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Today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots Podcast is a man who has experienced something that we see time and time again on Join Up Dots.

Sometimes a calling is waiting to be answered.

You work through your life, doing a myriad of things until with a knock knock on the door, you are thrown into a world that for many begs the question.

“Why the hell didn’t I do this earlier….its amazing”

Well today’s guest is such a person and after growing up on the south-West side of Houston Texas, did what many young men did in the late seventies.

Saught out adventure and travel by joining the US Navy for 23 years, which had him based in Virginia where he ultimately retired in 2001.

But this is just a small part of his story as he also worked as a restaurant manager, a musician and also in the auto-mobile industry as a Service advisor.

None of these occupations giving much clue to where his life was heading.

It was however, after he started doing daily posts on Facebook that his wife Sandy had an idea, and over a period of time persuaded him to write a book

And so he started writing a novel about growing up in the sixties. which turned out to be something of an epiphany to him.

As he says “I found that I have a natural gift that I was unaware I possessed.”

And now the books just keep on coming with the name of “Best Selling author” firmly linked to his output.

He has written six novels from coming of age comedy to supernatural thrillers.

His latest work, Xtreme Options, is a fast paced Detective Murder Mystery that throws the Irish pair of Bryce Mallory and Shamus Crawley into a whirlwind of excitement as they match wits with the High Stakes Killer, who gives his victims a chance to walk away if they win the bet.

So although he states his writing skills were a complete surprise, did he ever show a passion for English and Literature at school?

And what does he say to people who often say things like “It’s ok for you, I’m just not talented at anything!”

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

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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.

To hear more from Geoff Thompson go to:

Podcast: The Geoff Thompson Inspired Podcast

Description: Geoff Thompson is a BAFTA award winning writer. He has written forty books (published in 20 languages), five multi-award-winning films, three stage plays (he was invited into the prestigious Royal Court writers Group) and hundreds of articles, many published in national magazines and broadsheets. Geoff's autobiography 'Watch My Back' was adapted into a major motion picture Clubbed. It premiered in London 's West End and Paris and was nominated for a BIFFA award. He has also adapted his first novel, Red Mist (Violent Heart, optioned by SteelMill Productions, London), into a feature film for cinema. Geoff's third feature film for cinematic release, (Romans) has been optioned by The Tea Shop & Film Company in London, and his latest stage play (Fragile) will premiere at the Belgrade Theatre in 2012.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots Steve Jobs inspired podcast is a lady who has made very happy.

As this is the second time I have had the pleasure of grilling her on the show, as she last appeared back on episode 208, where we talked about her rise to the top of the fitness industry from a starting point that was more than a bit unusual.

Yep, that’s all i’m saying, so you will have to go back and listen to that one to find out her unusual past occupations.

So when she connected with me again and said “David, have I got more dots to share with you and your listeners” then I knew it was going to be good stuff.

And it as this is a lady that is tackling one of the hardest fitness courses the world has scene “The Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge” created by Jo De Sena who also appeared on the show back on episode 312

And the big question to this desire to get down, muddy and sweaty is why?

She is a beautiful lady, has a great business that is rocking and rolling, has clients across the world, and could stay in her comfort zone quite happily.

But she doesn’t want to.

She wants to prove herself and go after bigger and bigger challenges, which really joins up the dots to our first interview.

As this is not your usual uber glamorous fitness guru.

But this is a lady will drive, commitment and passion to do the unusual.

To create her own path,

And to go to bed each night content to know that she has given it her very best.

So what was the appeal of going onto the hit TV show “Spartan Ultimate Challenge”?

And did she discover things about herself that were a complete surprise, or only cement what she already knew?

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

 

To listen to more from Stephanie Keenan and the Stop Chasing Skinny Podcast go to:

Podcast: Stop Chasing Skinny Podcast SKFitlife

Description: NBC's SPARTAN RACE TV Series Season 1 Contestant... Founder of the SKFitLife Challenge and www.skfitlife.com, Stephanie Keenan is a wellness expert and fitness coach. Do you want to learn how to LOOK as fit as you FEEL? Have you thought to yourself, yeah, I DO want to reach my fitness goals in a more concise way! Listen each week to learn how to bring it all together. We know you have more important things to do with your time than slog away on the treadmill or elliptical chasing skinny.

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Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots Steve Jobs inspired podcast contacted me and said "Hey I Think I Should Be A Guest On The Show"

And so of course I said, "Ok, then, do you have some interesting back-story that will make the show amazing!"

