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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast is a man who calls himself a rockstar, and with very good reason too.

No he doesn’t strut around doing the Jon BonJovi return,or perhaps he does.

Instead is he is a rockstar in regards to his methods for money management, and can help us all get out of debt, save money and therefore retire at a young age.

As he says “I grew up in small town America and now live in the big city of Dallas, Texas.

I’m an early retiree who gets to work because I want to, not because I have to. If one of your goals is to do the same, I’m here to help.

My mission is to educate, empower, and entertain people from all walks of life by helping them experience real breakthroughs in their lives through hope and financial freedom.

My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work simply and immediately in your personal life. ”

Now that all sounds amazing doesn’t it.

And what makes it even more amazing is this guy wasn’t born with an inherent skill to make money, keep money and grow his stash of cash

This guy was someone who as he says “I went from a money moron at age 22 to self-made millionaire 13 years later”

He has made huge mistakes in his past, but has learnt from them.

He has worked at filling in the gaps in his education to become a master of those mistakes.

And now with his platform, and newly released Podcast “Financial Rockstar” he is rocking and rolling and loving life.

So what was the moment when he realised that things couldn’t keep travelling on a one way journey to broke-ville?

And is this something that can be done easily, or is it a case of sacrificing every bit of comfort and niceties in your life?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Scott Alan Turner

Direct download: 471-Scot-Alan-Turner.mp3
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Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a lady who boldly states.

"If you are a small business owner who is feeling overwhelmed by ALL the different pieces of technology you need to run your small business, you are about to loooove me!"

And certainly I have heard her name mentioned by many of the on-line luminaries of the world, who don't just loooooove her, but really like her too.

She is the founder of LKR Social Media, where she used her expertise to help small businesses with social media and on-line marketing.

She is also the founder of Edgar, which is is a tool that helps with social media scheduling and marketing automation.

But more than that she is big on building a business that supports the lifestyle that she loves.

She believes that social media is part of a new way of running a business – a business that is internet-driven (even if you don’t sell online), flexible, scalable, and provides you with a life, not a grind, which means that she can travel frequently and recently spent 3 weeks in India and 2 weeks in South Africa totally unplugged.

But how is she doing this?

Well she earned a degree in Advertising at The University of Texas, while teaching herself about web and online communications on the side.

However when she graduated at age 20 she moved to Chicago to start her professional career, but unusually didn't then set into a decade of working her way up a ladder, just to find out that it was the wrong ladder.

Instead with limited business knowledge she took the leap started her own company and the rest is history?

So what made her different from so many people who wait with fear and apprehension till their mid forties before going for it?

And does she look back at the hustles, and struggles with fondness, or a "Thank god I don't have to go through that again?"

Well let's find out as we start joining up dots, with the one and only serial entrepreneur herself Laura Roeder.

Direct download: 470-Laura-Roeder.mp3
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Merry Christmas to everyone of you!

Yes, today is that special day that is all about spending it with your loved ones, whilst enjoying and savouring everything that we have in our life.

Being woken up at the crack of dawn by excited children, and watching Nan and Granddad snore loudly on the sofa after the huge meal.

And it will be no different in the world of Join Up Dots, after all that is what its all about.

But in today’s episode your host David Ralph, wants to share with you his plans for 2016 and to hopefully make you realise that the most wonderful time of the year, should in fact be everyday.

We should wake up everyday like those excited children, ready for the wonder that life has to offer.

We should not groan when the alarm clock goes off, but in fact shout “Yayy!” when the ringing starts in the darkness.

So have you set your plans for the coming year?

Have you started to consider what you want to make 2016 be?

Well, we hope that we can be part of your journey and as we started the page with “We wish you and your loved ones the happiest time you could wish for!”

All the best

David Ralph and the whole Join Up Dots team

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My guest entrepreneur today, on Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an amazing lady who has pushed herself to achieve true greatness in her life.

Yes, she is someone who has demostarted true womens Leadership.

Yes, I have never seen this, but I bet many of you will have had this question appear on trivial pursuit at one time or another.

“Who was the first woman to row three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian single handedly?”

Well today’s guest is the answer that you will be looking for, holding four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row three oceans, whilst rowing over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oar-strokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat.

She uses her success in ocean rowing adventures to inspire action on the top environmental challenges facing the world today.

But the interesting thing to me is that she was not an obvious choice to be awarded as adventurer of the year in 2010.

As we will discuss this during the show, perhaps if she hadn’t attended Oxford University one of the big two rowing universities, then there was a good chance that she wouldn’t have stepped onto the water.

And the second interesting thing, amongst all the interesting things is why she upon leaving university, slipped effortlessly into the corporate environment for six years, where now everything points to big adventures, big dreams, and probably big blisters.

So looking back on her life would she have skipped the corporate gig, and launched straight onto the waves?

Or was this a key part of finding the lady that she is today?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, entrepreneur and adventurer Roz Savage MBE 

Direct download: 468-Roz-Savage.mp3
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There’s not many people in the world, or at least those that I have met, who when asked what they are most proud off would say “Keeping my family happy and safe during a massive earthquake and starting again and thriving through it”.

But that is the case with today’s guest on Join Up Dots.

She is a lady from New Zealand who has been on a journey of discovery which lead her from her hometown, into Africa and then back again.

As she says “I’ve always wanted to ‘change the world’ and help people. Ever since I was in high school and in the GAIA and Amnesty International Club. I went to Guyana when I was 19. It was eye opening and wonderful and when I got home the Malaria kicked in. So did the realisation that My degree in International Development gave me great insight but I didn’t have the skills or knowledge to really help. Not in the way that I wanted to.

I turned my attention to helping people by using the Outdoors as a medium for personal development. I returned from Canada to my home country of New Zealand. I competed in (and completed) the famous Southern Traverse 5 day non-stop Multi-sport race. I used the outdoors to facilitate personal development and for me, it wasn’t about the rock climbing or the kayaking… it was about the people. The looks on their faces when they did something that they never thought they could achieve.”

And that was one of those moments when she realised that her talent, passion, skills, and authenticity was linked to making a difference to others.

Helping them to achieve greater and greater things, especially in creating a business was the thing that lit her up inside.

So could she have got to where she was without this detours and seemingly unconnected dots in her life?

And without sounding trite, was experiencing the earthquake a true moment that shook her up and changed her life forever?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, serial entrepreneur herself Natalie Cutler-Welsh

To hear more from Natalie Cutler-Welsh go to:

Podcast: Go To Girl Social Media & Networking

Description: Go to Girl is all about helping women and mums in business to get savvy with social media and networking. Natalie Cutler-Welsh presents weekly interviews with inspiring and successful women, as well as information and tips on using social media for your business. Get motived by others' stories and connect with other women who understand the joys and challenges of running your own business. Topics include Social Media, Interviews, Reviews, Networking. The stories behind the women. How they got started, their biggest challenges and why they're passionate about running their own business.

Direct download: 467-Natalie-Cutler-Welsh.mp3
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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is Mr Thomas Franks, the owner of the College Info Geek, where he puts a totally different spin on going through the college life.

As he says to the students of the world “You know that just going to class, getting good grades, and graduating with a degree isn’t good enough any-more. You know that being successful in college takes a bit more work.

You’ve got the drive and the ambition. So where do you go from here?”

Which is a fascinating point of view, which is very different from most peoples education experience I would imagine, whereby they base this part of their life as a self contained period.

Get through college, get the grades, and then set about kicking ass in the real world.

But success takes time, so what better way to hit the ground running than fine tuning and developing your hustle muscle before you need them.

By doing things the right way whilst in College.

As he says “This  blog is dedicated to helping you build a remarkable college career, which in turn will lead into an amazing life.

This is not your typical college blog. You won’t find articles with 10 Tips to Win at Beer Pong or 6 Ways to Hack Your Laundry. 

That bite-size, regular, boring content has already been written hundreds of times on other blogs. I’m not interested in it.

This blog is all about winning at college.”

And now he is certainly winning in his own life, and once simply a blog, this is now a lifestyle enthused by passion.

So how did he break free from the college mentality that most people buy into, with parties, hangovers, and late nights crouched over the books? 

And does he look at what he has created as the whole package or just the starting point to what he can now achieve?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Thomas Franks.

Direct download: 466-Thomas-Frank__.mp3
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Today’s guest is a wife, mother of three awesome kids, writer, entrepreneur, mentor, yogini and finance executive.

She lives in the mountains outside of Colorado Springs, CO with her domestic cats, dog and mountain lions.

Yeah honestly, these are full fledged mountain lions, the scary ones that you see in films terrorising communities, and making chickens fly into the air!

But if you think that this lady is someone born to be living in the wilderness, then think again.

Growing up in New Orleans then moving to Boston for college and the beginning of her career, she was a “city girl” who never spent much time outdoors.

But after seven years in Corporate America, she wondered if that was what she was supposed to do with the rest of her life.

The intuitive answer was a resounding NO but like so many of us find out, she had no idea what the answer was.

So she dropped out, put all of her things in storage, packed up her Jeep with some essentials and followed the voice in her head that said,

“Go west and do something with horses.”

Her logical mind asked, “Where west and do what with horses?”

And the voice wisely answered, “You go figure it out.”

And so off she went, into the unknown and a future that was less than certain, which I think is the perfect starting point to today’s episode.

How did she overcome the fear that usually holds so many of us back as we start to get that vibe of “There must be more to life than this”?

And what does she think when she looks back at those seven years in Corporate? A waste of time, or a huge stepping stone to where she is today?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only entrepreneur herself Paige Burkes.

Direct download: 465-Paige-Burkes.mp3
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Today, guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is Jeremy Reeves, a man considered one of the worlds leading authorities on building sales funnels.

Which is a very nice statement to be able to make, but it wasn’t always that way.

This guy has been on a journey of discovery started by a simple promise to his wife, where he promised “that no matter how hard I had to work… no matter what it took or what we had to go through… I was going to become successful enough to support her so she could raise our future children.”

But like so many people who make such a bold statement of intent, there was a big problem hanging over him.

He had no idea how he would do it.

They were flat broke.

They could barely afford to put food on the table, let alone have kids and let her stay at home to raise them.

But he made her a promise… and as he says “I keep my promises.”

So he took a look at himself, and thought “What will my skills and education be able to develop for me?”
He had a degree in human psychology, and had always been fascinated by how the mind works and why people make certain decisions.

So wrapping his life around that strength seemed like a good idea.

So became A Direct Response Copywriter, and hustled like mad, working two jobs, log hours and developing his skills until he could class him self as a winner.

But that was just step one, and after analysing his strengths and weaknesses one day – it clicked.

He realized that his strength wasn’t just keeping people glued to his writing, it was combining innovative marketing strategies and positioning tactics (like building a sales funnel) with world-class copy.

While most “copywriters” focus on writing – he focused on the things that made more of an impact.

The big ideas. The positioning. The congruency between products. The back-end. Simple follow-up systems.

So does he look back and think the hustle was the true gift in his life, or could he have got to where he is now quicker?

And is he astonished at how many people keep on making the same mistakes 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 entrepreneurial Mr Jeremy Reeves.

Direct download: 464_Jeremy_Reeves.mp3
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When we started Join Up Dots it was a big part of the focus, that we brought you many different types of people doing the kind of things that you perhaps weren’t aware were possible.

Well today’s guest falls firmly into that category, as she is an Image Therapist which until a couple of weeks ago I didn’t even know the term existed.

What that means is, and I’m sure she will correct me if I am wrong (I am a man after all), but each day you slip into clothes that reflect your personal essence.

You don’t just wear clothes that you have worn for the last few years because someone bought them for you for Xmas.

But instead by selecting the right clothes you will discover your authentic self… and reflect this in what you wear.

Effectively you become more of yourself and ready to take on the world with confidence, style and charisma.

And now from her offices in Beverly Hills, California she is taking her clients everyday on a journey of discovery.

They are stepping into the brilliant real of wearing colour to live a more boldly authentic and personalized life!

So where did this concept come from, and was she always someone who looked at clothes as something more than covering up the bits that we shouldn’t show?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Liana Chaouli

Direct download: 463-Liana-Chaouli.mp3
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It was a total delight to be interviewed by a man who respect greatly in the podcasting online world....Mr Chuck Wang.

Chuck is one of those guys that is a true giver. He goes out of his way everyday to make a difference to the lives of every person that he meets, and when you get to finally speak to him you realise a profound fact.

He does it quietly and effectively.

He isnt one of these "Look at me people" kind of guys.

Instead he knows what he is good at, prepares as much as he can to be even better at that thing, and swings everytime.

Yeah, he might not always hit it out of the park, but that isnt the point.

He turns up and gives it a go.

So in this episode of Join Up Dots, we share a conversation that it was my privilege to have, where we discussed marketing, podcasting, why the successful can get lazy, and of course what makes an English shandy.

Direct download: 020_David_Ralph-MVP_marketing_podcast.mp3
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Today’s guest following the words of Steve Jobs on the Join Up Dots business podcast interview, is one of those guys that I love speaking to as when you first research them you think “They are a little bit mad”

And then when you see them describe themselves as “An amateur adventurer, digital nomad and travel addict. I like to get muddy, naked and painted.” you think yeah wasn’t far wrong.

But what makes this entrepreneur guy fascinating to me, is how very easily he could have been living the normal, humdrum lifestyle of so many of us if he had listened to the words of others.

But instead he has created a whole lifestyle for himself that is full on motivation and moving everyday towards great success.

As he says in his own words “I first started backpacking when I was eighteen and was instantly hooked by all the inspiring people I met whilst hitching, camping and couch-surfing around Europe. Since then, I have lived in India for a year, worked on bars in Vietnam, herded goats in the Holy Land and conquered the highest navigable pass in the world armed with a poorly drawn map and a packet of ritz crackers. I have survived knife-point robberies in Nepal, guerrilla encounters in Myanmar, motorbike crashes in Vietnam and numerous other mis-adventures.

In 2011, I came back to the UK and settled into a job (much to my parents delight!) working for a travel company;

I hoped I had found my true calling!

Sadly, I spent almost all of my time behind a desk and so I decided to throw it all in, start this blog, and hit the road.

And now with thousands of followers actively consuming the tales of adventure and madness everyday, it seems to me that he has now found his true calling.

So what was it about ritz crackers and the life on the open road that so appealed in the early days?

And by surviving on just $12 dollars a day for over two years, has this been the key to totally immersing yourself into this thing called Planet Earth, that so many of us rarely truly see?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start following the words of Steve Jobs joining up dots, with the one and only entrepreneur Mr Will Hatton

Direct download: 461-Will-Hatton.mp3
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In today's episode of Join Up Dots David Ralph talks about why it is so important to start thinking of your perfect life before you even take the first step on your journey.

So many entrepreneurs fail to grasp what they want from life and end up creating a life that is a nightmare.

They fail to set up all the correct procedures and structures that leave them able to step away from the business and live the life of their dreams.

So David Ralph asks you in his own unique way to think about two key things.

What Do you Want To Achieve? and Then How Would Your Perfect Day Feel Like?

These simple two exercises will give you the blueprint to go forward into your future with the confidence that things will work out how you want them to be, and not like so many others have found create monster that brings them to their knees.

Direct download: Starting_Your_Life_The_Right_Way.mp3
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Today's guest following the words of Steve Jobs and joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is an entrepreneur who is on a mission to help all the parents of the world.

She is 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.

Well, actually as a father of five children I would say we will definitely encounter these issues, which make them less than adorable sometimes.

For the past 20 years she has 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.

And now is also a veteran of TedX, yes she can now add that to her expanding list of talents, as in September 2015 she took to the stage in Bristol England with her speech on "Taming and Tending Your Inner Meerkat brain!!"

So with her writing, TV appearances, speeches and myriad of other activities going on in her life, how does she retain her effectiveness on the key issues she is tackling?

And as an entrepreneur who cares so deeply, is there a chance that she actually ends up caring too deeply and loses the balance in her life?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start following Steve Jobs words, by Joining Up Dots with the one and only entrepreneur Jane Evans 

Direct download: 459-Jane_Evans.mp3
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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a lady who believes in the possibilities of life and going for it big-time

She is a firm believer that “There is no such thing as impossible and that hurdles are just part of the journey if you really want something. ”

And this lady is someone who not only is willing to leap the hurdles, but also wants these leaps to become devoid of drama and ethical.

She is the Managing Partner of Britt Banter Public Relations based in New York City.

Which is an an award-winning firm with the perfect blend of nerdy and chic, Britt Banter has developed a modern and determined approach to public relations, creating an emotional connection with a heavy emphasis on creative strategy.

Which all sounds very professional and what you would expect a company to say.

But when you also see that they also state “We know business, but we don’t believe in the daily grind and we certainly don’t know what it’s like to have a case of the Mondays.”

This is a lady who has built something truly remarkable.

A company that is growing fast, growing smart, but still retaining the understanding that the business is made by a group of people with human needs.

She seems to me to be the perfect boss.

But has this always been the case?

Has been a different version of herself in the past that felt like most of us that she should wear the daily grind as a badge of honour?

And where does she see the true power of building connections across the globe, with the powerful and influential or with the group finding their way to greatness?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur Amy Britt.

Direct download: 458-Amy-Britt.mp3
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Do you want a solopreneur who is not only succesfull, but also totally confident and charge of her inner power?

Well todays motivational content delivers that big time.

But lets start, as I have the inspiration to talk about myself, of letting you into my life as a young man.

When I was a young man, I’m sure that I would have died and gone to heaven if I could have had a sexy boss come into my office.

I may not have got a lot of work done, but still it would have been a nice to have.

So imagine my delight that I get to invite a lady onto today’s episode of the top rated Join Up Dots podcast, who is the Author of…Sexy Boss Inc Manifesto: Transform From Broke, Frustrated and Bored to Living Fearless, Fulfilled and Financially Free, and also The Game of Dating: Just for Men. “The Ultimate Secrets on How to Date Your Dream Woman Today” Buy it Now.

But these movements that she has created with her publications isn’t about the old bumping and grinding.

Its about taking control of your life and going for it

As she says “Let’s Get One Thing Clear…. Girl, you are sexy. Damn sexy, in fact! But being sexy is NOT just about looks, or about sex, for that matter. At the highest level, being sexy is about getting off your butt, stopping the whining and excuses and reclaiming your God-given power.”

And she is certainly doing that, with her business going from strength to strength.

As a serial entrepreneur she is regarded as a top authority on internet marketing, business strategies and marketing, and since 2006 she started, developed and grew an online information marketing publishing company from ground zero to over $1 million in sales in less than 12 months.

Starting without a list, a product, a name or an offer, she has changed her life dramatically.

And as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, she appears to be loving her life, and playing firmly in the sweet spot.

So when did she realise that sexual power, was something that she could package in a different way to appeal to a new market?

And with all the things that she has on her plate, what would she say is the one thing that she wouldn’t ever stop doing, even if she didn’t get paid for it anymore?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only serial entrepreneur Heather Ann Havenwood.

