Join Up Dots Podcast

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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Todays guest joining us ready to be interviewed on the motivation packed Join Up Dots is a remarkable lady who has been introduced to the show by the brilliant Cathy O'Dowd who appeared on the show way back on episode 88.

Now this episode is going to get us all thinking about what is possible in life.

The kind of lifestyle we could possess if we only stop thinking of what could happen, and instead decided what will happen

And what we are capable of achieving in business, as the first thing that appeared when I checked her website out were these great words " Life is a journey to find out what you are capable of, yet it is one that people often shy away from"

She is an explorer and lover of the big challenges in life.

But life didn't start in such a grand fashion, as like most of us she started her career as far away from freedom as was possible in a corporate gig, and worked for British Gas.

 

Although it is true to say that even within an environment like this, she was out to prove a few things and became one the youngest employees ever to reach a Senior Management Role within the organisation.

 

But it was when made the decision to spend 3 moths in Kenya on her first expedition that her life truly changed forever

 

It was then she could start to see the first footsteps on the path that she has traveled ever since, and developed her belief that she was capable of more than she imagined possible..

 

In 2013, she celebrated twenty five years since she made her that first expedition to Kenya,

And since then she became an inspiration to many as the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, which led onto expeditions to Antarctica, the Geographical North Pole and skiing with an international team across the Greenland Ice Cap. 

 

These expeditions taught her the realities of leadership, managing change and maintaining motivation, which she now helps business leaders put into practice today through corporate coaching and keynote presentations.

 

So why did she decide to do that first three months in Kenya, and did she have to quit her job to do it, or did she have lovely bosses that allowed such a huge amount of annual leave?

 

And as we find time and time again on Join Up Dots, is it the true hardships that we learn from most, or do they just point us to the direction we should be moving?

 

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only inspiration and entrepreneur Sue Stockdale.

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Today's guest has been involved in the online world since before Google was even thought off....yes, hard to believe, but way back in 1994 she was operating as an Internet Sales Advisor.

Teaching early pioneers how to make money from eBooks, products and webinars.

As an early adopter of online marketing, she is considered to be one of the nation's most passionate speakers in the subject, being at the forefront of its explosion to where we are today.

She is known for cutting through the fluff and helping people leave their sob stories behind, so they can stop focusing on the past and start looking towards the future.

She speaks and teaches about what she believes are the core elements of a successful life: accountability, integrity, honesty, and living with passion and hope.

Now don't for a minute think that this is a story that goes only one way....upwards.

No, this is a story that in classic Join Up Dots style has the light and the dark, the good times and the bad, made from choices in her life that were somewhat erratic to say the best.

In her teens and early twenties she made decisions that took her from a comfortable middle-class upbringing to a life of homelessness and being unemployable.

But she rose above seemingly insurmountable odds to become an award winning business owner, bestselling author, Internet sales and marketing trainer, and award winning keynote speaker.

So why did a middle-class girl decide that she had to take the kind of  decisions that some might be classed as risky, when most would take the comfortable route?

And how did she delve into the Internet and be so ahead of the curve and everything that has engulfed us since?

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

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Today's guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is a lady who believes totally in the mission that she started back in, well actually it seems like something that has been in her since a small girl.

She is driven by the belief that everyone has something significant to contribute and when people (male or female) come together and support one another; “We are truly Better Together.”

She has total freedom of choice to go about creating the career success that she wants in her life, by being committed to helping individuals discover their talent and connect to the right circle of people to live out their purpose.

And that really is a key point to building success in ones life.

Surround yourself with the right people who can complement your own strengths, and make your best even better.

Setting her career out on firm foundations she left Loyola Marymount University wth a BA in Business/Political Science and started working for Accountants Overload as an account executive.

She then moved onto Robert Half International and did ten years, before becoming an Area Manager and Trainer for New Century Mortgage.

And what is most impressive is due to her outlook, and positive disposition she appears to have built on the connections that she gained at these companies, and instead of simply walking away from them, built upon them.

The no experience wasted theory, working hand in hand with no personal relationship should be wasted either.

Now she has many plates spinning at one time, with commentator, author, public speaker, and President of several global networks, as well as being a mother and wife of her beloved husband Eric all on her schedule.

So how has she done all this and still look like she is in her early twenties?

And does she see networking, and building connections as the major piece of the puzzle that people miss out on for fear of not having anything to offer?

