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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who seems to me was certainly born with the entrepreneurial genes.

Starting his first business at age 11, (even hiring his parents for logistics support), over the last quarter century he’s started and owned more than 30 different companies including an insurance agency, precious metals firms, a venture capital company, a coaching and consulting firm, and more than a dozen real estate investment and development companies.

He’s also the founder of Yokido ™, his own martial arts and holds 3 other black belts.

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing in his life, as by age 27  he became a millionaire, and then lost everything (including his Ferrari, girlfriend, and even his dog) before going again in a new direction.

But it seems to me that at his core he is a man who believes in personal control, and having the ability to show the world how we can free ourselves from the control that money worries have over our lives.

By learning the ways to simplify investments, and taking the mystery out how to make money work for us, we will all have a better standard of living, life and health too.

The life that most of us would say was the dream.

Today, he resides in Austin Texas and is the Founder and CEO of Total Control Financial, a company who are obsessed with Disrupting Wall Street & Empowering Main Street, and as we said showing the world the promised land.

So the big questions are, did he need to lose everything to be able to gain the clarity of financial knowledge that he now has?

And what is the number one mistake that people make when attempting to gain financial freedom

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

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is nothing but decisive when she knows what she wants in life. Starting her career back in 1999 she performed the role of Finance Director for one of the top 15 Opera companies in the US for ten years, until in 2009 the company closed due to financial difficulties. And I guess we will find out on the show if she would have stayed in the position if this hadn’t occurred but the fact is it did As she says “After leaving the corporate world to stay home with my young children, I began writing and performing my own songs. I toured as a singer/songwriter for 9 years, releasd 3 CDs and won several songwriting awards. I even had the honour of singing “The National Anthem” at Dodger Stadium. I then began coupling the inspirational message of my songs with a testimony-based speaking topic called “You Are My Vision”, a program I have presented for churches and community groups for the last 8 years.” But how do you take these values and skills and turn them into an income production line, as this is the problem that most entrepreneurs encounter on their journey to success. Well todays guest has drawn on her extensive experience of the music industry to create online courses to help musicians learn how to make a living from their music. Her most popular offering is an online training and mentoring community exclusively for female musicians called the “Female Musician Academy“. And not only that she is the host of two top ranked podcasts bringing her passions to an even wider audience. So has she planned all these goings on or are they as much a suprise to her when she looks around her of what she has going on? And does she now have the belief that she could have done all this a lot quicker, or did it naturally have to fall into place? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Bree Noble

