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The Art of Passive Income Podcast

Mark Podolsky (AKA The Land Geek) and Scott Todd from scotttodd.net are successful land investors, land investing coaches and committed to helping you break out of solo-economic dependency. Discover why Land Investing is The Best Passive Income Model (no physical inventory, a one-time sale, recurring revenue, a built-in incentive for the buyer to continue paying, and low competition). Learn about strategies, skills and helpful tips that will help you grow your Passive Income through Land Investing and other passive models.
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Sep 21, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Tony DUrso—TonyDUrso.com

Tony is known as the Dream Business Maker and hosts the show Revenue Chat Radio, which reached over 700,000 downloads in just over a year! He interviews CEOs, bestselling authors and experts in sales, marketing and leadership. 

His latest book, Elite Entrepreneurs topped the Amazon Bestseller List at #2 on it’s first day debut! 

Tony helps others become successful entrepreneurs by helping them pull out their uniqueness by what they can provide. Today, he shares his vision map strategy with us to go from dream to accomplishment by:

  • Connecting vision with purpose—Where they see themselves and what they are trying to accomplish.
  • Long-term objective—Where they want to be in 3-5 years
  • The master plan—Strategy. How they will accomplish the long-term objective. What are they going to do TODAY to get there.

Plus, we dig in deep to get to the root of our why by asking WHY

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Tony by going to his website at TonyDUrso.com.

Scott: Check out the chrome extension Momentum at MomentumDash.com. The to-do list is a nice touch. 

Tony: Have this vision map. You need to start at the top with your vision, purpose, long-term objective, master plan, strategy, tactical steps, and then the daily action you’re going to get done every day. That is how you’re going to take any goal and get them done. 

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Sep 19, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, we have a special Round Table edition—The Best Of, featuring some of the best Round Table moments that will help you move the needle in your land investing business!

Today we look back on:

  • Buyers list—Building and managing it.
  • Buying in bulk—Do we handle bulk deals differently?
  • Counties—How many counties should we work in?
  • Scarcity mentality—Can there be too many investors in one area?

We're all unique. I'll tell stories a different way than you do, I will write ads in a different way and there's no way that I'm going to appeal to everybody. Not everybody is going to like you in the world, not everybody is going to connect with your message, and that’s okay. Find your people, have your own voice and your people will come to you-Scott

Plus, what holds people back in this business?

Listen in as we clear up some of the fears that stop people from taking action and get into the fundamentals of buying and selling! 

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Sep 14, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Jasmine Star—JasmineStar.com

Jasmine, who teaches entrepreneurs how to build their brand and market it on social media, left law school over a decade ago to care for her ailing mother. Realizing how fragile life is and that we are not guaranteed time here, she re-evaluated her own life and decided to pursue photography which ultimately led to building the business of her dreams. She now educates entrepreneurs on how to do the same. 

In a competitive market like photography, she explains she made herself stand out by:

  • Working harder
  • Creating experiences 
  • Learning and leveraging how people are communicating and are wanting to be served

She also does not view competitors as opposition, but as allies who all bring very different things to the table and are making the consumer aware.  

The same can be said for the land business when it comes to scarcity mindset. More investors in an area brings more interest to that area.  

"We are uniquely qualified to serve entirely different sets of people."

Listen in to hear Jasmine's story and her inspiring answer to Mark's question: If you’re on your death bed and you’re surrounded by friends and family what would be your last words of advice that you would give before you leave? 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Jasmine Star by going to her website at JasmineStar.com.

Scott: Check out the app Exacto - Photo Cut | Background Remover. It's an app that helps you remove backgrounds or create razor-sharp photo cutouts.

Jasmine: Read the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. It's a book that re-frames how your mind perceives passion projects. 

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Sep 12, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by:

  • Tate Litchfield
  • Erik Peterson
  • David Banales
  • Mike Zaino
  • Scott Todd

Jeff Akstin also drops in — over Mike Zaino’s shoulder at the firehouse! Jeff is one of Mark’s first students and he also mentored Mike. Mark refers to the two as the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck of the group. 