To hear more from Heather Havenwood go to:

Podcast: The Win With Heather Havenwood

Description: Heather Havenwood, serial entrepreneur, marketing advisor, author of many books including Sexy Boss™ - How to beat the Big Boys in business - explains the Art of Winning, and how it has become lost in our current society. Heather grew an online business to over a million in 2005 in one year - then quickly lost it and went bankrupt. On her journey from Bankruptcy to Sexy Boss™ Entrepreneur she learned the lessons on how to build a real businesses online, with real money and real work. Being a Winner. Once an individual makes a decision to be a business owner, solo entrepreneur, or to be a leader in their company or community - it is in that moment that they must learn how to WIN. How to play the game. How to get hit. A person will either sit in the stands, be a coach on the sidelines, or be a real player getting hit and winning on the field. Heather is a leader by the fact that she is willing to fail and succeed publicly. From Bankruptcy to Sexy Boss™ learn from Heather’s mistakes and wins. She has been known for her million dollar rolodex and leading from behind the curtain - she now comes out from behind the shadows to share her friendships, success and her every day real challenges in marketing, money and mindset. www.HeatherHavenwood.com www.SuccessMagnetSeminar.com

Direct download: 457-Heather-Ann-Havenwood.mp3
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Ready to think big and live a life that is a wow?

Ready to take consistent action towards living a life that you didnt believe was possible?

Then todays episode is for you.

David Ralph officially pre-launches Join Up Dreams and the members only podcast Dream Starters Academy, where he will show you the steps you need to take to live the life that you deserve.

All you need to do is send an email to joinupdots@gmail.com and state in the subject line "I WANT THE DREAM" and you have taken the first step forwards.

Welcome to Dream Starters Academy and your bright, exciting and wonderful future

David Ralph

Direct download: DREAM_STARTERS_ACADEMY_-_STARTING_YOUR_DREAM.mp3
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My guest today the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who seems to me a person that the world knows and loves.

I have literally lost count of the amount of people that have told me over the last five hundred shows “Have you have had Bob Burg on?” or “There is this guy I know that you have to have on!”

Well, he is here now and with a background ranging from saught after speaker, best selling author, and advisor to businesses across the world, he is a man who has found his thing it seems.

Thriving in the corporate environment as someone with the answers that people are searching for and need.

But how did that thing become fully realised?

As when you dig back into his history it seems that it was there at the beginning, but with the creation of Burg Communications was the true starting point to where he stands today.

But there is never the case, and the path that seems so right is one that is hard earned.

Never being easily found, although it is always there waiting for that first step to be placed upon it.

So we will take him on a journey right back to the beginning before the best-selling books, and speeches in front of thousands of people whilst sharing the stage with notables including today’s top thought leaders, broadcast personalities, Olympic athletes and political leaders including a former United States President.

We will try to find out what makes him who he is?

So without further a do, lets bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Bob Burg.

To hear more from Mr Bob Burg go to:

Podcast: The Go-Giver Podcast

By Bob Burg (Coauthor of The Go-Giver, Go-Givers Sell More, The Go-Giver Leader, and author of Endless Referrals and Adversaries into Allies)

Description: Would you like your business — and your life — to be a lot more fun, a lot less stressful, and a lot more profitable? Do you want to sell more, lead better, be more influential, and live a life of significance? In this show, based around the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success from the international bestseller, “The Go-Giver”, you'll learn how to naturally create a life of joy and prosperity. Your host, Bob Burg, coauthor of “The Go-Giver” will share his insights and interview notables including today’s top entrepreneurs, business and thought leaders.

Direct download: 456-Bob-Burg.mp3
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  1. This episode of Join Up Dots has been brought to you courtesy of Bootstrapping It!

    Episode 21: Podcaster David Ralph “Joins up Dots” along his entrepreneurial journey

    David is the host of Join Up Dots, a daily podcast produced in the UK. The one simple mission of Join Up Dots is to help us all believe that the future can be whatever we want it to be.

    In this episode we talk with David about the transition from employee to podcaster and the monetization plans for his business, including his new podcasting platform, Podcaster’s Mastery.

    Key takeaways

    • David, a believer in the “side hustle” as a way to transition from employee to entrepreneur, had been working on various online platforms 6 years before he finally quit his job. He initially quit his job to become a web developer, but soon became bored with it.
    • David became inspired to podcast after listening to John Lee Dumas and Michael O’Neal.
    • As David has been growing his podcast, at various times he has taken a part-time job and coached/mentored others to compensate for the drop in his income.
    • One key thing that  David has learned since launching his business is that it doesn’t take a large number of customers to make a living from a entrepreneurial venture ($500 product sold to 200 of the 7 billion people on the plant = $100,000).
    • David’s original monetization strategy for his podcast was focused around advertisers, however, he is now concentrating his efforts on creating and launching a platform to teach others how to podcast.
    • David’s tips for bootstrappers:
    1. “Slide”, don’t “Leap” into your entrepreneurial venture. Put up with your job while you “upskill” yourself.
    2. Be selective in terms of who you share your dreams with.

 

Direct download: Episode21_rec_davidralph.mp3
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My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Richard McLemore, a man who in his time has worked for the Man, Uncle Sam, and as a entrepreneur, building three businesses from scratch.

Starting his adult life in the Special Forces, he served his time under the tutorage of Uncle Sam, before entering the corporate world and looking for his thing.

And it’s fair to say that it took some time before things started going in the direction he wanted.

As he says in his own words ” After my first position I moved from Oklahoma to Houston, Texas as credit manager, and within one year got promoted to Zone Credit manager covering four offices.

During that time I kept on going out with the HP sales engineers, and could see that these guys had great technical knowledge but never returned with an order.

Watching this time and time again, I started to believe that I could do the sales role, and after discovering they were paid twice my rate made active moves to transfer across.

However the management were less than keen on this movement, saying no one from finance had ever moved into sales.

After a year, I did, and things started to come together for me.

I trained for 1 year, won 3 President Club awards – 2nd year, sold more than half of the worldwide inventory of HP LaserJets, even though I didn’t know how to actually turn the self-demo on”

And what makes this guy fascinating, and is truly it seems the piece of the puzzle that brings everything together is his understanding that bridges are there to be built.

He can see how the joining up the dots of knowledge is the key to success.

Building bridges between areas of expertise, allowing the big picture to be viewed in the quickest way forward.

And now he has set about building those bridges in the spiritual home of connections LinkedIn, where he has become a recognised expert in how to develop your network for maximum effect.

So is there a piece of the puzzle that people miss as they try to create their own track of success?

And does he look back and see his dots joining up, or has it been an eclectic group of stumbles and falls?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur himself Mr Richard McLemore

Direct download: 453-Richard-McLemore.mp3
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My guest today on Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has been in his game for many many years, and seems to enjoy it more today than he has ever done.

Starting back in sales in the 1970’s he has now been selling for over 44 years…

And he has tried the lot, from selling all sorts of products and services, from financial services to advertising, to gym memberships to alarm systems to milk.

He learned to sell the hard way – by making loads of mistakes, learning from them and picking up bits and pieces from a variety of people along the way.

As he says “I don’t think there was any such thing as a sales coach when I started selling in the ‘70s.

So now I’m THE Sales Wizard because I never did quit, even when the going was tough.”

And that is such a hugely profound statement that we could almost just say that for an hour and all go home “I’m THE Sales Wizard because I never did quit, even when the going was tough.”

And now he reaches a huge audience of wannabe sales people, or those who want to get better in sales by his books, or speaker, and radio talk show host.

So was he always a salesman at heart, or like most of us just fall into something and then discovered after awhile that he had found his thing?

And where did he find his positive attitude that helped him so much to push through when times got tough?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Mr serial entrepreneur himself, Hugh Liddle

Direct download: 453-Hugh-Liddle.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's guest joining us on Join Up Dots is a man who unusually for most of the guests who we interview appears to have a nice neat journey to where he is today.

In fact it almost appears a game of two halves, with the first half finding his true self, by working for the man as a Fund Manager, and the second becoming the on-line Financial Mentor at Financialmentor.com.

But this probably would be a bit simplistic.

But it is true that at his core he had an entrepreneurial spirit running through him.

He knew what he wanted from his life and worked constantly towards that, allowing him to retire at the age of 35.

And this is the fascinating part of his life.

From effectively saying job done, that's me finished he now appear busier than ever, with coaching, on-line courses, training and a myriad of other forms helping his clients achieve the same standard of life that he has.

He is doing the fun stuff, that he is very very good at and loving his life

He has become a millionaire by providing massive value to the world, and now has the life that he wants.

As he says in his own words "The reason I choose an ordinary but comfortable lifestyle is because I prefer to build net worth instead of overhead so I can enjoy freedom instead of flash. I didn’t pursue wealth so that I could buy everything I wanted: I pursued wealth so I could do whatever I desired, and be whatever I was capable of being. I value experience over stuff.

I’ve never wanted the mansions, private jets, flashy sports cars, and other encumbrances that the get-rich-quick gurus try to sell you on. I’m too environmentally conscious to consume at such a wasteful level. Besides, that is the mistaken pursuit of material wealth as a substitute for happiness. It doesn't work."

So do the dots in his life join up as neatly as they appear or are there many trials and tribulations leading to where he is today?

And does he see now that the quickest route to success is not through the bank account, but in fact a deeper understanding of one's self?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Todd Tressider

Direct download: 452-Todd-Tresidder.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

My guest entrepreneur following the words of Steve Jobs today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has a myriad of careers since heading out into the big wide world back in 1980.

Ranging from Project Manager for a Research Company to Owner (code for as she says "everything that people don't want to do") and Manager (code for "how to get people to do what they don't want to do") of a salon spa, through to her current position as author, speaker and owner of several self development companies that she runs concurrently.

In fact since leaving academia she has created over ten different companies, which has given her the kind of schooling in what works and what doesn't, most people would take a lifetime to gain.

And what makes this knowledge even more remarkable is at its core it seems to me that this lady isn't too focused on business.

She has huge motivation to build success and a lifestyle for her clients, by working with business as simply a home for ideas, relationships, action taking and belief.

A home containing everything that the humans in it can dream and start building

There is a distinct vibe of knowing that the only thing that can hold anyone back is themselves, and this passion has been sought after by companies individuals and audiences across the world, who listen to her speeches, by her books and enter her courses.

So was she always a people person, or has she developed those skills through the rough and tumble of business?

And does she see the entrepreneurial mood growing stronger in the world, as more and people like her tell it as it is "The safest way is by taking action. Consistent action based on personal beliefs?"

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the late Steve Jobs, with the one and only super entrepreneur Wendy Lipton-Dibner

 

Direct download: 451-Wendy-Lipton-Dibner.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

It's with great delight that I get to speak to Candace Rose Rardon, a lady, who was first introduced me to a guest who appeared way back on episode 15 of the show Mike Sowden.

After the show without hesitation he told me, you have to get this lady on the show "as she is having an affair!"

Well actually, I don't know if he did say that, but they are the first words that you see on her website "The Great Affair"

But what does this mean?

Well let's tell you more about her, as you will see this lady is seriously in love with life, travel and her art, and experiencing life not just living it.

She is an writer, sketch artist, and illustrator, and now calls the world her muse.

She travels with a passion to capture not just the images, and architecture of the world, but also the flavour and emotions too.

This makes her unique in my view.

She is someone that shows us through her words and also her amazing sketches how she sees the world.

Her character and personality shines out through her work, like no photograph can ever capture.

So how did this all start, well we find out during the show.

But like my own life has been changed by the Steve Jobs "Join Up Dots" speech, it there to see that hers was changed by the words of Joseph Campbell who once said "We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

And now in her own words, "Seven years ago, I hesitantly took Campbell’s advice. I let go of the life I had planned and opened myself to the myriad possibilities the world has to offer. While stepping off the edge of my safe existence into the unknown was a terrifying prospect, I also had a feeling that something incredible awaited me if I could take that initial leap of faith.

Life has been a crazy adventure ever since."

So what is it about travel that lights her up, and is it all plain sailing or are their times that she longs for a cubicle in a grey office somewhere?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur and artist, Candace Rose Rardon.

Direct download: 450-Candance-Rose-Rardon.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Entrepreneurs like today's guest, joining us on Join Up Dots podcast interview have quite simply trod a path to freedom, that so many of us tread at first when going after the dream.

She found the motivation to start working on building her dream, she slowly began instead to build a nightmare in its place.

Unreasonably long hours, hunched over her laptop, she worked 3 jobs, saying goodbye to her friends and weekends and quite simply wondered "What was the point in doing this?

But at the point of darkness, when things cant get any darker you have two choices

Number one sit down and stay in the dark, or number two push on until the dark is replaced by light and you come blazing out into your sun filled future.

Well that is what out guest did, and instead of remaining in the dark she realised that it was time to learn from the best.

She looked at the dream careers of others and went after it.

So she studied the best entrepreneurs, thought leaders and guys and ladies who looked like they were having a blast. And little by little she turned her life around and now this former PR and marketing strategist and Music editor inspires people across the world to consume passion like its going out of fashion.

Become a passion junkie she literally shouts across the world, and live a life so great that others will wonder how you did it.

Leave them wondering she says and in her own words "When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did it."

So how did this lady from Italy, find herself inspiring the world?

And do you need to be inspire yourself first and foremost, or is it others that light your own personal spark?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only super entrepreneur Fab Giovanetti.

Direct download: 449-Fab-Giovanetti.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on he Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has the answers to many of the problems that afflict us in the working world.

The aches and pains that we just put down to our jobs and our lifestyles.

The creaks and groans we make when we roll out of bed each morning, seem to be something that this lady has well….I guess put firmly to bed.

But this wasn’t always the case and like most of us she put up with chronic shoulder pain for over ten years, as she sat in front of the pc and bashed away for hour upon hour.

Now she believes that we all have a right to movement, and by focusing in on the way we move everyday we will put ourselves in a far better position to achieve, good health, good wealth and a pretty great life everyday.

She is lives in Singapore, and is the owner, investor and director of several businesses in the fitness industry, the author of Born to Move: 5 Steps to Achieve Mobility Fitness & Say Goodbye to Aches and Pains and now the owner of the Bodytree Asia’s first ever Adult Gymnastic Strength Building Studio.

As she says “Success can’t be sweet when your body is tired and in pain”.

So does she now look back at those ten years in pain, and think “What was I doing? Why did I let it go on for so long?”

And is the world getting in a worse shape than ever before, or does she see a realisation that “Yep, we need to start moving people”?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only inspiration, Lay Yong Ooi

Direct download: 448-Lay_Yong_Ooi.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's bonus episode of Join Up Dots poses a big question.

The type of question that every single listener of Join Up Dots needs to ask themselves at least once a week.

How much do you want it?

When you are sitting on your sofa, half watching the television wishing you were somewhere else in your life?

When you are at a  job that leaves you flat, and the money isn't what you want it to be?

How much do you want to change it?

Do you really want the dream-life that we show time and time again.

Because today your host David Ralph said goodbye to two high level coaching clients, who over a period of a few weeks were unable to put in the effort to change their situation.

They were willing to put in all the effort to find a series of excuses, but not the time to change the obstacles into opportunities.

And that is the killer.

Why is it that people are willing to make all the time in the world for things that on the surface aren't important.

They will find the time to have a drink with their friends.

They will find the time to watch the last few episodes of that box-set of TV programmes that a friend lent them.

But finding the time to change their own lives and make their future remarkable.....no.

So this episode of Join Up Dots asked the simple question "How much do you want it?"

Are you willing to do the hard stuff to savour the sweet taste of success?

If you are then contact us at Join Up Dots, or connect with us on Facebook and tell us "Yes I am ready!!!"

And we will meet you halfway!

Direct download: Bonus-How_Much_Do_You_Want_It_People.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's show is another departure from the standard Join Up Dots format.

 
In this show your host discusses and answers a question by a Join Up Dots listener who asks....
 
"Hi David, hope you are well.
 
Could you advise me do you think that a podcast is a great way of beginning in business or do you think I should create the business first?
 
All the best
 
Linny Bartholomew
 
And if you have time, what would be the best bit of advice that you have received from any of your guests?"
 
David answers this question, in his normal contagious manner, adding a few laughs into the mix.
 
And the answer may not be what you would expect a podcaster to deliver.
 
So sit back and enjoy, and if you would like to drop him a line and get your own message or question presented on a future episode of Join Up Dots then contactjoinupdots@gmail.com
Direct download: Bonus__Linny-Barholwme.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man who since 2006 has performed the role of Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in the United Kingdom.

Now if that’s doesn’t mean anything to you, then let’s give you an understanding of the mission, and of course the size of the task that he has taken on.

The RSA Boldly state this as “creating the conditions for the enlightened thinking and collaborative action needed to address today’s most pressing social challenges.

We serve this mission by acting as a global hub, by enabling millions of people to access the most creative ideas, by nurturing networks of innovators, and through researching, testing and sharing practical interventions.”

So if you are sitting at your desk, thinking big dreams, and craving the individual freedom to make your own decisions then you have already tapped into this mission.

You are our guests target audience.

You are someone who is eager to live a creative life.

But how do you do it?

How do you go against the status quo and the conditioning of life.

How do you start moving towards something that seems at the start too big for you to create?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Matthew Taylor.

Direct download: 446-Matthew_Taylor.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a woman who loves nothing more than ensuring high performing teams in organisations across the world.

She believes that all teams should be well oiled engines, lubricated by honest and meaningful communication between its members.

This is the mission of her San Francisco based company Double Forte, which over the last few years has positioned itself as one of the key companies to turn to in the event of a company needing to find ways to up its game.

What is interesting with this lady is although she has created this company, and so is in effect an employee, at her core she is quite obviously an entrepreneur with hustle muscle running through her big time.

Starting her working life back in 1988 as the Account Executive to the Account Supervisor for The Weber Group, she moved through quite a few positions quickly, as her ambitions forced her to find her true calling.

And it seems now that she has found it, and with her acclaimed book "Millennials & Management: The Essential Guide to Making it Work at Work", where she shares what's she's learned from leading big, medium and small teams and companies over the last 20 years selling well, her history seems to be connecting nicely.

Or said in another way it appears that she is well and truly joining up her dots.

So when she joined the work force back in 1988, did she have a plan to lead her to where she is today, or has it occurred organically over the years?

And are there common themes that she finds time and time again with non-producing teams?

Well lets find out as we start joining up dots with the lady that says "I'm a straight talker who doesn't hold too many punches, although I try to be pleasant about it." the one and only Lee Caraher

 

Direct download: 445-Lee-Caraher.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:30am UTC

Today's guest is a lady who has been on a bit of a journey in her professional life, to find the thing that she loves doing.

Now known as a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent writer to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog, it seems from the outside that she had a master plan from an early age.

A step by step blueprint to success and the life that she is living today.

But then you read in her words this interesting section detailing the life before it all came together and you can see that this is far from the truth.

As she say "I grew up in a very small town in North Carolina – pre-Internet era – and felt incredibly frustrated with the lack of opportunities and like-minded people. I left home early to head to college, so I could get a jump-start on doing the things I cared about, like getting a masters degree in theology and becoming a political reporter, presidential campaign spokesperson, nonprofit executive director, and documentary film-maker.

