Wed, 29 April 2015
It's with great delight that we bring onto the show today a man who had a similar background to myself.
He began his career in the City Of London as a broker, and after a period of time knew that his time had come, to go after what lights him up inside.
In fact it was a lot worse than that, as he actually became chronically depressed and knew that he had to do something about the way his life was going.
And wow didn't he do just that, as now he is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist.
He gave up this image of corporate success for a life on the road, which came about after being inspired by the movie The Motorcycle Diaries.
The days of living and working behind his ‘slab of wood’ were well and truly over.
His new passion: Finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, you are worth so much more than you think) to come out and play.
As he says "The inner rebel tells you that your life is yours. And anything you dream of is possible. Anything. And that the fuel for all this delicious potential is simple: Kindness and harnessing the power of human connection. And. Doing it all with a smile on your face and a spring in your step!"
So how did he take that first step when so many people would have thought that he had cracked it already?
And does he look back at his past life, and know that this was just one of his dots that he had to go through to get to where he is today?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the inspirational Leon Logothetis.
Tue, 28 April 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur showing how to build their own perfect careers, is a lady who when it comes to looking good, and feeling great she has it down big time.
She has her fingers on the pulse on what it takes to make ladies feel good about themselves.
Which, coming from a house full of ladies like I do, must be an almost impossible job.
Graduating from Washington University in St. Louis she earned her Master’s Degree from Columbia University, in 2009 and went straight in to the entrepreneurial route.
Yep, unless what I have researched is wrong, there was no way that our guest was going to be an employee sitting in a cubicle for nine hours, and she strode boldly into the world of freelance.
But the fascinating thing is that from March to June 2009, she started three ventures which are still going strong today, freelancing for the StyleCaster, TheLuxurySpot and of course being the CEO of TheBeautyBean.com
The latter being the place where her readers get an intimate and expansive look at beauty, health and wellness without the focus on weight loss, dieting and the number on the scale.
She currently lives in Los Angeles (although she’s still a New Yorker at heart!), and seems to have been born with more hustle muscle than the average.
Which is great to creating the kind of lifestyle that give her freedom to enjoy her life.
So does she see that the self-esteem issues that ladies have is something that is getting worse as time goes on?
And does she see those same issues in herself or has she beaten them into submission?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only beauty expert and entrepreneur Alexis Wolfer.
Tue, 28 April 2015
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Mon, 27 April 2015
In her more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader, she has served as the CEO of both public and private companies and also in management positions at Fortune 500 companies.
She has been on the advisory boards of Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California; Pereg Ventures, a venture capital firm based in New York; Springboard Enterprises based in Washington, DC; and Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) accelerators based in New York.
But nowadays it is really as a speaker and author of business books such as How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits , a book that provides instant, effective strategies for meeting the people you need to know and bonding with them fast to further your goals and theirs.
As she says, "I'm all about dots -most people don't have, cant connect the ones they've got or more importantly don't leverage for the good of all. Sad because nothing happens without people and all resources are connected to them. With seven billion folks on earth, $369 trillion in global private wealth, countless opportunities and information doubling in less than six months - there is no scarcity of resources to achieve any dream!"
So what is it about reaching out to others that is simply a gamechanger?
And why of course do so many people feel that they don't have value to provide in return, so will run scared of reaching out?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Judy Robinett
Sun, 26 April 2015
Todays guest is a lady who for many years has travelled the world reporting on the issues that affect women and girls across the globe.
Many of them being harrowing treatment, abuse, rape and unneeded suppression.
She is a Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author and has stepped into zones of conflict all over the world.
From Bosnia and Somalia to the Middle East, Rwanda, Congo and Afghanistan, her eye witness reports have earned her awards including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation, and the Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters.
Born in 1943 in Montreal, Quebec as a high school physical education teacher, she was involved in the inception of what would later become the magazine Canadian Living.
Whilst in 1988, she became the editor-in-chief of Homemakers magazine, a position she held until 1999.
But she is best known for her work as a journalist, where her principal focus being on on the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan during the extremist rule of the Taliban from 1996 to 2001 and during the country’s present efforts to rebuild itself.
Her bestseller, Veiled Threat (2002), shows her strong belief in the power of individuals to work together to create change.
As she says" There has been no good news, until now. There’s a shift happening – women are moving toward a tipping point. “Everyone – from presidents to pollsters and economists to policy wonks – are predicting that women are the way forward”
So how did she find herself stepping boldly away from Canada, and into areas that if we are to believe the news should be the last places a lady would want to go?
And does she see a time when she will slow down on the global focus, and become more local in her efforts?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Sally Armstrong.
Sat, 25 April 2015
Sometimes you can't see the path that you should be on, even though you are on the right path.
And that seems to be the case with today's guest entrepreneur joining up their success on Join Up Dots.
This is a man who started working in an environment just as a job, and then found that he loved the very thing that he was surrounding himself.
He found his thing in the world of sales, and now calls himself a "Sales Evangelist" and gets his message of the best sales techniques and personal stories of success out to the world on his very own show "The Sales Evangelist Podcast"
He wants to bring the best tips and advice from the most experienced sellers to the struggling and overwhelmed sales executives, that fail to see that the perfect closure of a sale, isn't a forced sale, but one where the customers wont let you go without signing on the dotted line.
