Archive for June, 2011

Saying Goodbye

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Friday – June 7th was a difficult day for my wife Lisa, and surprisingly, for me as well.

You may know that Leila, a Chinese exchange student, had been living with us for the school year.

During that time, she became a part of our family, so it was hard to say goodbye when we took her to the airport so she could return to China.

The photos don’t show it, but you can be sure that the tears were flowing.

Knowing that Leila would be returning again to attend the University of Washington, I didn’t think the goodbye would be such and emotional experience.

Was I ever wrong.

During the 10 months Leila lived with us, it was incredible to watch how she grew as a person.

I remember back to when we first welcomed her into our home last September, and how Leila could barely speak English.

But by this month, we were having in depth conversations, and she understood perfectly.

Talk about amazing.

While here, she also took Spanish.

Imagine that…

Coming to America, and studying Spanish, as it’s taught to you in English… a language that you barely know.

To see her walk across the stage at graduation, as she completed her studies with a 3.7 GPA was an awe inspiring thing.

When I look at what Lei accomplished in 10 short months, it really sheds a new light on things.

As I strive to learn new things, or open my mind to new opportunities, I have it far easier than she did.

Truth is, the majority of us do.

That’s why it frustrates me when I see people give up on their dreams and goals at the first sign of things not going right.

Maybe they should spend some time getting to know Leila.

Though we had to say goodbye, it’s only temporary.

As far as Lisa and I are concerned, we now have a fourth daughter, and we’ll get to see her again soon.

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

A Question For You…

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

For 7 years now, I’ve been offering a generous 30-day preview period on the Automatic Income System.

Anyone who invests in it gets 30 days to look it over.

If anytime during that period you decide that it’s not everything I promised, and more… or if you think we’re simply not a right fit for each other… you can return the system for a no-questions-asked refund.

At which time I’ll gladly issue a refund, we’ll part as friends, and you’ll be out absolutely nothing.

So…

Here’s my question:

Let’s say someone invests in the system over 90 days ago, and now they decide that they don’t want it.

Do they have a right to be upset if I don’t offer a refund under the 30-day preview offer?

Or… are they trying to take advantage of my generosity?

Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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

The Wedding Cake Bandit

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Last week, our close friend’s daughter got married, and my wife Lisa made the wedding cake.

She spent hours and hours working on her masterpiece, and as you can see in the photo, it turned out incredible.

But…

What made this wedding TRULY memorable was the Wedding Cake Bandit.

As with most weddings, there were plenty of children there.

And one of these kids REALLY liked Lisa’s wedding cake.

As I was walking by the cake table, I noticed that someone had been taking bites right out of the cake, feeling no need to waste time using plate or fork.

We figured it was one of the kids, but I never would’ve guessed it was my own 3-year old son, Brock.

After catching him red-handed, I took this photo, with the evidence still in tact.

Hey…

I guess you can’t blame him.

He knows what he likes.

And fortunately, there was more than enough cake to go around.

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

How To Sell Wine

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Every quarter I head to Los Angeles for Dan Sullivan’s Strategic Coach Workshop.

Since being a part of this like-minded group of business owners over the last year, I’ve made some great friends.

In addition to getting immense value from the workshop itself each quarter, I also get value from the time spent outside of the workshop, with the other members.

Last month after the workshop, several of us decided to go out for dinner at this Mexican Restaurant in Santa Monica.

I can’t remember the name of the place, but they sure did make some great food.

Anyways… on our way back to the hotel after dinner, someone in the group spotted this wine bar, so we stopped in.

Now keep in mind, I don’t know the first thing about wine, but even at that, I know great marketing when I see it.

When you walk into the place, you head to the bar and hand the gal your credit card.

In exchange, she gives you one of their custom made credit cards, and enough wine glasses for your group.

In our case, it was 6.

There are 3 automated stations like the one pictured above, and each of them hold 12-15 different bottles of wine.

You put your card in the slot, hold your wine glass under the spout for the kind of wine you want, and press the button.

And whaalaah, it dispenses a shot of wine for you.

Depending on what kind of wine you want, the price will be anywhere from $2.00 to $25.00 per shot.

For the record, I tried 2 shots that evening – one of the lower priced wines, and one of the highest priced wines.

Being the non-wine-guy that I am, I couldn’t tell much of a difference between the two.

I know, I know – if you’re a wine person, you’re probably cringing right now.

But hey, that’s just the way it is. And I doubt I’ll ever be that much of a wine person.

But back to the story.

We spent a couple hours at this place, and while I only had two shots of wine, the rest of the group had a few more than I did.

After all, they’re much more into wine than I am.

By the end of the night, we’d racked up quite a bill, without really giving it much thought at all.

And that’s the beauty of it all, and it’s precisely what the bar owner wants.

They want you to have a good time, while giving very little thought to how much your spending, until it comes time to pay the bill.

Talk about great marketing.

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

My Computer Crashed

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Last Tuesday morning, I sat down to my computer, after taking an extended 6-day weekend (which is a whole different story I’ll have to tell you about).

As I started it up, I noticed that my external hard drive wasn’t coming up for some reason.

I figured, no big deal, it might be a little bit slow coming back online.

But…

A couple hours later, when it still wasn’t showing itself, I began to get concerned.

And by 3pm, I’m getting worried.

I call a good friend to tell him about the situation, at which time he tells me about a similar experience he had 5 years ago.

He lost the data on his external hard drive, which was the very same model that I have, and it cost him almost $2,000.00 to have it recovered.

He tells me about a nationwide data recovery company, and they happen to have an office here in Seattle, about an hour away from me.

I contact them, and they ask me a couple of key questions:

Does your hard drive contain business data or personal data – to which I answer, both.

The second question was, is this an emergency situation – and I said yes, because I need that data back, and the sooner the better.

As I answered these two questions, I’m thinking to myself, “This is NOT gonna be cheap”.

I’m having visions of my friend’s $2,000.00 experience now happening to me.

Looking back at what I now know, that would’ve been a bargain.

After reviewing my answers to his questions, the tech on the phone informs me that it’s gonna run me $795.00 just to have them look at my hard drive.

That’s a non-refundable fee, just so they can let me know if my data is recoverable.

Here it is Friday, and I got an email from the tech yesterday.

Here’s what it said…

= = =

Dear Kevin Thompson,

We have completed all diagnostics on your Western Digital Hard Drive. At this point we will need your verbal agreement to start the recovery process.

Please respond to this email or contact me by phone.

Once we receive your authorization we will start the data recovery process.

To finish the recovery process our engineers will contact you to verify the data which has been recovered.

Our Data Recovery Services have an industry standard NO DATA NO RECOVERY FEE policy.

Your customer ID is CDS-XXXXXX

Your total recovery cost is $ 2,876.00

Thank you for your business. We are confident that our dedicated customer service representatives and team of engineers will surpass your expectations.

Best Regards,

Eric Murphy
Dedicated Account Rep.

= = =

So…

In addition to the monies I already gave them, it’s gonna be almost $3,700.00 to recover my data.

As I write this to you, I’m still a bit nervous, awaiting the outcome.

This is has been one expensive, and stressful lesson.

Isn’t it funny how the most valuable lessons we learn – are the ones that cost us the most?

You can be sure that from now on, I’ll be making backups, of my backups, of my backups.

If you take nothing else away from my little story, I at least hope you take the steps necessary so that this NEVER happens to you.

Have a great weekend, and pray for me that everything works out for the best.

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