Why My Podcast Does Not Have Over 300,000 Monthly Downloads And Does Not Make Five Figures Per Month Like Entrepreneur On Fire, John Lee Dumas!

A name that has taken the podcasting world by storm is Entrepreneur On Fire’s John Lee Dumas. Thanks to Pat Flynn SPI 077 : From Nothing to 5-Figures Per Month in Less than a Year with John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire, I was reminded of his amazing story. In one year’s time, his podcasts is being downloaded over 300,000 times a month and he is generating five figures in monthly income. In the past, I would secretly envy him from afar and wonder why his success and good fortune would never happen to me. Let’s flip the script and take a good hard look and analyze step-by-step why the gap between the Entrepreneur On Fire podcast and the Buck Inspire podcast is wider than the Grand Canyon.


Last September, John hired Eventual Millionaire Jamie Tardy to be his mentor. He invested in himself and wanted to get to where he wanted to go in the quickest time possible. I on the other hand have been slogging on my own for close to three years. I’ve leaned on veterans for advice, but I never hired a mentor. I’ve learned quite a bit in three years, but am I limiting myself by doing everything on my own?


Under Jaime’s wing, they journeyed to BlogWorld New York. John got to rub elbows and befriend some of the biggest names in the industry. Pat Flynn, Derek Halpern, and Adam Baker joined Fire Nation from the get go and John Lee Dumas has been on fire ever since. In November 2011 I hit BlogWorld LA. My business card challenge started many conversations but I did not follow through. I introduced myself to ProBlogger Darren Rowse, but never went the extra mile like John did.


John had a goal of producing a high value podcast everyday for the past year. Having just made his 300th episode, he’s following through with his goal. I wanted to make a podcast and I did. But I’ve made 54 episodes in about two years and my entire operation crashed to a halt as I pulled a Seth Brundle. Do you think a crashed laptop would have derailed Entrepreneur On Fire?

Final Thoughts

As I near the end of my third year creating content, I felt I still didn’t put in enough time. Some of the big names have been doing what they do for over 5 years so I still have a few years to go. John Lee Dumas literally blew my theory up. I’m at a crossroads and have two choices. If I want a higher level of success, I can change my process and follow John’s proven formula. If I don’t want to or can’t for whatever reason, I have to come to grips with my current level of success. Like everything else in life, you get what you put into it.

For more information on Entrepreneur On Fire and John Lee Dumas, visit Entrepreneur On Fire today!

Is your job, blog, or projects going the way you want? If not, did you analyze your process against a leader in your space? What are your takeaways? Do you have a mentor? Are you expanding your network and are you being consistent?

Stay Inspired!

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10 Responses

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    I don’t have a mentor. I make maybe 5 figures from my blog every few months if you count the figures behind the decimal point. I sometimes wonder how much some of these bloggers say is really true. Is it verifiable? I don’t know and since I don’t know any of them and can’t get a peek at the lifestyles they lead then I don’t have anything to convince me.

    Yeah, I’m a doubter. Show me the proof of the money! Or better yet, show me the money in my own bank account.

    I’m apparently not cut out for pro blogging.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Too funny Lee! It’s good you’re skeptical. Don’t want to get taken for a ride. But some of these guys actually have income reports. Some of their numbers are mind boggling. Maybe I shouldn’t read them anymore, haha. It can be discouraging when you compare.

  2. Peter says:

    What a slap in the face article this is. I’ve been blogging under personal finance for the past 6 months without much success to show for, but brutal evaluation of what I’ve put in tells me exactly why.

    At this point, I’m not even sure what to do.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Didn’t mean to throw you for a loop Peter! Keep the faith and don’t get hung up comparing yourself to others. I’ve done that a few times and all it does is produce negative energy. Keep doing what you do!

  3. A personal mantra I keep, “If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble;”

  4. It’s really easy to compare yourself to others and get bitter and frustrated. For me I try to think of blogging (and a lot of things in life) as a marathon. Most successful people worked for a long time before the “big break” came. So I just keep plugging along and doing what I love and if it brings me fame and fortune, awesome, if not at least I’m doing what I love.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Great attitude KK! Nowadays, everyone is looking for instant gratification. Good reminder that it really is a marathon. Hope your blogging journey is going well!

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