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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

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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 

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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.

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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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