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Today’s guest following the words of Steve Jobs, is a remarkable woman, business lady, and entrepreneur who believes in something profound, and has created a career around that something too.

Something that I buy into wholeheartedly.

She believes that life should be built on finding your key strengths and leading the way with them.

Not focusing on the things that you cant do very well, but finding the super talent that you do naturally well to then blaze a path across the world.

Starting her career as a Sales Executive for Business To Business back in 1998, it appears that the path best trodden for her actually started when moving into staff development.

Like myself she has spent most of her working life, building the strengths of individuals in corporations to make better, higher functioning teams.

Getting people to feel inspired by the working day instead of dreading that ringing sound by the side of the bed.

But what interests me is what personally was driving her back in the day.

As with a career strewn with employment lasting a couple of years at each time, it is clear to me that her ambition, was equally matched with a desire to find her thing too.

And now as a podcaster herself, or as she calls herself the Chief Strengths Sleuth: Host of the “Lead Through Strengths”​ Podcast: she helps people find and leverage their strengths at work.

Complimenting her workshops, keynote speaking and by performing a role of StrengthsFinder Performance Coach, which as you know is a publication that I have recommended many times on the show she is busier than ever..

So what is it about keynote strengths that lights her up inside and makes her want to build a business around it?

And is the inner talent something that is easy for someone to find themselves, or do they need a coach or mentor to point it out?

And what is the fascination with moonwalking in offices, or leaping dramatically from exploding vans?

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

To hear more from Lisa Cummings go to:

Podcast: Lead Through Strengths with Lisa Cummings | building engaged teams & stronger leadership w/ StrengthsFinder & natural talents
By Lisa Cummings answers your career questions with the fun & irreverence of Pamela Slim & the practicality of Careerealism, using Gallup Strengths Finder to discover and apply your unique strengths

Description: The Lead Through Strengths podcast was created for you if you're ready to stop taking the "path of most resistance" at work. It sounds silly, yet it happens all the time when people get focused on fixing their weaknesses. It doesn't have to be so hard. Stop focusing on what's broken about you. In Career Q&A, I'll show you how to find your strengths and put them to work. In the Manager Minute, you'll hear ideas for leading your team so they can come to work feeling more energized and engaged. If you're ready to get your career mojo back, Lisa Cummings delivers it with straight talk and a fun-loving approach. Listener career questions are answered in less than 15 minutes per episode. Strengths evangelists and effective leaders also guest host to offer more ideas you can put to use with your team at work. Here are some hot topic areas covered by audience questions so far: Getting promoted; discovering your strengths; getting energized and engaged with your work (yup, it's possible); differentiating yourself in an interview; career transition; marketing, branding, and promoting yourself; getting unstuck; connecting and networking; job search; personal leadership; side hustles; politics and perceptions at the office; getting viewed as an A player; building trust and influence at work or in your industry; money and happiness; how to get your creative mojo back; understanding how your EQ (emotional intelligence) is more important than your IQ at work; stuff you didn't learn in business school that's hurting your career; getting unstuck and un-trapped; and being a better leader Wanna be on the show? If you're a leader with stories about Strengths-Based Development, you'd be a cool co-host. If you have a question for the Q&A portion of the show, we'd love to feature it. http://pinchyourselfcareers.com/contact/

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On a show like the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast interview, its true to say that I have so many guest entrepreneurs who have interesting back stories, but not many that start with “Before I was seven years old I had lived in a house truck, on a commune, in France, in New Zealand, in Ireland, and several homes in England. I had been bathed in a sink, had a pet goose called Lucy, and I think it would be fair to say that my parents gifted me with a curiosity for the world.”

So upon hearing this I knew that I had to invite this lady onto the show, but wow what part of her career history do I tell you about in the introduction because without a doubt as she says “Life has been a bit of rollercoaster!”

Starting her career after gaining a BA in Theatre Practice and Scenic Art from the Central School of Speech and Drama, she went on to have a successful and (eventually) well paid career as a Freelance TV & Film Production Buyer, Stylist, and Project / Event Manager.

She worked hard and played harder.

She had motivation by the bucket load.

However her energies could only last so long and she would suffer from burn out at the end of every job.

She had money, and so she would take herself off to Thailand and engulf herself in fasting and raw food, or go off to Egypt for a yoga retreat.

Recharge the batteries to blaze even brighter in the entrepreneurial world.

And this was certainly the case, as upon returning she started one of the forerunners in the VA sphere and early adapters to Location Independent Business.

As she says “It was a wonderfully brave and stupid thing to do. I was homeless and sofa surfing, massively in debt and knew nothing about running a business. Which meant I had nothing to lose and gave it everything I had. Bootstrapping a business when you are desperate and resourceful can be a wonderful thing, and I was given opportunities to learn from many wildly inspirational Entrepreneurs, Businesses, and Private Clients.”

