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Entrepreneurs
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with many bold titles given to him from companies across the world. The Marketing Journal calls him one of “The Best Minds in Marketing,” Fast Company Magazine calls him a “Human Exclamation Point,” The Economist calls him “off -putting to some,” and Newsweek calls him, “The Howard Stern of Entrepreneurialism.” Which isnt easy to say all in one breath. But there is no doubt that he is a man who is rocking and rolling everyday and has found the thing that lights him up inside even if that wasnt the case at the beginning. He’s a dyslexic paperboy from Montreal with Scottish roots, and at 18 got thrown out of school, and with no other options he started a company. He served as chief marketing officer of software juggernaut Mercury Interactive which was acquired by acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2006 for $4.5 billion, co-founded marketing consulting firm LOCHHEAD, was the founding CMO of Internet consulting firm Scient, and served as head of marketing at Vantive, an CRM software firm. And then after 30 years in business he retired and it seems to me started having the real type of fun that makes a life what it is. And now he is the host of “The Podcast Silicon Valley Needs” — Legends & Losers, and the co-author of Harper Collins’ “instant classic,” Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets. Through his podcast he has 100% unscripted long form interviews with some fascinating folk, who haven’t appeared on every podcast under the sun and are fascinating with a capital F. So what made him retire at such a young age, and did he find it hard to fill the hole in his life? And where does he see his life going now….more and more into the media world, or simply exploring where the fun is in life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Christopher Lochhead. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Christopher Lochhead such as: How he started low middle class, and has hustled his way to where he is today, but knows 100% that he couldn’t have done it without the business partner that he found. Christopher shares how the legendary people in life don’t get lucky, but that do position themselves to be in the place to receive the luck if it arrives. Doing, reading and finding a mentor are the three ways that we should operate in life, something that Christopher does religiously. and lastly…. Do your homework, learn the process and focus on the solution to a problem. That is how a business is made, which is why so many people screw up on this. They don’t do the basics.  
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Money For The Rest Of Us
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is the host of Money For the Rest of Us, one of the most downloaded podcasts for Investing in the world with over 6 million downloads. As he says “I help investors have enough to retire. Managing your own investments can be isolating at times. No one to talk shop with. Cheer you on. Reaffirm you’re doing the right thing. Help you not to overreact to the latest financial headlines. While I’ve managed billions of dollars professionally for institutional clients and co-led a large investment research team, I don’t do that anymore. Now my biggest financial challenge is the same as yours: making sure I have enough money to retire and that those resources last. Here’s the thing. We are better investors when we have a sounding board— a community to share what we’re thinking, what we’re learning, the mistakes we make, and what we’re doing with our investments. Money For the Rest of Us is for people like you and me who aren’t relying on someone else to make sure we have enough to retire. We’ve taken control of our financial future. But just because you choose to manage your own investment portfolio doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Let’s take this financial journey together.” Prior to launching his podcast, he was Chief Investment Strategist and Chief Portfolio Strategist at Fund Evaluation Group, LLC, a $33 billion investment advisory firm, where he co-headed the 21-person research group. He also co-founded the firm’s $2.2 billion asset management division where he developed its investment philosophy and process and was the lead portfolio manager. So is it a risky gaming investing, or one built on sure footing? And has a life of travel become the real wealth from creating his online business? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only David Stein Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with David Stein around subjects such as: David shares how it took him a few years to find his place in the online world after leaving his home job, and the steps he took to get there. Why David feels that batching his work is not the fit that suits him, although I think it is amazing and should be done at all costs. And lastly…….. We discuss how any coach that is worth their weight in gold should be more focused on teaching more and more to their clients, in effect teaching themselves in the progress.
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Content Marketing
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is with on of the co founders of a content creation service called contentrefined.com Content Refined was born from a desire to simplify the process of content creation. As they say “With our clients, we want to have the personal touch and mutual respect of an in-house marketing team, but without the cost of in-house employees. To accomplish this, we pair each client up with a Project Manager. That PM works with the client on assessing their needs and competitive content strategy, then develops an individualized team of writers (native English speakers), editors, and publishers based on that strategy. We work through a systematized and data-driven process, combined with a dependency for very well-written and engaging articles, to produce quality content with every order. Our clients have widely diverse backgrounds and needs, from SaaS Businesses, to Portfolio Managers and Amazon Affiliates, to eCommerce Store Owners, and other unique sites, we produce content that is perfect for you and your specific needs. So was this a business that was easy to set up and get clients ready to buy their services? And now they have a team working hard on growing the business, does this make it easier or more difficult to allow the business to stay under their control? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Madeline Taylor Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Madeline Taylor around subjects such as: We discuss why negative comments are so hard to deal with when starting a business but actually should be the ones we aim to learn from most. Madeline shares the rubbish jobs that she has performed in the past, but actually turn out to teach you so much about business moving forward. And lastly…….. Getting customers is hard at the beginning so its great idea to tap into a ready made audience to test things out as quickly as possible.
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Shark Tank Effect
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who has dived deep into the world of sharks. He is the owner of The Sharks & Stripes Conference & Expo which is for military entrepreneurs, veteran owned businesses and private sector entrepreneurs/small business owners. This is a conference that features the powerful entrepreneur panel presentation featuring some of the most successful Shark Tank entrepreneurs and focuses on helping those in our Armed Forces who have the entrepreneurial spirit.  He aims to help those leaving the military transition into a new world of entrepreneurial ventures. However behind the scenes our guest has been battling a very different kind of challenge. Back in 2005 our guest was very ill indeed, after being diagnosed with a disease which there is NO CURE!  As he says "I have a great story of how I did this on the brink of bankruptcy and through immense pain and sickness from the powerful drugs and therapy I was enduring when diagnosed. But thanks to the hustle I have self published my "Conversations With Shark Tank Winners multimedia book," partnered with some of the biggest organizations for entrepreneurs and small business owners, toured the US with these organizations, have partnered with some of the most successful shark tank entrepreneurs, all the while diagnosed with a major illness." So what was his life like before this rude awakening...floating through like most of us or as focused and determined as he is now? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Rey Ybarra Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Rey Ybarra around subjects such as: We discuss why it is such a powerful method to tap into a business that already has an audience interested in that subject. You can shave years of your progress. Why Americans love to show the success and in fact celebrate success in a far greater degree than the Europeans.  Rey talks about the dark times in his life, when his illness took hold of him and why this is so similar to the entrepreneurial journey. And lastly Rey shares why it is so important to delay gratification to truly be able to understand and accept the reward for what it is.
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Leadership Skills
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who is joining a merry bunch of former guests who have appeared on the show twice, back on episode 271 He is Inc. columnist, Professor of leadership, entrepreneurship, and hustling, and Entrepreneur, MBA, Astrophysics PhD, studied with Nobel Laureates and also swam across the Hudson river and almost drowned in the process. Yep, you thought he was really clever up to that point didn’t you! As he told us last time on the show “I do what I love in life and do my best to cut out what I don’t. Loving what you do means you will do more than if you don’t, so I’ve accomplished a few things to high levels while enjoying the process. I’ve also made my life easy and fun. I think anyone can. In fact I think making life easy and fun is easy and fun, so love what you do while accomplishing more than you thought you could too.” And it certainly seems that he is a man of his word. And now he is bringing his experience to the world in written form after converting a course that he has taught for years with the soon to be released book Leadership Step by Step This is a book that offers that rare breed of learning—genuine, authentic, effective, engaging, and, most of all, fun. It is based on the best leadership philosophy and practice. As it says on the book “The results of doing its exercises insure that you will become an authentic, great leader, able to serve and to live to the best of your ability. Anyone who aspires to lead, to lead more effectively, or to live life to its fullest would benefit from Joshua’s exercises. This is true for business, public service, the social sector, the arts, education, and any sphere where leaders serve.” So how has he managed to bring the word “fun” to the forefront of his business, when so many people think that this is for the weekend, or for kids? And is he a trailblazer for this, or is there more and more leadership experts looking at the “F” word as something that is how we should all be operating? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show once more to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Joshua Spodek
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Two Main Reasons Business Fail
On today’s episode of Join Up Dots as normal for a Friday show, David Ralph answers a couple of questions from listeners across the world, and even brings back the words greatest competition – The Gargle Game. Lets start however with a rating and review on Itunes which then lead me to connect with the chap to say thank you, and gain some advice of my own. This is from an English guy called Steven Harper, who is a musician, teacher and opera singer in the UK. “Thanks David for all the work that you have put into the podcast. I really appreciate it, it has been a kick up the bum that was needed to get me out of a complacent slump. My job is teaching singing and piano and i never considered that my students would be taking my work one day and for less money. Now I am trying to become Steven Harper music teacher and and not just an anonymous teacher. I have listened to all 1000 plus podcast and looking forward to the next 100.” Now what Steven is doing there is talking 100% about gaining a personal brand. He is building celebrity into his work, so people see him as more than the normal and subsequently will seek him out to gain tuition and be accepting of higher prices. This takes a focused approach in regards to putting more of himself out into the world, through visuals, youtube channels, podcasts and live videos of his students transformations. People don’t want to play the piano, they actually want to see people who are playing sexy tunes and becoming like them. That is the real transformation that makes a business fly, as the world wants the outcomes as quickly as possible. Now the second question came from a listener in Belgium, by the name of Henry Madsen, who asked “David, I have heard you say on previous shows that 95% of businesses fail within the first five years. What do you think is the reason for this? And any suggestions as to what you would advise myself in trying to start my own business…..kind regards Henry Madsen” The answer to this is quite simple as you will hear on today’s show. A business fails due to not selling another of their products, and this comes down to two main reasons. Either they aren’t getting the traffic, or even worse they build a product that nobody wants it. Enjoy and I hope to hear from everyone who loves this episode and has ideas of starting their own business.
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From Listener To Entrepreneur
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who last appeared on the show back in 2017  when he connected with us after being a listener for awhile. Back then he was trying to find his way to becoming the master of his own future, creating his own business, and finding clients. He wanted his own business more than anything and had several ideas as to businesses he potentially had the skills for. Well since that conversation he has started his business Cassus Media back in August 2017, and officially left his last employer in January 2018 to strike out on his own as an entrepreneur. Cassus Media is a digital marketing solutions agency, originally launched with the idea of creating marketing videos which has now expanded into full-service organic social media and pay per click management services for small to mid-size businesses. He has worked with clients from around the United States and even the world in just the short time he's been in business, most notably from Norway, Sicily, and Ethiopia. Now the entrepreneurial journey is not easy for sure, and he has gone through some very difficult challenges with his career, not least being discharged from the military abruptly after making some mistakes caused by traumatic events in his teenage years, of which he's now overcome and is thriving, and becoming recently single. He also has ploughed into the life of not knowing if his efforts will come to anything, but being excited by where he is heading, in his words "The sky is the limit in the coming years" So what was the hardest part of taking the leap and becoming his own boss? And is the true battle one with the outside world of actually within his own head? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Paul Cassarly Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Paul Cassarly around subjects such as: Paul shares how he created his first business without clearly defining the needs of his customer and how to service them. We discuss why it is a bad thing to put all your eggs into one basket, and the reasons why you have to diversify your offerings. Why the coaching business is such an amazing way to create a quick business, due to the personal interaction that you can get. And lastly........ Why niche, niche, niche until you become the category of one is the easiest way for business success.
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Overcoming Huge Obstacles
Today’s guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who has been ready to join up his dots for quite awhile. Overcoming huge odds earlier in his life, he now loves to share that story to inspire others to do the same. He likes nothing more than connecting with entrepreneurs to motivate them to “do big things” in the world. Inspiring them by his own story as much as the actions that he takes everyday. His story begins in an average family where he had to work for everything he had. He started “at the bottom” and worked his way into the American Dream. In fact, dropping out of high school, until he went back to get his degree and even went to college... ending up on a popular reality TV show. As a guy who started his working life stocking shelves on the overnight shift at a giant retailer, he has seen the spectrum. Now he grows and scales companies, using real-world experience to make this happen. His most recent company is on track to do $25 million in gross revenues. He is a serial entrepreneur who develops systems to help other entrepreneurs run multiple companies without having to be there. In 2012 Mike appeared on the ABC television show Extreme Weight Loss, losing 255 pounds. He has overcome a stutter. He has gone from the bottom of the corporate ladder to the top of the mountain... and he loves helping others do the same. So why did he appear to lack consistency and desire when younger, but now has it in spades? And what is it about his life that he loves the most now he is rocking and rolling? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michael Giannulis Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Michael Giannulis around subjects such as: Michael shares how at the age of five he was already five stone thanks to the eager feedings habits of his grandmother. We discuss how to create content that continues to pay you back forever. Evergreen is the key to a lovely relaxed life if you do it right. Dark sides exist in every business no matter what it is, but how do you get through them and into the light? And lastly Michael reveals why money is not important to him, and what he truly feels is the gold to be gained.
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Developing Personal Strengths
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady from Melbourne Australia who has one belief in life. That all of us are capable of being a bigger, brighter version of ourselves than we give ourselves the opportunity to be. Her official bio states that she is "is a best-selling author, workplace well being teacher and playful change activator" which is of course true but is not something that occurs by magic. Back in 1994, she was working for PR Works as a general manager where she built a profitable IT portfolio, as well as creating a media training service for CEOS. Which I find fascinating, as someone who is now firmly entrenched in the people development world, this wasn't an area of her life that just burst into being after several decades. It was there right at the beginning, which grew larger in her next job as a PR Manager for Sausage Software. But it seems to me that things moved up a gear when performing the position at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, as their international leadership coach, where she worked across the world to implement the companies brand strategy using Positive Psychology theories across their culture. And then there comes the time where our guest could have continued to rise up the ranks in corporate land, gaining the salary and working tirelessly to build someone else dream. But our guest had other ideas, and left to create her own company and her own dream, after completing her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania And with a career history scattered with roles lasting a couple of years or so, it appears that she has truly found her thing, as she has stayed where she is ever since. Developing her company, bringing in bigger clients and well......loving it. As she says "I'm passionate about bringing out the best in people, particularly at work. Fusing Neuroscience and Positive Psychology into tested, practical actions, I create happier, more rewarding and more profitable workplaces for employees, their bosses and their organisations." And who wouldn't love to do something that you are passionate about everyday. That is the dream after all. So when did she get the inkling that building her business was awaiting for her? And was it scary time or "Hell yeah, lets get going?" And is there a similar theme that stops most companies, and the employees of those companies operate at the highest level? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michelle McQuaid. 
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What Makes A Successful Biz?
In today’s episode of Join Up Dots we look at what makes a successful business and why so many people nowadays truly go the hard way to success. But first of all lets start with answering a few questions from listeners across the world who have been following the show. The first one, is less of a question and more of a statement, but it comes from a guy in Perth Australia, who I have had the pleasure to connect with a chat to over the last few months. His name is Craig and he is an English guy living and working in Australia, who mention that he often lacks focus and will allow days to drift into weeks without achieving what he truly wants. He said “David, I need some of that focus you have! I love how you are able to visualise and attack! Has it always been a skill of yours or is it learned? Of course to hear the answer you will need to listen to the show….we cant have people just reading a podcast and not giving us our ears after all. The second question that comes from a lady also in Australia called Ebony Richards from Hobart Australia, is in regards to creating success and the mistakes that I have made in the past. She says “David Ralph, podcasting legend. Why did it take so long for you to come into my life. I am well and truly hooked and listen to multiple episodes a day. But for all of us, listening and hoping for the day that we can become our own boss. What have been the biggest mistakes (if any) you have made through your business? If you say that you have never made a mistake then I will quit my job today…..not! Thanks for a great show and look forward to being a guest on Join Up Dots one day. Ebony Richard, Hobart Australia. Lastly…. we have a question from Canada, which is nameless, but asks “I am thinking of starting my own podcast and I am a bit daunted by what to do first. Should I buy the equipment or start building the website and social media following?” Now we have got those out of the way, it’s time for us to look at what makes a successful business. I will butet point them into three main categories and you will see that they are not anything clever in any shape or form. Number One: Look for a need that is already out there already. What I mean by this, is dont try to be clever and create something unique. This is prone to failure, even though the upside if its a success is massive. I would much rather see something already working and then create something similar with a different spin on it. Number Two: Now that we have a need, we need to seriously think about who our customer is and where they are hanging out. You dont want to ne spending a ton of money on throwing mud at the wall and hoping that it sticks. Number Three: Own your own traffic. You really need to be able to communicate with your audience, whether that is through Facebook, Email marketing, or any form of collection. Without that your business is dead in the water.
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Alfie Best: Making Business Simple
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is Alfie Best, a man who has made a huge success of finding the potential in areas he has knowledge in and then working really hard to make it all come together. He is a successful entrepreneur driven by tenacity. With humble origins, born and raised in a Romany Gypsy family, this self-made man studied at “University of Life” and started his professional path totally from scratch. However, coming from a poor background and a minority group only gave him even more desire to succeed. As a gypsy, he had to face many obstacles and prejudices but he has never allowed those to ruin his dreams and ambitions or to disrupt his investments into the businesses he operates. Instead, he has taken those negative prejudices and turned them into positives by surrounding himself with a diverse and multicultural team. As he says "My philosophy for good business is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration; my sole focus is to drive the businesses forward without losing sight of the goal. Park homes were my upbringing so it was a natural progression to purchase a mobile home park; from 1 park to more than 40, Wyldecrest Parks has now become the No.1 Park Home Operator in the UK for the retired and semi-retired wishing to enjoy the quiet life and community spirit.  And when it  comes to seeing the potential in an idea, Alfie Best has a very up and positive outlook for sure.  "In my view" he says "there is no such thing as a bad idea, just the ability to drive it forward with a realistic approach." So if there is no such thing as a bad idea, why do so many people fail when it comes to starting a business? And if he looks back at his life has he learnt more from the knocks he has endured or from the  Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alfie Best Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Alfie Best around subjects such as: Alfie shares how the competition inspires him everyday to raise his own standards and that of his team. It truly is what lights his fire to find more and more value. We discuss how Jeff Bezos has created Amazon, and why it was nothing spectacular in the beginning but how he of course has hit it out of the park. Alfie Best talks openly regarding why he considers himself to be 99% stupid, and what it has done for his decision making. And lastly We discuss his plans for his business moving forward, and why Alfie Best cant wait to see what is possible in Europe And America.
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Mindset
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a lady who is living an amazing life of inspiration, mind altering process and travelling the world helping others. She is an unconscious mind expert in the field of leadership and professional performance, world-class ultra-endurance athlete, successful corporate executive, professionally certified executive coach, keynote presenter and best-selling author. After many years of coaching leaders, our guest discovered that the unconscious mind is the scientific key to elevated levels of success, with greater velocity and ease and founded her company, Velocity Leadership Consulting to bring this difference-making model and tools of success to all leaders.  She realized her own transformation and discovered the keys to achieving greater success in her personal and professional life when she achieved a 28-year dream of competing in the toughest race in the world, the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, as an amateur, non-triathlete at age 46. As we will see she parlayed this experience to the business world and now helps CEOs, executives and managers connect with and realize their own goals, with greater velocity and ease. She helps us get unstuck, loosen the handbrake, put on lives running shoes and grow a kick ass life of our owns. So its all very easy to say these things, but build them into a business that people want is a different ballgame altogether. And most importantly, how did she then allow as many people as possible to find it? Well let's find out as we bring onto the the show, to joining up dots, the one and only Karen Brown. Show Highlights Karen talks about how she has changed her life simply by uncovering the six mental barriers that was holding her back from the future that she deserves We discuss the naviety that allows us to discover our dream business and think that we have all the skills to make it occur without issues. Karen talks about having to make the decision to limit the amount of people that she was willing to work with. Go for the cream of the crop and it pays back bigtime. And lastly…….. Progress not perfection is the mantra that all entrepreneurs should be living. We struggle with the vision being bigger and more realised than the reality.
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Adventure Time
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man that as soon as you hit his website and see “Love the Life you Live! Freedom is taken, not given. By living an Intentional Life, we ordinary people can live extraordinary lives.” you know he is perfect for Join Up Dots. He is a speaker, writer, educator and adventurer who has traveled to over 80 countries around the world and 49 of the 50 states in the USA, and he’s lived in France, Japan, Thailand, French Guiana, Washington State, Virginia, Alaska, and California. All the time learning from different people as well as having time to think. Allowing the brain to disconnect and focus on the present is the greatest way to get everything back in focus and on track. He has ridden a motorcycle on six continents and crossed the USA on one twice, and he’s summited of the highest mountain of eight countries and five states. He also has extensive experience teaching at the university level and working in business development, and he still pursues an adventurous lifestyle with his family. Now let’s reflect back on those first words. Freedom is taken, not given. And I’m sure there would have been many times when our guest would have thought “I would love to do this, but nah, I can’t…it’s not for people like me!” So when did he first start his first adventure, and was it as small journey into the unknown or a huge leap into the unknown? And where does he see so many people going wrong, who say “Erik, I would love to do what you are doing?” Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Erik Seversen. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Erik Seversen such as: How so many people fail to realise that there is a world of adventure on their own doorstep. Get in a car at the weekend and see what’s waiting for you nearby. Erik shares how he started his first business, and the steps that he took to ensure that a steady growth was occuring month by month. How the power of the work life triangle is the way forward. How many of us add a big dose of “Me Time” into the balancing act? and lastly…. We discuss how the skill of delegation, and allowing people to do things even if its not the way that you would do it, is a key part of business growth. 
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Living The Dream
When it comes to living the dream, do you ever stop and consider whether the life you are living is actually the life that you really want to be living? Do you consider that you can get bigger and bigger achievements in your life (and actually beat yourself up because your not) Well that is what's today's episode of Join Up Dots is all about as you will hear. This all came about, after I got told by a businessman that when asked "How are you doing?" and getting the reply from myself of "Yeah great living the dream" he stated. "David if you think you are living the dream it's only because you aren't dreaming big enough!" So how do you start living the dream if you are already 100% believing that you already have the dream? Is being content and happy enough or are we letting ourselves down? Well, I think that being content and happy is one of the most amazing states that you can achieve in your life. It may not seem sexy and inspirational but it is amazing. Waking up without any stresses and pressures. Knowing that you can pay all your bills with no issue at all. Feeling healthy and fit. Is that not the best way of being, or is living the dream our right to work harder and harder to gain more and more. I really don't have the right answer to this, as I suppose living the dream is so personal to each and everyone of us, we should never be told by others whether it is right or wrong. We should look deep into our hearts and know if we are being true to ourselves or not. We should look at what we have around us, and think "Is this making me happy or is it just more stuff to maintain and nurture?" Let us know by dropping us  a line, so we can see how many of our listeners are living the dream and how many of them or simply helping others to live the dream as they struggle through on their own. Thanks for reading David Ralph
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The Art Of Adventure
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who has been floating around my world it seems from the birth of Join Up Dots. So why he has never been on the show before I dont know, but I do know that it is going to be a good interview for sure. As he says “I’m committed to helping people make their lives the most amazing adventure possible! After getting fired from numerous jobs, dropping out of my PhD program, recovering from failed marriage, I realized I had been living someone else’s dream. I set out to construct a career and lifestyle that would let me be the explorer and teacher that I was always meant to be. I asked “What does it look like to be the hero of your own life?” So in 2014, I started “The Art of Adventure Podcast”, and it has become one of the top podcasts in the world for Location Independent Business, Adventure Travel, and cutting edge topics. I’m thrilled to be offering coaching for location independent entrepreneurs! I work with people who want to get out of their cubicles and create a life of time, financial, and location freedom. My clients are adventurous, inspiring, creative, motivated, confident, and unique people who are ready to make a big impact on their world Well he is certainly making a big impact on the world for sure, and when passion comes together with a vision then things get very sexy down. So when he was in his dark times, looking for a new way of making a living that was fun and inspiring did he imagine that he would end up here? And its ok to have the vision but when did the mindset shift to one of fun and money? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Derek Loudermilk Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Derek Loudermilk around subjects such as: Derek shares those moments when his life becomes so playful that his work increased in quality exponentially. Why the most obvious thing in life is more often not the thing that you should be doing the most. Derek shares how customers are more likely to purchase from him if they personally get to know him. A good message for us all. And lastly Derek reveals the steps that he is going to take to get Bono and Richard Branson into a room to solve food issues across the world.
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How To Thrive In Life
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a man who has previously appeared back on Join Up Dots episode 654, where he shared his amazing journey to a life of inspiration, travelling the world helping others, and flying drones. But if things hadn’t occurred in his life, like experiencing the horror of a neighbours discovery that her son had committed suicide then he may well have coasted through his life as a sales assistant in a retail store. From 2005 to 2010, he clocked up over 7,000 hours in sales, management and training roles in big box retail and apparently still holds the record in one of the stores for the most amount sold in a single day. In 2010 he started his first coaching business and ramped up studies in the field of personal, professional and business excellence. He invested all the time, money and energy he had and went through an intense period of rapid transformational growth. As he says ” I was now a man on a mission. I broke through patterns of behaviour that had been holding me back for years, gave up alcohol, coffee and energy drinks, and consciously chose a vegetarian lifestyle.” That was however all covered in the first show, so where is he now? Where has the last 8 years  gone? We he now speaks to audiences around the world on how to thrive in an ever changing world. He delivers multi-sensory experiences on stage, blending education with storytelling videos and live music on a grand piano. As he says "Our world is changing faster than ever. To deal with this, companies need a workforce that is fully engaged, high performing and adaptable to change. But 67% of employees in North America are still not engaged or actively disengaged at work, with actively disengaged employees cost $450 billion to $550 billion per year alone. I help solve this by helping companies develop high performance teams, increasing innovation, employee engagement, emotional intelligence and adaptability to change." But that is just a favour of what this man is all about. So it's with great delight that for the second time, i can bring onto the show, to joining up dots, the one and only Cameron Brown Show Highlights Cameron shares how he has managed to bring the greatest quality in to his work. He is unwilling to take half measures to the work he is bringing to the world. We discuss why it is so important to be your own best friend. As Cameron says "If you are spending the most time with yourself then you might as well try to like who you are" Through the show we reveal the steps to breaking through the ceiling of whats possible in ones life. And lastly…….. Cameron demonstrates perfectly that the "quality of work" will always beat out the competition who deliver just enough to get by.
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Marketing For Small Business
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who certainly seems to have found her thing in life, and is now taking that out in to the world to help others find theirs too. With a diverse background in retail, hospitality (resort and restaurants), event production/promotions, both for and not for profit, and executive management, she built the stepping stones to what leads to success. And you could see that it really started to go her way after joining a start up media company in 1993. Within this business she grew the profits from $60K a month in revenue to finishing the first year in business with $7mm, leading to the company having explosive growth each year thereafter. After selling the media company in 2007, shee was asked to stay on with the new organisation to be an integral part of their aggressive growth strategy, acquiring 5 media companies in under 2 years. And more success followed, before she stepped out on her own by creating her own Strategic Marketing and Operations Consultancy business. Now, if that isn’t interesting enough the bit that i like about her career history, and where we will spend time, is her understanding that at their core, all businesses thrive or die on 3 key areas. and this doesn’t matter what business they are operating in. She is an expert in The MESSAGE, the MARKET, and then the MEDIA, and within these three areas, she likes nothing better than creating successful marketing campaigns that will naturally generate more revenue to the bottom line as well as a broader reach in the market place. And that is what we all want after all. So was she always an entrepreneur at heart, or did she reluctantly go about building her own dream life, and career? And if business can be simplified to these three stages, why do so many people struggle, especially in the online environment? Well lets fin out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dost the one and only Carrie Hartunian Smith
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How Long To Start A Business
In today's episode of Join Up Dots, we answer "How long to create a successful online business" and other listeners questions as ever posted on an email from across the world. We love receiving these so much, as it really shows that our words are having an effect and the world is starting to think in a different way. You see everyone has doubts, everyone has moments when they think that they can't get past that obstacle. Everyone runs into a closed door that they think is the killer of all there dreams, but it rarely is. So today's questions are part of the mindset shift more or less and we will start with one Mexico. Hi David, I am a shopkeeper in Mexico and listen to your show every day. I was interested when you revealed you had a business too, which I think was your parents? I don't enjoy running the shop anymore and don't think I ever did. How can I escape without hurting my parents who started the business 20 years ago?" Now for the second question for Angela in Bennington, Vermont USA who asks..... "David, really inspiring and different type of show. I would love to know if you could go back in time and give your younger version advice what would it be? Thanks for the show, that makes me laugh and then assess my own life in every episode" Angela And lastly, the third question comes once again from the United States of America and the town of Encinitas. "Hello, Mr Ralph and everyone connected with Join Up Dots. It seems to me when starting a business you have to expect to earn no money for a period of time, and then reap your rewards later? What timescales do you think would be realistic for someone who is inexperienced with business building"  Michael, Encinitas San Diego County, California Thanks as always for listening, and until next time if you have any questions then feel free to jump over to the Contact Page and send your own for later answering on the show.
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How To Make Viral Content Like Jesus
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a man who knows the secret ingredient that most people online are searching for. How to make things go viral in an ever more shouty online world. He is one of the country’s most influential progressive communicators. He is Chief Science Advisor for “Years of Living Dangerously,” which won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series and now generates viral vidoes online seen by tens of millions a month. He is the founding editor of ClimateProgress.org, which NY Times columnist Tom Friedman called, “the indispensable blog.” And if that isn't enough he is also the senior advisor for New Frontier Data, the leading “big data” firm providing actionable analysis in cannabis, whose content reaches hundreds of millions of people a year. Yeah that is a bit eclectic to say the least. Now with his new book out across the world  "How To Go Viral and Reach Millions: Top Persuasion Secrets from Social Media Superstars, Jesus, Shakespeare, Oprah, and Even Donald Trump" he has even more things to talk about and do everyday. So what of course is the key to going viral like Jesus? And where does he find his focus turning to everyday? A day off, or more and more work? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Joseph Romm Show Highlights Joseph shares the three A's that make viral content explode across the world....powerful stuff. We discuss the power of "replacing" which has made Hollywood screenplays bring insight and excitement to the screen for years. Why the first rule of communicating is making the receiver know that we are one of them. Bridge the gap between sender and receiver and you will win the game.  And lastly…….. How and Why "The Hero's Story" has become the key to so many of the inspiring content that we see in film, and platforms everywhere.
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Having Confidence
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a lady who last appeared on the show back in April 2016, where we discussed claimed fame in a very unusual way. But most excitingly for a show like Join Up Dots she hasn’t set her stall out to allow that initial success to define her but has gone on for bigger and bolder things. As the creator of the Purse Process in 2013 her new adventures started in earnest when she started the process of being a bit nosy in ladies handbags. And digging around to share how the secrets of the stuff that a lady carries around with them in their bag actually defines them. Now though her dots have taken her in quite a different direction, and she is inspiring the world by posing a big question everyday........ “I wonder what would happen if…?” She explores this question for herself, her friends, fans, and followers by trying new things. All the new things! As many new things as she can pack into a day, a week, a year. This looks like exploring new places, trying new services, discovering new products and sharing it all through in-person appearances, her multi-platform social media presence, and her IGTV show, the Danielle Daily Show. The second way is by sharing not just her adventures, victories, and triumphs but also her perseverance, determination, and grit when battling adversities like anxiety, being a natural introvert, and the grief of a devastating divorce. Although each of these very human battles has proven difficult, all have subsequently helped her to rise towards becoming the fearless, beautiful, and powerful woman she has always aspired to be. Ultimately, she inspires people with her sense of courage and playfulness coupled with a willingness to take risks, admit her mistakes, and reveal her vulnerabilities. Fans know she is a reliable source of positivity and a strong advocate for people, products, experiences, ideas, and resources she thinks are awesome. This is a lady putting herself out there in a raw and honest way that is making a difference, and I love her So why did she pivot from digging around in the handbags of the world? And how does she come up with her ideas and new adventures? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Danielle Watson. Show Highlights How being confident in life is not something that we can carry around to every environment. It might be something that flourishes and dims throughout the day. Danielle shares how her new business grew simply from the process of digging around and trying things.  She shares why she feels so many people miss out on having the amazing life because of their unwillingness to match up with others outputs. Why it is better to ask for help and support from people in your local community and close to you before ever reaching out to strangers. And lastly…….. Danielle shares deeply personal insight as to how the phrase life changing income can mean so much to many people in the world (but sometimes we forget that we are doing so well)
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Building Success On Passion
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is nothing but decisive when she knows what she wants in life. Starting her career back in 1999 she performed the role of Finance Director for one of the top 15 Opera companies in the US for ten years, until in 2009 the company closed due to financial difficulties. And I guess we will find out on the show if she would have stayed in the position if this hadn’t occurred but the fact is it did As she says “After leaving the corporate world to stay home with my young children, I began writing and performing my own songs. I toured as a singer/songwriter for 9 years, releasd 3 CDs and won several songwriting awards. I even had the honour of singing “The National Anthem” at Dodger Stadium. I then began coupling the inspirational message of my songs with a testimony-based speaking topic called “You Are My Vision”, a program I have presented for churches and community groups for the last 8 years.” But how do you take these values and skills and turn them into an income production line, as this is the problem that most entrepreneurs encounter on their journey to success. Well todays guest has drawn on her extensive experience of the music industry to create online courses to help musicians learn how to make a living from their music. Her most popular offering is an online training and mentoring community exclusively for female musicians called the “Female Musician Academy“. And not only that she is the host of two top ranked podcasts bringing her passions to an even wider audience. So has she planned all these goings on or are they as much a suprise to her when she looks around her of what she has going on? And does she now have the belief that she could have done all this a lot quicker, or did it naturally have to fall into place? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Bree Noble
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The Reasons I Am An Idiot
In todays episode of Join Up Dots we answer a few listeners questions, posed on email from across the world. We love receiving these so much, as it really shows that our words are having an effect and the world is starting to think in a different way. You see everyone has doubts, everyone has moments when they think that they can't get past that obstacle. Everyone runs into a closed door that they think is the killer of all there dreams, but it rarely is. So today's questions are part of the mindset shift more or less and we will start with one from Martin the lawyer. Hi David, Must say love the show and listen to a different one daily. Great insight and inspiration for a person like myself who is working hard on my online business with the goal of quitting my lawyer job (I am 27). I have a quick question for you. I do dropshipping with a good deal of success. I care not to call myself an expert on the topic but do have a few years experience doing this and running facebook ads etc to generate revenue. Having been involved in the internet marketing spectrum for a few years now I understand the importance of the personal brand and acquiring an audience to teach other people with the intention of utilising that audience to sell related products. I plan myself to start my YouTube channel. Do you think this is feasible considering I am not an expert per se? Nevertheless I do have useful content and techniques that I can pass on and teach those. And of course I want to get started on this to grow and learn on creating such content to create an that may indeed branch out to other related areas I have expertise on like mindset, daily habits etc. Do you have any related podcasts on Youtube specifically? Keen to know your thoughts on same. Many thanks, Martin Followed on by a question from the lovely Adrea, Stuttgart, Cameron McCarthy and Benjamin Louder. Hi David, I recently had the personal honour of speaking to you one to one, and found you to be insightful, deeply focused and very very very different from the person you are on the wonderful and inspiring Join Up Dots. So my question is, as I wasn't brave enough to ask you at the time, is why if you are focused on being authentic are you so different? And also, if you have time, I often hear you say "If an idiot like me can do this"....why?  Why do you say that you are an idiot as you are brilliant in many many ways? Thank you for you time, and the personal connection Adrea, Stuttgart. Dear David and the Join Up Dots Team, do you ever have doubts that what you are doing is any good? I start loads of projects with a huge amount of emtheisuams, and then I start thinking its not very good, or people will laugh so stop. I was wondering do you have those thoughts and how do you get past them? All the best and thank you for the best show in the world Cameron McCarthy, St Johns Canada. Hi David, love, love, love the show. I heard an episode recently when you said you were looking to work one month on and one month off. How have you managed to do this, as I would imagine that Join Up Dots is a highly busy enterprise? Thanks for your time Benjamin Louder, South Africa. If you have any questions then feel free to jump over to the Contact Page and send your own for later answering on the show.
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Huge Online Success With Quiz Builders
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a man who is thriving in the online world by getting business's to ask the right questions. Originally from a small rural town in central California he started his first business installing lawns on people’s yards at the age of 16. He eventually started tinkering with and selling computers, and made his way down to Los Angeles to attend college at UCLA. It was then that he began taking on consulting gigs building websites for small local businesses with a few of his friends. After getting a request from one of these consulting clients to have a quiz built for his website, he had a bit of a lightbulb moment.  He is a co-founder of Interact Quiz Builder. Along with his friends he spent a few weeks building this first quiz, and after that started to talk to other business owners about whether or not they’d use quizzes in their marketing efforts. This year alone, it looks like the sacrifices required to build a business are paying off, as they have seen a 300% jump in growth and are anticipating 500% by the end of the year. Great stuff, so are there certain quizzes that convert like gangbusters or do all types do the magic? And why does he think that this works so well, in regards to lead captures unlike a normal tired old magnet? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Josh Haynam Show Highlights Josh shares how he has developed a belief system that means he walks his own path in life. Strong will and firm mindset all the way. Why the position of grand leaders in business are not sought out by the individuals themselves, but more often than not are placed there by the followers. Why so many business's struggle with the lack of income coming into the business. This is a phase that hinders growth for most and can often be the killer. And lastly…….. Why Josh believes his mindset changed forever by attending college. It wasn't the course material but the students he studied with that made a huge change.
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College Info
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a lady who connected with the show through the contact form, and so eloquently did she pitch herself I just had to have her on the show. As she said "I believe I would be a great fit for your show, as I am a business owner who is open and honest about both the struggles and the excitement of this entrepreneurial journey. I’ve worked for Fortune 500 companies, and started several different types of online businesses. Here’s my story…. -I graduated in 2010 from The University of Michigan with a degree in business and after graduating from college, I rose through the ranks of PepsiCo, managing marketing campaigns for some of the largest brands in the world, working alongside celebrities, and working with partners such as The Golden Globes, The Grammy’s, and the NFL. During my time at PepsiCo, I tried to launch a side hustle selling branded sports bras to collegiate athletic teams...this failed - so I quit Pepsi to launch my first successful business: The Dessert Place. This was a revived family business, in which I turned my mother’s famous bakery (which had closed in 1996) into an e-commerce platform. - I realized I didn’t actually like baking and my heart wasn’t fully into this business. So I built an online course teaching parents how to navigate college admissions with their kids. I love getting to help families with this journey, and love chatting about colleges and visiting college campuses. Based on the podcasts I’d listened to and the courses I’d bought, I thought that creating a sales funnel for my online course would be a walk in the park and I’d be an overnight success. I was wrong! This business has been a challenge, but I’m slowly and steadily building it up and loving the challenges. In just a few weeks, I’ll be packing up my life and moving to Bali where I’ll be living/working/traveling around Southeast Asia for an indefinite amount of time (one way ticket booked!). The last 3 years of entrepreneurship have, without a doubt, been the most challenging years of my life. The hardest part of entrepreneurship has been the mindset, which I never expected. I have spent every spare moment of time reading more self development books than I can count, and binge listening to podcasts for countless hours. I love that Join Up Dots shares real stories, including the failures, the fears, and the mindset struggles that come along with the entrepreneurial life. Binge listening to this podcast (and the stories of others who have gone before me) is the reason that I’ve had the confidence to keep persevering, and I’d love to give back and help others who are on the same path.  Well if that doesn't excite my listeners as much as it did me then I dont know what will. So when the idea for the college business came to her did she think "Nah, that must have been done before...i'll find something else." And does she now consider herself and success or simply just getting going? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Marisa Meddin. Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Marisa Meddin around subjects such as: Why a lucrative business is not always a good business. No matter how much you think its about the money it never truly is.  Marisa shares the first steps she took to get to make her campus business get off the ground. Powerful simplicity at its best. We discuss how having a life where vacations can blend into real life brings about an amazing lifestyle which is available to all. And lastly Why building a business is 90% mental and 10% technical. You have to get out of your own head to be able to achieve what you want.
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Motivation & Leadership
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man with a fascinating and somewhat intriguing branding of "The Suited Monk" Now if you are thinking "I can't remember the last time I saw a monk in a suit?" then let me explain more. How many times have you realised that you are living a life that is expected of you. The kind of life that was always on the cards due to your surroundings, parents, friends and a myriad of other outside influences. Well our guest today was considered to be successful in the corporate world at a young age by colleagues, friends and family. However, his personal life was anything but successful. He was deeply unhappy in his job, he was struggling to find a sense of purpose and meaning, and wanted more than anything to find happiness in his work and life environment. Modern society exerts a constant, subtle pressure to conform to the expectations of others, and to seek a version of success that is acceptable to the people around us but that does not necessarily meet our own most heartfelt needs and desires. Even if we manage to reach certain goals, the happiness they bring us rarely lasts long. Because they aren't truly what we want. How depressing is that...but so real to all of us too. So he did something about getting rid of this feeling, and got off the path that he was on and now spends most of his time speaking and teaching on the subject of authenticity in life. Finding the suited monk in all of us, where we can join our intuition, happiness, love, purpose, and life force (which is your inner Monk) with the external world of success and achievement (represented by the Suit you wear). Once you do that he believes that you will be able to close the gap and tap into the vast abundance that exists within you, both in your professional life and personal relationships. Wow, that sounds good doesn't it. So, how did he come up with the Monk aspect of this concept? And what did his family say when she said "Guys, I need to go out and do my own thing!" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Raf Adams.
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Fitness Coaching
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who with three fitness facilities’ success stories to his name, is an Iraq War veteran,and has been characterized as a true fitness, nutrition, and mindset empowering powerhouse. He is a contributor for Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine, Consumer Health Digest, and Smart Healthy Women, as well as featured on ABC 24’s Good Morning Memphis. As he says "I don’t just build better bodies; I help build strong, motivated, and empowered women. As a coach and fitness specialist for over five years, I've finally found a way to put power back in my students’ hands. Through exclusive and individualized workouts for women, motivational talks, and regular check-ins, my coaching sessions transcend the confines of time and space. I'm there for you whenever and wherever you need me! My innovative approach is based on the radical notion that we're all different. I know there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to fitness, which is why I evaluate each client to see where they are and provide highly personalized training solutions to help each woman meet her individual goals. I'm passionate about helping others take charge of their lives and become physically, mentally, and emotionally stronger, and I strive to lead by this example every day. When we tap into our potential, there's nothing we can't achieve! Powerful stuff, but of course all success comes from a trial process of trips, falls and leaps of faith and a dawning realisation of where our guests should be heading. So when did it all start coming right for todays guest? And was the business an instant success, or like so many the idea was good but the marketing failed bigtime? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jay Kali Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Jay Kali around subjects such as: How he has managed to develop a mindset that leads him to an "enough is enough" mentality. Business should be about supporting the lifestyle not the other way around. Why he once went seven months without a client and how he managed to keep going pushing through to where he wants to be. Why he doesn't feel like so many other veterans that he was hindered by the rules and regulations that working for Uncle Sam can sometimes bring. And lastly Jay shares how he spent many thousands of dollars looking for the right mentor until he found the right one. The improvement to his business was massive. 
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How To Think Rationally
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, was previously on the show back on episode 533 where we talked about learning to be unbreakable Now he is back with a new book, and to be honest most of the time people ask to come on the show I refuse, as its all "Yeah in chapter five I talk about......" Not what this show is about at all, but this new book by todays guest pricked my interest as it ties very much into the message behind Join Up Dots It's called Sequentiality, and it provides a simple, but highly prescription for personal development. By means of real life examples will find how to gain the right sequence of steps towards your dreamlife...or as we say "How to join up the dots" It has been proven through generations that have gone before us that it is better to let things naturally flow than to direct our focus with intention. So with chapters like Your steps should be logical, not random, Let organic growth determine your steps, and you can figure out what steps to take next lets he is a dotsmeister for sure. So why this subject in particular, and does he see patterns that occur time and time that have become more than obvious to him? Well lets find out as without further a do, lets start joining up those dots with the and only Mr. John Vespasian  Show Highlights John shares why it is important to build your assets through your life, network, financial, health. They dont have to be balanced to be highly effective. We discuss the life of Cassanova and discover how he spent years building up to the success he is now viewed as. True entrepreneurial spirit at its best. How we should not try to force things but let them flow naturally for maximum effect in our lives. And lastly…….. Why John writes his books upside down, and researches in a very different way to most authors in the world today. 
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Million Dollar Mindset
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, has a story of resilience, perseverance, psychology and some strategy (with very high risk). Back in 2007 he founded the Result Based Training gym at the age of 27. This was going to be a huge success as all new ventures are thought to be, but the truth was very different. He soon found himself sleeping on the floor in the upstairs office (with his dog) where the gym was located in South Melbourne because he could not afford to pay the rent. Things were not looking good, his venture was going under and he could either fight back or join the masses of entrepreneurs with a sob story to share with the world. He decided to fight and went on take one of the biggest risks of his business career. He needed an infrared sauna so started a Groupon campaign to sell vouchers to utilise the infrared sauna in his gym. The only problem with this was; he did not have the sauna, and didn’t have the money to buy the sauna or pay his next month of rent that was due on the building!   This risk was one of the most riskiest moves he will admit to, but it paid off!  Within 10 days, he sold 800 vouchers, generating the money he needed to buy the sauna and pay the month of rent that was almost due. Stating, “In that moment, I knew in order to survive, I had to commit to always think outside the square, to lead, not follow.” Fast forward to today, and Result Based Training is now a $10million dollar business, with over 90 staff members, and over 20 locations across Australia, with additional locations in the US. Put simply in his own words, “Find your passion, reverse engineer the shit out of it, and go get it!” Since then he has gone on to become the Founder of multiple successful business ventures and a foundation and quite simply looks like he is loving life. So with Gary Vee stating recently that entrepreneurship is found in the DNA, would he consider himself born to this life or just good at finding the doors when trapped? And with bigger and bolder actions and entrepreneurial ventures filling his days, does he ever look back on the floor with the dog and think "Actually life was so much simpler then?" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Travis Jones Show Highlights During the show we had deep hitting conversations around subjects such as: Travis reveals why it is so important to know your "Why" right at the beginning, because more often than not its not what you are going after for sure. Costing staff that can push you forward is one of the most valuable things you can do for your business Why even though you may feel that you want a life that is free and loose maybe the wrong thing and will hold you back from ever getting it. And lastly…….. Travis reveals the steps of reversing engineering, and why he doesn't set goals without a clearly defined route back to its source.
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High Ticket Sales
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an a man who connected with me to request to be on the show. And this request was very different from most pitches that come through to me that says "David, I should come on to your show as I created a business in my downstairs toilet, and within 30 minutes was making six figures per month!" No, No, No, that is not how it works, or at least not for the majority of the world, who decide that it is time to create their own income. Our guest nailed it when he told me "David, the first time I tried starting a business, I thought one juju priest from Africa placed a ‘curse’ on me. I failed at almost everything. I tried all the stuff the ‘gurus’ said I should. I blogged 7 times a day, promoted my blog post like crazy, I started a podcast, I created multiple infographics, I spent hours on social media,I wrote a book, I did cold email , I did influencer marketing, I did LinkedIn marketing, in fact, I did 1000’s of things. I did everything NOT to fail but I failed WOEFULLY! I learned something from my experience. Most of this self-acclaimed ‘gurus’ are ‘talkers’, they are not ‘doers’. What I did immediately was to stop taking advice from the ‘wrong’ people. Most so called ‘gurus’ don’t even take their own advice. So, I asked myself this question. ‘What makes the most important ‘thing’ in a business?’ I had to ask the right questions to get the solution to my ‘problem’. And that friends is how it works. You look for the 80/20 in your business, and then start solving others problems, and you are up and running. And that is what happened to our guest, and now he has a flourishing business called Clients Attraction where he shows the world 1: How To Package & launch High Ticket Program That Attracts Your Ideal clients 2: How To Consistently Attract & Close High Ticket Offers By Offering To Help People For Free, and..... 3: How To Build A Dynamic Marketing & Sales Funnel That Converts High Ticket Clients Consistently While Building Goodwill in your marketplace And it seems that the juju priest from Africa, is a vague and distant memory, and things are only going to get better. So did he ever think of stopping working on his business, and go back and get a job behind a desk somewhere? And if he could go back in time, would he create the same business, or do something different now he knows what he knows? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots. with the one and only Johnson Emmanuel
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Start Your Own Online Biz In 30 Days
On today's episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph officially launches a major masterclass "Start Your Own Online Biz In 30 Days" If you have been a listener of Join Up Dots over the last four years you will know of the struggle, persistence, failures and ultimate success that has gone into the show. From humble beginnings to a global hit, David Ralph has taken the online world by storm and now has a multiple six figure business. But it's not just the show that makes this all impressive, as unlike so many business experts who focus in just one area of business David, has not just one but three very ecletic businesses running simultaneously. He has an online business www.whats-at-florida-keys.com that brings in serious money each and every month on automatic pilot. One hundred percent passive income, which is in many ways the dream that so many people want. He also runs an offline business, which is a retail enterprise in the United Kingdom which once again has become a raging success.  But of course the business that he is best known for and has provided the bulk of his income each month, which is Join Up Dots. Now he is bringing the best of everything he has learnt over the last 15 years to you in the form of an amazing new online course, hosted live by himself  everyday. If you want to know how to gain more income in your life, then this is for you. Its certainly not an online course of recorded information that leaves it up to you to find your way through the doubts. This is a 30 day hosted live online course, where you can ask David Ralph anything you want in regards to online business building based around a fixed schedule of: Marketing Customer Definition Target Setting Sales Generation Sales Funnels Traffic Generation to name just a few Imagine being allowed direct access to your own successful business coach everyday. Nothing hidden. Nothing left behind. Just like you have your own business coach pushing you and encouraging you to success. Take control of your life and contact us now for an open and free discussion with the host of Join Up Dots, David Ralph Get An Interview For The 30 Day Business Mastery Course Here
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Becoming A Hero
Today's guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is a chap from the UK, founder of the ‘Hero Forge' project and is the author of a book by the same name. He delivers talks, workshops and training for how we can develop the virtues and attributes needed to become everyday heroes, and he does his best to walk his talk! But that is just the starting point and the dots have joined up in a very eclectic manner for sure. As he says "I ran away from a decent career in advertising in my 20s to join a circus in Malaysia. Performed as a trapeze artist, dancer and clown. Almost drowned during a failed underwater escape attempt! Survived a minor plane crash on my return to the UK. I have lectured to the magic circle and once got into a heated argument with Uri Geller - we made our peace and he bent a teaspoon as a gift which I still have in my kitchen! I have taught in UK schools (as an English teacher and pastoral leader) for almost 25 years while also working as a nightclub doorman in the evenings (quit the doors once I became a dad 6 years ago). I raised £3k last year to support provision of safe water in the 3rd world, by performing as many burpees as possible in 6 hours and then leading almost 100 11-18 year olds barefoot across hot coals! (Managed 1240 burpees - hampered somewhat by a dislocated finger - no kids were burned!). Lots of dots for sure, all linked to his desire to take action and make things happen. So can he spot an everyday hero before they ever do anything heroic? Are there traits that establish that a hero is being made in front of you? And with all these different things occurring does he get exhausted by the effort, or stimulated by the variety? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Andy Fisher. Show Highlights Andy discusses the reasons why so many people are rooted to the spot when seeing an issue or situation unable to jump in and help. We talk about why the world has given us so much opportunity to change our lives, but so many are unwilling to give it ago. Why Andy loves getting feedback from listeners and gains a lot from the understanding he gains from their insights. And lastly........ Andy shares a deeply personal reason he considers himself a hero, and ill be honest i agree with him wholeheartedly he is!
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How To Become A Star In Music
Todays guest joining on the show is a lady who i be honest I am a huge fan of her work. She is a singer, musician, songwriter, actress and has one the bubbliest characters it has been delight to come into contact with, whilst her album "Something I Couldn't Say" has been a constant in the Join Up dots headquarters for the last month or so. Now if you think that this is a story of a lady with talent and the world supporting her to achieve her aims then think again. This is  story of a talent shining brighter due to the knocks and obstacles she has been required to overcome. Whilst pursuing her recording and acting career, she lost most of her vision at age 23, through type 1 Diabetes, as a result of a common diabetic eating disorder (EDMT1) from her late teens. After going through laser treatment and many operations and rehabilitating herself after having lost everything (job, driving licence, independence), unstoppable and unperturbed by obstacles and negative attitudes, she continued pursuing her career. The experience simply made her more determined to follow her own path and become a success, and i have no doubt that her future is a very bright one indeed. So does she look back at her teenage decisions with a "What the hell was I doing" or "c'est la vie" it wont stop me getting what i want? And the big question....where is Waverley Bridge, and why does it sound so exotic to this humbler podcaster? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sarah Caltieri Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Sarah Caltieri such as: Sarah reveals how due to her eye issues the world has become in many ways more beautiful than before. A lovely way of thinking. Why she feels telling people that she had a rough time or a bad day is a cathartic thing to do, even though it surprises so many people that she does it. Why she feels strongly that her music and platform has to be accessible to all forms of life, no matter what their disabilities and lastly…. How it was so difficult to find the true authenticity in her voice due to her previous stage training....get more northern they cried and fortunately she listened.
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South America Travel
My guest today, on the confidence boosting Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who only recently appeared on the show, back on episode 675 And why is he back so quickly I hear you cry, when there are so many guests desperate to get on the show to start joining up dots. Well, during the recording it was obvious to me that there were so many stories needing to be told, which we just didn't get near to discovering and will be so useful for all of us, as we learn to trust ourselves and go for the gold in our lives. Well, after an unfulfilling first semester of college that resulted in major stress, anxiety and unhappiness, he knew that he needed to make a change. Although doing well academically, he had no passion for what he was doing. He realized that going to school and getting a degree might not be the right path for him - at least at that point in my life. So he decided to take a chance, leaving school behind to follow his heart and explore other ways of life. With just a backpack and on a shoe-string budget, he spent 4 months traveling through Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica without a phone, yearning to disconnect from the widespread dominance of social media. From living in the jungle and teaching English to poverty stricken kids, to meeting inspirational people from around the world, his quest took him to remote and exotic destinations throughout Central America. And now with an amazing book Off The Beaten Trail doing well, and his speaking career taking off it quite simply seems to me that this is a man that we need to keep our eye on. Which is why, we have him back on the show already. So when he decided to go down to South America, what was he hoping to achieve? Disconnection or actual connection with his real self. And was there anytime when he felt that he had bitten off more than he could hope to chew, but still managed to overcome? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jake Heilbrunn Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jake Heilbrunn such as: Why Jake knew that he needed to maintain a lifestyle that would protect his balance of $4,000 travel funds, so found a way of volunteering to gain food and board Why the power of story telling was so important to Jake through his travels, and why he feels that people should embrace this age old tradition more than they do today. and lastly…. Why the world is full of amazing people, who come into your life just when you need them most and will help you out when times are tough. So dont be worried about what could happen. You have support everywhere.
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Starting Your Own Business
Today’s guest joining us on the show, is a man who first connected with Join Up Dots looking for some help. He was trapped on the corporate merry go round and couldn't see the next step to the future that he wanted. But as we see on Join Up Dots everyday, the actual truth is he didnt need to look forward as much as looking backwards. All of us have got to a point in our life where we have had a lifetime of experiences. We had daily epiphanies and  lightbulb moments that we either jump all over, or push to the back of our minds and think "Nah, not for me....I dont know how to do it" Well today as you will hear on the show, Benjamin was in that very same position. He was working for the man, delivering huge results but gaining very little for himself. As they say he was busy building someone else's dream and leaving himself with very little time or energy to change things for the better for him and his family. However he has done this and created Sales Compass Coaching from his home in Orlando Florida Ahe he says "My goal is to help those that seek coaching and consultation cut through the noise and chatter and begin a real, one-on-one journey with us that will lead them to the quickest path to greater sales and profit attainment.  I have over 20 years experience coaching and consulting on the behaviors that drive increasing revenues with just about every vertical market.  I've worked with thousands of salespeople, sales managers, business owners, franchisees, and franchisors - all with the same common goal - to increase their effectiveness in new client acquisition and creating greater revenue and profit." Does this inspire you to do the same? Are you ready to take the skills you have built up and make it in a life changing business? If you are we are ready to help you. Send us a voice message and lets get the ball rolling for a bright new future.
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How To Start A Team On A Tiny Budget
Deepak Shukla Started An Digital Agency Team On Almost No Money. He Shows You How In Todays Entrepreneur Podcast Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots is a man who i suppose its fair to say has had three lives leading him to this point. Starting his life in a rough school, where nobody expected him to do well and gain entry to University (although it was quite obvious that he was gifted) he achieved his aim. And this to me really places huge credit to a man, who when someone says he cant do something seems to want to prove to the world that they are wrong (not least to those inner demons that hold us all in our place). Stints followed travelling the world, ironman competitions, Tedx talks, making documentaries about the homeless and the list goes on But of course a career needs focus and and as he says " After Uni, I went on to work at MEC – 1 of the world’s leading marketing agencies. I was fortunate enough to be 1 of only 6 hires out of 500+ graduates! I then went on to work at Deloitte as a tax consultant, but decided to leave during the height of the recession to pursue my own business ventures, and dedicate more time to producing music. 150 rap songs later, having left my 2 studios and ‘movement’ that was known as ‘Deep Impakt Recordings’ behind. I launched my first funded startup ‘Meet My Tutor’ in (an online marketplace connecting students to tutors) in 2010 with £75k, followed by ‘The CV Guy’ in October 2014 and ultimately Pearl Lemon in 2016.  And that is where he today running Pearl Lemon from home, local coffee shops and pretty much anywhere in the world (providing there’s an internet connection). Pearl Lemon is made up of an amazing team of SEO experts,social people and writers – together, they GROW their client’s businesses and have fun whilst doing so.  And as he says "When I’m not working, I’m typically training or watching an action or horror movie lol." Sounds like a pretty good life to have for sure. So is Pearl Lemon the thing that he has been looking for, or just another step towards where he wants to be? And can you do these things on your own, or does it really need a team to start cooking on gas? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Deepak Shukla
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Ghostwriting For Blogs
Today's guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is from the Wisconsin Area of the United States and is a man who loves the written word. He is the founder of the Ghost writers for blogs company, called Ghost Blog Writers funnily enough As he says "In 2010, I founded Ghost Blog Writers. We provide blogging services for businesses. We focus strictly on blogging. Rather than spreading ourselves thin by focusing on all content we focus on being the best blog writing service provider. It's our passion. It's out expertise. We also believe in long-term blogging strategies. The best results, in our experience, come from two things. First, a consistent schedule. You're not going to find success with blogging with a post once in awhile. There needs to be regular blogging over the long-term. Second, answering questions the target customer is asking. It's really that simple. When you help your target customer by answering questions they have in relation to your industry you earn their trust and people like doing business with people they trust. So starting this business as a side hustle whilst still working as a manager for Mason Companies, in Chippewa Falls did he know that it would turn out as a full time gig, with an ever increasing team of employees? And if he could go back in time are there things that he looks back at with a "what the hell was i thinking?" type slap of the head? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Dayne Shuda. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Dayne such as How your best work comes along rarely but that shouldn't make a difference. Still press "Publish" and get it out there. Dayne recalls the process of setting his first price point, and wondered if her should have gone more when the client said "Yep" straight away.  And lastly........ We discussed whether it is truly possible to hit rock bottom of whether it is all in our minds?
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How To Travel The World On A Budget
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who quite simply is astonishing. Why do I feel that? Well at the age of twenty years old he is already on his way to defining his life, whilst the rest of the world are scrabbling around screaming "I don't know what I want to do...show me someone, show me!!" He is a youth speaker, author of the book "Off The Beaten Trail" and driven to show the world how everything can start if you are willing to ask a simple question. As he says "My extraordinary adventure began with one simple question: What if the biggest risk is not taking any risk at all? After an fulfilling first semester of college that resulted in major stress, anxiety and unhappiness, I knew that I needed to make a change. Although doing well academically, I had no passion for what I was doing. I realized that going to school and getting a degree might not be the right path for me - at least at this point in my life. I decided to take a chance, leaving school behind to follow my heart and explore other ways of life. With just a backpack and on a shoe-string budget, I spent 4 months travelling through Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica without a phone, yearning to disconnect from the widespread dominance of social media. From living in the jungle and teaching English to poverty stricken kids, to meeting inspirational people from around the world, my quest took me to remote and exotic destinations throughout Central America." And now he is joining up his dots on today's show. So why did he feel so unfulfilled at an age, when I certainly didn't have the awareness of knowing whether i was unfilled or not? And looking back on his journey through South America, does he see it know as riskier than was needed, or actually a stroll through the countryside? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jake Heilbrunn Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jake Heilbrunn such as: Jake tells a story of how he was breaking out in hives every morning, until finally realising that stress and anxiety was the cause of the issue and what he had to do to deal with it. How going for your big dreams is never an easy option as you have to untangle yourself from so many factors that surround you everyday of your life. People, parents and finances all try to keep you in one place. Why social media is such a double edged sword, hugely entertaining but also deeply depressing due to the constant comparison we are allowed by glimpsing in other peoples lives. and lastly…. Why he loves getting up in front of youngsters across America, inspiring them to take risks and challenging the personal status quo. You don't have to live the lives that others have planned for you.
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Freedom Or Money
In todays episode David Ralph, discusses if freedom is worth more than money after he received a message from a listener in Columbia. "Hi David, big love to Join Up Dots. Do you think, I need time to build my business or money. Ok, to lose money if it comes back to me. Thank you Mateo Hernandez Columbia" You see when you start out on business its really hard to get things done. You are expected to be at work at a fixed time You want to be home as soon as you can to either, lay on the sofa relaxing or spending time with your partner and children. It's difficult for sure. So how can you get the freetime to do things that need to be done to grow your fledgling business? Well one of the things that you can do for sure, is look at how much money you are frittering away each month, as you may not have to work as much as you do. It is amazing how much money can be clawed back by making some decisions as to your lifestyle, and spending habits. Imagine you lived on an island, where the food was plentiful, you could build your own shelter and living accommodation? How much money do you think that you would need on a daily basis? I would suggest hardly anything at all......so why do we spend so much on needless subscriptions, cups of starbuck coffee each day, and gym memberships that we never use. It is astonishing how much we allow to slip through our fingers without knowing it. Which leads you to be able to make bold decisions as to your future. Could you ask your boss to go down to four days per week, instead of five? Could you ask to work from home one day per week? Could you leave your job and instead find a lower paid job, that allows you the free time to build your side hustle? Because one thing for sure, you need to make decisions that alter your current situation if you want to make a new one. You can not expect to live the same life until your new life comes along that is for sure. So let us know, if you are in the process of making bold decisions how are you doing it? Have you decreased expenditure, or perhaps you have simply accepted a decrease in income until things turn around for you. Thanks for listening and hope to hear from you personally on the voice mail messenger.
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How To Scale A Business
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is a chap who knows how to scale a business.   From the UK, but running away from sheep, sheep and more sheep. Yes, he is originally from New Zealand but now calls the home of warm beer, ultimate football failure, and Ant & Dec his home. He is a Business Scaling Strategist and accomplished leader with SME, mid-sized and FTSE 250 company experience. His career track record is dominated by leading and scaling 7, 8 & 9-figure rapid growth companies. His roles have included CEO of a 25 million enterprise providing services to central and local government and MD of a 240 million business unit responsible for leading a team of over 1000 people operating in 135 sites in 23 cities. One of his greatest successes included being part of leadership team that grew a real estate business 2000%, from SME to FTSE 250 company, in 8 years. These days you will find him on “Summit SCALE™: The Seven to Eight-Figure Business Growth Model” a blended learning program that equips seven-figure entrepreneurs with an eight-figure scale model to speed the growth of their business, ultimately for control and choice over exit. His work has spanned different industries including, among others, healthcare, energy, arts & entertainment, government services, professional services, real estate, housing, and manufacturing. So how long did he hold back from saying onto the world “Hey guys you are already doing really well……im the guy to make it go really well” And did he always want to be an entrepreneur, or did circumstances more than desire lead to him making the leap? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Shane Spiers Show Highlights Shane talks openly about his dislike and struggle to find new clients and the cold calling which is 96% of businesses ever make it to a million and beyond and the reasons that keep then from breaking through that ceiling. Why as a leader you have to set the structure of the business as quickly as possible to stand any chance of making it a success. Why 90 day goal setting is such a big part of Shanes business, and he reasons that it should be part of yours too. And lastly…….. How Shane pushed past through the “holding back mindset” that can derail dreams and future ventures like a pro
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Seven Deadly Sins
Up For A Conversation On Lust, Pride, Drug Use & Weird Weekends? Today's guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is a chap from the UK who last appeared on the show back on episode 128 He is a man who has built his life around the use of stories, and weaving them into amazing effective ways that can help us all unlock the doors and remove the obstacles that we find in front of us time and time again. Doors to a life that is as much play as work, and as much work as play. Being in the music and film industry for over 18 years ,he has developed an approach that works well for creative types across the globe who flock to his warehouse in Seven Kings London. Its an unusual approach which for many might seem a bit strange….in fact after reading his personal website, he seems to thrive by being, well, slightly out of the mainstream shall we say! As it says "…to what is possibly the only website in the world actually designed to put people off.  A dubious claim to fame, but my point being if you read through it and go – hmmm… this is a bit unusual, weird even – then I’m probably not the person for you.  If you read through it and go – cool… this is a bit unusual, weird even – then we should talk." He goes onto say “People ask me what I do and I always hesitate – I was a psychotherapist for 13 years, then I tried calling myself a coach, I’ve been to India and trained in Tantra but that doesn’t quite qualify me to call myself a Guru and I’ve been buried alive and fasted in the wilderness for days on end but that doesn’t quite make me a Shaman… and Psycho-therapeutic Shamanic Coaching Guru is a real mouthful” So lets find out what he calls himself today, and how has he changed since the last time he was on join up dots? As we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jerry Hyde Show Highlights Jerry shares his belief that for every book he writes, it is always the book that he needs to We talk about the consequence of shame in business and life today, and why this has become such an issue. Jerry talks about some seriously out there weekends that he experienced, and why he felt they were at the edge of his level of exploration. The Seven Deadly Sins we discover are not in the Bible at all, so why do we obey them, and where did they appear from? And lastly........ Jerry shares what he has been up to for the last few years since last appearing on Join Up Dots which was a real eye opener.
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How To Start A Photography Business
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lifestyle portrait photographer and image content creator who works with high-level entrepreneurs and thought leaders of various industries to produce high-quality, highly-captionable images that present informational, entertaining and inspiring aspects of their brand to their followers. More than just a photographer, our guest sets his clients up for success beyond the portrait session by coaching them on how to best leverage their image content for their websites, social channels, blogs, publications, advertisements and various other needs. But you can certainly see a path that has joined the dots amazingly well, as after leaving New York-Hunter College with a BA in Media Studies, he freelanced as a Production assistant for HBO, whilst continuing his studies to gain an MFA in Television Production And then for over 17 years worked as a television producer, and as a portrait photographer expert on several NBC Universal daytime talk and reality shows. So the dots lined up for him to go out alone and create his own production company, which he did in 2014, as he says “While my business began as a full-service photo/video studio, drawing upon my 16 years of video production experience, I now focus solely on serving thought leaders and entrepreneurs by providing them versatile, high-volume, high-production value image content that can be used for all of their content needs. There’s a lot more to my sessions that simply taking pictures; before, during and after each session, I help direct my clients so that they can maximise value from our session. I help them identify their content needs, determine the types of images we must capture to fill those needs, and then execute the game plan.. Its nice to live the dream daily” So was this a passion he persused through education and career, or like so many of us, just started to doing something until the passion was found? And what is teh hardest part of building his business, the sales and lead generation, or acually the content production? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only John DeMato. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with John DeMato such as: How John recalls how he got to the point in his life where he found that his internal compass was pointing in the wrong direction, and the steps he took to getting it where he wanted to point. How John manages to draw out the real character and personality in a photo, and why he feels it so important to do that thing. Why John can now see that through his business clarity comes confidence, and with confidence comes value. Its a real circle of development that you have to go through. and lastly…. We find out why John talks about his life as being within the matrix and outside the matrix and why he would never go back to where he was.
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Health Benefits For Entrepreneurs
In today’s episode David Ralph, answers a question received from a listener of the show in Houston Texas who is concerned about his health care issues. He wants to become an entrepreneur and create his own business, but is also concerned about what might happen if either him or his children become ill. But let’s start with following up to a review that we received from a listener in Ireland who inspired by an episode of Join Up Dots let us know what they were planning to do after hearing one of our guest experts. CLC July 13, 2018 by CillianLally from Ireland Found this podcast a few weeks ago. Since started the ball rolling for my wife and I to start a drop shipping business. Clear, informative and light hearted. No long business monologues. Sent it to several friends since? So we read this out on the show and then received a follow up message show below “Hi David, I was blown away by the shout out on yesterday’s podcast. I would love to be a guest eventually, it would be great to give back to something I have taken so much from. So an update as to where we are with the drop shipping business. I listened to the podcast a few weeks ago and I came home and said to my wife that this is what we are doing. So we are studying an online digital marketing course to ensure we can sell the product, I have taken a second job to give us the extra starter money and we have been taking webinars and researching all about Shopify. Our goal is to be up and running by late September/October time. If you like I can give you another update then and maybe if it works after a few weeks or whatever suits then I’d be delighted to talk my way through it? Oh and Cillian is pronounced with a K 😂 Thanks again for everything, let me know your thoughts if you have a better plan. Yours sincerely, Cillian” So as you will hear on the show, we have now added Cillian to the Join Up Dots guest list and look forward to sharing his story with the world when he becomes a huge success. So in answer to Chris’s comment, yes there are options as to health insurance and health care for those starting their own business but you need to listen to the show to find out. We dont want to make things too easy for you do we 🙂 Thank you so much for listening to the show David
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How To Build A Community
Today's guest joining us on the show, is a man with his finger on the pulse. There is a truth in business, especially online businesses that it's all about community. Build a community around you and you build flag-bearers, supporters and a captive audience of loyal customers ready to buy and help your business grow. But how do you get to the point of knowing how this all works, and most importantly being able to teach others? Well, he started off his career in the travel industry, at a young age, he worked his way into management and gained experience in leadership and understanding what motivated a team. Within the role, he developed an understanding of the importance of transcultural leadership and the impact this has on a business through innovation and motivation. Which lead him to where he is today. As our guest says "Throughout my career, I have understood that a community culture is needed to help power increased innovation and productivity in a workplace. From my practical research to working with different companies, I developed my consultancy in this field and have presented practical workshops that give leaders the inside knowledge on making this community-based culture work within a business. The development of my understanding led me to write a book on the subject. Titled “How to Build a Community in your Business,” So for our listeners building their own businesses, what is the quickest, but strongest way of gaining that community. And are there common mistakes that he sees being made time and time again, even by people and companies that should know better? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with Robert Mitton. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Robert Mitton such as: Why the United Kingdom are so poor at creating a community spirit in their towns and cities unlike other countries who seem to do it naturally Robert explains how there are four key elements of building a community that makes a game changing community. Why it is so important to encourage ownership within a community and get people to do their own thing to really make a community grow. and lastly............. Robert shares the steps that he took to get his business off the ground, and the number one bug bear of his.....that can stop all companies from ever reaching their true potential.
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DJ Lessons
Today's guest on Join Up Dots is a professional DJ, music producer, entrepreneur, and thought leader based in Los Angeles. A student of music since learning the saxophone at a very young age, his musical knowledge spans numerous decades and crosses multiple genres. Initially, he put his musical career on pause to pursue a traditional career path in corporate America. After moving to various cities and working his way up the corporate ladder in the hotel industry, he decided to pursue his dream in becoming of DJ. In June 2013, he graduated from the internationally renowned Scratch Academy DJ school. This intense year-long program (which is the equivalent to DJ College) has elevated the skill set of our guest in an immense way. This allowed him to create his premium DJ agency, The Amani Experience. He then returned to Scratch Academy in 2015 and completed their Music Production program. In the past three years, he and his team have produced remixes for artists such as Kehlani, Little Big Town, Niia and Camila Cabello and other artists that a middle aged man like me has never heard off. But what this guy is showing is hustle, commitment, the desire to become the best, and put himself first. So when did he realise that putting his dreams on hold was not just a bad idea for him, but actually the world that want his talents. And when did the hard part of growing his business become the fun and the excitement fuelled his passion everyday?  Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Amani Roberts. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Amani Roberts such as: Amani shares how he had to change his mindset and start believing that being a DJ is proper job Why it is so important to diversify your income streams when you are getting going in business. Amani shares how his family thought he was going mad, and tried their hardest to convince him to stay and do what he was doing. and lastly…. We discuss being humble, losing the ego and accepting when your A game is quite simply not up to scratch, forcing you to work harder on your craft.
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Misfit, Author & Coach
Its true to say that on a podcast like the top rated business podcast Join Up Doys, I have so many guests who have interesting back stories, but not many that start with “Before I was seven years old I had lived in a house truck, on a commune, in France, in New Zealand, in Ireland, and several homes in England. I had been bathed in a sink, had a pet goose called Lucy, and I think it would be fair to say that my parents gifted me with a curiosity for the world.” So upon hearing this I knew that I had to invite this lady onto the show, but wow what part of her career history do I tell you about in the introduction because without a doubt as she says “Life has been a bit of rollercoaster!” Starting her career after gaining a BA in Theatre Practice and Scenic Art from the Central School of Speech and Drama, she went on to have a successful and (eventually) well paid career as a Freelance TV & Film Production Buyer, Stylist, and Project / Event Manager. She worked hard and played harder. She had motivation by the bucket load. However her energies could only last so long and she would suffer from burn out at the end of every job. She had money, and so she would take herself off to Thailand and engulf herself in fasting and raw food, or go off to Egypt for a yoga retreat. Recharge the batteries to blaze even brighter in the entrepreneurial world. And this was certainly the case, as upon returning she started one of the forerunners in the VA sphere and early adapters to Location Independent Business. As she says “It was a wonderfully brave and stupid thing to do. I was homeless and sofa surfing, massively in debt and knew nothing about running a business. Which meant I had nothing to lose and gave it everything I had. Bootstrapping a business when you are desperate and resourceful can be a wonderful thing, and I was given opportunities to learn from many wildly inspirational Entrepreneurs, Businesses, and Private Clients.” But of course this was just the beginning of everything that would lead her through some seriously dark moments, even contemplating suicide. Her life was a roller coaster of working till she collapsed and then ‘retreating’ around the world. And so the time came when she had her first pangs of “Is this it?!” She wasn’t satisfied, there was a huge void in her life, she felt empty and in the midst of the impending recession she set up My Girl Friday Ltd, providing Freelance Personal and Virtual Assistance to Creative Businesses & Private Individuals in the UK and across the globe. And that is where we will start today’s episode as now life is very different, but how has she made it the life that she wanted? How did she take the entrepreneurial venture, and willingness to put the effort into a new business, but structure it that it didn’t bring her to her knees too? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only misfit entrepreneur herself Ebonie Allard.
