Fri, 29 April 2016
Today’s guest entrepreneur following the words of Steve Jobs by joining us on the top rated Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man on a mission.
He is here everyday to find the best ways for companies or individuals to increase their happiness and fulfilment on all levels.
Which is an interesting statement to make, especially in regards to having happiness before anything else.
As most people would consider that they gain the rewards first, and that is where the happiness begins, but our guest feels differently
As he says “I help individuals transitioning into becoming an entrepreneur or making the best of the journey once you are on the path. And the most important, helping to find the best ways for the company or individual to create more happiness, joy & fulfillment in business and life!”
So where did he start on the road to where he is today?
Well that began many years with Berkshire Hathaway as a branch manager, rising through all Exec positions and to the CEO position in only 10 years.
During this period, he was fortunate enough to spend quite a bit time with super investor Warren Buffet and the numerous associates and high-calibre leaders that now form his inner circle.
Which was an amazing chance to view the supper achievers at close hand, working in the natural environment, and now take these lessons into his own business with Achlemy Advisors.
So did he gain more from the experience of doing, or more from the opportunity to view how these individuals operate?
And is he now where he truly wants to be in his professional life, or is he just getting going on the true path that was waiting for him to find?
Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only US entrepreneur Mr Steve Rogers.
Wed, 27 April 2016
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who was introduced to me by Ginger Kern who appeared on the show way back on episode 115
He is an author, host of the hit podcast "The Year Of Purpose", entrepreneur, video lover and and a guy who appears to have started moving at an astonishing speed towards the dreamlife, due basically to realising it was down to him to start moving.
As he says “I’ve held every job from being a pastry chef in a gourmet bakery to fixing iPhones at the Apple Store Genius Bar. In May of 2013 I left the corporate 9-5 world behind to become an entrepreneur.
I was still living with my parents, had next to nothing in savings and ditched my 401K to design a video production company that would place me in the White House along with NFL and NBA arenas around the country.”
But all action starts when the dots have started joining up and placing you in a position to thrive, and from starting his career as a Student Intern at Post-Op Media he moved through a series of positions that all have one thing in common.
He is a creator and a visionary.
He likes nothing more than the process of creating something eye-catching.
So it was with little surprise that he became the CEO of ZMBmedia, a Baltimore based video production company providing online marketing videos a promotional content to high end clients including AAA and Merrill Shoe Company.
But what is surprising was his next move, as after working in his business for a year and a half, it started to feel more like a job again.
He was struggling to find the motivation to make the money he so desperately needed.
So he moved out and got his own place, built a business (which brings in more expenses) and did everything right… or so he thought.
As he says “I was in a funk and had no clue what to do. But if there was one thing that was certain, I wasn’t living my life purposefully and I had to find a way to reignite the fire fast.”
And that is where we will start today’s show, in the same position as so many of our guests who are lost, confused and know that something awaits them.
But what could it be?
So when he decided to jump from his business, and break free for California?
And how did he silence the brain chatter that more often than not keep us rooted to the spot?
And, know knowing what he knows would he advise everyone to do this, or does it take a special type of person?
Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Zephan Moses Blaxberg.
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Podcast: The Year of Purpose Podcast: Entrepreneurship I Travel I Happiness
The Year of Purpose Podcast hosted by Zephan Moses Blaxberg features entrepreneurs, travelers, storytellers and adventurers. In each episode he talks about living a life of purpose and what it took to get there. Zephan is also the author of Life Re-Scripted: Find Your Purpose & Design Your Dream Life Before The Curtains Close. From World Record holders to millionaire entrepreneurs Zephan's curiosity always discovers new ways to be happy and experience life from people who have "been there" and "done that." Learn more at http://www.yearofpurpose.com
Mon, 25 April 2016
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is a networking expert, who spends his time networking with millionaires...and their advisors, who has a story like so many entrepreneurs I have spoke to.
He started his life with limited idea of what he wanted to become, and even less of an idea of how to start something…in fact anything.
As he says ” I was born in Denmark it all started out pretty bad. I was very shy and introverted and had no idea what I wanted in life, except I didn’t want to be employed.
So with no real business education I started my first business at 21. Since I had no marketing know how, it only took me a year to run my business deep into the ground and go bankrupt.”