But of course this was just the beginning of everything that would lead her through some seriously dark moments, even contemplating suicide.

Her life was a roller coaster of working till she collapsed and then ‘retreating’ around the world.

And so the time came when she had her first pangs of “Is this it?!”

She wasn’t satisfied, there was a huge void in her life, she felt empty and in the midst of the impending recession she set up My Girl Friday Ltd, providing Freelance Personal and Virtual Assistance to Creative Businesses & Private Individuals in the UK and across the globe.

And that is where we will start today’s episode as now life is very different, but how has she made it the life that she wanted?

How did she take the entrepreneurial venture, and willingness to put the effort into a new business, but structure it that it didn’t bring her to her knees too?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start in the words of Steve Jobs, joining up dots, with the one and only misfit entrepreneur herself Ebonie Allard.

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Every weekend we go back in time and dip into the Join Up Dots vaults to find a show that could well be hidden from your ears.

And why do we do this?

Well, you success junkies desperate for the golden ticket have been asking "With so many episodes of Join Up Dots out there now, which ones should we listen to first?

And its a difficult question to answer as everyone of them has motivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore.

So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random, and share with you not only their journey, but also ours.

We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, but what do you think?

Drop us a line at contactjoinupdots@gmail.com and let us know.

Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todays entrepreneurial business chat.

Podcast Intro

My guest today is the entrepreneur and publisher Mr Tom Morkes who joins us on the very first episode of “Join Up Dots” with the title of a man who quite simply changed my life

I don’t think that there are many people alive that I could say that about.

But strangely enough until today I have never met him or spoke to him live either.

Tom spent the beginning of his childhood in the Chicagoland and West Michigan areas, and then with all his Morkes siblings…three brothers and three sisters gained his education at the United States Military Academy at West Point NY.

Upon graduating he decided that there was a further step to go in his military life and was deployed to Iraq as a gun truck platoon leader.

You might have thought after so many years in an organised, structured environment such as the military, he would cling to a safe, organised future.

But our guest thought otherwise and set off on entrepreneurial path that has seen him write three books, become the president of his own publishing company, and generally having a kick ass life.

He travels the world with his lovely wife Courtney, his trusty laptop, and now on today’s podcast interview shares with us, the fears, achievements and success that has made up his life.

I would like to welcome to show the one and only In The Trenches Tom Morkes


For more information on Tom's podcast go to:


In The Trenches With Tom Morkes


In The Trenches with Tom Morkes tells the story of entrepreneurs, writers, artists, inventors, warriors, and leaders who are building disruptive, innovative businesses, who are doing hard, creative work each and every day, and who are impacting the people who matter (their customers, readers, supporters, and fans). These no-bulls*** interviews cut through the fluff and go right into the mindset of what it takes to be a creator, battle scars and all. Listen to In The Trenches and youll hear from best-selling authors, startup founders, people who turned their art into full-fledged businesses, self-made millionaires, and much more. Just some of the subjects weve covered in the past: how to start a business from scratch, permission marketing, how to create and deploy effective design, business development, how to turn your hobby into a business, product launches, copywriting that converts, and much more. A message from Tom: All interviews are unscripted and unedited because I believe conversations are better when they're natural. I hope you enjoy this show as much as I do creating it.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the founder of Tilted Pixel, a web design and development agency, which he has been running for more than a decade.

Which sounds great.

A successful business that is on-line too.

A lifestyle of motivation an freedom.

But actually the truth was anything but, as we will find out creating a business is easy enough in principle.

But creating a monster that takes up every second of your time is even easier.

And after more than ten years of running his agency, he knew that he had do some serious changing of procedures so that he could free himself from the business and start living life.

He went from being a slave to his business wallowing in “misery and despair” to creating a business that is very profitable and gives him free time to travel and to do the things he loves.

But of course a business is not just built on hustle and effort, but also experience gained over many years.

And this was certainly the case with today’s guest, as he started his career back in 2005 by exhibiting at tradeshows, working on marketing campaigns and preparing demo software for potential investors and clients.

Before working for three years at the Wilfrid Laurier University teaching students business labs part-time, whilst he worked on creating the monster.

So what did he do wrong which he knew that he had to change to create the freedom that he is living today?

And can he now point the way for everyone, or is every situation individual to the creator?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only born to be an entrepreneur Mr Matt Inglot

To hear more from Matt Inglot go to:


Freelance Transformation: Find higher-paying projects, work less, and get rid of the stress
By Matt Inglot | Helping freelancers, consultants, creatives, and agency owners to build an amazing business and life.


