Fri, 29 May 2015
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
Wed, 27 May 2015
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
Mon, 25 May 2015
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
Sat, 23 May 2015
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............
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?
Direct download: What_Is_Standing_Between_You_And_Complete_Happiness.mp3
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Fri, 22 May 2015
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.
Wed, 20 May 2015
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.
Mon, 18 May 2015
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.
Sat, 16 May 2015
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.
Fri, 15 May 2015
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.
Wed, 13 May 2015
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