s a very good thing.

Since you took the time to share, I promised to do the same.

If my insight has an impact on you, please let me know by sharing your comments below.

So here goes…

In November 2009, I hosted the 2nd event where I invited a select group of people into my home, and when that event ended, one of the attendees made a comment that I’ll never forget.

He said, “Kevin, during the past two days I spent at your home, I found myself continually thinking… you sure have put together a nice life for yourself”.

Until he made that comment, I’d never really thought about it.

Maybe it was because I’d just been doing what I do, building my business, and trying to impact people’s lives in a big way.

And because the business had grown to its current size (and my lifestyle had grown along with it) over the span of several years, I hadn’t really taken time to notice, or pay attention to what I’d really accomplished.

But… now that someone else had noticed it for me, it dawned on me that they were right.

I really had made a nice life for myself, and for my family.

And the interesting thing is, I intentionally set out to do exactly that.

It was no mistake.

I had a vision of what I wanted my life and my business to look like, and I simply did what was necessary to make that vision a reality.

Today that vision is even bigger.

Some of that vision includes:

Hosting 2-4 events each year, where I invite small, select groups of people into my home, so they can experience for themselves, what it’s like to have a lifestyle business.

I also see myself working very closely with a small group of highly motivated individuals (no more than 15), where I get to spend a considerable amount of one-on-one time with them.

I also see myself reaching out to even more people.

Because I firmly believe that what I have to offer is extremely valuable, I’m committed to sharing my message with as many people as I possibly can.

My goal is to show one million people how to have a lifestyle business of their own.

Is that a lofty goal?

You bet.

But so was having the business and lifestyle that I currently live.

And do I have all the answers, or know how I’m going to make my vision a reality?

Absolutely not.

But I’ve got the vision… and that’s what counts.

Everything else is just details.

And the most important thing is that I’m enjoying each and every moment of my life, here and now, as I move toward that future vision.

And that’s HUGE.

Most people aren’t happy, and they don’t enjoy the process.

And even when they achieve their vision, they still aren’t happy, because the vision they once had has grown bigger, and they have to keep on working to achieve that bigger vision.

The trick is to enjoy the process.

Enjoy what you do in the here and now.

I trust you found this helpful.

If so, please let me know by sharing your comments with me.

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

Bin Laden Killed

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I was planning to share something completely different with you today, but in light of the current events that have just unfolded, I had a change of plans.

As it turns out, American Troops… Navy Seals to be specific… shot and killed Bin Laden during a raid on his compound.

And now, 10 years after the massive 9-11 attacks, the alleged mastermind behind the operation has been brought to justice.

Upon hearing the news, crowds of people gathered outside the White House in celebration.

As I watched all of this unfold on the news, many thoughts went through my mind…

How will this impact the “War on Terror”?

Can we expect retaliation from al Qaeda?

What does all of this mean for Americans as we continue to move forward?

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and you can make your voice heard by posting your comments below.

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