Join Up Dots Podcast

Today's bonus episode focuses on another listeners email who asked an amazingly profound question that can effect us all

Dear David,

Loving the show, and im amazed that you don't seem to lose your energy.......what are you drinking?
But here is my question......when do you decide that something isn't working?
When do you decided to stop and try something else?
All the best and keep on rocking it.
Johnathan Adams

Direct download: Bonus-_Follow_One_Course_Until_Success.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man who when it comes to knowing the true value of something is the guy to go to.

You see he is the owner of the Art Of value, where he works to assist entrepreneurs, companies, and guys with a product to sell decide on what they should charge.

Most of us in the entrepreneurial world have these great dreams of working for ourselves, having time freedom and seeing the money flow effortlessly into our bank accounts.

And most of us, at the beginning at least struggle with setting fair prices for our services.

We have those self-limiting thoughts that make us go cheap, when actually we should go double.

Now our guest can trace his path back to 2009, when he found himself sitting on a panel discussing hourly billing. Set the fee per hour. Do the work. Job done.

Another developer on the panel was an advocate for value pricing, and told the audience “If you bill by the hour, there is an artificial limit on your income.”

And with those words, our guests life changed forever.

So why were those words so profound to him? Was he just at that right moment when his mind was ready fro such a message?

Or deep down did he always have the belief that you should get for value of what you offer, but wasn’t brave enough to bring it to the table?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Mr Kirk Bowman.

Direct download: 392-Kirk-Bowman.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Welcome to another bonus episode of Join Up Dots, where we respond to a listeners email. This is a show that all of us need to reflect on.
 
Dear David and everyone connected with Join Up Dots,
 
I listened to Join Up Dots today as I have done everyday for the last few weeks, and I just had to write to let you know what happened.
 
Episode 197 made me realise that I am letting myself down. In fact not just letting myself down but throwing away the life that I have been given.
 
I was so touched by the mans story, and how his persistence never wavered, no matter what happened in his life, that I broke down in tears at my desk.
 
I couldn't tell my colleagues what had happened to me, so just made up a story about problems at home.
 
But the problems are in me.
 
I shed so many tears today.
 
Tears for him and the uplifting way that he shared his struggles and heartaches.
 
But tears for me and the life that I have led. The years that I have wasted.
 
I would love to go back and listen to the show again, but I don't want to change the mark it has left on me.
 
I want to carry the pain, to drive me forwards to bigger and better things.
 
I know that I have it in me to achieve so much more.
 
I need more shows like this to keep me going.
 
The show you have created is a gift to all of us.
 
Bless you
 
Mindy Artisan
Juneau
Alaska
Direct download: Bonus-What_Do_You_Believe_Is_Possible.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Dr Hans Finzel is a successful author, speaker and trusted authority in the field of leadership.

For 20 years he had the freedom to led international non-profit World Venture, serving in over 65 countries and now spends much of his time speaking and writing on practical leadership principles from the real world—not the classroom.

The kind of stuff that corporations across the world are crying out for as the demand for top, productive and efficient leaders become more and more desirable.

He has written nine books, including his bestseller “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” and as we said this information is a global concern, which has led to them being translated into over twenty foreign languages.

If that doesn’t sound like he has enough on his plate already then, he also serves President of HD Leaders, and is chief leadership guru on“The Leadership Answer Man” podcast doing well in ITunes and other platforms.

So did his desire to tackle leadership issues come from working with people who just wasn’t up to the job, even though they were in prime positions?

The kind of people that have built careers more by default than talent?

Or like most things that become our lifework, did it simply creep up on him and till he couldn’t resist it anymore?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start todays Join Up Dots free podcast interview, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only super entrepreneur, business man Hans Finzel

Direct download: 391-Hans-Finzel.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:01am UTC

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is Fiona Sampson, a lady who is on a mission to create a safer world for vulnerable girls and women by working to prevent future generations from suffering the emotional and physical trauma of sexual assault.

She is challenging the system that allows such acts of violence to go unpunished and by doing so, influencing a behaviour change in perpetrators of human rights violations against women and ensuring that consequences of these acts are enforced.

And this mission started as far away from her base in Canada as is possible.

In Kenya, the rape of little girls is known legally as “defilement.”

Defiling is common there — a woman/girl is raped every 30 minutes — but even girl babies as young as three months are helpless against men who know they’ll never be prosecuted for the worst brutality imaginable.

These child victims are the loneliest girls in the world.

They are often orphaned by AIDS and are vulnerable to attacks by their remaining family as well as strangers.

The myth that having sex with a virgin is a cure for HIV/AIDS is also a spur, and not just for pedophiles.

So our guest has pioneered a new way of holding governments accountable for human rights violations against women by ensuring that women in countries such as Kenya, have access to legal resources, support and remedies that have otherwise would have been inaccessible due to economics, culture, and violations of gender rights.

But that is just a part of her story, as she is also is the last known thalidomide victim born in Canada. 

She refers to this experience as one of her first life experiences where she realized that those responsible for creating harm acted without consequence, compounding the impact of her victimization.

This has amplified the empathy she feels for the suffering of others and is certainly one of the big dots that has led her on the Join Up Dots timeline.

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots free podcast interview, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Fiona Sampson

Direct download: 390-Fiona-Sampson.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays guest entrepreneur on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who unlike so many of us, was not ready to leave school behind as quickly as he could.

With an experience gained by over twenty years standing in front of students, he is a man on a mission.

A mission that takes him from his own classroom, into every other classroom on earth.

And this is providing more and more success in his own life.

He believes that the world should connect in order to discuss, create, and encourage new and improved ways of learning into our children's lives.

And unusually, or at least it seemed to me, instead of saying "And one of the things we need to do is stop the fascination with social media and Facebook" he actually encourages these tools.

He wants the educators of the world to connect, or join up their own dots, to create a powerful force of classroom improvement.

And now with six best selling books, a keynote speaker, TED veteran, and leading advocate for the no-grades classroom he is connecting to make a huge difference.

So why does he feel that instead of saying, keep social out of the classroom, we should be saying "Lets use its power for connecting?"

And of course, in true Join Up Dots style, does he remember his own passage through the education system as inspiring, or just get me out of here?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs on todays free podcast, with the one and only teaching entrepreneur Mr Mark Barnes

Direct download: 389-Mark-Barnes.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

As we saw in the last part of the Steve Jobs biography, Steve had arrived at a crossroads in his life.

 

After his spectacular rise to the top with Apple, things had turned sour, and he was looking for something to reignite his passions and of course his fortunes.

 

He was still a very rich man, but for the first time in his life had the stigma of failure hanging over him. This was quite unfair in many regards, but as we see time and time again, the world likes nothing more than pushing a person to the top of the pile, and then delighting as they fall back to earth with the rest of us.

 

As the story goes, Steve Jobs had returned from one of his many business trips to Europe promoting the Apple II and met a very old friend of his, Nobel prize winner Paul Berg From Stanford University.

 

The two old friends discussed Bergs work, and it became clear to Steve Jobs that this could be the thing he was looking for. The reason to build a new company thereby restoring the Apple boards faith in him.

 

His friend told him about his work on DNA, and inquired whether the molecules could be simulated on computers. Steve told him No, but that didn't mean that it wasn't possible.

 

And those possibilities excited him greatly.

 

Instead of focusing in on the home computer market as he had previously, he would instead build a supercomputer for the higher education and scientific markets. He did his research as to the computer capabilities he would need, and became even more excited by what he discovered.

