Archive for July, 2012

Ask Kevin… ANYTHING

Monday, July 30th, 2012

I’m seriously thinking about offering a new service that I think you’ll love.

Whether it happens… is all dependent on YOU!

What if you could ask me anything you wanted to ask me, and I took the time to answer you personally?

You could ask me about business, marketing, lifestyle, “how to”, and even personal stuff if you like.

Anything would be fair game.

You could ask me ANYTHI NG you wanted to ask.

I’d then take the time to make a video and answer your questions.

These videos would then be archived on the site, and over time we’d have an incredible resource.

So here’s what I need…

If this is something you’d find valuable, I want you to ask your first question below.

The number and quality of questions that get posted will let me know how good of an idea this is.

So go ahead – ask away.

Anything is fair game.

Ask your first question right now by posting it below.

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

Vacation With A Purpose

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

You may know that we started a family foundation back in 2008.

And to be honest, the reason we did so was completely self serving.

We needed a tax break… plain and simple!

But, shortly after starting the foundation, Lisa and I attended a workshop that was put on by the company that helped us set everything up in the first place.

Once we attended this workshop, met other foundation owners and heard the incredible stories of everything they were doing with their foundations, I felt like a real schmuck.

Here I was looking for a tax break, yet now I discover that we could use this foundation to make a real difference in this world.

Since its inception the foundation has been funded solely from the proceeds of my business (though in the future we’d love to start a “partners in hope” program so other people can get involved with us).

For the most part we help non-profit organizations in our local area, but on occasion we travel to other parts of the country and other parts of the world in our endeavors.

We typically schedule some family time in with these trips as well, which is very important.

Since catching a real vision for what we can accomplish through our foundation, we’ve wanted to share this vision with our children.

After all, this is the legacy that Lisa and I will be leaving behind, and the goal is that our children will continue to carry out the work we’ve started.

And beyond that, their children will continue on with it.

Since starting the foundation, its really given us a sense of purpose and more importantly, it’s brought our entire family much closer together.

It’s simply amazing what happens when you’re able to take your eye off yourself, and spend some time serving someone else.

Here’s The News Story that ran, talking about the recent project we did in June.

Shortly after taking this particular trip, we got an email from Tina Bennett (who was our contact person at the non-profit organization).

Here’s what she had to say in an email she sent Lisa…

“We love that you chose to come see us at Augustin Children’s Program and we really appreciate all of the hard work that you did in the heat (right after that long sleepless night on the plane).

It was such a pleasure meeting you and working with you. Many thanks to all of you! Keep up your wonderful work. It is people like you that give me faith in our world”.

After reading this, and seeing the article that was published about our little project, it lets us know that we’re doing something worthwhile.

And I’ll let you in on another secret I’ve discovered.

When you give to others unconditionally in this way, without expecting anything in return, it all comes back to you… MANY times over.

It doesn’t typically come back to you from the same source you gave to, but it comes back in other ways, and it comes back ten fold and more.

I can tell you this from experience.

Try it sometime because you’ll be amazed by what happens.

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

Work With What You Have

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Kim Wilson is one of my clients and she’s a photographer from Burbank, California.

To say that she enjoys photography would be an understatement.

Photography is her passion, and she absolutely LOVES it.

She loves to travel as well, and incorporates this love of travel into her photography business.

Kim recently started a blog and was telling me about it, so naturally I wanted to see it for myself.

Her blog can be found at www.kwphotog.com/blog.

As soon as I got to her site, a photo she’d recently taken in Paris caught my attention, and I had to read the entire blog post.

Even though I’m not a photographer myself, and wouldn’t normally be reading a blog on this subject, I’m always drawn in to a good story.

And in this case, Kim was telling the story behind this particular photo, and let me tell you… the photo is incredibly intriguing.

She ends the blog post with this comment:

“My greatest take-away when I look at this image is that I shouldn’t pre-conceive which lens is always best for a situation. Make use of what you have in the moment. Get the best shot you can using the tool in your hand. If you have ample time to make changes to your setup, that’s one thing but when you have only a few seconds – Get Creative and Just Go With It”.

Upon reading this, I couldn’t’ help but think… this same advice applies to business as well.

Far too many business owners wait for conditions to be perfect.

For all their ducks to be in a row.

For the stars to align… before they take any kind of action to move forward in the direction they really want to go.

I too used to be guilty of this.

For example, when I was hot and heavy into running my first business, the carpet cleaning company, I was working 14-16 hours a day, and I was doing this 6-7 days a week.