The two get a call and don’t stay long, but before he goes, Jeff shares a recent deal that can bring in 10x!

This week's topics:

  • Doing business in person—This can be difficult when there are miles in between you and the buyer. The guys go over what they do in this situation, their experiences, and building trust to get the deal done online.
  • Tire kickers—Erik shares a situation he is in, where a potential buyer who has been around for over a year periodically inquires about properties but then comes up with excuses why he can't buy. What do you do in this situation—how do you convert those tire kickers into buyers, or should you just let them go? Everyone weighs in.
  • Rude buyers—How do you handle them so you don't get a bad review? Do we hug our haters, or send them to David?

Plus, you don't want to miss Erik's mic-drop tip of the week. And, does Mark finally win him over to #TeamMark?

Listen in now to find out!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: ReadHug Your Haters by Jay Baer. Also, check out How-to-fix-a-toilet.com. It's a how-to website.

Scott: Check out the Forest App  to help you focus on tasks, such as mailing and marketing, and you can grow your own forest in the process!

Erik: Read, Hug Your Haters... Check out, GetMagic.com. It's like fancy hands but the billing is by the minute. Good for smaller tasks

David: Clean Google Calendar—to help keep you on task.

Tate: The Habit Hub—to help keep you on goal!

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Sep 7, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, The Facebook Whisperer, David Banales joins Mark as co-host and they talk with Molly Pittman—VP and traffic monitor at DigitalMarketer.com

Molly's approach to marketing is to get back to basics and to keep it real! Today we go deep into the aspects of what makes a good ad that will increase traffic. 5 components are: 

  • Good offer
  • Good copy
  • Creative—Videos and pictures
  • Targeting
  • Ad send—Making sure that the landing page your ad is sending them to is relevant to the ad!  

Molly shares her insight on why writing good ad copy is imperative and that you don't need to be a genius at it as long as the right components are in place. 

We also discuss the most simple starting point for a newbie: 

  • The before and after—The picture of your customers life before using your product/service and after, how your product will change their life.
  • The customers' journey—The steps of your business, what assets you need to create and how to make them aware of your business. 

There is so much VALUABLE information in this podcast, it leaves David with stars in his eyes! 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Molly by going to DigitalMarketer.com.

David: Read the book Fanatical Prospecting: The Ultimate Guide for Starting Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, E-Mail, and Cold Calling by Jeb Blount.

Molly: Check out AdEspresso.com and GetCompass.co. They have an incredible library of ads that you can get inspiration from for ideas for your ads. Also, read the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Sep 5, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by:

  • Tate Litchfield
  • Erik Peterson
  • David Banales
  • Scott Todd

This week's topics:

  • VA pain points—What do you do when a trained VA says "I can't"?
  • Squatter aftermath—Tate updates us on the squatter that was mentioned in Round Table episode, Scarcity Mentality—Time To Change Your Mindset.
  • Cleaning up—What should you do with trash that is left behind on a property?
  • The August Report—The guys share how they did in the slowest month, and the results are surprising! Could July be the new August?
  • What is the metric for success—Does making millions make you successful if the cost is working 100 hours a week, never seeing your family and leaves you feeling miserable? 

When you compare the freedom and flexibility with the effort, we are all in success -Mark

Listen in now for all the details and to hear how Erik gets in an uppercut to the right and hits Mark right where it hurts... it's not what you think! 

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Watch Lazy: A Manifesto by Tim Kreider in YouTube. He talks about the merit of not being so busy.

Scott: Check out SmirnoffAsAService.com to send a bottle of Smirnoff, and they will include a handwritten note.

Erik: Check out LucidChart.com—a web-based mind mapping, flow chart tool.

David: First thing you want in mail and market: Take control of your time. Schedule in your me-time, your power hour. Set up a calendar, Google calendar.