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How To Test A Business Idea
Todays Show Responds To A Problem That Most People Have -How To Test A Business Idea In todays episode David Ralph, answers a couple questions from listeners across the world who are struggling with finding the thing that they love in life. But lets start with a review from a listener in Ireland who inspired by an episode of Join Up Dots let us know what they are  CLC    July 13, 2018 by CillianLally from Ireland Found this podcast a few weeks ago. Since started the ball rolling for my wife and I to start a drop shipping business. Clear, informative and light hearted. No long business monologues. Sent it to several friends since. ? Now for a question or a couple of question posed by listeners of the show, which we love to answer on the show as you will hear. Dear David, I've been listening to your show for the last two years and love it. I would love to go out and do my own thing, but I just can't for the life of me think of what I like. I have been in a series of deadened jobs for the last ten years, and my inspiration is at an all time low. No matter how hard I rack my brains i come up blank...any ideas? - Jennifer Shower, St Louis. Mr Ralph, i hope you can find the time to answer this question. I have an idea for a business, which i have run past my friends and they think is great. However I am not sure that they are the best audience for me. How can you test this idea to see if it has value before starting work on it. I know you are going to say "you need to know the idea" but I am unwilling to share on the podcast" Thanks so much for the show, Eric Adler, Canada So what would you suggest for Jennifer or Eric? Do you have different advice than we have presented on the show? If you do then leave a voice message on the right hand side of the page and we will share with the world. Thank you so much for listening to the show David
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How To Get A Career In Music
What i love about being the host of Join Up Dots is the ability to share endeavour, hustle and commitment by people from all walks of life. Today's guest is just that, who connected with me as a listener of Join Up Dots and upon a back and forth on email i saw enough entrepreneurial spirit to think "Right he's coming on the show" So what can i tell you about him, well he was previously bassist / co-manager for a successful British heavy metal band Panic Cell, a period of time which saw him sharing stages worldwide with some of the biggest names in the business. He has worked behind the scenes in the music industry for over thirteen years. As he says "After leaving Panic Cell in 2011 I formed Stampede Press in July 2012. Notable clients to date include Terrorvision, Richie Ramone, Courtesans, BlackWolf, and more. I originally set it up to be a PR agency, my experience playing in bands (whilst co-managing music business matters) has led to me passing on crucial knowledge to Stampede's clients, whilst mentoring musicians with support, elements of artist management, and regular consultation. My goal is to help musicians avoid common pitfalls that bands can fall into in the music business, and maintain a grounded yet positive approach to their music career whilst having a happy mental health mindset and enjoy playing music as much as they can. So is this the kind of business that many people can start, or do you need to have been within the cogs of metallic industry to really make things work? And how does he find his clients, word of mouth, or knock, knock, knocking on artists doors? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Rob Town   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rob Town such as: Why it is so important to find positive people to surround yourself throughout all stages of your career. Why in a band you have to be focused on writing killer songs...if you have the songs you have the career. Why it every member of your family should be your biggest critic and supporter to help you raise your game every time you start creating. and lastly…. You will learn the biggest mistake that musicians make today when starting their musical career, and its actually the easiest to solve.  
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Sales & Marketing
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is a Marketing Fellow at HubSpot and former Head of Growth at HubSpot Labs, the somewhat-secret experimental arm of the world’s #1 Sales & Marketing platform. He teaches Advanced Digital Marketing at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education, and is the co-author of the book “How To Sell Better Than Amazon.” He also speaks across the country and around the world about startups, business and marketing. His fresh ideas on entrepreneurship, start ups, marketing, Artificial Intelligence, and eCommerce are what the world is looking for as the clammer to create our own futures and live a life of relative freedom takes hold. But where did it all start for our guest today? Was it a linear path to where he now stands on the stages of the world revealing the strategies to scale businesses like a huge company even if you are a solopreneur, or small business? And what holds people back from true success, not building a team or building the wrong team around their business? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Sam Mallikarjunan Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mallikarjunan such as: Sam shares how he stumbled across the last remaining Blockbuster in Alaska, who are thriving due to a focus on human interaction. How quickly can you validate your concept in the marketing. Why we should all try to work out what is the real job to be done in a business. and lastly…. Sam shares how he went through a series of ups and downs, similar to most guests on the show, which has lead him to the confidence he now shows today.
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Can A Strange Business Be The Great Business?
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a lady who claimed fame in a very unusual way. But most excitingly for a show like Join Up Dots she hasn’t set her stall out to allow that initial success to define her but has gone on for bigger and bolder things. As the creator of the Purse Process in 2013 her new adventures started in earnest when she started the process of being a bit nosy in ladies handbags. And digging around to share how the secrets of the stuff that a lady carries around with them in their bag actually defines them. Yes as her professional bio states “You see, I’m trained in ANTHROPOLOGY and ARCHEOLOGY, but I don’t much like digging in the dirt. You may have noticed everything about me has a distinctly FEMININE flair. I’m a girly girl from way back. In fact, when I was three years old I had a complete meltdown simply because my mom came home with white panties for me instead of pink. So as you might imagine, the working conditions of an archeologist doesn’t exactly suit a girl like me, so I had to get creative about how I’d apply the vast amount of knowledge I spent several years, countless hours, and paid beaucoup bucks to acquire. Which is amazing to me to see applied in action. The creativity to bring to the world something interesting, unique and career defining. And it certainly was the case, leading to media performances, TedX talks, and a myriad of opportunities as the world started taking an interest in their day to day luggage. And now our guest is tackling even bigger things, leaving behind the success that started off her career in such a spectacular way. So todays discussion could start anywhere, and go anywhere which makes it so exiting to me. But if she knew she was so girly throughout her life, why did she enter into the world of Indiana Jones, Jurrasic Park and digging around in the dirt? And does she see that experience is just gained purely to be able to shape your own reality and creative an authentic life of their own? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur Danielle Watson..
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Motivation
In todays episode of Join Up Dots we look at Motivation and how to keep it, after a recent listener asked "David how do you keep motivated? I have many business failures which i started and then stopped. I just lose the motivation to keep going. Do you have any tips. Well here is what we consider are the best ways to keep yourself motivated, when the motivation is starting to depart. 1: Remind yourself of your goals. Usually before devoting time to any specific endeavor, we tend to make short- and long-term goals. Remember to keep your goals realistic, that way you wont be disheartened if you don't reach them. That doesn't mean you can't push and challenge yourself though, if you don't challenge yourself, then it's not really a goal. If you start to lose sight of your goals, then you may be less motivated than if you were always checking to see how much closer you are getting throughout the whole process. Keeping track of your goals and checking your progress can help keep you motivated day in and day out. 2: Make weekly checkpoints to track your progress. Everyone needs to see how they are keeping up with their goals if they want to stay motivated. If you see that you are on track or even excelling every time you check your progress, you will be motivated and happy that you are getting there. If you see that you are lagging on your goals, it may be the kick start you need to help get you back on track. 3: Make sure to reward yourself every time you achieve your weekly goals. This could be as simple as a bowl of ice cream after a long, hard week of working out or as rewarding as a trip to the spa for all your hard work. Whatever rewards will keep you going are the ones you should be giving yourself. 4: Give yourself breaks. Sometimes even the most determined people get overwhelmed. You may be burning yourself out, and a much-needed break might be just what you need. If it is a fitness goal, maybe take a three- or four-day rest instead of your normal one- or two-day rest. If it is at school, don't try to do all your work in one sitting, but stretch it out over the course of the day or week, if possible. 5: Don't be too hard on yourself. Everyone falls short sometimes. If you fail to meet your goals for the week, take it as a lesson. Try to complete your next target before time, so that you can use the saved time to complete the pending work. This way you stay right on schedule even if you have taken a hit. It's not always about how hard you hit, but how well you can take a hard hit and keep moving on. Don't dwell on failure; just accept it as a human occurrence, and continue working towards your goals. 6:Watch and read motivational stories or speeches. Everyone deserves a great pep talk every once in a while. Stay elevated by watching YouTube videos of inspirational moments so you can suddenly feel a new sense of motivation to keep striving. Here are just a few example of easily-found inspirational media: Mary Schmich's famous "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" speech. Almost any Hollywood sports movie. Much rap music - "rags to riches" is a common lyrical theme. Historical stories of bravery or courage (see: Jack Churchill, Audie Murphy, etc.)
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Software Development
Software Development Expert Ajay Goel Shares His Story To Success In Google Chrome My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is the classic side hustle entrepreneur, that grew his work into something life changing for him. He started Wordzen. which is a chrome extension and allows busy entrepreneurs to talk into a microphone and have their emails changed into error free, grammatically correct messages. Not as you would think buy some transcription bot, but by actual people who listen and bring the human element into the approach As he says “Reduce the time you spend on email by 90%. Have emails professionally written while you’re lying on your couch, playing with your kids, or walking in the park. Its not transcription, we don’t just type the words you dictate. We listen to what you’re saying, and then write a professional email to match your intent, tone, and the context of the email thread.” So it actually started as a side project, but now 3 years later, it brings in $1 million in recurring revenue. Which lead him, to develop what would become GMass! This was born out of the frustration. While recruiting writers for his other Gmail product, Wordzen, he was disheartened by how difficult it was to communicate with all of his writer prospects at once. He simply needed to inform the five candidates that the position was of the 1099 and not W2 variety, but to his dismay, he had to find each conversation with each editor, hit Reply, and type a personalized message. Boom another business was born So is it as simple as find a frustration and then bring it to market? Or does it take a lot more to build a business that works? And where does he see most side hustle going wrong. Staying in the development phase or something else? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only AJ Goel Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ajay Goel such as: Ajay shares how he forced himself to learn as much of the process of chrome development as possible for three key reasons, which perhaps has held him back a little. Why he loves the Buddhist expression “The meaning of your life is whatever you are doing right now” We talk about how difficult it is to keep up to date with the latest developments in software and why this shouldnt frighten anyone tacking a new software role. and lastly…. Ajay reveals how amazing it is to see every generation have the same fear that technology is going to end everything good as they know it. A fear that is proved wrong time and time again.
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Life Skills
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who seems to have had three lives. One pre internet, and then two afterwards. When he was first booked on the show back in 2015, it was whilst he was high and flying with Unstuckable Now he has pivoted and is on a mission to help the world embrace the life of entrepreneurial ventures As he says “I’m on a mission to prepare people for the future of work. Work is fundamentally changing as we know it (and faster than most people think!) I’m sounding the alarm to warn people how to prepare for it. I’ve worked for myself for the past 17 years. I believe self-employment is the future of work. I believe it can be for everyone and not just a select few. You know what I’ve discovered is the most effective method for teaching people about business? Teach them first about the Life Skills That Matter before teaching hard business skills. I used to be chronically anxious and stressed out about work because it wasn’t satisfying, it wasn’t meaningful, it wasn’t making me financially independent, it controlled too much of my time and it prevented me from living the lifestyle I wanted to live. Sound familiar? Then I designed my lifestyle to work on my terms. Today I’m happily unemployable. So if you want to work for yourself, you need to learn about yourself first. You need to understand how to manage yourself. After all, you are the first resource of your business! So how long did it truly take him to embrace the entrepreneurial journey and 100% decide it was for him? And when did he come to realisation that it could in fact be for everyone, not just the chosen few? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Stephen Warley Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Stephen Warley such as: Why we should all pay more attention to the hours where our energies are at their highest to bring into the world our greatest work. Stephen says we shouldn’t keep asking permission for our lives, from employees, teachers, parents. Its our life we should all take control. Why so many people fail to look back at their younger selves to find the real clues as to how to design their lives going forward. and lastly…. How he used to be someone who couldn’t ever imagine would be able to work for himself…..and wow hasn’t he showed the world that he was wrong.
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Recruitment
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who was first introduce to me by a previous guest and friend of the show Tayo Rockson “Hi David”….he said “I had him on my show and he had such great pieces of advice to give. I am certain he would make a great addition to your show.” Well, how could i refuse such a connection, so lets give you some background on who we are going to be speaking to today. He is the founder of the Wintrip Consulting Group, a global consultancy in St. Petersburg, Florida where his mission is to eliminate hiring delays, so companies always have the talent they need instead of empty seats. During the past three decades, he has helped thousands of organizations like Bank of America, Boeing, Procter & Gamble, Randstad, and the Red Cross as well as small and mid-market companies, such as Aquent, Kohl’s, MAKO Surgical, and Valpak to make the right decisions. And this expertise has now been put into print, and is now flying off the shelves with his latest book “High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant,” being published by McGraw-Hill and through Amazon If that isn’t impressive enough then, for five years in a row, he has been named in the “Staffing 100” as one of the world’s 100 most influential staffing leaders, also making Recruiter Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40,” as one of the most influential executives under 40 years old. So when did he realise that getting bottoms on seats was a skill that he possessed and could build a business around? And what is the biggest mistake that people make when getting the talent that their companies deserve? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Scott Wintrip Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Scott such as: Scott shares his advice of how he makes the right decisions in his life, and if not what he does to then quickly make them the right decisions. Why Scott feels that he did his most remarkable work of his career whilst going through a heavy divorce with his wife. Why Scott feels that anyone who is getting into recruitment should get their recruitment education. Go work for a consultancy before ever going it alone. and lastly…. Scott shares his views on the only person that you can believe in life – yourself. Be aware if you catch yourself lying to yourself, as it can undermine everything that is possible.
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Life Design Diaries
Every once in a while someone comes along that you feel a strong connection to. It could be their spirit, their love for life, or the hustle they are putting into everyday they are on this earth. One such person is an English guy called Ross Menghini, you can hear him here when he was previously interviewed on Join Up Dots. This time however it is Ross who is grilling the host of Join Up Dots David Ralph on what it has taken to create the top show you are listening to today. They talk about a wide range of subjects that have taken them both by surprise when they started their entrepreneurial lives. From the hardship, the dark times, the financial struggles and the big successes. Ross does a great job on this show, and so it was a delight to be able to share the Life Design Diaries meets Join Up Dots in today’s episode. However to give you a flavour of this amazing guy, allow us to show you his backstory, so you will spend as much time as you can following Ross and his lovely wife Lucy’s adventures everyday. “In January 2018 we traded our beloved Manchester apartment, life, jobs, wardrobes and friends for 2 backpacks, 2 macs and 2 one way tickets out of the UK. Why? Not to find ourselves, not to run away from anything bad, & not be to be on the road living in hostels. More of a, why not! Neither of us are graduates, we both went into full time, very serious careers straight from school, so after getting married in June 2017, and falling head over heels whilst honeymooning in Bali, the idea of living and working from around the world started to develop. ​Our website and social accounts are both a chance for us to personally document, learn and share experiences from our journey. We are by no means experts, we have crafted a life which is right for us, we believe there is no right or wrong way to any of this… this is just ‘our’ way. Come join!” So without further ado let’s start joining up dots with the one and only Mr David Ralph, interviewed by Ross Menghini Show Highlights During the show Ross and David discuss such weighty topics such as: How even after a decade of publication Tim Ferris’s The Four Hour Work Week is still setting the inspirational spark in people across the world. David shares the moment when his life changed forever and he knew that he could never go back to working for someone again. Why it is so important to lose the ego and change the mindset when you want to start your own business. You can’t assume that you are the man right from the start. and lastly…. Why the 80/20 principle could potentially be the greatest gift that anyone can use when creating their own business, although most people ignore this amazing mathematical formula.
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How To Live Life As An Expat And Thrive
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has spent nearly 20 years in continual travel around the world, visiting nearly 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran. Dropping out and leaving high school at 15 years old he never gave up his passion for learning, and enjoys reading over 100 books a year on topics such as finance, marketing, sales, and investing. He has lived as an Expat since 2002 making his home in Central America, South Pacific, Asia, the Arctic, North America, as well as the Middle East. And through these travels he has gradually found the thing that he is now bringing to the world and will base the bulk of today's conversation. Our guest believes people should understand that just because someone was born in one country it doesn't mean that they need to spend their entire lives there, and it certainly doesn't mean they need to keep their money and investments there…. Often there are huge tax advantages and economic benefits to building your business abroad. His mission is to help expats generate additional streams of income so they can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again. So do people need to start with savings and then start travelling, or can they go today by the time they have finished listening to the show? And does he look back at early travel adventures when he was living from moment to moment as he didn't have a penny to his name? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mikkel Thorup Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mikkel Thorup such as: Mikkel shares how from the age of twelve he was determined to leave London, Ontario and travel the world. He had the fire inside him. We talk openly as to the absence of luckiness in your life, there is only persistence and hard work that ever gets you near to looking lucky. Mikkel shares his hub and spoke form of travel, which makes so much sense in regards to seeing the world but keeping the cost down. and lastly…. Why the most important part of any business is the marketing. Before you start looking for clients buy the books that make them come to you.
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How To Be A Traveling Entrepreneur
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has really turned his life into the one that he wanted by taking bold actions. He is a traveling entrepreneur, the host of the Travel Like A Boss podcast, the founder of the Johnnyfd travel blog and probably is waking up with a smile everyday of the week too. As he says "I was born in San Francisco which is an amazing place to live, but wasn't the best place to grow up. I battled with fitting in, self image issues, and trying way too hard to be someone I wasn't throughout my childhood. After graduating from University of California I started working a corporate job, but wasn't happy. Something was missing and I didn't know what it was. In 2006 I discovered the self help scene which ultimately lead me to the 4-Hour Workweek and gave me the courage to move to Thailand in 2008 and pursue my first ever real passion, which was scuba diving. I began being a traveling entrepreneur when traveled around the world from Australia, Borneo, all across South East Asia to the Caribbeans working as a divemaster and scuba instructor but in 2011 I decided to focus on my second found passion, Muay Thai kickboxing. After six professional fights and years of living as cheaply as possible, I turned 30 and realized I couldn't even afford a plane ticket home if I wanted to." And that is where we will start todays show. So what do you do when you realise that you are at a crossroads in your life and you've got nothing in the bank to ease the way to future adventures? And now he is living the life that he wanted, is it always a happy day in his life, or does he still have moments of "Really, im not sure Ill want to be doing this for another ten years"? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Johnny FD Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Johnny FD such as: Johnny shares the reasons why he was glad that he experienced corporate life in California and nowhere else as he already was living the dream and it wasn't good. We talk about the period of flatness when the challenge of building a traveling entrepreneur business is replaced by success and you think "This should feel better than it does??" Johnny shares the moment when he realised that he needed to get away from the naysayers and doom mongers in his life or he would be stuck forever. and lastly…. Why Johnny is so glad that he documented so much of his journey, so he can always go back and see the realism of what he went through.
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How To Sell
Todays guest joining us on the show has over the past 19 years, he has helped 1000+ coaches, consultants, service providers, and entrepreneurs master the fundamentals of sales and close more High-Ticket sales over the phone. He is known as the “The One Call Closer,” and is one of the most recognized and in-demand sales trainers in the high-ticket space. The tactics and ideas that he uses in his One Call-Closer private training are techniques that took him 20 years to develop and that less than 1% of the population even know about. These techniques are also derived from him spending over 10,000 hours on sales and business trainings, courses, and seminars. Now that sounds amazing, and of course we all will be thinking that he was born with this talent. But in fact his journey to becoming a successful sales trainer didn’t happen overnight nor was it easy. He went through a lot to get to where he is today. He started his passion for selling at the young age of 13 where he got his first sales job as a junior sales assistant at the local furniture store. It was from that experience that he wanted to pursue a passion for selling and started this never-ending pursuit of sales improvement. Up until today, he’s read over 396 sales books and has spent over $128,563 on sales trainings and seminars. During his time at college, the Dean of Special Resources told him that he should drop out of school because of his diagnosed struggles with ADD/ADHD. It wasn’t the first time he was told to give up and quit and it will not be his last. However, that didn’t affect him and he wasn’t willing to give up. And that is always the key to success, persistence outworks talent, skills and anything else you think is holding you back from your future. So what is it about selling that lights him up inside, when most people struggle with this bigtime. And where do we go wrong, blinking at the pivotal moment of quoting our price, or something else? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Kayvon Kay Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Kayvon Kay such as: Kayvon share his belief that there is no single path to success, and everybody has to create the path that is right for them if it is truly going to succeed. Kayvon shares how so many people get confused with the systems against the strategies. Use the webinars, funnels, an email optins to create a deeper connection with your clients before you ever hope to sell. We discuss Kayvons childhood, and how his fathers advice could have held him back from the future that was waiting for him. Thank god he ignored him! and lastly…. We discuss how Kayvon spent $125,000 on self development and still failed - the reason was he hadn't proved himself to anyone, not least himself.
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Being A Solopreneur Can Be Crap
Being A Solopreneur Can Be Crap, and in today's show David Ralph talks about the difference of working in corporate land and the life of the solopreneur. Everyday we talk about taking your life to the next level, taking control and building your own business. It's brilliant. It's Fun. And we wouldn't do anything else even if you paid us a million pounds a second. Well, actually if you are paying that amount of cash we will do that...but only for a minute and no more no matter how much you pay us. But what happens when its not good, you are ill, and things aren't going the way you want then what then? Well this is the dark side of being a solopreneur, and more often than not you haven't got another way out. You just simply have to suck it up and keep on working and delivering what you have promised you would deliver to your clients. Very different to being in corporate land and working for the man. Then you can simply phone up, cough and splutter down the phone and leave it all behind for a day watching Netflix. So how do you do the same in your own business? Is it possible to do? Well, we actually dont think it is, no matter how much people tell you that they can do such a thing. You have to be involved as it is your business, and especially if it is a business that you are the face off. They need you, they deserve you, and god knows they are going to get you. So in todays show David Ralph talks about his own struggles with sickness, and why he still has to soldier on to make it all work for him. As we say, sometimes being a solopreneur can be crap.
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Branding and Marketing
Branding And Marketing Work Hand In Hand. Get One Right And The Other Naturally Follows My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has battled hard to get to where he is today. From almost dying as a child, to doing a series of less than inspiring jobs he worked at fine tuning his talents to become the premier branding expert for clients such as Jon Bon Jovi, and Clickfunnels founder Russell Brunson. As he says "My clients call me the “Brand Doctor” because I’ve got a specific, proven process for getting you the high-impact branding that lets you emerge as the “go to” leader in your industry. It’s a lot like how a medical doctor would help a patient heal: You see, it’s about more than just “know, like, trust.” When you have expertly crafted branding, you have an audience that will sustain (and help you grow) your business for generations to come! And then, it’s time to toss away the stress and start enjoying your business again. Doctor’s orders." So how did he get to this point where people are coming to him, instead of him chasing them everywhere. And why is branding so important to the success of any business, but so many people miss the point completely? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start join up dots with the one and only Mr. Henry Kaminski Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Henry Kaminski such as: Henry shares how his lost many family members and friends as his mindset had out grown theirs, and why he is ok with that. Henry really believes that you have to go through the grind at the beginning of the business to truly understand what the business is all about. Why you must focus in on profits and bringing income into your business to then reinvest back into your work as quickly as possible. and lastly…. Henry reveals how Customer Satisfaction, Quality Work and Exposure has become the touchstone to his work, and why it was the gamechanger to everything.
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Ecommerce
Anton Kraly Have created an ecommerce master plan. If you want an online business then this ecommerce master is for you My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a guy who has gone through the kind of journey that makes Join Up Dots what it is. He was raised in Long Island, New York where he grew up as a regular, middle-class guy, but even as a child, he was dreaming of doing big things. After graduating from college, he started his first business venture when he bought a cookie delivery route. Yes, he spent his early 20’s bumper-to-bumper in NYC selling baked goods. The cookie delivery route was his first business but was neither the “lifestyle” nor “business” he imagined. Eventually, he grew tired of the tiny margins that came with selling cookies. He knew things had to change if he ever wanted to make serious money and gain the freedom to travel. So he started asking the bakeries to fulfill the orders for him instead. He set up an online cookie shop where customers could order cookies and the wholesalers shipped the orders for him, efficiently freeing up time while increasing profit. At this point he thought the drop shipping model had real potential, especially back in the early days of the internet. That’s when he took a chance and tried selling higher-ticket items online. He began selling items such as athletic equipment and furniture, finding immediate success. “I remember telling my parents when I made my first high ticket (for about $480) sale online and they said “You’re going to be rich!“’ He has now built a passive million dollar business in only four short years, with a $29 investment. And that ended up being all the encouragement he needed to keep working hard. With just a $29 investment on an eCommerce hosting package, Kraly made $300,000 in his first year. By the second year, he had pulled in $680,000. The next year, he hit seven figures when his store did $1.2 million in sales. The next year, he sold his first million-dollar business. The best part? He only needed to spend around 20 hours a week working due to the passive qualities of a drop shipping business. But for our guest, it’s not all about the money. When he learned how to make a lifestyle business, he achieved a level of freedom that changed his life forever. After experiencing first-hand how amazing that kind of life could be, he made it his mission to pass on that knowledge and help people find their own success. So what is his life like now, humble guy to rockstar, or humble guy to still humble guy? And where do people go wrong when starting a business, as it certainly seems that investment should not be the problem? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Anton Kraly. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Anton Kraly  such as: The moment that his life changed forever when he realised that selling a $100 product is just as hard as selling a $1,000 product...so why not go for the bigger piece of the pie. Anton gives great advice by suggesting we should all find an industry where products are not being sold by others but you know there is a market waiting for them.....seems obvious?? Anton shares the story of investing $25,000 into his baking route and realising that he hated it after just one day....and of course the steps he took to rectify that issue. and lastly…. We delve into the seven steps that anyone can take to start an ecommerce business, and believe me you will want to take notes for this piece of the show.
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Art Of Social
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who connected with me with the words if you like the cut of my jib" as we say in Ireland. And it was job done, get her on the show. You see not only is she being hugely authentic and not talking the way that businesses try to conduct themselves, she is speaking the language of the receiver and that is so important. So it's with little surprise that I find myself today interviewing a master on Social Media who started her online journey back in the days of the internet being powered by a donkey on a treadmill. Yes, when she started in 1999 there was no Google, No Facebook, not even a tweet or a twit to be seem. She was certainly ahead of the curve, and now has positioned herself as the go to expert for anything social media In fact she is sharing all her expertise with her new online program, “Learn Social Media Like a Pro”, where not only will she give you a step by step process to achieve the traction you want, but you also get lifetime access to the Private Facebook Group where she, along with all the other social media bods will be sharing best practise and helpful support on events as they happen. So why did a lady from Ireland first start her internet career down in Sydney Australia, and was it by complete chance or simply a step on the master-plan of life? And does she agree that the best way to use social media correctly is to make it more about YOU, YOU, YOU and less about ME, ME, ME? Well let's find out as bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Maryrose Lyons Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Maryrose Lyons such as: Why the world of business is changing from B2B to B2H - Business to human, and how Maryrose is making the most of dealing with this change. Why you shouldn't be everywhere on Social Media but you should focus on reducing the amount of content but increasing the quality of the work you do. Why Maryrose finds being a parent as a real advantage to keeping her hours at a premium, as you can often get caught up with work, work, work which is just not good. Why not having a plan is ok, as you find the real gold when you are wiling to work within the cracks of life more than where everyone walks. and lastly…. Why three is the magic number in so many regards to building a business, especially in regards to choosing a customer. Maryrose shares how she works - and this is gold.
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How To Find Passion
What I love about being the host of Join Up Dots is the ability to share endeavour, hustle, and commitment by people from all walks of life. Listeners that are sitting in an office, or a home studio creating their lives work. Working hour upon hour, struggling through the workload, making connections across the world, and believing that they will make it all work. But how do they do that? How do they keep on making the decisions to create, inspire and go for the dream when they have no track record to back it up? Well it is quite simple they go for the passion and forget all about the money, and the rewards. They dig deep into themselves to find the passion to go for the dream. But how do you do this? How do you find the passion when you are surrounded by naysayers, doom mongers and the type of people that try to kill the passion before its even started? Well in todays episode David Ralph talks about a few people who have connected through Join Up Dots and are showing that passion for the task, and how they are doing it. So sit back enjoy and we hope to hear from you as you share your work, passion, content with us so we can share it with the world. Connect with the show directly on FB by clicking here:  Send an email at : joinupdots@gmail.com
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Testimonials
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man building a business around video and in particular testimonial driven video. What does that mean you ask? And even if you aren't asking I am going to tell you as that is my job as a professional podcaster. Businesses thrive on service, and the goodwill provided by customers who are delighted with the service that they have received is the greatest gift they can get. But how many people actually ask for someone to record a video that they can place on the website, or email marketing telling future customers about their experience. They don't as it feel like an intrusion into the whole customer experience, and subsequently miss this powerful boost to their business growth. Enter our guest today who says "Because of time constraints and the fact it feels awkward asking customers questions about yourself on camera, we understand 100% why you haven't made as much headway as you would like with video testimonials. We get it! But you could be missing out on sales every month as a result! Working on traffic, content and lead magnets is great for building your list. But it's the end of your funnel, not the start, where you really make your profit. Once you have a prospect on your list, you need to prove you can deliver the result they want, or they'll never reach for their payment card. Boom testimonials are needed.... So has he always been involved in video and the production of video? And where do people go wrong when starting a new business in an environment that feels saturated already? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mike Lavin Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mike Lavin such as: Why its such a great idea to keep your marketing as simple as possible to solve one big question for your customer. Dont try to solve too many as it gets messy. How a shorter name URL is suggested to be a much better route to take than a longer form version and the reasons why. Mike reveals why his second business has flourished due to the learnings of his first business.  and lastly…. How a young lady has created the greatest business I have ever known on Fiverr....although Mike didnt seem as keen as I did!!!
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Anxiety
In today's show we answer a couple of questions that have been posed over the last two weeks by listeners across the world. We love answering questions and always either deliver a personalised response directly or hold them back for shows like this So lets get on with them without further ado David, loving the show and your energy. I would love to know do you ever worry about anything at all, as you dont seem to show any sign of anxiety even though it cant be easy running Join Up Dots on your own as you revealed in episode 876. I struggle with anxiety so it's a constant battle Cheers Gemma Manda, And now we answer our second question which has been posed by a gentleman in the UK who is wondering how to get past that stage in business building when you get bored and think its not worth pursuing with. Dear David I have been working through your back episodes and now have listened to every single show. I cant believe that I now have to wait for your next episode to be released. I have been thinking of starting a business but no matter what I start working on, after awhile it seems like a waste of time and I stop and start something else. Im sure, as I have hear you say on many shows, that sometimes you feel that you were going in the wrong direction so how did you refocus your energies and create the amazing Join Up Dots? Ps second question have you ever thought of creating a YouTube channel? Thanks for everything Mick Screen, Portsmouth, England
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Female Entrepreneurs
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has such a story of overcoming work issues, personal issues and what the hell do i do issues, that its a delight to have her on todays show. As she says "I grew up outside Chicago and come from a family of employees. I was the first in my family to move from the midwest, and the first to leave a steady paycheck and become an entrepreneur; and I swear it caused my Mom to have to start blood pressure medicine with worry! I was always taught to work hard, get into a good college, get good grades, get a good job, and save toward retirement. I met my husband Mike on vacation in Hawaii in 2001 and moved to San Diego. I joined a small boutique financial planning firm where my most well known clients were owners of Ford, Chuck E Cheese, and Vinturi Wine Aerator. In 2005, Mike and I bought our million dollar dream home, and less than a month in (we hadn’t even made the first payment yet, and Mike lost his job). So, my income and hard work became more necessary and critical! Despite sitting at the dining room table with some of the most amazing business men in the world, I just wasn’t enjoying it any more! In 2008, I had a minor stroke. I was VERY lucky, but the stroke shed a lot of light on my life and priorities. I had my stroke on Sunday. I was in the hospital until 8 pm Tuesday night, and was back at my desk by 8 am the next morning. I had put SUCH a high value on being dependable and achieving, that I didn’t even take any time off to rehabilitate or just take a breath. I knew this life wasn’t working for me, but I was the primary breadwinner for our family, and we were counting on that steady paycheck." And that is where we will begin this episode of Join Up Dots. So how did she go from this point and create her own image of success, leading to a life that she didnt dread every morning? And does she look back and think "What the hell was I doing? Why did I push myself through such punishment" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Amy Mewborn.
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Masterminds
Masterminds Can Be The Difference To Business Success Or Failure My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is aiming to change the lives of many through the power of online connections through masterminds. Building a business can be lonely. You sit behind your computer screen wondering "Should I do this, or should I do that?" And most of the time you end up doing nothing as the confusion is so great. As he says "Having a mentor can be one of the most crucial pieces in creating the business of your dreams. Everyone knows the saying that if you are the smartest person in the room you need to find a new room. That is why it’s so important to participate in masterminds and surround yourself with proven leaders and successful business professionals. Which he is providing by the online platform Eccountability, the first global virtual mastermind platform. You join and then he will match you inside their Virtual Mastermind groups that are highly targeted, where your goal setting and accountability truly begins. They help fill the gaps of your knowledge and speed you forward to where you want to be. Now this isn't a masterminds business that isn't 100% rooted in our guests own backstory, as back in 2003 he had sunk his life savings going into business when he had no idea what he was doing. He spent a year learning marketing, networking etc- all as a side hustle because he worked full time. After 12 months I'd made just 1 $600.00 sale, had spent $30K and was close to giving up. Then he found a mentor and within two weeks made an online sale for $1,300 and his business was up and running. The life lesson he learned.  You don't know what you don't know.  But certainly someone else does, and the more people you connect with the greater the chance to find that solution to your problem. So when did this idea first come to him, and was it a "Yay let's build this thing...or great idea, how the hell do I build this thing?" And would he have got to where he is today without the year of desperation he went through? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Masterminds. himself Ronan Leonard. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ronan Leonard such as: Ronan shares how he got to the point of taking the leap of faith and how he came to the realization the fear in his head was never going to be that bad. Why everyone starts on a level field, has to start somewhere and build up confidence.......but the world still thinks they are an overnight success. Ronan talks about why its so important to mix up the pool of people that you surround yourself with to gain insights into different worlds. and lastly…. Ronan reveals why the first sale in every business is to yourself. You have to sell the idea to your own belief system before you can ever make it come true.
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Business Advice
What Does It Take To Earn The Right To Give Business Advice? Struggles!!! My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has been on one hell of a journey to where she is today Back in 2003, along with her husband she sat and signed a legal purchase agreement, becoming the new owner of a cash register company. After working for years as its lead technician, the owner was retiring, and she wanted her husband to buy the company.  Red flags flying, they didn’t see the danger signs. The company was behind technologically, employed one overpaid, underachieving sales person, and had one main product offering.  It was propped up by a large service contract it would be losing a year after the business was purchased. Within three years, the company was bankrupt, with a few straggling customers and several years left on our lease. They sat down to look at their options, took stock of mistakes made, and found a path forward. What did they learn from the mistakes they made running their first company? How could they change their course, so future ventures wouldn’t come to the same end? And why would they choose, in the face of dismal failure, to try entrepreneurship again? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Robin Aldrich Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Robin Aldrich such as: Robin tells how she wanted to start a business based on what she wasn't seeing from other companies in her area as her starting point and Why do so many people think that overnight success is a possibility in life? There is always a back story of hardship, achievement, struggle and disappointment.   and lastly…. We discuss the mindset that is needed to allow the past to be left behind but the learnings brought with you...which is so hard to achieve.
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Branding
Branding Expert Pia Silva Reveals The Big Mistakes Of Branding Your Biz My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an Entrepreneur, speaker and writer, and also a partner and brand strategist at Worstofall Design where they build "Badass Brands without the BS" for 1-3 person service businesses in 1-3 day intensives. She is a Forbes contributor and has spoken at a host of entrepreneurial organizations including Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses and the Million Dollar Women’s Summit and has been featured on MSNBC’s Your Business. Her company was named top "10 Design Firms Lead By Young People That Are Changing the Way We Look at the World" by Complex, and her book Badass Your Brand: Impatient Entrepreneur’s Guide to Turning Expertise into Profit launched March 16th, 2017. As she says "Badass Brands w/out the BS. We work with service based business owners in intensive Brandup sessions and execute the strategy and build out your entire brand-- positioning, messaging, logo, copy, website, materials-- in 1-3 days so you can get back to work. Because who has 6 months to redo their website anyway? For solopreneurs who need the whole shabang but don't have $50k to invest yet, we built a Brandup Bootcamp to take you through our exact process at a fraction of the cost. Now that is the official stuff about todays guest, but the real story isn't about where she is now rocking and rolling and loving life. The real story was the climb into stress, financial difficulties and the realisation that scale, and premium products were the key to her future. Being able to charge premium prices to less people has been the gamechanger to her and her partners day to day running of their company whilst making her business as lean as possible. Now she is gaining more and more exposure, loving life, and as you will read in her book (as we will discuss in today's show) she is shining the way for others to learn from her mistakes and live a life on their own terms by following her practical sensible advice. So does she see others making the same mistakes as she did, and smack her head with a "Doh!" and think "Man its so obvious that just cant see it?" And where does she find the motivation to keep growing, when things are already pretty good as they are? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Pia Silva. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Pia Silva such as: How she has built an amazing business that is lead by her lifestyle. If she wants to close up shop she does, with no clients wanting access to her. That is very unique and powerful. Why she believes that most businesses would be in a better position by turning people away as clients instead of jumping into bed with them. Pia explains why most people make a mess of their branding by confusing the message that they are sending out to the world. and lastly…. Pia shares the dark times in her life when she was heavily in debt and now looks as it just a phase that she had to go through to get where she is today.
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What Is Happy
The 5 Stages of Happiness “One has to spend so many years in learning how to be happy.” – George Eliot Happiness is very intriguing, the reason why many philosophers who have gone before us have endeavored to explain it. Or why researchers like Jennifer Aaker has studied how we can calibrate what we think make us happy in five life- stages. Discovery during childhood and adolescence, pursuit in our mid-twenties, balance in our late twenties and early thirties, meaning in our late thirties and forties, and savoring from our fifties on. They say that our sense of happiness dynamically changes throughout life and to ever think at any stage that our progress is finished is a folly. Happiness is never static. Our contentment tells us how happy we are. And with changing wants and needs and varying levels of mental maturity, our happiness lies absolutely on us. Happiness is subjective. What made you happy before does not guarantee your happiness in the future. One must adapt and learn. And so in todays episode of Join Up Dots we talk about the five stages of happiness and how no matter what we think....happiness is a choice we make and it starts within in. So here are the five stages that we have gone through when we are at our happiest. 1: Try to remove all comparison from your life It is a killer in our search for happiness, that we spend so much time looking at what other people are doing on social media. And more often than not it's not true and they are only showing us the good stuff that they want us to to see. So don't worry about what other people are doing in their lives and just focus on your own stuff and believe me you will be so much more happy. 2: Free from your heart from hatred A happy heart is a loving heart, and the world will want us to fill it with hatred and anger, Someone cuts you up in your car, and then blames you with a rude finger gesture. Someone makes some cheeky comment that they thought was a joke, but you didn't like. Well to be happy in our lives we have to look at forgiving these things and just accepting everything for what it was. A moment of turmoil in your life and not worth dragging around for a second more of what its worth,....and thats nothing. 3: Live Simply Happiness and living happy can come together so much more quickly if we just look at removing ourselves from lives stresses. Do we need the car that has the monthly repayments or the cable tv that we hardly ever watch? Do we need to go out for meals twice a week, and then have a huge credit card bill each month to pay off? Probably not, and happiness can come together quite quickly when we decide to focus on the things that make us happy, dont cost a lot and are simple. It could be sitting in the garden with some friends, instead of going out in the evening to the pub. It could be just going to the movies, but not spending a fortune on cokes, popcorn and food as well. You will be amazed at how much you are spending that doesn't truly make you happy. Its just something that you are doing each month, day or week. Live simply and let happiness come to you. 4: Give More There is a truth in life that giving a present makes us happier than receiving. It's the giving that makes all the difference. So when was the last time that you did something for someone else, just to make them happy? Probably quite awhile ago, as we are so wrapped up in our own lives doing what we need to do first and foremost. So lets start looking for happy in our lives 5: Expect Less If you can operate in a world, where you accept what life is bringing you, instead of setting such high goals that disappointment is always lurking then the happier you will be. This is the truth, and it doesnt matter who you are, or what you have achieved in life...happiness is never connected with an outcome. We think it is, but that is wrong. So do your best, enjoy yourself and realise that whatever happens, it is exactly what you was supposed to be getting.
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How To Stay Motivated
Have you ever wondered why people struggle with motivation? Not just finding motivation, but also keep it flooding through their veins and pushing them forwards to success? Well in todays episode David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots answers a question from one of his listeners who is certainly struggling with finding the motivation to change his life. As he says "The issue I’m facing is that I’m so desperate to get out of my current position that I have the following problems: 1. I struggle to pin down an idea I’m willing to commit to as I’m so desperate to know it will work at the outset in order to get me out of my current position!! As a result, I worry I’m wasting my time! 2. I struggle with motivation when I’ve had to do a full day’s work on the day job because I’ve had no satisfaction/feeling of achievement from it. It saps all my energy and combined with the above it’s really tough to then focus and commit. Although I am making progress by committing to one idea at present, I feel if it fails to gain some early success I’ll be back to the beginning etc etc! So what would you do in his situation? Would you advise him to just suck it up and go for it until the motivation hits, or something else all together? David Ralph believes that true motivation is always an internal game to win, and in this episode he gives his advice for staying motivated and of course keeping motivated for the longer goals.
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Education Made Fun
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who first connected with the show as a listener. However once she told me about her dreams for the future, the hustle she is showing daily, and how she wants to change the lives of millions of children across the world then she wasn't going to be only a listener anymore. This is a lady who is moving forward  to where she wants to be by hook or by crook. As she says "I was very dyslexic as a child, and rather failed at school, until the last year when I worked out a system to remember things. After lots of hard work I finally made it to a Producer Director and ended up winning a film documentary award at ceremony where the BBCs classic programmes Blue Planet and Office also won. Then I went on and created, produced & directed the longest running show on MTV uk which is still loved by teenagers and all skate boarders around the world. My children must never know I was involved in it! However at this point i felt it was time to take some time out, so I slowed down to raise my 3 children as TV work and children aren't a good combination. Which lead med to my passion project. " The work that will be her legacy is called Table Fables, which has been created to help children everywhere learn their times tables in a fun and enjoyable way, against the classic repeat in a drone until you fall into a coma method TABLE FABLES are fun memorable short stories that teach children the times tables by giving them a hook to remember the answers. Children remember the numbers by recalling the funny story, with their mantra being LEARN FUNNY. The technique is based on the peg memory system, which gives children the ability to remember the numerical position of items on a list, in or out of sequence. The peg system has been proven to be one of the most effective memory aids used to date. Each number, from 1 to 12, is represented by a character. Two characters (e.g. 8 Snowman & 3 mouse) interact to create a funny, short story, which reveals the answer. This has already helped hundreds of children already and hopefully millions more in the future. So what gave her the idea to start helping children across the world, her own childhood struggles or simply a business opportunity? And where have the been the key areas of growth that our listeners can duplicate in their own online ventures? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Rebecca Ginger  Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rebecca Ginger such as: Rebecca shares how the idea for Tables Fables first came to due to the difficulties her own children were having with learning. We discuss why the validation of others was such an important part of the growth process of her business. Belief fosters belief all the way. Rebecca reveals how powerful Upwork was for her business by finding affordable talent that helped grow her business quickly. and lastly…. We both reveal why our own childhoods education was less than inspiring, and why the world is changing for the better in our kids lives.
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Improvisation
How Do You Take Fun And Improvisation Into The Biz World My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man after 20 years of performing hundreds of improv comedy shows across the country has learned that the same principles that apply to improv comedy also apply to business, mental, and leadership skills .As an author, speaker, coach, improv comedian, and the Founder of Live Yes And!,  he as been helping businesses and athletes apply the cornerstone improv mindset-“YES, And! To succeed in life and business for the last 10 years. In the world of improvisation, “YES, And” means accepting whatever is being given to you, and then responding and building on that reality. Most of us live life in denial – saying “no” to reality. This leads to a life unfulfilled and lived in fear. Living “YES,And” is about accepting and embracing everything that is happening–even the bad stuff! Why? Because good or bad, the only way to move forward is by facing it and moving through it. As a professional public speaker and coach, he has trained thousands of people and dozens of organizations like the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, University of Georgia Football, US Soccer, Gatorade, PepsiCo, and Under Armour on the principles of improvisation and how developing a “YES,And” mindset will help create an engaged, creative, collaborative, and healthier life and work place. So was this a dawning realisation that his skills could be transferred into more and more lucrative areas, or a "God i need some more cash what can I do quickly?" route? And why are so many people frightened of "Yes" when it always brings some potential for growth in their lives? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Travis Thomas Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Travis Thomas such as: Why the concept of "Yes, And" was born from a desire to prove support and mindset to the corporate world which can lead to the kind of success that are required everywhere. Travis shares how throughout his journey there have been times when quite frankly he didn't have a clue...but that's ok. You can always figure things out. We discuss how the best comedy isn't about finding the joke, but is instead finding the truth. The connection with reality is where real humour is formed. and lastly…. Why sometimes, no matter how positive you are as an individual you have to  wallow in your despair. You have to sit in the goo ready for the big transformation to occur. 
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Starting An Online Business
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the Founder + Designer of a brilliant company called Craft Street Design She 100% turned her life around to create a 6 figure business in 6 months designing quotes to hang in your house. And now she is on a mission to help us all achieve our goals, be happy, and pass on the inspiration to everyone around the world through her designs. And I think it is the truth to say that she needed this inspiration before everyone else, and the message needed to be learnt before she could ever start to give back to the world. As she says "A few years back I was making six-figure income, was working for my dream company (Apple) and had a flexible work schedule. In spite of all this, I was miserable. To make things worse one day, my 10 yr old daughter said, “ Mommy you are just not nice when you come back from your job”. That was a wake up call. I wanted to make a change. I wanted to be happy. I wanted to be a good mom. But I didn’t know how." So how do you do this? How do you find the light to move through a bad arranged marriage, a life that wasn't making you happy to the point of suicidal thoughts, and no clue as to the future. Well today's guest found that route through five words on her kitchen wall, and that is the perfect point to start today's episode of Join Up Dots. So is Craft Street Design the business she has always wanted to have, or just another dot towards the big deam that is waiting for her? And why is it that we all allow ourselves to feel such despair when the world is literally screaming "Here is the future....do you want it or not??" all around us? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Pratima Aravabhoomi Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Pratima Aravabhoomi such as: Why Donald trump might just be the kind of leader that the country was waiting for, although he might just well be the worst too. How she created her first business, and the dramatic fail of of not making one single sale of the product. Pratima shared openly how she would balance her time with her daughter, and the measures she takes to ensure she enjoys her life away from her business and lastly…. The hustle, and persistence it takes to start any business off, which frightens so many people away from creating their dream-lives.
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Getting Unstuck
Welcome to Fridays episode of Join Up Dots which is a solo show, hosted as normal with the incomparable David Ralph. In todays episode we are focused on getting unstuck in business and our lives. You see this is a huge struggle in most peoples lives, they find an idea that they want to work on and then can't go any further. Or they actually find that they start getting stuck right at the very beginning and actually cant find any idea to take further. So David, in this episode gives his advice for getting unstuck and achieving success in your life when you feel its never going to happen. Also on a similar theme he answers the following question from a listener of Join Up Dots who asks: "Good morning David and the team, I am loving Joining up the dots with you every time you release an episode (there aren't enough hint hint :) ) I have a quick question for you.......of course most of your guests are on the show because they are enjoying the fruits of their labours and deservedly so. But have you ever considered stopping or doing something else? And what would be your advice for someone who cant get anything to work no matter how hard i try? Thanks for your answer Stephen Forester Cornwall" So if you need help getting unstuck in life and really want to make a go of it you really need to listen to today's podcast episode Thanks for your ears and we look forward to help you all to start getting unstuck
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Free Marketing
Free Marketing Can Be Amazing For Any Business And Best Of All Its Easy To Do Too My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who comes to the show with quite eclectic history. If you take British entrepreneur, piano player, international racing driver and business coach who grew his own business to 8-figures, then exited and founded Jonnyhatesmarketing.com, helping coaches, trainers and therapists find more of their ideal clients, more easily, mix them all together you will have our guest. Which is unusual and similar at the sametime. As you will no doubt know coaching is huge business across the online and offline world and literally it seems million of people are chasing clients to build their own business. Our guest though thinks that you dont need to chase anyone. Our guest actually hates marketing, and is more than reluctant to pay for any type of Facebook marketing As he says “I have helped hundreds of coaches to build their thriving practice, using the Three Principles of Effortless Marketing. Yes, you can get your ideal clients chasing you, build a thriving coaching or therapy business that doesn’t need you there all the time, and join the 1% of £100k+ earners in the transformation profession…all that WITHOUT spending a penny on advertising, working like a dog, or losing your mind… So is this simply jedi mind tricks or simple honest business principles that the world has long forgotten? And when did he realise that he had to find a new way of operating for his own sanity not least his clients? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Jonny Cooper Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jonny Cooper such as: Jonny discusses the fundamental three pillars of marketing, which always start with asking the gold questions that everyone seems to miss. Why it is vitally important to define your avatar right from the start of your business. Know these characters as well as you know yourself to grow success. Johnny shares how he used to be commuting everywhere to drive his business where he wanted it to go, whilst now he lets the business come to him. and lastly…. Why Johnny now feels it is so important to not to try to please everyone….find your ideal person or client and ignore the rest.
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Travel Blogging
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who isn’t just a guest, but I would like to say he is now a friend. A long distant friend, who is presently living a life that so many of my listeners crave, but feel its unattainable. So let’s show you all in this episode that is most certainly not unattainable, and with the right mindset, money strategy and vision you can all be doing the very same. Today’s guest along with his wife Lucy is travelling the world, blogging, podcasting, and working on monetization channels into their fledgling business Life Design Diaries. As he says “Whilst disrupting the work and travel norms, my wife Lucy and I have created a series of adventures. We are travelling the world whilst building a portfolio of enterprises and we’re documenting the whole experience on our Podcast, LIFE DESIGN DIARIES.” Life Design is the practice of thinking and actively pursuing the lifestyle you want. Life is short, we all know that, so why compromise? We’re married, entrepreneurs, and travelling the world… all at the same time. There was a moment in our lives when we decided to take action rather than imagine. A decision that has lead to more freedom and fulfilment than we ever would have achieved in our 9-5’s. Yes they have had struggles, but they have faced them head on and now share this massive lesson with the world. They want us all to realise how much control we have in our lives, and to inspire us all to design and pursue the life you want. So when he was store manager in Sainsburys just a few years ago, did he wander the aisles looking at exotic vegetables thinking “One day I will be picking you from where you grow my friend”? And what was the first stage they had to prepare for…the leap and trust the process, or working on the nest egg of savings to ease the way to where they are today? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Ross Menghini. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ross Menghini such as: Why Ross is so clear that his and his wife are documenting the climb and not the view from the type Why it is so important to not try to be someone else when you start, even if you look unprofessional. An unprofessional you is better than a professional someone your not. Ross recalls how his childhood was surrounded by an entrepreneurial spirit from his father, so it was with a surprise that it took him years to start his own path. and lastly…. Ross shares his feelings of travelling the world with your partner 24/7 and how to gain the need for space in your life.
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Sales Training
Dan Lok is the master at high ticket sales training..but was it an easy route to the top of the sales training mountain? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an amazing story of persistence, failure, hardship and finding the thing that made all the difference. Coming to North America as a teenager with almost no English and no contacts, to ease the way to the success he is experiencing today, life was hard. As he says "“My parents and I immigrated to Vancouver, Canada when I was 14 years old. I came to Canada as a teenager with no money, no contacts, and without knowing a word of English. Then when I turned 16, my parents got a divorce. As the only child, my mom needed help financially, so I had to put school aside and put her well-being first. I learned to support my mom by practicing the basic principles of life and business. I failed at 13 businesses before having my first success. Through the process, I perfected the art of never giving up and learned from my mistakes. Life back then was never easy, but today I can say that I’m blessed to have attained a lot of my life goals. Today, I spend most of my time helping consultants, coaches, speakers, and thought leaders grow their businesses and scale it past five and six figures per month. While amplifying their impact in the world and helping them achieve their business and life goals, I know if I can impact 1,000,000 leaders, they can go out and impact billions.” And that is where he is today, known as the the King of High-Ticket SalesTM, a two time TEDx opening speaker and international best-selling author of 12 books. Not just that but he is the highest-paid and most in-demand consultant in the luxury and high-ticket space, and has been featured on the cover of Jetset Magazine. He is now a founder or partner in more than fifteen companies in various industries, ranging from luxury goods, digital marketing, education, and e-commerce. He is passionate about helping coaches, consultants and other entrepreneurs make more money selling to fewer people. A true immigrant success story, that shows that the American Dream, at least the Canadian one is still alive and kicking if you only want it hard enough. So when did the true confidence that he is showing today first come through, and the shy hesitant teeneager get left behind forever? And does he look back and think "Man i'm actually glad that those thirteen business failed or I wouldnt be where I am today?" Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Dan Lok
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Opportunities
Opportunities are all around our businesses, so how do we remain focused on the end goal? In today's solo show David Ralph answers a question sent through to him this week from a gentleman and also shares a post from his coaching group Dream Starters Academy. Lets start with the question........ Hi David Firstly can i say thank you so much for all you are doing in the world today through your show. I know it can't be easy for you to maintain such an output. I used to listen to Join Up Dots when you first started, and Ill be honest due to life commitments, children, work and everything else I stopped. Not just listening to you, i hasten to add but to podcasts on a whole. I found them an interruption to my business life, but now after a hiatus I have rediscovered them and was amazed to see that you weren't just still going, but in fact seemed to be flourishing. So good on you pal. Would you mind answering a question as it seems that you have got total focus as to your life, and arent pulled in directions that aren't right for you or your business. How do you decide on what opportunities are right for you, and are your chasing squirrels like so many people that are online today. Ok that was two questions but if you get the chance to read and respond I would truly appreciate it All the best and thanks again Todd Doors Maple Grove Minnesotta And now for the post taken from the coaching group Today we had a farewell party for a colleague who is leaving his super well paid job to start his own company. When he said he‘s going to bake French bread in Mumbai, I thought at first: What??? How do you go from a business development and strategy position in a pharmaceutical company to baking bread? But in his farewell speech he explained that he saw this job as a kind of startup (it was a new project) where he gained additional skills for his own business because his first real startup failed. So I guess it can be really useful to go back into corporate to upskill yourself before jumping into a new adventure. Bettina Dream Starters Academy Of course as always you need to listen to the show to hear the answers....it is a podcast after all. Thanks for listening David
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Anti Social
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who ill be honest I stumbled across on the web, but as soon as I saw him, i thought “Right lets have him on the show” He has a story to success that goes 100% in a different direction to what the world is telling you you must do. He is a keynote speaker and author, books including Social Media Is Bullshit and Privacy: And How We Can Get It Back. He first received attention in the late 2000s for turning his financial struggles during The Great Recession into media coverage with appearances in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, and others. After building an unsuccessful national breast cancer outreach tour around the advice given by prominent social media marketers — and subsequent success in doing the same tour again the following year by doing the exact opposite of their advice — he went on to write a book called Social Media Is Bullshit based on his experience. He later earned additional media attention for frequently taking on prominent social media experts and companies. Since 2012, he has has made presentations at the National Automotive Dealers Association Conference, South By Southwest, Social Media Week: Chicago, The Do Lectures in the U.K., R.O.A.D. in Moscow, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association Summit, Social Media Explore, and various other events to talk about the many myths peddled by social media marketers and what really works online and off. As one of the reviews of his book state ““I’ve been telling everyone for years that social media is just the same bullshit we’ve always done sped up 1000 times. Finally someone’s laid it all out in book form” Love this. So is the fundamental flaw regarding social media, simply that its not social at all? And is just a blast everywhere, scream loudest competition? Or are there even more subtle ways to create success in our business without the need for FB, Twitter, Insta and all the rest? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr B.J Mendelson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with B.J. Mendelson such as: Why BJ feels the moment that people tell you to use some element of social media is the moment that its use has gone. BJ shares why 5,000 is a great figure for multiplicity of brand, by word of mouth. Get to hat figure and you are really up and running. Why the quickest way of success is to become an expert in just one thing and become the best at that until the world takes notice. and lastly…. BJ reveals the time that he died and how he dragged himself from a field in Wales all the way back to the states to pay health bills.
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B2B
How Do You Give B2B The Real Human Touch? Hire Robin Waite For Sure My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who from 18 years old until 22 worked as a systems analyst for a medical device company. Putting systems into play, he increased efficiency and decreased cost, helping to make the company 50% more profitable. For the next he ran a successful design and advertising company, serving over 250 clients, where he delivered workshops and masterclasses to over 1,000 business owners on subjects including marketing, product architecture, pricing, websites and more. Now he coaches B2B business leaders and entrepreneurs, offering insights from systems to pricing structure to personal development. With fearless goal setting and accountability,  his program is turning dreams into reality for clients around the world. Well that sounds pretty standard to what most people who want to come onto Join Up Dots offer to me, but there was one sentence on his website that made me sit up and take notice. What does a business coach look like to you? Slick, sharp suited, maybe a little flash? That’s not my style. I believe that what you say is more important than how you dress – and I’m more interested in delivering real results than impressing you with my image. And so i looked again, and realised that this was man standing in front of his audience in t-shirt and jeans. This was a man doing things his way, and in a way that would bring more and more results into his business. He was being authentic and the person that he wanted to be. So was there once a slick, sharp suited version of todays guest, trying to find his way to his authentic self? And if it's a truth that the quickest way to success is niching down tighter and tighter, where is his target customer sitting waiting for him? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Robin Waite. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Robin Waite such as: Robin shares how he grew into the confidence level that was required for his business. It wasn't something that he was born with, but closely developed over time. We discuss why some customers wont understand that they shouldn't buy your products, but its so important to stand your ground and give them what they really need. Robin discusses his five key sectors of business focus, and how this has given him a great platform to create business success. and lastly…. Robin opens up and tells a life changing story that will inspire everybody who listens to this show. What would you do if you realised you didn't want to life the same life anymore.?
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Self Help
Self Help Experts Sometimes Struggle With Developing Themselves To Help Their Own Clients. When we last met our guest on today’s episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, she was in the middle of experiencing some massive growth, Yes, in both her business life and her personal life she was smashing through the barriers. Kicking over her self limiting doubts And creating an amazing future for herself. She has done this by asking great questions to her clients that flock to her like moths to a flame. She asks “Are you someone who is burned out from working hard for many years yet afraid to step back out of fear of losing all you’ve gained? Are your work obligations keeping you from having deeply meaningful relationships with your family and friends? Do you feel stuck in a situation that takes everything you’ve got yet know there has to be more to life…an ultimate state of joy, satisfaction, and fulfilment.” Now the interesting thing about her and what I want to discuss in this show, is whether she truly believed it when she first said it? Did she fully embrace the power that an individual possesses in their day to day lives to create one that is remarkable. Was it by doing the work, and seeing the results in her clients that she fully embraced the possibilities that she could create? You see she has had three stages of success from working 22+ years n the world of finance, pouring herself into earning a high salary, collecting great bonuses and moving up the ladder. Then after facing a major life crisis followed by several tragedies, she moved towards answering the question of could She ever have both inner fulfilment and outer wealth.” And now after creating a successful coaching business, she has sold her long time home,moved to Hawaii, and now come back to Arizona and starting something new. So with all this movement and action taking, how does she know that she is travelling the right course in her life? And does she get excited by the road she is travelling all the time, or are there still “Wow, I am so unsure of this” moments, lets just sit on the sofa and do nothing today times? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Leisa Peterson
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Setting Goals
Todays Join Up Dots free podcast interview is inspired by a guy who personally connected with via email with a huge statement of intent in the last couple of days. He advised me of a goal that he is setting in his life and that goal is to have a beer with me in a bar. As he said on his email "I have a long back story, but I won’t bore you with it, however due to your podcast, your unbelievable personality and wonderful smile (I know I can’t see your smile! Lol)  I am putting a goal out there for myself and that is to have a pint with you at a bar within 2 years. I know many people would have a goal of being on your show or something like that, but I know being a successful entrepreneur takes time and while I have fluttered in business/side businesses, well they were hobbies really, for a while this is the first time I’m making an investment in myself (I joined Flipped Lifestyle because of your podcast and when I’m ready to start a podcast I will certainly join your program)." And believe me it may seem like such a simple thing to want to do. It may seem to many of you as something that isn't really a goal. But it is 100% a goal, as a goal is a target with intention behind it. A goal is something to work towards due to an internal desire to make it happen That is where goal setting becomes difficult to achieve, when you haven't got the desire to truly make it happen.  You set a goal because you think it is something that you should be doing and not because you want to with everything ounce of passion you possess. So in this episode of Join Up Dots we look at finding the passion that that can make every goal a breeze to set and even more beeezy to achieve
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Healthy Living
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has been through a journey of discovery to get him to where he is today. Happy, relaxed and rocking and rolling After two decades of running a successful pharmacy practice and then losing it all, he entered a period of deep personal struggle. Each night he would walk along a country road hoping to find a few minutes of peace, but he ultimately discovered something far more valuable. What could you do if you had a simple plan to increase energy, get in better shape, and improve your mental and emotional health? You have more pressure on you than ever. With competing demand from work, family, friends, and our communities, it’s no wonder so many people are stressed, overweight, unhealthy, and exhausted. He felt the pressure, too. He sacrificed his mental, physical, and emotional health to the demand of his pharmacy practice until he discovered the medications he was paid to dispense often offered only temporary symptom relief and left people still suffering. He discovered that true health and happiness comes from finding balance in seven key areas, so he developed a simple plan anyone can use. In his new book, How to Live Until You Die, he makes it simpler than ever to unlock a healthier, happier, and more whole you, so today can mark a new beginning for your total health! So does everyone need to go through a dark night of the soul to become truly focused on what life is all about? And where does he see that people go wrong in their life, trying to do too much, or not actually trying to do anything? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Dr. Phil Carson. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Dr. Phil Carson such as: Dr Phil shares how he lost his business due to the downturn in the economy 2008, and the steps he took to get his life back on track. We discuss how the moto “Failure is not the economy of success, quitting is” and how it should be learnt the world over. Dr Phil shares the big but easy steps we can all take in our lives to feel better and healthy (without heading to the drugs) and lastly…. We find the secret ingredient that everyone should live by in their lives…..and best of all we have it in our lives already.
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Drop Shipping
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an man who has quite a journey to where he is today. Many moons ago, he purchased a website that sold various popcorn goods. During this venture, he found a need to automate parts of his business and that need inspired him to create Spark Shipping, a business that helps eCommerce retailers self-operate their connections with their vendors Currently he automates millions of orders for eCommerce and retail entrepreneurs every month, which is enough orders to fill every seat in Fenway Park hundreds of times. Or, as as our guest would say, Fenway “Pahhk.” Or as me and most people from the UK would say....nope, never heard of Fenway Park Anyway what Spark Shipping does is to automate the communications between e-Commerce sites and vendors (warehouses, distributors, manufacturers, etc). The communications that are automated are: getting inventory quantities from vendors, sending orders to vendors and getting tracking/shipment data back from vendors. Spark Shipping sits between the shopping cart and vendors to get the data back and forth between them. So its alright having these ideas of "Wouldn't it be good if we could do xyz" but how do you get this off the ground? And was it plain sailing or a rollercoaster that gradually hit its stride? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Charles Palleschi Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Charles Palleschi such as: Why he feels its so important to understand all aspects of a business when you are the leader, to ensure consistency and productivity throughout. How he manages to balance home life and work life, especially now he has young children who want to see their Dad before bedtime each day. What he does to manage the difficult times in his business, when decisions need to be made that will lead into unchartered territories. and lastly…. The first steps he took to became the entrepreneur he is today, and what he would advise anyone of our listeners wanting to do the same.
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Entrepreneur Asia
The last time we had todays guest on the show was way back on episode of 371 of the show when we introduced him as a New Zealander that has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents. He has hustle flooding though every vein, as he has powered himself to being classed as one of the most connected people in Asia, whilst enduring his fair share of painful crashes too! He was the owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 11 countries, and he is also the CEO of Entrevo Asia, a company that runs 40 week Growth Accelerator programs allowing executives and business owners to become a ‘Key Person of Influence’ in their industry. A company whose vision is a world full of entrepreneurial people solving meaningful problems. Now though in just a few years things have changed and he is now the Head of Asia for the Unity Group. A business focused on the simple As they say "Our function is to provide corporate finance, corporate secretarial, group legal advice and carry out the acquisitions process for incoming agglomerated businesses in three simple steps. 1. Create or source an appropriate Holding Company for the Agglomeration™. 2. Select mature, profitable, and debt-free businesses (a.k.a. subsidiaries) for the Agglomeration™. 3. Acquisition – under a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”) – of the respective subsidiaries by the 
 Holding Company through the issuance of public-listed shares in Holding Company to original 
 owners of the subsidiaries. As they say "Unity Group exists to enable entrepreneurs to scale and solve bigger and more meaningful problems. Their mission "To work with great entrepreneurs and change makers to scale their businesses, solve bigger problems and connect investor capital with those who can deliver the best results." Right this is serious stuff, so let's start digging around to find out more not just about this venture but also the man himself. How has he found himself creating more and more opportunities for himself without getting a serious case of burnout? And would he have seen himself doing this the last time he was on Join Up Dots, or does he just go with the flow and see what happens? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Callum Laing Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Callum Laing such as: How Callum overcomes the dip in the business process, that everyone has to go through when growing a business. Callum explains why he never invests in his own ideas....so he always tries to pre-sell the idea before putting too much time into it. Why it is so important to surround yourself with the level of knowledge that you need, but just can't gain yourself. Don't think that you are a master of everything. and lastly…. Why the value proposition is so important in every regard of growing a business. You have to work out how you can over deliver before you ever hope to start taking back.
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Personal Development
In todays show David Ralph discusses the lack of personal development that he sees in the listeners to the show that he speaks to. David, talks to listeners across the world and when he asks them "So how many books have you read this month?" more often than not gets told "Nah, I dont like reading books to be honest" So where is the desire to find out more knowledge and become better at the thing that you can do better than most? Where are you getting the information from that can make you a category of one in your life, and be saught out by clients from across the world. 5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Personal Development Personal development is more than just working on talents you already have: it’s about growing, becoming more aware, and gaining valuable abilities that you can use to make an impact in this world. I always put it like this: If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Sounds extreme, doesn’t it? But it’s so true. If you’re not learning new skills and working on yourself as a person, life can get boring! Personally, I’m committed to take at least one course/ training program each year – whether an in person event or online program/ webinar. This has helped me make quantum leaps in my life, relationships and business. For example, this year, I took Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within (highly recommend going!), Marie Forleo’s B-School, Laura Roeder’s Creating Fame, The Art of Sales & Marketing training etc. Today I want all of you to do one thing for yourself. For your growth and development. For your future. Disclaimer: this may mean going outside. But that’s okay, because you’re ready to do this! You deserve to be your best self, always. It’s time to make an investment in yourself that will take you to the next level. Here are my top reasons why you should invest in your personal development: 1.You’ll make important new connections. Follow my ABC rule for networking and you’ll find yourself happier, more approachable, and with more opportunities faster than you can blink an eye: Always Be Connecting. Because growing your network means more than finding new people who can help you get where you want to go. Your network is your lifeline. It’s your relationships, your opportunities, and a support system that you can fall back on when times are tough. 2. You’ll gain confidence. The more skills you have, the more confident you’ll become. You’ll have more to talk about when you meet others, and you’ll become more certain of your own abilities and strengths. Own your greatness and live the exciting life that you deserve! 3. You’ll learn new things and grow as a person. Personal development should be something you take on for yourself. It’s more than just an investment in your career, it’s an investment in your growth, awareness, and identity. Every time I attend a training, I always get new ideas and inspiration. 4. You’ll gain marketable skills. Some great skills for you to learn regardless of your industry: photoshop, HTML, WordPress, Adwords, and advanced Excel. Other soft skills you gain by investing in personal development include communication, presentation, and decision making skills. They stand out to employers and could separate you from the hundreds of other candidates. 5. You’ll be seen as someone who takes initiative and curious to make things better. Though it shouldn’t be the primary reason why you engage in personal development, a lot of the courses, classes, and conferences you attend can be translated into experience on your resume. A well-rounded candidate has more than experience in their industry – they excel because they can draw on perspectives and learning that they have gained while developing themselves. My top tip for finding relevant and interesting events: visit www.eventbrite.com. Look for conferences, courses, workshops, and seminars that fit your interests, then take a leap and sign up! Or ask your friends and colleagues for recommendations. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. What courses/ programs/ training have you taken that transformed your life? What do you recommend and why? What is one new training you are committed to taking?
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Navy Seals
Navy Seals Are A Tough Bunch, But How Tough Is Life After Leaving The Navy Seals? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who has been on one of the most difficult journeys anyone can take. How to transition from a successful career in the US military to living a successful life as a civilian and top businessman. He served 23 years with distinguished Valor as a Navy SEAL, and during his military career he served in three wars, ultimately leading a team of Navy SEALs into Afghanistan in 2009 where he earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and his second Combat Action Medal. He was hand-selected to serve as Officer In Charge of the famed SEAL Sniper course from 2009 – 2011, and during his two year tenure, he transformed the sniper curriculum while successfully increasing both graduation numbers and shooting performance test scores. Now of course on Join Up Dots, we are all about the transition to business success. How do you find your thing when for many years you were doing what was expected and not what was truly inside of you. Well he is now the founder and CEO of Adamantine Alliance, a unique leadership and human performance coaching organization. He conducts training throughout the nation developing transformational performance results for various individuals, teams and organizations, using the skills that he had fine tuned over the past 23 years. Taking the seemingly disconnected dots of his previous life, to walk forward with confidence and passion into a new future? So when he was in the military did he start planning for what he was going to do in civilian life?  And when did he realise that his past was actually holding all the answers to his future? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Thom Shea. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Thom Shea such as: What he considers to be the five key areas of life and how he manages to balance time between them all. Why he loves nothing more than moving into areas that are unwinnable, due to the lack of competition and the excitement he feels.  Why social media is the only place that leaves him into a position of despair....so tries to keep out of it as much as possible. and lastly…. He hits with the perfect advice of "Dont ever find a way out, find a way through the problem."....how powerful is that? 
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Sailing
Sailing Around The World With Your Family WIth Caspar Craven My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who really believes in going where the heart leads. At the age of 14 he launched his first business catching crabs and lobsters, and wow what a success. By the age of 16 he was exporting 1/2 tonne of crabs a week to Spain. Realising that catching crabs wasn't going to make an impact on the world, he then went to University and for the next 8 years worked in the corporate world - first as a Chartered Accountant and then as an Investment Banker at KPMG. In 2001 he returned to entrepreneurial life as an e-commerce entrepreneur, and over the following 15 years, raised money for, built, grown and sold businesses primarily in the technology sector. As he says "I've made mistakes. I've fallen over. I've got up again and carried on. I've had some great successes and some failures." which is of course what life is all about. But how do you take that feeling of...ok, things could go a bit wrong, but hey we can deal with it and have fun in the process too? Well he has done just that and in 2009, along with his wife he hatched a plan to sail around the world with his young children and spent the next 5 years planning how to make things happen. Now in 2016, he successfully completed his circumnavigation having experienced amazing highs, having to make heart-wrenching decisions and agonising lows on his 7-year voyage from idea to completion. He has been on a journey of discovery, not least to find the strength within himself to take forward and inspire others to take action and go for it. Now he is on a mission to be a truly inspiring leadership and team building speaker, giving actionable advice on how to achieve amazing results both professionally and personally, changing lives for the better. So how do you take your own passions and convince the family that its also a great idea for them to get involved in? And when it goes wrong, is there always an answer or sometimes just a different direction to the end goal? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Caspar Craven   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Caspar Craven such as: Caspar shares how he was advised by his father to become a chartered accountant as it was a safe job, which he can now see was never the right place for himself to end up. We talk with passion as to the delight he has found since he got back to land, taking people on a journey of discovery, through his talks, presentations and leadership lessons. Caspar reveals the moment when he sat with his wife and asked her "Is there more to life than this....and if there is, lets go out and get it" and lastly…. Why he now teaches his children to focus in on what they are most interested in and go deeper and deeper into the subject to find the path.
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Work And Travel
Work And Travel Dont Mix...Or Do They? R Michael Anderson Has Made A Success Doing The Work And Travel Thing. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who has had a fascinating and arduous journey to where he is today. He is the founder of The Executive JOY Institute, and specializes in teaching organizations, leaders, and individuals how to become even more successful through psychology, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness. Which if you have listened to episodes of Join Up Dots you will have heard similiar guests speak of such work. Where today’s guest differs is by the age of thirty-five, he had founded three international software companies, played semi-professional basketball (yes, he’s really six-foot nine!), and partied at the Playboy Mansion which sounds pretty amazing life affirming stuff. But our guest didn’t agree and knew that he wasn’t happy. Hard drugs, alcohol, a divorce, and a nasty lawsuit brought him to a low point where he needed to ask himself the big questions in life. A quest for change included earning a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the prestigious University of Santa Monica. And now he has taught leaders around the world, from Panama to the Philippines to Australia and Mexico, and has worked with a broad range of clients, including Microsoft and SAP So is he what he would consider to be happy now or still searching for something unattainable to him……simple contentment in life? And why does he think that we all set out on a path that appears to be wrong at the beginning even thouh the clues are all around us? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr R Michael Anderson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Michael Anderson such as: Why he now believes that coming to grips with our feelings is one of the quickest ways to achieve massive success in our lives……let the gut lead the way and its rarely wrong.. Why he had to make a decision to change his life for one of travel and freedom of location as he knew it would be the right one for him in the long term. We discuss why we fail so much through the education systems lack of inspiation and focus on failures…surely it should be strengths all the way? Michael shares the “Should or Fear” process of decision making in his life which he applies everyday. and lastly…. Why the Buddist prinicples of “It is” is such a powerful way to operating in a business. By accepting everything for what it is, we dont waste time trying to change things into what it should never be.
