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Les Brown And The Bamboo Tree
Les Brown And The Bamboo Tree Intro 0:00 When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK, David Ralph. David Ralph 0:22 Yes, hello, Good morning, here. Good morning. And welcome to a Join Up Dots. This is a solo show, it's a solo show, it's just gonna be me, just gonna be me. But I've got things to say I want to, I want to talk to you guys, I want to talk to you about something that I get asked so many times, not by email, not by sort of listeners, but more often when I'm sitting with someone, and we go out for meal me and the wife. And me and my wife and my wife has this annoying habit. And she starts talking to the table next year. And it's all right, when they say sort of have a little chat, and then they disappear. But sometimes the people next to us kind of go, Oh, you don't mind if we join you and I joined another good. Okay. And so I end up talking to a lot of people that I've just gone out to speak to my wife, but just going out to have a lovely time. So juicing the old Why buy a bag of chips and a subway? I don't do any more than that, you know, is she worth it? After 400 years? Of course she is. But she likes a big subway. If you don't know why subway is across the world. It's like a big, ugly looking hot dog is kind of red. God knows what's in it probably the worst of humanity. And it has like little hard bits at the end, which it sounds disgusting. And you don't cook them, you just like lay him in boiling water. And I just thought simmer for a million years. But I love a subway, and my wife hates one. And they look they know, I'm not going to say that I actually censored myself here just for a second, it doesn't happen very often.  I've got this image in my head about Labradors. And kind of Let it out, let it out of the bag. But still, anyway. So we were sitting there the other night, and this family sort of sat next to us and the guy was talking about his job up in the city and stuff. And he made that fatal mistake of saying, I'd love to leave my job. I don't know what to do. And I'll keep my mouth shut, David, keep your mouth shut. And my wife didn't keep my mouth shut. And she said, Oh, we can help you with that. He's got his own business. And so the guy said, Oh, what do you do? And I said, How are you? I'm a podcaster of a podcaster? Oh, okay, um, can I hear you anywhere? Which is what I get that a lot. And what would be the point of being a podcaster? If I go? No, actually, you can't. You can't tune in. You can't. But they always say" Can I hear you anywhere?" No point would there be no point? And I said, Oh, yeah, you can get me everywhere you can get me on iTunes, you can get me on Stitcher, you can get me on tune in radio, you can get me on Amazon dot you can get me any way you want. But you use special man have got me here. And so he said to me, you know, what I'd like to do is I'm starting my own business. But I don't really know what to do. So I sat with him for a little bit. And we were sort of chatting about different things. And he was, it was a pleasant God. And Benny said to me the thing, which is what this episode is all about what this episode is all about. He said to me, you know, but how long do you think it will take? And I always want to say to these people, how the bloody hell would I know, you know, you can have the best idea in the world and sit there with your hands in your pants watching TV for six months, or you can get out there and you can hustle. And you can make it work in just a few weeks. And quite a few other guys that I've worked with paid on like mental balls. And now you've gotten their business up and running in just a few weeks a lot better than I did. But I suppose in the back of the, in the back of my mind in the in the old days, I wasn't really sure what I was doing. I was just kind of becoming a radio host. And I couldn't see how to make money. So it took me quite a long time to actually turn it into something profitable. But these guys have really done it in a short period of time. And I said to him, I said to him, Look, there's a storey there's a parable. And he said, Tell me, and I said you really want to know I said, because this isn't what you want to know. But it's what you need to know. I said, Have you ever heard about the Chinese bamboo tree? And he said, No, what space and I said, Look, there's this bamboo tree in in China, and you get them around the world. And it grows 90 feet in five years, which seems quite a lot. It seems brilliant. But the majority of time it doesn't do anything. It's just underground. And every day, you've got to come out and you've got to water this lump of ground and not see anything happen. But five years, every single day, 365 days a year, water on a bit of mud and next year, 365 days, water on a bit of money, you get the idea. And then you might ask your friends, I mean, you want to go off on vacation, but you say I need to water the mud, I need to stay here on water my mud and people will say I'll just leave it you know, if I leave it. If I leave it. It's never going to happen. I've got to keep on watering the mud, I've got to do it every single day. It won't make any difference. You could you could just leave a couple of days. I'll do it. I'll do it and the neighbour will say are come around and watermark. But you think No you won't. You barely feed me cat, let alone water the mud, I've got to do it myself. So every single day you go out and do it now. In the fifth year, suddenly it starts to sprout. And within the next six weeks, it grows 90 feet. It grows 90 feet. Now, the question is, as we will here in a moment, because I'm going to play a speech by Les Brown who talks about the same thing? Is it growing 90 feet in six weeks? Or is it growing 90 feet, five years, everything you do building into your business and building into your lifestyle. A lot of times you don't see the rewards, and you just sort of doing anything. It's not going anywhere. It's not going anywhere. But of course, you're watering your mud every single day you're watering your mud. And then little by little you go oh my god is I've actually getting a business here. I'm getting a business and people want me and people, people love me. And you can also with emotional and then us kind of gain clarity. And then it becomes easy becomes easier after that. But certainly with Join Up Dots, or, you know, many years, it was just watering mud every single day, I would come out here and like water it and then I'd record episodes and I put them out to the world. And I didn't know whether people were listening or not. Yeah, the audience speakers were going up, I wasn't getting any sort of communication from people. But I just kept on doing it. I just kept on doing it. And now it's shooting up, you know, it's shooting up like a like a movie stuffed tabloid every single day, every single day. It goes a little bit higher when it has some dips, but I'm happy with the progress you see. And we're talking about on another episode, but depths of business where you think it's only got to go one way. And when the dips come up, oh god, it's going wrong. It's going well, no, it's just being what it should be at that period of time. So let's listen to Les Brown. And he is a motivational speaker in America. And let's see what he says about the bamboo tree. And then of course, I'll see you at the other end. Ill see you in a minute, Les Brown 0:22 that is not going to happen as quickly as you want it to happen, a lot of things gonna happen that will catch you off guard. And so therefore you've got to deal with and handle it as it comes. And not only that, but that faith and patience drives you into action. You got to keep moving and keep plugging away. And the Far East have something that's called the Chinese bamboo tree. The Chinese bamboo tree takes five years to grow. And when they go through a process of growing it, they have to water and fertilise the ground where it is every day. And it doesn't break through the ground until the fifth year. Okay, but once it breaks through the ground, within five weeks, it grows 90 feet tall. Now the question is does it grow 90 feet tall? In five weeks? or five years? The answer is obvious. It grows 90 feet tall in five years, because at any time had that person stop watering and nurturing and idolising that dream that bamboo tree would have died in the ground. And I can see people coming out talking to a god. They're watering and fertilising the ground. That's not showing anything. Hey, what you doing? A long time, man. And the conversation in the neighbourhood is you growing a Chinese bamboo tree? Yeah, that's right. Well, even rates thousand feet of water. How long you been working on this? How long? Have you been working on your dream? And you have nothing to show. This is all you got to show. People don't do that to you. And some people, ladies and gentlemen, they stop. Because they don't see instant results. It doesn't happen quickly. They stop Oh, no, no, no, no, you gotta keep on watering your dream. When it began to happen, they stopped laughing they said, Look, whoa, look, it's bad. You know, you can do it look good. You got a job here. David Ralph 10:16 So if you ever meet me in a pub or a bar, we stop talking about these things. What is the question you should never ask? I'll give you a moment. There you go. didn't give you too long. But you should never ask how long is it going to take? Because you can't answer that. I could say it's going to take five years, it's going to take five minutes, you could hit a home run instantly. Who knows. But the one thing that you've got to do every single day without doubt, is water, that mud, you've got to go out and you've got to do something because all those little things that seem never to be connected, actually building the foundations of what you want to achieve. Every single episode of Join Up Dots has got a storey of nothing happening, just floating around just doing this doing that doing a dead end job. But all the experience builds up into something and then you can grow 90 feet in six weeks, you become the bamboo tree. So don't get dispirited, don't build down. Don't look at your own business and go it's not getting anywhere. Because I promise you is as long as you keep on doing it. Thank you so much for listening. Um, anybody who wants me and wants my help in any regard, drop me a line. Always happy to to chat with people who really want it and really are committed. And next time I will see you again. I don't know what episode you're going to get. But I'll tell you well, yeah, yeah, I got one. Look after yourselves. And I'll see you again soon. Cheers. Bye bye.
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Building a Million Dollar Coaching Biz Twice
Introducing Bernadette Doyle Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast is a lady with a fascinating story. Her entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 26 where she was successfully trading her time for money and found herself overwhelmed and constantly hustling despite how successful she was. After the birth of her first son, Bernadette found that her own success had become an anchor. As the demands on her time grew, suddenly she needed a team and to house and manage that team. Her previous business model was simply unsustainable. Soon after, Bernadette fully switched to an online model and soon found herself freed of her constraints. By packaging her expertise into products and online programs and connecting with customers by teleconference and webinar, she doubled her income in her first year as a new mother, all with time to spend with her family. By 2008, Bernadette had generated a million dollars in online sales and even masterminded personally with Richard Branson, all with the free time to be a single mother to her two children. How The Dots Joined Up For Bernadette As she says "What makes me unique is that I have built my own home-based business to the million dollar level not just once, but twice! The first time I did it by working hard, getting busier and frankly doing a lot of stuff I didn’t really want to do, but thought I had to do to be successful. Then I got a huge wake up call when my son nearly died that caused me to re-evaluate everything. The second time I did it, I did it with a much simpler business model that works around my family and allows me plenty of time off. Even though I no longer lead business events outside of my home town, I am still able to connect with and serve clients all over the world. So is she now living her dream-life or does she feel she is just tapping into what is possible? Well let's find out by joining up those dots, with the one and only Bernadette Doyle Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Bernadette Doyle such as: Bernadette remembers how she first saw the informational products selling online and knew her future was going to be very different indeed. Why it so important to screen clients and not let everyone into your products and programme. Be selective and find the gold Bernadette shares her assessment of the "non-energies" tasks she performs everyday, and why it so important to keep your energy levels up. We talk about how just one day away disconnected from everything can bring back an eight hour recharge to your life, And lastly...... Why clarity in business should always be the key thing to aim for......keep on asking yourself "does this make sense to the client?" 
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How To Stay Disconnected Like A Master
Intro 0:00 When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK. David Ralph. David Ralph 0:25 Yes. Good morning. Good morning to everybody. Everyone across the world. Thank you so much for being here with me. Can we have a group hug, which is WeChat a little arms round and squeezing, squeezing, squeezing? You know, I I've gotten apologies to me, I have gotten an apology to make I recorded a show the other day, called opportunities are everywhere. When we reference Lucas Gordon photography, and I listened back to it this morning, I just dipped into one of my episodes. And that was the one I chose was so fast, I was a little a little little over enthusiastic. I don't know what was the matter with me. So if you listen to that, and thought, My God, you must be on drugs or something. I agree with you. I agree with you. I don't know why I was going at it so fast. It didn't feel like it at a time maybe. Maybe I was just excited. Maybe I was just an excitable man. And, and it came out in my voice. So I do apologise, I do apologise, I'll try to get back on to normal track because I do know, I get a lot of people across the board across the board across the world from abroad, listening to Join Up Dots. And some of them say, I don't catch all what you talk about. But I enjoy the passion. Well, I don't think that one you would have called or enjoyed the passion at all. So I do apologise, I do apologise. I'm going to take it slow. I'm going to take it slow. Why Today's episode is from a listener. And I hope you like these little little listens as well. It's not just interviews, we're trying to, we're trying to change it around, we're trying to put a little bit of element of what you want into it. So some people might only have a little bit of time. Going for a little 14 minute Join Up Dots. Others I've got hours and hours when go for that one, trying to blend it. It's all about you guys. Anyway, this is an email that came through from Marcus archers from New Zealand. And Marcus says dear David, David, I listened to your show sporadically. And I've always been partial to listen to it more. I think this is brilliant. This sounds like a native, doesn't it? Yeah. Can't be balanced. I don't know why I go off elsewhere. But I guess I'm easily distracted. One of the things that you can talk about is making time to be disconnected from your business and the world. And I struggle with this majorly. And I would like to become better. Over best. Right? I think I tell you what I tell you. I was there. I was wondering the field batting of sheep left right in the centre there. I was going to be in the new new Lord of the Rings field. That's how good at my accent was where? Why did David? Because I think Australians do that sort of everything's a question at the end of the day, David, I listened to your show, sporadically. And always think I should listen to it more. You having sounding good. It's all that I know what it means something that when your voice goes up at the end, like a question, but it's not a question. But it's a question. That's what the LC is a monster. Okay, yeah. being distracted and disconnected from the world. And it is a big, big problem. And I think it's it's the major problem. I know, my kids struggle with it. My I think everyone struggles with it. And I, I'm very good at disconnecting. But I also having an online business, I feel that poor, I feel that poor like, everyone really, you know, the world has never been more connected. And no matter where in the world you are, you can send a message to anyone in another part of the world, as long as you both have internet connexion. I'm a member in the sort of 80s in the 70s. Anyone from the United Kingdom will remember this, you'd go on holiday to Spain, and you'd have to wait a week for the newspapers to turn up. And so he was always a week behind the football results. He was always a week and one person would get the paper and you share it around with anybody else. It was like it was it was like a drug deal. But you go How can I have 10 minutes? In an hour? Can I have 10 minutes I newspaper done? I want I've gone back into that accident. I just like doing it. I really do. And yeah, but now you just got being and you just never never away from stuff is it's annoying, but it's the way it is. It's the way it is. Right. Also, I think one of the issues is that all these devices out there are designed to make you actually want to get hooked up to them, you can't fight it. They are like psychological experiments being paid on us. So that we will feel that desire. That's what it designed for. And as soon as you realise that Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter and all the social media platforms are designed by people, I'm getting a lot slower today. And I I feel I feel more in control of everything. And they're in designed by people who are actively trading on our emotions, our stress levels, our need to not miss out on those kind of things. And once you realise that, and you realise that they're playing on a kind of internal algorithm, it's easier to stop. Okay, so some of the things that I actually do, right, I don't look at any games, well, I don't have any gadgets, I have my PC in Join Up Dots, HQ. And I have this morning laptop, which I'm going to get rid of because it started not logging on. And so I spend 1015 minutes trying to get it to work. So I'm actually going to get rid of it. So I'm now down to just my PC. So when I turn that off, I've gone. Absolutely no one on earth will be able to get me. But I've started to limit my amount of time I come to my office. And if I do come to my office, what I used to do is leave my computer on all the time, and I could just come along and boom hours easy to turn on. Now I'm turning it off. So I might come up here to read a book, I might come here to plan something. But actually getting into the online world, I don't unless I actually have to turn my computer on which once again is a little barrier for me to do. But you can certainly eliminate gadgets for one hour before sleep and after wake up. So my daughter will reach out and before our eyes even open in the morning, she's got her phone, and she's reaching and dragging it under the covers. So she's hi asleep, but she knows that she needs a phone. My wife needs a phone by the side of a bed. In case of emergencies. I go, what emergencies Are we going to have? Everybody that you love is basically in our house, or vape got people to support them, you know, you know, Batman woman, you know, getting a suddenly ever dot appear on the ceiling and you've got to go out and solve crime during the night. You don't need to have your phone on all the time. I just turned the notifications up. She doesn't talk about that. And I say no. Is that gonna be all the notifications because my wife's not good. We got a new radio, we got a new alarm by the side of the bed because she decided that the light of the previous one that we've had for a million years was too bright. It was too bright. It is keeping me awake. Well, if you hear the snoring, I don't think it is. But anyway, so we've gone to this other one that you can dim down. And she doesn't like the buzzer, because it sounds like a lowly reversing. You know they do that noise. And it actually gets louder. So you actually feel like you're gonna back to be run over and you sleep. And so you suddenly panic, but a law is just going to crash your head. But when you go, Oh no, it's always the alarm. So she doesn't like that. Now she's going for the radio. And now, the other night, she set the radio to come on at half past 12 in the morning, panicked. And they went out for God's sake, why is it doing this? Probably because you programmed it to do that. And then reset it again for half past two in the morning. So we had the radio burst into our life all the way through the night. But it wasn't, it wasn't the devices fault. It was the wives. I'm telling you that don't say anything, but it was the white spot. So what you need to do is reach out and turn off all your devices before and after wake up and have that set into your your routine. And turn off all your notifications. It doesn't only save battery life, it also saves you from a lot of distractions turn up all your push notifications from email, chat, social media, your application. If it's really really urgent, somebody will knock on your door for example, you know, people won't be drowning. I'm drowning, I'm drowning, I'm drowning. Send a text message to your best mate. That wouldn't happen. You would shout out Help me Help me, you know, urgent doesn't happen. And as we're talking about emergencies, do this as well. Because I get this a lot when people say to me, you really haven't got a phone, you haven't got a phone? Oh, no, I haven't got a phone. What do you do in emergencies? And I always say to him, when was the last time you had an emergency? And I go Oh, no, no, it does happen. I got When was the last time. And I would say to all of you if you're in that light? Yes, there's emergencies all the time. just jot it down and jot it down on a scale of one to 10. When you get something through, was that an emergency did that need it now. And you'll see you rarely ever. If anything I once broke down on the Alps, I was 12,000 feet up in a car with broke down, couldn't get it going. And my dad had an emergency phone, thank God because otherwise I don't know what we would have done that I think in my life is the only emergency I've ever had. Okay, doesn't really happen. Now, if you do need to have all these phones around you keep your phone in the drawer while you're working. Just just lock it away. And just try to think to yourself, now keep it there. And when you get that urge in your stomach, because you do you get a bit tense Do you get a bit twitchy just being said, Well, I'm feeling twitchy. I'm feeling twitchy, I'm going to go for another 10 minutes, don't beat yourself, I'm leaving it in there forever. Because you won't do that. That's like trying to lose 30 stone in a month. Just leave it in there go right now I can do another 10 minutes, I'll do another 10 minutes is now 1106, I'm going to wait to 1116 before I get back and start increasing it little by little 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, because you are trying to break free from an addiction. These devices are created. So you're addicted, it's the way they work. But you can't go cold turkey because it just won't work. Now, one of the things that I don't understand, but one of my mates says he does is he has only one device for checking social media. He can he can get Facebook, on your desktop, on your laptop on your smart phone, even on your Apple Watch. So you're checking everywhere, he now is it all through into one device. Now I've got one and it's called a man's name. I can't think what it is. But I put it in the links. And I haven't used it for a while. That's why I can't remember. But it has LinkedIn it has Facebook on it has all the notifications and I can go on to it. Within one second, I can see and turn it all off. So instead of going into Facebook and going into here and going into a or whatever, or having all the notifications, I don't have any notifications at all, I just have this one device, whatever it's called now coming was called is something to do with Roman is come to me. And I just log on once every three days or something and I have a quick look. And bang, it's done. Okay. Now, then the next thing that I would do, and these are the kinds of things I do, I have a thing called stay focused on Chrome, which I can programme my favourite websites. And we all have websites that were desperate to get into and we're going to check mines BBC Sport, are can go on to BBC Sport and find out where this football players being transferred. And that is not necessary. But I do. So I limited and I give myself 15 minutes a day on this website. And when it closes down, and it won't activate again till the next day. And you can set it up stay focused on Chrome. It's a free app. And it's brilliant. And as I say I look at it and I think to myself running out and running out I've got to do it bang is gone. And that's it. I just have to walk away from it. And so I prepare. And I think to myself, I have I got 15 minutes, yes, I have because what I don't want to do is it sort of waste of time, I want to make the most of it. Once again, your chance to do now somebody else told me what what they do, I have over sort of like the summaries of the websites, come to them in an email. So I can just scan down. I don't know how that's done, if anybody knows how that's done. But that's what he does. email comes through, it gives over sort of highlights of the website changes, and you can scan down and you can just keep up with it. Okay. And the last thing that I would say is go to emails once a day, okay, just just once a day that there's nothing, the problem is in business, people use it to talk, they don't use it to actually confirm, they just use it to communicate. So you're in there all the time sending two line emails back and forth, because you're too lazy to walk across the desk. If that is you then say to your colleagues, no, I'm not going to do this until 12 o'clock lunchtime, and bed, I'm going to open it up anything he wants saved about time, and I will respect or we can talk face to face. Because in the online world, email still remains the most personal way of online communication is it this is where the most important engagements happen, tweets and all those kinds of stuff it is. So bullet points, this is the big stuff. And so social media, like Friendster and multiply, have come and gone, all these kind of things, but email still remains and it always will. So limit yourself. Don't think that it's important. It's not if it is important in your company, your boss will come across. And if he's just sending an email expecting you to respond straight away, then it's not, it's not okay. So that there are kind of things Marcus, but I do. But the main thing that I do is I don't have a phone. I push everything now into messenger, and email. That's the only two ways that you can communicate with me away from that I don't look at anything. And I'm just aware of it. And I'm not a month, I still feel that that pole, that desire to check into these things. But by doing that, and just being aware and try to do 10 minutes and then make it 20 minutes and try to do an hour you will start breaking that addiction. And then you can do a day two weeks, you know, I can do a month at a time not look at anything. I probably could do longer than that now to just the way that I've organised it. So let me know Marcus, if you've managed to do anything and you try to stay disconnected and focus because it's a real game changer. And I will promise to practice my New Zealand accent. I really will. I'm gonna really Tommy best to do that. Until next time. Look out yourselves everybody. Thank you so much for being here and I will see you again soon. Bye bye. Unknown Speaker 15:48 That's the end of China. Unknown Speaker 15:51 You heard the conversation. Now it's time for you to start taking massive action. Unknown Speaker 16:01 QB create your life easy only life. Unknown Speaker 16:07 Will be back again real soon. Join Up Dots Join Up Dots Join Up Dots Unknown Speaker 16:15 Jolly Jolly.
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Pete Matthew - Meaningfulmoney
Introducing Pete Matthew Today's guest joining us on the show is a man who needs no introduction. Not if you are in the world of saving money, investing wisely and making the most of you cash. In fact he was first on the show back a couple of years ago, beaming in from his mansion in Cornwall. He is a Financial Planner, Podcaster, Video Blogger, Social Media Trainer. Managing Director of Jacksons Wealth Management. 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, Meaningful Money. Through video, podcasting and social media I am reaching thousands of people every week with my simple financial planning message. How The Dots Joined Up For Pete  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. I also 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. And now he is bringing all that information into one place, to make it easier than ever to get out of debt and increase their personal wealth with the Meaningful Academy. Split into three parts Financial Foundations being built first, then Building Worth, and Enjoying Your Money coming soon. So are there quick and painless things we can do to get our finances in control? And with the effort it takes to build a platform like he has, does he ever come close to burnout and content indecision? Well let's find out with the one and only money messiah, the financial freedom fighter, the debt destroyer the one and only Pete Matthew. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Pete Matthew such as: Why Financial Independence is a choice, and something that should be learnt from a very early age. How the haters can always get through to you, but you have to realise that its a badge of honour for them to contact you. How the damage to our mental health referenced in the book "Digital Minimalism: On Living Better with Less Technology" is something that we have to bring into family life. And lastly...... Pete talks openly about the assistance he gets to make firm decisions to Meaningful Money, which perhaps he wouldn't be able to see otherwise How To Connect With Pete Matthew Website Facebook Linkedin Twitter Return To The Top Of Pete Matthew If you enjoyed this episode with Pete Matthew, why not check out other inspirational chat with Clayton Morris, Dorie Clark, and the amazing Niall Doherty You can also check our extensive podcast archive by clicking here – enjoy Audio Transcription Of The Pete Matthew Interview Intro 0:00 When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK, David Ralph. David Ralph 0:24 Yes. Good morning, my young friends. Thank you so much for being here on another episode of Join Up Dots. Yeah, do you need another episode? Of course you do. And today's one is one I actually woke up in a little bit excited because this man is is he's a mentor to me and he should be a mentor to every one of us out there from the UK to America to Bora Bora to anywhere that has money issues. Now he is a guest joining us on the show and we literally he needs no introduction. Not if you're in the world of saving money investing wisely and making the most of your cash. fact he was on the show back a couple of years ago, beaming in from his mansion in Cornwall now. He's a financial planner, a podcast or a video blogger, social media trainer, and managing director of Jackson's wealth management and best of all, he can teach us how to take control of our cash in ways that simplify and are quite simply life changing. As he says I'm a certified financial planner and Chartered Financial Planner providing fee based holistic financial planning advice in Penzance West combo. I'm also I don't like this bit, an award winning podcast. I've never won anything. I've never even won a bloody swimming badge, but he's got an award and he's a video blogger to now his passion is to spread the word that anyone can take control of their personal finances. I'm fulfilling this passion by my Financial Education website and podcast meaningful money through video podcasting and social media and 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 or a basic instructional video. Now through my work with this site, I was also awarded IFA is a life social media financial advisor of the Year award in 2010. I also wonder professional advisor financial education ward in both 2011 and 2012. And if that's not enough, he also received the Scottish widows award for industry innovation in 2014. And was also named UK podcast of the Year in 2013. Right and now he's bringing all that information into one place and make it easier than ever to get out of debt and increase their personal wealth with the meaningful Academy split into three parts financial foundations being built first, when building worth and enjoying your money coming soon. So quick and painless things we can do to get our finances control. And with the effort it takes to build a platform like yours. Does he ever come close to burn out and content indecision? Well, let's find out with the one and only the money Messiah, the financial freedom fighter, but debt destroyer, the one and only Martin Lewis no I mean, Pete Matthew Pete Matthew 3:23 What an intro. Nobody does intros lucky, my friend. Nobody does intros like you. Great to be here. David. You're David Ralph 3:29 right. It is lovely. It's lovely. And can I ask Pete Matthew, can I ask you you saw my nipples earlier? And I'm worth it looking good for a man of my age. Pete Matthew 3:40 Yeah, I saw him for a brief second because my retinas dissolved. And now they were looking good. My friend for a man, you're, I do David Ralph 3:48 apologise. It's very hot in the United Kingdom at the moment. And as podcasters we can't afford things like air conditioning and fans, we have to just go through the pain barrier to bring it to you don't. Pete Matthew 4:00 Yeah, we showed there. It's boiling in here is all I'm in the shorts and a T shirt very seriously thinking about taking the T shirt off. So it's good job. It's audio only. This is not a mansion, by the way. I'm talking to you from a cupboard. But you know, David Ralph 4:12 Yeah, I know. But I've seen I've seen where you live. I've been I've been going into sort of financial advisors net worth and your your album. Now the thing I remember you being on the show last time, and it is stuck with me. And it's funny, every podcast episode doesn't stay with me. Unless every now and again, something hits home. And for some reason, and I remember you saying that you went to a financial conference. And as she was pulling up, you saw all these financial advisors with their BMW, Mercedes. And you were thinking, well, that's not very good. You're taking a loan out perfect. How are you providing good financial advice? And that was kind of the starting point to it. Oh, do you look back at those days and think, you know, well, things have moved on. And people are really reclaiming their financial control over people still making the same bizarre things by getting out car loans and stuff where quite simply they can't afford it. Pete Matthew 5:07 A lot of people are still doing that, I do think there is a beginning of a ground swell to taking control of finances, just as there has been an increasing sort of focus on taking better care of our health through eating and exercise and things like that. And if you compare it to where we were in, you know, like 1985, or 1990, or something, you know, you see the kids these days coming out of college, and they're all ripped, right? Because all boys are spending time in the gym stuff. And the girls, you know, they're all looking a lot better than I did when I was 1617. And so I think there is a bit removed towards that. And I think that is now beginning to happen with the with the area of financial sense, financial management as well, which I'm very encouraged by a large part of that is due to what's often called the fire movement, financial independence movement, which is massive in the US really starting to ignite over here too. So I'm excited by it's extremely positive, I think for the future. David Ralph 6:06 Because I had a guy on the show recently, choose f5 choose financial independence, and he was a lovely guest. And at the beginning, I said to him, yeah, I'm financially independent. He said, Well, that's brilliant, good on you. And as we started talking, I thought, Oh, I'm not financially independent at all. Because I actually still have to work for a living, I have to do things. Is that something that we should be aware of? But literally, we do have that opportunity to be purely financially independent by buying pieces of land or renting out properties? Or is it all about as we talk about passive income online businesses, training courses and stuff? Pete Matthew 6:44 Well, I think is probably a bit of all sorts, it's certainly more complex than it than it most people might think it would be. I'm actually, as it happens about four hours from now interviewing Brad and Johnson from choose f5. Myself, David Ralph 6:58 how are you connected? That Pete Matthew 7:02 that's because you introduced me to them for which I'm very grateful, sir. So I'm looking forward to that those guys are prime movers over there, along with like, Mr. Money moustache, in that whole area, essentially, financial dependence is really about choice, you work out of choice rather than necessity. So passive income, the whole Smart Passive income, Pat Flynn, all that sort of stuff that I mean, certainly Pat Flynn would never suggest that it isn't still work, you know, even passive income requires some upkeep. Yeah. But really, for me, the definition of financial independence is not having to work because either you have other income streams, or you have sufficient capital from which to draw to sustain your day to day lifestyle. So there's a whole load of nuance to it. And there's a million ways you can provide either that passive income or you can amass the capital that you need. So as ever these things as a detail underneath the headlines right? David Ralph 7:56 Now, I am not a financial guy, I kind of control I've got to two for now, really. But for the wider sense. I wasn't an opportunity monkey picking the day I used to go to work. And then they'd give me the money. I didn't even query that I would sorting out the right tax. It was just what I got and away away. Since I've become entrepreneurial, it's a different ballgame. And you know, I'm always got a spreadsheet where I'm moving 20% here and 20% there, and I'm keeping base and I'm keeping but do you think that literally people should be trained how to manage their money before they go to work? It should be a prime part, because I think Martin lewis is very big on getting kids to understand that they've got the financial control before anybody is making money, do what you want with it. Pete Matthew 8:48 I for sure. And I think the sweet spot for doing that is sort of tertiary education. So after GCSE, you know, with we have to stay in some kind of full time education now whether it's sort of a you know, college vocational stuff or a levels or whatever. And I think there ought to be a mandatory element of basic money management at that point, because even then, you could argue that the banks have already got the got their claws into us. I don't know about you, David. But I was a Gryphon saver, right. So I was a Midland Bank, customer, Dean, I had the blue binder, and all the sort of the action file, it was called all the cool stuff that you wanted to have as a kid. And of course, I still bank with first direct, which is a subsidiary of HSBC, which bought middle and bank so I've been with that bank now for 30 years, because they nabbed me when I was a teenager. And we need to help kids understand that this is a market and they need to shop around, and not just sort of drift into whatever financial arrangements they end up in. But ultimately, managing money isn't difficult. It's it's about understanding a few basics well enough, so that you can avoid the pitfalls, things like, you know, easy day. We need to understand basic day to day money management, we call it budgeting now, word that anybody likes to talk about. But it's really, really important. And it doesn't need to be involved. It doesn't need to be challenging and difficult. It just needs to be put in early enough. So I mean, I have zero financial education from either school, college, all my parents, but I've made sure I've made the difference with my own kids. But of course, a lot of kids don't get that at home. So I would love to see some kind of mandatory, even if it's like one half term focused weekly lessons that every 16 to 18 year old goes through. I just think that would potentially transform the country Transform, transform the economy, because it would reduce our dependence on debt, and just put us in better financial shape as as a country. David Ralph 10:46 Now I remember back in the day, my first bank was not West and I actually worked for NatWest birth for 10 years, and fixed Well, it was the pigs Yeah, it was Woody, Annabel Maxwell, Lady Hillary and send the fan your Yeah, they came up. David of pigs. And I think woody was the hard one to get. He was the one with the bow tie at the end. But it used to encourage kids to save to get this set. But as soon as I left my employment with NatWest, I said, why I'm leaving much thank you my bank account. I don't want people to know how much I'm earning. Of course, I didn't care anyway. And so I think I've been with every single bank. And one of the things that I reference him again, because he is very prevalent in the United Kingdom. But Martin Lewis, who was the financial guy over here, always says, ditch and switch, you know, move around. I'm interested why you've stayed for 30 years with the same bank then? Pete Matthew 11:37 Because they've Well, they served me very well, for the most part up until about three or four years ago, I had basically everything with them. I do have, you know, my mortgage is now with centre there now. And you know, but prior to that my mortgage, so first, all right. And the reason I ditched them in the end was exactly what you're talking about. They have no loyalty to me, ultimately. Because I rang them because we were moving house, and I needed to borrow less money than I already had on my mortgage over a shorter term, right. So less risk, one would argue for first year at the bank, I spent a half an hour on the phone with them. And I think I needed to borrow some, like 200 grand. And at the end of the thing, this girl said, Well, I'm pleased to tell you, Mr. Matthew, that we're prepared to lend you 115 or something. And I'm like, What? So is that on top of what I already said, No, no, that's the total. So I said, that's the less than I need, despite the fact that you know, I've been born or borrow with you for years. And you can see what I earn. It's plenty, you know, and but the reason this they gave for it was, well, you have all these existing commitments, I said, they are savings and insurance, right. So I'm increasing my, you know, my wealth, my net worth, and my security by paying those monthly commitments is, but they're a commitment, like, No, I'm not. I've just turned them off. No, no, no, no, that didn't work like that. Then it was just a classic computer says no moment. And so that annoyed me. So I went to see a broker, which I should have done way before that and got much better deal in half the time for Santander, I think. So. You know, inertia is always the main reason. For me, a bank is just a commodity, I just don't care about it. As long as it does what I need to do, it's fine. I don't have any issues with what they know about me. I just figured that's that's the way it is. But when it comes to investments and stuff like that, then I'm far more likely to shop around because then it comes down to charges and things like that. David Ralph 13:29 So let's take it into the reason why we've got you on here. Because if you've been over to Pete Matthew site over the last few years, and you can sort of track it back. And I like to do that being a Do you ever use wayback machine? Yes, Gary in it. It's scary. Yes. And I was I was teaching somebody the other day how to build a business. And he was saying, Yeah, but my website looks a bit crap. I say you think you're as good as crap ever look at this. And I was showing him the very first evidence of Join Up Dots. Now I like to go back and I was looking at yours and yours was as it any of them. Now you've had a new one bill. It's really sexy. And what I like about it, and this is why I want people to jump over to your site is there's a sensible hierarchy of information. And there's so much information in there. But it's easy to find. Was that difficult to get set up? Were you sort of looking at it thinking, Oh, my God, I've got so much here six years, seven years of material, how to be sensible for people. Pete Matthew 14:27 Yeah, nearly 20 years. Well, I did it I did an exercise about three years ago. So up until this last iteration, I've always done my website myself, I'm a bit of a nerd. I like to mess around with software and tools and things like that. And I just built it with WordPress picked a theme spent time tweaking it relaunched occasionally. But when I did that, three years ago, I went through every single piece of content, there's now over 750 posts on the website, went through every single one and re categorise them. And I re categorise them into one of four categories. I've now I've seen split them just into three, which are getting started building wealth and enjoying your money, really the main three life stages, financial life stages, if you like. So having done that work, believe me, my web designer, this time that goes at Jeremy digital, they were very grateful that I done that because it made life a lot easier for them to build what we call the Learning Centre. And so it's front and centre there at the top in the in the menu, you can either go straight to podcast, video or articles, but then you go straight, go straight into the Learning Centre, the search thing works like lightning, but you can easily go to whatever your life stages and there's some sort of initial places to start if you're in that live stage. So I kind of did the heartbreak three years ago, but I'm not continually building on it. But if those three main life stages are the core of what I do, people should be able to find what they need fairly quickly. David Ralph 15:49 Well, they do. And I think it's one of the nicest sites I've seen. And I'm not just saying that because you're here. But it's, it's friendly money. And certainly lot of the financial organisations out there, I would say it's boring money, I look at it, and I can't be bothered, just shoot me, you know, but I go over there. And it's like, it's like uncle P is smiling at me. He just seems friendly. There's a picture of him sitting in the betting shop. He's making the next on there, and everything he's happy in his world. Pete Matthew 16:23 Yeah, well, I've got to give credit to to Martin and Lindsey at Jeremy digital, they hope you don't mind me giving them some No, you go for it. They they are experts, I think in building sites with calls to action, where it's really clear what you would want a site visitor to do. And that's either to In my case, I either want them to help themselves, right. That's the whole point. I mean, for money to equip people to make decisions. I frequently say the most people don't need to see a financial advisor until they are in the run into retirement, everybody can benefit from seeing an advisor. But not you don't need to really, if it's about building wealth, there's just a few things you need to do consistently. But when you get to that transitional point into financial independence, there is a whole load of choices facing you there. And it's an unbelievably complex world, a professional advisor can help you there. So I wanted to give people the information they needed to be able to do it themselves, or to get in touch with me to work with my regulated financial planning practice, which as you kind of said earlier on is Jackson's wealth management. meaningful monies become this beast, it started very much as a hobby, a little bit of a gift to the world. I just love messing around with video cameras and editing software and stuff. And it's become an incredible marketing engine. Turns out I was doing something called content marketing week before that phrase was even coined it. And so it's been a real journey. I I feel supremely blessed and bemused by old, but really, it comes down to consistency. Just I mean, you wrote the book on this there. And you know, it's just doing it week after week, after week, day after day after day. And you know, the better. It's come in, both to me, professionally and personally. And financially, of course, but, you know, I get emails every day from people telling me how they've changed their own financial situation. And that's ultimately why I do it. David Ralph 18:11 Well, you will get an email from me because I'm going to say this to you. But I've never said this to you personally. And we talked quite a lot. But I actually, I'm very competitive against you, I look at you, and I look you in the charts. And I think, right, okay, I've got to get higher than him, okay, I use you as the benchmark of what can be done. Because what I love about you, and so many people come across to me, and they will hear me say this. And I say, David, David, you do a podcast? Should I do a podcast? And more often than not, I say, No, don't do a podcast, unless you've got a business. If you've got a business, Ben put a podcast on it. Because it's great way for keeping people on your website longer. Building your personal brand, building the loyalty. Now, where I struggled at the beginning was mine was a podcast. And so I had to kind of grow the audience and Ben growth percent of it so that it started to become a sort of money making machine. And it literally killed me. Now with yourself. You're juggling two things. You This is you but you've also you know, like Batman and Bruce Wayne, you got you got two identities? Which one is taking control? Which one is actually the more the one that you want to be known as? Is it Batman or Bruce Wayne? Pete Matthew 19:27 We're going to assign let's do, let's say Batman has meaning for money, right? Well, that's definitely you mean for money as well as partners to do I'm convinced to that. But I love my day job. I'm very fortunate that I am in business with my due to best mates in the world. So we have a blast working together. We challenge each other. And it's great. So I'm very aware how lucky I am from that school. And I love seeing clients, right, we've got clients that we look after three or four generations of a family. And we Jackson's been around since 1974. So you know, we've got very long relationships, I don't want to just say, you know, Thanks for the memories and go off into the sunset and do me for money, permanently full time. So I am working to get Jackson's to the place where in the not too distant future. I am literally just seeing clients for maybe a day and a half a week and the rest of my time is spot on to meaningful money. Now I am Fridays where we're talking right now we're talking on Friday is meaningful money day for me. So I shut the door, turn the phone off, don't answer Jackson's emails, the staff Don't disturb me all sorts shoot them. And I just record I write, create stuff. And it's been a godsend. And actually, it's my colleague chairs, my co director who became aware that I my focus wasn't really on point, I was neither here nor there. Yeah, I'd be so distracted with me for money stuff while I needed and getting behind on Jackson stuff and vice versa. So he said a lot for God's sake, just do a day a week a demarcate the lines. So my job now is to try and, you know, make the balance between the two a little bit more balance. So this three days Jackson's to dating for money, and then maybe the reverse. So David Ralph 21:00 how do you come up with your your content, because we've Join Up Dots quite? It sounds like I'm making it up as I go along. And quite frankly, I do. I wrote up here, I have one line of an idea. And I turn on the microphone, I start talking and he just comes out to me. And then 30 minutes later I edit it and he's done boom on there. But I still had that. What should I talk about? What should I talk about today, you know, you are actually having to research and make it sensible, because you know, it's not just being flippant and throw away and hope inspiring and motivating your match. You know, you're an adult Pete Matthew, as I say, I'm poopy, you gotta trust uncle Pete Matthew, Pete Matthew 21:40 I got to be careful as well, because I'm in a regulated world. So I could potentially get in trouble. If I say the wrong thing. Now, it's not difficult to stay the right side of those lines, if you know where the lines are. But I do have to be careful. And I'm in all of the fact that you can have basically a one line idea and then achieve what you achieve consistent suddenly, every time you record because I script mine is just the way I think. And it's important, I think, for people to understand that either works, you know, so I do zero editing, essentially, because I've pre scripted. I read my podcasts, but I've taught myself to do so in a way that it didn't sound like it. And, you know, that's just the way I construct my thoughts. It helps me to be concise. But I mean, you asked, How do you think of stuff to talk about? Or how do you sort of flesh it out? One of the benefits of maintaining my day to day Client Access? You know, the work that I do one on one with clients is that they're asking me questions all the time, and I'm forever writing them down. Right? Okay, I can answer that on the podcast that will be added into the next season. And for me, shifting to a seasons format has been transformational actually. So I'm in between, I've just finished season 14, I'm doing a few weeks of in between episodes now. And I'm starting to plan and write season 15. And that's worked really well. But it means that right, I'm going to deal with this subject at length over maybe nine or 10 weeks even. And sit down and write it and I mean, I can really, you know, get into some detail. And the audience just loving it the least that's what they're telling me. So it's working well for me, you just got to find out what works for you. And you? David Ralph 23:11 Well, it does. And you know, I scroll up and down your ratings and reviews on iTunes. And if no one's listened to the meaningful money podcast, jump over there and leave him a rating and review not that he needs them. He's got 16 in the United Kingdom. But this is one of the ones that I I'm going to reference and I hope you don't mind me referencing this bear in mind that you were saying, you've got to be careful what you say. And this was, it said offensive content of a really meaningful money offensive. And I found a recent episode genuinely offensive when Pete Matthew stated he wanted to take a baseball bat. And Steve some heads in after referring to some financial advisors as alpha males and dicks. Mr. Pete Matthew, is it did you do look back on that episode and go actually that was me being my natural self and you'd stepped over? Or do you look at that and go No, actually, I mean that and you can't please everyone all the time. I was mad, Pete Matthew 24:10 and not crazy mad. But I was really hacked off. And two colleagues of mine, I wasn't able to go this particular conference, but it was right in the middle of probably the biggest scandal in my world for a very long time were some lifelong steel workers in October and South Wales had basically been appallingly advised. And robbed of a lifetime pension savings. Essentially, they don't they were advised to transfer out of the perfectly good final salary scheme, move into personal pensions with massive numbers, in some cases, seven figure funds, which sounds great. But with horrendous fees being taken by the advisors, terrible commissions, just I mean, just appalling. And I could not believe that in 2017, that could still happen. You know, that's the sort of stuff that happened in the end, right in the shiny suited white, light coloured shoe wearing advisors world were a lot more professional. Now the regu
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Walt Disney - When You Wish Upon A Star
Imagine the world without Walt Disney. A world where his beloved characters and songs never shaped your dreams, where magic and visual storytelling never sparked your imagination, and where no whimsical theme parks ever delighted your childhood fantasies. Walt Disney and his works are nothing less than legendary. From pioneering animations to spellbinding theme parks, his unparalleled vision continues to inspire generation after generation. People of all ages all around the world have been touched by Walt Disney’s legacy – which didn’t come easily for this innovative animator and persistent entrepreneur. Walt Disney’s life story shows no traces of dumb luck or free passes. Instead, it begins with a hard-working paperboy and ends with a humble film producer, who marked history once again while daydreaming on a park bench. Top Walt Disney Quotes to Awaken the Dreamer in You All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up. Early life with a love for art On December 5th, 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born in a small neighborhood in Chicago. He was one of five children of Irish, Canadian, German, and American descent. walt-disney-as-a-young-child Image: Walt Disney at the age of 1. Credit: History.com When Walt was four years old, his family moved to Marceline, Missouri, where his artistic talent was sparked by a neighborhood doctor who asked him to draw his horse. Young Walt instantly fell in love with art and intently developed his skills by copying the cartoons in his father’s newspaper. At seven years old, Walt decided to help his struggling family by selling his drawings to neighbors and family friends. At school, Walt Disney was rather inattentive. His teachers would often catch him daydreaming or doodling pictures of animals and nature. As he grew older, he picked up a knack for storytelling and would tell his classmates outlandish tales while illustrating on the chalkboard. At ten years old, Walt and his family moved to Kansas City where his uncle employed him to sell snacks and newspapers along the railroad. Being amongst trains all summer induced Walt with a fascination for them, a passion which can still be seen in his theme parks today. During the rest of the year, Walt would wake up at 4:30 every morning with his brother Roy to deliver the newspaper before school. They would make another paper round after school as well. The job was exhausting and Walt would often fall asleep in class, but he continued his paper route for more than six years to help his family. The Army and a short-lived business Walt Disney attended McKinley High School back in Chicago, where he drew patriotic pictures about WWI for the school newspaper. At night, he took illustration courses at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts to broaden his skills. At 16, a shy yet determined Walt Disney dropped out of high school and attempted to join the Army in their fight against the Germans. But he was rejected since he was still under the minimum age of 17. Nevertheless, Walt was insistent on joining, and so he tried again – this time enlisting for the Red Cross with a forged birth certificate. He was accepted and soon shipped to France where he spent the following year driving an ambulance. For all the blood and grisly injuries Walt would face on a daily basis, he found comfort in dreaming up new cartoon characters for his future career as an artist. In his downtime, Walt would give life to his unrelenting imagination by drawing on the side of his ambulance, covering it with cartoons from stern to stern. Some of his work was even published in the army newspaper. After his time in the Army had ended, Walt Disney returned to Kansas City at 18 years old with the goal of becoming a newspaper artist. His brother, Roy, got him a job at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio, where he met Ub Iwerks, a fellow cartoonist there. ub-iwerks-and-walt-disney-posing-for-a-photo Image: Walt Disney and Ub Werk. Credit: Inspiration X Not even a year had passed when a sharp decline in revenue pushed Walt Disney out of the job, the justification being “he lacked imagination”. This would have discouraged many aspiring artists, but not Walt Disney. With unwavering optimism and the support of his new friend Ub, Walt opened his very first business. Together, they formed Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists. Sadly, they failed to attract enough customers and the business went under after only a month. Walt was dismayed, but far from ready to quit on his dream. All of my obstacles have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you – Walt Disney First commercial success and bankruptcy As determined as Walt Disney was to achieve his goals, no amount of belief was going to get him anywhere without the money to fund it. So he got a job at the Kansas City Film Ad Company, where he produced short films using cutout animation. Meanwhile, at home, Walt began to experiment with a different animation technique using a borrowed camera and book. Later on, he tried to convince the ad agency to adopt this new technique – but was unsuccessful. the-story-of-the-life-of-walt-disney Image: Walt Disney and his camera. Credit: TIME Walt Disney soon decided it was time to quit talking and start doing, so he left the agency and opened his second business. Walt, Ub and a handful of animators would work long hours to produce short cartoons called Laugh-O-Grams. These seven-minute animations of modernized fairytales were shown at the local theater, attracting enough attention and popularity to keep their business afloat. Although funding soon began to decline, which pushed Walt Disney to work on the story of a live-action girl called Alice exploring an animated wonderland. Before he could finish it, his company went bankrupt and he was, once again, left with close to nothing. At 22 years old and already with two failed business ventures under his belt, Walt felt the only way he would succeed is if he believed in his dream implicitly and unquestionably. He then packed his suitcase – never leaving behind his favorite canned chili – and made the trip to Hollywood. A whole new chapter of his life was about to begin. A stolen rabbit and an optimistic mouse Walt met up with his brother, Roy, who had just overcome tuberculosis. They pooled their money to set up shop in their uncle’s garage in Hollywood. There, Walt dogged studios day after day in an effort to sell his Alice in Cartoonland series. He was rejected time and time again, until he heard from Margaret J. Winkler, a New York cartoon distributor looking for a fresh series. Walt and Roy were equally ecstatic and moved their operation to a rented room at the back of a real estate office. Walt took charge of animation while Roy operated a second-hand camera. They then hired two girls to ink and paint the celluloids. The rental was small and they lacked employees, but the front door proudly read “Disney Bros. Studio”, and that’s all the incentive Walt needed. Walt Disney’s series on Alice was well-received, which allowed the studio to hire more animators. His first hires included his friend Ub Iwerks and an inker who Walt would later marry. Their studio went on to create more animated shorts, and later gave life to a chipper, venturesome character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. oswald-the-lucky-rabbit-by-walt-disney Image: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Credit: Inverse Things were going seemingly well for the studio. Although five years later, Walt attempted to negotiate a higher fee for the Oswald series, only to find their distributor actually wanted to reduce their fee. It turned out that Winkler and her husband had poached Walt’s best employees and made them their own. He also discovered that they had stolen the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. He was now faced with the ultimatum of accepting a reduced fee for his work or leaving the studio. Walt chose to leave, along with his loyal animator Ub. Now at 27 years old, a disillusioned Walt Disney stared blankly out the window while on a train to Hollywood. Disaster seemed right around the corner for his company, but an idea was forming in his restless mind. Walt dug around for his notepad and fervently sketched his idea on paper. The result was Mortimer the Mouse, later baptized as “Mickey” by Walt’s wife. This character was special. He was more human, adventurous, and hugely optimistic – much like Walt Disney himself. He rushed his rather bad sketch over to Ub, who refined Mickey’s appearance while Walt worked on defining his character. Walt’s team was on board with this new cartoon, but would the audience like him? Snow White and the “ruin of Disney” Mickey Mouse first appeared in Plane Crazy and The Gallopin’ Gaucho, two silent films which failed to find distribution. But Walt was used to failure by now and knew better than to roll over. He and his team decided to integrate syncronized sound into a third short, called Steamboat Willie. With Ub in charge of animation and Walt lending his own voice as Mickey’s – the first ever sound cartoon hit the NY Colon Theater in 1928. It became an instant sensation. The reviews were beyond glowing and plans of Mickey merchandise began to bloom. the-original-mickey-mouse Image: Mickey Mouse cartoons. Credit: Cartoon Brew Soon enough, film studios began to line up with all sorts of deals for Walt. From experience, he never sold the rights to his prized Mickey. Along with his passionate team, Walt formed Disney Studios and went on to create a series of sound cartoons. Gradually, their humorous animations and lovable characters flickered across televisions all over the country. Six years and many successful animations later, Walt Disney continued to push the limits of animation by announcing his first full-length feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Everyone thought it was a terrible idea. His wife and brother tried to talk him out of it, but Walt took out multiple bank loans and spent the next three years producing his vision. His very own team thought the film would “ruin Disney Studios”. Yet Walt Disney persevered, and in 1937, the film became the most successful motion picture of the year. It won dozens of awards and turned enough profit to pay off every bank loan and then some. Materializing magic and creating a legacy For years onward, Disney Studios completed a string of popular animated films and introduced countless iconic characters. But Walt was a well-known ‘workaholic dreamer’ and his mind was brimming with even more ambitious ideas. On one particular Saturday with his daughters, Walt sat on a park bench eating peanuts while his girls played on the merry-go-round. As he watched them, he began to daydream of a place where parents and children could have fun together. His plans for a theme park began to hatch. It would be unlike any other, where people of all ages could explore and revel in fantastical experiences. disneyland-vintage-photo Image: Disneyland – vintage photo. Credit: Business Insider In 1954, the first Disneyland opened its doors to thousands of awaiting public. Despite the counterfeit tickets and abounding technical difficulties, Disneyland was an instant success and became known as a truly magical place. Now over 50 years old, Walt Disney had finally made his wildest dreams come true. His animation companies were flourishing, his characters were loved by many, and his productions were crossing borders into other countries. He had successfully transformed the entertainment industry and delighted people of all ages with his extraordinary vision. It wasn’t long before Walt began plans for a new theme park. Sadly, before construction was complete, his life-long habit of chain-smoking had finally caught up with him. In 1966, Walt Disney passed away from lung cancer. Although his unfinished venture was not lost. His brother Roy continued working on the theme park which opened in 1971, under the name Walt Disney World. Regardless of how many years have passed since his death, Walt Disney continues to live on as a central figure in the history of animation. Although his reputation has changed over the years, he remains known as a national treasure for the U.S. and a cultural influencer worldwide. Thanks to his vision and unfailing pursuit of his dreams, Walt’s legacy now transcends generations with memorable characters and influential films. His impressive record of 22 Academy Awards is one that has yet to be beaten. If Walt Disney were alive today, he would warmly reassure you that – from experience – there is no direct path to success. That your accomplishments depend almost solely on your dedication and willingness to persevere. He would also tell you that sometimes, the key lies within your most unexpected daydreams. If you can dream it, you can do it.
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Opportunities Are Everywhere
When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK. David Ralph. David Ralph 0:25 Yes. Good morning. Good morning to everybody. Everyone across the world. Thank you so much for being here with me. Can we have a group hug, which is WeChat a little arms round and squeezing, squeezing, squeezing? You know, I I've gotten apologies to me, I have gotten an apology to make I recorded a show the other day, called opportunities are everywhere. When we reference Lucas Gordon photography, and I listened back to it this morning, I just dipped into one of my episodes. And that was the one I chose was so fast, I was a little a little little over enthusiastic. I don't know what was the matter with me. So if you listen to that, and thought, My God, you must be on drugs or something. I agree with you. I agree with you. I don't know why I was going at it so fast. It didn't feel like it at a time maybe. Maybe I was just excited. Maybe I was just an excitable man. And, and it came out in my voice. So I do apologise, I do apologise, I'll try to get back on to normal track because I do know, I get a lot of people across the board across the board across the world from abroad, listening to Join Up Dots. And some of them say, I don't catch all what you talk about. But I enjoy the passion. Well, I don't think that one you would have called or enjoyed the passion at all. So I do apologise, I do apologise. I'm going to take it slow. I'm going to take it slow. Why Today's episode is from a listener. And I hope you like these little little listens as well. It's not just interviews, we're trying to, we're trying to change it around, we're trying to put a little bit of element of what you want into it. So some people might only have a little bit of time. Going for a little 14 minute Join Up Dots. Others I've got hours and hours when go for that one, trying to blend it. It's all about you guys. Anyway, this is an email that came through from Marcus archers from New Zealand. And Marcus says dear David, David, I listened to your show sporadically. And I've always been partial to listen to it more. I think this is brilliant. This sounds like a native, doesn't it? Yeah. Can't be balanced. I don't know why I go off elsewhere. But I guess I'm easily distracted. One of the things that you can talk about is making time to be disconnected from your business and the world. And I struggle with this majorly. And I would like to become better. Over best. Right? I think I tell you what I tell you. I was there. I was wondering the field batting of sheep left right in the centre there. I was going to be in the new new Lord of the Rings field. That's how good at my accent was where? Why did David? Because I think Australians do that sort of everything's a question at the end of the day, David, I listened to your show, sporadically. And always think I should listen to it more. You having sounding good. It's all that I know what it means something that when your voice goes up at the end, like a question, but it's not a question. But it's a question. That's what the LC is a monster. Okay, yeah. being distracted and disconnected from the world. And it is a big, big problem. And I think it's it's the major problem. I know, my kids struggle with it. My I think everyone struggles with it. And I, I'm very good at disconnecting. But I also having an online business, I feel that poor, I feel that poor like, everyone really, you know, the world has never been more connected. And no matter where in the world you are, you can send a message to anyone in another part of the world, as long as you both have internet connexion. I'm a member in the sort of 80s in the 70s. Anyone from the United Kingdom will remember this, you'd go on holiday to Spain, and you'd have to wait a week for the newspapers to turn up. And so he was always a week behind the football results. He was always a week and one person would get the paper and you share it around with anybody else. It was like it was it was like a drug deal. But you go How can I have 10 minutes? In an hour? Can I have 10 minutes I newspaper done? I want I've gone back into that accident. I just like doing it. I really do. And yeah, but now you just got being and you just never never away from stuff is it's annoying, but it's the way it is. It's the way it is. Right. Also, I think one of the issues is that all these devices out there are designed to make you actually want to get hooked up to them, you can't fight it. They are like psychological experiments being paid on us. So that we will feel that desire. That's what it designed for. And as soon as you realise that Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter and all the social media platforms are designed by people, I'm getting a lot slower today. And I I feel I feel more in control of everything. And they're in designed by people who are actively trading on our emotions, our stress levels, our need to not miss out on those kind of things. And once you realise that, and you realise that they're playing on a kind of internal algorithm, it's easier to stop. Okay, so some of the things that I actually do, right, I don't look at any games, well, I don't have any gadgets, I have my PC in Join Up Dots, HQ. And I have this morning laptop, which I'm going to get rid of because it started not logging on. And so I spend 1015 minutes trying to get it to work. So I'm actually going to get rid of it. So I'm now down to just my PC. So when I turn that off, I've gone. Absolutely no one on earth will be able to get me. But I've started to limit my amount of time I come to my office. And if I do come to my office, what I used to do is leave my computer on all the time, and I could just come along and boom hours easy to turn on. Now I'm turning it off. So I might come up here to read a book, I might come here to plan something. But actually getting into the online world, I don't unless I actually have to turn my computer on which once again is a little barrier for me to do. But you can certainly eliminate gadgets for one hour before sleep and after wake up. So my daughter will reach out and before our eyes even open in the morning, she's got her phone, and she's reaching and dragging it under the covers. So she's hi asleep, but she knows that she needs a phone. My wife needs a phone by the side of a bed. In case of emergencies. I go, what emergencies Are we going to have? Everybody that you love is basically in our house, or vape got people to support them, you know, you know, Batman woman, you know, getting a suddenly ever dot appear on the ceiling and you've got to go out and solve crime during the night. You don't need to have your phone on all the time. I just turned the notifications up. She doesn't talk about that. And I say no. Is that gonna be all the notifications because my wife's not good. We got a new radio, we got a new alarm by the side of the bed because she decided that the light of the previous one that we've had for a million years was too bright. It was too bright. It is keeping me awake. Well, if you hear the snoring, I don't think it is. But anyway, so we've gone to this other one that you can dim down. And she doesn't like the buzzer, because it sounds like a lowly reversing. You know they do that noise. And it actually gets louder. So you actually feel like you're gonna back to be run over and you sleep. And so you suddenly panic, but a law is just going to crash your head. But when you go, Oh no, it's always the alarm. So she doesn't like that. Now she's going for the radio. And now, the other night, she set the radio to come on at half past 12 in the morning, panicked. And they went out for God's sake, why is it doing this? Probably because you programmed it to do that. And then reset it again for half past two in the morning. So we had the radio burst into our life all the way through the night. But it wasn't, it wasn't the devices fault. It was the wives. I'm telling you that don't say anything, but it was the white spot. So what you need to do is reach out and turn off all your devices before and after wake up and have that set into your your routine. And turn off all your notifications. It doesn't only save battery life, it also saves you from a lot of distractions turn up all your push notifications from email, chat, social media, your application. If it's really really urgent, somebody will knock on your door for example, you know, people won't be drowning. I'm drowning, I'm drowning, I'm drowning. Send a text message to your best mate. That wouldn't happen. You would shout out Help me Help me, you know, urgent doesn't happen. And as we're talking about emergencies, do this as well. Because I get this a lot when people say to me, you really haven't got a phone, you haven't got a phone? Oh, no, I haven't got a phone. What do you do in emergencies? And I always say to him, when was the last time you had an emergency? And I go Oh, no, no, it does happen. I got When was the last time. And I would say to all of you if you're in that light? Yes, there's emergencies all the time. just jot it down and jot it down on a scale of one to 10. When you get something through, was that an emergency did that need it now. And you'll see you rarely ever. If anything I once broke down on the Alps, I was 12,000 feet up in a car with broke down, couldn't get it going. And my dad had an emergency phone, thank God because otherwise I don't know what we would have done that I think in my life is the only emergency I've ever had. Okay, doesn't really happen. Now, if you do need to have all these phones around you keep your phone in the drawer while you're working. Just just lock it away. And just try to think to yourself, now keep it there. And when you get that urge in your stomach, because you do you get a bit tense Do you get a bit twitchy just being said, Well, I'm feeling twitchy. I'm feeling twitchy, I'm going to go for another 10 minutes, don't beat yourself, I'm leaving it in there forever. Because you won't do that. That's like trying to lose 30 stone in a month. Just leave it in there go right now I can do another 10 minutes, I'll do another 10 minutes is now 1106, I'm going to wait to 1116 before I get back and start increasing it little by little 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, because you are trying to break free from an addiction. These devices are created. So you're addicted, it's the way they work. But you can't go cold turkey because it just won't work. Now, one of the things that I don't understand, but one of my mates says he does is he has only one device for checking social media. He can he can get Facebook, on your desktop, on your laptop on your smart phone, even on your Apple Watch. So you're checking everywhere, he now is it all through into one device. Now I've got one and it's called a man's name. I can't think what it is. But I put it in the links. And I haven't used it for a while. That's why I can't remember. But it has LinkedIn it has Facebook on it has all the notifications and I can go on to it. Within one second, I can see and turn it all off. So instead of going into Facebook and going into here and going into a or whatever, or having all the notifications, I don't have any notifications at all, I just have this one device, whatever it's called now coming was called is something to do with Roman is come to me. And I just log on once every three days or something and I have a quick look. And bang, it's done. Okay. Now, then the next thing that I would do, and these are the kinds of things I do, I have a thing called stay focused on Chrome, which I can programme my favourite websites. And we all have websites that were desperate to get into and we're going to check mines BBC Sport, are can go on to BBC Sport and find out where this football players being transferred. And that is not necessary. But I do. So I limited and I give myself 15 minutes a day on this website. And when it closes down, and it won't activate again till the next day. And you can set it up stay focused on Chrome. It's a free app. And it's brilliant. And as I say I look at it and I think to myself running out and running out I've got to do it bang is gone. And that's it. I just have to walk away from it. And so I prepare. And I think to myself, I have I got 15 minutes, yes, I have because what I don't want to do is it sort of waste of time, I want to make the most of it. Once again, your chance to do now somebody else told me what what they do, I have over sort of like the summaries of the websites, come to them in an email. So I can just scan down. I don't know how that's done, if anybody knows how that's done. But that's what he does. email comes through, it gives over sort of highlights of the website changes, and you can scan down and you can just keep up with it. Okay. And the last thing that I would say is go to emails once a day, okay, just just once a day that there's nothing, the problem is in business, people use it to talk, they don't use it to actually confirm, they just use it to communicate. So you're in there all the time sending two line emails back and forth, because you're too lazy to walk across the desk. If that is you then say to your colleagues, no, I'm not going to do this until 12 o'clock lunchtime, and bed, I'm going to open it up anything he wants saved about time, and I will respect or we can talk face to face. Because in the online world, email still remains the most personal way of online communication is it this is where the most important engagements happen, tweets and all those kinds of stuff it is. So bullet points, this is the big stuff. And so social media, like Friendster and multiply, have come and gone, all these kind of things, but email still remains and it always will. So limit yourself. Don't think that it's important. It's not if it is important in your company, your boss will come across. And if he's just sending an email expecting you to respond straight away, then it's not, it's not okay. So that there are kind of things Marcus, but I do. But the main thing that I do is I don't have a phone. I push everything now into messenger, and email. That's the only two ways that you can communicate with me away from that I don't look at anything. And I'm just aware of it. And I'm not a month, I still feel that that pole, that desire to check into these things. But by doing that, and just being aware and try to do 10 minutes and then make it 20 minutes and try to do an hour you will start breaking that addiction. And then you can do a day two weeks, you know, I can do a month at a time not look at anything. I probably could do longer than that now to just the way that I've organised it. So let me know Marcus, if you've managed to do anything and you try to stay disconnected and focus because it's a real game changer. And I will promise to practice my New Zealand accent. I really will. I'm gonna really Tommy best to do that. Until next time. Look out yourselves everybody. Thank you so much for being here and I will see you again soon. Bye bye. Unknown Speaker 15:48 That's the end of China. Unknown Speaker 15:51 You heard the conversation. Now it's time for you to start taking massive action. Unknown Speaker 16:01 QB create your life easy only life. Unknown Speaker 16:07 Will be back again real soon. Join Up Dots Join Up Dots Join Up Dots Unknown Speaker 16:15 Jolly Jolly.