In 2006, I launched my marketing strategy consulting business, and eventually started writing, speaking professionally, and teaching for business schools. I’m passionate about helping others take control of their professional lives and make an impact on the world, and have written two books – Reinventing You and the Stand Out – to help make that a reality."

And the key word being "eventually"

She took action, worked hard, undoubtedly hustled until eventually it all come together and she became being who she is today.

So looking back to her younger days, would she still leave home early or would she take a different road to where she is today?

And what would be the biggest learning that he has gained over the last few years?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up the dots with the one and only Dorie Clark.

Direct download: 444-Dorie-Clarke.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Ken Dunn, a man who seems to be able to juggle more things at once than a juggling octopus.

He is a husband, Father and serial entrepreneur with a history of taking start-ups to huge success in a very short time.

But like so many of our guests, his career didn't start where you would expect it to start.

He started as far away as is possible to where he is today, helping the world change the way people write, read and experience books, with his company Readers Legacy.

Instead, he started on the path to where he is, by working as a police officer in Halifax Nova Scotia, performing Patrol duties, undercover drug enforcement , surveillance ops, industrial fraud and theft investigations.

Whilst moving through the ranks, he was learning the kind of skills that you wouldn't think would help him shoot to such entrepreneurial success, but were in fact the stepping stones to building companies of his own that flourished.

Organisational skills, leadership skills, an eye for detail all were honed, and in 2001 he started KPLJ that competed in the mortgage business in Canada, and it's rapid financial success, coupled with a start in direct selling, forced his exit from Law Enforcement and he has never looked back.

So if he knew then what he knows know would he still start his career in the Police force?

And does he know what the true super talent that he has always possessed is, and could he have used only this and still made it to the top?

And did he take the handcuffs with him....and you know what those kind of things are used for?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start to joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ken Dunn.

Direct download: 443-Ken-Dunn.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

On the 21st October 2015, it was a delight to be interviewed on the astonishingly successful OpenWorld Mag by its founder Danny Flood.

From my base just outside London, and Mr Floods base in a hostel in Malaysia we overcame technical barriers to create show 56 in the OpenWorld Mag podcast series

It was an inspiring conversation covering entrepreneurial activities, podcasting, overcoming self-limiting doubts and how to carve out the dream life.

This content has been authorised to share by Danny Flood, courtesy of OpenWorld Mag

Podcasting is really hot right now… it seems that everyone and their auntie is starting a podcast. But most people give up after 7 episodes. And of the ones who persist, far too many of them become “me too” also-rans… not able to become unique enough, drive enough downloads, or monetize their show.

Interview with David Ralph, Join Up Dots

Why is it most people fail at podcasting while a few standouts crush it and kill it – and how can we avoid the fatal mistakes so many smart, well-meaning podcasters are making?

I invited David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, a daily podcast with nearly 500 episodes, on to the show to discuss this and a whole lot more. Join Up Dots is a best of iTunes podcast, receiving 1 million downloads within the first 4 months! It’s fair to say that David is crushing it right now.

He’s also created a training program called “Podcaster’s Mastery” which helps people create successful podcasts with real tactics, build an audience, and establish connections.

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David is a true master at making human connections, and a veteran speaker and presenter. He shared some deep and profound insights in this episode. We discuss topics such as how to create a brand that’s uniquely you, how to engage with your content, and create a successful business in general.

If you’re ever curious about doing podcasting, or want to learn about how it can boost your business, then you’ll want to listen to this interview! David lays it all out on the line and drops a ton of knowledge bombs.

David’s story of his former life in the UK
The secret to becoming the best at what you do
How to bring FUN into your business – and why it’s critical to success
How to immediately engage with people, break the ice, and build rapport – so they feel comfortable opening up to you
How to perform at your best – even when you’re feeling low
How to create premium package products and support high pricing – whether you’re a consultant, freelancer, etc (hint: this is the key to creating a “lifestyle business”)
How David created a unique daily show and carved out a success story by differentiating himself (even in the market presence of other daily podcasts, such as Entrepreneur on Fire)
How to monetize a podcast and build your audience (David went from zero to 1 million downloads in just 4 months)

Direct download: david-ralph-interview.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's guest joining us on Join Up Dots is one of those names that has turned up time and time again in the Join Up Dots history, so it's with delight that we finally get them on to the show.

He is a man who quite openly states "I'm good at many things, but I know what my sweet spot is, and so focus in on this as much as possible"

And that sweet spot?

Helping people discover their purpose and passion for life.

As he says "When I’m coaching people to put the “extra” in their ordinary life and turn it into the extraordinary life they want and are capable of living, I am where I should be. Actually most of my writing is on this topic because it is my passion!"

And that my listeners is the true mark of building success into your life.

Finding that one thing that you find fulfilling and enjoyable, and subsequently will find so much easier to do to become better and better until becoming the recognised expert in that thing.

But this isn't just another episode of a life coach that loves helping people as this guy is an entrepreneur juggling many plates at once.

And since 2003 he has also been the co-founder of CompanyBE a cloud based software which was designed and built in direct response to the challenge of running a small business more efficiently and effectively.

So with his talents listed as Author, Life Coach, Speaker, Podcaster, Personal Development, Runner, Dad, and Business Owner he is a man who is in demand.

So when did he realise his sweet spot, and grasp the fact that he could make a living out of doing what he loves?

And is he at the point now where he spends all his time only doing things he loves, outsourcing the things that he doesn't?

Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Bruce Van Horn

To hear more from Bruce Van Horn go to:

Podcast: 

Life Is A Marathon: Life Coaching | Self-Esteem | Personal Development | Personal Branding | Positive Thinking

By Bruce Van Horn: Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Thought Leader, Author, Blogger, and Runner

Description: The Life is a Marathon show gives you inspiration, motivation, and resources to empower you to thrive and win in the marathon we call “life!” Bruce Van Horn is a Transformational Life Coach, Mentor, Thought Leader, Best-Selling Author, Empowering and Motivational Speaker, Dad, and Marathon runner who loves you too much to let you live an ordinary life. His personal motto is "Life is a Marathon, so let's train for it!" He brings his respected insight, wisdom, perspective, thought leadership, and storytelling abilities to this podcast to share with you information, life training tips, entertaining and heart-warming stories with the goal of helping you to transform your life, change your ordinary life into Extraordinary, build your self-esteem, recognize your value to the world, and live as the fullest expression of who you were created to be. Your thinking defines who you are in every way. Your mindset, how you think about yourself, others, and the world around you, effects your self-esteem, self-image and self-worth and personal branding. It also controls the way you perceive the world and how you interact with others. You can change your life by changing your thoughts. Use this podcast as your personal mentoring program as you transform your life by the renewing of your mind. When you find peace within yourself, know your life's purpose, and have a clear vision of what you want in life, you will have the emotional endurance to go the distance in life!

Direct download: 442-Bruce-Van-Horn.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Kavit Hara is todays guest on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an entrepreneur grounded in the age-old marketing principles, but using the latest technology advances to help small businesses thrive online.

I know that this sounds very impressive, but in a nutshell today's guest is a master at helping people finding their passions and creating thriving businesses based on those passions.

That's the dream really isn't it.

But the fascinating thing about this guy is although he now provides the fast-track to business success, he has been on an amazing journey to find those skills himself.

Over a decade ago, he was determined to become the worlds best tabla player.

Now if you don't know what this is, imagine an Indian musician kneeling before two, what I would call bongos, then that gives you an understanding of what he played.

And he played them very well, even performing with legends such Sir Paul McCartney,  Jimmy Page, and Donovan to name just three.

But this is a very niche instrument to play, and as a tabla player, he went through the ups and downs of the typical struggling musicians life.

For years he faced struggles to find opportunities to perform, create a band, record, gig and tour.

And as he says "Not only was this an outer battle, it was an inner battle too. Struggling with self-confidence and a lack of marketing know-how, things never looked up."

And this is the key thing to everything. You can have the greatest product in the world, but if nobody finds out about it then you are dead in the water.

So how did he decide that there was a gap in his knowledge, that probably wasn't the most obvious gap for a table player to realise he needed to fill?

And is there a common problem that he now sees time and time again with wannabe entrepreneurs?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kavit Hara

Direct download: 441-Kavit-Haria.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:00am UTC

My guest today, on the very first episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lovely lady who has gone out on a limb to do things her own way.

In fact when you read her linkedin page and see under her achievements and awards section a statement as bold and determined as this

"I live in Thailand! That is my "award" for having the guts to get away from the big city and live the life of my dreams. I am thankful for the people who have supported me to have the guts to run away and live on an island. I stand on the shoulders of people braver than myself. I am so grateful!"

And this one statement seems to say so much about a lady whose path started at the age of four and now has turned her vision for a wellness retreat into reality.

She believes that it was a desire with which she was born and in fact she was training for her whole life.

And that is something that is so powerful.

The ability to train over a long period of time to get your dream.

Or said in another way, she is the perfect candidate to demonstrate to all of us the power of the compound effect which we are so big on at Join Up Dots.

You do one thing, and then another, and then another, and then another until you find that you have developed the muscles, talents and skills to take adavnatge of the opprtunities that start forming around you.

Takes awhile, but the effort gets rewarded.

And so from her base in Thailand she is now living her dream, or perhaps the beginning of her dream everyday, and helping others to detox, relax and move their lives onto the next level.

So did she have the total vision right at the beginning, or was it just a feeling of what she wanted to do?

And does she see her success as just the beginning, or does she now fancy a life of relaxing and detoxing everyday?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Melanie Proctor.

Direct download: 440-Melanie-Proctor.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:00am UTC

Over a hundred years ago, a young man from the Midwest had a dream to become a partner of the greatest inventor on Earth, Thomas A. Edison. So strong was his desire to form this partnership, Barnes made up his mind that he would relentlessly pursue his goal of becoming a business associate of the famed inventor until he met success. There would be no retreat, and nothing was going to stop him from reaching his goal, the young man pledged to himself.

Barnes could not afford to purchase a train ticket for passenger fare, and he had no special technical skills. Furthermore, he had only meager clothes to wear. But, these obstacles could not stop this determined man from visiting Edison's famous laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey and pursuing his dream.

On a fateful day in 1905, and driven by a desire which transcended poverty and a lack of know-how, Barnes rolled into West Orange on a freight train. He then, poorly dressed and looking more like an outcast than a man of achievement, walked into the famous Edison Laboratory and told the great inventor that he had come to form a partnership with him. Nearby members of Edison's staff were amused by the boldness of the poor-looking man, and they laughed at him hysterically. But, Edison did not laugh. For, what he saw was a determined young man who was prepared to do whatever it would take to help bring new growth to his company.

Thomas Edison sharing a funny story with Edwin C. Barnes (center) and Nelson Durand (right).

Impressed with Barnes' ambition and internal drive, Edison decided to give the poor man a chance of realizing his dream — not as a partner, but rather as a floor sweeper. Barnes wisely accepted Edison's offer, not dejected in the slightest by the job his mentor had in mind for him. The new arrival understood that he was given a chance of a lifetime to show Edison what he could do for him. And, he knew that accepting the inventor's humbling offer would open the door for him to observe how the brilliant man thought. Barnes also understood that Thomas Edison was extending to him a tremendous opportunity to meet his friends and associates, some of the most influential and most powerful people in the world.

Starting with a broom in his hands, Edwin C. Barnes did the best work he possibly could for Edison, and he never once backed down from his goal of establishing a partnership with the world's leader of practical technology. Months went by, and, to the unobserved, nothing special seemed to happen. But, Barnes was learning what made Edison tick, and he was setting the stage to attract opportunities his way.

After working for Edison for nearly two years, Barnes “saw” a golden opportunity, and he seized it with full force. Following many years of preparation, the inventor was ready to commercialize the Edison Dictating Machine, a recorder specifically designed to capture the human voice. Edison's machine, later renamed the Ediphone, recorded “voice letters” on a wax cylinder, and its inventor thought very highly of it. However, when members of Edison's sales force looked over his new machine, most of them doubted that the invention would prove successful commercially, and they expressed little interest in trying to sell it.

Edwin C. Barnes listens intently as Thomas Edison explains the transophone, a new device from the master inventor that features a dictating machine that can be controlled electrically from a typewriter keyboard.

Barnes, in contrast, recognized that Edison's new machine could help thousands of executives across the country by allowing them to dictate at any time, day or night, for later playback. No longer would the executive need to have at his side a stenographer to record his thoughts, Edison's enthusiastic employee envisioned. Barnes also realized that the dictation machine could help business executives save time, accomplish more, and increase profits as a result.

After working out a marketing plan, Barnes approached Edison and urged him to let him sell his dictation machine. Edison, impressed with his employee's desire to sell the new machine and thoroughness of preparation for doing so, readily agreed to his proposition. And, within months Barnes had sold thousands of Edison dictating machines. He also gained a lucrative contract to market and distribute the recording device across America.

So successful was Barnes at selling Edison's dictating machine, he became a multimillionaire at a relatively young age. But, more importantly, Barnes became a man who helped thousands of people across the country benefit from Edison's device. And, it is probable that the true potential of Edison's machine would not have been realized had it not been for the uncanny insight that Barnes fostered during his working years at the famous laboratory complex in West Orange.

Edwin C. Barnes dressed not only to look successful, but to feel successful.

There were many factors, both tangible and intangible, that transcended Edwin C. Barnes from a young man with little money and a rather lame portfolio to one of the most capable and accomplished salespersons Thomas Edison ever knew. However, the remarkable success that Barnes enjoyed can be attributed largely to 12 key habits that he consistently exhibited with full force. They were:

  1. He knew what he wanted to accomplish;
  2. He used the power of imagination to circumvent poverty and other difficulties;
  3. He was willing to start at the “bottom” in order to gain know how and exposure;
  4. He created and seized opportunity;
  5. He maintained a dogged determination to bring his goal to reality;
  6. He worked long hours with concentrated focus for many years to get what he wanted;
  7. He talked relatively little and produced big;
  8. He was not deterred by ridicule, criticism, setback, or obstacles;
  9. He created ideas and made them happen;
  10. In alignment with his goals, he found a way to help other people become more successful;
  11. He made himself invaluable in his work;
  12. He was committed to providing his customers with excellent service.
Direct download: 439-Edwin-C-Barnes.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's guest is a man who when you start researching him you can't get a firm steer on what the man is all about.

He has chosen many different paths in his life, and tried many different things that for whatever reason turned out to be the wrong ones.

At the moment as he says in his own words " I primarily write and consult with authors, entrepreneurs and CEO's about how to find clarity and confidence in their businesses, expand their marketing through thought leadership and scale their internal business systems."

Well that sounds very professional doesn't it.

But let's tell you that this guy first wanted to be a Lawyer and changed his mind, to become a freelance Spanish Interpreter, then an English teacher in Brazil, before playing semi-pro football.

And then he built a profitable business selling advertising to kitchen furniture manufactures.

And job done he had found his thing!

No, actually he was just fine tuning his talents, developing his skills and finding out what doesn't work in his life.

So what you can see is this guy at his core was and is an entrepreneur, a man who needs to be challenged by tackling bigger and bolder projects.

Its the uncertainty of life that stimulates him and makes him come alive.

So when did he decide that he wasn't going to be an employee sitting in a cubicle making calls for eight hours a day?

And does he see that his dots have well and truly lined up, or is he simply just getting started to what he now believes he can truly achieve?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Taylor Pearson.

Direct download: 438-Taylor-Pearson.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a guy who is a serial entrepreneur, successful business strategist and a marketing expert who before laying the foundation of his various successful entrepreneurial ventures, served organizations ranked among the top 10 of Fortune 500 companies.

The founder and president of GMR Web Team - a leading Orange County digital marketing agency dedicated to helping businesses maximize revenue from the Internet - Ajay also owns and operates GMR Transcription, a seven-figure web-based business and award-winning transcription and translation company which he founded in 2004 to fill a void in affordable and accurate transcription and translation services for writers, students, professors and businesses.

In the short span of a decade, the company has expanded its reach to include government institutions and non-profit organizations and has become a trusted partner to more than 9,000 clients across the globe.

So the key question to ask is, why does he feel that the entrepreneurial bug first bit him, or was it always an integral part of his character?

And does he see a path that others can duplicate, or is it simply the case of making it up as you go along?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ajay Prasad.

Direct download: 439-Ajay-Prasad_Master.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots show is a lady with a really eclectic career.

In fact it's more like a group of careers, which has lead her to where she is today.

She has worked as a radio and TV script-writer and a children's author for approaching 30 years.

Her CV includes penning 2 series of an original prime-time BBC 1 sitcom The Crouches, a 10-year stint as a core writer for Eastenders and various engagements as a film Dialogue Coach and even raising from a child the current Moneypenny in the latest James Bond series.

Yes, she is the mother of Hollywood actress Naomi Harris too.

If that is not a enough she is also an intuitive and certified healing practitioner.

Now the interesting thing for me, is how she confesses that since a small child she cold see that she was always looking for the thing that was uniquely her.

A thing that lit her up inside and made her feel that she was on a path that is hers and hers alone.

And this path, unexpectedly appeared when she visited a terminally ill young woman who rose out of a coma after she placed her hand on the woman's abdomen.

She had joined up her dots, and now with her writing, and focus on wellbeing she is connecting all the elements of the last thirty years.

So how did this lady born in Jamaica, find herself developing characters for such an English establishment as "Eastenders"?

And does she see a change in the attitudes of the world, are we getting more open minded as we look for a different way of healing and looking after ourselves?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Carmen Harris.

Direct download: 436-Carmen-Harris.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

It's with great delight that I get to bring on to the Join Up Dots show a man from the UK, who in many ways had a background similar to myself.

A few years back he was working in London on a string of meaningless freelance jobs doing picture research, typesetting and a little design for various agencies.

He knew that he wasn't stimulating himself, so in 2006 he set up a website to start his own company in an attempt to do some of this boring work at home rather than in a boring office.

And to his delight it worked, and he worked for someone else for the last time in 2008.

By keeping blogging, creating content and doing web and graphic design work for his own clients, his business grew and grew, and then in 2012 he came to a big decision in his life.

His marriage failed in 2012, and being inspired by the words of Tim Ferriss and location independent entrepreneurs asked himself the question "Why am I living in London?"

So since September last year he has been mostly living in Thailand as well as travelling in Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

So does he look back at his life with totally new glasses, and think "Wow, once you start taking consistent action what a life you can create?"

And does he think that anyone can do this, or is their a huge super-talent that he has that no one else does?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Rob Cubbon

Direct download: 435-Rob-Cubbon.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's episode is a combination of studio recordings and live presentation brought together as a very special episode of Join Up Dots.

 

On the evening of the 19th September 2015, your host David Ralph performed a live version of Join Up Dots to the National Speakers Association in Northern California.

 

Broadcasting from the UK to an airport in San Francisco via Skype, David brought his winning style and personality to the conference as he discussed Podcasting and the power of connecting a business by using a microphone.

 

But actually this episode is so much more than this presentation.

 

This episode of Join Up Dots is about taking imperfect action and working out what has worked afterwards.

 

This is about giving something a go, which could well be a home run and drive you forward to greater success, but could also go badly wrong.

 

You just don't know.

