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No matter what you’ve heard about network marketing, it’s hard to argue with the success that many, many people have seen through the industry. Gone are the days of pyramid schemes and front-loaded companies. Today, technology is making it possible for people who truly desire to succeed and work hard to make their fortunes through helping each other via the vehicle of network marketing. Jimmy Smith is an example of that kind of determination. In this episode you’re going to hear how he left a 40 year career at age 62, and within 8 years was making over $30 million a year. It’s an amazing story with lots of ups and downs, so be sure you take some time to listen.

He saw the math immediately, then went searching for a company worth his time.

Jimmy Smith knew that network marketing would be his vehicle to wealth the moment he understood how the math worked. In his mind it was the most beautiful and perfect form of democracy in existence. But his family and friends didn’t see it right away. His first ventures were not successful because of companies that he couldn’t fully support and he lost a lot of money. But as he continued to search for the company that he could support, he never lost faith in the network marketing model. In this episode you’ll hear Jimmy’s amazing story and why he believes that network marketing is THE avenue for anyone who wants to work hard for their success.

How do you carry on when your family thinks you’re crazy?

It’s no exaggeration to say that Jimmy Smith’s family was skeptical of his network marketing obsession at first. After a bankruptcy and losing a lot of money, his wife didn’t think he knew what he was talking about when he spoke of network marketing in glowing terms. But Jimmy didn’t lose faith, even though he was tempted to quit many times. He knew that the process would work if he could just find the right system and company - which he finally did. Hear how Jimmy pushed through the times of discouragement and eventually won over his wife and family, on this episode of Crank It Up.

If you teach a man to teach others to fish, you can feed the whole world.

For Jimmy Smith, it’s not enough to teach people how to make their own millions. He wants to teach people how to teach others to make millions and pass that information along as much as possible. It’s part of the way he views the power and vehicle of network marketing that makes him so effective. He truly wants to see people succeed because of what that success can do for their family line and legacy. Jimmy shares his story on this episode and discusses how the network marketing industry has changed over the years, and how he sees it poised for a huge resurgence and growth curve in the coming years.

At 87 years old, where does the energy and passion come from?

For Jimmy Smith, it comes from being convinced that what he’s doing is important and will last. He’s able to pass on a legacy through his family that he never knew was possible, and through his network marketing organization he’s seeing people’s lives changed every day. There is so much good he’s able to do, and it drives him to keep going every day when he wakes. This episode is encouraging, inspiring, and powerful, so be sure you take the time to listen to this seasoned businessman and professional people helper.

Outline of this great episode

  • Jimmy Smith’s journey into Network Marketing at age 62.
  • The early challenges Jimmy faced as he started his Network Marketing company.
  • The stress the first 5 years were for Jimmy and how he overcome it.
  • The conversation Jimmy had with his bankruptcy attorney about Network Marketing.
  • What Jimmy saw in the industry that kept him from quitting when times were hard and failure was imminent.
  • The differences between modern network marketing and the days when Jimmy first started.
  • How does Network Marketing protect people today (is it a pyramid scheme?)?
  • 30 million dollars later… what made the difference?
  • How many people are truly helped by Jimmy’s network marketing organization?
  • What to look for in a network marketing company.
  • The three mega trend in today’s world.
  • The life Jimmy lives today, including his family and others in creating millionaires: Where does the passion come from?
  • Highlight moments Jimmy remembers from his long life.

Resources mentioned on this episode

BOOK: Think and Grow Rich

BOOK: Pay Yourself What You’re Worth

BOOK: The Strangest Secret


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If anyone can talk about having a “past” and the battle it is to fight your way out of depression, it’s Chris Atkinson. Chris was a teenager when he began to feel the tone of his life sliding south. He began drinking and drug use when he was a preteen and by the time he was in High School he had checked out of life. His slide took him a long way down and it was years before light began to dawn on him. But it wasn’t a spontaneous thing, it was something that had to come from within him as he began listening to the voices around him, the people who were telling him that his life could be different… and that he had the choice to make it that way. On this episode of Amplified Network Marketing you’re going to hear Chris’ powerful story of jail time, drug and alcohol addiction, and the turnaround he’s made to become a multimillionaire in the Network Marketing industry.


