Entrepreneurs Success Stories By Join Up Dots, Inspiration, Confidence, & Small Business Coaching To Start Your Online Career

So many people in life, feel that what they do, is what they will do for the rest of their lives.

They go into jobs that might inspire at the beginning, but over time, little by little start to become a drag.

Every minute feels like an hour, everyday feels like a month.

But they put up with it until its time for retirement, when they are free to mow the lawn, walk the dog, and have nice little naps in the afternoon.

Well today's guest joining us on Join Up Dots is a former senior Derby police officer, who since 1985 when he joined the force "saw the darkest side of humanity" as he says, while dealing with horrific murders and acts of violence.

He retired at the rank of Superintendent on New Year's Eve and, just the following day, picked up his first client after taking courses on hypnotherapy and life-coaching skills.

Yes he went through the life coach shool and has come out the other side with his own life coaching business

In just short of a year, he has expanded his fledgling business and now has clients across the globe, who he helps via Skype.

He says "In less than a year I have built up a client base that stretches to Australia, the USA, Europe and the Middle East and I have helped all ranges of people including chocoholics, nail biters and alcoholics.

One of my earliest clients was a man who had suffered with a stutter for more than 30 years.

Through hypnotherapy and life skills I have learned, we stripped back his problem to when he first started stuttering as a ten-year-old and within a short space of time I have helped him stop.

He has since thanked me as it has given him a huge amount of confidence and enabled him to get a promotion at work.

I am loving what I am doing, and my confidence has never been higher."

And this is a key part to what makes a business begin to flourish, its not the skills, its not the global reach, but it is certainly the personal confidence.

The moment you truly begin to believe in yourself is when the world says "Right we think you can handle what we are going to give you, so make this into a success"

So did he struggle with the "Oh god, this is my first client, I'm not ready for this" mentality after quitting the police force?"

And now seeing the future forming in front him, would he have stayed in full-time employment as long if he had the chance to go back and change things?"

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

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Today's guest joining us on the Join Up dots podcast interview is a remarkable lady who has battled so much in her life, not least at a stage when most people are footloose and fancy free.

Yes, back in in 2010, when just a young lady she was diagnosed with a recurrence of malignant melanoma that first appeared back in 2007.

When she got a professional to take a look at a mole that appeared on her right temple it was discovered that she had cancer.

Having 45 lymph nodes removed she hoped that he can nipped it all in the bud, and could look forward to a long and healthy life.

But sometimes life has other plans, and in 2010 she was back under the knife having some bone from her skull and the lower half of her ear removed.

But of course the fascinating thing as we see everyday on the show, is that more often than not the worse times of life can show us the way to a life is really great.

And now she has built a whole business in regards to others to take control of their health as she did when faced with 7 tumors as a college student-athlete.

As she says "With nothing to lose I put my trust in complementary and alternative treatments and has been in remission for 5 years. Since that life-changing experience, I have encouraged and empowered others to do their own research to find their own pathway to healing with courage, faith and perseverance. "

So of course a stupid question in many ways, but is she glad that the issues that she had to deal with first came into her life?

And is life in her view one of taking your own personal responsibility, not just in regards to health, but also in the day to day writing of your own personal story?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Bailey O'Brien 

 

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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.

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Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired powerhouse podcast Join Up Dots, is a man who started his life in the UK and now calls the world his home.

Or at least Portland Oregon, USA is where he lays his head.

Starting his journey in Slough, Berkshire….think Ricky Gervais’s creation David Brent, or Sacha Baron Cohens Ali Gi and you are getting the idea of his roots.

But there is no doubt that unlike the character Brent, who thinks he is a great communicator but often fails miserably with comic effect, our guy has created a very different professional persona for himself.

Instead of tripping over his own tongue, our guys opens his mouth and finds the gold everytime.

He is a born communicator, and loves using the spoken word as a laser targeted weapon towards success.

Although, a friend of his’s 11-year-old son Aaron asked, “What does your Dad do?” Aaron thought for a minute, then said, “He teaches people how not to say ‘um.’”

Which I guess is a simple summary, but nails it too.

In the past 10+ years our guest has coached CEOs, professional athletes, tech startup founders, engineers, creative designers and pretty much everyone in between in what makes a wonderful presentation.

Could this be switching off power-point, and actually talking to people directly?

Or perhaps, embracing the world of storytelling to inspire the attendees listening to you speak?

Well we will find our during the show.

But this former newspaper reporter and columnist, now speaks regularly to groups about how to use clear, concise, compelling language as a strategic weapon when dealing with reporters, employees, sales prospects, shareholders, and consumers.

