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

Todays show is a harrowing story, that shows how through one terrible incident a persons life can spiral out of control, until hitting rock bottom and fighting their way back.

When our guest today was just fourteen, she was raped, she lost her virginity and her life changed forever.

Unable to make sense of what had happened to her, still a very young girl, she turned to drugs, quit school four times, and became very promiscuous.

At age 16, she fell pregnant with a child that she was unable to keep, and feel deeper from the path that could have show itself at anytime.

After the abortion, she got involved with prostitution and at the age of 18 gave birth to her son.

Now at that time, she made a decision to start fighting back and to make a difference in her and her own sons life.

She went back to school, graduated via a program for single moms, received scholarships and awards, until after attending university for 5 years, and became a high school math and English teacher.

Where she worked for 3.5 years, teaching in a small town, until and we will discuss this on the show, she made what seems a bizarre decision and quit to move back to her hometown, where she returned to prostitution and drugs because the money was better.

Her self-esteem was in tatters. Sucidical thoughts running through her days, and an accident where she nearly lost her right leg.

If that sounds to depressing to consider, she was just about to enter into the worst time of her life was during this period.

Her son moved out when he turned 19 and didn't speak to her for three years. She ended up smoking crack for ten months during this time and then it happened.

She nearly died when her appendix burst, and realized she didn't want to die without saying "good-bye" to her son.

As she says "I had already started to turn my life around about two years before this event occurred, and so when I finally re-connected with my son, my life always back on track.

Re-uniting with Julian changed my life in a very positive way. I decided to pursue a writing career.

I now own a business, Wording Well, and am an author. I live a clean life, and spend a lot of it helping others. My books are in my local library, and my business is thriving.

I'm living proof that a person can hit rock bottom and rise to the top despite all odds against them.

My son is proud of me again, too. :)"

So lets take her on the journey of her life again, as we show everyone of you, that life is a series of choices good and bad, and we can all improve our lives by simply deciding to do so.

It's with great delight that I get to bring onto Join Up Dots, the one and only Lorraine Reguly

Direct download: 379-Lorraine-Reguly.mp3
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Podcast 378: Ace Chapman: An Entrepreneur Teaching The World To Sell & Buy Businesses

Entrepreneurs like todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast is Ace Chapman, an entrepreneur, businessman, and high achiever who has made millions buying and selling business's for himself, and of course helping others to do the same.

His lifestyle is one of success, as he literally wakes up everyday with a huge smile on his face and does the thing that he loves.

But it wasn't always that way.

And just twelve years ago when he was 22 years old, he was on a totally different path

As he says " It was 2002 but it seems like it was just yesterday. I was 22 and just the thought of what the next 40 years would look like terrified me. I had tried some business ideas here and there and nothing seemed to work. It seemed nearly impossible to get ahead. I had little savings, student loans, and credit card debt. I was so sick of being broke and not being able to afford to finer things in life or the freedom to follow my passion for travel and connecting with people. But I was terrified to try anything. A college dropout, I knew I would hit a glass ceiling in the corporate world. Yet I had neither the time or money to afford more education. I has resigned myself to thinking cynically about my future. Talking to my co workers nearing retirement I saw my future as retiring on a little more than social security. It was obvious speaking to them that despite all the hype around retirement plan they weren’t working in reality.

It sucked. It was a pathetic existence spending so much of my life doing something I didn’t enjoy."

And at his lowest point, he was forced to make a decision.

He was fired from his company, broke and clueless to his talents and passions.

So he did something.

And then something else and by trial and error discovered what it took to build his first million dollar business.

And now if you were to ask him what the secret of success is he will say "Keep it simple. Provide more value than you take...your income is really defined by your value to society!”

So is it mind-set that holds so many people down, or a fear of trying something new?

And does he feel that he started at the right time in his life, or could he have started even earlier on his entrepreneurial journey?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only home flipping entrepreneur Mr Ace Chapman

Direct download: 378-Ace-Chapman.mp3
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Todays guest is a lady who quite openly states that she has always done things unconventionally starting from not going to school as a child, to still holding the record of not having a “proper job” even once.

