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Get Ready To One-Up Your Productivity

Nancy Gaines join Mark & Scott in this one-up episode on Automation & Productivity! As each try to one-up each other, find out who will come out on top in an epic battle over systems and productivity tools.

Nancy is an expert in productivity and as the CEO and founder of Gain Advantages Inc. she has been advising small businesses and Fortune 100 companies how to increase revenues through proven systems for almost two decades. She’s a best-selling author and international keynote speaker. And, Nancy was also named in the Top 100 Productivity Experts to follow on Twitter and has a global podcast downloaded in over 75 countries. Her passion is compressing the time it takes for entrepreneurs to get profitable because slow and inefficient drives her nuts.

Today, Nancy shares her journey from corporate America to entrepreneurship. Find out how a street light led to her system a-ha moment.  

You put the effort in now to put in some structure and it’s going to compound over time and payback over and over.

System, as Nancy tells us, stands for—Save Yourself Some Time, Energy, Money.

But, do you know what the best system is to have?

Find out Nancy’s mic drop answer that leaves both guys going “ahhhh”.

Also, find out:

  • Nancy’s newbie advice to entrepreneurs setting up their systems
  • An entrepreneur’s magic number
  • Nancy’s priority formula

And, so much more!

Scott took it in round 1, Nancy in round 2, but who was the overall winner in this epic battle?

YOU, the listener!

Listen in now…


Mark: Check out It’s one app to rule them all. Also, learn more about Nancy at

Scott:  Check out to automate your filing system.

Nancy: Read the book, The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran.

Tip two: “Stop multitasking because the more you try to do, the worse you’re going to perform on every task. And this is scientifically proven. If you work on two tasks at one time, you lose 20% in mental switching between the two tasks. So, one task til’ it’s done will gain you back hours in your week.”

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

Stress Testing The Machine—What Unplugging Looks Like In Land Investing

Can your land business hold up if you need to step away from it?

This business model is all about setting up the systems that will allow you to earn passive income so you can live a life beyond the business. And, with Tate just returning from a week in Hawaii, we thought it would be a good topic to explore in this week’s Round Table.

Joining Mark are:

  • Aaron Williams
  • Mimi Schmidt
  • Mike Zaino
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Scott Todd

Any Profit Beats No Profit

Aaron starts us off with a case study that the team geek all weigh in on. It’s a situation that raises the conversations of:

  • Listening to the market
  • Tire kickers

What Does Unplugging Look Like In This Business?

Tate shares how he prepared to getaway from his business, if he was able to go MIA 100%, and how his systems held up while he was gone. Did he uncover any hidden bottlenecks?

For the most part, I spent my time on the beach running around, chasing fish, watching sunsets and just enjoying myself. That is what this passive lifestyle affords.

Even when you have the systems in place and your business is fully sustainable, is it possible to completely disconnect and live in the moment or will you be compelled to check email or check on the business?

Find out what team geek thinks.

Plus, find the details of the all NEW Flight School LIVE!


Mimi: Check out and to check the crime in your areas.

With, you can compare the crimes of one county with another.

With, you could actually look at it like a heat map and it shows your property and how safe it is.  If you search for a little town and don’t get anything, just go to the biggest town to give you information. There is also other information, besides crime.

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Life Is More Than Policy And Procedure—How To Find Purpose

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk with Dr. Jason Brooks—  

You know that saying, if you don’t like the way things are, then change it.

Change is rarely that simple though. You first have to identify what’s holding you back from making those life-altering changes by digging deep below the surface.

Today, Dr. Jason Brooks is going to help us get to the root of our issues and put us on the path to finding purpose by asking three simple questions.

Working 15 years as a corporate human resource manager for Cracker Barrel, Dr. Brooks shares the defining moment that was the pivotal force which took him in a different direction, leaving the corporate world for good. It was a moment that gave Mark the chills!

Dr. Brooks now helps others change their lives by finding their purpose… whether it’s helping them grow as high-impact leaders from the inside out or helping people who are struggling with addiction, he helps them get to the root cause issue by asking them the deeper questions. 

The decisions that you make today are not final for your entire life, it’s going to shift, it’s going to change. So follow your heart, take that first step but then be flexible to where the road may lead – Dr. Jason Brooks

Listen in now as Dr. Brooks shares his story and the questions he asks his clients that can have us all looking inward.


Mark:  Learn more about Dr. Jason Brooks at

Scott: Check out the book, SPIN Selling: Situation Problem Implication Need-payoff by Neil Rackham.