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Chasing The High
Introducing Michael Dash Today's guest joining us on the show is Michael Dash, a man with a desire to throw himself into work and life to such a degree it almost brought an early end to his journey. He is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, speaker, coach, and philanthropist. # He has had a collection of unique experiences from “chasing the high” with his prior gambling addiction to overcoming adversity when his business partner conspired against him. He now has put this roller-coaster of a life into a new book interesting enough called  “Chasing the High“. Covering adversity through the entrepreneurial journey, he talks about his never ending pursuit of “chasing the high”, how he overcame his battle with addiction as well as legal battles with business partners who have literally tried to destroy him and his reputation and business. How The Dots Joined Up For Michael Throughout the book, he focuses on sharing his tips for battling adversity, how the smallest action can create the biggest result, and how uncovering a different way to think and approach life’s challenges can turn your entire attitude into a much healthier, grateful way to live. If you want to feel inspired to live your best life professionally and personally, “Chasing the High” is the book for you. As he say “My story resonates with entrepreneurs and professionals in the figurative ‘trenches.’ My mission is to use my difficulties and eventual rise to inspire them to find balance while building for success.”  So was he always on this path to self destruction and ultimate redemption or was their a defining moment that changed his life forever? And now with hindsight being a marvellous thing, can he see others following a similar path long before they can themselves? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Michael Dash Show Highlights During the show we talked about such weighty subjects with Michael Dash such as: Why Michael sees a huge challenge in the way that the world operates at such a high speed nowadays. People are always looking for the next stimulation.  We discuss the thrill that Michael felt placing a bet, never dependent on the result of the bet in any shape or form. When Michael was in the legal battle he was hooked on Adril, a powerful drug that causes lots of issues across America. and lastly............... Why people really don't care anymore in life, no matter how close they are to you. You are more likely to gain support from complete strangers 
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Think Like A Freak And The Hot Dog Master
When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK. David Ralph. Yes, hello there. Good morning to you. Good morning to you and welcome to an episode of a Join Up Dots called "Think like a freak?" Yes. Is it a good thing to think like a freak. Think in ways that other people don't? Or should we be following the herd? Well, Join Up Dots. I've learned many things. Oh, yes, I have. And through the process of doing my podcast, I found that more often than not other podcasters are making it too hard for themselves because they're just following suit from what other people do. And I love the fact of thinking outside the box and trying to do things differently, to get different results. Because honestly, if you go for what everybody else tells you, then, you're going to get what everybody else gets. And that's not what you want. If you look at all the Uber successful people out there, all the inventors, all the explorers, all the creative folk, they've all done things differently. And more often than not at the beginning, they would have been told you can't do it like that. You can't do it like it that. Well, in today's episode, I'm going to teach you how to think like a freak with a few hot dogs, and a story of a Japanese guy called Kobe, And he did something quite remarkable. A few years back, and he's still doing it quite remarkably today. And quite honestly, you look at him, and you look at his results and you think, "How did it happen?" How did it happen? Well, he did things his own way. He thought like a freak, and he found a way of beating all the competition. And that's what I want to prove to you today. So sit back and listen to another story, yes, another story teaching you about Kobe and the hot dog eating contest. Now, today's story is about a Japanese college student who did something remarkable in the kind of unremarkable field now I didn't even know you could do this kind of stuff. But he took on the sort of challenge that most of us wouldn't dream about or even want to. And absolutely smashed it. Now, in the autumn of 2000 a young man who will be come to known as Kobe. Because he's got a very hard name to pronounce. Was studying economics, Youkagi University, i assume that is in Japan. And he lived with his girlfriend Kumi. So it's Kobe and Kumi, and they lit the apartment by candles since they could no longer afford the electricity bill. And neither of them came from a family of significant means Kobe's father was a disciple at a Buddhist temples giving tours about his history, and they were behind on the rent as well. So things weren't good. Now his girlfriend Kumi heard about a contest that paid five grand to the winner. Without telling Kobi, she sent in a postcard to sign him up. It was a televised eating competition. Now, this was on the surface a stupid thing to do. Because Kobe wasn't gluttonous in the least. He is a small bloke, he had a slight build and stood barely five foot eight. He did however, have a strong stomach and a good appetite. As a child, he always cleaned his plate and sometimes the sisters plates too, and it also believe that size could be overrated. Now one of his childhood heroes was a great sumo champion, who was known as the wolf who was relatively light but compensated with superior technique. He overcome the big fatties by doing things in a different way, which is what the story is all about. Now, Kobi reluctantly agreed to enter the contest and he's only chance to was that out think the competition, because these guys had been over eating for years and years and years, so they were used to it. Now at university, he'd been learning about game theory, and now it came in handy. The contest would have four stages boiled potatoes, followed by a seafood bowl, Mongolian mutton BBQ and noodles. Now only the top finishes from each stage would advanced. So Kobi studied earlier multistage eating contest, and he saw that most competitors went so hard in the early rounds. That even if they did advance they were too exhausted and stuffed to do well in the final so it was a compete waste of time. So his strategy was to conserve energy and stomach capacity by eating just enough at each stage to qualify for the next. Now this isn't rocket science, of course. But then these competitors weren't rocket scientists either. They've been doing what they've seen other people do for years and years and years. Now in the final round, Kobe, who had done very well by keeping this technique up, channelled his boyhood Sumo hero and wolfed down enough noodles to win the 5000 Prize and the lights went back on in Kobe's and Kumi's his apartment there was lovemaking under fluorescent strips or whatever they were doing. It was good time in Kobe and Kumi life. Now there was more money to be made in Japanese eating contest. But Kobe having taste amateur success was eager to go pro. So he said his sights on the Super Bowl of competitive eating as a sport is known, the Nathan's famous fourth ofJuly international hot dog eating contest. Now for some four decades. This apparently has been held at Coney Island in New York City, and the New York Times and others had written the contest all the way back to 1916. So it's been going for years and years and years, and it routinely draws more than 1 million viewers on ESPN who wants to see a line of Americans shoving hotdogs down their throat as quickly as possible. Now, the rules are simple. A contestant has to eat as many hot dogs and buns known as HDB as they can in 12 minutes and any HDB or portion thereoff already in the eaters mouth when the final bell rang would count towards his total as long as he swallowed it eventually. Now an eater could be disqualified however, if during the contest a significant amount of HDB that had gone into his mouth came back out. Yes, known in the sport as a reversal of fortune. Now condiments were allowed, but no serious competitor would bother. Beverages were also allowed any kind in unlimited quantity, and in 2001 when Kobe decided to enter, the record stood now get this right at a mind boggling 25 and an eighth HDB in 12 minutes 25. Now at home in Japan, he practised a course. And he had a hard time finding regulation hot dogs. So he used sausages made from minced fish, and instead of buns, he cut up loaves of bread. Now for months, he trained in obscurity. And he arrived at Coney Island in obscurity as well. Nobody knew him. A year earlier the top three four finishers were all Japanese. The rabbit, he held the world record, but this newcomer was not considered a threat. So at some point, he was a high school student. They just laughed at him. One contestant mocked him "Your legs are thinner than my arms." Now. How did he do? How do you think that Kobe did? Well in his very first Coney Island contest. He smoked a field and set a new world record. How many hot dogs and buns would you guess? Yeah, right. The record remember was 25 and an eighth. So what you're going to go with? What you're gonna go with 27. 28 that'd be pretty good. That'd be more than a 10% gain over the old record. Now if you wanted to make a really aggressive guess you might suppose a 20% gain go for 30. But, this little guy with the skinny legs, he ate 50. That's more than four hot dogs and buns per minute, for 12 straight minutes. This slender, 23 year old Kobe full name because we give him his full name because he's done so well Kobayashi had essentially doubled the world record. Now just think about that margin of victory. The Coney Island hotdog contest isn't you know, as famous as the 100 metres run. But his feet in perspective is truly astonishing. This is like getting Usain Bolt to run his race, which was 9.58 seconds at the moment. And he would be taking it down to 4.87 seconds. Running of roughly 46 miles per hour. So he's taken that to like Greyhound or Cheetah standard. Now it's never going to happen. But Kobe did that. Now in his equivalent race he did that. And how did he do that? Well, all of us should be thinking outside the box and doing things a little differently. If we want to get the best results. And sometimes it's copying other people and other times it's doing our own thing. But more often than not, people will just follow suit on what other people do. So our hero Kobayashi. He had just demolished the world record eating hot dogs or hdb's, as we know, them. By eating over 50 in 12 straight minutes. So how did he do it? And how did he win again the following year, and the next four years to pushing the record to 53 and three quarter HDB. Now no past champion at one more than three times much less six in a row. But it wasn't just the winning or the margin of victory that set him apart. The typical competitive eater looked as if he could gobble down Kobayashi himself. He was the kind of man famous in his fraternity house for consuming two entire pizzas and a six pack at one sitting. Meanwhile, our hero was softly spoken, playful and analytical. He was a little guy but he became an international superstar. And in Japan, the enthusiasm for eating contest cooled after a schoolboy choked to death imitating his heroes. Now, it's not good, but Kobe actually found plenty of competition elsewhere setting records in hamburgers, Twinkies, lobster rolls, fish tacos, and more. And a rare defeat came in a one on one TV event in roughly 2.5 minutes. Kobeyshe ate 31 bunless hot dogs, but he's opponent ate 50 . The opponent was a half tonne Kodiak bear. Now, you can see this guy is doing rather well for himself. And initially, his dominance a Coney Island was perplexing, some rivals thought he was cheating. Perhaps he took a muscle relaxant or some other foreign substance to quell the gag reflex. How can he get so many hot dogs right down his mouth. Now it was rumoured to have even swallowed stones to expand his stomach. And there were even whispers yes whispers that Kobayashi represented a Japanese Government plot to humiliate the Americans at a contest held on Independence Day, no less. The conspiracy theories were bound. And they even went so far to actually say that Japanese doctors had surgically implanted a second stomach. Now, none of these charges seem to be true. So how did he? How was he so much better, but everyone else? And this is the lesson that we've been leading up to over the last two days. This is what I want you to start thinking. Now. Scientists met with him on several occasions to try to answer that question. And the first meeting took place one summer evening in New York over dinner in a very small restaurant. And our hero ate daintily, just a small green salad, english Breakfast tea, a bit of duck breast with no sauce. It was hard to imagine, that he was the same guy that was shoving hot dogs in his mouth time and time again. Now, this is how he did it. What he did first of all, was he observed that most Coney Island eaters used a similar strategy, which was not really much of a strategy at all, it was essentially a sped up version of how the average person eats a hot dog at a backyard barbecue. What he noticed was they would pick it up, cram it in their mouth as much as possible the dog and the bun, chew from end to end and then glug some water to wash it down. Now, looking at that he wondered if there was a better way, where it seems to me there's a better way. Now nowhere was it written for instance, that a dog must be eaten end to end. This is just how everybody's always done it. He's first experiment was simple. What would happen if he broke the dog and been in half before eating? Now, this he found afforded more options for chewing and loading, ie shoving it in his mouth. And it also his hands do some of the work that would otherwise occupy his mouth. Now this manoeuvre would come to be known as the Solomon method after the biblical King Solomon, who settled a maternity dispute by threatening to slice a baby into two pieces. Yeah, getting a bit serious here. It's eating a bloody hot dog, nothing more than that anyway. Now, Kobeashye now questioned another conventional practice eating the dog and bun together. Now it wasn't surprising that everyone did this, the dogs nested there, it's in there, comfortably held in the bun. And when we eat for pleasure, we kind of eat the two together, it's a combination of taste. But he wasn't eating for pleasure. Now chewing a dog and bun together he discovered created a density conflict, there was too much kind of stuff in his mouth. And so what he did instead was he started removing the dog from the bun. Now he fed himself a handful of bunless dogs, broken in half, followed by around the buns. It was like a one man factory working towards a kind of specialisation, that had made economists hearts beat faster since the days of Adam Smith. So he's totally changing the way things are done. Now as easily as he was able to swallow the hotdog, you imagine big sort of sausage thing sliding down your throat. Liked a train dolphin, he's very good at doing that. What he struggled with was the bun. Now the bun, was kind of doughyy and just filled up his mouth very difficult to swallow. So what he started to do was while he was feeding the sausages, or the hot dog, dow his throat, he would get the band, and he would squeeze it in to the water. He would squeeze the bun into the water, make it all sort of soggy. So then, when he squeezed most of the excess water out and shoved it in his mouth, this would actually slide down easier. Now the brilliant thing about this was when he didn't have to stop to have a drink at the end other competitors, because he was always getting his liquid at the same go. Now, he also spiked the water with vegetable oil to see if that would help swallowing now, that didn't really work. But he's experimentation was endless. And he videotaped the training sessions, and recorded all these data in a spreadsheet, hunting for inefficiencies and lost milliseconds. Now, do we do this in our life? Do we look at how we're doing? Do we look at where we can save time? Of course we don't. But he did. And that's why you're going to do it, you're going to think like a freak. Now what he also did was experimented with pace. Was it better to go hard, the first four minutes, ease off during the middle four and sprint towards the end? Or maintain a steady pace through out, he tried everything. And he found a fast start was the best way of doing it, he found that getting a lot of sleep was especially important. So was weight training, strong muscles aided in eating and helping him and he did everything he could to change what they were doing for years and years and years to find a better way. And when he put it all together, he found that he's physical preparations could produce an elevated mental state to in ordinary cases, he said,"eating so much for 10 minutes, the last two minutes are the toughest moments and you worry. But if you get great concentration, then it's enjoyable, you feel pain and suffering. However, as you feel it, you feel more excited. And that's when the highness is upon you. " So let's think about that. Right? So we now know how he's done that. And he knows that the end of his journey was the hardest. That was the bit way when he really had to push through and get it over the finishing line. So the reason we've been talking about that story was look at your own life, are you just replicating what everybody else is doing? Because if that's the case, you only going to get the same results? Why don't you look at things, break it down and think to yourself, maybe I can do this quicker? Maybe there's a better way of doing this? Why am I doing this? Now in Join Up Dots land? There's a lot of stuff that podcasters tell me "are you doing this are you doing that are you posting on Instagram" Are you do talk to any of it can't be bothered, and I don't see the point in it. But what I do, I do very, very well. And that brings about the biggest results. And the more you do, what brings about the biggest results, the more successful you will be. So start thinking like a freak, you've got a lifetime of thinking inside the box once you die. So start thinking outside the box, and like Kobeayshe. And I suppose in a very small way, like myself, you can create huge success in your life by doing things your own way. And believe me, there is nothing better than having a line of people going "How you doing this? How you doing this? And you just smile at them, and shove another hot dog in your mouth. It's rude to speak with your mouthful after all. Go out and do your own thing. And to summarise it all/ I suppose number one, watch and observe how others do stuff. Just watch. Just watch closely. And then try to find the small improvements trying to do the things, which will just bring a small incremental gain. The kind of things that the other people haven't spotted because they're just following suit from everybody else. And then ignore everyone else when somebody comes along "Says you can't do that. You can't do that. "Go. I'm a freak. I'm a freak. And I'm proud of it. And then test test test to find even more improvements in that process. And little by little you will think like a freak, and you will have a great time doing it too. Until next time. Thank you so much for listening to Join Up Dots. If anybody needs any help in any regard. Drop us a line you know where to get us. Join Up dots@gmail.com or Join Up dots.com You can find us in both places. And we will see you on the episode. Look out for yourselves. Cheers. Bye bye.
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Rob Moore
Introducing Rob Moore Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast is Rob Moore. He is a man with a fascinating story of struggle and success. Nowadays he can look around his blossoming empire and think to himself "Man, i've done alright from myself" But that wasn't always the case. He wasn't always a self-made a millionaire and best selling author. In 2005, he was struggling to make ends meet as an artist. Born in Peterborough, he had a keen interest and studied architecture at Huddersfield University. Alongside it seems a clear evidence of wanting to do things his own way and make a name for himself by being a little bit different. This was evidence in 2003,  when he painted graffiti on his house about killing cats.  The Council didn't see this as a clear indication of a local Banksy in their midst and he was asked to remove it. He refused. Instead he started taking a keen interest in property renovation , and after working in the family pub for a number of years, Rob worked in a property investment company before setting up Progressive Property in 2007. How The Dots Joined Up For Rob Moore Now all of these milestones always look in hindsight that they were obvious movements with limited struggle. But this wasn't the case with today's guests As the struggling artists, drowning under debts of £50,000 and selling his work for less than it was worth he could have gone under As he says "Ever since I was 17 my life seemed to go steadily downhill In 1996 I had 2 serious injuries within the space of 6 months. I crashed my motorbike [and not by half]. It was my pride and joy at the time because I no longer looked the pillock that I did on the moped I had previously. It took me one year of begging to let my parents get me one. I spent 6 months in rehabilitation from multiple breaks That ruined any prospect of me becoming a professional Golfer of Cricketer, which I had genuine aspirations for. I held much resentment and never really recovered from that 6 months later my appendix burst [a close run in with the big man upstairs!] whilst in a nightclub [where I spent most of my youth] I spent the next 7 years always living in the shadow of myself and what I could have become, but felt had been taken away from me After pulling off an average degree and having pancreas failure I came back to Peterborough to help my family in their pub as my Dad was very ill. What was essentially a 3 month plan ended up being nearly 3 years All the while I knew that this was not what I ultimately wanted to do, but it is hard to break away when you think you are letting your family down.  I finally broke away in 2003 and set out to make a living in my real true passion: And now with his latest book "I'm worth more" flying off the shelves does he see all these dots as necessary to where he is now? And with all great successes are there still many great doubts bubbling under the surface ready to throw him into meltdown? Well let's find out by bringing him on the show to start joining up those dots, with the one and only Rob Moore Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Rob Moore such as: Why it is so important to strive to get more in your life, although never forget to enjoy that moment of success when you get there. Why Rob feels he is the luckiest person in the world, due to the fact that he gets to do what he loves to do everyday. The reasons why the world is often making things are lot harder by comparing ourselves with others, without knowing the story behind their success. And lastly...... Why acceptance in life is such a blessing, but there is no reason why we should be accepting a life of pain an displeasure.
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Do Won Chang - The Story Of Forever 21
When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK, David Ralph. David Ralph 0:27 Yes, hello here. Good morning to you. Good morning to you and welcome to another episode of Join Up Dots. This where I tell you a story. I'll tell you a story about entrepreneurial venture persistence, hustle, inspiration, motivation, whatever words you throw at it. We are bringing you stories about people, that perhaps you won't have heard of them. But they are extremely rich and extremely loyal. I can't even say that's how excited I am extremely successful indeed. And today's episode is about a guy called a Do Won Chang. Now as with all the stories that we are bringing to you until I start researching them I haven't heard of them at all you know I'm really not familiar with the name do one Chang at all. But for most of us especially ones we have sort of a young girls and young women in our life were be familiar with the name of forever 21. Now, Don Won Chang is the man behind the store that sells all that trendy, inexpensive clothing that the young girls and young women love. And even some women who probably should upgrade to a store with a name a little closer to their own age. Don't go for it. Yeah, forever. 21 Now, what can we tell you about him? What can we tell you about Mr. Do Won Chang well he's a billionaire now. He's not the richest guy in the world. He's probably about 160 second, but he's got a few Bob. He's got a few Bob and round about 200 at 16. He had about 5.4 billion Yeah, 5.4 billion US dollars. But he's story is a fascinating one. And it's one of the storeys that when you see you think, Oh yeah, we all moan we all groan Oh, it's so hard. Oh, I'm not making a living. And you get to the nuts and bolts of these guys. And and willing to put the effort in and they're willing to put the effort in when it's not a given to get it back. And I say to all of them, enjoy your billions because you deserve it. And you really do deserve it. Mr. Do one now. He comes from Korea. Okay, so he was born in Korea. And in Korea, he he was very, very poor. Indeed, he was born in a village, which was extremely humble, it was called my own Dong. Now I might have said that wrong, because I'm not familiar with South Korean. But my young adult is how it looks like. And that's in Seoul, South Korea, and he was born in 1954. Now, when he was a young boy, no matter what you could say to him, he was willing to work, he had work ethic in him. And when he was old enough to sort of go out on his own because of course, as little kids, you don't want to send them out into my own down. He started working in coffee shops and started his own coffee delivery service. And it was hard work. But he did what he could to make some money, which is what it's all about. Now, he's most recent endeavour at that time had been delivering copy to the nearby villages, as we say, and he got really familiar with all the different types of coffee, beans and flavours. And he planned on using this obsession with coffee to find his American dream. Now that's the first thing that we got to think about. He was obsessed by it. He wanted to become the best at it. He really wanted to know the ins and outs. And I think that's one of the first lessons that we have in an online world in any world. How many of us kind of do enough to get by we kind of go, oh, as long as I'm one page ahead, I'm fine. You really gotta focus in on really becoming the best person and an obsession with a subject that you're passionate about. is so powerful. It really is so old, a Don Juan. He wanted the American dream. So guess where he went? Yes, he went to America. And he was sitting at the airport. He didn't have a lot of money, but he saved up to get his tickets. And he was waiting to take a journey of a lifetime. Now nobody's any family ever been on a plane at all? Okay. It is this was a dream just getting on a plane. So the 6000 mile journey across the world was absolutely terrifying to them, or I hadn't seen anything like it. But they they landed in Los Angeles and they landed safely. And as soon as I landed, what did they do? Did they go off to Disneyland? Did they go off looking at the Hollywood Hills? No, of course I didn't Don Juan. He went straight out and started looking for work. He didn't waste any time at all. Now, where do you think he went? First of all, now he had an obsession with coffee, the beans and their flavours. So he went and waiting and waiting. Yeah, course he went to the nearest coffee shop. And he applied. And he got an interview immediately. And even though he didn't speak very good English, it was passable English. He managed to get hired working early mornings at the shop. And that's that's what he did. He's American dream was starting he had left. He's how he's village, his family. And he landed in LA, which is quite a frightening town to be in. There's a lot of people walking around the streets that just shout at you. I don't know why they do. That was maybe me. But he quickly figured out, but he wouldn't be able to save. He's dream of owning his own coffee shop. With the $3 an hour he was getting paid. And he was also taking care of his parents. And he had a wife to take care of. And affording the tiny one bedroom apartment they all lived in was already a stretch. He was really he was under the cautious we say over here. And he was saying, you know, what should I do? What should I do? But he didn't mind really because he was in America. And he believed passionately. But his dream was coming true. So he wasn't going to complain. And he couldn't understand English to speak English, so nobody could understand it. But what he did understand was the value of hard work. And he had passion running through his blood. He wanted to make a difference. And he had been driven to this his whole life. So he looked at that $3. And he thought to himself, I can afford this. And I really want my own coffee shop. So what can I do. So he got a second job. And it wasn't a glamorous job. It wasn't a job that perhaps he wanted to do because it wasn't. But he found a second job at a gas station, pumping gas for the wealthy people. So they were all coming along in LA. And they were all coming in their big shiny BMW and Mercedes. And he stood there. And he was quite happy to do that. And when he was done for the day with his first two jobs, he went home and he slumped in front of Netflix, and he ordered in a take. Now of course he didn't. What he did, he got another job. And no one cleaned offices. And this was a business he actually started on his own, he decided but he's effort to bring more rewards into his family. So he's day soon went from eight hours of work to 19 hours of work. But he had a plan. So you'd literally coming home, falling into bed, getting up a few hours later and going again. And he kept on doing it. He's days started at four o'clock in the morning, every morning, he'd get to the coffee shop at 4am. And he knew that by doing this work and earning this money and he could save it, he would start a business and he would be successful. Now, how many of you out there would do that? How many of you would actually look at and go 19 hours of work. Now I was doing that in the beginning of Join Up Dots. And it really blows my mind how these guys because I was putting so much effort into it. And these guys end up as a billionaire now. Could I end up as a billionaire? Well, if I can find the thing that people value enough, yes. But I had to give up. The exhaustion just got me and I just couldn't keep going. These guys keep on going and keep on going. Now, as I say every morning, do one would get to the coffee shop at 4am. To start his day. He's only been in bed a few hours. And he was again, he would prep food and he would do dishes. And he rarely got a chance to sit. He was on his feet all day, every de and then once he finished, he would leave their go straight to the gas station where he would pump pump pump pump and also there wasn't a seat. He wasn't resting. He's booty. Oh, no, he wasn't. He was on his feet again, but a generation of his ship, and he would pump gas and he would keep on pumping gas. And he would listen to the bell ring over and over and over bing bing, bing bing. And he'd go out and he'd fill up the cars pouring into get their petrol. And over time, he would look at them. And the Mercedes and the BMW and the Audi's and the Porsches and the Lamborghinis, they were coming into the station, and occasionally, and he's broken English, he would say to the customers, what do you do? What do you do a living, which is pretty good Korean accent, I think. And they would tell him, and he start noticing a pattern. Most of the people who are actually driving these posh cars weren't sort of doing what he was good at. He was he wasn't they weren't selling copy. What they were doing, they were including, they were in fashion, they were in a garment industry. And they were selling clothes. So he looked at him for what, okay, if everybody who's driving these posh cars are in clothing, then maybe that's where I should be, maybe I should get a job in retail. So he decided to leave the gas station and get a job in retail selling clothes, just like the men he was looking at and thinking I'm going to be like you. But he didn't just do that. He was smart. He was clever. He was a hard worker and his boss, who signed him up, loved him, and not changed everything. Because he showed that commitment. His boss wanted to show that commitment back to him, the boss felt protected, the boss wanted to give him the future that he deserved. And he's boss showed him the ropes. And do one soon learn the ins and outs of running a store. Now, do you want had big ideas, he didn't just want to sell clothing like the rest of his employees. what he wanted to do, he wanted to know everything. So he found out about the ordering, and the merchandising and the marketing. And he listened. He listened he studied his obsession was was everything he couldn't learn enough. And but once he learned that, he didn't just keep on learning, keep on learning, like we see sort of in entrepreneurial land sometime as well. But people just just kind of want to study, study, study and never actually take action. But he did. Once he got this information, he actually started putting it into into motion. And within three years of getting to America, and now this is probably one of the most amazing things, bear in mind. But it was only earning very small amounts in these jobs. him and his wife, he was looking after his family as well. And she was only working as a hairdresser. The why they saved up 11 grand, okay, $11,000 they had gotten their bank account in just three years, even though times were time. Okay. Now, this is an amazing feat. It really is. And for all of us out there have gone we have got enough money, we haven't got this. Think about that do one he was in a strange country, didn't know the language. But he still managed to hustle these way and work his way and make a savings of up to 11 grand now that 11 grand gave him a runway that that gave him a chance to start doing something. And so what they did, they took that 11 grand and they invested it and they found a clothing store for sale just a few blocks away from their little one bedroom apartment in Koreatown. And the owner, it was glad to sell it 11 grand for my little shop. That's That's brilliant. I'm ready to get out. Down the profits of the shop wasn't been doing very well. And the business hadn't been making more than 30 grand a year. So he saw this as a big win. But the one saw it as a huge win. And he stepped in with his newfound understanding of love and retail and turn the store around. Now it wasn't just easy. You know, you can't just go Okay, I've got the knowledge. And I've got the premises. Now, I've got to tell if you've done this with any business, it's really really hard because you've got to start getting people into it. You've got to start getting people enjoying it. Word of mouth referrals is not easy. Not one single bit was easy. But him and his wife who also hustled by work day and night, selling clothes to other Korean Americans. They went niche. You see what they did. If you go niche, you get rich. And that is another part of the master plan. He's already had the obsession is willing to put the effort in, he's willing to limit his life and these expenses to get himself a runway. But he's also decided to go niche he wasn't looking to sell to all Americans, just a Korean Americans. And little by little, little by little one started buying clothes out lots of clothes at wholesale prices. So all these kind of shops that were were going bankrupt, were growing, they're closing and he was buying them. And soon people started making the five mile drive from LA into Koreatown to buy from this new store, but he called fashion 21 Yeah, he's doing a white for himself. And you know, within a year, within a year, they turned that store from 30 grand per year into 700,000. powerhouse, okay, you went from no money to 11 grand from 11, Grand 30 grand investment effectively, and babies turned back into a 700,000 powerhouse. But that was just the start. And little by little again, they changed the name of fashion 21 to forever 21. And within five years, at opened up thousands of more doors, they had found their niche, which was fast fashion, just as quick as it was coming off the runway, he grabbed hold of it, and his team would have a similar looking item for much less on the shelf. So they look at it and go, Okay, let's find something that looks exactly like that. And we could flog it for a bargain. Now it would normally have taken designers and producers mums, but he got a team that could have it created and shipped within a few days and people started talking people kept on going, now you got to go down to the store, you know, save yourself a fortune, don't buy it from there, go down there. And the clothes became something that people wanted, okay, he found his niche. And he developed way of bringing more value to people by giving them something that they want in that small market. as quickly and as cheaply as possible. I still look good, okay, it's still a good, it was still stylish. And that really is the core of their business. It's a most business model they still use today, we've over 400 stores in over 50 countries, he and his wife now have a net worth of over 5 billion, and they still own 100% of their business. They built this forever 21 from the ground up as a family and decided to keep it all in the family. They didn't get sort of outside investors or whatever. And I also decided to keep the 900 square foot store when I grew up the American dream. You know that first place? I didn't just move on and say we're going to forget our history. That joining up the thoughts. Yes, see what do one's done. Oh, he's done well for himself. I'm proud of the boy. And we now if you go in to that store, and you can find it in Koreatown in LA, apparently it hasn't changed at all since 1984, including the carpet and the smell of sweat. It's treated like a museum, where faithful shoppers come to look at where it all began. And how inspiring that you go to anywhere. And we see that we were apple and Disney and Mattel and, and Harley Davidson and most of them started in a very small average or garage and turned it into a multi million billion sometimes business. All of those places there are time peace, there were rumblings that if you work hard, you can achieve great things. And he wants to keep it like that do one wants to keep it light there. They You know, there's no updates to the store. They have no plans to change it at all. There's a much larger one much better one just down the road, you can go down to forever 21, which is just a few miles away in the middle of Los Angeles. But he wants to keep it there. And after years of 19 hour days, years of do one eventually upgraded from his one bedroom apartment to a $16 million home. Oh, okay, you got a bit flash movies cash there. But it still stayed in that one bedroom apartment for 19 years, even though he was raking it in. He wants a swimming pool. He wants he wants a Jacuzzi. He wants to sit down there. And so he left there. That little place where he raised two daughters. And he sent him to the Ivy League colleges. It was never fortunate enough to attend. And he started spending a bit of his cash bar. His kids also helped with the daily running of his shop forever 21. And he always reminds them that to treat success, like a marathon, not 100 metre race, gosh. And that's all of you out there. If you're doing something and you're building it, and you think, Oh, I'm not getting enough clients, and I'm not getting enough customers, and I'm not getting anything. And I've always been delighted with Join Up Dots, but even where it is now. And you know, I've got dreams and aspirations of where I'm going to take it. You guys have been on the journey with me you guys have seen where it started and where it's going now. And it's nowhere near where I want it to be. But it's a marathon, and I'm willing to do it. So the next time you're out there and you're all exhausted and you're moaning and you've done I hours and you had your lunch break and stuff. The next time you're looking at the AO life is so unfair, that person's got this back person's got back. The next time you just moan about the cup dinners cold and there's nothing on Netflix and stuff. You got to put this into perspective. Whatever it takes is always what it takes. You have to be willing to go to you willing to believe fight cry, you need to learn you need to get obsessed you need to grow, you need to train you need to improve. And you need to work obsessively, obsessively in pursuit of getting to where you want to be some people will come along and I will help you okay. But there's no shortcuts. There's no fast forward, there's no escaping the struggle. Hard work works. And stop looking for something else. Keep on that path, focus, follow one course until success. And then one day, you could well be part of the storey and I could be talking about you instead of do one Chang and the Korean forever 21 making billion pound success and you could be guest on episode on Join Up Dots. Until next time, thank you for listening to that storey we're going to be bringing more of those because I think they are inspirational and it gives you a chance to go never heard him. Let me look him up and see what he's all about. And they're all there and they will give you inspiration and they will give you the wind beneath your wings to keep going. Until next time I will see again look after yourself is by Unknown Speaker 21:17 David doesn't want you to become a fated version of the brilliant self you are wants to become. So he's put together an amazing guide for you called the eight pieces of advice that every successful entrepreneur practices, including the two that changed his life. Head over to Join Up dots.com to download this amazing guide for free and we'll see you tomorrow on Join Up Dots.
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Using Data For Massive Marketing Results
Introducing Bill Bice Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast is a man who has always been an entrepreneur. Starting his first company at age 14, putting on road races with corporate sponsors. At 18, he started ProLaw Software, the first integrated ERP for law firms. After selling the company to Thomson Reuters, Bill became a VC as a founding partner in the Verge Fund, investing in high tech, high growth companies in the Southwest. One of the core things that Bill has learned in building and investing in companies is that the go-to-market is always the hardest part of growing a business. He got so frustrated in trying to get great marketing for his companies that he decided to tackle the problem. A programmer at heart, Bill founded boom-time, tackling marketing as a technology problem. It turns out that when you follow the data, really good things happen. That’s why boom-time built the world’s first marketing-as-a-service platform: fuse. boom-time's marketing strategists follow the data: they already know what will work. Instead of reinventing the wheel, boom-time applies proven marketing techniques at scale. How The Dots Joined Up For Bill As he says "I am a a programmer at heart. So why am I running a marketing company? Because these days, great marketing is all about the data. We built fuse, the world’s first marketing-as-a-service platform, and used it to recruit our world-class team of Word of Mouth marketing experts along with our network of 300+ subject matter experts. I have created boomtime by teaming up with Mark Canon, previously the CEO of Hibu, the Yellow Pages company in the UK. This seems a partnership made in heaven as Bill has spent his career helping entrepreneurs and business owners figure out how to reach their potential. Mark built a £200M digital marketing business in the U.K. in three years. Together, they’ve created a new approach to marketing, one that fuses technology and expertise together to deliver marketing-as-a-service for B2B and law firms at scale. So was this one of those ideas that grabbed him in the middle of the night, and wouldn't let go? And where were the struggles that he had to overcome to make this success a real life example of entrepreneurial excellence? Well let's find out by bringing him on the show to start joining up those dots, with the one and only Bill Bice Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Bill Bice such as: Why its great to start something new when you are young when you have nothing much to risk in your life. The reasons why finding a mentor in your life is a must. Dont be frightened to reach out and get help, especially at the beginning.  Why they best things that humans have is the ability to project ourselves into the future (but also this could lead to huge problems too) No matter what you think, it will always take longer and cost more than you expect it to take in a business. And lastly...... We discuss the principle of "how do we amplify the power of word of mouth" to get the real value of marketing.
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When Customers Become Horrible Bosses
When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK. David Ralph. Yes. Good morning to you. Good morning to you. And thank you so much for being here with the old Ralphmiester. Yes. Good morning to you.. As I'm recording, this is early Sunday morning, and I'm bashing out I'm bashing out the episodes. I'm getting ahead of the game as much as possible. Because yes, as I said in a previous episode, or did I? You may not have heard that before you've heard this, it all gets a bit weird in Join Up Dots land because I record and I put it out and I schedule it. And so sometimes I think did I say that or have I said that to myself. You haven't heard it. But anyway, I'm coming across to New York City. Yeah, New Jersey, New Jersey. And while I'm out there, of course, a lot of episodes have to go live and so I'm banging them out, banging them out big time people at the moment for you. Now what I'm going to talk about today. Yes, there's a reason there's a reason for me doing this is in response to an email that i have recieved from a gentleman called Conner in. where is he? Ohio. Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio. No, that was stupid really. I actually am slightly blushing. I'm slightly blushing. But I've now got an image of dwarfs, we pick a pickaxe and shovels over their shoulders, marching through United States of America. Now, this guy Connor said to me, where was he? "Dear David, I was very interested by a recent episode that you gave us about clearing the decks of bad friends." Yes. It was an interesting one. I've had quite a few responses about that one, actually. And yeah, it was a while ago, but I'm glad you listened "It was very insightful and made me think of a few people in my life that delight in sharing images of me online, which I wish they didn't. You know how it is drunken party images?" No, I don't. No I don't. I've never touched a drop in my life. Okay, there's a few. But when I used to do it, no one had any cameras, which was brilliant, you know, which was fantastic. "You know how it is drunken party images when you are 17. Don't feel as fun when you're in your 40s and trying to create a new life. Anyway, due to that episode, I was inspired to ask you a question. I'm building my own business coaching people to become scratch golfers in Ohio, US. I'm fortunate that the market pays well as most of my clients have been very successful and will readily pay" Good for you, sir. Good for you. Your opening, the wallets of the people that want what you've got. "However, I'm now realising that with this investment, they expect an unreasonable level of support and time frames, which is making my home life difficult." Boo, boo to those rich people. "Do you have any suggestions as to how I can make the situation better for myself, my family and of course my sanity?" Yes, I do, actually. And it's a funny thing, because I've been through this, and loads of people have been through this, I think it's part of the journey of you know, Join Up Dots and online business and in entrepreneurial derring do, that you can quite easily pick up crappy customers. And it's normally the cheap ones, which is interesting that yours are quite rich, it's the ones that don't have a lot of money, but then want to squeeze it out of your like you're a sponge or a flannel. And they're trying to get that extra out of you. Now, when I started Join Up Dots in the early days, I'm trying to think back to what I did now. Yes, I had a few clients, a few coaching clients. And I had a guy that came through to me, and he said, and I've told the storey I repeat myself a lot. But there's a lot of content I have to put out. And he said to me, "David", He was from Africa somewhere. And he said, "David, I would like you to coach me. I'm inspired, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah". And he was the first one and I thought brilliant that's excellent. Yeah. Okay. And so I said to him, okay, its a years course, for 10 grand. Now, I'm a lot more than that, for a tiny, short period of time. But at time, it was 10 grand. And he said, "Yes, but there's no problem at all, I will, I will do it." And, and so I had a client, I thought this is brilliant. And I didn't even know what I was going to be sort of coaching him for really. I just kind of blagged my way through because hey, in those days, there was money on the table, and I was gonna grab it and I didnt care who it was I just wanted to cash. Anyhow, he was alright. But he referred me through to a load of other people. And I went from basically no money at all to nearly six figures, in a very short period of time. But I realised that the majority of them, and if you're listening back first person, uyou was alright. I used to wake up and god think Ive got to speak to them, and they would be emailing me all the time and messaging me and I'd go through things with them. And then they never got it. And it didn't matter how clear and precise. And I just couldn't understand it, I couldn't understand why they were getting it. And then I realised that actually they were the wrong customers. And what I'd effectively done, I'd gone from a job that I didn't like, because I had one rubbish boss. And I ended up with 10 rubbish bosses sort of dictating my time and pulling me from pillar to post. So I got to a point that I said to my wife, "I cant do this", and she said, "Oh just just put up with it, you know, it's not too bad" I went "It is if I'm starting to create my own business woman, I want to have one that I actually enjoy and not think, Oh my God, I've got to do this". So I said to him, "Look, this isn't working." And I gave them all their money back, the majority of their money, about 99%, I kept a little bit I kept a little bit. And I thought to myself, what I need to do something to allow myself to have this ability to be a bit more choosy. And so that's why I created What's At Florida keys.com, which gave me the ability to bring income into my life, and allowed me to become a bit choosy. Now, what I have found, as I said, right at the very beginning, if you go cheap, you get cheap customers. And they really do try to ring you, if you actually put your prices up and really comprehensively price them up, you will lose certain people, but you will gain people that it's weird. They just don't ask for as much. They do exactly what you say. And they appreciate your value more. It's really interesting. So Connor, for your business, one of the things that I would say for you to do, is the next person that comes along, actually sit down with them and and talk to them first of all, and see do you actually like them, because I imagine in the golfing world in sort of world, you're going to spend a lot of time walking around in in stinking hot conditions, and teaching them how to put and chip and drive and all those other golfing terms. And so you've got to enjoy their company. Now you don't have to be lovers, you don't need to be sort of going in bonkers, because they're that absolutely perfect for you. But you've got to at least think to yourself, "Okay, this is going to be a pleasant day and stuff." So that's the first thing that I would do, I wouldn't just except a customer through I would spend a little bit of time talking to them, finding out what they want, and actually seeing is there a connection because as I say, you're going to be spending a lot of time with them. That's the first thing that I would do. And then the second thing, I would look at my prices, and I would increase them, and I would increase them to drop off certain people. But then it means that you don't have to have as many customers, and you're still making the same amount of money. And that's the key thing. Because when you say on there, where did I actually read it? Or did I stop reading that I think I did about unreasonable level of support and timeframes, which is making my home life difficult. Do you have any suggestions? Yeah, I would put the money up and drop down on the amount of customers because then if you've got bad customers, it doesn't matter, you you haven't got as many of them and you go down from eight bad bosses to four bad bosses. And it gives you some breathing time, and then sort of move on accordingly. Okay, it's a real leap of faith Connor, it really is because you mean who's going to pay this, who's going to pay that, and we always benchmark on how much we can afford. And we wouldn't pay that, I would. But you know, people out there have got a tonne of money. So all you need to do is find the people that want to have the best, and position yourself as the best. And I'm sure if you can get people down to scratch golfers, which is, I believe down to sort of level level par, isn't it a golf round, then you must be extremely good at what you do. Put your prices up, speak to them first of all, make sure that there's a connection. And you can do it on the zoom any of the online platforms or as it's sort of a local business, I imagine you could go around and meet them and actually think is there a connection. Ate they somebody that I actually want to spend time with. And if you are in the fortunate position that the money you're bringing in from these clients can pay for all your bills, and that's brilliant. And if they're not, and you're still got a shortfall, then look at reducing the amount that you're spending at home. That's that's the biggest win that I made. That I reduced all my overheads as much as possible, which allowed me to have breathing space to grow, Join Up Dots, right from the very start. So that's my suggestion is to you young Conner. And that's my suggestions to people out there. You don't have to go, for bad bosses surrounding you in a business you are in control, you've got what they want. So you can actually bring into your business, the right customers. Now, if you think to yourself, I'm not getting enough customers at the beginning, then yeah, it might be something that you've got to suck it up and just get through that until your business builds, you can't just be sitting there going, "No, I don't like you, the way you suck that straw, and I don't like you", you know, you gotta be a bit selective, but not too selective right at the very beginning, because hey, you gotta get the ball rolling. But once you get the ball rolling, your confidence will develop. And you will be able to see that actually, you don't need to take all these horrible people and just go for the ones that you think that you can work with. And you will enjoy. And they will get value and you will see your business blossom. Oh, yes, you will. Anyway, so thank you very much for that quick question. Okay, and anybody else who wants to drop me a line and ask me anything, then do so do so at Joinupdots@gmail.com. And of course, you can come over to the website and there's a little button at the bottom that says contact. And if you contact us, I will contact you back. Yes, brilliant stuff. Until next time, thank you so much for being here. On Join Up Dots and I will see you again soon. I will I will well might not see or hear you. I won't even hear I don't even know what I'm saying. You will hear me you will hear me which is good enough. Until next time. See ya.
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Your Boring Job Might Just Be Your First Business
In todays podcast episode we respond to an email we recieved from Australia from a listener of the show who is depressed with the life she is leading. Its not the life that she is leading either, but more where she is heading. She is 23 years old, and needs a bit of support....which is where we come in. "I’ve been listening to your podcast for a few months now and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy it. My name is Derek, and I’m 23 years old currently living in Sydney Australia and work at one of the big 4 accounting firms in financial advisory a.k.a the biggest snore of my life. AND for lack of a better description I absolutely hate it. I apologise for the novel of an email you are about to endure but I am hoping that you might get something out of this too. I began working last year in March as a graduate, keen and ready to start my fabulous career of fortune, money, success, rainbows and perfectness. When in actual fact I hadn’t really given this much thought at all I just went to uni, studied business, was good at finance and trusted my parents that this was the right thing to do. In my first week (3 DAYS WAS ALL IT TOOK) I remember being on the train home almost in tears thinking holy shit I’ve fucked up. I have gotten my the past 5 years of my life all wrong and I should be doing something more creative, fun and much more me (I am fun and creative and fabulous and all things not boring) what was I thinking? Looking back now, at my life, personality and everything about me I could not have picked a role less suited to me. (I am no snore! I am a fun bag of greatness that does whatever the hell I want!) BLIMEY CHARLIE (said in your silly British accent) what have I done! Anyways, here I am a year later still in the same job for a selection of crappy reasons: 1. I have begun studying my CA which would take me 3 years to complete (I am now half way through and think wow what a waste this would be I should finish what I started) - FYI my job pays for me to do this and you need 3 years of relevant experience to qualify so quitting would mean I can’t complete this 2. Further from point two everyone (being older people in my life e.g. parents/boyfriends parents) tell me having my CA would be an advantage to my career forever and I never know when it might come in handy 3. I believe that I am learning skills invaluable to me that would help me succeed in any business setting In saying that, I have had a constant battle for the last year that time is ticking away and I’m only taking steps in the wrong direction, prolonging the inevitable (getting out of here) and making my life more miserable than it needs to be. I don’t doubt it will be easy for you to see how much I relate to your podcast i.e. how much corporate land sucks. I reckon 80% of the people in my team hate their jobs and are lying to themselves if they said they don’t. I love the enthusiasm you give me and the confidence to believe I can do my own thing and follow my heart. I refuse to let myself go down the same path I see so many of my colleagues on. I’m young and I know there is something out there better for me, that I would be passionate about, but I am absolutely struggling to decide what that might be. I have ideas coming out of my asshole in terms of business ideas, concepts, ways for other businesses to improve - you name it I’m thinking of it everywhere I look. I recently listened to your podcast where you spoke about dropping down to two episodes per week, and while I was listening to it I thought – what crap!!! All I could hear was excuses because thinks weren’t going perfectly for you and you were going on your wonderful trip to New York and it was all too hard and you thought that was an easy way out. It didn’t sound like the motivational, enthusiastic David I know and love!!!! When I heard that you realised this and you were sticking to three podcasts I thought bloody hell good on you because you just seem to get things right. I always agree with your views on life, on the workforce and the way you think things should be… so good for you!!!! I’m proud that you did the right thing and I’m glad that you shared that podcast with us despite not deciding to do it. It’s a great lesson for you but also for all of your listeners and I think a lot of people will appreciate that. I’ve been meaning to write to you for a while now and listening to that podcast made me do it. You talk a lot about following your heart, starting your own business and quitting the corporate life but I wonder if you realise someone as young as me is listening to you. I have a question for you Mr know it all sexy funny and fabulous David Ralph – do you really think it’s a good idea for me to quit my job and follow my heart? I’m 23, I have only been in the workforce for a year and a half and lets be real, to a very large extent I don’t know shit about anything. Who would invest in me, who would trust that I would be able to run my own business and would I even be able to? Do I still have too much to learn? Should I stick out completing my CA and getting some more experience under my belt while I’m at it? Or should I screw it and go in there tomorrow and kiss my snore of a job goodbye and back myself? I’m a smart girl and I don’t doubt I would be able to do anything I put my mind to but wow, I hope you can understand and see that it’s a little more difficult for someone so young. Or maybe it isn’t? Do I have more room for failure? I think this would be a great topic for you to discuss and I would love to hear more from young entrepreneurs on join up dots, or even young people that have fucked off something they know isn’t for them and followed their heart. My family all think I need to stick out my job for three years and I just can’t help but feel like this is the wrong advice – it just doesn’t sit right with me! These people are old dinosaurs, times have changed and I need to take from life what I want….. right? HELP ME MR RALPHIE BECAUSE IM GOING INSANE. Do I need to be more patient? Get some experience? I would be surprised if some of your listeners don’t feel the same way that I do in one way or another and I don’t doubt you would be able to spin something mentioned into a topic so I hope this helps you too!! P.S. don’t mention my name in your podcast please  I’m a scaredy cat. Goodnight and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your motivation and keep at it! All those people that cancelling on you is actually a good thing. They aren’t the type of people you want on your show anyways right? That’s not what it’s all about. So screw them and long live David Ralph and join up dots!!"
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Why You Shouldnt Go The Easy Route To Success
Today’s episode is entitled schools out for summer due to the relief that i will be feeling in just a few weeks time. Yes, shortly I will be closing up shop and quite literally touring the world with my family. Screaming “Schools out for summer” at every opportunity. But how do you do this when you need to provide content to the world three times a week? How can you really scream schools out for summer if you have work that is required Well in todays show i reveal how i almost made the wrong decision and went with the easy route to success. I almst decided that I would stop podcasting like so many other people do across the world. They podfade and make things easier for themselves, instead of thinking of what got them there in the first place. Enjoy “Schools out for summer” and let me know if I have made the right decision. Audio Transcription Of Schools Out For Summer David Ralph [0:00] Yes, I know that Good morning GA Good morning, and welcome to Join Up Dots. Join Up Dots Join Up. Dots. Do you know this isn’t an episode, which is kind of like an episode within our episode inside it and what you’re going to hear, you’re going to hear an episode of recorded recently, when it was all about my stresses my struggles and stuff. And basically what what you what you will hear what you will hear is a show that I recorded that I was going to put out live. And then I slept on it. And I woke up the next morning and I thought to myself, no, that’s not right. I shouldn’t put that out to the world. And then the next day, I thought about it. And I thought no, I will put it out to the world. But I will do a little sort of intro that I’m doing now to sort of lead up to why you’re getting this episode. And then there’s a bit at the end which I will explain why. So once the music fades on the episode, you’ll hear me again, you’ll hear my sexy tones again. And I will tell you exactly why it has caused me distress. This has caused me distress and you will hear now. So this is the episode enjoy it. And I see you again after the music finishes at the end. Okay, okay. Intro [1:22] When we’re young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling in Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here’s your host live from the back of his garden in the UK, David Ralph. David Ralph [1:47] Yes, good morning, good morning, or afternoon or evening or whatever time it is in your world. Thank you for being here with the Join Up Dots show Yes, the Join Up Dots Meister is coming to you in UA but across the globe. And that’s what I have been doing for nearly six years. Now. I’m going to reference something and I’ve been thinking about this long and hard. And I’m actually spoken about it a few times in podcast episodes going forward. But since since I’ve been doing Join Up Dots, we’ve released over 1500 shows. And we have provided content, inspiration, motivation, interviews, and solo shows. And we have been trying to mix it up to give you what you want. And it’s always about you listeners always about your listeners. And there’s not one listener out there. But I do not think about whether you drop me a line or I never hear from you. It’s all about you right from the very beginning, now overly at this summer period. And I’ve been having a lot of problems through Join Up Dots. And one of the problems I have is the guests, they baulking to be recorded, and when they don’t turn up, I’ve had a serious and if you’re listening out there and you was a guest but did this men’s Mac potty time because some of the emails that I’ve had from people where they’ve cancelled a booking, and then another time we reschedule and then I cancel that. And they say oh, sorry, I got busy. Sorry, I got this. Pretty much. that annoys me, that annoys me. Because what they’re saying is their time is busier than my time. Now in Join Up Dots. And this is my business. So I set myself up to be very available. But when these guys are ready to be recorded, and then by just blow out at the last minute, as we say in the United Kingdom, which is unprofessional is unprofessional. If you say you’re going to do something, you’re going to do it. Well over the summer, I’ve been chasing my tail to keep up with the amount of content that I’m producing. And it may not seem a lot, it may not seem a lot of people. But believe me doing three shows a week as I have been been doing for so many years is a lot. And I used to be maybe a six months ahead of schedule. And then it got to three months ahead of schedule. And then looking back in hindsight, probably what I made a mistake or was going I’m so far ahead, I take a little bit of a breather, and allowed that that bucket of recorded shows to sort of deplete somehow the reservoir became a little bit less. So over the last six, probably about three months, I’ve been chasing it every single day thinking I’ve got to get somebody in to do Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays now. I’m coming over to the United States of America. Yes, I am. I’m going to be wondering the world of Trump plan. So if you are anywhere in the New York area, the New York State and you see somebody and you think he looks very attractive, hang on, he looks attractive. He looks like he’s English, and he’s got bags under his eyes. A copy can’t it probably is it probably is. So if you see anybody who looks vaguely like me through New York State, and come over and say hello, and it’d be lovely to see you I don’t expect with one person will will grab me on the street, but you never know. And so it will be me. So I’ve got a hold of August, I’m closing down shop on Join Up Dots. And I’ve had a problem, I’ve been trying to work out how I can keep the show going for that period. And I don’t want to let you down because that’s what I’m here for. I’m here to provide the entertainment and the inspiration to get you your juices out to get your juices flowing. So that you can go out and do your own thing. But it’s got to a point now, but I thought to myself, I need to make a decision. So the whole thing doesn’t crumble. And I don’t crumble either. So from next week, I’m going down to two days a week, Monday and Thursday, you will be getting an episode of Join Up Dots till I get back in September. And then I will see what I can do to bring it up. Now you might say to me now that’s all right, David. That’s why we’ve been worried about you. We’ve been worried about you. You’re looking tired, you’re sounding tired. Your energy levels are where they are. Or you might be going, well paga this, I listen to this on my commute every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And I’ve been listening to this for the last few years. And now. Now I have a day. But I don’t have the doctor Mr. Well, I will say in that I do apologise. And I will also say to you, there’s a lot of content, you haven’t heard all the content. And it’s quite an interesting journey, I get quite a lot of people that say, Oh, I listened to the early shows. And they they like to hear the difference in Join Up Dots. Because it was a very different show, I was a very different person. And so they’ve gone back, and they’ve been trolling the episodes, and they dropped me line saying, Oh, I listen to Episode 18. And I looked at this person work and stuff. So it is an interesting storey to go back onto. But the reason that this show is twofold. Number one, I just want to say school goes out for every camera everybody has hang out, that’s the young ones, you gotta you gotta know, the young ones from the 1980s. And if you haven’t watched the young ones, you’ve missed out. And the second thing is, the reason I’ve been doing this as well of dropping down is as you know, back in the day, I had burnt out twice, and I got into a terrible state, where it’s taken me years to try to get this feeling of overwhelm and stress out of my body. And so I’m very, very protective of my energy levels. And if I’m starting to flag or I’m starting to feel that I’m not doing the best job because there’s too much on then I have to make those decisions. And those decisions in this regard is to go down two days a week, okay, Monday and Thursday. So you’re still going to get your interviews, yes, still going to get you your solo shows, and you can still drop me lines, and I will respond to it. And I love getting questions from people, I don’t get a lot of them. But when you do, it helps me it really helps me because it gives me content ideas to produce more shows. And if you want more shows, you know I need your help. It is really great. You send me an email, you tell me what you’re doing, where you are your issues, your problems, and I will give you my advice, like like a business Yoda. I will do Yoda every time for you, to help you on your way so that everybody listens to Join Up Dots and just sort of listens, you actually part of this, you can help me and you can, can keep me producing the episodes by giving me ideas and dropping me emails or connect on messenger or whatever you way if you want to. And it really, really does help me big time. So my burnout was the big issue leading forward, my energy levels have been getting a bit low what with everything else, and I’ve got to take a break. So I’m going off to America, as I say, coming over to Trump land, I’m going to dye my face orange and have really weird hair. And so that nobody talks to me for three or four weeks. And then when I come back, I will get back into Join Up Dots. And we’ve got so much more that I’m bringing into it in the background that we’re working on. So there’s a lot of sexy time. And sometimes you’ve got to make a decision in your life personally, to make sure that one doesn’t sort of overshadow the other and you don’t bring yourself to the knees. Because if you get to that point, you ain’t gonna show anyway. So I do apologise for everybody. Hopefully, you can understand that. Anybody who wants to drop me lines and give me questions, and tell me why you listen, it only takes a second to do but you know, it’s so useful film my email inbox with storeys, about your issues. And then you know, it will make the show more supportive for you. I’m convinced of it. And I will be back again very shortly. I’m not sure when this show is going to be going out pro believe on Monday. So I will be back again on Thursday from now on. And then that will run till about sep tember and then I will assess and see what I can do. But until that time, thank you so much for listening to Join Up Dots back was David Ralph. And School’s out. Yes goes out the summer. See you later. Cheers. Bye, bye. Outro [10:37] David doesn’t want you to become a faded version of the brilliant self you are wants to become. So he’s put together an amazing guide for you called the eight pieces of advice that every successful entrepreneur practices, including the two that changed his life, head over to Join Up dots.com to download this amazing guide for free. And we’ll see you tomorrow on Join Up Dots. David Ralph [11:08] Okay, so it’s me again, Yes, it’s me again. So I was thinking of going down to two days a week because as you’ve heard, I’ve been struggling guests have been dropping out left, right and centre. And he’s really, really unprofessional. It really winds me up big time. But hey, that’s what life is. And you find more and more when you get into the entrepreneurial world. People are unprofessional. And they’re the ones that aren’t very good. All the real top guys I’ve had on my show, they turn up at the right time. They sound great. They’re all prepared, we record done and dusted. And the ones that are kind of trying to get their business going or they’re, you know they’re a few years in, they can be a bit flaky. Now, that’s not your issue listeners. Now, what I realised after I slept on this is the part of Join Up Dots I keep on trying to get across to you is the fact that when there’s an obstacle, you can find a way around the obstacle, you can sort things out, you don’t have to, you know, you don’t have to stop what you’re doing. There’s a way around it. So I slept on it, and I woke up the next morning, I thought to myself, no, I’m a bloody podcaster I need to podcast. And actually I shouldn’t be going down two days a week, I should be going seven days a week, I should be doing 30 episodes a day, I should be cranking out the content. Now of course there’s a tipping point, you don’t want that much content, and I can’t possibly do it. But I will be staying at three days a week. Even though I’ve had my doubts. Even though I’ve got to crank out a tonne of material, I’ve got to do something like 30 shows within 10 days, which is a lot that’s to do a day. Now it doesn’t sound a lot. But you’ve got to think of the idea, you got to record it, you’ve got to edit it, you’ve got to produce it, you’ve got to do the show notes, you’ve got to do the social media, you’ve got to get guests you’ve got you know, you’re not interested, you’re not interested. But three a day is a big push. But I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it and I’m going to crank it out. And you will get a show three days a week from now on. Until I come back in September. When I come back in September, or refreshed and all or invigorated men, I will get back into it again and still crank out the episodes. So for all of you out there, that’s why I’ve done this. That’s why I put this little episode in with the intro and our show, as I’ve done to make you realise that if you’re working towards a business, if you are trying to do something, there will be times when you will doubt yourself and you will think I’ve got to do something easier. easier, doesn’t mean it’s right. And if I’m a podcaster, I have to podcast, if you are whatever you are, you’ve got to do that back is your thing. And you can’t sacrifice but you can’t stop being what you want to be you have to find a way of making it happen. So I think that is a lesson for me. And hopefully it’s a lesson for you guys as well. But the opposite court is there to be found a way around and you don’t have to go the easy road. You don’t have to sacrifice what you should be doing in your life, to just make it easier for yourself. Find a way through, push through, be inspired, that you’ve got the ability to do it. And when you have the doubts like I’ve had, think to yourself know this is going to happen. This is what I want in life. I will make it happen. Until next time, I will see you again. And this time, I’m going to play the old music again. Cheers. Bye bye.