But don't think that this is a tale about a lady who simply doesn't want to work.

No this is a tale about a lady, who has been forced to live her life in a very specific way to due to health issues that have affected her since a small girl.

At the age of 16 she lost one of her lungs, and was diagnosed with Crohns Disease coupled with a form of rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis.

Essentially, even if she wanted to hold down a full time job, then her body would not allow her to do so, which allowed her first steps on the path she is on today to start to appear before her

She asked herself "How many others are out there thinking there is no better way to live or that they can’t follow their passions due to illness or a physical condition?

As she says "It all made sense to me, the dots joined up on my unconventional upbringing that I could live in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world by leveraging my unconventional thinking.

She has now created a community where other such inspirational people could share their stories and bring together a new understanding of what it means to live with a chronic condition at Chronically Driven.

So how has she taken this idea and turned it into income?

And does she now see her illnesses as a hindrance or a blessing that has led her to where she wants to be?

Well let's bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Bhavani Esapathi

Direct download: 377-Bhavani-Esapathi.mp3
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Todays bonus episode of Join Up Dots touches in on a subject that although we talk about it everyday, is somehow difficult to answer.
 
What Stands Between You And Complete Happiness?
 
Well lets start with the email that we have received............
 
Hi David,
 
Loving the little bonus episodes of Join Up Dots....keep them up.
 
And of course still do the other ones too!
 
I was reading an article the other day and the author posed a good question, and as you have asked for listeners to drop you a line if they have questions my question is this....
 
What do you believe stands between you and complete happiness?
 
Clint Baxter
Tennessee
USA
Direct download: What_Is_Standing_Between_You_And_Complete_Happiness.mp3
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Podcast 376: Luis Congdon: Building Careers Around Loving Relationships

Todays guest on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots is a fellow podcaster who has a great mission in life.

He is a man who is becoming an expert in helping couples find the spark in their once vibrant relationships.

He helps build bridges where there are chasms to cross.

He inspires conversation where there is simply silence.

And he encourages bedroom passions, where there are just snores and sleeping.

But if this sounds like a man who has lived a life of perfect relationships and harmonious connections leading towards the perfect career then think again.

As he says "Early in life, I learned about the heartache that comes when love doesn’t work.

Coming into this world, I was fatherless, and the youngest of three. Life in Medellin, Colombia wasn’t easy.

My Mother was 25 years old, addicted to cocaine, and didn’t have any interest in taking care of her three kids.

When I was five years old my Mother was murdered. I was homeless for three years until I was finally adopted.

My life was transformed! I had a Mother, Father, and was surrounded by a loving family in America.

Soon after though, my adopted parents divorced. I was left confused and feeling like I couldn’t rely on love.

I made up my mind that love doesn’t last and turned to spirituality for the connection I was seeking. For nearly a decade, I devoted my life to becoming a monk. My path into spirituality taught me a great deal—But no matter how much I learned there was something missing.

That all changed when I met my first love. With her I found what I was searching for. I found someone I could be completely authentic and open with and someone who could see all of me. Falling in love was one of the most amazing experiences. It was much more than any meditation or spiritual experience could offer.

Then she broke my heart and left."

So he has had some serious moments in his ife, which could have left him saying "Why me?....Whats the point in loving?"

But instead he has been left with "How can I help you?" which is allowing him to gain more and more success and of course time freedom

Well let's bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only solopreneur himself. The health expert Luis Congdon.

Direct download: 376-Luis-Congdon.mp3
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Todays guest inspirational entrepreneur joining me for an hour of discussion on Join Up Dots, is a lady with a fascinating path to where she is today.

Back in 2009 her country was in disarray. 

Iceland had suffered a huge economic crash, and financially was on its knees.

So she was asked to play a leading career role, working with the nations leaders, who collectively worked together to reinvigorate the country following the crash. 

The group tapped into the values and future vision of the island nation and transformed Iceland’s economy by branding their uniqueness, what they do the best, or their X-factor, as she calls it.