But there comes a time when you realise that after years of study at school, that most of us want to leave far behind, you need to get serious and study like your life depends on it.
You need to become an expert in something that can open doors across the world.
Our guest realised that its ok to have an amazing business idea or product, but unless people find out about it, you are dead in the water.
And so with a total obsession he set to work understanding the skills required to become a top marketer.
And so successful was he at learning these skills, that he built a worldwide business and retired whilst still a young man.
And like all the greatest sportsman who find out that retirement isn’t all its cracked up to be, he returned to teach entrepreneurship and marketing and set out to create one of London’s biggest entrepreneurial communities with almost 17,000 ACTIVE members.
All from just £3,500 in total marketing costs.
As he says “Before you think I’m one of those people that think they can walk on water 24/7, I’m definitely not. In fact I’ve made some big mistakes that I’m quite embarrassed about. But I’m not afraid to admit it and talk about my boo-boo’s especially because I know it can save someone else from the same ill fate.”
So why did he always know that he didn’t want to employed even as a small child?
And what were the really big mistakes and how did he mentally recover to keep moving forward?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Patrick Powers
Sun, 24 April 2016
Every weekend we go back in time and dip into the Join UpDotsvaults to find a show that could well be hidden from yourears.
And why do we do this?
Well, you success junkies desperate for the golden tickethavebeen asking "With so many episodes of Join Up Dots out therenow,which ones should we listen to first?
And its a difficult question to answer as everyone of themhasmotivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore.
So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random,andshare with you not only their journey, but also ours.
We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, butwhatdo you think?
Drop us a line at email@example.com and letusknow.
Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoytodaysentrepreneurial business chat.
Fri, 22 April 2016
Todays guest entrepreneur ready to follow the words of Steve Jobs, by joining up their dots is a man based in the entrepreneurial hub of the world San Diego.
Yeah this is where the movers and shakers seem to congregate, and who can blame them.
But it certainly is a well worn path that he has travelled to becoming known as the “Sales Whisperer” focusing on the principles that make people want to buy from us instead of the cold call.
And this simple premise has given him the freedom to create a life of dreams.
A career full of motivational speeches, and inspirational conversations with his customers
As he says “Since 1994 I’ve looked for ways to drive sales, and I’ve learned that selling is easier and more valuable to both the sales person and the client if good marketing makes the client aware of you and then contacts you to buy because none of us likes to be “sold.”
Seems simple and certainly the best way to go about things.
Now back in the early 90’s our guest today, had other things on his mind than making sales become easy.
He was firmly entrenched in the US Airforce and did five years in a job until today I didn’t know existed.
e travelled the world from South Korea to Abu Dhabi sticking his finger into the air trying to figure out the best time to launch aircraft and strike targets not playing nice with the U.S. and our allies.
He was a Wing Weather Officer, and maintained and optimized various unit CRM / Databases to track personnel and equipment for rapid deployment and emergency reaction to Asia and the Middle East.
And this knowledge of databases seems to be one of his first big dots, as he has taken this throughout his career, and now is an Infusionsoft expert, TedX veteran, and podcaster with an unusual talent.
He is still podcasting, and unlike so many that stop after ten or so shows, is now racing towards 200 episodes of his top show “The Sales Podcast”
Added to that he has produced seven kids…even more than me, you know that he is a man at the top of his game to be spinning so many plates at one time.
So what was it about the military that was so attractive to him as a young man?
And is the entrepreneurial route one that he would encourage his kids to go into, unlike many parents that would encourage their offspring to get a job?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start in the words of Steve Jobs, joining up dots with the one and only Sales Whisperer himself, the sales entrepreneur Mr Wes Schaeffer.
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Podcast The Sales Whisperer®,
Wes Schaeffer, Hosts The Sales Podcast
Description: Unscripted interviews with successful Entrepreneurs, Professional Sales People, Sales Managers, Business Owners, Marketing Automation experts, and copywriters that provide insight and actionable tips to help you grow your sales, your income and your lifestyle. Join us at TheSalesWhisperer.com/podcasts for recaps of every interview along with valuable resources. TheSalesWhisperer.com is where sales Professionals come to grow.
Wed, 20 April 2016
Todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots has a belief that all of us in life, not least in business, should stop thinking, and start failing.