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From Fighter Pilot To Sky High Business Success
Introducing Christian Boo Boucousis Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast interview is Christian “Boo” Boucousis. He is the owner of Afterburner Australia, part of a global training organization that has delivered programs globally to over 2.5 million people and 3,500 organizations across the world. Everyone of them delivered to make those people become more successful. Before his move into the business world, he was a fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force for 10 years. Diagnosed with a serious medical condition, he was told he could no longer fly fighter aircraft and so he had a choice to make. He could mope around staring longingly at the Mavericks of the world high-fiving and shouting "I feel the need, the need for speed" but he didnt. Instead using the skills and knowledge he acquired in the Air Force, he co-founded a successful humanitarian support company in the Middle East growing it to over 1,500 staff. Before selling that business to move back to Australia to focus on developing affordable building methods, which was the genesis of Mode. An innovative property development group that is currently developing Australia’s tallest prefabricated hotel in the Perth CBD. How The Dots Joined Up For Christian His story is a real world example of how fighter pilots use the skills developed during their military careers to succeed in business. No nonsense, no shortcuts, just a simple methodology that cuts through the noise and inefficiencies that exist in our day to day lives, principally as a result of a lack of understanding around our human performance limitations. From the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl to the methods used by Apple and Google, fighter pilot methods are gradually penetrating all corners of business and early adopters, especially in the digital world, are reaping the benefits of it’s simple and highly effective approach So did he ever dwell on the what could have beens, "Why me" or did he see it as an amazing opportunity for personal growth. And where does he see the biggest limitations that people put on themselves in both business and life? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start join up dots with the one and only Mr Christian “Boo” Boucousis. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weight subjects with Christian Boucousis such as: We discuss the outlook that Australians have developed and how they take a huge element of the British outlook, Why the only book that Boo has ever read is "How to start your first business for dummies". Action is where the real learning comes from.  Why it is so important to find a small untapped market and become the big fish in that market before expanding. And lastly........ Why it is so important to enter into conversations with your market to truly find what they want from business. Talk, talk, talk.
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From Homeless To Billionaire
Introducing John Paul DeJoria In today's episode of Join Up Dots we are going to focus on the story of one of the richest men on earth. One that probably you have never heard of before. What makes this story so amazing, and will lead several episodes of Join Up Dots, is it’s not often that a homeless person living out of his car can dramatically alter his circumstances and become a billionaire. But John Paul DeJoria — co-founder of hair-care company John Paul Mitchell Systems and high-end Patrón Spirits — did just that. The 73-year-old now has a net worth of $3.1 billion, according to Forbes. His climb out of poverty reads like a tale from a Charles Dickens’ novel. He was poor as a child. Born as John Paul Jones DeJoria on April 13, 1944, in Echo Park, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, he was the second son of an Italian father and a Greek mother. He was two years old when his parents divorced. Hence, to support his mother, he started selling Christmas cards and newspapers at the age of nine, along with his older brother. Entrepreneurial even at a young age, John Paul DeJoria sold Christmas cards door to door and got a paper route because he knew that effort led to reward. He graduated from LA’s John Marshall High School but didn’t have the grades to get a college scholarship, so instead, he joined the Navy for two years.   When Things Got Tough For John Paul DeJoria When he returned from the Navy In 1966, John Paul DeJoria’s first wife left him and their two-year-old son. She took all the money they had, as well as the only car they owned. As a result,John Paul DeJoria couldn’t pay rent of his apartment, and was forced to evict it and live on the street with his infant son. he and his young son were evicted from their apartment and lived briefly out of his car, picking up soda bottles to recycle for a few cents each. But John Paul DeJoria, 73, recently told me that he decided to take challenges head-on early in his career. "The only way I could go was up," he said. John Paul DeJoria saw his economic obstacles as an opportunity to work hard. When there wasn’t money to eat, he sold Christmas cards. When he couldn’t go to college because he couldn’t pay for it, he started selling encyclopedias. He didn't rely on anyone else. As he says “If you expect free lunch to come your way, you’re not going to go far and you’ll be very bored. Go out there and do something. Get involved," he said. Now fortunately for John, his situation started to change sightly when a friend in a biker gang invited him to live in one of his rooms, which lead to him developing his lifelong love of motorcycles. (His personal motorcycle fleet includes a 2004 Harley-Davidson chopper, a 2010 BMW Sidecar model and a 2008-2009 Arlen Ness & Victory, re-calibrated to run off either Patrón tequila or gasoline.) Over the next few years, he held nearly a dozen jobs, including encyclopedia salesman, tow-truck driver and janitor. He would do anything to make a buck, and hustled hard.   The Early Stages Of Success For John Paul DeJoria But it was when he entered the hair car business that things started to take a turn for the better He got his entrée to the haircare industry when he joined Redken Laboratories in 1971 as a sales rep — a job he was fired from in a disagreement over business strategy. The onetime door-to-door shampoo and encyclopedia salesman partnered with Paul Mitchell in 1980, and the two turned $700 into one of the most profitable hair-care companies in the world. Not too long after their company took off, Mitchell died of cancer and John Paul DeJoria took over. Today the company generates $1 billion in annual revenues. His tequila company is also a megahit. Patrón tequila is made in Mexico in a sustainable distilling facility that uses recycled bottles and leftover distilled water to fertilize the land. Now more than 2 million cases are sold each year. But John Paul DeJoria doesn’t measure his success in terms of dollars and cents.   For the iconic entrepreneur it’s not about money and power.   As he sums it up: “I have been so down and out in my life. It makes me feel really good to be financially blessed and give back. I get great joy and a great high out of it. It’s my way of paying rent on this planet to share with others less fortunate.”   The billionaire remembers giving a dime to the Salvation Army when he was six years old and living in Los Angeles. His mom told him, ‘You may be poor, but there are so many people less fortunate than you, and every little bit helps.’ “Those words have always stuck with me,” John Paul DeJoria recalls. That philanthropic passion led John Paul DeJoria to sign Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s “The Giving Pledge” in 2011 to give half of his earnings to better the world. In addition, he established JP’s Peace Love & Happiness Foundation as a hub for his charitable donations to causes that reflect the core values of his companies: saving the environment, helping the poor and protecting animal rights. Through his foundation, he has raised millions of dollars to support more than 160 charities around the world.   They include Grow Appalachia, a program that provides seed and tools to help poor families in six states throughout central Appalachia grow their own food to combat malnutrition; and Sea Shepherd, a marine wildlife conservation society that confronts illegal poaching and destruction of wildlife in the world’s oceans.   This Thanksgiving he visited Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community First Village in Austin, Texas, where they are building an innovative housing model that helps the homeless learn skills, earn income and get affordable housing. So how did John Paul DeJoria maintain motivation and build such an expansive empire? He says there were three rules he followed on his path to success.   John Paul DeJoria: The Rules Of Success    Rule No. 1: Always be prepared for rejection. Throughout your career you are going to run across rejection, John Paul DeJoria points out. “You will knock on doors, and many will close on you. There will be people who don’t like your product, your company — or you.” It’s important you realize this from the day you launch your business. “To be successful, you must remain as confident and enthusiastic on door No. 59 as you were on door No. 1.” If you realize this is going to happen, the rejection won’t hit you so hard. It will help you be resilient, he explains.   Rule No. 2: Make sure your product or service is the best it can be. John Paul DeJoria is adamant: “Always remember you don’t want to be in the product business. You want to be in the reorder business.” As he explains, Work hard to develop a world-class product consumers want. That kind of thinking gives you a better shot at being a success.   Rule No. 3: Doing good is good for you — and your business. “If a business wants to stay in business, it cannot just think of today’s bottom line,” says John Paul DeJoria. It must make a company commitment to help others immediately. “By helping others, you are creating future customers and inspiring employee loyalty,” he explains. “Customers like to be involved with people and businesses that donate their time to help others, save the planet and make a difference.” Demonstrating that point, John Paul DeJoria notes that since he started Paul Mitchell in 1980, His total employee turnover has been less than 100, and two of those workers retired.   Rule No 4: Don’t dwell on the past Letting your past mistakes or background define what you are capable of can limit your prospects. John Paul DeJoria said he always focuses on his future. “When you’re down, most people think about the past and what got them there. That’s not going to get you anywhere. Think about what your next step is. Don’t dwell in the past—go forward,” he said.   Rule No 5: Your Country Still Works But John Paul DeJoria has a message for millennials: “You can get through the hard times as long as you’re willing to work and put forth an effort and not sit back waiting on everyone else. America works, but to make it work you’ve got to go out there and you’ve got to do something.” What is most inspiring is the different way that you can make success in your life. Its not all about being online, instead its all about having good ideas and then finding the people to make it happen. John Paul DeJoria has no personal computer. He doesn’t use email, surf the internet or own a smartphone. He’s never downloaded an app. What has this different and fresh approach to business brought him in his own words? “I have time to think,” he says. “I don’t have to go on the computer or telephone to know who sent what message when. I don’t need to know what celebrities are thinking about everything, nor do I want to.” Be different. Live your life the way that you want to Make a difference to people everywhere you can That is how success is made. Until next time, keep focused, keep motivated and remember when the hard times hit that is when the opportunities for growth really appear.
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Going For No
Today's guest contacted us to come onto the show and we didn't know what to do. He wanted to come on and share their mission for overcoming rejections  and actively seeking a NO. Back in 2014 we had a guest on the show called Andrea Waltz, who is the author of the book Go For No She is a lady who quite simply wont take no for an answer, but unusually it is the no’s that she actively seeks out, and not like the rest of us the much more appealing “Yes’s She believes that we are the products of our self-limiting beliefs in life. We are frightened of what people are going to say. We are frightened of what people are going to think. We are frightened of people saying “No” to us. How The Dots Joined Up For Leo Well todays guest was so inspired by Andrea Waltz's quote..."You can achieve EVERY goal and reach EVERY dream by simply hearing NO more often!" He has kicked off a group with "The Summer of A Thousand NOs". As he says "You don't need to commit to hearing NO one thousand times this Summer only that you will commit to asking for what you want more often. You should make a NO goal for the Summer, though. None of us have control of the YESs we may get but we can, to a certain, extent control the number of NOs we get." So why did the message resonate so much, when all of are bombarded by people motivating us to be bigger versions of ourselves. And what has been his favourite most creative way that he has received a rejection during his Go For No mission Well lets find out more, as we start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Leo Quinn Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Leo Quinn such as: We discuss how Leo first bought the book over even years ago but could never see the message until now  Why the frivolity of youth is such a barrier to overcoming obstacles in business and life. Leo believes 100% that you should Never accept a no from someone who doesn't have the power of saying Yes" And lastly...... Leo can see an increase to his bank balance in just one month, which is testament to this mindset shift. How To Connect With Leo Quinn Website Facebook Linkedin Twitter Return To The Top Of Leo Quinn If you enjoyed this episode with Leo Quinn, why not check out other inspirational chat with Clayton Morris, Dorie Clark, and the amazing Niall Doherty You can also check our extensive podcast archive by clicking here – enjoy Audio Transcription Of Leo Quinn Interview Intro 0:00 When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK. David Ralph. David Ralph 0:25 Yes, hello. Hello there. Good morning and welcome to infuse Yeah, stick episode of Join Up Dots. I'm going to enjoy this conversation today because he it fundamentally brings together what Join Up Dots is all about is about going for things even if you haven't got the answer just going for it. And sometimes you going to do well, sometimes you're not sometimes you're going to get a yes. Sometimes you're going to get a no and more often than not. You're probably going again, though. Well, today's guest contacted us to come on the show. And to be honest, we didn't know what to do. He wanted to come on and share his mission but overcoming rejections and actively seeking and know. But how do you say yes, if he actually wants to know where we say to us? Now he's on the show. Now back in 2014, we had a guest on the show called Andrea waltz. Who is the author of the book go for know funnily enough, she is a lady who quite simply won't take no for an answer. But And usually, it's the knows that she actively seeks out and not like the rest of us the much more appealing yeses. She believes that we are the products of our self limiting beliefs in life. We are frightened of what people are going to say we are frightened of what people are going to think and we have frightened of people saying no to us. Well, today's guest was so inspired by Andrea Waltz, his quote, you can achieve every goal and reach every dream by simply hearing no more often, he's kicked off a group with the summer of 1000 nose. As he says you don't need to commit to hearing no 1000 times this summer. Only that you will commit to asking for what you want more often, you should make a no goal for the summer bow. None of us have been control of the yeses we may get but we can, to a certain extent control the number of nose we get. So why did the message resonate so much when all of us are bombarded by people motivating us to be bigger versions of ourselves on YouTube and TV and got the second podcast as well? And what has been his favourite most creative way? But he's received a rejection during his gopher no mission. Well, let's find out as we start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Leo Quinn. Leo Quinn 2:31 Morning. Good morning, David. Disappointed to be here. I was really hoping to get a note my request to beyond but you give me a yes. So I know. It's a strange old David Ralph 2:41 fame. When I sent the email back. I was thinking he wants to know but I actually want to speak to him and how do I do this? And I must admit for the listeners out there you don't know but Leo sent me an audio tape of rejections and they sort of ranged from people just say no quite politely to people getting quite annoyed. There must have been about 10 to 15 of them how many of you got now Leo? Leo Quinn 3:06 I'm up to 396 that is David Ralph 3:09 like one night in my bedroom Genova. So what why have you gone for this? Why have you wanted and we start with Andrea waltz First of all, because that Join Up Dots the of the episode. So she was back in 2014. And I remember her saying, Go for knows. And I didn't quite get it at that time. And I was kind of thinking, you know, that's just seems a stupid way to go. I see now in a totally different way. Why did you see it? Leo Quinn 3:41 Well, I'm embarrassed to admit that I bought that book 11 years ago, and go for now I March 26 2008. And I only realised that because I went back to the page on Amazon. And it told me and I had been looking for a project to do this summer. And at that point, I read the quote that you are he said I can achieve every goal and reach every dream by simply hearing no more often. And for some reason, I'm may 23. That really made an impression on me. I decided that was going to be my summer project because even though I bought the book 11 years ago, and I talked about the book constantly, I use these storey about you don't want to buy any life insurance, do you? I tell that storey constantly not my local marketing talks. I've never once intentionally increased my failure rate. So I decided that this summer, I was going to do it. David Ralph 4:27 And has it been a game changer for you? Leo Quinn 4:31 Absolutely. I can honestly say that prior to this project, I had not heard no in my business life 100 times much less 392 or 1000. And it's because I bent over backwards to avoid hearing No, I've done a lot of direct mail in my life, I send a lot of lumpy mail, it's weird things you send in the mail to get people's attention. I never once followed up and say hey, I'm the guy that sent you the whatever it was, and continue the conversation that way. So I've done a lot of things to avoid hearing know. So I, as I say, I certainly haven't heard it 100 times before this project. So it really has been a game changer. I really now don't fear no, on the phone, I have to do more in person knows for the rest of my during the rest of my 600 and how many ever it is 604 knows that I have yet to get this project. So that's one of my goals is to increase the number of important knows, I think I conquer my fear of telephone notes. David Ralph 5:25 Now, with your business, let's frame what you do for a living because this is a kind of side hustle project. Most people that come on Join Up Dots. They talk about what they do for a living, but basically is actually just to help you develop your business and then maybe develop a side hustle later on where you can take it off into different areas and teach other people to go for knows I imagine. Leo Quinn 5:48 I'm a marketing consultant, I call myself a small business marketing consultant, I I like to call myself an implementation meaning I want to work with a business owner who knows everything they should be doing. They've been to the seminars, they've gotten the books, on marketing, they know what they should be doing, they just don't have time to do it. So my goal for this project was obviously to get more clients. And so far, most of the knows I've gotten have come from pizza shops here in the United States, because there's a million of them, I'm never going to run out of people to tell me know, they're easy to reach the foot, they've answered the phone, the owner probably isn't going to answer the phone, but he or she is probably within arm's reach of the phone. So that's why I decided there I've since branched out into other niches. But I wanted to start with that one because I knew there'd be a tonne of them. And when I first started, I had no idea how easy or hard it would be to get 1000 notes. So I figured I pick a niche to where is that where there's a tonne of them. So far, I can trace 1200 dollars in extra income that I wouldn't have without this project. And I started the project on July or June 10th. So just over a month. David Ralph 6:55 That's brilliant, isn't it that that is rock hard evidence. Getting out of your own way is the key to success. Leo Quinn 7:03 And I'll tell you, I'll be honest with you, I haven't made dollar one from the calls I've made. But I've made all this money by being public about my goal. And people asking me about it and saying Oh, tell me more and then signing up as a client. So it's really been an interesting result. Now, why David Ralph 7:20 have you been going for the nose now? And could could you have done it earlier? Because you know what, why I asked that I had a guy on the show, he must have been about episode hundred and 10 or something it was a long time ago. And he was a 17 year old entrepreneur called Houston GM. And he was a great guy who was in school, when he got a motivational speech, but really wasn't motivating at all about just get out there. And you know, get yourself a job and work for 40 years and then get yourself a pension and then die basically. And he fought No, I'm not going to do that I'm going to get out there straight away and make things happen. So he wrote a book at the age of 17. And he wrote 100 people to get a forward. So somebody would write a nice being at the beginning. And he got rejected 100 times, and he's hundred and one was Donald Trump, who now now he should have gone 202 I would have said 100 and kept moving on. But Donald actually wrote back and he wrote the foreword of fat. And he was saying, you know, I could have stopped at 9998 and just thought it was going to happen, he would have gone to 1000 because he knew that it would ultimately occur. Now he's at the age of 17. And he understood that. Why is it taking us so many, many years and wanting to take us all so many more years? when Ben Houston gun to understand the concept, Leo Quinn 8:44 I think probably the frivolity of us, I thought I would have, you know, forever. I've you know, I started looking ahead thinking ahead. I have a lot of older relatives and I see how ages affecting them. And they have children to take care them I don't. So I'm going to have to be rich uncle Leo, to make sure that my nieces and nephews take an interest in my care. So that's one of my primary motivations. I know I've been fairly successful not or avoiding. No, I want to see what happens when I actually go at it head on. David Ralph 9:17 I've never had a rich uncle could could you adopt me Leo? Would that be Leo Quinn 9:21 what? We can talk about it? Absolutely. David Ralph 9:23 Will you push me on the swing? If I come across? Yeah, absolutely. Yo, yo, support me out. So So what was the first go? Your know your go for? No. Was it? Was it an easy one? Are you getting bigger and bolder? With the things that you're actually asking for? Leo Quinn 9:41 Yes, actually, my first No, I'll tell you, I have a dent in my fender. And I want to get it fixed. But I don't want to pay. So I sent pictures of my dentist to a robot Auto Body Shop I've used before. And he called me up and said it's going to be 200 to 2400 depending on it's a couple things. And I I asked him I said well, would you be interested in trading, I'll build your website, I'll help you with your social media in exchange for the repair. And he said, Now I really want to get out of the business and it's not profitable anymore. So that was really my first know. That actually happened on May 28. David Ralph 10:18 And so you do you leave it then you don't go back in and try to get that result. You're just happy with the No, Leo Quinn 10:26 I'm happy with it. No, that was my first no in my summer of 1000 nose. So I was very happy with my sense contacted other auto body shops, I I think I've gotten three or four more knows, I really want to get up to 10 nose before I decided probably have to kind of fix it myself. So hopefully I'll find somebody that I can is willing to barter. David Ralph 10:43 And could could it be something you know, in a local area? Could you be the person that people want to avoid? When they think Oh god, he's that guy. He's never got any money. He's always asking for something. But he's gonna say he's gonna lend us a sheep for the weekend to move along. If we can do it, you're going to become that guy? Leo Quinn 11:02 I don't think so. And I'll be honest with you most of the nose, I've gotten her out of town. So I started calling now these pizza shops out of town because I the local pizza shops and local businesses I want to go into personally because I think it's a lot harder to say no to somebody if they're standing in front of you. So I've built up my callous making calls out of town. I'm going to know the second bunch of knows I have to get more in person. David Ralph 11:26 Well, okay, so so let's take it from you for a moment and throw it over to our listeners who probably unlike most people, and the last thing that they want you to know they want positive because it kind of makes you feel good, a little bit warm. And no, it's just end of game. Well, what would be the first thing that I've got to think about? Because this is a muscle isn't it? We're talking about we're developing a muscle where we can move on and lift stronger and stronger beings to get that result. What do you think would be one of the first things I can do? Leo Quinn 11:58 Do a go for stunt? No. And there's a guy named g8 gang he's a known as the rejection therapy guy. And he came on the scene 2013 1415 one of those times, one of those years with his hundred days of rejection. So he made a goal to get rejected once a day for 100 straight days. And he actually videotaped these. And he would do things like asked to borrow money of a stranger. He he acts you bought a burger burger place and then went up to the counter and asked for a burger refill. He knocked on somebody. He's knocked on somebody's door and asked to play soccer or football in the backyard. And they said yes, the burger refill. People said no. He really became famous when one of his videos went viral. It was the video of him going into a donut place and asking them to make him a collection of donuts that looked like the Olympic rings. Was it during the Olympic time? And they said yes. So he videotaped that he put it online. And that's how he came to fame. So come up with something like that. That's fun, and will make people laugh, and isn't going to change your life one way or the other. I I've done one step know so far. I we I was on a toll road here in New York. And the toll was 30 cents I ended the ticket I waited for him to say 30 cents and then I held up $1 lottery ticket next day, can I pay with this lottery ticket? You smiled and said no. So you know, do something like that that's doesn't have a lot of emotion attached either way, but it sort of helps you build the muscle, David Ralph 13:30 I would have taken that lottery ticket when you for the sake of you know, it could be a winner? Leo Quinn 13:36 Absolutely. If he had 30 cents in his pocket, it David Ralph 13:38 would have been a good deal for him. And so he was sitting there just being sort of a negative outlook. Well, I would think God, what's the chance of this happening? No one's ever done this to me before. I'm going to map that out. That is the 30 gone go through unless he's on CCTV. And they've been he's money laundering or something? I don't know. Unknown Speaker 13:56 Exactly. David Ralph 13:56 Yeah. So so there's always differences for it. But no, I would love to ticket. So let's look at it. So they start on something quite small, like this guy. So in an office situation where most people are, what what can we do? What can we do to get to know first of all, do you think? Leo Quinn 14:15 Ask someone to go to buy you lunch? As someone who buy your coffee, donuts? Something like that? I David Ralph 14:21 can say in order kitchen, and then say to somebody you don't say I haven't got any money? Would you mind lending it to me? He would say I don't want to buy this myself. Would you buy it? Leo Quinn 14:33 Right or ask for a discount? Hey, can I have a nice guy discount or a nice gal discount? David Ralph 14:38 Because there was a guy that I saw online that would just go up to people and say, I photocopy I don't know if you've seen this it was an A? Yes, yeah. And the person was standing at a photocopier and people were lining up to do photocopying and a person would you steam up and go slowly, I need to photocopy Can I get to the front? And everybody you should have gone? No, you get to the back. We're all waiting to photocopy but because he did it in a certain way. He just got to the from now with yourself. We're not saying it's about saying it in a certain way. We're just saying it's about saying it and learning to deal with the rejection. Leo Quinn 15:18 That's right. And I think what you're talking about is probably had to do with David Cialdini, or is it David Cialdini, the persuasion guy. And if I recall the storey correctly, Robert Cialdini, if I recall the storey correctly, people would walk up and they would say, Can I get in front of you because I have to make some copies. Now these people are standing in line at a copier, it's sort of a given that you're there to make copies. But apparently that word because gave it more credibility or more strength, and people were more likely to let you ahead if you had said something after the word. Because now David Ralph 15:53 I've got his book on my shelf called influence the psychology of summing up, I can't quite see it otherwise. And it was fascinating how we've all got the abilities to revolutionise our prospects in life, just by understanding the Social Triggers and the way that people operate in a kind of a herd scenario. And operating in a totally different way. If we if we go to the same way everybody else does, which is going to get the crumbs on way. Leo Quinn 16:24 Exactly. Right. Exactly. Right. And I think one of the main examples that you'll hear, maybe from dating, websites and things is the guy who goes up and asks every propositions every woman in a bar is going to get slapped a lot, but he's also going to go on a lot of dates. David Ralph 16:40 Yes, yeah. And that's why this is one of my day to day, you've led me into a subject here. Because I always say to people, you always see the ugly guy with the absolutely drop dead, gorgeous woman. And you always see that and you think How the hell did that happen? You know? And it's basically because that guy is so used to being rejected by here, chances aren't with anyone. And the really good looking girl doesn't get asked out by anybody, because we all think that she's gonna say no, so we don't so the ugly guy just steams in and catching. It's It's beautiful lady love making time by the end of the evening. And he's getting high fives from everyone he means by easy. So his rejection thing, isn't it? He's got use. And so he can move on. He doesn't Leo Quinn 17:29 care. Yeah, absolutely. Now do we have to David Ralph 17:32 care at certain times, though? He is some kind of social structures were going for no would be just wrong, for example, like, you know, in an Undertaker's or somewhere, you know, are there places that you wouldn't go it? Or you say, No, I can do know, wherever I want? Leo Quinn 17:49 Yes, I've thought about this because particularly with the stuffy nose, stuffy nose could tend to embarrass someone, or they're not qualified. You know, somebody said never accepted know, from someone not empowered to give you a yes. And so I'm very careful not to try this on somebody who might be embarrassed by the question or something like that. But other than that, I can't think of too many examples of where asking for a know what wouldn't be appropriate. David Ralph 18:25 Right? So you go up into a Starbucks person, and you don't ask the person at the counter, you ask to speak to the manager to you? Leo Quinn 18:31 Right, that would be how I would do it. Yeah. David Ralph 18:33 And what would you do in the undertaker, would you go in there? I just I'm interested to see how your brain works. Because you know, you're you're on this journey. It's developing a superpower. That there's a there's a thing on Netflix. I don't know if you've seen it called afterlife with Ricky Jabez. And I have, if you've got Netflix, look this out. Because even if you don't like Ricky Gervais, he's really is the first episode. It's got some quite strong language in it. But you understand why and effectively. He's a nice guy, he does his best. He really supports everyone. And then his wife dies of cancer. And he thinks well, what's the point? Why? Why have I been nice to everyone? Because, you know, this is how life treats me. So he decided to just be totally honest, and and mean to people basically, you know, and get on with his life. And he closes it as a superpower. He says, you know, nothing can happen to me. If I overcome that ability of holding myself back. He just he just free to live his life. Leo Quinn 19:37 Right, right. And it is quite freeing it. We all one of the reasons people don't like hearing rejection is they like to be liked. And they're afraid that asking for what they want will appear pushy, and that people will like them. But as many people have said, People aren't thinking about you. They're thinking about themselves. And I realised that 10 seconds after these people hang up on me or whatever they forgot to about me, they're on to something else. So no sense of me worrying about it, because they're certainly not. David Ralph 20:06 Now, I'm going to play some motivational words now. And I'm going to come straight back to you. But these are the words that Jim Carrey said, and it's worth hearing them again, he goes, my Jim Carrey 20:14 father could have been a great comedian, but he didn't believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. And when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job. And our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don't want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love. David Ralph 20:41 Now, the two words that jumped out bear for our conversation is the word safe. And taking a chance. Now, you are now in that ability to see past safe and seeing the opportunities past safe. Do you think this is going to fundamentally changed the way you operate going forward? Or is it just a phase you're going through? What now you've gone to this point? Is it then going to be done 1000 and stop? Or are you just going to keep on going 10,000 20,000 30,000 Leo Quinn 21:17 I'm going to definitely keep on going. I in Andrea's book, she talks about the different levels of failure or pursuing failure and one of those is failing exponentially. So my hope is at the end of 1000, I'll be able to hire people to get more nose for my company every day. So definitely, it's something I'm going to continue doing. I read a great meme online the other day that said no guts, no storey. So I'm getting new storeys every day fun storeys that will be hopefully entertaining and encouraging to people. So I'm definitely going to keep with it. I actually keep I have a chalk name tag that I wear when I'm out and about and it has a number on it. Right now the number is 396. And I enjoy changing that number. I enjoy people coming up and asking me what that is. Sometimes they'll say it's my IQ. But most of the time, I'll explain that. I'm pursuing failure. And so far, I've been rejected 396 times this month or what this year. David Ralph 22:14 And that leads into a quizzical conversation, or did they just look at you and go, Okay, I don't really understand why you're doing that and walk away? Leo Quinn 22:23 Oh, no, usually a quizzical conversation, I usually wear it at networking events. So they're there to promote their business and find about other businesses. So most people are David Ralph 22:32 interested, some people say they're going to do it. Rarely do I find people that actually stick with it, because it's hard. It's that public persona that is quite difficult to sort of shake off what people expect you to do, and how people expect you to be there was a guy on my show, again, reflecting back through the episodes called Tex Allen. And he was a guy who, basically he going to Starbucks or some shops, and he'd see people just on their phones in the queue just sort of like looking down clicking away. And he would be served by people that barely looked up at him. And he thought, this is getting ridiculous, you know, no one is looking anyone in the eye anymore. We're all just staring down at our devices. And so he decided to wear a red nose like a clown. And he would just put it on his face and go out for the day. And what he wanted was people to say, you know, what's with the nose, you know, what, what's with the red nose and actually bring into conversation and his whole business stem from that. And it's cold from memory, what's with the red nose? Or why the red nose. And he's taken back ability of shaking off those, those shackles. And he now coaches people and be more competent and being more vibrant in personal situations and public situations. And once again, getting out the way it's a different way. But it's still a nose, you're going for 1000 nose and he just went with one. Leo Quinn 24:00 That's exactly right. How are you familiar with the Scott Ginsburg, on fake leave, think of his name somewhere in the back of my mind. Well, name tag, Scott, he has been wearing a name tag for at least 20 years, every single day. It says My name is Scott. He has also tattooed to his body. So he's never going to lose the record for wearing a name tag. But that's his exact thing. He wanted to get more people in the conversation. So he wears it everywhere. And he's turned it into a great little business name tag, Scott. David Ralph 24:31 Because I said to my daughter the other day, I said you should have a name tag that says, I really like you. And she said, No, no, that just be mad, that just be creepy. And I said no. People will smile. And she said No, No, it won't. It'd be like, No, I wouldn't do it. And we had this discussion about are people looking for that. That connexion and they're frightened of it? Or is it the case of we shouldn't have that connexion anymore? Now she certainly says no, it's creepy. Why would you do it? But I think people would like man, what what do you think? Leo Quinn 25:04 Well, it's different for a woman than a man. I think particularly in these times, you're wearing a name tag, you're going to have people staring at your chest all day. And that can be uncomfortable, I suppose. So I certainly understand where she's coming from. It doesn't have to be a name tag, it could be anything is talking about name tags. Back in 2005, I wore a name tag that scrolled a message like under a bank sign. And I'm not sure I haven't been to England since 1988. So I'm not sure. But in this country, some banks have large signs. And underneath, there's a scroll with the weather or rates that the bank is offering. There's actually name tags, you can buy the do that on your chest. And I wore that at a seminar many years ago. And really, tonnes of people came up to me to find out what it was. And they would read it and was quite a game changer for me at that particular seminar. But definitely anything that gets people coming up and talking to you is worth trying. But it does take a little David Ralph 26:00 courage to do it, I'm going to share something I've never shared in an episode of Join Up Dots. But this is a real exclusive. But the ladies in my family, they're quite they're quite welling down on the chest area. It's a family trait that runs through. And quite frankly, they're not lacking in that regard. And my eldest daughter used to go to the pub, we have a really tight t shirt that said, right across, you can look but then you've got to buy me a drink. And she used to wear that all the time. And she used to go out and she said, never bought a drink once and she'd come back. That was a little badge of honour, I suppose
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How To Find A Top Business Mentor For Free
Welcome to the Join UP Dots podcast which today is question and answer time. But i wanted to start with an email that I received from a lovely lady in Texas America. I hope she doesn't mind me sharing this (but hey, its too late now) but there was so much passion and enthusiasm to make her life what she dreams it could be (and will be) I particularly want to reference the desire to have time with her family as a leading driver to her workload. Hi David,  Hi! I’ve been meaning to email you for the longest time, and finally. I came across your podcast about 2 to 3 years ago, I commute from my home to my business at the time in San Antonio, Texas, about an hour drive, so you would always be on. At first not going to lie...the accent annoyed me,-(kids love Peppa pig, so they love you too)  however after a few podcasts, I just couldn’t listen to anything else!) Even my now 11 and 5 year old would look forward to listening to your message, I’d glance at the rear view mirror and see my son laugh at one of your off jokes and my daughter singing the intro.   By the way he now takes and promotes cold showers! Lol Point is, you changed my life. You made a difference in whatever I was going through at that time.  I’m from Hispanic descent, and our culture is very negative. Always second guessing myself and being the “yes” lady, that just couldn’t say “no”. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, I had my first store at 26, then a real estate agent, event hall, then art gallery and lastly a small art shop in the heart of downtown San Antonio/riverwalk. However, I’ve always struggled with them not being successful enough or me being there ALL the time and missing out on important events with my family. So on May 31st I closed my brick and mortar and started to push my online shop. I’d love to be a part of the movement (joinupdots) that changed, uplifted, and inspired me. I want to say that you are an inspiration and a blessing. Keep up the fire! Blessings and hugs. Now let's move onto the nuts and bolt of the episode with three quick questions posed by the listeners either through email or the Facebook page. Dear David and everyone who works at Join Up Dots, I am a recent convert to your show, and i'm ploughing through several episodes a day on my daily commute. One of the things that comes out of the show is you cant do this on your own. I would love to find a mentor that could help me but I dont have the money to spare. The truth is, i dont think i will ever have the money to attract the ones that could really make a difference.  Any ideas?   Melanie Bristoe, Humberside, UK Of course you have to listen to the episode to get the answer for this question. Now for the second question from a listener who is struggling for steady clients coming into her business. David you are the sexiest man I have ever heard on the wireless. I started my new business a couple of years ago in the arena of sports therapy. I find that I am spending so much money on marketing, and find that the clients come to me in dribs and drabs. Any idea how I can get more consistent results? Really appreciate you and your passion for inspiring the world. Now for the last question........... David, there are so many different podcasts out there today, I am inspired to start my own. Do you have any tips on choosing a subject that will work? All the best Chris Martin Thank you for listening and for anyone who wants assitance to create their own business then simply drop us a line
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You Can't Be Who You Aren't In Life
Today's guest joining us on the show is someone who is deeply connected to Join Up Dots. Appearing on Join Up Dots back in November 2014, she literally was hanging onto give birth as we spoke. Bringing a new addition into the family, that she called David or Dotty im sure. Perhaps not. Raised by strong, hard-working, and independent women in a small medieval town of 20,000 in Slovenia (Europe), she loved spending time with my family, outdoors, and dreaming about travelling the world. Basketball would become that ticket for her (she has been "on the road" and immersed in high-performance mindset since 12 years old). Believing that anything is possible if one works hard, is committed, cares deeply, dares to make leaps of faith, and never quits... she went on to create everything she ever wished for. By the age of 30, ticking of all those boxes: How The Dots Joined Up For Sara She first arrived in the United States from Slovenia not with a dream to make it on the corporate ladder, and rise to the top of the business world. Instead she was recruited by an NCAA Division I basketball coach to bring her vast knowledge of basketball to the states, and so she left her home town of only 20,000 and landed in New York Well that for many people would have been scary enough, but just imagine doing the same thing when you can’t really speak the language of the country you were aiming to flourish in. Well this didn’t stop her at all, and in one season she led her team to one regular season title, first WNIT appearance and a conference championship game. Wow!! And now she has taken that attitude of becoming a champion, and moved into the world of business where she helps other business owners realize their business goals and guide them to success as a virtual business manager and business consultant. The Low Points Of The Journey When postpartum depression and two trips to the ER due to burnout and anxiety almost brought her to her knees, it became the greatest gift, the beginning of the next chapter for her. It led her to heal from within, and become relentless about finding a better, more soul-aligned and certainly a much more sustainable way to being. Doing, creating, giving and sharing what she truly loved, what felt exciting, fulfilling and meaningful. So how does she keep everything on an even keel when there are so many people wanting a bit of her time? And can everyone create a business with such time liberation from the start, or do you have to learn from the mistakes to make it work? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sara Oblack Speicher. Show Highlights During the show we talked about such weighty subjects with Sara Oblack Speicher such as: Why as you go through your life "you can't be who you aren't in life" its your destiny to grab with two hands. Why the world is so reluctant to take the simplest of actions in their own lives. They wait for others to make it happen. We discuss the "pre-stories" that other people tell us becoming self-developing in our lives. Time for a rewrite. and lastly............... Why if you keep on chasing the external stuff you end up in a word of burnout and exhaustion= Not good.
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Cut Free Loser Friends
When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK. David Ralph. David Ralph 0:27 Good morning to you. Good morning to you. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome to the Big Blue House. Welcome to the Blue House. Hello, from the small mouse things to do. Is that still going? Is that still going bear in the Big Blue House. I used to watch out with my kids when they were little. But now my son is learning to drive and my eldest one, the next one down, but he's still there. Welcome to the Blue House. I hope it is. And I hope the beer is fine. And the moon Hello, Moon. Sorry, I'm losing this out. I tell you well, I'm feeling a bloody good at the moment. bloody good. And if you listen to one of the episodes that I've been referencing, recently about, I was being depressed. I thought I did but really depressed. I want to go back into it. Listen to the show, its downloads people. But through the process of it, I realised that I was I needed to realign my life, I needed to readjust, I needed to fiddle around for a while. And even when my wife keeps us I stopped fiddling, stop pedalling. And I say it's complicated down there. It's complicated. You got to be a man to understand that it's just an annoyance to women. But it's complicated, isn't it? So yeah, I felt a little bit depressed, but I feel good. Now I feel really, really good. And one of the reasons is I am and it's one of the things that I'm going to talk about today is I realised that I surrounded myself with, as we say, in the United Kingdom, missiles, or miserable people, or victims or activity, people now, when you start something like this with Join Up Dots, yeah, your dream and my dream is about, everyone would listen, and I am inspired, I am inspired to go out and do my own thing, and why you would listen to the shows I would hear but gold day we would hear the positivity and the motivation. And I would go out and do it. And it'd be amazing. And people will be walking around the streets of London, or wherever you are across the world. Hi, following me and saying, David, you changed my life you've changed my life for the better. And that's of course, the vision of what you want. Well, I'd realised recently that that's not possible. And I'd surrounded myself with people that would just keep on contacting me and would just be keeping sending messages. Now. If you get a response back to me, from me, not to me, that would just be stupid. I've been sending it to myself. But I'm if you get a response back from me, you will know the flavour of what I sent back. I try to respond to every single person, but don't now respond in anything other than absolutely heartfelt advice. So if you've had a response from me recently, and I'm sure you will not listen to miss to show anymore, if you have were upset, Sheila, thank you so much for listening, really appreciate you listening. But you, you've been connecting with us over the last two years. And literally, you're asking the same thing all the time, you're asking for, you know, free advice, you're asking for support you're asking, but then you're not doing anything with what we gave you. And I've spent so much time as I've said over the last few years, connecting with people live and really trying to help them and point them in the right direction and support them because I felt it was my job. Yes, I did. I felt like I was a podcasting, Jesus walking the earth trying to help people find their way. But I've now realised, but actually, it was just me down. And I could see that no matter what I did to these people. And for these people. They weren't going to do anything with it. They were just gonna sort of take the advice and then come back a little bit later with the same old sob storey. So I do apologise people out there. If you feel about I'm now letting you down and you'll go, Oh, I listen to me show and he doesn't couldn't I do apologise really from the bottom of my heart. But I've now realised that my focus is on the people that are going to make a difference are actually going to do something really need the help. I can't spend all my time spending time with people that aren't going to do anything. It's just pointless. I've got to focus in on the people that are going to change their life. And over the last few weeks, we've we've created businesses with Martin we're blue with Susanna with Joanna that rhymes with who else with Dan with Mac with Richard loads of people are coming through and actually taking proactive action. Now that that's my kind of little rant to start off with and I hope you out there you understand why I'm doing it because I love you listening and I love you connecting with me. But there's no point if you then just sort of go round and round in circles and we all know the people that are like that in our lives. And I'd realised through that process that I've had people in my life as well that are victims of the mindset, okay, they're just in that that kind of life is rubbish. Life is based life is fat. It's all right for you. Were the kind of loser friends. And it's funny since they started coming into my head. I keep on saying videos I was watching one with Gary Vee know Chuck, the appetiser and being one with Dan Pena, the billionaire coach, and been Joe Rogan. And they were all saying the same thing, that you've got to look at the people that you're surrounding yourself with, and think I need to cut that person off and replace them with a winner. Now we've all heard the phrase about you're the average of the five people you surround yourself with. Unfortunately, it's quite difficult to prune that off. Because we've got emotions. We've got an attachment to people, we've grown up with him. Yes, he was my best friend when I was four. And yeah, we're still best friends. Cut off your loser friends..now. Now. At that moment, you've got to think about yourself, and you kind of think of the people in your life, but you say they're my best friend. My best friend Mr. bf, but rb, at two o'clock in the morning would might actually come around and help you if you phoned up or you text and you said that really, really depressed, you know, would that actually do something about it? I being the kind of people that actually, you feel worse for spending time in their company, when you do when you're not. So I have had people that I kind of Auto Deploy, I feel slightly depressed when I've spent time in their company. And I come back and I'd say to the why. Why did that you know? And she said, Oh, well, you've known each other for years. I go, Yeah, I know. But it's just you know, just energy is important. And you've got to think about all your friends and your peer group. As are these people that are pumping the energy into you, so that you can go off and do big and bold and some might say sexy things, are they the ones that are sucking the energy out of you. And if you've got a few of those in your grips, you've got to get rid of them, you've got to and you've got to sit down with them. And I always think face to face, everyone that I've cut off, I will always sit down with them face to face and say, Look, my life has moved on. I'm not feeling this anymore. To be honest, you're just bringing me down, and I don't want back to my life. I want over best view, I want you to enjoy yourself, but you're not part of my journey anymore. And it's difficult to do. But it frees up space for you to then find other people that are the go getters, they are the motivational ones, they are the people with inspiration in their hearts. And I say to people that way, Coach, you know, I say at the end of this, I want to stay in touch with you, you know, not everyone, because some of them, I think, you know, they haven't got it. But the ones that have and the ones that are powering forward. I love to see how that's occurring. I love to see how their lives changing. And I love to support them through communication, once my sort of my course or whatever I've been doing with them finishes because it's important to see that happening in your life. So you gotta be honest with yourself people are you working with people that bring you down you go out on a Friday night just because they're sitting next to you, maybe they're not the best people to go out with maybe you should stop pointing other people maybe you should go to a new gym, you go to night, not nightclubs, I'm night classes, where people are taking action, maybe you go for a country walk, connect with Ramblers, or whatever, anybody who's getting out and about and actually doing stuff, running clubs, they're great, you know, you got to be really motivated to do that. But are positive, powerful presences all around you. But you just got to tap into them. Now, I always say to people, I think it's like the success vacuum, you get rid of all the bad stuff so Cut off your loser friends. And it just sits sort of vacant for a while and you think oh, I don't know the right thing. You know, I haven't seen anyone for a while. And little by little, it leaves the space for the good people to find you and come into your life. Okay, it's really, really important to do. So think about it, think about it, and but everybody out there that isn't getting a real positive response for me like you have. It's purely the case. But I've been doing it to boy for five years now. And I've got to change my energy to focus in on the right people, because that will help other people and the support gratitude groups that we're doing, which are taking off, you know, if you've got this problem, and you haven't got the right people around you, when are sorted out for you, you know, we will create a group, we will get positive motivational people in bed little by little. And because they're local to you, then that is your group that is your peer group. And you can change direction and you can power forward to what you want. It's all available to you. You've just got to connect with us and do the right thing. And that is, you know, make decisions, make difficult decisions, but make it right for your life. Don't drag around the dead word because it's not good for you. And it's not good for them. Okay, think about it. Now away from back. What else have I got to tell you? Well, I'm this Tuesday, coming up, which is the ninth of July. Obviously, if you're listening to this at the back episode, then apologies you missed out. But you can always come over to the website, because I'm doing some work. We're going through another business masterclass, where I'm going to teach you how to create an online business. And I'm going to also be showing you the mistakes that people make, I think it's hard. And I always say to people, it's hard, easy, you know, actually building it is quite easy. But you've got to get the clarity, you've got to get the idea, you've got to know where your customer is, you've got to know whether the right customer is, you know, I've said about a guy the other day called Martin, in seven weeks, he's gone from not knowing what he wants to do to having two members of staff, you know, because he's got the idea. And once you get the idea, and you get the focus and you understand where your strengths and your talents come into it. It's not hard, it's hard, easy, you've got to be out but to get that and that's what I'm going to show you in the master class. So if you want that come over to join, Join Up Dots, get yourself a place and I will see you live. And until next time, Look after yourselves be happy, be motivated. Get in the gratitude groups, the mindset groups, let's start finding the people that can make a difference in your life. And bottom line Look around you and if there's somebody that's sucking the energy out of you and making your life worse because Bear Bear main bear, not your bf no matter how long they've been in your life, and you've got to make the decisions to cut them off. focus in on the good people in your life will change. Ever. Thank you so much for always listening to Join Up Dots. And I'll see you again soon. Cheers. Join me each month as I show you how you can follow our process to start an own your own life changing online business. This is business master class at its best. Head over to Join Up Dots.com and book your place for the next training session. And I'll see you there
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Your Reality Is Only What You Want To See
When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK, David Ralph. David Ralph 0:25 Yes, hello there. Good morning to your good morning to you and welcome to Join Up Dots. Thank you so much for being here. Thank you so much for lending me your lovely, firm, sexy bodies for however long I want to keep on talking for. I never know, I never know literally what I am going to do. I get a bit of paper and I just write a title. I write a title on it. And and then I start talking. Sometimes I think to myself, did that hit the spot, didn't hit the spot and listen back to it and be? Yeah, come into it. It's funny. The one this is where I'm kind of slightly doubting myself is the ones that I get lots of responses back and people go, yeah, that really hit the spot. One of the ones I've had quite a few responses for was the last podcast episode, the solo show, I feel down in the dumps when I was I was trying to tell you all that. Once you get to a certain point, and you're sitting in your job now and you're going oh, this is crap. This is dreadful. And I hate the boss, and I hate the hours and I hate the commute. And if you're like a guy called Martin, but I know it makes me laugh, because he I'm building a business with him at the moment. And we're working through it. And he's done amazing stuff. He within six weeks, he's gone from absolute no clarity at all, to already hiring his first member of staff basically, and is a brilliant success storey. And I know that Martin is going to go on to great things. Now. He's now into that point where beginning it was lyst podcast, he was all going around in circles all the time. And I've kind of known him on on and off for about two years now. And when he suddenly said, David, I want to hire you. And I said, Martin Martin, come to me come to my my firm moves, and I will catch you and show you the future that you deserve. And yeah, we worked on this concept and and we've come out with his business. Now he desperately wants it to be he's hoping and so he's coming to work every day. And he sends me some messages you go up just spoken to the cleaner, and a cleaner so depressed our it brings me down. And so he's gone from this feeling of this is my reality to actually now this isn't my reality, this is something totally different. But this isn't where I see myself for the rest of my life. I see myself in the exciting place my own business where I can live or I can do things as I want. Now, the podcast episode The other day when I said I feel down in the dumps, just trying to so evidence to you all. But the dream life sometimes doesn't always become the dream life. You know, it's good, it's good. But we all think always going to be amazing is going to be brilliant and stuff. But then once you get it, it becomes kind of normal. And happiness can stay with you over time happiness becomes normality of a normality becomes depression. And I was just saying on the show the other day, how I felt depressed for the last few weeks, no reason for it. But I just felt a bit flat because my dream like the other people look at actually kind of as become a bit boring. So I need to change things anyway. So that was that was the point of my liberal Martin talk. And he's now at that point where he wants to move into something exciting. Now, the key thing to this, is it where you reality is, is your reality, where you are at the moment? Or is it where it's going to be now, the exciting reality is always where it's going to be. But that doesn't mean it's any different of a reality. Now, I need to explain that because it's in my head. And how can I make this this sensible to you? So you go Yeah, oh, he does know what he's talking about. He doesn't know what he's talking about. Now, I remember a cartoon when I was a kid. And it's, it's stuck with me. And it was um, it was two moles. And you know, a mo is it stays under the ground all the time. And it comes up with these little mouldy eyes. And it is squints, and it can't see anything because I it's supposed to be underground. It's what moles do. And this mole came up it was like a baby mo and he came up. And because he was like squinting, it was looking at this part of rubbish. And it looked like a magical castle it was it was beautiful. And the little mole would come up out of the ground and look at this pile of crap and go look at that, that is so beautiful, but so beautiful. Well, he's moly, died, who was a bit more savvy would come up out of the ground with sunglasses on. And of course, he'd see this big pile of rubbish. And it was just cardboard boxes with some tins on it and, and different things. And he go well, that's that's, that's not lovely. That's rubbish. And it's the humans that are leaving it there to trap us Molly's, and the little ones still looking at it and go. Oh, that's fantastic. Oh, look at it. It's so beautiful. It's so beautiful. Now that's always stuck with me. Because who's right? Is it the person with the sunglasses on that goes? No, that's a load of rubbish? Or is it the person perceiving what they see as as brilliant and fantastic? Because we create our own reality. And every single one of us can either look at our lives and go, I'm going to be the mole with the squinty eye is and Oh yes, it's brilliant. It's fantastic. I got a job more often than not, I've got the ability to listen to podcasts. I go to my office, I come home, everything is squinty and beautiful. Or are we going to be the ones with sunglasses on saying it's just crap all the time. And I've been at a point where you've got to move through, you've got to realise that even if you're depressed and upset where you are, you've got so much to be grateful for you've got so much to be grateful for is untrue. You know, I've never had anyone connect with me that says, David, I've got no money. Well, actually they do. They say to me, you know, I'll David I've got no money at all. No money. Oh, I don't know what I mean, when I speak to them. Next they go, Oh, I'm on holiday in Spain at the moment, I think well, you can find a few quid for that, can't you because their reality was but everything was you know, tight and restricted. And they haven't got any money to sort of invest in themselves. But cosplay got money to go up holiday wave and stuff. Or even if I put it on the credit card, they know that they're going to be able to pay back that credit card or at least pay the interest back on that. And so they go and do what they want to do. So your life your life, people, when you look around at it, are you saying to yourself every day, this is crap, this is rubbish. Because more often than not, you're going to get that you're going to get the crapping the nest and the rubbish. Because it's a self fulfilling prophecy, the more we believe that the things are rubbish in our lives, the more they're going to be. Absolutely, if you think you've got a mental girlfriend or a mental boyfriend, believe me, they are going to play the mental card if you think you've got the kindest, most wonderful person. That's how it's going to operate, you bring into your life, what you actually totally believe. And so are we going to be the mole Are we going to be the mole with the squinty eyes looking at a pile of crap. And guys, this is brilliant. This is fantastic. This is so wonderful. And magical, are we going to be the mo that comes out with a sunglasses, and just looks at it as it is and brings everyone down? Now, bro Join Up Dots. Of course, I try to show you as it is, you know, I've been through the journey people I have gone from having no idea what I wanted to do to creating a podcast and for two years having no idea where I wanted to take it to little by little deciding. But the key point of it all was providing as much value back to you guys as I possibly can. And once you provide the value back to people, you get it back, it's that increase in value is an increase of your self worth. It's that increase of your reality isn't just the computer screen or the mp3 player or whatever. But you've got in your hand. It's your reality, which is global or expansive or fun. That is when life starts saying Yeah, okay, I can see what you're saying. I'm going to give it to you. I'm going to give you that excitement. I met a lady once we went zip coding in St. Lucia in the Caribbean. And when she was out there, I just said to her, oh, what do you do for a living? And she said, Oh, I'm an actress. And I know are you are you an actress. And we have this little chat. And she pretty much said she wanted to be an actress. And she didn't know how to do it. So she started doing it. So she went to some sort of rehearsals and she got involved. And of course once you surround yourself with other actresses you convince, see what they're doing. So your reality has changed. You've taken your your sunglasses off, moly, and you've got on other glasses where you starting to see the reality changing in front of you. And Ben, she would have conversations with people and say, Oh, yeah, we're doing this on Thursday night. We're doing that on Friday night. And when her reality expanded again, until she became an actress on Broadway and the West End of London. So it's, it's totally how we perceive where we are. Are we looking at it as this is all we've got? And it's rubbish? Or is this magical? and wonderful? And how do we make this bigger and bigger and bigger, so that we can get the dream life? It's it's a journey you gotta go through. But it's one of those ones that starts within yourself. And when you change your outer, your outer journey. Well, thank you so much for listening to this. Hopefully that made sense to you. It made sense to me because I was saying it. But maybe it was a bit esoteric at that time. But I'm certainly think about it and play it back numerous times. It's good for downloads. And until I see you again, you can come over to the website, I'm going to be doing some more business training to give you the ideas how to get your business go. It's funny. I've got a survey on the homepage. And it's something like, do you have what it takes to be an online success? And I would say 95% of people say I would really love my own business, but I don't know where to start. And I get hundreds of people doing that. And when I say to them, well I'll show you where you can start and never see them again. They just sort of disappear. Dude, I really want it I don't think they do and that's going to lead in quite nicely to my next podcast episode which I've already planned. I've got it in my head. And it's about cutting free for people that actually don't really want it and latest save a do. Until next time. Thank you so much and I will be waiting for you cheers, Sam. Outro 11:40 David doesn't want you to become a faded version of the brilliant self you are wants to become so he's put together an amazing guide for you called the eight pieces of advice that every successful entrepreneur practices, including the two that changed his life. Head over to Join Up Dots. com to download this amazing guide for free and we'll see you tomorrow on joining Join Up Dots
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How To Run Nine Businesses In Just A Few Hours Per Week
Brad Sugars has come from humble beginnings but has built a life and a business that many would cite as the very definition of success. Sugars, a self-made multi-millionaire, is the founder of the global business coaching franchise ActionCOACH™, an international business speaker, author, and entrepreneur. Sugars has written 17 business books, the "Instant Success" series, which were originally self-published. In 2006, when McGraw Hill bought the international publishing rights to the series, it was the largest multi-business book deal involving a single author. His ActionCOACH™ team works with tens of thousands of business owners in more than 60 countries with his simple yet powerful business growth techniques every day. Professionally, nobody has created a bigger impact in Sugars' life than Jim Rohn. How The Dots Joined Up For Brad As a teen, he scrimped and saved his allowance in order to afford tickets to a Rohn seminar, and despite being the youngest person in the audience, what he learned there has informed his own business practices and philosophies on life. Sugars has a dynamic stage presence and enjoys motivating and educating other business owners through his online content (videos, podcasts), books and real-world interactions such as classes, seminars, and speaking engagements. His straight-forward Aussie style has branded him as a leader that will tell you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear--and for more than two decades, millions of people worldwide have been listening. Sugars is equally as passionate about his family as he is about business. A husband and father of five, Sugars and his wife are survivors of the Route 91 tragedy which affected the lives of thousands in Las Vegas during a country music festival in 2017. His young daughter, Riley Brown Sugars, is the youngest survivor of the attack and has been featured in multiple media stories. Brad has a new book with co-author Monte Wyatt "Pulling Profits Out of a Hat."  This Best-Selling book is available for sale on Amazon  or in bookstores nationwide or purchase the book now at shop.actioncoach.com. So is this a life he loves or just a stepping stone towards a life that is totally aiming towards? And what is it about coaching and building a coaching business, that not only excites him and delights him? But makes him want to come back to it every single day. Well let's find out as we bring into the show to start joining up up dots with the one and only Mr. Brad Sugars.  Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weight subjects with Brad Sugars such as: The reasons most people don't actually build a business, but actually create a job. This is a big mistake. Brad shares the early days of his business and why its so important not to bootstrap nowadays but gain investment from the right sources. Why the words Hustle and Grind are just another word for "Stupid" in Brad Sugars mind. Why your first four or five jobs should be about finding the right mentor and not how much they will pay. Why fun should be one of the key elements to your business if not the cornerstone of everything And lastly......... Why the words "Never wish your life is easy, wish that you are better" is never far from his mind.
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I Feel Down In The Dumps
I Feel Down In The Dumps But That's Ok Yes, hello good morning everybody. Good morning, you sexy individuals everywhere. How are you? Are you feeling good? Are you feeling all energised? Are you feeling like you can take on the world, like you could wrestle Beyonce to the ground, and the rest of Destiny's Child and get back up and still be able to move on with your day. Hopefully you feel like that, because that is the way that life should be you should be firing on all cylinders, and then loving life. But, this is going to be a very conversational, and confidential podcast, because over the last few weeks on Join Up Dots. I love doing it. I love doing it. I like making love to the microphone. And every time I turn it on, I feel inspired and I feel infused. But away from that sometimes I can feel a bit down. And over the last few weeks, I really have felt down in the dumps. And I'm gonna, I'm going to tell you a little story that I did. Because I think so many of you out there, look at the guys moving and shaking around the world doing things that you want to do. And you think they've got it all nailed and it's all perfect. And everything always goes right and everything's going amazingly well. But there's, there's times when I suppose it's the seasons of the body, the seasons of your life, whatever, where things can be a little bit off off kilter, and you can be a little bit down. Well over the last few weeks, I have been I've been depressed. And it's one of those depressions that there's no reason for it. You know, I can't pinpoint what it is at all. But I felt really, really down in the dumps. And even though I'm doing the show, and everything's going great, I just felt really sort of flat and lethargic. The Idea To Share My Feelings And so what I did, I was sitting watching YouTube, and this guy did a really good video talking about anxiety. And he was saying, you know how it's alright being a YouTube star. But you've got to think "I need to do new content. And I need to do this. And I need to do that." And sometimes your life goes in a different direction where you've got to do other stuff. And then what about the stuff you've got to do? So he shared this video on anxiety, and I was watching it and I was thinking, I know exactly what you mean mate because every week, I've got to produce three podcast episodes, I've got to find guests, I've got to, you know, create this and create that and put it out down into the world. And it can feel a bit like a sort of a hamster on the wheel, just doing that running, running running thing. So after I watched this video, what I thought I'd do is send a post over to Facebook land. Now I don't go onto Facebook very often. But I posted this post and what I wanted it to be is really, really positive. Okay, so as you will hear because I'm going to read it verbatim. But there's a bit at the end. And, well, I'm gonna I'm going to read it. I'm going to read it first of all, and then I will expand more. Because Hey, I've got a podcast episode to fill. Although I looked at this guy that I used to know who runs a podcast, a minute podcast, every day, 58 seconds a minute. Really, really? What is the point? But yeah, he does a minute podcast. The Facebook Post Anyway, this is the post that I put on. And it says in capitals, I feel down in the dumps. Now, this isn't one of those posts when the person is deliberately cryptic to get loads of "Why, why why is it?" comments from people everywhere? I just feel compelled to say but over the last couple of weeks, I've had a huge cloud over me now, there isn't any reason for it. I have a lovely life, a wonderful family, a great business and friends across the world. However, there is definitely something not quite right with me. My work isn't fulfilling me. I don't want to see anyone and my attention span is non existent. I just feel lost. However, really, when I think about this, there isn't anything wrong at all. I just feel down in the dumps. You can't bounce along like an overactive Tigger all the time, can you? You can't have the rainbows without the rain, better light without the dark. And I hear so many people moaning about how they are feeling like it's their right to feel differently. But I don't think it should. Because we arent robots, we're humans. And these emotions are what makes us who we are. So at the moment, I'm just getting through the days until I can go to bed and hopefully feel better again, and those clouds disappear. And I know that when I do, I should savour the happiness even more and make the most of feeling great. The happiness will be even sweeter. So thanks to the dark clouds, I'm actually looking forward more than ever. And that is a real gift to have when it comes. So I posted back about how I was feeling. And I thought it was quite motivational and really shared that yeah, I feel down in the dumps. But it's not a problem. And it's only a problem if you make it a problem. Otherwise, it's just the thing that you're going through. And I had loads of posts coming back. And most of them were sort of saying "Hang in there", you know, oh, you know, just just just work it through." Happiness Everyday Isn't Possible And that's not what I was saying. What I was saying was, it's okay to feel shitty, it's okay to feel happy. If you're happy all the time, then that just becomes normal. And actually, you're not happy. You, you work through things. And you get to a point where you go, this is brilliant. This is fantastic. It's like you could go to Disney World. And you go I remember the very first time I went to Disney World and all my life I wanted to go. And I was 20 the first time I went. And for all of you who've been to Disney World, you know what I'm saying. And for the ones of you that don't. You can either go on a boat across, and then the Magic Castle kind of gets bigger in front of you. Or you can go on like a monorail all the way around this big lake. And yeah, we went on the boat. And we're going across. And when I got off the other end, there was Chip And Dale, or Goofy or someone like that. And I felt so happy. And I thought, This is my whole life, I've led up to this point. And it was it was magical. For me. It was like confirmation of all my childhood dreams, because I used to love Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and all the cartoons and stuff. And now I was in the spiritual home of it. Now, if I went there every single day, I couldn't possibly feel that happiness, I would actually feel flat. And in your life, if you create something that is brilliant and fulfilling. There comes a time when it's not. And through Join Up Dots, I realised that actually that feeling of feeling flat and depressed, wasn't my body saying you're flat and depressed. what it was, is my body saying, There's time for a change. You've got to think through you've got to find something to inspire you and motivate you, which is why the support groups, but I've started creating across the globe is the next part. And I know it feels right. And I know it feels an amazing thing to do by helping you guys to actually connect with people in your area that can help you move through. And so we've got 15 groups now through the world, some of them are starting to move. And we've got guys in Missouri, we got Becky Taylor, we've got Chris Forsyth, we got Jason Sumner in Missouri, we've got a group in Memphis, we've got one in Auckland, New Zealand, we've got one in Tasmania, one in Perth, Australia, we've got them scattered through the United Kingdom. The Gratitude Support Groups Some of them haven't got anyone in, I've been asked to create them, but the people actually aren't doing anything at all. And others are starting to feel that motivation. Now that motivation that they're feeling is coming back to me. And every day, we go into the group, and we support each other, and we say what we're grateful for. And it's the little things that can really change your mindset. So you're not thinking like I was "Oh i feel rubbish". I'm actually going, "Yeah, okay, I'm grateful for feeling rubbish", because it's going to point me in a new direction. And I've had so many posts from people where they say, you know, I'm grateful for electricity, because Chris had to get up and he had no power and it was dark. So we had to have a candle light, like the Amish walking around with a candle. And he said, "You know, this is this is, you know, all right. But every morning, I just switch a switch on, I've got power, I've got electricity, what an amazing way to operate". And as people have been saying to me, I'm savouring the sunrise, now there's going to be people out there going. Yeah, that's a bit rubbish. That's because your mindset isn't ready for the next growth. Okay? Because you win your inner game. And your outer game takes care of itself. And that's an absolute given. So if you're sitting listening to me going, "Yeah, oh, okay. Somebody likes the sunrise." You aren't ready for that next stage. Because, as I say, you get yourself feeling good. You get your self feeling energised, you getting yourself feeling positive, and you start taking opportunities, you start having more energy, you start smiling at people and making connections and it just takes care of itself. And if you go across the world and look at all the movers and shakers that come on to Join Up Dots, yeah, there's going to be times when they do feel flat, there's going to be times when they feel a bit depressed because they're moving into bigger areas into bolder areas into sexier areas where their energies can make more of a difference to other people and obviously make a difference back to themselves. Okay, so yeah, I've been depressed. But it's not a problem. It's not a problem. It's just a signpost to actually starting to do other things and change that routine that I've got onto every Thursday record podcast, Monday, Wednesday, Frida, release them to the world, do the coaching on the Friday, it became a kind of routine, which I've got to break and find other ways to stimulate myself. And so if you're out there, and you're listening to this podcast, and you think, "Yeah, I feel a bit. Like, I'm just going around in circles", then you need something to help spark that into life. And I was talking to a guy that I coach, and I won't say his name, because he will know who he is. But he's so secret about everything its untrue. And we were we connected on the zoom at seven o'clock in the morning, and he was sitting in his car. And he was somebody that I've coached back in February, to create an online business. And he was saying, "You know, through the process of going through my coaching, he's actually developed and an urgency to self develop. And he wants to learn every day. And he feels like he's got more energy, and now he's going back to the gym, to actually get himself feeling even better. Because he's got that ball rolling, he's starting to pulling himself out of that mud." Pulling Yourself From The Mud And once you pull yourself out of that mud, you can, you can start running, and you can make love and you can just do amazing things. But you've got to start getting that inner game going. Okay, so yeah, I feel down in the dumps. And I still do, I still do. But that's alright because I'm going to move through there. And we're going to find the new area of Join Up Dots. And for everybody out there who listens to the show, then, you know, let me know, drop us a line, we will create a group and I come into it on Facebook Live, we're doing a kind of Join Up Dots TV show where we come in, and we start sharing the positivity around the world. And I will be telling you what's happening in Auckland, and what's happening in Australia and what's happening. And you can feel connected to a worldwide movement of motivation. And once you start getting that you can feel a change in yourself, okay, and it's about you putting it out into the world, and then gaining the energy back and you will feel great, you will feel amazing, you will feel like you can't do anything wrong, because you're gonna feel supported. So thank you, as always for listening to this episode of Join Up Dots. Thank you for everybody that's dropping us lines. And thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm so grateful for the people that are actually helping me get this movement going. So you know who you are out there. We've got Martin, we've got Francis, we've got Chris, Becky, we've got Sandy, we've got Rochelle, we've got loads of people, I'm trying to think of them off the top of my head, who are every day waking up and putting positivity into these groups to inspire others. And of course we will make sure that we can all meet up live so that we can really say thank you and and make a difference in people's lives. And once you get out of that mud. As I say it is sexy times every day. Promise you. Until next time, thank you so much for listening to this episode of Join Up Dots. My name is David Ralph that is Join Up Dots. And very soon you'll be seeing Join Up Dots live. Yes, coming across Facebook, across the world growing the show growing the profile of everything and inspiring it Here we go. I haven't told anybody this, but inspiring 10 million people across the world to have a happy and inspired life. Yes. It's not all about creating huge amounts of money, but it is about building happiness and inspiration coming through you. And if you get that, the other thing just takes care of itself. Anyway, so 10 million people I'm aiming for. And it all starts with you. You help me and I will help you. Until next time. Thank you so much for being here. That was David Ralph, as I say, and that was Join Up Dots. See ya. Bye bye. David doesn't want you to become a faded version of the brilliant self you are wants to become so he's put together an amazing guide for you called the eight pieces of advice that every successful entrepreneur practices, including the two that changed his life. Head over to Join Up Dots.com to download this amazing guide for free and we'll see you tomorrow on Join Up Dots.