Seeing first hand the immediate benefit and long-term results of a whole nation working collectively to discover who they authentically are, the outcome of this unique assembly became one of the cornerstones of her successful business branding process.

She has transformed her own career success, and currently dedicates her work to supporting global leaders and their teams to brand their own X-Factor to unleash their fullest potential while discovering their own flow in business and life.

Now if that sounds a bit highbrow, then let's hear how she phrases it in her own unique way "Finding the thing that makes you unique is often right in front of your tits"

Having the motivation to look deep with yourself to find the thing that will make your career so enjoyable.

Which I love and totally understand, and when you my trusted listener understand this statement you will wonder how you had never seen the thing right in front of yourself too.

So does she look back and now wonder why it took a national disaster for her to reinvent herself and find her own x-factor?

And does life become more and more fun, when you do step bolding into your own areas of genius?

Well let's bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only super entrepreneur Runa Magnus.

Direct download: 375-Runa-Magnus.mp3
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When I asked todays entrepreneur to come on the show and share with us how she has created a career that gives her success and freedom everyday, she responded with "thank you so much for your delicious invitation, I love delicious conversations, wishing you a delicious day"

Yes this lady loves the word delicious, and it's not a surprise that she uses such a gushing word, as she is loving her life and what she gets to do everyday.

She has been having entrepreneurial adventures since 1980.

Initially, they were vicarious adventures while she worked directly with CEOs of small businesses.

As she says "I call those years my “entrepreneurial boot camp” experience."

I didn't really know what type of career it was that I wanted.

Then after earning her MBA in 1989 she went to work at a large national bank as a corporate lender for three years.

But can now see that this was not a culture she could ever thrive in … it’s a risk adverse environment, after all… but as she says "I felt it was important to add strong financial analysis and credibility to my resume, so I made the sacrifice. "

However in 1992 she to the leap of faith and left the banking industry and began her entrepreneurial career… and what a ride it’s been!

From a boot-strapped consulting business to an $8 million venture backed dot com business, to a food manufacturing business funded by angel money, to a highly interactive online business fueled by a charming personality and a strong sense of humor… it’s been a wild and exciting journey.

So where did she get the adventurous spirit which has allowed her to take risks that lead to high rewards?

And looking back and joining up the dots, does the sacrifice she made leading towards her big leap when working in the bank seem necessary, or was it a step away from her true path the job that she really was deserving to get?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only business expert Ande Lyons.

Direct download: 374-Ande-Lyons.mp3
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Todays bonus episode highlights a solution to a problem that so many entrepreneurs struggle with. What is the perfect time to GO! In this episode David Ralph answers a listeners email and gives a blueprint for success.

Direct download: Bonus-Join-Up-Dots-The-Perfect-Time.mp3
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Today's guest entrepreneur is a man who is rocking and rolling in his life and doing something that we talk about time and time again on Join Up Dots.

He is a man working on the leap of faith, building up momentum and profile in his life, as he works towards his big goal.

Creating an inspiring lifestyle of money, success and of course time freedom.

And that is going to be the part that will interest me, as this guy has become a friend to me, and I have no idea as to what his big goal is ultimately going to be.

Starting his career as a Teacher for Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, he has a history of teaching and coaching, and is now the Assistant Principal in Gary Indiana.

But behind the scenes, he was finding time to build his own company OK! Kimonos, where he sells a wide range of merchandise linked to Martial Arts

But believe me if you think that you haven't got time in your life to do what you want to do then this guy will make you reassess your own efforts.

He is working full time, training, running GiReviews.net, writing for Jiu Jitsu Mag, running Ok! Kimonos, writing guest posts,and running his own wildly successful podcast "Entrepreneurs And Coffee podcast"

So how does he do all this?

How does he find the motivation to pack so much into his life and still have time for his wife and kids, and of course for himself?

And does he see all the different areas pulling together, or will he have to make the decision to focus in one thing or the other?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only top entrepreneur and career builder Brendan Hufford.

Direct download: 373-Brendan-Hufford.mp3
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Todays guest solopreneur is a man who was introduced to me by the great Matthew Pollard who appeared on episode of 344 of Join Up Dots.