Freelance Transformation is a podcast all about building a freelance business that creates the lifestyle that you desire, not the other way around. If you are looking to find great clients, do your best work, earn higher rates, and enjoy getting out of bed in the morning, this podcast is for you, the freelancer, the consultant, the agency owner, the creative. Matt Inglot, your host, delivers a new episode every Monday. Visit www.freelancetransformation.com for show notes and the Freelance Transformation newsletter.

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Today’s guest joining us on Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free business podcast interview is a man who has a great mantra for life that really touches into what the show is all about

He believes that “Life is Soul, Simplicity and Security”

He believes that we should have a life that is not struggle, hustle

In fact he when he is asked what he does for a living, he typically replies with – “As little as possible.”

But what he actually means by that is he has found his sweet-spot that brings great value to his clients, and that he enjoys so much that it doesn’t feel like work.

He has a lifestyle of freedom and success.

And how many of us have jobs like that?

As founder and CEO of Platinum PLM, he creates campaigns for his clients, to regularly achieve six and seven figure results in just a few days.

He also helps his clients to improve all aspects of their online activities including: strategic positioning, product development, building database lists, forming JV relationships, creating evergreen business models, automating sales and marketing systems and diversifying income streams.

But at his core being of service to others and living with integrity are his key values.

So when you work with him you can trust him to care as much about your success as you do.

So how did he pull all these areas of expertise together to build a life for himself that is fun, playful and even allows him to jump on his surfboard as often as he can.

And is this something that starts with belief, or should we all just start doing anything and build the belief as we go?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only beach loving entrepreneur Mr James Klobasa.

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Today’s guest joining us the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free business podcast interview is a man who has quite obviously got the entrepreneurial gene running through his body.

His career has been an eclectic mix of sales, coaching and inspirational content production which has lead him to where he is today.

He is the founder of Handshakin, a series of video based interviews with the successful and the movers and shakers across the word, and also the author of Handshakin Your Way to Entrepreneurial Success: How to Network and Become One of the World’s Leading Handshakers

But the interesting thing to me, is where he started on the path to where he is today.

Back in 2010 he worked for the Groove Automotive company in the greater Denver Area, where he knew right at the very beginning that the ability to make leads and turn them into sales, is never about the hard push.

Instead he knew that the key skill was connecting in the right way, and negotiating to the highest level he could.

Which was why he made sure that he attended all of the optional professional development seminars on effective negotiation and sales.

Greet with a smile, and of course a good handshake.

And so throughout his career, starting several companies, working in the real estate business, until he got to where he is today you can see the hustle, the drive and of course the ambition to do something different and make his mark.

So does he look back at the early days attending company courses as the true flag that shows where it all started?

Or is the idea of meeting with a good old fashioned handshake something that he can trace even further back in time?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Matt Holmes.

To hear more from Matt Holmes go to:

Podcast: Handshakin by Matt "Handshakin" Holmes

Description: Matt Holmes host short interviews (less than 10 min) with entrepreneurs with1 ACTIONABLE PERSONAL BRANDING TIP you can implement right after listening. Keep up the hustle entrepreneurs

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Every weekend we go back in time and dip into the Join Up Dots vaults to find a show that could well be hidden from your ears.

Giving the interview freedom to be heard once more.

And today is with the travel master Nial Doherty, who is travelling around the world without once stepping foot onto a plane.

And why do we do this?

Well, you success junkies desperate for the golden ticket have been asking "With so many episodes of Join Up Dots out there now, which ones should we listen to first?

And its a difficult question to answer as everyone of them has motivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore.

So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random, who has taken the old leap of faith and share with you not only their journey, but also ours.

We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, but what do you think?

Drop us a line at contactjoinupdots@gmail.com and let us know.

Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todays entrepreneurial business chat.

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When we last met our guest on today’s episode of the Steve Jobs inspiring Join Up Dots free podcast interview, she was in the middle of experiencing some massive growth in her entrepreneurship.

Yes, in both her business life and her personal life she was smashing through the barriers.

Kicking over her self limiting doubts

And creating an amazing future for herself.

And she has taken her talents to the next level with the launch of the Art of Abundance with Leisa Peterson

This is a story that is long past the old leap of faith stage (although if you want to hear that episode then check back in the archive shows)

She has done this by asking great questions to her clients that flock to her like moths to a flame.

She asks “Are you someone who is burned out from working hard for many years yet afraid to step back out of fear of losing all you’ve gained?

Are your work obligations keeping you from having deeply meaningful relationships with your family and friends?

Do you feel stuck in a situation that takes everything you’ve got yet know there has to be more to life…an ultimate state of joy, satisfaction, and fulfilment.”

Now the interesting thing about her and what I want to discuss in this show, is whether she truly believed it when she first said it?