Do you sometimes feel like life should be “more”?

Chris Atkinson definitely felt that way from a young age but was convinced by the time he was in his teen years that it was just a dream that could never come true. His struggles are evidence that no matter how far you’ve sunk in life, it’s never too late. That’s the primary message Chris and his wife teach to those they mentor. You can make a change at any point on your journey. The difference is made on the level of attitude and belief. On this episode Chris describes the turning point that happened in his life and how Network Marketing played a pivotal role. He also describes the wide-reaching impact it has had not only on his income and business, but on his personal relationships as well.


The life you dream about is possible.

Chris and Debbie Atkinson have taught thousands of people just like you that it’s never too late to turn things around so you can have the life you desire. On this episode Chris highlights the beginning steps you need to take in order to begin that change. He talks about why you have to dream BIG, the importance of setting goals, how to flip the switch from scarcity to abundance, the power of persistence, and why gratitude is the key to a prosperous life. You’ll hear Chris’ personal story woven into everything so be sure you listen to what has happened in this amazing man’s life.


I was finally sick of letting life slip through my fingers.

Drinking and drugging his life away became a sickening thing to Chris Atkinson, and when he decided that he wasn’t going to allow his life to slip away like that, things began to change. Through the help of 12 step programs, supportive parents, and a network marketing company that focused on personal development, Chris made quick advances toward becoming a successful businessman and a husband and father with a new lease on life. You can make those same kinds of changes, and Chris is on the Amplified Network Marketing show to teach you how. Be sure to listen!


Relationships change just as dramatically as the finances.

Chris Atkinson believes that your finances and business success can’t reach new levels until you reach those levels in your personal life. You’ve got to change in order for your life to change. As he began living out that philosophy he was able to rebuild a relationship with his son that had been nonexistent to that point. Now, he and his son are the best of friends and rejoice in the progress and triumphs the other experiences. You can hear more of this heart-warming story on this episode of Amplified Network Marketing, and learn how the personal development focus of his MLM team enabled Chris to take the steps he needed to take in order for it to happen.



  • [0:40] David’s introduction of his guest today, Chris Atkinson and his “never too late” philosophy.
  • [2:07] Chris’ teenage memories of having no hope: drinking, drugs, and losing out on life.
  • [5:30] An ultimatum from Chris’ Dad.
  • [7:00] At some point you can decide that the bad things in life are your fault.
  • [8:18] Chris’ words to parents about their kids’ alcohol and drug use.
  • [10:20] How Chris made the choice to navigate from the life that was and the life he wanted.
  • [12:00] Always coming back to the 12 step programs.
  • [13:50] How Chris began to see the world differently.
  • [15:40] The catalytic moments that change the way you live.
  • [16:49] The big dreams Chris began to have and work toward.
  • [18:30] Using goals, dream boards, and how to move toward them.
  • [20:40] Getting sick of letting life slip through his fingers.
  • [22:12] Does the purpose of most people revolve around helping others?
  • [23:03] The first steps Chris has learned and wants to pass along to others who feel lost.
  • [26:10] The purpose people can find because of their wound, and how Chris views his own wounds.
  • [28:18] How Chris’ relationship with his son has transformed over the years.
  • [31:12] The power of gratitude in Chris’ life.
  • [33:59] How Chris was introduced to the Network Marketing environment and how it’s made a huge difference.
  • [38:44] The first thought every single day.
  • [40:15] How Network Marketing is one of the only professions where people help each other succeed.
  • [43:37] The primary lessons Chris shares with listeners.




BOOK: The Greatest Miracle In The World


BOOK: It’s Never Too Late - Chris’ book


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What will you be doing when you’re 77 years old? How will you be feeling about life? Ready to settle down? Ready to rest, relax, slow down a bit? Those thoughts are completely foreign to today’s guest, Eric J. Smetherman. It was only four years ago that Eric began his network marketing career after already being retired from his own small business for a number of years. His new business has created a new life that he finds hard to believe and it has given him a new zest for life that has powerfully impacted the way he lives every day. On this episode you’re going to hear Eric’s story, how his success has come about, and how he proves that network marketing is no respecter of age.