He said "David, you have to have this great bloke on your show he is the best" and aren't I glad I said "jump onboard"

As he has fascinating story that started when a Brazilian missionary handed him a tattered 1979 copy of "Quest for the Best."

And his life changed forever.

As he says "While my peers were the 90s' equivalent of "Twilight," I was devouring books on economics, biographies, success stories, business management, entrepreneurship, and anything else business-related. I couldn't get enough"

And did this inspire his love for everything entrepreneurial, or just help him find the thing that he could love enough to risk the old leap of faith?

Well we will find out during the show, but its true to say, that he did leap and left conventional employment to start an IT services company with a co-worker (still successfully in business today), and during the start-up phase, found he could support his family by taking on copywriting projects to bring in some extra cash

And I love this part of the story, as it links literally every episode of join up dots, as these two passions fell in love with each other, and after a quick getting to know each other stage, produced an amazing offspring.

Our guest gave birth to his fulltime career combining his two loves—business and writing—he decided to pursue a full-time career as a business writer and he hasn't looked back since.

So was he an avid reader when he was a kid, or did he need to find the moment when the written word was right for him?

And does he see the old mantra of "find your passion and you will never work again" as true, or it is more like the passion will find you?

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

Direct download: 372-Derek-Lewis.mp3
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Todays amazing guest entrepreneur joining us on Join Up Dots is a New Zealander that has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents.

He has hustle muscle flooding though every vein, as he has powered himself to being classed as one of the most connected people in Asia, whilst enduring his fair share of painful crashes too!

He has built an inspiring career as the owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 11 countries, and he is also the CEO of Entrevo Asia, a company that runs 40 week Growth Accelerator programs allowing executives and business owners to become a ‘Key Person of Influence’ in their industry.

A company whose vision is a world full of entrepreneurial people solving meaningful problems.

But this is just part of the inspiration that links his story, as when you look at his background, there seems to be a strong decision maker, who is willing to take calculated risks to build the future that we wants.

He is willing to do the unusal if it steps him forward to were he wants to be, starting way back in 1999 when he co founded Netherlands based Telco Management consultancy and recruitment company, which to me is a fascinating moment in his life.

Wouldn't it have been easier to start building in his hometown and country of birth, or perhaps he did, and we have even more dots to join up in his life.

Well lets find out what makes this guy tick, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only lifestyle solopreneur himself Callum Laing.

Direct download: 371-Callum-Laing.mp3
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Todays guest solopreneur, is a lady who is demonstrating hustle in many different fields, and is someone who has a claim to fame that I have never shared on any episode of Join Up Dots.

She is a lady whose career has literally been formed to inspire the world to make music, with more songs written for and about her than anyone else in the history of time.

From the Smashing Pumpkins, Depeche Mode, Erasure, The Cure, Nirvana, Coldplay, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, U2, and even the main man himself David Bowie who has written more than one.

And its not surprising that so many people have found the inspiration by her, as she has a freedom of spirit and an enthusiasm to make our world, and the lives of all of us on it as good as it can be.

She is a huge advocate of living free, and preventing aging, but not by having nips and tucks done everywhere, but instead keeping your spirit youthful to celebrate

As she says " AGING is a CHOICE. Each time you buy into aging you are actually CHOOSING it. If you blow out 40 candles on your cake and think, “Ok now I am 40″ with a set of expectations of what that means, you CREATE it.  When we blow out candles on OUR cake, we think, “YAY I AM 23 for the 17th year in a row!!!” It sure makes one pretty good at being 23"

But as a surfer, film maker, health advocate, entrepreneur and of course a musical muse of the worlds biggest artists then she is someone who is packing in a huge amount of value to everyday.

So we can literally go in any direction in todays show, and deliver the kind of success content that we simply love bringing to our listeners.

So did she always see her life going in such a direction, or was she like the rest of us on a totally different path when she first started?

And its obvious to her that the world are holding themselves back from their true potential in life?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots on the Steve Jobs inspired podcast with the one and only Veronica Grey.

