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

Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast is a TV Host, published author, speaker, business branding, and video marketing expert.

 

Her passion is helping entrepreneurs attract their perfect clients and position their brand for higher sales by sharing her branding and marketing expertise.

 

She is the host of Mimika TV, a web show that inspires entrepreneurs to build a brilliant business brand, and quite simply seems to be having the time of her life.

 

And why shouldn't she when she is 100% authentic and is quite obviously playing to her strengths everyday.

 

Strengths that she has built up by throwing herself into the kind of environments that would freak so many people out.

 

Standing and presenting live in front of the camera for UK TV, working in the modelling industry, being a public speaker.

 

All of them taking her further and further outside her comfort zone, helping to building a future that is all her and her alone.

 

So why has she had such an eclectic career and challenged herself in environments as we have already mentioned?

 

And where does she see it all leading? To a perfectly defined master plan, or a make it up as she goes along type of vibe?

 

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

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y guest today Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a fascinating lady who has had more than a bit of life's rubbish thrown in her direction.

 

In fact the first words you will see when you visit her website are "I smashed myself against the walls of life so often I should have died. I survived, then thrived, and lived to tell the tale."

 

In fact her words are so much more powerful than I could write, so in her own words. 

 

"Life threw some pretty nasty curve balls at me as a young woman, sent to boarding school at the age of eleven, never to live at home again and the victim of a serious sexual assault as a teenager; what seemed like an inevitable decline into drugs and alcohol defined most of my 20’s. I lived a double life, one of a successful young woman (having started the first of many profitable businesses at the age of 21). The other, a woman in deep pain, relentlessly trashing my body as the worthless object the rape had taught me it was.

 

I had a burning desire to live and an inexhaustible appetite for self-harm and self-sabotage. For a decade it was touch and go which side was going to win. I started reaching for self-help books in my late teens and spent hours with counselors, trying to find a way through the torment that seemed to be my life. Each year I would take two steps forward and one back, some years it was three steps back.

 

I never gave up, I believed it was possible to be happy and whole and have relentlessly pursued this vision for the last thirty years."

 

And certainly now it appears that she is fighting back in life and encouraging the world to have the belief that life is there to be lived and savoured.

 

And with her platform "Belief School" going from strength to strength it appears that she has learnt the greatest lesson of all.

 

The more you give to the world the more you gain yourself.

 

So does she look back on her life and is glad that those things happened, as it allows her to connect with more people on a deeply personal level?

 

And is there a big dot in her life that turned her life around and lead her on the path that she is on today?

 

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots the one and only Paula Gosney.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired top rated Join Up Dots podcast is one of those guys that you could find yourself next to in a bar one day, and have the urge to buy him drink after drink.

And why would you have the motivation do this you maybe asking?

Well this is a guy who has achieved what most people yearn for in life, and is willing to let us in on the secret.

He has made a career out of doing something that he loves, and in the process started a business with nothing and made it into a multi million dollar company.

As a veteran, registered nurse, writer, and successful entrepreneur, he brings a wealth of experience that he has gained through the years, welding it all into a tremendous passion for impacting lives.

He is an author of BINK, where he helps us create miracles by recognizing and honoring those life changing moments that open the door to what’s next…which he calls Bink moments

And also it seems, he has an almost unnatural connection to sheep…….the last guy who got him drunk in a bar told me this.

So what is it like to live a life that is pire inspiration and a WOW more often than not?

And is this something that anyone can learn, or do you need a talent or skill that is inbuilt to gain the keys to the kingdom?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start in the words of Steve Jobs, joining up dots podcast with the one and only entrepreneur Mr Rick Martinez

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When you see someone boldly state that they were born to make money, you either think that this guy is very bold, or he is very good at what he does.

 

Today's guest seems to be both, and from his base in San Diego California is spinning many plates as he literally loves the life he lives (and gets paid very well to live it too!)

