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Throughout his successful career as an engineer for Boeing, NASA and the US Army, our guest entrepreneur today spent forty years of his own time researching the philosophies of ancient wisdom, and many other schools of thought to answer the fundamental questions we should all ask ourselves sometimes in our lives.

 

Why are we here?

 

What is  our purpose?

 

How might we live it better

 

As he says, “I’ve been a seeker of truth for as long as I can remember. I recall as a teenager sitting in church looking at all the pomp and ceremony and thinking “I don’t know what truth is, but this isn't it!”

 

So began a quest to find the answers to these questions and of course to understand himself as well as he can too leading to great success.

 

Taking advantage of his extensive training, he voraciously studied all the major religions and their origins.

 

He read the ancient texts like the Books of the Dead, and The Kyballion.

 

He studied the eastern and western philosophers from Pythagoras to Plato from Lao to Emerson.

 

As a trained engineer he studied all the sciences including quantum mechanics, relativity, cosmology, anthropology, and archeology.

 

He even studied reincarnation, mystics, UFO’s. “I wanted to look at reality from every perspective I could think of,” he offers.

 

His book, The Endless Journey, is the culmination of his personal quest.

 

It is a straight forward non-religious book, which is supported by many medical and scientific studies, offering a very understandable explanation of our world and the spiritual world in which we reside after death.

 

It explains our nature and provides uplifting guidance on how to make the most out of our lives.

 

Especially when we say ‘yes’ to the experience as spiritual beings. 

 

This last statement is a huge part of life, and one that we can skip over quite quickly time and time again…..saying “yes” to the opportunities that surround us everyday.

 

So of course the big question too all this research is has he answered the questions about himself, or after 40 years is he still as confused as the rest of us?

 

And as a scientist how did he manage to research and not dismiss some of the more out there concepts that appear in his book?

 

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

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Todays guest on join up dots, is a lady with a very different story to what you might have heard on join up dots.

But that is of course what we try to do very hard.

Give a voice to different tales, that some might say are strange, others might think are spot on, but everyone will think are fascinating.

When working as a wildlife biologist, our guest took a full-time role living alone on an island to care for endangered foxes in a re-introduction program, she had no idea that she would discover an alarming absence of meaning and purpose in her life.

And much to her surprise, luckily she had support as she wandered around the island on her own.

She started to find that she had a feathery companion, that would join her, and often annoy her on a daily basis.

Yes a stunning Northern Harriers hawk, nesting close to where she was living in her cabin, began showing her a path that she never thought possible.

And that is just the start, as what occurred is quite honestly bizarre in its simplicity, but as I said right at the beginning fascinating all the way.

So starting her life working at a Colorado Horse Rescue for three years, could she have imagined spending time on her own on a deserted island or would the thought have terrified her?

And how has writing the book and putting the shamanic learnings out to the world, affected her life and the way that people perceive her?

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

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Todays guest is an award-winning author, adventurer and sustainability campaigner specializing in human-powered expeditions.

Now if you don't you what this means, just remember the last time you thought you would pop to the shops, and you think "I'll take the car, it will be so much easier"

Well our guest today is recognised by Guinness World Records as the first person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails.

Walking, cycling, and inline skating five continents, and kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedalling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans.

This took thirteen years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey and was hailed “the last great first for circumnavigation” by the London Sunday Times.

But this is just a tiny part of what this guy is all about.

No life is more than just getting his name in the Guinness Book Of Records, as he has also visited more than 900 schools in 37 countries to date, involving thousands of students in a variety of programmes in conjunction with UNESCO’s Associated Schools Program Network.

He shares his tales of adventure and hardship to promote world citizenship, zero carbon emission travel, and awareness of individual lifestyle choices on the health of the planet.

This will be an amazing story of taking chances, inspiring the world, hardship, but savouring those life experiences that you can only get by putting yourself out there.

So when he was growing up in Catterick, Yorkshire, in Northern England was he inspired by the world and loved nothing more than flicking through the pages of an Atlas?

Can you just go into countries wherever you want or do you have to find the border crossings?

And does he get told by everyone that he meets that "Jason, I would love to be doing what you do" and think "Well why aren't you then?"

