Join Up Dots Podcast

Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast is a lady who like so many of us decided that she wanted something in life, and then found out that she hated it once it was achieved.

As she says in her own words “My lifelong goal was to be a manager. I hit the corporate fast track and became a manager in record time – and found out I hated it!

The long hours, corporate politics and endless budget meetings drained my energy and enthusiasm for life. What I really wanted, I decided, was a life where I could make my husband and kids my top priority – so I quit the corporate world to run my own business. I built and ran several businesses but something was still missing.”

That statement is so interesting to me on so many levels, which we will discuss on the show.

But our guest worked on living a life with status and prestige, but then changed direction.

So she became an entrepreneur which is the direct opposite to where she was and still it wasn’t right.

These decisions seem to be directed by her head, or her survival instincts, yet once she listened to her heart, and really listened to what the old blood pumper was telling her then it all came together for her.

And now she works with clients all over the world in such wonderful places as Holland, Belgium, Australia, U.K., Hong Kong and more!

She has coached and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs helping them create 6 figure businesses and beyond.

Even achieving six figures in one day.

So does she look back at her career in corporate land and thank the gods that even though she was climbing up the wrong ladder, it still taught her the skills to build her own ladder and start climbing again?

And how does she balance this increased success with also being a Mum and Wife. Could she see a time when once again the ladder turns out to be wrong?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to joining up the dots, with the one and only Val Bullerman.

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Today’s guest joining us on Join Up Dots is a lady who is known as one of North America’s foremost experts on performance success through thought mastery.

An executive coach and popular speaker, she works exclusively with highly driven, accomplished executives, leading entrepreneurs and high level professionals in their respective fields.

Working with high profile individuals who have already achieved success in some areas of their lives, she uses the unique Frame of Mind Coaching process to ignite significant change and life transformation.

What this means in a nutshell, at least the way that I see it, is she makes the successful folk realise that they are only at the point of success that they are allowing themselves to achieve.

Their thought patterns need to be changed or at least re-directed to allow for greater and greater achievement.

She provides a framework, she breaks down the ceiling that they are pressed against, to then build a clear sky to shoot up into.

As her clients say “I found that her coaching has reawakened the person in me that had been dormant for years. I had almost forgotten what it was like to feel alive”

So when did she first grasp this concept and was it like a angels singing, and a yellow brick road appearing like magic in front of her to follow?

And what steps can all of us take to be able to get going with Framing Our Minds for success?

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

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today’s guest joining me on the top rated Join Up Dots podcast show is a man who has a fascinating story, some might say a heroic story.

With the biggest smile you are likely to see he has found the motivation to overcome one of the most self limiting beliefs that anyone can have “That of self loathing”

As he says “At birth, I created a bit of a ruckus and lost oxygen in the process. As I grew, I developed a one-of-a-kind accent commonly called a speech impediment. Also as a kid, I had substantial coordination difficulties. For instance, in seventh grade, I actually threw a shot put backwards during a track meet!

I spent much of my life strongly disliking not being “normal.” At least I accomplished a good deal while feeling badly about myself, although, I wouldn’t recommend this type of motivation. I graduated college with a double major in English and Social Work. I earned a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry. And, for ten years, I worked for an organization that served people with developmental disabilities. This was an extremely rewarding job. On a daily basis, I was seeing the best in other people. Unfortunately, I was still often seeing the worst in myself.”

But of course, on Join Up Dots we aim to inspire and motivate, not to depress you, and our guest will definitely do that.

As little by little he found a way through his difficulties, to achieve the greatest breakthrough of all. He learnt to accept who he was, warts and all, and love himself.

And now a coaching business and a flourishing speaking career he is getting out there everyday, and leaving a trail of inspired folks ready to turn their limitations into extraordinary results.

So how did he start turning his life around, and is this a process that we can all follow?

And how is it possible to actually throw a shot backwards anyway?

