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

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. 

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Podcast 365: Alexis Wolfer: An Entrepreneur Finding Beauty Success Without The Pain

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.

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This is a bonus episode explaining the reasons to why the shows format has changed and what it means to you the listener. I truly appreciate the way you connect with the show and I look forward to providing more of the content that you want moving forward

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Known for her titanium rolodex,  our guest today speaks and consult with professionals, entrepreneurs, and businesses on the topics of strategic networking, relationship capital, startup funding strategy, strategic alliances, and leadership.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is going to give us a different perspective to a story which we have already told back on a previous episode of Join Up Dots.

His girlfriend and business partner Julie Gohring, came on the show on episode 330, and told us how together with todays guest she has created a life splashing around happily on the beaches of Costa Rica.

But it isn’t all about having great fun and the life that he wants.

Yes, he is passionate about using fitness and health to enrich peoples lives.

As he says “I’ve been an athlete my entire life which has given me a unique set of tools to educate and motivate others to live healthier, fitter and more joyous lives.

I love training on the beach and getting after it in the gym. Good nutrition (most of the time) solid recovery, and a little mindfulness practice round out my core beliefs.

Surfing lights me up inside and motivates me to eat well, train hard, and stay well rested.

I believe we all can find that activity that keeps us active and puts a smile on our face. And i’m here to help you discover it for yourself.”

But this isn’t a tale of someone just playing to their strengths and it all comes together effortlessly.

This is a story of someone making big decisions, and tackling his own mind chatter head on, as he transitioned from San Francisco and paradise, and a life that looks too good to be true.

So how did he free himself from the naysayers, and doom mongers that will have thought “You can’t have a life on the beach…..that is what vacations are for, not work?”

And does he see the beach as the ultimate place for building a business based on your passions, just for the fact that if you can do it there you will believe you can do it anywhere?

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

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Born in the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina, our guest today is a singer, songwriter, mother and wife.

And a musician, who is looking to inspire the world with the power of her voice.

And when you hear her voice, you can tell that she is someone who has experienced life.

She has had a fascinating journey of personal struggles and challenges which could have easily derailed her and put her on a totally different path to where she is today.

Though still evolving as an artist, her unique gift of music has opened many doors for her.

She has worked with a number of industry veterans such as Troy Patterson, Emanuel Seal (Mariah Carey, Usher) and the Clemons Brothers (Dru Hill, Mary J. Blige, Out of Eden).

All of these roads have led to a place of peace in her life and music, and a clear focus to where her life is going.

And as she says " My mission and ultimate goal is to establish a foundation that will inspire and build young women with low self esteem and past traumatic experiences, to reach for destiny and to fulfill their purpose”.

So was she always a lady who loved nothing more than belting out the big gospel numbers as a kid?

Or has her talent been as much of a surprise to her than anyone else?

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

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Today guest on Join Up Dots is an author who has written several books looking at the way that we operate in the realms of personal development.

Winning many raving fans, who lap up his easy conversational style, he breaks down the kind of issues that hold us back, such as self esteem, mindset, and other such stuff.

But the interesting thing to me, is it doesn’t look like he was someone who knew at the beginning of his career that he was going to be an author of note.

Take him back in time and it looks as if his early working life, was one of trying to find his thing.

As he quite literally whizzed through job after job, with many only lasting for a few months at a time.

Yep he worked for banks, customer service departments, and even a taxi cab company as he worked at finding the first big dot.

He worked at finding the dot that started leading to where he is today.

And that seemed to begin with three letters NLP

He became a student of the mind and for the next 15 years found his audience, his value, and his wealth, as he in his own words “I used over 15 years experience in using personal change psychology to help people make radical changes in their perceptions, thinking styles, emotions and beliefs. My goals are to help clients have personal breakthroughs in their everyday effectiveness, and especially to help people who have a ‘vision’ for making themselves and the community-world around them a better place.”

So is he in a much better place now, due to those many jobs he had in the beginning or because of what he has done since?

And where can he see his life going, bigger and bigger dreams, or cementing the position that he has found?

Well lets find out, as we start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Joshua Cartwright.

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Just recently it was a delight to be asked to be a guest on a really fun show to do called "Conversations with a Genius"

Yep, I know don't ask, but suffice to say that they didn't check me out well enough and I managed to crawl under the wire and get on the show.

And I had such a great time, I thought lets reciprocate by bringing the host onto join up some dots with me.