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Lendio Founder Creates Online Loan Success
Introducing Lendio Founder Brock Blake Today's guest joining us on the show, believes so deeply in the American Dream that he made it his life’s mission to help small businesses across the country fuel their own aspirations. As Founder and CEO of Lendio, the largest online marketplace of small business loans in America, he has helped thousands of business owners access more than $1 billion in funding. Shortly after graduating from Brigham Young University, he won $50,000 to start a business through an entrepreneurship competition. He turned that money into FundingUniverse, a company that connected entrepreneurs with angel investors and VCs. But the company hit a wall when he realized that nearly 99 percent of businesses in the U.S. belong to Main Street rather than Wall Street. So he hit the reset button and shut down FundingUniverse and launched Lendio, a decision he calls painful but necessary, as practically overnight his monthly revenue went from nearly $1 million to $0. How The Dots Joined Up For Lendio Since then, Lendio’s free-to-use marketplace has become a hub of small business lending, with a network of over 75 lenders offering a variety of loan products to thousands of American entrepreneurs. Brock has likewise seen his star rise. He has been named an Inc. 500 CEO, Utah’s Emerging Executive of the Year, and one of Utah’s top entrepreneurs. But he is most proud of his less public accomplishments, like building a fun-loving, results-hungry company culture while successfully juggling his roles as full-time CEO and full-time father. So has it been worth all the hassle? Has he now got to a place where he thinks "OK, easy street for me" or just another day of building his empire? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up more dots, with the one and only Brock Blake Show Highlights During the show we talked about such weighty subjects with the Lendio founder Brock Blake such as: Why it is so important to savour high five moments in your business whenever it happens. This are the gold you have been working towards. Brock shares how he has so many business ideas come to him that he would love to mentor people to get them off the ground. Why it is so important to have market fit and focus as much as you can on the bottom line. and lastly............... Brock remembers how he hit at least eight "death" moments of his business and how he managed to get past them all.
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Building A Billion Dollar Real Estate Empire
Introducing Mark Mascia Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview has over 17 years of real estate investment experience and a career portfolio valued at over $1.5 billion. He founded Mascia Development LLC in 2006 and is now the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Prior to becoming a successful entrepreneur for the past 12 years, Mark oversaw a $500,000,000, 26-story development in Manhattan while he worked for Archstone, a former Fortune 500, publicly traded real estate company. From early on, Mark has been working closely with some of the country’s wealthiest families and continues to do so today with his own company. How The Dots Joined Up For Mark Mascia Having two Masters degrees from New York University and George Washington University, Mark is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Institute of Real Estate He has also started his own charity, Invenium Inc., that works tirelessly to provide educational pathways and medical support all over the world. Mark has exceptional talent at conveying concise and meaningful messages to any audience, a skill he partly contributes to learning from his hero, Warren Buffett. He has been studying Warren for most of his life and truly believes in being transparent, honest, and ethical in order to bring his investors the best results. Alongside his ever-growing success in both real estate investing and education, Mark has been featured in many prominent industry publications and has been a guest on several panels and podcasts. So is his success built around knowing the subject better than most, or being in a market which is needed more than most? And how do you tackle so many things without leaving yourself burnout and exhausted by the effort? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mark Mascia.
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Developing An Online Business Per Year
Introducing Marcus Taylor Marcus Taylor is today’s guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast interview. His entrepreneurial journey has led him through many different dots, and its the joining of his dots that are so remarkable. He is the Founder & CEO of Venture Harbour, a digital innovation studio in Oxfordshire that has built a multi-million dollar portfolio of highly-automated online businesses with zero funding inc. SaaS tools, comparison sites, and more recently, MacOS apps. Marcus also developed the World's first scientifically-valid method of measuring human comfort zones and has been featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30. But his dots to success started at a very early age indeed.   How The Dots Joined For Marcus Marcus started building websites at age 10 and, by age 25, had bootstrapped a multi-million-pound portfolio of online businesses with zero funding. Like most teenagers, Marcus didn’t know what he wanted to be when he grew up. He did know he loved music, so he DJ’d on weekends, converted his mum’s care-home into a recording studio when it was empty, and taught himself to code websites for bands. Unknown to him at the time, these side-hustles gave Marcus a taste of entrepreneurship that would turn out to be invaluable. Instead of going to university, Marcus spent his late teenage years working at an Oxford-based digital marketing agency where he shadowed and was mentored by one of the UK’s most respected search marketers, Kevin Gibbons. And that is the perfect place to start todays show. So does he feel that most people have to go through that stage of "I don't know what I want to do in life" to find the real path waiting for them? And why does he feel that most people out there are frozen in the "creating my own income is such an amazingly risky thing to do"? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Marcus Taylor.   Show Highlights During the show we discussed with Marcus Taylor such weighty topics such as: How we can easily find ourselves in a position where we feel isolated and disconnected from our peer group. This is simply showing personal growth.  Why its so important to just try stuff at the beginning to find out what sticks. Don't make it perfect as it never will be. Marcus talks about the times where he thinks that business growth occurs more rapidly by actually slowing down. And lastly…… BIG NEWS: You will hear the birth of a brand new business which could take the swine industry across the world by storm....this is massive.   How To Connect With Marcus Taylor Website Facebook LinkedIn Return To The Top Of Marcus Taylor If you enjoyed this episode with Marcus Taylor why not check out other inspirational chat with Clayton Morris, Roz Savage and the amazing Jason Lewis You can also check our extensive podcast archive by clicking here – enjoy   Audio Transcription Of Marcus Taylor Interview Intro 0:00 When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. join up dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK. David Ralph. David Ralph 0:25 Yes, hello. Good morning to you. Good morning, everyone across the world. And welcome to the United Kingdom. Yes, we've got two sexually attractive guys from the United Kingdom on the podcast today. And it's a it's a wonderful day because we're getting a little bit of blue sky. And if you've lived in the United Kingdom this month, it's been terrible. The web it's been terrible. But now it's overcast, it's a bit blurry and I'm getting a bit sweaty as I'm recording in my laptop recording studio. So if you hear me starting to strip halfway through the show past the reason is not because the guest as he's doing anything untoward. To me, it's just a pat pat is getting a little bit hot and sweaty. But let's bring him on today's show because he is a guest, who is joining us on the show because of his entrepreneurial journey. And it's one that's led him through many different dots. And it's the joining of these dots, but it's so fascinating. He's the founder and CEO of venture Harbor, a digital innovation studio in Oxford cheer has built a multimillion dollar portfolio of highly automated online businesses with zero funding, including si s tools, comparison sites, and a lot of other stuff as well. Now he also developed the world's first scientifically valid method of measuring human comfort zones, and has been featured in the Forbes 30 under 30. But he sees dots to success, but started at a very early age indeed which fascinate me. Now he started building websites at age 10. And by age 25. He bootstrapped a multimillion pound portfolio of online businesses with zero funding and like most teenagers, he didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. He didn't know he loved music, so he DJ on weekends converted his mum's care home into a recording studio when he was empty, and taught himself to code websites for bands. And unknown to him at the time, these side hustlers gave him a taste of entrepreneurship that would turn out to be invaluable. Now instead of going to university. Now you don't want to do that you don't want to do that people get out there get out on the cutting edge. He spent his late teenage years working at Oxford based a digital marketing agency, where he shadowed and was mentored by one of the UK his most respected search marketers, Kevin Gibbons, and that is the perfect place to start today's show. So does he feel that most people have to go through that stage of what I want to do in life, to find the real power of waiting for them? And why does he feel that most people out there are frozen? Or does he feel like that in the creating my own income is such an amazingly risky thing to do? Well, let's find out as we bring on to the show to start join up dots with the one hand only. Yes, the second best looking person in the United Kingdom, Mr. Marcus Taylor. Good morning, Marcus. How are you? Marcus Taylor 3:11 Great to be here. Thanks for having me on David. David Ralph 3:13 But how does it feel being in second place? That's not bad. You got somewhere to work towards there. Marcus Taylor 3:18 Oh, I don't know who's been judging. David Ralph 3:23 It's a very small judging pool, I grant you. And I've got a big gold pasir in front of me. And every now and again, I just press it and I go straight to where I want straight, fluted judges, spouse or whatever. It's brilliant. Now, let's get on with you. Because you've got so much in your, your history, and you're still a young man, You swine. How old are you? Marcus Taylor 3:46 So I'm I'm 28. Now, David Ralph 3:49 you're 28? And do you feel 28? Or do you feel like a haggard individual like I do, because I'm coming up? 50? I know, it's hard to believe. But I'm coming up 50. And I just thought I in many ways, life has been hard to me, Marcus, do you feel the same? Marcus Taylor 4:04 I do. There are definitely days where I feel I'm 28 going on 50? I definitely do. Yeah, I some days more so than others. But yeah, definitely. David Ralph 4:13 And is that because you've got a lot going on? Or is it because I think in entrepreneurship, a lot of the energy that goes out of you is the kind of doing stuff that you don't know it's going to work, you spend a lot of time playing and putting energy and funding into certain things, but actually ends up like a dead duck, do you find the same? Marcus Taylor 4:35 Definitely. And I think the thing of entrepreneurship is, it's kind of like, it's definitely an accelerant to the, to the learning. And, dare I say kind of wisdom process. Like I think when you create companies and you create products, you just rapidly accelerate this kind of learning, wisdom process that it always feels like aging without a so you're becoming smarter, you're becoming wiser, but you're not becoming you're not becoming physically older. So it's a very kind of weird thing to like, most of my friends are like five to 10 years older than me at least just because at a sort of an intellectual level, we were so different stages. I I think that sounds a little bit. I don't want to be like mine Trump in any way. But that's kind of how I definitely how I feel. Sometimes David Ralph 5:24 I know what you mean, because I do think there is a journey that you go on, where actually, you end up in a position where you don't feel connected to anyone you don't feel connected to the people used to hang around with because their paths haven't kind of gone in the same way. And you're not quite up to the level of the people in front of you. So you had this like this bubble of who do I actually feel closest to? Marcus Taylor 5:50 Definitely, yeah, like definitely David Ralph 5:52 like, you, you you were so stand by that there was a pose I thought you'd bought in asleep bear markets and just sort of just that's how pretty die get you see, it's not just flippant responses. For me. It's the profound stuff. So So when he was 10 years old, why will you not involved in like Power Rangers and things like that? Why were you building websites and creating online income and businesses or were you know, were you just playing around. Marcus Taylor 6:19 So at 10 years old, I was kind of just starting to play around with computers. So my, my dad was a, he was a programmer at the time. And he one day he brought home This old like, RM It was like an RM Compaq computer. And he was very kind of keen to me to learn, like how it was made, and take it apart, and, you know, start to figure this stuff out. And I just fell in love with it, I just found it so fascinating how computers were made. And then it was a sort of a short leap to then start using our time it was it was Microsoft front page, these kind of, you know, very early web builders, I think, you know, when I was sort of 13 or so I had, you know, my dad had helped me build my website, I, you know, FTP up these images every, every few weeks of what was going on, it was kind of like blogging before blogging was a you know, it was a known term. And, and from there, it just, you know, just sort of, as a very organic thing, like I in hindsight, it sounds a bit sad. But when I was growing up, every Christmas or birthday, I've asked for a bigger hard drive or more RAM from my computers. It was just it was just what I love why, you know, it was very passionate about and I had no idea that it would lead on to anything that would sort of connect with a career. But yeah, this is why I enjoyed spending my time on. David Ralph 7:45 And then do you think that's one of the issues? It's a leading question, but I speak to so many people out there. And they kind of say, Yeah, I want the perfect idea. I want to know, and I kind of want to say to them that he just do stuff, I mean something vaguely in the direction of what you like, and vain, start doing stuff and do more stuff. And sometimes because I never felt that I would be when I was in podcasting in any shape or form. I never dreamt that I was going to create a sort of multiple six figure income through talking on a microphone and being an idiot most of the time, but it just kind of lead into stuff. The dots just join up dots. Marcus Taylor 8:23 Definitely, yeah, I think the best thing that the best like advice for you know, someone who's not quite figured that out is absolutely as you say, like just do stuff. Because everything that you do is either going to be it's going to, you know, teach you something that takes you closer to what you want to do off of away from what you don't want to do. And you know, in my teenage years, I you know, I didn't do very well in school, I came out with CS and you know, but David Ralph 8:53 were you just bored with it? Or were you already was your mind already on to the there's what was happening in your bedroom kind of stuff? Marcus Taylor 9:01 Yeah, it was kind of just a sort of the book that really unlocked this, for me was emotional intelligence, which made me kind of realize like my, you know, where I have intelligence is not in the sort of the typical academic sense. But I had a lot of kind of intelligence in the in the creative areas. So I loved music, I loved creating music I loved, you know, the entrepreneurship side, like I just love creating things, and fusing creativity with technical problem solving. But that's not something that you get good grades for in school necessarily. And so, you know, it didn't in hindsight, it's unsurprising that at school, I felt very much like, you know, this is boring, this is not really a good representation of, you know, challenges in the real world. And so I wanted to just, you know, spend my time focusing on what I felt were more interesting challenges, which were, you know, I, I wrote a book when I was 16, a record label, I ran events around Oxfordshire, at least this felt to me more like kind of interesting problems and interesting challenges that I was learning a lot from. David Ralph 10:10 But why do you think that school isn't about interesting stuff, because my son, and I'm going to be very transparent on this at the moment, I'm just teaching my son to drive. And we almost died on around about last night where he got confused on these gears, we went round it at in fourth gear, and he shouted, Oh, Jesus, I had to grab hold of the will. And it was it was a little bit scary. But we've got to this point of teaching him to drive because he found his max numerous times. And I said to him, I, I do it with you, I do it with you. And we will go through it. And so the very first night, I was into Marcus, I was going to be a match genius. And I sat there with him. I said, what we're going to be doing two hours every night. And we will breeze through this. And the first night was fine. Because I was doing maps, I thought I can understand why we would use this. This is this is good. I've been the next night I thought this is bit stupid. Unless you're Stephen Hawkins, you're never going to use this. And my motivation went down and down, even though every night I was dragging him along because I wanted to get him through. Now, if I feel like that as a 50 year old, no wonder the kids feel like that. It's just it's just boring stuff that I can't connect with. Marcus Taylor 11:22 Yes, you know, everyone is so different. Right? Like, it's I think the the education system that we have, at the moment, it's, you know, there's a lot of remnants from the the Industrial Revolution age where, you know, we were training, we're training students due to work in factories, like the skills that we were teaching today and are not reflective of the society that we're in and, and that says, true, you know, the content as it is for the actual the structure and, you know, things like the, you know, the way that exams are structured, putting everyone through the through the same standardized tests, like none of it makes sense, objective sense, if you were to look like if, you know, if you were an alien stepping into 2019, and you look to the education system, and you were tasked with designing something that made sense for, you know, for the for the time that we're in, it would look nothing like, I would imagine that the system that we have so but it's it's, you know, it's like trying to turn around a walk in great shape, it's not a changing the education system is not, it's, it's not a simple challenge, right. So it, you know, we are in this sort of very slow process of, of fixing some of that stuff, but it really doesn't surprise me because, you know, everyone has such unique interests, such unique passions and, and so it, you know, to assume that every child is going to be engaged or willing to to learn about, you know, trigonometry and theoretical. You know, like problem solving is it just makes no sense. Like, some people just want to dance. Some people want to write music, some people want to, you know, everyone has different things. And I think it needs to reflect that. David Ralph 13:04 I agree. Totally. I sat at the dinner table the other night with my family. And Chris hems work was on the TV and Chris hems worth of people that don't know plays for. And he's a very unattractive guy. He's about six foot five. He's got muscles everywhere. He's probably the perfect man. I hate to say that. But He's the perfect man. And I was saying to my kids, that is amazing that he looks like that. And I look like I do. Why are humans as far as I could see, the only people who can actually look different from each other? You know, you don't get a pig that's walking along, that looks really ripped, and massively, a pig is a pig. And a peacock is a peacock. And they all look the same? Why is it that humans look different? And we had this discussion for about 20 minutes all these kids within throwing their theories in why it's and I still don't know the answer. I don't know the answer. And I'm going to throw it out to you, Marcus, because you're a youngster. One is it but you never see a bath pig, but has been like, you know, looks totally different from the other peaks. Why? Why is humans The only ones who can do that? Marcus Taylor 14:10 I have to admit, that's, that's not a question I was on an entrepreneurship podcast, I'll have a crack at it. And in very market style of fashion, I'm going to go for a overly logical and very kind of technical response to this. I think it's from, from my understanding, I think it's something to do with the fact that I think humans are the only it's something you like the prefrontal cortex, like, We're one of the only species that can basically think about the future, if you take like a cat or a pig, they, they, they only, they can only really focus on the present moment, they don't have. Yeah, they can't think about what they want that they like to be like in 510 years. And that's an amazing gift. It's what enables entrepreneurship, it's what enables, you know, aspiration, all these things that that make humans such a relatively superior species compared to too many animals. And so I think it is this is because we can think about what we want to be like, in five years time, 10 years time, there's kind of this ability to then plan and put together a, like motivate ourselves to go to the gym or to to stick to a diet or to hustle on a project. Because we can see the possible outcome, which I think a pig would not be able to process that. David Ralph 15:33 Well, I'm going to take this further now. So we're going to hear some motivational words. And then we're going to come back because that's what join up dots is all about, you don't want this entrepreneurial stuff you want this, this deep rooted entrepreneur concept that we've just come up with his Oprah, Oprah Winfrey 15:47 the way through the challenge is to get still and ask yourself, what is the next right move? not think about, Oh, I got all of this. What is the next one move. And then from that space, make the next right move, and the next right move, and not to be overwhelmed by it? Because you know, your life is bigger than that one moment, you know, you're not defined by what somebody says, is a failure for you. Because failure is just there to point you in a different direction. David Ralph 16:18 Why is that if we take this pig, who's in his style, and he's looking around thinking there's gotta be a lot more to life than this. And he doesn't feel like it in all buffing that because he can't project that far because of he's he's frontal. Whatever it was, you said, You're clever markers, he's going to my head. But would we say that the pig would be a better entrepreneur because he can stay focused in the present and not get overwhelmed and focused by what hasn't been done? More than what he is doing? van? Mr. Claims Chris Haynesworth who can Buffett up with the best of them? What do you think? Is the pig the perfect metaphor? For the perfect entrepreneur? Marcus Taylor 16:58 I would so I would argue you that the pig, maybe a happier entrepreneur, but but worse or less kind of objectively successful, what Unknown Speaker 17:07 can you say? David Ralph 17:09 You can't say that Marcus Kenya? Marcus Taylor 17:13 Well, it depends on what we're comparing it against. This is pig versus human, right? Unknown Speaker 17:17 Yes. Marcus Taylor 17:18 Yeah, yeah. So I think I think the President focus is, is the kind of that's going to be like the key to the, to the happiness component, right? Like, if you're president focused, you're likely to be be very happy. But if you can't plan ahead, if you can't look at like, you know, what's the 135 years from now, I think that's the component that that is required for building the building and great companies. And if a pig doesn't have that, then the pig is the pig is not going to be the optimal entrepreneur, David Ralph 17:50 unless he creates a bacon company and gets all these mates to sort of, to walk into a small room and never come out again, that that's what he could do. But it's interesting, because he does that. Yeah. Does that Mr. pig? So what I think about in entrepreneurship, and I'll be interested in your viewpoint, is I have had some terrible times really, where I've been so focused on what I haven't done, because I can see the bigger picture of what I need to do. But actually, I ran around in circles not doing anything at all, I was just kind of, I lost my clarity. Have you had those times in your own life where you think to yourself, Oh, God, I should have done this. And I should have done that. But actually, if we put our pic mask on, we would have just been perfectly okay, where we were? Marcus Taylor 18:36 Definitely, definitely unlike the I mean, the nature of the company, I run venture harbors like because we have all these different ventures that we run there there are definitely times when you know, there's there's so many different things I could be focusing on different not just within the ventures but you know, do I focus on bunch a bunch of events, you see, and often, funnily enough, it's, you know, if I go on holiday or go on a trip, and I sort of take a you know, a step back, and you realize, like, you know, like the the Oprah quote that was just play like often it there is just one thing that is the right next step. And so this is why I think it's so important to sort of slow down and you know, not be not be worried kind of, you know, going 100 miles an hour all the time, I think often just taking a step back and realizing like, okay, the reality is I'm not going to be able to do you know, 1000 things tomorrow. So what's the one most important thing that is going to take me close to where it needs to be? David Ralph 19:37 And would that be simply knowing what your end goal is? Marcus Taylor 19:42 That's definitely it definitely helps. I think yeah, if you know, it's, you know, it's like the classic was Alice in Wonderland, I think where, you know, if you don't know where you're going, Yeah, powerful, any powerful do like, you've got an, it's definitely going to help knowing what are you trying to achieve? Where are you trying to get? And then that's going to help you, you know, understand what are what are your possible options that you can then prioritize, and find the best one to move forward. David Ralph 20:09 Because I am very fortunate, I've structured my whole business, but I can turn it on and turn it off. So I can go away for a month and just turn it off. And now I don't have to connect, I don't have to look in I don't have to check. And when I come back in and turn it on again. How is your business structured? Are you constantly trying to get Wi Fi in some Thailand bar? Because you have to sort of them with the beam into the office? Or can you just walk away and leave it to trusted employees? Marcus Taylor 20:38 Yeah, so it's, it's, it's all systemized so with. So we've venture hub every year, we build a new online business, and then we aim to fully automate that within 18 months. So we only we only kind of build ventures that are by their very nature kind of passive. I'm not a big fan of the the kind of what passive because in reality is, you know, it's not passive, but in the sense that the business model, like, for example, we don't do any work with enterprise companies, we don't we serve, I think about 8 million people a year across all the ventures. Yeah, we don't need to speak to any individual customer, there's no kind of, for me, the litmus test is my entire team could go to, you know, go off to Bali for the next three, four months, and everything would still run, everything would still be kind of, we would come back and likely find the business bigger than when we left. And that's kind of what we really, really David Ralph 21:32 would you have that urge to check in just to find out? Marcus Taylor 21:36 Of course, of course. David Ralph 21:38 So how long could you go without checking in. Marcus Taylor 21:43 So I've tested this, I try to, every year, I tried to sort of go off grid, and so each year increase the amount of time. So last year, I went to the Arctic, four walls, I think it was a couple of weeks. I think the longest is probably a month but I did sort of you know, check emails, make sure nothing was sort of on fire, but didn't didn't actually have to do any work for that month. David Ralph 22:13 Because I in my first year of join up dots literally every corner of the world. I was saying Have you got what I thought if you got one if I go and I've been on realize that most people call it with me, which was a bit strange. And you know, with me, and and Ben, I was just trying to log on to find if things were going live. And by the fourth year of join up dots, I literally thought what's the worst that could happen? a podcast episode doesn't go live, you know, no one's gonna die from the fact that podcast episode hasn't gone live, no one's going to die because I haven't responded to an email in three weeks. And I got to a point and I just felt I can deal with everything when I come back. And if that is a case that they haven't had a podcast for four weeks, then suddenly they're going to get a load of them. And they're going to have a lovely few days catching up with me. And that's how I kind of operates. And it really gives me a feeling of liberation, but also, that it's the right business for me, you know, because you've got to build the business that is right for you, no matter what happens, it can be the wrong money can be Marcus. Marcus Taylor 23:16 Definitely. Yeah. I mean, it's, it's, it's rule number one, right? You, your business has to work for you. And that, you know, that comes down to responsibility to you know, you as the entrepreneur, the person creating it, to really define, you know, why am I doing this, what do I want, and then from there, because if you don't do that, the risk is that it's very easy to build a business in someone else's image. And, you know, to follow this or, you know, whatever Tim Ferriss says, or whatever the, you know, what I was involved in Silicon Valley at the moment, but you, you follow the sort of the typical rules for how businesses are built. Whereas if you if you kind of say, Actually I want, you know, a business that allows me to spend, you know, the next year in Thailand that I want, so, you know, it completely changes what, what's the team that you build? What's the product? What's the business model, everything changes, and that's the, that's the amazing thing is like, there's no, there's no set or right way to build or run a business. You You get to make up your own rules. And so, yeah, that's that's like, an it's an evolutionary thing, right? Like you. It you know, over time you sort of grant truly define better define what it is that you want. There's, like, you know, you don't have to get all that right on day one. And there's a degree of like, making mistakes to it to refine that. But hundred percent agree, it's, you know, you've got to know what it is that you want our business. David Ralph 24:43 And so are you past to kind of comparison virus, that you get one line, if it looks good, I'll look at what they're doing. Oh, Alice is really shabby competitive app, because somebody was reading a book The other day, and it's called the company of one by Paul Jarvis. And if you haven't read it, it's a very good book. And it talks about how so many people want growth for growth's sake, but actually, do you? You know, once once you've got your bills paid, and you're, you're in double income? Is that enough? Did you need millions of listeners and millions of base and millions. And he was talking about the apple pie theory, where, when we look at our business, it's all the ingredients laid out in front of us, and it looks really messy. But when you look at somebody else's business, it looks like the finished apple pie, and everything looks wonderful. And you can't get past your feeling of being inadequate, because you've got your fingers in that pie all the time. And it just seems kind of three quarters down or a bit messy here or a bit messy. Where did you feel that in your own business? Do you look at things and God look at fat that is sexy, that, that that business overview, and ours is a bit rubbish? Marcus Taylor 25:55 Definitely, I mean, it's a it's a, it's never something that I mean, I still definitely have that. You know, still still go through that. But I'd say over time, I've, I've kind of developed a healthy skepticism of, you know, the sort of looking at other models and businesses and sort of assuming that that's the way to do it. I think now, it's almost the opposite. Or at least I've got a few kind of filters that I will kind of, you know, if I read a book, and it says, you know, and you know, we scaled up to 500 people and the business grew to have hundreds of millions. For me, there are filters that I will then they, you know, put on top of that and say, Well, okay, like, Do I want that? Is that? Is that in line with, with what I want over the next 510 15 years? Or say? And that helps me to sort of just filter out like, what's the right? advice for me and what, what good advice, but for someone else, but not right to me. Because I think that's the key thing that everyone is, like we say, with education, like everyone is so different. And every single business book is written from the perspective of this is what worked for that person. And that the person writing the book is likely be very, very different to you and have different motivations, different needs different skills. And therefore it's, you know, this is why I love like, when I when I pick up a book when I'm kind of seeking out education, I love to kind of understand the person behind it seemed like, Am I is it my kind of personally, am I going to really? Do we want generally the same things? Because I think that helps. It's just a filter for making sure that advice is relevant for you. David Ralph 27:48 Because you mentioned Tim Ferriss and certainly I read the four hour workweek many years ago. And it was it was a defining book, it was totally defining. And I wonder where he's gone? Because I don't seem like he was he seemed to be everywhere at one stage. But I don't see him at all. Now did did you see Mr. Ferris? Is he still on the Ferris wheel somewhere? Marcus Taylor 28:10 I think it probably goes with his with the books he's been out because I think the last one he did was like, try try with mentors are tools of Titans. And it's sort of like when he's got a book coming out of you know, naturally sort of see a bit more of him. But um, yeah, I mean, on the on the Tim Ferriss thing like I for a long time that was like this really aspirational model to be able to, you know, travel around the world and run a business and I sort of did that a few years ago. And I just to be honest, I just found it a bit boring. I remember being like, on a train in New Zealand or something and just being like, I actually just love to be, you know, like you said, like, you go everywhere, and you've got to spend, you know, the first half an hour hour of the day finding some way with Wi Fi. And then they're screaming children and I just got very over it very quickly and was like now I'd actually just like to have a, you know, my own office that's kind of I've got a routine every day. And you know, I've got small team that are exceptional building products, building products. And so that for me was another one of these things where, you know, just going through that and try it made me realize this is not like, necessarily for someone This is perfect for someone like before I work week is like the ultimate ideal. Whereas it's not for me like I've tried it and realized it's not it's not fulfilling. Yeah, it's you know, each each to their own Really? David Ralph 29:35 Yeah, I know, I agree with you totally. I don't do anything away from my office. I just leave it totally. And people say to me, oh, when you're on vacation, are you going to be recording now I'm no, I'm on vacation. I'm not going to be doing that? Well I started doing now is actually adding a couple of business things in because when I can claim back the travel and business expenses, you know, that kind of stuff. So I do. Yeah, I do wangle something at the beginning of the holiday and at the end, and so I'm in New York suddenly, few weeks time, and I'm going to be recording a couple of podcasts, but then have three weeks in between doing nothing. So um, so but that kind of works out quite well. But away from that. Just happy holiday. Because I I was in was a in St. Lucia, my daughter was getting married in St. Lucia and I was in a complete funk. And so I walked away. By the time I came back from this this wedding, and I've been out there for 12 days. I literally had a year of content came to me. Well, I'll just be strolling around of it. I need a pad. I need a pad I need to write it down. You know? And it was it was just like ideas coming to me because I left it that's got to be the big wind Marcus, isn't it for anyone building a business to actually leave it behind? Marcus Taylor 30:49 Definitely Yeah, I mean, like every everyone's gonna have like that different you know, different motivations. But but for some people that you know, absolutely. David Ralph 30:59 I love that. But everything you pre-emptive everyone's different. Everyone I don't I just say it and expect? Well, way Yeah, to buy into it. And if I don't buy into what the old Ralph masters saying, then that not my kind of audience, they're not markers. So are you aware of what other people think and stuff when you help with your mates? Do you kind of go to you should be creating your own businesses brilliant, or do you just keep all your advice to yourself, Marcus Taylor 31:27 I tend to keep it keep it to myself, really, because I definitely early on I you know, I was I was sort of the sort of perspective that you know, everyone should be an entrepreneur, this is gray. And, you know, this is the sort of the right way of doing it. But then I kind of, I think a sought after meeting a few people who are, you know, the very, very successful, but in different ways, like I think different people, you know, have different priorities. And, and entrepreneurship is just an option. Like, it's not, it's not the sort of, at least in my view, it's not the kind of the ultimate thing to aim for. It's just, you know, for someone who likes to create things, and, you know, build things in exchange for creating revenue streams, that's brilliant, but if he, you know, if I'm thinking about, you know, my own family and my own circle of friends, I you know, if you, if you are someone who just loves caring for people, and, you know, whatever it might be, then maybe being a Carrey is like the ultimate version of success for you. And building software product products is going to be really unfulfilling. So you know, it's, I think I've just sort of come to the realization that is, is entrepreneurship is brilliant. And it's, I think, generally, it's a healthy thing for most people to at least try. Because there's just so many lessons packed into it. And in a way, it's kind of like going back in time, because if we, if we go back, you know, thousands 10s of thousands of years, effectively, everyone had to be on entrepreneur, in order to survive. That was that was sort of, yeah, you know, effectively where we all come from. But today, there's, you know, there's, there's a lot more options, how you express yourself and what you do to feel fulfilled. I agree David Ralph 33:14 with you totally, but what, I spend so much time now talking to people saying, I don't think you're right for it, I really don't think you're right for it. But I don't think they should be unhappy in a job either. And that's the thing that I've become really aware of, in the last year or so I, I went up to London, and I met some of my mates who I first met when I was 16 years old. And we worked but not West Bank in 41 Library. And we met in the same pub that we used to meet in when we were in our 20s they were still moaning about the same thing. It was still I've got another 10 years, and then I can retire. It was exactly the same miserable conversation. I don't get back, Marcus, there's so many jobs out there. But you just do something that makes you happy. Even it doesn't earn you as much. Surely it's about being happy and not just going Oh, yeah, another 10 years. I mean, I can get my pension and I can get this, I just couldn't do it. Marcus Taylor 34:12 Yeah, no, hundred 100%. Like, it's, it's, at the end of the day, like every everything that we do is an exchange to be to be happy, right? Like it's the whole, every time you buy something you're exchanging, you know, yeah, amount of money for something that creates a feeling that that makes you happier. And at the end of the day, that's that's the one sort of thing that it's the one kind of common thing that among everything we do, like I'm an entrepreneur, because in some way, the what that gives me makes me happy. If that's not the case for you, if you aren't doing something that doesn't make you happy, then yeah, change that. But that's definitely a sign that but I guess from a entrepreneurship being a entrepreneurship is an option. It's not, it's not necessarily the option. You may be working in that west bank or you know, whatever it is hating your job. But the the answer for you may be that, you know, it could be something completely different could be going working as a as a nurse or a doctor or like it, but it for you is just what makes you happy. It's not necessarily that entrepreneurship is a really cool one like it's, you know, it's a very good and generally universal option, but not not always the right answer. David Ralph 35:27 And then where do you come up with your ideas? Because it's all I have to say, yeah, we create a new business each year. But it once you get the ball rolling, did they just keep on coming to you? Or do you sit there going, Oh, my god, oh my god. So what we're doing next year, Marcus Taylor 35:44 there's a few things that we do to kind of, kind of accelerate the process. So like, for example, we we pinched from Google, this, this like ratio of like 70% of our time and budget is spent on growing our existing portfolio. 20% is on like our most recent ventures, and then we spend 10% of our time and budget on like just creating new prototypes. Also, we so we take the whole team away to like an Airbnb, somewhere twice a year for like four days. And the purpose of those trips is we have, we have like a little 24 hour hackathon, where we just build, build up ideas. But I would say it's got easier over time, because now now, we mostly just building things that we want for our own portfolio. So things that would help us grow our other 889 businesses that we have, yeah, and generally, if it's something that helps those businesses, then then we sort of put it out to the world and say, you know, something that other people want. But in the early days, that was obviously a little a little bit harder to do. And so early on, it was definitely a little bit more leaning on intuition. And, you know, just following there's, I mean, there's also a ton of great frameworks out there, like we, you know, we applied a lot of stuff for my Lean Startup scaling up, then ambitious stuff. And that was very, very helpful for making sure that, you know, the ideas that were coming up with are not just good ideas, but also good business ideas. Um, but but now it's a little bit different. Now, it's kind of a bit more of a structured approach to r&d. David Ralph 37:25 I love that. So you've got all these businesses operating, and then you look at their weaknesses, and then go, let's turn that into a strength, which actually helps the whole unit is getting stronger all the time. Unknown Speaker 37:37 Definitely. David Ralph 37:39 Tell you what you should do is your next thing, you should create a Jim of the peaks, I think, I think that you would be the person that would be now but to make this work, now, I've heard this. Marcus Taylor 37:49 Will you be my co founder, this feels like it needs to be a joint project. David Ralph 37:52 I'll be I will be up to my neck and not. And yeah, so don't forget that the Baptist Muslims, pigs known to man I think, is an image is a logo anyway, isn't it? It's a logo, but would work, Marcus Taylor 38:06 the logo, the logo would be great. I'm very excited by how we can depict a very buff pig. David Ralph 38:14 Well, I'm glad I've made another man excited that that's really that's really made my day. But let's play some words now. And these are the words from Steve Jobs. He said these back in 2005. And they're more more relevant every time I hear them. Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs 38:28 Of course, it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards. 10 years later. Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. 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. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leaves you off the well worn path. And that will make all the difference. David Ralph 39:03 So when you look back to that 10 year old boy asking for really crappy and bizarre Christmas presents, can you can you join up all those dots all the way along the line? Did? Did they all make sense? Or are there some, some big ones, but do and a lot of them have no connection at all? Marcus Taylor 39:19 It's a really weird journey. I mean, in as you know, the quote, brilliantly kind of says like, in hindsight, it all makes sense. And there's no, if you take any one of those thoughts out, if you take any one of those, those failures, or those big moments that just felt like they were slowing you down at the time, then suddenly it doesn't that it starts to not add up. And you realize that I might not be here if it weren't for that. But yeah, it's strange. Like I until I was like 1617, I was dead set on being a music producer. And building like MySpace websites for bands and figuring out HTML for Neo websites like it was it was very, very strange and a massive tangent to what I'm doing now. But if I hadn't have gone through those, then I wouldn't have had the experiences that enabled me to create the ventures that we have created. David Ralph 40:13 And his own overriding big dots where you kind of have that, that that that was where the old became sensible to me, it certainly made sense. Marcus Taylor 40:23 And I think the big dot for me was was discovering online marketing and SEO, because that was the that was the thing that's kind of like, it's still as relevant today to what we're doing as it was when I first discovered it when I was like 16 1516 years old. And it's what enabled me to connect with the people that had the biggest impact. And I think that's often the thing, like it's, the event itself was not necessarily too impactful. But it's it's the people that that event that led to me meeting and connecting with, and it was those people that have, you know, the major impact on on the path that I ended up taking. David Ralph 41:05 I love what you're doing. And it just seems so controlled to me, I know that it would have been quite messy at the beginning. But now I keep coming back to what we just spoke about that your business is getting stronger and stronger by your ability to play and become more creative. This seems to me perfect in many ways, Marcus? Marcus Taylor 41:26 Definitely. Yeah, it's, I mean, being in it definitely still has its sense of being kind of chaotic. And, uh, you know, and so many things that are not controlled day to day, but, but overall, like, if I look at it from a sort of a year to year basis, we, you know, we are just, we, you know, we were doing exactly the same as what we did, when we started, which is, you know, we have this, this kind of mess of problems. And we're just picking it and day by day just, you know, building systems that, that make those problems, obviously, in the future and just over time that that builds strength in the company, and allows us to move to where we need to Unknown Speaker 42:05 get to, David Ralph 42:06 and would you ever have any desires to create like, offline products, you know, like, a sexy home vo or something that would solve a problem in the real world. Marcus Taylor 42:17 In the in the wise words of Justin Bieber, I would never say never, never say never, like I have no, no aspiration at the moment. Although I would say this morning, I randomly assembled my, I've just bought one of these, I don't know if you've heard of these rich, rich wallets. It's like a minimal wallet that only stores cards. And I've got a My phone is like a Motorola Zed play thing, which is I got a hole in the back. And I assembled my I sort of like attach my wallet to my phone and have like unintentionally built something that I think is very, very interesting. So you never know, you never know this, this could be a really interesting product. But for now I love the software world I find it technically very difficult. But equally, like very creative. And that for me is like the sweet spot. David Ralph 43:13 Yeah. And I can hear you smiling as you say back. So it certainly does light you up a great place to be? Well, this is a great place to be because this is a bit that we've been building up to that we called a sermon on the mic, when we're going to send you back in time to have a one on one with your younger self. And if you could go back in time and speak to the young Marcus, what age would you like to speak to him? What advice would you give him? Well, we're going to find out because I'm going to play the music. And when it buys you up, this is the Sermon on the mic. Marcus Taylor 44:05 Okay, so 16 year old markets, the the thing that I think I have, I have learned and what I would want my younger self to know is it's it's just as easy, or just as hard to achieve something that is that is 10 times bigger or 10 times more ambitious than it is to do something that is 10% bigger or more ambitious. We're like, at the end of the day, we all have the same 24 hours, we've all got the same amount of time. And someone told me recently I think the the world economy is something like $3 trillion are exchanged every day. If you can't tap into that, then it's it's all about how you're spending that there's 24 hours. So my one piece of advice would be how do you or why do you need to think 10 times bigger, rather than 10%? Bigger? David Ralph 45:01 We need advice and also for the young markers when you made that dodgy bird in that bar in Oxford when you were about 22. That's all right. That's the way you can have those kind of nights. But get back on to the game. Would that be right Marcus. Marcus Taylor 45:17 I was very lucky to meet my my sweetheart who I got engaged to on Friday. So I should probably be very careful. Oh, congratulations. Unknown Speaker 45:28 Oh, and David Ralph 45:30 I just made that up. If she listens to the show tomorrow, which I made up I don't know anything about Marcus's backstory, I promise you, I promise you he's a good egg. Marcus was the number one best way that our audience can connect with you. So Marcus Taylor 45:44 the best way to reach out is on the venture hub.com website, you can drop me a message from that. David Ralph 45:51 Brilliant, very short and sweet. And of course, we'll have all the links on the show notes. And, Marcus, thank you so much for spending time with us today. Join up dots. And please come back back again when you've got more dots to join up. Because I do believe that by joining up the dots, and connecting our past is the best way to build our futures. Marcus Taylor, thank you so much. Marcus Taylor 46:10 Thanks for having me today. David. David Ralph 46:14 Mr. Marcus Taylor from Oxford cheer. And he just got engaged. So congratulations to Marcus. He's he's he's life is spreading out in front of him. And he's got a wonderful business. He's got a lovely lady. You know, that's what life's all about. And can you hear him smiling when he was talking about his business? He just come across, but he was somebody at the right place. But of course, you know, always at the right place at the beginning. And even if you try stuff, and it doesn't work out to be right, then leave it behind. But what I find so much in join up dots is stuff that I tried for years ago. That wasn't right. It was right. But I wasn't right. I wasn't in the right position. I wasn't in the right place, or whatever. Because now you look at it. And you Yes, I've already done that I can bring that back in and provide more and more value to your customers or by that experience that you had. So he is playtime people it's playtime, and don't think it has to be perfect cuz he doesn't. But it has to be something and get out there and start seeing what's on alpha and start making your life a happy one. Because that's what it's all about. Until next time, thank you so much for being here. Come across to join up dots and get on the free training and the free courses. I'll be delighted to see you I try to speak to as many of my listeners as I possibly can. And I'll be here again with a new episode very, very shortly. Look after yourselves. Cheers. Bye bye. Outro 47:41 David doesn't want you to become a faded version of the brilliant self you are wants to become so he's put together an amazing guide for you called the eight pieces of advice that every successful entrepreneur practices, including the two that changed his life. Head over to join up dots.com to download this amazing guide for free and we'll see you tomorrow on join up dots.  
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Can I Earn £20,000 Per Year Online
David Ralph 0:00 Join me each month as I show you how you can follow our process to start an own your own life changing online business. This is business masterclass at its best, head over to join up dots.com and book your place for the next training session. And I'll see you there. Intro 0:17 When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. join up dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK. David Ralph. David Ralph 0:42 Yes, hello there. Good morning to you. Good morning to you. And good morning, a game. I say that every show but I I like to say good morning to you. Because I'm grateful for you to be here. You know, you give up your time to press that little button wherever you click on either iTunes or Stitcher or have a website, the websites a good place to actually listen to because number one, it helps me out because you can get some of my free courses. And we're adding more and more overtime on there. I've got loads of good ones in my head, but I've got to record and I'm, I'm bringing them to the world people so that you can you can change direction and live a life on your own terms. So how are you? How are you? Oh, I'm Are you happy? Are you happy? Because I've been getting some emails from people. And one of the ones is what I'm going to respond to today from a lovely lady. I'm sure she's a lovely lady called Angela. She sounds lovely. As you're here in the email. And I've been getting a lot of emails from people saying to me, so what? Then last, their last, they're listening, they're listening. They're listening, I suppose like today's emails a little bit. And they want to do stuff, but I don't quite well, I will say to all of you just remain happy and remain focused on your life. Because when the time comes, you'll know it when you know 100% that it's ready for you and the universe is pointing you in the right direction, just like you are when you sort of sit in bed when you're doing a job you get a little bit bored, a little bit bored. And then suddenly somebody says there's a job going in this company I know. And you go Oh, all Tell me more. And I say Oh, yeah, it's it's double what you earning at the moment. Yes, that's what I want. I want that. I don't care what it is. I don't care. Well, I don't do that. I don't just try to push you into earning money because I think there's right money and there's wrong money. And I think the right way to do stuff is actually earn money by doing what you love. Yes, I'm going to repeat that once more to earn money by doing what you love, and it is possible it really is possible. Now in today's episode, I've had an email from a lady called Angela barrows from how in England hates you lol not as how h o l. a. And she starts she she doesn't actually start with you sexy man. And I'm literally every email I get now is sexy, Beast, sexy, man. Everything sexy and I love it is a bit of adulation. I don't really get adulation in my house anymore. I've seen me scratching myself in the underpants too many times to get that kind of adulation, my kids just kind of think, then come at it. It might wonder what David Bowie or like Paul McCartney's kids being I wonder if they actually think that these legends are still idiots because I've seen them sort of them, you know, just puttering around the house in their dressing gown and their slippers their kids always think their parents are idiots. Well, I don't know. But my kids certainly lean towards that. Now Angela barrows doesn't who sent his email and she says, love listening to your show. Dr. David, love listening to your show, and I'm intoxicated thought of punching my boss in the face and walking out like you did? I didn't actually do that. And I might say in the shows, you know, wouldn't it be great to do that? I know, I've never punched anyone in the face. Now that's not true. I've had two fights in my time. And one both. Yes, I can tell you who that the old Joseph, the old Joseph and Danny GIFs. And if anyone's listening and they know those people there, they would have liked it. I would have liked it because the Ralph my style beat them to a pulp. It wasn't really major fights. It was just kind of, you know, slapped around a bit. They it was kid stuff. It was kid stuff. But I'm still undefeated. Yes, I am Dean and Dean. And the rocky free that was. So what does she say? Yes. What did your boss say? Well, I didn't punch him in the face. But I couldn't because I really didn't like the idea at all. I can imagine they were really stunned and surprised. I would imagine that they would press charges. And, and my life would have changed in different ways. So now I didn't punch him in the face. But certainly I could not see eye to eye with. You know me, people. You know me. I'm lovable. I'm carefree. I haven't got a bad bone in my body. But you get me the wrong way. Danny and Phil, you get me the wrong way. And you're going to come to a sticky end. Angela says I can only earn 20 grand per year working 36 hours a week. Do you honestly think that I could replace this income online? Yes, I do. I do. Totally. I know that I will still have to work as I would be amazed that I could just magically speak it out of the air whilst walking around in the London sunshine. Well, if you're looking outside my window at the moment is paying down with rain. It's June in June everywhere, isn't it? Where we don't just live on a different sort of time frame in the United Kingdom. So Germany is everywhere. But it's rubbish. It's absolutely rubbish. It's just rainy. We're even having the heating on, which is bizarre, but this time of year. Now, Angela? I would say yes, number one you can? Of course you can. And I would love the fact that you know, there's work to be done because I do think so many people had this disbelief, but they can just throw up a website, have a few links on there and make a lot of money. And most of the people want that. And I can understand that, because that's what I wanted at the beginning. And I've certainly created that because there's certain things that I don't have to do anything with a tool. And it does bring me incoming, which is lovely. But to be earned 20 grand, you know, which is replacing it all just that way. That's hard work. doable. It is it's doable, but it's hard work. So how can we do this? Because you obviously want to know, can you replace this and I'm going to get you all to get your calculators out. Okay. Now if you were me, I'd spend time writing boobs. What was that? Five double? Oh, eight, yeah, five, double eight and turning it upside down? Or boobies. You can go boobies as well. That's a good one. And there's some other sort of quite rude ones. But no, but I was always into boobs. And I haven't changed much. Really. I've got a preference. I have got a preference. Okay, so what I want you to do is get your calculator out and think to yourself, right? Okay. 20 grand, what do I need to do to replace that income? Now imagine that you've created a product for pound, okay? People come across your website, and they just buy something for a pound. Now, first of all, you would go well, that's easy, I can do that. Now, people don't actually buy stuff really cheap. They just think it's a ripoff somehow, and I do it myself I I was on a website the other day. And it was something like $36 it wasn't anything at all. And I thought to myself, sounds too good to be true what they were offering. Now it might have been amazing. I still looked at info now I'm gonna leave that. So if you were charging one pound, you would have to service 20,000 customers a year. Okay. So that's quite hard work. 20,000 customers, I don't know what that is per day. But that's a lot. Okay, so we're not going to do that, we're not going to do that, Angela. Now, if you went for two pounds, you've instantly half your work. And you're only having to service 10,000 people a day. Okay, still a lot of work. So we don't want to do that. So let's go to four pounds, okay, four pound service, it could be a PDF book, it could be some kind of training material, it could be that you actually provide a service yourself, there are a myriad of ways. Now for pound means of 5000, right? Okay, we can into a better figure, okay? But still, it's a lot of work. Now, bizarrely in the online world, the more you charge, the easier it is to sell, okay, because there's a value piece behind it that people actually buy into. And if you did a 200 pound service, you would only have to service 100 customers a month. Okay? Now 200 pound, that's not a lot, some something in your skill set, I don't know what you do. But somebody in your skill set can definitely be transferred into a service or a resource that you could charge 200 pounds for. Now, the brilliant thing about that is if you can do it, so that people just come along to your website and click on a link and they buy vaping, then that's great. But you can also put yourself into the product. And once you put yourself into the product, it becomes more valuable. One to one service is the premium. Okay, now, oh, my courses, if somebody wants me one to one with nobody else, just been gazing into my eyes, rubbing my thighs, now we do everything on Skype and stuff. So they can even if they want to, then I charge premium for that because I can't scale it is every hour is totally for them. Okay? Now, for $200. You don't have to do 100 people, as I say, which equates to 8.33 people a month. It's not a lot 31 days, and you've only got to service eight people. Now you've got to do it constantly. So every every month, you got to do the same thing. And maybe you want to slow down on certain months, you might want to go on vacation or holiday. So you might want to play around with that. But that actually equates to naught point two, seven people a day. That's like a leg. Okay, you've only got to deal with a leg a day to be able to make that money. Now, we want to go better than that. Because we do of course we do. So let's do something for 500 quid, which is still not a lot of money. Now, there's going to be people out there listening to that going to 500 quid, that's a lot of money. But believe me, I speak to people now. But I bet there was a guy the other day, 100 grand a year, I know somebody not personally, who does 50 grand gesture, a telephone call for half hour, you know, there is money out there. And if you're thinking that's a lot of money, that is because you're in the back position, okay, you're in that position where it is a lot of money for you. But it doesn't mean it's a lot of money for other people, okay? And that's a mindset thing that you've got to cross where you've actually got to go is not what I value it as it's what other people will be willing to value it is, you know, if I, if I sold to Roman Abramovich, who owns Chelsea Football Club, that's, that's nothing, he spends millions, okay? And that's the kind of mindset, you've got to think, where do I find these customers that have got the big money, okay, so let's go one higher, we're going to have 500. Now, 500 is only 40 people a month, okay to get your 20 grand. And if we can go through 1000, that's 20. Now, once you get to 1000, you can easily do 40. And then you've doubled your money on 40 grand a year, okay. And so it really is doable. If you know what you can provide, you know where your customers are, and you know the value that you want to deliver to them, and then work accordingly. So I always call it my keep the lights on bigger. So if 20 grand is your salary per year, I bet that isn't what you actually need to live. First of all, that's going to be luxuries, that's gonna be Netflix, that's going to be a load of different things. But if you stripped it right down to go, Okay, I know it's going to be rubbish, it's going to be bare minimum, it's just gonna be, but I can pay my bills, I have food, and I don't have a social life, I don't have anything, you probably could go down enough eight grand and go over, all I need to do to replace the income is 12,000. Once again, get onto your computer, stop thinking about boobs and boobies. And then start putting your fingers in and seeing what comes out. I do that a lot. I love a spreadsheet. Well, I can put 4.5% and 5.6 and, and drag it down, you know, on Excel spreadsheets, you drag it down and all the formulas go all the way down it. That's what I love doing so that I can see what I've actually got to aim for and what work I have to do. Okay, so that's something that I always do play around with your fingers and see where you need to go. Because believe me, no matter what you want to do, you will look at it and think, okay, that's not as bad as I thought. hundred people, 8.33 people a month, I could do that. And that gives me breathing space to actually create more value into my life. That's the way I want to do it. So she says following on. She's still walking around in the London side shine. I don't know where you're getting that London, the sunshine from? Because it's not over my head at the moment. I guess you would say of course it is. Yes. You say Angela? Yes. I preempted you. And I have said it is possible. And it's just me being a scaredy pants chicken. Yes, you are. You are a scaredy pants chicken. She follows it up. Now she's moved through this. And this is interesting with this email, she starts off kind of really wanting to do it and punching people in the face that that's just violent, Angela, we don't want that. And then she's saying, I don't kind of believe it's true. But now now she's in the positive. She's in the practical. And she says, ooh, it's so exciting to think I'm going to do it in her voice. I don't know if this is how she talks. And this is probably deeply offensive, but I'm going to do it. Oh, it's so exciting to think that I could take control of my life like you have done. But I'm a very pragmatic and practical and I need a concrete plan. Now, I think that is a brilliant Northern accent. I think that is spot on. And I could walk around the streets of combination street, and I could just be a native, I would disappear. Nobody would know that I am the sexy podcaster. But you all talk about not one person out there. Okay. Thank you so much. If you manage to find the time to answer this question kind regards you sexy man, Angela barrows. Whoa, Ingrid. So that's something that I think he's gonna be useful for you. Okay, look at what you need to earn. Repeat back and think now what do I really need? You know, what do I really need to earn to just be out to pay my mortgage, pay my bills and stuff. And we're cutting back all the luxuries, which is, is your transition? Because the real important part is getting the free time. You know, I talked to a guy called Neil Hughes. And he's a tech writing blog posts in podcast person. He's, he's the tech writer I can never remember he shows about. And I remember him sort of connecting with me before he started becoming a global success. And we chat quite often. And one of the things that we both agree, time, time is your value point. But you cannot lose those track of the value. It gives you. The fact that on Wednesday afternoon, yesterday was Monday was actually a lovely day. And so me and my wife walked through the Country Park near us. And we sat on this bench, and we looked over the River Thames. And it was just glorious. And as we were sitting there, funnily enough, a guy but we used to work with up in London many years ago, walked past and he said, Oh, hello, you too. And he said, Hello, you see, we're polite. And he sat down by the side of us. And we also had an amazing we used to be in London on this day, on a Monday, working in our suits being stressed. And here we are sitting in the sunshine on a bench looking over the sea. And you know you want for that. But it gives you the breathing space as well to be out to put time in, it's quite difficult to build a business when you're squeezing around the evenings and kids on stuff. But if you can start earning some income, to give yourself a bit breathing space, maybe one day a week that you can be lock yourself away and start working on creating that value point for your customers, then things are doable, and new shoes, wherever you are walking your dog, aren't we right? Aren't we right? Isn't it about the time that you get, which is the big positive because when you can carry on building your business and scaling up, and then making it more what you want it to be the beginning bit is just a starting point. Well, thank you so much to Angela barrows for dropping us an email, thank you so much to there was a guy we're just going to be opening it is Lucas, Lucas Gordon has dropped us a line and he's interested in opening a group of join up dots in Denver, Colorado. So we're going to be arranging back and we will create the group and we'll start getting people in, we're here to support you guys locally, we've now got another one being built. I can't be where that is. Now it's going out my head. But we've got that six or seven at the moment, very small at the moment, a few people in them, but they're already making inroads into their their positivity and growing their future. So if you are interested in creating a group and helping us grow it and become the leader, and not a follower, making things happen in your life, but drop us a line and we will get one created. And we will work with you accordingly. So Lucas golden, thank you so much for that. Anybody else drop us a line and just say you'd like to start a group in whatever place you are, we're a range where and then we will start broadcasting into it and linking all the groups across the world so that you've got a support network everywhere, sharing good ideas and practices and success and failures. And of course, gratitude. Thank you so much as I say for listening. Thank you so much for everyone who's dropping us a line. And until now next time, I'll be waiting for you. Yes, I will be waiting for you. With me calculator, trying to work out some rude words. I didn't know when I was a kid. Until next time, see you later. Unknown Speaker 19:10 Bye bye. David doesn't want you to become a faded version of the brilliant self you are wants to become so he's put together an amazing guide for you called the eight pieces of advice that every successful entrepreneur practices, including the two that changed his life. Head over to join up dots.com to download this amazing guide for free and we'll see you tomorrow on join up dots.  