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an a man who Entrepreneur Magazine states, “This guy is the #1 author and world’s most-quoted consultant on Google Advertising. He has helped over 100,000 advertisers save literally billions of dollars in AdWords stupidity tax.” He is an author, speaker, engineer and world-renowned business consultant in Chicago. And now with a decade of research, he brings a fresh perspective to the 150-year old evolution debate…..he brings about a very different view to what Darwin would have classed as fact. How has he done this? How has he managed to dissect what the world has believed is fact? Well in the same way as Bill Gates of Microsoft and the founders of Google revolutionized software and the Internet through their status as outsiders. Similarly, our guest harnesses a communication engineer’s outsider’s perspective to reveal a century of unrecognized research and discoveries. But this is just one part of what has brought him onto Join Up Dots, so who knows where today’s conversation will go? So what made him start looking into the works of Charles Darwin, when the world has debated it openly for decades? And does he now have his eyes on other areas of science and fact? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Perry Marshall.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots Podcast interview, is a man who since 2001 has had a fascination with coding and technology…..Mr Bobby Gill. Starting work as a QA Engineer for a company, which he quite readily admits that “I cant find the right words that could do any justice to my time here. 5 – 10 lines of blank text should more than suffice.” he moved steadily though a series of positions that filled his days with programming, and more than a bit of messing around. One company paid him, whilst Bobby joined a gang of eager programmers and developers to work on a slime basketball game….ok they didn’t know they were paying him to do this, but hey more fool them, they should have managed a little bit closer I think. But when Microsoft took a chance on him, then things started getting serious, and he realised that the time of playing was coming to an end. Whizz forward a few years, and Bobby Gill is now the founder of Blue Label Labs, a New York based mobile design and development lab for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. So how has he done this? How did he take the leap of faith that allowed him to leave the corporate environment as an employee, and build his own business (one not focused on slime basketball I can only imagine) Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Bobby Gill.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has has a fascinating journey to where he is today. He is the co-creator of MOTIVATE International (formerly MOTIVATE Shanghai) which is a meeting place for personal and professional development in one of the worlds biggest cities (28million+ people). This was one of the first, if not the first centres to bring personal development to the mainstream public However, although it seems he has found his place this is quite a distance from where he first started. Starting his career in the Australian military he served seven years for the Army, working his way up the ranks before landing in Afghanistan for a final tour of duty. And as we see from so many entrepreneurs who have joined up their dots on the show, the military gives an amazing grounding in productivity, organization and routine which if learnt in the right way can then be taken into civilian life in spectacular fashion. And that certainly seems to be the case with todays guest as he says "A couple of years ago. Chiang Mai, North Thailand became my second home. I was living a Super Healthy lifestyle in every way. Following my passion for Martial Arts with Thai Kickboxing, Cooking Thai food twice a day, Learning Massage and speaking the basics of Thai Language. Money was not an issue. 1 hour of work a week made more Passive Income than my friends were making back in Australia and this was during a Global Financial Crisis. To be honest, I can teach you how to do it financially like I did BUT it won’t work for you. You need a system that suits you. One that suits your Personality Style, and fulfills your deeper core needs. You need to have your head in the right place and you need to believe." Which is the bridge that so many people struggle to cross. Its ok to want these things, but how do you get started and truly believe that they are waiting for you. So how did he find the path that was right for him, and then take that path to another financially viable one? And why did he take this financial freedom and then create MOTIVATE? Was it more for himself or the people that he felt he could help? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Adrian Cahill

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Todays show is a solo show where you host David Ralph shares what is on his mind over the Xmas period. This aint a long episode as he has mince pies to eat, and Xmas films to watch, But it is show that lets all of you out there today know that he appreciates you all. And he couldnt do the show without you. So from all at Join Up Dots we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year one and all.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has aligned his passions, his dreams and his talents in the world of give, give, give.

But it wasn't always the case.

For many years he operated in a way that was certainly not born out of his strengths, but was due to his work effort and ability to see opportunities and go for them.

As he says "I spent most of my life wearing masks pretending to be important to hide my own deeper insecurities. Despite building multi million dollar businesses, becoming a best selling author and buying real estate in 7 different countries, I felt an emptiness."

You see all the time he was walking a path that  was not his own.

He was doing what seemed right everyday to build income, status and prestige, but the happiness tank was running on empty.

All the time he was ignoring his own internal guidance system that he suppressed while focusing on goals and in turn, the right mindset to achieve them.

He know believes our obsession with the right mindset is leading people to create and live unauthentic lives while the very nature of goals actually pushes us to live in the future and not be present.

To prove that point he has traveled the world speaking about the importance of overcoming personal obstacles, gaining clarity, and cultivating the confidence to believe in yourself, and has shared the stage with esteemed speakers such as Steven Covey, Richard Branson, and the Dalai Lama.

He has worked with people from Olympic athletes, TV personalities, entrepreneurs, housewives to billionaires who have gone bankrupt, and everything in between.

So this is a guy who reached the top and had to stop, and thats what was bothering him. 

He needed to reconnect to the bare necessities of  life and has done this in spectacular fashion ever since.

So was there a moment when he knew that he had gone wrong in life, or was it just a creeping realisation that he should have gone left instead of right?

And if you are working on a path after giving and happiness, can you actually start to take it for granted and lose track of what you wanted to achieve again and again?