But let's tell you about him, as he is a man that has had hustle muscle running through him at such an early age, and you can see that a lot of this was as a direct result of growing up as poor white child in the south Phoenix ghetto.

Being raised by an amazing single mom with no money and a whole lot of hope.

And these formative years can either go two ways.

One you can accept your lot, and stay in that situation, or two fight back.

And our guest did just that an embarked on a series of jobs, as he fought his way back to where he is today

As he says "For the last 17 years I have started, built and sold businesses. I have had a ton of fun, learned a lifetime of business genius, and even enjoyed some pretty cool financial rewards. I have also had more than my fair share of cursing, shaking my fist at the heavens, and sitting in a ball in the corner rocking and crying. I have invested thousands of hours (and dollars) devouring books, courses, podcast, articles, blogs, and the like on how to be a successful business owner."

Well it now looks like it is all coming together for him, and why not, if you put in the effort and take consistent action everyday.

So when he was a janitor, sleeping in cars everyday, did he truly believe that he could get to where his is today?

And does he see now that his Mother could have done things differently, or was it just lack of awareness and time that held her back?

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

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots has a story that so many ladies, and I suppose men can resonate with.

For many years she has battled with the issue that many people struggle with each time they look into the mirror.

Her body did not look like how she wanted it to look, and no matter how many diets, exercise sessions and days starving herself she went through, it was never good enough.

Upon leaving High School she realised that she wanted to lose some weight, in fact 30 pounds and set about doing that for the next two years.

But growing up she was never taught the importance of eating healthily or exercising.

So she was utterly lost on where to start.

But what happens when you realise that the battle is not the way to go?

What happens when a person comes into your life that can lose weight by having fun and living?

Well this happened with our guest and as she says" He was “Live In The Moment King” and his life philosophy was get out, have fun and live like there’s no tomorrow. This was uncharted waters for me and super scary, to be honest. I was definitely your typical “Type A.” Checklist, to-dos and well-thought-out plans were the foundation of my life (if I could’ve planned my entire life, I probably would’ve). But I was so sick and tired of living with the perpetual abusive thoughts that I was willing to set my fear aside and start *really* living, no matter how scary it felt."

And now the transformation is amazing as we will discuss on todays show.

So is it about being in a state of fear and challenging yourself, that really gets the juices flowing and help bring about weight loss?

Or is it just that by focusing in on other things you realise the best things occur naturally, and not by forcing the issue?

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

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Todays guest taps into something on a daily basis that we also talk about on a daily basis.

The connection between being an adult and the child we once were.

You see, as we discuss on Join Up Dots there was once a time in our life, when we free and able to dream big.

We could sleep well at night, and wake up rested, ready for another day of big dreams, fantasy lives, and well being a kid.

And our guest came to the same realisation  although from a slightly different route.

You see our guest left college and along with his wife entered the “real world” and quickly noticed a few things.

Like the fact that a shocking number of grown-ups are inflicted with Adultitis.

They looked around and thought, “Hey, kids don’t ever seem to be very stressed out – what do they know that we don’t?”

As they say " The “Adulthood” we encourage people to escape from is the one they create for themselves when they assume childhood is nothing more than a stage of life, a hermetically-sealed portion of their past.

It is the Adulthood with all the stupid rules, the one that demands we always do the safe and prudent thing, that we earn play through hard work, and that we must always, without exception, take ourselves way too seriously.

Yeah, that’s the Adulthood that sucks.

This desire for escape is not new. But too often our attempts are limited to cheap thrills, strong drinks, or mindless entertainment.

We believe there’s a better way."

Well lets find out what that better way is, because I feel they have already got believer in me.

So its with delight that we get to bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jason Kotecki

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Todays guest is a man who for over a decade chased the Hollywood Dream. Hustling like mad as a writer to get that breakthrough that would make everything possible in his life

However he hit a crisis point on New Year’s Eve of The Millennium when he became terrified that 5+ years of driving a taxi to survive would be irreversible career suicide. 

He quit writing, dove into an intense transformational period of self-help and personal development work, and focussed on making money for the next 8 years, becoming fat and happy. 

Obese, actually. 

As the economy collapsed in 2008, Clint was at a men’s self-help meeting when the shaman pointed at Clint across the yellow and orange crackling flames of the camp-fire and said, “You don’t know it yet, but you’re already dead.”

Well that is one of those comments that you can either take two ways.