 

Steve Jobs, was reinventing the wheel and giving the world something that no one else could, and as we have already seen he was not short of ego, which is why there is no surprise that the idea appealed so much.

 

However, if Steve Jobs had gone further and researched whether the higher education and scientific markets would actually be interested in buying such a super computer, he might have had a very different reaction to the concept.

 

Hindsight as they say, is a wonderful thing.

 

He was still an employee at Apple, so enthusiastically informed the board of his idea. And on the 13th of September 1985 boldly described the vision he had for the computer, the company, and of course himself.

 

Everything went well at first, and the board sided with his enthusiasm, even willing to invest in the plans that Steve Jobs had presented to them. That enthusiasm however was short lived, when  Jobs started detailing who he would take with him to the new company. This is when the board of Apple turned bitter.

 

He advised that he would go away with Bud Tribble, the first Mac programmer; George Crow, a key Mac hardware engineer; Rich Page, who had supervised almost all of Apples’ development; Dan’l Lewin, and Susan Barnes, an MBA in finance.

 

Steve Jobs had presented these people as “Low-level”, but it was clear to all that they were anything but. These employees were integral to the future progress of Apple Computers, and the board felt threatened. With no other option and determined to push ahead with his idea, Steve Jobs resigned from Apple.

 

Next Computers was born, and it did not start easily.

 

The minute it was created, the six co-founders found themselves sued by their former employer, Apple. The fruit company was accusing them of stealing their technology. As a result, for its first year or so of existence, the new company could not work on any product in particular, since there was a chance they would lose the trial and give all the technologies they had worked on back to Apple. This didn't phase Jobs at all, and in the meantime he set up to build the perfect company.

 

Building a new company from scratch needed huge investment which Steve Jobs for once had at his disposal. After his departure from Apple, Steve had sold almost all of his stock out of disgust. So by early 1986, he was sitting on more than $100 million. These were very different times from the earlier bootstrapping of Apple. He no longer needed to entice the investment of others to his new venture. This was going to be his baby. He was very much back in control.

 

Steve Jobs knew one thing and he did it better than most: When it came to recruiting he ensured that quality and integrity were at the top of his wishlist. He only recruited those individuals that were classed as extremely bright. Next even used to state that even their receptionist had a PHD, and one thing was certain, there was a buzz around silicon valley about this new start up. The hype was growing by the day, and Steve Jobs added more and more computer whizzkids, and extremely intelligent folk to the list of employees ready to create the next big thing in computing. Next appeared very much the place to be.

 

What made this remarkable was the company couldn't work on anything due to the dispute from Apple, and so were not making any income. The salaries, relocation, logo, equipment costs were all being paid out of Steve Jobs very deep pockets. Not bottomless by any stretch of the imagination, but being emptied at an astonishing rate.

 

Why did Steve Jobs do this? Was it to prove a point to his old employers, or was it to prove a point to the industry?

 

Whatever the reason it got him noticed and the word on the street was “look out he's on his way back!”

 

At the same time as this was all happening, the Star Wars legend George Lucas, came calling to enquire whether Steve's previous interest in his company, working within the motion picture industry was still alive. Steve Jobs had taken a huge interest in the work of the team at Pixar, and had even requested that the Apple board buy the company, but was refused.

 

But now with the value of the company being substantially less than he was once offered, he decided to take matters into his own hands and fork out for the computer animation team. Once again, whether this was a dig at his old work colleagues we don't know, but Steve Jobs paid £10,000,000 of his own money to buy Pixar as nothing more than an expensive hobby. His real passion was for the Next cube,the super computer that would change the industry, not for a group of budding artists trying to make splash in Hollywood.

 

It continued to be a very expensive hobby for many years, with him funding it solely something that he was reluctant to do with his bigger passion Next. He finally started to look for outside investors for that company.

 

Fortunately for Steve Jobs and Next, the Apple dispute fizzled out, and they could actually start getting to work. This occurred mainly by their lack of new creation. Holding back on working on anything new, appeared to be a very good decision

 

NeXT still didn’t have a business plan or concrete plans for its first product. Apple’s case was based on NeXT’s raiding of senior Macintosh executives and conspiring to use the confidential knowledge Jobs and the others had about upcoming Apple projects (like BigMac).

 

And that is where it  faltered, Apple couldn't then pinpoint any specific trade secrets that NeXT had violated, because they hadn't. A week later, Apple came back with a list of twenty complaints but failed to demonstrate how NeXT had any plans against Apple.

 

The case proved to be a major embarrassment for Apple and just provided Next and of course Steve Jobs, with a great deal of free publicity: A true win win.

 

When we look back at Steve Jobs time working on The Next cube we can see quite clearly, two major flaws:

 

One was Steve's personal obsession with perfection. Everything from the typeface. to the casing had to be perfect. That perfection only made it a pain to build: from the perfect right angles to its materials to its color, it was extremely complicated — and therefore expensive — to put together.

 

In addition, Steve had made a point on also designing a “beautiful” board for the Cube. All the electronic components, which are usually on several different pieces of plastic, were melded on a single square board that the chairman Steve Jobs considered as beautiful as the case itself. However it was a strenuous problem for engineers to solve.

 

The costs escalated beyond anything that a school or higher education department could afford. Steve Jobs obsession with making it cutting edge and radically ahead of its time was to be its ultimate failure. He had built the technological equivalent of the Ipad thirty years too soon.

 

No matter which way they turned, Next and Steve Jobs hit a brick wall. And through all the twists and turns, delays caused the development of what had been cutting edge two years previously to no longer be seen as such. The competitors had quietly brought their cheaper and user friendly machines to market and had killed any escape route that Next had. Steve Jobs had fallen further from grace, and now was being seen as a liability instead of a maverick and technological genius.

 

Interestingly the forgotten hobby Pixar had started making some progress. Only small steps but enough for the people at Disney to take an interest.

 

In the early 90’s times were hard at Pixar, and the company had survived several threats by Steve Jobs to cut his losses and close the whole thing down. But for some reason or another, he still persisted with its vision.

 

Pixar failed nine times over by normal standards, but Steve didn’t want another failure to be placed on his resume, so he kept writing the checks. He would have sold the company to anybody in a moment, and in fact tried very very hard to do just that, but the bottom line was he wanted to cover his loss of $50 million.

 

In March 1991, he declared he would continue to keep funding it only if he were given back all of the employees’ stock shares. The scheme involved shutting the company down on paper, and creating a “new Pixar” where he was the sole owner. He also fired almost half the staff, keeping only the software programmers as well as Lasseter’s animation department — which was, by then, the only part of the company to bring cash in, thanks to its work in TV advertisement.

 

The hardware that the company had developed to enable others to create the same groundbreaking animation was classed as finished. Disney who had an investment in the company could never understand why they should be funding a system to teach others to animate. They controlled animation, and certainly wanted to keep it that way.

 

Nearly twenty odd years after starting the company, the team at Pixar were given a lifeline. After receiving a few awards, and even an Oscar for a short animated film, Disney gave them the greenlight to go for the big one…..a full length computer animated movie.

 

Steve Jobs negotiated a three movie contract with Disney, and arranged to keep 12.5% percent of ticket sales received. Little did he know, as he had limited experience in the movie industry, that he had made a very bad deal. But I suppose a bad deal is better than no deal, and after years of self funding the unit, he was about to see money at last come his way. Or so he thought.