Tate: Check out UnitedStatesZipCodes.org. You can plug in a city and it will give you information regarding its zip code. It’s going to tell you what the most populated zip code is, the county, and the area code.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Aug 31, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Miranda Marquit—PlantingMoneySeeds.com.

With an M.A. in journalism, Miranda’s a freelance writer and has been writing about finances since 2006. She‘s been mentioned in USA Today, The Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicles, New York Times, Consumerist, The Atlantic Wire, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.  

Topics discussed: 

  • Leveraging time—Knowing when and what to outsource.  
  • Finding the right partners to work with by finding people whose strengths compliment your weaknesses. 

Listen in now to hear about her biggest lesson learned as a freelancer and as we delve deep into leveraging and finances. Plus, she answers Mark's tough question of the week: Tell us something we don’t know about either personal finance or investing.

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Miranda by going to her website at PlantingMoneySeeds.com.

Scott: Check out AirSelfieCamera.com. It's an iPhone 7 case that becomes a drone that you can use to do air selfies. 

Miranda: Read the book The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday. The book is all about trials in our businesses and how to turn them and make them our way to success.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Aug 29, 2017
In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by:
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Erik Peterson
  • Mike Zaino
  • Aaron Visocnik
  • Scott Todd

Scott kicks off this episode by sharing the lessons he learned from his newest adventure, one that scares the he…ck out of Mark, and also leads us into our first topic:

  • Getting the fundamentals down—The guys tell why it's crucial to follow the proven processes first. Plus, Aaron shares his experience when he decided to go out on his own, before getting the fundamentals down, and how he's still paying for it!
  • VA management hacks—Great advice on how to keep the good VAs around.
  • Recovering from a scam—What can you do when you are scammed by a seller?

There are a lot of lessons to be learned and great advice in this episode, you don't want to miss it!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Watch the movie, The Martian. The movie is about solving problem after problem after problem. Also, read Virtual Freedom by Chris Ducker.

Scott: Check out TLFolio.com—list your notes and get other investors who might want to build some passive income. 

Erik: Check out DripScripts.com—A tool for building some of your email sequences. 

Aaron: Check out HubSpot—CRM that allows you to follow up with your leads and stay in contact with them.

Mike: “Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.” You’re standing in your own way and you don’t even know it. So, stop standing in your way and just go back to the fundamentals.

Tate: “Difficulties are just things to overcome after all.” You are going to hit difficulties in the business and in the end, you just have to overcome it.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Aug 24, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Dorie Clark—DorieClark.com

Dorie has a long list of attributes, including: 

—Adjunct professor of business administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. 

—Author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future and Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. Magazine and one of the Top Ten Business Books of the Year by Forbes and a Washington Post bestseller.

—A former presidential campaign spokeswoman  

—A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Time, and Entrepreneur.  

—Recognized as a branding expert by the Associated Press and Fortune.  

She is also a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, the US State Department, and the World Bank! The New York Times described her as an expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.

Dorie has a long list of credentials, but how do you invent yourself when you're just starting out?  

She elaborates on the three components you need to become a recognized expert

  • Creation
  • Social proof
  • Network 

We also discuss: 

  • The difference between a thought leader and a self-promoter and why the concept of thought leaders is so misunderstood.
  • "Little bets strategy" to find your breakthrough idea.

Plus, we delve deep into robots and the future of our jobs.

Don't miss out on this great thought provoking episode!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Start reinventing yourself and start learning how to stand out by checking out Dorie Clark at her website at DorieClark.com.

Scott: Check out Nuage.email. It allows you to have your own custom domain for your email.  

Dorie: Read the book The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking by Olivia Fox Cabane & Judah Pollack. It's a book about how to train yourself to have more breakthrough ideas.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Aug 22, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by:

  • Mike Zaino
  • Erik Peterson
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Nian Wang
  • Scott Todd

The guys have just returned and are recovering from a successful Bootcamp weekend in Scottsdale, listen in as they go over their biggest take-aways.