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

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Today's episode has been brought to you by the Entrepreneurs And Coffee Podcast hosted by the amazing Brendan Hufford

So looking back, and joining up your dots, you have to ask yourself, were they worth it?  Were all of those dots worth learning from and going through to get you where you are today?  And to be honest, it really only matters if you’re happy where you are today.  If you’re happy in your business and life, then you probably have a really amazing sense of clarity about your dots that have brought you here.  But maybe you aren’t. Maybe you hate your dots and hate some aspect of your life and I know listening to David and I today has inspired you and given you actionable advice because we just finished chatting and *I’m* pumped up and ready to crush my goals and live my dream. *I’m* ready to live a life that I don’t have to take a vacation from.

But David stressed just taking that first step.

And then going one step at a time.

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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an a man who is on a mission to help us all.

He has a passion for helping all of us to break free from what he calls "Solo Economic Dependancy"

Now if you have no idea what that means, then Solo Economic Dependency is basically this: If you’re not working, you not making money.

High-paid professionals, doctors, dentists, surgeons, freelance consultants, lawyers, accountants……people from all types of backgrounds find themselves in this predicament.

Lose the job, or be forced to take leave of absence, and you are forced to dip into your savings if you have them.

Well our guest believes that being put into that position is quite simply madness, and works on making money even when he isn't working……in fact, even while his sleeping.

As he says "That’s real financial freedom, and that’s something worth striving for"

So how has he managed to do this?

And are their strategies that all of us can implement that can start helping us break that one job dependancy?

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

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who was first introduced to me by Devon Bandison who appeared on the show way back on episode 108.

How told me that "If you wanted success, motivation and hustle on your show then this is the man to have!"

Gaining his education at Ursinus College he left with a Bachelors of Arts, Business & Economics, and set of into the big wide world with a dream.

And it seems to me that this dream at it's core, is about helping people become the best versions of themselves.

Helping them not only discover themselves, but build a business around them that flourishes.

As he says "In the past 4 years I’ve done everything from sell nearly $1m of clothes in a year while coaching CrossFit, to living the dream and build an online business for study abroad students while in Italy, to building the strategy for a 30 day $122k Kickstarter campaign.

It hasn’t all been pretty, but it’s been an incredible education that’s gotten me to where I am today. In my strategy coaching business, I help artists and entrepreneurs like you get started on and move toward their “South Pole Goals” by focusing on the tiny bits of heroism that, when repeated consistently, will make the biggest difference."

And that is the key thing to becoming who you want to be in life.

Taking small steps consistently, and realising that pretty won't come into the equation until much later on the journey.

And now from his hometown base in the Greater New York City Areahe is rocking and rolling and it seems being the version of himself that he was born to be?

So when things were not pretty how did he find the skills or education to change the future into one much more attractive?

And does he believe that anyone can do what he has, or does it take a special kind of person?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Tony Ubertaccio.

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Whatever you want to do in life, you must surround yourself with like-minded individuals who are working towards their own goals.

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You will be trapped in the same situation that you are currently experiencing.

You can't do it on your own.

So if you want to have more fun in your life.

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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who for many years suffered with the age old question that we all seem to struggle with “What should I be doing with my life?”

On the outside, it was a question that didn’t seem to be required to answer.

She had a great job, a good-life, friends, a boyfriend…..most of our must have tick boxes were well and truly filled.

However deep down she had a feeling that there must be more to life than what she was experiencing.

This couldn’t be what she had been placed on this earth to experience.

So, within six months she had quit her job, and set about going after the life of her dreams.

She worked out what she most wanted to achieve, she wrote the lists, she worked her butt off, and she ended up doing something that she didn’t like.

As she says “Not every business is meant for you and just because others can make a go of it, doesn’t mean it’s your calling. It was a hard decision to make but I decided, it was time to let it go.

When I did that I felt a sense of relief. While I didn’t like the fact that I had just ‘failed’, I did feel relief that there was nowhere else to go but up.

Plus, my amazing dad had said to me at that time, ‘Jennifer, failure is like a badge of honour to an entrepreneur. What’s next?”

That was a big moment for me. It’s when I learned, and I mean intrinsically learned in all the cells of my being that failure isn’t bad. That failure is a part of growth and it can have a very empowering meaning if we allow it.