Two seconds later he hit me with:

1. Started out on 6 figure salary at age 23

2. Went broke and got evicted onto the streets with wife and first child

3. Started business from scratch.

4. Went broke again

5. Outsourced my business to a competitor

6. Ran my company out of a hotel lobby for a year

7. Grew it and semi retired on passive earnings at age 31

8. Started a podcast, digital agency and investment fund

Which is quite a good list I'm sure you agree, oh and then he also told me " ok, lets talk about how I almost died, I haven't mentioned that one"

So with this lot to cover this could be episode one of a ten part serial, but we will see what we cover in the show.

But its clear to see that this guy has hustle muscle by the bucket load, has the ability to overcome setbacks and keep going for the big picture, and of course loves what he is doing.

You can hear that on the "Can I Pick Your Brain?" Podcast.

So, the question is would he have got to where he is today without succumbing to the huge ups and downs that life has thrown at him?

And knowing what he knows now would he have done things differently or still followed the course 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 Daniel Gefen.

For more on this show go over to:

Can I Pick Your Brain? Entrepreneur Business Podcast

Daniel Gefen: Top rated Entrepreneur Interviews to give you the motivation and inspiration to start and grow your lifestyle business

Description

Learn how you can gain the Unwavering Attitude and Time Tested Tools you need to BUILD a SUCCESSFUL LIFESTYLE BUSINESS that can get you the FINANCIAL FREEDOM you deserve! In this business podcast I pick the brains of successful entrepreneurs to find out what they did to get to where they are today. • What MOTIVATION did they get to start their lifestyle business? • How they dealt with things like PERFECTIONISM, PROCRASTINATION, FEAR, PRESSURE, LONELINESS and other negative mindsets? • What were some of their TOUGHEST MOMENTS in getting their financial freedom? • What were their BUSINESS SUCCESS BREAKTHROUGHS, defining moments & tipping points? • What DRIVES them? Where do they get their INSPIRATION from? What makes them tick? What gets them out of bed in the morning? • What are some of the BEST BUSINESS TOOLS and they have used to help them along the way? My name is Daniel Gefen and i'm the host of 'Can I Pick Your Brain?' the top rated business entrepreneur podcast show that is jam packed with motivation, inspiration and practical business advice for startups and growing online businesses. If you enjoy other inspiring podcast interviews with top entrepreneurial hosts like Pat Flynn, Tim Ferris, John Lee Dumas, Nathan Latka, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk and other success stories then this is the podcast show for you. Some topics we cover: Social Media Marketing, Facebook Marketing, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Webinars, Growing your Email Lists, SEO, Adwords, PPC, Startups, Finding Investors, Time Management, Productivity hacks, Mindfulness, Success Stories, Making Money Online, Mentors, Content Creation, Starting a business, Business Advice and much more! I’m super excited and look forward to ‘picking YOUR brain’ one day :)

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Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots Steve Jobs inspired podcast is an author with a deep interest in what makes people tick.

What makes some individuals rise to greatness, whist others with much more chance of getting to the top fall by the wayside.

And through his seven books ranging from When Everything Fails, Try This, published in 2009 right through to 2015’s “Becoming Unbreakable: How Normal People Become Extraordinarily Self-Confident”  he helps us push the boundaries on what is possible.

By tackling subjects such as “How did Buffalo Bill cope with his tremendous financial mistakes?” and “Which crucial success principle was discovered by the Ancient Roman poet Ovid?”  their stories will show us all what to do when we are confronted with severe problems, even when everything seems lost.

As he says “This book aims at making you highly resistant to adversity. It’s principles will enable you to move on with your life despite difficulties, obstacles, and setbacks.”

So when did he decide that these were the kind of subjects that would bring him the most success, and did he stumble and fall like all of us before his first publication hit the shelves?

And with all this information he has gained, regarding dream building and successful pursuits is he more likely to achieve bigger dreams than even he thought possible?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr John Vespasian

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

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.

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired podcast is a lady with a connection to a previous episode.

If you go back and listen to episode 473 of Join Up Dots you will hear an open and frank discussion with Jim Sweeney.

During the recording he spoke passionately about his amazing wife and the work she was doing, so its with delight that we now have her on the show.

So lets give you a bit of background formation about her, and what she is doing on life.

From the early part of her career she was in the words of one of her friend “Groomed” for success.

She was setting out on a path towards being a lawyers

As she says “The master plan (which certainly sounds good on its surface) would entail my following in my late grandfather’s footsteps to become a New Jersey lawyer. For a girl born in the late ’50s, it was somewhat ambitious and even professionally affirming.