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

 

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Entrepreneur podcast interview dont come better than this. Todays expert has built a business they love and career success that is a wow. Discover how you can also be a top entrepreneur in todays motivation packed episode. When I was a young man, I’m sure that I would have died and gone to heaven if I could have had a sexy boss come into my office. I may not have got a lot of work done, but still it would have been a nice to have. So imagine my delight that I get to invite a lady onto today’s episode of Join Up Dots, who is the Author of…Sexy Boss Inc Manifesto: Transform From Broke, Frustrated and Bored to Living Fearless, Fulfilled and Financially Free, and also The Game of Dating: Just for Men. “The Ultimate Secrets on How to Date Your Dream Woman Today” Buy it Now. But these movements that she has created with her publications isn’t about the old bumping and grinding. Its about taking control of your life and going for it As she says “Let’s Get One Thing Clear…. Girl, you are sexy. Damn sexy, in fact! But being sexy is NOT just about looks, or about sex, for that matter. At the highest level, being sexy is about getting off your butt, stopping the whining and excuses and reclaiming your God-given power.” And she is certainly doing that, with her business going from strength to strength. As a serial entrepreneur she is regarded as a top authority on internet marketing, business strategies and marketing, and since 2006 she started, developed and grew an online information marketing publishing company from ground zero to over $1 million in sales in less than 12 months. Starting without a list, a product, a name or an offer, she has changed her life dramatically. And as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, she appears to be loving her life, and playing firmly in the sweet spot. So when did she realise that sexual power, was something that she could package in a different way to appeal to a new market? And with all the things that she has on her plate, what would she say is the one thing that she wouldn’t ever stop doing, even if she didn’t get paid for it anymore? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Heather Ann Havenwood.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who believes one hundred percent in the words of Joseph Campbell (Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors, where there were only walls.)

But for many years her thoughts were driven by expectations far from remarkable,

She was solid, dependable and in a career which was nothing more than traditional.

As she says “I became a senior high school science teacher, driven by my passion for teaching about health and the human body. I loved and excelled in my work, and thought I would retire from this position in my elderly years. However, after a deeply transformative and unexpected personal and spiritual awakening that began in 2006, I ended up resigning from my teaching position and officially retiring in 2009.

Having just come out of my 20s, and driven to never have a “job” or work in any traditional setting again. I wanted to be responsible for my own destiny and was not interested in conforming to the cookie-cutter standards and expectations set out by society. And so despite everyone’s objections to me leaving a secure job that I loved, I was driven by the voice within that was hard to ignore if I was going to be true to myself and live in alignment with my passions and values.”

And so with no great plan, but hustle, passion and the ability to open doors that even the universe couldn’t, she is now the creator of the Healthytarian lifestyle, based on fresh thinking, smart eating and mindful living to empower individuals who wish to take a deeply holistic approach to their wellness.

She has also created video shows on her two web channel networks EBTV and Healthytarian, that feature her own teaching and other guest experts to inspire, empower and motivate people into positive action.

So when she decided to walk out of her career did she have any idea that this was the direction that she would go for?

And although going great now, was there a time when she might have been persuaded to go back into full-time employment?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Evita Ochel

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Welcome to the confidence exploding Join Up Dots Free Podcast Interview with David Ralph To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: Click Here to Subscribe via iTunes Click Here to Subscribe via RSS (non-iTunes feed) If you like the show, we would be so grateful if would consider leaving the show a review in iTunes as well as Stitcher Radio. A couple minutes of your time can help the show immensely! Thank YOU! Todays show is a coaching based episode whereby David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, and founder of Dream Starters Academy Coaching answers listeners questions directly. This is a no holds bared version of the show, that will cover the following subjects sent in by listeners of Join Up Dots 1: David, I listen to a lot of shows and I find that they are always telling me their favourite business books. You don't. So my question is what books would you recommend everyone reading if they get the chance ? - Jo Barnes, London 2: What has been the biggest difficulty to you as you have grown your business. I am thinking of starting my own business and any advice you can give will be greatly accepted. - Daniel Barkinside, South Africa 3. Hi David, thanks for a simply brilliant podcast. Its amazing how you can make me laugh, cry and scribble notes all at the same time. I was listening to a few of your shows, whilst on a long journey through Europe, and I wondered. What do you do when you are not involved in your business - Katarina Eastas - Poland 4: Good afternoon David and the Join Up Dots team, thank you for an inspiring and educational show. I am thinking of starting my own show and would like to know, how you decide on which questions you are going to ask your guests. I find this very hard indeed, and struggle to write more than five. Do you have any suggestions...thank you for your time. - John Milnard, Texas 5: I think I have a problem, which might need your help. I keep on repeating the same mistakes every-time when I start what I hope will be a life changing business. I put all my efforts into website design, content production, email list building for about six months and then let it fade away. I cant keep the motivation up to build anything worthwhile. Do you have any tips on how to remain focused. I know things do not occur overnight, but I also know that I am not ever going to get anywhere if I follow the same trend. Thank you for your time, I hope this question gets answered - Connor Sparrow Cardiff Wales If you want to get your question answered on the show then simply drop us a line to: Email: joinupdots@gmail.com Facebook

