Sat, 28 February 2015
Todays guest started his first business when he was 15, and found himself like so many people broke, stressed and discouraged by the age of 22.
He had tried to be successful and he it didn't work, so he gave up and decided that a life of success wasn't for him.
Well, let me tell you that the truth was far from that statement.
In fact by the age of 23, just one year later he had turned that feeling of failure into the first shoots of success as he made his first 6 figure income.
3 1/2 years later his earnings were over 1 million, he had found the formula that worked for him, and so took the same formula and applied it in another industry.
Despite the challenge of lacking training or experience, he became the fastest manager to reach $1 million in annual sales in his company's 60 + year history, but left his
6 figure income because he felt his magnitude of mission growing.
He has since trained close to 5,000 entrepreneurs and sales professionals and is now labelled the leading authority for Entrepreneurs, and stars in his own tv show called "The Entrepreneur Grind" on the Whatever it takes network.
He has founded The Game Changers Academy, runs one of the top podcast on iTunes titled, "The Young Entrepreneur Lifestyle,” and is the author of the 27-Time International Best Seller “6 Months to 6 Figures.”
He strongly believes the more people you help to succeed, the more successful you become.
So what was it about the entrepreneurial lifestyle that so appealed to him at such an early age?
And does he see those first seven years as the catalyst to his future success or just a series of mistakes not to repeat?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show and start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Peter Voogd.
Fri, 27 February 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lovely lady, who was introduced to me by another lovely lady Joan Sotkin who appeared on episode 242.
She said to me "David you have to get my friend on the show, she has hustle, passion, and enthusiasm coming out of every pore"
And so that is what I have done, and she has a brilliant backstory that makes her perfect for a show like this, as in her own words she starts with
"Guess I’d say that I am the quintessential “Accidental Entrepreneur.”
I didn’t come to the party via business school or any well-crafted plan. Nope. I listened to Guidance and jumped in the middle of the deep end!
My first career came about with a Master’s Degree and 25 years of counseling experience. That actually gave me a fabulous foundation to understand the inner working of the mind, motivation, behavior, and those crazy unconscious parts that hold us back.
But it did NOTHING to prepare me to run a business or make a bunch of money! Not at all.
That has come through grit and grace! Being committed to do whatever it takes to learn and grow. Finding mentors who will shine lights on the places I can’t see. Being in focused action, and a fierce and firm decision to follow this path and never, ever give up on my dream."
And that my faithful listeners is a blueprint to success, and one that will be worth you grabbing a pen and paper and jotting down the nuggets of gold I just know we will deliver on this show.
So how did she find the courage to jump in at the deep end, when so many people are scared of even dipping the toes into the water?
And looking back on it, are there things that she would have differently that can make our transition from unhappy employees to life loving folk?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Therese Skelly.
Thu, 26 February 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots could have been taken straight from that classic movie "Dead Poets Society" as her mantra in life and her company name is "Seize This Day"
"Carpe Diem" is the way forward if you want to have a kick ass life, both personally and professionally.
And our guest has demonstrated that everyday as after a successful 20 years in sales and business development she took the experience that she has gained and took the leap of faith.
In early 2006, she launched her coaching practice where she helps individuals and small business to see the opportunities all around them, and bound over the obstacles that they may see as game stoppers.
She provides common sense approach to the sales process, and ultimately builds confidence into everyone that she meets
She is a public speaker, coach, radio host, author and go getter, and seems to me loves her life, and the value she is providing to the world.
So what was the point in her life when she knew that she had enough experience to leave the comfort of a steady salary, and go it alone.
And does she see more and more of the employees of the world getting itchy feet to go out and do there own thing, or is it still a case that people will cling to employment no matter how unhappy it is making them.
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Diane Helbig.
Wed, 25 February 2015
Todays guest is a man who I knew that I had to have him on Join Up Dots, when I see the quote "Life isn't searching for perfection — Life IS perfection in itself!" attributed to himself.
Its a really interesting point to make.
Is it about making life as a good as it can be, or is the action taking, faith, belief, whatever you call it that you use to get to that point, that is the real gift that we should savour?
Starting his working career in corporate land, he carved out a successful path for himself in Sales and Marketing and IT co-founding several companies that went onto be worth millions.
Life was good.
He was at the top of his game and literally had everything he could want.
But what happens when that success loses itse shine?