There were just two problems: 1) I didn’t want to practice law and 2) I didn’t want to live in New Jersey.

Though I could have easily articulated the second (negative) goal, the first negative goal was a bit more complex. Why didn’t I want to practice law? Simply put, I had neither passion nor vision for the profession. When laid against my inward leanings, it translated to me as a solitary, rigid and uninspired career.

Despite trying to please those around me and stay true to the instruction manual that would get me to this supposed life goal as a New Jersey lawyer, I became increasingly dis-spirited. The more I moved through the law school process the more “dead” I felt.”

And haven’t most of us felt that at one time or another, simply going through the motions.

Waiting for each weekend to free us up from the life we are living?

Well today’s guest has done just that and now calls herself the Ambassador of Happiness, on a mission to help ignite the worlds on personal happiness.

She has books, podcasts, courses and the worlds biggest smile to share everywhere?

So does she think that she could have gone through the Law degree and found some kind of happiness in the role, or did she need to do a 360.

And where is her greatest source of happiness now she is surrounded by it?

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

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Today’s guest entrepreneur joining up the dots and following the words of Steve Jobs, is a man who has certainly experienced the highs that life can give you.

And also certainly those times in life when the universe decided to give you a devastating kick to your confidence, self-esteem, ability to love openly, to leave you with little idea as to what to do next.

Our guest is theatrical at heart and even at the age of six could be found bursting into song where he lived, so it was little surprise that his earlier career was spent gaining the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t within the theatre world.

He studied hard, and learnt much (not least how to take down theatre sets rather quickly) when he moved from New Jersey to New York City at the age of 21 to tackle the world of fame, fortune, and the Broadway stage.

This was of course where stars are made, and soon he would be rubbing shoulders with DeCaprio, Ford and the like as he would spend his Saturday mornings ensuring that his star on the Hollywood walk of fame was free from footprints and sparkling.

As he says “By the time I turned twenty-five, I thought I’d have the perfect life—a few years singing on Broadway, followed by a starring role in my own television show.

Instead, his resume is filled with an assortment of minor league theatre and an appearance on The Maury Povich Show—a career sidetracked by his father’s suicide, a lawsuit from his mother over his inheritance, and a break-up with his long-term girlfriend.

Eight years later and through a series of remarkable life events, a bad economy, and mixture of collegiate and self-education; our guest reinvented himself as an international public speaker, author, playwright, theatre producer, educator, marketing consultant, and arts entrepreneur.

Now as we see everyday this is not about reinventing as such, but truly making the decisions that builds a life, instead of allowing for things to happen to us.

Not allowing fickle finger of fate to take away what we thought was our by right.

So how did he take his fathers tragic suicide and find the strength not only tell the tale on stage, but place a comedic spin on it too?

And even though still a young man, does he fell battle scarred and weary, or have the feeling that where he is now is the start of when things get really good?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining up dots with the one and only Mr Joshua Rivedal.

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Todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast is an author with a similar tale to many of our guests.

At least the starting point is.

He was born in Michigan, where he lived for most of his childhood, before making the decision to join the U.S. Navy upon graduating high school.

He served aboard three different ships and at the U.S. Naval Station at Subic Bay in the Philippines.

And whilst on-board dealing with the idle hours, he began writing about his experiences simply as a way to pass the time.

Which is something that most of us will do, but not consider why we are doing it.

But the simple answer is we are not trying to simply pass the time, but instead are choosing to do something that we enjoy to pass the time.

Which if you can then find a way to monetize this enjoyable pursuit, you quite simply never ever work again.

After getting out of the Navy he worked at a variety of jobs, including fry cook, baker, disk jockey, electrician’s assistant, book seller, editor, teacher, and taxi driver.

But it was when he took advantage of the G.I. Bill to attend college in Hawaii, that he discovered that he could actually write well, and where he continued to polish his skills.

He worked as student writing tutor beginning in his second year, and won a number of writing awards during his junior and senior years.

All of these small dots building up to something that couldn’t be denied. He was on his way to becoming an author.

He just needed to write that first book, which appeared once he relocated to Japan and took a job in Tokyo.

He took on the National Novel Writing Month challenge, and after three false starts, finished his first 50,000 word novel in 2011 called The Crossroads at Forgotten Lake and the rest is history.

So why was it that he took so long to get to the point that his writing prowess could be unleashed on the world?

And does he look back to his life before the Navy and see any more clues as to where his life was ultimately going to end up?

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

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

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.

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