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the author of the newly published book The Gifted Storyteller which tells the story of Michael. A man who followed "the plan" and did everything he was supposed to for life to be successful; great job, money, dates, yet despite it all, everything wasn’t the dream he expected. One night after work, he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman named Jeannie, who introduces him to the Gifted Storyteller, and changes his life forever. Now the question we will need to ask is how much of Michael is fictional and how much is autobiorphicall? As it seems to me that todays guest has trodden a similar path in many ways. As certainly im sure that seeing how his life is changing so amazingly in front of him, he may well feel that he could have taken more risk earlier in his life. Allowing him to experience growth in mindset, confidence and the ability to create the life of his dreams. He works in the field of education, with over 20 years experience as a teacher and Principal in NYC. Where he has received numerous awards and accolades as a leader in his field, and utilizing his degree in Psychology from StonyBrook University and certification in Strategic Intervention in coaching, his focus is on helping people see empowering meaning in the present moment and seize the opportunity to create lasting change for themselves and others. So looking back at what he has achieved and what he is working towards, does he feel that it is simply a case of getting going, or a lot more than that? And where does he see his attention turning to now, more books or something quite different? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Gregg Korrol

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Digital Marketing King Tim Cameron-Kitchen From Exposure-Ninja shares his amazing story to creating digital marketing success

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who quite simple should be loving his life.

He is a creative at heart and has found his way to online success with several businesses.

Leaving the University Of Southampton in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in Music you can see quite clearly how the dots have joined up.

As he says “I decided to make a go of professional drumming. I spent a couple of years developing something called Online Session Drumming, where I’d record for bands and musicians around the world from my home studio. To do this, I had to learn to market myself effectively by building websites, getting to the top of Google, and learning how to advertise. I wrote a book introducing this way of recording which got extensive coverage in the drumming press, filmed 19 DVDs, ran 2 newsletters and membership clubs, and the method went on to become a way of life for hundreds of musicians around the world.

It turned out that I quite enjoyed the advertising and websites bit of the job, even when I got bored of the drumming. My next door neighbour at the time was a plasterer in need of extra work so I built him a website. The effect this website had on him spurred me to start JobDoneWebsites, which went on to become the UK’s leading tradesman-only marketing company.”

You see our guest was willing to put himself into environments where he was required to do serious upskilling on every turn. He didn’t have the answers but was willing to that extra mile to make those answers himself.

And upon developing those skills, he was actually building the foundations to what he has achieved today.

Presently he is the head ninja at Exposure Ninja an online marketing company that has grown to 35 Ninjas in less than 3 years.

An expansion which has been exhilarating/tiring/fun/inspiring/hard work.

The results he gets for his clients are he says are “Sick, and we’re hungry and passionate to help more dominate in competitive markets online.”

So is this the business that will be his legacy work, or just the start of other ventures?