So where did this moment of relief and letting go take her?

And could she have to got to where she is now, without going though this period of her life?

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

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Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man with many, different achievements, in many different fields.

All of them I supposed linked to taking the kind of risks that push you to the top of your chosen field.

His success is based around doing the things that he love, leading to the freedom of choice that we all want.

You can list that he is the founder of Riskology.co, the leading website for smart risk-takers.

He has run a marathon on every continent. Yep, including Antarctica.

Organized three world records and holds the title of the Adventure Czar for The World Domination Summit.

All good stuff, but when you tie it together with his core mission that he wants to help every person in the world improve their health, work, and adventures by taking smarter risks in their life then you can see he is a big thinker, and a huge problem solver.

He works with people helping them to push themselves out of their comfort zones, and developing greater security in their life, higher income earning possibilities and I guess loving the challenge of life, instead of going though the motions.

He's an independent entrepreneur who has founded 8 businesses, travelled to 25 countries, and ran a marathon on every continent to connect with the the world's greatest risk takers and adventurers and learn their secrets.

As he says "If the time is going to pass anyway, I want to spend it doing fun things with interesting people."

So did he always have that dream to change the big things in life. or did he discover this passion by accident later in life?

And how does he find the majority of people react when he proses an ever increasing risk taking in their lives?

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

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David Bowie, Musician And Trendsetter

There is no doubt that among the history books holding the names of rock legends, the name of David Bowie is up there with the best of them.

A man who doesn’t just play the game by his own rules, but created the game itself and then ripped up the rules too.

He took on the prescribed format of musical output in the early seventies and almost single handedly changed it forever.

In this Bowie inspired Join Up Dots biography we take a look at how this unassuming man, born David Robert Jones in Brixton, South London on January 8th 1947, could at first struggle so badly to ignite the flame of success.

Mimicking the stars of the day, and stars of yesterday, unable to find his real voice, until stumbling on the very thing that would make him who he is today

And that thing was changes, the ability to reinvent himself, and freshen his sound, image and outlook at will, keeping all of us guessing as to his next move for the next forty years.

David’s start in life was about as normal as a child growing up in the United Kingdom in the 50’s could have expected to live.

His mother, Margaret Mary worked as a waitress, while his father, Haywood Stenton Jones, from Yorkshire, was a promotions officer for Barnardo’s a children charity.

Bowie attended Stockwell Infants School until he was six years old, where teachers considered him as a gifted and single-minded child, although not with obvious musical genius, and a singing voice only classed as adequate.

When David Bowie was a small child he was fascinated by music, and loved nothing more than tuning into the radio stations of the day to hear the scratchy sounds from some distant DJ in a basement far far away like so many other children.

But it was when he was thirteen, and encouraged by his older brother Terry, he picked up a saxophone and started making his own sounds that things started becoming more than a hobby.

Terry was nine years older, and inspired and influenced the young David greatly, as most older brothers do, exposing him to literature, rock music and the kind of influences that a thirteen year old child growing up in South London would have been unlikely to discover on their own.

David at first tried to teach himself the saxophone, but struggled with it, so made the bold decision to phone the top British saxophonist Ronnie Ross, who he had seen play in the West End of London, and asked for lessons.

Ronnie charged David £2.00 per lesson, which was more than this soon to be wealthy practicing rock star could hope to afford.

But this wouldn’t deter, young Davy Jones, and he got himself a job as a butcher’s delivery boy to ensure that he had the cash to allow the fortnightly lessons to occur.

Unfortunately, although a major part of setting the fledgling rock star on his way to super stardom, with his encouragement and support, David’s brother Terry was not to be in his day to day life for long.

Suffering with his own personal demons, the family had Terry committed to an institution fearing for his safety.

This no doubt had a huge impact on the young David Bowie, and although good in its intention haunted David for a good deal of his life, even becoming the topic of his song “Jump They Say” after Terry’s suicide many years later.

