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Property Investing Long Distance Style Is What Makes Our Guest Today Come Alive

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who is working hard at the side hustle, and changing lives across the world. Every entrepreneur experiences that moment when he knows beyond a doubt that he wants something different… something more. For our guest today that moment came one morning as he was getting ready for yet another day at work. He knew what was coming… and he didn’t look forward to the process. Just like the day before, he looked at the clock. It blinked 5 a.m. He’d have to get ready for work only to rush to the airport to board a plane that would take him from one long, grueling meeting after another.  As he raced from one end of the city to the other, fueled only by coffee he’d grabbed on the go, he dared to think… What if I didn’t have to do this 9-to-5 thing any longer? What could my life be then? How would it be to spend more time with my wife and kids? Certainly there was supposed to be more… And so what did he do? Did he simply set the alarm for another 5 a.m start? Well that would be a very short episode if he did, and instead KeePon Cashflow was born. Instead, using the principles he learned first from reading Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad series, he has carved a niche for himself as a real estate entrepreneur. Using systems and strategies unique in the investing world, he now shares what he knows online in videos, podcast interviews and written content that is archived on his website. So when he realised that he wanted more in life, what were the immediate steps he took to achieve his aim? And when did he believe that he truly had something that other people wanted and BOOM the business was truly born? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Billy Keels. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Billy Keels such as: Billy shares how his wife wasn't fully behind him at the beginning, but from viewing his passion first hand is now his biggest allie he could want. Why so many people ask Billy how he has managed to live in Spain and invest in properties in America. Wondering if this is a logical step to take? We discuss the skills and techniques that Billy uses to get a mass of work done in a very short period of time. Skills that all of us can use to huge effect. and lastly…. Why so many businesses struggle to grow a business as they look at every customer as "must have income".....nurture those relationships and you will never go hungry again. 

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Wanna Have A Travel Business That You Can Take With You Everywhere?

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with the founder of Dream Life Deluxe. She's on a mission to help entrepreneurs create lives of freedom and embrace travel as she goes around the world on her second tour. Now we hear the Digital nomad title more and more nowadays, where people create a totally transportable business and live a life of adventure and value everyday. Well todays guest has moved over fifty times in the last year and in the process has created a six figure business while doing it. She's been featured in Thrive Global, As Told by Nomads, Transform via Travel, 12 minute convos and more. Now how did this all start? When did she realise that it was time to pack a suitcase, ensure she had enough clean knickers for more than two weeks travel and set out to see the world? Well it could be described that she had a Eat, Pray, Love moment (which being a man means nothing to me, but I'm sure will do to the listeners across the world). when she ended her relationship, put in her resignation at work, and booked a $300 ticket to Africa with no plan and nothing more than a desire for travel. You see as she says "For ten years I was spending long hours as a media planner working for someone else’s dream. I earned good money, but I didn’t have any time to enjoy it. My desk was filled with brochures on how to work overseas and travel,and I secretly looked at them whenever I could find a break at work. I wanted to leave my job and travel the world, but when everyone tells you your dreams are “impossible” or “unreasonable” or “stupid,” you start to believe them. Then one day a coworker quit to travel to Nicaragua for 6 months! And I thought, “Hang on, that’s MY dream! I’ve been thinking about this for 10 years. How can others simply DO this??” After lots of sleepless nights, she decided to quit her day job in Germany and create an unconventional life for herself. Living off her savings at first, she traveled around and worked in animal refuges and shelters and landed in Sydney where she worked for the Sydney zoo for a year, during which time she started her business and met her partner, who now travels with her! So was it just that one conversation that kicked started her activity, or actually it didn't matter what happened it was just time and she knew it? And how do others do the same? Is it harder than she expected or simply like a walk in the park? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Susi Kaeufer. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Susi Kaeufer such as: Why Susi feels the need to move every two weeks, even though she had stayed in one spot for a decade. Susi recalls how she listened to the words of others who didn't believe it was possible and bought into this "wrong advice" before seeing a different way. Why it is so powerful to build a business around what your clients are telling you that they want from you, not simply guessing. and lastly…. How she learnt to relax and allow the content to flow from her, instead of sitting at her pc and thinking "I must write valuable content,...what is valuable content"???