What is a “professional network marketer?”


That’s what Eric J. Smetherman says when people ask him what he does. He sees it as a way of saying that he’s serious about his business and wants to do it in a professional way. What he’s most excited about is that he has the opportunity to use his years of experience as a small business owner and his more recent experience in network marketing to coach and empower people to live extraordinary lives and achieve time and financial freedom. It’s something he’s passionate about, which you’ll hear in this conversation he had with David T.S. Wood.


Network Marketing is a personal development business, even for the older set.


AT 77 years old it would make total sense if Eric J. Smetherman saw himself as being beyond the point of taking on new personal challenges. But his entrance into network marketing has stimulated a desire to learn and grow on a daily basis. He’s quick to ask questions, learn new strategies for personal growth and mindset change, and maximize his potential as a person - just as much as he is for his business. He doesn’t see age as a factor at all. Young and old alike are responsible to make the most of their life - which is exactly what he’s doing. His story is an inspiration so make sure you take the time to hear it on this episode of Amplified Network Marketing.


Why would a 77 year old seek out the advice of 25 year olds?


If you ask Eric J. Smetherman that question (he’s 77, by the way) he’d tell you it’s because he’s not through with life yet. There’s lots more to experience and lots more to achieve. He knows that things today are very different than when he owned his small business years ago. He knows that the world operates according to different principles, so he inquires of those who are right at the heart of those changes - the younger set. His testimony is that once he learned the language and interests of those in their 20s and 30s, his ability to talk with them on a level of understanding about the opportunities that network marketing provides increased, and his business success began to take off. You’ll get a lot out of what Eric has to share, to be sure to listen to this episode.


What will you be doing when you’re 77 years old?

It’s really up to you, isn’t it? Eric J. Smetherman would be first to tell you that age doesn’t have to slow you down. He’s living a life that he could only dream of prior to entering the ranks of professional network marketers and he is working hard to encourage others to build a similar life of freedom and time for themselves. What are your dreams? What are you capable of doing? Eric wants you to know that you can accomplish it all, no matter your age. Find out how he’s done it and how you can move in the same direction, on this episode of Amplified Network Marketing with David T.S. Wood.



  • [0:31] David’s introduction to the show and why he’s in love with Network Marketing.
  • [0:59] Who is Eric Smetherman?
  • [1:50] How does a 73 year old feel about hanging out with so many younger people.
  • [2:30] Why Network Marketing appealed to Eric as a retiree.
  • [4:00] The impact Eric’s company’s products have had on his own health.
  • [6:33] Relationships at the heart of Eric’s network marketing business.
  • [9:58] Network marketing and the issue of timing.
  • [11:09] Eric’s description of what network marketing is.
  • [12:26] The importance of growing as a person and how network marketing facilitates it.
  • [14:10] The power of each person taking their own individual journey.
  • [15:20] How long did it take Eric to get his head around the business?
  • [18:17] Why Eric calls himself a “professional network marketer.”
  • [20:52] The reasons network marketing is appealing to younger generations.
  • [24:43] The lessons Eric has intentionally learned from younger people.
  • [27:41] Success at any age is possible through network marketing.
  • [29:11] The lessons Eric has learned that new network marketers should know.
  • [31:59] Books Eric has learned from.
  • [33:19] How Eric uses a vision board in his business and personal development.
  • [37:02] Dealing with the peaks and valleys in the business in a way that is helpful.
  • [41:58] What Eric would tell himself at the beginning of his network marketing career.
  • [42:47] How has network marketing amplified Eric’s life?



