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Want To Know How To Maximize Productivity? It's All In The Mindset!
Oct 12

Want To Know How To Maximize Productivity? It’s All In The Mindset!

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Mike Vardy—productivity strategist and founder of Productivityist.com.

Mike is also a writer and has served as managing editor for Life Hack and written for 99u, Lifehacker, Success Magazine and so many more! He has also spoken all over North America in events like TEDx, South by Southwest Interactive and CreativeLive.

Today, Mike leaves Scott mind-blown before the podcast even starts and Mark in a shame spiral!

Listen in as he delves deep into:

  • Time theming—A mindset framework that allows you to connect better with the task at hand and do the right things at the right time.
  • Horizontal theming—This allows you have some flexibility and freedom by not being too specific.
  • His 3 mail system—A 3 step task manager for funneling and segmenting email.

Plus, Mike shares which of his 3 favorite productivity experts he would have over for dinner and what questions he would ask them.

So buckle up Land Geek Nation, because this podcast is not only going to make your life better, but also more productive!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Mike by going to his website at Productivityist.com.

Scott: Check out the app BetterSnapTool on the Mac App Store. It’s an app that allows you to easily manage your window positions and sizes. You can setup predetermined shortcuts that will easily move your window on a certain spot.

Mike: Read the book, The Go-Giver. A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann. It’s a powerful book because when you do what the author suggests, it feels right. There’s a way that you can run your business and run your life that makes you feel like you’re doing it on your terms and you’re not violating anybody else’s.

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The Land Geek Round Table
Oct 10

Prejudging Offers—Why Naivete Can Be An Advantage

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

  • Erik Peterson
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Scott Todd
  • Mike Zaino
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS
  • Prejudging offers—Your list shows what the property last sold for and you see that you’re about to offer $6,000 on a property that last sold for $80,000, do you let that affect your offer?  The guys all give advice on how to proceed.
Don't put yourself in the seller’s shoes, you have no idea where they’re walking. Click To Tweet
  • VA qualifications—What qualifications should you look for when choosing a VA?
  • Get to know the Geeks—We’re going to do something a little different today, the guys are all going to share something personal about themselves that you don’t know.

Between the five, we have:

  • a rappin’ magician
  • someone with Johnny Cash ties
  • a spiky-haired school choir boy, nicknamed Spike
  • a world traveler with only 2 continents remaining to check off the list
  • and which Geek doesn’t follow any sports and secretly eats sweet bread while on the calls?

See if you can match who goes with each description then LISTEN IN to see if you were correct!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: (He’s got this covered!)

  1. Check out Integromat.com—a legit Zapier competitor, with a more elegant user interface.
  2. If you’re dieting, there’s a website called Swole.me that takes all the thinking out of it.
  3. Read the book A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine.  There’s a lot of Mike Zaino zenlike wisdom.
  4. Check out the Chrome extension, Free Video Email for Gmail. You can also learn more about it at CloudHQ.net.

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Proven Systems—The Path That Leads To Success
Oct 05

Proven Systems—The Path That Leads To Success

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Land Geek Alum, turned coach, Erik Peterson—LANDOPIA.COM.

Many of you know Erik from the Round Table podcasts, but you may not know his backstory—he’s here to share it with us today! Starting with how he found Mark, to investing in the Toolkit, and ultimately becoming a Land Geek coach!

In the beginning, Erik had strayed from course and found that the sales weren’t coming. But he quickly turned it around by committing himself to the proven system, and by putting in just 10 hours a week, he profited 100k in his first year!

Take action, even if you don't know the end game—You'll learn along the way. Click To Tweet

Listen in to hear Erik’s complete story, plus:

  • Newbie advice to others just starting out
  • First and most memorable sales
  • How he took his business to the next level
  • What part of the business he thinks “sucks”
  • Deal flow or marketing preference
  • Lessons learned—things he would have done different in the beginning

Also, find out the story behind  #TeamMark and #TeamScott, and how Erik played a role in it.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Erik at Landopia.com.

Scott:  Check this cool iPhone app—Zipped. This unzips your zip files right from your phone so that you can just do more stuff on your phone.

Erik: Check out Later.com—A free scheduler for Instagram.