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

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Todays guest, willing to spends some time with us Joining up dots, first began his working life as a sales professional in the technology industry after graduating from Miami University (OH) with a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

And as he says in his own words "It didn’t take long for me to notice and experience first hand the friction between generations in the workplace."

The guys that were happy to come to work everyday and do their stuff, because quite simply that is what they had always done.

And then the younger group. The next generation who thought and acted differently due to their belief that life should be different to that of their parents.

In fact it's not so much as a belief, but is a firm expectation that things are going to move on, and they will be at the forefront of that movement.

So to better understand this workplace issue, our guest began researching, collaborating with industry experts, and interviewing 100s of Millennials to better understand their behavior, strengths, employer expectations, and career desires.

Which lead to him to write the book, “The GenEdge: Leveraging Millennials With A Next Generation Mindset,” which empowers leaders to think differently about the emerging generation in order to capitalize on their size and unique skills.

Now he shares his insights from the stage where he has spoken alongside fellow thought leaders from iconic brands like MTV, Facebook, and Uber for the last 7+ years.

He also shares his insights as a contributor for many different platforms, not least his own podcast.

Is there anyone who hasn't got one of these?

So why was he so attuned to the friction that occurs within todays workplace, as isn't it just a sample of what life is like anyway nowadays?

And does he see this friction as a great thing that will speed us on to greater and greater endeavours, or just keep the brakes squealing away as we try to move forward?

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

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Todays guest has a wonderful tale of how she got to her point of success today.

Starting probably as far away as she could from the motivational, success fuelled powerhouse she is today, who inspires ladies across the world to stop surviving and start thriving in life and business.

She started her own personal journey in the Military, where she did nearly ten years working for Uncle Sam with the 309th Field Medical Company.

And we see this time and time again, that although a million miles from the corporate route, it actually sets amazing foundations and organizational skills that can be used to maximum effect when becoming a civilian again.

And this certainly seems the case for todays guest, as from this point onwards you can see the dots joining up big-time, as she built up her confidence and talents by working in multiple roles within the sales, training, and leadership areas, and even performing roles on and off Broadway.

She is the CEO of LS Consulting and an International Speaker, and in her spare time the international host of "Empowering Women - with Lauran Star "

She believes that we all have the skills and talents inside us to literally create the life of our dreams.

We just have to start tapping into our personal power and blast our way to the gold.

We need to find the time that we actually have in abundance, but are using the wrong way.

So does she look at her time in the military as the perfect grounding to where she is now?

Or would she have liked to have the extra ten years, now she has really found her thing and is blasting forward on a daily basis?

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

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I am delighted to have todays guest on the show, as this man really sold himself to me, with an amazingly detailed email summarising his life asking to come on the show.

And believe me, if I had known about him beforehand, he wouldn't have needed to contact me, he would have been first on my list.

He has an amazing tale, which is pure Join Up Dots all the way.

So lets share with you a few of the things that he told me, before we bring him onto the show.

I spent 20 years doing work I hated before deciding I couldn't go on.

I decided I HAD to learn my Life's Purpose and meditated on the answer to that question for a year and was rewarded one night with a dream that inspired me to become a teacher.

My life eventually fell apart / Dark Night of the Soul ensued. I lost my home, my teaching job, my marriage, and my pride. I decided to take my own life but a sudden flash of light gave me the hope I needed to just keep going. I started healing my life from the inside out. I attended a men's group, therapy, 12 Step work, etc to work through my issues.

Well if that doesn't lead us into the most amazing show, then I don't know what will.

So how did he go from this point, and dragged himself to the point where he could make the life changing leap of faith?

And does he now look back and see the things that he was doing wrong, and see clearly how he has replaced them with the things he is now doing right.

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

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Today's guest entrepreneur on Join Up Dots, is a teacher, a mom, student of life, a speaker, bestselling author, TV host, former radio host, executive coach, and mentor.

But before you think that this is a lady who mentors you by helping you find the “Inner Self” that is just waiting for you to tap into, then think again.

She isn’t one those ladies that help find your inner potential and whoosh like a rocket ship, you will shoot your way to your true future.

The kind of future that you deserve.

Our guest instead has found that you can live your Ultimate Success, by studying the consistencies or repetitions in history, the reasons behind “what happened”.