The one thing that I took away, that always amazes me is the community. It's more like family than a community—Tate

The guys also tackle: 

  • How to remove yourself from the business—when you don't have any revenue coming in.
  • List Pricing—How do you determine a value when comps are all over the board? 

Plus, tune in to hear why Erik's, No Country For Old Men deal left Mark wishing he had been more persistent. And you don't want to miss Scott's special service announcement!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Delete Apple Mail from your phone. If you want to check your email, go to your laptop or computer in the office!

 

Scott: Read the book, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

 

Erik: Check out Polymail.io—a mail client for Mac that has similar features to Boomerang and Mixmax.

 

Nian: Check out CamelCamelCamel.com—a free Amazon price tracker.

 

Mike: "Mistakes are part of the game. It's how well you recover from them, that's the mark of a great player." - Alice Cooper

 

Tate: Check out the official Hamilton app to enter the lottery or buy show tickets. Also, check out SendOutCards.com to create a personalized card and send it out automatically.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Aug 17, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Vinay Patankar who is co-founder and CEO of Process.st —a task and workflow automation for teams. He is also co-host on the Business Systems Explored podcast. 

Vinay shares how he turned an idea into a thriving company and it all started with the lessons he learned from his first start-up.  

  • The desire to solve a real problem.  
  • Putting together the right team.
  • Being in a strong position before talking to investors.  

Listen in as the guys delve deep into the processes of Process Street and how to integrate it into your team workflow. 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Vinay by going to his website at Process.st.

Scott: Check out Surfly.com. This website allows you to share screens with other people on their web browser.

Vinay: Read the e-book The Ultimate Guide to Business Process Automation with Zapier by Benjamin Mulholland.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Aug 15, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by:

  • Mike Zaino
  • David Banales
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Nian Wang
  • Scott Todd

Today's Topics:

  • Best friend buyers—Breaking up is hard to do! The deal is done, but the buyer is still in constant contact with you via email, text, and phone calls at midnight!  How do you break up with those buyers who abuse the relationship?
  • Attorney threats—Have you ever had an angry response from an offer letter with threats of a lawyer? The guys go over their experiences and how they handled it.
  • Ethical dilemmas—David shares a situation that involved a bidding war with three neighbors and finds himself in a dilemma. Does he go with the lowest offer that he had already committed to? Or does he try to get out of the commitment and go with the much higher offer? Everybody weighs in on their thoughts. 

Listen in to hear what deal David chose and to find out why this episode goes completely off the rails!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Check out PicSnippets.com—Automate personalized picture engagements for $20 a month!

Scott: "Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men."

Check out Brandmark.io—it’s artificial intelligence for your logo.

David: An email marketing tip—the second subject line. In Gmail inbox, you see the subject line in bold, and then you see the beginning of your email. When sending out to your list, Sell the click in that first line of your email!

Nian: Check out Bonjoro.com—send personalized video messages through email.

Mike: "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” Transparency in this business is huge. People can smell fake; it’s very easy to ruin your credibility.

Tate: Check out the Chrome plugin—StayFocusd. It will prevent you from visiting the websites you want to avoid for X amount of time.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Aug 10, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Siimon Sander—Founder and CEO of Oscar Hamilton, a company that offers podcast production and editing services.  

Siimon is also the host of the Entrepreneur Decoded podcast and has interviewed over a hundred successful entrepreneurs.  

Today we talk about the lessons Siimon learned from a failed business and the one lesson he learned from his dad that could be a good example for us all. 

-The biggest lesson I took from my dad was, treat people kindly and don’t expect anything in return. 

We also delve deep into the importance of having goals to work towards, even when you've "made it", because it can always go away tomorrow.

A few things to keep in mind as you grow your business: 

  • Leisure is a perk, not a goal
  • Keep your ego in check
  • Don't be attached to success
  • Always keep growing and learning
  • Last but not least, ENJOY what you do!  

Plus, listen in for Siimon's answer to: Of all the people you’ve interviewed on Entrepreneur Decoded, what three people would you pick to come to a dinner party at your house and what would you talk about?