One...."What the hell is this man talking about, its quite obvious that I'm not dead!"

Or two.........what our guest today did.

He took it as inspiration to change his life like never before and in 2009, he made sure that he was going to live as if it was going to be his last year on earth

He lost 40-lbs, built a factory which allowed his business to thrive during The Great Recession and beyond, wrote his first bestseller and revived his crumbling marriage.

But rest assured this is not a story about a man who simply got lucky.

This is a story about a man who took courgagoues decisions, and consistent action which led to a remarkable life.

So does he see the turn round as simply a change in mindset, or is it much more than that?

And does he look back and think, if only I started earlier, or did he need to go through the rough times, to get to the true waiting path?

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

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There comes a time with doing a show like Join Up Dots, when you meet someone who starts off as purely a guest and then they become a personal friend, and that is certainly the case with todays guest.

Back on episode 93 of Join Up Dots, he spoke with passion as to his journey to the success that he has had in life.

From living on noodles everyday, to achieving his first million, from turning his fathers business into a success, to finding himself wondering what success means to him.

It was a great conversation that showed that anyone can start from nothing and work towards success, as long as you are conscious of the actions that you need to take.

And that word conscious has become the key word to his whole branding.

He believes that it is up to us to make decisions, make plans, and focus on where we want to end up.

And not simply to give it passing thoughts when we aren't doing anything.

But to be truly conscious of everything we need to do to achieve our dream life's.

And now with the relaunch of his best selling book, Conscious Millionare: Grow Your Business By Making A Difference he is bringing this message to the masses once again.

And taking huge action to ensure his aims come true, claiming his full power.

As he says "The exact moment you make a conscious decision to stop believing that life is happening to you and begin taking conscious control over your destiny, you start reclaiming your

power. This is what it means to become conscious: it is assuming full responsibility for what you achieve and the fulfillment you have along your journey."

So we have so much to discuss, as we help you all to achieve your full power.

So its with great delight that I get to bring onto the show, once more, the one and only Mr JV Crum III

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lady that I was told three or four times "Have you had her on the show now"

And looking back through the archives I realised with shame that I hadn't, so it with delight that she is now.

As she is a lady that can shed light on a problem that we all suffer with this (or at least those of us that don't know that there is a different way)

As she says "Are you someone who is burned out from working hard for many years yet afraid to step back out of fear of losing all you've gained?

 Are your work obligations keeping you from having deeply meaningful relationships with your family and friends?

 Do you feel stuck in a situation that takes everything you've got yet know there has to be more to life...an ultimate state of joy, satisfaction, and fulfilment. Maybe you've found yourself fantasizing about the possibilities but still nothing changes.

 I want you to know you don't have to stay in this stressful state of mind and that relief is possible."

So how did she come to this realisation that there was another way?

Well as she shares "I spent 22+ years working in the world of finance, pouring myself into earning a high salary, collecting great bonuses and moving up the ladder.

 This worked for a while and I reached great success, even becoming a millionaire by 37. However, after facing a major life crisis followed by several tragedies, the luster started to wane and the material success wasn't enough to fill the growing void inside...which left me wondering if I could ever have both inner fulfilment and outer wealth."

So does she feel that you have to go through these tough times, to truly find the lightness in your life?

Is this the way that life operates and we learn more from the stresses and hardships?

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

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man who believes each person is potentially an expert in something. So he mentors and trains professionals, small business owners and anyone who wants to build their expert platform, on how to more effectively build and market their services and expertise to the marketplace.

His vision is to create a community connecting life and business experts to the marketplace.

As he says " A perfect world is finding relationships that can create true win/win. And that is what I look for, a truly reciprocal relationship where both sides benefit. Sometimes you like someone and would love to find a way to work with them, but there just isn’t enough common ground to make it work."

Well with a track record of working and being more than work colleagues with such well known names as Jim Rhon, Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Les Brown to name just a few, he is obviously a man who knows how to attract and most importantly support the people of influence.

And what I loved about the information that I read about him was this simple statement "If you can be valuable, especially to valuable people, you will attract great things."

In 1993 he founded and became President of Jim Rohn International and in 1999 he founded and became President of YourSuccessStore.com.

He has promoted hundreds of seminar events over the past twenty plus years, and many, many self development DVDs, books and merchandise that is grabbed eagerly each time he finds time to release a new one.

So was his path always going to be linked to where he is today?