But this story is one of those that I find so fascinating on join up dots, and bridges the gap between the listeners and the successful entrepreneurs and movers and shakers.
As he is still on a daily basis hustling like mad to make the future that he deserves.
He still works fulltime for Advance Processing and Imaging in Florida, and when he isn't in the Florida sun with his lovely wife will be work on the slide of faith, leading to the big leap.
So does he find it a struggle to balance his life as a sales coach, podcast host, and an award winning speaker with his everday commitments?
And what has he found as the hardest part of starting a new venture...the idea, or the action?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Donald Kelly
Fri, 24 April 2015
Today's guest is a lady that I heard on a show, and loved the passion for life, and the leap of faith that she took so dramatically.
Several years ago, she was diagnosed with clinical depression and suffering from drug addictions, eating disorders and corporate burnout, she hit rock bottom.
And in that position of rock bottom, in that darkness she found the light.
She realized she had the power to bring herself to happiness…and that is exactly what she did.
Yep leap of faith time came beckoning, and she left her high-powered job in advertising to follow her heart and engage in the work she does today.
Now this isn't a story, when as soon as she landed from the leap she hit the ground running and had it all planned out.
She started her journey, and began documenting her odyssey on the website she had built "playwiththeworld.com."
And now her dream to be a writer, happy, inspired and and of course an inspiration to many across the world has come true, and she is the bestselling author of Find Your Happy, an Inspirational Guide to Loving Life to Its Fullest, and a six-time contributing author to Chicken Soup for The Soul.
Her work has been recognized in media outlets across the world such as Good Morning America, Good Day New York, Inside Edition, HuffPost Live, Health Magazine and Australian Vogue and she is an online columnist for Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Healing Lifestyles & Spas and The Daily Love.
Wow, everything she does is to help us connect with our true self and without apology to live your authentic purpose.
She teaches people how to courageously follow their heart.
So can she remember the night before she went into her advertising job and told them all.."I'm off to follow my heart"?
And does she see now the world with different, knowing eyes, and cant quite understand why the rest are struggling to see things the same way?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Shannon Kaiser
Thu, 23 April 2015
Todays guest was born and raised in Long Island, New York, and became a graduate of Yale University in 2004 where she gained a B.A, with distinction in Latin American Studies.
And according to her profile she then began working straight afterwards as an intern for Chimpanzee Productions, where she assisted in the making of the feature-length documentary "The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela."
Later after working for Viacom for four years producing educational on-air and web videos for Nickelodeon, she moved on to film school and went after additional education in the area that she had been working.
She decided that she needed more tuition in film production, when so many people would be saying that's job done...time to be and adult and earn the bucks, this time she studied M.F.A, Film & Media Production.
And this time it seems to have been the lost block to the career that she truly wanted, and could see clearly in front of her.
Both sets of knowledge gained at Yale and Texas came together, and she has since directed and produced numerous short documentary and narrative films focusing on racial identity and belonging.
Her documentary film, Still Black, At Yale, screened at over twenty international film festivals and educational conferences including the Pan African Film Festival and the San Francisco Black Film Festival
Whilst even Forbes recognized her innovative film-based wellness efforts calling her work the “Smartest, Sexiest Workout Videos Ever.”
And believe me I have watched them, and had to have a cold shower afterwards.
So how did she find the thing that she truly wanted in her life, luck, hard work, or a bit of both?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Monique Walton
Wed, 22 April 2015
Todays guest is someone who is marching on with his life, with something that many of us would consider a huge hindrance.
In fact a total game stopper.
He is a totally blind business owner, blogger, sometimes podcaster, and newly self published author.
Born into a family of carnival owners in Texas, USA, he lost his sight at age 12.
But having a natural gusto for life this didn't hold him back, and he graduated college, before working in the family business alongside his brothers until his father tragically succumbed to lung cancer.
Faced with his own mortality, he made some life-altering changes, undergoing gastric surgery to lost over 250 pounds.
He started his own business, buying and selling amusement rides, and learned how to blog using software for visually-impaired people.
Overcoming many obstacles, he has made a name for himself online and now shares his experiences on The Blind Blogger.
And with the companionship of his crazy Dalmation-mix, Penny, he now spends his days singing, reading, blogging, writing, creating videos, and coaching, and of course inspiring everyone he comes in contact with.
So does he remember when he first realized that he was slowly losing his sight as a young man?
And does he find now that his life has found the path that feels right because of it, and not despite of of it?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Maxwell Ivey
Tue, 21 April 2015
Today's guest is a man who started really making momentum in his life in the simplest of ways.
He heard a quote that we have heard so many times in life, and more than once on Join Up Dots and this time he was ready for the message.
At the beginning of 2014, he heard Jim Rohns quote, “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with” and found that this quote would transform his life!
Since then, he has focused on surrounding himself with people who are where he wanted to be in 10-15 years, and what a difference it has made!
And in just twelve months he has since seen his income slashed by 40% and being surrounded by the wrong people, to being directly advised by the CEO's of major companies.
And these are guys that are rocking and rolling and really doing amazing stuff, such as the CEO of the sports agency the movie Jerry Maguire was based, the founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation to name just two.
But the great thing about this is that this isn't a guy who has all the time in the world, as he doing all of us whilst holding down a steady job.
So how has he done all of this and still managed to hold down his daily job?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Geoff Woods.