What are the patterns that occur time and time again that can send us on the slippery slope to despair and failure,  and what are the ones that will lead us onto success.

With her proven 5-step program, she helps all of us identify our consistencies and which of those consistencies require our attention as they may be those patterns that prevent you from having all the success you can have. 

As she says “After all, if we keep doing the same thing, how can we expect different outcomes?”

Now this seems to me to be an amazingly common sense approach to me, so why do we not a focus in on the power of patterns in our own lives?

And can she see a time in her life, when this wasn’t something that she was aware off too? 

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

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It is very lucky that we have todays guest on the show, as quite simply its rare that we can get her away from the beach.

Yep, she loves nothing more than frolicking around in the surf and the sand, whilst earning an income at the same time.

I know what you are thinking "That can't be possible!! Days at the beach are for vacations and weekends, not for the working day"

But she certainly has turned that mind-set on its head, as she now lives in Tamarindo in Costa Rica, and teaches clients alongside her boyfriend Nick, how to feel fit and healthy.

She believes that your health and fitness is fundamental to living a full and happy life.

Not only can it change your body and allow you to experience more fun in the physical world, but also it creates a positive attitude that carries over into other parts of your life.

But this is one of those stories where you can see the dots joining up from her early age, as her Dad really installed a belief that a well-lived life was something to be nurtured and never taken for granted.

And from her base in San Francisco she was literally in touching distance of her partner and business partner Nick, and never got a chance to touch....or should I say meet.

So is this a life that looks totally glorious from the outside but is as hard work as going to a cubicle everyday?

And does she feel now that humans have to think bigger and bigger to reap the rewards that are out there for all of us?

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

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Todays guest has lived in the world of freelancing for quite a few years, since starting on what we like to call the Slide of Faith

Yep, todays guest didn't take the old leap of faith, but instead did lots of after work hours.

He came home everyday and instead of laying on the sofa watching "Breaking Bad" he provided freelance work for clients that he slowly built up.

And small steps, lead to big leaps, and after a while he had enough clients to be able to quit his job and freelance fulltime.

Now this was important dot on his join up dots timeline, but maybe not quite as big as a dawing realisation that came to him a little bit later on.

He realized that he was losing out on a lot of opportunities by staying small.

He needed to think bigger, to reap bigger rewards.

So he grew his company and over time opened up an office, expanded to a bigger office downtown, and quickly had eleven full-time salaried employees on the payroll, with clients all over the world, and some very recognizable brands coming to him for his expertise.

But life often will have different plans for us and this was certainly the case with todays guest.

As family and health reasons made him step away from my brick & mortar agency, and he now makes his living providing great software and products to freelancers and consultants from his upstairs office, with his wife and two girls just a room away.

He loves what he does, and loves helping others find the success that they are seeking within their own personal lives.

And now with his company We Are Titans doing better and better, life looks very good indeed.

So what does he get from freelancing and the entrepreneurial route that he didn't get by being an employee in a corporate gig?

And does he believe that all of us have a knowledge or skill that we can translate into an income stream if we decide?

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

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Todays guest was one of the first people I ever heard interviewed on a show way back in the early days Of The Solopreneur Hour with Michael O’Neal.

So its an absolute delight to get him finally to start joining up his dots with us here today.

And one thing for sure is there are a lot of dots to join up, not least due to him being the author of six books, a creator of several businesses and thankfully being a cancer survivor, which of course will knock most people of their feet.

But how do you go about fighting a disease like that if you are already fighting to build a business,  and literally cant afford the time off work to deal with the problem.

How do you manage to channel your energies in so many different areas, not least helping yourself to get well?

Well one thing for sure, this is a guy who when it comes to focusing on something seems to be able to do this better than most.

He knows the key elements that build and build and build until success comes knocking

And now with his sixth book just about to be published “Decide – The Success Triggers” he is once again going all out to build a community of loyal fans, that in the worlds of his own branding “Stick Like Glue” and lap every word he speaks.

In summary he is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, coach to other entrepreneurs, and the host of the weekly podcast, Stick Like Glue Radio.

So how did he get going, when at the beginning there are so many possible routes to take?

And does he see his life as one that was always going to happen, or one that he can quite firmly say he created himself?

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

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