Entrepreneur Success Stories By Join Up Dots, Motivation, Leadership, & Business Coaching To Start Your Online Careers

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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302: Dr Wayne Pickering: Finding The Passion In Everything He Does

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.

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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.

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300: Chris Plough:  Live Life With The Motivation To Switch Off His Life GPS

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lovely lady who from her core, believes that we can all have a lovely life.

She loves nothing more than teaching the world the tools to find our life bliss.

Yes, come on listeners if you have only got one thing from listening to Join Up Dots everyday then it should be this.

If you are slogging your way through life, feeling exhausted, and wondering why life is so hard, then you are travelling along the wrong path.

You need to work out why you can't get out of bed each day, with a "Yay, its a new day" shout.

She is just about to bring to the world a new project called "14 Day Radical Self Love Challenge" and has also just launched her Uplift Membership Group.

But this isn't a story of someone who is a naturally bouncy person, and was always on an inspirational helping others kind of gig.

As she has gone from a severely anxious and depressed woman for most of her 35 years to an empowered, inspiring woman doing amazing things, conquering her fears and teaching others how to do the same!

So what was it in her past that led to her feeling so anxious about the future, and what she was doing in her life?

And are there simple steps that the listeners can take forward

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

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Todays guest has an amazing story of a life living on his terms.

Making decisions that for many will have seemed huge and almost undoable.

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio where his father played professional football with the Browns, he  graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Journalism.

But our guest did things differently, and instead of following a career that was expected he did things that were 100% him.

He’s the author of Angeles Crest: A Memoir about world travels, ultramarathon running, and metaphysics; Inside Passage: Living with Killer Whales, Bald Eagles, and  Indians, based on a two year stay on a northern wilderness island along the rugged coastline between Seattle and Alaska; and North Through Paradise, about varied adventures in Alaska.

And now with so many inspiring adventures and tales in his locker, its not surprising that he is asked to speak on TV, Radio and deliver key note presentations across the world.

His speech: “Triumph of The Spirit” is an inspiring, motivational account of what it takes to survive; then thrive in the wilderness — or any challenging situation.

And that last bit says the most about him it seems to me.

It’s not about running away and living in the mountains that makes dreams happen, but it’s accepting every challenging situation that life thows at us no matter how humdrum they may seem.

And trying our best to work away around them.

And that is exactly what our guest has done.

So what did he learn living on the Island in Alaska which was life changing, or did the experiences just cement what he already knew and felt in life?

And why does he feel that the majority of the world would say “No, I cant do this…I have XYZ to deal with first!”?

Well lets find out as its with delight that I bring onto the show the man, with so many stories, and the best moustache I have seen since Tom Selleck, the one and only Mr Michael Modzelewski

Alaska, alaska, alaska, Alaska

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Todays guest is one of those guests that might seem easy to pigeonhole when you first look at him.

But once you start digging down, you realise that there is so much more to him than most other artists operating within his creative area.

A native of  Virginia and a devoted family man, he first started making the world sit up and take notice of him when he jumped into the music world in 1996, and made his professional debut to rave reviews with the New York City Opera as Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore.

And although he certainly has got a set of pipes on him, that can belt out the huge opera numbers that you might be aware of, he unsually allows his voice to demonstrate many other types of music from pop, to Buble, stage musicals, to the Rat Pack.

He believes that the music is only half of what he brings to the audience.

Its the whole show that sets him apart from the stand in one spot and belt out the song type of performers.

And now alongside his family, who are also amazing singers, he is taking his talent to the world.

He was named "Best Male Recording Artist" of the year in 2001, 2004, and 2006 by the FCMA and has been released three solo recordings on the Shadow Mountain Label "Wondrous Love", "Then Sings My Soul" and "A New Song" all of which have received numerous accolades and awards, including several Pearl awards

So what is it about himself, that unlike so many people who would class family as the thing that stops their dreams, made him willing to give it ago?

And has been surprised at how brutal the music industry is, now he is fully established in its world?

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

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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the co-founder of OpenWorld, the world's #1 resource for active lifestyle creators.

What that means is instead of finding a job to fund your lifestyle, you create your lifestyle and then find ways to fund it.

You can honestly have the freedom to have the kind of amazing career and astonishing success that you want, for example if you want to be an underwater basket weaver then work out how much you need to earn to do this, and then go out and find different ways of funding this freedom.

Be creative with the choices that you make to achieve your dreams.

Don't be pigeon holed by what people tell you is the normal route to success.

Do things your way, and love every second of your life.

Well todays guest has always had that entrepreneurial spirit and since the age of 9 has loved to flex his hustle muscle.