 

He is the New York Times bestselling author of What Is Your WHAT? Discover The ONE Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do, the Business Technology Book Of The Year, Internet Prophets: To name just a few of his publications

 

And he also appeared in the ground-breaking film, The Keeper of the Keys, alongside Jack Canfield and John Gray

 

But there is no getting away with the fact that at his core, he is a hustler who works incredibly hard, has passion by the bucket load, and has honed his talents from opening his first nightclub back in 1989,  through to starting a wine business with his Mum.

 

And I guess the question is now with a real estate business, wine business, keynote speaker business.....how does he know What is his WHAT?

 

And do you find your what naturally, or do you have to take action and try many many different things to get there?

 

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

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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Robert Mallon, a man driven to make a difference to the men of the world.

 

Alongside his business partner, Bill Watkins, he is the founder of RustyLion Academy, where they work with men between the ages of 30 and 49 to help them make huge steps forwards in their entrepreneurial ventures.

 

He knows better than most, that no man is an island, and by connecting with mentors and other like minded individuals across the globe their students make bolder and bolder decisions and believe in themselves to achieve greatness.

 

But it hasn’t always been a road full of such positivity.

 

As a child, he struggled with the absence of his father he left the family when he was in the third grade.

 

His mother suddenly losing the partner in her life, and the income provider had to take three jobs to survive.

 

He knew that he had to do something and as he says in his own words “I started working at thirteen to help out at home. I took jobs in restaurants and waited tables at a dinner theatre. I did paper routes and yard work around the neighbourhood. I was a hardware store clerk, a roughneck, and I’m sure other things I can’t remember. In one sense, I was very lucky because I went from elementary school through high school with the same group of people, so I had a lot of friends, but I was unlucky in the same sense. Divorce wasn’t as usual as it is today. I was ashamed my parents had gotten divorced, so I made people believe my dad just travelled a lot. That was tough. I felt really alone because no one knew what was actually going on.”

 

But through that darkness a man came into his life, who showed such kindness and wisdom, that life was changed for ever

 

He had discovered his first mentor, and realised how life changing and powerful having someone to bounce of ideas with, or just converse with one to one could be.

 

And this seems to me to be one of the first big dots, on his Join Up Dots timeline.

 

But perhaps he would say otherwise, and point to other moments that have led him to where he is today?

 

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

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Hello there and welcome to a bonus edition of Join Up Dots.

Have you ever looked at things that you can do in your lives easily, and think what's the point in taking time to do them?

Such small insignificant actions that appears to not make any difference at all to the big picture?

Well most people think that way, which is why they are reluctantly content to stay in their current situations.

Unless they get instant gratification for their actions, then they fail to grasp the simple fact, that all these small actions add up to something amazing.

Learn to cook over a period of time, by learning about the oven, food, and cutting devices and you never go hungry.

Simply keep throwing  packages into the microwave eating happily, until you get a power cut and then what are you going to do?

It's the small actions that make the difference.

Well in today's episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph lays down a challenge to all his listeners to take such a small action that on it's own it wont make any difference.

But the compound effect is huge, and best of all everyone of you reading this can do the same and join in.

He was inspired by reading the story of Kyle Macdonald, who went on an epic adventure swapping items to see how much value he could gain each time.

Starting with just a red paper-clip, he travelled the globe until someone was willing to swap a house with him. Amazing.

He was also inspired by the many people who have started with 1 penny, and doubled it in just 28 steps to over £1,000,000....equally amazing.

The true inspiration being that these people believed in the impossible.

They could see that these small steps all add up, unlike the majority of the world who will look at the penny and say...."What's the point it's only 1 penny".

However action takers will say that it's actually 1/28th of a million dollars.

Totally different mindset.

So in today episode he has simply asked everyone of his listeners to go out and tell two people about the show, and ask them to listen.

If they like the show then he would like the two additional listeners to tell two people.