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Inspiration
How To Find The Inspiration To Keep Going When Things Get Tough On today’s show, which is a solo show David Ralph talk about inspiration. The lack of it, having it in abundance, and those occasions when it appears at the strangest moments but gives you the boost to keep going. Just recently David was sitting watching TV wondering what he was going to do with Join Up Dots. You see from the outside it may look like everything is worked out to perfection, but more often than not the truth is very different. More often than not you wander through a world of confusion looking for inspiration to set a goal, and hit one out of the park. This came in the form of a listener of Join Up Dots from the United States, Jason Sumner from Nevada, Missouri who connected on Facebook. Jason is one of those amazing people who wants more from life, and is focused on getting it by helping people everywhere with shi positivity and mindset. Multiple times a day he is posting great content into his Facebook page, and everything is focused on “Good vibes, and keep going” messages. He is also targeting himself to read 52 books this year on personal development, success and life changing stories of achievement. What is even more amazing is not only is he trying his hardest to make a difference to himself and the world, he is also raising two lovely happy boys who know have inspiration in front of them every single day. He is leaving alegacy on his own kids by showing them a different way of operating. How to keep ones personal good vibrations at a high level to ensure life opportunities come your way. So in this episode David talk about inspiration, and what to do when it has disappeared from you. And of course he gives a virtual high five to Jason Sumner, for keeping it real and going for it, even though the path may not seem overly clear and defined Welcome to another episode of Join Up Dots
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Virtual Business
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the founder of the Alliance Business Centers Network, which provides premium virtual office and telecommunications solutions for companies all over the world. With over 650 Office Business Centers operating in 42 countries, his is the authority on the subject of virtual offices and remote work.  So if you want to start moving around the world, remote, independent from your team, but don't fancy trying to find dodgy wifi in some bar in Timbuktu then today's episode is for you. But that is just one part the equation that our guest has brought to the world. How does the standalone entrepreneur gain instant recognition, and authority when they are in a small bedroom doing everything themselves? Well they work with our guest today, to gain a high impact business address..in say New York, London or Paris, mail forwarding, a receptionist taking calls on their behalf and all for a small monthly cost. He can teach us tons of great information for startups and entrepreneurs about flexible and remote work, along with his unique global management perspective developed during his 25 years within the Office Business Center industry. So when did he come up with the idea to create a global network such as this, and what were the first steps he took to achieve his aim? And what took him longer to achieve, finding the locations or selling the idea to customers across the globe? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Virtual himself, Frank Cottle Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Frank Cottle such as: We discuss how to get balance in ones life by finding the work that inspires, delights and never feel hard. Frank shares the importance of having a global mindset if you want to true success in your life. The huge benefits of having virtual office space ready and waiting for clients to organisations everywhere, but the difficulties of getting them to know about it. and lastly…. He highlights the simple logic, that no matter how bad economics are across the world, someone has the money. Just go where the cash has gone.
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Building A Network
Building A Network Is Tough, But As Travis Chappell Reveals Its The Key To Fast Success My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who believes that your network is your true net worth. Yeah, we have heard this phrase many times on Join Up Dots, but what does it truly mean, and how can you build a business around it? Well his belief that it's not what you know its who you know started for him back in high school. He started to figure out that if he could land larger landscaping jobs, it would actually pay a much higher hourly wage, while being able to afford to pay a lower hourly wage to workers to help him get the job done faster. As he says "I remember sitting in class one day while managing two landscaping jobs that I had done nothing but sell and manage, but I was still going to make the same or more than the college students I was paying to do the labor on the jobs. That is when I realized the value of selling and creating customer relationships." And so as you can see the germ of an idea which had been there niggling away for quite a few years was already there, it just needed to wait until his dots began lining up. And now those dots are well and truly lining a path across the world. As the founder of the Build Your Network podcast he is bringing tips, to interviews and weekly advice to anyone looking to blast a path to the top. As he says "If you have ever wondered how to meet the influential people in your industry, if you have ever been frustrated because you just aren't moving forward in your career as quickly as you thought you would, if you don't lack ambition or a thirst for learning, but just can't seem to get ahead, then look no further than Build Your Network." So what is it about building networks that people struggle with the most? And does he see the same mistakes being made time and time again? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Travis Chappell Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Travis Chappell such as: We discuss how everybody is just six degrees of separation, which is why it is so important to start your network to give you the greatest chance of success. Travis shares his reasons for not going for the big love in your life, but  instead trying to find the love within a job that you may not like doing. Self development has been a big part of Travis' success, with masterminds, courses and conferences a huge but worth expense at the start. Are you ready to invest in yourself? and lastly…. Travis answer the big question that needed to be asked: Would he say he was a "Stalker or groomer"...you need to listen to the episode to find out the answer. 
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Creating Musical Success
Today's episode of Join Up Dots is another one of the special ones that make me really proud to bring to the world. This is one of those shows whereby a listener of Join Up Dots, has taken so much action in their life, that they deserve to be blasted across the world. And today's guest is going to do just that, as he is a musician, teacher, singer, songwriter, father, husband and a man flexing the hustle muscle everyday. Starting his love for music when he was just nine years old when he started strumming the guitar, and by the age of 12 he had formed his first band “Splat” and was performing original music at school talent shows, ice-cream socials and private parties. And it's all these activities at such a tender age which have the opportunity to become more than something just to do. Actually becoming the first steps on the path to adulthood, and a life of their dreams. But what happens when life has different plans? What should you do when the future that you want is harder to come by than you expected? Where you find different ways of doing it, and today's guest has done just that. After recording his own album "Iowa Weather" he found himself in a slump. He was working all the hours god gave him, he was supporting his family like every father should, and his recorded album was not getting out to the world. And that is where we will begin today's show, as although I have never met him but I am proud to call him my guitar twanging buddy. So has he ever been a normal employee, sitting in a cubicle waiting until 17:00pm to arrive so he can scamper home....free from the days hassles? Or has he set out on on his path joining up his dots, with no plan B of any shape or form? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Dan Trilk.
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Dealing With Negativity
Welcome to the Join UP Dots podcast, it's a delight to have you here. In todays episode we have based it around the following review that we received from a listener in the UK (and believe us we LOVE getting nice ratings and reviews). Now this one was quite profound, as it touched on something that causes us all issues at times in our life. How we should deal with negativity in our day to day life, and especially the type that surrounds us because of the work and the like. You know the people who aren't really bad, and miserable, just a bit lost and make it known to others. So anyway, here is the review Join up dots     May 9, 2018 by Seacroft18 from United Kingdom Just discovered these podcasts and listen to them everyday on the way to work. Inspirational people and an excellent host! Highly recommend. I am an enthusiastic person surrounded by fairly negative people and was finding myself dragged down. This podcast is excellent for focus and new ideas amongst many other things and most of all it gives me a lift! As David mentioned on the show, the best way to overcome this is to start replacing them in your life. Yes, its not easy, but it can be done and if you want to find an easy way start with looking at other influences and not just at the people. Start by reading more positive content, or listening to more positive podcasts. Surround your workspace with motivational quotes and images. Get your mind to start looking for the good in things (and people) more and more, and little by little you will realise that the negativity is something that you wont tolerate anymore. You will need to get rid of them in your life and will take active steps to achieve that no matter how difficult it is.
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Event Planning
How To Start An Event Planning Business With Carolien Mertens My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is helping the world of online ventures jump out of the screen and into live events. To date, she has planned over 100 events in a variety of industries, and served more than 10,000 participants. As she says "I started my career in events curating art auctions in a top European Gallery. Here, I learned the ins and outs of planning seamlessly orchestrated high-end events, and the art of “white glove” service for the upper class. Think event attendees like multi-millionaires with Swiss chalets and art-loving Middle East Sheikhs. After helping Fortune 500 companies like the World Bank and the World Health Organization, I brought my work online so that I can serve driven entrepreneurs changing the world." So all the experience that she gained in corporate land gave her the skills to create her own flourishing business. She was working everyday for someone else, but actually when the time came she had actually been working on her own self development (and getting paid for it) Now since two years ago, she has left her corporate job, got her first freelancing clients, closed the long distance gap with her partner,  moved to Italy to be with him then moved to Spain. It has been as she says "Quite a ride so far, learning new languages, making new friends, and building a business that’s 75% working from my local coffee shop La Gallofa on my computer, 25% traveling around the world to meet clients and run events. Today I’m in Amsterdam, next month I’ll cover Belgium, Spain and Sedona, Arizona." So how did she come up with the idea of event planning for herself, and now that she could make it work across the world? And where do people go wrong the most when starting their own online venture? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Carolien Mertens   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Carolien Mertens such as: How she didn't have clue to what her life during University was going to be, but didn't care. She had total belief that her life would work out in a way that she would love. We discuss how Carolien has used her talents for observing to be a successful in her business, and why tapping into your natural talents is the best way to find success. Carolien gives great advice to everyone looking at entering the event planning world...and it is a lot more simpler than you might imagine. Carolien talks openly as to the process she took to define her ideal customer, and why it is vitally important to keep fine tuning this character as your business grows. and lastly…. Carolien reveals how she had an event that went badly wrong, and why she fought strongly to host the same event the next year. Brave or mad?
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Success
Should We Build Success Or Go Again By Resucceeding? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who came to the show, and I must admit I thought “Seen this type of guy before” And then I dug deeper and my interest was grabbed. So here is the official bio, he is a Franchise Consultant and Sales Trainer at John L. Scott, one of the most successful real estate companies in the nation. After becoming his company’s top performer in sales, breaking records and selling tens of millions of dollars in real estate, he experienced his “moment of disgust” and came to realize the dark side of a successful life. With that in mind, he wrote Resucceed to help others master their mindset and find fulfillment in success rather than becoming trapped by it. No here is the bit that hooked me, as it is 100% different to what I talk about on Join Up Dots most shows. He says “Here’s the deal: Just because you excel at some skill or possess a certain ability doesn’t mean that is why you are here on Earth or what you should give your life to. That’s the lie of success, the trap and enticement of achievement. We reach a point of failure when we mistakenly become better versions of our achievement instead of better versions of ourselves. Interesting stuff, which to be honest I didn’t quite understand, so of course I had to ask him on the show to explain more. So what was the moment of disgust in his life where he realises that success wasn’t quite what he expected? And where do most people go wrong in his view? Not knowing what they really want, or focusing on the small things instead of the big audacious goals? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr James Colburn. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with James Colburn such as: Why most people in life get kicked off a treadmill and why it takes so much time to climb back on. James speaks openly about that feeling of wanting more, even though he had everything in his life at that time in his life. Why it is so important to build a level of celebration into your business plan going forward. Dont just focus on the next goal. and lastly…. Why he knows that he is on the right track in his life, and why it is good news for himself and his family. 
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Building Confidence
Building Confidence In Your Self Can Have A Huge Boost To Your Business My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who first appeared on Join Up Dots back on episode 103. When the show was just a baby compared to what it is today. Back then we discussed the unusual concept that sales is in fact a honorable profession. Wait I hear you say…surely I didn’t hear the words Sales and honourable in the same sentence? But our guest waxed lyrical about why he felt that it was in fact true, and why since 2000 he had focused his time, passions and energy’s in the world of Insurance Brokerage, coming out the other end hardened by the work that he was performing. As he said he was bloodied, bruised, kicked in the teeth, chewed-up, and spit-out. But instead of becoming cynical to this work, he instead developed a passion for helping others learn from his successes, mistakes and backstory. Focusing on four main areas, Sales training, Attitude, Connections and Loyalty he worked tirelessly to create success in his life. And now he has managed to take these concepts and turn them into a personal branding encompassing coaching, training, and keynote presentations across America. He is a man on fire, and certainly from my perspective seems to be in control of what he is doing, where perhaps the last time he was on the show wasn't quite the case. So how has he done this and still juggled the issues that comes with being a family man. And is he where he wants to be in his life, or now is he aiming for bigger and bigger things that he just couldn't have dreamt possible back in the early days. Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Brent Kelly. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Brent Kelly such as: Why there is a comfort level across the world, which has led to so many people to simply follow what everyone else is doing, which is a huge mistake. Follow the crowd and see your prospects diminish massively. Go your own way and get the rewards. Why Brent realises that their was a confidence issue in his life, which lead him to not fully grasp the value he could bring to the world. When this came together for him then everything became so much easier. Why the world is more and more looking for the "how long it is going to take" answer, whilst they should actually be looking at "How can I become good?" and lastly…. Why you shouldn't be worried about the comparisons that you see online today even though there are so many. Just get your head down and do the work.
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Overcoming Failures
Hello there good morning and welcome to Join Up Dots. This is the podcast which is the number one motivational podcast on Earth. So how are we doing. How are we doing out there. Are we rocking and rolling because it's Friday today, and some of you are going to be having an amazing weekend. Some of you are going to be working, but let us know what you're up to because at the moment as you're listening to this I'm actually on vacation. Yes. That doesn't mean that you can come to burgle my house, but I am actually on vacation. At the moment I am in the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom, a place I've never ever been before and I am exploring. So how are you doing. Are you rocking rolling. In the United Kingdom at the moment., we've had two Weird Weekends. Last weekend it was atrocious. It was terrible weather. The weekedn before it was lovely. It was shorts and sandals and I was walking about with my firm buttocks my by granite like Abts shown to the world now actually me buttocks I kept them. I don't know why I say these things but my mouth kind of runs away but my brain catches up. But by that time it's recorded and it's out there. I dont go back and change things so a couple of weeks ago was a couple of weeks ago. Was it last week it was last week wasn't it. We had Wales biggest podcast prize ever. Yep I was giving away a podcast prize of nearly four thousand dollars and I was going to bring it to an end this week but we're still getting people that are stumbling across the show and dropping in responses. So we're going to keep that going for another week or so. So if you know anybody out there who has got a business and I want to learn how to podcast and really have a successful podcast bringing customers and profile and exposure into their life then get them to order got to do is basically get the tune. I was gargling which I want to again I've got to go back and listen to the episode and tunes review send a screenshot through to us and we will put you in the draw and we've got quite a few we have got quite a few up. It's funny you kind of think yeah if you give such a big prize away then loads of people are going to do it but not generally you can sort of put some really nice stuff together and people dont release or get involved in it. This one seems to take in the imagination captured the imagination or take the imagination to read captured it. And now they are coming through you know five or six seven or eight days so there are quite a few people in the draw. But you've still got another week so we're going to draw that to an end and share it with who ever and I will teach them one on one me lie reaching out with my hands to actually teach you how to podcast. But today's show is about some very very quick questions and I sent out to our email list on one of the groups that I maintain and I just said you know one line questions just one line questions and I will bash them out like like rap and dowl you throw them at me and I will whack em back with my forehand straight to you. And we didn't get that many actually. We got five of them but are quite good questions. They're quite good questions. So this is going to be a very short episode which is all right because you got nearly a thousand other episodes join up dots to go back after all. And so we get to start with Eric Eric said. What to do when you dont know what to do. So I assume that he's doing something in his life and he's a bit confused and he answers to that. Eric I think is dont do anything. I now think that if you force it. Its not going to work you just get a kind of rubbish version of what you wanted in the first place and now Ive learnt from experience when I just cant think of what to do and I've just got too much around me and it's just kind of yeah your flicking from the screen to that screen or whatever you're doing it could be jobs externally when you look at your garden and you think he's a Parkerson much to do show like true that Bush or shall I go with the lawman's. Just walk away from it just walk away from it and you will gain clarity. It's that moment when your god you get that. You need to do again. You went a little bit like Jimmy Saville where we dont want to get involved in that kind of thing. I can do a good Jimmy Saville impression but my kids wont let me anymore. Did that only mean something to the people in the United Kingdom and not worldwide and its not a good thing. But you know when you can do something really really good and you cant do it anymore because that person has turned into a bad person. It was one of my best impressions. It was I'd been doing it for years but I won't do it. So you got quality control at the moment I've got quality control my chip has kicked in and has stopped me taking it too far. It's a burning desire. it's a burning desire. Okay so what to do when you don't know what to do is just don't do anything. Just walk away leave it. It will be there when you get back and then you can make a decision and while you are away down the Powerball. Walking through life Build's or or making love on the beach you can just think about things and you can think that's what I need to do. I will just do about one being and so I do a lot. Join up dots as we're building new products and building new email marketing lists and the new website and everything. There's times that I think oh my god i just dont know what to do. And so I dont do anything. I just walk away. Okay Eric. Hopefully that answers your question okay. How do you deal with disappointment. Right well its from Teresa now Teresa has asked her how do you deal with disappointment. I think with disappointment you have to be chemically designed to not suffer with disappointment. I hate I'm a very level playing field kinda guy went when I had something really exciting in my life on kind of a yeah that's good. If I achieve something amazing I dont really feel anything amazing. I just kind of plough on to the next spring so Im not a peaks and troughs kind of guys. So my disappointments arent too low and my achievements arent too high Im just kind of where I am which is kind of disappointing because sometimes you achieve something really good and people go. What you going to do. What are you going to do to celebrate and nothing noticed. Just do something else. Just do something else. So I do think chemically there must be some kind of imbalance that makes people feel more to disappointments and failures when other people. But certainly when I have had disappointments when I have had failures all I do Teresa is just being okay. I can learn from that now I've said this a few times on the show but there was a book that I read and is called The Secrets of a millionaire's mind and it was one line in it and this guy was desperate to be successful and no matter what he did he wasn't successful and he said to this millionaire you know can you help me. The guy said Yeah no problem at all. You dont know enough about the system you dont know enough about what youre doing and he was annoyed because he thought he was going to get that a key to the door bar upping with disappointment. You just have to look at it and go Okay I need to learn more. I thought I knew enough. I thought it was good enough but its not and I go back over joined up darts and I can see why products did work. I can see why sales funnels didnt work. Theres always more learning involved. So if you can take that disappointment and just think to yourself I didnt work but I need to learn I need to work harder at it then that's how I'd do it. That's how I do it. Okay. Oh let's clear my throat it isn't going to be the Garg or but I need to take some water. Right okay. What's your fave bit of the show. Right OK I dont know about the five bit of the show or the fave bit or doing the whole show so I am going to say the whole show was a bit of doing the whole show. I think it's connecting with you listeners beyond anything. When I get MSEE true unfortunately I get quite a lot of messages through Facebook or email and somebody has taken the time to reach out and told me a little bit about their life and their struggles and why the show has helped them or changed their life or just you know it's when somebody reaches out. I think that's my favorite thing because you realize somebody's listening your words are going into their ears and they're making a difference. And we we do a lot in your online environment doesn't come back to us is just like blast it out. Blast it out blast it out and you dont know really Avalon's sort of downloads and stuff that anyone listening and it is a truth that you get more horrible things said to you. Brenda nice beings people dont often say nice things but when you do. Thats my favorite bit when somebody has made the effort to send us an email or sent us a message on Facebook and we always we always try to respond. I love that bit. What do you hate about the show. Right I think thats the same person asking two questions but I will let you off on that. What do you hate about the show. Or to worry about the show. Right. The ad men and yeah two things I hate the admin theres a lot of admin and I could outsource it to somebody I should do really but its that kind of stuff that Im so good at doing it now I can do it really really quickly so I just spend a couple of hours and I sort of get it done. But you know when you think he's got to do that. That's a bit flat. And I do hate yes. Oh yes. Yes. Dont turn up if I am being prepared. Ready to rock and roll and record an episode and I get a message that just says something like I had one the other day running behind and then I had another one the next day running behind. And thats a bit rubbish you prioritize you get being sorted if youre going to do something youre going to do something and I hate letting anyone down. I did let down a guy the other day called Robert Randall. I do apologize again but I really do. He put some time with me it didnt sync up on my calendar so I didnt see it until he sent a message through to me saying Do you glued your pig. You said you want to be here and I will do. It doesn't all like that. Hes a lovely guy as well so thats how I fell. I fell in there because I wasnt ready for him I should have been there. So yeah I think thats a bit I hate most of all guests who are desperate to come on the show even at very last minute they cancel and I have done older research Ive done all the preparation by that time so thats a little bit rubbish. Okay and last question is from Jonathan where are you heading right. That is interesting because join up DOCSIS just turn four. And so it is more than a toddler now and the first year was very much about me. Recording shows and getting better at it. The second year was just trying to find better ways of doing it. The third year is more about me becoming the personal brand. So we are building join up dots TB because I was very aware there was a time that you would come across to the show. There was very little about me on it at all. More often than not that's what you listen to you listen to the person and the content and hopefully it connects somehow and inspires you through. So we are getting more me into it. We're going to be all joined up dots TV where you can send messages in and we will deal with them live on the show. We're also building a team of business experts that will fast track people so we will have web designers we have linked in marketing guys were competence coaches all these kind of people that are trusted and reputable and if you need help in your business you'll know that they're the right people to go for because I have actually tested a. I know them to be good. So I a kind of like a Google were building. So there's a lot to be had in the fourth year but of course you just have to do it as you do it and bring it on when you can bring it on. So that's where I'm heading. I'm heading more about myself becoming a personal brand more back to the person I was before I turned on the microphone where I used to stand up in front of people. So we're going to have as I say the TV when he and I have a YouTube channel we're gonna have all the kind of things that makes it more personable and hopefully allows you guys to connect with us and know that we're we're a team of people that want to help you were a team that is inspired to turn 1 million people across the world into a success story that will you know send ripples across the world. That's what we're aiming for and it's Augusta from a certain point so very short episode today very short episode because hey I'm not here until the next time we will of course be telling you who is the winner of the world's biggest podcast prize ever. I won't once again be doing my Jimmy Saville impression or it's a good one. It's a really good one. But I will see you again later. So thank you so much for being here and oh on the 14th of May 2000 an 18. At eight o'clock in the evening Greenwich Mean Time London time I will be doing a live podcasting masterclass. So if you want to find out more about how I'm doing it behind the scenes you can jump over to podcasters mastery dot com and just book a place and I will be there live in front of you showing you how it's all done and how you can create huge success as well so that's a 14th of May 2008. But until that time we will see you again look after ourselves. Cheers and well thank you.
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Adventure
Building A Business Around Adventure And Travel With Rob Harsh My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an Adventurer, Coach and Cancer Survivor. He has been leading and guiding people in business, outdoor adventure and personal growth for twenty years. He has traveled extensively throughout the world on climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and multisport expeditions and has experience as a certified mountain guide, search and rescue operator and working with adaptive athletes and injured veterans in the outdoors. Along the way, he has climbed mountains on five continents and participated in over fifty of the world’s toughest adventure racing and ultra running endurance events. He is a Professional Coach and expert in supporting people make positive shifts in their life, helping them overcome adversity in any area of life and discover how to live in alignment with who they authentically are. In 2016 he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer with a 4% chance of survival, and as you can imagine as he is here with us today that within a year he was cured and now gives back to others through inspiration and adventure. So did he always have the adventure lifestyle set out for himself, or like so many of us did he end up sitting in an office yearning for the great outdoors? And does he see more and more people looking for the escape from the norm, or are people still programmed to follow the life that others set for them? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Rob Harsh Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rob Harsh such as: Rob shares how life hit him in the face when his girlfriend unfortunately passed away, and how he knew that he had to take the steps to change direction forever. We discuss the moment when Rob needed to take the leap of faith and why he knew that he couldn't hold back any longer.  and lastly…. Rob shares how his business has taken four years to build, even with the cancer hitting in the middle, he didn't stop building and driving forward. 
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How to Save Money
How to Save Money & Build A Business Teaching Others How To Save Money Too My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with a real story of seeing his life change for the better, by implementing a series of financial life hacks. What is a life hack i hear you cry, and if you’re not crying then you should be? Well our guest is a master at finding ways to save money whilst exploding the enjoyment in his life. As he says “I’m an optimizer and an entrepreneur. I started my latest business to share some of the crazy ways I optimize my money and life to save more, amass countless miles and points and travel the world for free. Last year, I took my passion for optimizing my money + life and started Grove. Our mission is to make financial planning accessible and affordable for everyone. Previously I co-founded Milk, which was acquired by Google in 2012. I spent most of my time at Google as a Partner at GV where I spent my time investing in early-stage startups. I am also founder of LaidOffCamp, an organization I started in 2008 after getting laid off myself. In an effort to help those affected by the financial crisis we hosted dozens of events around the country to help the unemployed learn new skills for the evolving job market. So is this simply another step into the world on minimalism, or something far more practical for the world that like stuff! And what would he suggest would be the three things that we could implement today to change the way that money comes our way. Let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Chris Hutchins. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Chris Hutchins such as: Why to save money it isn’t often necessary about cutting out on stuff. Instead it is deciding what you most want and need. Why it is so important to run your purchases through Cashback sites to see what is available for you before making your sale. Chris shares why he felt having a personal element of his business was so important to provide for his financial affairs company. and lastly…. Chris reveals the positive mindset that he developed to get through the hard times at the beginning
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Business Podcast
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has since a child been working towards where he finds himself today. Today he is a business owner, author, executive coach and podcaster. Over the the last 16 years he has developed his skills as an entrepreneur. The first company he created was a global risk management consulting firm that served the private equity community. His top 15 clients had a combined revenue of $12.7 billion USD and operated in over 100 countries worldwide. Since that time he has bought and sold several multi-million dollar businesses making him a sought after, cross-industrial resource for entrepreneurs and executives in all stages of business. But how did he get here, well this is where the dots have well and truly joined up As he says" As a child I was obsessed with knowing how things worked. I could always be found tearing apart some toy, electronic device or engine to see how it worked. This eventually lead me to studying humans to figure out what makes us tick." First dot ticked off the time line. Then he continues "My Entrepreneurial addiction started at age 13 when I became a caddie. I did not know it then but the countless hours of working as a caddie on the golf course, walking, talking and asking non stop questions of the business elite, would have a profound influence on my career and life long fascination of studying and modeling Peak Performers." So that's the second dot then.... Which leads to where he is today "Trying to find ways to add value to others. Through speaking, teaching, podcasting, and sharing what he has learned with other entrepreneurs and business leaders, to help executives with limited time achieve more. He appears to be a man who has earned his stripes, by taking consistent action in environments that perhaps at the beginning were not in his natural zone of comfort. So is he now where he loves being everyday, or is he still in the "I am working towards where I want to truly be"? And what are the first steps that everyone can take to really start taking control of their own destiny? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Thor Conklin.
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Worlds Biggest Podcast Prize Ever
Worlds Biggest Podcast Competition Ever Episode....ready to win something huge? On today's episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph shares his learnings from the last four years of hosting the show. On the 3oth April 2014, and unknown English guy powered up his microphone for the first time and launched a new show Join Up Dots. Now four years later, and with millions of downloads he has the knowledge and experience to share with the world. As you will hear on the show, he breaks down the ten that he feels are the real big ones to focus on. And also he gives every listener, or listeners friends the chance to win the worlds biggest podcast competition ever. But for those people who are short of time, then here they are for you: 1: Discover Something That You Think Would Like 2: Research Others 3: Start No Matter How Imperfect You Think It Is. 4: Set Goals 5: Monitor Results 6: Relax And Walk Away From Everything 7: Allow Growth Time In Your Business 8: Re:Set Goals 9: Charge Your True Worth 10: Have Fun As Much As Possible
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Design
Affordable Design Skills Have Made Todays Guest Able To Design His Life Too My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a rogue risk taker turned entrepreneur. The original North Philadelphian native turned Camden New Jersey resident, he has always found ways to use his creativity to transform the customer experience through innovative marketing techniques. He grew his first real startup, Waterfront Media, a digital marketing and design agency, out of Waterfront Lab with nothing more than determination and a dream. After noticing an industry problem amongst customers communicating with their internal creative teams, he knew there was a better way to streamline the process to save businesses time and money. Hence the creation of Penji, a dependable on-demand design service that helps marketing teams receive unlimited custom designs at a flat monthly cost. Need a logo or marketing images then he is your man. Need another, or to fine tune the one that you have got….then back to our guest you go. As they say “We help startups, small businesses, and Agencies with all their graphic design needs. Penji offers unlimited graphic design at a flat monthly rate. We’ll help you with logo designs, business cards, flyers, marketing materials, websites/apps design all at a flat monthly rate. No contracts, cancel anytime. Our goal is to empower the next generation of designers through education and community building.” He is also the producer and host of The Blind Entrepreneur Podcast featuring interviews with entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and business professionals to help those who may be temporally blind in business and guide those individuals to profitability. In his spare time, you can find him supporting a local startup by wearing their swag at Barnes and Noble or flying drones around the air of New Jersey. So was he always interested in the entrepreneurial route of business, or did he start as an employee and discover there was a better way for him? And what has been the biggest learning of how to bring a startup to life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Johnathan Grzybowski Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Johnathan Grzybowski such as: We discuss how children find it so easy to be entrepreneurial by going back to basics, and how we make it so complicated when we are older with choices everywhere. Why bringing elements of fun into your business is an amazing way to bring attention and traffic to your work. Jonathan shares his own Steve Jobs quote that inspires him, and man that is a great one to take into your own life. and lastly…. Jonathan shares how he took a considerable amount of time to find his true purpose, even though he knew what he was here on this planet to deliver.
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Linkedin Marketing
How To Get Red Hot Leads To Your Business With Linkedin Marketing My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who from the very beginning seems to scream "I am an entrepreneur....let's have fun" As he says "I'm 26, from the UK and 5 years ago I quit my job to become a digital nomad. Since then, I have travelled across 15 countries whilst simultaneously building 2 success businesses. I built and sold a traditional bricks and mortar business and I have recently started a growth hacking agency which is on track to go from zero to $500,000 ARR within it's first 12 months, with zero investment and I only work 15-20 hours per week. The business is something almost anyone with a laptop can start from home, and I'm happy to share how I have done it. Which is the kind of guest we love on Join Up Dots, so got your pen and paper ready my faithful listeners? Of course this kind of success isn't something that happens overnight, and will of course have many dots that lead to this point. His dots begin when he left the Coventry University with a BA in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and quickly started his business building by inventing Freshers Survival Kit, a novelty, fun and and unique kit with all the essentials you need to get through freshers week! He then proceeded through several more startups and businesses, leading to where he is today, the owner of Linked Hacker. His company uses LinkedIn to identify people in a businesses target market. They can target almost anyone, from local small business owners to CEOs of billion dollar corporations on the other side of the world, which lead to 10-20 leads per week All on automatic pilot, which is of course the life blood of any business. So where does he see this business going? As one more dots on his road to global domination or as he finally found the thing that will be "The Business"? And what has made the difference to this business, in regards to growth compared to his other ventures? Hit lucky, or simply he knew what his market wanted? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr. Lee Betts Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Lee Betts such as: He shares the reasons why he started his first business with a reason as simple as he wanted to spend more times with his mates. Lee talks about why he checks out www.nomadlist.com, which is an amazing resource for anyone looking to build a business that travels. Lee reveals why he has built a business model that means that he can lose a client or two without any worries at all and lastly…. Why its such an amazingly simple concept to double down on what you are good at....work on your talents to bring the greatest results into your life.
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How To Make Money Online
Shane & Joscelyn Are The Experts In How To Make Money Online My guests today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a couple who quite simply, stopped looked at their life and then made it what they want. And with the greatest respect to both of them, and we will discuss this in the interview they are what you would call normal. A normal couple, with a normal lifestyle, normal kids but an extraordinary way of making decisions and enough of them to make things work the way they want. They are the owners of the Flipped Lifestyle business, where through their own mistakes, successes and consistency they now teach people the route to success in their own business. They teach how to create businesses that work around a family instead of the other way. As they say "In 2012, on a rare day off work, Shane stumbled across a podcast about regular people changing their lives through online business. We started brainstorming about how we could do this too, and started a couple of websites just to see what happened. No one could have prepared us for what happened next. In just a few short months, we were able to make thousands of extra dollars each month through online business. Just one year later, we surpassed the five figure mark in online sales for a single month. When our August 2013 sales surpassed $36,000, we decided it was time to stop working for someone else and start living for our family." And now with sales in excess of one million dollars all earned online, they travel the globe, in their shorts and sneakers, smiling broadly from ear to ear, as there community of wannabe entrepreneurs grows their smiles with them. So looking back on their lives as hard working teachers, do they think that the ability to change a life so dramatically is more down to mindset or talent? And was it really a rocket ship to success they launched, with a doubt that it would fail? Or did they go through the same issues as the rest of us? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Shane & Jocelyn Sams Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Shane & Jocelyn Sams  such as: Why freedom means so much to both Shane and Jocelyn certainly more than money can ever do, which is a surprise to so many people that they meet. Jocelyn shares why both her and Shane decided to become teachers, and how they were actually quite content in their lives, but now see that they had given control of their lives away. Why you don't have to be an expert to sell online products, instead you actually only have to present it to the people on the road behind you. and lastly…. Shane talks about the first 11 cents that he earnt online and how he was so excited he literally jumped out of bed and jumped up and down knowing his life had changed forever. 
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Confidence
How To Gain Confidence If We lack Confidence Big Time Todays episode of Join Up Dots is a solo show, where David Ralph answers a series of questions posed by the lovely listeners of Join Up Dots. Most of the questions in their own way are linked to the issue of confidence: Lack of it, or too much of it, and how it can affect our lives in a positive and negative manner. So lets start with the first question that 100% is based around lack of confidence. Dear David, I have been listening to your show since the early episodes and you seemed so confident from the start, i would love to ask you a question. I am someone who lacks confidence in myself, and so subsequently I hold myself back from opportunities that could really make a difference in my life. Even if they are ones that I would dearly love. Do you think that people are naturally confident, or do you think that its just a case of working on it. If you would allow me a second personal question, what would be the times in your life that you lack confidence, as you sound like you could never feel like I do. And now for the second question........ Hi David, thank you for Join Up Dots and everything you do. I listen to almost all your shows and love the way that you are so engaging. I live in Western Australia and have several times been close to starting a business. The first one was a laundry business for busy folk. I would pick up their laundry and then return it washed, ironed and ready to hangup. The second business, was to be a groundworking business, landscaping gardens, planting, and generally maintenance. My issue is, as soon as I get anything close to a negative comment  from anyone my interest in that business disappears. I'm not sure why I am so bothered by what people think, but I guess I am. Do you have negative comments thrown your way through your show, and how do you deal with them? Thank you so much Brian Siennet, Port Hedland, Western Australia. The last question....... Hello David and the Join Up Dots team. I have since listening to yourself started my own business WHOO HOO and im loving every moment of it. I agree with what you say, a business is finding your customers, discovering what they want and then offering it to them. However, I am using all the social media platforms and I am struggling to get any of those customers you talk about. I would love any advice that you can offer to help me to build profits into your life Nicola, Albany, New York. Of course if you are interested in the answers that we give you have to listen to the show.....
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Living Social
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a Financial industry influencer. Popular social media speaker. Author. A creative force in financial services marketing who every single time aims to make their clients marketing unforgettable. And who would have thought that this all started when she was just five, selling her very own homemade rose-petal perfume in baby food jars, door-to-door. ShoeFitts is a consulting organization at heart, a training partner, who translates social media, branding, generational issues, business strategy and marketing into manageable steps for their clients. But what about the guest, i hear you cry....tell us more about her? Well, she debuted in the financial services industry as an award-winning graphic designer, progressed to participant curriculum design, and advanced to sales and marketing before stepping out on her own as a consultant and speaker. With more than 25 years of industry experience in her pocket, our guest collaborates with retirement plan advisors, third-party administrators, and financial service organizations to help them leverage marketing tools, social media strategy tactics, and meaningful connections. And this is a key thing to gain greater and greater success. Know your market, know their problems and niche down tightly to become the go to expert for that group. She has received awards and recognition from the Plan Sponsor Council of America, Pension and Investments; National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators; and the International Association of Business Communicators. So was it simply a case of trying out different roles until she found the one that fits? And where do people go wrong in their own marketing...making it all about them, or just confusing the message? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sheri Fitts Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Sheri Fitts such as: We discuss how social media is such a noise nowadays, and what platforms she has chosen to focus her energy into. Sheri shares her top three strategies to building meaningful connections on LinkedIn that works for her business. We chat about buying the best talent you can in your business to make growth and scale more and more achievable.   and lastly…. Sheri reveals how she broke rules of business as a small girl as she didn't realise that there were rules to follow. She went out and made things happen. 
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Chatty Kathy & Other Inventions
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who is often referred to as the man of many visions. And when you see in bold type on his website "The best way to predict how a man will operate in the future, is see what he did in the past" you know that he is perfect for a show like Join Up Dots His colorful career spans over six decades and includes an array of expertise including designer, marriage and family therapist, hypnotherapist, inventor, marketing executive, mechanical engineer and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he migrated to California to attend California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) in Pasadena in 1948, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. With his studies completed he set to work, changing the way that life was supposed to be, not least allowing humans to leave Earth and land on over planets. His background includes supervising the mechanical design of the rocket engine for Lunar Excursion Module that landed the first astronauts on the moon. He also designed a hermetically-sealed explosive release mechanism for satellites. If that is not good enough, he turned his attention on the toy market and designed the talking mechanism for the Chatty Cathy Doll, the first ever talking doll, a favorite for children from 1959 – 1965.  And now after leaving his diverse and highly successful career, he shifted his focus to what is now known as True Fortunes. As he says "TrueFortunes is my very first venture with no purpose, no redeeming value and no prospect of remuneration. I’m old enough to have given up saving for my old age, old enough to have more sense but not old enough to stop caring – so let’s have some fun!” So what is his current passion, and why does he now after many many years of high achievement see fun as so important? And what would he say his biggest achievement was in life? Or perhaps it is still in the future? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr David Lee.
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Business
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with a personal motto that if you don't understand it as a business owner...then you should. Measure, Motivate, and Manage. He has extensive working knowledge regarding all aspects of operating a successful in-home service business, including (but not limited to) sales and marketing, recruitment, systematising, and human resources. He has helped numerous business owners revitalize their companies and become true business owners, not just operators. And this is the key element to it all....why is it that so many people create a business that actually runs them instead of the other way around? You don't set off on a path that you hope will lead to longer hours, more stress and headache after headache. It's all about walking on beaches, relaxing with friends and living the dream. And today's guest is most certainly living the dream now, but that wasn't always the case. He has been where you are. Working long hours, with his life supporting his business. Unable to step away from the day to day operation for fear of it disappearing in front of him. So how has he managed to switch off the life support system and see the business breath and flourish without him? And are their common issues that people almost have to go through to achieve the success that they want? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Justin Deese. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Justin Deese such as: Why so many people feel that in the early days of their business they can outwork their issues, but this is never the case and ultimately can bring even greater issues. How Justin felt when the business was growing too big for him. Did he have the skills to manage it? Could he handle the extra workload? All 100% imposter syndrome. How he has managed to create a business that is transportable, and is demonstrating that as he drives around America with his family in an RV. Why he wont do anything in his life that he doesn't love. no matter how lucrative it can be for him and his family. and lastly…. Why it is so important to have a vision of what you want in your life, not necessarily just in your business, as soon as you start working on building the dream.
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Business Partners
In todays episode we answer a couple of questions posed by a listener of Join Up Dots based in Scotland. He asked a couple of great questions that can make or break a business right from the very start, and more importantly is something that many entrepreneurs make mistakes with. How should you choose business partners and where do you find them? And secondly…..What is the first step to take when exploring a potential idea Both of these are will be discussed in today's show, and also we say hello to Pamela and Mike in the States, and Zadou in France. All now firm members of the Join Up Dots celebrity listeners club So what makes good business partners….time to listen to the episode So enjoy and hope to hear from you soon David
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Influence
How Do You Create Mass Influence In Your Business And Life? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a #1 international bestselling author of Mass Influence – the habits of the highly influential, which is now a bestseller in 7 countries. From her rural back-woods roots in Northern Canada, she has worked her way through several different positions until she became the founder and chair of the Evolutionary Business Council, where she works with people around the world wanting to create grass roots change in communities and businesses. An International speaker and 4-times bestselling author, she has been featured on television, radio and print media across the globe demonstrating her passion for teaching others to play bigger and to generate wealth by creating more powerful relationships with others, both locally and internationally. But how did she truly get here? All positions of influence are not created overnight, but by many years of joining up seemingly unconnected dots until it all starts to make sense. So did she have a master plan right from the beginning? Or was it like so many of us, that she just tried many different things until she felt the click and everything fell into place? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the and only Teresa de Grosbois Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Teresa de Grosbois such as: You cannot make yourself influential no matter how much you want to, so it’s up to you to do the work on behalf of others and let your influence spread. Why it is so important for you to know what is weird and what isn’t when connecting with someone of influence. Dont make simple mistakes hinder your progress. and lastly…. Influential people understand that the influence is a currency that works. So save it, invest it and let it grow so you can be who you want to be. 
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Freelancing
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who certainly has had his ups and downs since entering into the startup world to where he is today. And so my friends, that of course makes him a perfect guest for another inspiring, motivational and educational episode of Join Up Dots After graduating with a degree in music, he of course was like so many people who follow an education based career, convinced that an employment in the music industry was beckoning. But little by little he realised that this wasn't going to happen for him, so ended up waiting tables in LA to earn some cash. At the same time one of his flat mates, was doing very well writing code for a company. In fact based on the fact that his mate could roll into work when he wanted and basically in the words of our guest "Never be fired from the company as he had written much of their programming" inspired our guest to start working on his computer skills. He went from waiting tables in LA while pursuing a career in music, to building a development agency, to building several other products and companies, and to ultimately now becoming the CEO of Crew. How he is approaching the opportunities and challenges of taking over the leadership role as CEO of Crew, which is 3 years old, has raised $11 million in funding, has a valuation of $30 million, and is at the forefront of the freelance economy (which is shaping the future of work). So everything looks rosy in the garden for our guest. He looks relaxed, is loving his work, and on his way up. So how did he get himself back on his feet after the disappointment of realising a life in music was unlikely to be happening for him? And when he realised that his development agency was going under, due to choosing the wrong business partners to work with did he think he didn't have it in him to create his own success? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Michael Sacca
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Networking
Networking Advice They Way You Want It WIth David Burkus My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and business school professor. In 2017, he was named as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkes50 His forthcoming book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not the old boring networking advice. He is also the author of Under New Management and The Myths of Creativity.  He is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and his work has been featured in Fast Company, the Financial Times, Inc magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and CBS This Morning. If that isn't good enough, his innovative views on leadership have earned him invitations to speak to leaders from a variety of organizations, where he has delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Stryker and governmental and military leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.8 million times. So what are we doing wrong then when it comes to building a highly valuable network? And what actually are the myths of creativity? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. David Burkus. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with David Burkus such as: David shares how he would recreate the education system to be able to spark creativity and passion in the kids of America. We discuss how the ideas of a book come to him, and the steps he takes to choose the one he wants to work on. and lastly…. Why networking should not be a constant battle against the spam...but instead a series of meaningful interactions that provide value.
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Characteristics Of A Leader
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is seasoned consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with CEOs and senior executives of organizations ranging from Fortune 50s to start-ups in pursuit of transformational change. His consulting has taken him to more than 20 different countries on four continents, and he has consulted to some of the world’s most influential CEOs and executives on issues ranging from strategy to organization to leadership.  And this interest in leadership and more importantly the struggles that leaders encountered a ten year longitudinal study on executive transition to find out why more than 50% of leaders fail within their first 18 months of appointment. Through this research he uncovered the four differentiating capabilities that set successful leaders apart, which he has written about in depth within his ground breaking Amazon #1 book Rising To Power, co-authored with Eric Hansen. So what is it about leadership that got his juices flowing in such a manner that his career has been interlinked ever since? And is leadership something that is taught or something that has to be experienced? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ron Carucci   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ron Carucci such as: Ron shares who he thinks are todays tops leaders across the world, and the skills that have made them shine. And they certainly aren't who you might think. We discuss the route to power, and what we can do to prevent the ultimate abuse of that power when they get there. Ron reveals why their are two forms of leaders, and if one existed more then we would have the issues with the others, and lastly…. Ron gives us the four main leadership skills we can all develop today to become better leaders in life, or in our organisations.   
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Female Entrepreneur
What Does It Take To Be A Successful Female Entrepreneur? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who was previously on the show back on episode 251, where we had a very deep conversation around self sabotaging ones careers, even when things are going just as you hoped they would. Back then she told us “I was a freelance writer, for a small Sydney magazine, before I realised a dream to help others create the lifestyle that they truly deserved. I use the word ‘deserved’ with intention. It was one of my first, big spiritual realisations: We are not all living our highest potential, we deserve so much more than we’ve been taught to expect.” That’s a fascinating insight not just to this ladies outlook, but also life itself. Why are we taught from such a small age to be realistic, be practical and leave the dreaming to, well the dreamers. Shouldn’t we be encouraging people to go for the mad stuff, the big stuff, the stuff that real dreams are made off? Challenging them to grow to the highest potential possible? Well since 2006 our guests life has been one intertwined with the all of this and more, and with such personal values such as laugh regularly, think differently, be persistent, be abundant (and give generously) and live what you love, she has clients flocking to her business looking for a similar mind-set to propel them to success. So where did her positive outlook really kick in and allow her to speed forward to success? And why has she rebranded her work from self names to beautifully wild? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only Monique Williams. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Monique Williams such as: How Monique now realises that she can now charge premium prices in her business and bring better quality clients into her business. Less customers, less hassle and more money....perfect! Why she now sees that she is more condensed and precise as to what she is offering. She knows her stuff, and knows how to deliver what her clients truly need. Monique recalls how her marketing messages were not congruent with how she truly was, and why it took a client to point out the error of her ways. and lastly…. Why we both believe that ladies should only share one part of themselves when they go out clubbing and what that part should be! Truly deep stuff! 
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Bucket List
Bucket Lists Are All The Rage, And Danny Dover Is The King My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who was one of the first people ever to join up dots with me on the show. Back on episode 11, we discussed his journey from a position where he was diagnosed as clinically depressed, overweight, with limited motivation, but knowing that he had to do something and do something fast. And at those points in ones life when big changes are needed, so the big questions were needed to be asked. Our guest did that by asking "Why Am I Here? and then started taking action. His professional life began flourishing, his personal life improved, and after creating his own company, publishing his first bestseller “SEO Secrets”, presenting to crowds of interested folk who flocked to hear his message, he knew it was time to reevaluate once more. He increased his focus on self development and happiness, and created his first “Life List” which quite simply he states “Was the best decision he ever made!” Setting himself a target to achieve 150 things by May 25th 2017, he set off on an adventure which is nothing short of inspiring. He lost 60 pounds, ran a marathon, sold/donated all his possessions until only owning less than 100 things, paid off all of his debts, became much more spiritual, visited all 7 continents, reconnected with friends and family and became happier than he had ever been before. And with items such as flying a plan, being on a chat show, seeing Mt Everest, getting a six pack, and living in the wilderness for a month, being just a few items on the list you can see it is a stretch of belief, as much as perseverance. But that is just one side of his story as his professional experience is also a wow too. His expertise as a SEO expert, has been cited in Time Magazine, NPR, NBC, PC World and has been translated into over 10 languages. He has spoken at Yale, the University of Washington and numerous conferences around the world. According to analytics data, his written work has been accessed in almost every country in the world. So where do we start...with the culmination of the bucket list adventure, or how he has gone from a demotivated guy, overweight and lost to a man who seems like he hits a home run every-time he swings. Well let’s just start by bringing onto the show to start joining up dots the one and only Danny Dover. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Danny Dover such as: Danny tells us how he has managed to find the time and money to achieve his life list, and you will discover it is more to do with subtraction and prioritising than anything else. Danny reveals the big wins from completing his Life List (and they certainly what I was expecting) but so valuable to all of us. We discover the big fact of how long it takes to get a six pack, and whether he has managed to cling onto it after achieving that aim. and lastly…. Why we should all consider the power of attempting monthly life-lists of small achievable things occurring locally. Breaking lifes routine can be the quickest way to a life that is a wow! 
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Property Investing
Property Investing Long Distance Style Is What Makes Our Guest Today Come Alive My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who is working hard at the side hustle, and changing lives across the world. Every entrepreneur experiences that moment when he knows beyond a doubt that he wants something different… something more. For our guest today that moment came one morning as he was getting ready for yet another day at work. He knew what was coming… and he didn’t look forward to the process. Just like the day before, he looked at the clock. It blinked 5 a.m. He’d have to get ready for work only to rush to the airport to board a plane that would take him from one long, grueling meeting after another.  As he raced from one end of the city to the other, fueled only by coffee he’d grabbed on the go, he dared to think… What if I didn’t have to do this 9-to-5 thing any longer? What could my life be then? How would it be to spend more time with my wife and kids? Certainly there was supposed to be more… And so what did he do? Did he simply set the alarm for another 5 a.m start? Well that would be a very short episode if he did, and instead KeePon Cashflow was born. Instead, using the principles he learned first from reading Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad series, he has carved a niche for himself as a real estate entrepreneur. Using systems and strategies unique in the investing world, he now shares what he knows online in videos, podcast interviews and written content that is archived on his website. So when he realised that he wanted more in life, what were the immediate steps he took to achieve his aim? And when did he believe that he truly had something that other people wanted and BOOM the business was truly born? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Billy Keels. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Billy Keels such as: Billy shares how his wife wasn't fully behind him at the beginning, but from viewing his passion first hand is now his biggest allie he could want. Why so many people ask Billy how he has managed to live in Spain and invest in properties in America. Wondering if this is a logical step to take? We discuss the skills and techniques that Billy uses to get a mass of work done in a very short period of time. Skills that all of us can use to huge effect. and lastly…. Why so many businesses struggle to grow a business as they look at every customer as "must have income".....nurture those relationships and you will never go hungry again. 
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Travel Business
Wanna Have A Travel Business That You Can Take With You Everywhere? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with the founder of Dream Life Deluxe. She's on a mission to help entrepreneurs create lives of freedom and embrace travel as she goes around the world on her second tour. Now we hear the Digital nomad title more and more nowadays, where people create a totally transportable business and live a life of adventure and value everyday. Well todays guest has moved over fifty times in the last year and in the process has created a six figure business while doing it. She's been featured in Thrive Global, As Told by Nomads, Transform via Travel, 12 minute convos and more. Now how did this all start? When did she realise that it was time to pack a suitcase, ensure she had enough clean knickers for more than two weeks travel and set out to see the world? Well it could be described that she had a Eat, Pray, Love moment (which being a man means nothing to me, but I'm sure will do to the listeners across the world). when she ended her relationship, put in her resignation at work, and booked a $300 ticket to Africa with no plan and nothing more than a desire for travel. You see as she says "For ten years I was spending long hours as a media planner working for someone else’s dream. I earned good money, but I didn’t have any time to enjoy it. My desk was filled with brochures on how to work overseas and travel,and I secretly looked at them whenever I could find a break at work. I wanted to leave my job and travel the world, but when everyone tells you your dreams are “impossible” or “unreasonable” or “stupid,” you start to believe them. Then one day a coworker quit to travel to Nicaragua for 6 months! And I thought, “Hang on, that’s MY dream! I’ve been thinking about this for 10 years. How can others simply DO this??” After lots of sleepless nights, she decided to quit her day job in Germany and create an unconventional life for herself. Living off her savings at first, she traveled around and worked in animal refuges and shelters and landed in Sydney where she worked for the Sydney zoo for a year, during which time she started her business and met her partner, who now travels with her! So was it just that one conversation that kicked started her activity, or actually it didn't matter what happened it was just time and she knew it? And how do others do the same? Is it harder than she expected or simply like a walk in the park? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Susi Kaeufer. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Susi Kaeufer such as: Why Susi feels the need to move every two weeks, even though she had stayed in one spot for a decade. Susi recalls how she listened to the words of others who didn't believe it was possible and bought into this "wrong advice" before seeing a different way. Why it is so powerful to build a business around what your clients are telling you that they want from you, not simply guessing. and lastly…. How she learnt to relax and allow the content to flow from her, instead of sitting at her pc and thinking "I must write valuable content,...what is valuable content"???
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Leadership Advice
Leadership Expert Shares How Sometimes You Need To Fail To Learn How To lead My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an interesting tale of how he got to where he is today, By the age of 35, he had been both director at a start-up and president of a multi-million dollar sales organization. Despite his reading, the teaching, and different roles he wasn’t a good leader. None of his teams came close to reaching their potential. In frustration he gave up on management and became a consultant. Then things changed for him, and he realised that actually leadership was the key to his future, he had just gone about it the wrong way. Real leadership began when a client asked him to build a team of analysts. He started by hiring good people. And keeping an unrelenting focus on learning and improvement within 2 years the team was the envy of the organization. Eventually, he realized he hadn’t taught people how to be a good team. The team had taught him how to lead. He took his hard-won knowledge and went back into consulting, rescuing high-impact projects. In every instance there were at least two problems — and one of them was always teamwork. Have you noticed the world is more connected, complex, chaotic, and faster than ever before? It feels like these forces are trying to rip your business and your life apart. He now speaks to organizations about the need for responsive leaders and adaptive teams. More, he lays out the steps it takes for leaders to get teams from Meh to High-Performance! So when did the penny start to drop and he realised that he was going about it the wrong way? And what stopped him thinking “I can’t go backwards, what will people think of me”? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jeffrey Davidson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jeffrey Davidson such as: Why every business says that they are unique and in fact they are all basically the same, with the same issues. Why every employee can find an area of improvement in their business that can show the world that they can consult elsewhere. How meetings and building connections are the corner stone of Jeffreys work, and should be yours too. and lastly…. Jeffrey shares the steps that it takes to become the better version of yourself, whether within the company or outside on your own.
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Sales Expert
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is man with quite an usual journey to where he is today. But as we see every-time on Join Up Dots, if you look close enough you can see how the dots join up everytime. He has led two companies from $1 million to more than $10 million, and one from $1 million to $0. And now trains entrepreneurs who don’t realize they’re the VP of Sales and also individual sales people how to 10 X their revenues in a step-by-step sales formula . But starting his career as a graphic design intern, he was a million miles away from the sales king he is today. He did four four months only, before then joining Uncle Sam in the US Marine Corp where he provided visual information support, by way of photos, videos, and graphics, to enhance the combat readiness and training support needs of the Marines. Who would have thought...eh?? And then he went through a series of roles quickly as he developed his skills, gained successes, learnt from his mistakes and made his way to where he is today. As the owner of the Sandler Training DTB, a consulting and training firm dedicated to helping clients significantly improve the performance of their revenue engine. And it looks like he is loving it! So when did he realise that sales was the environment that truly made him come alive? And why does so many people struggle with this part of the business, when in truth we are all in sales every day of our lives? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jim Brown. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jim Brown such as: Why so many people in the world refuse to dream big enough in their lives, and how the bigger you can dream the more chance you have to succeed. Jim shares how he grew up poor in Indiana, and why although he has never lost the awareness of the value of money he is so willing to take risks as he grows his own business. Why even after starting seven businesses Jim shares how none of them have lasted more than three years, and why he is so happy that is the case. and lastly…. Why you simply have to go back and listen to episode 82 of Join Up Dots, to hear the most amazing story you will ever experience 
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Minimalists
Are minimalists the quick route to success? This opens our podcast episode today On today’s episode of Join Up Dots we answer a series of listeners questions in the only way that we know how…..mad for business fun. So lets start with question one….. Question One: Hi David, I am struggling to define what being successful means to me? Im sure most people would say money, but I think I would be ok with hardly any money. So where should I channel my energies into if I dont want a lot to be happy? Elaine Mortimer, Glasgow Question Two: Hi David, I have been listening to Join Up Dots since the beginning and this is the first time I have connected with you. I would love to know how you started the podcast, as I am seeing more and more people are starting and was wondering how easy (and I bet you will say hard) it was and is….thanks for the a simply brilliant show Daryl Minard, Arkansas. Question Three: You, Mr Ralph, love what you are doing my man. I found your show recently after listening to your hilarious performance on Greg Barths podcast. Great job man. I had a smile on my face for the whole day. I am thinking of getting involved in a network marketing scheme and I wonder if you had any advice for me how to start. Thanks buddy and the beers are on me. Indigo Canata, Brazil. Question Four: Good morning David Ralph and the Join Up Dots team. Looking back over the hundreds of shows that you have recorded, do you see similar learnings that the guests have gained. I have listened to over 20 shows in the last two weeks, and it seems to be persistence is the key to everything. But surely, it cant just be keepin on going until you succeed or everyone would do that? Thank you for the amazing content, you make my very boring job a pleasure to go to, as I can listen to your show secretly Gemma Lyons, Toronto. Question Five: Hello David, quick question. If you could go back in time and do something differently in Join Up Dots what would it be? Archie Twinner, Brisbane, Australia.
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Farming Today
How Do You Spin Farming Today Into A Multi-Million Dollar Business? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who has created something very different to every other guest we have had on the show before. From a farm in Canada, she has created a multi million dollar brand stopping men and boy from stinking. Yep, I kid you not…80% of her marketing plan is based around the hygiene habits of the male population…which we will get into on the show. But most impressively for me is how before we even talk she has joined up her dots to where she is today. So ready to have a quick run through of the dots? Well here we go. At 10, my father crushed my dreams of one day becoming a writer and pilot. At 12, we fled from Canada to Florida when my father was arrested for organized crime. At 16, my brother was killed by a drunk driver. At 17, I joined the US Coast Guard to chase druggies. (Like my father.) At 18, my father went to maximum security prison. (He got off the first time.) At 21, I was kicked out of the Coast Guard because I was Canadian. At 22, I married a Special Forces Green Beret (trained killer). At 35, I left my husband (who was abusive), penniless with no resume, 2 daughters and a dog. At 35, I took a job selling cars. At 37, I began to study the art of screenwriting to save me from the mind-numbing boredom of selling cars. At 37, I won an international film festival, and went on to write another award-winning script. Earned no money, however. At 43, I quit my $130,000 yr job working for a tyrant and took nine months off to sit in the woods by a river and think about life. At 45, I met the love of my life. (The Brit, of course.) At 46, I earned my pilot’s license and fly a float plane in the Canadian bush. At 49, I started a bath and beauty gift company which has become a multi-million dollar brand. And that is the perfect place to start todays story. How do you live a life like that and end up creating a company from a rural farm, that ends up being pitched on Dragons Dens? And when did she realise that this was what she had been building up to throughout her life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Leslie Bradford-Scott Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Leslie Bradford-Scott such as: How you can find a gap in a saturated market and position yourself where people will see you. How the offline way of marketing can be equally as powerful as doing things online. Get out from behind the PC and make real connections. The reasons why she made an appearance on Dragons Den, and what it did for her business. and lastly…. How she uses near to the mark humour on her products, which works so well with her perfect avatar. 
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Wellness Coaching
Wellness Coaching Starts From Within As Ed Pike Shares In Todays Episode My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an amazing story of finding his thing, starting from a point that would have seemed the end just a decade or so before. Starting his professional journey after leaving the University of Bath, with a degree in International Management and Spanish, he first steps seem almost usual. He gained his qualification and then started working for a huge organisation, in this case The Hilton, where he worked on their online presence, increasing sales by over 100% Then, it seems to me the first dot appeared and he started focusing in on other peoples development, this time in the health industry as a Personal Trainer for LA Fitness. Did this spark the fires of his later entrepreneurial ventures, who knows. but one thing for sure the mind and body vibe started to become more and more evident. Leading to him in 2013 starting his own Life & Health Mentor Programme, run from his home base in Crete, and performed over skype and in person across the world. As he says "I’ve experienced loneliness, pain and destructiveness - in fact I still do at times. I'm far from perfect: I’ve tried to deny my negativity, shame, fear and anger, but have learnt that true strength and power lie in deep vulnerability.  After my diagnosis with HIV in 2009, I even felt life closing in on me. But, through all of the pain, I stayed true to my inner voice. And so I pulled through, faced my demons and aligned with the authentic and creative spirit within - and rediscovered the magical adventure that is life! And that is what he brings to the world, the ability to understand that its the dark times, that make the light seem brighter than ever. Its the hardships that give us the coping skills to build a future better than we could ever hope for? So when he was diagnosed with HIV, did he think it was a life sentence that he had been given, or just something else to add to his story? And where do people go wrong, living in the past, the future, or simply not truly living at all? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ed Pike Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ed Pike such as: Ed shares how feelings are such a powerful way of directing your future to where it was born to be. Be quiet and get directed by whats inside of you. How we all have a calling to adventure, and why sometimes we need a jolt from the blue to really make us take notice. Ed shares how he landed his first clients, and the work he took to get his business off the ground, through word of mouth referrals. and lastly…. Why the barter system of the exchange of services is such an amazing way to begin a business. Its not always about the money.
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Marketing Lessons
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an amazingly unusual road to where he is today. Not least, as I discovered that his first job was a gravedigger at a Pet Cemetery, digging graves for Fido and Felix, and many other beloved pets who had used up their extended lifelines. But certainly his career might have seen dead and buried, but in fact it was just one of the big dots that has lead him to where he is today. Digging around the internet, spying on the competition and bringing the five steps of lead generation to life for his clients As the founder of Digital Agency School and the CEO of the marketing agency GoBeyond SEO, he believes that there are five stages that all businesses need if they want to floruish in their markets 1. Identify your ideal client 2. Research what works in your market (i.e. “spy” on your competition) 3. Craft a converting message and foot in the door offer 4. Build a funnel you can leverage 5. Analyze the data and optimize And this systems appears to be working wonders, as even though he started his agency with no experience, no marketing education or any connections in the industry he is certainly rocking and rolling. Now he wants to help other marketers launch their own agencies so they can build their ideal career & lifestyle and I suppose legacy. And isn't that what life is all about, helping as many people as you can to get their dream, and in the process getting your own one as a result. So how did he start something if he had no experience in it, and still make it a success? And does he look back at the time when he used to read the newspaper over the radio to blind people as useful in anyway to where he is now? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Brian Saemann Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Brian Saemann such as: Why the skill of anti-selling is such a powerful concept in business...and what is that? Quite simply the more that we tell someone that they can't have it the more they will want it. Brian tells how he had to work two jobs for a year and a half until he had the money and structure to start his new business (even after being pushed by his wife) Why Brian feels that all businesses, especially in the beginning should thrive on old school marketing techniques as these are so much easier to understand and will make money quicker. and lastly…. Brian shares the mistakes he has made both financially and timewise, which although disappointing, have led him to where he is today.
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Motivational
I have been thinking a lot recently about what makes something truly motivational and inspires us to do amazing things in our life. When other things just leave us flat, and feeling i guess....anything close to motivational. It's a strange thing to think about as you don't do you, you just to let yourself get carried a long by the motivation without ever considering why. Well it's my view that true motivation comes from within, and the feeling of seeing something motivational and exclaiming "That is amazingly motivational" means one thing. The images, or stimuli actually come to us, due to it tapping into something that makes us who we are. Our core strengths. Recently, the movie The Greatest Showman, has been going gangbusters across the world. Which is where the story of PT Barnum the American Showman is brought to life by Australian actor Hugh Jackman. In the film the struggling entrepreneur is unable to find his thing in life before deciding and going after the thing that lit him up inside. He was excited by his vision. He was inspired by the opportunities that he could see would come his way.  He had found something that would play to his key strengths and so was motivational to him. So do you know what your key strengths are in life? Do you know where you are heading? Do you know why something's knocks you off your feet and makes you feel amazing, whilst other quite simply leave you feeling flat? If you haven't, then you are holding yourself back to a future that is stimulating and exciting everyday of the week. And that is pure motivation.....the kind of power that is already in you. 
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Automate & Grow
How Do Your Build A Business That Thrives On Automation? Todays Guest Has The Answer My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is a master at taking a business and putting it on automatic pilot. As he says " Have you ever wondered how to create more free time and to scale your growth? The use of marketing automation, sales and customer support technologies can help you do this. And now my system "Automate and Grow" provides a blueprint for startups, small and medium businesses to address the use of these and supporting digital technologies to modernize your business and offer customers an exceptional customer experience. He started working on custom mobile and Salesforce projects in 2010 and was ranked in the top 5 at the Salesforce Appquest developer competition with Portable Intelligence. And it seems to me that this was the moment when an interest became a fascination, and he began to love the difference that he was making to peoples lives. He is a people person, who recognises that he has the skills and talent, to not only bring more cash into his clients lives, but also increase the standard of their lives too. A true win win. Give the customer what they are screaming out for in a simple, easy to understand way, and your business will flourish because of it. And now with his book Automate and Grow flying off the shelves at Amazon and his own podcast just launching he is bringing his mission to a wider and wider audience. So did he ever live a life when he was pulling his hair out and looking at his watch twenty times an hour? And what is the number one thing that people struggle with when automating? Not knowing their business, or attempting to use too many systems? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michael Devellano Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Michael Devellano such as: Michael shares how he was a "horrible" employee until he realised that his true future was working for himself. Why we all have a blind spot in our business where the work is needed to be done, but we cant see it for ourselves - even though we advise our clients to do it. Why the education system is fundamentally flawed, and the steps we should take to ensure a more positive future for our students. and lastly…. Why Michael realises that he micro manages himself, and sometimes it would be better if he cut himself some slack.
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Technology Or Bust
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a business development consultant and public speaker. She has over a decade of international experience in educating youth about global business competences and management. Fluent in 5 languages: English, German, Russian, Italian and Serbian, she has been awarded for distinguished achievements by age 24 from three governments: The Ministry of Youth and Sport of The Republic of Serbia; The German Agency for Academic Exchange (DAAD) and German Parliament; The Cambridge University International Trust and PEXIM Foundation. But what does this mean I hear you cry? Well our guest today helps companies and Millennials, by writing and consulting about disruptive innovation, Virtual and Augmented Reality, SAAS sales, city branding, tech startups, peak performance coaching, and content marketing. Still in the dark, with big words and the like? Well, in a nutshell she is a teacher, inspiration, and through over 1,000 hours of training and presentations is firing a flame into the ambitions of the world. Allowing them to see a technological future that can help them change the world and their own. So with all this going on, what does she enjoy most about her days? And with the ever changing technological world seeming to speed up more and more, how does she keep up with the trends enough to be ahead of the trends? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Milena Milicevic Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Milena Milicevic such as: Why Milena shifted the priorities of her work into two fields only, and how this has made such a big difference. Why finding a stakeholder who can make decisions is such an important part of getting momentum into a company. How happiness is always within us, even at our lowest points. Its up to us to pull it out and support ourselves with that gift. and lastly…. Why Milena has gained huge business lessons from tango classes, and how she has brought this into our lives. 
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Relationship Podcast
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who I'll be honest with I stumbled across on the web. And every now and again you see something on a website or about page that you think "Yeah that is spot on in every-way" Well today's guest had a line about how she operated in her business at the beginning which said "I pretended to have my shit together in a life-coach imposter kind of way" Wow, let's think about this. This is a lady who was happy to say, look guys I am working at this everyday of the week. I have good days and bad, and sometimes very bad. But I keep on coming back to it, as it's what I wanted to do. And aren't we glad she did, as now she is rocking and rolling as a relationship coach from her base in Canada, where she coaches clients across the world in how to build the strongest relationships in the world. She is a TEDx alumni, international trainer, coach and writer, and with a BA in Sociology and as a certified Life Coach, she has provided guidance to people from every walk of life and income bracket to improve and empower their lives for over 25 years. As they say "She has a knack for simplifying the most complex problems into small doable steps that create lasting change." So did she always want to be in the relationship business and deal with peoples problems in such an intimate and powerful way? And where does she see this all going? Is she on the hot spot of her timeline or still working towards something in her life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Beth Hanishewski Show Highlights. During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Beth Hanishewski such as: Beth admits that she is a tragic marketer, but is always blown away that people can find her online, which will always come down to being good at what she does!. Why she feels that she became a relationship coach by accident, and explains how she now loves being paid for doing something that she loves...but that wasn't always the case. and lastly…. Why it is so important to live through real world relationships and experiences and get something from every stage you encounter.
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Success Insider
You Need To See How Success Is Built (and Lost) To Be A Real Success Insider..Ben Fewtrell Is That Man My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at MaxMyProfit and author of the Business Exceleration Blueprint, is a sought-after advisor, keynote speaker and trainer. He has been featured in ‘Secrets of TopBusiness Builders Exposed’, Virgins in-flight magazine, Sky Business and many more. He started his first business at the age of 18, where he built it to be a multi-millions dollar business with 64 trucks on the road in just 4 years. As impressive as it sounds, he was working ridiculous long hours and not making any money! By the age of 28 he was over it, and just knew there had to be a better way. After selling his transport company, he decided to pursue his passion for business and spent many years and tens of thousands of dollars learning what it takes to build a successful business. This led him to personally mentoring and coaching hundreds of business owners in dozens of industries, building his own multi-million dollar business in the process. He likes to have fun in both life and business, so is perfect for a show like Join Up Dots So why was he making no money when he had a multi million pound business in his hands? And is this a similar failing of most new entrepreneurs that he encounters? They are doing all the work but not getting the rewards? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Ben Fewtrell  Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ben Fewtrell such as: How there are three types of businesses, you are either employed, self employed or you have a business. A business is where you can leave it alone and it will still make you money by operating. Ben shares how he almost when bust by trying to grow a business bigger than himself a this time. You need to work to your limits and then scale from that point. Through changing twelve jobs within twelve months he found out a very important lesson: He cant work for someone else and never has since. and lastly…. How some of his clients just cant be pushed into seeing a new way of operating. As he Ben says "They either breakthrough or they breakdown."
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Success Coach
How To Become A Success Coach And Change Peoples Lives My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who believes that the work life balance is something we should go after. After over 40 years of owning and operating his own businesses, he is keenly aware of the challenges facing small business owners. In his 40 years of diverse experience in business, he founded a commodity trading company, a real estate brokerage and assembled investment groups that raised millions of dollars to buy minor league baseball and basketball franchises. Much like other entrepreneurs and business owners, he has lost sleep over meeting/missing payroll, struggled to repair a (self-inflicted) damaged culture, and experienced the extreme highs and lows that come with the territory. And through the hardship and the ups and downs he found a better way of operating, and things are very different today. Now he is a business coach and expert in corporate culture and strategy and through his coaching practice, The Accountability Factor, he helps businesses increase revenue and productivity, and manage relationships and collaborations while living harmonious lives. He also leads MasterCoach Forum, a mastermind for elite coaches committed to accountability, collaboration, community, and business growth. So how did he find his place after such a diverse career? And are there commonalities that he has developed throughout that has led him to the right place? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Tom Rubens. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Tom Rubens such as: Tom shares how he feels that the middle classes in America are being lost, and instead being replaced by the have’s and have’s not. Tom reveals how he took steps to self-sabotage his business, even though it was the greatest thing ins his life at that time. We reveal how the true path to someones future is always with us. We dont have to go far, we just have to start within our heart. and lastly…. We discuss how the world of business can operate in a state of harmony, as long as you go actively looking for that harmony. 
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Remote Working
Remote Working Is All The Rage...But Does It Really Work? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the Co founder and CEO of SimpleTiger, a boutique digital marketing agency that specializes in SEO for entrepreneurs. For 11 years, he has helped companies like Segment.com, Shopify, NBC, MTV, E*Trade, LG, and Sports Illustrated see significant gains in their search results, organic traffic, and revenue. During his time growing SimpleTiger, he has seen firsthand how clients have been unnecessarily burned by other agencies in the past or confused by misleading SEO strategies. He believes that The SEO industry is plagued with a lot of smoke and mirrors, black hat techniques, and a lack of transparency. Jeremiah’s mission is to open up about what many other SEO marketers and agencies won’t share-the practices and frameworks that actually work. Why share this? Because transparency is much needed in an industry where sharing is typically frowned upon. But at his core, he is a maverick.  As he says "I'm an entrepreneur attracted to rogue thinkers who go against the status quo. I like businesses that run lean, effective operations and drive high results and low hype. I like 37Signals, The 4 Hour Work Week, PR 20/20 and folks like them who go against the grain of their respective industries and wind up making something awesome. I never fit in during school and the corporate rat race wasn't a good fit for me either. I've found my place among other rogues as an entrepreneur and I couldn't feel more blessed to be where I am now." So what is it about pltting his own course that excites him most? And is SEO still something alive and kicking or are we in the world of video and audio now? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jeremiah Smith Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jeremiah Smith  such as: Why SEO at its core is a revers engineer of a search engine. What do the engines want? Lets go and give it to them. Jeremiah shares how he increased the profits of a business by two million dollars, and was blown away that this was purely down to his SEO strategies. We discuss the power of allowing staff to follow the remote working practice and  and lastly…. Jeremiah shares how we always wanted the freedom and controls to manage his own life...which meant the entrepreneurial life was  
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Maximize Your Strengths
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who you might mistake for Superwoman and if you do, you won’t be alone. She is regularly featured on television news segments, inside major blogs and publications, and on podcasts from all over the globe. She’s an accomplished Success Coach, Speaker, host of the Maximize Your Strengths podcast, as well as published Author of the hot new book; From Frustrated to Frickin’ Awesome: 4 Steps to Achieve the Success You’re Wired For. But more than anything else she’s an exceedingly proud wife and mother of two, who loves helping others discover how to make their businesses and relationships thrive in harmony. But this was as far from her starting point as you can possibly imagine. Graduating from St Catherine University with a post baccalaureate certificate in Nursing, she entered into the medical profession as a Clinical Dietitian and Registered Nurse before a four year stint as a beauty consultant for Mary Kay So from my viewpoint, she has always had a nurturing side to her character, wanting people to look and feel as good as they can right from the outset. And so you can see that where she is now, is as far away as she could be, but also very similar in concept, she has found a way to maximise her strengths, provide more value to the world and enjoy herself in the process. As she says “While I’ve always been interested in self-development, in the last 9 years, I dove into investment in my training, self-improvement, and coaching. In addition to classroom style learning, I’ve gained valuable knowledge from seminars, home-coaching programs, group-coaching programs, one-on-one coaching relationships, books, self-study, and real-life successes and failures. My clients benefit from all of that education and experience wrapped into one business coach!” So people you find what you want to do naturally, your unique strength, up-skill yourself and then solve the problems of others in that area. Seems simple doesn’t it? So if this is the blueprint for success, why do so many people struggle with finding their way through the pain and scarcity to make a success of their lives? And when was the moment when she sat bolt upright in bed and screamed “Erueeerka I know what I should be doing in my life!!” Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alissa Daire Nelson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Alissa Daire Nelson such as: Why getting to know yourself is so vitally important if you ever want to be the greatest version of yourself that you can possibly be. Why Alissa feels that there is always another devil in another level and it doesnt matter where you are on the jounrey there are scary times ahead. Why masterminds are so uber powerful and an extremely cost effective way to keep you on track and focused on the right results. and lastly…. Why stability in ones life is so familiar and comfortable, and why all entrepreneurs have moments of thinking “Wouldn’t it be easier just to get a job?”