It’s the belief that unless we throw our plans away, take action, see if it works, and then take more action, that we wont ever get to where we should get in life..
And this is of course the mantra of every episode of Join Up Dots, evidenced by the words of the late Steve Jobs.
Like so many of us he started his adult life pursuing an education that appears on the outside to have little to do with what he is doing now.
Spending 4 years studying a masters degree in Chemistry at London’s Imperial College, he then followed the herd to a corporate job that he felt little connection to.
He joined Ernst and Young the auditing company as a consultant and spent time training university students, and developing a skills programme for new graduates.
Before moving onto Accenture in London and doing two more years, before saying enough is enough and taking the leap of faith.
And this is the fascinating part of his story.
As after spending almost three years “working” on outsourcing projects for two of the world’s largest professional service firms, life was beginning to develop a somewhat monotonous rhythm, with one of the only salvations being the occasional travel opportunities to large outsourcing centres in India.
So harnessing a desire to be independent, and to have an impact and with knowledge from the best outsourcers in the world, he decided to go his own way and start a small outsourcing service company.
With the help of a number of enthusiastic and extremely reliable Virtual Assistants, he set up the infrastructure and started providing an outsourcing service to startups and small businesses around Europe.
He took the experiences gained from his past, and brought them all together to build something valuable to the world and of course himself.
And now with appearances on Dragons Den, his own top ranked podcast 0 – $4, million, and a day to day hustle he is making his mark on the world.
So the question is, how did he know it was the time to take the risk and start going alone?
And does he now look back an realise that life is more about the failures than the successes?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only startup entrepreneur Mr Tom Hunt
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Podcast: 0-$4 Million: A Startups Bootstrapped Journey To A Seven Figure Exit
0-$4 Million: A Startups Bootstrapped Journey To A Seven Figure Exit tracks the Virtual Team Building Platform: Virtual Valley in it's journey from idea to fully fledged online marketplace. Each weekday, we post a 10 minute episode that will provide and update on our key metrics, will discuss an obstacle we have faced, how you can overcome this obstacle in your startup AND we will share one key resource that has added value to our journey.
Mon, 18 April 2016
Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a lady who claimed fame in a very unusual way.
But most excitingly for a show like Join Up Dots she hasn’t set her stall out to allow that initial career success to define her but has gone on for bigger and bolder things.
As the creator of the Purse Process in 2013, her new adventures started in earnest when she started the process of being a bit nosy in ladies handbags.
And digging around to share how the secrets of the stuff that a lady carries around with them in their bag actually defines them.
Yes as her professional bio states “You see, I’m trained in ANTHROPOLOGY and ARCHEOLOGY, but I don’t much like digging in the dirt.
You may have noticed everything about me has a distinctly FEMININE flair.
I’m a girly girl from way back.
In fact, when I was three years old I had a complete meltdown simply because my mom came home with white panties for me instead of pink.
So as you might imagine, the working conditions of an archeologist doesn’t exactly suit a girl like me, so I had to get creative about how I’d apply the vast amount of knowledge I spent several years, countless hours, and paid beaucoup bucks to acquire.
Which is amazing to me to see applied in action.
The creativity to bring to the world something interesting, unique and career defining.
And it certainly was the case, leading to media performances, TedX talks, and a myriad of opportunities as the world started taking an interest in their day to day luggage.
And now our guest is tackling even bigger things, leaving behind the success that started off her career in such a spectacular way.
So todays discussion could start anywhere, and go anywhere which makes it so exiting to me.
Do we start talking about the motivation to get going?
Or the inspiration to actually start digging in ladies bags?
But if she knew she was so girly throughout her life, why did she enter into the world of Indiana Jones, Jurrasic Park and digging around in the dirt?
And does she see that experience is just gained purely to be able to shape your own reality and creative an authentic life of their own?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur Danielle Watson.
Sun, 17 April 2016
Todays show is a rewind into the life and times of the online success story Natalie Sisson
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todays entrepreneurial business chat.