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Everything You Can Imagine Can Be Real
When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. join up dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK, David Ralph. David Ralph 0:26 Yes, hello there. Good morning. Good morning to you across the world. Thank you so much for being here. And I really do mean it because I know that there's so many different podcasts out there. And there's different YouTube channels and your time is being taken up by by tweets and posts and sliding apps and sliding down to the sliding sideways and sliding. You know, when I was young, there was only one bit of sliding that I like to do. And that's when snow hit. But now you slide all the time wherever you go, yes, sliding. I've actually been given these sliders. I don't know if they're called sliders across the world. But they're like kind of sandals that you just kind of slide your feet in. And apparently, apparently, you're not supposed to wear socks with them. Now I am coming up 50. So I'm at the time of life. when I say to my family, nobody knows me. And I don't care. And my family say "But you can't go out like that Dad, you can't go out in your sliders." "Well, if you want a lift in my car, then you're gonna have to put up with it. Because I'm not going back in to put my shoes on." So there you go. There you go. I'm in control of my own life, my own destiny. So how are we doing out there? I hope you are all good and rocking and rolling. Because that's what this show is all about. And it really is. It's not just a show. Now, how can I express this more clearly? This isn't about a show, it's just not one way. It's not just me. And one of the findings of the show, I think so I think so many podcasts bear with this is it becomes a bit like a radio station where you just turn it on and you listen. But the most brilliant podcasts and the most engaged podcasts are the ones when you guys provide the content, you guys give us questions you give us inspiration and stimulation to provide the voice that we can sort of put back into the world. And that's what we're trying to do in join up dots. We we don't get a lot of questions, and then they come in a little Flurry. But we are, as we say, last week, we've launched the local community support groups that gratitude groups where we got them linked up through the world. And I Yes, me, actually me. Yes, yes, yes, I actually spend all day on Friday opening Facebook groups that I can then start connecting with and what I want to do, I want to not only connect with them, but I want to be a help to broadcast live from join up dots into some kind of video system. So it goes into all the groups. So not only do you get the voice not only do you get the voice, but you get the vision as well. Yes, you do. You get the vision of a 50 year old, haggard man coming into your life whenever he wants. And what I'm trying to do, I'm trying to connect all the motivation in the world and bring the real life stories so you become part of it. join up dots is circulating you. So we have got so far we've got Missouri, we've got Memphis, we've got Auckland, we've got Hobart just being built in Tasmania. We've got Yorkshire in England, back Cher bed for cheer, Suffolk f6. Kent, a little bit of warehouse, a few more can't be where they are now North Hampton sheer Yes, we've got North Hampton here as well, because there's a guy called Martin Gardner in there. And he's waiting, he's waiting for people to join him. And what we want to do is have you guys every day being able to reinvent your circle of influence. So so many of us get surrounded by these people that basically bring us down and they're not interested in changing their lives. They're not interested in building online income into their lives. And so you go out for a drink with them. And you mentioned things yet, and you're not going to do that. Yeah. What's the point in doing that? I've heard somebody else do that. It didn't work. And they fed all that kind of negativity stuff. And push that away and get surrounded by people that go, yeah, brilliant. That's a great idea. But how about this, have you thought about doing it this way, and not only in your local communities, so Yorkshire and let Aberdeen cheer there's a number one number, and Northern Ireland and wherever you are in the world. Not only that, but we can bring the best ideas from all the groups and just make an absolute swell. Now, all we've got to do is jump over to join up dots, look at the local support, whoops, and I ever click on the group, if it's already made. And if it's not made, tell us you want a group made, and Ben start inviting people in. Now what we always find in everything, it takes time to get going because so many people out there are followers, and they won't take that first action. They want to see what other people are doing before they jump in. And believe me, that's not what makes success. What makes success is you deciding to do something on your own back, well, not literally on your own back, because that that leads me into a conversation totally different. But to do it on your own terms, that's better. That's what I should have said, to do it on your own terms. And even if nobody else is doing it, to do it. Now I spend 95% of my time doing stuff, but I don't know if it's gonna work or not. But I still do it. And I would say 50% of the time it works 25% of the time, it really works and to 5% is now probably a bit different from that, I would say 50% of the time, it doesn't work 25% of the time it does work and 25%, it really works. So I spend literally all my time 50% of my day, by eating constantly. But I'm still willing to do that. So if you are wanting to connect with people, and actually make a difference in your life, get a circle of influence of people that are inspirational and motivational. And they're looking to change their lives, and most importantly, are in your area. So if you've been wanting to meet up and do some community group setups, then you can do and as I say come across to the local support group. Now that's on join up dots. Of course it is. Now one of the things that I'm big on in these groups is keeping your head in the game keeping gratitude front and center. And yesterday was Father's Day. Yes, it was, which is why this podcast is a little bit late. Normally I sort of bang one out on a on a Sunday. But the yesterday know you're not going to your office, it's Father's Day, I can do what I want. No you can't, you've got to come out for dinner with us. Yeah, but after that can I do know you've got to do this. But well, with bloody Father's Day, I should be able to do what I want. Anyhow, I wasn't allowed. So this podcast is a little bit late. But it's good. Because I was given a job. It's like a sort of big sweetie jar with one of those metal hinges that you clip and then you pull down really tight on the top. And so you can keep things all fresh in there. And I suppose you can put sweets in there or candy as a saying our brains across America and or dried fruit or whatever you want to put you can put in you can put cannabis you can put anything you want in it's a job. Now within this job, my daughter has put, she said that she wanted to do 365 but she ran out about 90. And every day I reach in and I pick out I have a phrase that might be sort of motivational and inspirational. Or it might be something but I say and yesterday's one was. Yeah, yesterday's one. Apparently I say I've had more hot dinners. And you've done that. Now. I don't think I do say that. But I might do it sounds like something Come on, say but today's one I've reached in and this is this is the point that the whole show, this is the point of it. Everything you imagine can be real. Now think about that. Everything you imagine can be real. Now, in the world of business in the world of online adventure and Daring Do. Basically they say you create it twice. The first thing is when you think about it in your head, anything is good. Yeah, I could do this. And then you create it again, in the real world. And certainly in join up dots. My first thought was, I would like to have a podcast. So I made that happen event, I thought I'd like to do some coaching my happen when I want to connect the world in the local support groups, which I really, really hope you guys can sort of jump in, and so that we can get it moving, because it does take a while but you know, help me out. Help me out guys, I'm doing it from this side. And if you can just click on and, you know, take part every day or whenever you want, it really will help me. So everything you imagine can be real. So whatever you're doing in your life at the moment, you made it happen, you might be going to a job where you saw have a job, you went for the interview, you got the job, you're now doing the job, you made that happen. Now, the problem with that is 90% of what you're making happen in that environment, you're giving away to somebody else, not only are you giving away the bulk of the profits, you know, nobody's going to take you on in a job and say, right, okay, we can pay you 30 grand a year. And that is everything that you're going to bring into the business that makes it we're just keep you that you're basically making 100 grand for that company, you're making 200 grand, and that company is taking those profits that you're allowing to build up and giving you a tiny, teeny, weeny share. Okay, which doesn't sound good to me, it really doesn't sound good. And yeah, I tell you, I read this the other day, they reckon within 10 years, 62% of the jobs in America will be at risk 62% whether it's automation, whether it's faster processes, whatever, 62%. So if you're sitting there now and you're thinking, Oh, I'm on, I'm in a job, but live within 10 years, you may not be you know, there's there's only going to be a small percentage of people that are now down. And so the entrepreneurial world is where its leading, okay. And that really ties into this, everything you imagine can be real, that was what I pulled out of my jar today. So what are you creating? Are you thinking about creating more and more income in your life? Which is brilliant? Are you thinking of creating more and more freedom in your life? Or are you thinking of creating more and more choice in your life, you know, through join up dots. It was horrendous. You know, I say that all the time. Because I really want you to realize, but everything I talked about is grounded in reality. I'm never going to be one of these people that go out. Yeah, you can just jump on. Spend some time with me. And within four weeks, you're going to make 100 million pounds. No, you know, I can spend time with you. And I can give you the clarity. And I can give you the understanding and the business structure, I can give you all that. But you've still got to build it, you've still got to go out there and actually do the work. And through join up dots. I realized the other day that I literally have the three elements, I have the money, but I have the time I want and I had the choice that I want. So that's kind of financially independent, location independent, and time independent. And I don't think you can do better than that. So I can literally say to anyone, yeah, I'll do that today. That's fine. Just move things around in my calendar sort things out. How many of you out there can say that? How many of you can say yeah, okay, this Thursday, I'll play go for this Wednesday, I can do that. I come back to you in an hour, shift things around, and we will be there. I think they are the three key pillars, time, location, and choice, and money. And if you get all of those, you really cooking on gas. And guess what people Guess what? Everything you imagine can be real. So you can do that, you can make that happen. And I really want to make it happen with you, I want to really push you through to where you want to be. And one of the key things is getting you surrounded by people. So I'm gonna, I'm gonna keep on banging on about this, and you will get fed up with it. Because I'm not promoting it to make money, this, this isn't something that I'm doing to make money. So this is a passion project, because I know it's right. And I know it will make a difference. And so all my effort at the moment is going into getting you guys to start connecting with each other in the local support groups to get you away from the negativity and the Twitter and the Facebook, where it's just people going out for dinner and all that kind of stuff. And just have you surrounded so that imagination can start occurring. And you can see people in your vicinity, but doing something, you know, I coached quite a few people in Essex. And more often than not, they say one of the things that made them decide to join me my coaching platform was that I was local to them. And so it seemed more believable. Somehow it's a more believable that somebody just around the corner, talk to them has actually done the thing that I want to do or whatever, more events, somebody in Ontario, or somewhere in Africa, or whatever, but you can connect on Skype and zoom and whatever. So imagine, imagine, imagine, everything you imagine can be real, start imagining, get out there and start thinking about things and start looking around at things and start thinking to yourself, I quite fancy doing that, I'd really do. But I don't know how to do it, when I'm people that are already doing it and start picking their brains and start getting that vibration, that gratitude vibration going through you. Because if you can do that, then you are more than 50% better, I would say you're 70% better. And then the 30 it's just persistence, clarity, and knowledge of your subject. Not too hard. It really isn't. Until next time, my young patterns, thank you so much for being here. I think on Wednesday is going to be another solo show. Again, because I've got a lot of things I want to talk to you and they don't fit into any interview format. But we've got quite a few interviews coming up as well. You're going to get what you want, you're gonna get what join up dots is all about. And hopefully I will start seeing some of you live in the group's local support groups, join up dots going click Find your group. And if you haven't got one, I will set one up for you. And then we can start connecting you with people. But more than that, please be here next time because I need you is I need you is I'm on a mission. This is a movement we're creating, and it is going to be life changing. I promise you, because I know it's going to happen. And if I know it's going to happen, I've gone past the imagination. And I'm already in the process of doing the work is going to happen. You can be part of it. Let's change lives together. Until next time, thank you so much for being here. Look after yourself, hug strangers smile, and just be grateful for what you've got because it's a good live. See you guys Cheers. Bye bye. Unknown Speaker 15:58 David doesn't want you to be become a faded version of the brilliant self you are wants to become so he's put together an amazing guide for you called the eight pieces of advice that every successful entrepreneur practices, including the two that changed his life. Head over to join up dots.com to download this amazing guide for free and we'll see you tomorrow on join up dots.
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Play For Real And Get Paid Well Too
David Wood is today’s guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast interview. His entrepreneurial journey has led him through many different dots, and its the joining of his dots that are so remarkable. As he says: “When you’re 10,000 feet ABOVE the Himalayas hanging from a piece of cloth, you see life differently”. He holds the viewpoint that life is the best game there is and asks: Are you playing for REAL? He coaches high performing entrepreneurs, executives, and leaders to play the best game they possibly can, deepening connection and living a regret-free life. How? By setting life-changing goals, laser-focused action, and increasing their levels of Truth, Daring, and Caring - in both life and work. How The Dots Joined Up For David He loves sharing his message of Playing for Real on live stages, podcast interviews, and radio shows, and has been best described as "playful and deep". A former Consulting Actuary to Fortune 100 companies - including Sony Music, Proctor & Gamble, and Exxon - David left his cushy Park Avenue job 20 years ago to explore both the outer world and his own inner world. Along the way, he's coached thousands of hours in a dozen countries around the globe and is the author of "Get Paid For Who You Are," with foreword by Jack Canfield. He is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council, alongside such thought leaders as Don Miguel Ruiz, John Gray, Marci Shimoff, and Vishen Lakhiani. So is it simple enough to say that the children of the world who spend their time playing actually are the keys to our adult life? And where do people get hung up most, on the doing or the wanting to do? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. David Wood. Show Highlights During the show we discussed with David Wood such weighty topics such as: We chatted about the amazing journey that David has been on to get to where he is today, back in the place he wanted to leave: Corporate land. How we all get lost in the identity management process that we show the world no matter how hard we try. Why David believes that everything in life can be cleaned up. We shouldn't have any regrets left on our last day on earth. And lastly…… David shares the process he took to leave his corporate job by becoming a musician, before heading towards high achieving clients.
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Please Help Us Start A World Changing Movement
In today's podcast episode we start what we hope will be a global movement that will change lives everywhere. You know how its so easy to look around and think that life is crappy, or we aren't doing as well as everybody else? I know that i certainly have struggled with this in the past. You see posts on Facebook, or tweets from friends and colleagues and it looks like their lives are amazing. It looks like they are doing so much better than we will every be able to do. So we beat ourselves up and start retreating into ourselves, wanting the world to go on without us. Well its just not true. In fact our lives are so amazing, and full of potential every single day, we just choose to ignore the gold. Well we want to change this and make a huge difference to everyone, by setting up Gratitude Support Group across the world. Hugely, positive and motivational and of course supportive  groups of people to surround ourselves with. And we need you. We need you and your passion to change. We need you to tell your friends. We need you to make the biggest difference to people across the world that you will ever do. This is lifechanging stuff at its best, and it starts with a single decision to participate. 
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ChooseFI
If you feel that you are going out of your mind, with spiralling debts, credit card interest and stress then this is the show for you. Today’s guest is Jonathan Mendonsa a man who reluctantly walked into the world of frugal living, but now will never I assume go back. Yes he was a spender, and i guess at his core is still someone that likes to splash out on the finer things in life. But he knew he had to change as at the age of 28 he graduated college as a pharmacist with $168,000 in student loans. Now 4 years later he has clawed his way out and is pursuing Financial Independence. As he says “I feel I am qualified to talk about the normal path because I have lived it for the last 30 years. My hobby and passion over the last 5 years has become learning new skills and looking for ways to develop passive income streams. I also love to talk about what I have learned. I ran out of people in my immediate social circle to share all this awesome information with so enter ChooseFI… He has developed passive income streams, based around community building, affiliate marketing, information analytics, videography, career hacking, tax planning and entrepreneurship that he can discuss and share with the ChooseFI community. The podcast he and his co-host Brad Barrett created to highlight the tactics and stories of people who have chosen this alternate path has become one of the fastest-growing podcasts online. With almost 1 million monthly downloads and a hyper-engaged community with over 200+ local ChooseFI chapters throughout the world and in the words of Jean Chatzky, The Today Show’s Financial Editor, “it (the FI movement) has grown to be a movement in large part because of a podcast called ChooseFI.” So with so many things on the go at once, does he want to run away to the nearest shopping mall for some major retail therapy? And how did he get the FI community up and running, and engaged? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jonathan Mendonsa. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Jonathan Mendonsa How Jonathan first went out and got the idea that being financial freedom was not just possible it was highly doable – so he did it. Why minimalism is a great starting point, but why not focus more for the value than going after the scarcity. Is failing a bad thing or should we simply look at failing forward as quickly as possible. And lastly………… Jonathan shares how his podcast has grown to massive proportions and the things he did to make it happen. How To Connect With The ChooseFI Team Website Facebook Linkedin Twitter Audio Transcription Of ChooseFI Founder Jonathan Mendonsa Intro [0:00] When we’re young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling join up dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here’s your host live from the back of his garden in the UK David Ralph David Ralph [0:21] Yes. Hello there. Well, good morning to welcome to another edition of the I like to say sexy podcast, which is a join up dots Yes. When two men get together, and we bring you also conversations, stimulating thoughts. And yeah, it’s a podcast episode. That’s what it’s about. We do it from this and you listen from there. Well, today is one of those shows that if you feel that you’re sort of going out of your mind we’ve spiralling debts credit card interest in stress by NBC to show for you because our guest is a man who reluctantly walked into the world of frugal living, but now will never I should go back. Yes, he was a spender. And I guess at his core, he is still someone that likes to splash out on the finer things in life. But he knew he had to change as at the age of 28. He graduated college as a pharmacist with listen to this 168,000 in student loans, how many meals at Hooters Can you have to wrap up? I don’t know. Now, four years later, he’s clawed his way out and he’s pursuing financial independence. As he says I thought I’m qualified to talk about the normal path because I believed it for the last 30 years. My hobby and passion over the last five years has become learning new skills and looking for ways to develop passive income streams. I also love to talk about what I’ve learned, I ran out of people in my immediate social circle to share all this awesome information with so enter choose f5. Now he’s developed passive income streams based around community building affiliate marketing information and analytics, video graphic video graphic. I should have saved videography, career hacking, tax planning and entrepreneurship, but he can discuss and share with his choose FBI community and the podcast he and his co host Brad Bauer created to highlight the tactics and stories of people who have chosen this alternative path has become one of the fastest growing podcast online. Yes, the swine. We’ve almost 1 million monthly downloads and a hyper engaged community with over 200 Plus Local choose Fei chapters throughout the world. And in the words of Jean Chatzky, but today’s show is financial editor. It’s the movement has grown to be a movement in large because of a podcast called choose, as I said, With so many things on the Go at once, does he want to run away to the nearest shopping mall for some major retail therapy and splurge splurge splurge? And how did he get the FBI community up and running and so engaged? Well, let’s find out as we bring on to the show, to start join up dots with the one and only Jonathan Mendonsa. Morning, Jonathan, how are you sir? ChooseFI [3:02] David, I am doing great. And I don’t think I’ve ever said this to another man before. But I really want to see the back of your garden, David Ralph [3:08] you come to the back of the garden. And we’re sitting here and we will record live. Because actually, as we speak at the moment, I do recall that in the back of my garden, I’ve got a studio bear. And I thought to myself, I go home for lunch today. And I’ve been locked out, I can’t get back into the house. So until my kids get back from school, I’m here I’m trapped. But I can’t think of somebody nicer to be trapped with because Jonathan, you are a man who’s been on a journey. And it’s a journey that so many people are struggling with and you’ve come out the other side. Do you feel smug about it? ChooseFI [3:41] No, it’s more than I just feel like almost this calling, or I have to tell as many people as possible. This idea that I think all of us have kind of been given this normal narrative that we’re expected to follow to follow society’s rules. And at a certain age that may or may not be considered our golden years, we have permission that is do what we want basically kind of our desires, whatever you wanted to do as a child has to go on a bookshelf. And then you have to go through the slog to get the house you get the car, get the second car, you have to get you have a second kid, you get the promotion, you get the next promotion, you work the corporate ladder, you somewhere along the way pay off the student loans, student loans, they may be so big that they may outlive you, there’s literally means dedicated to the perpetuity of student loans, maybe at 65, there’s some government security in place for you. And then you are allowed to do maybe go work on your golf game, something along those lines. I was on a cruise ship relatively recently, and I went on there with my family. And I should say that we’re just kind of in our 30s. But I realized on the cruise ship that the vast majority of people that are on these cruises were like 60 years and older. And when they are asking people if they want to get off the ship, many of them just simply couldn’t at that point. So finally they had the freedom to go see the world do whatever it is that they wanted to do. And they quite literally just had to stay on the ship at this point. That just doesn’t seem right. Like why do we just get permission to our golden years? What does it look like to get our best years and I think just kind of thinking about that as a framework for you know, my personal story. And what we’re talking about on the show is a really powerful way to look at it. David Ralph [5:10] Isn’t that good vote to keep all the old people on the ship. So that can get me on the street easier. And you know, that’s what Yeah, isn’t it? ChooseFI [5:20] Yeah, that’s the conspiracy from the top down. That’s really what it’s all about. You got it? I think David Ralph [5:24] so. So with yourself in you are based in Richmond, Virginia, which is a lovely place in the world. And here. Yes, I have been here many, many times. And yes, it’s, it’s one of those places I always hit in the summer, dirty, sweaty. I don’t know how you guys charged? Yeah, I jumped out and I put the air con all the time. But for somebody like myself, what what interests me is I am I’m fine. I’m fine. financially independent. I, ChooseFI [5:52] I can cool to be able to say that, like when you say that I’m financially independent. I work because I want to not because I have to you’re doing this podcast out of love out of a passion out of a calling, not out of any sort of scarcity. I need to figure out how to keep the lights on like, think about that, how powerful that is? David Ralph [6:09] Well, is is but what I also have to say is no matter how financially free I become a debt always appears, I’ve never got to the point where I’m totally debt free, no mortgage, yes. And then I take out a car loan, and then I pay off the car loan, and then some there’s always something going on. Are you totally free from that? Are you totally free from you know, having the debt hanging around? Even if it’s only a small debt every now and again? ChooseFI [6:37] Yeah, that’s a great question. I think it just kind of depends on how you define it. So basically, the way that I consider financial independence is you have reached a number At which point, if you were to never bring in another dollar again, you could maintain your current lifestyle, right. So in my community, people do that. Either way, many people keep the money in an account and have the money grow the basically like if you decide to make the choice to pay off your mortgage, you’re essentially locking in a three or 4% rate of return depending on what the interest rates are in your particular area of the country, I’m the United States going rate is just around 4%. UK may be different. As opposed to that other people say, Well, you know what the market, I believe that over time, the market will outperform that. So I am going to take the money that I would be paying towards my house, and I’m going to grow it and an investment account. And you know, I have the choice of any point I wanted to pay off my house, I could, but you know that that’s my particular choice. But certainly other than the home mortgage, yes. 100%, debt free, no car debt, no. Student loans, and I’m not financing a couch or a blinds, there’s nothing running, you know, parallel to that, Mike, my budget looks relatively simple. And then I personally would rather just hold on to the mortgage, but that’s just more out of a cash interest rate arbitrage rather than something else. I think, you know, really the larger point set, the framework for your audience is really just talking about that, that kind of framework, because it ties so perfectly to the overarching theme of your show, which is joining the dots. And what I look at when I when I think of this is bandwidth, you know, how do you create bandwidth in your life, you so many of us when we’re paycheck to paycheck, we are one financial crisis, even a tiny financial crisis, we’re right next to the cliff, right? The financial cliff, we if our if the tire goes flat, it’s a it’s an existential crisis. If we lose our job, because of layoffs, or downsizing or whatever else, it’s an existential crisis. If if there’s something that we can do along the way to create that amount of space, it means that finally you might have the time in your life to actually start looking at what lights you up, to start thinking about how to make that next connection and really open yourself up to the possibilities of future that you can get excited about, you know, not 65 beyond but now let’s start moving yourself slowly in that direction. And I think that’s kind of like the my entire story, because I was sure that business of businesses, small business owners, I was sure that, you know, all businesses fail, the vast majority failed, quote, unquote. And I think along the way, one thing that I failed to realize is that while many businesses fail, those are that’s the first failure. And most business owners, most entrepreneurs iterate on that first idea, and come up with something that works. But you can’t do that, or it’s very difficult and dangerous to do that. If one you have to take out a ton of debt to do it. And to you don’t have any financial space, any financial margin in your life. So in my case, I googled in 1999, I googled, you know, top 10 professions, because I don’t want to do this crazy entrepreneur thing that people are doing top 10 professions that you know, will guarantee that you quote unquote, make it and somewhere on that list was pharmacy right? and and you know, there’s some other obvious ones on there, maybe now it’s computer software engineer, or doctors or lawyers, you know, you can get up, it’s probably a very stereotypical list of 10. Even still, but quite literally, for someone that wanted to guarantee an outcome. That’s like, all right, well, I’m going to do one of these. Now you’re saying, Well, that sounds kind of dumb, but I guarantee you that there’s tons of I’m not the only one tons of people do this, because we want to take the safe path, right? Love this guaranteed outcome. David Ralph [10:07] Did you get fed up with talking about this, Jonathan, because I can hear the passion coming from you. But I bet I bet there’s people around you that goes okay, john, okay. I know it. I know it, just just give you know, we’ve even got a critic in the Back Bay bad enough. ChooseFI [10:23] Ya know, I never get tired of it. And they may get tired of it a little bit here. Fortunately, we’re only here on Mondays and Fridays. So you get three days of break in between? Yeah, so I mean, like, that’s kind of the path I followed. And so to become a pharmacist, you know, it’s four years of undergrad, and then it’s four years of pharmacy school, so eight years of education. And so I graduate with $168,000 in student loan debt, and then four years pay that off, because I just, you know, you can kind of sense that he’s kind of anti debt for the most part. So I was like, I gotta pay all this off. It’s 12 years. And by the end of that little cycle, I kind of burnout, right? I mean, just, my quality of life in this job has just gone down. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I mean, in retrospect, you’d look back and say, there was a lack of passion that led you there initially. So that was probably one mistake early on. But the larger point was, this guaranteed path didn’t allow me to feed that creative instinct, that creative juice, right, that that I think all of us at some level probably would enjoy would lean into would make for a happier work environment. And what’s interesting about that, though, even though, you know, my quality of life was was kind of going down the hill, as I was staying in this gig. I had no debt now, right? That’s the one thing that I did right, is that I crushed my student loan debt burden, if I had $168,000 in student loan debt, and immediately when I graduated, I had grabbed that high lifestyle, you know, that we’ve kind of just described earlier with maybe the multiple car payments and the large house and the extravagant entertainment budget and private school for kids and all that are jazz, like, I probably would have just felt trapped, right, I have to always make sure that I can continue to fund that lifestyle need to do whatever it takes to happen. That’s what you see people, when they first get that first job, they get their first taste of safe money, they immediately inflate their lifestyle to be able to sustain that, even though what they’re really just sustained is payments. And what so i what i did personally, is, when I graduated from school, I just kept my lifestyle very, very lean, we bought a very modest home, we bought a very modest car, we paid off all of the you know, we paid off the car note. So there was virtually in the United States, our cost of living was probably somewhere between 30 to $40,000 a year depending on depending on the you know, depending on the year, and that allow me to effectively achieve a 70 plus percent savings rate, and just crush that student loan debt. And that math is really helpful, you know, in terms of met charting your own particular path to financial independence, in that it’s pretty obvious if your paycheck to paycheck, you can never retire. If you can say 25 percent of your income, then that means that you work three years, you can take a year off, if you can say 50% of your income, then that’s pretty obvious, too, right? You could work a year and take a year off, you can do that forever. But it’s little more nuanced than that, that if you can save 50% of your income for even a relatively short period of time, like 10 to 15 years. And you invest that into pretty common sense investments. I’m not talking about cannabis and Bitcoin here, just regular index fund investing, low cost index fund investing, you can get to the point where working is optional, basically within that interim, interim period of time, and it’s not get rich quick, which usually leaves you a little bit broken better and your money in someone else’s pocket. But it’s get rich, quick ish, which can work every time because it’s based on simple math. David Ralph [13:44] Now, I love this. And there’s a lot of movements out there at the moment. And there’s one of the things that I got in about was minimalism. And I thought this is brilliant. If you reduce the amount that you’ve got, then you don’t have to service Batman by going out to work. So for a while I was into that. And then it started to get a bit sort of icky, where I was seeing people who were, you know, you go into the house and it was like a cave with one garden chair, and one spoon and one another on come on, you need a little bit more to it. Now, what we’re saying here, we’re just saying sort of, it doesn’t have to be too far into the sort of the been landing in a cave scenario. It’s just ChooseFI [14:31] did you just establish David Ralph [14:32] he was my number one minimum. So I can just imagine him sitting there on a garden chair with a spoon waiting for the Americans to find him. So it is is that a problem? When people look at this? And they go, Yeah, I’d love to be financially free. But it’s all a bit crap. I like to go out for a meal. I like to do this, I like to do that. Is it just about sort of reducing what they like to do by half to make a small difference? ChooseFI [14:58] Wow, it I genuinely love this question like this is the heart of it, isn’t it? I think that when you go through life, just purchasing everything, you have no cost, it’s almost impossible to know what you value, because you’re just going to get it right. And if you can’t afford it, you’ll just finance it’ll all work out, I can afford the payments. And the reality is you simply can’t afford it. You know, you simply can’t afford the risk that comes with financing everything in your life. But to your larger point, like finding that balance there, I’m kind of the same way no one. I mean, no one will look at me and say, well, that guy’s a minimalist. So you just and I think that’s kind of like it’s both cool. And it opens up the door. For us. minimalism is incredibly powerful as a concept, my slight pivot on it that me and my co host Brad have kind of leaned on is this idea of focusing on value. And so minimalism, the heart of minimalism is intentionality, right? Do you, you know, cut ruthlessly on the things that you don’t value and spend lavishly on the things that you do? I think some people certainly would say it’s the white wall, it’s Apple, it’s the you know, it’s the certain it’s just a very minimal setup. And but I think you can probably the common sense individual can take the heart of minimalism and apply it to their own life and tie it to this and find their own balance point for them. So for example, what would that actually look like? You the average individual that’s burned through 10, or 20 years of just consumption, has no idea literally no idea what their life costs? What would it take to unwind that? Well, the most obvious place would be just to track your spending over a 1234 month period of time, I don’t know why I have three four in there, I just felt like maybe instead of three will say four months. And once you do that, then you finally have a sense of where your outflow is where your outflow is going. And you can make this as high tech there. Certainly software solutions for this or a low tech get a very minimalistic pen and paper, I don’t care. I’m not going to judge you for it. But once you’ve done that, now we know what we’re spending on. And so once you go through that, now you can start what I would say, Yeah, I actually would say, cut to the point of deprivation, I mean, just barely to the point of deprivation, right? And then once you’ve reached that point, you’re like, Man, this is not so much fun anymore. Start adding back the items that you really miss. I mean, now, you know, I actually value this, do you really value the subscription magazines that want a free trial you got three years ago, the only reason you haven’t cut it out? Is because you didn’t want to make a phone call? Do you really value the 300 channels that you have on TV? And you go to that and there’s nothing on? And you say that out loud? Does Do you really value that? David Ralph [17:29] value that but it’s their wives that do value Unknown Speaker [17:32] that? David Ralph [17:34] Because you know, I could cut back on everything, I’d be quite happy. But my wife, she likes it. How do you overcome that when one person is going, we’re going to come back and the kids are going Please don’t. I want the Disney Channel because I’ve had that anytime. a five year old crying for a whole weekend because I was getting rid of the cable. ChooseFI [17:52] That’s hilarious. I can’t help you with all the kids that’s on you, brother. Let’s talk about your spouse for a second. This is a really important conversation. So one of you listens to my podcast or this podcast, and you’re just like, I’m going to go crazy, we’re going to get rid of everything. We’re cutting it all out and go home and you tell your spouse about this crazy plan that you concocted say we’re doing this. And she looks at you like you developed a third head, right? This is about tactics, right. And it’s about aligning your life, your as in plural, you know, you and your spouse are on this journey together. And if you’re going in opposite directions, two ships are going to crash, right, you need to get alignment there. In order to do that it’s going to require more than you drop in the master plan. It’s going to be a conversation, I think one of my best example that the most crystallized example I have of this, there’s a documentary that’s going to be it’s actually available now there’s actually a screening in London, but it’s going to be all around the world. And you’ll increasingly hear about it called playing with fire, talking a little bit more about this movement in financial independence. And in this documentary, Scott comes home to his wife Taylor with this master plan. And she kind of gives them that two heads, you know, look that we’re just described. But ultimately, what he does in this exact situation is he says Taylor, what I’d like for you to do is make a list of like the 10 things that you value your most your ideal day, like what makes your day and he just had her take some time, not on the fly, think about it, come back to them with her 10 things. And she read through those. And then once they had that once he had that he just made observations that you know, as you just pointed out, Hulu or TV TV wasn’t on there. And to just other items, like a lot of the items that were on there didn’t include didn’t include like what you would expect it include the Louis the time the expensive handbags, expensive car, like you just wasn’t there and involved, a husband is being present, right? It’s putting the phone down time with their baby quality time, just like the list went on and on it. And if you think about it, you’re like, Oh, yeah, of course, that would be amazing. But think so many of us have bought into this idea of convenience, and the pleasure that comes with convenience. And we trade that for happiness all the time. So the object of this is not to be miserable. I’m miserable and rich, you winning. Instead, focus on what actually makes you happy, right? And you won’t do that. If you always do what’s convenient. There’s a great quote by jersey record, I love this quote, but I have so much trouble saying his name. But basically the quote says, easy choices, hard life, hard choices, easy life, you’re going to have to slow down in your life and actually consider what is it that makes me happy. Now what brings me the most pleasure all of us like checking our Facebook, all of us like checking to see if we got any likes or any retweets or anything else. But what actually makes me happy. And if you look at that over a duration over span of several weeks or several months, the cadence of your life, it’s probably not going to involve Netflix vendors, right, especially when they screw up the finale. Yeah, David Ralph [20:49] my wife is saying, I know she’s going to seven, seven series of Games of Thrones, we’ve been about four days. And she can’t get the last one she can’t get and she’s she’s going mental. But let’s play some words now. And then we’re going to come back because I’m going to tell you gentlemen, what I did to my wife, this is this is sexy time. Here we go Jim Carrey Jim Carrey [21:09] my father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. And when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job. And our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love. David Ralph [21:35] Right. So this is how I did it with my wife to get on board. And she’s not totally on board, because you know, give her three grand, she’s going to spend three grand, but um, basically, she was doing all these little jobs and she would work in a pub, and she do a bit base and she do a bit of a, and I wanted her to reduce her hours that she was working elsewhere. And it wasn’t gonna be dramatic. But I said, if we drop this package that we’re paying, that you say that you want on the TV, sailor Amazon, but you don’t really because you got Netflix, and Amazon is not that important. That means that you can drop down three hours a week, but you don’t have to work. We’re saved. And I’ll give that to you. You know, I’m happier. But you’re having it and you’re not working van, it’s just going off to this big corporation. So that’s how I planned it. And I went through everything saying, right, I’m going to drop this down a couple of stages, we were paying this, let’s go down to the budget version. And then you can have the money she bought into that she bought into that quite quickly. And once you get into that sort of mindset, you can’t go back because you realize, as you say that the finances are slightly out of control some somehow and more often than not, it’s just effort to regain that control. ChooseFI [22:52] Yeah, and what you did is you tied money to her life, energy, your life energy. I mean, that’s Vicki Robin, and your money or your life was a book that was released in the 1990s essentially made that same case, are we making a living are we making a dime, when you look at your clothing rack, you know, and it’s full with all the latest name brand stuff, the latest tech toys or whatever else, realize that ultimately what that represents is your life energy, right. And while obviously like all of us are going to have stuff and enjoy stuff, to varying degrees, make sure it’s something that you don’t look back at with regret. And to your lot to that quote which man Wow, I’ve heard it now multiple times to Jim Carrey as I was listening to episodes of your podcast. And what’s so amazing to me is how true it is, and how you can even iterate it slightly to give yourself a couple different outcomes. So like in the case of his father that decided to take the safe path in this account, and then was just laid off, right. So the one path should be never take a safe, safe route. But some of us feel like we’re already pot committed. In my mind, if we’re already there, we’ve already chosen that that path. Let’s make sure that we have an escape route for ourselves, right? Let’s like don’t don’t, here’s my biggest fear advice. Don’t leave your only stream of income without plan. There you go that that feels like that’s probably bankable. Now behind that though, how do we give ourselves th
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Building A Company Of One
Company of one and other wisdom is on the cards today in the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast. Lets start with some major words to get into your head. When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK David Ralph Yes. Hello. Good morning. Good morning everyone across the world. How are you welcome to Join Up Dots. Yes, the global hit show, the business motivation conversation, inspirational show, that is literally driving you guys to success. Its driving you guys forward. And for a long while it was driving me into an early grave. But I'm things things are a lot more on an even keel.   This Week In Join UP Dots This week's been a bit of a bit of an unusual week, because I've been away. I often say that I'm very good at disconnecting. But it's very hard to 100% disconnect. It's very hard not to just go "Oh, I'll go on the internet, I just do this. And I just do that." This week, I've been trying my hardest to really be free from everything, not knowing what's going on in the news, not knowing what the football result are. And Im about 80% achieving my aim. I needed to do that because I started to feel myself getting a little bit frazzled by the amount of work I was taking on. That's kind of what I'm going to be talking about today. Because when you start your online business, when you start any business, more often than not, you go for the dream. I suppose the dream isn't what the dream ends up being. Because first of all, you start with a tiny little dream thinking "Oh, as long as I can get x y Z, then ill be alright". It's a kind of scraping through kind of dream. Which is perfectly acceptable, because you haven't moved through to the next stage where you you've had the proof. As my wife always says, "When I see it, I'll believe it. "   When I See It I'll Believe It And so that's what happens in Join Up Dots and everyone that I coach  have to have that moment of realisation that this can work. Now, when they're starting to build it, you set a ceiling on what you need. More often than not, I call it my keeping the lights on figure. That point when you can get to a certain point where you go, "Yeah, we're okay now. I'm actually earning the income. That means that the bills are paid, but I've got free time and everything is good." But of course, of course, things get a little bit greedy. It's very hard not to go out and just squeeze in another client, or just do another little bit of this and a little bit of that. I found myself falling into that trap where I was actually starting to think, "Oh my god, I need to do this and then I need to do that. " In many ways, it wasn't becoming fun. It wasn't when I was connecting with people and thinking, "I'm really looking forward to this" It was like what I need to get this done because I got another person straight afterwards. So I've tried to clear the decks, I've gone back to basics with Join Up Dots where I'm doing the bare minimum. But what I need to do to actually sort of make a living. And if you can make a living, that's great. If you make a greedy living then more often than not, it comes with certain sort of restraints.   Matt Devella And Minimalism  You know, along that line, when I did dip into the internet, I saw this video now there's a guy that I've mentioned on the show called Matt D'avella. He's on YouTube, and he does a lot of lifestyle design videos, and they're very good. They're very professional. But as with most things, once you've seen a few of them, you start to think, "okay, you're kind of repeating yourself." It must be very hard as it is with Join Up Dots . I'm sure after 1500 shows, you guys are going "God, he's talking about the same thing. He's constantly telling us Yes, you can go out and do it." And I'm gonna keep on doing that. I will keep on doing that until the last breath is in my body. And I'm laying there. And I say," Did it work? Did it work? " And we open the window.and if I hear crying and mourning across the globe, and I'm hoping Yes, it's worked and join up dots delivered what I was hoping for. Anyway back to Matt Devella, as these are really good videos. And one of the ones I watched this week was a minimalist approach to business. Now I like minimalism, although I am more into essentialism, which I will actually talk about later. But minimalism is how you reduce everything in your life to that which you need. You don't need to be out having to work to support them. Now, it's a long standing principle, really, so many people are going to work just to pay for that car loan, which they don't actually get a chance to use because they're going to work to pay for it. They have a big mortgage too, and they're supporting a lifestyle that isn't conducive to having life experiences.   Life Is About Having Your Breath Taking Away I saw a sign in the pub the other day. It said something like, "Life isn't about the amount of breaths you take. It's about the amount of moments that your breath is taken away." That's brilliant, isn't it, where it's all about having those experiences and those moments when you say "Oh, my God, that is wonderful." I think most of us don't get many of those because we're so busy just living a life and sort of moving on. Now, Matt, the minimalist guy. He done that. H has stripped his life down. He's made it very basic. He was talking to a guy called Paul Jarvis, who's got a book out which I jumped onto Amazon and bough.  I bought his book "Company of One", which is saying, staying small is the next big thing for business. The principle which is building minimalism into your business. So not to think to yourself "Right? I want to have a million pound a month." Instead saying "If I can get to my keep the lights on figure, and then double it. That's good enough. That's, that's fine." So if I could get like two clients a month, and that gives me what I need, and then double, why go for five clients and 10 clients? Why get staff and employees? You keep it all stripped back. Now one of the things he was talking about is how so many people people start paying for employees. When you're better off is having people on contract that only get paid when you need them. So they're kind of non paid employees. So if you're sort of struggling with your website design and your email marketing list, have somebody that is ready, and you've signed them off, and you know them and you trust them. You can say, "Jane, Jane, I need you to do that today." And she does it. When you pay her, it's not an employee, but it's a contracted worker to keep your business small, meaning that you can just focus in on what you're doing. Well when I was watching that video i was thinking "Yeah, I think that's what I need to do." Because I've taken on so many client, which is brilliant, me, my 30 day business coaching course, has been flying, and which is great. But as I say you get a bit frazzled. And you think to yourself, "Actually, I can't do this. And I can't do that, because I've got this person to speak to"   Building Your Own Company Of One So that's what I've been doing. If you jump onto YouTube and look for that Company of One, why staying small, it's the next big thing in business by Paul Jarvis and Matt, they develop a very interesting conversation. The other thing that I'm going to say is I want to read an email. Now I won't give this guy's name, but I'm going to be speaking to him live tomorrow. I just wanted you guys to hear somebody out there who's listening to the show. I will tell you that his name's Scott, nothing else, nothing else. But I will tell you, he's named Scott. And I'm going to be speaking to him live tomorrow. He's connected with me. And I'm gonna, I'm going to try to help him on his way. He said me? I'm Scott. Good morning David massive fan of the show. Thank you for the effort you put in, I know you're a busy guy. So out of 12 months anyway, so I'll be brief. I'm totally into your way of thinking. My goal is to create an online business, that I can operate from anywhere and spend more time doing what I want, when I want, who I want with, just don't tell the wife. The issue is I'm totally lost as to what the business will be. The more podcasts and videos I watch, the more lost I get. I totally understand that. You can go into sort of analysis paralysis, as they say where every single person's got a point of view. I always say to people find two or three people that you really believe in and ignore everybody else. Now, I still got the same two. But I look at all the time. One of the guys is Pat Flynn from Smart Passive income. And the other is a guy called John Lee Dumas who runs Entrepreneur on Fire. He's taken his podcast into seven figures. It would be stupid for me not to at least go over every now and again and have a look at what he's doing and how he's structuring it. Everybody else I ignore, got no interest in them. I just go for the two guys I believe in and I trust and you should do as well. Now, Scott says, "The issue is I'm totally lost as to what that business will be. And the more podcasts and videos I watched the more Lost I get. Digital marketing, affiliate marketing, FBA, God knows, I'm just getting stressed trying to figure out what way to go. I'm open to anything, I just need to be shown the path and not told I'm going to be worth a million quid in a week's time. Now that is one of the thing I loved about this email. And that's why I decided to connect with him. Because I hate these things where you see somebody next to their infinity pool. It's not their bloody infinity pool. They've just gone on holiday and said to somebody else "Can I make a video and jump into the infinity pool?" Or they walked past a jet while they're trying to get into EasyJet, and they taken a quick photograph of themselves. So it looks like their lifestyle. I don't believe any of it. I really don't. I think most of it is total rubbish out there. I'd much rather see somebody wearing, you know, a pair of jeans and a T shirt and saying, you know, I live my life. I go and pick the kids up from school, I come home, I do three hours work. And I make a full time income. To me that is far more doable, and far more believable than what these people are saying "Yes, if you follow me, you can be a millionaire in a week's time, total total rubbish. " Scott also says "I don't need a Lamborghini, Chelsea and New York homes, I'd be happy knowing every month the bills are paid no matter where I am in the world". And that is totally doable. It really is. And there's three ways you've got to think about how to do this.   The Three Ways To Build A Company Of One You've really got to stop thinking about affiliate marketing. It's great, but it's small potatoes. You've got to step more into the bigger part of the business. If you've got something that you can do, and believe me, you will have something that you can do that somebody else wants, you can become that product and that service . You then making more money. Now what you then need to do is obviously separate yourself from the business by training somebody up to be able to do what you do so that you can then service two people. You can scale it and it doesn't mean that you're trapped in the business. It's just you have to get the ball rolling. Now there was a guy on the show the other day called Geoff Cook, who is the founder or Growlr, the Gay Bear app. Yeah I bet Yogi's having a great old time in the woods. The Gay Bear man, Geoff Cook was saying that at the beginning, he started a CV resume business in college. He was doing all the work himself.  He had to until he could find people that would help him. And then his issue was about how to make sure those people remain good. Keeping the quality up. So there's certain issues at the beginning. But the strategy really is if you can put yourself into the service, first of all, you're going to start making more money.   Why My Company Of One Was An Early Failure  I think with Join Up Dots I screwed up on that. I kind of thought that you could just make a podcast, be like a radio host and make a million pounds. But of course that's not the case. You've got to be more in your business than out of your business. Now Scott also says "I'm a builder of 25 years working self employed and although massive potential in the industry, I fell out of love with it and the desire for the online business lifestyle you dangle" Yes, my dangling out, I dangle in front of him every week. "I know that there's a shitload of work ahead of me. And that's something I don't have a problem with at all. Please help or show me where to start maybe. So I love that email. There's realism, there's understanding that it takes work. There's understanding, that you aim to pay your bills. There's understanding that yes you could be a millionaire but who wants to you know? I used to want to be a millionaire. And now when somebody says to me, "David I'm going to Be a Millionaire Next year, I just go Yeah, go and go for it." # Because making a million pounds online, does happen. But it's difficult, more difficult than making a replacement income from what you've got at the moment to where you want to be. But you've got the free time, you've got the choices, you've got all that kind of stuff. That is totally doable. That is a company of one. So I suppose in a summary of blending this podcast in with the company of one, why staying small is the next big thing for business, and Scott's honest realization of what it takes. I think that I was on the wrong track recently, I think I've started to go for certain points of business. Well, as I said, I'm aiming for a million listeners. Now I am I'm still aiming for a million listeners, because that's part of my overall strategy. That doesn't mean that I've got to do any more work, I've just got to do the right things behind the show. Totally doable, and will bring me a lot of rewards. Lovely, lovely, lovely. But on the other side, I can have too many clients, which means that I am restricted from having a life and feeling frazzled. Wanting to disconnect and hide out online. Can't do that, because that's not going to be good for me. You got to think about that right at the very beginning. You got to think about how much you're willing to put in. But always having that ability to separate yourself, you know, don't trap yourself, paint yourself closer to the door, but then leave yourself on the other side of the door that you can close it up behind you and disappear. I can literally turn off for months at a time my business will still operate I close it up. I'd say I'm not going to take any more coaching clients any more mentoring clients and then I'll come back in August or September or whatever and then I will go again totally controllable. That is the company of one, I am heading for.
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Starting A Million Dollar Business On $300
Introducing Mario Nawfal Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast interview is Mr Mario Nawfal He is an entrepreneur who enjoys the challenge of building businesses that scale globally. It was just a few years ago, back in 2012 when he started his first e-commerce business. After going door to door selling blenders he came up with the end of doing the same online -Froothie Australia was born. With just $300 in the bank, he was up and running, and by building into this process unconventional marketing techniques, efficient logistical systems and a team of global contractors That company became a smash hit. He propelled Froothie to $1m in year one and over $10m in year 2, all bootstrapped.   How The Dots Joined Up For Froothie After replicating the same model with a wide variety of products, he then established GoGlobal, an accelerator which identifies businesses that have a high-potential for growth. They partner with quality manufacturers in the niche and leverage their global marketing and customer support teams to sell the products around the world. But this is just a glimpse at the business's bursting forth of our guest today. So where does he come up the ideas, as this seems a stumbling block for so many people online today. And does he ever worry that he is taking on too much and he could lose focus? Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mario Nawfal   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Mario Nawfal such as: Why he is such a fan of Jim Collins "Good To Great" book, and loves the pebbles analogy. Why being an expert really helps, but you only have to be able to be one ahead to truly inspire and coach someone else.. Why Mario now feels that it is so important to have a Plan B to ensure a safety net, something he wasn't big on at the beginning. Why there is no such thing as an overnight success no matter how many people seem to state that they are.
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Growlr Founder Geoff Cook
Introducing The Growlr Founder Geoff Cook Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching is a serial entrepreneur and public company CEO. He started his first company from a Harvard dorm and sold it for millions of dollars at age 24. He sold his second company for $100 million. Of all the guests that have appeared on Join Up Dots he is one of the hardest to research. Most have a fixed talent base that they spin their ventures around. However our guest seems more than most to be an "idea" man who has an idea, finds an audience and then BOOM business time. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of The Meet Group (NASDAQ: MEET), a social dating and live-streaming company with a $400+ million market cap. He has also spent $200 million in the last 3 years buying 4 companies, including most recently, Growlr, a dating app for gay bears.   How The Dots Joined UP For Geoff Cook If you have no idea what a Gay Bear is (I do as I Googled it) this will of course become clear in today's show. Geoff also runs the leading podcast player, Podcoin, which is an app that pays a digital currency called Podcoin to listen to podcasts. Geoff is the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner for the Philadelphia Region. He is also a children’s book author of "Veronica And The Volcano" and a mentor at Princeton University’s Keller Center. So as you can see this interview can literally go in any direction, with any question fitting perfectly. I suppose a great one to start with is what is his definition of an entrepreneur, and is this a title that is earnt or actually born with? And do the ideas come more and more easily once the first shoots of success occur in a business? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Geoff Cook.   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weight subjects with Geoff Cook such as: Geoff revealed how he never claimed the badge of an entrepreneur when he first started earning his own cash. It was just something that he did. Geoff talked about his early stages in business and how he knew that he would need to scale as soon as possible We discuss about Product Market fit, and why it is so important to try you best to fit three key strategies - entertainment, status and utility. And lastly...... Why Geoff feels that the Live Streaming is still in its infancy and is ready to explode in all our lives. Watch out NBC and CBS!
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How To Find A Business Mentor
How to find a business mentor is the main subject of the Join Up Dots episode. Feel free to either listen to the podcast through the link above, or simply read the content below. Lets start however with a few things that have been going on behind the scenes of the show this week.    This Week Through Join Up Dots  When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK David Ralph Yes. Hello. Good morning to you. Good morning, and welcome to Join Up Dots. How are we? Oh, I hope we are okay. You know, I can't hear anything in my ears. I'm not even sure if I'm recording at the moment. I'm just blasting it out. There we go suddenly, suddenly its burst into my life. Ok, I can hear myself, I can hear myself. So I know I'm recording and I'm not wasting my time. So how are you? How's your week been? Hopefully, it's been good. Hopefully, you've been rocking and rolling it. We've been we've been doing a lot of stuff. Behind the Scenes this week, on Join Up Dots. I've taken on this big body of work. And without going too much into it basically through Join Up Dots,  I do a lot of coaching and group coaching people. Every now and again, something comes up, and I think to myself, that's a great idea for a business. That's brilliant. And so I started researching a business online. And I bought the domain name. And I started doing the keyword research and looking at what the target customer is. And it's a it was a really good business. I thought to myself, this is what I'm going to do, I'm going to start this, and I spent about a weekend, probably about four days. I lose track of when the weekend is as Fridays, and Saturdays don't mean anything to me now. I spent three or four days doing this. And I've got this business platform ready to roll. But just before I started doing it, I hit the Five Year Anniversary of Join Up Dots   The Five Year Anniversary Milestone Slump Through the show we have joined up many many dots. As we say, "Please come back again, when you have more dots to join up as I believe that by joining up the dots and connecting our past it's the best way to build our futures." Iwas talking to a guy who I've been connected with for quite a while called Mark Egan and he's an ex cameraman from the BBC. I taught him to be a podcaster many years ago, and we've stayed friends. He was saying to me, "Congratulations on hitting the five year anniversary, you know what, what you're doing moving forward?" And I had moved into a slump. I felt there should have been a big fanfare, there should have been something, you know, rewarding at the end of five years, and I didn't have anything. So I kind of went into this, this depression for about three days of, I don't know where I'm heading. I can't just keep on doing what I'm doing all the time. Because I'm going to get the same results. As they say, "if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get the same results." So I said, "You know what I'm gonna do, I'm just going to sort of leave it behind."   The Big Plan Moving Forward In Join Up Dots So anyhow, I started doing the sample business. Then through the process, I thought to myself, "no, I've already got a business, I should be going back and actually making my business is stronger." Although Join Up Dots is going extremely well, I thought to myself, now what I'm going to do, I'm going to go back, and I'm going to work on all the shows. I'm going to develop a strategy for it as I'm going to aim for a million listeners a month. Okay, now there's some podcasts out there that get that. And believe me, I look at the figures. And I think I don't know how you can get those kind of numbers. Because you're looking at something like 30,000 a day, which is a hell of a lot. But I've started working on the whole strategy because I realized that five years of work needed to be reviewed again. I needed to go back and join up my dots to connect my past to build the future. So that's what I've been doing.   How To Find A Business Mentor I was talking to another guy and he said "Can you be my business mentor?" And I went well, you know, it's all very flattering. But you know, I've got a lot on my plate at the moment. He he instantly started telling me what he wanted from me and sort of pressurising me into helping him. He was like, it was kind of like going into a bar and going straight up to somebody and saying "Have this drink, eat these crisps, you're coming with me?" You know, no one's going to do that. Sso I said to him, "No, it's not for me, really, it's not for me." This is what this episode is all about How to find a business mentor,were actually you can build up the right relationship, and it works for you. It's valuable. You certainly can't steam in on someone and say "I need your help, you know", because it's just not going to work. So this is my thing, for guys in How to find a business mentor.   How To Find A Business Mentor - Phase One Right, the number one. I've broken it down into basically three strategies. There's three phases. I would say the first phase is know what you really want. Why are you wanting to know how to find a business mentor? Now you don't want to just go, I just want somebody to push me on. I want somebody to, you know, show me the errors of my ways because it's too vague. You've really got to drill down and work out what your goals are, what you're aiming for. Then start looking at your business strengths and weaknesses. Now one of the great ways of doing that is doing the Strength Finders 2.0 tests that you can get online. You answer about 178 questions and it tells you your five key strengths and your weaknesses as well. To be honest in business more often than not if you know your strengths and work on developing those, and get other people to do the work where you have weaknesses. Its job done. So strategy one on how to find a business mentor without making it just desperate is know what you want. Set your goals and work out what your business strengths and weaknesses are.   How To Find A Business Mentor - Phase Two Then start looking at your network, that you already have. That's the second point. Don't just think Branson, I'm gonna get Branson if he's not bit busy. If he's too busy, I'm gonna get Ralph that's what I'm gonna do. Ralph he just he sits around in his lucky pants all the time. He's not doing anything. Consider your friends. There might be people locally for you. There might be a local businessmen, there might be sort of a local network, evening classes, whatever. You don't have to steam in on some high powered businessmen, you can just go for somebody who is in your vicinity is in your network already. They might actually know somebody that could help you.   How To Find A Business Mentor - Phase Three Okay, so be strategic content. Of course, you need to do your homework on the people that you come up with. One of the best ways is the internet, have you heard of it? You can go on there and you can find good things, bad things, you can find things that you shouldn't let other people know you're looking at. You can find lots of stuff. Believe me, if you listen to the early episodes of Join Up DOts ,when I first started doing doing them, I used to spend probably about two hours building the intros. But now I can find out anything within about four or five web pages. I know exactly where to go to find those kinds of details that make people nervours. Stop this, that can't be out there. So do your homework, go on their LinkedIn platform, look on the internet, try to find their biography, their history, some kind of track record. You need to work out whether those people of course, have got the strengths and the weaknesses that you might need or may not need. Okay, so let's summarize how to find a business mentor. Phase one, figure out what you want, first of all. Set your goals, your business strengths and your weaknesses, and then consider your own friends. Do you have a local network? Can you speak to somebody in your sort of group? Do they know somebody? Then once you get a name, do your homework, really find out about them. Know 100% that they're the right person.   How To Find A Business Mentor - Build Value So now the second stage is to contact them. Don't just sort of ask for stuff straight away. You know, one of the best ways is praise them. You know, I get a lot of emails now. I'm so shallow, I'm so shallow, where they sort of say "David you sexy person, or David you're gorgeous or David this or that". I'm easily bought, I really am. But they praise. They say some nice things, so I'm open to start a conversation with them. Now, what you don't want to do is praise for stuff that you know, it's not true.   Why You Must Be Authentic and Honest llI give you a story. A guest who's going to be on my show, probably four months time, probably about August time. He came to me last night, he said, "David, thanks for having me on the show last week." And when we recorded it, it was good, it was really good and pleasant to have. He had passion. He had a true story. But when he pitched through to me, it was "David I've been listening to your show, I love it, I can provide great value." I got a feeling that he hadn't even listened to an episode, however I went with it anyway. Whilst I was speaking to him, I was thinking this is obvious, he hasn't. Now that kind of leaves a bad taste in a lot of podcasters mouths, because the person hasn't really done any research. They just say "I love your show, but I haven't even listened to it." So be genuine and be, you know, really honest about your appraisal of their work. If you like it, tell them why. Tell them how you found it, tell them what you you  enjoy about it, praise them. Then ask them about their business. Okay. Find out how you can help. Is there any way that you can help them? Do they struggle with something? You've got a good network of people, or you're willing to put some work in. Try to provide value value value to build up a relationship. Share some information, if they respond back to you. That's very interesting. I found this. Maybe you would like that. It's something that I do a lot of with other people. I find tools and stuff that I think would be very good for podcasting. So I send it through to people and I just say I saw this, I'm using it, I'm testing it out, maybe you would like it. You know, I don't do anything more than that. Then we build up these nice little relationships where they would then say to me, "oh, I was thinking about this, and maybe you'd like to be part of what ever," So share information that you think can be useful for these people and could help them with their business. Okay? Then the last thing.   How To Find A Business Mentor - Final Stage Even at that stage, don't push or pressurize them. Don't say right now, yeah, I've done all this for you. I want this from you. Don't pressurize you know. Just let it go naturally, just just make them fall in love with you to build up that relationship, okay. If at this stage, they are still not willing for it, then move on to somebody else. You know, you've really got to think about value first value first. But don't just go invade, don't just go in, I want your help know exactly what you're looking for. Know exactly how they can help. Really pick them up, praise them, do your research on them, and and be genuine and honest. Don't just say," Oh, I love your work" if you've got no idea about it in any shape, or form. Its quite easy to really think of how to find a business mentor. You just start with doing things the right way...thats not hard after all.
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Life Transformation
Todays guests on the show are freedom junkies and prolific content creators who have launched over a dozen businesses.They have also been coaching, speaking, writing, and teaching for more than a decade.After almost losing it all due to a sudden illness after travelling overseas, they converted their coaching and training programs into online courses.Today, they’ve created over 200 hours of content and more than 75 online courses, taken by more than 100,000 students from 191 countries.As a former psychology professor and k-12 educator, Joeel has a unique perspective on the changes occurring in education today.They are advocates for the democratisation of education and capitalising on current and emerging educational technologies to help expand access to real-world knowledge.Through their online education company, Transformation Academy, they empower other entrepreneurs to leverage their time, diversify their income, and ensure their legacy by teaching what they know and love online.So why are they so passionate about showing the world how to transform themselves?And where do they see the world of online business heading moving forward?More and more transparency and connection with the founders, or perhaps somewhere different?Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Joeel & Natalie RiveraShow HighlightsWe discuss how you can build an online business simply by researching a subject and developing material.Why so many of the successful businesses left them burnout and miserable until true passion was found.The reasons why it is so powerful to show daily gratitude in your life. Be grateful for the small things to gain from the big.Natalie shares her guilt of having a lovely life as a youngster, with nothing to truly rally against. And lastly.....Joeel reveals how he built the process of celebration into their lives, which is so important as you build success.
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How To Be Happy
Introducing Lisa Avery If you want to know how to become happy then today's guest is someone who can show us the way to a smiley world. I know that for sure as she has done this to me every-time I spend time with her. There are times when you meet someone through you work, who instantly connects deeper than most. That is certainly the case with today's guest, who I am pleased to say has become a really great friend to me and the show. She is 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. I believe it's not as much learning how to become happy that is the key, as it is doing the things that bring about this emotion.   How The Dots Joined Up For Lisa Avery Building happiness into our daily routine without thinking too much about it.  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. She is obsessed with helping her clients find the thing that lights them up inside and makes them smile both inside and out. 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. So are there tips that we can all work on if we want to know how to become happy? And is this something that is becoming more and more a problem in today's world? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining dots with the one and only Lisa Avery   The Show-Highlights  During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Lisa Avery such as: Lisa shares why it is so important to allow every emotion to be ok in our lives. Dont fight them but assess why you are having them. We talk about the human need for routine and connection with our pasts. However the present is where the real action occurs. Why it is so vitally important to things in our life which allows us to get into the flow. And lastly......... Lisa openly reveals that the issues of building a business can be overcome, by surrounding yourself with people ahead of you.
