Wed, 30 September 2015
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
Mon, 28 September 2015
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.
Fri, 25 September 2015
Wed, 23 September 2015
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.
Mon, 21 September 2015
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
Sat, 19 September 2015
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!
Direct download: Bonus_-_The_Two_By_Two_Red_Paperclip_Experiment.mp3
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Fri, 18 September 2015
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
Wed, 16 September 2015
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
Mon, 14 September 2015
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
Sat, 12 September 2015
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.
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.