Nothing huge, but the start of a world changing compound effect.

Will they do it, or think what's the point?

Will they head to the instant gratification of a tweet, FB post or other form of social media and fail to tell anyone, as they won't be able to see the results of their actions straight away?

Well, if they do share in twenty eight days it would be possible to have over 1,600,000 new listeners starting from just one pair of ears.

A total movement being created in less than a month. Once again amazing.

So today instead of just doing what needs to be done in your life, have a thought about what would happen if you look for the compound effect in your actions.

Where could you be in 28 days, by working on a series of small actions leading to a big dream?

Well, you could be a millionaire for a start, which would at least make you extremely popular with opposite sex.

 

And that is a dream worth having I would have thought!

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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Adam Dicker, a man who is a lifelong entrepreneur and domain expert who at age 18 received a $100,000 job offer while he was just beginning university.

He got online in 1985, right after he got his first Macintosh computer and in 1989, then started running a large computer store in Toronto.

He did this until 1994 when he started his own Internet Service provider, and as you can imagine by that time he was hooked on the internet.

But of course being hooked on something that in many ways was just finding its feet, is both invogiarting and also unpredictable.

This was still four years before Google was formed?

What did we say before we could tell everyone "Oh, just go and Google it?"

He registered his first domain name in 1996 and is one of a small group of individuals to sell a domain name for seven figures.

In 2003 he purchased DNForum.com, which is now the most popular domain name forum on the Internet.

He is considered the domain expert by many in the domain industry.

So looking back did he come along at the right time, when the world wide web, was finding its feet, or has he made smart decisions throughout his adult life?

And what would he be able to do if we didn't have a network of information available to us?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only, yes, domain man himself......Adam Dicker

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My guest today on Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an amazing lady who I first connected with back on episode 66, and I’m proud to say that she has become a great friend too.

Back on episode 66, we talked openly about the journey she had been on to get to the point where everyday she lives at a ten plus.

Yes she was once asked to rate her life happiness and fulfillment between one and ten, and she honestly replied “a ten”plus, which is just one of the reasons she genuinely feels that all of us should be living to our full potential so that we can go off the scale and also live like her

But like all people that achieve great success, its been a long journey starting back when she was 18 years old when she saw the the late great Jim Rhon speak live.

She has been a co-host of the global variety talk show, “Samira’s Show, which airs to over 150 million people in Asia, Europe, Canada, United States, and Iran, she has had her own “Getting Your Life to a Ten +” web series with the Hallmark channel, she is an author, coach, motivational speaker, and a great person to be around.

But quite simply it seems that she has the confidence to be able to tackle most things, and push out of the comfort zone that holds so many of us back

She has the confidence to accept the opportunities first and then work out how to make it happen

So how do you get your talents to the point that people feel that you can do anything?

And how do you stop being dragged away from what you want should truly be doing in life, by accepting these challenges?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Kim Somers Egelsee

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My guest today Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Greg Schwem, a man who has combined two sought after talents and created something rather unusual.

He knows how many business conferences are dry, flat affairs, with keynotes presentations by grey men, in grey suits, spouting grey material.

Leaving the audience wondering when the next breakout session will be, or what happened to that cute girl they saw earlier that morning.

Instead he brings a comedic approach honed by working the stand-up routines in Chicago, with an eye for detail for the written word developed through his study at Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism.

Two distinctly different specialisms, which complement each other perfectly.

But as we see time and time again where someone ends up, displaying what seem like god given talents, is quite often the last place that they envisioned at the beginning of their career.

Leaving University, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach, until when he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.”

And that was that. With a lot of hard work. A lot of persistence. And a desire to be the best that he can be he was on his way.

So how did this young journalist take such a detour in his career?

And why did he feel the need to take an already difficult art of public speaking, and make it doubly tough by trying to make business folk laugh at 9:00am in the morning?