You use the right words that change your situation, empower you and…well stops the “Umms”

So why did he want to leave this amazing country that we call the UK, and depart the natural oasis of beauty that we call Slough, Berkshire?

And when he is standing up, and presenting, does he think “Man, this is easy, I am so in my sweet-spot” or does he have to work hard for every “Umm and Ahh” he stops in its tracks ?

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

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It’s not often that I say, I love today’s guest, but in this case I most certainly do.

I love what she is doing. I love the way she is doing it. And I love that our paths cross more times than anyone else I think I know online today.

Back in 2007, she began her journey to where she is today by working in the position as Field Manager for Clean Water Action, where she directed, managed and trained a staff of up to 25 canvassers. and supervised the office manager in all administrative tasks.

And quite honestly as well as I know her, I can totally see her doing this kind of thing, as she is doing a similar thing today although totally in a different environment.

After that, her organisation skills were taken to the next level, whilst her communication skills went up several notches too, by stepping into one of the hardest environments of all.

Knocking on doors and cold calling, canvassing political opinions and fund raising for the political wannabes campaign.

So you can see that she can talk, can organise data, and likes nothing more than leading a high performing team that delivers big time for her clients.

And now she is the leader of a team of amazing ladies at Interview Connections, the premier agency for booking guests onto podcasts across the world.

She has taken all those dots gained over the last nine years, and created a company that has filled a need for podcasters across the world, which is the way to build huge success.

Podcasters struggle to find guests, she has the connections, put the two together and job done.

But of course there is so much more to it than that.

So when did the idea come to her, and was it an epiphany angels singing moment in her life, or did she just stumble into something?

And how did she feel when competition started springing up online, with others seeing her success and modelling the service that she was providing so successfully?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Interview Connections legend, Jessica Rhodes.

For more information on Jessica Rhodes Podcasts go to:

Podcast: Rhodes To Success With Jessica Rhodes

Description

Rhodes to Success is a weekly podcast that will teach you how to #ROCKTHEPODCAST from both sides of the mic! Host Jessica Rhodes is the founder and CEO of InterviewConnections.com, the premier guest booking agency for podcasters and guest experts. In this podcast, Jessica teaches listeners how to get booked on podcasts as a guest, how to be a great podcast host and leverage the power of podcast interviews to grow your business.

Podcast: The Podcast Producers

Description

The Podcast Producers is a seasonal show that focuses on subjects related to the art and business of podcasting. Hosts Jessica Rhodes and Corey Coates bring a polished, journalistic, audio experience to present a multifaceted insight into the world of podcasting and the personalities who produce them. Each season presents conversations with podcasters who have experience and expertise in areas such as podcasting for hobby or business, statistics and demographics of listeners, advertising models, podcast networks, the psychology of podcasting, production, broadcast radio and more.

Podcast Interview Connections TV (Video Podcast)

A weekly web TV show that shows you how to #RockThePodcast from both sides of the mic! Interview Connections TV is hosted by Jessica Rhodes, founder of Interview Connections - The Premier Source for Booking Outstanding Podcast Guests. Learn more at Interviewconnections.com

 

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Todays episode of Join Up Dots brings to you a story of entrepreneurial success and persistence.

Pop star Rick Astley has returned to the top of the UK album chart after a gap of 29 years.

The singer's comeback album, 50, beat new releases by Tom Odell and Paul McCartney to reach number one.

"It's amazing, it's incredible," said Astley. "It's been a very, very, very long time."

The star first found fame in the 1980s as part of the Stock, Aitken, Waterman hit factory - but his new material presents a more mature, soulful sound.

He was engaged in a battle for the number one slot over the last week, changing places with Tom Odell on several occasions. In the end, he outsold the Chichester-born singer by just 3,700 copies.

According to the Official Chart Company, Astley sold more physical CDs, while Odell secured more digital sales and streams.

"I like Tom Odell," Astley said. "I bought his last album, and I'm going to buy this one as well, but I've held off from buying it this week!"

Astley last topped the chart in 1987, three years before Odell was born, with his debut album Never Gonna Give You Up.

The star said he'd enjoyed the support of pop royalty in his quest for the top slot this week.

"Elton John's sent a few texts over the last couple of days and just called me now to celebrate and said 'just make sure you enjoy it.'

"He's one of those people I've always respected... so it was a nice moment to get that congratulations."

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Fancy some motivation packed chat?

Well, 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 with more than a splash of motivation.

motivation, motivation, motivation all the way!!!!!!

 

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If you listen to Join Up Dots on a daily basis then you will hear me wax lyrical when introducing a guest as I certainly like to do my research, but todays show is different.