And with a history entailing going from broke ramen-eating college graduate to growing a profitable online business and pursuing lifestyle design with reckless abandon.

And through his many adventures around the world has been robbed, fallen from bridges and motorbikes, hugged exotic animals, and nearly died several times in pursuit of his dreams.

He is now a man who literally can call the world his home, and the planet his playground.

So what was about him that made him up for the challenge to brush himself down and go again when things got tough?

And why would he say that the world hasn't quite bought into the belief that they can literally create the life of their dreams?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only location free entrepreneur Mr Danny Flood

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Todays guest is the kind of person that I haven’t had on the show since way back on episode 18, a teacher.

And not an entrepreneural ex-teacher, but one that is still on a daily basis going to school and teaching his pupils history.

Seems like a normal teacher?

Well consider how many teachers you have had in your life that also focused on happiness?

Yeah, I can’t think of more than….well none to be honest.

He believes that discussing happiness with sixth graders will help them understand the path to well-being and how to create habits that nurture it.

They will be laying a foundation for lifelong resilience, contentment and, ultimately, success in whatever endeavors they pursue.

So with that in mind, he takes a few minutes each morning to ask his students to consider something they’re grateful for, happy about or that makes them feel good.

And now with his new book “Teaching Happiness and Innovation” he goes even deeper into the world happiness, with practical exercises that we can all do to increase our well being and….well be happy.

So was this a focus that he has always had in his life, or did he suddenly realise one day that there was a different way of teaching?

And what has he found to be the biggest obstacle with kids to achieving this state of mind?

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

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is one of those people that when you start reading his about page you think..."Is this real or has he made it up?"

When it starts with, "he spent 10 years in the former Soviet Union investigating the Russian mafia and working with the KGB", you start to think this is one that will be fascinating to see where his dots have lined up.

But the surprising things about him keep coming, he grew up in a family of 14, lived in China, loves using musical instruments to demonstate his opinions and views, and well......I guess we will find more and more as we go on.

Nowadays he is an international speaker and author with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, but the underlining theme of much of his work is to help people overcome the fears that hold them back.

As he says its all about getting the nerve to succeed.

Learning the skills to overcome those self limiting thoughts that not only hold us back as individuals but have the same effect on organisations too.

If we were to become more ballsy, and have a plan to help us overcome our fears then we can do amazing things.

So what did he learn growing up in such a big household that he has taken into his adult life...not least how to get in the bathroom before anyone else?

And does he see more and people wanting to change direction but unwilling to risk what they already have in their lives?

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

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Todays guest is a lady who has one of the most harrowing histories that I have read about for a guest on Join Up Dots.

If you think of something bad that could happen to someone then she will have ticked it off her list.

Being the youngest of five children she grew up in a dysfunctional house, whereby a loving and supportive Mother struggled to provide the upbringing she wanted for her children due to an abusive husband.

Her Father was an alcoholic, and was abusive to her Mother, so at the age of eleven she grabbed all her children and moved out of the family home.

And as our guest says in her own words "My life was simple but good, at least we never had to worry again about my father drinking and abuse. But within a few years my life would change, as I was brutally raped at the age of 14."

And from that point onwards her life became one intertwined with crime, prison, and a myriad of activities that was sought to numb the pain of her earlier life.

She had lost herself and couldn't see the path that she was put on this planet to walk.

But as we see time and time again, that path can become visible at the most unexpected times, which certainly occurred to our guest.

And now she is working hard to inspire us all to take control of our own lives with her well received book "From Insanity to Sane" sharing the lessons that she has learned in her life.

So let's find out how that moment occurred, that shone the light on the way forward?

And does she feel that a life of meaning, has to have the dark moments to fully appreciate the good that comes to us?

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

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man who asked himself a brilliant question, and now helps others across the world to answer the very same question.

"What do I want to be when I grow up?"

Which is one of those things that we consider a lot when we are very young, and will answer with a spaceman, a princess, and professional footballer.

Big answers, that just roll off our tongues easily, but are so hard to answer when we actually grow up.

Well our guest today quit his business programme in college, and ended up in Tokyo, where he worked as an English teacher, and realised that there was no answer for the question that started his quest and that in fact, that very question is the wrong question to be asking.

Which is where you lean forward to the speaker, and say "But what is that question then David.....what is the right answer to ask?"

And i'll be honest I haven't a clue, but our guy knows, and has now travelled across North America speaking to teens about his findings, the importance of decision-making and the importance of having experiences.

