Sat, 31 January 2015
Todays, guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired "Join Up Dots" business interview is all about perseverance, talent, struggle, and ultimate success.
This is an entrepreneur who has got to the top in his chosen career, and is now a World Guinness Book Of Records Holder too.
Back in 1998, he broke the worlds record for the most revolutions turned with a jump rope while pushing off and landing only on his backside in one minute, yep he did 56 "Rump Jumps".
Almost one a second.
He has since jumped his way into books, TV shows, countless live shows and, now, a series of energetic music albums and his own instructional books, by teaching kids and adults everywhere to get in shape while having fun, and The Rope Warrior as he calls himself, shows aspiring jump ropers how they can become rope stunt men and record holders themselves and amaze friends and family with incredible speed and agility.
But this isn't one of those conversations that is all about having fun, and enjoying yourself, but instead is about hustle, drive commitment to the task.
This is a show about a mans motivation to be the best that he can possibly be.
To find the freedom to create a lifestyle around doing something that he loves.
So where did this love of ropes and fitness come from?
And how did he realise that he could make a living at this?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and rope jumping entrepreneur the one and only David Fisher aka The Rope Warrior.
Fri, 30 January 2015
Todays guest has certainly been on a roller-coaster ride to where she now find herself today.
From a privileged background to alone and broke at 16; successful, high flying corporate career to entrepreneurial burnout at 35; wealth to near bankruptcy twice, her critical moments are many and her ability to convert failure into success an inspiration to everyone she meets.
And with such a track record of the highs and lows in life, it is little surprise that she has become passionate about inspiring women and young girls to utilise their female power and energy, and kick some serious booty.
With her two platforms “Well Heeled Divas” and “Girls Out Loud” gaining a passionate following, she works with ladies, and young ladies to find the thing that lights them up inside and think differently to recognise their full potential.
She believes that the we have the duty “to step up and create an outstanding life as opposed to settling for mediocrity.” which I suppose the vast amount of people on this world do.
She published her first book Superwoman – Her Sell By Date Has Expired!: Time to show Little Miss Perfect the door last year which is selling well, and certainly the future and the present appears very rosy indeed.
So where did her corporate career go wrong?
And why did she feel the need to go 360 and step away from the “what can I gain” mentally of corporate of the world, and move boldly into the “what can I give” world she now loves everyday?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mrs Jane Kenyon.
Thu, 29 January 2015
Todays guest is brought onto the show to share with us a story that so many have felt in the past.
That dawning realisation that the career that you have worked so hard for is beginning to lose its shine.
You have been full steam for years, doing great work, and then the shine slowly disappears and leaves you at a crossroads.
As he says on his own personal blog
"I had a successful career in sales, and just as I was coming off my best year in my career, the economy shifted. I lost two large clients due to set backs, but more importantly I lost my purpose. I didn’t know why I was doing my job anymore. Just a year after earning my highest commission ever, I was on the verge of losing my job. Sales wasn’t a life I was excited about anymore. The job and the stress were making me physically ill.
And I kept on thinking “Am I really supposed to be doing this?”
Have you thought the same thing in your life listeners?
I know I have.
But its what we do when we are at this point that is the key thing to everything.
Do we carry on at the crossroads, and keep on the path that we have always been on?
Or do we do as our guest did and "turned off the TV and start reading, traveling, and exploring other interests. Keeping his feet moving, until after soul¬-searching, everything lined up…his curiosity, his strengths and his purpose:
He’d discovered the simple steps that led him to truly enjoy life daily, and know in his heart of hearts that he had found what he was looking for.
Well, I'm sure you are all desperate to find out what he had found, and learn to smile as broadly as this guy seems to do everyday.
So let's not waste anymore time, but bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Mr Mark Jamnik
Wed, 28 January 2015
Todays lady has one of the biggest smiles I have ever seen, and its not surprising to me, as it seems to me that she is someone who has found her thing in life.
And when you find your thing in life, you cant stop smiling as everything comes together and leaves you feeling great and full of the kind of energy that most people don't get to feel everyday.
As she says in her own words "You have the right to glow with love, to radiate positive energy, to live fancy-pants, to talk to trees/animals/nature/God, to eat an entire chocolate bar in one sitting, to dance with magic daily, to toast every moment of joy, to sleep in most days, to smile at everyone, to take the uncharted path, to receive millions just being who you are, to love whomever you desire with the fullness of your heart. You have the right to make this your most rockin life yet. No apologies, no diminishment of self. Just all you, being your all"
Wow, that is nothing short of amazingly positive
She began her journey towards this state of ""Wow" when she left her practical, corporate job in Marketing and Public Relations over 9 years ago—with all of its bonuses, benefits, and cash—to follow her lifelong dream of being a writer, and started up her own business as a freelance journalist.