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Startup Podcast
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Startup Expert Warren Hogarth, who shares his tips for startup mastery He is passionate about the way we think and manage our money. In 2016 he launched Empower Finance based on the belief that all people deserve access to expert financial advice (and it should be available for free). Instead of going to some dusty old office, with an old guy in a grey suit telling you to stick everything in bonds or shares, you deal directly with your own financial advisor working for you 24 hours a day. As he says “We were fed up with banks and traditional “advisors” so we built Empower to be your independent, trusted financial advocate. Empower helps you stay on top of your finances, get objective, personalized recommendations to make your money go further, and discover and save hundreds of dollars per year. Check account balances & track your spending, Automatically save to build wealth or pay down credit debt, Find a high-interest savings account, Manage bills and renegotiate to save (utilities, mobile, security), Review subscriptions you’re paying for and many more things too! Now you maybe saying “Why is it free?” and isn’t that the quickest way for a company to go bust with all our financial information? Well for most people that might be the case, but today’s guest has helped 3 companies go from $0 to $1 billion, and he’s seen other companies go to $0 (after looking promising initially). Growing up in rural Australia, he studied engineering, and ended up as 1 of 8 Venture Partners at Sequoia. They’ve invested in companies like Square, Uber, WhatsApp, and AirBnB, and he stood shoulder to shoulder with founders to build large, enduring businesses (3 went from zero to over $1 billion). As he says “There’s no guarantees in startups, but I have a lot of lessons learned on how to approach starting and growing a company” which I am bringing into Empower Finance everyday. So when did the idea to go it alone come to him? Was it overnight or bubbling under the surface for many years? And what is the biggest failing that people make when undertaking a startup? Lack of capital of lack of commitment? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Warren Hogarth Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Warren Hogarth such as: Warren shares the number one reason for a startup to fail, and you might be interested that it is rarely down to capital. Why a company is generally always going to go through a pivot to find it’s true life calling. Not many companies get it right the first time. Warren shares that moment where he knew that he was on the wrong path, and the steps he took to get onto the right one. and lastly…. Why it is so important to start a business in a market where there are great tailwinds now and the next ten years. Dont let it never get going by lack of interest. Music, Online expert, Love Life, Entrepreneurs, Dream Jobs, Online Courses, Persistence, Personal Trainer, Decision Making, Publicity, Young Entrepreneur, Freedom, Addicted, Shawn Stevenson, American Hustle, Make Money Online, Motivational Quotes, Expedition, Challenges, Steve Jobs, How To Start A Business, The Secret, Rich, Online Marketing, Time Management, Blogger, Videos, Recruiting, Authentic, Travel Blogs, Ultra Running, American Football, How To Make Money, Online Business, Company Culture, Law Of Attraction, Planet Money, Jobs, Video Marketing, Linkedin, Success Principles, Digital Marketing, Action Taking, Starting A Business, Successful Entrepreneurs, Personal Branding, Amazon, Lead Generation, Career Change, Life Planner, Comfort zone, Simplicity, Break The Rules, Book Launches, Personal Finance, Secret To Success, Business Plan, Health And Fitness, Tech Startup, Self Publishing, Entrepreneurs, Love, Career Path, Educational, Creativity, Selling, motivation, motivational, inspiration, confidence, success, freedom
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Baseball
Baseball Genius Jesse Cole, Shows How He Is Changing Baseball Forever My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is bold, crazy, inspired, committed and having the time of his life. He is the owner of two baseball teams that are quite frankly doing things a bit differently, and the world is taking note – Big Time He is the founder of Fans First Entertainment, which operates the Gastonia Grizzlies and the Savannah Bananas, and also a keynote speaker, and host of the Business Done Differently Podcast. Which is a boring way of telling you what he does, to be honest. He has taken a countries passion for baseball and turned it on its head, by creating an experience not just about what is happening (or is not happening on the pitch) but what is happening everywhere. He joined the industry in 2008 as General Manager of the Gastonia Grizzlies. It was here that he started providing a circus-like atmosphere at his ballparks. From dancing players, Grandma Beauty Pageants, and Flatulence Fun Nights to porta-john giveaways and garbage can nachos, he has tried it all The “show” worked and the Grizzlies began breaking attendance records annually. In 2014, he bought the Grizzlies and started Fans First Entertainment with his then-fiancé and Grizzlies Director of Fun, Emily. In 2015, the two of them then started a new Coastal Plain League team in Savannah, GA. It was announced on February 25, 2016 that the team would be named the Savannah Bananas. From there, the team quickly became a hit all over the country, in part thanks to coverage from national media outlets, including ESPN, CNN, and Good Morning America. Merchandise sold to all 50 states and 6 countries. In the first year, the team sold out 18 of 25 games and broke the attendance record for both Grayson Stadium and the Coastal Plain League. To top it off, the Bananas won the Coastal Plain League Championship. As he says he “I am just getting started”. His teams are continually reinventing as they look to change the baseball industry and the entertainment experience for fans. So how has he managed to stand firm against a world of conformity and create something new and exciting? And did he ever have the huge doubts that a new way should not be his way in future? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jesse Cole Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jesse Cole such as: How he managed to break down not only the barriers around him but also the barriers in his own mind, which allowed him to do the unthinkable What he did to grow his team, and find the right people that bought in his vision of where he wanted to head. Why Jesse can see clearly that although the timing wasnt perfect when he joined the Grizzlies, in fact it was in fact the perfect time. The truth that anyone who starts something can see. and lastly…. Why he connected with Barack Obama and offered an internship at the Baseball ground, much to the amusement of himself and his team.  
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Video Creators
Video Is Such A Power Way To Convert Viewers Into Customers - We Discuss How To Become One The Worlds Best Video Creators My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who is fascinated with video and the power of adding this to your marketing strategies As he says "There’s a ton of noise on the internet. Love it or hate it, the worst thing you can do is never be a part of it. I don’t know about you, but I love cartoons. I’ve always been an animation nerd. When I started RK we never knew online video would get SO big - but it’s exceeded even our expectations. I help businesses connect with their prospects and grow conversions with the help of strategic animation video marketing so that the prospects convert into raving fans and buy from you even if they haven't heard of you before. A magnetic video hits all the pain points of our target audience while visually engaging them, which helps our clients increase their conversions beyond 20% (industry average). They do this they implement Behavioural Lead Journey, which means they create and place animation videos along the entire marketing funnels. Converting cold prospects into raving fans while solidifying the bond with existing customers. But of course this is just part of his journey as before he took the lead and started creating his own future, our guest worked for Daimler, the car manufacturer in their finance division. So how did he go from working for Daimler o creating his own business that is rocking and rolling? And where did he find the problems waiting for him, as he grew his empire. On every corner, or simply never appearing? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Rohan Kale. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rohan Kale such as: Rohan shares how people make mistakes time and time again in their video marketing, and how easy it is to ensure that these never happen.  We discuss a brilliant way of starting a business, by hiring a freelancer to teach us the knowledge that we need, whilst bringing in clients quickly Rohan openly reveals how he used to hate the wasted time that he experienced in his cooperate life as an employee. Something that most of us can relate to. and lastly…. Why Rohan has changed his branding from a business to personal one and the difference it has made to his business.  
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Hustle
Hustle and the early startup are reviewed in todays show My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has worked so hard to where he is today, he has more lessons learned before the age of 30 than most people aged…well 30. He is proof that hard-work and determination pay off’s as he climbed the ladder of the restaurant industry as many do: with a great deal of empathy, a little bit of luck, and a massive amount of overconfidence. After graduating from Harvard in 2009, he worked his way up from being a busboy in Boston to being a beverage director for Momofuku in New York City, where he managed the buying, pricing, and selling of wine, beer, and spirits for the restaurant. Through living through this experience, he decided that he wanted to have more ownership of the guest experiences he was creating, so he took to Chicago to see how Booth could help him open his own restaurant. While attending Booth, our guest met his business partner, Hunter Swartz, and the two quickly realized that their shared background in endurance sports mixed with complementary work experiences could build something remarkable. He then joined the Eastman Egg team in January 2014 and served as COO for three years where in his time there, the company grew to four operating units and grew its revenues and team each by a factor of 10. And now he is also the author of the latest book to fly off the shelves with “What I Learned Before 30 – a biographical look that captures some of the best, and worst, moments of his life. As it says in the intro “I feel like i’ve finally learned that growing up to have different perspective than my parents was not a failure; it was the whole point. I cant wait to use the next 30 years to celebrate what makes us different, rather than resent it, and enjoy what a diverse, unique and wonderful family we are” So, said in another way, he has found the path in life that is the right one for him, and although others may not understand it makes no difference. And that is where we should all be, walking boldly into our own future and not one that has been constructed by the idealism of anyone else. So will there be a what I learned before sixty book coming up, and does he feel that mistakes are the true gift in life? And what does he enjoy doing most in his life, as he certainly has many things per day that could take up his time? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Drew Davis.  
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Keys To Success
Welcome to today's episode of the Join Up Dots, where we look at the real secrets to success as demonstrated  by real life listeners of Join Up Dots coaching programme. Through the show we are going to bring you the big learnings that our listeners revealed they have learnt through the last four years. And why did we ask that question? Well on the 19th February 2018 it was four years since the first stages of Join Up Dots occured. That was the day when I sat and bought the URL for Join Up Dots and the show started. Mike Buckerfield Obsession with all the wrong things. Generally negative attitude. Combining those two in order to procrastinate and slow progress. Still haven’t mastered these issues yet but I am improving. Big week for us ahead and I expect to make real strides in next few weeks. Happy Birthday Join Up Dots. I was exposed to severe trauma that lasted several months where there was little to nothing I could do about the source of trauma and this resulted in PTSD symptoms and a lot of weight gain. I'm thankful that I survived the harm inflicted and am working at resolving the weight issue. Eugene Sarigumba Spending too much time learning to build a website. Should have hired someone sooner. Allowing myself to get too comfortable and forgetting my dream. Thanks for all the great podcasts David!! Steve Reza Looking back the past 4 years, I would have focused more on who I am rather than who I thought I should be. I’m realizing that I am an entrepreneur and that’s why I see things differently than most people I come into contact with. But most people in my world just want the typical things —climb the corporate ladder, then settle down into a comfortable retirement —-BORING! I want to “fly.” Anett Gobolos Happpyyy Bday, JUD!!! Actually it is indeed life changing for me as well.. I always new I wanted stg different from the regular full-time corporate jobs but I didn’t see clearly the other path. It was so unknown and scary. I’m not this lonely warrior and I have been looking for such a community for a while. Beth Dickens Happy birthday Join up dots!! I think for me David, I find it hard to know what I’d of done differently. I feel like it’s all happened for a reason which is why I’m where I am today! I somewhat wish I hadn’t took my teacher training and wasted a year of my life becoming a teacher when that is not what I wanted to do (my parents are both teachers) and I fell into the easy copy your parents trap. But I wouldn’t have travelled to Kuwait and lived there or met my boyfriend who I now live in Boston with. It all happens for a reason! I regret nothing Karen Dimmick Happy birthday JUD! It's a tough question because if I hadn't done what I'd done in the past, I wouldn't have learned what I did.... given that though, I wish I'd narrowed my target market and started writing books for them earlier than I did. Benjamin Lively Happy birthday, Join Up Dots! During the past four years, I’ve spent my mental state trying to accomplish greater positions and pay in the corporate world, believing that I as the way to climb to the top but have been miserable just about everyday. Looking back, I should have (and now do) realized that I have a lot more to offer the world than I’m providing to the individual companies I’m working for. I have been boxing myself in thinking, this is as good as it gets. In all actually, it doesn’t get any worse! Once I realized that the reason these companies pay me a great salary was because they could use me to 20x their revenue and allow me to continue working for THEIR dream. Now, I realize there is no glass ceiling and that what I can do for them, I can certainly do for many, many others. I’ll be much happier and free and a lot more financially independent than ever before. I’ve realized that I have only been using ~40% of my total potential. Time to kick life in the balls and go after all my dreams. Fran Johnson McKay Happy birthday JUD. Thank you David for daring to start! What would I change? I’d trust the dots are leading me where I need to go. It’s not a straight line and it doesn’t always make sense but there is purpose for each one. I also wish I’d focused more on living in the present and on my family. It’s hard to get the balance right. I have a high achievement drive and it’s important that I keep it in check. Big Dreams and Big Family (I have a husband, 5 kids - only 1 still at home, 1 foster daughter, and 2 grand babies) so it’s not easy for me to balance. I’m getting better though and working less hours. Thanks again David! Gemma Louise Coleman Happy bday JUD!  For me, I would have used my maternity leave more effectively and spent the time getting to know my real passions and what motivates me so i could create a business instead of going back to the daily grind & into another corporate role. I’ve been back at work for 12 months now and although my plan is to leave this year it’s much harder to get out of the ‘a regular job is safe & secure’ mindset whilst I’m there. I’m working hard on that though and plan to be out of there by July! Show Highlights So let's summarise you the Real Secrets To Success as mentioned on the show Make Sure You Have A Positive Mindset Focus In On Your Physical Wellbeing Delegate The Things That You Can't Do To Someone Else. Focus In On What You Want To Do In Life Surround Yourself With People Doing What You Want To Do Don't Regret Anything In Your Past Niche Down To Find Your Market Believe In Yourself And Your Talents Focus On Your Family, Your Business And Yourself Use Your Free Time Wisely 
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News
Erica Mandy Showing The World How To Be Truly News Worthy My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who started on a career path that the world would say was sexy, and then deciding it wasn't for her and going a totally different direction. Leaving the Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Missouri-Columbia with degrees in Journalism, our guest spent the last decade -- on TV, radio and online -- reporting news and sharing stories around the country. First working for Newsy, an over-the-top news network that provides "news with the why," built to inform and engage by delivering today's top stories across platforms. Its content is available in on-demand and to Los Angeles CBS News, where she would report national and local news for the second largest news market in the country.  As a TV news reporter, she was live on the scene during terrorist attacks, wildfires and federal court rulings, to name a few. She's interviewed politicians, CEOs, experts, and everyday people doing extraordinary things and it seemed that she was loving every second. So what was going on internally to make her quit her job as a Los Angeles TV news reporter to launch theNewsWorthy: a daily roundup of politics, tech, business and entertainment Which she says "Makes it faster, easier and way more fun to get all the news you need to know. Listen on-the-go in less than 10 minutes, Monday through Friday." Is this an inspired move into a world that consumes information when and where they want it? Or has she taken on a world that is already dealing with tsunami of information and now zoning out? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Erica Mandy Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Erica Mandy such as: Erica shares how all her hard work and experience over the last decade has left her with the skills to progress to where she wants to be. No experience is ever wasted no matter what you may think at the time. We discuss that moment in your life when you realise that your business is actually a nuisance and there are things you just have to do away from work. Erica reveals that she has given herself a year to see what she can make of her new venture, safe in the knowledge that she can always get a job if needed. We dont have to end in despair, but we do need something to give us the courage to move forward with. and lastly…. Why Donald Trump's fake news is such big news at the moment, and how the world feels about such reporting. 
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Niche
Can Business Success Occur Without Niching Down? Does Being In A Niche Really Matter, Do? Well todays guest on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is a former legal professional, who left the legal world 6 years ago to pursue her dream of starting her own business. And it seems to me that the services she provides are as varied as they could possible be, so who is she targeting? As she says “If you would have dared to tell me 10 years ago that after attending Law School, I was not going to practice law, I would have laughed you out of the room! However, in my late 20s I had experienced a reawakening that opened my eyes to the startling reality that people all around me (myself included) were yearning for something more. This was a truth that resonated with me so deeply that I could not turn away from it. I took a deep breath and turned the light of truth on myself. I realized that I wanted more money, freedom, direction. I wanted to know that I was making an impact in peoples lives. Ultimately, I wanted to be SUCCESSFUL, and I wanted to help others be successful too.” And now with retreats, coaching sessions, and more and more people finding financial and emotional success, it certainly seems that she has found the business that is right for her. So why did she go to law school, when it seems evident that the right business is now, and not what she was focused on as a young lady? And is there a major mistake that she sees the world making, as they leave education and step into a world that is under their control? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Awilda Rivera. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Awilda Rivera such as: Why happiness will always be fleeting if we attach happiness to external influences. Happiness always comes from within and nowhere else. Awilda talks openly about the hardship that it takes to grow a business, but why the struggle is so important. Awilda shares how she has diversified into several different areas, and the reason why she has done that. and lastly…. Todd Herman left an impression on Awilda that really stuck home “Busy doesn’t mean productive”. If you can get things off your plate by hiring someone, then do it.  
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Amazon Selling
How Do create A Business By Selling On Amazon? Well The Amazon Selling King Shows How My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who without a doubt can call himself a serial entrepreneur. He has built several multi-million dollar companies in both Australia and the United States, and really doesn’t look like he is slowing down in the regard to creating his own destiny. In 2005 he co-founded one of the first crowdfunding platforms in the world which went on to raise in excess of $100M dollars for start-ups and early stage businesses. He currently owns a cloud software business, an Amazon review company (based in Florida), a home-wares company that sells its products exclusively through Amazon into 8 countries, and Reliable Education. None of his companies have outside investors and all are profitable. But what is super interesting to me is how he has created businesses in environments that we all hang around in, and almost take for granted. Such as in 2012, he learned about the opportunity to sell on Amazon through a friend. Now like all of us, he was used to seeing Amazon boxes all over town and he was a big user of Amazon himself. But it wasn’t until he took a course that he learned that anybody could sell on Amazon, and that Amazon would handle all of the warehousing and shipping for him. Once he understood that, he soon launched his own brand which now sells in 8 Amazon marketplaces around the world. So how does he see these things, when so many people will just walk past them time and time again and never think “Wow what an opportunity!”? And does he feel that anyone can do these kind of things, or to become a serial entrepreneur, do you require special talents and skills that are god given at birth? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Adam Hudson.  
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Affiliate Marketing
In todays episode we answer a few questions from listeners of the show. These are the shows that we simply adore doing, as it shows us that people are starting to take notice and realise that they can create their own lives. And that is of course the theme behind everyone of our shows. Well in todays we show, we discuss affiliate marketing and how to get into a state of flow. You know that state of being when you lose track of time, and find that whatever you do comes out brilliantly? The state that is just amazing and makes us feel like we are no longer attached to this world? Well, Bruce Fortenberry from Georgia Atlanta asked us our views about how we manage to get into that mental condition so we decided we would answer live on the show. But before that lets start with a question from a lovely lady called Bree Nicole who asked us: Hello! I just listened to your podcast on extra money and your Florida keys website and got super inspired! I’ll be living on the road in the US and want to design a site. Can you give me a little more information on affiliate marketing? How does it work with restaurants, attractions, museums and all that? Do I contact them directly? What should I start with when getting these things and places on my site to make money? Thank you! Any tips would be great! So that is what we talk about on the show. How to make money by directing traffic across to affiliate links to make some cash whilst we sleep and then we answer another question or at least give our point our view on. This was from Bruce who we mentioned earlier Hello there, I wanted to thank you for your podcast. I recently discovered your podcast and it’s extremely motivating. Your very perceptive and it’s eye opening at times. Makes me want to discuss my ideas with you. I’m starting a service Plumbing business in Atlanta, Ga. Calling it “Plumb Ready.” Right now it’s a side hustle. I’ll do residential plumbing repairs / Plumbing Inspections with strong emphasis on educating customer about how to protect their home. I have a great idea for you. If I were you I’d do podcast about the “Flow State” Just a thought. Your show isn’t arrogant or fake. It’s connecting people in an amazing way. Thanks again !! During the show we mentioned the affiliate programme that we offer through the Join Up Dots podcast. If you are interested in this amazing resource or to start podcasting yourself: 
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Brain Training
Brain Training Starts And Stops With Dana Wilde The Brain Train Expert My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who came into my life like a shot of drug laced expresso and is the kind of person we all need everyday. She is hugely positive, 100% focused on her audience and quite simply carrying around the biggest smile you will ever see in your life. She is a brain trainer, speaker, host, and the bestselling author of Train Your Brain, and with nearly 100,000 followers in 68 countries, she is the go to expert at training brains and changing lives. Now you might be wondering, how do you train a brain? Well when our guest began her direct-sales business, she realized that education for entrepreneurs typically consisted of endless “how-to” explanations: how to market, how to pick up the phone, how to manage your time, how to increase bookings or sales. There always seemed to be a new system to learn, a new surefire method or cutting-edge technique for entrepreneurs to master. In an effort to teach her team members a better and easier way, she instead went a different route and created Train Your Brain, a tested and proven system combining elements of both mindset and action . . . or as she likes to call it, Intentional Action. Using the skills of Train Your Brain you will find that mindset can be “taught” and that learning simple mindset strategies not only allows you to understand how the brain works but also shows you how easy it is to change your thinking and, as a result, change your outcomes. Train Your Brain, with its twenty easy-to-implement “Mindware Experiments,” gives you all the necessary tools needed to get off . . . and stay off . . . the Cycle of Perpetual Sameness, so you can transform your life and grow your business in record time! And believe me I know her quite well, and it is amazing how much she does, how much she achieves and how she remains smiling even when things go a bit off track. When she’s not unraveling the mysteries of the brain, Dana is passionate about helping animals, playing baritone ukulele, practicing Kundalini yoga, and creating raw food dishes. And is a raw food wannabe who can’t shake nachos. So is it as simple as saying, “If we always do what we have always done, then we will always get what we have always got”? And with so much “take Action” advice in the world today, are there any bits that she would grasp to her chest and say “Actually this one is a keeper?” Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Dana Wilde. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Dana Wilde such as: Why she believes that we shouldn’t follow the advice of others who state “Go after the fear” We discuss how the technicalities of building an online business should not stop anyone from getting going. There are tools for everything. Dana reveals why mindset is so powerful and how we can all train ourselves to use this astonishing gift. Dana shares the four step process to retraining your brain starting today. Hugely powerful stuff.  
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How To Start A Podcast
Fancy A Behind The Scenes Look At How To Start A Podcast? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a an with over 30 years of business experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, and leader. His book, Nice Guys Finish First is a #1 ranked Amazon Best Seller. He specializes in making connections, building relationships and strengthening bonds both inside and outside organizations. His speaking and consulting business is geared towards improving relationships and winning business through his time tested sales, service and relationship building system. He is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and podcaster. He has been titled by a leading social media marketing company in the top “100 of Social Media Thought Influencers to Follow.” and with his podcast with Strickland Bonner, The Nice Guys on Business, he has over 500 episodes and more than 1 Million downloads. But at his core he is a man who seems to be finding the love in his life more and more , and enjoying himself as he builds his business. Now he is using that experience to help businesses and brands grow their audience with TurnKey Podcasting, where he takes away all the hassle from launch and producing a podcast to leave his clients with the time to do what they do best. And enjoy their own lives in the process. So is this a business born out of his own painful journey into podcasting hell, or simply an idea born from multiple conversations? And is he where I suggested in the intro, that enjoyment is the driving force in his life, or simply very good at hiding it? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Doug Sandler Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Doug Sandler such as: How the majority of podcasters aren’t making any money on their podcast, and why that is quite an easy thing to change quickly. Doug shares how people take four years in their business before they really grasp what they are building. Many detours are taken until clarity is achieved. We discuss how it is so important to invest in yourself to fast track your progress. Dont think of it as expense, but instead look at it as something that you are stupid not to do. and lastly…. Why Doug will only focus in 2018 on his zone of genius, and how both him and his team see this as a huge improvement for everybody concerned.
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Marketing Tips
Marketing Tips - How Do You Build A Successful Marketing Campaign My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a guy who first appeared on Join Up Dots way back on episode 107 Back then we spoke about his fascinating journey to where he is today known as The Millionaire Marketing Mentor®, the go-to guy for coaches, consultants, and other successful service professionals who want to attract more clients, convert more high-value sales, build an authority brand, and grow a lifestyle business that makes a bigger impact while generating more income. But life could have been very different, as starting his life in Poland, it was fair to say that he has come a long way since then, both Geographically and financially. Arriving in the United States of America with just $194.00 dollars in his pocket and a sprinkling of English, he set to work with a passion. The entrepreneurial bug has always been a keen element which makes him who he is, so it was with little surprise, but a lot of hard work that he transformed his finances by creating a series of business opportunities around California. First of all he co-owned a collection of bagel shops, and then moved onto running a multi-million dollar business that includes consulting, coaching, training, and information publishing. But there was of course so many stumbles, falls and triumphs between them. Isn’t that what makes a story interesting after all, and of course gives him the knowledge to help his clients and students often double, triple, and even 10x their business - some in as little as 90 days, by teaching them how to transform their limiting, time-intensive businesses into automated money making machines that Attract Clients Like Crazy®. So with his life now rocking and rolling, could he only have got here by going through the roller-coaster that is the entrepreneurial life? And how did he manage to keep going, when things weren't going the way that he wanted? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Adam Urbanski. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Adam Urbanski such as: The best marketing is to find a way of tapping into your natural talents and bringing that to the world. It's not selling, but its making people want to work with you. Adam shares how he has developed his ability to connect with people across the world, and feels that its the empathy which is a key aspect to what he has become. Why the upskilling and grind phase of building is so important, as it shows you how much you truly want to make this business your life. and lastly…. Adam reveals how his mindset has changed over the last few years and the time aspect that comes with freedom is so attractive to him, where money used to be king.
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Dream
Dream Big With Mitch Matthews And Change Your Life Forever My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who from an early age made big decisions as to how to get what he wanted in life. So many people live a life of reaction. They wait for something to pass them by and then reach out hoping that their fingers might just grab a bit of what they have seen. This is certainly not the case with todays guest, as demonstrated at just age twelve, he set his sights on attaining his first “dream job.” (Working at a local bike shop) So he spent 2 to 4 hours a every day that summer just hanging out, cleaning, and watching. By the end of the summer the bike shop owner (one of our guests heroes) offered him a job. (It was either that or have him arrested for loitering!) And that says so much about where our guest is today, inspiring people to take the actions that will make their dreams big and real. Now this is where it all comes together, as he says in his own words  In 2006, he and his wife were working on one of their own big dreams (launching a product) and they experienced some significant set backs in a very short time. He was tempted to give up and go back to something “safe.” But since this was one of his big dreams, he got the idea that maybe some friends could help. Then he started to think that maybe… just maybe… he could help some of his friends with some of their big dreams too. And bang the 1st BIG Dream Gathering was formed, as on a whim, he invited some friends and family to participate in something he called a “BIG Dream Gathering.”   It was only supposed to last for a few hours but it wound up continuing on for a FULL WEEK! So living a life where you whole aim is to inspire people to take action and dream big, can be so exhausting as every waking second your mind whirrs with the possibilities that abound. So how has he managed to create the life he wants, business he wants, become a top podcaster and still look like he has just left high-school? And what is the number one peice of advice that he gives the world, when asked "How do I start my dream too?" Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mitch Matthews Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mitch Matthews such as: Mitch shares how he now realizes that he is a recovering perfectionist, and the steps that he takes to get past these mental blocks. We talk about how all of us must learn ways of starting small in a business even if you only have fifteen minutes a day. They all add up to something worthwhile. Why Mitch is such an advocate of resting, and allowing himself to shut down the brain. Ke know what is right for his own body and ensures its part of his calendar. and lastly…. You might find it a surprise that "Being a freak" is classed as a badge of honour by both Mitch and David and the reasons why.
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Sports
Sports Winners Do The Unusual, And Todays Guest Is Fascinated By Sports And What Makes People Great My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the author of "Where Others Wont" which looks at the recruitment, leadership, culture and performance strategies used in pro sports and how they are relevant to big business. Now this isn't a book based purely on theory, instead our guest has been doing the rounds and spent the last year interviewing people like Denver Broncos GM Ted Sundquist, Southampton president (and former Oilers coach) Ralph Krueger, 2 x World Series winner Ryan Theriot and Utah Jazz coach Igor Kokoskov (among others) to validate some of the ideas he had. Would they agree with his theories or say, probably in an American voice "Get the hell out of here kid!"  Well I guess we will find out during the show. But what I like most about todays guest is, getting himself into a position where he is involved in the disection of sports leadership across the world was never a given. Leaving University with degrees in business and Human Resources, he first entered the world of recruitment in Melbourne Australia, before moving to Canada to enter another world altogether. And through the next decade he worked in seemingly unconnected businesses, that held dots, never to join up to where he is today. We know though that is never the case. And now as the managing Partner for NTSQ Sports Group, he is surrounded by a team specializing in experience creation and marketing in the endurance sports industry. So did he plan to get himself into the position where he is today, or does he look around with a smile and think "Wow, how did this happen?" And what is the biggest learning he has from the crossover from sports to business? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Cody Royle  Books By Cody Royle   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Cody Royle such as: Cody shares how there was no plan towards the future he created, he simply looked at what doors that were opening in front of him and decided which one he wanted to go through. Cody discusses how the top teams across the world are always looking for new ways of gaining a competitive advantage, and more often than not that means looking in areas not connected with sport.  Why all business success is based around building a team which complements your own strengths. It is so important to realise that you cant do it on your own. and lastly…. How he now realises that strengths and talents he had as a young man, were exactly the right ones he needed to be able to step into his future positively. Dont think you have to keep on leaving everything behind you. Take the gold and leave the stuff you dont need. 
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Happy
Being Happy Is So Important, And Todays Guest Is An Expert In Happiness And How To Achieve it My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is someone that should be on the show every single day. If i could pull her away from the sunshine of her home in Spain, and the endless supply of Sangria that is, as she is the Join Up Dots pinup. A lady who believes 100% percent, that if you are living your purpose, doing a job that you love, then many if not all of your problems, health, mental and financial will be a thing of the past. Which as you will see everyday on Join Up Dots is a message that I support wholeheartedly on every episode. She is a positive psychologist, coach and writer, who helps individuals connect with the unique passion and purpose that drives their personal and professional success. As she says "I am fascinated by what propels a person to pursue their vocation, entwining their innate strengths, values and interests to serve both themselves and the rest of the world. I fuse the art of Coaching with the science of Positive Psychology to help individuals gain the clarity, confidence and courage to become all they aspire to be. I also undertake a variety a written projects on the subjects of positive psychology, personal development and coaching. Creative writing has always been a passion of mine, so producing written content on the above mentioned topics is the surest way I evoke a sense of 'flow'." So coming out of the University of East London, with a Master's degree in applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology it would seem that this passion for helping others find their swing was always going to be on the cards. But as we see on Join Up Dots, this is more often than not never the case. So did she know that she would end up living in Barcelona, whilst casting a network across the world to help the world smile and love their lives? And where do people go wrong? Not stopping to ask "Why do i feel like a it rubbish?" or simply not stopping at all. Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Lisa Avery   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Lisa Avery such as: Lisa shares how we should be able to accept our moods and emotional states when they happen without ever suppressing them. Let the energies run free. We discuss how  the majority of companies wont allow their workers to be creative with their strengths and intricacies. Why can't we be unique and bring talents never seen before?       How we should all experiment with trying to strip away the layers that we wrap ourselves in, to find the diamond that is at our core. That gem holds the clues to the rest of our lives. and lastly…. Why people have to realise that happiness cant last forever. We need to find ways of making the first stage of happiness truly deep and fulfilling, and that normally relates to helping others.
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Beating Stress
Beating Stress Can Become Big Business As Shown In Todays Show My guest today, on the confidence boosting Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who a few years back was disappointed with the current mental health care solutions he was offered after suffering from stress in the workplace. So like so many guests, he didn't accept what he saw and decided to take action, turning to alternative therapies which got him through and beyond this temporary stress. These solutions began forming into a business idea which led him to creating Stressbox in Jan 2014, and he took these learnings into the corporate environment to help with de-stressing in companies everywhere. As they say "We are an up and coming mental wellness fitness brand with a social purpose to support the epidemic of work related stress. We succeed in this by creating innovative holistic fitness workshops, in-house talks on preventing stress and performing our epic yet different fitness class….StressBox. Our powerful class combines Boxing fitness with Mindfulness all to wonderful music to inspire and enlighten you within our 1 hour experience. We create magic moments in our bespoke classes to suit your busy schedule, at StressBox we understand that time in this hectic world is valuable so we combined Holistic health with musical fitness to have greater impact on your mindset not just your body." To succeed in this new business, he researched stress in society for 2 years via practical innovative coaching and academically using Neuroscience, the science of meditation and positive psychology. And rapidly this knowledge became a cult hit at a popular gym in Birmingham, England with teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and teenagers becoming fanatics with his alternative style. So why if he had an issue with stress did he then decide to build a business around it, and not run to live stress free on a hot tropical island somewhere full of bikini wearing beauties? And is this as a real life issue, or do so many people just use the word as a badge of honour nowadays? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr Liam Joe Blackwood. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Liam Joe Blackwood such as: Why so many people find themselves in situations in their lives which doesn't naturally match their skills and talents - which can obviously lead to the kind of stress which can be avoided. Why the power of visualisation is such a powerful process in building success in a persons life, and the steps that we should take everyday to bring these visions to life. Liam Joe recalls the battles he overcome in the early days to get his vision out to the world, and the steps he took to get there. Why we should never overthink anything in our lives, but simply look to do the best we can in the most relaxed method possible. That is always the best way. and lastly…. Why Liam Joe allowed himself to feel creative and playful in his life which was a complete gamechanger and turned his life around forever.  
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Social Media
How Do You Take The Hassle From Being Active On Social Media? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a an who is bringing a solution to the world of online marketing. Most entrepreneurs struggle with finding the time and the inspiration to create tweets, FB posts and the like that gain interaction, builds connection and makes a difference to your bottom line. In walks our guest today, who is the founder of MissingLettr, an online platform that for a monthly fee can provide entrepreneurs and business everywhere with a year's worth of social updates pre-filled with quotes and images As he says "Our clients time and energy is important for us, so simply review our suggestions, click approve and then sit back and relax. Over the next 12 months we'll drive traffic back to your site and increase engagement. With Missinglettr it's easy to promote your content consistently across your social channels. Simply connect your accounts and we'll do the rest. And that includes FB, Twitter Pinterest, Linkedin, Google Plus to name just a few. So how did he come up with this idea? Well from leaving the University Of Liverpool with a degree in Computer Science, you can see that this was a man who was focused on building a future under his control. Starting as a developer for Punter Southall, he started several businesses that appear to be stepping stones to where he is today. All lasting a few years, but giving him great insight and knowledge as to the problems that businesses encounter Solve these problems and BOOM you have a business ready to roll. So is MissingLettr, the missing piece of the puzzle of success that he has been looking for? And if so what is the difference now, compared to the early days on entrepreneurial life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Benjamin Dell Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Benjamin Dell such as: Ben shared how he got to the point where he leapt head first into his business and hasn't looked back since. The pitfalls of social media, and how to separate yourself from the social media noise to be truly effective. How his wife is such an amazing support to him and his business, and he knows that an idea is great if it passes her litmus test and lastly…. Why the world of pornography is now a lot less dangerous than it was previously back in the 70's ...you will have to listen to find out why!
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Overcoming Fear
Overcoming Fear In Business, And Going For The Money Is What Holds So Many People Back From Business Success...Our Guest Is Very Different...... My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has the classic story of living the up and down life of an entrepreneur She found herself in deep trouble, and by finding the route out of her own mess learnt what She is a seven-figure business coach who helps entrepreneurs build businesses that support their ideal lifestyles. After receiving her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and working in marketing for L’Oreal Paris, she left corporate to start her first company – and then her second company, Revenue Breakthrough. Within her first year in business, she racked up $25,000 in debt, investing in trainings & programs, and trying to launch her own products & programs, most of which flopped. After having her revenue breakthrough, she turned her business around and had ZERO dollars in debt the next year. Today, she helps her clients build, grow and expand their businesses and as she says” MOST ENTREPRENEURS WORK TWICE AS HARD AS THEY NEED TO AND MAKE HALF AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY COULD” At Revenue Breakthrough we support you to focus on the actions that make money now. We empower you to build a team, create processes, and scale your business – and to take real time off. And now with presentations across the world, and the release of her books Getting Rich: You’re Doing It Backwards and Pause: 52 Questions that Lead to More Money and Time. she is certainly walking the walk, and talking the talk like no other. So looking back is it clear as to the mistakes she made, or is it still a mystery why she failed? And is building success more a mindset shift, or gaining the right business knowledge? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Monica Shah Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Monica Shah such as: How Facebook can be such a poisonous world to frequent, allowing us a glimpse into a world that might not actually be true…but is so enticing. Why so many people spend time on the things that wont bring income into their business, and how to overcome this fear. Sometimes it’s better to think several generations ago, when their wasn’t so many options for connecting with people. Go simple and knock on doors. and lastly…. Why the world wont stop if you get a no in your life, and neither will your business. No’s are just placing you one step closer to the next big Yes. 
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Business Marketing
Business Marketing Expert Ken Tucker Reveals Why Going Local Can Be A Goldmine My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is a master at taking a clients business and growing it beyond anything they could do on their own. He is the founder of Changescape Web, which focuses on integrated small business marketing solutions in the St. Louis and St. Charles metro area. This includes Online Marketing Solutions: WordPress Websites, HubSpot Internet Marketing Software, Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing Management & Training, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Online Lead Generation and Lead Nurturing, Landing Page Creation, Social Media Contests and Promotions, Event Based Marketing, Local Search, Content Marketing. Now what is interesting is how they do this of course, but also how they support the growth of both their clients and their own personal growth through several extremely strong values that they stick to. 1) Helping our clients become wildly successful. 2) Building strong, lasting relationships with our clients. 3) Ongoing commitment to both professional and personal growth and development. 4) Supporting our communities and causes that we care about, both locally and globally. and 5) Having fun! As they say It’s become something of a cliche to say that people should love what they do, but at Changescape, we really do! Every day presents new challenges and opportunities to meet them. It’s a lot of fun (and very rewarding) to discuss a problem one of our clients is facing, and then developing and implementing a campaign to solve it. Our passion for our work motivates us every day. So what is it about the local community that inspires him greatly, instead of hitting every corner of the world like so many of the entrepreneurs that appear on Join Up Dots? And where did he start first? Creating a blueprint from himself that worked, or learning it as he went by building the business as the testing ground for everything? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ken Tucker. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ken Tucker such as: Why becoming unemployable in your own business is more often than not the correct stance to take for huge success. How most people do not niche down deep another in their business to truly understand what and who they are offering services too. Connecting with you local Chamber of Commerce is a great place to start understanding how local business operate, and of course connect with the right kind of people that can help your business. and lastly…. Ken shares how the big growth of his business have occured when he has separated himself from it fully to breathe, think and review without disturbance.  
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Life Changing
Can You Make Life Changing Decisions When You Are Married With Kids? Well, my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an amazing story of taking life by the scruff of the neck and turning full circle to where he wanted to be. As he says "After failing to get much of an education I set up an online business, selling books. This fuelled my passion for all things literary but the business failed. In order to pay the mortgage I started work stacking supermarket shelves at night. During the day I made a career plan to turn things around. In late 2004 I joined the still relatively young online gambling industry, working in a call centre. 5 years later I co-founded a company (which I subsequently sold) and went on to manage operations in the UK, Central and Eastern Europe. From 2013 to 2016 I was CEO of SKS365 Group. I am now a full time consultant, investor & advisor in one or two startups and, more importantly, I am embarking on a career as a writer, writing about mountains and the outdoors. In other words I am following my passion." And this is what makes him the perfect guest for a show like Join Up Dots, as in late 2016 he quit the rat race to redesign his life in a way that was more satisfying, interesting and adventurous both in his personal and professional life. He didn't know how to accomplish the large and vague objective of "living better", although he knew it meant being more entrepreneurial and spending more time outdoors! So he embarked on a career writing about mountains, adventure and his journey of redesigning his life and through his website the Armchair mountaineer he is showing all of us how to take control of our lives. So is it as simple as making a firm decision to do something, even if you haven't got all the dots lined up and doing it? Or did he plan everything out so he could make this the life that he has always wanted, and is so inspiring to the rest of us? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Thomas Smallwood. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Thomas Smallwood such as: How he managed to get the plan in place to be able to transition his life to where he wanted it to be, even if it meant doing stuff that wast part of the plan. Why it is so important to overcome the fear of reaching out to people who are ahead of you in their dream building (ensuring always that you provide value first) Why Thomas believes that you should rarely start anything that you want to make money as a first goal, instead work on the passion and see where it takes you. and lastly…. How no matter where you are in your journey of transition you will be hit by periods of doubt and lack of self confidence. Surround yourself with positive people to hep you through the bad times.  
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Investing
Should I Invest In My Own Business, Or Look For Investors? Today's episode of Join Up Dots is inspired by a listener who asks a huge question, that plagues so many of us as we begin to create our dream businesses. Do we use our money on a business, or find someone to invest in our business....even if means us losing some equity Should we keep control of what we want in our life, if that means taking it slower (perhaps never getting to where we want to be) Well we were asked this:   My name is Alistair, a Brit who lives in India, and I’m just about to embark on the startup journey for the first time.    For my day job I do a lot of traveling. Today I happened across your podcast, and it made my 6 hour drive across northern India feel like time well spent! First, I’d like to say thank you for doing what you do. The reassurance that there’s so many out there in the same boat, and a friendly voice offering guidance, is invaluable.   I’m from a fairly modest background, never struggling, but comfortable enough. I’m also relatively uneducated, having dropped out of college before completing my A levels. Since then, I’ve been working my way around as an outdoor instructor, which is what led me to India.    I have been developing an app idea for around 8 months, and I’m about to take the plunge and spend the most amount of money I’ve ever had access to. It’s a small amount in the great scheme of things - £15,000 to develop and get the MVP off the ground - but for me, it’s everything.   I often hear the phrase “never invest your own money”, but at the stage I’m at, no-one is going to be queuing up with their cheque book. Neither would I be interested, as they’d want, quite rightly, a great big chunk of equity. So, my question is, which of the following scenarios sounds most sensible?   1 - I head out now, with nothing more than a well developed idea, a bunch of projections and revenue forecast assumptions, and go in search of angel investors to drum up enough money to get the app developed, knowing that I’ll have to give away large amounts of equity   2 - I go as far as I can with the money available - money my mother would rather I spend on bricks and mortar - develop the MVP, and, hopefully, get some real data and a little traction, with which I could back up my proposal to investors further down the line   The second subject that you may have talked about before; I hate asking for money… Perhaps it’s my background, but I dread the thought of asking for tens of thousands and negotiating equity for my little app idea. My boss, a very well educated, well off, Cambridge alumnus, seems to have no qualms about raising half a million, even though I know for a fact he knows as much about his new venture as I do mine. Is asking for money a common concern of your listeners?   Thank you for your time.  Warm Regards, Alistair   And now for the second question of the day, where our listener is doing quite well in his life, but has got to a point where he feels lost.   Should he go back to Mexico, or should he start a business where he is.   Hi. David I will use “Sailor aimlessly” as subject of the message.   Not sure if you read and reply to all messages you get, and I do not want to waste your time, therefore I will go straight to my point:   Until a few months ago I was clear about what I was doing with my professional life, set goals and met them all.   Today I sail aimlessly, have many ideas but I have not been able to land them and define what my next step should be, it is a terrible feeling and the reason why I am looking for help. In case you are interested in my case, find below a summary of my most recent story:   Long story short, I am Mexican living in Ireland for the last 2 years, almost 36 years old, 12 years married and we have 3 beautiful daughters (Valentina, Mikaela & Emma).   Since young age with different ideas, active, impatient; I finished high school and left Mexico to pursue my dream, I wanted to be a professional soccer player; tried it in the USA but it did not work, but I decided to stay as illegal working to raise some money and buy my other dream (a motorcycle – it was later robbed in Mexico).   Soccer helped me finish my studies, got a scholarship in one of the most prestigious private universities in Mexico to play for the institution.   During College, I set the goal of studying abroad and had the opportunity to live in Austria for 6 months doing a Global Business Program at FH Joanneum University.   I come from an entrepreneur family, during my childhood sold cheeses, washed cars, worked in stationers and I was a soccer coach for kids; I started working full time for Mexican government age 22; at the same time I was doing College studies, I was a husband and father of my first kid.   After a while, I decided to quit that job and move into private sector, it was a family business owned by a friend of mine, I knew the salary and benefits were lower but I did not want to make a career in politics; Once I finished my Major in Business Administration (2006), defined that I wanted to work for a global company, maybe it would give me the opportunity to live / work abroad, I wanted to compare how things work outside of my country.   This also became a reality in 2007, since then I have been working for a Global Food company (the last 10 years), I have had the opportunity to live in 3 different countries (Mexico, Brazil and Ireland), I have done different roles within the organization (Procurement, Supply Chain, Sales, Cost/Pricing, Finance), sometimes company needs, in other occasions it was me looking for new challenges. Couple of years ago (while working) opened a bar with some friends, it did not work and we had to close it; besides the lost money these experience left me many learnings (maybe for a different conversation) … I also invested in the family business, we produce tomatoes in greenhouses,   I have not seen any income from it as we agreed to reinvest and expand/growth the business. A month ago to distract my head and use my time, I download an app and invested few euros, started trading commodities via CFD, I have to admit it is good fun.   I have thought about changing residence again looking for growth within the company, finding a new job, opening a business in Ireland, return to Mexico and diversify the family business. I feel like I'm in a comfort zone, the company I work for gives me stability and a secure income, the questions I've been asking myself are: what do I want, what is next, where should I be, what should I do and when is the right time?   And I have not been able to answer them and set up my plan. I am clear, more money is definitely an important piece but also I want to help others – must likely in Mexico – but I need to find my internal peace first.   Any ideas or advice is welcome. Thank Rodrigo  
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Brainstuff
Brainstuff and being healthy in your life is discussed with Brain expert Dr Steven Masley My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who is a physician, nutritionist, trained-chef, author, and the creator of the #1 all-time health program for Public Television, 30 Days to a Younger Heart. His work has been viewed by millions on PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Today Show, and over 500 media interviews, and its not a surprise as his passion is empowering people to achieve optimal health through lifestyle changes. His research focuses on the impact of lifestyle choices on heart health, brain function, and aging and through his books the 30 day heart tune up and his latest The Better Brain Solution - How to Start Now--At Any Age--to Reverse and Prevent Insulin Resistance of the Brain, Sharpen Cognitive Function, and Avoid Memory Loss . he is taking his beliefs, research and passion to the masses. He has spoken for over 300 physician continuing medical education (CME) events, and for over 700 public presentations on a variety of topics related to health, cognitive function, aging, and cardiovascular disease. And if you are thinking, how does he ever make time to do anything else, he continues to see patients and publish research from his medical clinic in St. Petersburg Florida, and offers weekly blog posts on his website. So how did he come to have a fascination for spreading the word of lifestyle changes? Was it through his own personal development, or through seeing patients that quite simply, needed to make a change or two? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Dr Steven Masley Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Dr Steven Masley such as: Why perseverance is the key power to achieving all the success you want in life, but the world still thinks that the quick route is best. How we can improve the way our brain works by up to 50% by allowing for 5 key changes in our lives - starting today. and lastly…. Why so many people fail to grasp the proactive action to failing brain power is the key to reversing the issues - Dont ever wait until its a problem.  
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Business Lessons
Heather Dominick's Business Lessons Lead To Business Miracles Everyday and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the founder and leader of the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur® movement. Her teachings demonstrate how highly sensitive traits when used as Strengths, rather than Shadows, can create effective entrepreneurial financial success. Her deep wisdom reaches over 100,000 Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs around the globe via her website www.businessmiracles.com and various social media channels. An exceptional facilitator and teacher, Heather is known for creating a safe, sacred community for true transformation whether she is teaching a Business Miracles® Class, delivering training online or in-person or mentoring her Business Miracles Members in her various Mentoring Programs. She has helped thousands of HSE®s release lifelong limiting beliefs, overcome fears and learn how to build their business in a way that actually feels so good they can't help but create solid, sustainable, high level financial success. Now that sounds uber impressive, as if this person was born to be an entrepreneur rocking it online today...but that is not the case. Back in the late 90's and early 20's your would have found her teaching drama instead at the New York department for Education. Her path was heading her in a totally different direction So when did she decide that business, and teaching entrepreneur around the world how to achieve Business Miracles? And is she glad that she became a teacher first, or instead would she have prefered to jump straight into her life today? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Heather Dominick Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Heather Dominick such as: Heather shares her belief that none of us should do everything ourselves in a business if we truly want to scale a business. Be willing to outsource as soon as possible.  We discuss why the world makes us work from nine to five based around the eight hour day  Heather talks about why people have to see themselves differently to gain the true success.  and lastly…. Heather shares the two primary coping characteristics - The Pusher or the Hider. If you arent sure what these are then you will have to listen  
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Travel
Travel the world on $12 dollars a day? Dream or reality? Travel expert Will Hatton shows the way Today’s guest joining us on Join Up Dots, is one of those guys that I love speaking to as when you first research them you think “They are a little bit mad” And then when you see them describe themselves as “An amateur adventurer, digital nomad and travel addict. I like to get muddy, naked and painted.” you think yeah wasn’t far wrong. But what makes this guy fascinating to me, is how very easily he could have been living the normal, humdrum lifestyle of so many of us if he had listened to the words of others. As he says in his own words “I first started backpacking when I was eighteen and was instantly hooked by all the inspiring people I met whilst hitching, camping and couch-surfing around Europe. Since then, I have lived in India for a year, worked on bars in Vietnam, herded goats in the Holy Land and conquered the highest navigable pass in the world armed with a poorly drawn map and a packet of ritz crackers. I have survived knife-point robberies in Nepal, guerrilla encounters in Myanmar, motorbike crashes in Vietnam and numerous other mis-adventures. In 2011, I came back to the UK and settled into a job (much to my parents delight!) working for a travel company; I hoped I had found my true calling! Sadly, I spent almost all of my time behind a desk and so I decided to throw it all in, start this blog, and hit the road. And now with thousands of followers actively consuming the tales of adventure and madness everyday, it seems to me that he has now found his true calling. So what was it about ritz crackers and the life on the open road that so appealed in the early days? And by surviving on just $12 dollars a day for over two years, has this been the key to totally immersing yourself into this thing called Planet Earth, that so many of us rarely truly see? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Will Hatton  
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Business Partner
How Do You Make An Unsupportive Spouse An Ideal Business Partner? In today's episode of Join Up Dots we look at what makes an unsupportive spouse one of your biggest flagbearers in your life. You see everyday we talk about starting your own business, but we never really talk about how it will effect the lives of those closest to you. And more often than not it will either financially or emotionally. So what can you do about it to ensure that things go the way that you want? Let's start with our first question, which was posed by email from a gentleman I love your show. I only recently got into podcasts. The interviews and information you provide are really helpful. I do have a suggestion for a show though. Unsupportive spouses. I come from a lower middle income family that has always done side gigs as a way to supplement their income. So entrepreneurship has pretty much always been in our blood. I've been freelancing software development services since 2007. In 2009, I immigrated to Australia without any family or friends and had to close down my business in my home country. I had a permanent position for about a year, when In 2010, I started my own business doing contracting and consulting again. It was a one man show and I did really well but I never made the leap to employ people as I just didn't have the experience or mentor-ship to take me to the next level and I didn't know where to get that support. Especially on how to get more clients. I also started an online store in a niche market and it was really doing well. Then in 2016, I hit a really rough patch. My wife were on paternity leave for about 6 months when my contract ended with a big bank. Unfortunately I didn’t have another client to go to as I was the one doing the contracting as a software engineer. For the next 6 months from June to December, my online store's sales had dried up and no matter how much money I threw at advertising or marketing, I wasn't able to get significant sales. I was unable to land any contracts and going over Christmas with no income was especially stressful. As you can imagine, this caused a lot of stress, fights and money flow problems and almost caused our relationship to fall apart. To add to this, my dad passed away in my home country and we had to fly over for the funeral. My credit cards were maxed out and I fell into depression. It was a really dark time. Then in January 2017, I got a short 6 month contract, but by then, my credibility as an entrepreneur had been crushed in my wife’s eyes and she pleaded with me to get a permanent position. So in June 2017, I landed a permanent position with a company. It's a very good company and I like what I do. It pays the bills, and more importantly, I'm able to pay back my spouse the money she lent me when I was in trouble, but it's not where my heart is. I have all these ideas, all these plans to be an entrepreneur. I want to start more online stores, learning from my mistakes and doing better. I want to create software products and services. I want to do so much more. The problem, however, is that every time I try to bring up the subject to start new online stores on the side, or to finally create that software service that I thought about, again, on the side, my wife just shoots it down and it becomes a shouting match about how I've not accomplished anything for the last 8 years, and that I had no work and no income for 6 months while she was on paternity leave. She also brings up that I'm in my 40's and starting a new business is better left for 20 year olds, how I still owe her money. I'm busy shutting down the online store as it's not bringing in enough sales. To be honest, I know I can't just quit my job at the moment and continue my business, however, I can do it on the side and build up a client base or at least start some online stores to bring in some money. I really need some advice on what to do. I really love my wife and child, and I don't want to disappoint them again. I also believe that working for someone will never make you rich or wealthy. I've tried including her into my plans, asking her for advice and all other advice they suggest on the net, but she still has no confidence in me. Joining with that question we also answered, one from a gentleman called Eugene in America who asked: Hi David. Saying hello from Seattle Washington. First off I just want you say I listen and enjoy your show practically everyday. Lots of great info and motivation. I have to ask though, in your case, if you didn't have that big 'motivational push' - your new manager- do you think you would have still left your job? Another point I'd like to mention is that I noticed a lot of people have a significant other to lean on once they decide to take the leap and quit there jobs. Was your wife working when you made that transition? A little about myself, I'm on the 'fence' right now. Working a 9 to 5 but also doing my passion, discovering the stories behind the people that make up the Pacific Northwest. www.whatsupnorthwest.net So if you have a question or need some support from Join Up Dots, then let us know and we will be happy to respond on a future episode of Join Up Dots. 
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Tapping
Tapping Your Way To A Successful Business Is An Unusual Story For Sure My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who has built a very unusual business, after travelling a very unusual path. He is the author of the best-selling children’s book “The Wizard’s Wish,” the co-author of the best-seller “Freedom at Your Fingertips,” a featured expert in the film “The Tapping Solution” (along with Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor, Dr. Norman Shealy and Dr. Bruce Lipton), and has been heard internationally on a number of internet radio talk shows. He is an expert in tapping, which is something that I had never heard off until recently, but has many many followers and prctaioners around the world. Tapping, also known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), is a powerful holistic healing technique that has been proven to effectively resolve a range of issues, including stress, anxiety, phobias, emotional disorders, chronic pain, addiction, weight control, and limiting beliefs, just to name a few. Tapping therapy is based on the combined principles of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Tapping with the fingertips on specific meridian endpoints of the body, while focusing on negative emotions or physical sensations, helps to calm the nervous system, rewire the brain to respond in healthier ways, and restore the body’s balance of energy. But this guy isn’t just about a history based around medical practices as intriguingly he is also a graduate of Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Clown College, where he was selected to be the emcee and a featured performer in the final show under the “Big Top.” :•) So how did a man go from this point to where he is today, helping people around the world overcome financial issues, heath issues and a wide range of symptoms? And is this something that was obvious to him, or did he fall into it like so many of our other guests who has appeared on the show? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Brad Yates. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Brad Yates such as: Brad shares how 95% of the things that bother us in life will lead to stress, which can be alleviated by practising the tapping technique he teaches. We discuss how he has created a global YouTube following simply by recording a video and then another until there are amazingly 700 plus to view. You have to start somewhere. He recalls how people saw the moment that he left his acting career as a step in the wrong direction. Not many supported him as he began work on his new venture and lastly…. We discuss the abundance that is found in the world today, which allows us all to create similar businesses whilst still creating amazing livings for ourselves. Nothing should stop us starting. 
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Passive Income
How To Make Real Estate The True Smart Passive Income My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has created huge success for himself almost from the first chance that he could. As he says "I knew from an early age that punching time clocks and working for someone else wasn’t enough for me, which is what drove me into building businesses myself and being my own boss. Living a healthy and active lifestyle has always been important to me, that’s why at the ripe ol’ age of 21, I built my first company that coached clients on effective nutrition and fitness strategies. I began to grow my team and recruited and hired an epic sales team to keep things running smoothly. I ran a successful multi-million dollar company before I was old enough to rent a car. As soon as I realized how profitable real estate investments could be, I bought my first home as an investment. One home quickly became five, and when those five were doing really well, I just couldn’t help but add more. I became obsessed with learning everything that I could about the business. Before I knew it, I had over 50 investment properties that were all performing well and the steady flow of passive income was proof of that. I was passionate and incredibly excited to tell everyone I knew about everything I learned. Today, I dedicate my time to mentoring other entrepreneurs, building my real estate investment portfolio, and helping other investors to build a brighter future through the power of passive real estate income." And now with his colleague Jeff Schechter, he is running the High Return Real Estate programme where they teach their students how to gain high return real estate opportunities that are unavailable elsewhere.   The processes of acquisition, rehabbing, placement of tenants, and management are fully systemized to deliver properties that are well below market pricing, and perform at much higher returns than you could secure through traditional sources. Sounds good doesnt it....but is it? Is it something that falls into the category of passive income, or one where you are battling with terrible tenants and hassles you wouldnt want for anyone? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jack Gibson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jack Gibson such as: Jack shares the reasons why he loves passive income strategies and why he develops these in every way that he can throughout his business. Why it is so important to find the skills sets in others that complement each other. You just cannot build a business on your own. Why Jack admits to struggling with "never being enough" in his business a why he keeps hi vacations to a week at a time. and lastly…. Why McDonald's became the biggest land owners in the world because they knew where the value of their business was...and it wasn't hamburgers.  
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Health
Health Is Big Business And Todays Guest Has Taken His Ill Health And Created Massive Success Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man who has been through so much that you would think that a smile wouldn’t be permanently attached to his face. But attached it is, and it seems to be getting bigger everyday too. You see this is a guy who found his path to success, fulfilment and enjoyment in such a dark place that it is testament to the truth “The real gift is waiting within” As he says “For nearly two decades of my early life, there was always something wrong with me. I was dead tired and suffered from an avalanche of health problems. I endured all of this even though I was an athletic and supposedly fit young man. I tried to ignore it, tucking it all under a rug, but eventually there came a day when I decided enough was enough. And it was all because of this one fateful event… It was late one Wednesday night in the middle of March, a few days before my 17th birthday. I had just returned home from soccer practice, but I was even more of a mess than usual…” You see he had finally come to the acceptance that there was something wrong within, that not only would change his outward appearance dramatically, but also threaten his life dream of becoming professional footballer forever. He had found his biggest challenge, one that would take him to the brink, before he managed to step onto the first part of the path, that would lead him to where he is today. A New York Times best selling author and one of the most trusted health experts in the world, appearing on TV and radio across the world. So how did he beat the physical issues, when he also had to tackle the mental issues that made his teenage years so difficult too? And does he feel that this is 100% what he should be doing with his life, or is he simply waking towards the bigger path, waiting patiently for him? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Yuri Elkaim. 
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Extra Money
Extra Money Coming To You Whilst You Sleep Is A Real Dream. In Todays Episode We Show How Anyone Can Achieve Passive Income In todays episode of Join Up Dots we spend time talking about why and if you should build a content based website. Over the last few years, people have become more and more fascinated with having the ability to create extra income for themselves on auto pilot. You go to sleep and wake up richer than you were before. And now with the internet ruling the world, even the smallest individual can dominate major corporations by building small laser targeted niche websites based around a single subject. Now this episode was inspired by a guy called Paul Gray, who dropped us a line into our Facebook Page asking the following question "Hi David, I've been listening to the podcast for the last few months and think it's great. Both inspirational and motivational. Just wanted to ask for any advice on starting a holiday website similar to yours. (Although not for Florida keys). Love the idea of the side income potential that, for the most part, would run itself once the initial work has been done. Keep up the great work with the podcast. Thank you, Paul." So we responded to him, and advised that we would record an episode detailing our thoughts on creating extra income in this way. Now as we say, it is reasonably easy to do something like this but it does take some planning. You dont want to start off on the wrong foot and spend your time creating a site, that although of interest to many people is a struggle to monetize. So start by thinking about, what people would pay for, and how easy is it to create a site around that thing? This is what I considered right at the very beginning of creating "Whats At Florida Keys" Would people pay to find out more information regarding this part of America? Well, no they want it for free, but they will pay to book a hotel room, or hire care, go scuba diving or a romantic meal or two. So can you find people that will be willing to pay you some kind of profit by passing leads through to their business? If you can then this is a great start to your desire to earn extra income for yourself - now you just have to go out and start building the site  
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Becoming A Coach
Becoming A Coach An Travelling The World Could Be Your Dream Job, But How Can You Make It Happen? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is the type of guest that i love having on the show. She has gone through the journey of crap, anxiety and ultimately finding the thing that she was placed on this world to do and now is rocking it bigtime. She loves helping people change their lives, but not in a normal life coach type of way of “Lets get your head into the game and then life will be good” Instead as she says ” Im just a girl from the Midlands in the UK, an ordinary girl achieving extraordinary things. I believe every woman, regardless of background, experience or personality type can be financially free and in control of their life. I believe this because if I can, then anyone can! My mission is to help women all over the world to enhance their income, change their relationship with money and reach levels of success they never thought possible. I am committed to making YOU one of my many success stories! Now just three years ago, she wouldnt have been so positive as life was very different then As she says “Although I worked extremely hard in my career, I still got to the end of the month only to realise I had overspent and could nearly afford to pay my phone bill. I realised I was not equipped with the right mindset to stay motivated and make savvy financial choices, I also needed an education in how to make more money and invest my time and resources wisely. I have transitioned from a job into running my own business thinking that would solve my problems but I still didn’t know what steps I needed to take to create the life I really desired. I felt confused and anxious all of the time, the hard work and little results was killing my motivation. And then just over three years ago I had a major breakthrough. I discovered the world of self development and realised that for my whole life I had been studying the wrong thing. I had been working hard at trying to earn more instead trying to be more and think differently. I can now see that all of my financial struggle and mindset battles had a purpose – because now I know the difference between what works and what doesn’t when it comes to money, and I’m able to help you. And that is where we will bring her onto the show, by starting todays episode. So does she look back and think “I could have done this earlier” or did she need to go through the pain to be at the right point to make it happen? And where do people go wrong? Is it mindset or talent? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michelle Stonhill Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Michelle Stonhill such as: Why life is very much about travel today, leading to Michelle revealing how all her decisions are taken to now place her in the position to travel with her business. Michelle shares the three P’s of business, and explains why the personal approach to business more often than not overlooked. Michelle shares how she struggles with what she calls “fog in her business”, and needs to separate herself from her work to gain the clarity that she needs. Michelle discusses how she creates two distinct avatars to base her whole business around. One that is the the person starting out and the second where they want to be. and lastly…. Why Michelle reflect on the two male influences in her life as in many ways holding back from the future that is now hers to savour.  
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Become An Entrepreneur
So many people want to become an entrepreneur but where do you start? Well my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a uk guy who knows more than most what it takes to get something off the ground, and become a success. He author of the book series, The Law Of Business, a book series highlighting the skills needed to make a business successful, whilst also running a podcast of the same name. But why I wanted to have him on the show was to highlight the guys at all levels of building their dream businesses. As he says "My entrepreneur story started when I went to an event in oxford circus hosted by an American singer called Napoleon, an affiliate of Tupac Shakur." And that start is more than good enough to think....these are dots that need to be joined up. Anyway, he was was telling us his story and all the things he did etc, at the end of the event I started thinking, this man is not much older than me and he has done so much with his life. It was wake up time, and that's when I said I need to achieve something big in life, to free myself from the supermarket life i was living at the time.  I went home and while on my bed I was thinking of the things I could do, I said to myself, I can't be a doctor, I can't be a football player, then Bill Gates came on my mind, and that's when I wanted to be an entrepreneur or inventor.   And that's when my journey begun. That free event completely changed my mindset and I haven't gone back to the employee and average living mindset ever since, I always think big now.   In 2011 I had a language learning website called "Foreigntalk" but i took that down in 2012 because i knew nothing about marketing and sales, I was getting members but didn't know how to monetize from it.    I got into internet marketing by first doing network marketing than I worked on some advertising websites, then I started my own ad website and now I am working on the law of business, my book series and making online courses about business and personal development as well.    So this is going to be such an interesting story, as it touches on so many areas that trip others up as they work on the life they want.   So why is it that people manage to create a traffic source, but then fail to monetize it?   Is it that they create a business that doesn't solve others problems, or actually creates more problems for themselves?   Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jamil Jama. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jamil Jama such as: How Jamil is never happy re the amount of work that he gets done, and often gets told by his friends to calm down and look after is health Jamil shares how he has developed his time management system, to ensure he gets masses done every single day. This is something we can all use. We talk about Meetup.com and how useful it is to surround yourself with like minded individuals who understand what you are going through in life. and lastly…. Jamil talks openly about his belief in self development, and why its the stories he hears that make such a huge difference to his life. 
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Funnels
Funnels In Business Are Boomtime, And Todays Guest Is A Click Funnels Expert My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who rise to the top has been nothing short of remarkable. He went from a full-time insurance agent 4 years ago to building an e-commerce business that sold $20 million of physical products in 2016. What is astonishing is he did this WITHOUT using Amazon, eBay, or Shopify, and with nothing more than simple two-page ClickFunnels websites that use carefully optimized sales funnels. If you think that entrepreneurs are born more than made you could well be right. Our guest got his start in entrepreneurship with a pool cleaning business at 16, and has done everything from selling tea, to selling hundreds of thousands of dollars of t-shirts on Teespring, and to now selling 10,000 units per month across 20 different physical product lines. Today, he has built up an email list of 1.1 million subscribers and 300,000 buyers, and is selling the largest volume out of 50,000 ClickFunnels users. In addition to his eight-figure business selling physical products, his passion is helping and mentoring others to have the same success in e-commerce that he has had. But of course you need to have a direction right at the beginning, and then overcome the heartaches, stumbles and falls that knock so many people away from success like this. So was he just extremely lucky and didn't have any of these? Or is he a guy that believes that persistence overcomes luck and talent everyday of the week? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Trey Lewellen Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Trey Lewellen such as: Try shares a story of his early struggles, and reveals how he would have loved to be able to have reached out and found a mentor way before he found the man for him. Trey shares a powerful story of how the value of money has never changed for him, even when he earnt £117,000 he still appreciated what it took for the normal man to earn similar. Why flying across the world is so inspiring to Trey, as it brings into focus the complete abundance that we all have on offer to us everyday. and lastly…. Why people feel secure in the job that they do, even though they could lose it the next day. This is madness, and a side hustle should be on everyones schedule for protection. 
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Mistakes
Mistakes Lead To Business Success, If You Are Only Willing To Make Those Mistakes In todays episode David Ralph the host of Join Up Dots will answer some questions sent in from listeners across the world. Some are quite deep whilst others are light and fun, but all of them in one way or another are tackling the subject of mistakes and being willing to tackle them head on. David, thank you so much for the show. I love it. Do you ever wish that you had started a different business, as I think at my core I am frightened of starting something in case I make a mistake and end up hating it. - Michaela Matthews, Toulouse, France Hello to all at Join Up Dots, i recently heard an episode where you answered listeners questions so I thought I would try to get one answered myself. I hate my life and for the longest time have felt in total despair that nothing good is ever going to happen to me. But after listening to many of your shows I am starting to change the way I think about the darkness. Both you and your guests have spoken about the bad times being the good times in the end. I think I can see that is true. So how can I make this small change in the way I think bigger and bigger, as its the key I feel - Peter Druboivs, Pula, Croatia Hello David, my question is about that clip that you play when Oprah speaks about "Doing The Right Next Thing". If I am getting this right, she says be quiet, listen to your thoughts and then go and conquer. Surely if it is that easy then everyone would be a success. Thoughts? - Damion Dansey, Ontario Canada, And now if you have been following along with the show, you will have head me mention numerous times about a lovely lady who is connecting with the show called Derek. We call her Derek. so that her bosses, if they happen to listen to the show, wont know its her. Yeah, i know we do too much. However Derek is in the process of reading self development, listening to podcasts, and planning how she can create a business that rocks, whilst at the same time supporting her partner and her lifestyle and she is a bit lost as to how to proceed. Now there isn't anyway that she can just go crazy and do the leap of faith, so a strategic plan is needed to allow her to side hustle her way to earning additional income and growing that confidence. Business is nothing more than, finding something you can do amazingly well, and that others need and will pay for....and then getting them to know about it after all. Well this week, Derek posted in the FB group a statement of success that made me sit and up and take notice. She advised us "What’s crazy is less than a year ago I started a band - I had zero idea what I was doing. None whatsoever. I just know that I can sing and I started networking and contacting people I had no business contacting being a brand new band and we started making decent headway. I’m floored by the success we’ve seen with the minimal effort I’ve put into it. Why I doubt myself in other arenas is beyond me" Isn't that amazing...she has already created success, by doing all the right things already. Now its time for her to replicate that format to gain more success again.  
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Life Coaches
How Do You Build A Life Coaching Biz That Rocks? Jeanine Cerundolo Has Done Just That My guest today, last appeared on the show back on episode 78 of the show, and at the point was one of the founding members of the Higher Purpose Project, which we also discussed with our previous guests Ginger Kern and Dan Adams. A powerful collection of individuals that have taken it on themselves to create a platform for dreamers, high achievers and goal setters, to channel their passions and overcome their fears. With a tagline of “Be Your Own Hero” the project is going from strength to strength as the world wakes up to what can be achieved if we only take action. And in todays episode we will find out if this platform is still going, and if so how has it pushed her on personally to achieve her own status of hero as he is filling more and more positivity into everyday she is on this planet. She is a workshop facilitator, yoga instructor, writer, and personal development coach and  dedicates herself to the arenas of personal transformation, healing modalities, and community building. As she says "In my free time, I enjoy making any kind of creative concoction with my crepe-maker, dancing to music in my headphones in the parks in New York City, and sharing quality time with friends. I am also very passionate about creative expression – especially spoken word poetry, painting (finger painting counts, right?) and salsa and tango dance. In my other time, I have coached individuals; worked designing personal development focused curriculum and leading weekend summits for groups of entrepreneurs and change-makers; served as a camp counselor for an adult summer camp revolving around authentic connections sans technology; created and offered workshops on cultivating passion and purpose; and co-facilitated transformative women’s circles and NYC-based programs for career shifts and meaningful work." So can you spend so much time helping other people that you fail to truly look after yourself, or supporting other lead onto an increased personal energy that drives you forward bigtime. And for those people looking to create their own coaching business, what are the key stages that bring it all together? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up even more dots with the one and only Jeanine Cerundolo Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jeanine Cerundolo such as: Jeanine discusses how she tries to change her mindset to a fun one everyday, and how it has such a big impact on others. People cant fight positivity  Jeanine shares why she feels that the school of "hard knock life" is just as important as gaining the qualification as you build a business.   How she started to bring customers to her business, and the steps we can all use to develop a life coaching business. and lastly…. The KonmariMethod: How To Be Tidy is a book that Jeanine recognises as one that has made a big difference in her life and certainly could help all of us.
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Morning Motivation
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is widely known as the Morning Coach, with a daily podcast that has been downloaded over 22 million times. He is a sought-after motivational speaker and coach with an international following, he holds advanced degrees in business and metaphysics but credits his street education—from black eyes to near bankruptcy—with providing the life-changing lessons that inspired the keys to personal transformation he shares with audiences, coaching clients, and readers worldwide. Now that is the official blurb but what about the man himself. What lead him to be the go to morning person that the world is reaching out for? Well, he thought he had found what he was looking for once he achieved a golden level of corporate success and financial freedom. He had money. He had status. But it wasn't enough, as he realised having conquered the corporate ladder, he felt a strong pull to seek something more, leading him to actualize his personal dream. But what was his personal dream, as he it certainly turned out to be not what he was doing? Well, by aligning his mission, values, and goals, he was able to form an action plan and achieve his vision of a fulfilling career of guiding others toward realizing their inner purpose balanced with his passions of family, golf, and writing—all with a three-hour workday. And this journey prompted him to write the popular book The Sacred Six: The Simple Step-by-Step Process for Focusing Your Attention and Recovering Your Dreams. This 5-star-rated book, the podcast and his overall outlook inspire others to be their best and change the world. So looking back was he actually on the wrong path, or did he need this false start to truly find the right one? And where do people go wrong, listening to others, or not listening to themselves? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only JB Glossinger. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with  such as: How he managed to turn himself from a night owl into the morning morning person, and the difference that has made to his outlook and fortune. Why JB feels that making people taking action and being hugely motivated is not his job to see through. He gives them the tools and then its up to them. JB shares the fact that almost everyday he screws up, and how he has learnt to not beat himself up by the fact of opportunities missed.  and lastly…. JB reveals why he feels that he was so lucky to have a Columbian mountaineer on his side as he wife knows how you never get to the top of the highest peak that you aim for. 
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Happy New Year
Are you excited by what the world has to offer you on New Years eve? Well i guess you should be as its a time for new beginnings. However in this episode of Join Up Dots, I share why I feel setting a goal because of the date, is not as valid an idea as starting a goal because you truly want to. The motivation to achieve anything has to start within you, and if you are being forced into it you are prone to fail bigtime. So from myself the host of Join Up Dots, I just want to say a big "Happy New Year", thank you for listening to the show in ever increasing numbers and I look forward to sharing more stories, more insight, and a lot more motivation and laughs in the new year. Have a good one and we will see each other again very soon - David
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Starting
Starting a Business, Starting To Make Money, Starting The Dream - Its All Here Today Today's show is almost the last one for 2017 and has a few varied and excellent questions from listeners across the world. This is the kind of stuff that really makes hosting a show like Join Up Dots a total delight to host. But the first question, is more of a review of the show, and an amazing insight to the vision that is the show and what we hope it all to become in the future. A great year is almost finished. 2017 has become a changing point for me. Here is my short story. I grew up in Ukraine but I’ve been dreaming to go abroad all my life. I thought about UK. I hadn’t gone to UK, but last year I came to Dubai. It was great event for me. I had worked for one year in the hotel and changed my job then. I worked in sales in Ukraine and I found same job here in Dubai. Now I am working in sales department of a big Real Estate Developer company. The interesting fact. My manager is an amazing British woman. And some brokers whom I work with, are British too. Some of them live in Dubai and work here, some of them live in UK but we are cooperating. It’s a quite interesting, isn’t it? I feel like all the dots started connecting and only now I can understand what Steve Jobs said in his speech in 2005 in Harvard. It’s true, we can’t connect the dots looking forward, we can only connect them looking backwards. But I want to say thanks to one more British person that I’ve met. This person is David Ralph. I’ve found his podcast recently and I listen to it every day, 2-3 episodes a day. He is doing a great job. He is really connecting the dots, all those dots between the people from different countries all over the world. And these amazing people are sharing their life experience in David’s program. I’d like to say thank you, David. I love your program! Merry Christmas to you and whole your family! Question Two Hello David and Join Up Dots, I have recently seen your page when it shares how you monetize Join Up Dots, which is great. This has led me to want to ask two questions if you would be so kind. Firstly, I see that you have a automobile business listed. Is this your business, or are you are partner? And secondly, I see a lot of people share their income statements on their websites. Why do you think they do this, and have you ever considered this to be something that you would like to do too?  - Adler Ling, Shanghai, China Question Three Join Up Dots Rocks - I listen everyday and tell all my colleagues to listen too. Your show is not like any other that I have heard. What is your favourite episode you have recorded - Osil Harket, Norwary Question Four Thanks for creating such a wonderful podcast. I came across it 2-3 weeks ago and love listening to many of your past episodes. I have been wanting to create an online business since around 2005. I think I first got the bug after listening to Tim Ferriss's audiobook of the 4 Hour work week. I also was listening to Internet business mastery, which then lead me to Pat Flynns podcast. My challenges are: How to really get started, which idea of my many I should go with, over coming my fear of failing. Maybe it's low self confidence, but I feel that I have failed at a lot of things in life and so I am or was afraid to really try to build an online business. I don't want to fail on my "dream". One thing that I dislike about other podcasts is that the  host eventually begins to self promote their products and courses and start sharing less and less of how or what to do. I feel that you don't  do this. So thank you. Other than wanting to ask you for help on being a mentor and getting me on the right path, I'd like to know how long was it from the time you thought about leaving your job to actually sending out your first podcast? What exactly were you doing? How did you know what you needed to do to set up your podcast? Did you set up a website before or after? If I were to do the same as you, what kind of costs would I be looking at to get started? You talk about all the hours and hard work that went into getting things going. What did those times look like, what were you doing? Last question, what's your favourite thing for breakfast? Thanks again for creating Join Up Dots, it's really inspired me to start taking action. PS. some of the buttons on your site are broken or not set up, fyi. Ryan. 