At the age of sixteen, David Bowie graduated from the technical high school he had attended in Bromley, only memorable for a fight he had with a school friend that left him with eyes different in colour to one another, and got his first job a commercial artist.

He joined as a Junior Visualiser /Paste up Artist for the Yorkshire based company Neven D Hirst.

This is a fascinating move for David to make, as although he was still playing for bands, and striving to break into music business in the evening, he still followed the path that most of us follow.

He left school and set about getting a job.

Is there anyway that we can break from the path that has been trod for generations before us? Even if we have greatness desperate to burst out from inside us?.

Probably not, but as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, the ability to keep on pushing against the rules of conformity is what allows the great to become great.

Stopping ourselves from following the crowd, that leave school and enter the offices of the world just because they haven’t stopped to question why?

Well David, did just that and after only five months, knew in his heart of hearts that he had to take control of his life, if his dreams of working as a musician were to come true.

The bands he had performed with every night had cemented the belief that he had what it took, not necessarily to achieve the dizzying heights that he later achieved, but at least earning money doing what he loved.

Interestingly, crossing his path in these early days was another musician who would also go on to place his name indelibly in the record books, one Jimmy Page the guitarist of David Bowie’s band the Manish Boys.

Jimmy Paige of course become a global success with one of the most famous rock bands of all time Led Zeppelin.

Several singles were recorded and released during this period, but none could have been classed as anything but a learning curve. Allowing the young Bowie to experience a recording studio for the first time and hear his own voice played back to him.

Other than working with Jimmy Paige, the only dot on the Join Up Dots timelines that helps us to see the man that he later became, was when when he made the decision to change his name from Davy Jones, and replace his surname with the now recognizable Bowie, after the knife.

Davy Jones from the Monkees was riding the crest of the wave, with hits such as “Last Train To Clarksville”, and “Daydream Believer”, and David felt that this could be confusing to the record buying public, and ultimately could hold him back.

Did this make a huge difference, who can tell, but it was better than one of his other choices he made: Tom Jones.

It was certainly the first indication of the chameleon like character that has since gone on to characterize so much of his later work.

After recording, and performing with the bands, Bowie made the decision to go solo, and pursue a career on his own terms. He recorded his first solo album, which sunk without trace.

This was a crushing blow for David Bowie, and instead of working harder on the content he was intent to keep delivering to the world, the musician did something quite unexpected…but quite David Bowie like.

He decided to take a break from the music world, and headed to Scotland where for a period in 1967 he lived in a Buddhist monastery along with American musician Leonard Cohen.

As he says “”I was a terribly earnest Buddhist at the time I had stayed in their monastery and was going through all their exams, and yet I had this feeling that it wasn’t right for me. I suddenly realised how close it all was: another month and my head would have been shaved.”

So David left, and then even more bizarrely joined a group of mime artists, even starting his own group called Feathers.

Although this from the outside seems unusual, as we see on Join Up Dots everyday, a person has to try things that may not seem part of the master plan, to ultimately lead them to where they should be in life.

It is during these times, when it may seem haphazard and wasteful that most people absorb different ways of operating. Discovering skills within themselves, that they can utilise later in positions not remotely visible at that time.

And that is the case with David Bowie, as the added spirituality and theatricality become more evident in his work, as was displayed in his own classic song “Space Oddity” about a spaceman floating around about the earth.

Thanks to the BBC’s use of the song for their coverage of the US Moon landing in 1969, David Bowie had his first hit record. With the song hitting the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

What is extremely interesting is the state of mind of David Bowie at the time of writing. The words clearly show an individual lost, and forlorn about the future. No surprise after the failures of his previous musical efforts.

“Planet earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do” – shows the realization that there’s nothing he can do about all of the problems he sees in the world.

“Can you hear me Major Tom? Can you hear me Major Tom? – He’s lost communication with those on the ground (i.e. in reality).

David Bowie showed a window to his soul. He was not part of his previous life of domesticity in Bromley, and was neither part of the rock star lifestyle that he so craved.

Bowie was floating out in Space, on his own.