BOOK: Go Pro


BOOK: The Slight Edge


Robert Kiyosaki


Richard Branson

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In 2012, Christine Burke’s husband Stacey was approached about considering a network marketing company. Although they were both very skeptical at first they experienced amazing results. A few months later, Christine and Stacey decided that the financial challenges that they had experienced needed some immediate solutions and started to look at network marketing as a way to earn income. What started as something she pursued largely on her own soon turned into a joint effort. Christine and her husband Stacey are building a great Network Marketing businerss together, and not only do they absolutely love building teams of people, but are finding the 'magic' of the company they are working with - the leadership, the products, the compensation plan, the support - something that they never want to live without. Listen to the conversation with David T.S. Wood to be inspired and motivated to accomplish similar dreams for yourself.


From dependent housewife to determined money maker

Christine Burke was a typical woman, staying home with her kids, supporting her husband’s career as a chiropractor, living happily in her own little world. There’s nothing wrong with any of that except that she came across an opportunity that enabled her to discover that in addition to those marvelous things, she was able to accomplish even more. That opportunity was network marketing. In this conversation you’re going to hear how Christine took the leap into the unknown by joining a NM company, how it grew substantially, and how her personal growth has now inspired her husband to step out of his established practice and join her in the business. It’s an inspiring story of what is possible in the lives of ordinary people. You’ll want to hear this one.

Leaving his established chiropractic practice to become a network marketer.

Stacey Burke is the kind of chiropractor his patients love. His energy and enthusiasm about his patients makes them loyal and devoted to him as a provider. It’s that same energy that causes his wife Christine to believe that he’d be wonderful at helping her build a thriving network marketing business.  When he began to see the huge success Christine was having he began to look beyond the 9 to 5 workday and into the realm of possibility. The two of them began to dream, to pull closer to each other, and to grow together in life and in business. Their story shows that network marketing is a unique business model, one that enables couples to do what they thought was impossible and grow closer and more free all at the same time.

Network Marketing businesses are multiplied through personal growth


Christine Burke discovered that one of the ways that her business team has been able to grow the most is when she leads the way in growing personally. Her growth stimulates the growth of her team, both in terms of business skills and in their own personal journey. That multiplies back and forth all over the organization. To that end she ensures that every year she involves herself in an event or opportunity for personal growth that pushes her to become more than she’s ever been before. Hear how she goes about it and the amazing doors personal growth has opened for her and for her business team, on this episode of Amplified Network Marketing.

Network Marketing is a breeding ground for leaders.


Woven into the DNA of network marketing is team building. The drive to become successful is fueled by the need to help others on your team be successful. That’s a recipe for success all the way around but it’s also the way that people grow in their leadership abilities for the sake of the people in the organization. Every member of a team learns to care for others and help them succeed, which in turn causes the entire network to thrive. It’s a win-win situation for everyone and enables the financial and personal gains to multiply over time. Hear how Christine Burke has learned to grow personally and as a leader of her network marketing team, on this episode of Amplified Network Marketing.



  • [1:12] Christine’s journey from Canada to Australia and her life there now.
  • [2:10] How Christine feels about being able to run a business from anywhere in the world and have the lifestyle she wants.
  • [3:29] The most Christine has earned so far in one week - and the average wage she would have been earning in her old profession.
  • [4:21] How finances have fluctuated as Christine and her husband moved into their network marketing business.
  • [7:45] How Christine managed her business with toddlers underfoot and her husband still watching full time.
  • [11:00] Why are so many people looking for financial freedom scared of network marketing opportunities?
  • [12:38] Why YOU are the biggest product in your business.
  • [13:03] What Christine has done for herself to advance her business.
  • [14:56] The shift in her husband that brought about their new NM partnership.
  • [18:18] Christine’s financial goals for the upcoming years.
  • [19:37] The impact her business growth has had on her as a wife, mother, and human being.
  • [22:10] Getting aligned with her husband.
  • [24:16] The type of things that happen in the kids of network marketers.
  • [25:19] A great book Christine has been reading.
  • [26:44] How Christine uses a vision board.
  • [28:37] Christine’s journey as an example of what can happen so early in the business.
  • [29:53] The quantum shift that can happen your business team when you engage in personal growth.
  • [31:54] Why network marketing forces people to move into the realm of leading others.
  • [33:00] How did Christine’s husband transition from a very respected medical profession into a network marketing sales business?
  • [36:24] The power of becoming a master networker, like Christine’s husband is doing.
  • [37:50] What is different about a network marketing culture?
  • [39:18] How has network marketing amplified YOUR life, Christine?
  • [42:25] The message Christine wants to leave with you!