 

Toy Story was put into development, and like all things in Steve's life, at that time, became a lot harder to get the product to the customer than he expected.

 

1993, was now upon us, and without doubt this was the year when everything that Steve Jobs had dreamt, worked on, and developed crumbled in front of him.

 

A year that many people couldn't have imagined happening ten years previously, when Jobs could do no wrong.

 

Whether Steve Jobs had dwelled on the same dark realisations we can only guess, but it was at an end. He was 38 years old and at his lowest point ever.

 

Next computers crashed around him.

 

It began in January 1992, when Steve Jobs made the decision to allow the advanced operating systems to be used in his competitor's machines. He had taken the view that the uniqueness of what he had created would need to be shared, if he had any chance of saving the company.

 

This was the first sign of the true failure to come for Steve, although many experts had the view that he should have done this from the very beginning. However Jobs was looking to create the system of all systems. The kind of processing speed that would leave all his competitors in the shade. Not to help them in their journeys also. The death warrant had been signed.

 

At the same time in an ironic retelling of a previous dot in Jobs life, things got even worse. COO Van Cuylenburg, who was hired by Steve Jobs, betrayed  him in a cruel reminiscence of what had happened at Apple some seven years earlier.

 

Van Cuylenberg had phoned up  NeXT’s competitor Sun, and asked its CEO Scott McNealy to buy NeXT and install him as manager of the new company getting rid of Jobs. Fortunately, McNealy had some sense of honor and told Steve about the outrage. Van Cuylenburg left, but Steve was completely devastated by everything that was going on around him.

 

How could this have happened?

 

How could all his hard work and investment end up in such a way?

 

How could it be that everyone of the company’s co-founders, except George Crow would abandon him.

 

He was Steve Jobs, the genius who had created an industry from nothing. A man who had lit up silicon valley and blazed a path across the world.

 

What had he done to deserve all this at once?

 

Next was finished, and in an even crueler twist of fate, his other venture Pixar was in serious trouble too. The lifeline that had been grabbed at when making the deal with Disney was slipping away from them. Disney's Katzenberg had seen what the company had created, and quite simply hated Woody, Buzz Lightyear and all the other characters which we now see as classics.

 

Together with the majority of Disney’s creative staff, he declared that the characters were unappealing jerks and the dialogues inappropriately cynical for a children’s movie (while he was the one who pushed for such characteristics early in development). Pixar was back to making TV commercials just so it could survive — but it was obvious it would disappear if the work did not start again.

 

Steve Jobs had reached the bottom of his career. He had lost faith in himself, and disappeared behind the closed doors of his home, spending most of his days at home, playing with his two-year-old son.

 

Was there anyway that Steve Jobs could fight back from such a low point?

 

Could he recoup his investment, his self esteem, and be allowed to create the legacy that he so craved?

 

That part of the story will only come on part four of the Steve Jobs Biography.

 

Direct download: Steve-Jobs-Part-Three.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Entrepreneurs like todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is Mr John Murphy, a man who from his core is a winner.

And best of all he likes nothing more than helping us all be winners too.

He lives in the South of France, but calls the world his office, as he works with individuals and corporations across the globe to make them improve their careers and see the opportunities they have all around them.

The opportunities that can bring wealth, success, and enjoyment into their worlds.

But this guy certainly didn't start with a global approach to business, as if we go way back you would have found him pounding the pavements, knocking on doors.

You see he began his career as a door to door life assurance salesman, but ended as the CEO of a Pan European Life Assurance Company in Ireland.

So he knows the hustle that it takes to not just start knocking on doors, but actually building his own doors.

The right doors, that can lead to a life of fulfilment, freedom, success, and a life of dreams.

He is now the owner of his own international company, and of course the host of the podcast 'Winning at Business & Life'

So how John Murphy, born and bred in Ireland break free from the surrounding conditioning of what is possible for a young man from Ireland?

And does he see the issues that he encounters with his clients, the same across the world, or is there geographical reasons that hold us back from achieving what we want?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs on todays free podcast with the one and only super entrepreneur Mr John Murphy

Direct download: 388-John-Murphy.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays guest, joining us the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is Christine Hassler, a lady that for so many people would have been considered a success in her earlier life

A life that appears from the outside glamorous and stimulating

She was an agent in Hollywood, California....yep, she worked the land known as tinseltown for the Artist Management Group and was on a path that seemed set.

At least from the outside.

But inside her that path was most definitely not set.

That path was leading Christine, away from this sought after position to take her into the unknown and into a world of fear and doubts.

At the age of 25 she left this job, and set out to find the true thing she knew in her heart of heart she should be doing.

And as she sought for what she needed to do in life, she discovered that so many people she met had those same insecurities and frustrations that life was slipping away from them too.

And with the publication and success of her first book in 2005,  "20 Something 20 Everything" she touched a nerve in her readers and herself.

And her future started to reveal itself.

Now as a professional speaker, Christine Hassler, leads seminars and workshops around the country, and is a sought after expert appearing on TV and Radio everywhere on the subject of discovering the answers to the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?”

So how did she end up in Hollywood where it seems so wrong now on any different levels?

And how do people begin to answer that question "Who am I " when for their whole life they have allowed people to tell them what they are.

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

Direct download: 387-Christine-Hassler.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:01am UTC

Steve Jobs Part Two: The Rise And Fall Of Steve Jobs (Bonus Episode)

 
When we dissect the Steve Jobs biography, the journey towards success seemed almost an easy path to take.


Steve Jobs had found all the skills to become a supremely talented businessman placed in front of him, to pick up and consume at will, like one would pick an apple and take a bite.


As we had already discovered in Part One of the Join Up Dots take on the Steve Jobs story, he was born at the right time, the right place, with the right interests, and the rest as they say is history.


He co-founded Apple Computer when he was 21, and by the time he hit 23 was a millionaire.


In just two years, Steve Jobs had become a wildly successful, fabulously wealthy global celebrity.


Not bad for a man who just a few years before, had travelled the continent of India, unsure of his path in life, seeking spiritual enlightenment, whilst seeking as many mind altering drugs as he could get his hands on.


And then, at 30, Jobs had the kind of humiliating defeat that for so many would signal game over, he was made to leave the company that he had helped create.


He was in the most harshest of environments hung out to dry in the newspapers, and reports across the world.


Total humiliation was forced on a man who had became legendary, and it seemed could do no wrong.


But why persist to put yourself out there, and face the world's media and consumers head on, if in all sense and purpose you had already made it, and could quite easily live the dream.


But Steve Jobs, was a man unable to seek an easy version of his future and as Alan Deutschman, author of "Change or Die, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs. tells

"Steve Jobs persisted, he had this incredible tenacity. He held on and came back with triumph after triumph, driving the company to new heights, creating the greatest corporate success of our time. It's a unique story."


So how did it occur?


How did everything that Steve Jobs had worked so hard to build, be taken away from him?


And looking back was this the key to his later success, or just another obstacle to climb over as he followed his passions and interests within the computer world.


Well we need to step back a few years in time, when this fledgling company was tittering on financial collapse to gain a clear understanding of the path that Steve Jobs was unknowingly about to undertake.


As amazing as it seems now Apple Computer was a home enterprise, and a bootstrapped company that was prone to the same issues that all new home start ups endure.


Cashflow is the killer of so many dreams, and to raise the money they needed to get the Apple II off the ground, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak knew that they needed to bring in investors.