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Five Stages To Success
When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK David Ralph Yes. Hello there. Good morning to you. Good morning to you and welcome to the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast. Is it a podcast? Is it a radio show? Is it I don't know what it is? I don't know what it is. But I'll tell you the audience what I've been doing. Ive been doing a lot of work behind the scenes of join up dots. A lot of people that run podcast, really focus in on iTunes and Stitcher and all the directories where you guys can just dip in and find your favorite hosts. And for many years, I did that. And I got a really good audience. But now I'm doing it through Google as well. And I'm really working hard on getting the SEO right on the show and exponential growth. That's what it's about. And if you are running a podcast out there, and you're finding that you're getting a small audience, but they're not interacting with you. You really got to think about doing it. Like a proper business. Don't just think, "Oh, I just throw a show up on to a website somewhere. And it's job done." Oh, no, you've got to work both sides. So anyhow, that's what I've been doing this week. I have been doing SEO, Search Engine Optimization on all my shows, and I've done about what 400 of them. It's like pulling teeth, but you sort of get into a routine and if you are me you need to do something else. I can't do this all day. And that's the beauty of Join Up Dots, of course I can walk away and do whatever I want. So how are you? How are you guys? Are you loving life? Are you all happy? Are you happy out there? The DJ need a hug? Do you need Mr Ralph to send these arms out like Mr. Tickle and wrap them around you? Do you remember Mr. Tickle when you as a kid? The orange Mr. Man with really long arms. I used to find it a bit creepy. There was two things in my life, that I found creepy when I was a little kid. Well three actually, you're going to go back to the 70s to get there. So a lot of this won't mean anything to anyone young. But one was Mr. Tickle. Because he's long arms could come in wherever he wanted and do stuff to you. He was like a sort of a long armed Jimmy Saville, I suppose. shouldn't have said that. But there you go. It's on a podcast is out there. The second one were like these straws called Humphries. They used to be red and white striped straws, it sounds pathetic now, but they used to nick your milk. And they used to say "Watch out, watch out. There's a Humphrey about" And these pink and white straws used to sort of bounce up and down. If you remember that from the 70s. And I haven't just gone mad, then drop me a line at join up dots@gmail.com or come over to the website and say "Yes, I remember the Humphreys and they had the same effect." And of course, the last one which I think a there isnt one person out there who wasn't freaked about this, was the child catcher from teacher Chitty Bang Bang. With the long nose and the creepy kind of tippy toe way that he used to move around and sniff. I think everybody has had that in their life. And you know, that's really scary. Because you look back on it now and you think why is it scary? My son's actually doing a media course and he's creating his own film. It's a horror film, and he's trying to do it by putting the creepy stuff in. That's not gratuitous. So it's not like stabbings and horrible things. And one of the things we were talking about the other day is why are Nursery Rhymes sung slowly creepy. Why is that creepy? I have no idea. Once again, if you know the answer, send data to me. Well, this week, I've received two or three different emails through. And we've got How many? We got three questions here. So it's not gonna be a long show today. Because it's bank holiday weekend and you want to get out into pub gardens and live your life. But of course, I will come. I'm a podcaster I have to be prepared for you. Monday morning. Okay, it's pre recorded already. But no, I will be here live on Monday morning. And you will get a show. I promise you. So anyhow, these are the three questions.   Question One "Okay. Hi, David. I'm a oral hygienist in Colombia. I listen to your show every day in Colombia. I would love to start my own business instead of working for someone else. Do you think that this is a good idea?"   Answer One Well, I of course think this business is brilliant. Now, I started thinking about it two ways recently. Now I'm teaching a guy, I won't give his business idea away, but a guy called Martin Gardner. And he is a guy from the Midlands of England. And so he talks a bit funny, he, he's got a bit of a funny voice. But other than that, he's a lovely, lovely guy. And one of the things that I've started to realize is, no matter what businesses that you create, if you learn how to grow traffic, you've got two wins. You can either drive it into your own business and create money. Or you can take traffic away from other people, and then send it back to them. So for example, shops and businesses, especially the local ones are historically poor, at web manipulation, and search engine optimization. So they throw up a website, and basically hope what they can get is enough to actually pay their bills. Now, I'm teaching Martin to create this business. And we're really excited about it, because this is gonna be a big one. But I'm absolutely convinced he's going to change his life, as has all the other businesses that we've created this year. There hasn't been one, that weve done through Join Up Dots. Well, I don't actually think through the process of working it out with the client. But I should do this, I might jump on to this first, this is a great idea. And so we've got them banging out left, right and center. Anyhow, it dawned on us, that he could actually build a business himself, or sit away from it and actually just be a middleman driving traffic through to other people's businesses. So they're getting more leads, they're getting more money into their businesses, through the skills from Martin gardener with a funny voice has got in his own. So if you are anoral hygienist, Mateo, I would say to you, youve got two ways of going. You can either be back and build a business where you are that person, and it's coming into your life. Or you can become the oral hygienist web traffic expert, and learn the ways online to drive the traffic for that type of job to other people. And when you make money from it, you sit in an office basically, and you are the manager of the traffic. So I do think that you are right on your money to start thinking about working for yourself because that is where the money is. Don't work for someone else where you're giving it all away. Or they're taking the bulk of it anyway, do it for yourself. But that's why I'm thinking now guys, two ways. Do you want to be part of the business? Or do you want to be a facilitator for other people's businesses? And once you understand the online concept, and it really is kind of simple once you really understand it, you've got double options. You can look at it and think do I provide leads to other people's businesses? Or do I bring it into my own? I probably do both Really? That way you make lots and lots of oodles and oodles and oodles and oodles. Right okay, a second email and I like the first four words it says "David Ralph you sexy legend that always gets to my eyes"   Question Two "David Ralph you sexy legend. I don't know if you will get to see this question or your elves will whisk it away before your eyes ever see it? Funnily enough, I've just seen it. However, I've been building a consulting business over the last five years and it's going very well. Well done to us is from Jeannie Jeannie chambers. Oh, little Genie. Got so much love little Genie. Remember that from Elton John. Now I'm getting to, I'm going to be 50 next year. So a lot of things I talk about are rooted, rooted in the past. So what's Jeannie doing? Yes, she pays all her bills. I have a steady if not consistent stream of customers. I can't complain. I bet you do. I bet you sit there having a little moan down here. You know, I bet you, bet you do. Anyway. However, of course I want more and more and more greedy Jeannie. Okay, and work less and less and less double greedy Jeannie. Now, is this possible? Or do I need to start hiring staff which worries me? I don't like the idea of losing what money I'm earning paying someone else's salaries. Any suggestions? pS Did I tell you that you are very, very attractive. Although you tell us that yourself with a smiley face. I don't do that do I, it's just you know, I sit on my own a lot. I need adulation. And if you're not getting adulation from people, you build it into your own life. Keep up the great work Jeannie chambers.   Answer Two Oh, little Jeannie. Why Okay, um, you have a steady, if not consistent stream of customers, that generally happens that it means you're not making the most of the traffic that you're getting through to your business. There's three stages of traffic control, first of all, you got to grow it, then you've got to keep the traffic, and then you've got to monetize it. And it's pretty much those three ways. Most people will struggle on all of them at certain parts of the business process. And just recently, I've had quite a big problem with actually making people commit to what they said they would do. Okay, so people would come along and go, "Yeah, I want to sign up for you, I want to do this, I want to do that." And then you wouldn't hear from them at all. So now I commit them to 25%. So they pay up 25%. And then whenever they want to come back throughout the year when they're ready for it pay the rest of it, and then we're ready to work with them. So that was something that I resolved where people were saying, "Yeah, I want to do this", I mean, you wouldn't hear from them at all. So you're not going to be spending money on staff, but isn't ultimately going to be bringing back into your business if you get them to do the right things. So one of the things you've got to do is make sure that that steady stream becomes the consistent stream. So if you're paying someone, for example, to do pa and administration, then Yeah, that's probably going to take the money out of your bank account. And yes, it will make your life easier, but won't make more money. If you bring somebody on who is an expert at lead generation, and email marketing and that kind of stuff, Jeannie, then it's going to gain, it's gonna gain you can't hold back from the fact. If you're using somebody to plug the gaps in your business, you're going to bring more incoming. Now if you look at Join Up Dots its a podcast, but it's also a business coaching platform. At the beginning. It wasn't it was just a podcast. So I was podcasting, podcasting, podcasting and not gaining anything from it. Then I got to a point I thought, what actually can I teach people. I can teach people how to do podcasting. And so I started doing that, that was very up and down, until I realized that it's not what you're selling. Its the results that you're giving. So with a podcast, anyone can do it, you just turn on the microphone, you start recording it, and you push it out. That is not what people want. What people want is how to make a living from it, how to do it fast, how to get listeners how to transition those listeners, from listeners into paying clients. That's actually part of the process, which you need to bring into your consulting process. So it's not what you're teaching them, it's the results that they're getting. So if you're not demonstrating both at the front end, you're not going to get enough people coming through because I won't see how it out. It really benefits them. It's got to be what you're output gives them that they can't get anywhere else. So that's one of the things that I would look at Jeannie, I would look at how is your branding of your business? Is it actually emphasising the final results? Or is it just telling them what you do, if it's all about you, it's not going to work, if it's about them, and how their life is going to change. For example, everything I do for Join Up Dots now is about finding ways of making making money online stress free. So that you guys can have a stress free life. So it used to be about I will teach you best and then whatever. And it didn't really appeal to people because they don't really care about SEO, they don't really care about, you know, website design. They don't care about branding. But they do care about sitting on the sofa Monday morning when everybody else is going to work because incomes just flooding into their life, stress free. So everything that I've done, has pivoted to be able to say yes, that is what I offer. That is what I can provide to the world. And that is why my business is growing once again, exponentially. I'm teaching people to get the results that they want in their life as easily as possible. So don't be worried about paying someone else's salaries. But think about it. Are you paying those salaries to plug the gaps in your business? Where those leakage is? If you're struggling in certain areas, find the expert that can solve that. Ask them to prove it. If you go over to Upwork or LinkedIn, they're all going to say they can do it. Ask to speak to people that they work with. If they don't do that, then they're not worth working with. Make sure that they've got a track record. And then Believe me, Jeannie, you will get the value back into your business. It's the easy way of doing it. Okay, and be last question.   Question Three Last question is from Jack Wilshere. Not that Jack Wilshere from the ex arsenal? And now West Ham player who only plays four minutes a day. It probably is. It probably is Jack Wilshere because he's not doing anything. Now, quick question for you. If you could list five things that will stop success. What do you think they are? This is for homework I'm doing for high school. Thank you. If you answer Jack Wilshere, up in Iowa.   Answer Three Okay, so you're probably not the West Ham United Jack Wilshere. Okay, five things that will stop success. Right. Okay, off the top of my head. Lack of persistence. So you you give up when it gets hard. When it gets hard, you've got to think your way around it. Okay. So that's the lack of persistence. Secondly, I would say be clever where you're thinking, as I say, think around the problem. Don't just bulldoze your way through it. Because you know, there is an easy route past all obstacles, you've just got to sit back and think things through. That leads to the next one, which I would say is leave your business behind. walk away from it, give yourself weeks off, you will be so much better off because the ideas will come to you. The easy ways you'll be able to see the wood for the trees. So that's three: persistence, thinking around a problem, walking away from it, turning turning up, yeah, if you say you're going to do something, do it. It's like the other night, I had about 45 people lined up for a webinar, I was doing where I teach you basically what internet strategies are and how you can take your business. And you can quite simply get rid of all the effort and all the marketing and all the stuff that you haven't got control of. Bring it to an area that you have got control of you've got the data, which means that you can find the right customers, you know that they're going to pay you and you can just sort of work accordingly. Now I had a Yeah, about 43 to 45 people booked, the same sequence went out, telling them there's two days to it, there's one day to it, is half hour to it, you know, one person turned up. Lovely guy from Berlin called Rob. And I did it just for him. And the two of us just walked through the process, step by step by step. And that used to wind me up when I used to think " Why do you book and then not turn up? But now I know that those kind of people that do that, they're not going to get what they want anyway, because they don't turn up for something, if you say you're going to do it, you do it. And if you're flaky, and at the last minute you fancy something else in a business, you're going to find that in those kind of situation, a period of time when you've got something better you want to do. But you can't do that you've got to do what needs to be done. So turn up. And the last one is dream bigger than you could possibly think. Okay, when you start you dream, just what you think is possible. Now, I was talking to a guy yesterday and I said to him, what you need to do is aim for 10 grand. 10 grand is what each client will pay me. 10 grand!!! I said yeah, easily what you know, your backstory, your history, your knowledge, you can do 10 grand each time, and you will sell that. And literally you could see in his eyes, he couldn't perceive it, he was so trapped in what he was used to, he couldn't see that 10 grand was just the starting point. So get images around you get it all set up. But dream bigger, you can possibly think if you're aiming, you know, join up dots at the moment. I get 160,000 people, I'm listening to it, which in podcasting land is very, very good. I'm aiming for a million. Now, I don't know if I'm ever going to get a million a month. But I know it's possible because I know other people do it. Or at least they say they do it. So that's what I'm aiming for. I'm aiming for bigger than I possibly know how to do at the moment, and just keep on working towards it. So that's your answer, Jack, hopefully that's going to be useful for your successful your high school. And I think that works for everybody. So what did I say? Persistence? Think around the problem. Walk away from your business, give yourself a chance to refresh, turn up, make sure that you're committed to something. And what was the last one the last one was dream bigger dream bigger than you could possibly hope for? Okay, so that was the Friday show, the Friday show, the Friday show. That's the Friday show. So thank you so much for Jack Wilshere, the ex West Ham and Arsenal player. I think that you made Jeannie Jeannie and Mateo, the hygienist and thank you for all of you who've dropped those questions through the emails. And every single one of you think about it today. Think about it. If you want to start a business, or your better doing the business or providing business for other people is a good one that and so you could sit on a laptop anywhere you could be in Bora Bora on an island, driving traffic to your business but be new field off to somebody else. It's a great business model where you get the profits but you don't get any of the issues. And once you get to that point where it's running on its own, you've been hire a PA to manage it for you. And it's 100% passive income is a real good way of building a business. Until next time, thank you so much for being here to every single one. If you see some long arms come through your window that's not me. That's That's Mr. Tickle. And until next time, we'll see you again Look after yourselves. Thank you so much anybody need my help drop me a line at join up Datsun gmail.com. Look out for the next webinar where I'll be teaching you once again how to take a business away from the lack of control into a stress free pleasure that builds income into your life. And anything else we've got going on and join up dogs come over to the website and I will see you again soon. Look up yourselves and see ya. Bye bye David doesn't want you to become a faded version of the brilliant self you are wants to become. So he's put together an amazing guide for you called the eight pieces of advice that every successful entrepreneur practices, including the two that changed his life. Head over to join up.com to download this amazing guide for free and we'll see you tomorrow on join up dots.
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Living Rent Free
Introducing The Living Rent Free Expert Ian Usher Living rent free is the dream for most people across the world. You have a roof over your head, but someone else is paying for the majority of your expenses. Seems too good to be true? Well back on episode 138 of Join Up Dots I first interviewed a guy who had an amazing story of action taking. Which has pushed him into living a rent free life across the world.  It was eleven years ago in 2008, when he made headlines across the world. This was action taking born out of desperation and despondency.   How The Dots Started Joining Up For Ian Usher He auctioned his entire life. His car, home, job and friends all went on eBay, after his marriage collapsed six years after leaving the United Kingdom and setting up home in Australia. He earnt £192,000 and instead of settling back into domestic life with the sudden windfall went for adventure. He created a bucket list of 100 things to do and went out and did them. If you want to hear how that all continued then jump over to the interview After all the publicity died down, using an additional windfall from the Disney Corporation he bought an Island. This wasn’t quite living rent free but was one of the dots getting him there. Yes instead of slipping back into the typical life style of a northern Englishman he continued the adventure. In 2011 he bought a small island off the coast of Panama in the Caribbean, which he later sold to Graham Hughes. The first one to visit every country on earth and also paid us a two part visit on episode 117 and episode 116  As he says “Once again, as I did in 2009 when my house in Australia sold, I find myself without any ties, no property, and very little in the way of possessions. And I feel incredibly free.” So what do you do then on the road to living rent free? How do you take this feeling of liberation and freedom and create additional income streams for yourself? Well as we tackled on his second visit to the show, his action taking moved him into the wonderful world of house-sitting. Upon a chance meeting with Nat and Jodie also previous guests on Join Up Dots his living rent free lifestyle started taking shape. He now lives a life travelling the world. Living rent free as he stays in properties everywhere, experiencing a lifestyle that others crave. And now will be a simple step to start enjoying yourself. So when he started house-sitting was living rent free the first thing that occurred to him, or a forgotten perk? And how can be get involved and start living a similar lifestyle? Well let’s find out how to start living rent free as we join up even more dots with the one and only Ian Usher.   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such subjects with Ian Usher such as: Why house-sitting is an amazing way to experience life across the world whilst being free from major restraints. We discuss the restrictions that appear in your life time and time again that arent there. Why the life you take is always based around action taking first and foremost. No one can stop you other than you Ian reveals how his dad showed him experiences were worth so much more than money in so many ways. And lastly………. We talk about the effort that is involved in making something seem very very easy.   Other Tips For Living Rent Free There are of course loads of ways to start living rent free if you think about it. List a Room With Airbnb. Get Enough Roommates to Cover Your Mortgage Payment. House Sit for Others. Find a Rent-for-Work Situation. Find Work as a Live-In Nanny or Pet Sitter. Manage an Apartment Building. Live with a Relative and Do Chores for Rent. Move Back in With Your Parents.
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Developing Massive Self-Belief
Introducing G Brian Benson Today's guest has already been on the show back on in 2016 where we discussed his journey to success and liberation. Back then he was finding his way past the restraints of working in his family business. Breaking from those emotional restraints that can sometime trap us with family. I actually found him when i stumbled across an amazing video called Guitar Man on YouTube, and then Searching For Happiness Then through reading about his personal self development that he has undertaken. Not least working through the self-doubt that plagues all of us at differing time he was invited onto Join Up Dots.   How The Dots Joined Up For G Brian Benson Our guest today truly started to change his perspective on his capabilities by undertakings several physical challenges. By competing in over 50 Iron-man competitions he found the confidence to start easing into his creative passions. The kind of passions that most people would say "Well that's ok...but how you do make a living from it?" Well he has done this amazingly well and now with several published books, a TedX talk and other passions coming to the fore he is cooking on gas. So is success built by you believing in yourself, or the world believing in you? And when you realise that you can literally do what you want in life does that liberate or actually stop you in your tracks? Do we need choices made for us at the beginning to really start going where we want? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. G Brian Benson.   Show-Highlights  During today's show we discussed such weight subjects with G Brian Benson such as: We discuss how working for yourself can sometimes be so isolating that the quality of work can go down dramatically. These are the times when you have to reconnect with the world to find inner spark once more. Brian Benson shares how he finally managed to grow into his talents and accepted who he is in the world. Brian remembers how he felt great pressure to be perfect after writing his self development book. He finally realised that just because you want to be better doesn't mean you have to demonstrator a holier than thou persona everyday. We talk about the gift that he had inside him, and why he just knew that he had to free it no matter how long it took And lastly....... Brian shares how he needed to give himself a recharge by taking a driving trip through America. His business flourished when he returned.  
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Making Your Business FIT For Purpose
Greg Barth is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview. This was a man who was a great inspiration to me at the start of the show. Back when I launched I was looking around the worldwide web searching for that X factor. That thing when the person seemed to love their life as much as their job. And their job as much as their life too...in fact they combine so well that it all becomes playtime. That is when you are really cooking on gas. Well today's guest wasn't always in that kind of place for sure, as back in 2009 things were very different As he says " A very big shift happened for me on October 5th, 2009.     How The Dots Joined Up For Greg Barth That was the day I decided I want to make big changes in my life.   Fast forward to today and I am now fit, think totally different, and a divorced dad to 2 daughters after 18 years of marriage.   It’s been quite the roller coaster ride but as i look back, I now know why each event happened and the challenges that I needed to face.   Each one of them made me a better version of myself and they continue to do so now.   I know what it feels like to be lethargic with little zest for life and just going through the motions.   I see things very different and know the endless possibilities and that is what I want to give to others.   I want that for YOU as well." As we say on Join Up Dots everyday "by joining up the those dots and connecting our pasts it's the best way to build our futures" So is he still connecting those dots, or is it now all about moving on into easier and more enjoyable days? And when he was in his darkest area of life, what truly started him on this road? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Greg Barth   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Greg Barth such as: Greg shares how his business operates now when he tries his best to "follow the fun" which has been a game change for him. Why we both believe that just because you can do something it doesn't mean that you should go ahead and do it. Why it's so hard to present reality in the online world, whilst still inspiring to follow suit and have a go. And lastly......... Why a business really grows when you focus 100% on building relationships. Its the value in the relationship that really make a difference.    
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Doing Nothing
The Art Of Doing Nothing It's a funny thing to think about. Doing nothing with our days. Focusing on absolutely nothing. Not sitting watching Netflix on the TV as that is doing something. Not laying in bed for a lovely lay in before getting up. But 100% switching off and just existing in your own space. Reclaiming your energy and focus, whilst losing yourself in your thoughts Is that possible in today's world of notifications, beeps and electronic seduction? Can you really do nothing all day and not be classed as some kind of mad freak? Well this week i thought i would do an experiment and discover if the art of doing nothing can be mastered. I started with something that has screwed me up time and time again.   Meditation Has Always Been a Problem For Me Over the years I have tried to meditate but have failed spectacularly. It doesn't matter when I attempt to sit there and go through the meditating motions I get twitchy. I can't get myself into that zone that i guess is the art of doing nothing with meditation. My mind always comes up with some new idea, or banging tune to play out in my fruitless attempt to silence my mind. So for me meditation hasn't been something that I thought I could master. However, I thought this week "How about I don't call it meditation, but just doing nothing?" Would this slight change of mindset make a difference to me. Well it doesn't just have a slight difference, the difference was dramatic.   The Art Of Doing Nothing - Step One I waited until the house was empty and the family were long gone then i got in position. Sitting in a nice comfortable chair which looked perfect for doing nothing in, i turned to my Amazon Echo. "Alexa, set an alarm for 30 minutes time please" Her robotic but almost human voice announced that she was now set and doing nothing was now happening. I started with just sitting there, looking around the room but felt a bit stupid to be honest. I shouldn't be wasting time like this really. Let's get it done before the family came home. Doing nothing seems really self indulgent I discovered to my shame. To hide my feelings of guilt and disgust I closed my eyes and simply focused on my breathing. I felt calm, relaxed and at peace. I was in a lovely place...it was just like meditating!!! I had discovered the key to getting into the zone I had always struggled with in just a few minutes. I wasn't trying to do something I was trying to do the complete opposite to something. I found that doing nothing often leads to the very best of something. I had allowed myself the space to slide effortlessly to where I wanted to be without pressure. So why was this? Why was it that doing nothing, and i mean really doing nothing has such a restorative effect to me? Well I started digging a little bit deeper and found that their is a science behind it all.   The Science Behind Doing Nothing In Your Life There are so many benefits to doing nothing in your life, they really come to you quickly. However it is really hard to just go cold turkey and disconnect from the stresses of life but its so important. Danish researchers found people who disappear from social media for example actually experience a wave of positivity and great emotions. They stop filling out their time with needless comparisons of other peoples live and achievements. They do however start savouring the simple things in life like a wonderful conversation with a stranger of loved one. They get into the present and the present as they say is the real gift of life. There are actually whole movements occurring around the world where people are trying to slow down and disconnect. Mentally this is hugely powerful to do, and gives the brain a complete detox from electrical impulses. Which then brings better sleep into the equation, which also makes you feel better again. This in turn gives you more energy to do what you want in your life at full power when you choose.   Heart Issues Become A Thing Of The Past Rushing around like a headless chicken is obviously not good for your health. Blood pressure increases, you heart pumps furiously, and bad things happen to your blood. We are just like an engine, and you wouldn't dream of just going full pelt for hours on end in your beloved automobile. You would expect things to over heat and stop functioning well. The same goes for our inner workings, and medical professionals recommend doing nothing as much as possible. Give your self a chance to cool down your engine and get ready for the next big push. So there you have it, if you want more energy, better sleep, more time, more focus the list goes on and on. There is really only one thing that you can do in your life. And it starts with "N" and ends with "G" Go out and be lazy for awhile and you can thank me later.
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Mindset
Introducing Runa Magnusdottir Runa Magnusdottir is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview. Like a few of the guests nowadays, she is appearing on the show for the second time since first appearing back in May 2015. Back then we talked about how her life changed with the collapse of her countries economy almost overnight. How she believed that so many people need to go through a downturn in fortune to find their true selves. And many other amazingly interesting conversation pieces. Now she seems to have really sped up and found her true life mission with the Change Makers.   How The Dots Joined Up For Runa Magnusdottir The Change Makers mission with the #NoMoreBoxes Movement is to increase awareness and create BIG conversations of the limiting, isolating and divisive boxes to over 5 million people  worldwide by the end of 2020 with our 2019 World Tour launching; Facilitating and ultimately creating a safe space for a deep and  meaningful conversations around the often invisible and limiting boxes human beings either place themselves or others into.   Training, teaching and certifying conscious organisations, businesses how to set up and facilitate their own #NoMoreBoxes Breakfast Clubs. Enabling them to build an inclusive culture where people feel safe to have deep non-judgemental conversations around the boxes they have placed themselves or others in. In 2019 the main topic will be a around these 3-Boxes: THE GENDER, GENERATION and GOOD ENOUGH BOXES Raising awareness around the consequences of the limiting boxes and co-creating the world where humans thrive, regardless of their gender, race, religion, age etc. Now if that doesn't really seem clear then we will delve deep to bring clarity. So does she see this stage of her career a natural progression from where she was? Or has this taken her by surprise and made her realise that she wasn't thinking big enough just a few years ago Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Runa Magnusdottir   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Runa such as: Runa shares why we have the problem that we cannot see what is in front of us no matter how obvious it might be. We discuss the differences between being a human doer and a human being, and why it is so important to grasp. Why we should be growing our awareness of the choices being made for us, instead of allowing others to make those choices. And lastly.......... Why it is ok to allow yourself to play and have fun everyday. Even if you are an adult who left play behind years ago
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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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Email Marketing Mastery
Introducing Email Marketing Mastery Expert Tom Trush Over five years ago before there was even a show called Join Up Dots I sent an email out to our guest today Tom Trush. To be honest I can't remember how I found him. I can't even remember the reasons why I invited him on my fledgling show for episode 17 However I certainly can remember the majority of the conversation that we had that day such was the effect it had on me. Tom Trush is a Email Marketing Mastery and copyright expert and as he says "You know that feeling you get when you’re not generating the leads you want from your marketing? Or the frustration of knowing you should be marketing more — but don’t know what to write or where to focus your efforts? I fix these problems. (I’m also a three-time author and seminar speaker.) He now finds himself as the go to man for “Direct Response Copy writing”, and don’t worry I don’t know what that is either…..but we will soon.   How The Dots Joined To Gain True Email Marketing Mastery He states that it was a game of baseball, but not actually getting on the pitch, and working in a library that started the path that he followed into adulthood. And that is a hard one to join up the dots with in any shape or form. But after working in a library as a teenager, Mr Trush picked up two books that quite simply changed his life. “The Well-Fed Writer” and “The Millionaire Next Door” pricked his interest to such a degree, that he literally wrote the next chapters of his life there and then. By studying the subject, and developing his skills, it has know taken him all the way back to the library, joining the authors of those two books with three of his own Since October 2001, I’ve been writing marketing materials that give entrepreneurs and executives — in 120+ industries — an alternative to the typical corporate nonsense that makes most outreach efforts useless. From website content and direct mail to special reports and email campaigns, he now shows you how simply changing your perspective on prospects can help position you as an industry authority. Deliver higher returns on your marketing investments and allow you to reach larger audiences with less effort. As he says "The fact is, your prospects are more informed now than at any time in history. This takes real email marketing mastery. Easy accessibility to information has shifted the power away from anyone pitching products or services. To see success with your marketing these days, you must deliver extreme value to even have a chance at capturing interest and closing clients. So has things changed in his business and his mindset since the last time we spoke? And is copyrighting about simply speaking in the first voice, so it's like a conversation? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Tom Trush.   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty email marketing mastery with Tom Trush as: Why email marketing mastery is always about speaking in the real voice and starting a conversation with your. How a call to action is such a key component to marketing that people often over look bigtime. Why swipe and deploy is such an amazing strategy to find the true emotion of the written word. And lastly......... How we can all get to the point where we lose the challenge and the thrill of building a business. However that is when the real work starts.  
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Facebook Ads
Introducing Maggie Tuczapska Facebook Ads is why our guest on today's episode of the Join Up Dots podcast is Maggie Tuczapska A lady who for over ten years now has been creating online businesses, and of course income for herself too. Starting her life in Poland, she now lives in the South of England where her eCommerce business develops. As she says "I discovered my big passion when I launched my first eCommerce business.  It was 2007 and Google bots were still little crawlies. I was fascinated by consumer behaviour and the art of turning visitors into buyers, subscribers and followers.   How The Dots Joined Up For Maggie Tuczapska Studying this topic for years, I discovered how to use the right words, colours and images to trigger positive emotions and build trust. After recent Google updates, these skills became essential in ranking well. Great content will always beat even the best marketing strategy. At the end of the day, why attract tons of visitors if none of them become a paying customer? So many people nowadays quote numbers as an indicator of success. This if of course a metric that shows progress, but business is ultimately about the bottom line. There's no point in having a billion Instagram followers if you are unable to pay your bills. So is there a huge failing that she sees time and time again when viewing other peoples businesses? And if she could go back in time and do things again then what would she change? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up the dots with the one and only Maggie Tuczapska   What Are The Key To Facebook Ads Success? The first thing is dont try it on your own. You will waste money. So hire a Facebook ads expert instead. The second thing is dont try to sell, but instead try to build a relationship. Facebook ads work best by trying to gain a click. Use your Facebook ads strategy to mine data first and foremost. Find out who your ideal customer is by the info you gain.   Show Highlights Why it is so important to really focus down on the niche and needs of an individual customer not simply go after the masses. Facebook Ads are an amazing way of targeting the perfect customers. but don't go for the sale straight away. Go for the data. Maggie reveals how if her first business wasn't a success she might have not considered herself and entrepreneur. And lastly......... The reasons why colour and mood of your online business can kill your chance of success before it even starts.
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FIVE YEARS OF JOIN UP DOTS
Five years of podcasting is a hell of a journey for sure.Which is what this show today is all about.You see on the 3oth April 2014 an unknown chap from the UK powered up his microphone and went live to the world.He was scared.He was excited.And he was most definitely extremely naive about what it took to create a successful podcast and online business for sure.You see the world is full of people who look like they have it made.They post pictures onto the social media streams showing you how great their lives are.They tell you that you can have it too if you only want it enough.However they don't then tell you that it's taken them five years simply to get to that position in the lives.Five years...who wants to wait that long to get the dream?How The Dots Joined Up In Five YearsThe biggest mistake I made five years ago was thinking that things would take six months.If I only put a million percent of effort in everyday I would get where I wanted to be quickly.But that isn't how life is really....is it?If you get a Ferrari out on the roads of Britain, just because it can go 200 miles an hour doesn't mean it ever will.The potential to get there faster is not ever going to be achieved no matter how much you try.That is the same in business, and you have to accept that five years might be a better target to set.Five years is not a long time in the great scheme of things, if your life changes to the dream-life that you want.As they say "An entrepreneur is someone who will work like nobody else for five years, so they can live like nobody else for the rest of their life"So lesson number one: Work hard but don't force it.Lesson Number Two Learned Through The DotsI certainly never considered my health before I started Join Up Dots.I never needed to as it was always something that I had.Five years ago before the show, I worked in an office where I started at 8:00am and left at 4:00pm daily.It wasn't hard at all.It was very very boring, but could never be classed as hard so my health was good.Roll on a few years and the effort that I was putting into Join Up Dots was a very different story altogether.Hour upon hour of effort and toil took its toll on me and the health gave way.I started quite honestly to fall to pieces and it took me years to get myself back on track again.Back to Ferrari story, you cant work harder than your problems no matter what you think.You have to be clever and find away around those issues in the easiest way possibleFive Years On Where Am I Heading?That is the exciting part of working on a project like Join Up Dots.You can literally go in any direction you want to head in.Do you want more money to come into your life?Then make that happen.How about having more and more listeners and a global following?The same for that too.It might have been five years in the making but once you find your passion then you dont consider the years.You dont think "Wow this has taken five years what a struggle"Instead you think "It doesn't matter that five years has past I am just getting going"That is the real lesson everything that I have learned up to this point.You are on a journey throughout your life and there is no time limits to set.Five years, fifty years, one hundred years...its all the same.Thank you so much for anyone who reads this post or who listens to the Join Up Dots podcast.We would love to hear from you with your comments, or inspirational stories.Simply click here and we will connect.If you want to be a guest on the show then also simply click here
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How To Gain Confidence On The Street
Introducing Street Dating Expert Johnny Berba Street dating expert Johnny Berba is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview. Johnny is an amazing guy who has already been on the show back on episode 497 and shared his journey from lost soul to street dating success. He is a street dating expert who does things in a very different way to how most men operate across the world. Instead of trying to pick ladies up in I suppose the expected places..nightclubs and pubs. Johnny Berba walks up to ladies bodily on the streets of the UK and confidently gets telephone numbers and addresses.   How The Dots Joined Up For Johnny Berba As he says “I decided that I would no longer hit the nightclubs and would drop all the pickup lines and routines. It was time to return to the streets to find a girlfriend. Just work on being myself and allow my conversations to freely flow in whatever direction they would naturally go.” Gaining confidence in his new found skills he started going out on the streets of London. He would film his interactions for fun and posting them on Youtube. Not just his successes, as he also added the process of filming, monitoring, and allowing all the mistakes he was making shown to the world. Slowly and steadily he fined tuned them for better results. His channel started growing slowly and caused stirrings within the London dating world as many believed that being ‘a natural’ was not the way to go. Ignoring this, he stayed strong and continued to push his beliefs which eventually led to inspiring a large platform of guys to take action. Now his business is going from strength to strength. And it seems to me he is enjoying it more than ever. So has he got to the point where the money making aspects of running a business are getting easier and easier? And are there things now that he realised he was never going to enjoy doing, although were a big part of his earlier business. Well let's start joining up dots with the one and only street dating expert Johnny Berba.   Show Highlights During the show we talked to Johnny Berba about such weighty subjects such as: How the street dating legend has grown from the geeky young man at school to a confident and successful businessman. Why by winning the inner game you will win the outer game not just in business but in life too. Johnny shares how his early stages of online life was based around comedic routines, more than a structured business plan. And lastly........... We talk about how Johnny has moved away from street dating and is expanding into new areas of income.
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Working Wherever You Want In The World
Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is the co-founder and CMO of TimeDoctor.com and Staff.com.These are tools that help manage remote employees productivity. Liam is also the co-organizer of RunningRemote.com which is the largest conference on remote work that’s held in Bali each year in June. Running Remote has had speakers such as Joel Gascoigne from Buffer, Dmitriy Zaporozhets founder of Gitlab and Amir Salihefendic founder of Doist.Many more influential speakers and attendees too. Liam has been working in the remote work space for over 8 years with Time Doctor and Staff.com and ran a previous company which connected university students with remote tutors. His experience in remote work spans over 15 years and over 1 million remote workers have personally used one of his products over that tenure.How The Dots Joined Up For The Time DoctorLiam is an avid proponent of remote work and has been published in Forbes, Inc, Mashable, TechCrunch, Fast Company.As well as Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Next Web, The Huffington Post, Venturebeat.Many other publications specifically targeting the expansion of remote work. The mission statement that feeds all the products and services that the time doctor is involved with stem from empowering workers to work wherever they want, whenever they want. Liam has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Sociology from McGill University. He lives in Canada but travels 3-6 months out of the year due to his ability to work wherever and whenever he likes. He chooses a new place to travel a few times a year but usually spends time in Austin, Las Vegas and Ubud each year and loves to encourage others to work remotely on his travels.So was he always focused on productivity and excellence or a lazy whatsit like so many people?And does he find it harder to want to work when he can go where he wants in the world?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Liam MartinShow HighlightsDuring the show we tackled such weighty subjects such as:How 43% of the US population have worked remotely last year in 2019, a figure that is expected to continue to riseWhy the average time of doing work in the US is only 2 hours 36 minutes and the rest is just wasted unproductive hours.Liam shares how he sold his business and then discovered boredom that changed his life.And lastly..........Liam shares the difference between a blue ocean and a red ocean, and reveals why these are colours to take very seriously. 
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What Is The Quickest Way To Start An Online Business?
Summary Of Todays Show Welcome to today's show which is based around podcast questions that have been coming into the Join Up Dots headquarters over the last few weeks.We love getting podcast questions from our listeners as it really means that the world is listening to us and engaging. After all Join Up Dots wouldn't be around if it wasn't for the listeners would it?So thank you so much for sending them into the show and today we answer four of the ones that we received this week. We also share the winners of the recent Gargle Game who are now the proud winners of the Podcasters Mastery Starters Course.For anyone who hasn't ever heard about the world famous Gargle Game which has quite simply taken the world by storm then here it is. Live on the show David Ralph, will gargle a tune using his talent and specially selected water which the world then have to guess.Believe me you wont hear this kind of quality anywhere else on earth for sure. But of course this is about answering your podcast questions so lets start (you will have to listen of course for the answer) Listener Podcast Questions: One What do you think is the fastest way that I can get an online business up and running? I have been listening to your show for about six months now, and there seems to be a long term approach to everything you discuss. In your view (and I know what you are going to say LOL) is there a quicker way to have an online business.Thanks so for the energy you put into the show Kit Michell, US   Listener Podcast Questions: Two Hi David, brilliant podcast. Love the gargling game too (even if i was a bit unsure at the beginning of what you were doing). Your show is very very different from any others that I have listened to. Do you think your enthusiasm and fun loses as many listeners as it keeps. The reason for asking is I am thinking of doing a video based show and of course want to grow an audience by doing things the right way. Lots of love Jenny Baxter, Sunderland, UK Listener Podcast Questions: Three David, if you could go back in time and start again would you do things any differently? Has the experience you gained made you realise any different ways? Mark Shaw, Toronto previously from Gillingham, Kent. Listener Podcast Questions: Four Dear David and the Join UP Dots team. I hear you talking a lot about personal branding. Why is this so important as I don't really understand why?  Citza Jerkinzy, RomaniaWant To Ask Your Own Question?As we said we love answering podcast questions from our listeners, so if you have something bothering you then simply click here We will then answer the question live on a forthcoming episode of Join Up Dots Thanks for listening and lets make that dream happen.
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How To Become Limitless
Introducing Laura Gassner Otting Laura Gassner Otting is a professional motivational keynote speaker and the founder of Limitless Possibility. Where she empowers innovators, idealists, and iconoclasts to get “unstuck” in their thinking, push past their limiting beliefs, and achieve extraordinary results. She is turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake. She is an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she has never met a revolution she didn’t like. Her new book Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life is like a high-energy masterclass and brainstorming session all in one. With actionable tips to transform your vision for your career and do work with purpose. As she says “Many of us spend our lives pursuing a singular idea of success, one that was created for us by someone else. We give votes to those who shouldn’t even have voices and strive to go faster and faster even as we find ourselves falling further and further behind. We chase gold stars, we check all the boxes, we lean in – and yet we still feel incomplete. When we don’t define success in our own terms, finding our purpose and carving our own path becomes impossible. So how do you break the cycle so that you can live your best life? That’s a good question isn’t it? So has she defined her own route to success, or living one that is what similar folk are doing? And when she isn’t being the greatest version of herself, how does she wind down her superpower and just relax and recharge? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Laura Gassner Otting Show Highlight During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Laura Gassner Otting such as: How to make a guest shine on a tv show by making them the best version of themselves they can ever hope to be. How at her core she is a introvert, and the reasons why she takes so much effort to prepare before she steps into the limelight. Laura shares how she was so scared in her early days in politics and seriously played the imposter syndrome to death. And lastly…… Why being authentic to one self is not the way that perhaps David Ralph first thought…but is so true.
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Diversity And Inspiration
Winston Clements is today's guest joining us on the show.A a man who is truly inspiring as you will hear due to more than the normal obstacles to overcome everyday.However with a powerful view on the positives of life, Winston is achieving more than most will ever do.He was born with a condition known as Brittle Bones disease and the main symptom is bones that break very, very easily!This disorder limited him especially during childhood because he had to undergo numerous surgeries and missed out on a lot of fun moments.As he says "I remember the intense sense of frustration I used to feel, at having to watch from my bedroom window.While my sisters and all the other kids in the neighbourhood played outside in the sunshine.The turning point for me came many years later… after I had successfully graduated from University with a degree in Computer Science.My confidence had taken a big hit because I was struggling to find employment, unlike most of my friends.Something needed to change!How The Dots Started Joining Up For Winston. Winston Clements decided to stop comparing his life to other people, to stop doubting in his own abilities and to stop letting a disability define him as a person!Breaking through the self-imposed barriers empowered him to build a successful tech career with some of the top companies in the world – and TODAY he issuing his speaking to share learnings and practical takeaways at live team events and conferences.As he says "In today’s world stress, overwhelm and mental illness are becoming increasingly commonplace.This isn’t helped by a society that likes to put us in boxes whether it is because of gender, disability or any other bias.Having been born with a severe physical disability, I’ve been able to achieve many things which perhaps are not expected of people in my situation.One big piece of advice I would love to share with your audience is around taking extreme ownership - a mindset that puts you in a far better position to achieve results as opposed to adopting a victim mentality.Well lets get him on the show so that he can share that with all of us today.So is it as simple as deciding to do something that makes all the difference in life?And where does he find the daily challenges appearing most, through his general life or the opinions of others?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr.Winston Clements.   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Winston Clements such as:How Winston used to have good days and bad days as a young child, and what he did to turn the majority into good.Why Winston Clements thinks that the mental challenge is in many ways so much harder to overcome than the physical one every-time.How he decided that he had the motivation to start earning his own money through his own passions.And lastly.......We reveal how you can all become a speaker on the circuit even though it isn't obvious what your message should be when you first start.
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Creating Your Life
When it comes to creating your life most people get stuck before they start.It's not a surprise to be honest as generally people don't think they have a choice.Creating their lives is not part of the plan.You get told what your life is.You get told what is best for you.So you follow along with the guidance of others until your are living a life you hate.However as we show on Join Up Dots everyday that is madness.The world is full of amazing inspirational people who turned 360 degrees and now live the life of their dreams.You can hear thousands of them in our podcast archives simply by clicking here.But how can you start creating your life if you are lost and struggling?Let's show you as it's a lot easier than you might think.How To Start Creating Your Life1.What Do You Want To Do?First of all, you need to have a direction to follow.You need to start being clear on what you want to do and achieve in life.So many people try to get incredibly detailed at this point so that they can't go wrong.We don't think that truly works.What you need to do is simply start understanding your talents and what you love doing in your life.Don't worry about bills and money and all those boring things.Just start drilling down on your passions, enjoyment and what lights you up inside.If this is already a problem for you head over to our amazing free video course that helps you start from scratch.It can help you start creating your life through a sequence of videos, detailing our process of discovery.2. Is there Money In It?If you listen to a lot of people out there today they have some amazing advice.Find your passion and you never work again.When it comes to creating your life I agree with that wholeheartedly.....once you get to where you want to be.However creating your life isn't just about having an amazing time everyday.That's the goal for sure.But it's about paying your bills, keeping the lights on, and being sensible.Passion needs to earn money otherwise you are in a dodgy position for sure. So you need to make sure that your dream life has some way of being monetized even if it's not sexy ways.Sexiness can come later, at this point its about keeping the dream building going so let's be practical.3: Keep A Track On Your ThoughtsOur thoughts are our most powerful tool that we have in our box.We create in our minds and then go out and build those thoughts into something amazing.On the flip side of that we can create a miserable existence for ourselves simply by doing the same.Negative thoughts can make creating your life so unbelievably hard.Even impossible it's fair to say.Therefore if you are thinking negatively you will bring forth bad times and despair.If you are bouncing around like an excitable Tigger then that excitement will make magic occur.Keep track of your thoughts and keep them on the positive side of things for sure.4: Creating Your Life In SecretRight at the very beginning of your new life things are fragile.You are unsure of what you want to do.People are unsure why you want to do something different to them.They will destroy your dreams quicker than Lewis Hamilton in a nice car.The reason they do this, is they don't want their own life to seem even worse.Your friends and colleagues will make comments and laugh and kill those dreams in an instant.So if you really want to start creating your life the way you want to then keep your mouth shut.Don't tell people about anything until it becomes real and undeniable.Then they will all say "Yeah we always knew you would do something amazing"5: Work Harder Than You Have Done BeforeNow this is the part of creating your life that you will dread.That is because work has always been really hard up to now for you.It's been hard work as to be honest it's just a job you've been going to.Things will be different now as you want to work hard.This is where the phrase "Find your passion and you will never work again" comes from.Of course you will work as you continue creating your life but it won't FEEL like work.That is a huge difference to everything you have done in the past.Now you will want to crack on and create your dream life and effort won't come into it.6: Take Breaks And Leave It All BehindThrough building Join Up Dots to where it is today I got obsessed.I knew that I was onto something so worked harder and harder.Day after day I chipped away until I couldn't see the woods for the trees.This was a huge mistake and caused the dream to fall behind in it's momentum.Part of the process of creating your life is having breaks.Getting your mind fresh and relaxed so new ideas come into play.Going for walks in the countryside to get lots of lovely fresh-air.Sleeping more than you have done before.You will thank me for this piece of the puzzle as remember this one thingYou are creating your life to be wonderful not a prison of torture.It will take a little bit longer for sure, but not half as long as not taking breaks.7: Visualising Is A Huge Key To Creating Your LifeWoo woo stuff right?All this picture yourself in a Lamborghini and then suddenly there's one on your driveway stuff.Of course that is madness and is prone to failure.But how powerful is it to confirm what you want everyday, first thing in the morning to set your path correctly?Back in 2014 I used to look in the mirror when I was brushing my teeth and say"David you will earn five thousand per month through Join Up Dots"A simple message that I kept on ramming into my brain until i went flying past that goal.I also surrounded myself with powerful images of how I wanted my life to be like.Creating your life can be fun and hugely exciting to work on.It's like flicking through Amazon and saying "I want this, I want that..give it to me"Get those images around you so you can see where your life is heading.Otherwise how will you know you have achieved your goal?8: Celebrate Your Successes When Creating Your LifeCreating Your Life is difficult at the beginning for sure.You are turning the oil tanker of our life around and that is hard.So why do people only think they are a success when the big goal is achieved?I say this as I am a notorious non-celebrator and that is wrong.So many achievements occur everyday that we have plenty of opportunity to crack open the bubbly.Jot down the successes when they occur and "whoop and holler" to the skies.When things are hard and you think you aren't getting anywhere then you have the proof that you are.It's all down their in print for you to read and smile at your dark thoughts.That's good advice for sure!9: Once You Start Making Money Invest Back Into Your DreamOnce again we have to be practical and know that a dream life involves bills.Bills need to be paid, no getting away from it.Therefore as you are creating your life and cash starts coming your way don't spend like a maniac.Take what you have received and put a percentage away for your tax.Then also take 20% to put back into your business to develop it quicker.This could be to hire someone to perform a task that you are struggling with?It could be to hire a mentor who is where you want to be already.There is no doubt that creating your life will have times when you are strapped for cash.So give yourself a buffer financially to ease through these times and keep creating your life the way you want it to be.10: Enjoy The ProcessIf you aren't enjoying the process of creating your life then you are quite simply doing things wrong.How can you not love building a future that other people only dream about.How can you not get excited about never having to ask for time off again.As we have said through this whole podcast and article attempting what you want to do is hard.It's hard until you gain a bit of momentum and the rewards start coming in.So you can make it so much easier for yourself by enjoying what you are doing.Having faith in the process and enjoying every second it takes.We never said that creating your life is easy....but it most certainly can be the most fun you ever have for sure.Thanks for listening to the podcast or reading the article.Make sure you subscribe to the show or sign up for our lessons and tips we send out/Any questions you know where we are. All the bestDavid RalphHost and Founder Of Join Up Dots Podcast
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Online Sales
Chris Spurvey is the Online Sales pro joining us on the show today.He is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, podcast host and author of the best-selling business book It’s Time to Sell: Cultivating the Sales Mind-Set too.He is a man who knows that the most important part of building a business is making sales.Not the kind of sales that are sleazy, hard-work, and devoid of morals but the kind of sales that make a business thrive.As he says "I believe that feeling good about sales is the foundation for success in business. I turn business owners and new sales professionals into confident and effective sellers.Also I help sales-minded entrepreneurs and leaders who are not scaling fast enough for their liking.I help them automate their lead generation and sell through relationships.Not being pushy, and leverage their book of business so they make more money.Which means more meaning, and more freedom.So why do so many people spend their time working on everything other than trying to close a sale?Why do people focus in on providing free content and communities and then get trapped delivering a never ending supply of free.Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Chris SpurveyShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such weight subjects with Chris Spurvey such as:Why Chris doesn't like to be called an expert in sales and the reason why he pushes away from it.We discuss the theory of anti marketing, which could be the way forward to greater and greater profit.Chris and David talk about the dream of building a business. And the frustration that it will never be truly achieved.And lastly.........How during a drive home from a conference he was so excited to see that he had raised his frequency and the world was responding with smiles.
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Other Peoples Money
Other People's Money and how to get some of it is not often at the forefront of peoples minds.The majority of the world are living in a scarcity model.They go to work everyday to get what they can get.They save as much of it as they can, allowing themselves the rest to live on.To be honest that doesn't leave much at all.Which is why there is no surprise that they are always saying the phrases like"Money is a bit tight at the moment""I would love to but I think I will have to leave it for a bit"Now here is the thing, as you will hear on the show. You never have to be worried about cash just use other peoples money.Why Other Peoples Money Is The Way To GoThe world is abundant financially.There is never a shortage of cash no matter how bad the news sounds like sometimes.You hear that the worlds economy is going badly.Then two seconds later you find out that some country or other is experiencing massive growth.It proves the fact that the money is out there, its just that you don;t have it.So how do you start changing your mindset?You start by thinking "I dont need it at all, I just need to get it from somewhere else"Long Term Interest Free Credit CardsI love a credit card nowadays to push me further in my business.In the old days I would have run from a credit-card.There was no way that I would have had taken out a debt.I was all for saving up for things and paying for things sensibly.Nowadays though I am more than happy to go over to sites such as Money Saving Expert.There are hundreds of these sites giving us advice on the best credit cards and loans that we can take out.So if you want to do something should you wait until life allows you to do it?No you just have to use other people's money and get it going today.And the best way is to get a bank to give you a long term interest free loan.Other peoples money is good isn't it?Other Peoples Money = Better ReturnIf using a credit card isn't your idea of a wise decision, then how about this.We all know people that seem to have cash in surplus.It could be a parent, brother, boss, whoever it is they want a good return.They certainly aren't getting it from banks and financial institutions are they?Other people's money is not growing in the same way as it was a few years ago.So why not propose this instead?Say to them "I want to do something and I dont have the cash.If you lend it to me I will pay it back in a year at a 5% return on your investment.That is so much better than you are getting in a bank at the moment!"Other peoples money sometimes needs help away from the norm to grow.You will get what you want, and they will get what they want.If that's not a win win then I dont know what is for sure.Kemi Eagan Used Other Peoples Money Like A MasterIf you go back to episode 414 of Join Up Dots you will hear her amazing story.Kemi was a therapist who became a millionaire all on other people's money.From homeless to owning millions of pounds of property within a year or so.And she didn't put a single penny of her own money into the game.No, she just found people that had the cash and wanted a better return.Using their cash she turned her life around amazingly well, and now lives in Portugal.From homeless to a life of luxury all on the returns she could give to other people.Now if that isn't making you think that using other people's money is the wise way to go.Then I might as well give up.Speed Through To the Future You Deserve So no matter what you want to do in life you have two choices.You either scrimp and save and try to make the best of things.Or you change your mindset and become an entrepreneur at heart.An entrepreneur would never be stopped by a simple thing of not having the cash.They would look around the problem and think "How Do I Get The Cash?"Of course they would and the answer would be........"Use Other Peoples Money!"
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Business Coaching
Carmen Wilde is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview.She is a lady who has been on a journey of discovery to find what she wants to do in her life.So let's tell you about the professional stuff. She is a Business Success Coach and Behavioural Specialist with a passion to gear Entrepreneurs aged between 40 & 65 to be unstoppable and wildly successful.Proving there's  always  a way and  it’s never too late to achieve your entrepreneurial dream and extract the juice ​from life.For many years her life was totally different.Working in a corporate job she was like most people building someone else's dream.And then she left it all behind.She now lives on the paradise island of Mauritius​ and is in gratitude daily to be ​enjoying ​her dream life 20 years before retirement, ​testament to ​her motto: "You can have anything you want, Just Decide!" How The Dots Started Joining Up For Carmen Wilde As she says " My quest for success has not been an easy ride. The ‘road less travelled’ can get pretty bumpy and has tested and challenged me in ways I could never have anticipated. The toughest part to breaking through a family history of financial struggle, wasn’t about mastering the outer world, it was about mastering the battlefield raging in my own mind.Learning to get out of my own way.Embrace and celebrate adversity and failure and find the strength to push through even the darkest moments of disappointment, despair and even terror.I’ve had my heart broken by my first love after 18 years in a relationship I never imagined would end. Even staring death in the face down the barrel of a gun when six armed robbers invaded my dream home only six days after moving in. I’ve experienced devastating financial losses at the hand of business partners I trustedYet, through these and many other challenging experiences, I’ve gained invaluable gems of wisdom and developed agility and resourcefulness.It's this that’s enabled me to break through and achieve so many of the lofty goals I set for myself that few believed possible.So was Carmen always looking to do something unique in her life, but couldn't find the right thing to focus on?And did it take her by surprise how life can be 100% what you want it to be, just by deciding to make it so?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Carmen Wilde. Show Highlights During the conversation with Carmen Wilde we discussed:Why so many people in their later life become an entrepreneur and mega successful.How the university system teaches you so much about the person you want to be, more than the actual knowledge gained.How her personal relationship has flourished by living in two properties with her business partner Gary.and lastly...........We talk about giving too much access to clients and gaining really poor clients, especially at the very beginning.
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Living A Stress Free Life
So you want to start living a stress free life?Well you aren't alone, and to be honest why wouldn't you want a stress free life?It brings about a better standard of living.Supports better health, and mindset.And its just better to be thinking about your lifestyle from the point of freedom and enjoyment isn't it?Who wants to wake up every morning with that churning in the pit of their stomach.As they start thinking of all the things that they have to deal with throughout the coming day.Adding more and more things to the list as they go on their merry way.What Do We Think Stress Free Truly Is?Well i will say to you that the key to living a stress free life is starting each day with a firm criteria of what is important.Making sure that you can brush past things that occur because they were never part of your planning.So why should you be dealing with them.It's about living a stress free life, not how much can we possibly do before collapsing at the end of the day.Being a master if stress free living, I have concluded that the following list is what makes it all come together.You wake up, smile as the squirrels and birds make your breakfast and have a pleasant 24 hours.Ready to start with the Join Up Dots Guide to Living A Stress Free Life?How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part OneDo What Makes You HappyBy focusing in on what makes you happy in life everyday will be one that you look forward to.You will spring out of bed with enthusiasm and energy ready to tackle things head on.Of course, i can hear you all saying "Yeah, but i have a job to go to that doesn't make me happy"So balance things out.By all means do the things that you have to do, as you have responsibilities. But dont keep on doing the things you dont want to do. How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part TwoDo One Thing Only Per DayEveryone of us in life and business have a lot to deal with.It's life and life is betting busier and busier with more asks of our timeMore often than not, people make a huge mistake by not defining what they are doing each day.So they add more and more spontaneous things that land on them as they cant say No."Fancy a drink tonight as I really need to talk to you" asks a colleague you work with.Instead of saying "No i cant do this, but I can make the time on Thursday evening instead" we juggle everything to make it happen.That is a seriously bad mistake and won't led to anything good in your life.Living a stress free life is about you being in control of what is important.If you do so many things everyday how do you work out what is important to you and your future.Choose one main thing a day and protect the rest of your time.You will see everything start to work like an amazing well oiled machine.Living a stress free life isn't hard you know!How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part ThreeTake Time To Think And ReadNowadays people seem to read less and less.Even though this isn't the longest article in the world i bet you have fancied skipping it.You see, we are so focused on scanning news-feeds and twitter feeds we have lost the ability to focus.Don't get me onto the subject that no one can be bored anymore either.Actually I am on that subject, so why do people have to get their phones and scan rubbish at every spare moment?Sit and think about nothing or everything.Let your mind wander.Give yourself the chance to learn something worthwhile with your spare seconds.Give your brain and your eyes a chance to do nothing and you will thank me.Stress free life sometimes means doing nothing.How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part FourDon't Take On Other Peoples ProblemsIts crazy how many of us think we are letting people down by not dealing with their problems.We bend over backwards to give them advice, and find ways to help them.Then more often than not they dont do anything with our advice that makes us feel bad.Why did we spend the time helping them, when they didn't do anything with our help?Why did we give so much of our energies to them?If you want to start living a stress free life then you have to stop doing this and let them handle it themselves.They got themselves into that position in the first place, so let them get out of it.Ok, you are thinking "Wow that's a bit harsh"You would be right for them, but that's not what this article is all about.This is about dealing with your stresses and making things good for you isn't it!So don't be a doormat for everyone's problems. Be selective to those who deserve it and you will see stress just slip away.Promise you.How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part FiveStop Focusing On What Needs To Be DoneAs we move towards living a stress free life we have to realise something.You will never ever get everything done.The day you die, you will be on your death bed with a list as long as your arm of things you failed to do.That's ok.It just means that you didn't get to do them.So relax and as we said on Part Two, just choose one thing per day to tackle and do what you can.It's quite liberating to think that you dont have to do everything isn't it?How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part SixStop Comparing Your Life With OthersFacebook is terrible for this.I guess any social media is full of people showing you the great stuff they are doing.Rarely, expect for the truly unguarded moments do people say "God my life is rubbish"So why does everyone spend so much time looking at this fake existence?Why do people stare down at their own lives and think "God this is boring compared to what they are doing?"Stop it.Living a stress free life should be about accepting what you are doing as brilliantly amazing.Comparing your own existence against what it is already giving to you.How brilliant to look at your own Facebook feed and think "Wow how amazing that life looks"?All you have to do is make it happen and the stresses will just float away.
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How To Become An Amazon Bestseller
Today's guest is Mitchell Levy a global Credibility Expert, a TEDx speaker and international bestselling author of over 60 books.He is also an expert at teaching people How To Become An Amazon Best Seller within a month.As The AHA Guy at AHAthat.com, he helps to extract the genius from your head in a two-three hour interview.His team can ghostwrite your book, publish it, distribute it, and make you an Amazon bestselling author in four months or less. He is an accomplished Entrepreneur who has created twenty businesses in Silicon Valley including four publishing companies that have published over 800 books. He's provided strategic consulting to over one hundred companies, and has been chairman of the board of a NASDAQ-listed company. Mitchell has been happily married for twenty-nine years and regularly spends four weeks in Europe with family and friends.So did he always plan to move into publishing or was this an Aha moment of his own?Why is their such a clamour for everyone to have a book out nowadays?And does he really have the know how to become an amazon best seller in such a short period of time.Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mitchell LevyShow Highlights During the show we discussed with Mitchell Levy, such weighty subjects such as:How to become an amazon best seller (even if it is for only a minute)Why the opportunities that we have everyday should wake up with excitements.Why so many entrepreneurs feel the issue of not knowing how to structure their days for maximum effect.How 99% of the effort of making a book sale occursAnd lastly...........Mitchell shares how the process of getting an amazon bestselling business.
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Is Starting A Business Worth It?
Is starting a business worth it?That is the question that I get asked time and time again.I always respond with "How can it not be worth it?"You see, earning your own money, in a way that is good for you and your family is amazing.You decide how much you want to earn each year.Work at getting systems into place to attract customers to your business.Then scale, scale, scale like a lunatic.Of course that is the flippant and easy answer for sure, as there is so much effort that goes into starting a business.That is what people are really saying when they ask that question.Not "Is starting a business worth it?" but actually."I know this is going to be tough, and i'm not sure I really want hard times, so convince me"Actually we have over two thousand podcast interviews that can convince you amazingly wellThe First Thing To ConsiderWhat are the reasons that you are considering starting your own business?If it is something along the lines of "Hating my boss, hours, wages" then get another job.Everything that people generally moan about when they talk about work can be sorted easily.Look for a new job, make better decisions as to who you are going to work for and go for it.Pain points can be solved very easily for sure.If however, you like your job and the wages, but there is something pulling you to start your own business.That is a different matter altogether.So which one are you?Are you just dealing with some crap that getting another job will make better?Or are you really considering if starting a business is worth it, as you know that you are being drawn to a different direction.Is Starting A Business Worth It Consideration Point TwoIn hindsight I would have done a lot of things differently as I built my business.Now it is a roaring success everything is easy.However at the beginning I started throwing too many things at the wall.Seeing what would stick.Trying this and that out to earn cash.Bad mistake and advice that for anyone considering the question "Is starting a business worth it" you must be sure on.A business isn't just about earning cash, its about making life better for yourself.Going to work can of course be soul destroying.You have to get there at the right time.You have to take orders from people higher up the ladder.Most of all you are being directed to do things that most people wouldn't do given a choice.This is the next big question to ask yourself.What do i really want to do?If i could wake up every morning and think "Yay, another day working on my business!" then what would it be?Get that that right and your big question of "Is starting a business worth it ?" will never be asked again.Consideration Point ThreeI see time and time again people starting a business without asking this question.How much do i need to earn each month to keep my lights on?That is an amazingly precise starting point to building a business, but rarely people can answer.They give a woolly answer about monthly direct debits they have going out.However what about the annual stuff, the emergency stuff, the little luxuries every now and again?If you do not get totally granular in your decision making then you are in trouble.So let's ask that question again."Is starting a business worth it if it brings me in £1,000 per month working for 40 hours a week for the first year.Then in the second year it will deliver $3000 per month working 20 hours per week.Lastly third year, the in-comings are $10,000 per month working three hours per week.If that was the case would you ask "Is starting a business worth it ?" of course you wouldn't.You would know where you are heading and making it happen.Is Starting A Business Worth It Consideration Point FourMany people have a desire to start a business that runs on automatic pilot.They wake up every morning, look at their bank account and smile broadly.I can understand it, as i guess this is the dream for sure.However how do you think that dream occurs?How do you think someone goes from a job they don't like, to the dream position everyone wants?They work like crazy-balls, until they don't have to work the same anymore.They will (unless they have some magic wand that I don't know about) literally drive themselves into the ground.So is starting a business worth it, if you have to do this?I've been there and done it and I can say 100% its not worth it at all.The downs exceed the highs, massively.You can check out other peoples points of view who were asked this question here.However....let's look at it another way in our last consideration point.Is Starting A Business Worth It Consideration Point FiveThroughout this article we have tried our best to give you good advice.The kind of advice that we would have liked to give to ourselves if we had the chance again.The advice that would have kept everything balanced and healthy in our life throughout the build.We didn't get that chance and did most things wrong in hindsight.So the last point we need to make when answering the "Is Starting A Business Worth It ?" question is this.If the effort that it takes is too much for your health then no.Or the effort that it takes is too much for your family then no.If you lose friends and relationships along the way then no.Definitely if you have to threaten your existence by risking everything you have then no.However if you can find ways to leap past all of those and start earning your own money.If you can find ways of keeping control of your time.If you can start work when you want, where you want, and make more cash than ever.Then there is only one answer.Is starting a business worth it ?Absolutely in every way possible.