Or does he look back and join up his dots, with as much surprise and delight as the rest of us?

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

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Todays guest joins a select band of guests who have appeared on the show more than once.

She joined up her dots in her life, way back on episode 125, where she shared how she had found her thing in life and worked towards being a player-coach, entrepreneur, author, speaker, and mentor to professionals around the world, helping them grow their businesses and live amazing lives.

She empowers others to dream big and go for what they truly want.

At that time we spoke about releasing her latest book Vision to Reality: How Short Term Massive Action Equals Long Term Maximum Results where she taught her clients  the way to an empowering future, by taking frequent and consistent action, as she has done not least moving eleven times to eleven different states in the USA through her life.

Now, she has a new book out and its an interesting concept where she breaks down the rules of Business Dating.

By looking closely at how we operate within our processional and personal lives, and has drawn enlightening parallels between personal and professional dating.

She makes the case for why and how you should invest your time into building meaningful and long-lasting relationships with a select group of dynamic professionals.

Fostering these win-win relationships, which can yield gains greater than anything you could imagine, and it will be faster and easier than you think.

So let's not waste anymore time, and bring onto the show to join up more dots, and of course discuss relationship building with the one and only Honoree Corder.

Direct download: 347-Honoree-Corder.mp3
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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man who has been a small business owner for the last 18 years, and has learnt the hard way that to allow a business to thrive,.

He believes that this means as much allowing the owner to thrive than anything else.

Leaving Sienna Heights College with a Bachelor's Degrees in, Business Administration and Management, our guest set about creating one of the most successful martial arts schools in the State of Washington.

Miller's Martial Arts Academy has become a key part of the neighbourhood for nearly twenty years, and is not just about teaching his pupils to break bricks with their heads (to be honest Im not even sure that this is what they do), but to teach children of all ages appropriate life skills which boost their self confidence.

It teaches them responsibility, persistence, commitment and all the other things that will help the transition to adult hood and a successful life.

And now with his new platform De-Mythify he is out to help the adults of the world, particularly the small business owners who have created income in their lives, but end up disliking the very thing that they have built.

As he says "I have spoken to lots of burnt out business owners over the last nearly 20 years.  I do not think you wake up not wanting to be a business owner. While, certainly, there could be a single event that sours you to the passion of being an business owner, that kind of change of heart only happens over time. It’s what I call the “death by a million paper cuts”.  An owner has so many “plates spinning”– get this task going, now go do that task, hey we are out of toilet paper, John called off again,  we lost our best customer, customer z is complaining again.  All these little things add up so that the cumulative effect is that you wake up hating the thing that you truly loved doing just a few years ago."

He seems a man who not only still loves what he is doing, but is now finding extra speed and energy because of that passion.

He has found his thing (amongst being a  rare horse breeder) and a real estate investor, and wants others to find theirs too.

So how has he managed to stay energised, and keep all those plates spinning day after day, and come back for even more plates?

And is there the right way to start a business, before even the first cheque hits the doormat?

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

Direct download: 346-Korbett-Miller.mp3
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Todays guest has come onto the show to share his story, as he works towards the life that he truly wants.

Perhaps, he is already at that point already, and he can't believe tha this life can get any better either.

Starting his career in the education system, he has from his first working days been a person that looks to build health and wellness into his life.

He focused on coaching triathlon programmes as a Personal Trainer, Triathlon Coach, Youth and Junior Triathlon Development for Tri-Fi Health and Wellness and Chelsea Peirs, particularly looking at ways to tackle the problem of childhood obesity.

But these activities were just the foundation to where he is now, with his online platform the Traveling Cup, and of course a podcast thrown into the mix too.

In the summer of 2013, a former student met him for coffee.  

And after a bit of catching up, he leaned in and confessed something. Fresh out of college, he needed our guests help.

He said, "I just graduated and want to make sure that the next steps I take allow me to have tremendous impact in the world. To help make the world a better place. What tips do you have? I feel a little lost. College didn't really prepare me for this."

So how did he feel when he heard his statement?

Did the angels start singing and a light shine down upon his head, showing him the next stage of his life, or did he just think "Well I think I can help this guy, but I don't know about anyone else?"

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

Direct download: 345-Mark-Guay.mp3
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Todays guest is a man who is really going after it in a big way.

With five multimillion-dollar business success stories to his name in industries as vastly different as telecommunication, construction, and nationally accredited education, Matthew has been characterized as a true differentiation, niche marketing, and sales systemization powerhouse.