Interested outside parties who had the kind of financial clout they needed to see their visions begin to prosper.


Finding these people in a myriad of locations, their much needed investments stabilised the company, and allowed the continued development of the Apple II, which just a few months previously had been in question.


However as the two Steve’s discovered during this period, most of the investors were not too keen to see their money handed over to the two computer whizzkids without some semblance of control on their part.


Why would you simply hand over the money for others to use as they see fit, if you also had business experience, and a background of success in the financial and industrial markets of the world, to help direct the returns from those investments?


Why wouldn't you seek a place within the company to really keep things moving in your direction?


And that is what occurred, with many of the investors claiming themselves a place on the board.


And this is fascinating part to the Steve Jobs biography, to which you can clearly see the first division of the dreamer and activator Steve Jobs, and the board of Apple.


Moneymen, believed the way to grow a company was to protect the bottom line, and to hell with the vision of consumer perfection that so intoxicated the budding entrepreneur.


Make the products, shift the products and move on.


Whilst Steve Jobs wanted to change the world and create a legacy.


The skills that Jobs would display in such astonishing fashion upon his return to Apple years later were sorely missing at this time, and the board were of the opinion that Steve Jobs was brilliant, but quite simply too young and temperamental to run the company.


He had not yet learned how to balance the desire and (occasional) ability to create insanely great products with the need to also ship them — preferably on time and on budget. The lack of this skill doomed not just Steve's tenure as the head of Apple's Mac division, but also one of his subsequent projects, NeXT.


And also as most young men are, he was headstrong, full of his own importance, and of the belief that his products were the key to the success of everything.


It was his god driven right to bring his ideals and visions to the world, which would be the saviour of the company.


Which in all honesty was probably right, but there is a way to go about bringing this desire for perfection to the world, which Steve Jobs had not mastered.


He was petulant, abrasive, and likely to steamroller the weaker members of his teams, even though he loved nothing more than people standing up to him. Even presenting awards to the one who showed this brave trait each year.


He would argue, shout, demand and put the most amazing pressure on his teams, with very few thriving, and many falling by the wayside.


In a fascinating interview many years later Steve Jobs reminisces about an old man who lived down the street when he was a young boy. The man showed him a rock tumbler, and he and Jobs went out and got a handful of plain old rocks, then put them into the can with liquid and grit powder. They closed up the rock tumbler, turned it on, and then the man told Jobs to "come back tomorrow."


The next day, the man opened the can and inside were these "amazingly beautiful polished rocks. The same common stones that had gone in through rubbing against each other like this (clapping his hands), creating a little bit of friction, creating a little bit of noise, had come out these beautiful polished rocks."


Jobs goes on to say how that is a "metaphor for a team that is working really hard on something they're passionate about. It's that through the team, through that group of incredibly talented people bumping up against each other, having arguments, having fights sometimes, making some noise, and working together they polish each other and they polish the ideas, and what comes out are these beautiful stones."


People can only find their greatest strengths, and polish their inherent talents by being tested and challenged constantly. By being placed into the Steve Jobs tumblr they ultimately would find what they are capable of. Providing Steve Jobs and Apple with the kind of groundbreaking products that the world cannot get enough off.


So realising, that at that moment Steve Jobs was not the man the board wanted to run the company, Jobs himself set out to find someone that could demonstrate the skills, characteristics and behaviours that he would want in place of him.


And he found that very man, in 1983, when he recruited Pepsi executive John Sculley to run Apple, famously asking him "Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?"


John Sculley was inspired by these words and accepted this position. Not realising that less than three years later, he would also be changing Steve Jobs life too.


Things did not seem doomed for collision when the relationship was first formed, as both considered the other a close friend. Being on the same wavelength, it was a common occurrence for one to finish the sentences of the other.


They thrived in each other's company and were seen to many as a dynamic duo that  contributed greatly to the amazing press that the company was receiving across the world at that time.


They complemented each other personally, but professionally were very different.


They had their own responsibilities and demands on their time and energies that neither could possibly understand.


Within the walls of Apple there was no getting away from the fact that things were turning for the worse.


Jobs was Apple's chief visionary, a role that put him in charge of the team developing Apple's next revolutionary product, the Macintosh computer.


John Scully on the other hand, was interested in appeasing the views of the concerned board members who saw Jobs as a loose cannon, and ensuring that the vision of Jobs did not ultimately become the death warrant of Apple.


The Mac debuted in 1984 to rave reviews but disappointing sales, putting a financial strain on the company -– and fraying Jobs' relationship with Sculley.

Jobs basically had created his own team to create his own product, the Macintosh. His team actually having its own building. He even flew the pirate flag there.


As he often would say, 'It is better to be a pirate, than to be in the navy.'


What Steve Jobs had done was ultimately created a company-within-a-company, that became pitted against other parts of the company that actually made money. The cracks were growing wider and wider by the day.


The downfall came soon, when buoyed by Steve Jobs largely overestimated expectations of the Macintosh sales, they found that their euphoria about the revolutionary Mac, which they thought they would ship 80,000 units by the end of 1984, and had produced anything but euphoria.


They had built, developed and stored 80,000 computers ready for the rush, but encountered a return just a quarter of what was expected.


And not only was the figure disappointing, but so was the performance of the Macintosh, that Steve Jobs had deemed as perfection in the making.


In fact with its 128 KByte RAM it was not simply not powerful enough, and there were hardly any software applications available yet.


During the annual board meeting in 1985, it became clear that the work that Steve Jobs deemed as important was not as important to what truly mattered: the financial bottom line.


Compared to the continued sales of the Apple II, Steve Jobs new masterpiece only accounted for 30% of the sales of Apple. It was a dead duck, and to many simply not worth pursuing with.


Steve Jobs became more and more angry and aggressive because of the continuing drop in Macintosh sales, and made sure that he blamed everyone for its failure, other than himself.


So blinkered was he to the world he had created, that he couldn't see what everyone else would consider to be obvious. The failure was not with the product, but was with Steve Jobs belief in the product. The problem was with him.


In the end, he blamed even Sculley for the crisis and wanted to lead the company himself. But this seemed impossible to everyone else: "Steve was a big thinker, an inspirational motivator, but not a day-to-day manager. What was sad was that he could not see it."


When Sculley was informed that Jobs intended to remove him from the company, he was quite concerned, but then decided to choose the company's welfare over his friendship to its visionary co-founder.


Supported by Markkula and the other members of the board, in May 1985, he dismissed Steve from his positions as the vice-president and as the leader of the Macintosh division; Jobs did not have any managerial power anymore.


The record books make it clear that Steve Jobs wasn't sacked, but was demoted. But such was his ego, and love for his creation that is a mute point.


Steve Jobs could no longer be seen as someone that could make the company fly high. His wings had been severely clipped, and now like the Macintosh was a dead duck. Perhaps not dead, but a shadow of what he had been previously.


Jobs, took awhile to decide on his next move, and by and large spent much of 1985 travelling around Europe and the Soviet Union under the orders of Sculley promoting the Apple II.


It was during these endless journeys that Steve Jobs lost interest in what he was doing. He lost interest in the company that he had co-founded. He was depressed and lost.


The charismatic young man from just a few month previously forgotten. He stopped coming to work and resigned from Apple


Jobs said during the speech at Stanford in 1985 that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that ever happened to him. “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything,” he said.

“It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life; I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple,” Jobs said. “It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.”