Dr. Jason Brooks: Read the book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either; it’s about making the wisest possible investment in your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what’s essential.

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

Consistency Or Batch Work—How Are You Showing Up In Your Land Business?

What is the best plan of attack when it comes to keeping up the health of your land business?

Do you stretch it out over a week’s time, being consistent to show up every day?

Or, do you only work only a few days a week and hit it hard?

Join Mark and the panel of geeks as they take on consistency vs. batch working in this week’s Round Table.

This week’s panel includes:

  • Scott Bossman
  • Aaron Williams
  • Erik Peterson
  • Mimi Schmidt
  • Mike Zaino
  • Scott Todd

Listen in as everyone shares their routines and what they find to be the most productive. They offer great advice and make really good points that will give you a lot to think about when it comes to showing up in your own business.

Plus, find out what mistakes will lead you to fail in this business!


Mike: If you are persistent, you will get it; if you’re consistent, you will keep it. The idea of Flight School is consistency—that accountability creates a habit which brings discipline, which brings results.

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From Unhappy CPA To Successful Real Estate Investor

They say when one door closes on you another door opens, as was the case for today’s guest.

Tom Cafarella found himself working at a job he hated. One that he studied for in college and was expected to earn a good living at… your typical go to college, get a good education and then on to a 9-5 job to make a good living, traditional kind of case.

But Tom’s heart wasn’t in it as he found himself spending more time researching real estate investing online and watching the clock than he did working, which resulted in him losing his job.

Listen in to today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, as Mark and Scott talk with Tom Cafarella—

An entrepreneur at heart, Tom decided to follow in his Grandfather’s footsteps in real estate after losing his job. He has since accumulated over 300 rental units and has a 200 person real estate agency. But most importantly, Tom is now doing what he loves!

Tom shares how he went from corporate America to working his way up the path of real estate investing landing in the multi-family niche like his Grandfather.

Find out:

  • How he raised capital through wholesaling
  • The timeframe to buy his first multi-family
  • The multiple ways to gain net worth
  • The obstacles and more!

And, like in land, the guys reiterate how deal flow is everything!

Tom also offers great advice for young adults who are ready to head off to college.

If you find yourself working in a 9-5 where you feel like a misfit and spend more time watching the clock rather than working, then listen in to this episode… it may inspire you to open some new doors.


Mark: Learn more about Tom at

Scott: Check out the book, Crushing it in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate by Bryan Murray.

Tom: Read the books, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki and The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss.

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

Geeky Case Studies

Ever wonder about the deals your favorite geeks are doing? Then join us on this week’s Round Table for a special case study episode!

Joining Mark are:

  • Scott Bossman
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Erik Peterson
  • Aaron Williams
  • Mimi Schmidt
  • Scott Todd

Listen in as we give you all the details on:

  • The last deals we did
  • How we bought it
  • How we sold it
  • The numbers

And, more! 

Also, find out how Scott Todd’s recommendation of the Microsoft Surface goes over. All of this and more on today’s episode of The Land Geek Round Table!


Mimi Schmidt: For creating urgency on your DOTW emails, check out the countdown timer app, MotionMail

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From Broke To Brave—Just Say Yes And Figure It Out

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk with Jena Rodriguez—

Jena is a wife, mother, serial entrepreneur, love-of-all-things business, a brand specialist, an artist, a numbers-gal, a coach, and committed to eradicating unrealized human potential.

After attending college at age 16, Jena took up studying accounting and even though numbers came easy to her, she got bored. So “creative” Jena stepped in and went on to study fashion design. Then numbers Jena and creative Jena collide with “business savvy” Jena and all end up in corporate America as a controller.

After spending 8 years as a controller, Jena decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship, in which she always had an interest in. She took out a loan and bought a pre-existing shop in her area of expertise, fashion. But before she knew it she was 700,000 in debt and had to file BK.

Cue in BRAVE Jena…

When most people would have thrown in the towel, Jena picked up the pieces, brushed herself off and went on to become a successful entrepreneur who is now helping others find their own inner-brave and their unrealized potential.

How did she do it? It all came down to attitude!