What happens when the life that you have worked so hard to create starts to look like you have created the wrong one?
Well our guest discovered that in order to live a fulfilled life he needed to pursue his soul’s purpose.
By taking charge of his destiny and following his dreams he finally found peace and felt complete.
And today he inspires individuals to live their essence and assists them in re-calibrating their lives, which he does though many different mediums.
So what was the moment when he knew that it was time to change direction, and how did he go about it?
And was he surrounded by people saying "Man, what are you doing?
You already have it all?"
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Allen Vaysberg
Tue, 24 February 2015
Todays guest is one of the people that has set his stall out to look good feel good and help the world look good too.
I hope he doesn't mind me saying this but he is around seventy years old and has the most amazing body I have seen a man of his age having.
He knows what works for him to keep him at peak performance, and most importantly he knows what is the perfect fuel to put in himself to fire on all cylinders.
His purpose is to teach people how to be the healthiest person ON the planet and not the wealthiest person IN the grave, and does this by using nine easy steps that focus on nutrition, which are centered around his basic philosophy: “If you want to be tough, you’ve got to eat good stuff!”
He’s the founder of the Center for Nutrition & Life Management, Inc., based in Daytona Beach Florida, and is dubbed ‘The Mango Man’ because of his passion for eating fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits, like mangoes.
As he says, “We can learn to choose foods wisely so that nutrition can help the body build and repair itself more effectively.”
He’s convinced that we are all healthy automatically by design and sick only by default.
So living in the worlds centre of fast food, and processed sustenance, how does he manage to dodge the Burger Kings, and KFC's when they are all around him and live a life true to himself?
And are there quick ways that we can get to the core of what we should be eating, without going through a series of trials and errors?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Dr Wayne "The Mango Man" Pickering.
Mon, 23 February 2015
Not too many people can say life was nice and easy for them growing up.
But our guest on Join Up Dots will tell you his life wasn't extremely hard as a young adult, but it definitely wasn't easy either.
Surrounding himself with groups of friends that showed him that life was what you made it, he got involved with quick and easy money and a life of crime at a young age.
His desire to wear brand clothing sparked petty thievery such as popping lockers to steal valuables of fellow classmates to begin with, which gradually evolved to armed robberies.
It was when he ordered his affiliates to intrude a store for the second time that was under police surveillance that things came to a head and he was sentenced to serve 10 Years in Lee Arrendale State Prison for armed robbery.
Now the interesting thing about this tale was our guest wasn't a child who was uninterested, bored and didn't have an interest for schooling.
He loved being on the debate team, and like many children had a huge passion for playing basketball and shooting the hoops.
This is a tale of a young adult surrounding himself with the wrong people and making the wrong choices in life
Now he has risen from the ashes of his past mistakes and run's several businesses in the local Georgia community: FunTime Moonwalk Rentals, A&B Ice Cream Trucks, and Tender Care Home Healthcare Service.
He also published a book on his testimony- Shawty: Dainhen Butler and appeared on the well received documentary The Alto Adjustment", which is the harrowing but inspirational documentary of his life.
So what was life like in prison, and is it likely to inspire the prisoners to change direction, or harden them for a life of more crime?
And does he feel that he is a stronger person because of his history or just a different person because of it?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Dainhen Butler.
Sun, 22 February 2015
Todays guest joining us on the top rated Join Up Dots podcast, is a man who not only has an amazing demonstration of facial hair, but also has an amazing passion for life, adventure, grabbing success and enjoying himself.
He calls himself an adventurer, entrepreneur, solopreneur and a storyteller and is being truly authentic to what he was put on this earth to be.
But his life hasn't always been one that sounds like every boys dream.
Traveling through foreign lands.
Chatting with unusual strangers.
And living a life on his own terms.
In his own words he says "As a small child I wanted to be an explorer – to discover new, far away lands. But as I grew up, these dreams began to fade and were replaced with bank accounts, mortgages and dull conversations. Then a series of tragic events changed the course of my life. A few months later, I was riding across Mongolia in an ambulance. I had, in a small way, attained my childhood dream. From that inflection point, my life has been on a different path."
He poses the question that is perfect for a show like this that has a tagline like "Connecting our pasts to build our futures"
"What would it be like if, even for an instant, you could step into the shoes of your childhood dream? What if it is possible – and we’ve just convinced ourselves that it isn’t “feasible” as we’ve grown older?"