 

You see in life more often not we all look at the successes of others, and assume that they had everything worked out before they begain.

 

They were destined for huge success because they had the all the answers laid out in the perfect order in front of them.

 

But that is never the case, and all success is built on faith, belief and more than a few mistakes.

 

It's the mistakes that actually are the true power to success.

 

These are the moments when you stop for awhile and try to work out what went wrong, aiming to find the true path to the goal.

 

Do you always achieve your aim?

 

Of course not, at least not at first, but unless you are willing to take imperfect action and give it a go then you will never even find the first path (be it the wrong one!)

 

So today I urge everyone of you out there to look at something that you want to do, and move forward with confidence, safe in the knowledge that the worse that will happen is you need to start again and find the better way of operating.

 

And I am sure that we can all do that.....don't you?

Direct download: JOIN_UP_DOTS_LIVE.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

In today's episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph shares a little about what has been going on in the show over the last week, and also answers a great email from a listener in New Zealand.

It has been a strange week in the land of Join Up Dots with huge highs and lows.

The week started by hitting the highest of highs by almost getting a clean sweep on Itunes and becoming the number one show in three categories.

Yes, Business, Education, and Health was ours to look down on.

The big boys were trailing in our wake, which was a delight to behold and another step forward for the show.

But then he was hit by sickness and literally crawled from the microphone to his bed for a few days.

But did he look at this as a huge blow and disappointment or an another situation to find a positive?

Well you will find out during the show

So let's start with today's email.....which is a good one 

Hello David

I'm not sure what I am really writing here, but I just felt drawn to drop you a line to say first of all thank you so much for creating the show Join Up Dots.
 
I hadn't heard of it until recently, but now I feel like I have a lot to catch up on.
 
One of the things that I would like to know if you could spare the time, and I can only imagine how busy you are, is do you truly know what you are doing is right?
 
You seem to have so much going on, that it makes me wonder is it all right for you, or are you doing stuff because you think it should be done?
 
I don't know if that makes sense at all, so if it doesn't please ignore this email, but I have a feeling that I would like to start breeding miniature ponies as I have always loved them since a kid, but can't convince myself that their is a business there.
 
So should I just do stuff close to this passion, or dive right in.
 
Should I just do stuff to earn money so I can leave my job that I hate?
 
Any advice you can give would be gratefully received.
 
Claire Mallion
Palmerston North New Zealand
Direct download: Bonus_-_Minitature_Ponies_And_Native_Sharks.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:03am UTC

Today's guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast business interview is a man who quite simply it seems does things his way.

He built an amazing career for himself, and is living life to the full and experiencing in a few hours the kind of stuff that most of us wait until a vacation for.

Amazing inspiration at every turn

Born in Mendoza near the Andes in Argentina, it would seem obvious that his path would have gone the way it has in some ways, but then again we see time and time again on Join Up Dots that the obvious is not the normal.

He was born with asthma, and instead of his parents giving him medicine when he needed it and keeping him away from sport and exertion, they instead encouraged him at the age of four to go skiing.

On the mountain tops, where the air is thinner would seem a strange place to send an asthmatic child, but actually they laid the first dot in his life...the love of doing things differently.

And from that small boy, he has grown into a man who has built a career tackling the land above and below the water to bring the fragile but astonishing beauty of the world to all of us.

Mountain biking down volcanoes, diving the oceans of the world, he is inspiring a generation to take care of what we have all around us

As he said when asked about his desire to be a true adventurer "The notion of being an adventurer is great, the more adventurers we have in the world, the more nature will be respected. By getting closer to the environment – at 3000 metres watching the sunset, or being underwater with a clownfish, seeing the difference between corals that are alive and corals that are dying, we better understand the world around us. We, as humans, need to touch or see things for ourselves otherwise we can’t fully relate to them. If you don’t see something, you don’t feel it. I think that can be extended to everything. The more people that ride bikes around the world, the more people that climb mountains, the more people that get close to nature in any form, the more advocates we have for conservation.”

So is this a message that is getting through to the world, or are we all programmed by the "Well I can't do anything on my own" mentality?

And what would he choose if we only allowed him to keep doing one of his three main passions "Biking, mountain climbing or diving?"

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only exploreer and of course entrepreneur Manuel Bustelo

Direct download: 433-Manuel-Bustelo.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast is a TV Host, published author, speaker, business branding, and video marketing expert.

 

Her passion is helping entrepreneurs attract their perfect clients and position their brand for higher sales by sharing her branding and marketing expertise.

 

She is the host of Mimika TV, a web show that inspires entrepreneurs to build a brilliant business brand, and quite simply seems to be having the time of her life.

 

And why shouldn't she when she is 100% authentic and is quite obviously playing to her strengths everyday.

 

Strengths that she has built up by throwing herself into the kind of environments that would freak so many people out.

 

Standing and presenting live in front of the camera for UK TV, working in the modelling industry, being a public speaker.

 

All of them taking her further and further outside her comfort zone, helping to building a future that is all her and her alone.

 

So why has she had such an eclectic career and challenged herself in environments as we have already mentioned?

 

And where does she see it all leading? To a perfectly defined master plan, or a make it up as she goes along type of vibe?

 

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show , to start joining up dots with the one and only Mimika Cooney

Direct download: 432-Mimika-Cooney.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

y guest today Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a fascinating lady who has had more than a bit of life's rubbish thrown in her direction.

 

In fact the first words you will see when you visit her website are "I smashed myself against the walls of life so often I should have died. I survived, then thrived, and lived to tell the tale."

 

In fact her words are so much more powerful than I could write, so in her own words. 

 

"Life threw some pretty nasty curve balls at me as a young woman, sent to boarding school at the age of eleven, never to live at home again and the victim of a serious sexual assault as a teenager; what seemed like an inevitable decline into drugs and alcohol defined most of my 20’s. I lived a double life, one of a successful young woman (having started the first of many profitable businesses at the age of 21). The other, a woman in deep pain, relentlessly trashing my body as the worthless object the rape had taught me it was.

 

I had a burning desire to live and an inexhaustible appetite for self-harm and self-sabotage. For a decade it was touch and go which side was going to win. I started reaching for self-help books in my late teens and spent hours with counselors, trying to find a way through the torment that seemed to be my life. Each year I would take two steps forward and one back, some years it was three steps back.

 

I never gave up, I believed it was possible to be happy and whole and have relentlessly pursued this vision for the last thirty years."

 

And certainly now it appears that she is fighting back in life and encouraging the world to have the belief that life is there to be lived and savoured.

 

And with her platform "Belief School" going from strength to strength it appears that she has learnt the greatest lesson of all.

 

The more you give to the world the more you gain yourself.

 

So does she look back on her life and is glad that those things happened, as it allows her to connect with more people on a deeply personal level?

 

And is there a big dot in her life that turned her life around and lead her on the path that she is on today?

 

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots the one and only Paula Gosney.

Direct download: 431-Paula-Gosney.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired top rated Join Up Dots podcast is one of those guys that you could find yourself next to in a bar one day, and have the urge to buy him drink after drink.

And why would you have the motivation do this you maybe asking?

Well this is a guy who has achieved what most people yearn for in life, and is willing to let us in on the secret.

He has made a career out of doing something that he loves, and in the process started a business with nothing and made it into a multi million dollar company.

As a veteran, registered nurse, writer, and successful entrepreneur, he brings a wealth of experience that he has gained through the years, welding it all into a tremendous passion for impacting lives.

He is an author of BINK, where he helps us create miracles by recognizing and honoring those life changing moments that open the door to what’s next…which he calls Bink moments

And also it seems, he has an almost unnatural connection to sheep…….the last guy who got him drunk in a bar told me this.

So what is it like to live a life that is pire inspiration and a WOW more often than not?

And is this something that anyone can learn, or do you need a talent or skill that is inbuilt to gain the keys to the kingdom?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start in the words of Steve Jobs, joining up dots podcast with the one and only entrepreneur Mr Rick Martinez

Direct download: 430-Rick-Martinez.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

When you see someone boldly state that they were born to make money, you either think that this guy is very bold, or he is very good at what he does.

 

Today's guest seems to be both, and from his base in San Diego California is spinning many plates as he literally loves the life he lives (and gets paid very well to live it too!)

 

He is the New York Times bestselling author of What Is Your WHAT? Discover The ONE Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do, the Business Technology Book Of The Year, Internet Prophets: To name just a few of his publications

 

And he also appeared in the ground-breaking film, The Keeper of the Keys, alongside Jack Canfield and John Gray

 

But there is no getting away with the fact that at his core, he is a hustler who works incredibly hard, has passion by the bucket load, and has honed his talents from opening his first nightclub back in 1989,  through to starting a wine business with his Mum.

 

And I guess the question is now with a real estate business, wine business, keynote speaker business.....how does he know What is his WHAT?

 

And do you find your what naturally, or do you have to take action and try many many different things to get there?

 

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Steve Olsher.

Direct download: 429-Steve-Olsher.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Robert Mallon, a man driven to make a difference to the men of the world.

 

Alongside his business partner, Bill Watkins, he is the founder of RustyLion Academy, where they work with men between the ages of 30 and 49 to help them make huge steps forwards in their entrepreneurial ventures.

 

He knows better than most, that no man is an island, and by connecting with mentors and other like minded individuals across the globe their students make bolder and bolder decisions and believe in themselves to achieve greatness.

 

But it hasn’t always been a road full of such positivity.

 

As a child, he struggled with the absence of his father he left the family when he was in the third grade.

 

His mother suddenly losing the partner in her life, and the income provider had to take three jobs to survive.

 

He knew that he had to do something and as he says in his own words “I started working at thirteen to help out at home. I took jobs in restaurants and waited tables at a dinner theatre. I did paper routes and yard work around the neighbourhood. I was a hardware store clerk, a roughneck, and I’m sure other things I can’t remember. In one sense, I was very lucky because I went from elementary school through high school with the same group of people, so I had a lot of friends, but I was unlucky in the same sense. Divorce wasn’t as usual as it is today. I was ashamed my parents had gotten divorced, so I made people believe my dad just travelled a lot. That was tough. I felt really alone because no one knew what was actually going on.”

 

But through that darkness a man came into his life, who showed such kindness and wisdom, that life was changed for ever

 

He had discovered his first mentor, and realised how life changing and powerful having someone to bounce of ideas with, or just converse with one to one could be.

 

And this seems to me to be one of the first big dots, on his Join Up Dots timeline.

 

But perhaps he would say otherwise, and point to other moments that have led him to where he is today?

 

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Robert Mallon

Direct download: 428-Robert-Mallon.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Hello there and welcome to a bonus edition of Join Up Dots.

Have you ever looked at things that you can do in your lives easily, and think what's the point in taking time to do them?

Such small insignificant actions that appears to not make any difference at all to the big picture?

Well most people think that way, which is why they are reluctantly content to stay in their current situations.

Unless they get instant gratification for their actions, then they fail to grasp the simple fact, that all these small actions add up to something amazing.

Learn to cook over a period of time, by learning about the oven, food, and cutting devices and you never go hungry.

Simply keep throwing  packages into the microwave eating happily, until you get a power cut and then what are you going to do?

It's the small actions that make the difference.

Well in today's episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph lays down a challenge to all his listeners to take such a small action that on it's own it wont make any difference.

But the compound effect is huge, and best of all everyone of you reading this can do the same and join in.

He was inspired by reading the story of Kyle Macdonald, who went on an epic adventure swapping items to see how much value he could gain each time.

Starting with just a red paper-clip, he travelled the globe until someone was willing to swap a house with him. Amazing.

He was also inspired by the many people who have started with 1 penny, and doubled it in just 28 steps to over £1,000,000....equally amazing.

The true inspiration being that these people believed in the impossible.

They could see that these small steps all add up, unlike the majority of the world who will look at the penny and say...."What's the point it's only 1 penny".

However action takers will say that it's actually 1/28th of a million dollars.

Totally different mindset.

So in today episode he has simply asked everyone of his listeners to go out and tell two people about the show, and ask them to listen.

If they like the show then he would like the two additional listeners to tell two people.

Nothing huge, but the start of a world changing compound effect.

Will they do it, or think what's the point?

Will they head to the instant gratification of a tweet, FB post or other form of social media and fail to tell anyone, as they won't be able to see the results of their actions straight away?

Well, if they do share in twenty eight days it would be possible to have over 1,600,000 new listeners starting from just one pair of ears.

A total movement being created in less than a month. Once again amazing.

So today instead of just doing what needs to be done in your life, have a thought about what would happen if you look for the compound effect in your actions.

Where could you be in 28 days, by working on a series of small actions leading to a big dream?

Well, you could be a millionaire for a start, which would at least make you extremely popular with opposite sex.

 

And that is a dream worth having I would have thought!

Direct download: Bonus_-_The_Two_By_Two_Red_Paperclip_Experiment.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Adam Dicker, a man who is a lifelong entrepreneur and domain expert who at age 18 received a $100,000 job offer while he was just beginning university.

He got online in 1985, right after he got his first Macintosh computer and in 1989, then started running a large computer store in Toronto.

He did this until 1994 when he started his own Internet Service provider, and as you can imagine by that time he was hooked on the internet.

But of course being hooked on something that in many ways was just finding its feet, is both invogiarting and also unpredictable.

This was still four years before Google was formed?

What did we say before we could tell everyone "Oh, just go and Google it?"

He registered his first domain name in 1996 and is one of a small group of individuals to sell a domain name for seven figures.

In 2003 he purchased DNForum.com, which is now the most popular domain name forum on the Internet.

He is considered the domain expert by many in the domain industry.

So looking back did he come along at the right time, when the world wide web, was finding its feet, or has he made smart decisions throughout his adult life?

And what would he be able to do if we didn't have a network of information available to us?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only, yes, domain man himself......Adam Dicker

Direct download: 427-Adam-Dicker.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

My guest today on Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an amazing lady who I first connected with back on episode 66, and I’m proud to say that she has become a great friend too.

Back on episode 66, we talked openly about the journey she had been on to get to the point where everyday she lives at a ten plus.

Yes she was once asked to rate her life happiness and fulfillment between one and ten, and she honestly replied “a ten”plus, which is just one of the reasons she genuinely feels that all of us should be living to our full potential so that we can go off the scale and also live like her

But like all people that achieve great success, its been a long journey starting back when she was 18 years old when she saw the the late great Jim Rhon speak live.

She has been a co-host of the global variety talk show, “Samira’s Show, which airs to over 150 million people in Asia, Europe, Canada, United States, and Iran, she has had her own “Getting Your Life to a Ten +” web series with the Hallmark channel, she is an author, coach, motivational speaker, and a great person to be around.

But quite simply it seems that she has the confidence to be able to tackle most things, and push out of the comfort zone that holds so many of us back

She has the confidence to accept the opportunities first and then work out how to make it happen

So how do you get your talents to the point that people feel that you can do anything?

And how do you stop being dragged away from what you want should truly be doing in life, by accepting these challenges?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Kim Somers Egelsee

Direct download: 426-Kim-Somers-Egelsee.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

My guest today Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Greg Schwem, a man who has combined two sought after talents and created something rather unusual.

He knows how many business conferences are dry, flat affairs, with keynotes presentations by grey men, in grey suits, spouting grey material.

Leaving the audience wondering when the next breakout session will be, or what happened to that cute girl they saw earlier that morning.

Instead he brings a comedic approach honed by working the stand-up routines in Chicago, with an eye for detail for the written word developed through his study at Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism.

Two distinctly different specialisms, which complement each other perfectly.

But as we see time and time again where someone ends up, displaying what seem like god given talents, is quite often the last place that they envisioned at the beginning of their career.

Leaving University, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach, until when he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.”

And that was that. With a lot of hard work. A lot of persistence. And a desire to be the best that he can be he was on his way.

So how did this young journalist take such a detour in his career?

And why did he feel the need to take an already difficult art of public speaking, and make it doubly tough by trying to make business folk laugh at 9:00am in the morning?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Greg Schwem

Direct download: 425-Greg-Schwem.mp3
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In today's bonus episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph shares something deeply personal that he should have got dealt with years ago, but was scared to do it.

Finally making an appointment at the hospital for an issue that has caused him distress and discomfort for far longer than it should have, he realised that he was trapped within the comfort zone.

That zone where dreams die.

Adventure shrivels.

And experiences are never gained.

He was scared to confront something that was out of the normal experiences that he dealt with everyday.

Preferring to ignore it until it become something that he couldn't ignore it anymore.

But why do we do this?

Why do we all crave the life of our dreams, where excitement wakes us up everyday with a cheery eagerness, but instead prefer to be greeted by the cold hand of boredom and frustration instead.

Its quite simply that as human beings we like nothing more than routine.

We don't like to be scared, or feel apprehension and discomfort.

But actually being brave and attempting new things, feeling frightened and full of adrenaline, is what keeps us young and feeling good about ourselves.

It doesn't have to be big like tying a bungee chord to your office window and leaping out, but just speaking up when normally you might have stayed quiet.

It might be going into a bookshop and choosing a totally random book to what you would normally reach out for.

Just stuff that is different.

We impose a lot of restrictions on ourselves that keep us small.

Stopping us believing in the impossible.

And by stepping out of our comfort zone in small ways, we actually build up our confidence to tackle the big things.

And in big thing land is where our dreams start becoming real.

Direct download: Bonus-_Stepping_Out_Of_Our_Comfort_Zones.mp3
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Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots, is a man who is tackling an issue that is in so many ways bigger than one man can tackle.

But that is not stopping him.

In fact the enormity seems to spur him on to greater and greater achievements.

From his home in Senegal Africa, he has founded R.I.S.E an organisation to help counter the unemployment issue that is affecting so many young adults and their families in his country.

He is trying to inspire and encourage a new generation of Young Africans to believe that they can become entrepreneurial and create their own incomes.

He is trying to change mind-sets, so the unemployed  can start thinking of ways of creating  their own economy and changing their own lives.

What makes this program so fascinating is how our guest brings together education, fitness, Language studies, inspiration and communication to give his students the greatest chance to achieve.

He builds a foundation of achievement before certifying the students as graduating his course and setting them off to go for their dreams..

So what was it that got the fires burning to start establishing these centres across Africa?

And how did he overcome those initial fears that stop so many great ideas from even finding their first faltering steps.

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to sqtrt joining up dots with the one and only Mr Badou Kane

Direct download: 424-Badou-Kane.mp3
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My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Leslie Sann, a lady who has joined me in bed every night for the last few weeks.

No, not in the way that you are thinking, and probably not they way she is hopes its not either.

But she presented me with a copy of her new book  “LIFE HAPPENS What Are YOU Going to Do About It?” and I have been reading a chapter a night, and it’s a great little book of stories, insights and exercises to take your life to where it wants to be.

And the main thing that the book rams home time and time again,  is that life should be easy.

We should enjoy everyday and find better ways of doing stuff when life seems to hard for us to deal with.

She is the founder of Living by Design, an educational coaching organization, where for more than 25 years she has been helping people live a joyful life by showing them how to live by design rather than by default.

Make the right thing happens by conscious thought, and not just get pushed around by what life throws at you.