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

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lady who I got introduced to by the wonderful Neen James that you would have heard back on episode 258 of Join Up Dots

She said David..."you have to get this hot chick on your show...she is amazing!"

Well I'm not going to turn down an introduction like that, and I can see why she feels that she is so amazing when you read in her own words.

"Who am I? I am busy, just like you. I want to live long and live STRONG, and I don’t want to obsess about it. I don’t want to rely on the expiring resource that is willpower, I want a lifestyle that works. I want my red wine, my dark chocolate, and I still want to bounce a quarter off my abs.

I don't want to "look good for my age," I want to get BETTER every day, every year. I want to track my progress and help you with yours. I am not a fitness professional, nor a health practitioner. I am a full-time business owner, a part-time triathlete, a woman with a family and a lot of responsibility, just like you. I do not have all of the answers, AND I WILL NEVER BE FINISHED, and that is the fun."

But this isn't a story about a lady who loves springing around, and balancing upside down on her head on surfboards (yep, im sure we will discuss this image later), but one of a hardworking business lady who has constantly upskilled herself and developed since starting her working life like me as a corporate trainer.

Funnily enough our lives also intertwined as she also worked as a consultant for a UK-based firm supporting the Royal Bank of Scotland/Natwest's customer growth objectives, to whom I worked for both companies in my past too.

She is the co-founder of The Trivista Group, where she supports multi-national organizations in building value through new business model development, innovative customer and supplier initiatives, and other advancements, whilst also spending as much time as she can in the outdoors training for Marathons and Ironman competitions

As well as being the host of the wellness based podcast and platform On Air With Ella you can see that she is right and she is super busy.

So does she have a way of finding more time in the day than anyone else?

And does she see her current path as exactly where she should be, or is it still part of the longer journey of life?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Elizabeth Lucas-Averett

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a beautiful lady who wants the world to realise that we need to break the good girl rules, and to become authentic to ourselves.

In short stop playing the roles that people expect you to play, and instead be who you are and what you were put on this world to be.

Back in 1982, she entered and the Miss USA competition by doing just that.

At the end of the competition she was asked by the host Bob Barker "“So what do you do in Cabot, Arkansas, on a Saturday night?”

And instead of getting the answer "I spend time looking after injured animals, and teaching the homeless algebra" she answered with "“In the summer, we cruise up and down Main Street.  Then we go to the Tastee Freeze, sit on the back of my friend’s pickup truck, he plays the banjo, and the guys drink a little beer and dip a little Skoal.  It’s a real good time.”

And guess what arise 1982's Miss USA

She is the author of several books, including “The Enlightened Mom: A mother’s guide for bringing peace, love and light to your family’s life,” WINNER ~ 2011 Best Spiritual Book of the Year at both New York and San Francisco Book Festivals, and has the mission is to help you let go of society’s rules that tell you how to ACHIEVE love, happiness and success, and, instead, honor and love the way you were created.

So does she remember planning her answer to Mr Bob Barker before hand, or was it something that she just had on the tip of her tongue and blurted it out?

And obviously with the glamour that comes with winning a prestigious competition such as Miss USA, did she enjoy the trappings and the aforementioned glamour, or was it simply living a dreamlife that she was pleased to leave behind.

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

 

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man with huge faith in his religion and also himself.

He is an a family man, with pure hustle muscle running through him, and a desire to take on many different roles in his life.

Growing up in Texas, he has, since being a small boy, been a paper boy, a grocery bagger, delivery driver, cable TV disconnect-er to name just a few of the roles he has undertaken, but through all of them you can see a thread that connects them all.

At his core it seems to me that he has an interest in people and serving others.

It is that ability to connect with people, of all demographics that has lead to him to the life that he is living today.

And that is where I get a bit stuck, as I cant quite see where he is today.

He is an author of both fiction and non-fiction, he is a podcaster, he is a pastor, and he is an entrepreneur.

Well lets just say that he is very busy man, with a drive to never have anyone say at his funeral “He had such potential…”

So the key questions that I feel are only right to ask him are:

What would he describe himself if he was met by a pretty lady in a bar (its ok his wife Mindi, won't hear this bit!)

And does he see the rocket power that we need to go for the life of dreams, as enthusiasm, talent or just an idea?

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

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I love doing this job, as you get to speak to people like todays guests.

And for so many people who are out there looking for the straight road to success this is a guest who has firmly been on the winding curve, some might say the squiggly route to success for decades.

Starting her career way back in 1980 our guest was firmly on the path linked to Health and Safety in the workplace, or school.