Did she fully embrace the power that an individual possesses in their day to day lives to create one that is remarkable.

Was it by doing the work, and seeing the results in her clients that she fully embraced the possibilities that she could create?

You see she has had three stages of success from working 22+ years n the world of finance, pouring herself into earning a high salary, collecting great bonuses and moving up the ladder.

Then after facing a major life crisis followed by several tragedies, she moved towards answering the question of could She ever have both inner fulfilment and outer wealth.”

And now after creating a successful coaching business, she has sold her long time home,moved to Hawaii, and now come back to Arizona and starting something new.

So with all this movement and action taking, how does she know that she is travelling the right course in her life?

How does she find the motivation to get up everyday and go through those dark days?

And does she get excited by the road she is travelling all the time, or are there still “Wow, I am so unsure of this” moments, lets just sit on the sofa and do nothing today times?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only super entrepreneur Leisa Peterson

To hear more from Leisa Peterson go to:

Podcast: Art of Abundance with Leisa Peterson: Business Coaching | Belief Transformation | Wealth | Self-Realization | Self-Love
By Leisa Peterson: Life Coach for Entrepreneurs, Spiritual Warrior, Mindfulness Teacher

Description: Do you long for the day when you’re living a life of abundance? When you can be confident that nothing can get in the way of creating the future you want? Then join business and money coach, Leisa Peterson as she discusses the art of creating more abundance in your business and personal life including interviews with inspiring leaders about wealth, business, relationships and health. Leisa brings her personal experiences of self-realization combined with a 23+ year career in personal finance to help you move beyond limitations, recognize your powerful self and step into your fullest expression of who you are created to be. Use this podcast as a mentoring program to transform your relationship with money, improve your overall well-being and create a life of joyful abundance. To obtain a complementary copy of Leisa's Wealth Flower Exercise, go to: http://www.wealthclinic.com/wealth-flower-opt-in/ or connect with her on Twitter @leislooski

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Today’s guest joining us Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business lady who is content to wear many different hats everyday.

But unlike the rest of us entrepreneurs who also wear multiple hats, and can’t wait to get rid of them at the end of the day, she seems to thrive on pure entrepreneurship.

She is has many jobs, as she is a physician, surgeon, yoga health coach, author and overall health & wellness expert, today’s guest is known as The Holistic Podiatrist of Southern California and has been interviewed and quoted in many prominent publications.

One of her greatest strengths is her ability to combine the best of Eastern and Western medicine to treat the whole patient and create individualized treatment plans, yoga sequences, and meal plans for her clients and patients.

She believes that food is medicine and that yoga, and meditation are the keys to perfect health.

And I suppose being based in Los Angeles she is at the epicentre of what we consider the home of healthy lifestyles and celebrity glamour.

So does she find that the pressure to look and feel like a million dollars actually causes people to go about it the wrong way?

And how does she overcome those days that we all have when she just wants to crawl under the duvet and eat a box of chocolates all by herself?

And what was the key thing that made her ultimately take the leap of faith and go it alone?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only super entrepreneur Dr Michele Summers Colon.

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Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired top rated Join Up Dots business podcast interview, is a lady who is content to tackle something that so many people would have ignored, or left for someone else to do.

Tackling the worlds water and sanitation issues, and creating a lifestyle that is totally under her own control.

In 2014, her senior design team won the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize Competition, the largest undergraduate invention competition in the United States, for their design of an inexpensive mobile toilet, SafiChoo.

And along side her team at WishWash she has taken her specific design passion, and set out to improve women’s health by means of redesigning WASH infrastructure (such as toilets and menstrual hygiene products) in and for the low income communities of the world.

As according to UNICEF, 2.6 billion people lack hygienic sanitation facilities and 768 million people drink unsafe drinking water and, of these people, women and girls are disproportionately burdened by poor sanitation and water inequities.

Big bold movements towards a better way of living for so many people.

Success that is so much more than something personal.

But it wasn’t always plan sailing, and as she says openly “Over the past few years, I have struggled to find my place in the fight for social justice. I have always been angered by unfairness and injustices and, in the back of my mind, I thought that I would evolve into a radical and fearless protesting activist; however, when the time came for me to consciously take strides in defining my role in this space, I was paralyzed by fear and, quite frankly, embarrassment.”

She was trapped by smallness of thinking, and smallness of actions.

But unlike so many people she found her way through the issues and now is becoming more of who she was born to be.

She is an activist, a campaigner, and lady who loves to inspire and be inspired by a world that so many of us ignore on a daily basis.

So how did she first come up with the design, and knew it was good enough to persist with even when the obstacles came her way?

And looking back, was there a key moment that allowed her to stop acting small, and become the biggest version of herself she could be?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only sanitation entrepreneur Jasmine Burton

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