So did she get to a point in her own life when she thought “Enough is enough, its time to make life what I want it to be”

And does she see that most people can build the dream life, or is there a select special group of forward thinkers that get the dream?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Leslie Sann.

Direct download: 423-Leslie-Sann.mp3
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My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is, Nina Kaufman a lady who is on one hand a career focused business lady with a huge interest in law and on the other someone quite different..

Yes, she is the founding is a founding partner of Paltrowitz & Kaufman, and also a founder of Wise Counsel Press, which offers legal advice for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Seems pretty standard doesn’t it, and if you are like me you already have an image of who we are going to talk to today.

But then how about if we tell you that she was also a stand up comedian, and loves nothing more than bringing humour into her work as a business lawyer?

Yeah, now you are interested aren’t you!

Receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College (cum laude), her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and her law degree from Boston University, she layered education on to the passions she had since a young girl to use the law to help change lives.

She saw the film  “To Kill A Mocking Bird” and quite simply the passion for helping change occur became something that she couldn’t deny.

But it seems to me that a key part to what has made he who she is today occurred in her first role straight out of law school

As she says in her own words “I was working with a firm that had a revolving door of attorneys and support staff. Employee morale was low. The partners were often verbally abusive; they yelled a lot. My first experience was one where I realized I was going to have to fend for myself and that I couldn’t really rely on all the old assumptions that I had gone through much of law school with. It’s one of the reasons I became much more entrepreneurial in the way that I handled my practice and the clients I chose and what I’ve done with my J.D. since then.”

Another black dot actually became the keystone to future successes.

So why was she driven to go into stand up comedy when her life was built around serious issues and high level business stress?

And is she now where wants to be, or is their even more dots to join up on the way to to her final destination?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Nina Kaufman.

Direct download: 422-Nina-Kaufman.mp3
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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Tex Allen, a fascinating man, who has taken something so simple, and so common to us all and created something astonishing.

Our guest, wears a red nose everyday, one of the comic relief ones that most of us have had tucked away in a draw at home.

But he is not a clown, but a man using this item to break barriers, connect across the world, and open up conversations that would have otherwise remained closed.

This all started when he started getting annoyed by bumping into people in a local mall that had their noses glued to their phones and tablets.

Frustrated by the disconnection in the world, where even the cashiers who rang up his transactions seemed to have forgotten how to have an authentic, human interaction he too action.

And so on a whim, he decided to put on a clown nose he’d recently been gifted at a friend’s wedding before going into a Starbucks for a post-shopping coffee break.

He needed something to cheer him up and decided that since no one pays attention to each other anyway, he might as well do something fun.

And that has now lead him to creating a movement which is global, fun, and all about getting us connected again.

So did it have to be a nose, or could anything have done the trick?

And does he ever feel embarrassed by wearing this everyday, or does it actually make him feel truly authentic?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Tex Allen

Direct download: 421-Tex-Allen.mp3
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My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is  a man who can call himself a global mindset coach, with clients across the world who seek him out to help them go to the next level.

From entrepreneurs, world champions, professional sports athletes, multi-millionaire business owners, TV and film producers, TV and stage actors, trauma survivors and even Royal Family have all benefited from his skills.

But what fascinates me, is coming from Liverpool he would have found himself surrounded with friends and families who are just looking to get by.

He would have been on a path like so many of us that is almost expected.

Study hard, leave school, get a job, start a family….you get the drift.

But our guest didn’t do that, instead he left everything behind and traveled to Sydney Australia, where he discovered Neuro Linguistic Programming in a sales and marketing environment.

Breaking multiple sales records whilst helping clients successfully structure and invest in real-estate and at the top of the business in Australia, he was head-hunted to New Zealand.

There he began to share his skills with CEO’s and again being in high demand was prospected to many companies, helping them develop their sales teams and set up internal departments.

At the age of only 26 he opened a company developing a project to build a 100 Million dollar resort in the Fiji Islands. After marketing the company over in Dubai along side multi billion dollar developments the global real-estate industry began to slow down and he had a decision to make.

After so much success would he batten down the hatches and go into survival mode?

Or would he do the unexpected and get bigger, opening his arms wide and screaming “Come on world its me, just watch what I can do!”

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Andy Murphy

To hear more from Andy Murphy go to:

Podcast: MindSet by Design: NLP | Self Improvement | Health | Wealth | Happiness. World-Class Mind-Hacks for Peak Performance By Andy Murphy: Entrepreneur, NLP Expert, Mindset Coach inspired by: Anthony Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, Jim Rohn, Steve Jobs, Brendon Burchard, Gary Vaynerchuk, Frank Kern, Tim Ferris & Bruce Lee!

Description: Andy Murphy uses his 12 years of experience working with VIP clients such as Saudi Arabian Royalty, TV producers & world-champions to give you a competitive edge in your business and life. Join him while he uses his wisdom to interview world-class entrepreneurs, internet marketers, martial artists, Ironmen, Forex experts, and copywriters, from around the world.

Direct download: 420-Andy-Murphy.mp3
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Devin Thorpe is a man who has a path similar to so many people in the world and certainly many of the guests of Join Up Dots.

He was on a path, that had been created out of study, education and hard work, leading him to perform as he says "The best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of the multinational food and beverage company MonaVie" until they let him go.

And upon those words "Sorry we don't require your services anymore" his life it seems became what truly it should have been at the beginning.

He and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote "Your Mark On The World" and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream.

And that is what truly fascinates me.

Why does a man work tirelessly in his education, and his employment, but not allow this effort to take him to the land of his dreams.

The places where his heart, brain, enthusiasms, all come together and he wakes up excited every morning.

And now he is an author, advisor and Forbes contributor, and is a devoted full time to championing social good, writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good.

He travels extensively, sharing inspiring messages as a keynote speaker, and trainer.

So have the dots joined up naturally for him, or does he feel that he is now just starting the journey that is truly his?

And what would he say to his younger self if he could go back in time, do what he did, or change direction even earlier.

Well we are going to find out later, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Devin Thorpe

Direct download: 419-Devin-Thorpe.mp3
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It’s an absolute delight to have on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, two ladies who literally bound around the world like some excited Labradors.

And believe me that might not sound like a compliment, but it certainly is.

As the two of them have had some huge setbacks in life, but haven’t allowed them to lose their spirit for life, and their desire to create adventure in their relationship.

After originally meeting in 2010 at a course in Sydney, called ‘The Quest for Truth’ it became evident that the quest for truth, was going to be linked with their love of travel.

A few years back, after leaving Australia, they entered into a business opportunity in Dubai, which of course they thought would be a good move, but turned out to be anything but.

Or so hey would have thought at the time, but as we see literally everyday on Join Up Dots, the darkest times in our lives become the moments where we find our true paths.

Left with literally nothing, they had to reassess what they wanted to do, and how they wanted to do it….with the caveat of making it as cheap as possible.

With a mere $300 in their pockets they decided to start travelling through house-sitting as a way to save money on the rent they could no longer afford.

They figured if they could save themselves rent and utility bills for six months or so, they could get back on our feet… and then go and do something they really wanted to do, which of course would involve travel.

But actually they had found it already, and now are the creators of the international housesitting community, where they share their knowledge and experience with anyone who has that desire for the nomadic lifestyle….which I think most of us have at one time or another.

So do they look back at Dubai, and go “Do you know that was truly the making of us…we wouldn’t change a thing!”

And do they believe that within all of us is a business that can be built purely on our passions, leading to a life that we love?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only, Nat & Jodie

Direct download: 418-Nat-and-Jodie.mp3
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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has worked tirelessly to achieve his dream in life

And as we know the dream is always hard to achieve, but sometimes it can be made so much harder by the people that you are surrounding yourself with.

Sometimes your path is hidden from you by the actions and words of others, and no matter how much you try to get going, they will place obstacles in your way.

Which is certainly true with todays guest, who after a terrible time passing through the education system, stumbled through over 30 jobs, looking for the thing that lights him up.

He knew he wanted to be in entertainment in some way through his whole life, but was always told that it could never happen.

He vividly remembers telling his mom that he wanted to be an actor and being told to “get real.”

He recalls being told by a school councillor that he should go to work at the local mill cause that was all he would ever amount to.

He was directed by not what he thought was possible, but what others were willing to believe.

He needed the support of others, who could help his dreams come true.

The kind of people that would allow the shoots of his dreams to start growing.

And he found those people, and their positive words started showing the path.

As he says “They were telling me I could do something bigger, that I was someone. They were true friends to me. I learned I could work for myself. They kept asking “what’s your dream?” I thought ‘well maybe I could make a movie if I had $1 million dollars.’ I had no clue how movies were made! I just wanted to make one. – Age 26 I started studying stand-up comedy thinking maybe this was a way to get a movie made.”

So has he made his dream come true, by delivering a movie to the world?

Has he found the path, that he knows is truly his?

Well let’s find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr. Doc Kennedy 

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Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots is a man who is on a mission to change lives.

And it seems to me he is doing at the very spot where we need those lives to changed the most...the classroom.

Yes, he is a teacher who is focusing on a very simple principle but one that can make so much difference.

He believes that "A secure and trusting relationship between teacher and students is at the heart of positive discipline and a safe, productive classroom.

The positive effects of building teacher-student relationships impact all aspects of classroom life.

Students come to class and like to be there, they are more engaged in learning, they retain more of what they learn, and their creativity is unleashed. There are fewer behavior issues, lower dropout rates, and more harmony between class members."

And that period of our lives when we are going through the system to be pushed out into the real world, is the time when we should be inspired and encouraged to think big, be creative, and love our studies.

And now with a bestselling book "You've Gotta Connect: Building Relationships That Lead to Engaged Students, Productive Classrooms, and Higher Achievement" and more and more people taking an interest in his work it seems that this is a mission that we can all connect with at heart.

So when did he realise that its more about connecting and less about the content that he teaches that truly makes the difference?

And did he always have a desire to be a published author, or is he surprised to now see himself sitting proudly in the author section of "Amazon"?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr James Sturtevant.

Direct download: 416-James-Sturtevant.mp3
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In todays bonus episode of Join Up Dots your host David Ralph, tackles the subject of "How do you start when there is too much choice"?

This has become the number one question that he recieves everyday....."I Know I Want To Do Something But I Don't Know Where To Start"

So David, details two amazingly simple and powerful exercises that you can all do, that will start your brain working on what you would like to achieve.

What is your perfect day built around?

And most importantly what steps you need to take to make them occur.

Direct download: BONUS_-__Getting_Started_Is_Hard_But_Not_Impossible.mp3
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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who like so many of my guests started on the path to his current success, due to a lack of satisfaction with his situation.

His whole life seems to me to have been built upon hustle, more than personal talents.

He started his adult hustle by commissioning into the US Navy, where he decided to go after the dream of being a nuclear engineer and struggled more than he thought possible, though still achieving his aim and grabbing the dream.

But there is a famous quote which states "Sometimes on the way to a dream you get lost and find a better one" and this certainly seems to be case here.

As whilst he was in the Navy, he realised that he wasn't going to see his family, was missing out on key events that he should have been experiencing, and just felt disconnected.

Now, as we will discuss on the show he has come full circle, and through developing online strategies, learning SEO and the wonderful world of Amazon, it looks like he has now found the true dream.

The dream that he didn't realise at the beginning was the right one for him.

So when he was in the Navy, did he enjoy much of it, or none of it?

And do the dots in his life join up like we see time and time again, or have they started much later in life?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dave Chesson

Direct download: 415-Dave-Chesson.mp3
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If you have listened to todays bonus episode you will have heard the host David Ralph talk about how he has changed his life by investing heavily in areas that he lacked.

Back on episode 400, he released a Bonus episode talking about how he was struggling to achieve the goal on a few things that he was working on.

He had the dream, but couldn't quite bring it to the finishing line.

So he had a decision to make.

Should he consider his actions to be a failure or should he look to improve the areas where he was lacking?

Well he spent $10,000 dollars on hiring coaches that he believed would share with him their areas of expertise, and whooshhhh!

He has joined up his dots and found the answers to the problems that he was dealing with.

And now he wants to share this with you all.

Therefore he has opened the doors on Podcasters Mastery and his group Mastermind Dream Starters Academy for one hundred people only and is now ready to rock.

So if you are interested in starting your own business, living the dream-life, and sacking your boss then there is no better time to join up with us.

Just go over to the site http://podcastersmastery.com/   and add PROMOCODE: f74dfae943 for the huge discount

THIS OFFER WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR TWO DAYS FROM THE LAUNCH OF THIS PRODUCT

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My interview today on the Join Up Dots free business podcast is a lovely lady who was kind enough to allow me to spend time with her on her own show Freedom Academies.....Turbo Charge Your Success.

Now during our conversation it was clear to me that this was a lady that I needed to get on Join Up Dots, as she has a story that shows all the characteristics that we find in the succesfull.

She has motivation.

She has hustle

And alongside her business partner Laura West,  a few years ago found themselves homeless

The business they ran together was going south and they were exhausted.

They had no option at all but to move into two rooms in the office.

They had a problem that most business owners have at one time or another.

They were very good at that they did, but nobody knew about it.

Thye couldnt get their talents out into the world.

They started researching business growth systems, high performance ‘gurus’, wealth creation experts and all the investment strategies they could get there hands on.

Within twelve months they had a property portfolio worth over $2,000,000 that they had bought with others people’s money.  More importantly the income from that property was double the income from their business that they had spent years building up! 

They also applied all the business knowledge they had gained, transformed their business and went on to sell it!

They did all of this while being homeless, using the leisure centre across the road to shower and working 80 hours per week.

They were at such a rock bottom that they had the ability to create huge freedom of choice in their lives.

So was it just that the dots joined up, the time became right for them to flourish?

Or was it more to do with the undertanding that upskilling your knowledge is the way to go.

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only property entrepreneur Kemi Egan

Direct download: 414-kemi-egen.mp3
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My guest on todays episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a lady who wont let things in life get in the way of what she wants to achieve.

She is an amazing woman who overcame a near fatal car accident, chose to remove her left arm, became the US National Champion in the Paralympics, competed in the World Championships in New Zealand, and is now a brand-new mother.

That's not a bad start for any introduction.

But the key thing to this story, and is what we will delve into in great depth, is how most of the things may not occurred, if she hadn't realised that mentally she was holding herself back from what she could achieve.

As she says "I was in a car accident 17 years ago. So I had to always wear this sling and didn't have any motivation to move forward. My arm was paralyzed, a brachial plexus injury,"

She was intrigued and stimulated by here friends stories of running marathons, so set off to achieve the goal herself.

But the whole experience was one of pain and distress, as her paralyzed arm pulled down the entire left side of her body, causing knee pain and even whiplash.

It was like running with an anchor attached.

She began to realize that her paralyzed arm not only weighed her down physically, it was a metaphor for all that was holding her back from living life fully.

The anchor was weighing her down.

Keeping her in one position, and stopping her moving towards the future she craved.

So she realised that removing the arm, was going to be her saviour.

Cutting the ties with the past could very well be the best thing that she could do.

So she started considering amputation.

"I wasn't there before, I think, emotionally" she says "I knew it was going to be different. The outward appearance is very shocking (to people); it's different now. I used to be asked all the time, 'What happened to your arm?' when it was in a sling,"

Making the decision to undergo such a major surgery proved difficult, even though she knew intellectually it was the right choice.

Her solution? Set a series of athletic goals that would only be possible after the surgery.

Make the surgery the first step to achieving what she wants in life, and wow hasn't she done just that!

So, has the whole process been one that going back in time she would have done earlier?

And does she see that the power of the mind, truly outweighs the capabilities of the physical body?

Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show to start  joining up dots with the one and only Tisa Cawthon

Direct download: 413-Tisa-Cawthon.mp3
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Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is Alison Pena, a lady who ever since she was 15 years old has been fascinated with how money and affluence has so much to do with our view of what’s possible.

 

In her own words she says "My dad was a 3rd generation Wall Street investment banker. My great-grandfather was one of White Weld & Co's founders. We lived in an apartment on Park Avenue. The family firm was sold to Merrill Lynch in 1978.

 

We regularly hosted influential financial and world leaders for dinner parties and social gatherings.  I attended a well-heeled private all girls’ school, as you do when you’re part of that world.

 

But when I was 15, I began regularly leaving my white, wealthy, privileged world… and setting off on what can only be described of as “expeditions.”

 

Back then, it meant heading north of 96th Street (the northernmost boundary of my known world) into Harlem.

 

Until that point, my world was Park Avenue and bankers, Latin and piano lessons, nannies and au pairs.

 

And then I started making friends who showed me a whole other world.

 

I came from a world where anything was possible, because there was plenty of money. I could have any career. I could go to any school. I could shape my life into whatever I chose.

 

In contrast, my friends had different expectations. Different obligations. Different ideas about security. Different opportunities.

 

And a lot of that had to do with money.

 

This observation got me wondering… Why does money have so much to do with our view of what’s possible?

 

So I suppose the question is, does money have as much to do with confidence and mindset, or is it just a tool for making ideas happen?

 

Is it the key to attracting more money into our lives, not because of it directly, but because we can make things happen and go after it?

 

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Alison Pena

Direct download: 412-Alison-Pena.mp3
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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free business podcast interview, is a guy that has an amazing and slightly strange route to where he is today.

If you were setting off on a path, to become an author, clinical psychologist, popular speaker and blogger for Huffington Post would you say to yourself "Right I need to travel to Nepal and India to learn from Buddhist Monks in the Himalayas, oh yeah, and I must seek guidance from Big Bird, and Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street."

Probably not, but our guest has, and now from his practice in downtown Manhattan, shares his proven strategies to take action.

He believes that we are all meant to create.

And he teaches people to discover their true selves, what they really need out of life – and how to make it happen.

He provides them with a practical plan to find the right path for them, face what’s holding them back, and break through the illusions that have been keeping them from living a life of possibilities.

And that word illusion is the key thing.

Why do we constantly create these illusions that make us think that things have to be in a certain way?

Why do we not think "Ok Sesame Street is the way to go" as every journey is full of experiences that can help us find our true path, if we only look hard enough.

Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dr Ben Michaelis.

Direct download: 411-Dr-Ben-Michaelis.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots is one of those true Amerian success stories.

The ones that you see in films and think "Really, is that possible"

Well as you will hear in todays show, it is possible to go from almost rock-bottom to astonishing success within six years.

All done by mainly changing his mind-set and going for gold everyday of his life.

Through a series of life­ altering events, including the serious illness of his then­ pregnant wife, an accident that left him with a punctured lung that excluded him from being able to

work, and even losing and squatting in their foreclosed family home, our guest learned quickly that he had to change his mindset if he wanted to survive and thrive.

He immediately took action, immersing himself into intensive real estate investor training.

He hasn't looked back and has built a booming investing business, using very little of his own cash or credit.

He now owns an impressive portfolio that includes over 300 units of residential and commercial properties as well as private notes and mortgages.

And I guess he is a lot happier than he could possibly hope to be too?

So is it a simple as changing your mind-set?

Is it as simple as taking consistent action everyday?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr J Massey

Direct download: 410-J-Massey.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

In this episode of Join Up Dots your host David Ralph considers the big question that Steve Jobs would ask himself everyday.