She trained and presented courses on a wide range of safety issues and it seemed this was her thing for several years.

But it was when she stepped into the world of sales and marketing that she really started to find a path where the light of success began turning in her direction.

And it seems obvious now you see what she is doing in her life, and loving what she was doing too.

As she says "My heart and passion is marketing and sales". 

She is an entrepreneur, trainer and author of PayDay2Profits which is a guide for converting contacts to cash from corporations to individuals,.

Managing your network for maximum impact on your bank balance

But dig deeper and you can see that the only reason that she has become so successful is as much to do with the things that she no longer does, than the things that she loves.

She needed to go through the curves, to find the foundations that made her ready to go up a gear.

So how much of what she does now in her life can she see connecting to her younger self?

And does she feel that she was only going to be a success in one field, or does confidence breed a belief that success can be transferred wherever you want to go?

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

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Todays guest is an English author, who believes totally that "Small Habit Changes Lead To Massive Results Over Time."

But he didn't start his career by putting pen to paper, and delivering book after book to the shelves of Amazon and other popular book shops.

No instead he spent many years studying Chinese martial arts, was a professional firefighter, entrepreneur, and a UK based Certified Personal Trainer and Sports & Exercise Nutrition Coach, gaining this nutritional qualifications from the esteemed Precision Nutrition.

But you might think that means that he is a self development nut, looking for the ultimate version of himself.

But no think again.

Because as we see time and time again, that when someone focuses in on improving themselves it will more often that not lead to them looking to share their knowledge with the world.

And he is no different, as he has found a passion and a commitment for educating people on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.

He gets huge amounts of joy and satisfaction from educating people on the benefits of living a healthy, vibrant, meaningful, and playful life.

So did he always want to be the finest physical specimen that he could make himself?

And what is the biggest mistake that people make in trying to get their own momentum going.

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

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Well it's not often that you read on a persons LinkedIn profile such bit of  essential business building information such as "I'm interested in muscle cars, classic rock (Pink Floyd, The Eagles), vinyl records, the ocean, sunshine, Apple products and concerts. I’m known as ♫ The LinkedIn Rockstar ♫, but I don’t work for LinkedIn."

And that, as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots is the profile of someone that is having fun, being authentic and rocking it bigtime.

Starting his career as an IT professional in Phoenix Arizona is seems to me that he was either a man on a mission or someone who got bored with roles quite easily.

As he moved every few years from one position to another, seemingly looking for his thing, but of course gaining experience as he went.

But it was when he moved into the career of Event planning and Networking that it all came together.

He had found his thing, and now with his own radio show, a passion for Key Note speaking and motivational presentations and of course sharing LinkedIn best practices he is loving everyday.

He is being true to himself, playing to his strengths and earning a living whilst doing it!

So what was it about LinkedIn that really got him excited enough to build a whole business around it?

And why does he feel that we all seem to go through the same search at the beginnings of our careers?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mike O'Neil, the LinkedIn Rockstar.

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is an amazing lady with such a huge heart, and the drive to tackle the kind of challenges that would make me quite simply climb back into bed.

Shortly she is going to start rowing herself around the British Isles on the Great British Viking Quest, which is a 3000 mile, single-handed circumnavigation of Great Britain in a purpose built ocean rowing boat, retracing the oar strokes of Viking seafarers, warriors, and conquerors.

The expedition brings ocean literacy, environmental, and STEM (Science, Technology, engineering, and Maths) education alive for students worldwide in the 21st century.

Funds raised will provide education to disadvantaged young people worldwide, helping every child 'go for gold' and to be successful in whatever they do in life.

As she says "I'm passionate about the world, scuba diving, human beings, and the experiences that life brings us. I love my job, and I feel very privileged to do what I am doing.

So how has a lady that spent two years walking peoples dogs around the English Countryside, ended up following in the watery path of the United Kingdoms Norwegian invaders?

And does she feel that is just the start to more and more increasingly challenges that she can see on the horizon?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the inspirational Sarah Weldon

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Todays guest is one of those that I feel we will need to have on the show more than once.

The first time, in true Join Up Dots fashion we need to delve deeply into what makes the man tick and discover how he went from being an employee to the creator of several very successful online businesses.

Starting his working life in Construction, and then moving into architecture it seems to me that at his core is a man who loves building stuff.

I can imagine him now as a small child with a box of Lego, or pens and paper, laying on the floor as he planned some new invention or creature out of his imagination.