And so started the third part of the Steve Jobs biography. The ability for him to assess, refocus, play, and learn from his weaknesses.


It was during this period when Steve Jobs, as we see everyday on the Join Up Dots interviews, came back stronger than ever. The darkest periods of his life, showed him the light that would lead him to blaze even more brightly than he had thought possible.


He would change from the petulant, abrasive, visionary, to as John Sculley himself says “The Greatest CEO the world has ever known”


But how did he do this?


How did Steve Jobs pull himself from the dark despair that hung all around him, and start to fight back? A despair so intense that some of his close friends were worried for his safety, and considered his moods suicidal in their depth.


Once again, as we need to do time and time again with this tale, we need to step back a few months to review the version of Steve Jobs who hadn't yet decided on his next move.


The Steve Jobs that was still struggling to come to terms with his demotion from Apple, but not yet brave enough to walk away.


The telling part of the story, is the period when Steve Jobs began failing to turn up for work, and started looking around him.


Freed in many ways from the constraints of his responsibilities, he had time to think.


“Apple was founded when Steve was just 21 years old. So he never really had time to think about big picture, life issues. He obsessed on the same questions over and over: “What went wrong with Apple. What did I do wrong?”


It was an important question to ask, and within its few words would hold the answer to his true world changing legacy, ready to be unleashed on the world twelve years later.


After Jobs returned from the Apple II tour, he met with The Graphics Group, a team of 3D computer graphics technicians gathered by Star Wars director George Lucas.


Steve Jobs began to believe that the high-end 3D graphics business was going to be huge. “These guys were way ahead of anybody,” he said. “I just knew in my bones that this was going to be very important.”


He suggested to the Apple board that it consider buying the company — later called Pixar — from LucasFilm. But the board wasn’t paying attention to Steve anymore, and less than graciously decided to pass on the deal.


Jobs then floated. He spent more time with his daughter Lisa. He gardened. He mused about running for public office. He applied to fly on the Space Shuttle as a civilian, but that didn’t work out.


He went to Europe on business, but made time for museums. He spent a lot of time by himself, or with his girlfriend.


In Europe Steve Jobs met with heads of state, university presidents, artists. He’d been humbled in California, but was having his ego stroked in Europe, where he was still thought of as a “revolutionary business figure.”


Although none of these conversations, and museum visits were on their own important, they were in fact a series of dots, leading to the big dot.


The one that would create the inspiration within him, to go again.


Ready to return to the U.S. hungry for the next big thing.


He began meeting with scientists, who were telling him that they needed a personal computer with enough power for real research and modeling — “a radically new high-end computer ‘workstation.'”


Although far way from the Jobs family garage, where Apple was born, the same passion and ability for creative thinking was ready to ignite again.


Steve Jobs was on the march, and went straight into the boardroom of Apple, to declare that he was leaving start a new company, and would also be taking some low-level Apple employees with him.

And what came next, was NeXT.

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There are many things that will surprise you from a Steve Jobs biography.

 

We all feel that we know the man well. 

 

We have read the stories of success, heard the tales of peculiar behavior and used the products that the man left behind.

 

But what you will find when you start researching Steve Jobs, is a man who I don't think anyone will truly understand. 

 

A man with so many layers of personality, and distinct characteristics, that we all had the potential to see the type of person that Steve Jobs wanted us to see.

 

So where do we start on the Join Up Dots take, on the Steve Jobs Biography?

 

Well we can clearly see on the Join Up Dots timeline, that Steve Jobs was from the moment he was born looking for identity. 

 

Steven Paul Jobs was brought into the world on the 24th February 1955 in San Francisco California, by two students of the University of Wisconsin, who for whatever reason felt that this new born boy, who would grow up to become the king of techonology, was not theirs to keep.

 

Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, played such an amazing part in bringing this child to the world, but would also play such a small part too, and gave the young Steve Jobs up for adoption shortly after birth.

 

And this was one of the dots in the Steve Jobs biography that Steve spoke so candidly about in 2005, when he addressed the graduating students on Stanford in a commencement address that has become a firm favourite to the world.

 

Not least becoming the basis of what became the theme behind the show “Join Up Dots with David Ralph”

 

The Steve Jobs Biography is a fascinating tale of clearly defined dots that shape what he was going to become right from the start, which would make it fascinating if we could ever go back in time and show the young Steve Jobs the steps that he should take.

 

Would he follow them, or would this young child with such a fascination for technology, and understanding of the components that made early electronic devices work, listen?

 

Well probably not, but you can see in the Steve Jobs biography those dots were clearly working in his favour right from the start.

 

His adopted parents lived in Mountain View California, which would fortuitously become what is known as silicon valley in later years, planting the budding entrepreneur in the centre of where he would later go on to rule.

 

His father, Paul Jobs who worked as a Coast Guard veteran and machinist, also had an interest in electronics and would show his young son from the confines of the family garage (the birthplace of Apple) how to take electronic devices a part, and then have the confidence to put them all back together.

 

Paul Jobs could have had fishing as a hobby, but once again the Steve Jobs biography shows that the skills that he would later utilize to such astonishing success were laid before him.

 

Yes of course, he needed the interest and persistence to make these skills work, but Steve Jobs was nothing but tenacious when that interest was in evidence.

 

A completely different Steve Jobs, to the one we would see throughout his career when he was bored, or things didn't quite go his way!

 

And those opposing, and not so dynamic and conscientious personality traits, were more than evident to everyone during his schooling. Steve Jobs was an innovative thinker. He could see things long before most people had started to even consider there was even something to be seen.

 

Which meant that during school, he struggled with the confines of formal schooling, and the structure of his lessons which as we all know, more often than not are anything but innovative.

 

The young Steve Jobs, would attempt to keep himself entertained by playing pranks and creating mischief, even once being bribed by his fourth grade teacher to get his head down and study. 

 

But there was no getting away from the fact that being born to two University graduates had provided him with the genes of intelligence. And school tests, even from a boy who had little interest in the work were a breeze. He would sail through the testing with such apparent ease that the school administrators were keen to push him ahead to High School, which his parents were reluctant to sanction.

 

So already at school age, the Steve Jobs biography shows that we have a child who is living smack bang in the middle of the soon to be formed Silicon Valley, had an interest in electronics, possessed an innovative and questioning mind, and was born in 1955.

 

And this last fact is probably one of the most interesting of all, as Malcom Gladwell attested to in his bestselling book the Outliers” in the chapter “Timing Is Everything”

 

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was born in 1953, Apple founder Steve Jobs in 1955, Sun Microsystems founders Bill Joy and Scott McNealy in 1954, Bill Gates in 1955.

 

Which made them the prime age when the first do it yourself home computers came to market in 1975. 

 

Old enough to see the potential, and risk their futures by working on what someone already established in a career in computers would consider too much a risk to take on. 

 

But not old enough to be already settled down with children and responsibilities, frightened to take the leap of faith and risk what they had already gained in life. 

 

All of them fascinated with what was in front of them, and on their own paths to becoming household names in computing, making them richer than anyone could hope to be.

 

So we are building quite a list of dots on the Join Up Dots timeline, and of course the Steve Jobs biography.

 

We can now add perfect timing of his birth, to the perfect location, an interest in electronics, questioning mind, and a passion to go against the norm. 

 

We can almost see already, the Steve Jobs that we would see a few years later, in the young man huddled over a box of wires and fuses.