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Leadership Expert Shares How Sometimes You Need To Fail To Learn How To lead

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an interesting tale of how he got to where he is today, By the age of 35, he had been both director at a start-up and president of a multi-million dollar sales organization. Despite his reading, the teaching, and different roles he wasn’t a good leader. None of his teams came close to reaching their potential. In frustration he gave up on management and became a consultant. Then things changed for him, and he realised that actually leadership was the key to his future, he had just gone about it the wrong way. Real leadership began when a client asked him to build a team of analysts. He started by hiring good people. And keeping an unrelenting focus on learning and improvement within 2 years the team was the envy of the organization. Eventually, he realized he hadn’t taught people how to be a good team. The team had taught him how to lead. He took his hard-won knowledge and went back into consulting, rescuing high-impact projects. In every instance there were at least two problems — and one of them was always teamwork. Have you noticed the world is more connected, complex, chaotic, and faster than ever before? It feels like these forces are trying to rip your business and your life apart. He now speaks to organizations about the need for responsive leaders and adaptive teams. More, he lays out the steps it takes for leaders to get teams from Meh to High-Performance! So when did the penny start to drop and he realised that he was going about it the wrong way? And what stopped him thinking “I can’t go backwards, what will people think of me”? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jeffrey Davidson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jeffrey Davidson such as: Why every business says that they are unique and in fact they are all basically the same, with the same issues. Why every employee can find an area of improvement in their business that can show the world that they can consult elsewhere. How meetings and building connections are the corner stone of Jeffreys work, and should be yours too. and lastly…. Jeffrey shares the steps that it takes to become the better version of yourself, whether within the company or outside on your own.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is man with quite an usual journey to where he is today. But as we see every-time on Join Up Dots, if you look close enough you can see how the dots join up everytime. He has led two companies from $1 million to more than $10 million, and one from $1 million to $0. And now trains entrepreneurs who don’t realize they’re the VP of Sales and also individual sales people how to 10 X their revenues in a step-by-step sales formula . But starting his career as a graphic design intern, he was a million miles away from the sales king he is today. He did four four months only, before then joining Uncle Sam in the US Marine Corp where he provided visual information support, by way of photos, videos, and graphics, to enhance the combat readiness and training support needs of the Marines. Who would have thought...eh?? And then he went through a series of roles quickly as he developed his skills, gained successes, learnt from his mistakes and made his way to where he is today. As the owner of the Sandler Training DTB, a consulting and training firm dedicated to helping clients significantly improve the performance of their revenue engine. And it looks like he is loving it! So when did he realise that sales was the environment that truly made him come alive? And why does so many people struggle with this part of the business, when in truth we are all in sales every day of our lives? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jim Brown. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jim Brown such as: Why so many people in the world refuse to dream big enough in their lives, and how the bigger you can dream the more chance you have to succeed. Jim shares how he grew up poor in Indiana, and why although he has never lost the awareness of the value of money he is so willing to take risks as he grows his own business. Why even after starting seven businesses Jim shares how none of them have lasted more than three years, and why he is so happy that is the case. and lastly…. Why you simply have to go back and listen to episode 82 of Join Up Dots, to hear the most amazing story you will ever experience 

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Are minimalists the quick route to success? This opens our podcast episode today

On today’s episode of Join Up Dots we answer a series of listeners questions in the only way that we know how…..mad for business fun. So lets start with question one….. Question One: Hi David, I am struggling to define what being successful means to me? Im sure most people would say money, but I think I would be ok with hardly any money. So where should I channel my energies into if I dont want a lot to be happy? Elaine Mortimer, Glasgow Question Two: Hi David, I have been listening to Join Up Dots since the beginning and this is the first time I have connected with you. I would love to know how you started the podcast, as I am seeing more and more people are starting and was wondering how easy (and I bet you will say hard) it was and is….thanks for the a simply brilliant show Daryl Minard, Arkansas. Question Three: You, Mr Ralph, love what you are doing my man. I found your show recently after listening to your hilarious performance on Greg Barths podcast. Great job man. I had a smile on my face for the whole day. I am thinking of getting involved in a network marketing scheme and I wonder if you had any advice for me how to start. Thanks buddy and the beers are on me. Indigo Canata, Brazil. Question Four: Good morning David Ralph and the Join Up Dots team. Looking back over the hundreds of shows that you have recorded, do you see similar learnings that the guests have gained. I have listened to over 20 shows in the last two weeks, and it seems to be persistence is the key to everything. But surely, it cant just be keepin on going until you succeed or everyone would do that? Thank you for the amazing content, you make my very boring job a pleasure to go to, as I can listen to your show secretly Gemma Lyons, Toronto. Question Five: Hello David, quick question. If you could go back in time and do something differently in Join Up Dots what would it be? Archie Twinner, Brisbane, Australia.