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

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In today's bonus episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph shares something deeply personal that he should have got dealt with years ago, but was scared to do it.

Finally making an appointment at the hospital for an issue that has caused him distress and discomfort for far longer than it should have, he realised that he was trapped within the comfort zone.

That zone where dreams die.

Adventure shrivels.

And experiences are never gained.

He was scared to confront something that was out of the normal experiences that he dealt with everyday.

Preferring to ignore it until it become something that he couldn't ignore it anymore.

But why do we do this?

Why do we all crave the life of our dreams, where excitement wakes us up everyday with a cheery eagerness, but instead prefer to be greeted by the cold hand of boredom and frustration instead.

Its quite simply that as human beings we like nothing more than routine.

We don't like to be scared, or feel apprehension and discomfort.

But actually being brave and attempting new things, feeling frightened and full of adrenaline, is what keeps us young and feeling good about ourselves.

It doesn't have to be big like tying a bungee chord to your office window and leaping out, but just speaking up when normally you might have stayed quiet.

It might be going into a bookshop and choosing a totally random book to what you would normally reach out for.

Just stuff that is different.

We impose a lot of restrictions on ourselves that keep us small.

Stopping us believing in the impossible.

And by stepping out of our comfort zone in small ways, we actually build up our confidence to tackle the big things.

And in big thing land is where our dreams start becoming real.

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Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots, is a man who is tackling an issue that is in so many ways bigger than one man can tackle.

But that is not stopping him.

In fact the enormity seems to spur him on to greater and greater achievements.

From his home in Senegal Africa, he has founded R.I.S.E an organisation to help counter the unemployment issue that is affecting so many young adults and their families in his country.

He is trying to inspire and encourage a new generation of Young Africans to believe that they can become entrepreneurial and create their own incomes.

He is trying to change mind-sets, so the unemployed  can start thinking of ways of creating  their own economy and changing their own lives.

What makes this program so fascinating is how our guest brings together education, fitness, Language studies, inspiration and communication to give his students the greatest chance to achieve.

He builds a foundation of achievement before certifying the students as graduating his course and setting them off to go for their dreams..

So what was it that got the fires burning to start establishing these centres across Africa?

And how did he overcome those initial fears that stop so many great ideas from even finding their first faltering steps.

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to sqtrt joining up dots with the one and only Mr Badou Kane

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My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Leslie Sann, a lady who has joined me in bed every night for the last few weeks.

No, not in the way that you are thinking, and probably not they way she is hopes its not either.

But she presented me with a copy of her new book  “LIFE HAPPENS What Are YOU Going to Do About It?” and I have been reading a chapter a night, and it’s a great little book of stories, insights and exercises to take your life to where it wants to be.

And the main thing that the book rams home time and time again,  is that life should be easy.

We should enjoy everyday and find better ways of doing stuff when life seems to hard for us to deal with.

She is the founder of Living by Design, an educational coaching organization, where for more than 25 years she has been helping people live a joyful life by showing them how to live by design rather than by default.

Make the right thing happens by conscious thought, and not just get pushed around by what life throws at you.

So did she get to a point in her own life when she thought “Enough is enough, its time to make life what I want it to be”

And does she see that most people can build the dream life, or is there a select special group of forward thinkers that get the dream?

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

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My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is, Nina Kaufman a lady who is on one hand a career focused business lady with a huge interest in law and on the other someone quite different..

Yes, she is the founding is a founding partner of Paltrowitz & Kaufman, and also a founder of Wise Counsel Press, which offers legal advice for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Seems pretty standard doesn’t it, and if you are like me you already have an image of who we are going to talk to today.

But then how about if we tell you that she was also a stand up comedian, and loves nothing more than bringing humour into her work as a business lawyer?

Yeah, now you are interested aren’t you!

Receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College (cum laude), her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and her law degree from Boston University, she layered education on to the passions she had since a young girl to use the law to help change lives.