He is the author of the book Make Your Own Lunch - How to Live an Epically Epic Life through Work, Travel, Wonder, and (maybe) College and is the co-founder and CEO of RaiseYourFlag, a web platform developed to help the 45% of high school students in North America who do not attend college immediately after leaving school connect to careers that are available to them and the companies that can help.

He is a man with a lot on his plate, not least a load of dodgy food in Japan.

So why did he feel unlike millions of others to ask such a big question that we hear time and time again, but really dig down looking for answers?

And does he see that this problem is an American one, or is it prevalent across the world.

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

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Todays guest is an author who has a story that really resonated with me when I read his backstory.

In fact so many of us will resonate with his tale, as it is one about unfulfilled dreams, held back, not by lack of talent, but lack of belief.

As he says "There was a time in my life where I didn’t see myself as an author, perhaps just like you. I knew I had stories to tell, but I was afraid that they wouldn’t be good enough…that I would be a laughing stock among my friends if I tried to publish them. It was a couple of years ago, right after I had been unemployed for almost a year. We had wiped out our savings and were very close to going under. My son wanted to go to college and I couldn’t afford it. I felt like a failure.

Then, a story came to me. I liked it, and when I started writing, it just naturally flowed. Pretty soon, I had a whole book written. There was only one problem—no agent would take it. I shopped it to agents month after month, and none of them were the least bit interested. Then I heard about self-publishing, but I didn’t know anything about it. I spent a lot of time researching it before finally deciding, “I can do this; I just need a plan.”

Eventually, my book was ready. I loaded it into Amazon, but then I panicked. No one was home, and I sat at the kitchen table, staring at the computer screen. Sweat glistened on my brow as I looked at the cursor, hovering over the little button that said “Save and Publish.” I wanted to push the button more than anything else in the world, and yet I couldn’t."

Isn't that a fascinating point that anyone who has created momentum and success will understand.

You have done the work, you are proud of it, but scared stiff to show it to the world.

Your dreams are there in front of you, but you don't want to take that final step that will slide the work over the top of the hill, where it runs away from you.

Well now with a series of books flying off the shelves, he loves nothing more than helping other authors do the same, and create words that they will love and the world will want more and more off.

So what was it about the written word that had such a pull on him throughout his working life?

And would he look back at himself now and like many others shout "Just start....get it out there!"?

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

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Todays guest is a lady who has had many careers in her life, so it will be of great interest to discover if she feels what she is doing now is THE thing.

The thing that she was always meant to do.

Born in East Chicago Heights, Illinois she was reared in rural Hart Michigan.

After beginning college at Eastern Michigan University, she returned to her roots in Chicago where she began a federal career with the department of Housing and Urban Development.

And then it seems strange to see it from an outsiders point of view, but it was during this time that she became a protégé of Grammy Winning Songwriter and Arranger, Eugen Record and had three releases under the name the Chilites.

But her life has been one of contrast as away from the glamour of musical output, she has for 35 years worked in civilian government service, seven years as a labor leader, and as a national negotiator.

She is a lady that knows how to get her point across and can make a difference for so many.

And now with her best selling book "Whose Apple Is It Anyway" and her Empowerment Center, she is helping the world to find their the purpose in life.

In the book she tells in her own unique voice, a story of emotional and physical abuse, rape, divorce and a 17-year marriage to a man who was later convicted as a sexual predator.

So she certainly has a history that will resonate with so many people who have endured similar tales of distress and woe.

But its with a force of character that ties it all together and gives the whole platform a central focus, that our guest has got to show her true strength.

The programme is stronger because of who she is and now what she is.

So why did she for so many years appear to be driven and in control of her business life, but pushed around in her personal life?

And would she go back and change anything, or is this just a part of what has made her who she is today?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Linda F Williams

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How many times have you thought...."I've left it too late", "I am where I am"....or the worse "Getting the dreamlife is for others"?

Well todays episode of Join Up Dots should make you think again and realise it's never too late.

The question is how much do you want it?

And what will you do to ensure that you get yourself to a point where you love greeting every day, as its an exciting 24 hours of possibilities.

Well our guest started finding his true path in life in his mid fifties.

And also it seems started enjoying himself more and more than he had ever done before too.

At the age of 56 he hit a run of bad luck.

Losing his mortgage business, being evicted from his apartment, having his car repossessed and shock of horrors, having to move in with his x-wife for a place to live, he thought he was done.

He thought that this was where he was, one of life's victims, consigned to share the misery of his lot with whoever would listen for the rest of his life.

But this wasn't the case, as he found the courage to reinvent himself.

He shook off the dark faults of failure, brushed himself down and fought back.