Slowly getting ready for the true moment that David Bowie blasted into our consciousness, and the televisions and radios across the world.

In 1973, the career that had stuttered and faltered for the last four years, exploded dramatically into life, as from that position floating above the world David returned to earth.

This time not as himself, but the androgynous alien Ziggy Stardust.

It signaled the start of the David Bowie fascination.

Where was the man, and where was the music?

Could one exist without the other?

Was the high camp fashion that he displayed on stage the true mark of David Bowie, or a curtain to hide behind, whilst the crowds surged, screamed and fainted in front him.

This was glam-rock at its peak, and quite literally anyone around at that time would be compared to the strutting, preening and bi-sexual pre-madonna that was 1973’s incarnation of David Bowie.

Even megastars such as T-Rex’s Marc Bolan, the flamboyant pianist from Middlesex Elton John, and the upwardly climbing Freddie Mercury were nothing, compared to what the world was witnessing with his classic “Starman” and “Ziggy Stardust”

David Bowie was no longer floating high above the world on his own.

To the teenagers and music buying public, he was the world, and with his backing band The Spiders Of Mars, the world waited with baited breath to see what they would deliver next.

And David Bowie delivered…but once again not in the way most expected, or wished for.

Instead of setting off on a world-tour, and crushing the charts with new albums and singles, he announced that he was retiring from touring and that Ziggy Stardust and of course the Spiders were no more.

As he announced whilst on stage “Of all the shows on the tour, this one will stay with us the longest because not only is this the last show of the tour, but it is the last show we will ever do.” This surprised everyone in the house – not least the members of his band. The hysteria was over almost as soon as it had started.

Which looking back, was an amazingly brave decision to make, but one that showed that David Bowie was in control, and knew what was right for his career.

Instead of saying “this is what you want, so this is what you’ll get”, he quite firmly, and with huge confidence stated “You will get what I want, and when I want to give it to you!”

This in no short measure ensured that the mystic that has grown up around David Bowie was started off in the perfect manner.

He was not going to give an inch. And we are no doubt glad that he took that stance, as his music was becoming more creative and experimental because of it. He had created the freedom to explore what he was capable off.

And so began his personal odyssey from country to country, city to city, playing and recording with such eclectic names as John Lennon, Brian Eno from Roxy Music and even Luther Vandross,

It was whilst in New York jamming with John Lennon that the riff which became the iconic Fame was first heard, and led to David Bowie’s first American number one.

And his later move to Berlin in Germany, harnessed even greater creative imagery and unexpected musical releases with the classic stripped back “Low” and the Eno produced “Heroes”, made whilst he lived in semi seclusion, painting, studying art and recording with Brian Eno.

“Heroes” was marketed by RCA with the catchphrase, “There’s Old Wave. There’s New Wave. And there’s David Bowie…” which is very apt, and something that Bowie would have done well to remember in later years.

It is true that Bowie likes nothing more than going in quite different directions than what the world expects.

Throughout his career he has explored the world of acting from his early roles in “The Man Who Fell To Earth”, through to “Absolute Beginners And “Labyrinth” where he acted beside a series of Jim “The Muppet” Henson’s creations, and even a three month run in the Elephant Man on Broadway.

None of the roles or performances would be classed as landmarks in his career. In fact many would argue they were just a distraction to where he should have been placing his attention. On his music. The creativity being focused on areas of interest to David, more to his loyal followers.

What becomes a truth with David Bowie, is when he appears to move towards the obvious routes to success, he becomes a pale inferior version of himself.

Following the global success of the Nile Rodgers produced album “Lets Dance” in 1983, he appeared influenced by the Music of the time. And one thing for sure being in Duran Duran is never going to inspire the same level of performance as working the bars, and studying the architecture in Berlin or other such locations.

David Bowie needs to be off the radar, to be truly authentic.

He needs to be tapping into the yet to be seen musical movements, instead of being the leader of the popular and current ones.

And so for the next few years David Bowie produced work that was neither memorable nor commercially successful in the same way as his earlier successes.