But even though she had taken the leap of faith, she felt in her heart that she still hadn't found her path.
She had started walking along the path, but hadn't taken the right turning and found her own path. She knew that she needed more.
And that came after the removal of an ovarian cystic tumor, and weekly visits to a many different therapists and medical practitioners.
She was gaunt, had zero energy, and felt helpless, so at the suggestion of a friend, she took a drastic step towards healing—booking a two and a half week trip to a remote Brazilian village and received psychic surgery from renowned healer, John of God.
And that was the moment when her path changed direction and led her to where she is today. as an author, regular contributor for The Huffington Post, Master Success Coach, and Certified BodyTalk Practitioner.
Her books include “The Quest: A Tale of Desire & Magic” (currently being optioned as a feature-length film), “Following Bliss,” and “Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems.”
So does she look back on her life and see the dots joining up to where she is now?
And is she like so many other people who are bemused when they now reflect on why it took so long to find their thing?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Heather Strang.
Tue, 27 January 2015
Todays guest is someone who has entrepreneurial spirit running through him, and has demonstrated this from an early age.
When he was 21 years old, he and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties
They hustled, they worked hard and they achieved great success.
And for so many people that would have led to selling the company, to sit on a beach for the rest of your life time, but our guest was different.
He believed that he had an ability to lead by demonstrating influence and storytelling to his staff.
And more importantly he realised that by demonstrating his passion, enthusiasm, and of course sharing his talent for storytelling and encouragement with his employees, it was a great way to boost sales.
And this seems to have been a very astute realisation as he has since gone on to even more success by sharing this knowledge across the world.
He has presented sales techniques in over 37 countries in the world, and now with his best selling books The Power of Influence and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication flying off the shelf he stories are going out across the world.
And from his home in Utah, filled with his wife Sarah, daughters Andie and Lizzy and sons Tanner and Drew he looks a very content person indeed.
So was he surrounded by entrepreneurial parents and relatives when he was a younger man?
And what did he see in his brother Scott, that made him realise that he was the business partner of choice?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Ty Bennett.
Mon, 26 January 2015
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In 2001, todays guest had everything a beautiful wife two sons, two thriving businesses and parents and brothers who loved and supported him in everything he did.
It seemed he couldn’t fail.
Everything he touched turned to gold.
And then a rushed decision to ignore safety in favour of getting home to see his baby boy take his first steps changed everything forever.
A few minutes of caution could’ve kept his golden life on track, and he would live to regret his decision – until he changed his mind about what his life was for.
A 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck leaving him a quadriplegic.
But his dreams were not paralyzed that day – he became an example of what is possible.
With desperation, dedication and determination, and the help and love of his family and friends, he set out to reinvent himself, take risks, and do things he never thought he could or would do, even when his body was whole and fully functional.
In the years since his accident, he now travels the world, speaking to companies, kids in schools at all grade levels, families and individuals whose lives are being remolded by their own events.
He has become the living demonstration of what is possible, if we find different ways of doing what must be done.
So why can he now see the possibility in his life which weren't visible to him before the accident?
And if he could go back in time, would he still allow the accident to happen, or does he now see it as a gift to finding his true path in life?
Well lets find as it with great delight, that I start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Chad Hymas.
Sun, 25 January 2015
Todays guest is a lady who can help all of us, who spend the bulk of our days sitting in front of a computer, to throw off the aches and pains that besiege us all.
She admits to having a compulsion to straighten things in life, from the paper clips on her desk, to ensuring that her feet are in alignment with the tiles she is standing on and used to think it was an unhealthy obsession.
But then found out as a Pilates teacher she could utilize all of her straightening skills and help her students get out of pain with better positioning of their bones,
As she says " I love my job, I’m fascinated with the way the human body moves."
But her journey to this point, started in quiet a different route, as she originally studied at the University of California where she got a BA in Drama.
She began her career as an actor in Musical Theatre and doing voice over work, so her future could have been jazz hands, and performing.
Which in a funny kind of way it is today, as she performs stretches and leaps in front of classes of eager students, and on her Pilates For Your Life online video course.