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Start decoding entrepreneurs and learn more about Siimon at EntrepreneurDecoded.com.

Scott: Read the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson.

Siimon: Read the book Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Aug 8, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, He's back baby! Mark returns from his month long hiatus, well rested and motivated for the next business venture!

Joining Mark are:

  • Erik Peterson
  • David Banales
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Mike Zaino
  • Scott Todd

Today's Topics:

  • The constant check bouncer—Handling those who are constantly making late payments or bouncing checks.
  • Keeping August rolling—The guys go over different promotions and ways to double down this month to keep the deals flowing.
  • Unplugging—Mark took the month of July to completely unplug and step away from the business. While it was a humbling experience, the wheels ran smoothly without him and revue was up, he was able to find the bottlenecks and fix them.

Sometimes you get lost focusing on the destination, you lose sight of how fulfilling the journey can be. -Mark

The guys all share their wisdom about taking time away from the business.  

Plus, will the hazing commence or will Erik burst Mark's bubble?

Listen in now for all the details! 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Check out CrwdBoost.com. For $20 a month, they build up your instagram and twitter accounts by figuring out the perfect audience for you then targets that audience.

Scott: Read the book The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles. It’s all about mind set. If you understand that everything you want to achieve you can do so and you just have to follow this formula like you would in algebra or math, that’s the teachings of this book. 

David: Check out Streak.com for Gmail—It's CRM for your inbox.

Erik: Read the book Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh. It’s about Zappos and basically how you built a business and brought it to what it is today. It’s highly focused on customer service.

Mike: I find mucking stalls strangely similar to raking a zen garden.” Automating your systems, automating something in your life that’s difficult doesn’t have to be dreadful. Take the time, enjoy the process, document what you’re doing, and then automate that one small part.

Tate: Check out OnRoadMap.com—an outline for managing big projects.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Aug 3, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Dana Wilde—TheMindAware.com.

Dana is the best-selling author of Train Your Brain: How to Build a Million Dollar Business in Record Time and host of the Mind Aware Show. 

She took two businesses to a million in revenue in just 19 months. Today she talks to us about training our brains to grow our businesses, and it all starts with a simple mantra. By repeating that mantra 20-30 times a day, it opens up your mind's awareness to see things that you might not have seen otherwise.  

Dana explains that brain scientists estimate that we are walking around in an unconscious state 95% to 99% of the day. And if you can get more aware as little as half a percent of the day, you're going to start to see tremendous change in your life.  

Dana delves into the reticular activating system—A matchmaker in your head that listens to what you think and talk about and then matches them together, bringing them into your awareness. 

Her 4 step process that helps open your mind to positive change:  

  • Step 1—the most important, is waking up and being aware. 
  • Step 2—deciding what message you want match.
  • Step 3—talking about the current situation in a way that feels good. So you're changing the script.  
  • Step 4—feel good.  

Does this positive talk and thinking really work? 

Listen in as Dana gives examples of how we already use the reticular activating system in our daily lives now. Plus, she gives us a 72 hour exercise to test her theory. 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Dana by going to her website at MindAware.DanaWilde.com.

Scott: Check out the app Lingbe—an app that allows you to practice a language with native speakers anywhere.

Dana: If you focus ONLY on what's going right in your business, then you will get more of that. If you have a setback or something goes wrong, then acknowledge that for 10 seconds, take the lesson, and move on and put 100% of your focus on what's going right.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Aug 1, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Scott is joined by:

  • Nian Wang
  • Aaron Williams
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Mike Zaino
  • Erik Peterson
  • Aaron Visocnik

This Week's Topics—that leave the group divided between the good and the heartless:

  • Loan Modifications—Under what circumstances do we modify loans and do multiple modifications ultimately lead to default?
  • When a mailing generates multiple properties scattered across the country from one seller—The guys share what they do in this situation.
  • The slow month of August—Do you just try to keep it stable or should you strive for growth?