" If this was the last day I had on earth, would I want to be doing what I am doing today?"

How many of us can say that we would always answer a "Yes"?

Not many.

But David believes there is a way to bridge that gap between the life we have and the life we want.

Let's see if any of you are willing to take on the exercise he offers and make big changes in your life?

Direct download: Bonus_-_Looking_In_The_Mirror_Everyday.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots free business podcast interview, is a lady who seems to be able to turn her hand at most things and make it successful.

Born in Belgrade, and raised in Paris, she came from a European family of entrepreneurs who believed hard work was the way to career success.

And certainly she has taken that mind-set but also added motivation linked to a vision to what she can achieve, even before the work starts.

From regional sales, to real estate, to public speaking, she is doing what she wants and in the way that she wants, but it wasn't always the case.

For many years her life was only going one way, and that wasn't the way she would have hoped.

As she says "By 2006, the lessons that I had learnt was that life was rough, that it was a struggle, and it made me believe that I should live like that. And on that year my dad passed away, I left my husband, and ended up feeling more and more depressed. There was nothing inspiring in my life at all.

No money, no love, alone in the middle of nowhere having to pay for a house I hated. I was drinking and smoking and tired of living. One day, I seriously considered suicide. My life had been a success of painful circumstance. I had the feeling that all the shit possible was happening to me.

But I didn't know about how to kill myself. 

Also, I didn't know about self development, and tools to improve your life. She was trapped

But then when she felt that her life couldn't get any worse, she heard a knock at her door. Opening it her life changed forever.

It lead her to a lifestyle of freedom that could only present itself to the person that was most ready to receive it.

So what occurred on that day she opened that door to two complete strangers?

And was she ready for the message they would present to her?

Well it seems to me that she was and now, after over 25 books written, some translated in 3 languages, 3 best sellers, a thriving international coaching business and developing attractitude-kids, she understands how much everything made sense.

So lets bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only super lifecoach, entrepreneur and author Slavica Bogdanov.

Direct download: 409-Slavica-Bogdanov.mp3
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Todays guest is a musical one, who is striving to get to the top of his chosen career.

 

And it certainly seems that at the moment, the hustle, the talent, the perseverance, and the passion are doing just that, and he is building a momentum that is getting him noticed in the country music world.

 

With the release of his debut album, It’s All Country, in early 2012, (and its re-release in 2013) he has showcased his signature sound, which he cultivated from years of touring camps, churches and conferences across the US.  

 

Even playing in an airport once, to impress a pretty girl for one of the band members, he has blended the traditional influences from country music’s past, like the Gatlin Brothers and Kenny Rogers, with modern contemporaries like Toby Keith and Trace Adkins.

 

He has created an original, honest and authentic sound all his own.

 

Which is a key point to todays discussion.

 

With so many influences smashing into us everyday, how do your separate and become yourself, and not become a pale imitation of someone already out there?

 

An ordained pastor, he served at the Cowboy Church of Anchorage, Alaska, but now has moved to the spiritual home of his style of Music, Nashville Tennessee, where if the idea of the quickest way to success is to surround yourself with other like minded people is true, was the perfect decision to make.

 

So when did he decide that he wanted to make a go at a career which has beaten so many people in the past?

 

And was uprooting his family and bringing them across America to pursuit his dream, an easy or hard decision to make?

 

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Doug Briney. 

Direct download: 408-Doug-Briney.mp3
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Podcast 407: Scott Barlow: Career Expert Teaching How To Build The Job You Love

My guest entrepreneur on todays episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who like a select band of guests have decided to return again and join up more dots.

Yes, back on episode 37 of Join Up Dots, when the show was just a baby, and I was finding my feet, he came on the show with his business partner of the time Mark Sieverkropp.

And wasnt I glad that he said yes, as in the first show we discussed how they were building the online career advice platform Happen To Your Career, and in that discussion spoke about the hustle, early mornings, and desire that it takes to bootstrap something and take it out to the world.

Happen To Your Career, is a place that is built with the owners desire, and passions being its idea avatar.

You can see that the concept would have been something that our guest would have been looking for, so he created it himself.

As he says "I have always had an unusual outlook on careers. My wife Alyssa, who I met in high school, knows this to be true. I have left what others considered “good jobs” turned down job offers other people would love and any time I have wanted to make more income have simply figured out a plan and acted upon it. I have to be doing something I am excited about to be happy. Having had 8 positions in the last 10 years (including successfully self employed) has caused me to have many experiences in a short period of time."

I have owned a successful business in contracting, led others as a people and human resources professional, coached business owners and leaders to success, and helped many people develop their careers along the way. I have worked a variety of industries including: manufacturing, retail, government, food, construction and more. Everywhere I went I saw people struggling to figure out what they want to do and how to get there."

So has he got there himself. Is the platform he created truly what he wants, or is it still work in development?

Like most things created by a desire to help the world will it ever be truly realised?

Well lets find, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only career expert Mr Scott Barlow.

Direct download: 407-Scott-Barlow.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

David Bowie: The Man Who Fell To Earth And Stayed A True Oddity (Bonus Episode)

There is no doubt that among the history books holding the names of rock legends, the name of David Bowie is up there with the best of them.

A man who doesn't just play the game by his own rules, but created the game itself and then ripped up the rules too.

He took on the prescribed format of musical output in the early seventies and almost single handedly changed it forever.

In this Bowie inspired Join Up Dots biography we take a look at how this unassuming man, born David Robert Jones in Brixton, South London on January 8th 1947, could at first struggle so badly to ignite the flame of success.

Mimicking the stars of the day, and stars of yesterday, unable to find his real voice, until stumbling on the very thing that would make him who he is today

And that thing was changes, the ability to reinvent himself, and freshen his sound, image and outlook at will, keeping all of us guessing as to his next move for the next forty years.

David's start in life was about as normal as a child growing up in the United Kingdom in the 50's could have expected to live.

His mother, Margaret Mary worked as a waitress, while his father, Haywood Stenton Jones, from Yorkshire, was a promotions officer for Barnardo's a children charity.

Bowie attended Stockwell Infants School until he was six years old, where teachers considered him as a gifted and single-minded child, although not with obvious musical genius, and a singing voice only classed as adequate.

When David Bowie was a small child he was fascinated by music, and loved nothing more than tuning into the radio stations of the day to hear the scratchy sounds from some distant DJ in a basement far far away like so many other children.

But it was when he was thirteen, and encouraged by his older brother Terry, he picked up a saxophone and started making his own sounds that things started becoming more than a hobby.

Terry was nine years older, and inspired and influenced the young David greatly, as most older brothers do, exposing him to literature, rock music and the kind of influences that a thirteen year old child growing up in South London would have been unlikely to discover on their own.

David at first tried to teach himself the saxophone, but struggled with it, so made the bold decision to phone the top British saxophonist Ronnie Ross, who he had seen play in the West End of London, and asked for lessons.

Ronnie charged David £2.00 per lesson, which was more than this soon to be wealthy practicing rock star could hope to afford.

But this wouldn't deter, young Davy Jones, and he got himself a job as a butcher's delivery boy to ensure that he had the cash to allow the fortnightly lessons to occur.

Unfortunately, although a major part of setting the fledgling rock star on his way to super stardom, with his encouragement and support, David's brother Terry was not to be in his day to day life for long.

Suffering with his own personal demons, the family had Terry committed to an institution fearing for his safety.David Bowie Young Man

This no doubt had a huge impact on the young David Bowie, and although good in its intention haunted David for a good deal of his life, even becoming the topic of his song “Jump They Say” after Terry's suicide many years later.

At the age of sixteen, David Bowie graduated from the technical high school he had attended in Bromley, only memorable for a fight he had with a school friend that left him with eyes different in colour to one another, and got his first job a commercial artist.

He joined as a Junior Visualiser /Paste up Artist for the Yorkshire based company Neven D Hirst.

This is a fascinating move for David to make, as although he was still playing for bands, and striving to break into music business in the evening, he still followed the path that most of us follow.

He left school and set about getting a job.

Is there anyway that we can break from the path that has been trod for generations before us? Even if we have greatness desperate to burst out from inside us?.

Probably not, but as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, the ability to keep on pushing against the rules of conformity is what allows the great to become great.

Stopping ourselves from following the crowd, that leave school and enter the offices of the world just because they haven't stopped to question why?

Well David, did just that and after only five months, knew in his heart of hearts that he had to take control of his life, if his dreams of working as a musician were to come true.

The bands he had performed with every night had cemented the belief that he had what it took, not necessarily to achieve the dizzying heights that he later achieved, but at least earning money doing what he loved.

Interestingly, crossing his path in these early days was another musician who would also go on to place his name indelibly in the record books, one Jimmy Page the guitarist of David Bowie's band the Manish Boys.

Jimmy Paige of course become a global success with one of the most famous rock bands of all time Led Zeppelin.

Several singles were recorded and released during this period, but none could have been classed as anything but a learning curve. Allowing the young Bowie to experience a recording studio for the first time and hear his own voice played back to him.

Other than working with Jimmy Paige, the only dot on the Join Up Dots timelines that helps us to see the man that he later became, was when when he made the decision to change his name from Davy Jones, and replace his surname with the now recognizable Bowie, after the knife.

Davy Jones from the Monkees was riding the crest of the wave, with hits such as “Last Train To Clarksville”, and “Daydream Believer”, and David felt that this could be confusing to the record buying public, and ultimately could hold him back.

Did this make a huge difference, who can tell, but it was better than one of his other choices he made: Tom Jones.

It was certainly the first indication of the chameleon like character that has since gone on to characterize so much of his later work.

After recording, and performing with the bands, Bowie made the decision to go solo, and pursue a career on his own terms. He recorded his first solo album, which sunk without trace.

This was a crushing blow for David Bowie, and instead of working harder on the content he was intent to keep delivering to the world, the musician did something quite unexpected...but quite David Bowie like.

He decided to take a break from the music world, and headed to Scotland where for a period in 1967 he lived in a Buddhist monastery along with American musician Leonard Cohen.

As he says “"I was a terribly earnest Buddhist at the time I had stayed in their monastery and was going through all their exams, and yet I had this feeling that it wasn't right for me. I suddenly realised how close it all was: another month and my head would have been shaved."

So David left, and then even more bizarrely joined a group of mime artists, even starting his own group called Feathers.

Although this from the outside seems unusual, as we see on Join Up Dots everyday, a person has to try things that may not seem part of the master plan, to ultimately lead them to where they should be in life.

It is during these times, when it may seem haphazard and wasteful that most people absorb different ways of operating. Discovering skills within themselves, that they can utilise later in positions not remotely visible at that time.

And that is the case with David Bowie, as the added spirituality and theatricality become more evident in his work, as was displayed in his own classic song “Space Oddity” about a spaceman floating around about the earth.

Thanks to the BBC’s use of the song for their coverage of the US Moon landing in 1969, David Bowie had his first hit record. With the song hitting the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

What is extremely interesting is the state of mind of David Bowie at the time of writing. The words clearly show an individual lost, and forlorn about the future. No surprise after the failures of his previous musical efforts.

"Planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do" - shows the realization that there's nothing he can do about all of the problems he sees in the world.

"Can you hear me Major Tom? Can you hear me Major Tom? - He's lost communication with those on the ground (i.e. in reality).

David Bowie showed a window to his soul. He was not part of his previous life of domesticity in Bromley, and was neither part of the rock star lifestyle that he so craved.

Bowie was floating out in Space, on his own.

Slowly getting ready for the true moment that David Bowie blasted into our consciousness, and the televisions and radios across the world.

In 1973, the career that had stuttered and faltered for the last four years, exploded dramatically into life, as from that position floating above the world David returned to earth.

This time not as himself, but the androgynous alien Ziggy Stardust.

It signaled the start of the David Bowie fascination.

Where was the man, and where was the music?

Could one exist without the other?

Was the high camp fashion that he displayed on stage the true mark of David Bowie, or a curtain to hide behind, whilst the crowds surged, screamed and fainted in front him.

This was glam-rock at its peak, and quite literally anyone around at that time would be compared to the strutting, preening and bi-sexual pre-madonna that was 1973’s incarnation of David Bowie.

Even megastars such as T-Rex’s Marc Bolan, the flamboyant pianist from Middlesex Elton John, and the upwardly climbing Freddie Mercury were nothing, compared to what the world was witnessing with his classic “Starman” and “Ziggy Stardust”

David Bowie was no longer floating high above the world on his own.

To the teenagers and music buying public, he was the world, and with his backing band The Spiders Of Mars, the world waited with baited breath to see what they would deliver next.

And David Bowie delivered...but once again not in the way most expected, or wished for.ziggy-and-the-spiders

Instead of setting off on a world-tour, and crushing the charts with new albums and singles, he announced that he was retiring from touring and that Ziggy Stardust and of course the Spiders were no more.

As he announced whilst on stage “Of all the shows on the tour, this one will stay with us the longest because not only is this the last show of the tour, but it is the last show we will ever do.” This surprised everyone in the house – not least the members of his band. The hysteria was over almost as soon as it had started.

Which looking back, was an amazingly brave decision to make, but one that showed that David Bowie was in control, and knew what was right for his career.

Instead of saying “this is what you want, so this is what you'll get”, he quite firmly, and with huge confidence stated “You will get what I want, and when I want to give it to you!”

This in no short measure ensured that the mystic that has grown up around David Bowie was started off in the perfect manner.

He was not going to give an inch. And we are no doubt glad that he took that stance, as his music was becoming more creative and experimental because of it. He had created the freedom to explore what he was capable off.

And so began his personal odyssey from country to country, city to city, playing and recording with such eclectic names as John Lennon, Brian Eno from Roxy Music and even Luther Vandross,

It was whilst in New York jamming with John Lennon that the riff which became the iconic Fame was first heard, and led to David Bowie's first American number one.

And his later move to Berlin in Germany, harnessed even greater creative imagery and unexpected musical releases with the classic stripped back “Low” and the Eno produced “Heroes”, made whilst he lived in semi seclusion, painting, studying art and recording with Brian Eno.

"Heroes" was marketed by RCA with the catchphrase, "There's Old Wave. There's New Wave. And there's David Bowie..." which is very apt, and something that Bowie would have done well to remember in later years.

It is true that Bowie likes nothing more than going in quite different directions than what the world expects.

Throughout his career he has explored the world of acting from his early roles in “The Man Who Fell To Earth”, through to “Absolute Beginners And “Labyrinth” where he acted beside a series of Jim “The Muppet” Henson’s creations, and even a three month run in the Elephant Man on Broadway.

None of the roles or performances would be classed as landmarks in his career. In fact many would argue they were just a distraction to where he should have been placing his attention. On his music. The creativity being focused on areas of interest to David, more to his loyal followers.

What becomes a truth with David Bowie, is when he appears to move towards the obvious routes to success, he becomes a pale inferior version of himself.

Following the global success of the Nile Rodgers produced album “Lets Dance” in 1983, he appeared influenced by the Music of the time. And one thing for sure being in Duran Duran is never going to inspire the same level of performance as working the bars, and studying the architecture in Berlin or other such locations.

David Bowie needs to be off the radar, to be truly authentic.

He needs to be tapping into the yet to be seen musical movements, instead of being the leader of the popular and current ones.

And so for the next few years David Bowie produced work that was neither memorable nor commercially successful in the same way as his earlier successes.

He was falling further behind the crowd, and lost between the teenagers now grown up who adored him in the seventies, and the 80’s versions focused on Wham, Duran, and Rick Astley.

Throughout the next ten years, Bowie's musical career was in decline, with the albums Tin machine and Tin Machine II being commercial and public failures.

David Bowie was finished.

He had achieved everything that the 13 year old saxophone learning kid could have ever dreamed off and more. He had inspired the world to believe. He had created a new generation of musicians who studied his back catalogue with a religious fervor.

He disappeared. Retreating from the limelight, he closed the door on his New York apartment and became David Jones again. Father, husband, music legend, and enjoying retirement.

For over ten years, other than a few sightings David Bowie was invisible to the world.

We had the memories of past glories and nothing else.

But as we have seen throughout the years, Bowie returns stronger when on his own terms. When he is in control to what the world will receive. That is when he delivers, and in 2013 after ten years in the wilderness “The Next Day” David Bowie's 24th album shook the world.

The Spaceman, the Clown, The Alien, The Smooth Groover, the enigma that is David Bowie was back where he belongs. In the ears, and stereos of the world. Saying things the way that only David Bowie can.

A musician, a mystery, a creative, a leader, a decision maker, a controller, David Bowie has learnt through all the trials and tribulations, the ups and downs what leads to success. And that quite simply is being himself.

A lesson that for so many of us is the hardest one to learn.

Direct download: David-Bowie-Biography.mp3
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Welcome to a bonus episode of Join Up Dots, where your host David Ralph talks from the heart about allowing yourself to be you.

Why is it at the very beginning of our venture to a new world, we try to do it with our hand tied behind our backs?

We make it so much more difficult by not allowing ourselves to use the talents that life has given us to the full!

Tip Toeing around picking up the scraps that people throw in our direction.

Shouldn't we be blazing big to give ourselves the best chance to be noticed?

Shouldn't we be taking a close look at the things that we do amazingly well, that others are in total awe off?

In this episode David Ralph asks you all to do a simple exercise and report back on the talents that you are hiding away instead of blasting out into the world.

He asks you to take a close look at two aspects of your life.

Number One: What is the thing that you loved doing more than anything on earth?

Number Two: Where do you feel the most comfortable working, performing or using your gifts?

By looking at both of these key areas, you will gain a clearer understanding of where you should be focusing your energies.

You will gain a huge head start on others who play the small game when beginning their jounrye to the life of their dreams.

Blaze big people!

And as Katy Perry says

"You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause, baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go, "Aah, aah, aah"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colours burst
Make 'em go, "Aah, aah, aah"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe"

 

Direct download: Bonus_-_Being_You_Is_The_Best_Place_To_Start.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 1:38pm UTC

Todays guest joining us on the show contacted me to say "I think that I should be on your show, because I am flexing the old hustle muscle everyday and doing it on my own terms too"

Well, she didn't quite say that, but it doesn't take much more for me to think, this is the kind of guest I want to talk to, so here she is.

This is a lady that like most of us got to a point in her life, when she looked at her job, and her personal situation and thought "I never want to be an employee again"

Which can be one of the greatest realisations for self development, and the worst.

You have the focus to take your life to where you want to be, but more often than not, you don't have any idea how to do it.

And that is the case with todays guest who then tried out various businesses to find her thing.

She started a staff recruitment agency, became a franchisee of a chocolate brand, did freelance web designing, and none really hit the spot.

But upon the arrival of her daughter, and the realisation that when she was being with her daughter, the income production stopped that the dots had joined up.

She had found what she needed to do in life.

She knew that she had not built in the right systems to automate her businesses.

She understood that in order to enjoy true freedom she needed to create passive income streams.

She now runs a book publishing company called Awesome Life Resources and also helps people to get their books published through her new service called Publish My Book Today.

The purpose of the website is to share all the tools and strategies that have helped her improve the quality of her life, which I’m sure is what we all want.