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Movie News
Movie News Release is the unusual subject matter of the episode we deliver today.I don't think that I have every released a show like this before, but there is a reason for bringing it to the world.You see through running a show like Join Up Dots for the last five years,we have have been focused on inspiring the world to take action.To realise that a life of your dreams starts with a simple starting action.Everything starts with a vision and then a lot of hard work.In today's episode we show the first episode of Movie News Release a new podcast produced and hosted by my son.This is hugely exciting for me as my son is working hard to break into the world of media, so this is his first step.Why Did Movie News Release Come To The World?My son is studying media at college and through his studies needed to create a podcast.He also needed a co-host to run the show with him.So who did he choose to perform this vitally important role?Well he chose the host of Join Up Dots to join him.The remit of the podcast was to create an engaging, free flowing podcast...ranty, opinionated and non-scripted.Therefore without any planning at all, we pressed record and saw what came out of the recording.That is what life is about after all.You prepare, press record, and then do your very best with what happens.Sometimes you get a chance to go back and polish things up.More often than not you don't, and have to make decisions how to get things back on track.Could We Have Done Things Differently With Movie News Release?Yes of course we could.We could have spent hours preparing a detailed script.Even bringing in sound effects and movie clips into the mix.However would it have been any better in the long run?Would it have been restricted by the desire for perfection, instead of just taking the action.
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Ten Years To A Dream (Mindset)
Ousmane Ndoye is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview.He is a man with a truly amazing and fascinating tale, of hardship and persecution.All surrounded by a burning desire to create the best life he could hope for.Raised in a small fishing village in Senegal, West Africa, as a child he endured abuse and profound humiliation.He also endured the breakup of his parents at the tender age of twoThis is of course is not what any child hopes for.The Hardships Of Early Life For Ousmane NdoyeHe found it particularly hard to accept, as he looked around at his friends who all seemed to have the family life that he would have wanted.Then later at age five he was taken to live in a compound of more than 100 people, living in extreme close proximity to each other. It was here where he quickly learned to defend himself, and to develop the inner power that he needed to flourish in this unstable environment.Many people fought for survival on a daily basis, he grew strength.It was a hard, brutal start to his life, but one that he wouldn't allow to determine his future.Ousmane Ndoye knew that he wanted a life in America.When The Dots Started Joining Up For Ousmane NdoyeSo at the age of 21, with just a few belongs and a gallon of water, he left Senegal, and amazingly managed to walk across the Sahara desert by foot.Travelling between Algeria and Libya in six arduous days.He had his dream and he wouldn't give up on it.Well he did it, and even now many years after setting foot on the continent he is pushing himself to greater and greater achievements.He is the author of "No Excuses, how to pursue a better life and lift others for a better world", and his "Mile High Momentum" training platform.He is about as far away from his beginning as it possible.But what was it about the American dream that filled him with such hope from his life in Africa?And when he started that walk across the desert did he truly believe that he would be where he is today?Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Mr Ousmane NdoyeShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ousmane such as:Why he makes sure that everyday when he stares in the mirror he asks the same question "What is possible for me today"How as a five year old lost confused and battered by life, he would not stop asking the critical questions that could lead him to a better place in his life.Why his Great Grandmother was the light in his life that kept his own internal flame burning brighter.The power moment that Ousamane Ndoye asked for 1% chance. He knew that he would get the other 99% percent for himself by pure work and effort.And lastly.........It didn't matter if he had to swim the Atlantic, or walk the Sahara he would do it to achieve his dream...the life that he deserves!
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The Dark Side Of Entrepreneurship
The Dark Side Of Entrepreneurship In today's episode we discuss the dark side of entrepreneurship.The bits that you rarely hear people talking about on a business based podcast.You see so many people will tell you what they want you to see and hear as they get their business going.They will tell you that everything is going amazingly well and business is booming.However in this episode you will hear that certainly in the first three years everything is very different.The dark side of entrepreneurship leaves many on their knees, crying at the escalating debts.Struggling with the self investment and technical difficulties that they didn't see coming.They waste so much money thinking that it will help them moving forward.Though it has a totally different result to what they wanted.So how can you get past the dark side of entrepreneurship and walk boldly into the light?Well you can start by listening to todays podcast episode where we share the challenges that you will go through.Enjoy!Today's Guest Summary Today's guest joining us on the show is a man who connected with us about three years ago.At that time he had just taken the corporate leap and started his own motivational coaching business.Taking a lot of inspiration from Americas Tony Robins, Kul Mahay has taken the best and put his own spin onto proceedings.So many people in life, feel that what they do, is what they will do for the rest of their lives.They go into jobs that might inspire at the beginning, but over time, little by little start to become a drag.Every minute feels like an hour, everyday feels like a month.But they put up with it until its time for retirement, when they are free to mow the lawn, walk the dog, and have nice little naps in the afternoon.Well today’s guest as we heard the first time on Join Up Dots, is a former senior Derby police officer.Who since 1985 when he joined the force “saw the darkest side of humanity” as he says, while dealing with horrific murders and acts of violence.He retired at the rank of Superintendent on New Year’s Eve and, just the following day, picked up his first client after taking courses on hypnotherapy and life-coaching skills.So let's start finding out what has happened in the last three years?Has it been plane sailing, or dark nights of the soul like the majority of our guests?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Kul MahayThe Dark Side Of Entrepreneurship Show HighlightsWe discuss the difficulty of starting a business especially in regards to motivating others when the doubts start creeping in.Why modelling yourself after the best is a great way to start your business if you are devoid of ideas.Kul remembers the period of time when his business slowed down and the clients dried up...could this have been a sign to do things differently.Why knowing other peoples values match with your own is such an important part of making the right decisions.How everyone will have the struggles when starting a business. Dont believe that everything is rosy in the garden. It's not.
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Do Your Family Support You?
Do your family support you all the way with your dreams and visions for greatness? More often than not they don't, as in a funny way they don't want you to succeed (if it means they see you fail on the way). A families job is to protect you, nurture you and see that nothing bad comes your way. That however isn't life is it? You have to have some bloody noses every now and again to learn what life is all about. In this episode of Join Up Dots, David shares a story about his son's reluctance to tell the world what his Dad does for a living. Also on the agenda is a monthly success group being formed through Join Up Dots, where we help and support you through monthly meetings, discussions and push you to where you want to be in life.
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Mindset Works (MINDSET MASTERCLASS)
Mindset works without a doubt.We all have that ability to push ourselves onto greater and greater achievements.Gaining the success we want simply by using the power of our brain.However most people don't as they only focus on what they don't have in their lives.They spend their time and energies looking at what is missing instead.In today's podcast episode with the amazing Eric James, you will hear how one man turned his life on its head simply by deciding that he wanted more.This is the most amazing conversation (if we say so ourselves) that shouldn't just be listened to one time as you are mowing the lawn.This is one of those conversations that you should study like an MBA.If you want to know if mindset works like he says it does, then simply listen to the story at the end and watch your own life change forever.How He Proved That Mindset WorksAs you will hear through the show Eric's life was quite different from where he is today, taking photos around the world, inspiring millions.He was in a dark, dark place, where through panic attacks, and a poor self-image his life was only going one way.He couldn't even get a job in Blockbusters video store due to the stress he felt putting himself into the interview position.Eric however had a dream that he could get a better life for himself.He discovered this through one of the strangest routes possible.After a conversation with a marijuana loving gentleman one day he was directed to a book by Tony Robins, the American mindset guru.Eric, hadn't heard of Tony at that time, but through reading the pages of the book realised that without a doubt mindset works if he could only apply those lessons.Over the next few years, Eric began challenging himself to tackle bigger and bigger obstacles as he watched his life and his bank balance improve exponentially.Mindset Works Again - He Took It To A New LevelOnce you get to the point that you know that everything you want starts within yourself, you will never look back.Eric, had moved on from the scared and timid individual that would shake and sweat during crisis.Eric now was so on his game that he could dream so big that it actually could take him into space.Like we all do, Eric took lots of flights, and would waste time flicking through the in-flight magazines left for our enjoyment.Most of the time, there is nothing in those pages other than adverts for perfumes and the odd semi interesting article.When your mind starts looking for opportunities every piece of information you get given can be the key to a new amazing adventure.This was the case with Eric, and he saw an opportunity to meet one of the greatest exponents of the "Mindset Works" practice - Richard Branson.Show HighlightsDuring the episode we discussed why mindset works with Eric through such weighty topics such as:How as a small child he remembers always being excited by the opportunities that occurred around him, which he still has today!What he did to get himself in a two way shoot with another person to go up in space with Sir Richard Branson by pure hustle!How an online magic site, became his first online business and was a huge success much to his personal surprise!The magic of meeting a man smoking marijuana who taught him the ultimate formula of success ever!Why the way you feel at any moment of your life can be changed into a positive state of mind…it's purely down to usAnd lastly proving that mindset works…..How the biggest goal you can hope to achieve will actually be the easiest one to actually achieve!How You Can Change Your Mindset TooOf course the first thing you need to do is listen to this show and subscribe to every episode that we deliver through Join Up Dots.Secondly, you need to start surrounding yourself with like minded individuals who really want to go for it.Not the mates that just drag you down the pub on a Friday night, but the ones that want to challenge themselves to do more everyday.If you can't find these easily then look for local sports clubs, evening classes, and those people will come into your life.Then you need to start taking action in your life, to gain the belief that mindset works for you, as much as everyone else.Once you believe in yourself and you can see the results then you are truly on your way to greatness.Lastly, you have to keep doing it.Don't just think that you can be all inspired for a week and then fall back into your old habits when the miracles don't appear.You need to say "This is the new me and this is how I live" day in day out until the mindset works become second nature.
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How To Reclaim Your Time
Today's guest Is Steven Griffith an author, speaker, researcher, and performance expert considered one of the leading authorities on the connection between time, productivity, and performance. For over 25 years, he has been helping the world’s most successful executives, CEO’s, military leaders, professional athletes, celebrities, and organizations around the world discover their true potential and perform at peak levels. He provides a strategic and effective approach to changing our relationship to time, allowing organizations and individuals to close performance gaps and realize their full potential. Based on thousands of client engagements over two decades, his new book Time Cleanse is the first solution in the world that both “adds time to your life and life to your time both in your business and in your life.”Released in 2019, The Time Cleanse: A Proven System To Eliminate Wasted Time, Realize Your Full Potential, And Reinvest In What Matters Most, provides a strategic and effective approach to changing our relationship to time, allowing organizations and individuals to close performance gaps and realize their full potential.He will show you how to get back up to 20 hours or more of free time (and do whatever you want with it!). It’s Your Time! As he says "There are plenty of things in life you can go without, but time is not one of them. You can live for weeks without food, days without water, even minutes without air. But you cannot live for one second without time, and that's true no matter who you are. No amount of influence, power, or money can change the fact. Time is life itself.So was he the classic case of the lost soul, scrabbling around, until he fell exhausted into his bed at the end of the day?And what is the biggest mistake people make, trying to fit too many things in each day, or simply just doing the wrong things?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Steven GriffithShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such weight subjects with Steven Griffith such as:Steven shares why he feels so many of us have a bad relationship with time, against not having enough of it to make a difference.2,600 times a day people across the world swipe, click, or look at their phones when they could be doing something far more productive. That's shocking!And lastly.........Why it is so important to decide and commit to what you truly want to do with your freetime, before you go out and get it. Otherwise you might well be disappointed with how you live your life.
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Financial Freedom
The Financial Freedom Course You Have Been Asking For Is Now LiveDo you have a "Financial Freedom Course ?" is what people seem to be asking us at Join Up Dots day after day.For many years we didn't, as hey, we were busy living the financial freedom that other people were wanting in their lives.Do you want to sit behind a computer telling people how to get the lifestyle that they want, or instead actually be living that lifestyle?Really there is no answer to that one is there people!So, little by little, we started to get what they wanted together, and also little by little we have realised that what they wanted is not actually what they should get.We will make it clear believe us, as it can all get a little bit complicated unless you start thinking about actually what financial freedom really is.BOOK HERE: Free Live Financial Freedom Masterclass Every MonthWhat Do People Actually Want From A Financial Freedom Course?If you had asked us this a few years back we would have said "Duh...financial freedom.....it's obvious"But actually people aren't wanting this at it's simplest terms, they are actually wanting the "stress free life that comes from not being worried about money"That is a BIG DIFFERENCE for sure, as it's how they are feeling which is the driver to change their spending habits and make life easier to live.I'll give you an example.If i said to you (and I won't be doing this) I will give you a million pounds per year to do nothing, just sit around watching Netflix, having the odd beer, would you go for it?Yeah of course you would as you would instantly think "Brilliant I don't have to do anything, anymore".....the money doesn't really come into the equation does it?You instantly think of the outcome and that is a lovely, lazy, stress-free life doing what you want.So many people out there create a Financial Freedom Course and forget this element.They don't consider that people want to take control of their life once more.They want to reduce the headaches, and stresses that life is bringing them.They don't actually want the money then want what the money gives them.What Do We Teach In Our Financial Freedom Course?This is where things start to get granular, and we go deep within your current lifestyle to find the survival point.That point in your life when you are getting just enough money to keep the lights on.Your food is paid, your bills are paid, and your existence is guaranteed.We aren't talking about a few pints down the pub once a week, or a romantic meal for two at your favourite restaurant.This is bare-bones time, but the most important part of creating your own, wonderful, financial freedom.Putting a figure on the money bridge that you have to travel, to start living the life you want.Do you know how much money you need each month to the precise figure? I promise you that you don't.You will after joining the Join Up Dots Financial Freedom Course, and then we will show you how to replace that cash with other peoples money.When The Course Gets Truly Sexy...And That Is The Mindset SwitchDo you know when our Financial Freedom Course really starts to blow your mind?When your mindset changes and you realise that the world is full of money.Literally coming out of every orifice, so you never have to think "Where do i get the money from?" you just think...........Someone has the money, let them pay for this thing for me instead.That is so important that it's worth going over again.You never ever have to worry about money again, you only have to think about how to get someone else's :)Within the course we will ram this simple logic into you with every ounce of strength that we possess as it is the life changer.You wanted a stress free life and this is the key to it all.Of course the second part of this puzzle is actually how to start creating those income creating streams in your life.From idea to fruition and beyond its all in the course.BOOK HERE: Free Live Masterclass Every MonthLearn The Easy Way To Create Financial Freedom In Your LifeBONUS: Our Favourite Financial Freedom Podcast To Help You On Your WayJust before we go, if this has whetted your appetite to start changing direction and live the life you want then we have to recommend some addition listening.Our favour UK podcaster, Pete Matthew does an amazing job with his super successful podcast The Meaningful Money Podcast available on iTunes and other directories.He shares great advice for getting yourself financially fit, all in a very down to earth, practical style.The one thing he doesn't do is show you how to create additional income like we do, but hey nobody is perfect after all.Click on the image and enjoy the marvellous and sexy tones of the one and only Mr Pete Matthew you will love it.
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Laughing Her Way Around The World (BUSINESS)
Today’s guest is a lady who is not only working in the podcasting media, but taking it to higher and higher heights due to her entrepreneurial spirit and pure hustle muscle.She is an award-winning journalist known to stun many a personality with her quick-witted introductions and on-air antics. She left Paula Abdul in a laughing fit and Havana Brown choking!She has interviewed them all, from k.d. lang, Jennifer Beals, Ruby Rose to Martina Navratilova... and the list goes on!She has recently launched her brand new podcast The Ginni Show — Curry, Comedy & Connectivity, which invites listeners to follow the hilarious journeylife of a young Sri Lankan gay immigrant woman growing up in Australia with guest appearances from Ginni’s aunties, 170 cousins, and celebrities. Ginni Media is a boutique Podcast Production Company serving the vision of entrepreneurs, celebrities and influential organizations around the world. Specialising in podcast production and content re-purposing, they provide a concierge-style service to ensure your voice is literally being heard where it needs to be.So is the delight in podcasting due to wanting to express a certain message, or simply due to the process of content creation.And when did she realise that podcasting was going to be the way to bring success into her life?Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Ginni SaraswatiShow HighlightsDuring the show we discuss such major topics with Ginni Saraswati such as:Ginni shares how she first landed in New York and discovered herself alone in Time Squares at 2:00 am with just Batman for company.We talk about how hard it is to put yourself into the world of online personal branding. Time to grow a tough skin people.If you can wake up and start doing something for yourself before you do something for anyone else then you are a step closer to success.And lastly……Why Ginni is very aware that the goals she sets herself are more often than not too big for her to tackle. So allows herself some space in her over achievement desire. 
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Starting A Virtual Team And Other Questions
In today’s show we answer some big questions that we have received through the show from listeners everywhere. Most of them are focused on the beginning stages to creating a life that is wonderful and profitable, which is of course everything that we do through Join Up Dots. It’s not a surprise that most people get in to trouble at this point of the life changing process as there are simply too many choices to be made. Too many directions to travel down. We know that as we have been there big time and now have the experience and knowledge that makes the difference. So let’s share that experience with you in today’s episodes. here are the questions and of course the answers will be presented throughout the show. Question One: David, loving the episodes, they always start my day with a smile. I have a question that has been bothering me after listening to your show. Why cant others allow me to be happy? I have started working on building my own yoga business and at the moment I haven’t got any clients, or know how to get them. But I love doing it. I feel that I am creating something amazing, and the clients will just come. So, and now I have added another question: Do you think they will just come? And, my boyfriend is nothing but uncooperative as I’m not heading out to bars and clubs like I once was with him, or at least as much as I did. He thinks that this is more important than what I am doing which is making me unhappy. Any ideas? Geraldine Copin, Bali Question Two: Hi David, what do you think is the most important part of business? Steve Fletcher, Truro Cornwall Question Three: Hi David, I am a 30 year old dude from Laramie Wyoming and I just need to find a way to get out and live life on my own terms. I love the message of your show and get really excited during the intro music, as I feel I am that person and now I am changing to want more. Where do you think you would go in the world if you was starting out your business today and could travel anywhere. I am excited by the possibilities but coming from where I do, the world is just too big……Scott Question Four Hi David and the Join Up Dots team. I am thinking of getting my own virtual team together and was wondering how you guys set up and operate. Thanks for answering Jancie Mincin, Adelaide, Australia
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Investing In Real Estate
Today’s guest is a man who is a multi-talented ex American television show host and a real estate investor; notable for being the anchor of the podcast called Investing in Real Estate. He is also a co-founder of Morris Investing, where he helps people across the world to find financial freedom by canny investing.As he says " Most people know that the number one way to build financial freedom is through real estate.But the problem is most people don't know how. When they try to do it on their own they end up confused and frustrated. That's why we founded Morris Invest. We believe that everyone should have the right to this opportunity. We've helped hundreds of people buy their first rental property and we've renovated thousands of homes and filled them with happy tenants. Which is great stuff, but equally fascinating is as we mentioned earlier prior to his real estate career, he worked as the anchor of the Fox network show titled Fox & Friends Weekend; as well as the former anchor of Good Day Philadelphia and The Daily Buzz on Fox 29. Which for me is a fascinating thing, as for many people this would have been a dream position. The pinnacle of a life's work.So what made him switch from being the calm and collected star of tv,  to being front and centre of the online coaching world?And was this an idea that just grabbed him by the throat and wouldn't let him go, or softly slapped him around for a while before his eyes gained focus and he could see his future.Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Clayton MorrisShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such deep subjects with Clayton Morris such as:We share how a contract can quite often be so restrictive even if it is financially very rewarding.We discuss how his father lost his job, and downsized  everything to survive financially, which set Clayton on the path to take control.Why it is such a good idea to open a LLC for your business in the United States  as soon as you can.And lastly………..Why being just one step ahead, of your clients is often more than enough to make a wonderful income in your life.
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How Well Do You know Yourself? (MINDSET)
Today’s show is a solo show hosted by your friendly neighbourhood podcaster David Ralph, who is bringing his words and wisdom to the air once more.In today's episode, he talks about a series of conversations that he has had this month with listeners of the show who are looking to change their lives forever.They are coming through to the show, with frustration, desire, ambition but very much with the focus on trying to find the fast way through to what they want.Why, does anyone want to find the fast way? We can of course understand that desire, as in today's world you click a button, download an app, and you get you want.However when building an online income this just can't be the case. There is no way that you can throw something up online, and expect for the profits to come flying in.You see, the first obstacle to overcome is knowing yourself, and understanding what passion you truly have to work at something. If you are somebody that looks around, starts something and then sees the enthusiasm start to dwindle over a period of time then you need to think twice. Perhaps you are the kind of person that should work for someone else.However, if you are someone who starts gnawing away at the bone, until you get through to what you want, not letting disappointments take over, then you might well have what it takes.Through the Join Up Dots process of building the business, there have been many ups and downs. Times when it seemed like nothing was working, and the effort was intense. Hour upon hour of hard slog with no rewards.There have also been times when it seemed like nothing David did wasn't going to work. The wave was 100% flowing in his direction and took him further than he could possibly ever imagine.That momentum however, would never have been achieved without the paddling for hours when you aren't getting anywhere at all, other than putting yourself in position to gain that waves power.That is where business becomes life, and life becomes business. You become what you are creating. You become the centre point to your dreams and aspirations. You become your future.So we ask you my listeners, do you have the focus to become the center of your world, reclaiming your power and energy to be who you want to be?
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How To Grow An Authority Business (BUSINESS)
Todays guest joining us on the show, is not just a second repeater as he first appeared on the show back on episode 574 of the show. But also I firmly class him as a friend, who has entered the inner circle of people that i trust, respect and consider to be doing things the right way.He is known as the Experts Strategist, the co-founder of GTeX, also he is a Forbes and Huffington Post contributor, TEDx speaker, host of the podcast Explode Your Expert Business, author of 3 life-changing books. He is passionate about turning experts into authorities using his signature EXPLODE YOUR EXPERT BIZ programs. Every year he speaks in front of more than 5,000 business leaders, which included sharing the stage with Les Brown, Dr John DeMartini, Trent Shelton and many more.He has also organized over 170 events, including Gary Vee speaking from York Hall boxing ring. Following his passion for making an impact on the younger generation, he also partners with the largest youth organizations in the UK, helping them deliver more effective courses and training.He is a man who has a desire to see the world flourish, and help individuals across the globe to grow exponentially, becoming their greatest versions.But of course to get to that point, you truly have to go through a journey of discovery yourself, to find your inner skills that make you unique and valuable to everyone.And it would be fair to say that just a few years ago, our guest was many many steps away from discovering his purpose in life.He was working in a restaurant in Notting Hill as a waiter, as he had been doing since the age of 15, and had certain mental restrictions should we say, that were holding him back from creating his dream life.He didn’t have a degree and his level of English was not quite enough to understand the self development literature that he was starting to immerse himself in.As he says, “Just a few years ago I was facing a very difficult moment of my life. I knew I had to change but I didn’t know what to do. I felt lost, like wondering in a circle in a dark room with no exit sign and this wasn’t me!! I have always been the uber-positive-hyper-charged person that was able to lift up the energy of an entire room!! Where was that me? Where did it go? I wanted to find him and bring him back! And he most certainly has done that.So how has he created his amazing coaching business the way he has?And how has past those first year obstacles that make growing a business so difficult if you don't do things in the right order?Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up more dots, with the one and only Simone VicenziShow HighlightsDuring the show we talked about such weighty subjects as:How he grew his business and developed a team that has helped him get his life back, instead of ploughing through seventeen hour days.Simone reveals how he started his own business, by attending seminars which gave him an insiders view of what others were doing.Why it is so important to delegate the outcomes before you ever think about delegating the tasks to a VAand lastly...............Simone reveals the moment his wife wanted to go to New York without him, and how it changed the way he thought of business.
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Sales
Today’s guest is a man who has for over 25 years, worked with CEOs, owners and corporate leaders throughout the US, helping them achieve great sales performance, while accelerating their sales process.All have their strengths, and their shortcomings and from years of testing and evaluation, he developed the Urgency Based Selling® system, a unique approach founded on philosophies which drive and accelerate human behaviour.Which sounds like he has certainly found his thing in life.But his start was a bit different for sure.As a college senior, all he wanted to do was sleep late and enjoy his last few months as a student.But this was a difficult when he was required to attend a 7am math class.So what did he do?Well the emerging sales expert convinced the Math Department to move this early morning class to a noon time slot. How’d he sell the idea?  Writing a page for his future Urgency Based Selling® playbook, he demonstrated bold behaviour. He told the school  students wouldn’t register for a class that early in the morning. With no registrants, the school would have to drop the class and lose out on the registration revenues. Mission accomplished.Since his college days, he has now dedicated himself to perfecting his craft and sharing his knowledge with others.  To date, he has performed more than 4,000 direct sales engagements; he has worked with over 90 organisations.  Sometimes, they’ve occurred unexpectedly – even backwards.In fact, this is how he began his consulting practice. One year, he hired a new accounting firm.  Early on, the accountant tried to sell him one of their financial products.  When the sales effort fell flat, Andy convinced the accountant to hire him – and to teach the firm how to sell!  His bold vision for sales techniques, combined with his bold, confident, and determined behaviour resulted in the establishment of a new business. This business taught his accountant – and every subsequent client – how to demonstrate to customers their businesses, products, and services meet the customer’s needs in a way no one else can.Which is sales!So what is the big mistake that people make when pitching a product or idea?And how can you get that person to eagerly open their wallet and increase your bottom-line, without pleading and begging?Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Andy GoleShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such deep subjects with Andy Gole such as:Andy shares the three types of knowledge bases that we have to overcome in our clients to be successful in sales.We discuss how important it is in business to draw a line between the social and the professional. Its not our job to be our clients friends.Andy shares a revealing story of how he went into business before he had any idea how to make it work.And lastly………..Andy reveals the absolute gold technique to convert any interest into an urgent need. Don't have those sales anywhere else than in your bank account.
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One Golden Nugget (MINDSET)
Today’s guest is a man who has had one of the most eclectic careers that I have ever seen.With just a few of the highlights or low-lights being such as "Been in a boy band, Wished I was in a successful boy band! ,Swept floors in a factory, Managed acts on X Factor and written contestant songs, Flown Concorde, Written hit records, including 1 Pop Idol winners record, Drunk Champagne with Charles & Liz at Buck House, Been to rock bottom twice, started a business with Duncan Bannatyne, Ended a business with Duncan Bannatyne" and now he is in the digital business.Wow, there is certainly a story behind this guy for sure.As he says " For all the many high points, I’ve also experienced more temporary failure than is good for one person. There have been many, many periods in which I have made a complete hash of things when I’ve snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and flopped on the final furlong. I’ve tripped on the finish line so often I’ve questioned my own sanity.If there was a lesson to be learned I’ve lived it, studied it, absorbed it, taken it on board and then ignored it many times over – even when I think I’ve understood it I’ve had to go through it again a few times to really know what it means.And that is a great life lesson, right there – the situation that slaps you will keep repeating until you learn the lesson.If there’s one thing I have realised over the years it is that with every challenging life situation there is always the seed of opportunity and the hope of brilliance within it. You just have to look for it and be open, which can be difficult when the shit is hitting the fan, but if you are ever going to be successful you must embrace this skill with open arms.Now he is bringing those amazing life lessons to the world through a new book One Golden Nugget where he is asking the world what is there view on where success is hidden.So does he lay in bed, with his hand behind his head and smile at the journey he has been on? Content that it has put him where he was always heading?Or was there a door that he could have walked through back in the day which was the perfect one?Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Steven Foster Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep subjects with Steven Foster such as:How he honestly thinks he hasn't got the mental intelligence to know if something is going to be difficult before starting. Is that a super-talent or hindrance?Steven shares how he went into his bedroom with depression and didn't come out for over a year.How Steven failed at so many things that he didn't want to do, he finally decided that he would only go for what he loved.And lastly………..Why life is about the journey as much as the rewards, but without fail the rewards are always in the present moment, no matter how much we think otherwise.
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Can You Be Happy And Still Serious?
On today’s show, David Ralph talks openly as to his struggle with the world of happy people doing what they want, apposed to the deeply furrowed brow crew that much of the world shows.You see it has always been a juxtaposition with his belief that just because someone is looking like they are having fun in their lives, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t serious about their life.Serious about having fun…is that possible?Can you work in an environment where you are 100% authentic to yourself and still be taken as a serious businessman?The reason that I ask that is just this week, I met an old colleague who after listening to the Join Up Dots podcast was very open with giving me advice.The advice was quite simply that I should be presenting a more polished and authoritarian performance to the world.He felt that because I was happily bouncing along having the greatest time in my life whilst being 100% me, i wasn’t able to provide what the world needed.However, that viewpoint is a crock from start to finish. That viewpoint is one full of limitation instead of abundance.Why cant you be happy and still be serious? Why cant you laugh and also deliver what the world is wanting?Well in today’s episode we expand on this, and as always we look forward to receiving your comments about the show.Who knows you can then be part of a future episode of Join Up Dots.
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Podcast to Location Freedom (MINDSET)
Today's guest joining us on the show is a man with a zany, positive, outlook to life which is truly refreshing to see.He does things his way, and is as he says "a story addict". If there's one thing that I believe has the power to change the world, it's Story.Stories are how we transmit our deepest beliefs as a species, open our souls to those we care about most, relate to and empathize with people we don't know, and ultimately bring about change by eliciting deep and powerful emotions from our audience.If there's a thread that runs through everything I do, it's a deep yearning to unearth and share stories that cause the listener, viewer, or reader to feel. Whether it's podcast production and sound engineering, photography, or writing, this is the core of my craft and my purpose.If there's one thing I've learned from exploring the world through different mediums, it's that the method of portrayal matters far less than discovering and understanding the heart of a story, and sharing it authentically.We all have a story we're trying to tell, and more than anything I love helping others share their own story with the world.So how do you take the concept of a story and turn this into a business that flourishes?And is this something that was obvious to him, or like most of us it crept up and grabbed him after many ups and downs?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jeremy EnnsShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such deep subjects with Jeremy Enns such as:We discuss how travel has become such a big part of his business, and how he brings it to life whilst still juggling work pressures.How the two of us find the quality of podcasts a big distraction to listening to them. If you are going to be a top podcaster remember that audio is king.Why you should benchmark your business against the best you can in your business. Look at the kings as success leads clues.And lastly...........Jeremy shares his big dot moment, that took him back to a sewing class in school. Strange place for it to happen, but true time and time again on Join Up Dots.
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How To Build A Consulting Business That Rocks (BUSINESS)
Todays guest bringing his experience and skills onto the show is an author, entrepreneur and CEO of ConsultingSuccess.com. He has consulted for organizations and advised leaders throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East in over 30 industries, from service providers to billion dollar multinational corporations including Panasonic, Dow Jones, Financial Times, Royal Bank and many others. He is an in-demand speaker and gives keynotes and workshops for the Certified Management Consultants Association, Canadian Internet Marketing Conference, Chartered Management Institute UK and others. His work has appeared in MarketingProfs, Huffington Post, Financial Times, FOX Business, Maclean's, HR Executive, Business Edge, Marketing Magazine and in several other media and publications. He is the author of 5 books on consulting and marketing including his most recent bestseller The Elite Consulting Mind. And if that isn't enough he also learnt how to speak Japanese and loves traveling and spending time with his family. So is there a key to building a successful consulting business, which covers most type of businesses? How did he get the ball rolling? Knocking on doors and cold calling, or a simplified strategic approach? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michael Zipursky Show Highlights During the show we discussed such wide ranging subjects such as: Why so many of us ignore the power of "gut intuition" in our lives, and the improvements we can make by simply being more aware of our emotions. How you can define if you have actually added value to your client throughout the term of working for the, We talk about the need for a team of focused individuals dealing with specific tasks in your business.  Don't get caught up with  the day to day tasks if they're not bringing rewards into your bank account. And lastly............... Why the 80/20 principle to life and business is something to be learnt and developed. It can save you so much additional effort by focusing in on what brings the biggest rewards.
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One Line Question And Answers (BUSINESS)
In today’s episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph answers a series of questions that have been posed by his clients from the last few years. The one caveat to the whole thing was it just had to be one line questions which we can then answer on the show. So here they are, and now you have to listen to the show to get the answers. Hi, David, what is a normal day for you? What is the favourite thing you do through your business, and the worst? Why did you start Join Up Dots podcast? If you could do something different what would it be? What was the biggest mistake you made whilst working online? Is it true that you don’ work on social media? I’ve seen you on twitter and FB that is why I ask? Why do you think that most people fail in online business? Do you make plans for what you want to do moving forward? You are amazing at what you do for us, why did it take you so long to start? How quick do you think success can be made online? Who you you admire most and why? I’ve heard you don’t go to conferences, but everyone else says that are a big part of business. Why don’t you go? Is it true you used to be a keynote speaker?
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Fit For Business Fit For Life (BUSINESS)
Today's guest on the show has a similar story to your friendly neighbourhood podcast host, and i guess many of the entrepreneurs that have appeared on the show over the years. So focused on building success, and wealth, he was on the track to becoming in Steve Jobs wise words" The richest man in the cemetery" He used to work 100 hour weeks as an entrepreneur bootstrapping Grasshopper to $30 million in annual revenue, and then Chargify to an investment from Mark Cuban As a serial entrepreneur, he has done what founders dream of. Despite not having nearly enough money, he made a success of his business. In fact he made an amazing success, although in life the ying and yang can't be ignored. There is a balance between life and business which so many people ignore until much too late. As he says "After being overweight,tired and generally unwell as an entrepreneur, I embarked on journey of self-discovery and self optimization that led me to The Human Optimization Framework. He decide to finally start caring about his heath and realised that even committing to the conventional "health diet and lifestyle" (avoiding fried foods, eating a low-fat /whole-foods diet, going to the gym etc) did not work. He sold his company, changed direction and now seems happier than ever. So was the conventional advice correct, but just not correct for him? And where do we all go wrong in business. Putting the money first, or simply working too hard to get it? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. David Hauser. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with David such as: Why it is so rare that anyone who hears their body screaming for us to stop actually pays attention to it. David reveals his process of fasting for 16 to 18 hours of day and the reasons why he feels he gets more energy. How everybody has a business in them by trying to solve their own problems first and foremost. and lastly.......... David share how everyday of normality could well be stripping away our health and benefits without any knowledge that things are getting bad.
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Finding The Time For Business Breakthroughs (TIME)
Today's guest is a husband, dad, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and Humanitarian. He started his first company at 22 years old, has owned multiple companies, and has over 22 years of experience helping business grow exponentially. He is the founder of Growth to Freedom™, ProsperityBasedLiving.com, creator of Millonaires Mindset®, bestselling author of Bootstrap Business as well as A Champion in the Making: Awaken the Champion Within Your life, Business, and Relationships and more. In 2007, 2 weeks after his son was born, Dan woke up with sharp pains in his chest, drove furiously to the hospital, and after rigosous testing, tubes, and scans, ended up on a operating table told by the Doctor that he had a 1 in 500 chance of dying going through with the procedure. Dan calls this the "false alarm" that transformed his life and since that time he has dedicated his time and energy working on worthwhile, fun projects, living on his terms - as he spends his time with industry leaders, entrepreneurs, parents, and organizations that are making a positive impact. While Dan has been on multiple media outlets including NBC, ESPN, Spike TV, Wall Street Journal online, numerous radio and TV programs, Entrepreneur, and many more, his proudest moments are when he's with his kids, setting an example, and leaving a legacy with his Growth to Freedom™ Business Building Strategies. Dan's clients include executives, entrepreneurs, parents, and leaders from over 38 countries in diverse industries. He consults with some of the leading companies in the world tody with his transformational processes and tools that drive more business, sales and profits. Dan's books, videos, radio shows, newsletters, products, consulting, and appearances have impacted over 500,000 people worldwide. Dan is recognized as the go to person for growth oriented organizations who are looking to increase their leads, sales and profits. So how did he overcome the health issues that plagued him moving forward? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr Dan Kuschell. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weight subjects with Dan Kuschell Why sleep is so important to an entrepreneurs life. So why is it that so many people pride themselves on telling the world how little sleep they get. What can you do to stimulate yourself mentally every single day of your life to change the paradigms of your life? Why Dan asks three amazing questions, that allow him to choose the things that he wants do in his life. And lastly......... Why Dan loves the speech of "Do the right things, and do the right things right" which he builds into his daily life.
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How To Feel Energised Every Day (FITNESS)
Energy Exchanges might not be something that you never really think about, however in today's world of business, busyness and non stop socialising more often than not the world is running on fumes. Tiredness isn't something that takes us over, like an unexpected foe, as it is with us all the time. We keep on going and going, until either something happens to our health which rocks us on our hills, or life forces us to slow down, by taking away those constant demands. I'll give you an example, how many of us work, work, work, until we get to the weekend, and then turn our attention to the chores that we need to do around the house? We dont ever say to ourselves, "This weekend, we will just 100% unplug, relax and get sun on our faces...ready for the coming week" Energy Exchanges work both ways people. You are giving it away so how about reclaiming some of it to work better? Or, we go to the expense to go on vacation with our family and the first five days we just can't switch off from life, until a few days off relaxation appears, before thinking about the world we are about to return to. This is all taking away the energy that we have and need to perform our best work. We cant just give, give, give and expect our lives to get better and better. It's time for some energy exchanges to appear everyday. So how about we turn our focus on ourselves, and simply think this one fact "How can i put the good stuff into my body to make it work better?" This could be a change of diet, stopping boozing, getting more sleep, or my personal favourite  gaining the right type of oxygen. It doesn't take any money, and more often than not will save you cash in the long run. It does take focus and commitment. Since the end of 2018. I have been working on energy exchanges everyday in my life and have never felt better. I dont exercise more (if at all). I dont diet. I do add more sleep, oxygen and rest into my life. I spend twenty minutes per day, split into two periods of ten minutes breathing as deeply as I can and then holding my breath based around the Wim Hof Method of breathing. This has been a game changer for me, and I cant express the positives you will also discover by doing the same. Energy exchanges are yours to decide on, but are incredibly important if you want to achieve the life you want. Start giving yourself the best chance you can have to rock your world, by bringing the energy back into your life.
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How To Live A Stress Free Life (FITNESS)
Today's guest is one of those rare individuals who has now appeared on Join Up Dots twice. Firstly back on episode 459 when we spoke about  how she developed her business to be an expert on dealing with the complexities of raising children, and the anxieties and behavioural problems that we as parents may encounter with our adorable offspring. She got to that point as for 20 years she worked in a range of settings with families with complex needs who have lived through a range of trauma and as a respite foster carer herself had direct experience of living with traumatised children. She has now been running her own company training, speaking and writing about the impact of early years trauma children’s behaviour and development needs bringing much needed attention to these issues. But since then she seems to have pivoted and is now focusing more and more on helping people overcome the stresses of life. The anxieties that slowly creep us on us until it becomes a problem that can bring us to our knees Familiar limiting beliefs like... I don’t have enough time or the money to…,  I sometimes feel like a fraud, The work could dry up at any moment, I need to work 24/7 to keep my head above water, The market just isn’t good at the moment, People might not want my product or service, Everyone else is doing better than me, I need to be realistic and not aim too high,  I can’t REALLY charge that, can I?, I’m doing this for my family (the one I never see), I’m always stressed out and tired, People like me never…, I never get enough sleep I'm sure there isn't one of us who hasn't had a few of those every now and again in our lives. So what can we do about it? Are there quick fixes to get us mentally back on track? And now she is an expert, does she breeze through life like a twig on the mighty stream of life, stress free, and smiling all the way? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jane Evans. Show Highlights During the show we discuss such major topics with Jane such as: Jane shares how "her thing" came to her through in the most unexpected way, but now she is 100% embracing the authenticity of her professional life. We talk about the three types of stress in life, and the reasons that stress can sometimes be a good thing which we need to perform to a high level. Jane reveals the reasons why so many get stressed out at the moments of relaxation and holiday periods. And lastly...... The secret of change is to focus all your energies on not the past, but changing the new. If you do that you wont go far wrong.
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Change Your Mindset Forever (MINDSET EXPERT)
Today's guest joining us on the show is a man from Edinburgh, Scotland who is assisting entrepreneur across the world to plough through the mind-blocks holding them back. He is the founder of Mindset experts. As he says "If you are an entrepreneur who has got past the start up phase then good work, that's a tough furrow to plough. You've now got some stability, an operational team and maybe one or two senior staff involved. But if you've got ambition you will have realised that the next chapter is different. You probably feel that you're still working just as hard but your growth has slowed down. You know that something has to change. That something is you." As they always say "If you win the inner game, you win the outer game" so how does he do it? How does he help you up-level your income, or increase your prospects in the future. Well he helps by getting you onto two relevant frameworks. One to develop your business strategy and one to develop your entrepreneurial mindset expertise. These route-maps allow you to see where you are on your journey, and show you the steps you are still to take. So how did he get to this point of awareness? Was it  his own stumbles or falls, or just an inbuilt talent of overcoming mindset obstacles? And where can we start today, if we have just one chance to move to the next level and change our mindset forever? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Joe Trodden. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep subjects such as: We share why the age of thirty seema to be such a landmark age for so many people. The time in their life when the light bulb switches on and possibilities reveal themselves. Joe shares how so many people come to him with a fix it job,  where actually the answers are already within them they just lack the clarity. Why there can be a huge advantage to being aware of your peer group from an early age and acting accordingly.  And lastly........... Joe talks openly about our innate supertalents and focusing in on your strengths as much as possible. Find the excitement in your life and you never work again. 
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Bringing Fitness Into A Busy Life (FITNESS)
Today's guest joining us on the show is a guy who I first stumbled across on YouTube, and if you have heard my recent cold showers challenge then this is the guy who inspired me to take the freezing plunge. So inspired by what he is doing from his home in the UK, I just had to invite him onto Join Up Dots to find out how he finds the time and the passion day after day. As he says "As well as being a full time geek, I have a passion for all things health and fitness. My experience and interests gives me a unique insight into the projects I work on. " He is cranking out the YouTube videos, releasing podcasts, blog posts, and showing us all how we can be the best versions of ourselves in a less than preachy message. That is normally enough for most people nowadays, but our guest isn't like most people as he also runs Falkon digital, which is a boutique Digital Agency, creating websites and helping clients grow their businesses online since 2009. This is a family run business, based in Altrincham,’up North’, in the leafy suburbs of Cheshire, a mere stone’s throw away from Manchester city centre and the airport, and they are ideally placed to work with companies locally, nationally and internationally. As they say "Our company ethos is to work with you, as an extension of your team, to work towards your business goals using our own expertise in design, development and digital marketing." So alongside looking after his wife and two kids, is this normal activity in his opinion or is he demonstrating a superpower of productivity and mindset that mere mortals cannot reach. And when did this all start? Was he the classic couch potato that had a life changing epiphany or always supremely fit and focused. Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Luke Sherran Show Highlights During the discussion with the Luke Sherran we hit such deep subjects such as:  We share how so many people miss out on the intensity of pushing through the pain barrier to gain the true gold that is waiting for them. Luke shares the reasons why his first business failed due to naivety in his business decision making. We talk about how we can re engineer the algorithms on YouTube to gain massive success in this exciting media format. and lastly................ Luke join up his dots and can clearly see that for every success he has made in his life, the seeds were planted many many years before.
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A Listener's Perfect Moment For Action = NOW
In todays episode of Join Up Dots we focus on a couple of emails from a listener of the show, who has told us off an issue that so many of us struggle with.....too many ideas, the imposter syndrome and waiting for the perfect time. Lets start with the first email that we received....... Email One Hi David, I will try and keep this short as I know you limit the time you spend on emails, and I’m sure that you get plenty. But I wanted to thank you for the content you have been putting out. I have been listening to JUD for around the last six months however some of your recent episodes have been particularly relatable. When I was younger I always wanted to be my own boss however like you say, I settled and followed the well-trodden path into uni and employment. I quickly discovered that the promised land of employment in a “good, safe, professional job” is not what it’s made out to be; it’s certainly not been my definition of good, safe or professional. It particularly hit me when one day whilst commuting into London. I noticed that the rhythmic clucking of rush-hour footsteps up tube station stairs just sounded too much like people being churned out by a factory press for my liking. I’m now in employment that suits me much better, and I am very grateful of that considering what I went through before, but I know that I need to really go it alone and dream of doing work which inspires and excites me every day. Moreover I feel like the time to act is now as I have realised that telling yourself that it’s not the right time is just a lie; now is as good of a time as any and if anything things will only get more difficult the longer you wait. The difficulty I’m having at the moment is transitioning from paper to practice. I have no issues forming businesses on paper; developing ideas, researching the idea, creating plans and to an extent even testing ideas. This however is when I seem to face a huge mental block; much like a deer in a car’s headlights that rather than bouncing along on its way to safety, only stops and stands still. A mixture of too many ideas and a fear of the unknown is the problem I guess, but something which I am very much fighting to get through at the moment. Your content is a massive help and a motivator when I’m struggling to move forwards but hopefully these small steps at the moment will be little dots that will join up in the future. Thanks again, please keep up the excellent work. David So we went back to him and followed up the conversation and found out that at his core he is struggling with "too many ideas, and waiting for the perfect time" Email Two I have never considered writing and really wouldn’t consider it a strength at all. I’m dyslexic and the process of writing is something which can be quite time consuming and painful, especially when I know that the structure of what I have written is going to be coming under some scrutiny. As such it actually means quite a lot that you commented positively on it. I have always tended to compensate for poor writing by speaking… and like a wet fish slapping me in the face, I think I need to take your advice from an episode where you talk about podcasting as a way of engaging and directing sales. While ideas are great they are now distractions more than anything and that in truth it’s probably me giving myself an excuse not to progress with whatever I was working on and I guess fall back into my comfort zone of researching etc. rather than entering the ‘unknown’. I will be sure to let you know how I get on with the ploughing on through as well as what happens after. It’s funny you should mention our old mind-set problem because I can totally relate to that. I have one friend who I discuss a lot of these things with, mainly because he has similar feelings about his job, but other than that I keep things very much to myself and perhaps that’s a mistake. Was there something in particular that got you out of that mind-set, a particular turning point when you stepped out from being undercover?   I work in construction so sometimes move around a lot. During the time I was referring to with the steps comment, I was living in South East London and commuting by train to Watford and Ealing. I now live in Kent (largely because it’s so much cheaper than London) but split my time between Kent and Essex. If our paths ever cross then I think I owe you a drink.
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Building A Ghostwriting Business (BUSINESS)
Today’s guest has built his business by bringing the worlds desire for published success onto the book shelves of the world, against staying on their pc’s as unfinished masterpieces. As he says “If you’re like most of my clients, you know SO much about your topic that you don’t know where to start, what to put where, and how to tie it all together into something people actually want to buy. Book publishing is worth $120 BILLION globally. The industry rewards preparation—not motivation. I’m a Ghostwriter. AKA, a professional book writer who captures an author’s voice, helps you hone your ideas so they’re publishing-ready, and polishes the hidden gems in your manuscript…all without injecting my own opinions or views into your book. On top of that, I’m the first and only Ghostwriter on the planet to use writing analytics software (Stylometric Analysis) to capture and authentically recreate an author voice. When we partner on your book, we’ll get your ideas on paper in your voice. So is a book a vital part of the business branding, or just pandering to the entrepreneurs ego? And where do most people go wrong when trying to do this themselves, the writing or the actual process of marketing the book? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Joshua Lisec. Show Highlights During the show we discuss such major topics with Joshua such as: Joshua shares how his dream in college was to be a published author, which has led him after turning down many opportunities to help the world get published. We talk about the “stay in your lane” advice that so many people get given in their lives which is a crock. You dont just drive in a straight line, so why should your life be that way? How the talent stack is one of the most powerful concepts that you can bring into your life. Join up your strengths and passions and make something unique. Why it take as much effort to sell a $50,000 product as it does a $50 product. So ramp up your prices, and provide the right value to
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The Subconscious Mind (MINDSET)
Today's guest joining us on the show is a man with a special talent, attached to a desire to entertain,  educate and inspire his clients to be the best that they can be. Most people never get close to being the full version of themselves due to their limiting beliefs, mental anchors, and quite frankly the inability to supercharge themselves by tapping into the talents they have lying dormant deep within them. That was never going to be the case  for today's guest as he was determined to be the best he could be once he found the true passion in his life, hypnosis and the power of the subconscious mind. He came across his natural talent for hypnosis and suggestion in the hotel De France in Jersey when he watched a show-band drummer hypnotize a young lady, who was then told that a toy dog a little boy was playing with,was a fully grown lion. The resulting mayhem convinced him he had to discover more about the mind and imagination, he had to know why reality can change so quickly. Through that obsession, his own reality changed and he not only found that those skills being used on over 70,000 people across the world, he also found himself on the stages of London to the shiny lights of Las Vegas. Which is credit to the man, as being born with an inherited a form of Muscular Dystrophy called Charcot Marie Tooth disease, he was was told at 19, after a year undergoing disastrously bad surgery and physio, that he should only do sit down jobs. No one would have expected him to instead become "Britain's Leading Hypnotist" . As he says "The trick of success is to use what comes out of, and goes in to, the Subconscious Mind" and he certainly does this everyday with stunning effect. So what made him push himself to tackle bigger and bigger challenges when he could have simply settled for the lifestyle that others expected of him. And are there tips that all of us can start using today that can see us soar and defy expectations? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jonathan Chase. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep subjects such as: Jon shares how we should enjoy the benefits of working with high ticket clients. They value what your offer is, and you also need a lot less of them to build a dream life. How a business is all about focus. Get the focus right and your business will lead to the ultimate sophistication.......perfect simplicity. And lastly........... We discuss how humans are the only creators on the planet, due to the power of their imagination. We should spend a lot more time in our minds and be in harmony with our subconscious.
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Easy Social Media (BUSINESS)
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man with many years of experience and several successful startups and exits through his history. He joins us as the founder of Needls, the first ever RoboAgency. What does this mean I hear you cry? Well it's the easiest and most effective way to advertise online. The Needls ad platform allows businesses to automatically create, target and optimize digital ads on both Facebook and Instagram. Using its proprietary intent engine, Needls identifies buying signals within posts, tweets and status updates through Data Science and AI, ultimately determining the perfect target audience for these ads by monitoring social media conversations in real time. Needls then delivers advertisements directly to these individuals, resulting in a high-quality traffic and impressive ROI for advertisers. But as you will hear on the show this is a guy who is joining up his dots everyday, as back in 2006 he started as an Internet Marketing Consultant for MenuPalace.com, where he managed all aspects of the sales cycle for online marketing campaigns. This lead him to creating a brokerage company focused on selling high end, established, web-based businesses that have a history of generating significant cash flows. Until he got to where he is today the dots have joined up From starting his first business while still in university at the age of 18 it seems that he is exactly where he wants to be As he says"Creating businesses that help people is what motivates me. Every company I've started and worked with has stemmed from a problem that needed a solution. Now with Needls, I'm excited to bring that knowledge and passion to businesses looking to leverage social media as their problem". So if business is all about solving problems for others, why do so many people struggle to find a business idea that works for them? And now he has created a solid history of online and offline success does he find it easier moving forward, or just as confusing? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Michael Koral Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Michael such as: How so many people across the world have to wait for the realisation of what they love in life. But the dots will start making sense. We discuss the power of a robo agency, which has given the power back to the individuals of the world, compared to the historic route of marketing. Why so many people in corporate land have a huge problem to define the value that they can brig to the world holding them back from success and lastly…. Michael shares just a few of the failures in his life, which have led him to where he is today. Would he be where he is without them???
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Time - The Most Valuable Commodity (TIME)
So what is the most valuable commodity in your life? You might say that it is your family, your kids, your highly polished sportscar that come to the top of the list of this category. However, i would say that this is wrong. In fact I wouldn't just say that you are wrong, but you are you so wrong it's untrue. Although these things are precious to you, I think the most valuable commodity in your life is time. Agreed? Time is something that is given to us right at the very start with no clear indication as to how much we have actually ever been given. We didn't get a chart that says "Ok you are here.....follow your finger to the end." The time that you have on this planet is running out from the moment that you pop your head out from deep within your mother. There is no pause button. There is no way to wind back the hands of time and get it back. It's strange then that we all are focused on everything else in our life, but not overly on the hands of life running down the time that we have left on this planet. The time that we have to create our legacy and leave our mark on this planet. Let me ask you a question "What did you do today with your life?" Was it amazing, stimulating, exciting or just a few connected hours that ran between the time you opened your eyes to closing them again? If its the droopy eyes scenario then that doesn't sound like this most useful spending of the most valuable commodity does it? Steve Jobs the late founder of Apple, said many remarkable things as you will have heard on Join Up Dots, but during his commencement speech in 2005 he spoke these words about the use of time, and why he considers it as the most valuable commodity mankind has. If these words don't frighten you into taking action then I don't know what will. “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever used to help make the big choices in life. Almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” So do you know what you are going to spend your most valuable commodity on tomorrow? It better be something good, as it will be the most expensive investment that you have ever made full stop.
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Cold Showers - The 30 Day Challenge (MINDSET)
Cold Showers are something that I have never considered to be something that I want to get involved in. After all why would anyone want to jump into freezing cold water everyday, but apparently a lot of people do and it seems for very good reasons too. In today's show we report on the first day of a brand new challenge that I am hoping will inspire the world to try to do something that makes them uncomfortable, but builds the mindset muscle to tackle bigger and biger ventures. Taking cold showers everyday. I started this challenge after being inspired by the words of Mahatma Gandhi and on a lesser note many different YouTubers who have tried the same experiment with mixed results. The idea is by plunging headfirst into a series of cold showers each morning, you increase alertness, lose fat, get healthier skin and other such benefits. Even tackling depression in the process. The first day came, and I hesitated for a second and jumped into the freezing blast of water. Man it was a shock to the system, and even with my steely resolve I jumped straight back out. This was my first mistake. Apparently you build up to this level, instead going from a warm and lovely shower, and then when you are nice and hot turn it down for the last two minutes or so. This is an easier way of doing things, but still is difficult as you can imagine. The second day came, and i was not looking forward to it, but by taking it step by step I overcame the desire to turn that dial to red as quickly as possible. I have 28 more days of the cold showers, so what am I aiming to achieve? What are the benefits that others report from doing the same? The Key Benefits To Taking Cold Showers Everyday The majority of the benefits that we aim to get from cold showers are of course internally. An increase in the immunity of your body will allow for more colds to be fought off. Better skin, Shinier hair. All very cosmetic i guess, and I for one will do most things to look healthier than I was previously. Isn't that how the world operates generally? But what about inside. What can cold showers do for your general well being that other actions during the day can't touch? 1. Increases Alertness Take a cold shower first thing every morning and you will feel more alive and alert then ever before. Yeah, no shock there. In fact the biggest shock is the water to our heart. But i was surprised to discover that this alertness didn't just carry on through an hour or so, but actually will last for the whole day. This is due to the gasping for breath that you suddenly do, bringing in more oxygen to your body which as you can imagine is what we need to live. So if you can have more alertness, I guess this leads to better decision making, productivity and everything else that makes you shine against your competitors. Pay Rise anyone?? 2. Refines Hair and Skin We all want to look young and sexy, and unfortunately for most of us the delight of having a hot shower everyday can limit that desire massively. You see cold showers are wonderful for closing the pores of the skin and hair follicles to prevent natural oils and greases from being stripped away. We all know that after a lovely hot shower which can feel tight and stretched. Start taking cold showers and believe me you will see a rosy glow spreading throughout you. You are protecting what nature has given you and making the most of it. I am known for dark circles under my eyes, and even with plentiful sleep they can stay dark. I am hoping that after 30 days I am looking better than ever as the cold water replenishes my skin and makes me look like Zac Efron on a good day. 3. Improves Immunity and Circulation As you jump into your first of the cold showers your body needs to get used to, some of the biggest benefits wont be visible at all. In this regard you have to trust us and have, in the worlds of George Michael "A Little Faith". When the cold water hits your skin, your body will fight to increase your body temperature by increasing the amount of white blood cells in your body. This is a great thing as the winter arrives and the world is spluttering around you as the more white blood cells that you have the more your body will laugh at the viruses and germs that bring us to our knees. You will feel invincible and never have to have a duvet day watching Netflix again in your life (ok, that might not be such a good thing after all.) 4. Stimulates Weight Loss I'm not sure that this is something that will make you go "Whoo Hoo" hand me another bag of Doritos I am now a cold showers maniac. But there is recorded information that the increased coldness to your skin can attack the different types of fat our body stores. So the more you shiver the slimmer you get. This is particularly true around the belly and love handles areas that people struggle with. I'm naturally skinny, so I dont really want this to occur, and I am hoping that the cold showers recognises this and doesnt make me end up looking like a long distance endurance runner. That is not a good look at all. 5. Speeds Up Muscle Soreness and Recovery We have all seen athletes come off the track or pitch and jump into a bath with ice floating on the top. Have you however ever thought why they want to do this? The cold is amazing at stimulating what our body needs to recover energy and restore lightness in our joints and muscles. Had a hard day in the garden, then take a cold shower before going to bed and feel those aches and pains slip away. Even some of the worst sports injuries are prescribed cold treatment by the Doctors, so why would cold showers not act any differently? 6. Eases Stress I have been someone that struggles with stress throughout my life. I now say I am the worst kind of stress head. The one that doesn't look like he has a care in the world, but deep inside the body is going mad and producing a lot of nasty stuff. Back in 2018 I got hit with Gout, which is a buildup of uric acid in the joints. You can find this more often around the base of the big toe, and let me tell you...it is crippling. The worst pain that I have ever had. So upon my review of the benefits of taking cold showers I was pleased to see that perhaps this is the solution that i am looking for. Instead of taking tablets everyday, I can simply embrace this form of stress relief and little by little cure myself. So this is a big tick in the cold showers box for me, if it turns out to be true. 7.  Relieves Depression Cold showers have been shown to send an enormous amount of electrical charges through to the brain, stimulating endorphins which can help with depression. With more and more of the worlds population relying on happy pills prescribed by over eager Doctors, then this must be a good thing to try. You can see it occuring why this would be true really, even if you dont deal with depression. You plunge into cold water, and come out feeling alive and sparkly. You must feel more inspired and less depressed than just moving from warm room to warm room, eliminating any freshening of your skin and blood. Anyway, as I say I have never had depression thank god, so I don't think that I will be able to report back on this, but for others this could be the winning ticket in the cold showers lottery of life. A three minute burst of stimulation can literally change the rest of your day and life. That for me is something worth trying for sure. So there you have it the start of the 30 days cold showers experiment and I am going to see what happens to me and report back. If you want to join me ( not in the shower, unless you are 30 years old and blonde) then drop us a line using the contact form and tell us how you are getting on.
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The Five Dots That Lead To A Supercharged Life
Welcome to the new version of Join Up Dots, which we are beginning to start building from today onwards. These are big changes that fingers crossed will make a big difference to so many more people across the world. People who listen to the show everyday, but for numerous reasons fail to take that motivation into the real world to get the life that they want. They are consuming books, podcasts, YouTube Videos, buying courses and still not getting anywhere near to the life they want, and I now believe that it's purely from doing things in the wrong way. They are joining up the right dots, but in the wrong way. You see most people feel that success comes to them once they get money, financial success or freedom into their lives. Which I for one would say that is a great benchmark for what everyone thinks is a successful life. In fact I think I would have said exactly the same thing a few years ago. However, now I would say that health is more important than wealth for a start. There is nothing more important in your life than being fit and healthy. As Steve Jobs once said "Who wants to be the richest man in the cemetery?".....i certainly don't for sure. So being healthy is a key element that leads to success, but what gets you to that point? Well let's start by listing them in the order that they should appear.... Mindset - Is the key to everything. If you dont have the right mindset to be able to push through the obstacles and grow the possibilities around you then you will struggle. How many times have you started something and then thought "This is never going to work!" and stopped? That is because you didn't have the right mindset. You didn't have the skills that allowed you to find the keys to the locked door. Time - It is clearly evident to me that the majority of people want to keep their current life and try to shoehorn the new one into the gaps. This is of course is prone to failure and just leads to a feeling of overwhelm. Surely the better way is to make the space to allow for the new changes to grow and take shape? You wouldn't just go into a garden and keep on planting seeds where everything else is already growing would you? So why do we think that this is the way to change in our own lives? Health - I was not the biggest supporter of my health in the early days of creating Join Up Dots. In fact I'm still not the most active person, but I am trying. I try to sleep more. I try to meditate through a series of breathing exercises and I try to eat the right things. Should I be doing more exercises like running and the like? Well yes, i should but I don't like doing it so I try to find the things that will make a difference in my own life. The same must go for you and to move forward to the life of success that you want you have to be focused on giving yourself the greatest chance of making a difference in your life. YOu need to make sure that your body is firing all cylinders and that my friends comes down to looking after yourself. Fun And Inspiration - How great is it to only be doing what you love doing? You wake up every morning with a Yay! instead of a Groan? Well i think it is mega important and I know that when I am doing something that inspires me and focuses my attention then the quality of work is better and the time goes quicker too. Why would you want to  be working on something that bores you? It just doesn't make sense, but I promise you the world seems to do this very thing. Madness. So lets look at the last of the five dots that lead to success.....which as I said at the beginning is normally the piece that people start on first. Finance and Business - This is of course where people consider success to lie, but as we have already spoken about it just doesn't occur that way. You need to be ready for the battle and that comes with winning your inner game. If you join up you dots and really make a go and getting yourself mentally and physically in top condition then you are on you way to the life that you want. I hope sincerely that you enjoy the new and improved version of Join Up Dots and lets us know what you want to hear from us in the next few years moving forward. All the best and thanks for listening David
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How To Eliminate Distractions (TIME)
Todays guest joining us on the show is a man who has created something, that as soon as I saw it I thought "Wow, I know many people who could do with this system" It's all down to giving you the ability to focus in on a task, when the world of distractions are flying around your head. You know what its like, you have an important piece of work to finish, but you just need to check Facebook for a second, and then of course the football results, and before you know it that piece of work takes longer and longer. Pressure and stress abounds Well as our guest says " After I left my corporate job, I spent several years struggling to build a life that allowed me the creative freedom to realize my potential, while still paying my bills. I worked as a freelance writer and tutor, started a business, and pursued numerous side hustles before eventually establishing myself as a professional coach for entrepreneurs, growth company executives, and Fortune 100 managers. Along the way, I tried everything I could find that promised to boost my productivity, and to stop myself from procrastinating and wasting time. I found productivity apps that helped me organize my to-do list, stay off social media, and manage my calendar. I also developed my own systems to set long-term goals, to plan my weeks more strategically, and to stick to a strong morning routine. After helping my coaching clients implement some of these tools, I realized that today’s digital workers need a solution for procrastination that didn’t exist: A community to connect with like-minded individuals committed to holding each other accountable, hour by hour, for actually doing the actions contained in those todo lists, productivity tools, and goal trackers. I created Focusmate to help independent workers break free of the shame and anxiety caused by chronic procrastination, and to enjoy the same benefits of accountability as clients paying thousands of dollars for coaching. Love this, truly love this. So when this idea popping into his head did he think like most people seem to do "That must be out there already, so what's the point?" And where does he find the biggest need for his services, from people who are just beginning or ones much further into the game who should know better. Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Taylor Jacobson Show Highlights We discussed so many deep subjects on the show such as: Why so many people fail to get an idea of the ground quite simply due to the fact that they have too many ideas. Taylor talks about "blundering" around in his career, which allowed him to experience many things that has led him to where he is today. We chat about finding the minimum viable product for any business as soon as possible, no matter how ugly it might be. And lastly……….. What would it be like if you didn't have to worry about business and only do what you love doing in life? Then perhaps its time to find a business partner who does.