Her mission is to help us experience as much joy in our daily lives as possible, and feeling great in our body will help us achieve that too.
So what was it about musical theatre that made her change direction and move into something that she loves?
And was it a struggle to get going and build her online profile, or did things fall into place unexpectedly?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kristen Luppenlatz Grech
Sat, 24 January 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man that I have wanted to have on the show since the beginning.
I read these words on his personal blog, even before recording the first show and thought “Yep that is what I want the show to be about!”
He says “I do what I love in life and do my best to cut out what I don’t. Loving what you do means you will do more than if you don’t, so I’ve accomplished a few things to high levels while enjoying the process.
I’ve also made my life easy and fun. I think anyone can. In fact I think making life easy and fun is easy and fun, so love what you do while accomplishing more than you thought you could too.”
And it certainly seems that he is a man of his word.
But unusually, certainly in my experience, the education which has lead him to be a Professor at NYU, holder of five Ivy-League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, both from Columbia University, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate, helping to build an X-ray observational satellite orbiting the Earth as part of a multi-billion-dollar decade-plus mission led by the European Space Agency with NASA to name a few, doesn’t normally lead to having the word fun as a forerunner of life.
But this is a man who is different.
He challenges himself to be the best that he can be, even if he sometimes bites off a bit too much, like the time he decided with a friend to swim across the Hudson River in New York, and found the experience somewhat tough to say the least.
People ask him “So what do you do?” habitually. and he doesn’t know how to answer them.
But what he does know is he has had the best relationships and friendships of his life with the most amazing people he can imagine, and learned and kept active and healthy the whole time”
Sounds pretty good to me.
So without further ado, lets bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Joshua Spodek
Fri, 23 January 2015
Todays guest is a lady who I have wanted to have on the show for quite a while, as she does something on a daily basis that so many people struggle with.
She has learnt to beat the fear of reaching out to people that she doesn't personally know, and get to know them.
She calls it networking, but other call it a step too far.
It's the thing that can stop so many people in their tracks as they start to build a business.
Why would this person respond to me?
What have I got offer to that person?
But it's true to say that she, has built a whole business around the right way to do this, and is an expert in making connections across the world, and now uses these connections to build a powerful basis to help her clients explode their incomes.
Starting her education in New York, she gained both a Bachelor of Arts and a MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, which of course set her on the right track to where she is today
But as we talk about time and time again it is great to have the education but nothing helps you more than flexing the hustle muscle on a daily basis.
Add to that the ability to play to your natural strengths and you are cooking on gas.
And that's what todays guest did, as although not considering herself as an entrepreneur she showed this hustle whilst still in business school, when she organised a conference to empower women, and in the process made lots off great connections in the media by doing so.
She had found the thing that lights her up inside and makes her want to spring out of bed every morning, but like so many of us didn't realise that she had.
Instead she went into the traditional corporate route and moved through a series of positions at Avon, Step Womans Network and Claudiachan to name a few, working for the Man or Woman and building her business experience.
However, she came to the point when she knew that the path she was on was not the one for her.
She had enough in her armoury to go out on her own and in 2013 created the S2 Groupe and made the leap.
So how did she not realise back in business school that connecting people, and showing the world the best practices for networking was the thing she should be doing?
And how did she know it was time to go out on her own, and was she as scared as all of us who decide to make the leap?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Selena Soo.
Thu, 22 January 2015
Todays guest is a man whose middle name is "Attitude" and works everyday on showing others how the A word is really the key to everything.
Well to be honest I don't know if his middle name is Attitude. but it certainly should be.
As he says "What’s The Value of Your Attitude? There is an old saying that “attitude is everything”. Is that true? I think Attitude is the START of everything! Attitude determines your thoughts and ultimately your actions."
We can decide every morning if we are going to have a great day.
We can literally choose whether we are going to achieve our goals just by choosing how we decide to think and start taking action.
But of course that is more easily said than done, so how has he managed to build a life around not only thinking this way, but also helping others to turn their mind-set to a ten?
Well one of the things which just happens to be the name of his second book is you have to "Be Yourself Improve Yourself"
Find your authentic self, relax into who you were born to be, stop striving to compete against high achievers and enjoy life.
Which is exactly what he has done.
But how did he come to this realisation that this was the only way to operate whilst on this planet?
And does he see common themes that run through all of us no matter where he finds himself presenting to eager dream chasers!
Well lets bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Matt Booth