When my guest connected with us to request a place on the show, he hit me with this little tale and I didn't think i could out do this little lot.

So in his own words "On the day I turned 30 years old I looked around me and I knew things had to change.

I looked up at the barbed wire toped concrete walls of the maximum security prison I had called home for the last 2 years and I wondered where everything had gone so wrong.

Only a few years earlier life had been about fast cars, women and parties. I was born in England but schooled and grew up in Johannesburg in South Africa.

I had a career in television that put me in peoples living rooms on a daily basis. I was a household name and people would ask me for my autograph when they saw me out and about.

The choices I made led me to class A drug addiction and the results pulled the carpet from under my feet. Everything was gone within 3 months and I found myself living as a homeless man in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Johannesburg.

Drugs lead to crime and crime leads to prison. After 9 months awaiting trail I escaped from prison. Two weeks later I was re-arrested buying drugs on the street. I was sentenced as a security risk prisoner and given 3 years without parol in a maximum security prison.

Today things look very different and I live a happy and peaceful life with my wife Colette and my daughter Kristen.

I run a number of successful online businesses that pay my bills, I have authored a book due for release in June and I am able to enjoy a balance in life through my work as a psychotherapist. "

Wow , what a story, but believe me there is so much more to the guys tale, the we could literally go three or four episodes and still not touch the surface.

So looking back on his life as a famous TV magician, did he find it easier to to get to the top, than he has since getting out of prison and changing direction?

Or was that just the starting point to what he would call his "Sweetspot".....has he now found the path that he would say was truly his to find?

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

If you want to hear more from Ken Kelly go to:

Podcast: Counselling Tutor

Description: The Counselling Tutor podcast serves student counsellors and psychotherapists in training. Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly examine the theory and practice of counselling and deliver academic content in an easy to understand and fun podcast. Students of Person Centred counselling, Transactional Analysis and behavioural models such as CBT will find something relevant to their studies on the Counselling Tutor Podcast.

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My guest today on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who has had quite a varied career since starting as a Solutions Specialist for Accenture, before transitioning into a Senior Software Developer a role he fulfilled for over six years.

And it seems to me that he has spent the bulk of his time developing the skills to implement and develop IT systems and platforms, where actually he had a burning desire to develop humans.

And this is the fascinating part of life, and something I talk about often.

That when transitioning to a new life, most of us try to escape for the old one.

But actually most of it isnt too bad, just some of it doesn't fulfill us, or make us believe that we are getting what we should.

But we have skills within those old lives that we can and should be taking with us, to make it easier in the future.

And that is what our guest has done today, as since 2014 he has worked tirelessly to help the world live better lives and develop systems that can make us all dream bigger.

But don't think for a minute that this is a guy who talks the talk, but doesn't have the experience to say "Hey, I've been though some pretty tough times myself, have I told you about overcoming alcohol abuse and the story of my wife's tragic suicide due to bipolar disorder."

So how has he taken this career history and turned it into something profitable, enjoyable and valuable to the world?

And does he feel that we are always on the right path, it just sometimes takes awhile to see how the dots are all joining up ?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Jason MacKenzie.

 

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Today's guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast is a man who started his career as far away as is possible to where he is today.

Originally from Leeds, England, our guests early passions were rugby and mathematics, and although he was usually one of the smallest players, he loved to lead from the front, surprising his bigger opponents with his technique and tenacity.

Discovering his analytical skills helped other people identify a different and more effective way to do things, and his passion for being part of a winning team, he turned these into a professional purpose.

Now that is a fascinating insight into the psyche of a man who at his heart believed himself.

He believed that with effort, commitment and power of thought he could overcome those individuals perhaps holding themselves back from their true performance.

But what interests me even more is once he started his business career, he took those same athletic characteristics to go for rapid advancement.

And instead of going for the long game, where gradual performance and achievements get recognised by the powers that be, he decided to take on the most difficult challenges available; the tough jobs that no one else wanted to do or that people thought would fail.

He recognized these opportunities as a FAST way to rise through the ranks.

Knowing that nothing succeeds as quickly as success, he believed that triumphing in areas where other people thought it couldn't be done was the best use of his analytical skills and his fierce determination to succeed.

And this approach allowed him to challenge traditional thinking and come up with innovative solutions.

And how with his own consultancy company he is taking these beliefs and sharing them with individuals and companies across the world, to also go for rapid improvements.

So why does he feel that he had this different approach to tackle the hard stuff, instead of going for the easy route like most people?

And does he pull his hair out, at the generation that now feel that you can click a few buttons online and gain the quick route to success?

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

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