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Sales Closing
Sales Techniques and Sales Closing Is So Hard, But Not With Michelle Weinstein My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who knows how to turn no's into yes's. She knows how to turn maybes in sales. She knows how to turn struggling businesses into rocking and rolling money making machines, all by the power of pitching correctly. As she says " I am a time-tested entrepreneur who has the unique ability to help you immediately identify business strengths to create a unique plan of action. More importantly, I will help you zero in on the hidden trip wires that keep you from achieving your financial dreams." She has knocked down the doors and impressed CEO’s at many billion dollar companies. Her relentless pursuit towards buyers at Costco Wholesale earned her coveted shelf space that also led to national deals with The Vitamin Shoppe. Other current clients include the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays. Within in her inner circle are multi-seven figure entrepreneurs, famous comedians, professional athletes and coaches from the NFL, NBA, MLB & NHL. As a result of these amazing relationships and opportunities Michelle has honed a unique skill set that will help you develop the most important and valuable relationships. She will teach you how to open doors and meet people that you have always dreamed of meeting, but you never knew how to get to. That’s her genius. So was this process something that was born in her, or created by many years of hardship, struggle and learning on the coal face? And where do people go wrong - pitching to the wrong avatar, or not believing that they have the value that leads to the sales? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michelle Weinstein.  Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Michelle Weinstein such as: Michelle shares the four letter word that makes all the difference to a new entrepreneur, and why it is the most important thing to learn. Michelle talks about why being a standup comedian is the hardest entrepreneurial  journey to take, and why they have to be used to failure every single night. However these failures are a gold mine that can lead to huge success. We discuss how she found the diamond in herself by working in bars as a young lady, and how she can now see those skills are exactly the same as the ones she uses today. and lastly…. Why your ability to be able to walk away from money sets out an amazingly powerful position to take, that actually can lead to more money.
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Happy Christmas To You All
This is going to be a very short episode of Join Up Dots as hey I guess that most of you are up to your neck in wrapping paper and turkey. So why would you stop to listen to a podcast episode from a guy in the UK? Well i hope that you do, as there are something that I need to share with all my listeners across the world. You see, without you guys lending me your ears, connecting with us on FB,  dropping us a line like you do then I dont think I would have the passion to keep going day after day. Building a business is very tough, and we wall need the support of others to help us through the dark times and to push us on to achieve greater and greater success with our ventures. And that is what I get from you all. Seeing the download figures increase month on month. Seeing the changes that are occuring in lives across the world. And getting told that Join Up Dots has made a huge difference in the way that you think about your future is the greatest present I could ever hope to get. And best of all, I dont have to wait until Xmas to get them either. I suppose what I am saying is because of your guys, everyday in Join Up Dots world is Xmas and I am so totally grateful and humble for what you provide me. So thank you so much for being a listener. Thank you so much for allowing me to do what I love doing. And thank you to everyone that looks around themselves at Xmas and realises that if you are able to listen to a podcast, or read a website then you are in a better position to get the dream life than most people in the world today. Happy Xmas everybody and have the best time you can possibly have David  
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Business Idea
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a man with a fascinating tale joining up many dots to where he is today. Spending the first nine years of his career like Maverick in Top Gun, he felt the need the need for speed, as an Air Force Pilot, before entering the corporate world to work for Abbott Laboratories and then Valassis. And he was on top form working for both companies, and was recognised as a top performer. Which is of course great, but underneath lurking in his passions and dreams, was a desire to go out on his own to start his own business. The old leap of faith was beckoning, but like so many people across the world, he had the desire but not the direction. He wanted to do his own thing, but was unsure what that thing was supposed to be. And as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, that path can reveal itself at anytime, and this was certainly the case with todays guest. As fate would have it, a random conversation with a friend about the gum ball machines his family owned started it all off. That one conversation sparked an intrigue and planted the seeds for what would eventually become his business School Spirit Vending. But not before disappointment, frustration and the downturn in the economy in 2008 knocked his confidence for six. And then a knock on the door happened at his home, and the path got clearer. So what was it about that knock on the door, and the conversation that happened upon opening it,that really got the juices going? And does he now look back and think, “Man, the clues were floating around me all the time, I just couldn’t see them?” Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Matt Miller Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Matt such as: How he feels the speed of the group is determined by the speed of the leader, and he is aware that everyday he has to be on top form to inspire that momentum. How he often advises entrepreneurs that when you start a product be aware that you will end up in a 180 direction change down the line. How he remembers the time, that it first dawned him that he had achieved the tipping point in his life and he had now achieved the time freedom he craves. And lastly…. How he now knows exactly what his key skills are, and actively seeks for people who are excited to do the things that he can’t. Which powers his business forward massively.
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How To Be Happy
In todays episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph answers questions received from listeners across the world who are in different stages of growing a business that they can all their own. These range from happiness, to online construction to when is the right type time to leave your job. Big questions, require big answers....so lets start with question one: David, great show. What would be your free biggest tips to being happy? Donald, Manchester, England   Now question two....  Hi! I have been listening to your podcasts over the last few weeks and have been talking about wanting to start my own company for months. I've finally come up with an idea that I think really fits my background but is also something attainable and that I'd be interested in doing. I have no idea where to start... I really just have the idea I'm wanting to basically be a recruiter for candidates to go into TEFL programs and teach english abroad - I've been a recruiter for 3 years now and recently taught English in Thailand so I think this is the perfect thing for me to start! But i don't know where to begin. Any help or direction- much appreciated!! Lauren Miller Leading onto question three:  Hi David, loving the show. I loved the episode that you talked about burnout. It was really inspiring that you could be so open and honest with us. Following on from that are you happier now, as I would imagine that you are, as that is how you come across on the show - but perhaps the truth is very different. intrigued from Stellenbosch South Africa   and the last one   David, quick question. I have been working on a few online bits and bobs over the last few years and now have got myself into the position to quit my job and go full time. However I am scared to do so, in case something goes wrong. When do you know when you are at the right time to leave and go it alone? Michaela Impey, Lubeck Germany   Thank you so much for listening to Join Up Dots and if you need any help then connect with us on either Facebook or joinupdots@gmail.com
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Bootstrapping
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a a father, husband, entrepreneur, and the visionary behind iTREKKERS. He founded the company in 2014 after realizing that bringing together vetted professional captains and guides on one platform would help guarantee everyone a better experience in the outdoors. But what does that mean exactly? Well as he says “Driven by my passion for hiking and fishing and the unreliable and diverse experiences that I have had; iTrekkers has been born. iTrekkers concept is simple: We connect customers to amazing outdoor experience that will help make them advocates. In order to achieve this, we have developed – www.itrekkers.com, where customers will be able to search a city location (such as Tampa), pick the type of fishing Trek they want to do (inshore, nearshore or offshore) and the package / price combination they want, and voila! we provide you with a guide to book. Our booking process is simple, safe and secure. And, best of all, we guarantee our trips 100% customer satisfaction or your money back. “ The end goal is straight forward: They want all their customers to have the best chance of experiencing the great outdoors in the most pleasant and exciting way possible. Now this is an interesting concept for so many reasons, not least the mental aspect of building a business around something that is already out there? Isn’t someone else doing it already? How can I charge for something people can do for free anyway? Well our guest has ploughed through all the obstacles and now is seeing his business go from strength to strength. So when did the idea first come to him, and was it something that instantly took hold, or niggled away for many months before taking action? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Thomas Mulliez Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Thomas Mulliez such as: How he decided on the area that he was going to build a business in, and the steps that he took to start his new venture. Why Thomas felt the need to go and see a mentor, and how it managed him to see a totally different way of proceeding in the future. Thomas shares why he surrounds himself with greatest minds that he can hope to find, and what he does to hos own development. and lastly…. Why a terrible bachelor party first gave him the idea of starting how own business, but he still needed a push from his own company to tackle it head on.  
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Consultancy
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who when you first read his bio, you think....or at least I did "Is this true?" He starts with "I grew up with a tribe of Mayan Indians in a remote village in the highlands of Guatemala. I am also a helicopter and airplane pilot, an avid photographer, and taught high performance motorcycle riding/racing. " So this gives you one impression of todays Indiana Jones type guest, so let's give you another He’s an author, speaker, and an entrepreneurial adviser who can teach the world how to make an impact through thought leadership and how to turn their competitors into an asset.  His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, USA Today, INC. Magazine, and Forbes.  He is also a regular speaker not only for TEDx, but for Harvard, Adobe, and other international conferences and now is delivering to the world his fifth book, The Business Of Expertise: How Entrepreneurial Experts Convert Insight To Impact + Wealth teaches entrepreneurs how to elevate themselves and the world. In the book he discusses Five Early Tests for the Positioning of Your Expertise; Demonstrating Expertise; Not Demonstrating Expertise; How Expertise Unfolds" Which gives us a great framework for taking you guys onto the first steps of being an expert in your own field and rocking it bigtime. But what really shows the man is what he told me on email, and you can hear the passion bigtime "I’m very successful by most measures, but it always feels tentative to me. I see myself on the street some day if things don’t go my way, if I get lazy, if I have some bad luck. I’m hungry for more, and it drives me crazy. I wish I could relax and enjoy the success w/o being paranoid about it.   It feels like life throws weird twists and turns at you and it’s a matter of reimagining yourself in a different role. Saying “no” to most of those things so that you can say “hell, yes!!!!” to a few of them. Being grateful, disciplined, and eager. Now I am rambling" So where do people go wrong...not spending enough time on becoming an expert, or spending too long and never going out to prove it? And when did he realise where he should position himself on his own entrepreneurial journey? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr David C Baker Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with David C Baker such as: David shares why he is still travelling across the world to be put on the spot week in and week out. He feels that he needs to sharpen his skills, by constantly being tested and this is the best way to not getting stupid. Why we all have a lack of confidence in our personal abilities at the beginning, and more often than not do not grow until the market starts seeing us as good. Its then that our own personal belief hits in. David shares how he started his own marketing firm, and how he severely underestimated  the amount of work that it took to get it off the ground. and lastly…. Why consultants are in so many ways scamming their company by simply asking the questions that the company should always know if they truly look within themselves.  
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Finance Expert
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with a background in finance but a future that is 100% entrepreneurial. As a young man you could see that he was destined for a life dealing with numbers, but not where he has ended up. Leaving the University Of Florida after studying Economics he took a position with the accurate Advisory Group providing retirees and those planning their retirement with a range of financial planning services. He presented to countless families at presentation workshops on Social Security, 401k strategies, the In’s and Out’s of the brokerage world as well as many other related topics for individuals around the Tampa Bay Area for over 9 years until he decided to Found a side business “My Tax Reduction Blueprint” As he says “We don’t want our clients to incur any risk, so we perform all our work on a contingency basis. That means we only get paid if we are able to find savings and/or settlements for you! While most CPA’s are stuck looking at the rear-view mirror of your business, we focus on your windshield, creating current and future tax savings for you.” Now for many people this may sound like boring stuff that they trey to hide from as much as possible, but this show will be anything but. This will be a show about a man finding his path, by finding a solution to others problems. This will be a show about a man going it alone, and little by little building his company into a team of motivated financial advisers. This will be a show about a man, who no doubt will have struggled with the financial aspects of building his business as all entrepreneurs do. So why did he decide that this was what he wanted to do in his life, and is he as enthused about it now or can he see bigger goals to achieve? And is there one bit of simple advice that all our listeners to take on board that can make such a huge difference in their lives, when it comes to finance? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Travis Jennings. 
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Beating Burnout
Most Confidential Podcast Ever - I Am Beating Burnout Everyday And Now Share The Darkness That I Have Been Through In today's episode your host David Ralph shares openly and frankly an issue that has affected him and thousands of people across the world everyday. Burnout and how the condition of burnout can creep on all of us without us knowing. During the week he received an email from a Dr who wanted to discuss with him his history of burnout after hearing about it on the show, and so he connected with them and shared openly. However during this conversation it became evident to him that the content would be most powerful by sharing it with his listeners. Which he has done in todays burnout episode of Join Up Dots. The Email Greetings David Ralph,  Can I start with saying ow refreshing, fun and truly unique your podcast is.   I always look forward to listening no matter who your guest might be.   I am Dr Ross Smiley, from the Burnout Process Clinic in New Zealand, and are undertaking a major review into the symptoms and treatment of corporate burnout across the world.   We are very interested into the reasons behind the dramatic increase in this problem and how to tackle it going forward.    We have heard you mention your own battle with this issue, so would very much appreciate connecting with you to discuss for our report.   We understand that you may not be willing to connect due to your workload, but if you could we would very much appreciate it   Dr Ross Smiley.     So do you have feelings that aren't usually feelings that lie within you?   Are you feeling like no matter what you do in your life then its not good enough?   Do you feel that you just want to close your eyes and sleep, even if its in the middle of the day?   Well if that is the case, then this burnout episode should be something that you plug into your ears as it could make all the difference. 
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Music Career
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has been wowing the theatre world in London's West End and rocking arenas all over the world for the last few years. During her 25 years in the industry, she has lived and worked all over the world, first starting as an entertainer at Sunwing performing with dance bands, soul, jazz, pop and cover bands, to finally landing bigtime in rock music. But it hasnt been instant success and for many years she worked as a backing singer for many of  Sweden's most popular singers, dreaming of the time that she could push them out of the spotlight and truly show what she could do. On February 2, 2008, she found the door that could allow her talent to shine big-time when she won the Swedish talent show West End Star onTV. The prize for winning was the leading role as "Lady of the Lake" in the London West End production of the Monty Python musical Spamalot. She moved to London to play the lead, which at that time was the biggest role played by a Swedish performer in the West End for a very long time, and made over 500 performances In July of that year she was back in Sweden leaving the London stage for a while, and performed a song at the popular Swedish television show Allsång på Skansen, where she was approached by the BBC to compete in the UK Eurovision selection event; she declined the offer. But this is not just the story of a lady working hard and getting a break in the business, as today's guest is also someone who loves to give back and entertain audiences that perhaps are not her target audience, such as appearing in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Liberia and Mali for the Swedish Armed Forces. So has this always been a passion, even as a small girl, or did she just find something that she could do very well? And what has the been the hardest part, the struggle to get there, or to stay there? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Nina Soderquist. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Nina Soderquist such as: How she looks back she can clearly see the dots joining up her life, and loves the fact that her future is a walk into the unknown. Scary sometimes but something that she relishes. Why she wishes that she had got a better manager in the early days of her life, as her journey to success would have been so much shorter. How she listens to her own songs, and sometimes appreciates them, but struggles to get past the critic in her. She allows the audience to show her what is good or not. and lastly…. Why she rarely sings away from the stages of the world, and has never ever done karaoke in her life.....shock!!!  
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Online Expert
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who has been creating her success from the ground up in amazing effect. Starting her journey around the same time that Join Up Dots launched, she has been out there every day, hustling, upskilling and sharing her talents with the world She is the President & CEO of Marketing to Crush Your Competitors, is also an Online Business Strategist, Professional Speaker, Author and Podcaster. She works with entrepreneurs, coaches and startups to build their online platform so they can be seen as an authority, connect with influencers and cash in on their knowledge. She has published 3 books (one a best seller!), been featured on Forbes and The Huffington Post. As a former elite athlete, including playing in the PanAm games, and a former physiotherapist helping her clients get to their optimum health, she is a genius at mapping out a strategic path to victory. But to be honest, you can throw all the big words in the world in her direction and it will never show the simple fact, that she cares. She cares about her business. She cares massively about her clients. She cares about making the most of each day. And that is part of what we will talk about today....loving something so much that your bring into the world something that you couldn't imagine at the beginning So is her business where it is because of the struggles she has overcome or the successes that came easily? And what is the biggest issue that her clients bring to her, stopping them from achieving the same success? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Fabienne Raphael Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Fabienne Raphael such as: Why Fabienne has made the decision to change their name of her podcast, and what that means to her audience. Fabienne shares how she wasn't born to be an entrepreneur, but was willing to hustle. develop and make mistakes until she could 100% class herself as one. Why so many people make the mistake of seeing the small shoots of financial reward start to grow, and then going and starting something else. Why we should make more effort to get out and see real people in our business. You can't develop as quickly if you just stay in front of your computer all the time. and lastly…. How a newborn has allowed her to become uber focused on the tasks that will grow her business massively.  
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Health Tips
Coming originally from Dallas, but now living blissfully on several acres of Pennsylvania countryside, todays guest knows a thing or two about living great, feeling great, and doing things naturally. Over the last few years he has worked enlightening people, as to how they can in his words” take back their power in the areas in which they give it away. “ Which may not mean much to you at the moment, but will certainly form the basis of our interview today. He is regularly featured on television and radio where he shares his direct experiences, as to how we can make living a healthier lifestyle, and easy and fun too! It is the simple no nonsense yet basic everyday living approach to his work, which has created a hugely loyal following over the years. And with a series of publications that really tackle the pain points of people lives, such as “Acne Free in 3 Days: How I Cleared my Acne in Only 3 Days ” and “Weight Loss By The Numbers” selling in large numbers he is sought after as the man to help. And its not a surprise as someone who suffered as a young man with weight issues, he is in a prime position to speak from experience. So why is it if you can cure acne in three days, that so many teenagers and young adults suffer with this issue again and again. And what was the point in his own up bringing when he realised that he had to do something about getting into shape? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Chris Gibson. Show Highlights During the episode we discussed such weighty topics such as: Why it is so important to get yourself mentally right before you start tackling the physical health we all crave. How he remembers throwing a Doctors prescription away and that was the moment that he started taking control of his destiny. Why it is so important to slow down and consider every decision that we make each day, to start making a positive change in our lives. If you are in a job that is making you unhappy then you need to ask yourself “Why is it doing this to me?” and try to resolve the problem not just accept it. And lastly….. How you don’t need to be an expert in everything nowadays, but you do need to know how to find the people that are.  
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How To Get Motivated
In todays episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph shares three different stories from three listeners who are building their dream lives and all are struggling in one way or another to make the next step to where they want to be. We get more and more questions from listeners who are listening to the show and are inspired by the content and want more and more from life. So let's start with the first question, which was received in our FB group from a lovely lady in America, who preferred not to be names in case her boss heard the show. So in this episode we will call her Derek..... "Hi David, Why do I have zero motivation at work!? Please don’t share this on the podcast with my name but I’m curious if you ever felt at your past life job that you just couldn’t give a fuck about the job at hand? I come in excited to start the day coming off of your podcast and then I get here and turn to absolute mush. Did you have days like that? I feel like it’s bleeding into my desire to get out in that it’s just completely draining me." You will hear the answer to this question on the show as you would expect from a top ranked podcast. The second question was posed from a guy, who knows what he wants to do, and knows how to do it, but is holding himself back from going full time. "Hey David, thanks so much for personally getting in touch. I've just realised you did, so apologies for not getting back to you. I'm from Bath, in good old Blighty like yourself. Thankyou for taking a moment to lend me your ear. In answer to your question, what is my biggest issue I have to reply, in a word...FEAR! I made the decision some time ago to change course in my career before reaching the age of 40 to pursue my love of photography. It's something that always consumes my thoughts and heart but until recently not something I thought I should develop on a freelance basis. Well, that changed when in my current job as a gardener I started to lose interest and a new manager appeared in the last 5 months and unfortunately we don't see eye to eye (a little similar to your origin story I think!) So, after 15 years in that career (and my back and knees are getting a bit knackered!) I thought, this is the perfect time to switch it all up again for the new decade of my life. I've now decided to prepare myself, the finances and inform family members of my decision to go freelance and to commit full time to taking photos - I've had some success in the past doing it in my spare time and appeared in a few newspapers, commercial work and recently won a competition on the Expedia/Trover website where the prize was a £1000 holiday. I love shooting events, festivals and adore landscape photography especially if I can get to work with outdoor and travel brands. I think I'm ready, but, as I mentioned before I'm scared. Fear has grabbed me, it's the great unknown and my knees are a knocking! Just can't seem to leave the comfort of a regular job and step into a world of freelance even though I'm sure I can do it and have a much more fulfilling life, just as you discovered when you found your true calling. Apologies for the lengthy ramble, though it would be awesome to get your insight and advice on how to not be too much of a yellow belly and confront this fear! Wayne Farrell, UK. Now for our last question we bring onto the show a lovely lady who has been a friend of Join Up Dots since the early days, and through listening to the show changed her life dramatically. But now that dramatic phase has become a little bit boring. So what do you do when life becomes humdrum? Do you do more and more to keep it exciting, or sit back and focus on what is brilliant in your life? Well as you can guess, we will answer that question on the show...and its a good one that connects all the others spoken about in todays episode. "Hi all! Just wanted to post an update and ask a general sort of question. I’ve been teaching a crazy amount of in person English classes since I got here, but am looking into teaching online. I can make dollars again and save on my commute which would be great. Outside of that I am honestly not sure what my long term plans are at the moment. Lately I have been feeling so much pressure to travel and even explore Prague with any free time I have but also feeling like I need to be studying grammar and teaching methodology. This has left me feeling a bit overwhelmed and slightly paralyzed. Truth is, as I mentioned I don’t know what my long term plans are. I know I don’t want to move back to America, but outside of that I am feeling a giant question mark. When I try to think about what I want to do I truly don’t know outside of travel. Have any of oh found ways to ease up the mental stress and pressure you tend to create for yourself in these situations? That feeling of I should be doing more all the time?....Megan, Czechoslovakia" 
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Selling
Selling Expert Kayvon Kay Gives The Number One Advice For BIG SALES! Todays guest joining us on the show has over the past 19 years, he has helped 1000+ coaches, consultants, service providers, and entrepreneurs master the fundamentals of sales and close more High-Ticket sales over the phone. He is known as the “The One Call Closer,” and is one of the most recognized and in-demand sales trainers in the high-ticket space. The tactics and ideas that he uses in his One Call-Closer private training are techniques that took him 20 years to develop and that less than 1% of the population even know about. These techniques are also derived from him spending over 10,000 hours on sales and business trainings, courses, and seminars. Now that sounds amazing, and of course we all will be thinking that he was born with this talent. But in fact his journey to becoming a successful sales trainer didn’t happen overnight nor was it easy. He went through a lot to get to where he is today. He started his passion for selling at the young age of 13 where he got his first sales job as a junior sales assistant at the local furniture store. It was from that experience that he wanted to pursue a passion for selling and started this never-ending pursuit of sales improvement. Up until today, he’s read over 396 sales books and has spent over $128,563 on sales trainings and seminars. During his time at college, the Dean of Special Resources told him that he should drop out of school because of his diagnosed struggles with ADD/ADHD. It wasn’t the first time he was told to give up and quit and it will not be his last. However, that didn’t affect him and he wasn’t willing to give up. And that is always the key to success, persistence outworks talent, skills and anything else you think is holding you back from your future. So what is it about selling that lights him up inside, when most people struggle with this bigtime. And where do we go wrong, blinking at the pivotal moment of quoting our price, or something else? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Kayvon Kay Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Kayvon Kay such as: Kayvon share his belief that there is no single path to success, and everybody has to create the path that is right for them if it is truly going to succeed. Kayvon shares how so many people get confused with the systems against the strategies. Use the webinars, funnels, an email optins to create a deeper connection with your clients before you ever hope to sell. We discuss Kayvons childhood, and how his fathers advice could have held him back from the future that was waiting for him. Thank god he ignored him! and lastly…. We discuss how Kayvon spent $125,000 on self development and still failed - the reason was he hadn't proved himself to anyone, not least himself. 
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Creativity
Creativity comes in many forms.  And in todays episode our guest shows how he has blended several creative areas into one rocking a rolling business. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an interesting guy for sure. They call him the LINGO guy (which will make more sense shortly) and has been the go-to portrait photographer for an exclusive clientele for 30+ years. His portraits have appeared on The Oprah Show, CBS News, in “O” Magazine, People Magazine and New York Family Magazine. Now if you think this is a guy who just takes amazing snaps then think again as he says “While the three career roles I play as photographer, speaker, and coach may seem diverse, they actually have one thing in common. It is the essence of being a witness. The sparkle coming alive in a child’s eyes, a small business owner making a shift in their way of thinking or an entire audience being inspired. I am motivated by the role I play in bringing that response forward and grateful for being a part of someone else’s aliveness.” Which means that through his trained eyes, he uses his honed intuition to see and sense, helping to businesses stand out, attract their ideal customers, and create brand loyalty that supersedes price. Which is fascinating to us at Join Up Dots, as with an ever increasing crowd battling it out online, how do you get your creativity, vision and passion to shine out and attract customer like magic? Well through his book, LINGO: He teaches us all to “Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible” Powerful stuff and the kind of content I dont think we have had on Join Up Dots before. He is also the host of the popular business podcast Creative Warriors and a featured speaker on The Moth, and with a social media audience of more than 100,000 seems to be what the world is looking for. So what made him get our his camera and start taking photos in the first place? And when did he realise that it wasnt just an image that he was creating, but someones future every time the shutter clicked? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Jeffrey Shaw Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jeffrey Shaw such as: Why Jeffrey has learnt that stepping into your greatness doesnt always translate across the world, and how he meanders around it to ensure his clients grow bigger than they could hope for. Jeffrey shares how he knew as a youngster that he was very different from his father and his brothers, and can now see how it placed him where he is today. Why so many people need to make space in their lives to allow themselves to provide the value to their clients. Although they need to be shown that its possible. and lastly…. Jeffrey shares a brilliant image for life……life is like a game of twister. It doesnt matter if you can’t find the next dot to place your hand, someone will fall and your space will become visible. 
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Fitness Business
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is going to give us a different perspective to a story which we have already told back on a previous episode of Join Up Dots. His girlfriend and business partner Julie Gohring, came on the show on episode 330, and told us how together with todays guest she has created a life splashing around happily on the beaches of Costa Rica. But it isn’t all about having great fun and the life that he wants. Yes, he is passionate about using fitness and health to enrich peoples lives. As he says “I’ve been an athlete my entire life which has given me a unique set of tools to educate and motivate others to live healthier, fitter and more joyous lives. I love training on the beach and getting after it in the gym. Good nutrition (most of the time) solid recovery, and a little mindfulness practice round out my core beliefs. Surfing lights me up inside and motivates me to eat well, train hard, and stay well rested. I believe we all can find that activity that keeps us active and puts a smile on our face. And i’m here to help you discover it for yourself.” But this isn’t a tale of someone just playing to their strengths and it all comes together effortlessly. This is a story of someone making big decisions, and tackling his own mind chatter head on, as he transitioned from San Francisco and paradise, and a life that looks too good to be true. So how did he free himself from the naysayers, and doom mongers that will have thought “You can’t have a life on the beach…..that is what vacations are for, not work?” And does he see the beach as the ultimate place for building a business based on your passions, just for the fact that if you can do it there you will believe you can do it anywhere? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Nick Holt Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics such as: How he loves the ability to provide accountability tools to clients across the world, monitoring their progress and setting targets from a far. How his parents took years to really understand that he wasn’t just drinking beer and splashing around on the beach today, and actually is building a business, and one that he loves. How he battled massively with the naysayers who couldn’t understand why he would want to move to a foreign country and start his life again. Why it is so important to realise that the stars are never going to a line in the sky, but you can reach up and a line them up yourself by your own efforts. And lastly….. How he recalls the famous Mark Twain approach to the secret of getting ahead in life “Is just getting started” and buys into it totally.  
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Market Research
Todays episode is a follow from last Fridays episode of Join Up Dots, where we answered some listener questions. Jenny Kimble and Jorge Uribe both wrote to the show asking for advice, as both wanted to build their own businesses but didn't know how to start. So asked these questions: Hi David and friends! I am literally listening to you most recent podcast right now, I love it and all of your other ones are so inspiring as well. I need help please! I am an artist, and I want to be an artist full time or have a shop or something that I can do that is creative,  where I can paint all day and sell my work. I have been evolving with my art and I feel that i know who I am as an artist and I continue to grow. My full time job is very draining and stressful and I sit in an office all day and people that come in are 90% rude to me all day long. My son and husband and I are living with my mom ...my husband can't work due to many health reasons and we are in a big time rut. It's making me mean and cranky and depressed and I dont want to be that person ..to my family especially.  You said to just make it work and change your life...but i just need a little advice or something to get it going. I'm willing  to do anything to be happier for myself and my family. Help! (Please ♡) thank you! ~Jenny Kimble~ Well in today's episode we follow on from what we advised due to Jenny sending us a follow up email, discussing the progress that she made when she advised us Hi David! Listened to you show today where you read my email and gave me great advise! Thank you so much. I really appreciate everything you said and will definitely be taking your advise and using it very soon I also have listened to the podcast you sent me about the amazing lady who makes the framed quotes to make a living. It was great! Funny enough, a few days ago a friend of mine quit her job (same place as me) and as a going away gift I painted her a small canvas with a sarcastic remark that a few of us in the office as friends said to each other a lot, and it was kind of an inside joke. She liked it so much and the girls thought it was so funny that they encouraged me to start the etsy shop where id sell sarcastic, vulgar, funny and nice little canvases with funny quotes on them. The next day, another friend of mine said I should do something similar and I took it as a sign to maybe just pursue it and see what happens. i have also looked into Amazon. I will say that i am going to cancel my gym membership (since i've only gone three times lol ) and will use that money to get an amazon membership or a personal website. Just wanted to keep you updated! Thanks again for your support and I will definitely be in touch! ♡Jenny♡ And now for Jorge Uribe, who first connected with us by saying: I hope everything is great. I love your show! I just started to listen to podcasts about 2 months ago because I was looking for a way to not get bored at my cubicle. That is how I found Join Up the Dots and even though my native language is not English, let alone that for me the British accent is more difficult to understand, I got so engaged with your show that I can't stop listening to it. I have been dreaming of having my own business since I was a kid, the funny thing is that I have never gone that way in my life. I am born and raised in Peru and about 5 years ago I was getting bored with my job and I thought that I should try to challenge myself and pursue an MBA abroad.   That is how I  came to Canada, where I am currently living and working. After finishing my MBA last year, I tried to get a job in my field, a task that ended up being very difficult. I couldn't get any job offer in my field and I was running out of money so  I had to be creative and do something to earn some cash. I was doing some temporal jobs where I had to do about anything, even whipping floors. In the meantime, I kept applying to different positions and one day I saw a job posting to do administrative work, I thought that I could leverage my knowledge of working with MS Office and decided to apply. Fortunately, I got the job and after 2 months, due to good performance, I got hired for a full-time position there. The salary just allows me to survive, I cannot save money, but at least I can eat and pay my bills. The thing is that I still have the same dream of creating a business, I don't see myself working all my life for someone. I want to create jobs and opportunities for other people and I, of course, want to own my time and life. I am a hardworking individual and don't care if I have to work 80 or more hours per week in something I like doing. I am very creative, I have good ideas all the time, but my problem is that I don't know how to execute and take action, maybe because I have been working for someone so long. The reason for me to write to you is because, as I commented, I listen to your show every single day and I heard you saying that you can help people like me to unleash the entrepreneur inside. I don't know where to start, what to do or which of my ideas I should pursue and unfortunately I don't have money to invest because I spent my life savings in my master degree. I read, breath and eat business information every day and I am very passionate about entrepreneurship and small businesses. I hope you don't find this email so long and please excuse my bad English, but it was hard to comprise all my story here because there was even more information I wanted to share. I also hope this email is part of my first step to take action as the call you did to one of your favorite shows some years ago where you tell the host your feeling about his show and your desire to become an entrepreneur. It would be great to look back and found this email and see my entrepreneurial journey with proud as you see yours now. Since advising him on the show, he has now got the thoughts rushing around his brain which he shared in this response What you mentioned about me of being a niche, is just great! Among the ideas that I have been evaluating there is one that is very similar to what you mentioned in the show. I would love to help people from South America to improve their education and at the same time to experiment what living abroad is. Some friends from Peru, have been asking me about my experience here, and one of them even told me that she wanted to study here in Canada. That's when I thought I could create some kind of consulting service. Some days passed by and I told her that I could help her, I didn't tell her I was going to do it for money, just as a friend, but she told me that she had new challenges at work and she was going to focus on that now. What I thought could have been my first customer ended up to be just an illusion. That is why I didn't continue developing the idea but now that you mentioned it, I think there could be something there.  I still have some doubts about how to start. I know that if I want to create a business using the internet I have to create an online presence. Here is where I get lost, should I create a blog, podcast, website, YouTube channel and how can I start bringing  people. And what about the legal aspects, should I incorporate, open a sole proprietorship? or should I just start with an online presence until I get customers and see if it works. The doubt is also because I don't think that a business can be taken seriously by customers if it is not a legal entity.  I know you are busy and I don't want to monopolize your time with so many questions but any thought you might have about this is very appreciated.  Again thank you for your help. I listen to your show every day but I never imagined that I was going to be part of one. I am extremely grateful for that.  So are you ready to follow suit and start your own business?  
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Educational
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man whose business partner first appeared on the show way back on episode 94 Now its his turn to join up his dots, and certainly when he starts his email request to appear with “I’m a technology entrepreneur who built an online course building software called LifterLMS. I used to live on a glacier in Alaska with a couple hundred sled dogs and managed a sled dog tour business there. You could only get there by helicopter” then you know that it is going to be an interesting conversation. But its not just his icy beginnings that interest me, but more importantly what he is doing now and the struggle he has gone through getting here. He is the founder of LifterLMS, an online resource to help people across the globe create their own online courses without all the techy struggle that boggs them all down. “It’s time to stop stringing together separate software tools into a “Software Frankenstein” to get all the functionality you need. LifterLMS is the all-in-one solution many online course creators, teachers and entrepreneurs like you have been looking for.” And I dont normally say this kind of thing in the introduction but this platform looks amazing and is so needed by so many of the people that I speak to that have all the knowledge but then lose their way within the set up. Things are good for our guest, now as they should be…as he says “I’ve gone through hard times with little money, security, and lots of stress while having a wife and 2 wonderful homeschooled children that depended on me. Now things are great financially and in terms of stability, but there was a lot of struggle. I’m happy to share openly about the journey.” So where do we start? With the dogs and the woolly hats? Or the moment that LifterLMS first popped into his head and the change in his life since that time? Well let’s do all of them as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Chris Badgett Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with such as: Why you have to find a way of building the strengths where you have gaps, and the best way of doing this is finding a business partner that has those in abundance. How Chris used to think that business and creating businesses was “evil” and how he overcame this by linking a business into the personal. Chris shares how he manages a team across the globe, ensuring that everybody has the ability to flourish and get the work done. and lastly…. Why it is such a good idea to get out to the market and validate your idea before ever spending a huge amount of money and time  
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Career Path
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who like most of us start on a career path that was right for our parents, but not necessarily ourselves. To be honest it probably wasnt even right for our parents, which makes it doubly mad that we passively follow suit First, she followed the engineering path of her father and older brother, then stepped onto her mother’s career path in accounting. “I was just showing up. I was physically there, but I wasn’t bringing a whole lot to the table.  I knew it wasn’t the right path for me, but I struggled for a couple of years.” And struggling is what its all about when we arent doing the thing that is right for us. But how do we break free from the struggle and start lighting up the passions of a life which may actually have no idea that we want? Well while still working as an accountant, our guest volunteered for a crisis and suicide hotline and as she say. “That was a real breakthrough for me. It gave me an opportunity to be in the kind of helping role I had thought I would like. I received amazing training there. I got experience actually helping people. I got validation and learned for the first time that I was really good at it. I was quickly promoted to be a trainer within that organization.” And that is how it starts people. You try lots of things. Some work, some don't. But when other start seeing your talents and saying great things, then perhaps that is where your attention should go. You may not see it at the time, but being told nice things about your performance is a great indicator that you have talents that can be used for a business. And now our guest, is an author of Career Grease: How to Get Unstuck and Pivot Your Career, and an expert career coach who has guided hundreds of people to innovative and functional career solutions. She is a practical advocate for achieving your heart’s desires, improving your workweek, and making a difference, all while keeping an eye on your financial success. So why does she think that now she has found her thing, it took her several missteps to find it? And is there a real path for everyone, or are someone people never going to find it as it simply doesn't exist for some? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alison Cardy Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Alison Cardy such as: Alison shares how she struggled with marketing her business, which held her back from truly expanding in the direction she wanted before realising her mistake. Alison shares how we can all pivot in our careers, and believes that the first step is to find a champion that can support you moving forward. How the world cannot believe that they can do what they want in life, and they can actually make it happen too. Total mindset shift. and lastly…. Alison shares how she spent many years living in her head, unhappy, depressed, not uncommon to many of the people who now uses her services.  
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Motivate Yourself
My guest on todays episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a lady who wont let things in life get in the way of what she wants to achieve. She is an amazing woman who overcame a near fatal car accident, chose to remove her left arm, became the US National Champion in the Paralympics, competed in the World Championships in New Zealand, and is now a brand-new mother. That's not a bad start for any introduction. But the key thing to this story, and is what we will delve into in great depth, is how most of the things may not occurred, if she hadn't realised that mentally she was holding herself back from what she could achieve. As she says "I was in a car accident 17 years ago. So I had to always wear this sling and didn't have any motivation to move forward. My arm was paralyzed, a brachial plexus injury," She was intrigued and stimulated by here friends stories of running marathons, so set off to achieve the goal herself. But the whole experience was one of pain and distress, as her paralyzed arm pulled down the entire left side of her body, causing knee pain and even whiplash. It was like running with an anchor attached. She began to realize that her paralyzed arm not only weighed her down physically, it was a metaphor for all that was holding her back from living life fully. The anchor was weighing her down. Keeping her in one position, and stopping her moving towards the future she craved. So she realised that removing the arm, was going to be her saviour. Cutting the ties with the past could very well be the best thing that she could do. So she started considering amputation. "I wasn't there before, I think, emotionally" she says "I knew it was going to be different. The outward appearance is very shocking (to people); it's different now. I used to be asked all the time, 'What happened to your arm?' when it was in a sling," Making the decision to undergo such a major surgery proved difficult, even though she knew intellectually it was the right choice. Her solution? Set a series of athletic goals that would only be possible after the surgery. Make the surgery the first step to achieving what she wants in life, and wow hasn't she done just that! So, has the whole process been one that going back in time she would have done earlier? And does she see that the power of the mind, truly outweighs the capabilities of the physical body? Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Tisa Cawthon. 
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Niche Websites
In today's episode of Join up Dots we are responding directly to two listeners who have dropped us a line asking for help. Both of them have issues that are holding themselves back from living a dream life and creating their own business. The first is a lady who is a very talented artist, but is struggling to find a way to market her art to the world in a way that will develop a constant stream of income in to her own life. And the second is from a gentleman who is struggling to find an idea that would make a great business for him (even though as you see there is one sitting right under his nose already) Lets read the first email from Jenny Kimble: Hi David and friends! I am literally listening to you most recent podcast right now, I love it and all of your other ones are so inspiring as well. I need help please! I am an artist, and I want to be an artist full time or have a shop or something that I can do that is creative,  where I can paint all day and sell my work. I have been evolving with my art and I feel that i know who I am as an artist and I continue to grow. My full time job is very draining and stressful and I sit in an office all day and people that come in are 90% rude to me all day long. My son and husband and I are living with my mom ...my husband cant work due to many health reasons and we are in a big time rut. Its making me mean and cranky and depressed and I dont want to be that person ..to my family especially.  You said to just make it work and change your life...but i just need a little advice or something to get it going. Im willing  to do anything to be happier for myself and my family. Help! So 6 years ago when I started painting I mainly used acrylic paint and had a very abstract focus. But as I evolved I did so much research on how to use the paint in different ways and did so much experimenting that my style changed from only abstract, to abstract and illustrations combined using many mediums and materials. I had a stent of being obsessed with refurbing furniture and still do a bit of that as well on the side. I continue to grow and right now am trying to get a coloring book going as well as boost a new etsy shop for canvases, commissions and possibly pet portraits.  My instagram id is @jennykimbleart and you can find me under that name as well on Facebook.   And now the second from George: I hope everything is great. I love your show! I just started to listen to podcasts about 2 months ago because I was looking for a way to not get bored at my cubicle. That is how I found Join Up the Dots and even though my native language is not English, let alone that for me the British accent is more difficult to understand, I got so engaged with your show that I can't stop listening to it. I have been dreaming of having my own business since I was a kid, the funny thing is that I have never gone that way in my life. I am born and raised in Peru and about 5 years ago I was getting bored with my job and I thought that I should try to challenge myself and pursue an MBA abroad.  That is how I  came to Canada, where I am currently living and working. After finishing my MBA last year, I tried to get a job in my field, a task that ended up being very difficult. I couldn't get any job offer in my field and I was running out of money so  I had to be creative and do something to earn some cash. I was doing some temporal jobs where I had to do about anything, even whipping floors. In the meantime, I kept applying to different positions and one day I saw a job posting to do administrative work, I thought that I could leverage my knowledge of working with MS Office and decided to apply. Fortunately, I got the job and after 2 months, due to good performance, I got hired for a full-time position there. The salary just allows me to survive, I cannot save money, but at least I can eat and pay my bills. The thing is that I still have the same dream of creating a business, I don't see myself working all my life for someone. I want to create jobs and opportunities for other people and I, of course, want to own my time and life. I am a hardworking individual and don't care if I have to work 80 or more hours per week in something I like doing. I am very creative, I have good ideas all the time, but my problem is that I don't know how to execute and take action, maybe because I have been working for someone so long. The reason for me to write to you is because, as I commented, I listen to your show every single day and I heard you saying that you can help people like me to unleash the entrepreneur inside. I don't know where to start, what to do or which of my ideas I should pursue and unfortunately I don't have money to invest because I spent my life savings in my master degree. I read, breath and eat business information every day and I am very passionate about entrepreneurship and small businesses. I hope you don't find this email so long and please excuse my bad English, but it was hard to comprise all my story here because there was even more information I wanted to share. I also hope this email is part of my first step to take action as the call you did to one of your favorite shows some years ago where you tell the host your feeling about his show and your desire to become an entrepreneur. It would be great to look back and found this email and see my entrepreneurial journey with proud as you see yours now. Thank you for your attention and please keep doing the show because you makes us believe that by joining up the dots and connecting our past is the best way to build up our futures.  Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics such as: Wky Ikea and Amazon are such amazing paces to do market research. Why the most obvious easy thing you can do, might just be what you should be building a business around. Why a business is 50% what you want to do, and 50% what you customer is looking for. and lastly…. Why going niche is the key to getting rich. Market to a tight group and start solving their problems.    
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Love Life
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who really is blazing a path across the world, being uniquely her and helping people everywhere to find love and amazing relationships. Now you might expect that the introduction will talk to you about Californian beaches, yoga retreat and other such things. But by now, as you well know, is not what we do at Join Up Dots. Instead we like to start with the words of the lady herself who says  "I was a rebel in my teenage years. At 18 years old, I served in the intelligence unit of the IDF. It taught me discipline and responsibility. Soon after my service ended, my free spirit took me to Japan. Living in this magical place for 3.5 years was better than the best sushi you have ever had. But I knew that life had more to offer, I dreamed of becoming the next Angelina Jolie and moved to NYC to study acting. When I started getting minor roles in independent films, my dream seemed within reach. It wasn’t all easy. I’d endured a crippling bout of depression that lasted for years after escaping an abusive relationship. I did everything I could to mend my heart and regain my strength. The process of rising like a phoenix from my own ashes, was my catalyst for becoming a coach and helping others in the same way  I was helped. Sometimes, you have to go through great pain and difficulty to unwrap your true gifts." And isn't that what we see every single day in Join Up Dots, the bad stuff is the gold, and the good stuff is well.....just that, good. Nice to live through, but doesn't really teach you anything. And now with her coaching business, podcast, and testimonials growing daily it is without a doubt clear to everyone that this lady needed the tough times to become who she is today.  So when did she realise that her dreams of a youngster were not actually the dreams that the adult should cling to? And where do people go wrong when trying to find love? Trying too hard, or not trying at all? Well  lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Orion Talmay Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Orion Talmay such as: We discuss how we all are masculine and feminine energies, and how we can channel these to gain different results from what we would normally receive. Orion shares how she found her partner, after having a breakthrough at a Tony Robbins course..and what happened in a hot air balloon. and lastly…. Why we would all look ourselves in the mirror and say "I love you" no matter what has gone right or wrong in our lives. Acceptance is such a major part to finding your true self.  
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Building A Business
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast is a lady who like so many of us decided that she wanted something in life, and then found out that she hated it once it was achieved. As she says in her own words “My lifelong goal was to be a manager. I hit the corporate fast track and became a manager in record time – and found out I hated it! The long hours, corporate politics and endless budget meetings drained my energy and enthusiasm for life. What I really wanted, I decided, was a life where I could make my husband and kids my top priority – so I quit the corporate world to run my own business. I built and ran several businesses but something was still missing.” That statement is so interesting to me on so many levels, which we will discuss on the show. But our guest worked on living a life with status and prestige, but then changed direction. So she became an entrepreneur which is the direct opposite to where she was and still it wasn’t right. These decisions seem to be directed by her head, or her survival instincts, yet once she listened to her heart, and really listened to what the old blood pumper was telling her then it all came together for her. And now she works with clients all over the world in such wonderful places as Holland, Belgium, Australia, U.K., Hong Kong and more! She has coached and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs helping them create 6 figure businesses and beyond. Even achieving six figures in one day. So does she look back at her career in corporate land and thank the gods that even though she was climbing up the wrong ladder, it still taught her the skills to build her own ladder and start climbing again? And how does she balance this increased success with also being a Mum and Wife. Could she see a time when once again the ladder turns out to be wrong? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to joining up the dots, with the one and only Val Bullerman. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Val Bullerman such as: How she struggled with depression for twelve years, but now makes a decision everyday to be happy. Why we must realise our personal value to what we can bring to the world if we are going to achieve true greatness. Why we should never try to guess what people will be able to afford for your products. Quote your price and let it fly. And lastly…. And why Oprah Winfrey creeps around the woods of America when you least expect it….who would have thought!!!  
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Take It Easy
Life shouldn't be hard, should it? We have so many experiences waiting for us. We have so many places that we can visit. We can have so many laughs, jokes, and generally fun times that swe should be walking around with a huge smile everyday! But do you see many people walking around with a huge smile? Not very often I would have thought, because people are so wrapped up in the effort of everything. Last night I had a problem. I couldn't see what i should record for today's episode of Join Up Dots. All week I had thought long and hard about the subject, but inspiration hadn't hit at all. “Ohhhh what can I do??”...my mind stressed “My listeners need an episode of the show, and I have podcasting block” So what I did was nothing, and instead just went to bed and slept on the problem, until I woke up and BOOM and idea was there waiting for me. You see, i made life easy for myself. And so why do we do this? Why do we think that everything is effort and hustle? I suppose it goes back to wanting to look like we are hardworking and industrious, instead of lazy so and so’s! I suppose it is also linked to wanting other people to be impressed by the work we are doing, even if it's not the type of work we want to do. We want to shine, and by floating through life doing the minimum and having a good time how can we possibly shine? And that my listeners is the problem…...we aren't allowing ourselves to shine because we are not doing what we can do best...we are doing what we find hardest. Total madness in every way. So how do we overcome this? How do we change the habits of a lifetime and start creating a future for ourselves that is super fun, and well easy. Well...one of the best ways is to ask our friends and colleagues what they think we do best. What they think we excel at every time they see us...and you will be surprised at what they say. “We love the way that you can make us feel good” “We love the way that you are so organised” We love the way that you are able to pack a suitcase like nobody else we know” What??? “Those little things”, you will cry “That's just what I do” Exactly...it's just what you do, but what other people can't do and that this where you should be heading in life. Look for the super talents that are so unbelievably easy for you and make that your focus and see how your life changes. Life will never be hard again!  
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Self Publishing
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with a skill that most people could use, even if they think they dont need it. He is the CEO of a premier ghostwriting agency, Speak It To Book, and is an expert at establishing a person as a thought leader by turning their ideas into a book, using less than 24 hours of their time. He fuses publishing, ghostwriting, and new generation marketing industries in a powerful and personal way, and has earned half a million through his Book Funnel Method and aims to double/triple his clients' revenue. He is a published author, an Amazon #1 best-seller, winner of the prestigious Genesis Contest for fiction writers, graduate of the CWG's highest level, teacher at conferences across the nation, and former award-winning journalist of numerous star athletes and musicians, including Derek Jeter and Roger Clemons. But this of course is his professional blurb as you dont get to where you are today without a journey of many, many dots. And this was certainly the case with todays guest who after leaving Western Washington University with a BA in Journalism, he started his writing career by covering the New York Yankees for the 2007 season, before relesaing three of his own books. So words were his passion, and fusing that with his love in seeing his clients dreams come true with his ghost writing prowess and he is a man loving life. So even if someone is a great writer, could they still benefit from the skills of a ghostwriter? And where do people go wrong - not having the killer idea, or overwriting and actually killing that killer idea? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Caleb Breakey Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Caleb Breakey such as: Caleb shares the story of how he became an overnight success in ghostwriting, which actually took ten years of hard toil and stress. Similar story to most entrepreneurs.   We discuss how so many people want  to target the microwave community that want success within a few weeks, knowing that they instead of the years that success is built on. Why now is the best time ever to launch a book, because obscurity is not an issue. Totally different ballgame  from just a few years ago. and lastly…. Why we both believe that the best way to create a product or sales funnel is by choosing two people that are rocking and rolling and then deconstructing the breadcrumbs that they have left for us. Clarity and focus is the key to success.    
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Tech Startup
Do tech startup rock your world, and the thought of creating your own really excite you? Well my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the founder of Acuity Scheduling, the slickest way for businesses to automate and manage their appointments online, allowing clients to schedule themselves. Acuity Scheduling supports over 50,000 businesses of all sizes, from people working for themselves to major corporations with thousands of employees. Their Customer Support is unmatched in this industry as they focus on easy & pain-free scheduling with one on one support as they help their client’s businesses grow and thrive. He is a self-professed tech geek and espresso maniac (a word he does not use lightly) who wholeheartedly believes that business should be fun, and that shines out on everything that I have seen from todays guest From his Linkedin profile that simply states "I enjoy every day by working on the things I love." To the way that he hires ""Instead of asking for a resume, we actually ask for a love letter. What they say in the love letter, and how they phrase it and show off their personality, is the single most important way that we screen for fit within the company. But how did he take this fun loving approach and build something so needed by business across the world? Well it all started close to home, when he watched the struggles his mom was having running her business As he says "My mom is a massage therapist. She was self-employed for the longest time. I ended up seeing her going back and forth with clients, reminding them, getting calls that, “Gertrude just got her kidney stones removed, so I won’t be able to come in,” and all these little stories. There were things that weren’t really her job. She was spending so much time on the phone beforehand and after hand and scheduling appointments that I thought that there had to be a better way. That’s where Acuity was born." Find people pain points. Solve that problem and BOOM you have a business on your hands. Which makes it seem a lot more simpler than it really is, but is still just about right. So when did he realise that his fledgling product was not just going to be something his Mom used, and start to want to market it in the right way? And what was the tipping point that allowed it to take hold and stand on its own two feet in the business world? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Gavin Zuchlinski Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Gavin Zuchlinski such as: Why Gavin spends more time on the customer service than he should do, but enjoys it and finds out much more about how he can improve his service because of these conversation at the ground level. We discuss how a tech startup needs to always have a time of quiet growth, to allow for the feedback, development and customer service to join forces in a timely way. Gavin shared a fascinating story of the time that he wanted to actually kill Acuity Scheduling, and the reasons behind that decision. Why focus is so hard when creating a new start up product, especially for any new tech startup. Ignore the new shiny objects, get your head down, and work on your vision.  and lastly…. Gavin shares why he doesnt have a Facebook account, and the reasons he feels that the world is starting to turn against Mr Zuckerbergs platform.  
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Health and Fitness
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who believes one hundred percent in the words of Joseph Campbell (Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors, where there were only walls.) But for many years her thoughts were driven by expectations far from remarkable, She was solid, dependable and in a career which was nothing more than traditional. As she says “I became a senior high school science teacher, driven by my passion for teaching about health and the human body. I loved and excelled in my work, and thought I would retire from this position in my elderly years. However, after a deeply transformative and unexpected personal and spiritual awakening that began in 2006, I ended up resigning from my teaching position and officially retiring in 2009. Having just come out of my 20s, and driven to never have a “job” or work in any traditional setting again. I wanted to be responsible for my own destiny and was not interested in conforming to the cookie-cutter standards and expectations set out by society. And so despite everyone’s objections to me leaving a secure job that I loved, I was driven by the voice within that was hard to ignore if I was going to be true to myself and live in alignment with my passions and values.” And so with no great plan, but hustle, passion and the ability to open doors that even the universe couldn’t, she is now the creator of the Healthytarian lifestyle, based on fresh thinking, smart eating and mindful living to empower individuals who wish to take a deeply holistic approach to their wellness. She has also created video shows on her two web channel networks EBTV and Healthytarian, that feature her own teaching and other guest experts to inspire, empower and motivate people into positive action. So when she decided to walk out of her career did she have any idea that this was the direction that she would go for? And although going great now, was there a time when she might have been persuaded to go back into full-time employment? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Evita Ochel  
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Business Plan
In today’s episode of Join Up Dots we spend time looking at whether we should a business plan when starting a business. Should you plan it all out when you first start or instead make it up as you go along? Well there are so many nuggets of gold in this episode you will want to grab a pen and paper and take notes for sure. Ready? Dear David, It’s your favourite Hungarian listener again. Last time it gave me such a good feeling that you started your episode talking about my review. It made my day that I heard that I’d made yours. So today I’ve listened to the episode with Milana Leshinsky about ‘Simplicity’. You both have agreed on that we – the newbies in business – shouldn’t even write business plan cause we have no idea who to follow and what we can achieve. I am on a different opinion. I think that if I find a company that I like and it’s working then it’s better to follow cause WE HAVE NO IDEA. So someone who has already experiences running a business knows better and would give us a clue, right? Also, we can learn from other apps – how they’ve reached their target audience. The other thing is that I’m finishing my part sooner then my business partner. I’m responsible for the design, figuring out the structure of the app and what the user should see and how they want to use and I’m also writing the business plan (!) :D. I think it is important to summarize what we are building for whom, when and why. But he is responsible for all the technology part, like programming the app and building a web server (if there is such a thing). So the question is if I should help him with his tasks or we should stick to the basic roles and I can improve my part. So by the time he is finishing the prototype I will already have several plans what to do with it. But do we have time in such a field? Or should we involve more people – ones who know more about programming? But then it’s risky that we are loosing control. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, David!  
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Secret To Success
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who asks a great question. “Would you invest 5 minutes a day to achieve a higher level of success? Worldwide, countless real estate agents, entrepreneurs, sales professionals, business owners and others have said YES! If they can do it, you can too! You only have to invest 5 minutes a day to achieve real results. Invest your first 5 minutes a day in reading and sharpening your skills, and this one step can put you on the fast track to success in your life and business. Many masters and experts have shared their wisdom through stories; learning from these experienced leaders by reading their words is how you, too, can achieve personal and professional transformation. Success is achieved by getting into action immediately and applying the principles learned. Applied knowledge leads to success. But of course success isn’t as easy as this. Success is built on hard work, failures, stumbles and “Aha moments” that lead us to where. And that is certainly the case with todays guest who began her real estate career developing residential lots with the Trammel Crow Company in Dallas, Texas. She then worked in commercial real estate with The Staubach Company in the Washington, DC Metro area. Before moving to northern Virginia, and completing a Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her BA is from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri – her hometown. Through the HBC Group, she then launched Community Charity Champions to raise funds for local non-profit groups and was awarded by the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce for the Social Corporate Responsibility Award for 2012. So this lady has hustled, and worked her way to where she is now able to see that just five minutes a day can make all the difference. But how did she discover the five minute rule? And where do people go wrong? Not being intentional with their actions, or simply being to hurried to actually make the right decisions? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Karen Briscoe Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Karen Briscoe such as: Why it is so important to start with five minutes a day to focus on health, mindset, fitness whatever you want. But it helps you become intentional with your actions. Karen talks about how the book becoming real was as much as a surprise to her than anything else she has done in her life. The dots joined up and presented her with the opportunity We talk about how people always use a lack of time as the reason for not doing something. However we all have the same time, the question is do you want to do it or not? and lastly…. Why Karen believes that action will help you find out so much quicker if something is working or not. Dont try to double guess, just do.  
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Personal Finance
Personal Finance Expert Pete Matthew Shows Us How To Sort Out The Money My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who quite frankly I should have invited onto the show years ago. He has been on my radar for awhile, but for some reason or not has not been given the opportunity to join up  his dots. He is a man who has blended so many vitally important skills being used in the online world today into a rocking and rolling business. He is a Financial Planner, Podcaster, Video Blogger, Social Media Trainer. Managing Director of Jacksons Wealth Management, and best of all can teach us how to take control of our cash in ways that simply are life changing. As he says "I am a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Financial Planner providing fee-based holistic financial planning advice in Penzance, West Cornwall. I am also an award-winning podcaster and video blogger. My passion is to spread the word that anyone can take control of their personal finances. I am fulfilling this passion via my financial education website and podcast, MeaningfulMoney. Through video, podcasting and social media I am reaching thousands of people every week with my simple financial planning message I set out to provide simple, accessible financial planning information to the masses, and decided that video might be a good way to do this, and through trial and error, built a site full of basic instructional video. Through my work with this site, I was awarded IFALife's Social Media Financial Adviser of the Year award 2010 and I won the Professional Adviser Financial Education award in both 2011 and 2012. I also received the Scottish Widows award for Industry Innovation in 2014, and was named UK Podcast of the Year in 2015. This is great stuff, and will of course make a great episode. So what made him continue through the trial and error stages of video content creation, when most people would have said "I'll just do what I am already doing...its easier?" And where do people go wrong with their money issues? Not looking after the money they already have, or being unaware of what is available to them out there in the big wide world? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Pete Matthew. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Peter Matthew such as: How he started with the concept of his podcast as simply something to do as he fancied it.....and little by little has turned it into a monster. Why so many people can start a podcast, but in fact so many podcasters should actually be stopped from doing it and the reasons why. Pete shares how he managed to find the right business partners to hep him scale the business, and why he blended friends and business (which so many people are frightened off). and lastly…. We share the top three steps for getting your accounting system in place when you start creating a new business. And they are not as hard as they might seem at all.  
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Book Launches
Book Launches can be a nightmare, but not with the book launch king on your side. Today’s guest is a special man to have on today’s episode, which is the official 500th interview that I have recorded. Not of course the 500th show we have released, but the 500th time that I have sat down with a mover and shaker to record an interview for the show. And what makes it even more special is this guy was the first interviewee that I ever recorded with nearly two years ago. Yep, when I was nothing more than a man with a dream to become a podcaster, with no profile, confidence, social platform, then if it wasn’t for him then there was a good chance that the show wouldn’t be around today. So send all your complaints to him as he could have nipped it all in the bud right at the very beginning Now on that first episode we talked about how he had left the military with a desire to travel the world and create a business for himself on his own terms. How he would sit on his bed in his baracks and start creating something that he could show to the world and be proud off. But wow, hasn’t it all changed since we last spoke, as it now seems that not only does he have the belief in what he can achieve, but also the world does too. As he is creating products, podcasts, books and income faster and faster. Such as the Publishers’ Empire, a comprehensive publishing training program, community and book launch platform, which holds over 100 HD training videos, a private, 24/7 forum, weekly small group coaching, exclusive expert interviews with today’s top self-publishers, marketers, and more, copy-and-paste book marketing and sales scripts, dozens of book templates, and much, much more. And those three last words are the key to his increasing success “Much, much more” He is seeing the world differently. He is acting differently And he is playing to his super talents, and where he lacks, finding the super talents of others to deliver much much more. So when did it really start to speed up and in the words of the comedian Steve Martin “He become so good that he couldn’t be ignored any more” And when he looks back at the version of himself, sitting on his army bed, was he close to what he wanted to be, or is that now a distant version of what he now wants to become? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots for the second time with the one and only Mr Tom Morkes. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects as: Why in his opinion it is so important to invest in the initial effort to growing a business and not taking short cuts to success. Why his Dad still thinks it’s time for him to go out and get a real job (He has employees now Mr Morkes Senior…this is a real job!) How he travelled around the world building his business, but now has found a home base in Aspen Colorada where he is creating his strategic launch businesses Why mindset is so important to build as quickly as possible, as you cannot hold the belief of others unless you hold your own belief in yourself. And lastly………. Why Tom’s children will have such an opportunity to create their own lives and income, as their Dad will instil a respect for entrepreneurship from the start.  
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Break The Rules
Break The Rules To Make Success In Your Life - Fast! Today's episode of Join Up Dots, has been inspired by a lovely lady named Amy O'Brien. Amy connected with us via Facebook after seeing a video that was posted by David Ralph the host of Join Up Dots. Amy, mentioned that she was desperate to leave her life in finance and would like nothing more than to create a life coach business but is struggling to overcome the mental roadblock of getting the business off the ground. She feels that she needs qualifications She needs a track record of success. She thinks she needs everything to be lined up ready to rock. But of course as we see everyday on Join Up Dots, and this is the whole theme of the show, you make it up as you go along. You start your business and build the experience as you go. Nothing and I mean nothing can replace experience. So in this episode of Join Up Dots, we not only answer this problem, but we also tackle another quite unusual question posed by a listener in Australia. "Good morning David and everybody at join up dots. Thank you so much for creating the amazing Join Up Dots and all the episodes. The guests that you have on are quite simply, eclectic, inspiring and motivational. What I love about Join Up Dots is even though the guest may have been on other podcasts, the information you draw out of them is the kind of stuff that I want to hear. So a question for you if you would be kind enough to answer it David on one of these shows? I started an online business at about the same time I guess that you started Join Up Dots, selling surfing equipment and diving apparatus. The business has grown to$ 250000 turnover per year and has left me with a lifestyle that I could only dream about. My question to you is after all the hustle, after all the struggle I've now found the dreamlife a bit flat. I thought being retired at age 36 would be the dream but now I'm wondering what to do with myself. Of course I could start another business but I feel that I would just be in the same position again do you have any suggestions Thank you Sam Logan Gold Coast Australia.  
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Simplicity
Simplicity can be so hard to create in business, unless you know todays guest. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is passionate about business, helping people, but also having a life away from business. And that my friends is so important, as business is important but not at the sacrifice of our own lives and happiness. She is an entrepreneur, business strategist, and a marketing mentor to coaches, authors, and speakers and also the founder of the Simplicity Circle, whose mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed and grow, while keeping their business simple. Milana came from Soviet Ukraine 25 years ago as a classical musician with zero knowledge of the business world, and has built her million-dollar coaching business from home part time, while raising her two children. And if you think that this was all some amazing masterplan then think again, as she began her career  teaching music theory and history to 3-5 graders in a specialty music school in Kiev, Ukraine. Followed by a quick stint in an Insurance company, and then working as a web designer before starting her own business.   She did the work that she thought she would love before finding the one that appears to light her up inside bigtime. She is the creator of Recurring Revenue Revolution, author of “Coaching Millions,” co-founder of JV Insider Circle, and inventor of telesummit. She constantly strives to stay on the cutting edge in the coach, author, speaker space, and when she’s not working on her business, she writes music and enjoys Latin ballroom dancing. So how has she managed to blend a super successful business, whilst still being their for the kids and herself? And has she always managed to get the balance right, or like most of us ploughed into burnout before seeing the light? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Milana Leshinsky Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Milana Leshinsky such as: Why simplicity in business is such a key part to the success of all businesses. Relax into the process and see where it takes you. How Milana never once went to coaching school, although that never stopped her being a mentor to other coaches. Don't be held back by qualifications...can you solve the problems of your clients? and lastly…. Why its so important to find the systems in you business which will allow you to walk away from it. Nobody wants to create a monster in their lives.  
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Comfort Zone
Are you in your comfort zone, or out of it? Well that is what we discuss in todays episode with my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview. He is a Professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Affairs from Brown University. Which is all very impressive of course, but what we love about our guest, and why we are about to talk to him on the show is his personal mission He helps people develop the insights and courage necessary to act outside their personal and cultural comfort zones when doing important, but challenging, tasks in work and life. He is the author of the new book Reach with Penguin Random House about acting outside your comfort zone – why it’s so hard, how we avoid doing it, and how to be more successful at it. So why is it that the world is willing to dream big, but then unwilling to take the kind of action that makes it happen? And are there small steps that we can all take to achieve the kind of life we want, or do we have to just jump and hope for the best? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Professor Andy Molinsky Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Andy Molinsky such as: Why we are generally frightened to do the things that then start to interest us the most. We can work our way around the fear by increasing our knowledge in that subject. Andy explains how most people will have a roadblock in their lives that can be overcome by finding the benefit within the task. and lastly…. How so many people will struggle with transferring their personal skills across borders due to their upbringing. What they are totally comfortable with can suddenly seem very different in another country.  
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Life Planner
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is Dov Baron an Elite Mind Strategist specializing in the Psychology of High Performance Leadership. He serves as a mentor and adviser to corporate, creative and personal leaders. His company Baron Mastery Institute is the only resource for training tomorrow’s leaders in the implementation of “The C.O.R.E Affluence System for Leadership”. Being born in the UK in the late 1950’s, even as a child he became fascinated with the undercurrent of human psyche. By the time he was twenty-one he had left his home country to travel and study many spiritual philosophies under a variety of spiritual masters. In June 1990 while free climbing in British Columbia, at approximately 120 feet, he reached for a rock that dislodged a bigger rock. This rock hit him in the face and sent him hurling onto the jagged rocks below. It was a tragic moment, a moment that might have ended his life, and in fact, in some ways it did. Now he describes that moment like this, “On that day I fell 120 feet from a self-imposed pedestal and landed on my ego.” It was the end of the person he had been and in many ways the birth of “The Accidental Guru.” I love this story, even before we have started the show, as it proves that there is no right time to start something, other than now. It’s you that makes the decision to embrace your true self, and not the version of yourself that is being shown to the world. And our guest is doing just that and through his books, coaching, and leadership blog he is doing just that. So what was the person like before the accident, and does he look back with fondness or frustration as to the path he was on? And is this mission one that he feels led to do, almost a mission bigger than himself? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Dov Baron  
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Career Change
Are you in the need for a career change, but dont know which way to turn? Well most of us are in the same boat and just dont know what to do for the best.  Todays episode shares the story of three listeners of Join Up Dots who made the career change for very different reasons and flourished because of them. One of the career change experts opened their own home styling company. The second his own mobile cleaning company. And the last moved to Europe to teach English to children. All career changes made for very different reasons. But all perfect for those individuals.  
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Lead Generation
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is known as one of the top Online Marketers in Australia, and thrives on teaching people, and delivering targeted leads to his customers. He started with his own computer support business in 2003, and then moved to online businesses and has been working from home full time since 2008. During that time he has  became a top 100 Clickbank affiliate, earning commision on automatic pilot. However it hasn't always been plain sailing as a couple of setbacks he has dealt with over the years included having his Google Adwords account suspended (90% decrease in income overnight!), and his Youtube account also (hundreds of videos and traffic and sales gone overnight). So how did he get past those "Oh my god, why is this happening to me...?" moments that we all have to deal with as we build the dream? Well we will find out, but he has certainly done just that, as he is back on top (where his efforts deserve) And now he has pivoted and helps businesses create lead generation campaigns on Facebook and Google that bring in at least a 5:1 return on investment. So when he looks back on his first computer business, does he smile knowingly at what he thought was success back then? And what is the biggest lesson that he has had forced on him over the years, which he never ever lets go off as he continues to move forward with his business? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. John Lagoudakis Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with John Lagoudakis such as: Why it is so important to have email lists that are targeted for the customer...speak to them in the language that they understand. Why John recalls going to University but hating it due to choosing an interest that just didn't light him up inside. Always go with what feels good and not what you think is good. Why all success starts with digging downwards. You cannot build success without the hole to sink your foundations - Brilliant advice. and lastly…. How Johns minimises the risk of marketing for his clients by working closely with them - before getting paid himself. He states this makes him work harder for both himself and his clients.  
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Amazon
Amazon Selling Is Where Its Happening, Thought about Amazon UK? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who boldly tackled the side hustle whilst maintaining his role as a Director of Kurbis Engineering before travelling the world . And that my friends is what we strongly suggest on Join Up Dots. Start creating your online venture whilst still working for a living until that moment when you can step away and go for it bigtime. And today's guest is certainly going for it big time with his new platform teaching the world to smash it on Amazon Europe. Before starting his Amazon Europe journey, our guest had zero experience with running an online business. After university, he joined the corporate world in London but rapidly realized that it was not for him and so after launching his first Amazon brand in 2014, he was soon able to quit his job to travel the world and network with other successful Amazon sellers from around the globe. Today, he's generating 6 figures of revenue per month from over a dozen products in Europe. His experience led him to develop a specific, step-by-step system to find success with every product launched and now has  developed his company FBA Frontiers because so many sellers he met had great businesses on Amazon.com, but had completely dismissed Europe. He's since made it his mission to help sellers overcome the barriers to entry in the EU and find success by bringing their products into Europe. Interesting stuff, and I am sure many of you out there will be scribbling down notes through this show. So what was the first product that bhe brought to market that really showed that he was on to something big? And do people need to create the product themselves or can they jump on the back of the affiliate route? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr John Cavendish Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with John Cavendish such as: How John started his business, by working around his full time employment for just a few hour each day and why he feels that you can do the same too. Why it is so important to surround yourself with the most positive people that you can find, which John has managed to do in abundance and is now reaping the rewards bigtime. Why having an exit plan in a business is such a good idea, as it will allow you to transition to what you want in life instead of getting trapped by what you have created. and lastly…. Why he feels that Amazon UK is such an amazing opportunity for anyone nowadays. How many businesses have a process that can be followed step by step for a new entrepreneur.  
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Personal Branding
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has been building her entrepreneurial business since she was a young twelve year old girl interested in computers. And as we show you on the introduction and the show, a career is built by many different steps. Many different phases until you get to what looks like the natural place. The thing that you were born to do. Back in 2002 she launched her first website, a manga scanlation site (translating comics from Japanese & English into Polish) and grew it to 40K views in under 5 months and even managed a virtual staff of people who volunteered to support the growth. Jump on seven years, and she was then running a successful photography business, and this was her life for seven years, before stepping back into the corporate world when….as she she says in her own words “I worked my tail off in the marketing agency world, including a stint at a corporate ad agency as community manager and social media/email marketing strategist. This is when I got really obsessed with branding, business development, list-building and all the ways biz owners can create consistent revenue without losing their shit.” The first dots had been well and truly placed, and now it was a case of joining them up with the creation of her own self named Digital Marketing Agency. This is a successful digital marketing consulting & education company where she helps modern businesses and entrepreneurs to grow their presence, make more money, and truly blow up online so they can become leaders in their field. And once again as she says “I freaking LOVE it!” So did she always know that she was gently placing the foundations in place as she went, or was each phase in her life supposed to be her legacy work? And what does she find is the hardest part of growing a business? The sales, marketing, or the hours that it takes to get it off the ground? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kamila Gornia  
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Successful Entrepreneurs
In today's world there is a greater and greater interest in entrepreneurs and what makes successful entrepreneurs. We like to think that we can copy their blueprint for success. We like to think that we can look at how they did it, and by being cunning cut a few corners and get their much quicker than they did. But we cant, and more importantly we shouldn't ever want that, as we couldnt then class ourselves as a successful entrepreneur. You see these folk are made, they make themselves. These folk are given the pieces to the puzzle and simply fit them all together. They have to make the machine, to make the puzzle, to then fit the prices all together. They need to work, hustle, dream, persevere, accept failures and go for it bigtime. There is no blueprint to what makes a successful entrepreneur. but there are character traits which we discuss in todays podcast episode. 1: You Have To Have A Vision Before you can ever hope to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to have a vision of what you want to achieve in life. You cant ever hope to achieve something unless you know in your heart what it will feel, taste, smell like. You need to get under the skin of what its all about so you can quite simply start working towards it with the feeling that you are living it already. That is what I did with Join Up Dots Podcast. I wanted to be a successful entrepreneur with their own top ranked podcast, so I submerged myself in the podcasting world. I listened to podcasts. I spoke to other podcasters, and aI created a vision of what it would feel like to have a top show. 2: Be Willing To Work At It? Nothing will ever be given to you on a plate if its is something that is really worth having. And that is never truer than in the entrepreneurial space. Richard Branson wasn't given an airline, he worked at making it happen. Presidents dont just get into power, they work their way up the ranks until they are at the top table. And all successful entrepreneurs know that work is where it starts, and the rest of the world look for the quick route. 3: Network, Hustle and Reach Out To Others Most people starting a business will sit tin their office behind their own computers and just bash out the work. They work in silo, frightened to stick their head above their pc screen as they haven't got to where they want to be. But this is a huge mistake, and if you want to be a successful entrepreneur then you need to start surrounding yourself with other successful entrepreneurs. You will pick up their habits.  You will understand the work that has gone into getting them to where they want to be. And best of all you will start to realise that you are already where you want to be, talking to successful entrepreneurs on a level playfield. They aren't any better than you, they have just stared earlier to build their business. 4: Have More Failures Than You Can Deal With. Tying into what we have already seen on this page, and through the podcast, failures are part of the game. You cannot hope to be the best that you can hope to be inf you are unwilling to accept failure as part of the game. Successful entrepreneurs will be able to share stories of lying on the bathroom floor crying "What did I do to deserve this, God?" Well what they did, was try something that they didnt have all the answers for, or the skills for. And they failed because of it. But through those failures you will learn, and become stronger and you will come back ready to claim the success that your efforts deserve. And that my friends is what all successful entrepreneurs now. Its up to you to find the success that you want.  
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Starting A Business
The last time we had todays guest on the show was way back on episode of 371 of the show when we introduced him as a New Zealander that has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents. He has hustle flooding though every vein, as he has powered himself to being classed as one of the most connected people in Asia, whilst enduring his fair share of painful crashes too! He was the owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 11 countries, and he is also the CEO of Entrevo Asia, a company that runs 40 week Growth Accelerator programs allowing executives and business owners to become a ‘Key Person of Influence’ in their industry. A company whose vision is a world full of entrepreneurial people solving meaningful problems. Now though in just a few years things have changed and he is now the Head of Asia for the Unity Group. A business focused on the simple As they say "Our function is to provide corporate finance, corporate secretarial, group legal advice and carry out the acquisitions process for incoming agglomerated businesses in three simple steps. 1. Create or source an appropriate Holding Company for the Agglomeration™. 2. Select mature, profitable, and debt-free businesses (a.k.a. subsidiaries) for the Agglomeration™. 3. Acquisition – under a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”) – of the respective subsidiaries by the 
 Holding Company through the issuance of public-listed shares in Holding Company to original 
 owners of the subsidiaries. As they say "Unity Group exists to enable entrepreneurs to scale and solve bigger and more meaningful problems. Their mission "To work with great entrepreneurs and change makers to scale their businesses, solve bigger problems and connect investor capital with those who can deliver the best results." Right this is serious stuff, so let's start digging around to find out more not just about this venture but also the man himself. How has he found himself creating more and more opportunities for himself without getting a serious case of burnout? And would he have seen himself doing this the last time he was on Join Up Dots, or does he just go with the flow and see what happens? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Callum Laing Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Callum Laing such as: How Callum overcomes the dip in the business process, that everyone has to go through when growing a business. Callum explains why he never invests in his own ideas....so he always tries to pre-sell the idea before putting too much time into it. Why it is so important to surround yourself with the level of knowledge that you need, but just can't gain yourself. Don't think that you are a master of everything. and lastly…. Why the value proposition is so important in every regard of growing a business. You have to work out how you can over deliver before you ever hope to start taking back.  