“When you take responsibility a hundred percent for how you’ve gotten to where you are then you have the freedom to choose how you go forward.” Jena

Jena’s top 10 core values:

  • Say YES and figure it out
  • Brave daily. This is a verb—the act of being decisive, committing consciously and taking action
  • Focus on attitude over experience
  • Value connectedness
  • Vulnerability is key to connectedness
  • Know that intentions shape one’s reality
  • Presume the positive first
  • Ask “How can I?” vs. saying “I can’t”
  • Have a “work it out” attitude
  • Be transparent

Listen in as Jena shares her incredible journey, from Broke To Brave. 

Your fears are perpetuated or become real if you hold them to be true. -Jena


Mark:  Learn more about Jena Rodriguez at If you are an entrepreneur and want to go to the next level, learn more about her and her story.

Scott:  Check out the website—It’s a countdown, in days, to specific events.

Jena: Read the book, High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard.

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

Chasing The Deal For A Buyer—Determining When It’s Worth Your While

How far should you chase a deal for a buyer?

Join Mark and this week’s cast of geeks as they help to determine if your time is worth chasing the buyer’s demands.

This week’s cast includes:

  • Aaron Williams
  • Erik Peterson
  • Mike Zaino
  • Mimi Schmidt
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Scott Todd

A buyer wants more acreage than what you have, do you go out of your way to find what they are looking for?

What if it’s in a different area than you normally work?

Does it make a difference if its a trusted buyer or a new one?

There are so many conditions and variables to take into consideration, listen in as the panel share some of those variables with you and what they would do in the situation.

Then, Scott shares the story that inspired this topic, find out the details, the outcome, and when it’s worth pursuing!

Plus, Tate lets the geek out of the bag… so to speak. Find out the details of the new, soon to be released geek flick show—LOTS!


Mimi Schmidt: Mimi’s favorite tools:

  1. SignNow for signing documents.  
  2. GeniusScan to convert pictures into PDF
  3. Rocket Lawyer for legal questions or to create a deed 

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Why Not You? Overcoming Your Biggest Challenge—You

In today’s episode of The Art of Passive Income, Mark and Scott talk with Colin Morgan of the

Colin developed The Daily Grind Podcast to help people who are just like him. The podcast has featured some of the most fascinating people, like John Lee Dumas, Kyle Wilson Rod Khleif, Aaron Walker, David Mead (Simon Sinek’s business partner), Noah Kagan and Walter O’Brien… just to name a few. 

The podcast came about when Colin found himself in the daily grind a few years ago. He felt unfulfilled and he wasn’t making the money he wanted so he left his job at the time to go out on his own. He stumbled around and found someone who could show him the way, he thought that was kind of important. He now has a purpose and he looks forward every day with renewed enthusiasm.

Colin rewinds the tape to tell us about his daily grind and how multiple jobs left him feeling unfulfilled. Knowing there was something more, he asked himself “Am I going to do something for the rest of my life that I’m unhappy with just to make some money or do I want to make a real impact on the people that I want to make an impact on?

We also delve into:

  • What “successful” means to Colin
  • Colin’s biggest challenges as an entrepreneur starting The Daily Grind Podcast
  • Getting to your deep-rooted issues

Colin found his purpose and he looks forward every day with renewed enthusiasm. 

Listen in as Colin tells us about the darkest time in his life and what he learned from it.


Mark: Start getting daily mentorship five days a week at

Scott:  Check out to create random words. You can do a random noun, random verb, name generator.

Colin: Don’t be certain about anything—certainty is a recipe for stagnation. Look at what think is certain in your life and question it.

Also, read:

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

How Do You Find Time For The Land Business When Starting Out?

We tackle creating TIME in this week’s Round Table.

Joining Mark are:

  • Aaron Williams
  • Mimi Schmidt
  • Erik Peterson
  • Tate Litchfield
  • Scott Todd

When first starting out, many come into this business with full-time jobs and other time commitments. So, how do you find the time to learn and build your land business when you already have a full-time schedule?

Our panel of geeks come from all different backgrounds and situations, from the busiest of schedules to semi-flexible hours working at home, but all have found ways to tackle this business with the mindset of whatever-it-takes.

Join the gang as they dig deep into:

  • How they found time to work on the business
  • How it transitioned into a more efficient operation
  • Their process of creating habit through daily routines

Plus, find out what time looks like for them now with the systems in place and their businesses running efficiently—how much time they spend on their business and how they manage that balance between business and life.

To sum it up, our panels success comes down to burning desire. But, what happens when you don’t have that desire, how do you manufacture it?

This episode is packed full of tips and advice, it will behoove you to find the time to listen in….


Erik Peterson: Read the book, Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins.

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