So after leaving the "corporate world" in 2009, he started Gateway CFO Solutions  primarily working as an outsourced CFO for small businesses, leveraging the networks he had built online and off.

As he says "By 2011, some of my clients started noticing the things I was doing on LinkedIn to grow my business and asked me if I could help them do the same. One of them hired me to do it for them, and that's when LinkedSelling was born. Since then, our company has seen exponential growth and we've started LinkedUniversity.com, Webinarli, and Onward Magazine."

So as I say, Im sure there are so many of you that are thinking "ok , how can I do the same...and I'll be honest I had the very same thought"

So without further ado, lets bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr Josh Turner.

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Todays guest is a man who when it comes to starting a business, and taking it to huge success is really in the zone.

He knows that when there is a risk to take, to give himself a chance of achieving his dreams, he will find that risky thing and tackle it head on.

As he says in his own words "One of the things that has been huge in my life is "starting over," or "moving to the next stage." For me it's always been much more drastic than most people (moving to a new country, starting a new company with no contacts, etc) -- but it help to always keep in mind the following:

"What a caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly"

And with that simple philosophy, he has from his base in Japan become the Founder and CEO of Delfi-Net and Summit Evergreen and created the consultancy business with an appealing tagline "I Will Teach You To Be Rich"

So what is it about the start over principal that fills him with delight, when it fills so many with fear?

And does he have a  track record of complete success, or like all of us, did it take him awhile to get going and find his thing?

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

 

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man who seems to have cracked it big-time, and knows exactly what he was put on this planet to do.

And his mission is to make us the healthiest version of what we can be and live an amazing life everyday

But unlike so many of our guests who have a childhood that was less than perfect, his life started in a very different way.

As he says in his own words “I spent the first half of my childhood in a quiet suburban neighbourhood with all of the love and attention that a child could ask for.

I spent the second half of my childhood growing up in some of the most dangerous parts of the inner city, surrounded by gangs, drugs, alcohol, and violence on a daily basis.

I was able to gain so much from both environments, and I’m truly grateful for the life I’ve been given. The situations I was in helped me cultivate perspective, resourcefulness, and (most importantly) the power of choice.

However, it was in college that my entire world really changed. Not because of the education I was receiving, but because of the devastating illness that I was diagnosed with at the age of 20. Seemingly overnight I was in excruciating pain, I lost a great deal of function in my leg, and I could barely get from room to room in my house, let alone get around on campus anymore.

Essentially, my spine was deteriorating far faster than it was supposed to. And according to my doctor at the time, I had the spine of an 80-year old person, even though I was just a young college kid.”

And that was just the start of what would become life mission. Starting with getting himself healthy, he learnt so much that he could then share with the world.

And now being the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides Wellness Services for both individuals and organizations worldwide, podcast host, and a dynamic keynote speaker life seems good…in fact very good.

So does he see people struggle in life as they haven’t had the good and the bad, so aren’t aware of what they can deal with?

And would he like to go back in time and change anything that has occurred whilst on this earth?

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

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Todays guest is the go to expert if you have a desire to place your words onto paper and become a published author

He is an author, journalist and publisher, and his book 'Turning your knowledge into income'  shares his philosophy that we all spend a lifetime making payments into our 'bank of knowledge'  but end up with  a dormant account because we don't make a withdrawal.

He believes that, right now, there is somebody, somewhere that would pay good money to know what you know.

All you need to do is to package up your knowledge in a form that they can buy it.

For people who want to raise their profile in their marketplace or who want to position themselves as an expert in their field, there is nothing like a properly published book to do that.

Fifteen  years  founded Filament Publishing Ltd fifteen years ago with the mission to help authors, not just to write and publish their book, but also to build a successful business around it.

But there is so much more to this man than what you heard so far, so without further ado its with great delight that we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Christopher Day. 

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots is someone who I'll be honest I didn't realise his backstory when I first knew that he was going to be a guest on the show.

I had seen his name as someone who believes that he can instil the motivation into any of us to radically change all of our lives, so I had an impression of him simply being another life coach.

But how about when I tell you that although he is rocking and rolling and doing great work in the world of changing mind-set, and increasing positivity in his client lives, he is also an American screenwriter, screenplay consultant, script doctor, author and amazingly, at least it was to me, as stuntman too.

And it seems that the last role was one of his "Big Dots" that truly was the starting point to him becoming who he is today, as after a life-changing "brush with death" while making a movie, he left the stunt business and considered becoming a monk, then a minister, until instead he hid himself away  in his apartment without TV or news and meditated for several years.