So does she look back at the things that didn't quite work, and see that she couldn't get to where she is today without them?

And has there never been a better time for the world to take control of their own life's, and have control of their time?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jyotsna Ramachandran.

Direct download: 406-Jyotsna-Ramachandran.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is Dov Baron an Elite Mind Strategist specializing in the Psychology of High Performance Leadership.

He serves as a mentor and adviser to corporate, creative and personal leaders.

His company Baron Mastery Institute is the only resource for training tomorrow’s leaders in the implementation of “The C.O.R.E Affluence System for Leadership”.

Being born in the UK in the late 1950’s, even as a child he became fascinated with the undercurrent of human psyche.

By the time he was twenty-one he had left his home country to travel and study many spiritual philosophies under a variety of spiritual masters.

In June 1990 while free climbing in British Columbia, at approximately 120 feet, he reached for a rock that dislodged a bigger rock.

This rock hit him in the face and sent him hurling onto the jagged rocks below.

It was a tragic moment, a moment that might have ended his life, and in fact, in some ways it did.

Now he describes that moment like this, “On that day I fell 120 feet from a self-imposed pedestal and landed on my ego.”

It was the end of the person he had been and in many ways the birth of “The Accidental Guru.”

I love this story, even before we have started the show, as it proves that there is no right time to start something, other than now.

It’s you that makes the decision to embrace your true self, and not the version of yourself that is being shown to the world.

You can become the entrepreneur that you want and build a business the delivers huge career success.

And our guest is doing just that and with the motivation to produce total inspiration  through his books, coaching, and leadership blog he is doing just that.

So what was the person like before the accident, and does he look back with fondness or frustration as to the path he was on?

And is this mission one that he feels led to do, almost a mission bigger than himself?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr career success baron.....the entrepeneur himself Dov Baron

 

Direct download: 405-Dov-Baron.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

404: Dr Tom Preston: A Man Who Knows When Enough Is Enough

Todays guest, joining us the Join Up Dots podcast interview is Dr Tom Preston, a man who has a mission in life.

He wants to inspire the world to design their life, and go for the big dreams by asking themselves some huge and deep questions.

He was asked by his coach  to ask himself "When Is Enough Enough?" and after struggling with answering that question the penny dropped.

He needed to define what success meant to him.

He needed to define the life he truly wanted.

And it certainly worked as he is now a highly acclaimed public speaker, life & business coach, chiropractic consultant, and advisor who helps unlock the potential and authenticity of his clients, readers, and listeners.

His customized approach of unifying professional goals with personal talents has helped countless people discover the success they want to achieve.

He truly believes everyone has the power to find fulfilment in their lives, bringing them closer to their dreams and providing the necessary mechanics to allow them to hold on to those dreams.

So is this the missing part that so many people fail to spend time on? We don't ask "When is enough?"

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dr Tom Preston.

Direct download: 404-Dr-Tom-Preston.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Aaron Walker Give Us The View From The Top

Todays gentleman joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Aaron Walker, the host of The View From The Top podcast, and a man who from his home in Nashville USA, shows the world how you set goals, and create the life you want.

He is a firm believer that the initial "Yes, I am going to take control of my own destiny and wow the world" can only last so long, before realism sets in.

When those early mornings when you were bouncing out bed to grab your future, start seeming to be an insurmountable effort.

And the whimsical flights of fancy that crash into your brain at warp speed and are instantly classed as the worlds greatest idea, start to dry up.

You see he works with his clients to live life on purpose, ensuring that the initial dreams are giving every chance of developing, if it means sacrificing something else that is i your life.

And after starting his first business at 18, and then buying and selling eight more companies over the last 40 years, he knows what it takes to bring action into your daily routine.

And believe me these were the kind of business that you may already be thing this guy had developed, from loan companies, to jewelers and diamond exchanges, to construction he has tackled the challenges head on.

So was he always someone that knew that the way to true fulfillment in his life was creating his economy right from the start?

And does he see that most people could make things a lot easier for themselves if they only knew completely what it was that they truly desired?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Aaron Walker

To listen more to Aaron Walker go to:

Podcast The View From The Top

By Aaron Walker has been a successful entrepreneur for over 30 years and a top guest on Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas, Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn, and The Art of Charm with Jordan Harbinger.

Description:

The View from the Top podcast is a world-class podcast created for men interested in living a life of success and significance. In this weekly podcast, host Daniel Bauer interviews men in the Iron Sharpens Iron Masterminds facilitated by Aaron Walker. Guests share what entrepreneurial insights and success stories from working in a mastermind. This show is for men interested in being successful businessmen, intentional husbands, and better friends. Men should come here regularly for inspiration and to get to the amazing guys at The View from the Top. Each episode is 20-30 minutes perfect for your commute, workout, and making your chores at home more enjoyable! Aaron Walker has been in a mastermind with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, and Ken Abraham for more than a decade and now he wants to share what he has learned with you, the listener. 

 

Direct download: 403-Aaron-Walker.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

The Race To The White House (The Challenge For Freedom) is occurring to help you all feel that you can do the impossible.

Please watch, listen and share as many times as you feel that my actions can be supported by your own. Thanks!!!

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Share On Facebook: Watch and share this guy take on this challenge http://bit.ly/whitehouse-challenge

Do you feel that you can do the impossible?

Do you look at others and think they have all the breaks?

Well, David Ralph the host of Join Up Dots online podcast, after 400 shows has come to the conclusion that all of us can go after the dream and get the life we want.

Its down to four things intent, action, belief and the support of others. In this video he shares his dream to change the way we all think by attempting with nothing more than desire to do the unthinkable.

He will travel across the Atlantic with his family to the White House to have a photo with President Obama.

He will do this purely on the strength of his belief, something that we can all develop.

So support his desire to change the world, and share this video with everyone you can.

Tell the world about Join Up Dots and tweet your support to the world.

Thanks so much

Direct download: Bonus-The_Race-To-The-Whitehouse_The_Challenge.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:24am UTC

The Three Month Vacation

My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a man who has learnt throughout his life that simplicity is the key.

Breaking information down to be transferred from one person to another in the shortest possible route, is the way to success and fulfilment for both parties.

He knows how to make customers rabid fans of his work, by removing the questions that stop a sale.

Being born in Mumbai, India (formerly known as Bombay), he lived there for about 30 years, until deciding that he didn't have enough sheep in his life.

Who doesn't get to that point I ask you?

So he found his spiritual home by moving to New Zealand with its 4 million people and 44 million sheep.

Could there be a better place to develop his business and raise the baa??

And that business started 15+ years ago, fresh out of college with a degree in accounting (of all things) he joined an advertising agency called Leo Burnett. Which had a life changing effect on the young man.

Times were not good in the advertising world, and even though work was hard to come by  the now deceased Leo Burnetts integrity shone through.

He learnt that there is a right way and wrong way to business, and took that with him, as then moving unusually from copywriting to cartoons.

The opportunity of working with one of the best advertising agencies in the world took him on the heady road of copywriting, writing TV commercials (learning how to do them in 5 seconds), graphic design, cartoons and web design.

Which once again, the underlying synchronicity was the constant search to find ways to communicate in the simplest, most effective manner.

Write text that is absorbed easily. And build conversations never forgotten.

And now with multiple online platforms teaching this ideal, he is loving life and perhaps getting to spend quality time with a sheep or two as well

So how did he take this ideal, and expand it into an income producing machine?

And does he see that the thing that stops so many people  out there, is there desire for perfection against one of simplicity?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Mr Sean D'Souza

To hear more from Sean D'Souza go to:

Podcast: The Three Month Vacation Podcast: Online Small Business|Marketing Strategy Plan| Sean D'Souza | Psychotactics By Sean D'Souza

Description: Sean D'Souza made two vows when he started up Psychotactics back in 2002. The first was that he'd always get paid in advance and the second was that work wouldn't control his life. He decided to take three months off every year. But how do you take three months off, without affecting your business and profits? Do you buy into the myth of "outsourcing everything and working just a few hours a week?" Not really. Instead, you structure your business in a way that enables you to work hard and then take three months off every single year. And Sean walks his talk. Since 2004, he's taken three months off every year (except in 2005, when there was a medical emergency). This podcast isn't about the easy life. It's not some magic trick about working less. Instead with this podcast you learn how to really enjoy your work, enjoy your vacation time and yes, get paid in advance.

Direct download: 402-Sean-DSouza.mp3
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Podcast 401: Toni Carey: An Entrepreneur Screaming "Do What You Love. Love What You Do"

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has a huge mission in her life.

And as we see all the time, when someone has a mission in their lives, they start influencing more and more people across the world to buy into that mission too.

And that is certainly the case with todays guest, who is co-founder of Black Girls Run, a grassroots organization that encourages and inspires African-American women to live a healthy lifestyle.

While currently serving at the helm of Black Girls RUN!, she is also a freelancer writer for Zelle (a Runner’s World publication) and a blog ambassador for Brooks Running.

She has been named one of the “30 Black Bloggers You Should Know” by The Root, Essence Magazine’s and recently received Toyota’s Standing O-Vation Award presented at Oprah’s 2014 “The Life You Want” Weekend in Atlanta.

But if you think this lady has all the time in the world to get these recognitions then think again, as most of this began when she was still a fulltime employee.

 

She had the hustle muscle, and was willing to put in the out of hours effort that was required to get to where she is today.

 

So with a manta of “Do What You Love. Love What You Do.” does she find that the majority of people go "Yes, that's what I want" and then do nothing about making that happen at all?

 

And does she see what she has built so far just being the tip of the iceberg. and the true vision of what it can become is starting to truly reveal itself?

 

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays free podcast, with the one and only Toni Carey

Direct download: 401-Tony-Cari.mp3
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What happens when your efforts don't seem to be coming together like you hoped?

What happens when your energy levels get to a level when you think you can't go on?

Well in this episode David Ralph shares with you how he is pushing through these issues on a daily basis.

This is a brutally honest episode which perhaps shouldnt have been released, but hey it is now.

Let us know what you think about his words?

Should he have held back on this content?

Tweet us at @joinupdot and tell us what you thought.

Direct download: Bonus-Episode-_I_Am_So_Tired_Of_It_All.mp3
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Podcast 400: Andrew Winston: Saving The Planet One Polar Bear At A Time

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges.

 

What this means, is instead of going to work, and then coming home and focusing our efforts on being "green" and arranging our household activities on being green and protecting the planet, he says "why don't we do it all the time?"

 

Why can companies do the same as we do personally, and focus their efforts on operating in a green way too.

 

His views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including Boeing, HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever.

 

His first book, Green to Gold, was the topselling green business title of the last decade and was included in many all-time lists of 30 books that every manager should own. 

 

He is an author, Ted talk veteran, businessman and of course recognised expert across the world on this subject.

 

So where did this realisation that companies can actually find a way to profit from being green, and the excesses of the past are not the way to go forward with an increasing profit sheet?

 

And does he find his message, is getting easy to pass on nowadays, or is it still an up hill path that he is walking?

 

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays free podcast, with the one and only Andrew Winston

Direct download: 400-Andrew-Winston.mp3
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Do You Sit And Dream About.........

....Building A Profitable Online Business That Means You Wake Up Everyday With A "Yay" Instead Of An "Oh, No!!"

Or do you just crave the ability to do things when you want, where you want,

With no boss,

Deadlines and targets set by others?
Freedom
Flexibility
Financial independence

The good news is this:

If you can imagine it, we can help you make it happen!

And I can tell you it is so much easier to achieve when you're surrounded by like-minded go getting action takers, that will drive you on to achieve more than you have thought possible.

That’s what Dream Starter Academy is all About.

I want you to do something for me. Take a look at the people sitting around you at this moment. Stop and think about closest friends, the ones that you spend the most time with.

Stop and think about your closest friends.

Remember the last time you shared your dreams with someone and got anything different than "If it's that easy everyone would be doing it"

Are these the kind of people that will push you to work harder then you have ever done before?

Are they the kind of people that will celebrate your "Big Thinking?"

Are they likely to inspire you through every conversation with them?

So it's time for the BIGGEST QUESTION of all......

Are you being held back by the very people

that should want you to succeed?

If you realise that you are then it's time to join the Academy and get surrounded by the most encouraging and supportive people you could hope to meet from across the globe.

A group of people with different levels of knowledge, experience,dreams, but one common goal.

To be the greatest and most inspiration version of themselves.

 

Build a business around the hours you choose to work
Create a business that works while you sleep
Develop a service business that is a joy everyday.
Be your own boss and take total control of your destiny in life
Achieve a higher level of personal joy and happiness
Take time off when you want

And of course build a network of friends, supporters, and action takers who are available 24/7

Yes, that is the amazing aspect about the Dream Starters Academy global approach to our business.

The doors are never closed, the dream never stops building.

Dream Starter Academy is the new home for driven and ambitiuous individuals just like you that are ready to take control.

 

Direct download: Dream_Starter_Academy.mp3
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Podcast 399: Matt Miller: An Entrepreneur Building Income From Vending Machines

Todays guest joining us on the top rated Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a man with a fascinating tale joining up many dots to where he is today.

Spending the first nine years of his career like Maverick in Top Gun, he felt the need the need for speed, as an Air Force Pilot, before entering the corporate world to work for Abbott Laboratories and then Valassis.

And he was on top form working for both companies, and was recognised as a top performer.

Which is of course great, but underneath lurking in his passions and dreams, was a desire to go out on his own to start his own business.

The old leap of faith was beckoning, but like so many people across the world, he had the desire but not the direction.

He wanted to do his own thing, but was unsure what that thing was supposed to be.

And as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, that path can reveal itself at anytime, and this was certainly the case with todays guest.

As fate would have it, a random conversation with a friend about the gum ball machines his family owned started it all off.

That one conversation sparked an intrigue and planted the seeds for what would eventually become his business School Spirit Vending.

But not before disappointment, frustration and the downturn in the economy in 2008 knocked his confidence for six.

And then a knock on the door happened at his home, and the path got clearer.

So what was it about that knock on the door, and the conversation that happened upon opening it,that really got the juices going?

And does he now look back and think, "Man, the clues were floating around me all the time, I just couldn't see them?"

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Matt Miller

Direct download: 399-Matt-Miller.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Jeff Goins Host Of The Portfolio Life Podcast Simply Loves The Art Of Work

Lets start with a question on todays episode of Join Up Dots.

And this is a fundamental question that can derail so many peoples dreams before they even start.

How do you become something that you want to be, if you have no history, or very little history in doing that thing?

How do you get to the point when other say….”oh you are so and so, I love your work!”

Well, I’ll give you some thinking time whilst you ponder this.

Well the answer is what todays guest did.

You simply start doing that thing, keep on doing it, and be consistent until you can say that you are that thing.

He wanted to be a writer, but was trapped with his daily life, family responsibilities and a myriad of other things.

So he made a decision to start writing and made the time.

And it didn’t matter if the time was unnatural and not conducive to developing his craft, he would write.

And now in a few short years is the author of The In-Between, Wrecked, You Are a Writer and now his latest work Art Of Work.

And as he says “I now spend my time writing books and trying to take over the Internet.”

So how did he overcome those same self-limiting thoughts that stop so many people in their tracks?

And is he proud of all his writing, or can he now see that the work has improved dramatically due to the constant effort, or the personal belief that comes with achievement?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Jeff Goins.

If you want to hear more from Jeff Goins go to:

Podcast: the Portfolio Life With Jeff Goins

Description: Jeff Goins shares thoughts & ideas that will help you to pursue work that matters, make a difference with your art & discover your true voice!

Direct download: 398-Jeff-Goins.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

When we left the Steve Jobs story back on part three, Steve was at the lowest point of his life.

 

His big dream of creating the perfect computer Next was finished, and in an even crueler twist of fate, his other venture Pixar was in serious trouble too. 

 

The lifeline that had been grabbed, when making the deal with Disney was slipping away from them. 

 

Disney’s Katzenberg had seen what the company had created, and quite simply hated Woody, Buzz Lightyear and all the other characters which we now see as classics.

 

And together with the majority of Disney’s creative staff, he declared that the characters were unappealing jerks, the dialogues inappropriately cynical for a children’s movie (while he was the one who pushed for such characteristics early in development) and finished. 

 

Pixar was back to making TV commercials just so it could survive — but it was obvious it would disappear if the work did not start again.

 

Steve had lost Apple, lost Next, and ploughed a huge amount of money into Pixar with no sign of a return from his investments.

 

But Woody and Buzz had other ideas. Its not often that you can say that someone's life was literally saved by some old toys, but this was going to be the case with Steve Jobs.

 

John Lasseter and other Pixar employees worked very hard at the script that Disney previously hated. They knew that they were in the last chance saloon, so round the clock developed improved character traits in the toys that worked to make them instant classics, and in February 1994, they turned out a new, improved version that won Jeffrey Katzenberg’s approval: production could resume. 

 

Steve Jobs was not overwhelmed by this tiny success, and his desire to sell Pixar to outside investors never wavered. Even as late as the fall of 1994, Steve Jobs was actively pitching the company to anyone that he felt could help him regain his investment, even getting close to selling it to Apple's arch enemy Bill Gates.

 

Times were not good, but as many things turned out later for Steve, looking back and joining up his dots we can see clearly that it was a blessing that he failed to say goodby to the animation company.

 

In fact we could say that it was less of a blessing and more of an absolute saviour.

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According to many people who with him at the time. The realisation that he had in fact tapped into something that was going to be far bigger than he or anyone could have realised came in New York central park in 1995.

 

There within the grass, trees, and open space of the big apples iconic recreational area, the movie studio had set up a gigantic tent with a movie screen showing previews of the two upcoming Disney films, Pocahontas, to be released in the summer, and Toy Story, for Thanksgiving 1995.

 

The watching audience in the tent loved what they were seeing, and watching their reaction more than the film Steve Jobs started to get back in action. The apathy that had seen him while away the hours with his daughter at home, was replaced by a vision of what might just be possible. 

 

He realised, although it was true to say that he had kept his ideas firmly grasped to his chest, what he needed to do to get back on top and be seen as the earlier version of Steve Jobs once more.

 

The man who could do no wrong, with the midas touch to business.

 

But first he needed to see if the buzz around the two films could be translated into ticket sales. 

 

Could the feeling of anticipation felt within the canvas tent be felt across the country, leading to seats being filled in cinemas across America and the world?

 

Well he didn't know, but he knew that he had things to do before he found out.

 

Steve Jobs started to get himself into position to maximize what could be achieved if the film was a hit. Getting more and more involved with the running of Pixars affairs, he made the bold move of removing Ed Catmull from his position as president and naming himself both president and CEO of Pixar

 

Not frightened by his previous recruitment fiascos, he also hired an outside CFO, Lawrence Levy, to give Pixar a respectable image to Wall Street. This would work wonders if he could force a move to take the company public. An idea that would have been laughed at just a few months earlier.

 

But now was a very different time, and PIXAR like a racehorse ready to explode from the gates and trounce the competition did just that.

 

When Toy Story finally came out on November 22, it wasn't just a hit, but it was a smash hit. 