During this time in my life I dreamed of having a business that would allow me to work far less hours, while still being able to support my family in the say I wanted.

But for several months I took absolutely no action toward having that kind of business.

All I did was dream of what it might be like.

Finally, in 1999 I took that first step.

I attended a seminar in Phoenix, Arizona and at that event I met Perry Marshall.

You can Google his name if you don’t know him.

Attending that event changed my life, and it put me on the track to having the business I now have.

Gone are the days of working 14-16 hours.

Today I work 4-6 hours a day and take lots of time off to spend with my family.

Most weekends are 3 or 4 day weekends for me as well.

Truth is, I can’t even remember the last time I worked for more than 4 days in a row.

When people find out that I have this kind of life, their immediate response is, “Wow, I sure would love to have a life like that”.

In that moment, they too will dream of what it would be like, and how nice it would be.

To that person I offer the same advice as Kim.

Make use of what you have and go for it.

There’s never been a better time than now, and I’ll be right here to guide you every step of the way, just like I am for Kim.

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

You Had Me At Hello

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

If you’ve ever seen the movie Jerry Maguire, you know the famous scene where Renee Zellweger tells Tom Cruise, “Just shut up, you had me at hello”.

If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t know what I’m talking about, or need a refresher for this conversation, be sure to watch the clip above.

This scene evokes a powerful response in people.

It creates an incredible emotional connection with the viewer.

As you watch the scene unfold, it changes your entire state of being, and you can feel it to your core.

It’s a scene that’s become famous since the movie was made.

I’m sharing it with you today in order to make a very important point.

You too can create this kind of connection with people, and when you do, it will have a lasting impact.

The way you do so is by sharing your own stories and experiences.

If you’ve participated on the behind-the-scenes tour I offer of my business, you know that I share many personal stories and experiences during that tour.

On rare occasion, after hosting these tours, I’ll have a disgruntled participant who’ll send me an email, chastising me for spending so much time going down memory lane, recounting my past.

They’ll say something like, “I signed up for the tour so I could see how your automated income system works, not to hear about your life”.

And that’s fine.

That person is entitled to their opinion, but they could never be a client of mine, because all they care about is themselves.

In order to be successful with the Automatic Income System and make a lot of money with it, you have to care about others.

You have to care about the people you serve.

By the same token, the people who choose to invest in the Automatic Income System, probably NEVER would have done so, if I hadn’t shared a little bit about myself and made a connection with them.

You see, people don’t care about the products or services you and I are selling.

They care about themselves.

They care about what our product will do for them.

They want to know they’re dealing with someone who’s real… someone who actually cares about them, and can relate to them.

Someone they have a connection with.

The way we create this connection is by sharing personal stories and experiences, just as I’ve done here.

As I write this, it’s amazing to think that I’m sitting here at my desk, in my home, in the little town of Arlington, Washington, as 1,000’s of people from across the country and around the world are being positively impacted right now, as they read what I’ve written.

Doesn’t it just give you goosebumps… knowing that you too can have that kind of effect on people?

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

Make Me An Offer

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

The secret to having a successful automated online business is having a subscriber list of people who absolutely love you.

The secret to getting a subscriber list is to make an offer so valuable, that people will give you their name and email address in order to get their hands on it.

In my mold business, my offer is a special report that shows people how to find out if they’ve got a mold problem in their home… and exactly what they need to do about it.

And let me tell you…

If you’ve got a mold problem (or think you have a mold problem), that’s a valuable offer.

It’s one that thousands and thousands of people have been willing to give me their names and email addresses for.

For my Automatic Income Coach website, I offer to take people on a behind-the-scenes tour of my mostly automated online business, so they can see how it works from start to finish.

Once again, for someone who wants to have a business like mine, this is an extremely valuable offer.

And it’s one that you can’t get anywhere else.

Once again, thousands and thousands of people have gladly given me their names and email addresses for the opportunity to go on this behind-the-scenes tour.

The question you must ask yourself is this:

“What’s something of value I can offer, that people will gladly give ME their names and email addresses for”?

Because once you’ve come up with a good answer to this question, you’ll have your hands on the catalyst for building a massively successful business.

This thing of value can be a written report, an audio, a video or what have you.

The format isn’t that important.

What is important is that you give people something they’ll be willing to exchange their name and email address for.

I know many of you who read this blog have already done this.

If so, maybe you’d like to show us what you have to offer.

Go ahead and let us know by posting your comments below.

There are 1,000’s and 1,000’s of people who read this blog, and this is your chance to get some free publicity (and some free traffic to your website).

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