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Action Taking
Action taking and taking the right action is the key to success. But how do you know what things that you should be doing? Well my guest today knows. She is a lady who has developed an online identity that is fun, inspiring and very different from what is out there. So one look at her website and I thought "Yeah this is something that I need to know more about" as it plays to the Join Up Dots message of authenticity. She is the founder of The Action Incubator, sought-after speaker, and Bestselling Author of 7 Principles for a More Productive and Fulfilling Life. But more than that is she is a lady that seems to have cracked the code of knowing who she is, what she is, and what her clients want and need. You see if you define yourself clearly to the world then the world understands that you are the answer to their problems and will seek you out. Which makes lead generation, income production and fun swirl around your business like a tropical storm, blowing cash into your bank account like magic. But of course where hs is know was not where she started, and like all our guests she has been on a Leaving the University of Maryland with a degree in Business Administration she worked from 2005 to 2013 for several companies tracking goals, ensuring that systems were in place, and making things run smoothly. And so it wasn't a surprise when she took all these skills and created her own business, helping entrepreneurs and businesses across the world to systematize their own workflow and find spaces to work on money production instead of just fire fighting all the time. And it certainly looks like she is loving what she is doing, as her profile is growing across all platforms, as is her line of clients wanting to work with her. So when did she realise that she had many of the skills that she could use for herself and for her own business? And does she look back and think "I did it at the right time" or "Man, I could have done this years earlier?" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Cat Stancik Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Cat Stancik such as: How she ended up having headshots for her business website just a few hours before giving birth....not the best time I would have thought. How she spent $80,000 in gaining an MBA in Business which led her totally in the wrong direction to where she was  actually heading. Why it is so important to know your worth in life, and why that is doubly important in business life. If you don't know your value how can you ever quote your price to your perfect client? and lastly…. Why everything in life leads you where you are today. The experience is being gained, so make sure you look for opportunities to use that experience whenever you can.   
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Digital Marketing
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who quite simple should be loving his life. He is a creative at heart and has found his way to online success with several businesses. Leaving the University Of Southampton in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in Music you can see quite clearly how the dots have joined up. As he says “I decided to make a go of professional drumming. I spent a couple of years developing something called Online Session Drumming, where I’d record for bands and musicians around the world from my home studio. To do this, I had to learn to market myself effectively by building websites, getting to the top of Google, and learning how to advertise. I wrote a book introducing this way of recording which got extensive coverage in the drumming press, filmed 19 DVDs, ran 2 newsletters and membership clubs, and the method went on to become a way of life for hundreds of musicians around the world. It turned out that I quite enjoyed the advertising and websites bit of the job, even when I got bored of the drumming. My next door neighbour at the time was a plasterer in need of extra work so I built him a website. The effect this website had on him spurred me to start JobDoneWebsites, which went on to become the UK’s leading tradesman-only marketing company.” You see our guest was willing to put himself into environments where he was required to do serious upskilling on every turn. He didn’t have the answers but was willing to that extra mile to make those answers himself. And upon developing those skills, he was actually building the foundations to what he has achieved today. Presently he is the head ninja at Exposure Ninja an online marketing company that has grown to 35 Ninjas in less than 3 years. An expansion which has been exhilarating/tiring/fun/inspiring/hard work. The results he gets for his clients are he says are “Sick, and we’re hungry and passionate to help more dominate in competitive markets online.” So is this the business that will be his legacy work, or just the start of other ventures? And what was it about the entrepreneurial life that so appealed against going the normal route and entering the corporate world? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Tim Cameron-Kitchen  
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Success Principles
Todays episode of Join Up Dots is a solo show, where your host David Ralph talk about what he considers the four key success principles in life. You see he has been through a hell of a journey and sometimes you need to stop and reflect on what is really important to you, and your business going forward. It's not all grind you know, or at least it shouldnt be as who wants a life that is just work all the time? But that is most certainly what so many people have day to day. Deal with the kids, keep the wife happy, take out the rubbish, dal with clients, do their tax returns, break a sweat at every opportunity until its time to go to bed. Five hours or tossing and turning and then you are back at it. A hamster on a wheel, running, running and running until you burnout. And believe me, I see this time and time again, and have actually done the same thing twice before in my own life. So in todays episode of Join Up Dots I share my insights into what I feel builds success quicker than anything else after receiving an email from a gentleman in Holland who said "David, I have listened to many shows that talk about success and how to get it and I was wondering do you have your own success principles that you follow...thank you Chris H Reed" Let's start with Success Principles One   Have Belief In Your Future And Your Actions There is no doubt in my mind that belief is the corner stone of what makes success. You have to believe that you will be able to achieve your dream, even though you dont know how you are going to do it. You have to have belief in something, and like Steve Jobs says in his famous Stanford Speech, it can be gut, intuition, karma whatever. But you have to believe in something. So surround yourself with images of people who are already doing what you want to do, and follow their blogs, email marketing whatever. Look at yourself every morning in the mirror and tell yourself "I can do this. It doesnt matter how long it will take, but I CAN DO it!" Believe that you can do it, and do everything you can to surround yourself with stuff to explode that belief network.   Grow Confidence Because Of Your Failures Not Your Successes Success is great, and successes are what we all want. But a success after success life is never going to happen. And in a funny kind of way you dont want them to happen either. You see when it comes to the success principles it's the failures that are the true winners. It's the failures that build the old hustle muscle and makes your ultimate destination even better. So don't sweat it when things go wrong. Don't scream at the heavens "Why oh Why Oh Why!!" instead look at what went wrong and learn from it, so you dont make the same mistake again. And that my friends is the second of the Join Up Dots Success Principles...grow confidence because of your failures not your successes.   Freetime = Me Time = Future Building a business is hard. Probably one of the hardest things you will ever do, and its your responsibility to look after your health as much as you do your email inbox. So take time off. Walk away from the business that you are creating and allow yourself to breath fresh air.  Spend time with your kids, and your special person. Watch TV, in fact do anything other than work, as I promise you you will be better for it. A human is nothing more than a battery that needs recharging, and by re-charging you will work better. So get the ideas flowing back into your life, enjoy yourself and take heed of the success principles part three: Freetime = Me Time = Future Start Today Not Tomorrow Deep down everyone is scared of starting something new as there is a chance that they will fail. So we put if off. We think that if we wait until tomorrow we will be in a better place to rock this thing to its core. But of course tomorrow never comes. As tomorrow becomes today and tomorrow is well....tomorrow. So the final Success principle is 100% start. It doesnt have to be perfect. It doesnt have to make sense. But start as soon as you can, as what you are aiming for is to build up momentum in your life until it does start to make sense. You are looking to build the belief that what you are doing is going to work, and that only occurs by starting. And that my friends is the four success principles as I see them in my own life, and I certainly think that you cant go far wrong by bringing them into your own. If you want your own question answered on the show then go over to Join Up Dots at either Facebook or on email: joinupdots@gmail.com  
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Linkedin
Linkedin Ads Are The Magic That All Business Needs, So Why Do Very Few Business Owners Know Anything About Them. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has built a business around a need that so many of my colleagues need. How to create laser targeted lead generation straight to the heart of the business folk across the world using LinkedIn. After our guest began advertising on LinkedIn in 2011, he quickly discovered its powerful potential for business to business (B2B) advertisers. He was so passionate about the results he was seeing, he left his job to start B2Linked in 2014. As he says " As online marketer since 2007, I’ve managed hundreds of Google AdWords campaigns. I’ve always been fascinated by the lead quality from intent-based targeting. I love the concept of being present when customers are at the bottom of the funnel, and who are ready to make a purchase. Fast forward to 2011, I was introduced to advertising on LinkedIn. Frankly, I figured that it likely wasn’t a good platform because I hadn’t heard of it before then. As I continued diving deeper into LinkedIn, I began to see the value that I felt the industry has not picked up on. In 2014 I founded B2Linked in an effort to spread the success I was experiencing through LinkedIn advertising to other companies B2Linked’s mission and vision is to share the value of LinkedIn advertising with other B2B marketers and help individuals and companies realize the value of LinkedIn as a lead generation channel, and extract more value from that channel. So is LinkedIn still a place where we hang our resumes, post articles and leave it up to the gods? Or is the world now turning away from FB and pictures of peoples cats and realising the full of business connections? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr AJ Wilcox. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with AJ Wilcox such as: Why the world havent quite grasped the power of LinkedIn Ads today, and how he knew that it was a goldmine made for him (although he was still scared to go after it too). How AJ remembers his first day in business and realised that he had to start ugly. He did this by simply getting referrals from people that he already knew. Simple is best. Why AJ feels that he has fallen in love with Linkedin Ads, and knows that building a business around love is the fast track to where we all head - the Money and lastly…. We discuss how businesses can move towards the franchise model, which then allows massive growth and also massive freedom in someones life.
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Video Marketing
Why Video Marketing Is An Amazing Business Concept is what we are going to discuss with todays guest who is just getting started in business. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who connected with me on email, and told me such a powerful story that I just had to have him on the show. And unusually for Join Up Dots, he is just getting going on his entrepreneurial journey, but in a way that you can see he is giving it a go bigtime. He isn't sitting behind a story of woe, saying well it will never happen to people like me. So let's give you what he told me, and these are in his words My name is Paul, and I am the owner of Cassus Media LLC in Pennsylvania in the U.S.   I am a U.S. Marine veteran, and a professional musician.  Although I am 24 years old (I will be 25 on October 8th), I have been through quite a bit in my life. Cassus Media is a business that I officially registered in August 2017; it was free to register here in PA since I'm a veteran, although my service was cut short due to a stupid mistake that I made.   To be honest, I had something tragic happen to me when I was 15 years old by actions made by a trusted music teacher in my life (and my neighborhood).   I held this through my Marine training, and eventually cracked under my own mental pressure, and made a stupid decision. But this - this fall from grace, something that I do not entirely blame on myself, but by the sexual scarring that occurred and the man who did it to me - did not stop me from my dreams.   Many in my position would be ashamed and become a hermit, and feel as though they are an outcast.   I was given an Other Than Honorable discharge status, something solely determined by the Colonel in command at the time (another Marine that I trained with made the same mistake, but got a higher discharge status called General Under Honorable Conditions). I let this discharge status define me for a time, and I fell into the woodworks for a while.   I felt that having lost my mother to alcoholism (who I hadn't seen since I was 6, and while serving in the Marines watched her die when I was 22), not finishing my education, and having been discharged from the U.S. military was the end of me.   Citizens in the U.S. would view me as a failure, and of course this information could harm me if they didn't know my backstory. I realized something, though:  I was still alive.  I still had a talent, and dreams I wanted to pursue.   Why should I let my mistakes stop my entrepreneurial dreams? Surely, I don't want to work in a call center anymore (which really, really tears me up inside because it's nothing related to my dreams).   But I also found a way to use this job to my advantage in a number of ways. And that is the perfect place to start the show. So is he ready to battle his way through the entrepreneurs minefield with the skills built because of his history, or because of them? And where does he see the first step towards his dreams? Creating his business, or creating the intention? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Paul Casserly  Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Paul Cassarly  such as: How he praises the military for giving him the tools and willingness to keep moving forward in his life, even though his service finished in a way he wouldnt have wanted. Paul shares his vision of what he wants to achieve in his business, and why he inherently believes you must focus on customer service first and foremost. How he took him many years to shake off the feeling of failure, by making the decision to accept what has happened and move on to his bright future. and lastly…. How he now sees that the entrepreneurial spirit has always been in his family from such an early age, and finds inspiration from is family's hustle and drive.   
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Jobs
Jobs are made, Jobs are given, But the best Jobs dont come easy. My guest on todays episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who like a select band of guests have decided to return again and join up more dots. Yes, back on episode 37 of Join Up Dots, when the show was just a baby, and I was finding my feet, he came on the show with his business partner of the time Mark Sieverkropp. They were building the online career advice platform Happen To Your Career, and in that discussion spoke about the hustle, early mornings, and desire that it takes to bootstrap something and take it out to the world. Happen To Your Career, is a place that is built with the owners desire, and passions being its ideal avatar. You can see that the concept would have been something that our guest would have been looking for, so he created it himself. As he says “I have always had an unusual outlook on careers. My wife Alyssa, who I met in high school, knows this to be true. I have left what others considered “good jobs” turned down job offers other people would love and any time I have wanted to make more income have simply figured out a plan and acted upon it. I have to be doing something I am excited about to be happy. Having had 8 positions in the last 10 years (including successfully self employed) has caused me to have many experiences in a short period of time.” I have owned a successful business in contracting, led others as a people and human resources professional, coached business owners and leaders to success, and helped many people develop their careers along the way. I have worked a variety of industries including: manufacturing, retail, government, food, construction and more. Everywhere I went I saw people struggling to figure out what they want to do and how to get there.” So has he got there himself. Is the platform he created truly what he wants, or is it still work in development? Like most things created by a desire to help the world will it ever be truly realised? Well lets find, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Scott Barlow. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Scott such as: How he would love to spend sometime with Tony Hsieh, and is inspired by the big dreams and big actions that he demonstrates everyday. How difficult it is to start a business with your wife, even though you can pay them less than anyone else you could meet. Why the world is fascinated with the huge success of others and care little about the twenty years of struggle that have led to that point. And lastly…. How he recalls the struggles he had as a young man, that caused him to tackle them head-on to allow a starting point to his dreams.  
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Planet Money
We live on planet money, so why do we have so much trouble getting some of it? Todays show is being released based on a question from a listener from Join Up Dots Hello there, A good morning to The Join Up Dots team. I have been listening to your shows for nearly 2 years now racking my brains to find a business idea. And everytime I come up with something I think to myself I can't afford this. I can't afford the website but hosting anything to get it off the ground and I seem to be going round and round in circles. Can you suggest any way that I can really bootstrap this so that I can get my idea going? I have spoken to many friends and they say it's a brilliant idea but as I say money is a huge issue and I'm too scared to put debt onto my credit card Thank you so much Jenny Castor, Millhaven, New York As you will hear from the show the quickest way to earn is to use the money we already have wisely. Most of us will simply live hand to mouth, where we use the money when we fancy it instead of making a plan to follow each month. Yeah, I know this sounds boring and the last thing that you want to do when you can be out having fun with your mates, but you only have to do this once. So in todays episode we discuss everything money and discover that we actually live in Planet Money. We just have to stop it floating away from us. 
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Law Of Attraction
Law of Attraction Or Simply Massive Action...that is the question today. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who shows brilliantly that in life you are never too old to start building your dream. He is a airline pilot, sailor, adventurer, and an author and an avid listener of Join Up Dots. And that my friends is the golden ticket to getting on the show, to highlight your own story to the world. As he says "Following a life changing experience in my 20s, I discovered that our limiting inner beliefs often keep us tethered to mediocrity. Most people are unaware that our subconscious beliefs determine our outcomes in life, for better or for worse. When we begin to change our inner beliefs, we begin to change our outcomes. You can live the life of your dreams! It is easier than you imagine” I used the power of my subconscious mind to manifest a career as an airline pilot at age 49.  Since then, I have written three books and know I will become a successful author and ‘in demand’ speaker, using the techniques taught by Joseph Murphy, Napoleon Hill, Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, Louise Hay, Esther Hicks,  Jack Canfield, Richard Bach, and many others. So is this a man who is all woo woo and sits crossed legged and hums to himself for twelve hours a day? Not not of course, although the Law of Attraction for many has a bad reputation this is a man who made conscious decisions, changed his out look and got what he wanted in life by doing the right things everyday. And isn't that what we talk about on Join Up Dots? And so our guest went from miserable and broke, living paycheck to paycheck while working a variety of unfulfilling jobs to financially comfortable and happy. Living on a golf course in Southern California, with views to the Pacific Ocean, with his wife and two cats. So is this something that anyone can do, or does it need a team of mentors, support and years of training? And where do people go wrong, is it the personal belief, or trying something that others dont quite understand? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Robert Lawrence. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Robert Lawrence such as: How we have so many opportunities in life nowadays due to the internet that its untrue. Log on, look around and see what the world is doing - could you do the same? Why focus and visualization in our lives is so important - If we dont know where we are heading then how can we possibly arrive where we want? Robert shares how he has managed to create a life that is totally under his control. Time is so valuable if you can learn that you are the master of time. and lastly…. Why it is so important to get our of your own head, embrace looking stupid and shout out to the world "That ain't too bad really......what more can you throw at me". Once we embrace the feeling that life is what we make it, good feelings and bad then we are on our way.  
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Company Culture
Company culture and making it good for everyone. How do you do it? My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with a fascinating tale of following a course in his life that is nothing but unusual. As the former director of customer and employee relations at TCC, the largest Verizon Authorized Retailer in America, our guest is no stranger to empowering employees through a powerful cultural movement. A 2016 Gallup report found that 71% of employees are not engaged at work, 60% of employees do not connect with their company’s mission, and 60% of millennials are open to different job opportunities and likely to job hop. That is a statistic that is shocking, even when most of us would nod our heads and say yeah “That sounds like me” Well today’s guest isn’t just sitting there nodding in agreement, but he is doing something about it He is trying to change that trend with his organization called “Culture of Good.” The program started when Scott Moorehead, the CEO of TCC Verizon wanted help to change the culture of his company of 3,000 employees at 800 stores across the U.S. And ever since then, this cultural movement took off and has spread across the country by helping companies inspire employees to have a positive impact in their community and the world. Our guest took that concept, and created Culture of Good, Inc. to inspire other businesses to create truly altruistic programs that can make the world a better place. He believes in order for a company’s Culture of Good to be successful and meaningful, giving back must be ingrained in the foundation of its core values. Through Culture of Good, Inc. he helps other organizations engage the hearts of their employees and empower them to make the changes they wish to see in their communities. With a huge amount of charitable enterprises benefitting from these business with a heart, does he look back and think of his time as a pastor and think “This is what I was put on this Earth to do…this was my life mission?” And why is it so hard to get past the middle management of the world, when most company owners want their businesses to operate in the same way? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ryan McCarty. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ryan McCarty such as: Why having a workforce that is happy and encouraged on a daily basis is the easiest way to make true magic occur in a workplace. How Ryan managed to meander his way through the obstacles that occur in a boardroom to bring his mission to the fore. Why he feels that the tragedy that occurred in his life as a child was such a major part of growing into the man he is today. and lastly…. Ryan explains how they had to ask the big question of “How do we create a movement out of this a-ha moment?” every single day, to ensure that the moment was never lost in the process of living life.  
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Online Business
Todays guest is the co-founder of OpenWorld, the world’s #1 resource for active lifestyle creators. What that means is instead of finding a job to fund your lifestyle, you create your lifestyle and then find ways to fund it. If you want to be an underwater basket weaver then work out how much you need to earn to do this, and then go out and find different ways of funding this. Be creative with the choices that you make to achieve your dreams. Don’t be pigeon holed by what people tell you is the normal route to success. Do things your way, and love every second of your life. Well todays guest has always had that entrepreneurial spirit and since the age of 9 has loved to flex his hustle muscle. And with a history entailing going from broke ramen-eating college graduate to growing a profitable online business and pursuing lifestyle design with reckless abandon. And through his many adventures around the world has been robbed, fallen from bridges and motorbikes, hugged exotic animals, and nearly died several times in pursuit of his dreams. He is now a man who literally can call the world his home, and the planet his playground. So what was about him that made him up for the challenge to brush himself down and go again when things got tough? And why would he say that the world hasn’t quite bought into the belief that they can literally create the life of their dreams? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Danny Flood Show Highlights During the episode we discussed such weighty topics such as: How Google no longer want highly educated people, but want people who are humble and aware of their weaknesses. How he journeyed through Vietnam on a motorbike intoxicated by the feeling of freedom How your vision and mission are far more important than the goals that you set for yourself. How buying an island is the dream that so many people have, but more often than not is not the end goal they should be searching for. And lastly….. How he believes in the words “How perfectionism in the unwillingness to be uncomfortable” and what they mean to him.
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How To Make Money
How To Make Money Is Our Discussion Starter Today Welcome to todays episode of Join Up Dots which is a solo show where your host David Ralph answers a series of questions that has been sent to the show by the listeners. Most of these have either a "How Do I Make Money?" element or "How Do I Start A Business?" So lets start with the first question..... Andrew Hedley, Australia First of all, I just wanted to say how much I am loving the podcast! It helped me exit the corporate career and into this fun and crazy world of start ups. I listen to one podcast every afternoon and it is the perfect inspiration when I start to feel lost and have doubts. Thank you. Advice please - I won't go into details, but I am working on a business that people love the concept, but it's hard to see how I can monetize it. It makes me want to stop and go back to my traditional job as a real estate but my gut says that if I persist the money may just come in ways I don't know exist at the moment. As your show tells us every podcast 'you can't connect can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward'. So should I just soldier on without a concrete strategy for monitizing the idea or should I work it out before moving forward? Isaac Burke, Seattle Your podcast is so great and matches where my life is headed. I'm excited that you're podcast is a part of my journey. You have so many podcasts and I'm new to changing my mindset. Which of your podcasts should I start with? Also, the Ultra Running podcast is missing the Jim Carrey quote, it's just silent. Kim Bola from South Africa Hello David and the Join Up Dots team. Wow what an amazing show. Thank you so much thank you so much, thank you so much. I have been listening now for the last few weeks and I am astonished by your energy are you always like this or is it just for the show? Would you be kind enough to answer a question that has been bothering me over the last few weeks? You talked about taking the leap, you talk about finding the things that you want to do, and you've been talking very much about how you managed to do it. You might have answered this in an earlier episode but I would love to know when the idea to become a podcaster came to you and did you have it all planned out, as I would love to do this myself All the best Kim Bola from South Africa Hello David Love the show I would love to know what has been the greatest business idea that you have heard on the show? Could you point out one that you thought was mind blowing? Thank you John Picard, Weston-Super-Mare, England  
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American Football
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an ex- American footballer, who after twelve years as a professional was in an amazing place. He played for the Houston Oilers, NFL Europe Scottish Claymores, CFL Montreal Alouettes, XFL San Francisco Demons and even the AFL. The reason he was in an amazing place, was due to the fact, once he retired as a professional he realised that he had gained an amazing insight into professional sports trauma. He had seen, and experienced the devastating effects of TBI and concussions, and knew that there was a path to transition into away from the game And that is a bridge that so many sportsman struggle with. You put your heart and soul into creating the dream life that the majority of boys crave, and then what do you do when that short career is over. Well our guest got his Doctor of Chiropractic degree as well as certifications in Advanced Sports Nutrition and Concussion Assessment and ever since the movie, Concussion, came out… he made it his mission to NOT end up like my grandfather, who died from advanced dementia at 72. He has written a book, created a web class and plan on coming out with a line of supplements all to help us be healthy in mind and brain. So its all very well having insider knowledge, but how do you turn this into a profitable business that people want and need? And is there a quick fix for head injuries? Or is it a simple case of trying our hardest not to get them in the first place? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr John DeWitt Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with John DeWitt such as: How he managed to get off the grid and disconnect from his business, and why he found that it was a bigger struggle than he imagined. Why John was quite happy to walk away from the American Football pitch even though it was such a big part of his life. and lastly…. How he transitioned from the sports arena to the entrepreneurial world, and the steps he took to create his new life.  
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Ultra Running
Ultra Running Across America Was Just The Start Of It All! My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has been on the show before, but is so inspiring in so many ways its a shock that he hasnt been on again until now. He is a professional speaker, and record breaking businessman, who focuses in on Business mastery and also has the “come on guys you can do the impossible you just have to start taking action” vibe nailed down too. He can help us all get the champion mind-set and build the strength and courage to tackle the “impossible” head on. But his life didn’t start in such a positive way, as at fourteen years old he was hit head-on by a drunk driver while riding his bicycle. The neurosurgeon said, “If he survives the night, he will be a vegetable for the rest of his life.” And certainly the diagnosis looked accurate, as he was in a coma for four days, in casts and rehabilitation for a year, and suffered problematic effects lasting many years. After the accident, life was a cycle of ups-and-downs until he learned the tools and strategies he teaches today. He started his professional career as a carpenter and exceled with woodcraft, and then created his first business at age 24, when he entered into the residential contracting and real estate investment business. But it wasn’t until after a divorce whilst still a young man, did his life really start to find traction and he began to fire sparks across the world. In 2011, he decided he wanted to do something amazing. He wanted to make a difference. He wanted to leave his mark. So from a casual runner, in just nine months he went to running 2,621 miles across America joining the ranks of the most elite ultra-runners in the world. For 100 consecutive days, he ran a marathon distance, and then gave an inspirational keynote speech to at-risk groups and donated 10,000 of his books “Dream Big Act Big” to the audiences he met. He ran into New York city waving a huge American flag, surrounded by hundreds of runners, and entered the record books. And since then he has continued to provide inspiration to everyone that he meets, undertaking many challenges that so many people would look at as daunting and undoable. So what is it about the world today that sees the challenge too big to even start taking action on? And was there a moment when he realised that he had the mental strength to tackle anything? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Croix Sather. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Croix Sather such as: Croix talks about couch surfing his way around the world, and how he has found inspiration by building connection with strangers across the world that he never would have dreamt off. Why all success is built through years and years of perspiration, hustle and courage to go after your dreams. So many people stop themselves before ever giving themselves a chance to get going. Why entrepreneurship is such a hard venture to undertake, and how Croix is now more often than not reluctant to tell people to go for it. and lastly…. Why entrepreneurship is such a hard venture to undertake, and Croix is more often than reluctant  
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Travel Blogs
Travel blogs make great reading, but do travel blogs make a good business? Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast believes in travel, more travel and then when she is finished and wants a bit of rest: Travel. And this is not the pack your bags for two weeks each year, or for as many weekends as you can get, kind of adventure. She is a believer that “Your life does not have to fit in a box. You don’t have to live behind the picket fence, slave away at that full-time job that sucks you dry, and the monotonous peak hour traffic runs. You can have the picket fence and a job you love of course, but, we’re pretty sure you at least want to escape your everyday life for weekend getaways or a three-week vacation every year.” But what is the fascinating thing about today’s guest, is how close she came to buying into the status quo that life seems to be lived by. Settling into the routine or a life lived on other peoples terms. After meeting each other, falling madly in love and then beginning a five year honeymoon as they travelled the world teaching English, things came to a halt As she says “We returned home after the honeymoon and hit a major slump. This travel life we loved was over. That thinking changed everything and before we knew it we were chasing money making schemes all over the world trying to get the riches we needed to keep travelling. Let’s just say $500,000 and no self-esteem later we woke up.” “Why do we need to wait until we have the money to live what’s in our hearts? Why not just start with what is in the heart today?” And with that thought, and I’m sure more than a touch of apprehension they set off on what has become their life, travelling, blogging and helping others to buy into the start the dream today mentality with their top ranked blog “Y Travel” and now with two children in tow, their success, and ability to grab more experiences in a month than most of us have in a lifetime is assured. So what was it about the nomadic lifestyle that had such a pull on them? And is it something that they think everyone can do, or does it take a certain type of mindset? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Caroline Makepeace. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Caroline Makepeace such as: Why the words of Steve Jobs send shivers down her spine, as she has learnt from life that everything works out for the best. You may not know how this will happen but it does. How she is so aware that she can’t escape the mundane routines of life that everybody else has to deal with, but can make sure that the experiences of life in between are so much better than everyone else. Why it is so important to get back to the things that you really loved as a kid, to build a life around the passion. Doing this helps you push through the hard times so much more easily. How her parents were so supportive with her dream to travel the world, although they would have been very happy for to get a safe job too. And lastly……… Why it is so important to watch out for the energy vampires in your life, and to ensure that you pull away as much as possible from the naysayers, and dream slayers.  
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Authentic
On today's show we talk about what authenticity means in a business, and can you create a business that brings your authentic self to the fore. Well, this week we had an email sent to us at Join Up Dots by a fellow podcaster, who asked to come on the show and then gave us some big advice. He told us that he felt that the vibe of our show wasn't right, and by doing silly stuff, voices and the like we wouldn't be taken seriously. Now this is a big statement to make, as why does he think that we want to be taken seriously anyway? And what is serious about being a podcaster who delivers conversational, motivational content to the world everyday? Isn't it about being yourself, and authentic to both your message and your listeners? You see when we started Join Up Dots, we were aware that the show had to be different from every other show out there.  We knew that we had to do things differently, so that we could be so authentic that we ended up having no competition, and would climb to the top of the charts. And so we did little things, like making jokes, speaking in silly voices and just being ourselves. These things could not be copied by anyone, so in the chance that we achieved our aim and got to the top of the charts, then it would be very unlikely that other copy cat shows would spring up everywhere. Now this, guy suggested that by doing things our way we would be holding ourselves back and not taken seriously? But seriously where? Do we listen to Billy Connolly and Jerry Seinfeld and think that they aren't serious about their craft as they want to make us laugh? Do we look at Jimmy Fallon and think "Man he is so unprofessional" just because he looks like he is having a good time? No, not at all.....we love them as they are authentic to themselves and being true to the talents that they possess. And that is where this podcaster who wrote to us made a big mistake. If someone is being truly authentic and making it seem effortless, in fact they are working in the sweet zone, where talent meets genius and that is serious business. They have mastered what they bring to the table and do it better than anyone else, which builds loyalty of audience, followers and authority in the market place. They have become their own competition, so actually have no competition. So if you are building a business and want to live a life on your own terms, then seriously consider "How you are doing" something and whether it feels "Good and Easy" And if it does, then there is a good chance that you are being truly authentic to yourself and will stand every chance of winning the game.  
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Recruiting
Recruiting top talent is hard to say the least, but not with todays top recruitment expert on your side. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who was first introduce to me by a previous guest and friend of the show Tayo Rockson “Hi David”….he said “I had him on my show and he had such great pieces of advice to give. I am certain he would make a great addition to your show.” Well, how could i refuse such a connection, so lets give you some background on who we are going to be speaking to today. He is the founder of the Wintrip Consulting Group, a global consultancy in St. Petersburg, Florida where his mission is to eliminate hiring delays, so companies always have the talent they need instead of empty seats. During the past three decades, he has helped thousands of organizations like Bank of America, Boeing, Procter & Gamble, Randstad, and the Red Cross as well as small and mid-market companies, such as Aquent, Kohl’s, MAKO Surgical, and Valpak to make the right decisions. And this expertise has now been put into print, and is now flying off the shelves with his latest book “High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant,” being published by McGraw-Hill and through Amazon If that isn’t impressive enough then, for five years in a row, he has been named in the “Staffing 100” as one of the world’s 100 most influential staffing leaders, also making Recruiter Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40,” as one of the most influential executives under 40 years old. So when did he realise that getting bottoms on seats was a skill that he possessed and could build a business around? And what is the biggest mistake that people make when getting the talent that their companies deserve? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Scott Wintrip Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Scott such as: Scott shares his advice of how he makes the right decisions in his life, and if not what he does to then quickly make them the right decisions. Why Scott feels that he did his most remarkable work of his career whilst going through a heavy divorce with his wife. Why Scott feels that anyone who is getting into recruitment should get their recruitment education. Go work for a consultancy before ever going it alone. and lastly…. Scott shares his views on the only person that you can believe in life – yourself. Be aware if you catch yourself lying to yourself, as it can undermine everything that is possible.  
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Videos
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who you just cannot find a photo of her not beaming from ear to ear. And it's not a surprise as quite simply to me, it looks like she is having the time of her life. And unusually for most guests who have come on the show, it appears a pretty straight line to where she is today, but of course that probably isn't the case. Back in the day as a young girl, she would run around with a camera and create silly YouTube videos. After family and friends told her that she should pursue a career in video, she went to the Seattle Art Institute to get her degree in Filmmaking.  Which she did, and then set off working for several video companies before starting her own rocking and rolling at Serious Take Productions. And cleverly she didn't just use her skills in video to make her success rapid, but the power of connections. Working with the top entrepreneurs across the world to highlight her skills, and of course gain insights into what makes a successful online business. As she says "We’re a team of storytellers, cinematographers, editors, and connectors creating impactful videos that evoke emotions. We help established business owners build powerhouse brands through storytelling and compelling videos that attract customers now. We storyboard, shoot, direct, edit and are committed to excellence." And believe me, I started doing the research on today's guest and then ended up watching over two hours of her powerful and insightful videos so she certainly does just what she has set out to do. Inspire. Educate. And love everyday of her life. So does she love everyday of her life, or is there much of her business that she could take or leave but knows its part of the game? And where do people go wrong with their own video creations? Making it all about them instead of the viewer? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Tamara Thompson. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Tamara Thompson such as: Why Tamara has such a high degree of gratitude everyday for the things that she has managed to achieve in her life. Tamara recalls seeing her mothers entrepreneurial ventures as a nine year old, and being shown the true value of the dollar, a lesson she has never forgot. Why it is so important to develop flex time in her life for being with loved ones. A business can seem important, but nowhere near what is waiting to be with you at home. and lastly…. How she now thinks "Man if I had started years before, I could now be on Netflix"....there is never a better time to start something than today.  
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Blogger
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has stumbled into the entrepreneurial world. She is the owner of Ash Said It LLC, which is a full service public speaking boutique, hosting receptions, fashion expos as well as upscale soirées. Which sounds great, but its the joining up the dots which is the most important part of this show. So how did the ex-military lady transition from Uncle Sam to Fashion Avenue? Well as she says “I had no plans to build a company. The thought never even crossed my mind. The past few years have been tough. I took care of my mom for 3+ years, and being a full time caregiver is a lot, although I would easily do it again. My mother never taught me how to be a lady. She showed me through her actions. She never let anyone take advantage of her meek yet resilient spirit. Thank God I inherited that spark! I buried my mom in 2014, which was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my entire existence. I was lost. My heart was no longer in military service. I needed to leave but I had no blueprint on where to go. I did many odd jobs that year. Helped build multiple brands & had nothing to show for it. Then one day a light bulb went off in my head. Why the heck am I wasting time helping people disinterested in helping themselves? Why don’t I pour my 13+ years of industry experience into something I can call my own. That’s when Ash Said It was born! And at that point we will start the show, as it is a moment that every one of our guests have hit in their own lives. That moment when they realise that their life is their own, and everything they do should be on their own terms. It’s the responsibility to create their own future. So how did she move from this idea of creating her business, to actually earning her first dollars and attracting her first clients? And looking back on it all, has it been harder than she could have imagined or simply a dream from start to finish. Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Ash Brown  
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Time Management
In todays show we discuss Time Management, and how to create a global hit online show, when you very rarely go online...and that is generally hard to do to say the last. Todays episode of Join Up Dots is a very unusual one, as for only the second time in our history there is a different host of the episode. In today's show the amazing host of Natural Born Coaches, Marc Mawhinney allows us to share an interview he recorded recently with myself. Yes, your friendly neighbourhood podcaster David Ralph was grilled by the main man regarding what I have done in my life to create a global hit show. You see most podcasters spend a ton of time sitting infront of their pc's either tweeting, adding content on FB, and a ton of different promotion. It's a total killer and for many podcasters it signals the end of their show and the desire for global domination. On Join Up Dots the amount of time that we spend creating the show has gone down and down, to just three days per month due to scheduling systems and social media rules. What I hear you cry? Join Up Dots only takes three days per month, how is this possible. Well the same with every job in the world, you can choose to do the things that brings the greatest results and forget the things that don't. Which we like to call the sweet spot, or said in another way the 80/20 principle. This is where you only focus on the things that work for you, as long as you can find those things. And guess what....we know these things....BIG TIME. So on today's show you will hear everything from using Itunes for maximum effect, setting up email rules, and holding back from client calls to name just a few things. I hope you enjoy the show, as it was a delight to spend more time with the one and only Mr Marc Mawhinney, and a delight to show you behind the scenes of Join Up Dots.  
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Online Marketing
Online Marketing Made Easy is our discussion on today's show with online marketing expert Mark Fortune My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who brings a very different flavour to what we generally see on the show everyday. More often than not we talk about growing a business that attracts customers across the world He believes the most exciting part of the marketing world is working with small businesses. Yes, the ladies and gentlemen that we drive past everyday in our own towns, and neighbouring communities. And the reason for this small town approach? Well as it states on his official page: The technology and media landscape today makes it easier than ever before for a small business to compete and win against large competitors Small businesses are fun to work with, and results are easiest to see in small businesses; if something doesn’t work, it’s easiest to change in a small business Life is too short to spend the majority of your time doing things that aren’t fun, aren’t productive or aren’t leading to positive results. But how did he get to this point of realisation that his future was closer to home than perhaps he first recognised? Well it seems to me that after moving through many different positions within the marketing world, it was when he performed the role of Instructor of Marketing at Arkansas University for two years. We will find out if this is true, but more often than not our future becomes evident to us when we are directing other peoples futures. It's at these moments when the words that come out of our mouth, stop us in our tracks and make us think "Wow...its ok talking this, but Im not doing this myself!" Well lets find out this is true, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mark Fortune.  
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How To Get Rich
How To Get Rich Is Our DIscussion Today With The Amazing Dan Lok My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an amazing story of persistence, failure, hardship and finding the thing that made all the difference. Coming to North America as a teenager with almost no English and no contacts, to ease the way to the success he is experiencing today, life was hard. As he says "“My parents and I immigrated to Vancouver, Canada when I was 14 years old. I came to Canada as a teenager with no money, no contacts, and without knowing a word of English. Then when I turned 16, my parents got a divorce. As the only child, my mom needed help financially, so I had to put school aside and put her well-being first. I learned to support my mom by practicing the basic principles of life and business. I failed at 13 businesses before having my first success. Through the process, I perfected the art of never giving up and learned from my mistakes. Life back then was never easy, but today I can say that I’m blessed to have attained a lot of my life goals. Today, I spend most of my time helping consultants, coaches, speakers, and thought leaders grow their businesses and scale it past five and six figures per month. While amplifying their impact in the world and helping them achieve their business and life goals, I know if I can impact 1,000,000 leaders, they can go out and impact billions.” And that is where he is today, known as the the King of High-Ticket SalesTM, a two time TEDx opening speaker and international best-selling author of 12 books. Not just that but he is the highest-paid and most in-demand consultant in the luxury and high-ticket space, and has been featured on the cover of Jetset Magazine. He is now a founder or partner in more than fifteen companies in various industries, ranging from luxury goods, digital marketing, education, and e-commerce. He is passionate about helping coaches, consultants and other entrepreneurs make more money selling to fewer people. A true immigrant success story, that shows that the American Dream, at least the Canadian one is still alive and kicking if you only want it hard enough. So when did the true confidence that he is showing today first come through, and the shy hesitant teeneager get left behind forever? And does he look back and think "Man i'm actually glad that those thirteen business failed or I wouldnt be where I am today?" Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Dan Lok  
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The Secret
The Secret was a huge film a few years back, and one of the stars who shone brightly when appearing is today on the show, where we discuss his life, the LOA and of course how to do the small things that build success. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who for many people across the world needs no introduction. He is one of the worlds best selling authors, a musician, one of the stars on "The Secret" and one of the most popular and powerful copywriters from the past 25 years. Born on December 29th 1953, in Nile, Ohio our guest was raised in a household like millions across America. It was a household that was hardworking but didnt have a lot of money to spend on luxuries. But there was support, and love, and a roof over his head. Step on a few years, and our guests life had turned on its head, leaving him at a position that many people would have struggled to overcome. He found himself homeless, broke and alone in Dallas, far from home. He lost his entire savings, about $1000, to a company promising overseas pipeline work. But instead of getting himself back to place he called home, he was was too embarrassed to return to Ohio. Instead he survived the streets of Dallas, sleeping at the bus station, on the steps of a post office and in church pews. However instead of playing the victom, he focused 100% on the vision that he wanted in his life. To be an author of inspirational books. And little by little he held firm to this vision and changed his circumstances, to become the inspiration to millions that he is today. So when he was at his darkest points, were they really dark or just a moment that helped point the way to the future he wanted. And with his every increasing awards, and accolades, and of course wealth occuring everyday could he go back with the confidence that he could repeat the journey once more? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, and of course share "The Secret" with the one and only Dr Joe Vitale  
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How To Start A Business
How To Start A Business Is Just One Of The Questions That We Answer In Todays Show So hello there and welcome to another episode of Join Up Dots.  In this episode we will be looking at just a few of the questions that we have received on the show over the last few weeks. It is amazing how many we are receiving on a daily basis, and more and more questions from listeners who are consuming the content that we provide and are ready to rock on their entrepreneurial journey. So let's answer question number one, from Jessica Arnold from Illinois. David thank you so much for your show Join Up Dots. It really is my favourite show and I have a question for you if you would be kind enough to answer it for me. My question is, is it important to have the profile first or the business. What I mean by that, is I seem to be spending so much time on website design and creation that I'm not getting anywhere close to actually making a proper business and earning money. I'm now wondering whether I should not worry about the website and the profile but just go out and find customers? Thank you so much for Join Up Dots, and I look forward to listening to more and more of the amazing episode you release. And our second question comes from Melanie Connors from Canberra, Australia. Dear David I was listening to your recent episode where you were talking about feeling addicted to the Internet and I have noticed the same feelings in myself. As soon as I wake up in the morning I'm checking my notifications and that continues all day until I go to bed early. I literally cannot leave the phone away from me. Can you suggest a way that I can break my addiction because you seem to have mastered it amazingly well and I now can see that I have a problem thank you so much Melanie Connors. The third Question comes in this form Hi David, I am interested in creating a YouTube channel and was wondering the best way of going about it. I am not overly technical and I do not have enough time to really learn the process that it takes. Can you suggest anyway that I can get up and running by recording the videos and nothing else. Thank you so much for the amazing and brilliant Join Up Dots. It really should be at the forefront of everyone's day, All the best Brian Skinners from Manchester, England. And then lastly...... Hi David in a recent episode of Join Up Dots, I heard you say that you now only work one month at a time. Could you advise how long it took you to get to this point, as I would love to be able to do the same. My job is 6 days a week as a fireman in Missouri and a side gig that replaces the income to allow me to move to a more flexible time scale is all I want in life. Your show is incredibly inspiring for me and my brain is flooded with ideas every time I listen to your episodes keep them coming and keep inspiring me cheers Michael Peters.
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Steve Jobs
There are many things that will surprise you from a Steve Jobs biography. We all feel that we know the man well. We have read the stories of success, heard the tales of peculiar behavior and used the products that the man left behind. But what you will find when you start researching Steve Jobs, is a man who I don't think anyone will truly understand. A man with so many layers of personality, and distinct characteristics, that we all had the potential to see the type of person that Steve Jobs wanted us to see. So where do we start on the Join Up Dots take, on the Steve Jobs Biography? Well we can clearly see on the Join Up Dots timeline, that Steve Jobs was from the moment he was born looking for identity. Steven Paul Jobs was brought into the world on the 24th February 1955 in San Francisco California, by two students of the University of Wisconsin, who for whatever reason felt that this new born boy, who would grow up to become the king of techonology, was not theirs to keep. Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, played such an amazing part in bringing this child to the world, but would also play such a small part too, and gave the young Steve Jobs up for adoption shortly after birth. And this was one of the dots in the Steve Jobs biography that Steve spoke so candidly about in 2005, when he addressed the graduating students on Stanford in a commencement address that has become a firm favourite to the world. Not least becoming the basis of what became the theme behind the show “Join Up Dots with David Ralph” The Steve Jobs Biography is a fascinating tale of clearly defined dots that shape what he was going to become right from the start, which would make it fascinating if we could ever go back in time and show the young Steve Jobs the steps that he should take. Would he follow them, or would this young child with such a fascination for technology, and understanding of the components that made early electronic devices work, listen? Well probably not, but you can see in the Steve Jobs biography those dots were clearly working in his favour right from the start. His adopted parents lived in Mountain View California, which would fortuitously become what is known as silicon valley in later years, planting the budding entrepreneur in the centre of where he would later go on to rule. His father, Paul Jobs who worked as a Coast Guard veteran and machinist, also had an interest in electronics and would show his young son from the confines of the family garage (the birthplace of Apple) how to take electronic devices a part, and then have the confidence to put them all back together. Paul Jobs could have had fishing as a hobby, but once again the Steve Jobs biography shows that the skills that he would later utilize to such astonishing success were laid before him. Yes of course, he needed the interest and persistence to make these skills work, but Steve Jobs was nothing but tenacious when that interest was in evidence. A completely different Steve Jobs, to the one we would see throughout his career when he was bored, or things didn't quite go his way! And those opposing, and not so dynamic and conscientious personality traits, were more than evident to everyone during his schooling. Steve Jobs was an innovative thinker. He could see things long before most people had started to even consider there was even something to be seen. Which meant that during school, he struggled with the confines of formal schooling, and the structure of his lessons which as we all know, more often than not are anything but innovative. The young Steve Jobs, would attempt to keep himself entertained by playing pranks and creating mischief, even once being bribed by his fourth grade teacher to get his head down and study. But there was no getting away from the fact that being born to two University graduates had provided him with the genes of intelligence. And school tests, even from a boy who had little interest in the work were a breeze. He would sail through the testing with such apparent ease that the school administrators were keen to push him ahead to High School, which his parents were reluctant to sanction. So already at school age, the Steve Jobs biography shows that we have a child who is living smack bang in the middle of the soon to be formed Silicon Valley, had an interest in electronics, possessed an innovative and questioning mind, and was born in 1955. And this last fact is probably one of the most interesting of all, as Malcom Gladwell attested to in his bestselling book the Outliers” in the chapter “Timing Is Everything” Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was born in 1953, Apple founder Steve Jobs in 1955, Sun Microsystems founders Bill Joy and Scott McNealy in 1954, Bill Gates in 1955. Which made them the prime age when the first do it yourself home computers came to market in 1975. Old enough to see the potential, and risk their futures by working on what someone already established in a career in computers would consider too much a risk to take on. But not old enough to be already settled down with children and responsibilities, frightened to take the leap of faith and risk what they had already gained in life. All of them fascinated with what was in front of them, and on their own paths to becoming household names in computing, making them richer than anyone could hope to be. So we are building quite a list of dots on the Join Up Dots timeline, and of course the Steve Jobs biography. We can now add perfect timing of his birth, to the perfect location, an interest in electronics, questioning mind, and a passion to go against the norm. We can almost see already, the Steve Jobs that we would see a few years later, in the young man huddled over a box of wires and fuses. But no matter how inspired and intellectual a person is, they will need the support of others. And Steve Jobs found this when he was introduced to Steve Wozniak, who became his future business partner. The two hit it off straight away, and as Wozniak spoke about in a 2007 interview, it was obvious from the start that the two had similar outlooks and passions. Passions that back in the early years of the 1970’s very few people had. As he says “We both loved electronics and the way we used to hook up digital chips. And very few people, especially back then, had any idea what chips were, how they worked and what they could do. I had designed many computers, so I was way ahead of him in electronics and computer design, but we still had common interests. We both had pretty much sort of an independent attitude about things in the world.” And that was how Steve Jobs life was throughout High School. Limited interest in what was happening within the education system, but along with Wozniack fascinated and consumed by the potential outside its walls. And now in the Steve Jobs biography we arrive at that definitive time in his life. The definitive time in everyone's life. They are now ready to go out into the world as young adults and create their own paths. Would Steve Jobs follow the course that so many people follow and play it safe, getting a job just because it's money in the bank, following in the footsteps of his father, or would he strive boldly into a new future, and create his legacy. Well surprisingly Steve Jobs did neither, and even against a background off disinterest in studying and education, Steve Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland Oregon. This appears a decision that was not well thought out, as Steve Jobs quickly realised that he wasn't suited for further education and made the decision to drop out of college and do his own thing. And that thing was to start attending classes that he thought would be interesting. He would choose classes to attend, just because he was intrigued by their content, not because how they would look on his resume. One of those classes, as Steve Jobs recounted once again in the Stanford Commencement address changed his life. The course was in calligraphy, and developed the love of typography that he brought to the world in such a dramatic and successful way with his first foray into the home computer market. As he said to the students hanging on his every word on that day “None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backward 10 years later.” In 1974, the Steve Jobs biography shows, what you would think was a great starting point to his career as a computer genius, and the young Jobs accepted a position with the promising and innovative games company Atari, as a video game designer. Atari would go onto to dominate the home games console market in the late seventies and early eighties, with children across the world clambering for one of these wooden boxes that they could plug into their television sets. The demand was astonishing. But Steve Jobs would not play a big part of the success of the company, as just six months later he quit, to go and find himself by traveling the huge continent of India, high on drugs most of the time. When he did return to the United States of America it was now 1976, Steve Jobs was twenty years old and about get serious about what he saw the future of home computing to be. Alongside his friend Steve Wozniak, still spending hours and hours inside the Jobs family garage, they would create what would grow to become the most valuable company on Earth. The two friends set to work experimenting with the knowledge that they had fostered, more often than not unknowingly throughout their lives. The hours spent fiddling with chips, and electronic circuit boards as a hobby, now finding its true importance in their lives. Which is of course one of the truths of every episode of Join Up Dots. Perceived failures, or what seemed like pure time wastage can later on turn out to be the holder of the very thing that you are looking for. And that was certainly the case with young Mr Steve Jobs. However greatness does not appear without a belief and a willingness to take risks. And the Steve Jobs biography is littered with incidents where he seemed to have the desire to go further and quicker than anyone else around him would consider acceptable.. Selling his Volkswagen bus, whilst his friend Wozniak sold his beloved scientific computer they funded their fledgling enterprise, and began to work changing the world. Empowering every home to believe they could posses their own computer, which several years previously would have been thought an impossible dream. With Jobs in charge of marketing— Apple, which they decided to call their untested enterprise, initially marketed the computers for $666.66 each. The Apple I earned the corporation around $774,000. Three years after the release of Apple's second model, the Apple II, the company's sales increased by 700 percent, to $139 million. Not bad for two guys, who just three years before were unsure as to which direction their future would go. However this was simply the beginning of what Apple was to become and in 1980, Apple Computer became a publicly traded company, with a market value of $1.2 billion. By the end of its very first day of trading, and buoyed by its success Jobs looked to find someone with the business acumen and vision to drive the company to even greater heights, and made the decision to bring marketing expert John Sculley of Pepsi-Cola in as the President of Apple. A decision that among all the decisions made in the Steve Jobs biography was as bad for Steve as it could possibly be. A decision that would bring Steve Jobs to one of the lowest points of his life, being told to leave the company he had founded. Steve Jobs was sacked from Apple. As we had already discovered in Part One of the Join Up Dots take on the Steve Jobs story, he was born at the right time, the right place, with the right interests, and the rest as they say is history. He co-founded Apple Computer when he was 21, and by the time he hit 23 was a millionaire. In just two years, Steve Jobs had become a wildly successful, fabulously wealthy global celebrity. Not bad for a man who just a few years before, had travelled the continent of India, unsure of his path in life, seeking spiritual enlightenment, whilst seeking as many mind altering drugs as he could get his hands on. And then, at 30, Jobs had the kind of humiliating defeat that for so many would signal game over, he was made to leave the company that he had helped create. He was in the most harshest of environments hung out to dry in the newspapers, and reports across the world. Total humiliation was forced on a man who had became legendary, and it seemed could do no wrong. But why persist to put yourself out there, and face the world's media and consumers head on, if in all sense and purpose you had already made it, and could quite easily live the dream. But Steve Jobs, was a man unable to seek an easy version of his future and as Alan Deutschman, author of "Change or Die, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs. tells "Steve Jobs persisted, he had this incredible tenacity. He held on and came back with triumph after triumph, driving the company to new heights, creating the greatest corporate success of our time. It's a unique story." So how did it occur? How did everything that Steve Jobs had worked so hard to build, be taken away from him? And looking back was this the key to his later success, or just another obstacle to climb over as he followed his passions and interests within the computer world. Well we need to step back a few years in time, when this fledgling company was tittering on financial collapse to gain a clear understanding of the path that Steve Jobs was unknowingly about to undertake. As amazing as it seems now Apple Computer was a home enterprise, and a bootstrapped company that was prone to the same issues that all new home start ups endure. Cashflow is the killer of so many dreams, and to raise the money they needed to get the Apple II off the ground, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak knew that they needed to bring in investors. Interested outside parties who had the kind of financial clout they needed to see their visions begin to prosper. Finding these people in a myriad of locations, their much needed investments stabilised the company, and allowed the continued development of the Apple II, which just a few months previously had been in question. However as the two Steve’s discovered during this period, most of the investors were not too keen to see their money handed over to the two computer whizzkids without some semblance of control on their part. Why would you simply hand over the money for others to use as they see fit, if you also had business experience, and a background of success in the financial and industrial markets of the world, to help direct the returns from those investments? Why wouldn't you seek a place within the company to really keep things moving in your direction? And that is what occurred, with many of the investors claiming themselves a place on the board. And this is fascinating part to the Steve Jobs biography, to which you can clearly see the first division of the dreamer and activator Steve Jobs, and the board of Apple. Moneymen, believed the way to grow a company was to protect the bottom line, and to hell with the vision of consumer perfection that so intoxicated the budding entrepreneur. Make the products, shift the products and move on. Whilst Steve Jobs wanted to change the world and create a legacy. The skills that Jobs would display in such astonishing fashion upon his return to Apple years later were sorely missing at this time, and the board were of the opinion that Steve Jobs was brilliant, but quite simply too young and temperamental to run the company. He had not yet learned how to balance the desire and (occasional) ability to create insanely great products with the need to also ship them — preferably on time and on budget. The lack of this skill doomed not just Steve's tenure as the head of Apple's Mac division, but also one of his subsequent projects, NeXT. And also as most young men are, he was headstrong, full of his own importance, and of the belief that his products were the key to the success of everything. It was his god driven right to bring his ideals and visions to the world, which would be the saviour of the company. Which in all honesty was probably right, but there is a way to go about bringing this desire for perfection to the world, which Steve Jobs had not mastered. He was petulant, abrasive, and likely to steamroller the weaker members of his teams, even though he loved nothing more than people standing up to him. Even presenting awards to the one who showed this brave trait each year. He would argue, shout, demand and put the most amazing pressure on his teams, with very few thriving, and many falling by the wayside. In a fascinating interview many years later Steve Jobs reminisces about an old man who lived down the street when he was a young boy. The man showed him a rock tumbler, and he and Jobs went out and got a handful of plain old rocks, then put them into the can with liquid and grit powder. They closed up the rock tumbler, turned it on, and then the man told Jobs to "come back tomorrow." The next day, the man opened the can and inside were these "amazingly beautiful polished rocks. The same common stones that had gone in through rubbing against each other like this (clapping his hands), creating a little bit of friction, creating a little bit of noise, had come out these beautiful polished rocks." Jobs goes on to say how that is a "metaphor for a team that is working really hard on something they're passionate about. It's that through the team, through that group of incredibly talented people bumping up against each other, having arguments, having fights sometimes, making some noise, and working together they polish each other and they polish the ideas, and what comes out are these beautiful stones." People can only find their greatest strengths, and polish their inherent talents by being tested and challenged constantly. By being placed into the Steve Jobs tumblr they ultimately would find what they are capable of. Providing Steve Jobs and Apple with the kind of groundbreaking products that the world cannot get enough off. So realising, that at that moment Steve Jobs was not the man the board wanted to run the company, Jobs himself set out to find someone that could demonstrate the skills, characteristics and behaviours that he would want in place of him. And he found that very man, in 1983, when he recruited Pepsi executive John Sculley to run Apple, famously asking him "Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?" John Sculley was inspired by these words and accepted this position. Not realising that less than three years later, he would also be changing Steve Jobs life too. Things did not seem doomed for collision when the relationship was first formed, as both considered the other a close friend. Being on the same wavelength, it was a common occurrence for one to finish the sentences of the other. They thrived in each other's company and were seen to many as a dynamic duo that contributed greatly to the amazing press that the company was receiving across the world at that time. They complemented each other personally, but professionally were very different. They had their own responsibilities and demands on their time and energies that neither could possibly understand. Within the walls of Apple there was no getting away from the fact that things were turning for the worse. Jobs was Apple's chief visionary, a role that put him in charge of the team developing Apple's next revolutionary product, the Macintosh computer. John Scully on the other hand, was interested in appeasing the views of the concerned board members who saw Jobs as a loose cannon, and ensuring that the vision of Jobs did not ultimately become the death warrant of Apple. The Mac debuted in 1984 to rave reviews but disappointing sales, putting a financial strain on the company -– and fraying Jobs' relationship with Sculley. Jobs basically had created his own team to create his own product, the Macintosh. His team actually having its own building. He even flew the pirate flag there. As he often would say, 'It is better to be a pirate, than to be in the navy.' What Steve Jobs had done was ultimately created a company-within-a-company, that became pitted against other parts of the company that actually made money. The cracks were growing wider and wider by the day. The downfall came soon, when buoyed by Steve Jobs largely overestimated expectations of the Macintosh sales, they found that their euphoria about the revolutionary Mac, which they thought they would ship 80,000 units by the end of 1984, and had produced anything but euphoria. They had built, developed and stored 80,000 computers ready for the rush, but encountered a return just a quarter of what was expected. And not only was the figure disappointing, but so was the performance of the Macintosh, that Steve Jobs had deemed as perfection in the making. In fact with its 128 KByte RAM it was not simply not powerful enough, and there were hardly any software applications available yet. During the annual board meeting in 1985, it became clear that the work that Steve Jobs deemed as important was not as important to what truly mattered: the financial bottom line. Compared to the continued sales of the Apple II, Steve Jobs new masterpiece only accounted for 30% of the sales of Apple. It was a dead duck, and to many simply not worth pursuing with. Steve Jobs became more and more angry and aggressive because of the continuing drop in Macintosh sales, and made sure that he blamed everyone for its failure, other than himself. So blinkered was he to the world he had created, that he couldn't see what everyone else would consider to be obvious. The failure was not with the product, but was with Steve Jobs belief in the product. The problem was with him. In the end, he blamed even Sculley for the crisis and wanted to lead the company himself. But this seemed impossible to everyone else: "Steve was a big thinker, an inspirational motivator, but not a day-to-day manager. What was sad was that he could not see it." When Sculley was informed that Jobs intended to remove him from the company, he was quite concerned, but then decided to choose the company's welfare over his friendship to its visionary co-founder. Supported by Markkula and the other members of the board, in May 1985, he dismissed Steve from his positions as the vice-president and as the leader of the Macintosh division; Jobs did not have any managerial power anymore. The record books make it clear that Steve Jobs wasn't sacked, but was demoted. But such was his ego, and love for his creation that is a mute point. Steve Jobs could no longer be seen as someone that could make the company fly high. His wings had been severely clipped, and now like the Macintosh was a dead duck. Perhaps not dead, but a shadow of what he had been previously. Jobs, took awhile to decide on his next move, and by and large spent much of 1985 travelling around Europe and the Soviet Union under the orders of Sculley promoting the Apple II. It was during these endless journeys that Steve Jobs lost interest in what he was doing. He lost interest in the company that he had co-founded. He was depressed and lost. The charismatic young man from just a few month previously forgotten. He stopped coming to work and resigned from Apple Jobs said during the speech at Stanford in 1985 that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that ever happened to him. “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything,” he said. “It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life; I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple,” Jobs said. “It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.” And so started the third part of the Steve Jobs biography. The ability for him to assess, refocus, play, and learn from his weaknesses. It was during this period when Steve Jobs, as we see everyday on the Join Up Dots interviews, came back stronger than ever. The darkest periods of his life, showed him the light that would lead him to blaze even more brightly than he had thought possible. He would change from the petulant, abrasive, visionary, to as John Sculley himself says “The Greatest CEO the world has ever known” But how did he do this? How did Steve Jobs pull himself from the dark despair that hung all around him, and start to fight back? A despair so intense that some of his close friends were worried for his safety, and considered his moods suicidal in their depth. Once again, as we need to do time and time again with this tale, we need to step back a few months to review the version of Steve Jobs who hadn't yet decided on his next move. The Steve Jobs that was still struggling to come to terms with his demotion from Apple, but not yet brave enough to walk away. The telling part of the story, is the period when Steve Jobs began failing to turn up for work, and started looking around him. Freed in many ways from the constraints of his responsibilities, he had time to think. “Apple was founded when Steve was just 21 years old. So he never really had time to think about big picture, life issues. He obsessed on the same questions over and over: “What went wrong with Apple. What did I do wrong?” It was an important question to ask, and within its few words would hold the answer to his true world changing legacy, ready to be unleashed on the world twelve years later. After Jobs returned from the Apple II tour, he met with The Graphics Group, a team of 3D computer graphics technicians gathered by Star Wars director George Lucas. Steve Jobs began to believe that the high-end 3D graphics business was going to be huge. “These guys were way ahead of anybody,” he said. “I just knew in my bones that this was going to be very important.” He suggested to the Apple board that it consider buying the company — later called Pixar — from LucasFilm. But the board wasn’t paying attention to Steve anymore, and less than graciously decided to pass on the deal. Jobs then floated. He spent more time with his daughter Lisa. He gardened. He mused about running for public office. He applied to fly on the Space Shuttle as a civilian, but that didn’t work out. He went to Europe on business, but made time for museums. He spent a lot of time by himself, or with his girlfriend. In Europe Steve Jobs met with heads of state, university presidents, artists. He’d been humbled in California, but was having his ego stroked in Europe, where he was still thought of as a “revolutionary business figure.” Although none of these conversations, and museum visits were on their own important, they were in fact a series of dots, leading to the big dot. The one that would create the inspiration within him, to go again. Ready to return to the U.S. hungry for the next big thing. He began meeting with scientists, who were telling him that they needed a personal computer with enough power for real research and modeling — “a radically new high-end computer ‘workstation.'” Although far way from the Jobs family garage, where Apple was born, the same passion and ability for creative thinking was ready to ignite again. Steve Jobs was on the march, and went straight into the boardroom of Apple, to declare that he was leaving start a new company, and would also be taking some low-level Apple employees with him. And what came next, was NeXT. Steve had arrived at a crossroads in his life. After his spectacular rise to the top with Apple, things had turned sour, and he was looking for something to reignite his passions and of course his fortunes. He was still a very rich man, but for the first time in his life had the stigma of failure hanging over him. This was quite unfair in many regards, but as we see time and time again, the world likes nothing more than pushing a person to the top of the pile, and then delighting as they fall back to earth with the rest of us. As the story goes, Steve Jobs had returned from one of his many business trips to Europe promoting the Apple II and met a very old friend of his, Nobel prize winner Paul Berg From Stanford University. The two old friends discussed Bergs work, and it became clear to Steve Jobs that this could be the thing he was looking for. The reason to build a new company thereby restoring the Apple boards faith in him. His friend told him about his work on DNA, and inquired whether the molecules could be simulated on computers. Steve told him No, but that didn't mean that it wasn't possible. And those possibilities excited him greatly. Instead of focusing in on the home computer market as he had previously, he would instead build a supercomputer for the higher education and scientific markets. He did his research as to the computer capabilities he would need, and became even more excited by what he discovered. Steve Jobs, was reinventing the wheel and giving the world something that no one else could, and as we have already seen he was not short of ego, which is why there is no surprise that the idea appealed so much. However, if Steve Jobs had gone further and researched whether the higher education and scientific markets would actually be interested in buying such a super computer, he might have had a very different reaction to the concept. Hindsight as they say, is a wonderful thing. He was still an employee at Apple, so enthusiastically informed the board of his idea. And on the 13th of September 1985 boldly described the vision he had for the computer, the company, and of course himself. Everything went well at first, and the board sided with his enthusiasm, even willing to invest in the plans that Steve Jobs had presented to them. That enthusiasm however was short lived, when Jobs started detailing who he would take with him to the new company. This is when the board of Apple turned bitter. He advised that he would go away with Bud Tribble, the first Mac programmer; George Crow, a key Mac hardware engineer; Rich Page, who had supervised almost all of Apples’ development; Dan’l Lewin, and Susan Barnes, an MBA in finance. Steve Jobs had presented these people as “Low-level”, but it was clear to all that they were anything but. These employees were integral to the future progress of Apple Computers, and the board felt threatened. With no other option and determined to push ahead with his idea, Steve Jobs resigned from Apple. Next Computers was born, and it did not start easily. The minute it was created, the six co-founders found themselves sued by their former employer, Apple. The fruit company was accusing them of stealing their technology. As a result, for its first year or so of existence, the new company could not work on any product in particular, since there was a chance they would lose the trial and give all the technologies they had worked on back to Apple. This didn't phase Jobs at all, and in the meantime he set up to build the perfect company. Building a new company from scratch needed huge investment which Steve Jobs for once had at his disposal. After his departure from Apple, Steve had sold almost all of his stock out of disgust. So by early 1986, he was sitting on more than $100 million. These were very different times from the earlier bootstrapping of Apple. He no longer needed to entice the investment of others to his new venture. This was going to be his baby. He was very much back in control. Steve Jobs knew one thing and he did it better than most: When it came to recruiting he ensured that quality and integrity were at the top of his wishlist. He only recruited those individuals that were classed as extremely bright. Next even used to state that even their receptionist had a PHD, and one thing was certain, there was a buzz around silicon valley about this new start up. The hype was growing by the day, and Steve Jobs added more and more computer whizzkids, and extremely intelligent folk to the list of employees ready to create the next big thing in computing. Next appeared very much the place to be. What made this remarkable was the company couldn't work on anything due to the dispute from Apple, and so were not making any income. The salaries, relocation, logo, equipment costs were all being paid out of Steve Jobs very deep pockets. Not bottomless by any stretch of the imagination, but being emptied at an astonishing rate. Why did Steve Jobs do this? Was it to prove a point to his old employers, or was it to prove a point to the industry? Whatever the reason it got him noticed and the word on the street was “look out he's on his way back!” At the same time as this was all happening, the Star Wars legend George Lucas, came calling to enquire whether Steve's previous interest in his company, working within the motion picture industry was still alive. Steve Jobs had taken a huge interest in the work of the team at Pixar, and had even requested that the Apple board buy the company, but was refused. But now with the value of the company being substantially less than he was once offered, he decided to take matters into his own hands and fork out for the computer animation team. Once again, whether this was a dig at his old work colleagues we don't know, but Steve Jobs paid £10,000,000 of his own money to buy Pixar as nothing more than an expensive hobby. His real passion was for the Next cube,the super computer that would change the industry, not for a group of budding artists trying to make splash in Hollywood. It continued to be a very expensive hobby for many years, with him funding it solely something that he was reluctant to do with his bigger passion Next. He finally started to look for outside investors for that company. Fortunately for Steve Jobs and Next, the Apple dispute fizzled out, and they could actually start getting to work. This occurred mainly by their lack of new creation. Holding back on working on anything new, appeared to be a very good decision NeXT still didn’t have a business plan or concrete plans for its first product. Apple’s case was based on NeXT’s raiding of senior Macintosh executives and conspiring to use the confidential knowledge Jobs and the others had about upcoming Apple projects (like BigMac). And that is where it faltered, Apple couldn't then pinpoint any specific trade secrets that NeXT had violated, because they hadn't. A week later, Apple came back with a list of twenty complaints but failed to demonstrate how NeXT had any plans against Apple. The case proved to be a major embarrassment for Apple and just provided Next and of course Steve Jobs, with a great deal of free publicity: A true win win. When we look back at Steve Jobs time working on The Next cube we can see quite clearly, two major flaws: One was Steve's personal obsession with perfection. Everything from the typeface. to the casing had to be perfect. That perfection only made it a pain to build: from the perfect right angles to its materials to its color, it was extremely complicated — and therefore expensive — to put together. In addition, Steve had made a point on also designing a “beautiful” board for the Cube. All the electronic components, which are usually on several different pieces of plastic, were melded on a single square board that the chairman Steve Jobs considered as beautiful as the case itself. However it was a strenuous problem for engineers to solve. The costs escalated beyond anything that a school or higher education department could afford. Steve Jobs obsession with making it cutting edge and radically ahead of its time was to be its ultimate failure. He had built the technological equivalent of the Ipad thirty years too soon. No matter which way they turned, Next and Steve Jobs hit a brick wall. And through all the twists and turns, delays caused the development of what had been cutting edge two years previously to no longer be seen as such. The competitors had quietly brought their cheaper and user friendly machines to market and had killed any escape route that Next had. Steve Jobs had fallen further from grace, and now was being seen as a liability instead of a maverick and technological genius. Interestingly the forgotten hobby Pixar had started making some progress. Only small steps but enough for the people at Disney to take an interest. In the early 90’s times were hard at Pixar, and the company had survived several threats by Steve Jobs to cut his losses and close the whole thing down. But for some reason or another, he still persisted with its vision. Pixar failed nine times over by normal standards, but Steve didn’t want another failure to be placed on his resume, so he kept writing the checks. He would have sold the company to anybody in a moment, and in fact tried very very hard to do just that, but the bottom line was he wanted to cover his loss of $50 million. In March 1991, he declared he would continue to keep funding it only if he were given back all of the employees’ stock shares. The scheme involved shutting the company down on paper, and creating a “new Pixar” where he was the sole owner. He also fired almost half the staff, keeping only the software programmers as well as Lasseter’s animation department — which was, by then, the only part of the company to bring cash in, thanks to its work in TV advertisement. The hardware that the company had developed to enable others to create the same groundbreaking animation was classed as finished. Disney who had an investment in the company could never understand why they should be funding a system to teach others to animate. They controlled animation, and certainly wanted to keep it that way. Nearly twenty odd years after starting the company, the team at Pixar were given a lifeline. After receiving a few awards, and even an Oscar for a short animated film, Disney gave them the greenlight to go for the big one…..a full length computer animated movie. Steve Jobs negotiated a three movie contract with Disney, and arranged to keep 12.5% percent of ticket sales received. Little did he know, as he had limited experience in the movie industry, that he had made a very bad deal. But I suppose a bad deal is better than no deal, and after years of self funding the unit, he was about to see money at last come his way. Or so he thought. Toy Story was put into development, and like all things in Steve's life, at that time, became a lot harder to get the product to the customer than he expected. 1993, was now upon us, and without doubt this was the year when everything that Steve Jobs had dreamt, worked on, and developed crumbled in front of him. A year that many people couldn't have imagined happening ten years previously, when Jobs could do no wrong. Whether Steve Jobs had dwelled on the same dark realisations we can only guess, but it was at an end. He was 38 years old and at his lowest point ever. Next computers crashed around him. It began in January 1992, when Steve Jobs made the decision to allow the advanced operating systems to be used in his competitor's machines. He had taken the view that the uniqueness of what he had created would need to be shared, if he had any chance of saving the company. This was the first sign of the true failure to come for Steve, although many experts had the view that he should have done this from the very beginning. However Jobs was looking to create the system of all systems. The kind of processing speed that would leave all his competitors in the shade. Not to help them in their journeys also. The death warrant had been signed. At the same time in an ironic retelling of a previous dot in Jobs life, things got even worse. COO Van Cuylenburg, who was hired by Steve Jobs, betrayed him in a cruel reminiscence of what had happened at Apple some seven years earlier. Van Cuylenberg had phoned up NeXT’s competitor Sun, and asked its CEO Scott McNealy to buy NeXT and install him as manager of the new company getting rid of Jobs. Fortunately, McNealy had some sense of honor and told Steve about the outrage. Van Cuylenburg left, but Steve was completely devastated by everything that was going on around him. How could this have happened? How could all his hard work and investment end up in such a way? How could it be that everyone of the company’s co-founders, except George Crow would abandon him. He was Steve Jobs, the genius who had created an industry from nothing. A man who had lit up silicon valley and blazed a path across the world. What had he done to deserve all this at once? Next was finished, and in an even crueler twist of fate, his other venture Pixar was in serious trouble too. The lifeline that had been grabbed at when making the deal with Disney was slipping away from them. Disney's Katzenberg had seen what the company had created, and quite simply hated Woody, Buzz Lightyear and all the other characters which we now see as classics. Together with the majority of Disney’s creative staff, he declared that the characters were unappealing jerks and the dialogues inappropriately cynical for a children’s movie (while he was the one who pushed for such characteristics early in development). Pixar was back to making TV commercials just so it could survive — but it was obvious it would disappear if the work did not start again. Steve Jobs had reached the bottom of his career. He had lost faith in himself, and disappeared behind the closed doors of his home, spending most of his days at home, playing with his two-year-old son. Was there anyway that Steve Jobs could fight back from such a low point? Could he recoup his investment, his self esteem, and be allowed to create the legacy that he so craved? That part of the story will only come on part four of the Steve Jobs Biography.
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Challenges
Challenges and more importantly tackling challenges head on without fear is what we discuss today Todays joining us on Join Up Dots has a life of highs, lows, amazing self indulgence and a dawning realisation that life is what we make it. At age 13, he moved to the U.S. from India and almost immediately squandered away over a year of his life with drugs and alcohol. So he joined the Marines to leave that lifestyle behind, despite two doctors telling me I’d never survive boot camp due to a blood condition he deals with. He not only survived, but found an inner strength he didn’t know he had. He pushed himself and graduating with honors, but three years after he returned home from fighting in Iraq, the VA diagnosed me with PTSD. He chose not to abide by that label and instead created a new one for himself: Fearvana—a state of unity and bliss without fear that is only achieved through immersion in fear. Now let’s stop and think about that for a moment. Instead of running away from what makes us fearful, we actually embrace it and get to the gold on the other side. And that can just be more confidence, more opportunities, more money, or love, sex, or anything that will generally only come when you go and get it. And now our guest since 2012, has left a comfortable corporate job to drag a 190-pound sled 350-miles across the world’s second largest polar ice cap for a month. Swim through underwater caves, has almost been killed by a falling boulder while glacier caving, experienced severe altitude sickness while climbing in the Himalayas, and suffered through heat exhaustion while running across countries. So you can get the truth from this introduction, that this isn’t a person that talks the talk but fails to back it up with action. Today’s guest is a man on a mission, to banish fear, inspire the world and to show people everywhere how to stop existing and start living. So how does our guest decide on the challenges that will make up his next few months? And do our listeners have to be so bold with their own challenges, or can we do this from behind our desks? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Akshay Nanavati. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Akshay Nanavati such as: Why Akshay believes that we all have our own personal struggles in their lives, you just have to take them for what they are, and find a way past them all. How Akshay classes writing his book as one of the most challenging things he has ever done. The imposter syndrome joining with perfectionism, to name just two, had to be smashed to create his new bestseller. Why he loves the advice that “You cant give birth to an adult” offered by the founder of Ugg boots, and what it means to him everyday. and lastly…. Why adversity is the real gift in our lives. Not the times that everything goes the way we want it to go, but the rough tough times that shape who we are.  
