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936: Pat Flynn – Creating a Community of Superfans

In this episode of The Self-Employed Life, I had the pleasure of interviewing the renowned entrepreneur, Pat Flynn. Pat shares his insights on community building from both sides - a community that follows you and a community you gather. Pat's journey as an entrepreneur, father, husband, and content creator has been nothing short of inspiring.

Pat emphasizes the importance of being genuinely curious as an entrepreneur, highlighting the significance of asking the right questions and understanding the needs of your audience. He shares his experiences with building successful online businesses, hosting popular podcasts like Smart Passive Income, and engaging with his audience through various platforms.

We delve into the concept of community building and the power of creating a space where individuals can connect, collaborate, and feel heard. Pat discusses the shift from focusing solely on providing information to prioritizing human connections and creating a sense of belonging within his community.

One key takeaway from the episode is the idea of embracing your uniqueness and sharing authentic aspects of yourself with your audience. Pat's personal anecdotes, such as his love for Back to the Future and his wife's obsession with the Backstreet Boys, highlighted the importance of relatability and creating memorable experiences for your community.

Pat also touches on the significance of collaboration in business and the transformative impact it can have on individuals and the world at large. By fostering a collaborative environment within his SPI Community, Pat has created a space where members can celebrate wins, share experiences, and support each other on their entrepreneurial journeys.

Overall, the episode showcases Pat Flynn's dedication to serving others, his commitment to building meaningful connections, and his belief in the power of community. Listeners are encouraged to visit to learn more about Pat's projects and engage with his thriving community.

Join us in exploring the world of community building, collaboration, and authentic entrepreneurship with the insightful and inspiring Pat Flynn on The Self-Employed Life podcast.


Pat Flynn is a father, husband, and entrepreneur who lives and works in San Diego, CA. He owns several successful online businesses and is a professional keynote speaker, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and YouTuber with 100M+ views. He also hosts the Smart Passive Income and AskPat podcasts, which have earned a combined total of over 80 million downloads, multiple awards, and features in publications such as The New York Times and Forbes. He is also an advisor to ConvertKit, Circle, and several other companies in the digital marketing arena.


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Pat Flynn, thank you so much for being here!

Remember, you might be in business FOR yourself but you are not in business BY yourself.

Be your best self. Be proud and keep changing the world.

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