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Dealing With Crushing Disappointment (MINDSET)
In todays episode of Join Up Dots we talk about an issue that effects every single one of us in our lives. The feeling of disappointment. You know what its like. You study really hard for your exams, and when you get the results back you haven't done as well as you thought you would. Disappointment. You pluck up the courage to ask that person that you fancy out on a date, and they look at you and say "No, im ok thank you" Mega Disappointment......and i'm sure that you can think of many different forms of disappointment that occurs in your life everyday. Now, through the process of building Join Up Dots into what it is today, on a day to basis I have had crushing failures where success was mine to have. I have invested time and money into something worthwhile and all I got was a whack in the mouth and that feeling if disappointment that can knock you off track. However, what are we really feeling at these times in our lives? Well, i have been thinking about this more and more and I dont think that we are disappointed by the result, more to the fact of how we thought our life would change moving forward. It's actually the future version of ourselves that we are upset at missing out on. Our lives wont be going into the sexy world that we had been pining our hopes on as we would have liked. But here is the kicker. This is the real lesson to be had during the times when we receive news differently to what we were expecting. Our lives have not changed at all. We are in exactly the same position as we were two seconds before hand. We have the same money. We have the same health. We have the same past and present. It's just our desired future that is different and that has never existed anyway. So what are we getting disappointed about? A fantasy? The luxury holidays, the new car, paying off loans...it doesn't matter what it is as it's never happened. Its all in our heads. Therefore all we have to do is accept it for what it was, and set about making it what it is, and i guess this is the main truth of all. When we get that life that we want then it will be all the more sweeter and we can truly savour the achievement.
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Becoming A Coach (BUSINESS)
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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Video Animation For Beginners (BUSINESS)
Today's guest on the Join Up Dots podcast is truly a pioneer in content marketing, having developed a video creation software platform long before video was king online. He is the co-founder and Chief Video Officer of Animoto, an award-winning online video maker that makes it easy for anyone to create professional-quality marketing videos, even if they have no technical skills and have never created a video before. With the mission of empowering everyone to create powerful videos regardless of age or experience, he founded Animoto with his high school and Dartmouth College friends back in 2006. Animoto’s certified partnerships with Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and the Small Business Administration give it unique insight into the changing social media and business landscape -- which may be why more than 1-million businesses around the world are already using Animoto to create marketing videos. Prior to founding Animoto, he was a producer for MTV Networks and Comedy Central. So why is video so powerful for any business today? And what is the key mistakes that he sees people making 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. Jason Hsiao Show Highlights During the show we touched on such subjects with Jason such as: Most people have the shortest attention on video, so don't save the best for last, but get the good stuff out as quickly as possible. Why you have to nail your business's core values and strengthen as you get going. Without it you will be going around and around in circles. If you could be the best in the world at one thing then what would it be? Become a category of one and your money will grow exponentially. And lastly........... How the words of the late Steve Jobs might just be the worst business advice that he has ever heard (or actually the best for that matter)
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Small Business Owner
Today's guest joining us on the show learned about small business from his family who were in the barbershop and auto salvage yard businesses. He climbed the corporate ladder outside of the family business, working in distribution, manufacturing and engineering consulting and professional services. He’s a 3 time INC 5000 honoree after becoming the CEO of a 17 year old cash strapped company and growing it at 50 percent per year for five straight years. He accomplished that by bootstrapping the business without outside money. He now helps small business owners run profitable and well respected companies through his consulting firm. As he says "My dad was a serial small business owner. I’ve known the challenges of building a small business all my life. I took what I learned at the family dinner table added in some education, and I’ve had success most people would love to have. Let me tell you building a business is hard, but it doesn’t have to be hard forever. So today I share my business tips to help as many small business owners as I can create the success they want in their companies." So when did business become easier for him, and he moved away from the hard times? And why do some people stay trapped in to the build forever, without gaining the true rewards. Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Philip Williams Show Highlights During the show we shared such deep conversations such as: We discuss the basis of setting up a sound financial accounting system from the very first day of entrepreneurship. Not sexy but so important. Why so many people struggle with the concept of trying to express their true value to their customer. Solve a problem people. and.......... Why you wont win every job that you pitch for, so dont worry about losing on the wrong client just focus on the right ones
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It Doesn't Have To be Perfect (MINDSET)
In today's episode of Join UP Dots we share some hugely valuable advice that can quite simply be life changing for the world. You see the world is full of people who are looking for the perfect business idea, or the perfect this or that. They walk around with ideas coming to them all the time, and for whatever reason they fail to get going on them. It might be the case that they feel that someone has done it before. It might be the case that they feel that they haven't got the personal experience to deal with the technical aspects. It might even be the case that they are frightened of trying to do the thing that they want to do, so build an unreasonable idea of what is needed. They project into the future where everything is perfectly constructed and built and stop as they aren't near to where they have to be. The key thing is you will never be anywhere near to the vision that is in your head, so stop looking for perfection...it doesn't exist. I'll tell you a little story about a coaching client of mine called Chris. Chris is building a property investment business and has had one of his friends desperate to work with him for the last few weeks. This potential client, wants to work with Chris, has the money and is willing to start straight away, however Chris has been reluctant. The reason? Chris quite simply felt that his business wasn't at the point where everything was looking sexy and completed, so he dragged his feet. However, what does a customer really ask for? Sexiness or value? Or they looking for something that looks uber glossy and professional, or are they looking for and end goal and you are the person to supply it? Well the answer is obvious. They aren't looking for perfection from you, they are in fact looking for the services that you are able to provide. You do not need to offer them anything other than what they are actually looking for. So please dont get hung up on whatever is going through your head, just blast through it by taking consistent action everyday and little by little.......guess what? You end up with the perfection you are hoping for.
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Mindset And Magic
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a lady who I have had the delight to spend time with as she interviewed me on her own podcast Pure Mind Magic recently. She has been fascinated by magic since early childhood, when she got her first magic box at the tender age of seven.  At the age of 15, Europe's largest magic association, the Magic Circle, became aware of her and a few years later she had the honor to be included in this exclusive circle.  In a male-dominated genre, our guest is still one of the few internationally recognized professional wizards, and one of the most recognized and sought after magicians worldwide.  But that's not all.  The trained hypnotist and specialist in mental magic also deals with finding out how our mind is built.  How our thoughts take shape in reality, whether parts of the future can be predicted which is of course a mystery that remains as inexplicable as magic itself.  As she says " We only use a small percentage of our mind. Ever wondered why some people seem to get along very easy while others always struggle even with simple thing? The secrets to this mystery is in our mind. We do have kind of a superpower with the abilities we possess. There are ways to train them like muscle turning you into the mind magician of your own life and create the reality you always wanted.  So does these deep insights into the world work as well in the business world as the professional world of entertainment? And how does her business operate? How do clients come like magic into her life, instead of chasing month after month like most people in the world? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Victoria Mavis Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Victoria  such as: Why the power of achievement is as much due to consistency as it is any god given talent. Victoria shares how the business side of things becomes so much easier, once you learn to fascinate your audience more than sell to them. We discuss how Quantum Physics can be used to astonishing effect day in day out simply by powering up the brain.  and lastly…. We share how magic occurs everyday in life by being present and welcoming to the opportunities that come your way.
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How Much Can You Earn? (MINDSET)
Through Join Up Dots i have had the opportunity to meet many people across the world, whether on skype, conferences or even in pubs. Most of them approach me as they have been a listener to the show, and after the normal preambles will generally hit with the same question every time. "So how do you earn from the show?" If they are really brave, or have consumed more pinot grigio than they should. they will follow this up with the question "How much do you earn from the show?" Good questions both of them, as a podcast in itself isn't a money maker, it's one hundred percent lead generation. People listen, people decide that I am trustworthy and then they connect with me and buy my products. Now I could hit them with the answer of £xyz, giving them the figure down to the finest details but more often than not I dont. Instead I answer "As much as I Want to earn", which I can see in their eyes is not the kind of response that they are hoping for but it's true. Once you start creating momentum online you can literally earn what you want as long you provide the value that people want. Value equals income, and the more people who want that value then the better you will do. Totally different to working in a corporate environment, when you are not the person responsible for deciding how much that value is worth? We all remember going to the job interviews and being offered a position for £30,000 a year, and skipping back home like we had just won the lottery. Roll forward a year, and we beomoan this miserly reward for our efforts as we have now decided how much value we are actually bringing to the company and it's a lot more than £30,000. In 2019 my aim for the show is to earn £500,000 for the year which means that I have to earn £41,666 per month. Is this a big ask? Well yes in one regard, which is why I have spent the last five years working on the show to build the momentum. However in the other regard, its quite simple. I just need to find what people need more and more, and then find a way of providing that so they buy from me. Value +Scale = Income. So the next time you are working at your job, or walking around thinking "I really want that car, how can i get it?" Dont just think of loans, or potential bonuses. Instead start considering how you can bring value to someone and then multiply this value. Thanks for reading and hope to see you again soon David
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Happy New Year 2019
Happy New to everyone who listens to the show, so how has it been already? Are you focused on the amazing opportunities and income busting ideas flowing around your head? Or are you instead hugging your pillow whilst thinking of that last pint and half of tequila that you consumed the night before? Well wherever you are today you will never have a better time to start taking the bull by the horns and making a difference in your life. It's new year resolution time, when you decide that you are going to run a marathon, stop drinking and take control of your life. You know the kind of stuff that starts with a bang and ends up with a whimper. You start with the best of intentions, keep going for a few weeks and then stop as you don't have the desire to keep it going. I think the better way of doing things, is start doing small things in October when you aren't trying to do them because of the calendar and see if you can keep them going. If you don't keep them going then it doesn't seem as much as failure. It was just something that you tried and it didn't work very well. Seems sensible to me for sure. So in Join Up Dots land for 2019, my focus is three fold: Make more money, enjoy myself more, and get a bit healthier. Im not setting out to recreate the wheel, just focusing in on a few things here and there that can make a big difference to my life. Develop the coaching side of the business at Join Up Dots first and foremost which you can check out here  as this is now the big part of what we do at Join Up Dots. Bringing in over 15 years of experience in just 30 days we show you how to build a business that works online - BigTime. Thats it in a nutshell. Just three stages to the next phase of my life and of the Join Up Dots empire all being tackled in a measured and confident manner. Let us know what is happening in your life and we look forward to being with you hand in hand as you march your way to success. Happy New Year!!!!!!
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Brand Authority
Today's guest, joining us on the show is an international portrait photographer born in Russia and now based in Beijing, China. She is also a host of the popular podcast Marketing for Creatives where she brings the experts and other creatives to share their experience in business and marketing. But photography and podcasting are just a couple of the things that she delivers everyday, as through her profiling she also focuses on helping people across the world grow their authority and become influencers in their niche. As she says "You can be a master in what you do, but if nobody sees you then you can be unknown for years. Due to a lot of competitors, getting to every gig you can do, trying to keep up with business is tough. Especially when you see other people sell their work and everyone knows and talks about them wherever they go. So we need to help you grow your business and reach more people in the fastest way possible, by getting creative ideas on how to cooperate with influencers and use their authority in marketing even without any effort from their side. We need you to get to know what influencers can benefit your business. How to collaborate with them without spending a ton of money. How to create the projects that will help both of you. You will know how to create the authority that will help you to grow your influence, get more exposure and find the shortcuts that will make you well-known in your niche. So at its simplest what is brand authority and can this be created as much offline as online? And what is the biggest mistake that people make right from the very start? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Marina Barayeva Show Highlights During the show........ We chat about growing your authority and why its always the best way to get known by focusing in on what you love the most. Why people more often not end up dreaming other peoples dreams instead of going after their The big problem that stops so many people in their tracks "How can you believe in yourself if you don't actually believe in yourself." and lastly......... Marina shares when you can help people and make them happy is where true happiness comes from.
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Social Media Rules
Todays guest is an expert on operating within the online world Facebook. Twitter. Cell phones, smartphones, iPads, email. The World Wide Web. The Internet of Things.  You know and use these platforms every day. But, do you know how to use them effectively? Have you ever found yourself red in the Facebook?   Been defeated by something tweeted? Regretted a Snapchat decision?  Are you worried about your Selfie-esteem? Is there a secret to living our increasingly wired life, while not letting it consume you, so you can live your best life offline? Well today's guest feels that she has just written more than just another etiquette book, AINT "U" GOT NO MANNERS? but its the go-to guide with secrets and common sense for surviving and thriving in a world that increasingly blends your online life. As she says "You may not have a choice about what gets shared about you, how it gets shared, and how people react - but you do have a choice as to how YOU react."   So can we stop the issues from ever occurring in the first place, even if we do post them? And what has been her biggest faux paux personally whilst navigating the online world. Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kristin Johnson Show Highlights During the show we shared such deep conversations such as: Why and when Kristin first realised the dangers of posting and the steps she has taken to limit those dangers. What she thinks about the tweeting habits of her President and other celebrities around the world. And lastly...... If there is a different way to be social in the world...perhaps getting back to talking to people directly
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How To Start Your Own Business - Part Four
Welcome to todays episode of Join UP Dots, where in the show we continue on with the Mini Course – How To Start Your Own Business – Part Four As you will have seen and heard in the previous episodes, to start your own online business you really need to understand yourself and your desires. No matter how much you think that the reason for starting a business is the money it never is. People want their own business for so many different reasons: Control, time freedom, health reasons the list goes on and on and on, and rarely is the real truth money. What also is the truth is most people fail in business as they choose a subject that they just aren't very good at. They dont have the skills to make it a success. Which is why on Part Three of the Join Up Dots Course, we dig even deeper and get everyone of our students to look at their skills, talents and personal beliefs by taking a series of online tests. So if you are now at this stage, then you should not only know what business you would like to work in, but also be aware what is the right business for you. You know your strengths. Now lets go back into the research stage and start looking at those business again, and this time start reviewing the monetization options. Lets see what other people are doing and start making a list of the things that make money that we can do too. You will be surprised at some of the things that people are making money from. Certainly even after 15 years of online success I still am blown away by the kind of things that people do every day. These could be ebooks, courses, coaching as I always say the list goes on and on. Be creative and make sure that you leave no stone unturned. For more information regarding drilling down deep to see where the money is then of course listen to the show above as we build on this subject and future episodes. Thanks for listening and we hope to see you again soon.
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Happy Christmas Everybody
Todays episode is a very short episode where David Ralph shares his Xmas greetings for 2018. So where do you stand on this time of the year? Do you think "Man, i achieved so much in the last twelve months!" or perhaps "God, another year done. Wheres' it all gone?" That is the problem that we face every single day and especially in the entrepreneurial world that we live in. We rarely savour the moment, we always think about the highs and lows, the achievements and failures. However, if we are truly honest with ourselves and reflect on the present then these thing's dont make any difference at all. They only lead us to a higher level of anxiety or depression as we keep on trying to achieve more and more. Which is not good and can cause us not only financial issues but also health ones too. In todays episode of Join Up Dots we not only say happy Christmas to you all, but we also say today of all days is about the now. Savour the now, savour your family and savour the gift that the world is giving you and everything else can wait until tomorrow. Happy Christmas everybody.
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Big Results From Many Small Actions
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is quite simply one of the most inspiring people I know. Through the Join Up Dots world i am surrounded by people who by and large say that they want to do something and then don't. This could be experienced business owners, newbies or quite simply dreamers who talk the talk but fail to walk the walk. Today's guest is anything but a dreamer, and throughout the last few years has shot to the top by taking bold action. For example, when starting his podcast twelveminuteconvos instead of going the normal two shows a week route, he didn't then raise the game to a daily show like the real movers and shakers. No, he went big and attempted the break the world record by recording 1001 shows in just 90 days. Then in 2017 he went even bigger and recorded 813 podcasts in just 12 weeks. When I last connected with him, he was on a mission across America and Canada driving through 48 states interviewing 1001 past podcast guests, exploring the power of a conversation as a Caribbean podcaster. As he says "I thought I had it figured out. It would be simple. In 12 days I would raise US$48,000.   Think about it here with me. I interviewed 1987 guests on my podcast. If each podcast guest donated US$24 we would raise US$47,688 which would cover the RV rental, gas, food, tolls, rv parks, recording equipment etc. This would have been most ideal for the crew. The planned crew for this mission would have been my wife, Amanda, our two sons respectively and one of our friends from Virginia, Ryan Dean. We raised US$3,947.50 in 12 days, 8% of the initial goal. Great time to GIVE UP !!!! !!!! !!!! However you will find in today's show that this is a guy who when it comes to a dream, just like Rick Astley Is "Never Gonna Give You Up" He digs in deep and finds a way through to the life he wants. So has he always been such a high goal setter, or does he do it now because once up on a time he was anything but. And what has been the biggest learning curve throughout the last three years? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Engel Jones Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Engel Jones such as: Why the inputs in your life really help you to to gain the great outputs. There is a ying and yang thing going on behind all actions. Engel shares why so many people have a life where the bare necessities is all that is required but struggle to go after more and more. We discuss how the difficulty of the tasks performed are always more mental than practical. Get you head in the game to achieve greatness. and lastly…. Why in life the true success comes your way by being you and 100% you, That is what the world is waiting for and is your job to deliver.
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How To Get Free Online Degrees
In todays episode of Join Up Dots we are joined by the founder of OnlineDegree.com, a for-profit company that allows people to take courses and earn degrees from hundreds of participating universities, all for free.  After he graduated from college with an overwhelming amount of debt, and after hearing his wife lament that there were very few resources for mothers that were trying to go back to school he had an idea. He started OnlineDegree.com in order to change the way that the world went to school. As you might expect, he can now offer a deep look into the American student debt crisis and why it has become everybody's problem, as well as offer his perspective on running a business that keeps the lights on while adhering to his values. As he says "We’re Making Higher Education More Accessible & Affordable For Everyone. At OnlineDegree.com, anyone can take online courses at their own pace and within the confines of their existing busy schedule...completely, free. After completing courses, students can then receive college credits at participating universities across the country, saving both time and money. We want to help the millions of people seeking a college education who've been unable to take the first step. University and college education can still be too expensive and unapproachable for the majority of Americans. Normal distractions of work, bills, and home life, often prevent someone from getting started with education or being able to dedicate time and money to a traditional 4-year degree program. We're going to change that. By removing barriers and focusing on world-class education, we’re enabling everyone to take the first step with full-time education. So are there common issues that everyone stumbles into as the debt increases around them. And why with the ease of entry into online world, do so many people feel that they have no other option around Well lets find out as we start joining up dots with the one and only Mr.Grant Aldrich Show Highlights During the show we discussed such wide ranging subjects such as: Grant reveals why we should have the core of our inner morals and strategies in tact and remain so moving forward no matter what happens. We discuss the reasons why Grant's first steps into the entrepreneurial world were all about freedom, but actually he became a slave for the task. How Grant had the epiphany of finally doing something that he really loved everyday in his life, which was going to be bigger than himself. Why living a truly frugal lifestyle is often the fastest way to achieve the lifestyle you truly want. and Grant discusses the model that he has chosen to allow students from across the world to gain free education.
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Rewiring Your Brain For Success
Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is the founder and CEO of Nectar Consulting Inc., and co-author of the best-selling book “Breakthrough Healing”. She works with executives and entrepreneurs bringing over 25 years of experience, intuitive insights and strategic business savvy to their success. She is an expert at enhancing the capacity of leaders, to build high performing teams and exponentially increase bottom-line results. Now what interests me, and why I have invited her onto the show is her unique Rapid RewiringTM approach This is a culmination of years of study in the realms of emotional intelligence, neuroscience, organizational psychology and Rapid Transformational Therapy. She helps catalyze shifts in thinking and eliminate mental/emotional blocks to rapidly rewire your brain for greater confidence and success. As a nationally recognized speaker, certified executive coach, Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) practitioner, change management consultant, trainer, and writer, her passion for helping amplify natural talents and expand leadership is conveyed through all aspects of her work and writing. But of course as we see on Join Up Dots, time and time again our guests come to us when everything is amazing and success swims around them on a daily basis. But we all have dark times getting things off the ground, before we find the path that really lights us up inside and makes work not seem like work anymore. So how did she find her way to where she is today? And would she say that she needed to rewire her own brain as she built her business? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michele Molitor Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Michele Molitor around subjects such as: We share why it is so important to reflect on your core drivers to help you imagine what life could be. Your values should drive your passions not the other way around. Why the more gratitude we share with the world brings about greater and greater rewards into our lives. Life shouldn't be hard if we only say "Thank You" The best thing you can do in a terrible job is to find an aspect of that job and savour it. Whatever it maybe find that gold and polish it until it shines And lastly…….. Michele shares the journey from corporate unhappiness to fulfilled entrepreneur, and knows that everything in life has been for a reason.
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How To Start Your Own Business - Part Three
Welcome to todays episode of Join UP Dots, where in the show we continue on with the Mini Course - How To Start Your Own Business - Part Three This has been in response to the amount of people that have connected with the show with the same frustrations. "David I would love to start my own business, but I simply haven't got a clue what I want to do!" Which isn't a surprise, as when do we really ever stop to think about what we do really well and how to make a business from those things? We don't, we simply go through the education system and get used to being told what we are good at, and more often than not what we aren't very good at. We have to remember that this is just one persons opinion, and in history it has been proved wrong time and time again. From sportsmen, to dancers, to artists to musicians, people have been told that they shouldn't go into an environment when actually the world was waiting for them to do just that. So how do we do this? How do we start changing our lives and finding the thing that will light us up inside more than anything? Well, following on from Part One and Part Two, as you will hear in today's episode we have to do our research to delve deep into ourselves and ask the big questions. We refer you to an amazing resource called Strength Finders 2.0 which really helps you find the things that you are best at, and turn them into super strengths. The more you can do in your life what you are best at, then the greater the value you can provide, leading to huge income coming your way. Its a bit more than that, and does take work, but it will certainly head you in the right direction for sure. So  focus in on what you do well, and then return to episode four of our mini series which shows how to find the money in those talents Things are starting to get sexy!!!
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Communication Skills
Todays guest is an expert in effective communication and the author of the books Yes You Can! Everything You Need to Know From A to Z to Influence Others To Take Action and Influence Redefined...Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday®. Her books provide practical and immediate skills and techniques that have given thousands the ability to enhance their influence Monday to Monday®. He helps individuals eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery - to persuade, sell, influence and communicate face-to-face with a clear message and has now trained over 15,000 people to rid themselves of bad body language habits and choose words wisely. Well you might be thinking what does it take to be an expert communicator? Well lets ask the big questions..... Do you sometimes wonder why people in positions of influence remark in less-than-influential ways? Perhaps you've been amazed at those without fancy titles and how they are able to inspire others to action? What does it take to be a person of influence and impact? Well as we said today's guest has been wondering those things time and time again and is on a mission to teach the world how to do things the right way. So is there a right way to communicate or does it change dependent on situation? And what would be the number one mistake that people make when opening their mouths in a group scenario?  Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Stacey Hanke Show Highlights Stacey shared the first steps of starting her company  We discuss how it is so important to set the scene of why communication training is important to a room of reluctant attendees Stacey reveals how the idea came to her, and the steps that she took to make it into a thriving business. Great stuff. Stacey remembers how the first five to seven years of growing the business were so difficult, but also so needed as she strengthened throughout. and lastly......... Why the route to gaining the first client is always the hardest one, which is as much due to the fact that you get into your own way.
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How To Start Your Own Business - Part Two
In the last episode of this mini series helping people find the idea that can make their own business come alive, we went through a very simple exercise. If you haven't listen to the show, then let's go through it again. But really for maximum effect jump back on to episode one, so that you can hear what to do in full. Well, as we spoke about, one of the big problems that people have is that they get so wrapped up with their own lives that they are unable to see what is under their own noses. They wake with the alarm (because they have to), they go to the office (because they have to) and basically do what people expect them to do for the remaining hours. Not good. So how do we break free from that mindset and start reconnecting with the real us. The real us that could in the future wake up with excitement and passion, due to doing what they love to do the most. Go back in time and look for all the clues you can find about your life. These might be tucked away in your Mum and Dad's house. They might be in photo albums. They might be in a box of treasures that you aren't sure why you keep but can show so much. Look for the things you used to do, just because you used to do them. You loved doing them, and never considered them a waste of time. You just enjoyed every second and would do them for free. We give some more exercises that can really break those things down and now lead us into episode two. Now you have a list of the things that you love doing, what do you do with that information? How can you translate this into a great business, that not only you love but your customers love too? Well, we need to go and do some more research to see what other people are doing. You see that is one of the problems that we have in life. What we see around us becomes our reality. We see people working in offices, so it's really hard to break free from the thinking off this is what life is about. This is where YOU go to work everyday. But believe me, through Join Up Dots interviews I have spoken to people who work from home, up mountains, in forests, on beaches, in community work spaces everywhere you can think off. They have broken down what life wants them to think, and gone a different way. So imagine that you have created a list where there is an overriding theme of fitness activities. You love to be active and would love to build a business around this. You might also see a smaller theme whereby you like being outside in the fresh air, instead of being trapped in a cubicle with a suit and tie on...BOOM. Now this is the fun part when you can start taking those ideas and playing around on the worldwide web to see what other people are doing. Some things you will think “Nah, couldn't bear doing that everyday”.....whilst other things you will think “Yeah that looks really fun”. So get the list going and see what the world has to offer, and believe me the world has more to offer than you can possibly imagine.
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You Are Better Than You Think You Are
In today's episode of Join Up Dots we talk about a similar problem that so many people have in the world. They think that they are not up to the level that they need to be to start taking control of their own lives. They think that they need to get their heads deeper into the world of podcasts, self development books or gurus. They are living a life with the hand brake on, which is such a problem to everyone. You see, its an issue that has been built up by years of training our minds to believe that we need to be certified by the world to prove our proficiency. We need to be accredited by some outside organization before we can step boldly into the world. This is quite simply rubbish. Yes there is of course some jobs that you need to be accredited to do. For example I wouldn't be keen on someone doing brain surgery on me, if they had taught themselves from watching YouTube videos. They is just a bad idea, but more often than not the process of doing is enough to start learning more than the people that you need to teach, sell to or inspire - Your customers. So why do people do this "holding themselves back" stuff? Is it fear, is it not wanting to fail, I dont know? It could quite simply be their upbringing, joining forces with the life they have created for themselves. What I do know is everyone who has become a master of their trade started as a novice. Everyone. Whether it was Paul McCartney, Van Gogh, Donald Trump, Steve Jobs the list would go on forever they all had to start and grow into the person that they wanted to be, So as you will hear in this episode of Join Up Dots, you have nothing to worry about. You can only fail if you fail to start. Be brave, be persistent and work towards your dream, as the dream you want is waiting for you.
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Profit First
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is sought after for her ability to easily explain complex business principles and processes in a simple, straightforward way. She began her career in financial software design before starting her first company in 2000, providing soft furnishings for the home industry. With a varied background in working in small, medium and large businesses, she has a great grasp on the scalability factors that are essential to growing a business. As a certified Profit First professional, she strives to help creative business owners focus on the financial health and profitability of their companies. She believes that each choice is a step towards or away from profitability. Those who work with her understand the correlation between each decision and their own profitability. Pricing, profits, process and procedures are important – but can be difficult for the creative entrepreneur to implement. She has proven strategies and mindsets to overcome these obstacles, and she can give every business owner a healthy dose of confidence along the way. Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michele Williams Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Michele Williams such as: The issue that most entrepreneurs have when starting a business due to looking at sales, against overheads expenses and ultimate profit. The strange thing that so many people when they start a business create the perfect client who hasn’t got any money. and lastly…. How by setting up a profit first system by simply setting a spreadsheet is one of the most important things that you can do for your business.
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How To Start Your Own Business - Part One
In todays episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph helps everyone with the age old problem that he hears time and time again. "David, I would love to start my own business but I haven't got a clue what I could build it on" You see most of us operate in a world where we do what is expected of us. We go through school because we are told to, and then attempt the exams that we think will make a difference to us moving forward. We attempt the right exams that will look good on our cvs, and not really because they are fun, play to our strengths or just challenging and testing. That is bad mistake and leads us all on to a path where we are giving our control over to other parties. So how can we change this and make a difference in not just our lives but also the lives of our families? Quite simply we start focusing in on the things that we enjoy the most and here is the kicker, the things that play to our strengths. You see the world actually need our strengths and will pay good money for the things that we can do really easily. That's not what you actually think is it? If you are reading this then you will be thinking that life has to be hard, work has to be difficult to get the great rewards but that is so wrong on so many levels. So get a piece of paper, close the curtains from outside distractions and start the exercise that David will be sharing with you in this episode. As he says, you must take it seriously and do your work over a period of time. Ten minutes here and there just wont cut it. You are changing your life after all. Look out for the next episode where we go deeper into the subject and find even more avenues to change your life forever.
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Raise Your Game
Todays guest joining us on the show is a coach, speaker and author with an expertise in improving organizational performance, cohesion and accountability. He spent 15+ years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet. He now travels the world teaching organizations how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. As he says "As a veteran basketball performance coach, I have worked with NBA superstars such as Kevin Durant and Victor Oladipo. I understand the principles of top performance, mental toughness and consistent achievement. Whether it is on or off the court... individual or collective development... the fundamentals of performance and achievement are identical. For an organization to thrive, every member of the team needs to make the conscious choice to be an influential leader and selfless teammate. I help businesses get clarity on their identity, standards and culture with a focus on leveling-up productivity, shifting mindsets and improving team cohesion. I help key decision makers, CEOs and managers develop authentic leadership skills that will enable them to radically drive performance metrics within their organizations. I now want to teach the individual how to live present in a distracted society so you will be a more connected, productive, and influential leader and teammate. Monumental change occurs only with the accumulation of the little things. Remember: it’s what all the big things are made from. Success isn’t something that happens to you. It’s something you attract, you choose, and you create. Successful people do the little things better than everyone else. This is what makes the best the best. World-class performers and the uber-successful. So with world full of twitter, FB and online pressures should you switch off from them all or just do the ones that are right for you? And when did he realise that he had it in himself to be able to make these changes occur with the people he works with? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alan Stein Jr. Show Highlights We discussed so many deep subjects on the show such as: Why the elements of leadership don't change across the world, across whatever specialism. How do you make individual strengths into a winning team. Why its so easy to be distracted by the past and be anxious of the future with the focus of competition, comparison or other peoples highlights everywhere. Alan reveals the three stages of success that can make all the difference in the world, although this means "No overnight success for you" i'm afraid. And lastly……….. Alan shares how we can only control our attitude and effort. Forget about the things that are out of our hands and work on these two you will be good to go.
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Motivation
In today's episode of Join Up Dots David, talks about Motivation, and more importantly the lack of motivation. Over the last few weeks, David has been speaking many of the listeners of Join Up Dots who indicate their desire to change their lives. They all come through with a wish that they were earning more money, having more freetime and quite simply living the life that they see others living. However, most of them are never going to get this lifestyle, no matter how much they say they want it...due to lack of motivation. Motivation isn't something that simply appears like magic and covers you with the kind of superpower that can move mountains. It just doesn't work like that. You cant take a pill and get motivation. You cant ask a friend to keep you motivated. You simply need to find it deep within yourself and nurture that motivation to achieve that goal until you actually achieve it. Through running Join Up Dots, there will have been many times when the thought of recording another podcast episode would have been the last thing in the world that David wanted to do. Hey, there is Netflix and Amazon to watch after all. But that isn't important to the success of Join Up Dots. Those things will jeep you away from achieving your aim quicker than anything. So how do you find the motivation you want, when you aren't sure it is something that you truly want. How do you start the ball rolling when it seems too big even to move an inch forwards. Well, you do it in exactly the same way that you would going to work, bathing the kids, arranging date night with the wife. You place it as a thing to do in your daily routine. You add it to your favourite mobile app, to beep and make you turn off that TV and go and do it. You say to your friends "No I cant meet tonight as I have a 30 minute motivation session" Believe me, as you will hear on today's show it isn't too hard to get going, but its not going to happen on its own. You have to take responsibility to make that motivation happen. So go out and conquer and thrive in your own lives.
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Australian Hockey Legend
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man i originally connected to as a listener of Join Up Dots and now is making his bow as a guest. Originally from Victoria Australia, he we won a bronze medal for Australia in men’s hockey in 2008, where he scored a goal in the 6-2 win over the Netherlands in the bronze medal final. His other successes with the Kookaburras include a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2005 Champions Trophy title. Now what makes this guy interesting to me is a couple of things for sure, not least is his desire to win and put himself into the firing line of competition. Firstly, unlike many players who enter the sport he was a late bloomer for sure, not making his international debut until the age of 25. Which asks the question, why so late? Was it just that he hadn’t found his natural swing in the sport, or was it something else that prevented the spotlight shining in his direction until later than most others. And secondly, with a natural talent in a very specific aspect of the game “the Online Drag Flick”, how did he take this and create a nice income for him and his family? Well as he says “I understand persistence is required in business as it was the same as a player, I was not a good player I just persisted longer and harder than most.” So is his strategy simply to hustle it out and bulldoze his way forward, or something else? And what has lead him now to come out of retirement and enter the game once more in the Masters category? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Luke Doerner Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Luke Doerner such as: Luke shares how he niche downed on a specific element of his sport to sell to the masses, but actually found that only the elite wanted his product. We chat about the period when Luke hadn’t quite committed to one particular sport, and then saw a dramatic change in his fortunes when he did. Luke confesses that missing out on Olympic Gold still bothers him, which shows the true competitive edge that he has to prove himself. and lastly…. Why sending a simple email, could sometimes be the thing that hold you back from a life of your dreams.
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Personal Belief And Business Fun
In todays episode of Join Up Dots we talk about why it so important to build up your own personal belief which can deliver you to greatness. You see so many people look for outside influences for help in their lives and their businesses, when actually it's easier to grow the belief inside with your actions and successes. Add to that the belief that you can also have fun in your business then you are 100% cooking on gas. But most people in life struggle with this fact which is why Join Up Dots tries it's hardest to instill this belief into all of you. However todays  show focuses on the following three emails, and of course to get the answers you need to listen to the show Dear David, I have been listening to your amazing podcast for the last few weeks since I heard you on the Meaningful Money Podcast. I am surprised that I hadn't heard of you before, but now I am hooked. One thing I would like to know is, through the Steve Jobs speech he talks about believing in something to help you through the dark times. I believe in God, and gain great comfort from knowing that I am supported by my God. Can I ask you what do you believe in, as I would love to know, Kind Regards Ahmad Sharzir, Yorkshire. Now for the second question that came to us all the way from Canada. Hi David, loving the show. The vibe is so different from every other show I have listened to, but manages to deliver even more top class business advice. I haven't listened to every show so did you always mess around and make jokes, or has this developed over the years. Whatever the answer keep em coming - Brenda Mitchell, Quebec Canada. And finally, Hi David, thank you so much for answering this email if you have the time. I imagine that you get thousands of messages. I have been doing your free training course and one of the things that keeps on coming out of the content is my love of Xmas. Do you think that I could create a business around this time of year, who does this put all my eggs in one basket. Ie profit from November to December and nothing for the rest of the year - Gillian Articha, Bournemouth England. Thanks as always for listening to the show and for sharing with your mates, we couldn't do it all without it.
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Becoming A Life Coach
Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a lady who like most of us, hit a point in her career when she knew she wanted more in life. Then like most of us when she started building her business as a side hustle she looked for her ideal customer, and found out that her ideal customer was actually herself. As she says "I spent most of my 20’s hustling for the big life goals – getting ahead in my career, buying a house, getting married, saving money for retirement – checking all the boxes that are supposed to make you feel successful and accomplished. And although I was proud and grateful for the life I had created, I knew I wanted more. I was craving fulfillment in my work and the permission to be myself. Shortly after my 30th birthday, my awakening (or as I like to call it – third life crisis) began. Struggling with my weight, not feeling good enough, and hearing that deep inner calling that life was meant to be joyful, not full of pressure and anxiety. I was already seeing success building my “side hustle” on top of my full-time job, but that was also beginning to feel out of alignment. Showing up the way others were teaching me to build an online business was just creating more of that overwhelming pressure. I now clearly see that it was exactly what I needed to propel me into the work that I do today – helping other women get back in touch with themselves so they can create a business they love. Now the interesting part that of this was her realisation that the advice she was receiving was actually adding to more and more of overwhelming pressure. She believed that she was doing the right thing, by studying other people, but actually discovered that the truth was very very different. So when did she back out and start creating the path that was actually the right one for her and her family? And how does she know through her own coaching program that she isn't doing the same for her clients and presenting a world of overwhelm pressure. Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Robyn Chavarie Show Highlights During the show we touched on some deep rooted discussion points with RObyn such as: How and why it is so difficult for a lady to create her own future when she is trying to be something for everyone in their lives. Robyn shares her journey of experimentation, and the growth stage in her life when boredom lead her to assess everything.  Robyn realised that she was ok in asking for the cash right at the very beginning, which is a huge piece of the puzzle that people struggle with bigtime And lastly...... Why it is ok to say enough is enough in life, I am ready to be who I want to be and to hell with the consequences.
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Online Accountancy Success
Todays guest joining us on the show is the founder of Freshbooks, the cloud accountancy company that you hear advertised on many podcasts across the globe. Now this isn't just a cloud accounting firm, but the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Its a global hit, but his journey to creating this success was far from assured, even to the point of perhaps not even being part of the plan. You see most businesses are started from the position of an individual's pain with the service that they are getting, and deciding to go and do their own thing to solve this problem. And this was the case with today's guest. He was running a small design firm in 2003 when the frustration of billing his clients overwhelmed him — so he built his own solution. He moved into his parents’ basement for 3.5 years to save money and completely revamped how he ran his design firm (to the point where he worked 19 days in one year and generated over $200,000) to bootstrap FreshBooks to what it is today. Since launching in 2003, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing and collect billions of dollars. As he says " I went through an incredibly scary time for 2.5 years while FreshBooks was rebuilding their entire platform, which is typically viewed in the software industry as the worst strategic mistake that a company can make. I even bounced back from a $1.5 million disaster — proving overcoming failure is possible, and often how to succeed in business to begin with." So its ok to say let's build this thing and solve this issue, but how do you start, where do you get the funding? And with more and more similar platforms being built, does this just increase his enjoyment everyday, or leave him in a whirl of panic? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Mike McDermott. Show Highlights During the discussion with the Mike McDermott from Freshbooks we hit such deep subjects such as:  Why you need to ask the question "Does the destination appeal to me" to truly work on the legacy of a passion project. We chat about the funding that you never thought you need when you start a business, but comes at you from every corner. Mike reveals why many of the metrics he chose to look at as success, are based around his employees happiness. Great way of operating in a business. And lastly......... Why life is a series of hard lefts no matter how much you try to make it a straight path. You just have to cling on and do your best.
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Success Blueprint
On today's episode of Join Up Dots we share the story of an amazing listener in Israel, who after listening to the show, and reading many different types of self-development books has done what so few people do but started to create their success path the right way. It's amazing how many people that I speak to that either spend all the time researching and making lists with no action involved, or take all the action with no planning beforehand. Both strategies are full to the brim of failures and easy to hit obstacles. The best way is to create a detailed plan, do your market research, work hard and take huge action just like Neriya has done. So let's start off with the first email received at the show this week Just wanted to say thanks.. been listening to hundreds of your shows, I have the very worst job ever(pays off though, worst than garbage truck workers, not to be disrespectful) Helping me to build two businesses I’m extremely passionate about, working simultaneously on both my corporate job and my things about 15 hours a day all combined with ease.. thanks to your awesome podcast I realized what it takes to make a business and with that achieving my dreams and goals. Thanks you so much, Neriya. I of course went back, said thank you and asked for more information about the passion and tasks they have undertaken to which they responded with, quite simply a blueprint for success which is my delight to break down into its necessary chunks on todays show. My business is all around making fine leather items(wallets belts straps cases etc etc). The big idea is making everything completely by hand and with the finest materials the world has to offer, literally! It was quite the challenge figuring out the “hows” and “whys”. I started off about a year ago (naturally with relatively little passion), ordering pretty much the cheapest tools I could actually afford and best materials I thought are the best but really far from it. I went on YouTube and watched literally every leather related video(mostly tutorials) Quick enough realized all of those videos was consists of pretty much hobbyists, obviously no one would teach you how to hand-stitch and work leather like Louis Vuitton and Hermes for free. Some leather artisans do teach but it costs a lot and where I’m from there are “zero” leather artisans so flight out the country was huge investment I couldn’t afford (still can’t:) I did a TON of research and by that I mean like 5 to 7 dedicated hours a day, everyday, 6 months straight and by that time I managed to develop a very simple, systematic and effective way to learn from the very best without even bothering them and it applies to all kinds of crafts. I also discovered what materials and tools Hermes LV and other top leather companies use and where to get them. it was not easy and there are almost none online stores to supply what I needed, I had to personally contact these rare suppliers I found and custom order from them, like a merchant would but at the beginning, with a typical mindset of a casual online consumer I just didn’t( that was one of many blocks I had). Your genius podcast and some books like “Sam-Walton”, “rich dad poor dad” and more, helped me tremendously!especially your podcast for being very relevant and contemporary. Plus it removed all those fears and blocks I had. One of the things I love the most in your on your podcast (your hilarious jokes aside) is the Jim Carrey quote which I recognized with a lot. So even if you do fail on doing what you love you most likely won’t die you won’t starve and you’d probably live a decent life anyways, genius! I have something I was wondering about for quite some time, about 5 years ago I used to smoke cigarettes quite a lot and I wanted to stop, I tried again and again and just couldn’t stop. One day my brother came to me, surprised me with a book called “the easy way to stop smoking” by Allen Carr, so I read it and exactly as the title says I stopped with ease as if it was magic, so I RAN to my smoking relatives and friends trying to convince them in any way I can to just give it a shot, unfortunately unsuccessfully and It was the same with business coaching and your podcast. The funny thing is that they actually do believe me but just don’t go for it. Are they too addicted to their convenient life/smoking habits? In your experience, why do think it’s like that?
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Blockchain
Todays guest joining us on the show is a 34 year old, husband, father of 3, engineer, sports fan and huge geek when it to comes to automating and outsourcing any activity. He is the co-founder of adbank network - a powerful online ad platform built on the blockchain, as well as co-founding a successful digital asset acquisition firm that controls over 6000 websites generating 6 figures a month. As he says "I am no genius, I HAVE NOT found a loop hole on the internet that lets anyone get rich quick, I have not quit my job but because of my online income I am able to live the way I want to and have a level of security for my family a job today cannot provide. Unfortunately, I can’t say that making money from websites is easy but through my ventures I hope to show you that without a doubt it is possible and with hard work most people that commit themselves can do it. For the last 5 years I have built up over 150 websites and use these to generate passive income, I am not an online guru I am just someone who has tried and tested many different methods. I am willing to test any system as long as it stays aligned with my online business cornerstone beliefs. My Internet Marketing Beliefs… Always add value Google wants to deliver the “best” result so be the “best” A website visitor is a renewable resource to be cultivated not something to be mined once,  enjoy what you do online. Many people may disagree with my beliefs and suggest there is a faster way to make money online. They may be right, but what our guest is doing is building businesses that operate the way that the search engines want. Building relationships, by nurturing those relationships. Not chasing some get rich quick scheme, that fades as soon as the big boys realise someone is gaming the system. So how did he develop his internet marketing beliefs, through building businesses that dropped like a stone, or simply by understanding what GOOGLE is aiming for? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Jon Gillham. Show Highlights We discussed so many deep subjects on the show such as: Jon talks about the shortcuts routes that he took for business that all led to failure before he realised that real work was needed to make the success he wanted. We discuss the blockchain strategy that is creating a completely new and exciting way for businesses to start operating across the world. And lastly........... Jon shares the discussion that he had with his parents, and friends who considered his route to success to be somewhat risky. 
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Storytelling For Sales Success
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. Having been an entrepreneur for 30 years, to say I’ve seen a few things is an understatement. I’ve definitely had more fails than successes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I sold my fitness business which I owned for 9 years a year ago to start teaching other entrepreneurs how to use story to sell. It's storytelling that is the real power of growing an online business. Then I realized that most small business owners don’t follow up with their leads, so I started teaching them how to create follow up system so they could have a conversation to share their story and make more sales. Then of course I realized that some of those small business owners wanted to speak but didn’t know how to be more dramatic with their stories. With my degree in theatre I am able to help my clients create a performance out of their presentations so it’s not the same boring presentation audiences are unfortunately used to seeing. I believe all business owners deserve the right to be successful by doing the work necessary to achieve that success, which starts with being able to sell effectively. And storytelling is the best way to do it. As he says "There likely isn’t a business issue that I haven’t seen or experienced. I’ve seen it. I’ve been through it and I’ve come out on the other end all the better for it. But it hasn’t always been that way. Like most start-ups and small business owners, I struggled to make ends meet. On a personal note, he is also a private pilot and enjoys flying around the great state of Texas. Why? Because I can! So why does he want to do this entrepreneurial stuff as certainly more often than not its easier to work for someone else? And looking back through the dots, are there things that he would change or do they all lead him to where he is today? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Tom Jackobs Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting storytelling conversations with Tom Jackobs around subjects such as: Why the easiest part of creating business success is always right under your nose, even though it takes you awhile to actually see it. Tom shares the reasons why you should never start a presentation or joke by advising "This is soooo funny, you will love this!" Why he pushes himself to get out of his comfort zone at every opportunity, as he sees this to be where true growth starts. And lastly We discuss why the online and offline world really have to work hand in hand for a business to be truly successful. 
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You Make Me Want To Vomit, Ralph
It's a funny old world that we live in nowadays. A world of love, creativity, but also extreme bitterness and hostility. You see everywhere we go, everyone we speak to has an instant ability to critique and be mean from a distance. We see this all the time on social media, whereby some keyboard warrier, who is sitting behind their devices can throw spears of hatred. However, behind these comments there is always a deeper message for the sending as you will hear in today's show as a response to the following email received in this week for the show. "Ralph, wow what a show. Or should i say wow what a joke you are. I have listened to one of your episodes and believe me i wont be listening to anymore. It was called Free Time, when you wasted twenty minutes of my life telling me how wonderful yours is as you can take a month off when you want to. Its funny that you felt the need to tell us, as being a podcaster, or should I say someone who wants the world to love them so tells them what they want them to hear it's not a job. You can take time off from anything that isn't a job. Hey, im an astronaut today, let's chill instead. You make me want to vomit. Anyone can do what you do, but we don't as we have proper jobs to do, and have to go to work as we don't have a choice. We live by the clock without escape. So don't try to tell me that I can change my life just by making a few mindset changes, give me a million dollars so I can make those changes instead. That my friend is one thing your show will never ever deliver to any of us. You are full of shit. Your show is shit. And no matter how great your life seems to be, it will also be shit. That is what life is and you can't tell me otherwise. So what makes someone think such extreme thoughts? Is it simply they were having a bad day, or something far more deep routed....who knows? However in todays show, David Ralph discusses this email and sends out a positive response to the sender to connect with him directly. Thanks for listening to the episode and any comments drop us a line. Cheers David
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Smart Investments
Today's guest is an expert on Smart Investments, he is the creator and founder of the Smart Asset Opportunities  After 12 years serving in the military and over 20 years running a successful private practice, he realized if he didn’t alter his course he’d be trading hours for dollars forever. It was this belief that led him to launch Smart Asset Opportunities. In just four years, he has been involved in projects totaling over $100 million, and owns 40+ single family homes, 14 ATM’s, a coffee farm in Panama, apartment complexes, office parks, storage units, and ownership in a Belizean resort. As he says "After over 20 years of running a successful small business in rural Missouri, we seemingly “woke up” to the realization we were not on the path to a comfortable retirement, a course of not knowing when we would be able to transition out of the business. We truly did not have a plan to replace our transactional income – the exchanging of our hours for dollars. We needed some Smart Investments for sure. Truthfully, we felt stuck. Fast forward two years and our passive income from our investment endeavors has exceeded that of our practice income. The driving factor of this change was our mindset; we took control of our lives, our future and decided financial freedom doesn’t have just one path. We surrounded ourselves with like-minded individuals on the same journey and with the same aspirations. We sought out opportunities to learn more and partner with others in lucrative joint ventures. We understood our WHY and became intentional about taking action. These days we are dedicated to our new passion: helping others achieve their success. It is far more rewarding, interesting and exciting than lounging around on a beach, and we’re enjoying every second of it. Our WHY is to help others find their path to the financial freedom we found with their own Smart Investments. So it's ok to say, let's change direction and do something different but how do you upskill and make these changes occur? And is it still fun and exciting to be building what they have, or getting more and more like a job? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Ross Stryker. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ross Stryker such as: We share the dawning realisation when he realised that his retirement was not going to be as comfortable as he and his wife hoped and the actions he then took. Why it is so important to start surrounding yourself with the kind of people that you want to become in your life. Dont look for less but look higher up the ladder. Ross shares why he loves, what he is doing for the reasons because it was hard, more than anything else. It's the challenge that lights him up inside. and lastly…. Why we can learn from other peoples mistakes, much more cheaply and quickly than we can hope to do ourselves. So study other peoples route to success.
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Start With Why
Today's guest is a lady who loves to "Start With Why" everyday, but that perhaps wasn't always the case. However as soon as I heard about her daily hustle and drive to achieve a dream not just for herself, but for eight complete strangers then I knew I had to have her on the show. And so I did, back on episode 233 of Join Up Dots where we discussed the creation of her My Million To One programme whereby she was on a mission to raise one million pounds to provide housing for eight disabled children that she first met when volunteering in Africa. She was asked to help whilst volunteering in the area and quickly approached a couple of local charities who agreed to help by adopting the children and providing them a home on the proviso that she found money every year to pay for the children’s home. Seems simple, part of the start with why strategy? Well throw into the mix money for all their needs, education and rehabilitation costs – and guarantee that the money would be provided for their lifetimes then it seems daunting to say the least.. So… she challenged herself to raise £1 million – enough to build the orphanage itself and then enough money to sit in a bank, so the centre can survive off the interest payments. Now she has added even more charitable hustle and adventure into her life by starting Plucky Us, born from the people that she met previously As she says " When I was setting up My Million To One programme I set out to network with other entrepreneurs.  I expected to find a lot of other people who were positive & ambitious & trying something different but I didn't: I just met a lot of people who weren't like me at all and who didn't really understand or want to help. The people that did help me to build & promote it in the end were actors, adventurers, athletes, musicians (to name a few) and only scattered amongst them were there other people establishing similar businesses. What EVERYONE had in common though was a positive, ambitious outlook, determination, drive and a desire to be the best that they could be.  They were all successful, outgoing people who helped others: people who both inspired and encouraged. They did understand the start why why concept and why it was so powerful. As MMTO grew, an organic community formed around it of these wonderful people.  MMTO members had become friends and they were telling me about exciting projects that they were working on and I found myself CREATING CONNECTIONS between members (introducing them to one another, forwarding each other their proposals) when I saw how they could help each other achieve their chosen goals. The members in question were often in different industries and sometimes different countries but - when presented with their hopes & dreams - it was clear how they could match & empower each other and MORE IMPORTANTLY I knew that they would also GET ON WELL because they were LIKE MINDED, OUTGOING PEOPLE. So how did this lady come to find herself in Africa volunteering in the first place? And why does she think that entrepreneurs in the business world, are unlikely to help in the same way as the creative folk are? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alana Hurd. Show Highlights During the episode we discussed such weighty topics such as: How Alana walked into a world of business and health issues with all the naivety that she could muster, until realising that success comes by rest as much as hustle. Alana shares  the problems of building your mindset to look at No's as just one more step closer to gaining the big Yes's your business needs. Why Start With Your Why is such simple advice, but one that so many people ignore until it is truly too late. And lastly........ We talk about connecting with the super successful without care, as more often than not they will bend over backwards to help you in your pursuit for success.
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Free Time
In todays show, hosted by David Ralph, we talk about free time, and how to build more of it into our lives. With the biggest question, and the biggest surprise being...do we actually want to have free time in our lives? You see most of us are building our lives around routine and responsibilities. We get up when our alarm says we have to get up, we deal with the things that life says we have to deal with, and then look at free time as something that is never going to happen. We push past the belief that we can choose our own time, and can actually make the decisions in our business to be free from the hassles and inconveniences. But we can make every decision in our own life. We can take control of the free time that we have, and make it more and more and more, why still becoming more successful in our lives. So how do we do it, (and of course you will hear a lot more in today's episode of Join Up Dots), how do we protect the time that we have to grow the roots of freedom? Firstly, we need to look at the work that we need to do, against the work that we are just doing because we always have done it. We need to see where the true value of the task is for us. Is it actually rewarding us for its completion or just something to tick off our list? Secondly, we need to block out time in our schedule to make sure that things we want to do can occur. It's no good saying "I want more free time, if when you get it you haven't got a clue as to what you want it for!" Which actually was a situation that I found myself in, when I started rewarding myself for the work that I have done in my life, and then ended up bored with the free time. I blocked off a whole month, made sure that the work was all completed and then sat around thinking "I think I would have preferred to be working as this is boring" Things are so different nowadays, with fun, vacations, day outs and excitement to fill my time with and recharge the batteries. I knew what I wanted the free time for, and went out and made it occur. So do you find yourself looking for things in your life to escape the norm, but dont think you have the time and resources to make it happen? Then this show is for you. Enjoy.
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The Three Business Type For Any Entrepreneur
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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Instagram
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is an expert in Instagram and a lady that if you opened her up would have entrepreneur written all the way through her. Actually she was back on the show on episode 259, where we talked about her early journey where she was creating an online identity and profile, alongside a brick and mortar business in the holistic world of Kinesiology, which is a holistic approach of simultaneously treating all the aspects of a person, emotional, nutritional, structural and energetic needs, whilst still working for the man.  This came about after spending a number of years suffering from a vast array of illness and discomfort, she discovered this form of treatment and founded the company Body Sync in 2010, to take her understanding and training out into the world to help others. But she needed to pivot as quite simply, although she was treating her patients to feel great,  the business was making her ill again, as the hours were grinding her into the ground. So she did what so many people do and took the learnings from all this action taking and positioned herself as the Digestion Detective  which was a franchised online show, found in ITunes and available on UK Health Radio each week, where she talked and discussed health issues. And now it seems that she has gone in a different direction, and has niched down to a tighter model, teaching health care professionals and others how to gain massive visibility online. She has seen that her colleagues are struggling to get their message out to the world, and with her Instagram coaching, podcasting school and other platforms she is showing them the way to get noticed. As she says "Having a thriving online business isn’t hard once you know a few things and who better to learn from than someone who has made every single mistake possible and still here doing her thing. " So does she look back and slap her head with a "If I only knew then what i know now how life would have been different" And is she surprised at how little people actually know today, when we are all attached to our online profiles and content like never before. Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sam Bearfoot Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Sam Bearfoot such as: We discuss how and why people are continuing to make the same mistakes online that they have always done, even though they could find the easy way through to the gold. We share the first steps to creating Instagram success, by deciding who your customers are, and focusing the content on them, not necessarily all about yourself. Why Instragram coaching is just the starting point, and success from high numbers only comes by being consistent and posting at regular intervals and lastly…. We show the world has success online is created, by the open and frank discussion as to entrepreneurial life. Sam has created an Instagram success due to her 15 years of persistence. 
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Making Money Online
Today's episode as is normal for a Fridays show, is a hybrid between keeping you advised as to what is happening in the world of Join Up Dots, and answering a few listener questions. Well, let's start with the show first and foremost. If you have been keeping up with the new routine that we now operate you will know that October has been a rest month for the host of Join Up Dots. Being aware that a business can not operate on a low battery, has pushed David into finding a way that he can bring the business under his control and not the other way around. He has done that by compressing his activities into a four week burst of activity, and then protecting the following week like his life depended on it. Making sure that he utilized batching methods, Parkinson's law and also the 80/20 principle which he is a huge believer in. If you want more free time in your life, and increase your earnings exponentially then as he says "You must think about what you are doing, and what your customer needs most. Cut out all the wasted time that you think is productive, and just do what they truly need." It really has been a game change for sure, and allows for true focus, money building, and great ideas to flow into your brain. Now for some questions from the listeners of Join Up Dots "Hi David, I am a 26 year old female originally from Jakarta in Malaysia, but now living in Holland. I love your show and all the interesting stories that you give us. I am in a job that i dont like and find very unfulfilling. My passion is to create a business around Yoga, and specifically Pranayama, which is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force. This seems so specific that I wonder if I could manage to build a business around this. Any suggestions I would truly appreciate it."  Adelia, Amsterdam. The second question this week is from John from Cheshire who asks "David what is the first thing that you do each day in your business. I would love some guidance as I spend much of my time deciding to do something and not actually doing anything" And now the last question from the Join Up Dots listeners comes from M. Archer from Tupelo, Mississippi who wants more guidance in regards to finding money from her Toy Making business.  "Hello David, over the last few years I have been working on a toy making business. These are small knitted replicas of friends and family. They send me pictures and then I make small models of them. I love doing it, as its very therapeutic. But it is also time consuming so the money I can charge for the toys, is nowhere near what my hourly wage would be in a job. Any suggestions as to how I can develop this business that I love into one that I can do full time?"   Thank you as always for you your time and listening to the show.
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Super Bowl Mindset
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who has been at the very top of his career, and now is on a mission to go even higher. He is a former American football center and commercial actor. He played college football at Purdue, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft, earning a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL (40) against the Seattle Seahawks. He has also been a member of the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans, and is now a Master Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). With his brand, Basic Instructions, he helps executives, athletes and others to access the resources within themselves to achieve the life experience they desire. As he says "In NLP, there’s a saying: the conscious mind is the goal setter, and the unconscious mind is the goal-getter. Your unconscious mind is not out to get you–rather, it’s out TO GET FOR YOU whatever you want in life. However, if you don’t know how to communicate what you want properly, it will keep bringing steaming bowls of liver stew out of the kitchen. Whatever it is, realize that your unconscious mind only does that because it thinks that’s what you want. (“Sir, here is your procrastination along with a side of anxiety. I’ve also told the valet to bring up your emotional baggage as per your request. Will you be needing anything else?”) You see there is a lot going on inside us which we just haven't got a clue that it's holding us back from ever getting ourselves into the end zone, for lifes touchdown. So as he worked tirelessly in his football career did he always have an eye on the next stage of his life? And where do people go wrong in life in his view...working hard for the wrong things, are not working hard enough for the right things? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Chukky Okobi Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Chukky Okobi such as: Chukky shares how the repetition of practicing time and time again can be so powerful, as it leads us to know how its going to feel at the right time Why it is so important to mentally set out your own steps, whilst not being prescribed by others and what they expect of us day to day. and lastly…. Chukky reveals how the biggest obstacle that people face in their lives is their own personal belief structure. What they believe they can achieve often gets stopped before it ever has a chance to come to life.
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Search Engine Expert
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who has built a thriving business around SEO. Yeah, as we know Search and being found is a huge part of business success He has worked extensively in SEO since 2013, trying and testing all of the primary strategies to see what is most effective to boost rankings and organic traffic. Tom spearheaded the success of Life Coach Spotter to 20,000+ unique monthly visitors from organic traffic. As he says "I grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, New York, a 3rd-generation Italian. I went to public school and excelled in sports. I studied Philosophy at Providence College and spent a lot of time reading and learning from ancient philosophers. After graduating from college, I went off to work on Wall Street, day trading at a proprietary equities firm in Manhattan. In 2013 I started digital marketing for LifeCoachSpotter.com where I learned SEO from the ground up. I struggled with SEO for Life Coach Spotter for years, trying every tactic the so-called “experts” had recommended. When I finally “figured it out”, I knew I had to share my own expertise to drive results for other businesses who were struggling with their own SEO.  Most of what experts advise drives little to no impact. There are only 3 areas to focus on to drive impact for your site’s SEO:  links, optimization, and content. That’s it.  I spent years banging my head against the wall so that now you don’t have to.  It’s both fun and profitable to get monthly recurring traffic back to your business’s website. Today I serve a number of clients through my SEO agency Sure Oak.  We work with clients from around the world and I am lucky to have a passionate and dedicated team to work with who is well-versed in SEO, content-marketing, technical development, outreach, and more.  I am forever grateful to the amazing team at Sure Oak. So are the days of black hat, white hat techniques long gone, or just simmering below the surface for the next SEO fad to appear? And how does he market his own company, free traffic or paid? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Tom Casano Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Tom Casano such as: Why organic traffic is such a powerful and under used form of traffic generation, that pays you back time and time again. Tom shares how his first 50 blog posts led to crickets in his business, but it taught him so much as to what actually works in SEO.  and lastly…. We discuss why it is such a good idea to walk away from a business when it gets really hard, just to allow yourself space to find an easier way.
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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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Motivation
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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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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