Just like everyone else, he had to overcome many hardships throughout his life, some perhaps harder than others.

Due to a disability, he had a reading speed of a sixth grader at the age of 18, resulting in introversion and an extreme lack of confidence.

In 2007, he fell victim to a glassing to the face, which took 26 stitches, painful plastic surgery, and more than five years to heal.

While others may have let these misfortunes hold them back, he has used them to learn and turned them into advantages that he now shares with others.

His favorite saying is, “You decide every moment of every day who you are and what you believe in, you get a second chance every second”.

And now even though he is only in his early 30's he has a life that has covered many of the dots we see on Join Up Dots.

The good times, the bad times, the successes and failures which have all lead him to where he is today.

So does he look back ever on his life and reflect at the decisions that he has made, that placed him in situations that were out of his control, such as the glassing in 2007?

And does he see where he is, as just the start. Does he see the willingness to overcome these things, as just the loading of the rocket power for his ultimate blast off?

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

Direct download: 344-Matthew-Pollard.mp3
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I love it when you start researching a guest to have them on Join Up Dots, and you see a huge amount of facts on their about page, not least a big square "It all begins with mind-set"

Well todays guest has a history that so many of us will resonate with, as we start on our careers, looking for the ultimate success that we believe is our god given right.

But unfortunately more often than not the big man in the sky, doesn't help us out, and instead we have to go through the hard times before making that decision that it's down to us and nobody else.

Well, our guy today graduated college with a similar tale to so many people coming out of the education system.

He was $80,000 in debt (mostly student loans), had an empty bank account (~$100 at most times), a middle-class mind-set, and lots of ambition, but also stress, fear, lack of confidence, and a lot of uncertainty about what to do with his life.

Sound similar?

Well let's then tell you that whilst working in the corporate world, even with that uncertain start to his working life, he managed to pay off his debt in under 3 years, retire’ at the age of 27, travelled around the world (25 countries and counting!), have well into the 6-figures in 3 different accounts, created his own investing algorithm, and started his first side business which led to a gross income of more than $100,000 every year (between salary, bonuses and investments), and here is the kicker....

Most importantly, he found personal freedom, confidence, peace of mind, and ultimately, happiness.

As he says "I don’t say any of this to brag (actually, my biggest fear in the world is to come off as a bragger). I say this to show you what you can achieve, and that I’ve learned some things that work very well."

So how has he managed to find the way to the kind of life that so many people want, but can't truly believe should be theirs to have?

And does he look back at his starting point and ever think....if I could only go back in time with the knowledge I have now...."Wow....what a ride it would be?"

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

Direct download: 343-Austin-Netzley.mp3
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Todays guest is known as one of the top direct response marketing consultants in the startup and online entrepreneurship communities.

He’s famous for generating for his clients six and seven figure revenue breakthroughs, and doubling their time off, all while they live, work and play anywhere in the world.

And isn’t that we all want. The ability to blend work and vacations, so one becomes the other and vice versa.

As a coach, advisor and mentor to over 400 founders (plus several hundred Foolish Adventure students), he has developed systems for helping entrepreneurs discover their strengths, build their authority and skyrocket their revenue.

In 2004, he moved away from Portland, Oregon and finally broke free of in-person consulting, and since that time, Tim has made use of mobile technologies to allow him to live, work and play anywhere, too.

Just recently he spent a month traveling around Bali while running his high-end mastermind (global), coached 3 entrepreneurs (2 in US, 1 in Australia) and finished up a consulting project for a client in China.

Through his posts, podcasts and coaching, he will help us all do the same — gain the freedoms of Time, Income and Mobility by transforming your business.

He has a passion for living, enjoying himself, inspiring others and saying goodbye to the self limiting thinking that traps so many of us.

So how did he grasp the ultimate productity mind-set that works so amazingly well to achieve the big goals and the big life experiences too?

And does he look at the world in general and think “Put on new glasses people…you just can’t see what time you are wasting!”

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

Direct download: 342-Tim-Conley.mp3
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I have been looking forward to todays show for awhile now, as I am fascinated by what makes people push out of their comfort zones and literally go to the extreme of that point.

Why do people feel driven to drag themselves across climates that not only are very uncomfortable, but can actually kill you.

And thrive whilst doing it.

And todays guest is someone who is driven to do that kind of thing time and time again.