And what was it about the entrepreneurial life that so appealed against going the normal route and entering the corporate world?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Tim Cameron-Kitchen

 

 

 

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Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Ani Alexander, someone that I am proud to say has become one of my closest friends in the world. I have never met her, don’t know too much about her personal life, but can honestly say she has become one of the people that has helped me so much as Join Up Dots keeps on growing. She has a fascinating story, which starts by being born in a country that now is no longer there, the soviet union, and as teenager loved to write. In her heart she believes that everyone has a story to tell, and would like nothing more than putting pen to paper and getting creative as a child. But as we see time and time again, the thing that we liked as kids somehow got forgotten as we grow into adulthood. And instead of thinking “Lets make a career out of something that I love doing”…which of course is the sensible thing to do, she instead went into the corporate world. And joined the masses. Yes, for the next twelve years Ani Alexander followed a path that left her with a paycheck every month, but nothing more. She was lost and definitely feeling uninspired. So she took the leap of faith and went for it on her own And now with her business flourishing, her network of aspiring authors flocking to help her get them in the bestsellers list, life is getting better everyday. She is also the author of three books “Emotional Moments”, “Dream Down” and “Highfall” But if this sounds like an easy transition then think again. I know her well, and I know the hustle and work ethic that it is taking to get to the point she wants to be. She is climbing up the ladder of success everyday, one rung at a time even when exhausted, even when she was unsure she could climb any higher? So how does she keep herself going when sometimes the world seems against her? And why did she feel along with everything else on her plate, she would go and conquer the world by recording the Write 2 b Read podcasts in English, not her natural tongue. Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots the one and only Ani Alexander

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lawyer and the host of the podcast How I Broke Into, a show all about the big breaks of successful entrepreneurs and artists. His creative career began before attending Northwestern University, when he attended the Long Island High School for the Arts (then known as The Cultural Arts Center of Long Island) as a visual artist. His 4x5 acrylic on canvas “20th Century Icon” was featured in the Sabbeth Art Gallery and a juried competition before he graduated high school. So I guess it was little surprise that he took his passion for visual creativity and founded 2 Life! Films and Media, an award-winning independent film and internet production company which produced his comedy feature “Returning Mickey Stern.” that won numerous awards in the US and Abroad But what is a suprise is why he then transitioned from being the content creator into the law industry, by working for an entertainment law firm, the performing rights society ASCAP, and the distribution company New Video Group This stage of his life appears on the outside to go totally against type, but we may find out on the show that actually it is one of the main dots on the Join Up Dots timeline. He just released the book, The Gasp: How to Seize that A-Ha! Moment and Turn It Into a Winning Business, and what with his business, podcast and Im sure a brain that runs wild with ideas he is a man spinnning many different plates at once. So why did he go into Law instead of continuing in the film production arena which played to so many of his early passions? And where does he see his life going in the future? Into a world of books or a life on the silver screen? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Michael Prywes

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who I have wanted to have on the show for quite a while, as he is becoming more and more successful on his own terms. Back in the day he took a huge leap of faith as he was graduating from Babson College. Most people will accept the first offer that comes their way after their studies finish, but our guest did something quite different. He turned down a six figure offer from Wall Street and moved into his parent's basement to start his company instead. As he says"Everyone was telling me to take the job, bankroll some money and then start the business. But I realized kicking that can down the road was dangerous. If I didn't start the business then it would become increasing less likely in the future." And he did that with the creation of VideOblocks, a company that stores video clips for people to use to make their own video production more professional and well appealing to the viewers. In the first year VideoBlocks got their footage revenue up to a million dollars, which was the goal. hen then hired his first employee and realized this could be real. And in 2010 everything started moving quickly. Revenues grew from $1 million to $2 million to $4 million – within two years. But he was in deep with the day to day running of the company, and so decided on a very different path to the majority of CEO's that we have had on Join Up Dots. He now travels around in an RV, experiencing America and the world, whilst allowing his brain to bring the growth building ideas to the fore. He has separated himself from the details, and now operates on a higher level by relaxing and enjoying his life which has allowed his business and its profits to increase exponentially. And that is where we will start todays episode of Join Up Dots. So how close was he to burn out, when he made the unusual decision to escape the hassles and set off on an adventure of discovery? And is the way that we should all operate, or does it just work for a business such as his? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the founder of Videoblocks Mr Joel Holland.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who when you look at his history you think...well where do we start? He has developed brands across East Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He liberated 49 Rwanda women from the clutches of sex slavery and trained them for work in various careers across Rwanda that afforded them income, safety and a path to dignity. He has worked diligently to promote gender, racial and economic equality, developing an ethical fashion label and even wrote a bill on women’s rights in Rwanda that passed through Parliament and had become a law. Whilst in Kenya, he founded and operated a Creative Agency that has now developed some of Kenya’s most influential brands. And those arent even the highlights of this remarkable mans life, as he truly believes that we are all extraordinary beings created to thrive through deep relationships, nature, spirituality and creativity. None of this slog slog slog business, but instead a focus on experiencing a world of abundance, beauty and soul replenish wonder. His travels include twelve years of exploring from coast to coast in the United States, a decade living and working full time in East Africa and almost two years soaking in the pure life of Costa Rica, and now he resides in Nashville, TN with his wife and three of their four children. So has he always been a person who is on a mission to experience the wonders of offer, or was it because of the horrors seen in Africa? And does he see the world living a life over-complicated, in ways that it just doesn't have to be? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jared Aganza