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Expedition
Jason Lewis Tackled An Expedition Like No Other Person - Ready To Find Out What? Todays guest is an award-winning author, adventurer and sustainability campaigner specializing in human-powered expeditions. Now if you don’t you what this means, just remember the last time you thought you would pop to the shops, and you think “I’ll take the car, it will be so much easier” Well our guest today is recognised by Guinness World Records as the first person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails. Walking, cycling, and inline skating five continents, and kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedalling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. This took thirteen years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey and was hailed “the last great first for circumnavigation” by the London Sunday Times. But this is just a tiny part of what this guy is all about. No life is more than just getting his name in the Guinness Book Of Records, as he has also visited more than 900 schools in 37 countries to date, involving thousands of students in a variety of programmes in conjunction with UNESCO’s Associated Schools Program Network. He shares his tales of adventure and hardship to promote world citizenship, zero carbon emission travel, and awareness of individual lifestyle choices on the health of the planet. This will be an amazing story of taking chances, inspiring the world, hardship, but savouring those life experiences that you can only get by putting yourself out there. So when he was growing up in Catterick, Yorkshire, in Northern England was he inspired by the world and loved nothing more than flicking through the pages of an Atlas? Can you just go into countries wherever you want or do you have to find the border crossings? And does he get told by everyone that he meets that “Jason, I would love to be doing what you do” and think “Well why aren’t you then?” Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Jason Lewis. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics as: How he recalls sitting in a flat in Paris with his friend Steve Smith, and after a few beers decided that this was a challenge that really appealed as he felt that anyone can do it. They just needed to start. Why it is so strange that in the UK that we fail to celebrate the winners and the high achievers, and do not like people to really go out and do something amazing. How he would get pelted by stones thrown by the children in Tibet, and realised that he needed to start throwing back at them and found the kids loved it when he did so. How we all look at the successful people in life and think that everything must have been put into place for them. We find it hard to believed that they truly worked at it. And lastly…….. How he now knows that the journey was just part of his life, and he is not going to be defined by his actions. They will simply be the starting point to even more personal missions.  
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Motivational Quotes
Motivational quotes are everywhere in life, and its not a surprise when the world is looking for help to create their own futures. When the world is looking for help to truly believe that they can so something remarkable and amazing during their life on this world. Amazing statements of truth and inspiration from the famous, no-famous and go getters through history. So in todays episode we discuss, in response to a listeners email, why we play the motivational quotes that we play, and what they mean to us. If you have listened to an episode of Join Up Dots you will hear four main motivational quotes, from Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey, Rocky Balboa and Steve Jobs. Of course the Steve Jobs speech was the one that inspired the creation of the show and is the motivational quote, that pins everything together. But what about the other motivational quotes? Why did we pick them? Well that was a question that was asked to us by Connor McCarthy who wrote from his home in Cambridge Uk, "David, thanks so much for making such inspiring content for us all to listen to. I have been consuming your shows daily since discovering them and I would like to ask a s question. In regards to the motivational quotes that you play...will you ever change them, and why did you specifically choose them to play?" Well Connor, great question as this was the first time that we have ever been asked this, and certainly gave us a great content for another episode. So lets asnwer your questions starting with the first of teh motivational quotes that we play by the American commedian Jim Carrey. A few years back Jim, stood up at a commemcent speech for graduatuing students in America and told a fascinating story of how his father settled for a life of "Safety" instead of going for a life that he loved. You see he didnt quite bleive that he had it in him to become a top accountant, and played safe, for his families sake. And yes, you could argue that he was trying to pay the bills, and support his family for the long term, but in life things are rarely ever for the long term. Life has a way of hitting you when you least expect it, and that was certainly the case when Jims father's safe route got turned on its head as you can see below. "My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn't believe that was possible for him. So, he made a conservative choice and instead he got a job as an accountant." Then Carrey reveals the moral of the story. "When I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job," he added. "Our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which is that you can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love." So this isnt a speech about doing the crazy and going for what you want, but it certainly is one about truly believing in yourself and going for something that you can control and nobody else can take away from you. But of course how do you know what you want to go for in life? How do you decide where your future lies, when you are so ingrained in just living life? Well that is why we play motivational quotes such as the one provided by Oprah Winfrey. Oprah believes, that we all know where we are heading we only have to look inside ourselves and listen to our gut intuition. She offers many many motivational quotes everyday, but this was the one the resonated with us at Join Up Dots, and works closely with the "Lets Believe" speech that Jim Carrey delivered. "The way through the challenge is to get still and ask yourself, 'What is the next right move? What is the next right move?' and then, from that space, make the next right move and the next right move. There is no such thing as failure; failure is just life trying to move us in another direction." So we can see that as long as we take our advice of what we want, we believe, and we get quiet every now and again and truly listen to what our hearts are telling us then we are half way there. Sound simple? Yeah of course it does, as all motivational quotes have a way of making it simple, that is why they are motivational quotes after all. But one thing for sure is, it all comes down to you. Nobody else is going to make your life the way that you want. Nobody else is going to put money in your bank account, love in your life, or allow your the freedom to make choices everyday. It all comes down to you being willing to move forward and keep on going, even when life tries its hardest to knock you on your feet and try to stop you. Guess what? Although these are the hardest times in your life. They are in fact the times that will help you more than any of the quick wins that come your way. These are the times that will make you assess your struggles, look at what you are doing wrong, and come back stronger. Said in a different way, these are the GOLD that makes a ife remarkable. Therefore, out of all the motivational quotes in the world that we could have chosen, we landed in the world of movies, with the legendary boxer Rocky Balboa. In the last outing for the Italian Stallion, ROcky delivers a powerful speech to his son, who has lost his way in his life and is blaming everyone but himself for the situation he has found himself in. These are hugely powerful words and simply had to be one of the motivational quotes that we play on the show everyday. “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! That is so true. Winning is made by having the toughest jaw that you could possibly imagine. Being willing to take the blows, dust yourself down and then get back up and go again. This time with the knowledge of what went wrong in the first place. There you have it three motivational quotes from three legends all leading us to the words that created the whole format of the show Join Up Dots. These are words that quite literally changed my life, when they landed on my desk. Steve Jobs stood up in 2005 and gave an amazing speech to the graduates of Stanford. He framed the whole talk as "Three simple stories", and within these stories he supplied one of those motivational quotes that quite simply on their own will point you towards the future you want. He said "Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." So amazingly true and important to really understand and digest. It all comes down to trust. You might trust yourself, someone else, God....its doesn't matter who you trust. But you have to trust that your work will come together. Jim, Oprah, Rocky and Steve provide amazing words individually, but combined they are a wow. An amazing blueprint to follow, for anyone who wants to have the dream life, love what they are doing and being in control of their hours and time. Therefore that is why we play these motivational quotes everyday, and highly likely will continue to play everyday. Thank you to Connor for posing this question, and thank you to everyone who listens to the show everyday. Appreciate you one and all.
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Make Money Online
How To make money online is what the world is searching for. But what should you do if our have a website that is leaking money bigtime. Well my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who since starting his career has worked tirelessly to lift the hood of internet and find out what is going on behind the scenes. Since the advent of the commercial internet, he has collected research, reviewed and plotted thousands of websites across thousands of business to see what they are doing well, and what they are doing badly. He now has tens of thousands of data points that have given him the ability to identify what he calls the 8 Money Draining Mistakes. These are the things that literally cause a website to leak serious money…every day. And now he teaches companies and organizations how to fix them…and how to fix them immediately. And it appears that the world is full of leaky websites that are doing a fraction of what they should be doing in regards to monetixing, lead generation or simply connecting with customers and keeping them as customers. These are the things that really matter because they increase financial return on investment in the digital world by 200 to 500 percent or more in 12-months or less. And all of this can be done without needing technical skills. He  is host of the Onward Nation podcast, CEO of Predictive ROI, and a digital marketing authority, speaker, educator, and bestselling author two books, The Small Business Owner’s Handbook to Search Engine Optimization and Increase Online Sales through Viral Social Networking. So what made the young man with such entrepreneurial spirit enter in the US Air force for four years, as a Senior Airman? And are all his websites fully leak proof, or like every mechanic in the world, is he driving around in something falling to pieces? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Stephen Woessner  
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American Hustle
American Hustle is our discussion today with young entrepreneur Christian Arriola. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who is on a mission to inspire the world to flex the old hustle muscle and create a life of their dreams. And if you have listened to the very first episodes of Join Up Dots you will remember that I had a very similar outlook to life. But do you need to hustle, or is it more about doing the right things, at the right time in a simplified manner? Well, todays guest is certainly hustling and also doing the right things at the right time, so he is well and truly on his way As he says “My entrepreneurial story began when I discovered that you could buy things for cheap and resell them for 10x… That’s how I started selling ice sticks when I was 8 years old in my neighborhood. I remember buying those ice sticks for $.05 cents a piece and selling them for a full $1! Believe it or not, I would sell anywhere from $40-$80 dlls in a single day. (Might not sound much to you, but for an 8 year old was definitely A FORTUNE!) After that, I’ve been jumping from business to business, tried all different industries I could, tested products in different niches, all trying to find what would really make me happy. And for many years, I’ve been focusing on how to generate more money. All my decisions have been based on increasing my income no matter what. However, I now feel I took the wrong approach to success… After a crazy 18-hr drive on a solo adventure road trip I did recently, I came to realize that there was a much easier and better way for me to succeed: To do what makes me happy and stop chasing the money, as money WILL CHASE ME! The result of this trip and of all the hours I meditated while looking at The Golden Bridge is me creating The Hustle Show, where I want to motivate 100s of entrepreneurs every week and to show the world that even though entrepreneurship is pretty damn harsh and cruel, it’s also extremely comforting.” So from his entrepreneurial beginnings offering the world sexy lingerie to bring the spark back into their marriages, what made him pivot to where he is today? And is success based on doing what you love, or providing to the world what they love instead? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Christian Arriola Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Christian Arriola such as: Christian shares how he struggled to believe in himself when younger, even though he looks back and realises much of it was just excuses. We discuss how much of the information that we see on line (especially FB and social media) is simply fake news, and why you MUST connect with people offline to get the real story. Why it is so important to know what your “own personal competition” is to benchmark your progress. Are you a better person than the day before is as good as you can hope for, and then work from that point. and lastly…. Christian reveals how he found himself in a dark mindset in his life, and the steps he took to climb out of the hole.  
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Shawn Stevenson
Shawn Stevenson is an online health expert, great communicator and worth listening to. Shawn Stevenson rocks this episode He is a man who seems to have cracked it big-time, and knows exactly what he was put on this planet to do. And his mission is to make us the healthiest version of what we can be and live an amazing life everyday But unlike so many of our guests who have a childhood that was less than perfect, his life started in a very different way. As he says in his own words “I spent the first half of my childhood in a quiet suburban neighbourhood with all of the love and attention that a child could ask for. I spent the second half of my childhood growing up in some of the most dangerous parts of the inner city, surrounded by gangs, drugs, alcohol, and violence on a daily basis. I was able to gain so much from both environments, and I’m truly grateful for the life I’ve been given. The situations I was in helped me cultivate perspective, resourcefulness, and (most importantly) the power of choice. However, it was in college that my entire world really changed. Not because of the education I was receiving, but because of the devastating illness that I was diagnosed with at the age of 20. Seemingly overnight I was in excruciating pain, I lost a great deal of function in my leg, and I could barely get from room to room in my house, let alone get around on campus anymore. Essentially, my spine was deteriorating far faster than it was supposed to. And according to my doctor at the time, I had the spine of an 80-year old person, even though I was just a young college kid.” And that was just the start of what would become life mission. Starting with getting himself healthy, he learnt so much that he could then share with the world. And now being the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides Wellness Services for both individuals and organizations worldwide, podcast host, and a dynamic keynote speaker life seems good…in fact very good. So does he see people struggle in life as they haven’t had the good and the bad, so aren’t aware of what they can deal with? And would he like to go back in time and change anything that has occurred whilst on this earth? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Shawn Stevenson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics as: How the opportunities we have to be able to build connections across the globe, shouldn’t be more important than the ones with the people closest to us. How he recalls being tod to fight as a child by his parents, and realises now what a gift he was given in a most peculiar example of parental love. The number one driving force of human beings is staying congruent with the ideas that they hold for themselves. How he remembers the first time that he got paid for his services….the grand sum of $7.00, and struggled to value his own worth in the transaction. And lastly…….. How his big dot in life was meeting his Mother in Law and realising that his life was going to be in the details. He needed to go deep and learn more than he thought possible. 
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Addicted
Being addicted to anything isn't fun. So why are we all addicted to the internet and being online? Well todays show on Join Up Dots is a solo show where your host David Ralph talks about his internet addiction, and the steps he is taking to break free from this common daily occurrence. So how many of us out there will put their hands up and confess to being an addict? Well most of us would say "No...we aren't addicted to anything" We are free to live our life away from the addictions that plague other people, because we wouldn't ever put ourselves into that position, but it's not true in any shape or form. As the majority of us are now dealing with internet addiction, where as soon as we wake up we start checking our feeds and notifications. Well just recently I spent a happy two weeks in the Caribbean celebrating the wedding of  my daughter Alicia, and made the decision to leave all my mobile devices at home. I wasnt going to think of Join Up Dots, or emails, FB notifications or anything else. I was going to live a life of freedom and fun. Thats going to be easy to do, I thought. But how wrong was I. Even though I am one of the rare people who do not own a phone, or mobile device, I am still surrounded by people that do. So there i was sitting around the beach and pool, trying my best to switch off from everything the world was checking their phones. And it made feel twitchy and restless. It made me want to grab one of their phones and say "Do you mind if I just check my emails please?" So how did i get to be addicted to the internet? How did it get to the point, that my stomach churned when I first opened my eyes? How did I become so "Unpresent" in my kids lives, simply because of my urge to get online? I have no idea, but in this episode I share the steps I am taking to break free from that, and get my life back on track. A life when I am not sitting in front of my pc everyday. waiting for the next bleep to occur. 
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Mindset
Mindset Training isnt normally linked to sobriety, but the One Year No Beer boys do things differently.  My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who a few years ago was living a life like so many people across the world. Working hard. Playing hard. And spending a lot of his money in the bars on a Friday night. But things have changed dramatically for him, not just in a health sense, but also in a professional and monetary sense too. He gave up drinking in the face of incredible peer pressure, thinking he would lose his edge as one of the Top brokers in the world but soon realized it was quite the opposite.   Spurred by this life changing experience he and his business partner,  Andy Ramage, another broker, have created the OYNB movement. Which for us all stands for One Year No Beer, where he inspires the world to look for a healthy way of living by speaking about improving all aspects of your life by changing your relationship with alcohol.   And now after 2 years alcohol-free he now drinks in total control. He is passionate about helping people change their relationship with alcohol using their 30, 90 & 365 day challenges and in the process discover mindset training in a different way. But what interests me as much as his personal journey, as this man is someone who quite obviously has the entrepreneurial spirit running through him, even though he has for the main part worked for companies throughout the United Kingdom. For example for three years he was the owner of Briaf Ltd, a Sales Outsourcing Agency, offering Telesales, Field Sales and Sales strategy for SME's in Edinburgh, before joining PVM Oil Associates as an employee again. What made this occur? Is this business still around or laying in the dust of failed enterprises? So many questions to be asked. But more importantly with his book One Year No Beer flying off the shelves at Amazon , members joining up for the challenge across the world, and bar owners puling their hair out for loss of profit, does he feel that this is the thing that he has been waiting for in his life? And how do you monetize a challenge which most people could just do on their own? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ruari Fairbairns Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ruari Fairbairns  such as: Why the world wants to have a life that is fun, whether you show it or not. How Rurai discovered that giving up on alcohol made his productivity go through the roof (as did his bank balance) Why Ruari uses video and email marketing to stunning effect, and how he remembers struggling to think of content to provide to his audience in the early days. and lastly…. Why a business opportunity does not need to be groundbreaking to be a success. It just needs to be what people want.  
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Freedom
Freedom, Freedom, Freedom....is what George Michael would sing, and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has done just that in his life. He has created freedom where other people see time restraints. He afforded me the honour of being one ofthe first guests on a new podcast he created several years ago. At that time he was a personal trainer and health club manager working in the Washington DC area, who through his day to day interactions with his clients could see that his skills would be perfect for the online world. But how do you take an idea and transition to the point that you can have clients across the world. Well first off all you have to get online, then you have to create an attractive offer, and then become visible to the right people. And this he did in startling effect as over the past ten years he has coached hundreds of clients to figure out the #1 limiting factor that holds people back from achieving great results in their life. He came to understand how to develop a strong mindset, and realised that this is usually the missing link to the success that people wanted Without a strong mindset you won’t be able to create better habits in your life, and without good habits you will never gain any serious momentum with your biggest goals. As he says “A few years ago, I started to feel like something was missing from my life. As much as I loved personal training, I felt a calling for something bigger. Wellness had made such a positive impact in my life & I felt obligated to pay it forward. I wanted to make a bigger impact and inspire more people. So what the heck was stopping me?​ The fear of sharing my voice with the world and potentially failing. I was terrified of falling short. In January 2015, my 25 year old brother tragically passed away. His death was the catalyst behind many big changes in my life & I decided it was my time to jump. The fear of failure becomes obsolete when you come to terms with the fact that none of us are promised tomorrow. Losing a family member makes you start asking yourself the questions that many people put off for a lifetime. I packed my bags, bought a one way ticket to San Diego and haven’t looked back since.” So why was he so scared at getting out there, and looking back was it a fear that was valid? And what is the biggest piece of advice he gives to the world, when they are looking to make changes in their own lives? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ian Ryan Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ian Ryan such as: Why Ian is focused on creating a world class retreat, and the steps he is taking to make this dream to happen. Why Ian moved to San Diego, for reasons that turned out to be so good for the spirit and the mind, and best of all surrounded himself with amazing entrepreneurs everywhere. How the world in our view needs to focus more on its addiction to 100% connectivity. We didnt have it a few years ago, so do we need it now? and lastly…. Why there comes a time in building an online business,when you realise that its time to step away from the pc and get out into the world…online and offline are the perfect combination. Freedom is what we talk about today.
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Mentor
Today’s guest is a man who started really making momentum in his life in the simplest of ways. He heard a quote that we have heard so many times in life, and more than once on Join Up Dots and this time he was ready for the message. At the beginning of 2014, he heard Jim Rohns quote, “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with” and found that this quote would transform his life! Since then, he has focused on surrounding himself with people who are where he wanted to be in 10-15 years, and what a difference it has made! And in just twelve months he has since seen his income slashed by 40% and being surrounded by the wrong people, to being directly advised by the CEO’s of major companies. And these are guys that are rocking and rolling and really doing amazing stuff, such as the CEO of the sports agency the movie Jerry Maguire was based, the founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation to name just two. But the great thing about this is that this isn’t a guy who has all the time in the world, as he doing all of us whilst holding down a steady job. So how has he done all of this and still managed to hold down his daily job? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Geoff Woods. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics as: How we have to find the domino in our life, where one push can knock many thousands of dominos and bring massive impact to our lives. How every person can go out and find a mentee that is at the top of their game, and provide the value back to them. You don’t need to be scared. Why it is so important to detach yourself from the outcome of what you are working towards, and simply get out there and try things. And lastly…….. How he remembers not feeling good at school, and being bullied but knows that it has taught him to be resilient in later life.  
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Young Entrepreneurs
Young Entrepreneurs is where we focus our attention in todays episode My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is one of the top young entrepreneurs ,battle hardened investor, seasoned trader, advisor to top brands and mentor to world class performers. His mission is to serve one million people, helping them create freedom and abundance by building assets, reclaiming their true resources, and creating a life they love to live. Now i'll be honest that was straight from his website, so how battle hardened is he? How many seasons has his young body gone through to get to this point of success in his life? Well, after a childhood filled with scarcity and hardship in many areas, he’s taken that pain and turned it into a deep desire to help nurture people. He has hustled, connected with the right people, and no doubt been knocked down and got up a few times to break free from that scarcity mindset and walk straight into a life of abundance with what seems a few missteps on the way. Leaving the University of Binghampton with a BA in Biology, he spent the first part of his career as an Emergency Medical Technician before after just one year deciding that a change was needed. He then worked as a Real Estate Agent in New York for another two years, until the entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and he started on the road to where he is today by founding Hartwood Capital. This also only lasted one year and he found himself working once more for someone else as the VP of sales at Open Drives in Santa Monica. And as we see time and time again, these perceived false starts were in fact giving him the skills to really make his mark, and were needed as much as the ongoing success. Now he is 100% self employed and on a mission to change lives across the globe. So with a world of wannabe entrepreneurs fighting through the scarcity mindset, is this the number one challenge that he faces in his business? And what was it, that finally hit home and made him realise what he should be doing in his life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Brad Hart. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with  such as: Brad shares a terrible story of how his father suffered a truck accident as a young child and how it changed the direction of his life. But in many ways he wouldn't be where he is today without it. Why it is so important to expand your vision to encompass more people in your life, By doing so you gain more than you could possibly know. Very wise words indeed. How Steve Jobs, Elon Musk created their own reality by creating their own rules. Something we can all do if we are only willing to accept the decisions to create are all in our own hands. and lastly…. Why the world needs to realise that there are so many opportunities around us, that we dont need to worry about competing with others. Do you think. Do it well. A provide the greatets value you can to your customers.  
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Publicity
Publicity can make or break a business. So how do you find the right publicity? Head to Krupp Communications. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a a lady with a three decade tale of hustle and persistence and undertstanding how the publicity machine works in all forms of media. And she still looks nineteen, so it must have been good for her. She is a twenty-five year veteran in branding, media, marketing, promotion and production in the entertainment industry, and has a proven track record of creating and executing innovative branding and marketing initiatives that build her clients’ businesses. In 1996, she launched Krupp Kommunications (K2), from her studio apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey, and sixteen years later, she is the CEO & Founder of a New York City-based award winning public relations, marketing, publicity and branding agency. As she says “Our clients typically share their wish for deeper engagement with their targets, a need to launch their newest ideas, or something along those lines. But once we dig deeper, they realize that what they really want is to motivate, inspire, persuade, inform and entertain – all so they can sell more to more people more often. We identify the difference that makes the difference and turn up the volume grabbing the ear of the media sharing your message through the noise to reach the masses. Here’s how it’s done:” She built now built K2 into an industry leader with a proven track record of creating and executing innovative branding and marketing initiatives that build her clients’ businesses and boost the publicity of what they offer. And this established success, as K2 has placed over 65 books on the New York Times bestseller lists, including #1 bestsellers The South Beach Diet and Jean Chatzky’s Pay It Down. So back in 1996, we had basic internet, and connectivity so how did she manage to create her business, as it was so very different than today? And is there anything that she would do differently that could have made a difference to where she has found herself? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Heidi Krupp-Lisiten Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Heidi Krupp-Lisiten such as: Why relationships and building rapport are as important in the business world as it is online, and why Heidi prides herself on the personal side of building a business. Heidi shares her first meeting of the motivational speaker Tony Robbins and how proud she is to see her friend bring his talents to the world. Why Heidi doesnt believe in the law of attraction although she 100% believes in setting intentional goals worked towards with integrity and honesty. and lastly…. Heidi shares her “big dot story” which ties up to her feelings of being adopted when she was just six weeks old. Great story! If you want more publicity in our business then publicity expert Heidi should be your first port of call 
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Decision Making
Decision making is hard, especially when you dont have all the information. But todays guest is a decision making master. He is the co-founder and CEO of Hireology. His mission to help business owners make better hiring decisions using predictive data and innovative technology. What this means, as far as I can see, and I am sure that our guest will tell me I am right or wrong on the show is instead of sitting down with someone and using the gut feeling of "I like this person, I could see them doing a good job in this company" you attract the right people by using cutting edge technology. Sending job positions through to mobile phones, attracting potential employees to your own bespoke company job board, wannabe employees do a series of tailored tests before even stepping foot in your business. You have the ability to take much of the manpower away from finding the good guys. And with old style hiring processes sitting at a miserable 50% success rate in finding the type of employees and company really wants then...you can see his mission to change things is needed across the world. Now personally you can see that today's guest has always been driven to change things for the better, he is nothing but driven (and of course very very busy it seems) After living in suburban Atlanta for 10 years, his family moved to the suburbs of Chicago in 1990 where he graduated from Crystal Lake South High School in 1994. He then received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double-major in History and Communications from the University of Illinois  before earning a master's degree in business administration from DePaul University, where he serves on the Board of Advisors for the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center. In  2010, he even placed himself as a Republican nominee and challenged for the Illinois Senate, representing the 7th district in the Chicago area. So where did he ignite his passion for changing the futures of people, through either job recruitment or in the wider political sense? And did he struggle like most entrepreneurs to get the ball rolling, or was the need he was aiming to fill simply crying out for his skills? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Adam Robinson. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Adam Robinson  such as: Adam recalls the times in his life when he had no money, scrabbled around for two cents in his life, and shares why it is was so fun to be creative with his decisions at this time. We talk about the times when a business goes wrong, and why more often than not looking back you can clearly see the mistakes that can be learned from. Why Adam is a firm believer that there are no decisions that define your life. Make the decision, move forward and learn from what went wrong and right. and lastly…. We discuss how even the greatest product is quite simply a dead duck without marketing involved, and why this doesn't need to cost a lot of money. decision making is what makes a life.
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Personal Trainer
Personal Trainer Toni Carey - How To Create An Online Trainer Program In Fitness Todays guest Personal Trainer joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has a huge mission in her life. And as we see all the time, when someone has a mission in their lives, they start influencing more and more people across the world to buy into that mission too. And that is certainly the case with todays guest, who is co-founder of Black Girls Run, a grassroots organization that encourages and inspires African-American women to live a healthy lifestyle. While currently serving at the helm of Black Girls RUN!, she is also a freelancer writer for Zelle (a Runner’s World publication) and a blog ambassador for Brooks Running. She has been named one of the “30 Black Bloggers You Should Know” by The Root, Essence Magazine’s and recently received Toyota’s Standing O-Vation Award presented at Oprah’s 2014 “The Life You Want” Weekend in Atlanta. But if you think this lady has all the time in the world to get these recognitions then think again, as most of this began when she was still a fulltime employee. She had the hustle muscle, and was willing to put in the out of hours effort that was required to to become the online trainer that she is today. So with a manta of “Do What You Love. Love What You Do.” does she find that the majority of people go “Yes, that’s what I want” and then do nothing about making that happen at all? And does she see what she has built so far just being the tip of the iceberg. and the true vision of what being an online trainer can become is starting to truly reveal itself? Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays free podcast, with the one and only Toni Carey   Show Highlights   During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Toni Carey such as: How she remembers being really productive at High School, and loved nothing more than having her fingers in as many pies as she can..taste testing the future. Why she reflects on the fact she has never worked in a job for more than two years, and believes that we must surrender to the situations that life throws at us. How she recalls being presented to Oprah Winfrey and being shocked when the main lady said “Hi I’m Oprah”….er, I think I know who you are she thought. And lastly…. How she sees that the big successes in life have come her way almost by accident, and when she forces the issue, things never go as well for her.  
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Persistence
Todays show is a solo show where your host talks about persistence, and how this is probably the most singularly most important thing you can possess in your life. Persistence is probably one of the most admirable characters a person can possess.  It’s the ability to be determined to do or achieve something regardless of any setbacks. Now everyone has the ability to set goals, and plans in their life. They set everything up to work perfectly (at least on paper) But once they get into the building process then they find that the words on the bit of paper aren't really working. There are obstacles appearing that they could never have planned for. And that is why persistence is such a vitally important skill that you just have to develop in your own lives. 6 Ways to Develop Persistence The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job. – Napoleon Hill Developing persistence is a master skill to success.  It is easier to relax and do nothing, or just live in our comfort zone, rather than face the uncertainty and discomfort of sailing thru our goals.  Plus, the idea of failure and hardship is unbearable. But if you want to create change in your life and achieve success, now is the time to develop and master persistence.  Here are six (6) ways to help you develop persistence: 1.  Identify Your Wants and Desires If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.  – Lawrence J. Peter Before you can develop persistence and eventually achieve success, you need to first identify your wants or desires.  You can do this by simply writing down specifically all the things you want to have or accomplish.  List down all your desires and wants, no matter how impossible they are to achieve in the moment. 2.  Determine Your Motivation Motivation comes from a deep reason why we want to achieve or have something.  If you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, it gives you more energy to keep moving. For an instance, you want to publish a book.  Creating a book takes time and patience.  If you don’t have enough motivation, a reason why you need to publish the book, you probably can never finish it.  But if you’re motivated by the thought of influencing and teaching millions of readers thru your words, only then will you keep pushing yourself to work on finishing the book. 3.  Outline Your Definite Action Step Identifying your wants or desires speaks of what you want to achieve.  Determining your motivation shows the reasons why you want to achieve what you want.  Outlining your definite action step is necessary to know how you will be able to achieve what you want. When you know how to get what you want, it makes it easier to achieve it.  To know how, it pays to do some research and planning of what needs to be done on your part.  Be specific on each step you need to take.  Identify at least two (2) ways and plans on how you can achieve your goals. 4.  Keep a Positive Mental Attitude The road to success is not easy, in fact, it’s challenging, this is why only few succeeds.  There will be countless times you will be face with defeat and failures that if you are weak, you’ll be succumbing to negative thoughts of fears and doubts. In order to develop persistence and eventually succeed in your endeavor, always maintain a positive mental attitude, regardless of situation.  Keep your thoughts focused on taking action towards your goals.  Avoid negative thoughts and feelings for it will ruin your concentration and persistence. 5.  Build Your Mastermind Group Mastermind Group composes of people who can help you succeed towards your goal.  Choose carefully who you will trust as part of your mastermind group.  If possible, include only those who can give you unbiased judgments and who has positive mental attitude.  You can’t afford wasting your time listening to cynical advices and pessimist people.  These types of people won’t help you succeed; instead, they will drown your energy that can eventually lead to failure. 6.  Develop Discipline and Habit All your goal-setting and planning will go to waste if you won’t be able to develop discipline and good habit. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn There will be a lot of hindrances that will stop you from moving towards your goal, and without proper discipline, it will be easy for you to sail away.  Upholding discipline and good habits can help you stay in the course, even despite difficulties.  
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Online Courses
Online Courses are what the world are delivering nowadays. And my guests today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview are a couple that know how to build online courses better than most people. They are a couple who quite simply, stopped looked at their life and then made it what they want. And with the greatest respect to both of them, and we will discuss this in the interview they are what you would call normal. A normal couple, with a normal lifestyle, normal kids but an extraordinary way of making decisions and enough of them to make things work the way they want. They are the owners of the Flipped Lifestyle business, where through their own mistakes, successes and consistency they now teach people the route to success in their own business. They teach how to create businesses that work around a family instead of the other way. As they say "In 2012, on a rare day off work, Shane stumbled across a podcast about regular people changing their lives through online business. We started brainstorming about how we could do this too, and started a couple of websites just to see what happened. No one could have prepared us for what happened next. In just a few short months, we were able to make thousands of extra dollars each month through online business. Just one year later, we surpassed the five figure mark in online sales for a single month. When our August 2013 sales surpassed $36,000, we decided it was time to stop working for someone else and start living for our family." And now with sales in excess of one million dollars all earned online, they travel the globe, in their shorts and sneakers, smiling broadly from ear to ear, as there community of wannabe entrepreneurs grows their smiles with them. So looking back on their lives as hard working teachers, do they think that the ability to change a life so dramatically is more down to mindset or talent? And was it really a rocket ship to success they launched, with a doubt that it would fail? Or did they go through the same issues as the rest of us? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Shane & Jocelyn Sams Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Shane & Jocelyn Sams  such as: Why freedom means so much to both Shane and Jocelyn certainly more than money can ever do, which is a surprise to so many people that they meet. Jocelyn shares why both her and Shane decided to become teachers, and how they were actually quite content in their lives, but now see that they had given control of their lives away. Why you don't have to be an expert to sell online products, instead you actually only have to present it to the people on the road behind you. and lastly…. Shane talks about the first 11 cents that he earnt online and how he was so excited he literally jumped out of bed and jumped up and down knowing his life had changed forever.  
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Dream Jobs
Dream jobs is what everyone wants, and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the founder and publisher of Mac’s List. helping people find the dream jobs that they will love. His platform Mac’s List is now the premier resource for connecting passionate, creative professionals to meaningful and creative work throughout Oregon and Washington, with a growing monthly outreach to more than 80,000 people. Prior to moving to there in 1991, he lived in Massachusetts where he was legislative and media relations director for the state Office for Refugees and Immigrants, the first public information officer for Boston’s “Big Dig,” and a researcher in former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy’s first Congressional campaign. But this was of course a stepping stone to where he is today the recognized expert on job hunting and career management. Throughout the years our guest and his team’s mission has always remained the same: to help people find rewarding, interesting jobs that pay decent salaries and to help employers find the best possible candidates for those jobs So whether you are looking for your first dream job, a better dream job or just want to manage the direction of your career, Mac’s List offers the resources you need to make it happen. In addition to Mac's List, he also runs Prichard Communications, a registered B Corp creative agency that works with top-tier foundations, nonprofits and purpose driven brands across the country. So was this a business driven by his desire to help people change their lives or simply a gap in the market he could see needed to be filled? And where do people go wrong when looking for a job? Is it not knowing themselves well enough, or the company that they are hoping to enter? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mac Prichard. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mac Prichard such as: Why it is so important to be able to delegate in your business, as this is a brilliant way of scaling your business. The owner must be allowed to do what they do best. Why knowing your goals is the first thing that people need to be focused on when going for a job. Don't take the job without knowing what you want to get out of it. The second thing is looking for a company that interests you.....make sure you connect with people inside that organization to find out what its like on the inside before you ever go for the interview. and lastly…. The issue that surrounds the job market place, where 80% of jobs are never being posted to the world.  Recognise that most jobs are filled by word of mouth and start networking.  
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Real Estate
My interview today on the Join Up Dots free business podcast is a lovely lady who was kind enough to allow me to spend time with her on her own show Freedom Academies.....Turbo Charge Your Success. Now during our conversation it was clear to me that this was a lady that I needed to get on Join Up Dots, as she has a story that shows all the characteristics that we find in the succesfull. She has motivation. She has hustle And alongside her business partner Laura West, a few years ago found themselves homeless The business they ran together was going south and they were exhausted. They had no option at all but to move into two rooms in the office. They had a problem that most business owners have at one time or another. They were very good at that they did, but nobody knew about it. Thye couldnt get their talents out into the world. They started researching business growth systems, high performance ‘gurus’, wealth creation experts and all the investment strategies they could get there hands on. Within twelve months they had a property portfolio worth over $2,000,000 that they had bought with others people’s money. More importantly the income from that property was double the income from their business that they had spent years building up! They also applied all the business knowledge they had gained, transformed their business and went on to sell it! They did all of this while being homeless, using the leisure centre across the road to shower and working 80 hours per week. They were at such a rock bottom that they had the ability to create huge freedom of choice in their lives. So was it just that the dots joined up, the time became right for them to flourish? Or was it more to do with the undertanding that upskilling your knowledge is the way to go. Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only property entrepreneur Kemi Egan  
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Entrepreneurial
So entrepreneurship seems really fun? And you want to be an entrepreneur but you are too scared hat you don't have the skills to be one? Well thats not a surprise after all. as an entrepreneur is a super powerful individual that has skills that the normal man just cant possess. They need less sleep than you and me. They don't even need to stop and eat like you and I do. They are the supreme beings, controllers of their own destiny and able to cast a shadow across the world and the rest of us. That is of course the perception of what an entrepreneur is, or at least so many people want you to think that....but it's rubbish. And entrepreneur at its heart, is someone who is willing to try to do something. Accept failure. Accept risk, and go again. These are super powers by any stretch of the imagination. These are things that we all posses, if want to posses them. They are in all of us. I'll give you an example.....and this example is going to be about me the host of Join Up Dots. When I started the show, all I could do was turn on the microphone and talk. And even that small action I had to learn. Did I call myself an entrepreneur? Of course I didn't as I didn't know the first thing about it. But I knew how to take a risk and give something a go. I knew how to minimise the downside and try to maximize the upside (in this case not spend a lot to get going, but try to make some cash as some as possible) And that is what I have done, and little by little I am making more cash and having a lovely life. Now not for one moment would I call myself an entrepreneur. What I would call myself is someone who is willing to have a go, and work hard at something. No super powers at all, just pure, down to earth work ethic and persistence. So if you dont think you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, dont be one. Call yourself anything but give it a go, and you will be amazed at what you achieve in your life.  
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Success
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who first appeared on the show back on episode nine of Join Up Dots.  As we spoke about on the first show, some people are born to make money. Others are born to provide value to others. Our guest today was born to do both. From his early days in school, he knew how to hustle, zigging whilst others zagged, zoning in on opportunities whilst others looked the other way. He made money as a young man, and knew that this was the way he wanted his life to be. But life in school is I suppose “Childs play” compared to what is in store when the high school bell rings for the last time, and your thrust out into the big wide world to fend for yourself. Our guest knew this and before even leaving high school, was creating a path that would lead him to where he is today. By enrolling into an MLM course, he learnt the skills of rapport building and developed the ability to create connections with people from all forms of life. This is probably the most important skill that any entrepreneur could hope to have. But although a huge step in the right direction, he was making very little money, so knew he had to take a step into the unknown and accept a level of risk that he hadn’t before. This risk came when he realised that there was opportunities galore in real estate, and before long, with a huge list of tenants paying him rent from properties he owned, he was a paper millionaire. Not bad for someone only in the 20’s. However the phrase “Learn to expect the unexpected” could have had been a very useful mantra to have, as boom time literally disappeared overnight. In 2008 the real estate crash occurred, and forced our guest into bankruptcy. Despondent, depressed and broke, he had two choices.. One to say goodbye to the good life and settle into a life of “What Ifs” and “Broken Dreams” Or he could fight back, and restore himself to previous glories. Well after after rebuilding his millionaire net worth he’s achieved a higher minded psychology, greater financial freedom, and full awareness of the science of creating Success From Scratch™. He now currently teaches students across the globe how to create entrepreneurship time freedom with his program. (Alphahomeflipping.com) And with this incredible bounce-backability he has put all his learnings and strategies into his second published book, Success From Scratch™ Mental Strategies for Success in a Survival of the Fittest Environment available now at Amazon. So is he truly at a place now, where the hustle has been replaced with fun and enjoyment, or can he never leave behind the “What if i lose it all again” mentality? And why did he feel the need to put his knowledge into words again, when there are many many such similar books sitting covered in dust on the book shelves of the world? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Nick Ruiz.   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Nick such as: Why feelings are so important to be aware off as you proceed to build your own future. Excitement is key to pointing the way to the gold. Nick shares how  monetizing your passion could well be dangerous and should be considered fully before entering into its pursuit. Why so many people fail to celebrate or reward themselves after achieving goals, and why this is so a huge failure for continued success. and lastly…. Nick and I discuss the power of rough draft moves and how he believes this is the key to all success.  
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Impossible
Doing the impossible can quite often seem a step too far for most people. But my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who seems loves doing the impossible more than anything. He is kind of normal from the outside, but did deeper and you can see a world changing mission. One side of the fence is a coach, and a very successful one at that. He has has helped clients create multimillion pound investments from nothing, he has coached CEO’s to build thriving companies, philanthropists to set up charities, couples to conceive and lovers to start fantastic relationships. He has helped the intrepid to change jobs, change careers and even change countries. He has helped entrepreneurs to find their dream companies and senior executives to earn promotion to the Board. He is dedicated to serving extraordinary people in recreating their lives beyond recognition. Which is of course powerful stuff for sure but then you see the standout journey that he is on. At least it is for us at Join Up Dots. In 2015 he created the impossible busting Chicken shit foundation, which was created to honour and fulfill the legacy of Rafael Bejarano Rangel, who was tragically killed in Egypt, to bring empowerment, education, and transformation to all people through music, laughter and compassion, and to help re-awaken waning or lost indigenous traditions and support their sustainability and survival through the youth of the world. They accomplish their mission by enrolling the support and voices of Chicken-Shits (ie. those who need to believe in themselves more, even if it’s just at certain times with certain people, and who would benefit from taking stock of the gifts and talents they posses that the world is hungry for, and then sharing accordingly.) Our current projects include building schools in Liberia West Africa and for a community in Mexico as well as youth empowerment and preservation of indigenous traditions among youth around the world. They do this by fund raising, mentoring, providing leadership and raising awareness and through building a global community. Big stuff is going on in this mans life so it is a delight to have him on the show. But what made this English man do something, very un-english, and peer his head over his own garden fence and start to make a difference to others across the world? And does he look back and think, I wished I had started this earlier or did it appear at the perfect time for him to be able to achieve his aims? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Simon Crowe  
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Better Sleep
Sleep and getting enough sleep can be such a huge issue for us all. Which is why Christine Hansen built a whole business around getting sleep into our lives. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who the majority of the world need to get into contact with at sometime or another. She is a sleep expert who over the last years has positioned herself as the go to person to help you drift off into a pleasant, restful and recharging sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. As she says “I understand that sleeping, while on sleep medication isn’t really sleeping. I understand that falling asleep, but then having to lie awake for hours in the middle of the night isn’t really sleeping, and I understand that waking up just as tired as when you went to bed isn’t really sleeping either” So hands up….come on people be honest “How many of you have fallen into one of these sleep patterns over the last few years?” Yep, I know that I have, so how has our guest managed to find the solution to something that plagues all of us at one time or another. And the answer is, she has been on a journey of self discovery, upskilling and putting herself and her knowledge out there Starting her journey as an English teacher in Luxembourg, she had a pretty standard career for a few years until she got to the point when her interest in corporate coaching and sleep patterns became too much to ignore. And she took the leap of faith, leaving her career in education in 2015 to start something new and inspiring. And since then with a huge amount of hustle, commitment, perseverance and of course struggle she has built her hugely successful business coaching successful and career driven women (and inspiring men) on how to get a solid nights’ sleep allowing them to wake up refreshed, with more energy, and ready to tackle their legacy and personal life. So how has she managed to do all this whilst still getting a good nights sleep herself? And is it as simple as learning to switch off form everything that needs to be done, or much more than that? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only, my favourite sleep expert ever Christine Hansen Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Christine Hansen such as: Why its so important for us all to find the best time to create our work. Do you need an early start, or work late. Its up to you to find the time that works. How focusing in on her spider senses is such an important way to operate in business, as more often than not the bad decisions full to the wayside. How she knew that her sleep business was a great idea simply by demand. Every business needs to solve a problem for people, so look around and find a solution. How sleeping is a habit that we can create, so we must look at everything we do on our way to bed to see if it is adding to the problem. and lastly…. How she feels that her job is a secret boyfriend in her life that her husband knows all about…and she want to run and spend time with it as much as she can.
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Fun
Fun Fun. Fun is what we all want. And on todays show we discuss fun and how you can bring fun into your life, even when you think that there is no chance. You might be working in a factory. You might be working in a stuff office environment, when the last thing that the boss wants is you to have fun, when business needs to be dealt with. All of us want to have fun. But what does this mean, exactly? For some people, for example, fun is about getting wasted by taking drugs, drinking alcohol, or maybe just staying up very late at night. Fun is making the task you are doing as enjoyable as possible by being playful, creative and foolish. What we mean is fun is learning how to enjoy wherever you are and whatever you are doing, no matter how stupid it seems to be. This is a hard one for many people, but it is a key to having fun.   The idea is to make anything fun, no matter how weird or dumb it is, if you look at it right.   You don’t have to go anywhere, get drunk, or do anything like that to have fun.   That is the key here. You can be humorous, upbeat, positive and happy no matter what other people choose around you.   They can all be depressed and sad, and you can have a different attitude.   This creates fun in anyone, in any situation. You can see the humor.  You can see that people are strange, but not freak out or space out like most people do in this situation. Now, if someone or something is definitely making you very unhappy, then try to change the situation, go home, go away, do something else to change it as best you can. But for anything you do in life, you can certainly have fun and enjoy the process. And why, my friends I ask you would you not to do just that? As the Beachboys said "And she had fun, fun, fun till her Daddy took the T-Bird Away!!  
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Podcasts
Podcasts are hot business at the moment. In fact podcasts have never been more popular and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who not only is in the same game as me, but he has his fingers on the pulse of what is hot, what is good, and what in podcasting should be left as an idea and not actually brought out to the worlds ears. He is the Head of Content at Spreaker, is former EVP/CTO at PodcastOne.com and former Content and Business Manager for Podcasts/TV at Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Zune. He currently hosts the SpreakerLiveShow.com podcast Wednesdays at 3pm PST and co-hosts NewMediaShow.com/live Saturdays at 9am PST/Noon ES. Which is of course very impressive, but even more so especially to someone like me is the fact that he is a veteran in the field, starting his  WebTalk World Radio Show in 1999, recognized as the first nationally syndicated radio program in the world to begin podcasting on Sept 15th, 2004. and has been working in the podcasting field since. Now this is pre-google, pre-iTunes, and pre the world that we now take for granted. He is a lover of the format of podcasting. Is a master at his game. And is focused on raising the standards of content creators across the world. And if that isn't something to make you licks your lips and salivate what about this fact! He is also a Guinness World Record Holder for creating the worlds largest glass of Florida Orange juice. So what was it that really excited him about stepping behind the microphone and getting his words out to a world, that perhaps was not ready to consume content in such a way? And is podcasting something that he sees as a great business model, or just a passing fad, waiting to join the Rubik cube, cabbage patch dolls, and the pet pebbles in the craze hall of fame? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Rob Greenlee   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rob Greenlee such as: Rob shares the steps that he took  to create his podcasting career, which led from a love of marketing to putting his words into the worlds ears. Rob shares why so many podcasts struggle with gaining an audience that will reach out to them and gives tips how to build an engaged audience. and lastly…. Why it is so important to start a business from the basis of giving value before you ever start to look to getting any back  
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Fear
Fear, fear and more more fear is what we discuss with my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview. He iss a man that i am proud to call a friend. Im not sure he would say the same about me, but I guess we will discover this through the show. He is the head honcho at Natural Born Coaches, where he supports, nurtures and sometimes gives a kick to coaches across the world who need a little help in building their businesses. And what I love about this guest, as you will see in the show it looks like he has really found his thing in life and looks like it was always on the cards. But as he says "After a decade of success in my past life (real estate,) I went through business closure and challenges that would have caused most to give up. How did I get back on track? With the help of coaches! After years of being a lone wolf, and being proud of “going it alone,” I experienced the power of coaching first-hand, and it really made a difference. So when I was ready to go back into business, I knew that I wanted to be a coach. I wanted to help others like I’d been helped. I dove in and became a coach, and discovered what every new coach learns when he gets into this business … it’s not easy! Jumping into the coaching business (for small business owners), he created the programs that he would use with his clients, established systems, printed business cards, launched his website, a blog, the social media, and waited for clients to start beating down his door. They didn’t! So he started prospecting harder every day. By reaching out to people in his target market, he got consultations and some clients (but too many that I was working with at discounted rates, or even worse, for free!). It was a frustrating situation. So when I finally got it rolling, I knew that I didn’t want other coaches to go through the same growing pains that I did." And now with his podcast rolling into the 500 plus episodes, and people now beating down his door for coaching advice, does he look back and think "Man, I made it truly hard for myself!" And what was the key that finally opened the door to get the whole things going? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots once more, with the one and only Mr Marc Mawhinney. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Marc Mawhinney such as: Why Marc feels that it is great to start building communities as soon as you possibly can, as its easy to do, very cheap, and builds connections like wildfire. Why there is a right way and wrong way to reach out to people, and the big two mistakes that Marc believes that everyone keeps on making. Keep Moving Forward is such a powerful mantra for life, for entrepreneurs and for anyone wanting a new future. There is nothing that will stop you 100% in your tracks...just keep moving forward. and lastly…. Why Marc feels that so many coaches need to get over their own personal fears and issues before they start marketing their own services to the world. You can't hide behind a glossy website if you haven't got your own act together.  
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Job Search
Job Search time is hard. You know what you want to do, but nobody gives you the chance to do it. Which makes todays guest entrepreneur so inspiring. As in stead of keeping on the job search odyssey she went and built it herself. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has a background in a background in engineering, marketing and management. Which has lead to her creating a business around…. ill let you think about if for a little while……lead generation, personal branding, communications, public speaking, social media marketing, and digital marketing. Yeah you didn’t see that coming did you? And I guess neither did our guest today, but it is true to say that at her core she has creativity flooding through her veins As she says ” I was always an artist and writer at heart, but thought that when starting the job search marketing was the best way to make a living doing something that required creativity. After a few years working in an insurance company, I realized that the corporate environment wasn’t for me, and thats when I made tough decision to leave the comfort zone of my corporate job, forget about another job search and start my own business.” But her adventure had a rough start. There were many unknowns, including her ultimate job search mission. Which is the amazing part of what Join Up Dots has become for so many people across the world. It is where belief grows into action, and action grows into whatever you want for yourself. You cant see the real dream right at the very beginning, you just have to find out the vague direction that you want to go in, and then start walking. So how did our guest manage to meander her way through the obstacles and create something amazing for her, her clients and of course the world? And when she looks back does she have those “Man, what was I thinking…I could do it so much quicker now” thoughts? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Cloris Kylie Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Cloris Kylie such as: How life is built around moments and situations that are terrible and out of control, but you just cant get to where you want to be without them. Why you should be very aware of who you are working for, so that you can build products that are needed before creating them….make sure you fill the need before anything.. Why Cloris believes firmly that we should spend more time looking back on the progress of what we have achieved than beating ourselves up about what we need to do in the future. How she believes that in the early days she had a small mindset that needed to be shook up so that she could truly start to be the person that she was born to be. And lastly…. How without two horrible Managers (who are named on the show) she wouldn’t be in the position that she is today….thank you Managers, but you were still bad people!!!   A Job Search when you want to be inspired, happy and motivated can be hard, so why not stop the job search and build the dream yourself?  
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Faith
Faith, a faith a faith, you've got to have faith. Words supplied by the late and great George Michael, who told us all back in the eighties that no matter what we do in our lives we have to have faith. And that is what we talk about in today's episode of Join Up Dots Faith and most importantly having business faith. Let's get something straight right from the very beginning but when you start growing your business, so many people will tell you that its luck that you need. Yeah, you were so lucky that you found yourself in that position Oh, wow, how lucky was it that you went to that conference and met that business partner! Well let's get this clear when growing your business it's not about LUCK, It's about FAITH. How much do you have? Let me give you some examples of what I mean: * When we get on a plane we have the FAITH it is going to fly! * When we go to bed we have FAITH that in the morning there will be light! * When we leave our house we have the FAITH that it will be there when we return. 90% of our daily activities are solely based on our faith and belief. If we had no faith, we wouldn't even be able to get out of bed in the morning. Faith fuels our very being; yet when it come to getting clients and building our business it seems that there is a faith shortage. If we hold a workshop and one person shows, then we tell ourselves we have the wrong niche. If the first 10 people we speak to say no to our service, we convince ourselves that we hate marketing. Where is the faith? A good friend shared this wonderful analogy with me this weekend about business building... If am handed 10,000 oyster shells and told 10 have a million dollar pearl... I begin to open them. Phew. Oysters are hard to open. 1, 2, 3, 4...Ah. Sill no pearl. Shoot. 5, 6. I cut my hand. This is really hard. 7, 8, 9, 10. Still no pearl. So frustrating. This is a stupid idea. There are no pearls in any of these. I hate oysters. I don't even want a million dollars. And before you know it, there is no faith. Faith is tested when things get hard, when we are afraid, and when our perfectly laid plans aren't so perfect. True faith is continued belief in the face of adversity. True faith is when you have every single reason in the world to have NO faith, especially in business. So, here is how you hold on and keep faith the center of your business development: 1) Be clear about what you want. Faith wavers when it is uncertain what to claim. Claim what you want. 2) Stop being realistic. 3) Stop looking for the results. Not your job. They will come. Your job is faith, action, repeat. 4) Know that our faith will be constantly tested. You pass the test when you continue to believe.  
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Health Business
Heath and business is what takes up my guests todays life. He is a man who classes himself as Part CEO, part personal development wonk and part biohacker info geek. Built from his background of businessman, television producer, filmmaker and author he would also class himself as 100% self-confessed serial entrepreneur,, He began his life journey in Colorado (via Wisconsin), where he studied marketing at the University of Colorado. He then graduated from Chadwick University with a BA in environmental studies, then went on to attend graduate school at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied intellectual property law. But it would seem to me that his life, at least where he was always heading started for earnest in 1999 when he started the health food business Steviva. Answering the need of food companies to manufacture products lower in sugar (and to adhere to new health based FDA disclosure guidelines), Steviva offers a wide range of industrial-size, high-quality clean-label sweetening systems for food manufacturers, plus smaller, pack-size sweetening options for health-conscious consumers. Through Steviva, our guests goal is to eliminate metabolic disease, one meal at a time. As he says "I founded Steviva Ingredients as a result of my passion for health, business, community service and environmental advocacy. My company was inspired by and follows the world renowned engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and management consultant Professor W. Edwards Deming's principles of constant improvement in product and customer service. My company ensures the highest possible standards for quality control and food safety. This drives everything we do." And isn't that how all success is made? Constant improvement over a period of time, leading to something amazing, rewarding and valuable to ourselves and the world. You start small, and work hard until the world starts to take notice. So was the entrepreneurial vibe born in him or constructed piece by piece by everyday of his working life? And living in a country that is known for its ample portions, sauces, relishes and other additions has it been easier to build his company, or more difficult because of the environment of food loving? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr Thom King. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Thom King such as: How he came to the realisation that he loves the moments of pain in his life, as this is the area of greatest growth. Thom shares an amazing story of how he came to find recognition from his father, something that he was so grateful for especially after his father passed away. Why he feels that so many people have a ceiling attached to their mindset which they could just blast through, as long as they look around and see what others are doing. and lastly…. Thom shares his childhood dreams of being in the entertainment industry, although he never truly felt it was possible. A mindset ceiling that he never truly managed to breakthrough.  
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Being Boss
Being boss and an entrepreneur, when you are a lady is sometimes hard, especially when you have children and stuff. However my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the CEO and Founder of Boss Mom, entrepreneur Dan Malstaff. She is a mother, author, business strategist, podcaster, blind spot reducer, and movement maker. She is the author of Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro, and with over 9,000 students in various courses and over 10 years of experience in content creation, community building, and business strategy, she grew the Boss Mom brand into a six figure business in less than a year. But was this always a success that was on the cards, or did she go through the same struggles, guilt and burnout that most new entrepreneurs find themselves in as there fledgling business grows and they become boss. Well certainly the life of a thriving entrepreneur certainly didn't seem on the cards as she pursued her education both in Dijon in France and the Indiana University where she studied Broadcast Journalism. Instead upon completing her studies, she entering employment with the Lowdendal Group, and Quantum Of Health, but it wasn't until she quit her job and got pregnant that the first dots of what has become today's mission really raised themselves. How do you build a business, whilst supporting a new baby? How do you build a business, whilst being a wife, lover, friend, best friend, and all the other hats that ladies wear nowadays? With the "Why cant we have our cake and eat it" ideology, Boss Mom was created to do two things. First, to help dramatically shift the mindset of ladies across the world in how they see themselves, and your role as a mother, entrepreneur, wife, daughter, friend and more. An epic shift that will allow them to see how they can be amazing in each of these roles without sacrificing the others. And second, to guide them through a new way of thinking about how they integrate their family life with their entrepreneurial life. Giving a plan that can be implemented that will make her clients world feel a little easier. So would she say that she was a reluctant entrepreneur or one that was always waiting to go out and blaze big across the world? And what would be the biggest learning she has gained from growing a business from scratch? Well lets find out as bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Dana Malstaff Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Dana Malstaff such as: How how she created a business that she loves and wakes up every morning, due to the people that she has hired or work with., Why Dana believes that accepting the rough times in one life on the way to becoming the boss, is a great way of finding the things that you truly love. You need the crap to really heighten your focus on the gold. Why you should never do things in your life that mean you are losing money. Delegate as much as you can, so you can earn the big stuff. and lastly…. Why its a great idea to get drunk in a pub, with a recorder and ask the big questions in life. You will be astonished to see how much truth comes out when you listen back to it all.  Check her out at Boss Mom. com where female entrepreneurs thrive    
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Career
Career advice is everywhere. But never will you find better than from todays career expert Rikki Hansen. She is an expert in helping people from across the globe transition in their careers and find work that is amazing everyday. Todays guest is a lady who can call herself a true lady of the globe. Coming originally from Denmark, she grew up in the Scandinavian countryside clambering around the hills and fjords happily, until moving to Paris for three years to live in the capital of romance and culture. But now she calls the UK home and has been living in London since 1996. Yep, we have adopted her as one our own. And she has appeared to flourish whilst living in London, as her career went from strength to strength, as she worked hard on a career in Human Resources for companies such as Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Shell. But it is ok to have a career that is on the ascendency , well actually it’s a great thing, but when you have a career that is going well, but you want to do your own thing, then it can feel quite differently. And our guest knew that her path was going to change She had always wanted to start her own career change consultancy, so in 2005 did just that, and quit her well paid job to go it alone. She walked away from the consistent monthly salary, and started flexing her hustle muscle on a daily basis. And now as she says on her business site “I have a knack for quickly connecting with people and drawing them out thereby helping them understand how they can translate their unique personality, skills and interests into a career or business on their terms. Combining my experience of career coaching over 500 clients, 8 years+ of owning my own business and a background in HR, I can offer you the practical know-how, motivation and confidence to actually make your career change or business idea happen!” So lets find out how this Scandinavian lady came to leave the glorious Danish countryside, to live in the English Capital? And does she see a need for more and more assistance to be offered to wannabe entrepreneurs nowadays, than compared to when she started back in 2005? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Rikke Hansen. Show Highlights During the episode we discussed such weighty topics such as: Why she believes that so many people spend more time looking around them for answers than within themselves. How she feels that she isn’t different, nut more aware of who she should be….and that is a game changer. How you need to create a crack in your life to allow the passion in. Otherwise it wont stand a chance of finding you. Why Steve Jobs words are so true, and the world has become even more ziggy-zaggy than ever before. And lastly….. “Live your life like everything around you is rigged” is a great way to achieve what you want in life.   
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Happiness
The 5 Stages of Happiness “One has to spend so many years in learning how to be happy.” – George Eliot Happiness is very intriguing, the reason why many philosophers who have gone before us have endeavored to explain it. Or why researchers like Jennifer Aaker has studied how we can calibrate what we think make us happy in five life- stages. Discovery during childhood and adolescence, pursuit in our mid-twenties, balance in our late twenties and early thirties, meaning in our late thirties and forties, and savoring from our fifties on. They say that our sense of happiness dynamically changes throughout life and to ever think at any stage that our progress is finished is a folly. Happiness is never static. Our contentment tells us how happy we are. And with changing wants and needs and varying levels of mental maturity, our happiness lies absolutely on us. Happiness is subjective. What made you happy before does not guarantee your happiness in the future. One must adapt and learn. And so in todays episode of Join Up Dots we talk about the five stages of happiness and how no matter what we think....happiness is a choice we make and it starts within in. So here are the five stages that we have gone through when we are at our happiest. 1: Try to remove all comparison from your life It is a killer in our search for happiness, that we spend so much time looking at what other people are doing on social media. And more often than not it's not true and they are only showing us the good stuff that they want us to to see. So don't worry about what other people are doing in their lives and just focus on your own stuff and believe me you will be so much more happy. 2: Free from your heart from hatred A happy heart is a loving heart, and the world will want us to fill it with hatred and anger, Someone cuts you up in your car, and then blames you with a rude finger gesture. Someone makes some cheeky comment that they thought was a joke, but you didn't like. Well to be happy in our lives we have to look at forgiving these things and just accepting everything for what it was. A moment of turmoil in your life and not worth dragging around for a second more of what its worth,....and thats nothing. 3: Live Simply Happiness and living happy can come together so much more quickly if we just look at removing ourselves from lives stresses. Do we need the car that has the monthly repayments or the cable tv that we hardly ever watch? Do we need to go out for meals twice a week, and then have a huge credit card bill each month to pay off? Probably not, and happiness can come together quite quickly when we decide to focus on the things that make us happy, dont cost a lot and are simple. It could be sitting in the garden with some friends, instead of going out in the evening to the pub. It could be just going to the movies, but not spending a fortune on cokes, popcorn and food as well. You will be amazed at how much you are spending that doesn't truly make you happy. Its just something that you are doing each month, day or week. Live simply and let happiness come to you. 4: Give More There is a truth in life that giving a present makes us happier than receiving. It's the giving that makes all the difference. So when was the last time that you did something for someone else, just to make them happy? Probably quite awhile ago, as we are so wrapped up in our own lives doing what we need to do first and foremost. So lets start looking for happy in our lives 5: Expect Less If you can operate in a world, where you accept what life is bringing you, instead of setting such high goals that disappointment is always lurking then the happier you will be. This is the truth, and it doesnt matter who you are, or what you have achieved in life...happiness is never connected with an outcome. We think it is, but that is wrong. So do your best, enjoy yourself and realise that whatever happens, it is exactly what you was supposed to be getting.  
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Compound Effect
Compound Effect is so amazingly powerful, and ,my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who uses it daily. He overcame adversity, lost nearly 100 pounds, ran a marathon, dramatically changed his diet and created an approach to help others live a better life, every day. He calls it the Do a Day method and through his book flying off the shelves of Amazon and other good book stores, and his thriving online business he now shows us the steps to doing this. Changing our lives by small, doable steps, leading to overcoming the impossible, instead of tackling huge challenges head on which just wear us out. Now this wasn't a process that was obvious to our guest right from the start, although it is true that although ingrained in the corporate world, he has certainly had a foot in the entrepreneurial motivational camp right from the start Leaving Bowdoin College with an AB in Economics, Chinese and Philosophy, he started work as a Senior Associate Consultant at Liberty Mutual, before going back to school to get an MBA in Business. From then on he tackled many different positions for a multitude of companies leading to holding the Executive Vice President Head of Claims for Hiscox Insurance down in Atlanta. And you can see the ambition clearly as he climbed quickly the corporate ladder. all the time balancing the work ethic with keeping his personal and physical side on an even keel. He has faced challenges in life, such as obesity, depression, work stress, the responsibilities of parenthood, the potential of losing his wife to illness, and more. And he struggled, like anyone else. But as we see on Join Up Dots every-time, through that struggle, he learned the secret to not just overcoming any individual challenge, but creating a life of achievement, happiness and harmony. Do a Day will free you of the burden and judgement of yesterday‘s choices, while relieving you of the pressure of what tomorrow may bring. By teaching you how to identify your true motivation and how to use that to focus on what you have to do today, Do a Day will help you change your life. So is he now 100% entrepreneurial of does he see a combined approach to his workload going forward? And what has been the biggest learning from living the life that he has had so far? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Bryan Falchuk. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Bryan Falchuk such as: How he has managed to juggle so many things in his life, to get his business running, even whilst working a fulltime job. Why Bryan never gives answers to someones problems, as he is a great believer that the individual has to work out the answers himself. We discuss why it is so hard for anyone to kick start their lives, as they really have to dig down and understand their own personal self value first. and lastly…. Bryan shares an amusing story about a veggie burger that emphasises that no matter how a life seems from the outside, people still have to deal with the little annoyances.   
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Book Publishing
Book publishing is really hot at the moment with many people trying to find th book publishing fastrack to Amazon success. Well my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Julie Broad, a lady spinning many different plates at one time. And I guess that is when a entrepreneur really comes into their own and this guest does it better than most with the ability to both diversify in the subjects that they are passionate about. She is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author and International Book Award winner, recipient of the Top 20 under 40 award for Vancouver Island, a successful entrepreneur, recognized real estate investor and a popular speaker and workshop trainer. She’s been speaking on stages large and small across Canada since 2009, sharing her simple and strategic systems for having more impact & influence in your life and business. She’s appeared as a guest on numerous news programs including CTV, Global TV, DayTime Ottawa and CFax 1070 and featured in publications such as Yahoo!Canada, Entrepreneur.com, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Sun and The Vancouver Province. She is also a regular contributing writer for Canadian Real Estate Wealth’s Magazine. But once gain as we have seen recently on Join Up Dots, where she really comes into her own is by having the ability to tell stories that converts information into sales. She’s an expert on helping people who aren’t naturally born to sell, get results, make an impact and ultimately make more money (for their company and for themselves!). Sharing proven techniques for better communication, productivity and persuasion, She always leaves people inspired, excited and with clear steps to take action immediately. So out of all the things that fill her time what would be the one that she feels really pulls it all together and become her personal brand? Book publishing or her coaching business. And I suppose the big question as we have her on the show, is what does she find is the number one thing that holds people back from finding similar success? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Julie Broad Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Julie Broad such as: How she discovered that people do not want perfection from coaches and speakers, but they do want people that they can relate to on a personal level. Why she made the bold decision to leave the job that she had worked so hard to create, due to discovering that it wasn't the money that she really wanted in her life How she started creating her new business and the steps she has taken to bring it to the world, (and the people who need it most) and lastly…. Why selling doesn't need to be hard, and in fact working on the basis of "Not fit" can sometimes encourage results like never before. Book publishing has never been easier   
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Fitness
Fitness is the buzz word in todays world. Are you looking after your fitness? Are you planning on getting fit? Well today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots Steve Jobs inspired podcast is a lady who has made very happy. As this is the second time I have had the pleasure of grilling her on the show, as she last appeared back on episode 208, where we talked about her rise to the top of the fitness industry from a starting point that was more than a bit unusual. Yep, that’s all i’m saying, so you will have to go back and listen to that one to find out her unusual past occupations. So when she connected with me again and said “David, have I got more dots to share with you and your listeners” then I knew it was going to be good stuff. And it as this is a lady that is tackling one of the hardest fitness courses the world has scene “The Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge” created by Jo De Sena who also appeared on the show back on episode 312 And the big question to this desire to get down, muddy and sweaty is why? Is fitness that important? She is a beautiful lady, has a great business that is rocking and rolling, has clients across the world, and could stay in her comfort zone quite happily. But she doesn’t want to. She wants to prove herself and go after bigger and bigger challenges, which really joins up the dots to our first interview. As this is not your usual uber glamorous fitness guru. But this is a lady will drive, commitment and passion to do the unusual. To create her own path, And to go to bed each night content to know that she has given it her very best. So what was the appeal of going onto the hit TV show “Spartan Ultimate Challenge”? And did she discover things about herself that were a complete surprise, or only cement what she already knew? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Stephanie Keenan.   
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Mastery
Mastery leads to operating on a higher level than anyone, and will ultimately lead to amazing things in our lives. The more we become experts in our chosen specific areas of interest, the more we can market our talents to others and reap the huge rewards that mastery brings. But of course there are very few people in the world that are willing to go this extra mile to become masters in their field. Think about Michael Jordan, David Beckham, Steve Jobs or any famous person you can think off, and there will have been hours and hours of secret practice. The times when no one was around to witness their additional work. The times when all their colleagues are either partying, resting or just doing the minimum to get by. And that isnt how life works. You need to be willing to suffer for your trade. You need to be willing to find time in your life to work on something, even if it is late at night or early in the morning. So when was the last time that you put in more work than you possibly thought was possible to hit true mastery in your life? If you are having trouble thinking of this mastery then there is a good chance that you have never done this. Thanks for listening and hope to hear from you again soon.
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Digital Marketing
Digital Marketing is needed by all businesses, and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a a lady who is shining a light into the sky that screams to the world "I am here to help, let us do what we are good at!" She is the co-founder of Scoop industries a company focused on growing your services and business with simple strategies for sustainable success. Which sounds very impressive, but when you hear that she grew her digital marketing business from $0 to $200,000 in less than two years, then Im sure that you will be taking out your pen and paper and making some serious notes. After leaving the Indiana University Bloomington with a BA in Pyschology, Management and Spanish, it wasn't obvious that she would now be the co-founder of her own rocking and rolling digital company. Instead she did what most entrepreneurs do at the beginning, and she got a job, in her case with The Neilson Company, performing numerous roles over a four year period, before it seems an usual turn in her career path occurred when she joined Corepower Yoga for another few years. However it was in the midst of this, career detour when it seems to me the first of her dots leading to where she is today truly appeared She joined Catalina Marketing in Chicago where she was brought on to help start up a new digital media division, helping product, marketing, sales and internal finance and billing teams, create a new process for a new online, video, and mobile product. And now with Scoop Industries digital marketing she is bringing all the skills gained over the last ten years into one place and rocking it big-time. So what was the biggest learnings she brought with her, that made such a difference to the success of Scope? And looking back did she need a business partner to help her get it off the ground, or was this just another piece of growing into an entrepreneur business owner? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Brittany Becher. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Brittany Becher such as: How she remembers growing up in a place that she couldnt wait to leave, and the reasons why she has now returned. Brittany shares how she met her business partner, and how she came to realise that this was the lady that would work perfectly with her - even though they live in different countries. Why she spent nine months planning out how the business was going to work with her partner going forward - which was so smart and saved months of difficulties. and lastly…. Why it is so important to be aware of those moments of your life when excitement appears in your stomach. Reflect on why you are feeling that way as there are clues to a new future.
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Millionaire
Millionaires, and being a millionaire is a group that most of us wish we could be a part of. Well. my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has quite the ride to where he is now, as an author, business owner and on a mission to help the world shift their mindset to one of abundance. Get us all to be millionaires His early days were not as anyone would want for a child growing up. A survivor of a childhood riddled with domestic violence and alcoholism in the rural foothills of southern Virginia, he worked hard to throw of the mental chains that had covered him, to become the millennial CEO and founder of executive consulting firm, Excel Global Partners (EGP) and the Fund Managing Principal of the EGP Family of Companies. It has taken grit and persistence to get his award-winning firm, Excel Global Partners, to the position where it has served multi-billion dollar and mid-market clients in 20 states and in more than 16 countries across the world. But as we say this wasn't just a case of someone deciding to do things in a different way and then magic occurring. He has to master his habits, routines, and consciousness to train his mindset to shift from the poverty consciousness that he learned as a child to an abundance consciousness as an adult– and by doing so, became a multimillionaire. Today, he is having more fun than ever living the life of a purposeful millionaire with global reach. But this is probably the bit that I Love most about his story. For almost a decade, he quietly grew his business and his own personal development before ever setting out to coach or motivate anyone else, which believe me in today's world of "Hey i've just quit my job and now I'm a coach...come work with me", rarely ever happens. His book, The Purposeful Millionaire, is a best-selling guidebook of 52 rules that teaches people about mastering the millionaire mindset and getting the most out of life–doing more, living more, and achieving more! So is it the traumas in life, like the near drowning incident whilst kayaking the things that have taught him so much, or the everyday occurrences that most people just ignore, as well....living life? And where could he imagine being today if he hadn't started working on what was going on inside, before ever trying to master the world outside? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr James Nowlin Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with James Nowlin such as: James shares how he has managed to get to his life to an eight on the happiness scale, and the steps he has taken to live this on a daily basis. James recalls how he had finally started to get the success once he had grasped that he had to learn more o then earn more. Self development is key for the progress he wanted. Why James believes that structuring your day with routines, gratitude and fitness regimes to really set yourself up for success in your business. So many people fail as they let themselves walk headfirst into burnout instead of doing the right work inside. and lastly…. Why pivoting in ones life is the key to gaining success. Nobody can expect to gain a foot on the right path straight out of the gate. But try things and you will find the thing that feels right.  
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World Travel
World Travel and adventure is what many people crave in their lives, and so It’s with great delight that we bring onto the show today a man who had a similar background to myself. He began his career in the City Of London as a broker, and after a period of time knew that his time had come, to go after what lights him up inside. In fact it was a lot worse than that, as he actually became chronically depressed and knew that he had to do something about the way his life was going. And wow didn’t he do just that, as now he is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. He gave up this image of corporate success for a life on the road, which came about after being inspired by the movie The Motorcycle Diaries. The days of living and working behind his ‘slab of wood’ were well and truly over. His new passion: Finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, you are worth so much more than you think) to come out and play.Adventure, adventure, adventure, As he says “The inner rebel tells you that your life is yours. And anything you dream of is possible. Anything. And that the fuel for all this delicious potential is simple: Kindness and harnessing the power of human connection. And. Doing it all with a smile on your face and a spring in your step!” So how did he take that first step when so many people would have thought that he had cracked it already? And does he look back at his past life, and know that this was just one of his dots that he had to go through to get to where he is today? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the inspirational Leon Logothetis. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics as: How all his friends and family thought he was crazy just to throw it all up in the air and go after his dream, but he just knew that he had to do it. How the first journey that he took was travelling across America on just $5.00 dollars a day travelling from New York to Hollywood, connecting with the world. How he was taught by a homeless guy in Pittsburg that wealth isn’t in your wallet, but what is truly in your heart. How he nearly died whist driving a car across Romania, and could hear the words of Churchill “Never Give Up, Never Give Up, Never Give Up” And lastly…….. How he likes nothing more than jumping into a swimming pool, naked (and sometimes with a load of other people too….don’t tell your Mum!) 
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Strengths
Strengths and playing to them are key to what makes a successful life. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who you might mistake for Superwoman and if you do, you won’t be alone. She is regularly featured on television news segments, inside major blogs and publications, and on podcasts from all over the globe. She’s an accomplished Success Coach, Speaker, host of the Maximize Your Strengths podcast, as well as published Author of the hot new book; From Frustrated to Frickin’ Awesome: 4 Steps to Achieve the Success You’re Wired For. But more than anything else she’s an exceedingly proud wife and mother of two, who loves helping others discover how to make their businesses and relationships thrive in harmony. But this was as far from her starting point as you can possibly imagine. Graduating from St Catherine University with a post baccalaureate certificate in Nursing, she entered into the medical profession as a Clinical Dietitian and Registered Nurse before a four year stint as a beauty consultant for Mary Kay So from my viewpoint, she has always had a nurturing side to her character, wanting people to look and feel as good as they can right from the outset. And so you can see that where she is now, is as far away as she could be, but also very similar in concept, she has found a way to maximise her strengths, provide more value to the world and enjoy herself in the process. As she says “While I’ve always been interested in self-development, in the last 9 years, I dove into investment in my training, self-improvement, and coaching. In addition to classroom style learning, I’ve gained valuable knowledge from seminars, home-coaching programs, group-coaching programs, one-on-one coaching relationships, books, self-study, and real-life successes and failures. My clients benefit from all of that education and experience wrapped into one business coach!” So people you find what you want to do naturally, your unique strength, up-skill yourself and then solve the problems of others in that area. Seems simple doesn’t it? So if this is the blueprint for success, why do so many people struggle with finding their way through the pain and scarcity to make a success of their lives? And when was the moment when she sat bolt upright in bed and screamed “Erueeerka I know what I should be doing in my life!!” Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alissa Daire Nelson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Alissa Daire Nelson such as: Why getting to know yourself is so vitally important if you ever want to be the greatest version of yourself that you can possibly be. Why Alissa feels that there is always another devil in another level and it doesnt matter where you are on the journey there are scary times ahead. Why masterminds are so uber powerful and an extremely cost effective way to keep you on track and focused on the right results. and lastly…. Why stability in ones life is so familiar and comfortable, and why all entrepreneurs have moments of thinking “Wouldn’t it be easier just to get a job?” 