She saw the film  “To Kill A Mocking Bird” and quite simply the passion for helping change occur became something that she couldn’t deny.

But it seems to me that a key part to what has made he who she is today occurred in her first role straight out of law school

As she says in her own words “I was working with a firm that had a revolving door of attorneys and support staff. Employee morale was low. The partners were often verbally abusive; they yelled a lot. My first experience was one where I realized I was going to have to fend for myself and that I couldn’t really rely on all the old assumptions that I had gone through much of law school with. It’s one of the reasons I became much more entrepreneurial in the way that I handled my practice and the clients I chose and what I’ve done with my J.D. since then.”

Another black dot actually became the keystone to future successes.

So why was she driven to go into stand up comedy when her life was built around serious issues and high level business stress?

And is she now where wants to be, or is their even more dots to join up on the way to to her final destination?

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

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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Tex Allen, a fascinating man, who has taken something so simple, and so common to us all and created something astonishing.

Our guest, wears a red nose everyday, one of the comic relief ones that most of us have had tucked away in a draw at home.

But he is not a clown, but a man using this item to break barriers, connect across the world, and open up conversations that would have otherwise remained closed.

This all started when he started getting annoyed by bumping into people in a local mall that had their noses glued to their phones and tablets.

Frustrated by the disconnection in the world, where even the cashiers who rang up his transactions seemed to have forgotten how to have an authentic, human interaction he too action.

And so on a whim, he decided to put on a clown nose he’d recently been gifted at a friend’s wedding before going into a Starbucks for a post-shopping coffee break.

He needed something to cheer him up and decided that since no one pays attention to each other anyway, he might as well do something fun.

And that has now lead him to creating a movement which is global, fun, and all about getting us connected again.

So did it have to be a nose, or could anything have done the trick?

And does he ever feel embarrassed by wearing this everyday, or does it actually make him feel truly authentic?

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

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My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is  a man who can call himself a global mindset coach, with clients across the world who seek him out to help them go to the next level.

From entrepreneurs, world champions, professional sports athletes, multi-millionaire business owners, TV and film producers, TV and stage actors, trauma survivors and even Royal Family have all benefited from his skills.

But what fascinates me, is coming from Liverpool he would have found himself surrounded with friends and families who are just looking to get by.

He would have been on a path like so many of us that is almost expected.

Study hard, leave school, get a job, start a family….you get the drift.

But our guest didn’t do that, instead he left everything behind and traveled to Sydney Australia, where he discovered Neuro Linguistic Programming in a sales and marketing environment.

Breaking multiple sales records whilst helping clients successfully structure and invest in real-estate and at the top of the business in Australia, he was head-hunted to New Zealand.

There he began to share his skills with CEO’s and again being in high demand was prospected to many companies, helping them develop their sales teams and set up internal departments.

At the age of only 26 he opened a company developing a project to build a 100 Million dollar resort in the Fiji Islands. After marketing the company over in Dubai along side multi billion dollar developments the global real-estate industry began to slow down and he had a decision to make.

After so much success would he batten down the hatches and go into survival mode?

Or would he do the unexpected and get bigger, opening his arms wide and screaming “Come on world its me, just watch what I can do!”

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

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Podcast: MindSet by Design: NLP | Self Improvement | Health | Wealth | Happiness. World-Class Mind-Hacks for Peak Performance By Andy Murphy: Entrepreneur, NLP Expert, Mindset Coach inspired by: Anthony Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, Jim Rohn, Steve Jobs, Brendon Burchard, Gary Vaynerchuk, Frank Kern, Tim Ferris & Bruce Lee!

Description: Andy Murphy uses his 12 years of experience working with VIP clients such as Saudi Arabian Royalty, TV producers & world-champions to give you a competitive edge in your business and life. Join him while he uses his wisdom to interview world-class entrepreneurs, internet marketers, martial artists, Ironmen, Forex experts, and copywriters, from around the world.

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