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Todays guest joining me for an hour of discussion on Join Up Dots, is a lady with a fascinating path to where she is today. Back in 2009 her country was in disarray. Iceland had suffered a huge economic crash, and financially was on its knees. So she was asked to play a leading role, working with the nations leaders, who collectively worked together to reinvigorate the country following the crash. The group tapped into the values and future vision of the island nation and transformed Iceland’s economy by branding their uniqueness, or their X-factor, as she calls it. Seeing first hand the immediate benefit and long-term results of a whole nation working collectively to discover who they authentically are, the outcome of this unique assembly became one of the cornerstones of her successful business branding process. She has transformed her own career and currently dedicates her work to supporting global leaders and their teams to brand their own X-Factor to unleash their fullest potential while discovering their own flow in business and life. Now if that sounds a bit highbrow, then let’s hear how she phrases it in her own unique way “Finding the thing that makes you unique is often right in front of your tits” Which I love and totally understand, and when you my trusted listener understand this statement you will wonder how you had never seen the thing right in front of yourself too. So does she look back and now wonder why it took a national disaster for her to reinvent herself and find her own x-factor? And does life become more and more fun, when you do step bolding into your own areas of genius? Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Runa Magnus.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has spent a lifetime defining her message and what she can bring to the world.

You see as a child she was on a path to being the goody goody child.

The daughter who did what was expected and chose the path of less resistance, in short other peoples paths.

But what happens when you realise that this isn't what you should be doing, but you have absolutely no idea as to what you really should be doing.

You have trained yourself to think using other peoples thoughts.

Well our guest started to see the light when she received a less than positive grade for a paper she had written at school

As she says "I grew up witnessing my two sisters getting yelled at or even having their mouths washed out with soap as punishment for being “fresh” with my parents.

Terrified by the threat of these punishments, I vowed to myself that I would never do anything that would make somebody punish me this way. Thus began my entry into goody-goodness, ensuring that — regardless of how I actually felt — my actions would bring nothing but approval from my parents, sisters, and teachers.

It didn’t even occur to me that my own opinions matter until a college professor handed me my first C grade for a paper (as you could imagine, I was a great student — at least when it came to following directions).

He said, “I don’t want you to write how you think I want it. I want you to tell me your own ideas.”

"Own ideas, own ideas, I dont have any ideas" she cried!

And so she set off on a journey of discovery to find her talents, her skills and the things that she wanted to do with her life and now appears to be where she wants to be.

Making a life that is her own, and inspiring ladies across the world to embrace their natural self, to rock their next photoshoot, host successful webinars and other kinds of live streams, feel confident giving speeches and presentations, and cmmunicating effectively in 1-on-1 sessions.

So how did this lady who had no idea of what she wanted to do, find the thing and then deveop it into a business that is flourishing?

And can she see clearly that the clues where waiting for her all along, or does she look around and think "wow this is a surprise?"

Welll lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joning up dots with the one and only Linda Ugelow

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