To hear more from Natalie Sisson go to:
Podcast: The Suitcase Entrepreneur - Create your Freedom Lifestyle Business, Be Location Independent By Natalie Sisson
Description: Learn how to build an online business you can run from anywhere in the world using social media, online tools and outsourcing every Monday. If you're an entrepreneur wanting to travel the world, create freedom in business and adventure in life and make a profitable living doing what you love then listen in to Natalie Sisson. Visit suitcaseentrepreneur.com/live You’ll be treated to a series of 15-30 minute interviews with highly influential, super sassy and successful suitcase entrepreneurs. You’ll learn the juicy facts about what online tools they use to run their business, how they use social media to build their community and mojo plus what they outsource and how that makes them more effective.
Fri, 15 April 2016
Today's episode of the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots is another one of the special ones that make me really proud to bring to the world.
This is one of those shows whereby a listener of Join Up Dots, has taken so much action in their life, that they deserve to be blasted across the world.
And today's guest is going to do just that, as he is a musician, teacher, singer, songwriter, father, husband and a man flexing the hustle muscle everyday.
Starting his love for music when he was just nine years old when he started strumming the guitar, and by the age of 12 he had formed his first band “Splat” and was performing original music at school talent shows, ice-cream socials and private parties.
And it's all these activities at such a tender age which have the opportunity to become more than something just to do.
Actually becoming the first steps on the path to adulthood, and a life of their dreams.
But what happens when life has different plans?
What should you do when the future that you want is harder to come by than you expected?
Where you find different ways of doing it, and today's guest has done just that.
After recording his own album "Iowa Weather" he found himself in a slump.
He was working all the hours god gave him, he was supporting his family like every father should, and his recorded album was not getting out to the world.
And that is where we will begin today's show, as although I have never met him but I am proud to call him my guitar twanging buddy.
So has he ever been a normal employee, sitting in a cubicle waiting until 17:00pm to arrive so he can scamper home....free from the days hassles?
Or has he set out on on his path joining up his dots, with no plan B of any shape or form?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots in the words of Steve Jobs, with the one and only musician, entrepreneur, and friend Mr Dan Trilk.
Wed, 13 April 2016
Following the words of Steve Jobs with today’s guest entrepreneur finding the freedom to joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is going to be such a delight.
She is a the host of not just Blog - The Queen Of Results, but also the Power Factor Biz Chat and has such a similar story to many of the guests who have appeared on the show that im sure most of you will be the same too.
One of burnout, lack of confidence, debt and a myriad of other things, not least not seeing the family that she loved because she was working so hard.
She had no freedom and a lifestyle that was totally out of wack.
As she says in her own words ” I was incredibly burned out. So burned out, that all I wanted to do was drink a glass of wine or two and crash, only to get up and fake a smile through my next day. I felt like I was on a hamster wheel. Always moving but going no where.
To make matters worse, my beautiful teenage “gift” daughters were crying because they wanted more quality time with me and their dad, but we were always working. That was the final straw. Later that summer, I made a commitment to get control in my life. I was tired of letting my circumstances get in the way of my happiness. I deserved to live out my dreams and I was determined to “rock my universe”.
But then something came along which did rock her universe, even though she couldn’t quite see the gift that had been placed in front of her at the time.
Which lead her to start changing her life and break free from the 9 to 5 grind that had done so well to trap her for the last decade or so.
And now she spends every day teaching business owners how to do the same.
How to create a lifestyle that fits around the business, and not the normal route where business comes first.
So has it been harder to change direction so drastically, or did things become easy when she started playing to her strengths?
And as we ask all the time, when you have the freedom to control your own calendar how do you get anything done?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots and following the words of Steve Jobs, with the one and only super entrepreneur Erica Castner.
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Podcast: Blog - Queen Of Results
Description: Erica Castner is the host of Power of Persistence and the Founder of Queen of Results Business Coaching & Consulting. A certified business coach, Erica has been helping busy professionals connect with resources to grow and develop their business since 2006. Visit www.thequeenofresults.com to work with Erica TODAY!
Podcast: Power Factor Biz Chat
Description: Power Factor Biz Chat is a podcast that is created for entrepreneurs, business owners, or sales professionals. If you are looking to shatter procrastination, increase confidence, and accomplish your goals faster, this podcast is for you. Erica Castner and her guests will deliver bite-size pieces of valuable business building information, twice a week. Each episode will give you the Inspiration and motivation you need to grow and scale your business, be more efficient in accomplishing your goals, and communicate your message with confidence.