 

Audiences, across America flocked to see the Toy Buddy movie, and to say that Pixar and Disney were delighted was an understatement. It made $28 million in the Thanksgiving 3-day weekend alone, and eventually reached $160 million in US box-office receipts — an astonishing return for a production that cost just $27 million to get to market.

 

Steve Jobs had now got a successful company at the top of his resume once more. 

 

And it is true in life, and certainly true in business, that success leads to success very quickly. 

 

Most interested parties and investors only care about the recent track record, the hot streak that the incumbent could be seen travelling along at that moment.

 

Within a few weeks, Steve Jobs went from a tarnished ex-genius computer whizzkid, to seeing his face smiling confidently on the covers of business and industry magazines on every stand in America.

 

He was back, and in prime position, to create the largest and quickest influx of wealth he had ever experienced. Dwarfing the kind of financial figures he had enjoyed back in his highflying Apple days.

 

Back in the tent watching the movie pre-launch Steve Jobs had decided that he would take the company public. No one could see how this could have been possible with a failing company who hadn't made a profit in nine years, and instead had only see money go one way….the wrong way.

 

But Steve Jobs, felt strongly that he could ignore the naysayers, and meander his way through legal issues within the company that would stop this from occurring. He after all had a history of finding his way through the insurmountable difficulties that stop others in their tracks.

 

And this situation was no different.

 

He found the solution to the legal difficulties, and fair to say made more than a few enemies within the company in the process. His decision to focus the rewards on five individuals only, with himself taking the lion's share, alienated much of the company's loyal employees. 

 

Most feeling that the company should recognise and reward their efforts to bring the film to a successful conclusion. Many threatened to leave upon hearing that new CFO Levy would find himself fantastically rewarded, when he had not done anything remotely significant in the short period he had been with PIXAR. This was a bitter pill to swallow.

 

But Steve Jobs didn't care a bit, and proved to the world that his vision was spot on, when on November 29th, one week after Toy Story was released, the company hit the stock exchange.

 

Such was the positive commentary about the film and the company, it was little surprise that the shares more than doubled from $22 to $49. It became the biggest IPO of the year. Steve Jobs had made it: he was now a billionaire, worth almost $1.5 billion. 

 

He had made in one swoop ten times the money he had ever made at Apple in the early 1980s. 

 

Steve Jobs was delighted, not just for himself, but he now had a company that had made $123 million, and wrote off all its debts in one go. 

 

He was now in the driving seat once more. 

 

And there is one thing certain about Steve Jobs, and that is his ability to gain momentum from a situation.

 

He went back to Disney, and instead of thanking them for their support, marketing and production experience, he re-negotiated the deal he had previously made.

 

Steve Jobs made it clear to them that unless a new contract was written, he would take his animation company to the other movie distributors once the three movie deal was concluded.

 

Disney could see what they had on their hands and agreed to every term Steve Jobs dicated.  

 

The world was astonished.

 

They were not going to let the golden goose fly from their grasp.

 

Steve Jobs was on a roll and had a vision for himself that most certainly did not bear fruit. 

 

To which we mean the company that he had started way back in the 70’s Apple was not on his radar at all.

 

He had moved on, and separated himself completely from his past. Reinventing himself within a totally new industry

 

However, we can also see that sometimes in a person's life there are things occurring behind the scenes that can pull them in a direction that they just couldn't have foreseen.

 

And within the walls of Apple, they had no direction, the company was in crisis and losing money hand over fist. 

 

The Macintosh which still brought in the bulk of the companies profits was in steep decline. 

 

The operating system that a couple of years previously had been seen to be state of the art and cutting edge was now cumbersome and inoperable.

 

The desires for faster and more sophisticated computers had seen their competitors namely Microsoft pull away to claim the lion share of the market and dominate the sales of home pcs

 

Apple was desperate to restore their product to its former glories, they worked around the clock to bring to market an operating system that would fit the bill. 

 

Fast, cheap, efficient to build and able to cope with the demands of every consumer in the world at that time.

 

They struggled, and after delay upon delay realised, that they needed to pursue other avenues. 

 

The word on the street was Apple were rotting from the inside out. They were unable to operate efficiently and sales were declining in such spectacular fashion that their days were numbered.

 

How could they quickly change the fortunes of the Macintosh? 

 

How could they find the operating system that would bring the company back from the dead?

 

They needed to look to what the world was doing and seek collaboration.

 

They needed outside help if the company had any chance of survival.

 

And not even the board of Apple would have considered Steve Jobs to be the collaborator that they required, and certainly not even the most optimistic dreamer would have dared imagine that he not only be that person, but would also save the company in such astonishing fashion.

 

If you recall in the previous episode of the Steve jobs join up dots biographies. Steve had worked after leaving Apple on building the pinnacle of sophistication into the computer world with his Next computer company.

 

So perfect and advanced was the system that he built, that the world was quite simply not ready for it. It had been too advanced for the development costs to be able to be transferred to the buying public.

 

But that of course did not mean that the system was not still valuable to the world, and most importantly Apple computers.

 

Hearing about the company's problems, some NeXT employees made a very bold decision. 

 

They would contact Apple and inform them that they had an answer to their problems on hand. 

 

A system that was built, tested and now able to be built at a much cheaper cost than previously.

 

The world was ready for the vision of perfection that had cost Steve Jobs, his business and his reputation.

 

When Jobs heard that the phone call had been made, his jaw dropped. 

 

He was stunned that the idea had occurred, and even more so that the idea had been placed in front of his own struggling former love..Apple.

 

In December 1996, Steve Jobs, for the first time in over a decade drove to the headquarters of Apple and stepped through its doors, and in his hand he held the future of Apple Computers. The very advanced NeXTSTEP, regarded as one of the best software platforms on the planet. 

 

Steve Jobs said, envisioning the finally widespread use of NeXTSTEP, was a dream he had struggled ten years to realize but had always wished to occur. Justifying his efforts and perfectionism.  

 

In short time he convinced the board that they should part with $400,000,000 for sole use of the NeXSTEP, with also 1.5 million Apple shares and the appointment as “informal adviser” to CEO Gil Amelio coming his way too.

 

Steve Jobs had remarkably, through a series of fortunate events involving a film company that he had tried to rid himself, and an operating system that nobody wanted, returned home.

 

No longer in the family garage, but this time at the re-birth of Apple.

 

It would not be long until he was no longer the informal advisor but instead be restored as the CEO of Apple.

 

We will see in the last episode of the Steve Jobs story how he placed himself in the midst of a company that had lost direction, lost market share, and lost the belief of the world, but through the experience and dots that were now connecting Steve Jobs would be see forever as the world's greatest CEO

Direct download: STEVE_JOBS_STORY_-_PART_FOUR.mp3
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397: Joel Gould: An Entrepreneur Who Leaves The World With A Smile

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Dr Joel Gould, an entrepreneur, businessman, author, and cosmetic dentist.

A man with hustle muscle running through him and a desire to be the best that he can be.

As he says "I am the classic, typical won’t take no for an answer guy. I am a PROBLEM SOLVER; I won’t limit myself, or trust almost anyone’s opinion of what I can achieve. This level of self-confidence arose solely from hard work, dedication, experience,  and a willingness to be open to anything, and to never say never,except to say never say never."

Now if this sounds like a guy who was born with confidence, and complete awareness of what he can achieve, then think again.

This is a guy who was influenced heavily by the upbringing he received from his father, and the shocking diagnosis at the age of 14 that he was suffering from Crohns Disease.

He is also a guy who was battered and bruised through the recession of 2009, and lost everything he had worked so hard to achieve almost overnight.

He moved from a two million dollar house into a one bedroom apartment, and from that point onwards started fighting back

And now everything seems great in his life.

He has a thriving practice in California, is the author of the book "The Perfect Smile", and appears as a recognised expert on tv and media.

So how did this native of Winnipeg, Canada, find himself building his dreamlife in California, USA?

And does he accept the lessons life has thrown him as part of the game, or just unfortunate moments in his life that he didn't deserve?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Dr Joel Gould

Direct download: 397-Dr-Joel-Gould.mp3
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Podcast 396: Tom O'Stasik: An Entrepreneur Hitting His Best Shots Everyday

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has had a fascinating path to where he is today.

For many people, as young man he would have been considered a success and leading the kind of life that many people would consider the dream.

From the age of 14, you could find him swinging the clubs like a young Tiger Woods, pursuing his passion by playing golf on the PGA tour.

And for the next six years, he followed the tour until in 2009 he decided to put down is clubs and begin starting a family.

And this is a fascinating point in his life, which will lead the conversation today.

After spending so many hours practicing, traveling, practicing, competing, and then giving up, did he consider himself a failure?

Did he embrace the freedom of making that decision, or was he surrounded by people who had a different opinion to how he was leading his life?

Well whatever he felt, he stopped the touring and become a stay at home dad, and after over two years of that very rewarding yet very challenging experience, got into the telecommunication and technology industry doing sales for a small company remotely.

But at his core is this words, his own words "I love to feel inspired.  I love feeling connected to others.  I’m a dreamer who believes bigger and better things are always coming down the road.  I get a lot of inspiration watching and talking to people who are living and walking down an inspired path.  I appreciate it because it’s something I’m constantly seeking for myself."

So has he learnt the ability through his golf, that even in his own business, if you swing madly and hook one into the trees, then the next shot could be the sweetest one he has ever hit?

And does he look back at the early golfing hustle that took him around the tour, as the perfect grounding for what he is doing now?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Tom O'Stasik

Direct download: 396-Tom-Ostasick.mp3
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395: Dr Kenford Nedd: Finding The Happiness In Everything

My guest on todays Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is driven to make us lead a happy and stress-free life.

He is a practicing medical doctor, international keynote speaker, bestselling author, and highly sought after expert on stress and happiness.

He believes that there are practices and skills that we can all learn, that can help us push away those stresses and issues that bother us all, and start smiling broadly.

And he is certainly a man that has one of the biggest smiles I have seen ,so he must have mastered it himself.

And from his base in Vancouver, he is sharing his skills via TV, presentations, podcast interviews, and even speaking directly to Prime Ministers and their cabinets, as we all want to have what he has.

A stress-free and happy life everyday.

So how has he learned these skills?

Was he a big stresshead who realised that he had to do something about it, or was it a path that just found him?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Dr Kenford Nedd

Direct download: 395-Dr-Ken-Nedd.mp3
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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Jonathan Van Keulen, a man who is driven to make a difference to the world.

A difference to all the people, and familles that during their lives get touched by the illness cancer.

Leading up to 2014, our guest was leading a very different life to the one that he leads today.

Working for Wells Fargo as a private banker, his day was very much like most men in the world.

Wake up with the alarm clock, shave, put on a shirt and tie, kiss the family goodbye and go to work.

But what do you do when suddenly that routine is taken away from you?

What do you do  when you end up wishing with all your heart, that you can just kiss your family again and again, as you might be losing the chance to do it for much longer.

Well Jonathan Van Keulen faced that prospect head on, as in 2014 he was diagnosed with a rare and serious form of cancer that is seen mostly in children.

He was told that he had Osteosarcoma, and begain with the support and love of his family to fight against it, by undertaking the necessary treatment needed.

But this is where, we get to on the Join Up Dots ideal time and time again.

When our guests are at the lowest point in their lives, the thing that they should be doing with their lives so often appear.

And whilst laying on the hospital bed, making a list of ways that he could make himself more comfortable during his extended stay, he thought "If these things would make me comfortable then what about all the other cancer victims?"

He had so many ideas about things he could do to make his stay more comfortable, along with his lovely wife he started a non profit, Cancer Can't, with the mission to attempt to give these same comforts to as many people as we can.

So does he look back at his pre diagnosis life as one that needed a shake up to make him become truly alive?

And although terrible, and arduous, has the treatment and the cancer been a good thing that he is now glad that he went through?

Well let’s find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Jonathan Van Keulen

Direct download: 394-Jonathan-Van-Keulen.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur is Tranea Prosser, a lady who likes nothing more than having a laugh, and when it comes to making her listeners and audience laugh then she is in heaven.

Where ever there are ears to hear, and a sound system to project her voice, she has been bringing laughter to folks in all sorts of venues.

And she does it in a clean, non-profane manner…pleasing to audiences of all ages — from kids to senior citizens.

It seems performing was pre-ordained for this Texas native, as both her mom and dad were singers of some note…with her late father, Harvey, being a member of the Soul Savers quartet.

She has also sung in church choirs for most of life…as well as of course being a comedian, singer, and author of the book “Celibacy: What was I thinking?”

She is flexing the old hustle muscle everyday, and making the most of every opportunity that comes her way.

But what I find amazing is that like all of us she has started and worked in jobs that seem a total wrong choice to make, and from an outsider point of view seem madness.

She has spent years working as an administrative assistant, and a legal secretary for the attorney general of Texas, responding to inquiries and general complaints. 

But were these the jobs that actually helped light the passions and started her working towards where she is today?

Did she realise that although paying the bills, the roles were actually holding her back from a life of enjoyment and fun?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Tranea Prosser

Direct download: 393-Tranea-Prosser.mp3
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Today's bonus episode focuses on another listeners email who asked an amazingly profound question that can effect us all

Dear David,

Loving the show, and im amazed that you don't seem to lose your energy.......what are you drinking?
But here is my question......when do you decide that something isn't working?
When do you decided to stop and try something else?
All the best and keep on rocking it.
Johnathan Adams

Direct download: Bonus-_Follow_One_Course_Until_Success.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man who when it comes to knowing the true value of something is the guy to go to.

You see he is the owner of the Art Of value, where he works to assist entrepreneurs, companies, and guys with a product to sell decide on what they should charge.

Most of us in the entrepreneurial world have these great dreams of working for ourselves, having time freedom and seeing the money flow effortlessly into our bank accounts.

And most of us, at the beginning at least struggle with setting fair prices for our services.

We have those self-limiting thoughts that make us go cheap, when actually we should go double.

Now our guest can trace his path back to 2009, when he found himself sitting on a panel discussing hourly billing. Set the fee per hour. Do the work. Job done.

Another developer on the panel was an advocate for value pricing, and told the audience “If you bill by the hour, there is an artificial limit on your income.”

And with those words, our guests life changed forever.

So why were those words so profound to him? Was he just at that right moment when his mind was ready fro such a message?

Or deep down did he always have the belief that you should get for value of what you offer, but wasn’t brave enough to bring it to the table?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Mr Kirk Bowman.

Direct download: 392-Kirk-Bowman.mp3
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Welcome to another bonus episode of Join Up Dots, where we respond to a listeners email. This is a show that all of us need to reflect on.
 
Dear David and everyone connected with Join Up Dots,
 
I listened to Join Up Dots today as I have done everyday for the last few weeks, and I just had to write to let you know what happened.
 
Episode 197 made me realise that I am letting myself down. In fact not just letting myself down but throwing away the life that I have been given.
 
I was so touched by the mans story, and how his persistence never wavered, no matter what happened in his life, that I broke down in tears at my desk.
 
I couldn't tell my colleagues what had happened to me, so just made up a story about problems at home.
 
But the problems are in me.
 
I shed so many tears today.
 
Tears for him and the uplifting way that he shared his struggles and heartaches.
 
But tears for me and the life that I have led. The years that I have wasted.
 
I would love to go back and listen to the show again, but I don't want to change the mark it has left on me.
 
I want to carry the pain, to drive me forwards to bigger and better things.
 
I know that I have it in me to achieve so much more.
 
I need more shows like this to keep me going.
 
The show you have created is a gift to all of us.
 
Bless you
 
Mindy Artisan
Juneau
Alaska
Direct download: Bonus-What_Do_You_Believe_Is_Possible.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Dr Hans Finzel is a successful author, speaker and trusted authority in the field of leadership.

For 20 years he had the freedom to led international non-profit World Venture, serving in over 65 countries and now spends much of his time speaking and writing on practical leadership principles from the real world—not the classroom.

The kind of stuff that corporations across the world are crying out for as the demand for top, productive and efficient leaders become more and more desirable.

He has written nine books, including his bestseller “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” and as we said this information is a global concern, which has led to them being translated into over twenty foreign languages.

If that doesn’t sound like he has enough on his plate already then, he also serves President of HD Leaders, and is chief leadership guru on“The Leadership Answer Man” podcast doing well in ITunes and other platforms.

So did his desire to tackle leadership issues come from working with people who just wasn’t up to the job, even though they were in prime positions?

The kind of people that have built careers more by default than talent?

Or like most things that become our lifework, did it simply creep up on him and till he couldn’t resist it anymore?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start todays Join Up Dots free podcast interview, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only super entrepreneur, business man Hans Finzel

Direct download: 391-Hans-Finzel.mp3
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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is Fiona Sampson, a lady who is on a mission to create a safer world for vulnerable girls and women by working to prevent future generations from suffering the emotional and physical trauma of sexual assault.

She is challenging the system that allows such acts of violence to go unpunished and by doing so, influencing a behaviour change in perpetrators of human rights violations against women and ensuring that consequences of these acts are enforced.

And this mission started as far away from her base in Canada as is possible.

In Kenya, the rape of little girls is known legally as “defilement.”

Defiling is common there — a woman/girl is raped every 30 minutes — but even girl babies as young as three months are helpless against men who know they’ll never be prosecuted for the worst brutality imaginable.

These child victims are the loneliest girls in the world.

They are often orphaned by AIDS and are vulnerable to attacks by their remaining family as well as strangers.

The myth that having sex with a virgin is a cure for HIV/AIDS is also a spur, and not just for pedophiles.

So our guest has pioneered a new way of holding governments accountable for human rights violations against women by ensuring that women in countries such as Kenya, have access to legal resources, support and remedies that have otherwise would have been inaccessible due to economics, culture, and violations of gender rights.

But that is just a part of her story, as she is also is the last known thalidomide victim born in Canada. 

She refers to this experience as one of her first life experiences where she realized that those responsible for creating harm acted without consequence, compounding the impact of her victimization.

This has amplified the empathy she feels for the suffering of others and is certainly one of the big dots that has led her on the Join Up Dots timeline.

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots free podcast interview, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Fiona Sampson

Direct download: 390-Fiona-Sampson.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who unlike so many of us, was not ready to leave school behind as quickly as he could.

With an experience gained by over twenty years standing in front of students, he is a man on a mission.

A mission that takes him from his own classroom, into every other classroom on earth.

And this is providing more and more success in his own life.

He believes that the world should connect in order to discuss, create, and encourage new and improved ways of learning into our children's lives.

And unusually, or at least it seemed to me, instead of saying "And one of the things we need to do is stop the fascination with social media and Facebook" he actually encourages these tools.

He wants the educators of the world to connect, or join up their own dots, to create a powerful force of classroom improvement.

And now with six best selling books, a keynote speaker, TED veteran, and leading advocate for the no-grades classroom he is connecting to make a huge difference.

So why does he feel that instead of saying, keep social out of the classroom, we should be saying "Lets use its power for connecting?"

And of course, in true Join Up Dots style, does he remember his own passage through the education system as inspiring, or just get me out of here?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs on todays free podcast, with the one and only teaching entrepreneur Mr Mark Barnes

Direct download: 389-Mark-Barnes.mp3
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