BOOK: The Magician’s Way


Christine Burke’s website -

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That’s because conflict itself is one of the most difficult things in life and we’d all love to see the conflicts in our lives truly resolved. Let’s be honest, conflict is one of the things in life that most of us would rather avoid - thus the well-known phrase “conflict avoidance.” Sadly, many of us do just that. We turn around and walk the other way instead of facing the conflict head-on.


In this episode David T.S. Wood has one goal: to equip you with a few tools that can make you more able to get to a resolution of the conflicts you face that is satisfactory and truly satisfying for everyone involved. The reason it’s so important to David is because his past was riddled with conflict and he’s seen the damage it can produce in relationships. The conflict resolutions skills he’s learned have enriched his life - and he wants to pass it on to you.


Every one of us has situations or relationships where conflict exists on a large or small scale. It’s part of life and part of the way relationships work. People will disagree, and not everyone is able to handle the disagreement in a healthy or constructive way; thus conflict occurs.

There are 5 main reasons that conflict occurs and why these very natural things make conflict resolution is so difficult:


  1. Differing values

  2. Making assumptions

  3. Differing expectations

  4. Differences in how people were brought up

  5. A lack of knowledge about how to achieve good resolution to conflicts

David’s way of pursuing conflict resolution


Much of how David deals with conflict is by following a maxim he’s learned: L.E.A.D.E.R.S resolve conflict - and each of the letters in the word “leader” is one of the points of action toward resolving conflict. Listen in to the episode to find out exactly what the acronym stands for and how you can implement it in your life to resolve the conflicts in your life.


An amplified life is a life that resolves conflict well. So do what you can to learn these principles, put them into practice, and watch the growth and joy increase. Conflict resolution matters to those who want to live and amplified life.


Get ready to Crank it Up!

Outline of this great episode


  • Why David believes conflict resolution to be a vital skill to learn.

  • David’s personal story about learning to deal with conflict in healthy ways.

  • The reality of conflict in everyone’s life, and why conflict resolution is so important.

  • 5 main causes of conflict and how to start the process of moving toward resolution.

  • How David has learned conflict resolution and the suggestions he has to help you.

  • How L.E.A.D.E.R.S. go about resolving conflict.

Links mentioned in this episode

Songs used in this episode


Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan


Johnny B. Good – Chuck Berry


Hook - Blues Traveler


Don’t Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult


What’s it Like - Everlast

Quotes David mentioned


Holding onto anger or hatred is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die.


The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. - David Friedman


You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist. - Indira Gandhi


First seek to understand, then seek to be understood. - Stephen Covey


Listening is about being able to be changed by the other person.

Agree to disagree, agreeably. - Stephen Covey


The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. - Dale Carnegie


No pressure, no diamonds. - Mary Case



Tweets you can use to share this episode


True L.E.A.D.E.R.S always resolve conflict


An amplified life belongs to a person who is good at #conflictresolution. Find out how


5 main reasons for conflict and how to pursue healthy #conflictresolution


Learn the #conflictresolution skills David TS Wood has learned to amplify his life


Talk about people as if they were standing next to you

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David made this recording live at the “Transformed Women” conference where he was one of the keynote speakers for the event. He’s talking with lots of women at the conference, and with Sandra Yancey, the founder of the conference and


The event was geared to teach women that they need to “play big” in order to fulfill their dreams and make the impact on the world they were meant to have. Transformation is what the conference is all about. It’s about teaching women how to make their light shine, how to glow from the inside out to make the world a better place because they are in it.


You’ll hear comments about “self love,” “inner meaning,” “self-worth,” and “investing in yourself.” They’re the touch-stones of a positive mental attitude that makes women powerful to be who they are meant to be and impact their families and improve their future - way beyond what they ever dreamed it could be. It’s a place of personal growth, a place of confidence and empowerment that can change your life. It’s what the “Transformed Women” event is all about.