Listen in now as the mafia geeks have a showdown over good vs mean strategies! 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Scott: Check out UseLoom.com—A communication tool that allows you to do screen sharing, recording and can hold/store videos for you.
Also mentioned, Trint.com.

Aaron A: Read the book The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed by Mark Divine. This book will help you get your mind right when trying to achieve something in the same way a navy seal would do to achieve things.

Nian: Check out Nuclino.comTo organize information for VAs.

Erik: Check out HipCamp.comThe Air BnB for campers and maybe an alternative for those properties you can't sell?

Mike: Knowledge is learning something new every day, Wisdom is letting go of something every day—Letting go of something every day is relevant to those in this business when it comes to VA's and automation. 

Tate: Check out Wonder-Bot.com—A Facebook plugin that helps you store information.

Aaron V: Read the book Content Inc.: How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses by Joe Pulizzi. This book will tell you how to draw crowd to your buyer’s list.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Jul 27, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Robert Mallon and Bill Watkins, Founders of the Rusty Lion Academy—A coaching program designed to help you get in control of your business and your life.  

Bill is a West Point graduate, decorated Army officer, world class athlete, corporate executive, and an entrepreneur. 

Robert is a nationally recognized professional speaker, business coach, and mentor.

Together they help others reach that perfect balance between work and home life by changing their mindset and helping them build a strong foundation to support their goals.

How do they avoid the tyranny of the urgent? By setting up their days correctly. 

  • Always having a plan for the day written down
  • Prioritize that plan
  • And delegate

All are key factors for success in any business to help it run seamlessly!

Are you on the right track to get you to where you want to be 25-35 years from now?  

Listen in now to hear what it will take to get you there. 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Robert & Bill by going to their website at RustyLionAcademy.com.

Scott: Check out the website TheRemoteLife.com. This company plans 30-day trips where they bring together professionals, freelancers and entrepreneurs to work, live, and travel.

Robert: Get out of your comfort zone. Keep one foot out of your comfort zone at all times. Also, read the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. 

Bill: Read the book The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want

Jul 25, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Scott Todd continues to fill in for Mark while he is away for the entire month of July.

Joining Scott are: 

  • Mike (Zen master) Zaino
  • Tate (New DAD on the block!) Litchfield
  • Nian (#TeamMark) Wang
  • David (shhhh) Banales 

Today's Discussion:  

Have you ever had to answer to THE POLICE? —As in the law enforcers, not the popular band.  

Tate shares a recent incident that involves the police, threats of a law suit, squatters, the press AND the President! But don't worry, Mike has a team of bounty hunters ready for hire! You don't want to miss this!  

Plus, we go over what to do if you are suddenly without a VA. Are you prepared if your VA just up and quits on you? The guys go over their backup plans

Finally, we delve into scarcity mentality. We will show you why you need to change your mindset from scarcity to superabundance mentality!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Scott: Try the Hazel App for MAC to set-up rules.

Mike: Even a fly can travel 1000 miles if he grabs onto the horse's tail. We have an established system that works and you can make it happen by following the proven system! 

Nian: WiseStamp.com for email signature templates and dynamic elements.

Tate: Boomerang for Gmailtake control of when you send and receive email messages.

David: SpeedTest internet speed tester. Also, tip 2, use Gmail filters to help organize your inbox. Tip three, hire a VA! 

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Jul 20, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott are joined by Peter Shankman—Shankman.com

Peter is best known for founding Help A Reporter Out, (HARO) which became the de-facto standard for thousands of journalists looking for sources on deadline, offering them more than 200,000 sources around the world looking to be quoted in the media.  

The New York Times has called him a public relations all-star who knows everything about new media and then some

His Faster Than Normal Podcast embraces the concept that having ADD or ADHD as a gift and not a curse. 

Peter is also the author of five books. His latest, Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans, he wrote while on a plane to Hong Kong and back again with only a 2 hour layover in between. His only agenda for traveling to Hong Kong was to write the book! 

It's about knowing the way you work and being able to master that in such a way that you do it well.   