And now at age 60, enjoys being An Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Trainer and Author, as well as having a series of videos on YouTube called Over 50 And Broke and a web-site with the same name.

As he says "I managed to come through it and create a new me. Can anyone do it? If you really want it bad enough. Remember "Age Should Never Be An Excuse For Not Succeeding."

So where did it all go wrong for him in the past?

And like so many of our guests, does he look back and see the dark times as now the best thing that has happened to him?

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

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Todays guest entrepreneur is an amazingly positive lady, who found her life turned around at the age of 50 when many are looking forward to a life of good health into their later years.

She received the diagnosis that she was a victim of Parkinsons disease, which was not the kind of words that anyone hopes to hear.

Athough in truth she didn't stay in the victim mode for long.

As after many dark days spent coming to terms with her diagnosis, her natural comic optimism and irreverence began to resurface and she started writing on her blog about the funny side of living with Parkinsons.

She shared the good the bad, the up and downs, the funny and the downright hilarious.

And alongside her loving family, set off to ensure the world knows that there is a brightside to living with this chronic illness.

Delivering her story in the form of the the best selling book Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson's she has seen her life become a whirl of public speaking and media interviews, as the world looks to be informed about something that can happen to all of us.

She is a humor writer, author, public speaker and former newspaper columnist and regular contributor to the Huffington Post and now a guest on Join Up Dots too.

So what was it that she found in herself, that pulled herself out of the dark and despair?

And what advice would she give to the listeners who have family members dealing with this on a daily basis?

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

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is Josey Milner, a lady that has been delivering musical performances to the world since the age of seven, and I can imagine was belting them out in her bedroom even earlier than that too.

She grew up on a farm in Missouri, and could often be found hanging around the local rodeo stadiums, where she would delight in such activities as Barrel racing, and getting up on stage and singing the National Anthem to the cowboys, cowgirls and of course the audience.

There was certainly a ballsy approach to her upbringing as a small child, that has led her to take on bigger and bigger challenges as she has grown.

And those challenges have come often as she has stepped into the country music world with her well received singles “Not Pretty Enough” and the foot stomping back to rodeo roots “Cowgirls”, whilst also forming a band and playing everywhere she can.

Its the live work, that really sharpens your tools, and turns your talent into something that the world ultimately takes notice off.

But don’t just think that this is a story that is about a hugely ambitious country starlet racing her way to the top, as she is also trying her hardest to  give back to the world with a cause she is hugely passionate with, stopping bulling in childhood.

As she says “When I started doing rodeo pageants, I received a lot of criticism and backlash from other kids. It was a difficult time, but thanks to the support I had with friends and family, I was able to overcome that time period. If I can help just one person feel like they are not alone, and that things will get better, then I will have accomplished what I set out to do.”

And with a tour of schools undertaken, to speak about bullying she is taking action and inspiring youngsters throughout America to do things a different way.

So what was it about growing up in such a rough and tumble environment that has helped her on her way to Country stardom?

And can she remember how she felt on those early occasions standing on the rodeo stages and the spotlight turning in her direction?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only Josey Milner

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man who is literally driven to change the attitudes of the world and help us to make courage decisions and lead from the front.

In 1990, after serving for two years as Assistant Executive Director for Sigma Nu International Fraternity where he produced more than 20 video programs and two international conventions for the fraternity, he had established a reputation for creating and producing effective and powerful video presentations and special events.

However, it was in 2008 when he saw the reaction to one of the films he just produced, which caused quite as stir with whoever vewied it.

It was a reaction very distinct from his other creations.

This one sparked a demand.

The reason why has showed up in each of the nearly 4,000 stories he has accumulated via live texting from his keynote audiences that view the film..

 Each story he received was heart-breaking.

Each story was filled with the shame and regret from not intervening in a moment of need.

Each story points to the pain we carry with us for the rest of our lives…pain that determines whether we will ever stick our neck out again.

Pain that impacts our own confidence and self-esteem.

It was with this realisation that the world need to take more responsibility for its actions that he created.

RESPONSE ABILITY

A movement away from the shame, regret and guilt we all feel from being bystanders to any injustice or wrongdoing.

A movement towards a whole new world where we are standing up, stepping in, and speaking out against inappropriate, abusive, and unhealthy behaviors.

A movement based on a creed that challenges us, inspires us, and moves us to action.

So why does he feel that we are world full of anti-heroes. Hoping that we don't get involved. Hoping that someone else will step in and help?

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

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Todays guest began finding his path when he was an undergraduate, when he began work studying scalar energy.