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How Do You Spin Farming Today Into A Multi-Million Dollar Business?

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who has created something very different to every other guest we have had on the show before. From a farm in Canada, she has created a multi million dollar brand stopping men and boy from stinking. Yep, I kid you not…80% of her marketing plan is based around the hygiene habits of the male population…which we will get into on the show. But most impressively for me is how before we even talk she has joined up her dots to where she is today. So ready to have a quick run through of the dots? Well here we go. At 10, my father crushed my dreams of one day becoming a writer and pilot. At 12, we fled from Canada to Florida when my father was arrested for organized crime. At 16, my brother was killed by a drunk driver. At 17, I joined the US Coast Guard to chase druggies. (Like my father.) At 18, my father went to maximum security prison. (He got off the first time.) At 21, I was kicked out of the Coast Guard because I was Canadian. At 22, I married a Special Forces Green Beret (trained killer). At 35, I left my husband (who was abusive), penniless with no resume, 2 daughters and a dog. At 35, I took a job selling cars. At 37, I began to study the art of screenwriting to save me from the mind-numbing boredom of selling cars. At 37, I won an international film festival, and went on to write another award-winning script. Earned no money, however. At 43, I quit my $130,000 yr job working for a tyrant and took nine months off to sit in the woods by a river and think about life. At 45, I met the love of my life. (The Brit, of course.) At 46, I earned my pilot’s license and fly a float plane in the Canadian bush. At 49, I started a bath and beauty gift company which has become a multi-million dollar brand. And that is the perfect place to start todays story. How do you live a life like that and end up creating a company from a rural farm, that ends up being pitched on Dragons Dens? And when did she realise that this was what she had been building up to throughout her life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Leslie Bradford-Scott Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Leslie Bradford-Scott such as: How you can find a gap in a saturated market and position yourself where people will see you. How the offline way of marketing can be equally as powerful as doing things online. Get out from behind the PC and make real connections. The reasons why she made an appearance on Dragons Den, and what it did for her business. and lastly…. How she uses near to the mark humour on her products, which works so well with her perfect avatar. 

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Wellness Coaching Starts From Within As Ed Pike Shares In Todays Episode

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an amazing story of finding his thing, starting from a point that would have seemed the end just a decade or so before. Starting his professional journey after leaving the University of Bath, with a degree in International Management and Spanish, he first steps seem almost usual. He gained his qualification and then started working for a huge organisation, in this case The Hilton, where he worked on their online presence, increasing sales by over 100% Then, it seems to me the first dot appeared and he started focusing in on other peoples development, this time in the health industry as a Personal Trainer for LA Fitness. Did this spark the fires of his later entrepreneurial ventures, who knows. but one thing for sure the mind and body vibe started to become more and more evident. Leading to him in 2013 starting his own Life & Health Mentor Programme, run from his home base in Crete, and performed over skype and in person across the world. As he says "I’ve experienced loneliness, pain and destructiveness - in fact I still do at times. I'm far from perfect: I’ve tried to deny my negativity, shame, fear and anger, but have learnt that true strength and power lie in deep vulnerability.  After my diagnosis with HIV in 2009, I even felt life closing in on me. But, through all of the pain, I stayed true to my inner voice. And so I pulled through, faced my demons and aligned with the authentic and creative spirit within - and rediscovered the magical adventure that is life! And that is what he brings to the world, the ability to understand that its the dark times, that make the light seem brighter than ever. Its the hardships that give us the coping skills to build a future better than we could ever hope for? So when he was diagnosed with HIV, did he think it was a life sentence that he had been given, or just something else to add to his story? And where do people go wrong, living in the past, the future, or simply not truly living at all? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ed Pike Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ed Pike such as: Ed shares how feelings are such a powerful way of directing your future to where it was born to be. Be quiet and get directed by whats inside of you. How we all have a calling to adventure, and why sometimes we need a jolt from the blue to really make us take notice. Ed shares how he landed his first clients, and the work he took to get his business off the ground, through word of mouth referrals. and lastly…. Why the barter system of the exchange of services is such an amazing way to begin a business. Its not always about the money.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an amazingly unusual road to where he is today. Not least, as I discovered that his first job was a gravedigger at a Pet Cemetery, digging graves for Fido and Felix, and many other beloved pets who had used up their extended lifelines. But certainly his career might have seen dead and buried, but in fact it was just one of the big dots that has lead him to where he is today. Digging around the internet, spying on the competition and bringing the five steps of lead generation to life for his clients As the founder of Digital Agency School and the CEO of the marketing agency GoBeyond SEO, he believes that there are five stages that all businesses need if they want to floruish in their markets 1. Identify your ideal client 2. Research what works in your market (i.e. “spy” on your competition) 3. Craft a converting message and foot in the door offer 4. Build a funnel you can leverage 5. Analyze the data and optimize And this systems appears to be working wonders, as even though he started his agency with no experience, no marketing education or any connections in the industry he is certainly rocking and rolling. Now he wants to help other marketers launch their own agencies so they can build their ideal career & lifestyle and I suppose legacy. And isn't that what life is all about, helping as many people as you can to get their dream, and in the process getting your own one as a result. So how did he start something if he had no experience in it, and still make it a success? And does he look back at the time when he used to read the newspaper over the radio to blind people as useful in anyway to where he is now? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Brian Saemann Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Brian Saemann such as: Why the skill of anti-selling is such a powerful concept in business...and what is that? Quite simply the more that we tell someone that they can't have it the more they will want it. Brian tells how he had to work two jobs for a year and a half until he had the money and structure to start his new business (even after being pushed by his wife) Why Brian feels that all businesses, especially in the beginning should thrive on old school marketing techniques as these are so much easier to understand and will make money quicker. and lastly…. Brian shares the mistakes he has made both financially and timewise, which although disappointing, have led him to where he is today.