 

But no matter how inspired and intellectual a person is, they will need the support of others. 

 

And Steve Jobs found this when he was introduced to Steve Wozniak, who became his future business partner.

 

The two hit it off straight away, and as Wozniak spoke about in a 2007 interview, it was obvious from the start that the two had similar outlooks and passions. Passions that back in the early years of the 1970’s very few people had.

 

As he says “We both loved electronics and the way we used to hook up digital chips. And very few people, especially back then, had any idea what chips were, how they worked and what they could do. I had designed many computers, so I was way ahead of him in electronics and computer design, but we still had common interests. We both had pretty much sort of an independent attitude about things in the world.” 

 

And that was how Steve Jobs life was throughout High School. Limited interest in what was happening within the education system, but along with Wozniack fascinated and consumed by the potential outside its walls.

 

And now in the Steve Jobs biography we arrive at that definitive time in his life. 

 

The definitive time in everyone's life. They are now ready to go out into the world as young adults and create their own paths.

 

Would Steve Jobs follow the course that so many people follow and play it safe, getting a job just because it's money in the bank, following in the footsteps of his father, or would he strive boldly into a new future, and create his legacy.

 

Well surprisingly Steve Jobs did neither, and even against a background off disinterest in studying and education, Steve Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland Oregon.

 

This appears a decision that was not well thought out, as Steve Jobs quickly realised that he wasn't suited for further education and made the decision to drop out of college and do his own thing.

 

And that thing was to start attending classes that he thought would be interesting. 

 

He would choose classes to attend, just because he was intrigued by their content, not because how they would look on his resume.

 

One of those classes, as Steve Jobs recounted once again in the Stanford Commencement address changed his life. The course was in calligraphy, and developed the love of typography that he brought to the world in such a dramatic and successful way with his first foray into the home computer market.

 

As he said to the students hanging on his every word on that day “None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backward 10 years later.”

 

In 1974, the Steve Jobs biography shows, what you would think was a great starting point to his career as a computer genius, and the young Jobs accepted a position with the promising and innovative games company Atari, as a video game designer.

 

Atari would go onto to dominate the home games console market in the late seventies and early eighties, with children across the world clambering for one of these wooden boxes that they could plug into their television sets. The demand was astonishing.

 

But Steve Jobs would not play a big part of the success of the company, as just six months later he quit, to go and find himself by traveling the huge continent of India, high on drugs most of the time.

 

When he did return to the United States of America it was now 1976, Steve Jobs was twenty years old and about get serious about what he saw the future of home computing to be. 

 

Alongside his friend Steve Wozniak, still spending hours and hours inside the Jobs family garage, they would create what would grow to become the most valuable company on Earth.

 

The two friends set to work experimenting with the knowledge that they had fostered, more often than not unknowingly throughout their lives. 

 

The hours spent fiddling with chips, and electronic circuit boards as a hobby, now finding its true importance in their lives.

 

Which is of course one of the truths of every episode of Join Up Dots. 

 

Perceived failures, or what seemed like pure time wastage can later on turn out to be the holder of the very thing that you are looking for. 

 

And that was certainly the case with young Mr Steve Jobs.

 

However greatness does not appear without a belief and a willingness to take risks. And the Steve Jobs biography is littered with incidents where he seemed to have the desire to go further and quicker than anyone else around him would consider acceptable..  

 

Selling his Volkswagen bus, whilst his friend Wozniak sold his beloved scientific computer they funded their fledgling enterprise, and began to work changing the world. Empowering every home to believe they could posses their own computer, which several years previously would have been thought an impossible dream.

 

With Jobs in charge of marketing— Apple, which they decided to call their untested enterprise, initially marketed the computers for $666.66 each. The Apple I earned the corporation around $774,000. Three years after the release of Apple's second model, the Apple II, the company's sales increased by 700 percent, to $139 million. 

 

Not bad for two guys, who just three years before were unsure as to which direction their future would go.

 

However this was simply the beginning of what Apple was to become and in 1980, Apple Computer became a publicly traded company, with a market value of $1.2 billion.

 

By the end of its very first day of trading, and buoyed by its success Jobs looked to find someone with the business acumen and vision to drive the company to even greater heights, and made the decision to bring marketing expert John Sculley of Pepsi-Cola in as the President of Apple.

 

A decision that among all the decisions made in the Steve Jobs biography was as bad for Steve as it could possibly be. 

 

A decision that would bring Steve Jobs to one of the lowest points of his life, being told to leave the company he had founded. 

 

Steve Jobs was sacked from Apple.

 

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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who from his hometown of Calgary Canada, is on a mission similar to most of our guests.

In fact it should be the mission that everyone of us who listen into Join Up Dots should be on everyday.

He is committed to studying, understanding and helping others achieve more, in less time.

If you want to better your life, your career or business, and of course your results, then there is no better way than to focus in on the needs of others.

As the late Zig Ziglar once said, "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want" which seems to be a great principle to live by, and is certainly working for todays guest.

And so for nearly two decades, he has travelled and advised people from across the continent and around the globe, from Fortune 500 leadership teams, to high achievers from all walks of life.

So how did he know that he could see a problem that had been anchoring people to the future they were not keen on, and blow it to pieces?

And does he find that he still has many of the issues that his clients have, but has managed to work to reduce them, or does he still carry around self limiting baggage?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Shawn Shewchuck

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Mr Brian Holmes, a man who has many irons in the fire on a daily basis.

He is an author of the book “The Ties That Bind”, the founder and President of Strategic Living Institute, Brian A Holmes Ministries and the Strategic Leadership Forum, where he inspires everyone to find that thing that we were put on this earth to do.

He even has his own weekly podcast, that bind it all together.

As he says “Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed because there’s something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at – something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again.”

So how long did it take Brian Holmes to find the freedom ill this way?

And is it a process that we can all learn, or do people more often than not stumble unknowingly into the path that they should be taking?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Mr Brian Holmes.

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John Lee Dumas: How The Host Of Entrepreneur On Fire Joined Up His Dots (Bonus Episode)

John Lee Dumas is an inspiration to many people across the world, who hear him talk on a daily basis with entrepreneurs, businessman and the movers and shakers of the world.

He is the host of the award winning daily podcast, Entrepreneur On Fire, which since its birth back in September 2012, has lead the way in what can be achieved in the world of podcasting.

John Lee Dumas podcast interviewJohn Lee Dumas was not the obvious choice to become the man behind the mic, but as we always see on Join Up Dots, when you look back over the life of the person, you can see how the dots join up clearly.

And this is certainly the case with John Lee Dumas.

John Dumas was born as he says in his own words “A simple country boy from the State of Maine” and throughout his childhood was a child who was an extremely active and popular child.

The son of a preacher man, John Lee Dumas, or John Lee as his parents called him liked nothing more than hitting the school playground everyday, and indulging in kickball with his mates.

And growing up in a state where his childhood years were spent on lakes in the summer and ski mountains in the winters, it is with little surprise that when his childhood years had past, he didn’t actively seek a job behind a desk, which is where you can find him much of the time working today on Entrepreneur On Fire, but instead went for something far more active.

Active in body, and active for his country, as in 2002 he entered the military and for the next eight years, John Lee Dumas performed the role as Captain, and Armor and logistics officer for Uncle Sam.

