Archive for September, 2012

The Deadliest Catch Encounter

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

A few Sunday’s ago, Lisa and I decided to take the kids to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

Before going into the zoo, we decided to duck into the Fred Meyer store in Ballard and grab some picnic supplies for lunch.

Little did I know who I was about to have a chance meeting with.

If you’ve ever watched Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel, you may recognize the gentleman standing next to me in the photo above.

It’s Keith Colburn… captain of the Wizard crab boat that’s featured on the show.

The community of Ballard in Seattle is where Fisherman’s Terminal is located.

Fisherman’s Terminal is where much of the Alaska fishing fleet comes during the off season.

Captains will typically get routine maintenance and repairs done during the off season, and everything they could possibly need is available right here.

Since this particular Fred Meyer’s is only a couple miles away from Fisherman’s Terminal, it makes sense that fishermen would frequent the store.

I didn’t personally know Captain Keith Colburn during my own fishing days, but that doesn’t matter.

As soon as I saw him, and recognized who he was, I had to introduce myself.

Once he found out that I was a fellow fisherman, it was as if the two of us had been friends for years.

We had an immediate bond.

Anyone who’s worked in the fishing industry for any period of time, and has survived to talk about it, has plenty of stories to share.

Keith and I began swapping fishing stories, and the truth is, I could’ve stood there talking with him all afternoon, but my family wouldn’t have appreciated that.

The two of us brought our short conversation to an end and as I walked back out to the truck with my family, I couldn’t help but be thankful that I figured out a way to get out of the grueling world of Alaska Bering Sea Fishing.

Don’t get me wrong…

I totally respect Captain Keith Colburn.

Heck, I respect anyone who’s willing to do whatever it takes to support themselves and their family in a way that makes them feel good about doing what they do.

But let me tell you, a guy like Captain Keith sacrifices a lot in order to provide for his family.

His family sacrifices a lot too.

As I share this experience, you may be thinking about all the sacrifices you’ve made in your own life, and the sacrifices you continue to make.

And as you do, I want you to know that I applaud you for who you are and what you’re doing.

You want the best for yourself.

If you’re married, you want the best for your wife or husband.

If you have children, you want the best for them.

That’s the sign of a true entrepreneur, and you’re in good company.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting the best, and wanting more out of life.

I discovered the secret to getting more out of life years ago, from a comment Zig Ziglar made on a late night infomercial.

He said, “The best way to get more of what you want, is to help enough other people get what they want”.

Those words hit me hard, and thanks to technology, I’ve been able to help a whole lot of people, form across the USA and around the world, all from my home in the little town of Arlington, Washington.

And the good news is…. If you’re so inclined, you can do the very same thing… from the comfort of your home… in your home town.

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

An Anniversary To Remember

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Lisa and my anniversary is on August 20th, and this year I wanted to make it really special for her.

I wanted to make our anniversary an experience she’d remember for years to come.

Truth is, last year our life was so busy in August, that both of us completely forgot our anniversary.

I felt really bad about that, and took steps to make sure that NEVER happens again.

Our son Adam had told me about this restaurant in Seattle that offered far more than dinner.

It’s a place called Teatro ZinZanni, and your dinner includes a 4-hour performance as well.

I didn’t really know what to expect going in, but because it came so highly recommended by our son Adam and his wife, I figured it would be something unique.

And let me tell you… we weren’t disappointed.

The restaurant is actually a huge old circus tent, that’s enclosed in the building that was erected to house it.

From the moment you walk in the door, it’s as if you’ve entered another world.

In our case, the performance was titled Gangsters of Love, and the setting was the Roaring 20’s.

Without spoiling it for anyone who lives in the Seattle area (and might want to see the show before it ends), I won’t give anything away here.

I’ll simply say that both the food and the entertainment were second to none.

It made such an impression on me, that here I am, now telling more than 30,000 people about the experience.

If you live in the Northwest, I highly recommend it, but even if you don’t, there’s a HUGE lesson packed in with all this.

As business owners, we too want to make this kind of impression on our clients and customers.

We want them to be so amazed by the experience we offer, that they can’t help and do what I’ve done here…

Which is to tell other people about us.

Fortunately, most of our competitors do such a poor job at this, it’s not too difficult to achieve our desired outcome.

We don’t have to do anything extravagant, as in the example I’ve just given you.

It can be as simple as delivering on promises we’ve made.

One of the ways I’ve grown my own business over the years is by partnering with other people who already have a sphere of influence (group of people), they can introduce me to.

I compensate my partners extremely well for making this introduction by typically giving them 40-50% of every sale we make together.

I let my joint venture partner know how much they’ll be compensated before we ever do a project together.

But…

The one bit of information I withhold is the fact that I overnight the check as soon as the project is complete.

This process hardly costs anything, yet it allows me to make a HUGE, and completely unexpected impact when the check arrives at their office the following day.

And needless to say, it gets people talking about me.

Do you have another example to share?

Maybe there’s something unique that you do in your business.

Maybe there’s something unique you’ve seen another business do.

Maybe you’ve personally had a unique experience, such as the one I just shared with you.

If so, take a moment to share it by posting your comments below.

When you do, this post will immediately become that much more valuable.

Because yeah, it might be nice to get my perspective on things like this.

But when we can get yours too…

That’s when the value of this blog really starts to sky rocket.

So go ahead… share an experience of your own, and let’s join forces to make this an incredible blog post.

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

Arlington, WA Shooting Update

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

I’ve been inundated with emails the last couple days as our little town of Arlington, Washington made national news.

On Sunday afternoon, just a few miles from my home, we had a gunman on the loose.

You can see the entire story (including video footage) here on the Huffington Post.

Sunday was definitely a crazy day around here but I wanted to take a moment and let you know that everyone in the Thompson family is alright and the gunman was killed by police before he killed anyone himself.

Thanks so much to all of you who sent emails to check on us.

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