Direct download: 370-Veronica-Grey.mp3
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In todays Bonus episode we answer an email for Karen Linders in Australia, who asked the following question

Dear David,
 
I am an avid listerner of the show, and love the way your onversations are deep, insightful but great fun too, and im trying to think big and then think bigger as you suggest.
 
The problem is I don't seem to be able to truly believe in myself to do this.
 
Do you have any suggestions
 
Karen Linders
Melbourne Australia.

 

 

Direct download: Bonus-Episode-Dream-Big-Dream-Bigger.mp3
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Todays guest on Join Up Dots has been using the power of the spoken word for over three decades

For over 30 years, corporate leaders, actors, sales teams, and professionals in all areas of the marketplace have relied on her training to assist them with reaching their goals of speaking more powerfully, selling with finesse, and leading with inspiration.

But this isn't a lady who has simply come through the corporate route, standing in front of bored directors in the boardrooms of the world.

No, this is a veteran performer of film, television and theatre, who has trod the boards, appeared in hit shows, and movies too.

But it seems to me that a key moment in her life wasn't whilst she was in the spotlight, as such but instead when being hired by a corporation over 25 years ago

The hiring guy looked at her resume and said to her “Leave out the words ‘acting techniques.’ We don’t act here,"

To which she replied, “Oh, I beg to differ. You act every day. All business people have a role to play and the key to success lies in their performance.”

And, by “acting” I don’t mean faking, pretending or imitating. I DO mean, delivering a message or script or any communication with authenticity, passion, energy and animation"

Wow, that was a ballsy response to someone wanting be hired.

So is that a clear indication of what you get from this lady, or was this another example of acting and delivering a message?

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

Direct download: 369-Laurie-Burton.mp3
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Todays guest on Join Up Dots, is an expert in self-esteem, empowering people to experience long-lasting real happiness from the inside out.

She does this by teaching them how to feel good about themselves just because, and to stop defining their value by what they have done or not done and what they have or don’t have.

Her mission and passion is to make a contribution to society by making a difference in the way people see themselves; especially those who have given up on life.

As the founder and owner of a outpatient substance abuse program, Focus One, she has treated thousands of troubled individuals from all walks of life for the past 25 or so years.

Many of these individuals were referred as the result of a drug- and/or alcohol-related offenses.

Others came to her voluntarily because their lives were falling apart.

They were depressed, angry, anxious, unhappy, discontent, their relationships were a mess, they were in financial trouble and/or they had an addiction to someone or something.

It was through working with these patients that she discovered a lack of self-esteem because society had taught them to be other-dependent.

They felt that they would find happiness in other things, not within themselves.

Which lead her to begin looking at her own life in my personal quest for happiness, she made some very interesting discoveries on the way.

So why do we all assume that outside influences are the way to to true happiness?

And can she see this issue getting worse and worse as we all find it so much easier to see the achievements of others across the world?

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

Direct download: 368-Dr-Patricia-Noll.mp3
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Hi there, you maybe wondering why today I have dropped my English accent and sound more like Elvis Presley on steroids, but I'm Dwain Scott the host of the Shifting Work podcast and todays episode is a little different.

In fact there is a fair chance that this will never occur again, but todays guest a year ago was sitting nervously waiting to start a new adventure.

He was ready to press launch and bring to you the show that is Join Up Dots with David Ralph.

He had never hosted his own show, didn't know one end of a microphone to another, and as for interviewing the mover and shakers of the world was a complete novice.

But the one thing that he did know was that he had a dream to build a platform that would inspire the world to leave their cubicles, forget about the daily commute, and go for their dreams.

And now over 365 episodes later, we thought it was time to share with you the journey that he has been on.

To show you how you can quite simply do anything you want, if you are willing to take risks, flex your hustle muscle and step into the unknown.

And with a history working in London and finance, and being a trainer and a coach within offices in the UK, becoming the host of an online show was certainly a step into the unknown.

So what was it about creating a show that so appealed to him over a year ago?

And has it been plain sailing, or tougher than he could have possibly known?

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

Direct download: 367-David-Ralph.mp3
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