And this is one of those dots on the Join Up Dots timeline, that helps pinpoint the success of Entrepreneur on Fire.john leed dumas podcast interview

Whilst in the military, John Lee Dumas was trained in structure, planning, organisation and effectiveness, all brilliantly useful as a soldier, but equally useful as a high flying Entrepreneur.

So many people point to the success of his seven day per week podcast Entrepreneur On Fire, and ask how can you record so many episodes and not burn out?

Which John Lee Dumas quite candidly will point out, is down to the skills that he learnt during his time in the armed forces, which he has utilised to such brilliant effect with Entrepreneur On Fire and his other income producing business spin offs.

An interesting fact about John Lee’s time in the military was that he became the first platoon in America to perform a tour of duty in Iraq, during the conflict there in the early two thousands.

For thirteen months, he worked tirelessly supporting his platoon, and building up his commitment to the task, until it was time to say goodbye to Captain John Lee Dumas, and say hello to the civilian version, that was to become anything but as effective as his previous incarnation.

The transition from the military was not an easy one to perform, and John Lee Dumas points out in his own words, that he was searching for something that could replace the self worth that he had felt previously.

As he says “My transition was brutal and different compared to others’. I thought I had everything mapped out. My father is a lawyer so I immediately thought that law would be a great profession for me to move into. I applied to law school and got accepted for the fall of next year. Before that I knew I would spend the year traveling. What I should have looked at people out there in the civilian world who were veterans and non-veterans that were actually doing things that inspired me. I should have tried to find out how I could have learned from these people. I wish I turned it in that direction.”

So in those words we can already see the makings of the John Lee Dumas podcast king that we can see today.

Before Entrepreneur On Fire was even an idea to be hatched, he was looking for structure, organization, and the ability to inspire and be inspired.

He was prepared to ignite, although at that stage John Lee Dumas was still looking in completely the wrong direction to find that spark.

Interestingly across the world, there is a similar path to how we live our lives, and it has become very much a theme of Join Up Dots.

When growing up we get told what to do, by parents, teachers, mentors, scoutmasters, the list goes on.

And so it’s with little surprise that the time comes for us to make a decision as to what we want to do with our lives, and we have no idea.

How can we know, when for the first twenty years we have barely made a decision for ourselves?

And that is where John Lee Dumas found himself, and after a gap year travelling the world and feeling lost and liberated all at the same time he returned, and entered into the world’s favourite career destination.

He followed that path that he had already seen travelled by his father, and enrolled to become a lawyer, which turned out to be one of the world’s worst mistakes, at least it did for John Lee Dumas.

John Dumas seems to react strongly to emotions and feelings, and will fight back quicker and more determinedly than most people.

Most would discover that they didn’t like something slowly, and then decide to remove themselves from that pain slowly too.

John, realised on that very first day that he hated it, and knew that what he had enrolled for was a massive error of judgement on his part. Without any idea of what he wanted to do, or what he wanted to become he quit at the end of the first semester.

He had to face his parents, his friends, his colleagues, ex-students, and worse of all himself.

In very short time he had gone from being a Captain in the military that people looked up to, and reacted strongly to his positive messages to someone that he couldn’t even respect himself.

John Lee Dumas, here is another one of your dots.

The self-worth that you now feel and strive everyday to grow within your listeners was gone.

You were being given the clearest clue that you were the ideal avatar to what you would become.

You were a person that needed to feel “On Fire” and love every second of your life.

Self-worth, passion, a clear message, followers, structure and organisation had been planted within him, and very soon those dots would explode, and Entrepreneur On Fire would be realized.

But still we have a few more dots to cover before we get to the true path of John Lee Dumas, Host of the award winning “Entrepreneur On Fire”.

John Lee Dumas Podcast InterviewIn 2008, John joined the company John Hancock and set about rebuilding his life, confidence and belief that he had something worthwhile to offer.

Entering the world of corporate finance John Lee Dumas, found that he had a natural talent for making money and quickly became seen as someone new to look out for.

For eighteen months his star was on the rise, and the decision makers of John Hancock knew that they had someone that was worth investing in.

They had an employee on fire!

But, as we see time and time again with John Lee Dumas, if it doesnt feel right, then no matter how much money or success is coming his way it still won’t make it right.

And on the day when he realised that he had survived a series of staff cuts during the downturn in the economy, the heads of John Hancock told them all “If you are not with us 100% then walk away because we are only going to work with people that want us”.

And instead of being relieved that he had a job, a career path, and a company that was willing to make big decisions, John Lee Dumas took what seems a remarkable decision.

A great one with hindsight, but one that from the outsider’s viewpoint appears as almost lunacy.

He realised that he wasn’t 100% with them, and although now earning a good income, with a new condo in Boston, told the company “Enough is enough” and walked away into the unknown and complete insecurity again.

Different roles came and went during the next four years, and John Lee Dumas traveled the length and breadth of the country, performing roles that were not him.

He switched roles, direction, and salaries and no matter what he tried the path that we had already seen was screaming out for him, was just not visible to his own eyes.

He didn’t realise that he had a mission to inspire.

He had words waiting to be spoken to a global audience.

He had followers ready to be led.

And then one day, in the most unexpected of locations, the tyres of John Lee Dumas’s car rolled another two inches and found the path that he was looking for.

On just another seemingly normal drive to perform the role of Commercial Real Estate broker for the The Dunham Group, the big dot arrived in John’s life.

The tyres had found traction on what would become the starting point of Entrepreneur On Fire.

During all the time driving around America, John lee Dumas had fortuitously consumed podcasts to pass the time, and to help him feel inspired and motivated.

He loved them, and had his favorites that were to be his daily companions, as he burnt up the miles of American roadway.

The familiar voices, that had become the soundtrack to his life.

But one day, these friends fell quiet.

The voices that had accompanied him for hour upon hour, now had nothing more to say.

He looked through his MP3 player and realised that he had run out. Such was his desire for listen to the learnings, speeches or just plain fun and informative conversations that John Lee Dumas had exhausted his supply.

He was consuming quicker than the hosts could deliver the content.

“Why can’t there be daily shows seven day per week?” mused John Lee Dumas, as he switched on the radio to listen to several hours of Miley Cyrus and musical fluff.

BOOM!!!

He had found it. He had joined up his dots, and found his path.

If no one else was delivering content seven days per week, then why couldn’t he?

Why couldn’t he be the first guy to do the unthinkable and create more content than people could consume.

And with that thought, lots of uncertainty, and no idea what he would even call this vision, Entrepreneur On Fire was born.

Now several years later, the humble beginnings of this award winning podcast are far to be seen in the rear view mirror of John Lee Dumas car.

With downloads of 1,000,000 per month, income exceeding $250,000 per month, and keynote presentations, and media appearances across the world, John Dumas is on fire.

He has joined up all his dots, and now seven day per week is helping others find their own.

So do you think that you can push through so much uncertainty and disappointment?

Do you think that you have what it takes to follow the voices in your own head, and create your own path?

Well if you do then there is one thing to say.

Reader “You are prepared to ignite”

For more information on John Lee Dumas EOfire podcast go to:

EOFire | Entrepreneur on FIRE | Chats with Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins and inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week

Awarded 'Best of iTunes', EOFire is a 7-day a week Podcast where John Lee Dumas chats with todays most successful Entrepreneurs. Pat Flynn, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins and Gary Vaynerchuk are just 5 of the over 1400 interviews to date. EOFire was created for YOU, the Entrepreneur, Side-Preneur, Solo-Preneur and Small Business Owner. If you're looking for ACTIONABLE advice during your daily commute, workout, or ‘me’ time, JLD brings the HEAT. Each episode details the journey of a successful Entrepreneur who shares their WORST Entrepreneurial moment and lessons learned, an AH-HA moment and how they turned that idea into success, and much more. Each episode ends with THE LIGHTNING ROUND where JLD extracts golden nuggets, Internet resources and action steps for you, FIRE NATION!

