About Todd Smith
Todd Smith is a family man as well as an entrepreneur. He has been married to Joy, his high-school sweetheart, for 29 years. They have been blessed with four remarkable children whom Joy has homeschooled.
Since Todd works out of his home office, they have been able to forge a very unique relationship as a family. Today Todd’s family continues to grow and he is the proud grandfather of four grandsons.
As a dynamic entrepreneur for 34 years, Todd Smith has enjoyed extraordinary personal and professional success. His journey of success began at an early age.
Smith’s first job after graduating from high school was rather nondescript. He was a ditch digger laying cable for the local cable company, making six dollars an hour. That job lasted only four months because the cable company had financial troubles. Then he became a package runner for UPS during the Christmas holidays.
Being laid off two jobs within six months was an awaking experience for this teenager. He then decided to take control of his life and become an entrepreneur. This was in the early 80s—an economic period not much different than where we find ourselves today. Unemployment was at 10 percent; getting and keeping a job was hard to do—especially for someone without a college degree.
Todd’s first adventure at owning a business came at the age of 18 years when he and his brother launched a silk-screening business from a garage. After four years, it became the second largest company of its kind in the greater Chicago area.
While Smith enjoyed the personal growth and financial rewards of being a successful business owner, he regretted the headaches that always come with owning a traditional business—known as employees, paperwork, deadlines, stress, overhead, and bill collecting. He admits that “Almost all of my time was spent doing things I did not enjoy. I knew there had to be a better way. I wanted something that would give me greater control of my future without the headaches of owning a traditional business.”
At the age of 23, Todd began a career as a residential real estate agent. He became a student of personal development and within 4 ½ years was one of the nation’s top-selling Realtors selling over 115 homes a year. He was one of the youngest Realtors ever inducted into RE/MAX’s Hall of Fame.
Although he enjoyed a lucrative real-estate career, he lamented the fact that his career completely controlled his life. He then became determined to find a career that would enable him to replace his mid-six-figure income while providing the freedom to spend more time with his family and enjoy the fruits of his labor.
For the past 23 years Smith has owned his own sales and marketing business—one that meets his previous criteria for a profitable company and one that fulfills his personal dreams. He now has time to enjoy his favorite activities: spending time with his family, fishing, golfing, playing tennis, and taking long walks down the beach.
His business has generated more than one billion dollars in sales and has paid him more than 27 million dollars in commissions. During this time he has also developed numerous training manuals and CDs, teaching entrepreneurs how to achieve professional success and accomplish their personal goals. As an internationally recognized leader, Smith has conducted more than 1,000 training sessions and seminars for audiences all over the world.
His long journey has taught him a great deal about what it really takes to succeed both at home and in the work place. Because Todd’s greatest passion is in helping people from all walks of life enjoy greater personal and professional success, he developed a blog through which he teaches that little things can determine the difference between one’s success and failure. If you have the desire to achieve your personal and professional best, visit his blog at www.littlethingsmatter.com or purchase his book Little Things Matter, published in 2010 by Success Books.
Todd’s financial success has provided him with choices, and he has made a commitment to spend the balance of his life helping others—not only through his teachings, but also through his charitable work.