He emerged to become a licensed integrative therapist, best-selling author, and he actually adopted a monk, no not a monkey but an actual monk which is of course another story.

So what was his passion when he was a small child, and was it ore closely linked to who he is now, or that of who he was?

And where does he see this movement of people looking for self-belief going, as it seems bigger than it has ever been?

Well Lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only motivation expert Mr Derek Rydall.

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Todays guest has kindly given up their time to come on and inspire the world with their story and passions for tackling the big things in life.

And his life has seemed a constant state of having the best and worst that life can throw at you, but wanting to have even more come his way on top of that too.

He grew up in Queens New York, which had been made famous in so many Hollywood’s films that focus in on the criminal activities of the infamous Mafia Don, John Gotti.

His life was surrounded by scenes from the movie Goodfellas, and so it wasn’t a surprise that his mother felt that it would be a good time to move him and his sister upstate, away from such influences.

Which was not the best of time as our young budding entrepreneur was just starting to earn some money by selling fireworks.

Even as a young lad it was clear he was always going to be someone that would get out and flex the hustle muscle, as he was so inspired by his father entrepreneurial ventures, that he quickly grew his money making mind-set to go out and get his own cash.

However on the other side he was also being influenced heavily by mothers drive for a world of healthily living, healthy eating and building up the muscles and fitness to undertake extreme endurance and create the ultimate healthy lifestyle.

And those two parental influences really seemed to set the foundation to what our guest has since gone onto achieve.

Now he has founded the incredible movement known as the Spartan Race, where across the world over a million people have signed up and tackled the hardest of activities such as an eight mile sprint and the hardest of obstacle races.

So as with all guests on Join Up Dots does he look back and think that the path was always going to get him here, even when undertaking detours onto Wall Street and the Bed and Breakfast business?

And can he understand the appeal that make so many people want to test themselves to such extreme levels, whilst the rest of the world are happy giving the excuses of why they haven’t got the time for anything?

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

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man with a fascinating and somewhat intriguing branding of "The Suited Monk"

Now if you are thinking "I can't remember the last time I saw a monk in a suit?" then let me explain more.

How many times have you realised that you are living a life that is expected of you.

The kind of life that was always on the cards due to your surroundings, parents, friends and a myriad of other outside influences.

Well our guest today was considered to be successful in the corporate world at a young age by colleagues, friends and family.

However, his personal life was anything but successful.

He was deeply unhappy in his job, he was struggling to find a sense of purpose and meaning, and wanted more than anything to find happiness in his work and life environment.

Modern society exerts a constant, subtle pressure to conform to the expectations of others, and to seek a version of success that is acceptable to the people around us but that does not necessarily meet our own most heartfelt needs and desires.

Even if we manage to reach certain goals, the happiness they bring us rarely lasts long.

Because they aren't truly what we want.

How depressing is that...but so real to all of us too.

So he did something about getting rid of this feeling, and got off the path that he was on and now spends most of his time speaking and teaching on the subject of authenticity in life.

Finding the suited monk in all of us, where we can join our intuition, happiness, love, purpose, and life force (which is your inner Monk) with the external world of success and achievement (represented by the Suit you wear).

Once you do that he believes that you will be able to close the gap and tap into the vast abundance that exists within you, both in your professional life and personal relationships.

Wow, that sounds good doesn't it.

So, how did he come up with the Monk aspect of this concept?

And what did his family say when she said "Guys, I need to go out and do my own thing!"

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

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Todays guest quite simply needs no introduction, but hey what kind of host would I be if I didn’t build him up for the big entrance?

So its Jack Canfield.

Well lets start with saying its rare that you will see a bookshelf or a library that doesn’t have one of his publications sitting amongst their ranks.

He is the author of the astonishingly successful series of books, that are the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, that has been sold the world over, and counts sales as somewhere beyond 123 million copies worldwide.

And the fact that Oprah can hardly state three words without speaking about her love for this book, then you know he has created something special.

But his life hasn’t always been one of success, and with three marriages under his belt and a less than spectacular start to his professional life, he knows both sides of what makes a fully realised life.

He has worked for a living as a psychotherapist, an educational consultant, and a trainer to name a few, but it was when he met Mr Mark Victor Hansen co-author of the Chicken Soup Series that things started to move in the direction that he visualised for himself.

And through those life experiences, or up and downs, successes and failures, he learnt the Success Principles, that he found were the key to create the life that you want.