He talks to us about the premise behind Zombie Loyalists—someone who is so in love with a brand or a product, they want to share that with the world. And how to create Zombie Loyalists in your own business.  

A few factors are: 

  • Going above and beyond.
  • Being accessible
  • And making sure that everyone in your audience is benefiting by the information you're giving. 

Peter also shares how you can find the right audience for YOU!  

Plus, in what area does Peter see companies ruining their marketing plan? 

Listen in to find out now...

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Peter by going to his website at Shankman.com.

Scott: Check out the new and updated Process.st. They have new tools, platforms, etc. 

Peter: Go and check out Reddit.com. It's a website that allows you to learn anything you possibly want. There are topics on every conceivable thing known to man. 

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want

Jul 18, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Scott is taking the helm while Mark is away. He is joined by:  

  • Erik Peterson
  • David Banales
  • Sean Rickman
  • Nian Wang 

Today's Topics: 

Strange Requests from Buyers—Erik shares a recent request for an allodial title. What is an allodial title and what other strange requests have our panel encountered? 

Paying for a Survey or Improvements—Is it worth the extra cost?  

Can your business sustain itself if you were to step away or run it from another country?

We delve into PRESSURE TESTING your business to uncover any hidden holes. There was one common hole that both Sean and Erik uncovered, listen in now to find out what it was! 

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Scott: Read the book Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat by Michael Masterson.

Sean: Read the book The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms by Vishen Lakhiani.

Nian: Check out Workflow.is—an iOS app that allows you to connect different actions together and access them from your phone from the lock screen.

Erik: Check out Bond.co—an automated handwriting machine that you can use to write thank you cards for your clients right from your phone.

David: Check out the iPhone app myTracks—a GPS logger that you can use for your photographer whenever he goes to take pictures of your property.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Jul 13, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Mattan Griffel: entrepreneur, educator, CEO and co-founder of One Month—an education course that teaches code in one month.

Mattan is also a professor at Columbia Business School and was featured in Forbes 30 under 30 in education.

Today he shares with us everything you need to know about modern coding.  

  • How coding has changed in the past 10-15 years
  • Who coding is for
  • Where to get started  
  • Managing a developer 

The biggest mistake he sees people make in the beginning when hiring a developer, or any type of outsourcing, is they don't set time limits with ambiguous tasks. Why is that important?

Listen in now as he elaborates and delves deep into code.

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn how to code by going to Mattan's website at OneMonth.com.

Scott: Check out Chimpget.com. It's a widget that you can download from the mac app store. It will give you a constant check of your MailChimp account and allows you to see your list as it grows

Mattan: Check out Import.io. It's a web scraper that allows you to go through a site and extract web data into an excel sheet 

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want

Jul 6, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Jon Ferrera, a technology entrepreneur who pioneered the first CRM software back when computers were a commodity that weren’t in every household. 

Tired of using day planners and forecasting on spreadsheets, he quit his job at age 29 and started GoldMine Software. He was able to sell that company and retire at age 40 to stay home and raise 3 kids. 

Being home gave him the chance to see how social media was going to change the marketing world, so in the early 2000s he saw an opportunity to recreate what he started with GoldMine and take it to the next level, the cloud, and he created Nimble.

Jon delves into his journey from GoldMine to Nimble, and how he was able to sell CRM software to other’s that didn’t know they even needed it. He did so by going after the influencers. He was able to build GoldMine to a 70 million dollar a year company without ever taking a dime of capital or venture and no bank loans!  

Plus: 

  • How to manage relationships at scale with the tools you have today.
  • How to earn intimacy and trust with contacts.
  • And what are the 5 "E"s, 3 "P"s, and 5 "F"s?  

There is so much value in this podcast, so grab a notebook and pen and listen in now!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about how you can take your relationships to the next level and scale them at Nimble.

Scott: Check out the SmartDesk2. It's a standing desk that has an option to add an AI Box that acts as your AI Personal Assistant.