She is a writer, speaker and adventurer and inspiration to everyone that she meets in the world, who love to live her life through the stories she tells.

But what is also amazing to me time and time again, is to see how some of the smallest things in life can have the biggest influences on us.

Her first 'expedition' involved being bribed up an English Mountain at the age of nine by her parents with a packet of Opal Fruits.

The key words were to that statement was it all started with a bribe of sweets, but the sense of achievement on reaching the top, and standing there in the pouring rain was the first step towards where she is today.

And where she is today is being recognised as the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone, awarded the MBE by British Royalty, and someone who seeks out irresistible challenges and captivating stories in the planet's wildest and most extraordinary places.

And now from her base in Iceland she is scheming for more and more experiences that she can tackle head on, much to the delight of the rest of us.

So how did she go from thinking "That was exciting" to "I can make a living out of this"?

And does she see that deep inside all of us is a desire for adventure and challenge, but for whatever reasons we hold back on it as we can quite believe that she should do it?

Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up the dots with Felicity Aston MBE.

Direct download: 341-Felicity-Aston.mp3
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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lady who is inspiring the world to tackle issues that could affect all of us in our lives.

Hopefully it  doesn’t, but if it does then she has shown that it shouldn’t be the end of our lives, but simply just another stage of what makes up our lives.

Diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in 2012 the author resorted to a blog to keep in touch with friends, and unwittingly ended up writing about the good, the bad and the ugly side of cancer, which attracted many followers.

Is there a good?

Very possibly. Bad and ugly, definitely.

There is also an extremely funny side – wry observations that brought humour into an otherwise bleak landscape which included chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

And I think that says so much of how life is generally, and what makes Join Up Dots such a powerful concept.

Are the bad times, the good times, and the good times the bad times?

Who truly knows.

But what we do know is that we will learn more from the moments of our lives that challenge us, than the ones where everything goes our way.

So the moment when she was told the news of her illness, was this a complete shocker or had she realised that something was right?

And has she been amazed by the support that blogging her way through this illness has brought into her life?

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

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Todays guest is a man who has been helping clients from varied industries get their businesses to the top of search engines for quite awhile.

With an eye for design, strategy, and incredible expertise, together with his team they will create a marketing campaign that is perfect for your business.

But this is a strange one, or it seems from the outside, but in perfect Join Up Dots fashion I'm sure we will be able to make sense of it by the end of the show.

Born and raised in San Diego, at a young age he received a magic kit as a present, and after quickly learning every trick he could, he started charging neighbourhood kids to see his magic shows.

Throughout high school he would routinely perform at private parties and corporate events on the weekend then go to school during the week.

He realized that people will pay top dollar for quality entertainment, and so two magic companies as a way to offer his magic services to the public were born.

But to be honest even before we have brought the guy onto the show, you can see that to become either an entrepreneur or a magician means that you have to get used to failure.

It takes years to be able to master either of the professions.

It's that stickability that helps you get to the top, and most importantly keeps you there?

So has he always been able and willing to flex his old hustle muscle and get out and about to make things happen?

And would he ever have the desire to end up the new David Copperfield and have a three year residency in Vegas?

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

Direct download: 339-Josh-London.mp3
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Todays guest is someone who has been shooting for the stars since beginning his professional life.

You see he started his career as a pilot for the Republic of Singapore Air Force, and from 1980 until 2006, would run around shouting in best Top Gun fashion "I feel the need, the need for speed!"

Well actually I'll be honest that is just my own little fantasy, and he may never had said that, but it is true that for twenty six years he was a helicopter pilot and flight Instructor.

And within that time he must have seen thousands, or at least hundreds of hugely ambitious individuals pass in front of him, eager to prove themselves to their colleagues, family and of course themselves.

Looking to take their performance to the highest levels they possibly can.

And I wonder whether this environment was the place that nurtured his desire to help people achieve personal excellence, he started a new company REV to do just that – motivate and guide people to their peak performance.

He realized that his gift and purpose in life is to help people on their way to the dream lives.

The lives that they deserve.

And that is what he does from his two bases, in Shanghai and Singapore, and it seems he loves every second of doing it too?

So I suppose the key questions are why did he leave the military after being in it for so long?

And does he see what he is doing now as his real role in life, or is this just to fill a gap that was left by the high octane testosterone filled life in the Air Force?

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

Direct download: 338-Jeff-Tan.mp3
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