He was inspired by various scientists, Nikola Tesla being the man one, as to the existence of an energy that is not of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Which we all know about such as electricity and magnetism.

Scalar energy, however is a totally different energy form, also known as prana, chi, radiant energy, zero point energy and many others

Now I'll be honest with you I have heard off chi, and radiant energy, but that is as far as my knowledge of this subject goes, and certainly until this week I had never heard of scalar energy.

But our guest knows a thing or two, as he pursued a course of independent study in order to better understand and subsequently harness this energy form, and in particular as to how it can be used for medicinal purposes.

He believes that this energy force will become, if its not already, the driving force that we will all live by.

So how did he first get interested in a subject which is so open to ridicule and discussion?

And does he see more and more people buying into this energy force, to support his research?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Tom Paladino.

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Some women are go-getters.

Some women are business-minded.

Some women use their struggles as building blocks for their success.

Todays guest does all of these things.

Born in Barbados but raised in South Carolina she had her fair share of ups and downs before she came to be known as the powerhouse she is now.

After a brief stint as a Burger King employee as a teenager, she was bitten by the entertainment bug after seeing her gospel-singer father perform.

And with total belief that she could make it, she decided to pursue her dreams, and found herself in Hollywood, homeless and with only $200 to her name.

After attending a model calling, due to solely overcoming her "hungry and penniless" state at the time, she not only booked the audition, but scored a one-year modeling contract the same day.

Not long thereafter, she made her small screen debut on the hit series Vital Signs, - filmed in Los Angeles, but broadcast in Germany - in which she starred as a young woman trying to make it in the United States, a storyline not too far off from the rising star's own life.

And now she was up and running and she continued to make a name for herself with a host of subsequent movie and television appearances, including the NBC sitcom, Just Shoot Me!

But her biggest break, however, came in 2003 when she launched her very own record label, Dirrty Records.

Upon the label's success in its home of Los Angeles, a second branch was set up in South Carolina, where the entrepreneur still calls home.

So were did she get the belief that the only way to move was forwards?

And when did she get fist inliking that success was to be had if only she kept hustling like mad?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Lunden De'Leon

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Todays guest is a man who it appears has brought together the last few years of his employment history to create a hugely positive online resource for the world to savour.

Yes, he is the host of the Natural Born Coaches podcast, whereby he brings the best coaches from across the world to share their insights and professional experiences gained by coaching people.

He digs deeply, to get to the ideas that if you the listener are interested in becoming a coach, you can immediately implement to improve – things like how to get more clients and referrals, how to be paid what you’re truly worth and how to avoid the stress and burnout that hit people in this industry.

Starting his career in Real Estate with Royal Lepage Atlantic, he spent seven years working at finding the ideal home for the customers of his company.

But all the time, his real passion lay with coaching employees to improve their performance, or just to improve their own personal situations.

So after many years as an entrepreneur, he jumped into the coaching business (for small business owners), and created the programs that he would use with his clients, established systems, printed business cards, launched his website, a blog, the social media, and waited for clients to start beating down his door.

They didn’t!

So he started prospecting harder every day.  By reaching out to people in his target market, he got consultations and some clients (but too many that I was working with at discounted rates, or even worse, for free!). It was a frustrating situation.

And that is a position that so many people get to, and why they then turn full circle and go back into employment, being paid the monthly cheque.

So what was the point whereby his passions and talent started coming together and he saw the path he should be traveling?

And does he look back at the frustrating situation, and think "Man, that was the moment that really made me hit the real path, although I already thought I was on it"

So its with great delight that I bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Marc Mawhinney.

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Coming originally from Dallas, but now living blissfully on several acres of Pennsylvania countryside, todays guest knows a thing or two about living great, feeling great, and doing things naturally.

Over the last few years he has worked enlightening people, as to how they can in his words" take back their power in the areas in which they give it away. "

Which may not mean much to you at the moment, but will certainly form the basis of our interview today.

He is regularly featured on television and radio where he shares his direct experiences, as to how we can make living a healthier lifestyle, and easy and fun too!

It is the simple no nonsense yet basic everyday living approach to his work, which has created a hugely loyal following over the years.

And with a series of publications that really tackle the pain points of people lives, such as "Acne Free in 3 Days: How I Cleared my Acne in Only 3 Days " and "Weight Loss By The Numbers" selling in large numbers he is sought after as the man to help.

And its not a surprise as someone who suffered as a young man with weight issues, he is in a prime position to speak from experience.

So why is it if you can cure acne in three days, that so many teenagers and young adults suffer with this issue again and again.

And what was the point in his own up bringing when he realised that he had to do something about getting into shape?

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

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