Jon: Sitting is the new smoking, we need to move to be healthy. Start doing walk and talks with your team members, with people you are meeting for business purposes, on the phone, or just by yourself. If you walk for an hour every day, eat half of the food you have in front of you at every meal, and give the other half to somebody less fortunate than you, then you will be a happier human being. 

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Jul 4, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by: 

  • Tate Litchfield
  • Mike Zaino
  • David Banales
  • Erik Peterson
  • Scott Todd 

Today’s Topics: 

  • The Dip—Getting over those pain points that make or break us, like the list.  
  • Negotiating with a trust—Scott shares a couple situations where he negotiated with a trust and everyone weighs in with their own experiences and thoughts about the moral standpoint.

We also delve into the benefits of getting properly educated.

As the first flight school class comes to an end and all the investor-lings have left the nest, Scott reflects back on the students learning experience along with his own.

Also, Erik, who started as a DYI'er, signed up for one-on-one coaching which ultimately helped take his business to the next level—Making more money in a quarter than he had in an entire year! He shares whether it was the accountability of having a coach or the tools that helped him the most.

Plus, what advice would Mike Zaino would give to his newbie self?

Listen in for details!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Check out the app The Five Minute Journal.

Tate: Check out the app EasyGPS

Erik: Check out the Best Self Journal at BestSelf.co.

Mike: "He is able who thinks he is able."

David: Read the book Fanatical Prospecting: The Ultimate Guide for Starting Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, E-Mail, and Cold Calling by Jeb Blount.

Scott: Check out the app ScanPost.io. It lets you scan, print, and mail documents worldwide - all from your iPhone.

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Jun 29, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Noah St. John—NoahStJohn.com. Noah is a keynote speaker and bestselling author who is famous for inventing AFFORMATIONS®, a positive self-talk tool that helps people remove mental barriers and build confidence to make more money.  

As a leading authority on how to eliminate limiting beliefs, Noah delivers live programs and online courses that his coaching clients call mandatory for anyone who wants to succeed in life and business. He is the author of 10 books that have been translated into over a dozen languages. Noah is one of the world’s most sought after experts on personal growth and professional development.  

Today, Noah talks to us about his trademarked term, AFFORMATIONS®—what it means and how it will help you reach your goals!  

The default human belief is, I can’t. So how can we get rid of those limiting beliefs?  

Noah delves into his DBAR Cycle. 

  • Desire
  • Belief
  • Action
  • Results 

His method will change your belief from I can’t to I CAN!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Noah by going to his website at NoahStJohn.com.

Scott: Check out the app HeyFocus.com. It's a Mac app that blocks distracting websites like Facebook and Reddit.

Noah: Get my new book, Get Rid of Your Head Trash, at NoahStJohn.com. It will help you walk through the 3 big money mistakes that even smart people make. 

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

Jun 27, 2017

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income—Round Table edition, Mark is joined by: 

  • Mike Zaino
  • Erik Peterson  
  • David Banales  
  • Scott Todd 

Today's Topics: 

  • How we unwind in the land business—Can we totally disconnect and relax or is the pull force of email just too strong?
  • How do you sell a property in 3 weeks? —The guys address this question that was posted in The Official Land Geek Motivation & Wealth Creation Group.
  • Sharing versus holding back for strategic advantage—How much information should you share? Are there some secrets you should keep? 

 

We also talk about getting properly educated and what stops people from making a commitment to a new program — Is it fear of the unknown or money that holds them back? How do you get around each to start moving the needle in your life?

 

Plus, what's coming next for the community? Scott gives us a teaser!

TIPS OF THE WEEK

Mark:  Read the book The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman and follow his technique, the 5 Fold Why to get the root cause of what you actually want. PersonalMBA.com/five-fold-why/

Erik: TallyAn iPhone app for goal tracking. 

Mike: "Too hot, too cold, too late"— A reminder to stop making excuses!

David: Momentum—A Chrome extension to help keep you on task!

Scott: StickerMule.com for custom stickers that kick ass!

Isn't it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

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