He was falling further behind the crowd, and lost between the teenagers now grown up who adored him in the seventies, and the 80’s versions focused on Wham, Duran, and Rick Astley.

Throughout the next ten years, Bowie’s musical career was in decline, with the albums Tin machine and Tin Machine II being commercial and public failures.

David Bowie was finished.

He had achieved everything that the 13 year old saxophone learning kid could have ever dreamed off and more. He had inspired the world to believe. He had created a new generation of musicians who studied his back catalogue with a religious fervor.

He disappeared. Retreating from the limelight, he closed the door on his New York apartment and became David Jones again. Father, husband, music legend, and enjoying retirement.

For over ten years, other than a few sightings David Bowie was invisible to the world.

We had the memories of past glories and nothing else.

But as we have seen throughout the years, Bowie returns stronger when on his own terms. When he is in control to what the world will receive. That is when he delivers, and in 2013 after ten years in the wilderness “The Next Day” David Bowie’s 24th album shook the world.

The Spaceman, the Clown, The Alien, The Smooth Groover, the enigma that is David Bowie was back where he belongs. In the ears, and stereos of the world. Saying things the way that only David Bowie can.

A musician, a mystery, a creative, a leader, a decision maker, a controller, David Bowie has learnt through all the trials and tribulations, the ups and downs what leads to success. And that quite simply is being himself.

A lesson that for so many of us is the hardest one to learn.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a lady with not just a cool nickname, but also is someone that everyone in the online world needs to know.

Known as “One Click Lindsay”, today’s guest has become the go to person if you want to know more information about landing pages, email sequences, search engine ranking, newsletters, analytics, social media, pay-per-click ads, websites, blogging to name just a few.

She is a lady who loves to know the nuts and bolts that turns a business into a succesfull and thriving business. 

Which means, she knows how to get customers to your business, and then convert them into super customers.

People who cannot resist your products.

And it seems in classic Join Up Dots style, this was a path that she was always destined.

As she says “Even as a young girl, I loved bringing a business to life and watch it grow.  Other girls wanted to babysit, while I worked out the percentage I could charge for getting them jobs and managing them.  A lemonade stand was not a “fun” way to waste a summer afternoon, it was a very serious business involving customer acquisition and profit margins. I was born an entrepreneur, and I believe you are either born that way or you’re not.  I see an opportunity, and I have no other choice but to create the business capitalize on that opportunity.  My husband, on the other hand, just wants a job (so I made one for him). 

After years of struggling through being an “employee” I started Web Impakt, which over the last 10 years, I perfected (if I do say so myself). I’ve led my team to launching everything from simple web pages to enterprise level systems.  I’ve managed dozens of developers and designers, yet still have had to roll up my sleeves on a Saturday evening (after all, if you want a job done right, eh?).  And most importantly, I’ve gotten very good at generating traffic and leads, not only for my business, but for my client’s businesses as well.”

So being born to be an entrepreneur, does she feel that she had all the talents inherently that makes someone rocking and rolling, or has she still had to learn what makes someone successful?

And did she struggle at the beginning, or was it whooosh straight to the top?

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

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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the co-founder of Sales Elite and is a sales professional with over 12 years of sales and leadership experience within the technology industry.

Most recently he has 9 years’ experience at Oracle America, Inc.  building a successful Sales and Business Development organization of over 100 sales professionals.

He is a certified sales professional and also President of the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals Austin Chapter.

Which all sounds very grand, and I suppose less than unusual.

But it seems to me that it was the big decisions in his earlier life which were unusual and formed so much of what he does today and where he does it.

From the decision to move away from home in Belfast as a child and attend school in Scotland, to deciding to work in Japan where her met his now wife, he took on experiences and challenges bold and exciting.

But it wasn’t until attending a leadership development program at George Mason University and participating in his first triathlon that the spark to light his entrepreneurial journey truly began.

And the rest is history.

So why did this boy from Northern Ireland take such big steps as a child?

And has his journey been one, that when reflected upon was perfect and planned to perfection, or one made up of seemingly unconnected dots?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur Mr Gary Smyth

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Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast believes in travel, more travel and then when she is finished and wants a bit of rest: Travel.