And now ten years later from it first being released, he is re-publishing it, with greater insights as to what can make an amazing life, he is a man on a vision.

So does he see the up and downs are actually the key points to what gives a life success, are they the foundations to maintain the momentum gained?

And does he get told by every waiter in the world “Ah Mr Canfield, I expect you want to have the Chicken Soup tonight, ho ho ho!”

Well let’s find out as its with delight, that we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jack Canfield.

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Todays guest'solopreneur joining us on the join up dots top rated podcast, is a lady who like many of us had a path to where she is today, which was full of the kind of dots that you can't see at the time, but become crystal clear much later on in life.

She is the Creative designer at the design company Milanistudios in Houston Texas, where she spends her days helping small business with the kind of creative ventures that we all struggle with Video Services, Website Development and Multimedia Design.

But this isn't a story about an entrepreneurial leap of faith, but a story of waking up one day to take on a normal day, that would turn out to be extraordinary.

Back in 2010 her life was literally thrown into the air, when a freak accident happened to her, which of course happens to thousands of people everyday, but we never really feel that it will happen to us.

One day she was crossing the street, and a car came from nowhere and hit her, and that one incident changed her life and helped her re-discover her lifes purpose after losing track of it in her early 20's.

And now as sha says " I have picked up 100% and full steam ahead for the rest of my life. I created an initiative called Vivadivine. It’s geared toward conscious living, defining a purpose driven life and much more. I am also pursuing my goal to become a life coach."

But this goes much deeper than this, as the phrase VivaDivine had been one that she had been living with for over 26 years, and started in the most opposite of directions that you can imagine.

Yes, a close friend Granger Sanders coined the words, and now not a day will go by when she doesn't think "Man, those dots in my life so joined up"

So how did it come about that this alter ego was born, and stayed with her for so many years?

And would she look back on that dreadful day when her body took a pounding from the car and think "Thank god for that" or "God, I wish that had never happened?

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

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Todays guest in an expert on branding a business to reflect personally your own identity.

She is of total belief that the personality of a business should be linked intrinsically with that of the owner.

If you are a serious and professional type then your branding you should emphasise that.

If you are a crazy, fun loving person, then hey throw caution to the wind.

As she says ” It’s time to Step in to YOUR power. I stood in your shoes. Anxious, afraid, paralyzed and unable to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I just knew the things I was doing weren’t it. After a life-altering experience with the birth of our daughter, when I stopped breathing on the operating table of a routine c-section, I knew it was time to make a change. It had awakened in me a feeling like nothing I had experienced before and with my daughter’s birth, I was reborn. I was ready.”

It’s a common theme, that so many times  in peoples lives its those earth shattering, scary moments that really wake you up and helps you look for a new future.

And that was the case with todays guest and as she says again “We only get one shot in this go-round. So I took the leap, I left my 10-year career and the safe nest of my alma mater and decided to launch my own business. Looking back, it was the greatest decision I could have ever made for my family and for my LIFE.”

So how did she know what direction she should be going in when she decided to take the leap of faith and go it alone?

And does she find the subject of branding to be something that is almost universally made more complicated than it actually should be?

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

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It's with great delight that I welcome on todays show a lady who is the a author of a very cool book called, What Would a Wise Woman Do: Questions to Ask Along the Way.

But don't think for a moment that this is a show that will only apply to the ladies of the world, as this is all about living an amazing life, and working out the right questions to make this happen.

You see that is the subtle difference.

Most people go looking for the answers, but skip the most important part....the questions.

From the wisdom she learned at her mother’s side to the insight she gained baking pies with her Grandmother, our guest has developed an innate ability to ask the questions that propel business leaders and entrepreneurs to incredible achievements.

And this is where it gets really good.

It's not about working from a higher level of consciousness.

Or having the inside track that has cost thousands of dollars to get.

Instead our guest works from a simple philosophy – “Treat people better than they expect to be treated”, and it is from this belief that she was able to carve her niche and stand out in the highly competitive IT field, building Guardian Angel Computer Services from a sole employee business into a leading provider of Managed Technical Services.

And we can all do that can't we?

Teat people well, help people get everything they want in life,  enjoy ourselves doing it and see the amazing life start forming around us!

But of course the million dollars question is why do people have a hard time buying into such a simple premise that leads towards success?

And of course having a wise woman on the show, what are the key questions that we should be asking ourselves on a daily basis to help us along the way?

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

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