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I have been thinking a lot recently about what makes something truly motivational and inspires us to do amazing things in our life. When other things just leave us flat, and feeling i guess....anything close to motivational. It's a strange thing to think about as you don't do you, you just to let yourself get carried a long by the motivation without ever considering why. Well it's my view that true motivation comes from within, and the feeling of seeing something motivational and exclaiming "That is amazingly motivational" means one thing. The images, or stimuli actually come to us, due to it tapping into something that makes us who we are. Our core strengths. Recently, the movie The Greatest Showman, has been going gangbusters across the world. Which is where the story of PT Barnum the American Showman is brought to life by Australian actor Hugh Jackman. In the film the struggling entrepreneur is unable to find his thing in life before deciding and going after the thing that lit him up inside. He was excited by his vision. He was inspired by the opportunities that he could see would come his way.  He had found something that would play to his key strengths and so was motivational to him. So do you know what your key strengths are in life? Do you know where you are heading? Do you know why something's knocks you off your feet and makes you feel amazing, whilst other quite simply leave you feeling flat? If you haven't, then you are holding yourself back to a future that is stimulating and exciting everyday of the week. And that is pure motivation.....the kind of power that is already in you. 

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How Do Your Build A Business That Thrives On Automation?

Todays Guest Has The Answer

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is a master at taking a business and putting it on automatic pilot. As he says " Have you ever wondered how to create more free time and to scale your growth? The use of marketing automation, sales and customer support technologies can help you do this. And now my system "Automate and Grow" provides a blueprint for startups, small and medium businesses to address the use of these and supporting digital technologies to modernize your business and offer customers an exceptional customer experience. He started working on custom mobile and Salesforce projects in 2010 and was ranked in the top 5 at the Salesforce Appquest developer competition with Portable Intelligence. And it seems to me that this was the moment when an interest became a fascination, and he began to love the difference that he was making to peoples lives. He is a people person, who recognises that he has the skills and talent, to not only bring more cash into his clients lives, but also increase the standard of their lives too. A true win win. Give the customer what they are screaming out for in a simple, easy to understand way, and your business will flourish because of it. And now with his book Automate and Grow flying off the shelves at Amazon and his own podcast just launching he is bringing his mission to a wider and wider audience. So did he ever live a life when he was pulling his hair out and looking at his watch twenty times an hour? And what is the number one thing that people struggle with when automating? Not knowing their business, or attempting to use too many systems? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michael Devellano Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Michael Devellano such as: Michael shares how he was a "horrible" employee until he realised that his true future was working for himself. Why we all have a blind spot in our business where the work is needed to be done, but we cant see it for ourselves - even though we advise our clients to do it. Why the education system is fundamentally flawed, and the steps we should take to ensure a more positive future for our students. and lastly…. Why Michael realises that he micro manages himself, and sometimes it would be better if he cut himself some slack.

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