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Sales Funnels
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who rise to the top has been nothing short of remarkable. He went from a full-time insurance agent 4 years ago to building an e-commerce business that sold $20 million of physical products in 2016. What is astonishing is he did this WITHOUT using Amazon, eBay, or Shopify, and with nothing more than simple two-page ClickFunnels websites that use carefully optimized sales funnels. If you think that entrepreneurs are born more than made you could well be right. Our guest got his start in entrepreneurship with a pool cleaning business at 16, and has done everything from selling tea, to selling hundreds of thousands of dollars of t-shirts on Teespring, and to now selling 10,000 units per month across 20 different physical product lines. Today, he has built up an email list of 1.1 million subscribers and 300,000 buyers, and is selling the largest volume out of 50,000 ClickFunnels users. In addition to his eight-figure business selling physical products, his passion is helping and mentoring others to have the same success in e-commerce that he has had. But of course you need to have a direction right at the beginning, and then overcome the heartaches, stumbles and falls that knock so many people away from success like this. So was he just extremely lucky and didn't have any of these? Or is he a guy that believes that persistence overcomes luck and talent everyday of the week? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Trey Lewellen Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Trey Lewellen such as: Try shares a story of his early struggles, and reveals how he would have loved to be able to have reached out and found a mentor way before he found the man for him. Trey shares a powerful story of how the value of money has never changed for him, even when he earnt £117,000 he still appreciated what it took for the normal man to earn similar. Why flying across the world is so inspiring to Trey, as it brings into focus the complete abundance that we all have on offer to us everyday. and lastly…. Why people feel secure in the job that they do, even though they could lose it the next day. This is madness, and a side hustle should be on everyones schedule for protection. 
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Morale
Morale in companies can be a huge problem and myy guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who currently runs a company called “Humans Working”, focused on 1-on-1 coaching with executives and managers; team-based (or even company-wide) workshops; and ongoing support, to help companies build loyalty and create environments that people love working in. A concept that is born within the Join Up Dots story that we will bring to you today. In 1997, when he was 24, he started an Internet software consulting company. While he knew that it’d be fun to create software in the early days of the Internet, his primary goal when starting the company was to create a fun atmosphere — a clubhouse if you will — that people would love coming to every day. They had a successful business for four years, not breaking any records, but they were profitable, provided very competitive salaries, great benefits, and a really fun atmosphere. Can all good things last? Well of course we hope that will always be the case, but in the case of our guest it wasn’t to be (at least not in the short term) After four years, their biggest client, because their promised second round of funding didn’t materialize, went out of business. With no money in the company bank account, less than $500 to his name, and a payroll of $40,000 due in 2 days, it was clearly time to shutter the doors. He summoned the team (of 10 guys at the time) to the conference room, and with tears, told them that I loved them, that we’d had a great run, but it was time to go home. And that is where we will start todays show, as there is nothing like a good cliffhanger to hook you from the start. So is it wise to look at the environment before anything else or is this going to lead to less productive, professional staff? And what was the biggest learning that he has taken away from the journey so far? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Naphtali Visser Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Naphtali Visser such as: How he managed to negotiate an amazing raise for all his employees when in fact the majority of the market place were looking for redundancies. Why Naf is a big exponent of the quiet mind. A problem will never resolve it self by thinking too much about the problem. Let the answer come to you. Why creativity is a major part of building amazing morale changes within a company, as long as we allow for mistakes to occur naturally. Allow staff to feel they are part of the business and not just employees. and lastly…. And relax, stay calm and allow things to happen naturally in your life. Relaxed action is always the best way to achieve greatness. 
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Mindset
Mindset expert Andy Murphy is my guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who can call himself a global mindset coach, with clients across the world who seek him out to help them go to the next level. From entrepreneurs, world champions, professional sports athletes, multi-millionaire business owners, TV and film producers, TV and stage actors, trauma survivors and even Royal Family have all benefited from his mindset skills. But what fascinates me, is coming from Liverpool he would have found himself surrounded with friends and families who are just looking to get by. He would have been on a path like so many of us that is almost expected. Study hard, leave school, get a job, start a family….you get the drift. But our guest didn’t do that, instead he left everything behind and traveled to Sydney Australia, where he discovered the mindset Neuro Linguistic Programming in a sales and marketing environment. Breaking multiple sales records whilst helping clients successfully structure and invest in real-estate and at the top of the business in Australia, he was head-hunted to New Zealand. There he began to share his skills with CEO’s and again being in high demand was prospected to many companies, helping them develop their sales teams and set up internal departments. At the age of only 26 he opened a company developing a project to build a 100 Million dollar resort in the Fiji Islands. After marketing the company over in Dubai along side multi billion dollar developments the global real-estate industry began to slow down and he had a decision to make. After so much success would he batten down the hatches and go into survival mode? Or would he do the unexpected and get bigger, opening his arms wide and screaming “Come on world its me, just watch what I can do!” Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Andy Murphy Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Andy Murphy such as: How he overcome his difficulties and fought back from depression and bankruptcy as a young man in Dubai. How he recalls that school taught him nothing but martial arts taught him everything. How his Father taught him from an early age to focus on the worse case scenario then you are prepared. Why it is that so many successful people spend time on their own to allow themselves to focus on the future. and lastly…. How everyday he knows that he is going to have to deal with being scared due to pushing forward into the unknown, 
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Questions
Questions, questions, and more questions.....welcome to todays questions and answer sessions with David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, where he answers several questions from listeners of the show. Question One: Hi David and everybody at Join Up Dots. Thank you so much for an amazing podcast. It is real brain food every single time. I have a quick question if you would be so kind to spare the time. But I have recently started a coaching business teaching single mothers how to free time, make money on the side, and still look after their children.Although it was going really well at the beginning I have found that my clients have dried up I have asked my clients for referrals as they all say that what I am providing is amazing but still I am struggling for business. Any idea at all as otherwise I might have to go back to work thank you so much for your time Jennifer Millard Perth Scotland. Question Two: Hi David I was listening to your recent episode with Danny Dover entitled life list and was so intrigued I went back and listened to the first time that Danny appeared on the show great stuff as always. My question to you is do you have a life list and what is in it thanks for all the best Carol Archer St Helens England. Question Three: David I've recently discovered join up dots and wish I had listened to it earlier I have been watching lots of people doing Facebook Live and I remember hearing you say that you think that it is ill constructed and ill prepared. Everybody seems to be doing it why do you think that it is so popular and have you got any plans to do the same cheers Mike Hackett Texas USA. Question Four: David, great show I have a couple of quick questions and would appreciate it if you could answer it on the show or in response to this email question one what made you jump Into entrepreneurship. I know this seems as simple question to ask but wouldn't it have been easier to stay in your job and just earn a salary and the second question is what has been the hardest obstacles to overcome in building your business in the early stages thanks very much all the best Claire Harding Christchurch New Zealand.
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Marketing
Marketing can be a huge problem for so many businesses, but not anymore with this guy around. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a guy who first appeared on Join Up Dots way back on episode 107 Back then we spoke about his fascinating journey to where he is today known as The Millionaire Marketing Mentor®, the go-to guy for coaches, consultants, and other successful service professionals who want to attract more clients, convert more high-value sales, build an authority brand, and grow a lifestyle business that makes a bigger impact while generating more income. But life could have been very different, as starting his life in Poland, it was fair to say that he has come a long way since then, both Geographically and financially. Arriving in the United States of America with just $194.00 dollars in his pocket and a sprinkling of English, he set to work with a passion. The entrepreneurial bug has always been a keen element which makes him who he is, so it was with little surprise, but a lot of hard work that he transformed his finances by creating a series of business opportunities around California. First of all he co-owned a collection of bagel shops, and then moved onto running a multi-million dollar business that includes consulting, coaching, training, and information publishing. But there was of course so many stumbles, falls and triumphs between them. Isn’t that what makes a story interesting after all, and of course gives him the knowledge to help his clients and students often double, triple, and even 10x their business - some in as little as 90 days, by teaching them how to transform their limiting, time-intensive businesses into automated money making machines that Attract Clients Like Crazy®. So with his life now rocking and rolling, could he only have got here by going through the roller-coaster that is the entrepreneurial life? And how did he manage to keep going, when things weren't going the way that he wanted? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Adam Urbanski. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Adam Urbanski such as: The best marketing is to find a way of tapping into your natural talents and bringing that to the world. It's not selling, but its making people want to work with you. Adam shares how he has developed his ability to connect with people across the world, and feels that its the empathy which is a key aspect to what he has become. Why the upskilling and grind phase of building is so important, as it shows you how much you truly want to make this business your life. and lastly…. Adam reveals how his mindset has changed over the last few years and the time aspect that comes with freedom is so attractive to him, where money used to be king. 
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Woman Up
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is lady with many different plates spinning at one time. She is an internet business lawyer whose mission is to show business owners like us how to cover our "assets" online without having to spend a lot of money on legal fees. As the founder of Cover Your Assets Online.Com she has created a Do It yourself Legal Toolkit so that entrepreneurs could protect not only their business assets but their homes, cars and investments Which is all interesting stuff, but what has lead her to this point Well her first career was as a TV news reporter and anchor in Toronto, where she won a couple of CanPro awards as well as a New York Film Festival award for news documentary, which delved into the topic of adoption. When her husband’s career took them to the U.S, she decided to switch careers and follow her long time dream of going to law school. She applied to the Roger Williams School of Law, which was 20 minutes from her house in Providence, RI. and practised for several years and then decided she wanted to be a coach. So internet laywer, business coach how do these things join up together. Well, i suppose at her heart she is a fixer. She loves to see an issue and bring a solution to the table As she says "I became a coach at the age of six, when I saw my parents fighting for the first time. I remember thinking, ‘I can fix this, if they would just listen to me.’ As an attorney, I always wanted to help people fix their lives so they wouldn’t need to hire me again. As a TV news reporter, I was always drawn to the personal interest stories. I’m a big sap, but I’ve come to believe that I have a duty to get my ass to Happy and have learned how to do that. I was born to help others do the same, to get up off their asses to live lives that are on fire (instead of being burnt out). So where shall we start today, talking about how to get happy, confident, or internet law......well in a normal fashion I think we will tackle all of them! So why is internet law so obviously a hot topic but so few people are offering this service? And is she living the life of her dreams, or with so much going on is she running around screaming "People, I can't do it all on my own!?" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Lin Eleoff Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Lin Eleoff such as: She reveals how she has had to have times of darkness in her life, to allow her to savour the light more than she could ever hope to. Why she always has had the urge to create her own rules, and do things her own way even though she doesn't understand why she does it.. How she managed to create her first business, by searching the world of virtual law firms to find what excites her. And then taking huge consistent action. and lastly…. Why so many people lose their confidence during their life journey, and more often than not its down to them playing by others rules, and not their owns. 
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The Gay White Oprah
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an guy who has a title that I have never used before on any show But it is one that I wish that I had come up with, as he has been called the Gay White Oprah which is a fantastic name. But how has he come to receive such an accolade you maybe asking? Well my listeners it can be put down to one thing, or maybe two things. The ability to be himself, and the ability to know how to connect with others. You see all business success is based on these two characteristics, and it seems that our guest has them in abundance. As he says “I am the type of guy that can meet you and within two minutes have you spilling your heart out” So it’s with little surprise, that after receiving his Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2009, he has been taking this ability to open the hearts of whoever he talks to by helping people everywhere with his weekly advice podcast “The Dear Mattie Show” where he discusses relationships, sex, fear, friends, job, and even makeup in an inspiring and entertaining format. But if you are thinking that this is just another normal type of life-coach guest that you see all over the shop,then think again. He is also a singer; received a undergrad in Opera Performance from the University of North Texas, has been active in the project Get Empathy, a campaign to build a national movement to stop bullying in schools. Communication Director for Brave Trails, supporting Gay, Lesbian and Trans-Gender folk to become thought leaders in their fields, and a stand-up comic and producer. So with all these different experiences and knowledge, is there a chance that he could get lost with himself and dilute whatever he considers his god given super power? And when he get someone to start talking does he every think…”Ok, Ok, I think this was a bad idea? This person just wont shut up?” Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Matt Marr. Dream Jobs, Online Courses, Persistence, Personal Trainer, Decision Making, Publicity, Young Entrepreneur, Freedom, Addicted, Shawn Stevenson, American Hustle, Make Money Online, Motivational Quotes, Expedition, Challenges, Steve Jobs, How To Start A Business, The Secret, Rich, Online Marketing, Time Management, Blogger, Videos, Recruiting, Authentic, Travel Blogs, Ultra Running, American Football, How To Make Money, Online Business, Company Culture, Law Of Attraction, Planet Money, Jobs, Video Marketing, Linkedin, Success Principles, Digital Marketing, Action Taking, Starting A Business, Successful Entrepreneurs, Personal Branding, Amazon, Lead Generation, Career Change, Life Planner, Comfort zone, Simplicity, Break The Rules, Book Launches, Personal Finance, Secret To Success, Business Plan, Health And Fitness, Tech Startup, Self Publishing, Entrepreneurs, Love, Career Path, Educational, Creativity, Selling, motivation, motivational, inspiration, confidence, success, freedom
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Fix You
It's a truth that so many people will speak, or at least they convince themselves that it is a truth. "That if it was that easy then everyone would be doing it" They say those words when they dont want to put themselves into the position to fail, and so cling onto this truth as a comfort blanket against failure. So is it easy to become an entrepreneur? Is it easy to create a business from scratch so that you can sit on the beach with a cocktail or two and simply watch your bank account increase exponentially? No not at all, and there is certainly a good deal of pain in making something amazing happen There’s a lot of lip service paid to the value of going the extra mile, doing a little more, over-delivering and a host of other tired old expressions. There isn’t a whole lot of discussion on the value of suffering, which trumps all the other aforementioned areas combined. If you want to achieve something outstanding and get results you never got before, you’re going to have to suffer. You will have to go against your inner voice that tells you to hold back, stay in the routine you’re comfortable with and play it safe. Do you have to suffer every single moment? Absolutely not. But make no mistake about it, to get from where you are to where you want to be you’re going to have to suffer. To get what you’ve never gotten before you must do what you’ve never done before. And doing what you’ve never done before often is somewhere between uncomfortable and downright painful. So if you ever hear someone say the words to you "If it is that easy then everybody would be doing it" just smile at them and know that they will be saying those very same words for the rest of their lives. That comfort blanket is very hard to throw off once you have started wrapping it around you.
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Life Design
Life design is all the rage nowadays, and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an amazing story of taking life by the scruff of the neck and turning full circle to where he wanted to be. As he says "After failing to get much of an education I set up an online business, selling books. This fuelled my passion for all things literary but the business failed. In order to pay the mortgage I started work stacking supermarket shelves at night. During the day I made a career plan to turn things around. In late 2004 I joined the still relatively young online gambling industry, working in a call centre. 5 years later I co-founded a company (which I subsequently sold) and went on to manage operations in the UK, Central and Eastern Europe. From 2013 to 2016 I was CEO of SKS365 Group. I am now a full time consultant, investor & advisor in one or two startups and, more importantly, I am embarking on a career as a writer, writing about mountains and the outdoors. In other words I am following my passion." And this is what makes him the perfect guest for a show like Join Up Dots, as in late 2016 he quit the rat race to redesign his life in a way that was more satisfying, interesting and adventurous both in his personal and professional life. He didn't know how to accomplish the large and vague objective of "living better", although he knew it meant being more entrepreneurial and spending more time outdoors! So he embarked on a career writing about mountains, adventure and his journey of redesigning his life and through his website the Armchair mountaineer he is showing all of us how to take control of our lives. So is it as simple as making a firm decision to do something, even if you haven't got all the dots lined up and doing it? Or did he plan everything out so he could make this the life that he has always wanted, and is so inspiring to the rest of us? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Thomas Smallwood. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Thomas Smallwood such as: How he managed to get the plan in place to be able to transition his life to where he wanted it to be, even if it meant doing stuff that wast part of the plan. Why it is so important to overcome the fear of reaching out to people who are ahead of you in their dream building (ensuring always that you provide value first) Why Thomas believes that you should rarely start anything that you want to make money as a first goal, instead work on the passion and see where it takes you. and lastly…. How no matter where you are in your journey of transition you will be hit by periods of doubt and lack of self confidence. Surround yourself with positive people to hep you through the bad times. 
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Depression
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who I am delighted to have on the show. The reason why should be quite clear as we speak to her. Join Up Dots has always been about letting you the listener grow the confidence to tackle all obstacles head on. Smash doors in walls where there was no chance of escaping and living the life that you deserve. Well today’s guest is doing all that and more. She was a student at The College of New Jersey, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies, before starting in 2016––a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counselling from The College of New Jersey. Which of course is impressive but not remarkable. However added to the fact that she was born with an eye disorder called, Cone Dystrophy, which has now progressed to the state where she is blinded by all lights, you can see that she has a powerful mindset to achieve. My mission in life is to continue to help spread awareness about mental and physical disabilities and with her book Now I See: How I Battled Blindness, Mental Illness, an Espresso Habit and Lived to Tell the Tale flying off the shelves it looks like things are going the right way after all. So when she was first diagnosed with her condition did she understand instantly how it would change her life? And how has she overcome the depression and mental issues that could have had her hiding away in the dark, instead blazing brightly across the world? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mariagrazia Buttitta . Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mariagrazia Buttitta such as: How she can now see that her eye condition has become a true blessing in her life, and has literally taken her life in a new direction. Why life can be so difficult due to the comments and opinions of others. They base their comments on what “They Think” is possible and can often limit us in our own adventures. and lastly…. 
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Make Money And Travel
Fancy a bit of housesitting to earn some money? Well it’s an absolute delight to have on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, two ladies who literally bound around the world like some excited Labradors. And believe me that might not sound like a compliment, but it certainly is. As the two of them have had some huge setbacks in life, but haven’t allowed them to lose their spirit for life, and their desire to create adventure in their relationship. After originally meeting in 2010 at a course in Sydney, called ‘The Quest for Truth’ it became evident that the quest for truth, was going to be linked with their love of travel. A few years back, after leaving Australia, they entered into a business opportunity in Dubai, which of course they thought would be a good move, but turned out to be anything but. Or so hey would have thought at the time, but as we see literally everyday on Join Up Dots, the darkest times in our lives become the moments where we find our true paths. Left with literally nothing, they had to reassess what they wanted to do, and how they wanted to do it….with the caveat of making it as cheap as possible. With a mere $300 in their pockets they decided to start travelling through house-sitting as a way to save money on the rent they could no longer afford. They figured if they could save themselves rent and utility bills for six months or so, they could get back on our feet… and then go and do something they really wanted to do, which of course would involve travel. But actually they had found it already, and now are the creators of the international housesitting community, where they share their knowledge and experience with anyone who has that desire for the nomadic lifestyle….which I think most of us have at one time or another. So do they look back at Dubai, and go “Do you know that was truly the making of us…we wouldn’t change a thing!” And do they believe that within all of us is a business that can be built purely on our passions, leading to a life that we love? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only, Nat & Jodie Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Nat & Jodie such as: How they have no dreams to settle down and love the thrill of what the future holds for them every time they open their eyes. How they compliment each other strengths perfectly with one being thoughtful and the other being gung-ho. How they both feel that nowadays a job is nowhere near as secure as getting out there and building a business based on passion. And lastly…. How they had no plans at all when they started the housesitting community, but have built it all by trial and error…which we all can do. 
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Startup
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a startup expert who has worked so hard to where he is today, he has more lessons learned before the age of 30 than most people aged…well 30. He is proof that hard-work and determination pay off’s as he climbed the ladder of the restaurant industry as many do: with a great deal of empathy, a little bit of luck, and a massive amount of overconfidence. After graduating from Harvard in 2009, he worked his way up from being a busboy in Boston to being a beverage director for Momofuku in New York City, where he managed the buying, pricing, and selling of wine, beer, and spirits for the restaurant. Through living through this experience, he decided that he wanted to have more ownership of the guest experiences he was creating, so he took to Chicago to see how Booth could help him open his own restaurant. While attending Booth, our guest met his business partner, Hunter Swartz, and the two quickly realized that their shared background in endurance sports mixed with complementary work experiences could build something remarkable. He then joined the Eastman Egg team in January 2014 and served as COO for three years where in his time there, the company grew to four operating units and grew its revenues and team each by a factor of 10. And now he is also the author of the latest book to fly off the shelves with “What I Learned Before 30 – a biographical look that captures some of the best, and worst, moments of his life. As it says in the intro “I feel like i’ve finally learned that growing up to have different perspective than my parents was not a failure; it was the whole point. I cant wait to use the next 30 years to celebrate what makes us different, rather than resent it, and enjoy what a diverse, unique and wonderful family we are” So, said in another way, he has found the path in life that is the right one for him...creating startup guides for people to follow, and although others may not understand it makes no difference. And that is where we should all be, walking boldly into our own future and not one that has been constructed by the idealism of anyone else. So will there be a what I learned before sixty book coming up, and does he feel that mistakes are the true gift in life? And what does he enjoy doing most in his life, as he certainly has many things per day that could take up his time? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only startup man, Mr Drew Davis. 
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Small Business
Small business mastery takes a while to achieve, and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with a personal motto that if you don't understand it as a business owner...then you should. Measure, Motivate, and Manage. He has extensive working knowledge regarding all aspects of operating a successful in-home service business, including (but not limited to) sales and marketing, recruitment, systematising, and human resources. He has helped numerous business owners revitalize their companies and become true business owners, not just operators. And this is the key element to it all....why is it that so many people create a business that actually runs them instead of the other way around? You don't set off on a path that you hope will lead to longer hours, more stress and headache after headache. It's all about walking on beaches, relaxing with friends and living the dream. And today's guest is most certainly living the dream now, but that wasn't always the case. He has been where you are. Working long hours, with his life supporting his business. Unable to step away from the day to day operation for fear of it disappearing in front of him. So how has he managed to switch off the life support system and see the business breath and flourish without him? And are their common issues that people almost have to go through to achieve the success that they want? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Justin Deese. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Justin Deese such as: Why so many people feel that in the early days of their business they can outwork their issues, but this is never the case and ultimately can bring even greater issues. How Justin felt when the business was growing too big for him. Did he have the skills to manage it? Could he handle the extra workload? All 100% imposter syndrome. How he has managed to create a business that is transportable, and is demonstrating that as he drives around America with his family in an RV. Why he wont do anything in his life that he doesn't love. no matter how lucrative it can be for him and his family. and lastly…. Why it is so important to have a vision of what you want in your life, not necessarily just in your business, as soon as you start working on building the dream. 
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Lies
Lies, Lies, Lies everywhere. That is how it seems sometimes in life. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who connected with the show by email, asking to appear. And believe me, we get so many of them nowadays that sometimes you don't give them quite the focus that perhaps you should. This wasn't the case with today's guest who hit us with "I've lived in the South Pole for 13 months! My life is an ongoing adventure with worldly experiences including (but not limited to) having spent 22 months UNDERWATER on nuclear submarines, 13 months at the geographic South Pole conducting atmospheric research, 3 years shipboard in the arctic, and 1 year shipboard on the equator conducting ocean floor studies! I have written extensively on terrorism and related subjects, and authored the bestselling current events book, "The Chicken Little Agenda – Debunking Experts’ Lies," wherein I assure your listening audience that the sky is not falling!" He is an established author, who in his own words has "spent nearly my entire life off the beaten path. " So with a history like that where do we start first? And what does he tell people he is...author, adventurer, or someone simply living a life on his own terms? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Dr Robert Williscroft Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Dr Robert Williscroft such as: Why his life was so structured for so many years in the US Navy, which has led to his delight in the creative decision making of his later life. We discuss the issue that educated people can sometimes find themselves in, whereby the greater the knowledge they possess the more unsure they can become. and lastly…. How Donald Trump has created the "Fake News" movement and how it's genius lies with the ability to merge so much information into one collective. With so many angles being show, who knows what is the right one? 
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Life Coach
Life Coach is a word that you see everywhere today. But are you born a life coach or do you need to live a life of ups and downs? Well today’s guest joining on the Join Up Dots show is a lady who I first connected with several years ago, but never got a chance to properly say hello to. Which is a bit of a regret, as not only is she a truly lovely individual but is also based in this little island of ours: Yep, she is based in rainy Manchester in the United Kingdom and since working for British Telecom as a Call Centre Trainer has been on a mission. A mission to develop employees everywhere to become the best that they can be, and find happiness whilst they are doing it. And she certainly seems to now have found her thing, after as much struggle as everyone else As she says “I’d love to be able to say I’m one of those people who is so super clever, I built a successful coaching business easily. But that would be a big. Fat. Lie. I spent my first year as a coach taking every course I could get my hands on, which led to massive overwhelm. It became a patchwork quilt of information: a course on blogging, another for WordPress, another on podcasting, then copywriting. But it wasn’t cohesive. I wanted courses to help me go step-by-step so I could focus on what I loved, coaching.” And so how has she done it? How has she managed to blend her years of being an employee into someone who is crushing it, but also being totally themselves…being happy in the process? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the lovely Northern lass herself Jo Casey. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty Subjects with Jo Casey such as: Why she is so aware of the power that comes with being different to everyone else, and by embracing that fact you will find your customers so much quicker. How looking back on the first year of her making mistake is now fine as she can see that nobody was really listening or watching what she was doing anyway. Why she is so aware that she has the opportunity to become the best boss to herself that she has ever had, and doesn’t take that fact lightly. And Lastly…….. Why it is so important to understand in life what you truly are: Artist and Entrepreneur especially when you first start building your dream business. 
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Motivation
Motivation
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Media
Media and getting noticed in the media is a hard game to crack. However my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who spent over a decade working in an environment that ultimately left her looking for a new future (although with the media skills to make that future happen) Starting her career at News 12 The Bronx after leaving Ohio University with a BA in Public Affairs and Journalism she worked her way up through the ranks in television. She performed the roles of Reporter, Producer, Host, Web Editor, Fill-In Anchor, Media Relations Specialist for ABC News, CBS News, NBC News the list goes on and on. All the time her confidence was soaring, her experience was becoming broader and broader and her future was waiting. As she says "I worked as a TV reporter for a decade who was pitched numerous times a day by publicists. Most of the time, I didn’t read more than two sentences of what the “PR person” sent. What they sent was too long, didn’t have anything to do with what I covered, wasn’t newsworthy, didn’t relate to the geographical area I covered, and the list goes on. They all wanted a free commercial for their client. Because of this, I decided to leave the news business and do that job - but better. And she has certainly done that, becoming the owner of Media Maven, a full service public relations firm providing services in: Media Relations, Media Training, Still Photography, Video Production, Social Media, Writing, Blogging, Event & On-Air Hosting, Branding, Website Design, Graphic Design, and Search Engine Optimization. If you want to grow your personal brand in the right way, then this is the place you come. So did she need every bit of her ten years experience to get to where she is today, or could she have cut corners here and there? And what is the scariest bit of becoming a business owner, the doing, or in fact the thinking of everything that you need to do? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Christina Nicholson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Christina Nicholson such as: How she managed to hold back from kissing David Beckham, and why she feels that all British David's are super hot!! Why it is so important to be as specific with your conversations with your customers as you could possibly be...the more niche the rich you will get. Why it is so important to understand the nuts and bolts of everything you do in your life, before delegating that part of the business to someone else. and lastly…. Christina recalls the moment that changed her life and that was the moment when she decided to stop caring what people thought about her. Total game changer 
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Online Development
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has been a entrepreneur since 1982, and is an expert in online development and helping companies develop the people side of their business. She is co-founder and President of Performance Support Systems, a global software company based in Virginia, where their products are used by leadership coaches and consultants as well as internal learning and development professionals to help managers become more effective leaders. There is one truth in my mind, that someone who develops all the leadership skills whilst climbing up the ladder quite often finds those skills very difficult to maintain. Is it the isolation that causes the issues, or perhaps the climb that wears them out? Well whatever it is our guest will have the answer I'm sure. She and her business partners have worked together for 25 years, and many of their clients and resellers have done business with them for 20 years. She understands what’s required to build the loyalty and commitment that lead to repeat business and referrals. She takes pride in getting feedback like this, which is from a reseller who’s worked with her company since 1994: “Performance Support Systems is the epitome of the client-centered, high-integrity, high-support company with world class products. You could look for a lifetime and not find its equal.” So strong relationship building, high level customer service and a commitment to build the people and not just the business is the ideal way to operate.....or is it? Does she look back at her career and think "Wow, home run every single time"? Or, instead has it been a gradual climb, or struggles, mistakes, huge failures and everything else that entrepreneurs have to overcome? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Meredith Bell. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Meredith Bell such as: Why she remembers being a serious child and how she taken steps to bring a lightness into her life and work that wasn't always there. Why we have to be aware of the ego in our business that can often take of us from the track that is right for us. Why Meredith loves passionately talking with clients, as much to find out about their own business as her own. Value always comes first however. and lastly…. Why a binge watch on Netflix is something that could be a good thing for so many members of the entrepreneur club, if we only allow ourselves the chance. 
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Power Yoga
Yoga is great for the core strength of a body. Yoga is also great for the mindset of a person. So lets find out how yoga can be made into a thriving business. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who deserves to be on this show, as she is one big collection of dots. And the kind of dots, that although difficult to deal with at the time turn out to be the true gifts in ones life. As she says “Sometimes life lessons are right in your face waiting to happen to you if you just surrender to the call. But it took me a long time to get into the position where, my passion had finally fallen out of the sky and smacked me in the face hard!” And this she found in the form of Yoga, and she then created her dream business that is going from strength to strength. Providing what her clients want, her family want and of course what she wants too. As she says “I have been a entrepreneur for 20 years I know what it feels like having to create your wealth! But I also knew that your health & inner strength matter more in this adventure of self mastery! Being a entrepreneur is all about Self: Mastery, Discipline, Awareness, Confidence, And Worth etc. You have to believe then apply the gift to create the Magic! In between the “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda”, I became a Yoga Instructor, Holistic Health Coach, owned a MMA Promotion Business in Atlantic City with my husband (the last one was the stress factor). “ Which lead to her being the Founder of Down Dog Wellness, as she craved a way to create a bridge between work stress and life, enlightening awareness daily. So did she always have the desire to create such a business, or was it in direct result of her four years working at New Breed Fighters, dealing with cage fighters and the entertainment industry. And is the right business a pleasant experience, or does it still have days when you want to stay in your bed and let someone else deal with everything? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kerry Morgan 
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SEO
SEO is on the table today. And how to make SEO front and centre of every business. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who seems to me has found his thing in life. The thing that makes him bounce out of bed with excitement and enthusiasm. He is the CEO of Kansas City Website Design, who work with clients across the world building websites that not only look great, but also operate brilliantly too. Alongside his team, they work hard to make sure that the SEO element which is so important to gain Google rankings is built into the design to ensure visibility. As he says “Internet marketing is a lot like NASCAR racing. You need a fast car and a talented driver to compete and win – you can’t have one without the other. I build high performance websites and drive them to the top of the major search engines for my clients with organic search engine optimization and pay per click advertising management services. My approach to web development is laser focused on return on investment. I have a Contrarian view of website design which many of our competitors find distasteful, perhaps even blasphemous: Great web design is a commodity.” As is his passion for the task. And that is one side of what makes this guy perfect for Join Up Dots, as although he is now performing in a way that looks like it was a master plan right from the beginning, im sure we will find that just wasn’t the case. As his journey has taken him all over the world, He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has lived and travelled extensively in Asia for over ten years, based in Taipei, Taiwan, with stints in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong and now lives in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife Vivian and twin sons, Ely and Ostyn. And my favourite fact that in a way shows so much about how the guy operates, but he may be the world’s most successful SEO Internet marketer that has never had an active Facebook account. Love that fact, as it proves that there are many different ways to go about building success, and more often than not the best way is to simply do your own thing and create your own path. So what is about the online world that makes him scream out “No No No, that is never going to work…come and speak to me!” And what is it about web design that excites him the most, the creative element or the behind the scenes mechanics of it all? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Phil Singleton Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Phil Singleton such as: Phil shares his story how it took a real miserable job for him to truly assess what he wanted to do in life. But now he considers it a true blessing to have that experience. Why the ability to control your own life and hours is so vitally important to Phil, and why he could never go back to working for someone else. Why so many people create scatter gun approach to SEO and marketing. However everything you do must find it’s way back to the central hub otherwise it dies for ever. and lastly…. Why Phil has to spend a lot of time focusing his clients time-frames and expectations re SEO. It’s not a quick fix, takes time to come to fruition, and takes money to achieve.  
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Facebook
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a a guy who it seems is a born entrepreneur with a fascinating story to boot. Which makes him a perfect guest for a show like Join Up Dots. Growing up on the Shetland Islands – the most northerly tip of the UK, his first taste of entrepreneurship was running a small Dropshipping business whilst still at school. At 14, he used to buy electronics from China and sold them on eBay whilst building his first ever website at 14 years old, which still gets sales to this day! Leaving the islands at aged 18, he knew University wasn’t for him and lucky enough to be accepted into the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Manchester. As he says “The academy was an incredible experience – one in which I was pushed out my comfort zone on a daily basis, whether that was pitching, networking or just having to work incredibly hard. Things that are now a normal every day thing for me now – but certainly weren’t back then! It was in Manchester I launched a corporate well-being company called Alba Fitness, where he used to place personal trainers into corporate environments (such as call centres) to run corporate fitness programmes. However it really started to come together for him, when he realised that the trainers were generally terrible at marketing themselves. Secondly, he was reading a book called the 7 Day Startup – a book all about (you guessed it) launching a business in 7 days. On June 21st 2015, he finished the book. On June 29th 2015, Blue Cliff Media was born. He offered social media and community management services at the beginning but eventually carved ourselves a nice wee niche in Facebook advertising. The business continues to grow and have some amazing clients all over the world. So looking back on his life on the Shetland Islands, was it a blessing or a hindrance to his entrepreneurial venture? And is he where he wants to be in his life or simply on the first rung of what he can now see is possible for him? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Gavin Bell Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Gavin Bell such as: How Gavin managed to get his business up and running as a small school boy even buying and selling belts on vacation Why networking and pitching his business is such a huge part of his business strategy. You have to get out from behind your pc! Gavin recalls the moment when he decided to pivot from his business Alba Fitness, and learn from what it had given him (or more often that not didn’t give him) Why FB ads are an amazing way to grow your business, but you have to let then run before seeing the results. Its all about data after all. and lastly…. Why it is so powerful to show your successes and failures to the world. Reality is today’s marketing strategy that works.  
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Digital Agencies
Digital Agencies have become big business for my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an amazingly unusual road to where he is today as a digital agency expert. Not least, as I discovered that his first job was a gravedigger at a Pet Cemetery, digging graves for Fido and Felix, and many other beloved pets who had used up their extended lifelines. But certainly his career might have seen dead and buried, but in fact it was just one of the big dots that has lead him to where he is today. Digging around the internet, spying on the competition and bringing the five steps of lead generation to life for his clients As the founder of Digital Agency School and the CEO of the marketing agency GoBeyond SEO, he believes that there are five stages that all businesses need if they want to floruish in their markets 1. Identify your ideal client 2. Research what works in your market (i.e. “spy” on your competition) 3. Craft a converting message and foot in the door offer 4. Build a funnel you can leverage 5. Analyze the data and optimize And this systems appears to be working wonders, as even though he started his agency with no experience, no marketing education or any connections in the industry he is certainly rocking and rolling. Now he wants to help other marketers launch their own agencies so they can build their ideal career & lifestyle and I suppose legacy. And isn't that what life is all about, helping as many people as you can to get their dream, and in the process getting your own one as a result. So how did he start Digital Agencies if he had no experience in it, and still make it a success? And does he look back at the time when he used to read the newspaper over the radio to blind people as useful in anyway to where he is now? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Brian Saemann Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Brian Saemann such as: Why the skill of anti-selling is such a powerful concept in business...and what is that? Quite simply the more that we tell someone that they can't have it the more they will want it. Brian tells how he had to work two jobs for a year and a half until he had the money and structure to start his new business (even after being pushed by his wife) Why Brian feels that all businesses, especially in the beginning should thrive on old school marketing techniques as these are so much easier to understand and will make money quicker. and lastly…. Brian shares the mistakes he has made both financially and timewise, which although disappointing, have led him to where he is today.  
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Money
Money, money, money as Abba sung can be amazing. But what happens when it controls you instead? Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast is a man who calls himself a rockstar, and with very good reason too. No he doesn’t strut around doing the Jon BonJovi return,or perhaps he does. Instead is he is a rockstar in regards to his methods for money management, and can help us all get out of debt, save money and therefore retire at a young age. As he says “I grew up in small town America and now live in the big city of Dallas, Texas. I’m an early retiree who gets to work because I want to, not because I have to. If one of your goals is to do the same, I’m here to help. My mission is to educate, empower, and entertain people from all walks of life by helping them experience real breakthroughs in their lives through hope and financial freedom. My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work simply and immediately in your personal life. ” Now that all sounds amazing doesn’t it. And what makes it even more amazing is this guy wasn’t born with an inherent skill to make money, keep money and grow his stash of cash This guy was someone who as he says “I went from a money moron at age 22 to self-made millionaire 13 years later” He has made huge mistakes in his past, but has learnt from them. He has worked at filling in the gaps in his education to become a master of those mistakes. And now with his platform, and newly released Podcast “Financial Rockstar” he is rocking and rolling and loving life. So what was the moment when he realised that things couldn’t keep travelling on a one way journey to broke-ville? And is this something that can be done easily, or is it a case of sacrificing every bit of comfort and niceties in your life? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Scott Alan Turner Show Highlights During the show we discussed such indepth subjects with Scott Alan Turner such as: How Scott believes he could not have got to this point of success without the stumbles and falls he made financially as a young man. Why it is so important to work out where your money is going, so you can start to grow the areas where you have the greatest monthly shortfall. Why it is so important to work two jobs whilst you build at last six months of savings to ease into the world of entrepreneurial adventures. And lastly……… Why he sold his business for a handsome profit and knew within two days that it was time to get going again. A life sitting on a beach, sipping cocktails was not for him.  
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Online Income
Online Income anyone? Well my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who went from delivering pizzas for $8 an hour to creating a full-time online income in 1996. As he says "I created my first web business online from scratch in 1996. Within just a few months I was earning a full-time online income and quit my last dead-end job of delivering pizzas for living. Within 2 years I was being asked to share at some of the earliest internet business conferences. This business was eventually sold in 2004. I retired for 18 months before the itch started again to help other entrepreneurs with their online funnels and systems." And now in the past 20 years, he has personally helped thousands of clients set-up profitable Internet Lifestyles in hundreds of different markets through both his private and group coaching programs. He has been called one of the grandfathers of Internet marketing and was one of the first online marketers to demonstrate the power of email, generating $96,250 from one email to his list in front of a live audience. Now he spends his time helping small business entrepreneurs attract high quality clients, spot conversion cracks on their websites, and earn a big income even from small email lists. As he says "Way too many business owners accept long hours and stressful work as the only way to make it. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can have a great income and have a full life as well. Being a workaholic isn’t required…and it’s not even healthy. My motto is Earn More, Work Less, and Enjoy Life!" So back in 1996 the internet was a shadow of what it is today, so is it easier to achieve success and earn online income now or harder because of these changes? And what does he think comes first "The amazing idea that will change the world" or simply to turn the computer on and start dabbling? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Terry Dean Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Terry Dean such as: Why Terry sees Confidence being as one of the first hurdles to overcome when growing a business. You have to believe that you can succeed before you ever get a glimpse of what you want to create. "I have this audience what can i sell them" should be the first thing that people ask before starting the process of product creation. However very few people actually do this. Don't ever be nervous about speaking to people online or offline. Feedback is vitally important to the success of a business so get out there and start talking. and lastly…. Why nothing should hold us back from creating a business. Use the tools that are available to us across the web and start trying. You wont get it right straight away, but you wont ever get it right if you don't start.  
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Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is in the blood of todays guest. My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a young Creative Entrepreneur committed to changing how we talk about self-awareness. After living through some intense trauma as he was growing up and a near death experience when he broke his neck playing sport, he became obsessed with healing himself and trying to understand why people hide from the world and from fear.  After dropping out of Med School to follow his dreams and build a business that teaches what he has learned to others, he is now running that business working with universities to train their lecturers, schools to train students and hubs to train their entrepreneurs. He also works with people individually from trauma survivors who struggle to sleep right through to millionaires that don't love themselves and feel unworthy. The process of is always the same but the unique perspective a person will take on that process is always different.  As a person he is dedicated to experiencing joy and helping create as much of it as he can in the world. When he is not helping people eradicate suffering from their life and quitting their job to chase their dream, he can be found in the gym, reading about science and history, or talking for days about the NBA and human consciousness. So did he need the rough times in his life to really blast big in his life, or was this just part of his journey? And when did the big dot occur in his life, that really showed him the path that he is travelling on today? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only MJ Fitzpatrick  
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Self Esteem
Self Esteem can hold anyone back, and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who when you read his professional bio seems like so many others out there today He is an artist, entrepreneur, & CEO of a holistically focused, multi-million dollar software company called Simplero. He is passionate about helping online business owners do exactly what brings them most alive & is currently bringing all of his gifts—including music, spirituality and personal growth—into an exciting new video show called The Calvin Show. Similar stuff. But then read the personal from the heart stuff and you can see that this guy is very different in many ways. As he says "Fifteen years ago, I was completely shut down. I had really low self esteem, and a self worth at minus a billion. Every breath I took I felt like I was stealing the air from people who were more worthy than me. I felt like I always had to produce in order to stay above board. It was a never-ending struggle. I was emotionally completely shut down. My head was all that mattered. My feelings were just a nuisance that most of the time I had no connection to. To my mind, my body existed to ferry my brain around. I remember watching the movies once, and there was a very powerful scene about love and loss. I felt something that I recognized as tears pressing to come out. And even though I actually wanted to cry, I just couldn’t. That lasted until I was in my late thirties. Only then did I really start to open up. There came a time where I cried. A lot. It felt great. I had so many unfelt emotions stored up inside me. Meanwhile I was a struggling entrepreneur. Always wanting to be successful at any cost. If I weren’t successful I might as well kill myself. I thought about it many times. That balcony looked tempting. I remember getting into coaching and personal growth, and thinking “I want to do something with this some day”. But it was always about being successful first (at something else). Without the success I had no worth." So how has he crossed that bridge from trying everything with little success, to finding the things that work the best for him? And does he look back and think, "I could have done this so much quicker if I could only go back in time?" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Calvin Correli Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Calvin Correli such as: Why men are so unwilling to show their emotions in their lives, and what a stupid premise of holding ourselves back from letting go. How he came about creating the company Simplero, and the steps he took to bring the company to fruition. Why he believes in a principle of surrendering to life and just allowing life to guide him to what he wants to do. and lastly…. Why Calvin takes the time to allow the space in his life to allow the good things happen. Limiting meetings and outside distractions to give the freedom to build success. 
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Nomad
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free business podcast interview, is a man where you think where do I start? This is a man with three distinct areas of his life, which he calls his key stories. One being an explorer, one being an adventurer, and one being the start of his entrepreneurial life. When he was in Berlin back in 2006, he was like all of us, and was in a bit of a funk. He was studying computer science, but had no idea how to make a living from the subject that he was learning. And we hear this time and time again from people across the world. You start in a world of confusion, unsure of anything, even what you are doing at that time, but that is ok. Even though throughout your life you may have times when you are lost and unsure of your next move you only have to do two things. Gain as much knowledge whilst you are in that position, as there are gifts in your confusion. And then secondly say “Yes” to things, to put yourself in new experiences where those learnings start to make sense. And that is what our guest did, as without a clue to his future, a friend phoned him one day and his life started to change forever As he says” I got a call from a friend who’s hobby it was to use an old press ID card to sneak into expensive conferences to network and eat free food. He said: “You need to come to the Hyatt Hotel, there is a Ruby on Rails conference and the food is amazing”. “Ruby on what??” he replied. It was a fairly new programming language back in 2006. Free food sounded good though, so an hour later he was standing at the buffet and filling my plate with heaps of tasty salmon. A recruiter standing next to him, who had paid $1000 be there, asked if he wanted a job – working with Ruby on Rails! He pretended to have some experience and accepted this offer. From that moment on, while studying, he worked 2 days a week programming in various startups as a freelancer, all thanks to his desire to eat fish.” And that is where we will start today’s episode of Join Up Dots, even though I have no idea myself where this conversation is going to go. So does he still have episodes of confusion in his life, or is it now a seamless journey of experiences and success, as he travels around the world inspiring others to create a life on their own terms? And does he look back at his life and now see gifts in the dark times when he didn’t have a clue, which powers the belief to keep moving forward in his life? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Fabian Dittrich.  
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Relationships
Relationships rock and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is rocking and rolling and quite simply it seems loving her life more everyday....due to relationship building. And it's not a surprise as during the show I am sure that you will agree, she is on the path that is right for her. She is a leader, author, motivational speaker, trainer, and coach. And has over the last few years helped tens of thousands of individuals, entrepreneurs, and organizations effectively identify their unique purpose. Finding the thing that they do better than anyone else, and then bringing that value piece to the world. After building her education through the Life Of Hard Knocks, she understands what it takes to overcome insurmountable obstacles, in business and in life, while in pursuit of your purpose as anyone who knows our guest describes her as an experience. She is as close as a human being can ever be to a human doing. As she says "What I do is simple. I find an idea that's different and valuable, and then build it with a team. Swiftly, and relentlessly. I do this by a rare process of how to fit people together, that goes far beyond just connecting them. I have built several businesses since my early twenties and learned that in business and in life, “Relationships Are Everything." And now she has put this system all in a form that's easy to learn and apply: The People Catalysts And with her new podcast, her thriving coaching business, and of course her speaking profile soaring everyday....it certainly appears that as she says people are all around us so lets use them. Let's find the skills that we don't have. The passions for a task that we need. And see the results come in. So was this always part of her plan in life, who like most people did she stumble over this process several times before seeing it as the gold? And which part of this dream life is she not happy with, or is it all 100% where she wants it to be? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Karla Nelson. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Karla Nelson such as: We discuss the optimistic nature of entrepreneurship, and why focusing on the benefits can really push you through the hard-times. Why a ten work period is Karla's belief of the perfect length of time before taking a break from your business. Why we should all aim to be dreamers in our work, but in a framework of teamwork and collaboration. That is how results come quickly and lastly…. Karla's share her biggest business advice with her kids , and why there is a chance that this advice will come back and haunt her in the future.  
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Coaching
Transformation is an amazing life changing concept, and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has lived a life of transformation. With an inspiring story of hardship, pain and an emergence as one of the best thought leaders in the world today After coming through tremendous challenges (including drug addiction, anorexia & depression), she became a recognized national leader in her field as a registered nurse, speaking at international health conferences, being nominated for a special regional health award for her national work in training doctors & nurses throughout New Zealand as powerful change agents & was a finalist for the New Zealand Emerging Speaker of the Year in 2013. She received high accolades for her work as a national project manager with her work being featured at national conferences. Which is all very powerful stuff, but doesn't excite me as much as the moment in her life when she felt she was on the wrong path. The ladder she had been climbing was on the wrong wall, as despite a thriving career, she then let it all go to pursue her life calling of empowering billions globally to wake up and deeply own their power. She founded GameChangerLive, her 2-day highly acclaimed transformational workshop which is run through Australasia & South East Asia, and her three month advanced breakthrough program, GameChanger High Performance. And now it seems that she can't stop pushing the bubble of comfort that she found herself in, in fact we all find ourselves, to take bolder and bigger actions. So does it all come down to the simple moment of responsibility? We realise that we are the only ones that are responsible for our own lives, so have to take the action? Or is there much more to making a life exciting and empowering? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kate O'Brien Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Kate O'Brien such as: Why she was willing to post naked photos on her website and why social media is such a world of fake news nowadays Kate shares how she came to the realisation of what she wanted to do in life, and the steps she took to make it happen (even having her husband pound the streets in a suit and tie) How Kate can see that her early healthy issues have become such a huge positive in her life and actually showed her the way to where she is today. and lastly…. Why it makes so much sense to share risk around in your life. Yeah make things happen, but dont burn every bridge that you have to make them happen. 
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Photography
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lifestyle portrait photographer and image content creator who works with high-level entrepreneurs and thought leaders of various industries to produce high-quality, highly-captionable images that present informational, entertaining and inspiring aspects of their brand to their followers. More than just a photographer, our guest sets his clients up for success beyond the portrait session by coaching them on how to best leverage their image content for their websites, social channels, blogs, publications, advertisements and various other needs. But you can certainly see a path that has joined the dots amazingly well, as after leaving New York-Hunter College with a BA in Media Studies, he freelanced as a Production assistant for HBO, whilst continuing his studies to gain an MFA in Television Production And then for over 17 years worked as a television producer, and as a portrait photographer expert on several NBC Universal daytime talk and reality shows. So the dots lined up for him to go out alone and create his own production company, which he did in 2014, as he says “While my business began as a full-service photo/video studio, drawing upon my 16 years of video production experience, I now focus solely on serving thought leaders and entrepreneurs by providing them versatile, high-volume, high-production value image content that can be used for all of their content needs. There’s a lot more to my sessions that simply taking pictures; before, during and after each session, I help direct my clients so that they can maximise value from our session. I help them identify their content needs, determine the types of images we must capture to fill those needs, and then execute the game plan.. Its nice to live the dream daily” So was this a passion he persused through education and career, or like so many of us, just started to doing something until the passion was found? And what is teh hardest part of building his business, the sales and lead generation, or acually the content production? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only John DeMato. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with John DeMato such as: How John recalls how he got to the point in his life where he found that his internal compass was pointing in the wrong direction, and the steps he took to getting it where he wanted to point. How John manages to draw out the real character and personality in a photo, and why he feels it so important to do that thing. Why John can now see that through his business clarity comes confidence, and with confidence comes value. Its a real circle of development that you have to go through. and lastly…. We find out why John talks about his life as being within the matrix and outside the matrix and why he would never go back to where he was. 
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Fitness
Think you know fitness? Well todays guest is a lady with more energy, than the most energised person you can think off. Yep, think of the person you know the most who runs, leaps, and bounds out of bed earlier than anyone, and they will look like a couch potato compared to this lady. In the last few years she has completed the 3 Peaks Challenge, Adventure racing in Borneo, Cycled London to Paris in 24 hours, Cycled London to Amsterdam in 48 hours, Completed The 3 Peaks Cycle Challenge (cycling 430 miles and climbing the 3 highest peaks in the UK) in 3 days, Learnt how to become an alpine mountaineer, Climbed Mont Blanc And that is just some of the things that has challenged and pushed her onwards to greater and greater successes in her life. I got tired just reading the list out. But like most of us that end up doing amazing things, her life going into the adult working life was anything but remarkable. During college she performed many various tasks within an office environment and due to her boundless enthusiasm and passions for the tasks, moved through the ranks quickly impressing everyone that she met, wherever she worked. Focusing her talents on culture building, start-ups, marketing and being the best that she can be, she thrived in the corporate world. But it was when she moved away from the world of the grey suits, that she has expanded her impressive resume of doing the things least expected and doing them better than most As she says “I believe that it is through challenging ourselves that we stretch our limits, break down barriers and realise we can achieve far more than we think. We raise the bar of what we expect from ourselves, develop confidence, resilience and drive and go out to achieve more across all areas of life. This is what has happened to me and I’m on a mission to give you the inspiration and tools to be the very best you can be and get the most out of your life.” So how did she manage to overcome the fears that hold so many of us back as we look to having rich and fulfilling experiences in our lives? And how has she managed to become so supremely fit, in so many different areas, and still keep on having the passion for more? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Sophie Radcliffe. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics such as: How as a child she always had a passion for being dirty, running around and wanting more than she was getting in her life. The fires were always burning within her. Why she states “That you have to make bold, inspired decisions, and have courage if you want to change your situation” Why she thinks it is madness that so many companies allow their most inspiring, motivational and driven members of staff to just quit and walk away…….and I am in total agreement of this. How we must allow ourselves downtime to recharge both the body and the mind to come back stronger. We are just human batteries after all. And lastly…… Why everything in life is simply a case of taking babysteps towards the future you want. If you do something everyday you will make progress.  
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Life List
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who was one of the first people ever to join up dots with me on the show. Back on episode 11, we discussed his journey from a position where he was diagnosed as clinically depressed, overweight, with limited motivation, but knowing that he had to do something and do something fast. And at those points in ones life when big changes are needed, so the big questions were needed to be asked. Our guest did that by asking "Why Am I Here? and then started taking action. His professional life began flourishing, his personal life improved, and after creating his own company, publishing his first bestseller “SEO Secrets”, presenting to crowds of interested folk who flocked to hear his message, he knew it was time to reevaluate once more. He increased his focus on self development and happiness, and created his first “Life List” which quite simply he states “Was the best decision he ever made!” Setting himself a target to achieve 150 things by May 25th 2017, he set off on an adventure which is nothing short of inspiring. He lost 60 pounds, ran a marathon, sold/donated all his possessions until only owning less than 100 things, paid off all of his debts, became much more spiritual, visited all 7 continents, reconnected with friends and family and became happier than he had ever been before. And with items such as flying a plan, being on a chat show, seeing Mt Everest, getting a six pack, and living in the wilderness for a month, being just a few items on the list you can see it is a stretch of belief, as much as perseverance. But that is just one side of his story as his professional experience is also a wow too. His expertise as a SEO expert, has been cited in Time Magazine, NPR, NBC, PC World and has been translated into over 10 languages. He has spoken at Yale, the University of Washington and numerous conferences around the world. According to analytics data, his written work has been accessed in almost every country in the world. So where do we start...with the culmination of the bucket list adventure, or how he has gone from a demotivated guy, overweight and lost to a man who seems like he hits a home run every-time he swings. Well let’s just start by bringing onto the show to start joining up dots the one and only Danny Dover. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Danny Dover such as: Danny tells us how he has managed to find the time and money to achieve his life list, and you will discover it is more to do with subtraction and prioritising than anything else. Danny reveals the big wins from completing his Life List (and they certainly what I was expecting) but so valuable to all of us. We discover the big fact of how long it takes to get a six pack, and whether he has managed to cling onto it after achieving that aim. and lastly…. Why we should all consider the power of attempting monthly life-lists of small achievable things occurring locally. Breaking lifes routine can be the quickest way to a life that is a wow!  
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Leadership
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. She has written thousands of articles, columns, speeches and presentations. She is the author of two books: Trust Inc and Thoughts Spoken from the heart, where she brings expertise to her work that is grounded in behavioral and psychological principles along with 30 years of experience. She has worked across a wide range of industries and organisations within corporate, nonprofit, government, and business development domains, encouraging, pushing and setting guidelines for achieving high and consistent performance And now after decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, our guest has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it. And she has bound up all this knowledge within the covers of her new book “The Leadership Gap” what gets between you and your greatness which is coming out shortly. So of course its great to be great, but how do you push past those feeling of doubt and insecurity that all high achievers struggle with in their lives? And did she work to get to this point in her life, or as so many guests have revealed…it’s been a pleasant surprise to her, that her dots have led her to this point? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Lolly Daskal. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Lolly Daskal such as: Why we should realise that when things are hard, the more focus we put in the easier things will become. It may seem the harder route but will get us to where we want to be quicker. Lolly explains her theory that we all should just go for what feels right in your life, which is where success is waiting. Trust your gut to make the right decisions for you. Why so many people fail to reflect on their own lives due to their busy schedule, until someone reflects it back on them by their own failures and struggles. and lastly…. We discuss how the imposter syndrome can hold us back in our lives, unless we accept that perfection wont ever happen, just get on with it. 
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Persuasion
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is lady who believe me we all need to spend time with. Whether it's to make more money in our lives, to convince our bosses that we should be working at home in our PJ's, or to get someone to climb out of their PJ's and Whey Hay!! then it's all about being persuasive. As she says " I have used the science of persuasion to get ludicrous discounts from suppliers over and over and over again. And I didn’t even have to take my clothes off ;) Bag giant-ass contracts that everyone in the company had given up on, because I knew exactly which buttons to press. Influence people through written word…emails, blog posts, pitches or break-up letters…I did all and won most. I am also the office go-to person for softening down or toughening up the tone of critical emails, negotiate better timings, better rates and better treatment… often without a precedent. Now the interesting thing is when she decided to start an online business in April 2014, she told no one. "I didn't want to tarnish my reputation as a consultant, even my husband just knew I was starting a site, he didn't know what it was. I didn't even use my full name in the beginning, because I had a respectable Google presence." "I was intrigued by this idea of making money online. Consulting is trading dollars for hours — you get paid for what you work on. I'd always wanted to try something different and if I want to travel to visit family or take a vacation or travel back home, with an online business I can take my work with me." So in just three years, and with a site that was less than finished, she has hit the ground running, and now can teach us all how to make money online with none of the icky sales stuff that most of us get hung up by. So was three years about right to get her to where she is today, or does she look back and see many corners that she could have cut off in the timeline? And when did she feel comfortable enough to slam her name all over her work, sprinkle typos, and talk about "Toilet stuff" more than anyone I have interviewed before? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with with one and only Bushra Azhar Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Bushra Azhar such as: Why flattery is so important in business, as it makes both people want to be involved in working towards something that is mutually beneficial. Why Bushra never pitches unless she is invited to pitch to the other people. You have to be accepted into the persons life before ever attempting that for it to work like magic. Why being relate-able is such an amazingly powerful statement to make, which so many people online fail to understand. Be like the person that you are attracting and you are half way there already. and lastly…. Why it is so exciting to get your first online money no matter how much it is. And the best thing of all....those seeds you planted just keep on working. 
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Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur is a word that so many people like to attach to themselves, but what does it really mean? Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a traveling entrepreneur who is making his own life everyday.  And what really makes me love hosting a show like Join Up Dots, as in his own way he is part of my story….my dots. When I started getting the research together and reading about him, I thought “Wow, I know this man already. I have been telling his story to friends and colleagues for the last few years….he was one of my inspirations” AJ Leon is a man who went against all the rules, when he found himself at a crossroads in life. He had followed the path most expected, getting a good job, earning great money, and living a life that spelt Success with a capital S. But just when things couldn’t get any better, and a big promotion was on the cards he turned full circle and went in a direction that is 100% him.  He took the first steps to finding his unique self. And the rest as they say is history. As he travels around the world with his entrepreneur wife, he applies his great philosophy to life, which also forms the name of his website “the Pursuit of Everything.” He tries to live his life with intention, do work that truly matters, devote time working on projects that benefit those less fortunate than himself, and to give more than he gets. Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only AJ Leon. Show Highlights During the episode we discussed such weighty topics such as: How in life you have to keep on swinging before you ever hope to hit a home run, and its the misses that fine tune for when you hit big! How his wife to be wasn’t upset that he had quit his job three days before getting married, but instead was simply pleased to have him back. She had missed the man that she had fallen in love with. How he wrote down a two year plan of how he wanted his life to be, and used it as the bible to how he would operate from that point onwards. How he believes that many people could travel with freedom, but you have to decide on how much adventure you are able to deal with…he has a very high adventure level. And lastly….. How his career advisor told him that he shouldn’t think of going into business, as he should think about being a mechanic instead…nothing wrong with mechanics but shame on you Miss Mitchell!!!   
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Happy Birthday
Three years ago on the 30th April 2014 a little know podcaster wannbe from the UK decided to take a risk and release a new show called Join Up Dots to the world. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever imagine that this show, would become what he has and change his life forever. It really has been a rollercoaster from start to finish. And now almost three years to the day he felt it was only right to share his learning and knowledge with you all, as you start to think about creating your own dream businesses online or offline. So here are the top five things that he has learnt from creating, launching and running Join Up Dots for the last 1000 plus days. Enjoy  
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Be Great At Sales
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an man who has been in sales and publication since back in 1990. Starting his career as the sales manager for Self Magazine he worked for nearly a decade, in the world of publishing and sales via stints in Elle magazine, W Magazine and other such works. And through this period of work, you can see the first steps towards where he is today, and more importantly want is taking up his time. He is known as the Pitch Whisperer, who helps business owners go from invisible to irresistible with an elevator pitch. He teaches individuals, businesses and conferences how to build the momentum in gaining sales What he does is translate the left brain, technical speak into right brain imagination speak (where all selling happens) so people can present their offerings with a new-found confidence. The result is that its easier for the right people to say,"Yes"​ and share their vision with the same excitement. He achieves this with the 3C’s, making sure... 1) Their CONFIDENCE is at a maximum via incredible preparation 2) They have emotional storytelling skills for CONNECTIONS that are memorable and compelling 3) They're asking for a COMMITMENT that is irresistible. So did he always have the belief and understanding that storytelling is such a powerful component of selling a product or service? And when he looks back at his earlier career in sales and publishing, was this the key to where he is today? Did he need to operate in this area to develop the skills that he has today? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr John Livesay Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with John Livesay such as: John tells the story of how his Dad took a risk in his life, leaving his job to follow his passions and what an inspiration that was to him. We discuss how it is so easy to be knocked off path by comparing yourself to the success of others. Just get your head down and do the work How he was told by many people to go off and build his own brand, but was reluctant until finally taking the plunge and never looking back and lastly…. Why John is a great believer in the slide of faith to build income whilst you are still in employment. Dont burn all your bridges, but just set it on fire once you are established. 
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Passion
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is on a mission to help the world dream big, dream bold and then go out and make it happen. As she says ” I’m a dreamer and a doer, and if you have a dream, it’s mine to help make yours come true. I love stories. The true ones are the best, because they’re more exciting than fiction. I love helping write the stories of women like you who want more out of life than feeling like you’re not living up to your potential as an entrepreneur.” And she is certainly living up to the mantle of a been there entrepreneur, as after studying Creative Writing at Oxford University, and then gaining an MA in Communication at Baylor University, who history is littered with startups and interesting business ideas. It’s not often that someone starts a business based around making natural home and cleaning products, before become a breeder of high quality Arabian horses, before helping others across the world live a life that is brights, full of passion and their own. And that is what she is doing now, as alongside her previous still running businesses she spends her days envisioning, going after and accomplishing her desires and helping others do the same. A helper by nature, she has dedicated her skills as a mentor and public speaker to help women live their dream of leaving their day jobs to start their own business. And with her online platform Life With Passion, she is surrounding herself with more and more success stories of ladies who have now done just that. So where do people go wrong? Not dreaming big enough, or simply not starting? And if she could go back in time and change any of her own entrepreneurial ventures would she? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Christine McAlister Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Christine McAlister such as: Why she was so aware of where she wanted to focus her passions as a young lady, and the steps she took to make sure her dreams came true, even though it took her further away from her initial dream. Why she almost let her passion for horses be taken from her in her twenties due to listening advice of others, which is a lesson that she holds true to today. Never let someone else’s ideas become the ones that you live by. Why Christine made the decision to hire a coach and how she then saw massive improvements in her life and the opportunities in her business. and lastly…. Why being Bossy is in so many ways a key part her story, even though for many years she fought against it. 
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Small Business Success
Kavit Hara is todays guest on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an entrepreneur grounded in the age-old marketing principles, but using the latest technology advances to help small businesses thrive online. I know that this sounds very impressive, but in a nutshell today’s guest is a master at helping people finding their passions and creating thriving businesses based on those passions. That’s the dream really isn’t it. But the fascinating thing about this guy is although he now provides the fast-track to business success, he has been on an amazing journey to find those skills himself. Over a decade ago, he was determined to become the worlds best tabla player. Now if you don’t know what this is, imagine an Indian musician kneeling before two, what I would call bongos, then that gives you an understanding of what he played. And he played them very well, even performing with legends such Sir Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, and Donovan to name just three. But this is a very niche instrument to play, and as a tabla player, he went through the ups and downs of the typical struggling musicians life. For years he faced struggles to find opportunities to perform, create a band, record, gig and tour. And as he says “Not only was this an outer battle, it was an inner battle too. Struggling with self-confidence and a lack of marketing know-how, things never looked up.” And this is the key thing to everything. You can have the greatest product in the world, but if nobody finds out about it then you are dead in the water. So how did he decide that there was a gap in his knowledge, that probably wasn’t the most obvious gap for a table player to realise he needed to fill? And is there a common problem that he now sees time and time again with wannabe entrepreneurs? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kavit Hara Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Kavit Haria such as: How as long as you are willing to get up and keep on going then there isn’t failure in life, everything is just learning. Why most people managing a virtual team should fix clear goals and deadlines, but remain focused on the personal side of the team. Why none of us should wait until its time for retirement before looking for the dream-life, instead let’s focus on a whole life of amazing experiences. Why you shouldn’t subscribe to every newsletter you can at the beginning of your business , instead stay focused on just one or two high profile experts. And lastly…. Why he feels that entrepreneurs are the true change creators in the world, not the politicians, and how he wants to make big change himself. 
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Mini Adventures
How many times in your life do you look for the excitement and adventure? Perhaps on you vacations at Disney World you actively seek out the biggest roller coasters for the scary thrill. But what about in your normal life? Well if you are like most people then the last thing you do is try to shake things up and make things exciting and different. Well just this week, I spent a lovely day travelling around my local seaside town with the family trying to complete a treasure hunt. It was simple, it was cheap and it was a total break from the norm. I could have said, "No I have work to do actually", "I could have said "I rather would not!" But instead it was a "Yes, sounds good" and it was good. I set out my stall to have a good time and I did. And that is the key message to this show. By jumping in feet first and doing stuff, without trying to make things perfect or fully realised we get a real gift in our lives. As lets be honest, more often than not it won't ever be any better anyway. Life is more often than not about preparing to make things perfect in our lives, but actually what we get is a mild, diluted version of the Mini Adventure of what occurs when we leap. So in this episode we talk at depth about going for the quick gains in our life. We talk about just saying "Yes" and doing your best in life. And I promise you, you will be amazed at the results of that you get. Ready for the challenge? 
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Business Podcast
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast Join Up Dots is a man whose official bio states as an "international business transformation expert who specializes in turning around manufacturing, technology and service business's. His ability to consistently and quickly drive triple-digit growth is the result of his unique leadership style, breadth of experience and expertise in Lean Manufacturing methodologies." Sounds great, but of course on Join Up Dots we want to know more about how he got himself into this position. Where did he poistion himself straight from school to start the journey to where he is today. And this is an interesting one, as unlike most people who appear on the show, he hasn't jumped from role to role building up experience for many different companies and employers. Instead our guest today has been with the same company for over 21 years. Since 1996 he has been a professional interim manager normally acting in the role of Ops Director or MD for the Business Turnaround Group. where he goes into manufacturing/technology & service businesses that are under performing and turns them around. And now his has joined with Norwegian Serial Entrepreneur Erlend Bakke to bring to the world his new book 90 days to profit, which brings about all his learning's that have worked wonders for companies across the world. So with a degree in Industrial Relations and Marketing following from a diploma in Production Engineering, was this a path that he always envisaged himself being on? And what would be the key thing that someone could to today to make their business start going in the right direction? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Steve Shoulder Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with such as: Why Steve spends so much of his time dealing with people in business who are unwilling to change, and what he does to overcome the objections. How Steve found his latest business partner, and the steps he took to make sure that it was a rewarding partnership that works Why Steve created the content for his new book to be as entertaining as it is educational, and why he thinks that this is the way that learning should always be. and lastly…. We bring to the world the amazing story of why a group of Northern Englishman felt the need to hang a monkey after believing that he was a french spy....yes seriously. 
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Law Of Attraction
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an a lady who calls herself a global storyteller, metaphysician and entrepreneur. As she says "I’m truly devoted to teaching people how to follow their dreams, manifesting a life they love through the spirit of GIVING. My life has been filled with character-building moments over the years to get me to where I am today. I went from being a divorcee living out of a suitcase with two small children, to now living a life of FINANCIAL FREEDOM and ABUNDANCE with the love of my LIFE. My mission is to empower you to create a life you deserve filled with love, abundance and GIVING." Wow, positive statements to start Join Up Dots are always a great way to go. So in 2010, she made the decision to leave her first marriage. Within one year of learning the law of attraction, she finally found the gumption to ask for a divorce. After 18 months of waiting for her family home to sell she left a tumultuous 7-year marriage with only her suitcases and her two little boys with over $50,000 worth of debt. She didn’t know where she was going to live or how she was going to eat. Meanwhile, she had started her company 18 months’ prior there was only small revenue coming in. Although, her new freedom felt empowering, she felt alone and scared about how she was going to take care of herself and her children. So how did she do it? How did she clear $50,000 of debt, find her way, and then start getting noticed to build the success that she wanted so badly? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Janét Aizenstros Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Janét Aizenstros such as: Why the power of giving is such a big part of her life, and why it has always been the case even when things were tough for her financially. Why she left her marriage and the dots that joined up to force her to make that decision. The big goals that she has set herself, particularly in regards to becoming the first ever billionaire to ever live in Canada. and lastly…. How she came to the realisation that she was holding onto childhood issues that needed to be resolved before she could move forward. 
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Magic, Drugs & Prison
This is a magic episode for sure. If you listen to Join Up Dots on a daily basis then you will hear me wax lyrical when introducing a guest as I certainly like to do my research, but todays show is different. When my guest connected with us to request a place on the show, he hit me with this little tale and I didn’t think i could out do this little lot. So in his own words “On the day I turned 30 years old I looked around me and I knew things had to change. I looked up at the barbed wire toped concrete walls of the maximum security prison I had called home for the last 2 years and I wondered where everything had gone so wrong. Only a few years earlier life had been about fast cars, women and parties. I was born in England but schooled and grew up in Johannesburg in South Africa. I had a career in television that put me in peoples living rooms on a daily basis. I was a household name and people would ask me for my autograph when they saw me out and about. The choices I made led me to class A drug addiction and the results pulled the carpet from under my feet. Everything was gone within 3 months and I found myself living as a homeless man in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Johannesburg. Drugs lead to crime and crime leads to prison. After 9 months awaiting trail I escaped from prison. Two weeks later I was re-arrested buying drugs on the street. I was sentenced as a security risk prisoner and given 3 years without parol in a maximum security prison. Today things look very different and I live a happy and peaceful life with my wife Colette and my daughter Kristen. I run a number of successful online businesses that pay my bills, I have authored a book due for release in June and I am able to enjoy a balance in life through my work as a psychotherapist. “ Wow , what a story, but believe me there is so much more to the guys tale, the we could literally go three or four episodes and still not touch the surface. So looking back on his life as a famous TV magician, did he find it easier to to get to the top, than he has since getting out of prison and changing direction? Or was that just the starting point to what he would call his “Sweetspot”…..has he now found the path that he would say was truly his to find? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Kenneth Kelly Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Kenneth Kelly such as: How he found the ability to perform magic in his early days was a great way of finding acceptance with his peer group, as he felt very isolated. How me and Kenneth both have to deal with social anxiety on a daily basis. and the steps we need to take to handle the issue allowing us to perform to our highest level. He shares with is the moment that his career was well and truly finished, standing at a window looking down on the pavement deciding to jump, and what stopped him. And lastly…. Why his parents loved the idea of him becoming a magician at the age of seven, but told him to get a real job when he told them the same at eighteen…. is this a common occurrence across the globe?? Yeah of course it is!
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Time Management
Time is a problem. Chances are good that, at some time in your life, you've taken a time management class, read about it in books, and tried to use an electronic or paper-based day planner to organize, prioritize and schedule your day. "Why, with this knowledge and these gadgets," you may ask, "do I still feel like I can't get everything done I need to?" The answer is simple. Everything you ever learned about managing time is a complete waste of time because it doesn't work. Before you can even begin to manage time, you must learn what time is. A dictionary defines time as "the point or period at which things occur." Put simply, time is when stuff happens. There are two types of time: clock time and real time. In clock time, there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. All time passes equally. When someone turns 50, they are exactly 50 years old, no more or no less. In real time, all time is relative. Time flies or drags depending on what you're doing. Two hours at the Department of Motor Vehicles can feel like 12 years. And yet our 12-year-old children seem to have grown up in only two hours. Related: Looking for a New Payment Company? You're 'Due' for Some Good News. Which time describes the world in which you really live, real time or clock time? The reason time management gadgets and systems don't work is that these systems are designed to manage clock time. Clock time is irrelevant. You don't live in or even have access to clock time. You live in real time, a world in which all time flies when you are having fun or drags when you are doing your taxes. The good news is that real time is mental. It exists between your ears. You create it. Anything you create, you can manage. It's time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around "not having enough time," or today not being "the right time" to start a business or manage your current business properly. There are only three ways to spend time: thoughts, conversations and actions. Regardless of the type of business you own, your work will be composed of those three items. As an entrepreneur, you may be frequently interrupted or pulled in different directions. While you cannot eliminate interruptions, you do get a say on how much time you will spend on them and how much time you will spend on the thoughts, conversations and actions that will lead you to success. Related: Tips for a More Productive Day Practice the following techniques to become the master of your own time: Carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going. You'll see how much time is actually spent producing results and how much time is wasted on unproductive thoughts, conversations and actions. Any activity or conversation that's important to your success should have a time assigned to it. To-do lists get longer and longer to the point where they're unworkable. Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments. Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of your results. Schedule time for interruptions. Plan time to be pulled away from what you're doing. Take, for instance, the concept of having "office hours." Isn't "office hours" another way of saying "planned interruptions?" Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don't start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time. Take five minutes before every call and task to decide what result you want to attain. This will help you know what success looks like before you start. And it will also slow time down. Take five minutes after each call and activity to determine whether your desired result was achieved. If not, what was missing? How do you put what's missing in your next call or activity? Put up a "Do not disturb" sign when you absolutely have to get work done. Practice not answering the phone just because it's ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Disconnect instant messaging. Don't instantly give people your attention unless it's absolutely crucial in your business to offer an immediate human response. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls. Block out other distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business. Remember that it's impossible to get everything done. Also remember that odds are good that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results. 
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Creating A Business Around Virtual Staff
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who is on a mission to help the worlds entrepreneurs own their own successful business that can someday be run without the business owner pulling all the strings. Along with her team she will push her clients towards the first step in the direction of business freedom, time abundance and the ability to ultimately sell a business at a profit. Sound good...you betcha. But how has she developed herself to a position where she is rightly called the “Swiss Army Knife” for Business because of her knowledge of tools, automation and needs of the small business owner. Her ability to create the perfect solution to any challenge in the most cost effective way for the small business owner that is struggling with the business behind the business. Well she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Public Relations with an emphasis in Marketing and Event Planning from Grand Valley State University in 3 years, but it was when she struggled with the waste she experienced at the corporate level in large companies that the first steps to where she is today became to be realized. And due to the fact that most people only understand what they know,and unfortunately 80% of running a successful small business is NOT their trade knowledge, it seems as if she has a never ending conveyor belt lining up to work with her. So what is the hardest part of growing a service based company like her own? And does she look back at her history and think "Man if only I knew what I know now then we would have been rocking in record time!" Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Brook Borup.   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Brook Borup such as: Why she is so focused on building a team around her that will free her even more from her business, to tackle the things that fall within her own personal super talent. Why Brook believes that it is so important to spend as much money as you can possibly on hiring a VA. If you go cheap, you get cheap results. Why a great way to start a business is to simply look around at the people you already know, and ask them "How can I help you?" and lastly…. Brooke reveals her worst client ever....and you will be surpri