What would it be like indeed?
So what is it about humans that seem to need a series of tragic events to start looking closely for the true course of their lives?
And does he see the first part of his life as one of wasted opportunity, or just an apprenticeship for where he is now?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Chris Plough.
Sat, 21 February 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lovely lady who has a wonderful mission in her life.
She wants to bring hope, passion and enthusuisam to those kids who feel that life is a place of darkness and where they have nothing in front of them but a certain and bleak future.
Through her first book Letters to God: Diary of an Unsilenced Generation, she raises awareness of the plight of hurting teens, the struggles they face, and how to promote hope in their young, often broken, lives.
And what makes this publication more powerful is that these are not all words that she has written herself, but Letters to God is a compilation of handwritten notes gathered at youth events around the nation.
These are true life tales of hurt and despair, which highlight the honest real life struggles that the youth of the world face.
But its not just the darkness that these book has brought to the world, as within every chapter our guest brings her experience of tackling these issues head on, with great insight which has been widely praised across America.
A resource for friends, parents, family and the sufferers themselves.
So what was it that made our guest focus her attention and passions on a problem which is so wide spread and difficult to tackle?
And does she feel that her movement is just the start of something that ultimately will be bigger than herself and the others that follow her.
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only Cassandra Smith
Fri, 20 February 2015
When I started the show, I never considered that I would be having conversations on certain subjects, but todays episode is one of those that has arisen a few times.
It is something that most of us have spent time doing when we were young, but stop doing, because it seems uncool to do it as adults.
But todays guest has taken that logic and turned it on its head, as she is bringing skipping back into the adult world.
Yep, that type of skipping that you might have done as a kid.
Our guest created iSkip in the spring of 1999 when she became so inspired after skipping for the first time as an adult that she decided to invite the rest of the world to join her.
She began organizing regular group skipping events in San Francisco, and in January 2000 quit her corporate job to pursue her dream full time.
She poured her heart and soul into her vision, recruited head skippers in as many as 60 cities, and attempted to start a writing and speaking career.
Unfortunately, that didn’t go so well.
She ultimately skipped herself into financial ruin, and would spend the next several years going through what she calls the “post acute skipping hangover” phase of her journey. But as soon as she’d think her skipping path had come to an end, a newly inspired Skipper offering a unique contribution to the skipping world would skip onto the scene.
So what was it about skipping that wouldn’t let her go, even when she hit the dark point of perceived failure?
And does she see it more a boost for your mental happiness, or for your physical health.
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kim Corbin.
Thu, 19 February 2015
Todays guest is Jo Na Williams, a lady who has been involved in the music industry since the age of five when she started belting out the tunes in musical ensembles around where she lived, and I guess grabbing hold of that hair brush in her bedroom like all small girls do.
And music seems to have always been the thing that lights her up inside, and was always going to be a key thing to her career.
And why not when her Mother was in the music industry, and worked in Detroit during the halcion days of Motown.
So being surrounded by such creative folk showing their passions and talent everyday was likely to start her vision for joining them and becoming a star too.
So she started pursuing a career as a vocalist professionally, and at the age of 17 began singing backing vocals in studios, and supporting local bands and life looked like it was only going to be heading one way.
She felt like she was on her way to being a star.
As she says “I happily stayed late nights in the studio, wrote lyrics and recorded vocals waiting for my moment to be discovered. It never happened. I was never credited or compensated and that was when I realized, I’d been exploited.”
And its moments like that when you feel that the world is against you, that really shows you the way that your future will be and should be.
It’s the dark dots on the Join Up Dots timeline that become the stepping stones to where you need to be.
This is where the greatest startup stories begin, when you have no other choice than to move forward with conviction.
She is now an attorney/brand and business development expert for musicians and artists.
Through her company, Artist Empowerment Group, she will do everything she can to empower you to build an authentic, unstoppable brand, a movement of raving fans and the components of being a successful entrepreneur so you can finally live your dream on YOUR terms.
She cares about musicians and artists deeply as hey, shes been there and done it and experience combined with heart makes one powerful proposition.
So what was it about the music industry that was so intoxicating for her as a young lady?
And does she see it now as the best form of apprenticeship to where she is today?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining upd ots with the one and only Jo-Na Williams