Another thing that came of the conference was the ability to get out of the traps that are typical in the lives of women - regret, guilt, and many others. You’ll hear stories from women who attended the conference and the impact it had on them. There is deep meaning here, deep change from the stories of transformed lives.


Take a break today to encourage yourself by listening to this great podcast. The stories you’ll hear are real-life from the lips of real women. You’ll be able to relate to them because these women are in the place you are at. It’s time to Crank up your life because anytime is the right time to live larger and make a difference in the world.


Get ready to Crank it Up!

Outline of this great episode


  • David’s short interview with conference founder, Sandra Yancey.

  • The damage of “Stinking Thinking” and why people need to step out of it.

  • Testimonies from women attending the “Transformed Women” conference.

  • David's thoughts about his experience as a speaker at the conference



Links mentioned in this episode - Sandra Yancey’s powerful program that created the Transformed Women conference.


Tweets you can use to “explode” share your enthusiasm!


Any time is the right time to live larger.


I came to the Transformed Women conference to get out of my own way


Every day you can choose to reject the control of your past and live a powerful life


Authenticity is powerful. Others can be encouraged by your story. Share it.


Leaving the judgements and insecurities behind is powerful. Do it today.


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Today David gets to resurrect a conversation from a while back. It was a great discussion of life and how to make the best of every situation, from the real-life experience of Pat Flynn.


Pat’s a well-known internet personality. He speaks at many conferences and is truly a jobless-to-self-made-success story. After being laid off from his job as an architect, Pat took matters into his own hands to crank up his own life through creating his own streams of income through business, marketing, and product creation. He’s become an inspiration to many people who have had difficult situations enter their lives and need a shot of encouragement that they can do something about it.


When Pat was laid off, he tried a lot of things to get income going quickly. He saw income trickle in a little at a time, and then hit his first large-scale success when he created an ebook teaching folks how to pass the LEED exam to become architects. It was a site he’d begun while he was still working and the ebook was his first attempt to monetize the site. It was a huge success, earning over $7000 the first day it was available.


From there, Pat started a podcast that became very popular (Smart Passive Income) and has moved on to become the key-note speaker at many world-class conferences, has created a book, other podcasts, and has become a “you can do it” example for the everyday man or woman who wants to create their own opportunity. If you’re in that boat, or thinking about climbing aboard, Pat’s story should give you plenty of encouragement to take the leap.


Get ready to Crank it Up!

Outline of this great episode


  • Pat’s story of losing his job and rebuilding his life.

  • The role his fiance/wife played in the transition from laid off to self-employed.

  • How asking for and receiving help played a powerful role in Pat’s journey.

  • Battling fear and the things his own imagination threw in front of him.

  • Why Pat believes so many people miss the opportunities that exist in the modern world.

  • How Pat’s desire to help others has played into his success.

  • The level of success Pat has achieved - to use as an inspiration for what’s possible.

  • What is passive income? What is residual income?

  • The responsibility Pat feels because of his success.

  • Why Pat considers himself the luckiest person on the planet.

  • Honesty in everything - one of the things Pat does to make his work stand out.

  • How Pat uses online-only income options to build his business, and why it takes time to build.

  • Principles of providing value and benefit to others that crossover into all areas of life.

  • The driving factor behind Pat’s work and success.

  • Can passive income and passionate income be one and the same?


Links mentioned in this episode - the new Amplified Living blog and website. Check it out! - Pat’s site about passing the LEED exam.


Pat’s website - (his podcast can be found there, as well as links to other online projects he’s developed through the years). - Pat’s daily Q&A podcast - Pat’s experimental site about creating niche sites for income generation.


Tweets you can use to “explode” share your enthusiasm!


There’s a difference between surviving and thriving - Pat Flynn on the Crank it up podcast


There’s no way anything will happen if you don’t think it will - Pat Flynn on the Crank it up podcast


Much of internet business applies to all of life. - Pat Flynn on the Crank it Up podcast


What you practice every day is what brings success.


Who you are matters more than the strategies you use.

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