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The Land Geek Round Table
Oct 03

Lost Deeds And State Laws—Overcoming Land Investing Hurdles

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

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

Today’s topics:

  • When the county loses the deed—You mailed the original, it shows it was delivered but the county can’t find it, what are your options?
  • Arizona bulk deal laws—It’s law in Arizona to file a property report if you sell more than 5 properties in one given sub-division to separate buyers. Are there ways to mitigate your risks?
Keep moving your feet, hustle, and find ways around problem areas—Just don't give up! Click To Tweet

The last topic is, BOOTCAMP — Why they keep coming back for more! There are many in the community that have attended multiple Land Geek Bootcamps, what brings them back? The guys go over their own experiences and what keeps them coming back for more.

All can agree that the connections you make with the community there, make it feel more like a family reunion.

Mike—When you surround yourself with successful, like-minded people, it helps you grow.

 

Tate—Every time I go I come away with a new approach or tidbit. Plus being around people who are motivated helps me stay motivated and focused. When I leave, I am fired up and ready to go, it’s like a recharge… plus it’s fun!

Mark sums it up in a few words—It’s small and intimate with a lot of teaching and quality, and NO FLUFF!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Check out the site Barter.com.

Scott: Check out the book, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job by Jon Acuff. It’s the Author’s story about how he embraced the world of being a quitter. Also, check out his other book, Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done. It’s about getting it done so you can refine it and make it better. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Erik: Check out  Asktrim.com—a Facebook bot that allows you to automate opportunities and save money.

Tate: Check out Unroll.me to find and unsubscribe from websites.

Mike: “Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answersThere are times you get involved in one task where you just start digging in and it’s not working, you have to step away, get a cup of coffee, get some quiet time. Then just think about what’s going on as you start to relax away from that scenario and you focus on a task and how it would fit bigger into a system. Create that space, and allow that answer to come to you that you’re looking for. Don’t just keep drilling.

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Steps You Need To Make To Build A Credible Business
Sep 28

Steps You Need To Make To Build A Credible Business

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk to Renée Warren: Founder and CEO of Onboardly—A PR and marketing agency.

Renée shares her entrepreneurial journey that led her to create Onboardly and the things she would have done different.

We discuss a common mistake that new start-ups are making and that is they build it before they come, when they should be testing the market to see if anybody will actually want it.

We also delve into team management and productivity and Renée shares how a playbook comes into play for her team training.

Plus, we go deep into embracing the suck and why you need to become an expert at those tasks that you don’t enjoy doing, before delegating them.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Learn more about Renée by going to her website at Onboardly.com. Also, read the book Deep Work by Cal Newport.

Scott: Check out FeltApp.com. It allows you to send a card, but you can use your finger to write on your phone your hand signature.

Renée: Check out Greg Crabtree’s Simple Numbers at SimpleNumbers.me. Also, check out his book Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential.

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The Land Geek Round Table
Sep 26

Got Land Stress? Ways To Get Over The Overwhelm

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

  • Tate Litchfield
  • Erik Peterson
  • Scott Todd

Today’s Topics:

  • Would you buy it? Erik gives details of a deal he is considering where the property has an old, dilapidated building on it. The guys share their thoughts and ways to put a positive spin on it!
  • Valuable resources—The guys go over all the hidden treasures you can find in the county/state offices!

Finally, our last topic is an important one—feeling overwhelmed! 

Don't struggle with the little things, focus only on the things you can control today. Click To Tweet

When you’re first starting out in the Land Geek Community, you are inundated with a plethora of information. How do you sort through it all and know where to put your focus?

 Go into it knowing that this isn’t forever. You’re making intentional sacrifices for your family, that will buy you time for the rest of your life to do the things you want to do. -Mark

Listen in as we try to help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and where to put your focus so you can start moving the needle!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Mark: Check out DontHitPublish.com—to analyze your blog. Also, Grammarly—a chrome plugin to check your grammar.

Scott: Check out the app uBar—a Dock replacement for the Mac.

Erik: Check out AUTOMATOR—for Mac users to automate tasks.

Tate: “Approach every situation with an in-it-to-win-it-whatever-it-takes mindset.” If you have that mindset that you will succeed—it’s not a matter of if, but when.

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How To Build A Path From Vision To Success—One Brick At A Time
Sep 21

How To Build A Path From Vision To Success—One Brick At A Time

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!

TIP 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. 

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The Land Geek Round Table
Sep 19

The Best Of Round Table—Fundamentals Of Buying And Selling

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!

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Standing Out In A Competitive Market
Sep 14

Standing Out In A Competitive Market

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. Click To Tweet

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?

TIP 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.

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The Land Geek Round Table
Sep 12

Land Investing 101—Dealing With The Customer

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!

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