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Mr Marc Ensign, did me a huge favour, before he has even appeared on the show, by basically writing the shows introduction for me.

Normally, I do all the research and spin it all together, but when you go to their linkedIn and about page and start laughing straight away, then why write the thing yourself.

So in his own words "I’ve had a bit of a whirlwind of a career over the past 20 years that all began as a well known Broadway musician.

I’ve always been an entrepreneur by nature. I really didn’t have much of a choice as I was pretty much fired from every job I had as a kid for always insisting on doing things my way.

As it turns out, companies generally don’t like it when you do that…unless of course you own the company, so I started my own company. Successfully promoting my way to Broadway as a musician told me that I had a real knack for marketing, so in 2001 I picked up a copy of PhotoShop and started a website design and search engine optimization company called Sound-n-Vision.

For over 11 years now I have been directly involved in the success of well over 1,000 organizations from local Mom and Pop shops to Internet startups to non-profits to Fortune 500 Companies and everything in between by helping them to develop new strategies for success using website design, search engine optimization and social media.

With all of the success I have been able to achieve for my clients, I figured that it was a natural transition to share my real world experience and expertise on successful Internet Marketing strategies with people from all walks of life.

Marc Ensign describes his style of writing and speaking as "Internet Marketing Without the Geek Speak" meaning that I have a gift for taking otherwise complex subjects like search engine optimization, social media marketing, blogging, increasing conversion rates and other marketing strategies and breaking them down in a way that anyone can easily understand and take immediate action on.

This is a man who has found a passion where he didn't originally see that he had one?

And like me, Marc also struggles with spelling the word definitely every time he types it.

So has he created the skill that has led to his successful online business, by simply working harder than most at practicing his art?

He has found the freedom to become more of himself

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only super entrepreneur and businessman Marc Ensign

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Todays show brings Cathi Hargaden, onto the Join Up Dots Podcast interview who is an expert in a subject that most of us have heard about, but few of us totally understand.

Cathi has built a lifestyle business around the ancient principle of Feng Shui.

Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, Feng Shui is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.

Cathi Hargaden can teach us such skills as How to improve our lives by clearing out our clutter and allowing space into our properties.

How to double our success by ensuring our internal and external compasses are aligned.

And if that doesn't make you prick up your ears, then how about How to attract the vibrational energy of money, wealth, health and happiness into your life using the principles of Feng Shui.

Now I know that many of my listeners perhaps maybe dismissive of such stuff, but this is going to be  a fascinating conversation as to how Cathi Hargaden has built a business around a passion, which has taken Cathi Hargaden from her home in the UK to teaching these principles across the world.

And now with both Wealthy Spaces and Healthy Spaces gaining more and more exposure and clients, since beginning over 15 years ago, she has certainly found the passion that lights her up inside and of course pays the bills too.

So when did this ancient principle first come into her life, and did she like so many people at first query its validity?

And did Cathi see an instant business opportunity or did the realisation that she should could gain income delay itself?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only entrepreneur Cathi Hargaden.

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 Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast, is Kellie Hill, who is a lovely lady who is radiating health and wellness, and looks like the world is great around her.

But that hasn't always been the case, as she is a survivor of both heart attacks and a stroke.

And honestly, I was shocked when I discovered that fact, as I don't know what I expect heart attack survivors to look like, but its not our guest.

But from that point, her life appears to have sped up with multiple appearances on television and becoming the international radio talk show host of Eat Well To Live Well With Kellie Hill.

You see, once she had her health issues, Kellie has become the muse of neurologists and hematologists across the world, who concluded that her health diets saved her life more than once.

And this is one of those fascinating dots on the join up dots timeline, as was she already on the path to now, or did she need these life shockers to really show her the way?

Well we find out all about her healthy diet philosophy during the show, because is that there is no one-size fits all diet, but there are changes everyone can make in order to improve their health,

Because of each one of is different, most diets will work for some people and not for others, so its important to understand your own body and its need in order to attain optimal health

So how did she find out the fuel that makes her go off like a rocket, and learn the foods that are the best for her?

And does she look back at the strokes, and heart attacks as a good thing now, or just something that she hopes she never has to go through again?

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

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business show is a man who knows a thing or two about having a laugh.

And unusually believes that laughter is a great way to develop leadership in most environments.

But does this have to be an unusual approach in business, or should showing a sense of humour in the work place, be the perfect way to find freedom in our lives, reduce stress, inspire others, and of course to show that you are in control?

Well for over 15 years, our guest toured America as he excelled in one of the hardest entrepreneurial routes you can take, that of the stand-up comic. Honing his craft.

Where the ability to learn from complete silence, and take the nights when everything goes wrong, helps you find your natural self, and ultimately bring laughter to any audience.

And why did he do this?

Well he knew he had to overcome his fear of public speaking to build the kind of careers that he wanted, after meeting a gentleman at a toastmasters meeting he knew it was down to him to beat this fear.

He was told  “The only way to get better at building the careers that you want is to do it.”

As he says, “Everybody in this world has a story to tell and they should share their stories. I believe we learn how to overcome adversity when we share our stories.”

And he is doing that to great effect, and  bringing smiles and laughter to everyone he meets?

So can he remember the nights when every joke went down like a lead balloon?

And did he know at those times that he was learning a valuable lesson towards building his perfect lifestyle, or was it just “How long till I can get off this stage?”

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only entrepreneur Mr Ray Engan

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Todays Bonus episode of Join Up Dots responds to an email from a listener, but of course answers something that we all struggle with. How do we stop our dreams being crushed. How do we Protect the Dreams?

Dear Join Up Dots team,

Thanks for the amazing resource you have created and the content that you are giving to us all.

My head has literally been spinning with ideas and possibilities as to the life I can have.

My problem is I feel alone when I talk about these things.

I don't have anyone that shares the same dreams, so the responses I have got has been underwhelming to say the least.

I have heard you talk about your virtual friends is this the way forward. Should I foget about real people who seem not to undertand

Alll the best
Mike Clinton
Maryland
USA

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Podcast 380: Dianne Collins: An Author Providing The World A Quantum Leap In Education

Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on Steve Jobs inspired motivation packed podcast Join Up Dots is a lady who has always been someone that looks at the world with different eyes.

When the rest of us, are accepting what we see and going along with the status quo, she is questioning.

Questioning how we can do things differently, leading to a better world for all of us.

When she was 15 years old, she realised that she was living in a world where people were making weapons to kill each other with, and the world thought that was ok.

And with one thought “There has to be another way of creating this world” she set off on the path she is on today.

And now as the hugely successful author of the book Do You QuantumThink?: New Thinking That Will Rock Your World she has become a media personality as she speaks across the world on the subject of changing our thinking, to a new way.

With her 21 principles that connect us to living our full potential, she is a lady on a mission to change us all.

So I suppose one of the key questions, is how does she find the motivation to overcome the old world thinking that so many people have when being confronted by anything new?

And does she see that as the older generations are slipping further away from the cutting edge of today, that her message is being received more easily than it has ever been before? 

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

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