And this is not the pack your bags for two weeks each year, or for as many weekends as you can get, kind of adventure.

She is a believer that "Your life does not have to fit in a box. You don’t have to live behind the picket fence, slave away at that full-time job that sucks you dry, and the monotonous peak hour traffic runs.

You can have the picket fence and a job you love of course, but, we’re pretty sure you at least want to escape your everyday life for weekend getaways or a three-week vacation every year."

But what is the fascinating thing about today's guest, is how close she came to buying into the status quo that life seems to be lived by.

Settling into the routine or a life lived on other peoples terms.

After meeting each other, falling madly in love and then beginning a five year honeymoon as they travelled the world teaching English, things came to a halt

As she says "We returned home after the honeymoon and hit a major slump. This travel life we loved was over.

That thinking changed everything and before we knew it we were chasing money making schemes all over the world trying to get the riches we needed to keep travelling.

Let’s just say $500,000 and no self-esteem later we woke up."

"Why do we need to wait until we have the money to live what’s in our hearts? Why not just start with what is in the heart today?"

And with that thought, and I'm sure more than a touch of apprehension they set off on what has become their life, travelling, blogging and helping others to buy into the start the dream today mentality with their top ranked blog "Y Travel"

and now with two children in tow, their success, and ability to grab more experiences in a month than most of us have in a lifetime is assured.

So what was it about the nomadic lifestyle that had such a pull on them?

And is it something that they think everyone can do, or does it take a certain type of mindset?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only travelling entrepreneur herself Caroline Makepeace.

Direct download: 474-Caroline-Makepeace.mp3
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My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an man who is perfect for a show like this one.

As he made the brave decision a few years ago to leave his successful corporate gig and follow his heart.

He made the decision to set out to discover what would bring him personal satisfaction in life, play to his strengths, and then turn it into income by creating the Trademarked MIKE cartoon sports character.

MIKE is an animated microphone with a sharp wit, humorous turn of phrase, and the go to guy if your TV programme wants a different approach to interviewing live celebrities and sports figures.

But of course he is so much more than just a cartoon character, as within his small body he holds the dream, passions and future for our guest all rolled into one.

But like all guests today’s started his career as far away as is possible from where he is today, surrounded by the green grass, and bright lights of American sports stadiums and TV studios.

Beginning his career as the Corporate Merchandise & Import Manager for CVS & Rite Aid) he spent his time travelling around the Far East importing consumer electronic & personal care appliance merchandise, before later setting up his own company in Sweeney Sales inc.

He hustled, travelled and worked hard in an environment that seems from the outside a strange fit for this creative guy.

But maybe that wasn’t the case and this was the period of key learning that without it, MIKE the character could never have been born.

So was he always entrepreneurial in spirit, but truly needed that thing that played to his own creative side to get going in life?

And of course its great to have a fun and creative idea, but how do you keep the buzz when things don’t go your way?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur himself Mr Jim Sweeney.

Direct download: 473_Jim_Sweeney_.mp3
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Happy New Year to all of you!

If we could come round to all your houses on the beginning of a new adventure, yep a new year then we would.

Because without you all we wouldn't have achieved what we have personally achieved in 2015.

So what is it that you want to achieve in 2015?

Have you set the goals. Have you decided on which dream you want to go for this year?

Well David Ralph talks in this episode, how setting goals is a great thing to do but you shouldn't go for the big goals.

In many ways these are destined for failure.

Big goals are too much for us to achieve after the new year enthusiasm wears off.

He believes that we should simply start with very small goals, and by achieving them the incremental goals lead to something amazing.

But of course we don't.

We set off going for the gold, and upon the first obstacle we fall by the wayside and slip back into our old returns.

So what type of things should you look for, and where do you find the support you need to become amazing?

Well you will find out all the answers in this episode of Join Up Dots, and you might even get a little bit of Abba too!

Happy New Year to You All

Direct download: 472_-_Happy_New_Year_From_Join_Up_Dots.mp3
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