Fri, 14 June 2019
David Wood is today’s guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast interview. His entrepreneurial journey has led him through many different dots, and its the joining of his dots that are so remarkable. As he says: “When you’re 10,000 feet ABOVE the Himalayas hanging from a piece of cloth, you see life differently”. He holds the viewpoint that life is the best game there is and asks: Are you playing for REAL? He coaches high performing entrepreneurs, executives, and leaders to play the best game they possibly can, deepening connection and living a regret-free life. How? By setting life-changing goals, laser-focused action, and increasing their levels of Truth, Daring, and Caring - in both life and work. How The Dots Joined Up For David He loves sharing his message of Playing for Real on live stages, podcast interviews, and radio shows, and has been best described as "playful and deep". A former Consulting Actuary to Fortune 100 companies - including Sony Music, Proctor & Gamble, and Exxon - David left his cushy Park Avenue job 20 years ago to explore both the outer world and his own inner world. Along the way, he's coached thousands of hours in a dozen countries around the globe and is the author of "Get Paid For Who You Are," with foreword by Jack Canfield. He is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council, alongside such thought leaders as Don Miguel Ruiz, John Gray, Marci Shimoff, and Vishen Lakhiani. So is it simple enough to say that the children of the world who spend their time playing actually are the keys to our adult life? And where do people get hung up most, on the doing or the wanting to do? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. David Wood. Show Highlights During the show we discussed with David Wood such weighty topics such as: We chatted about the amazing journey that David has been on to get to where he is today, back in the place he wanted to leave: Corporate land. How we all get lost in the identity management process that we show the world no matter how hard we try. Why David believes that everything in life can be cleaned up. We shouldn't have any regrets left on our last day on earth. And lastly…… David shares the process he took to leave his corporate job by becoming a musician, before heading towards high achieving clients.
Wed, 12 June 2019
In today's podcast episode we start what we hope will be a global movement that will change lives everywhere. You know how its so easy to look around and think that life is crappy, or we aren't doing as well as everybody else? I know that i certainly have struggled with this in the past. You see posts on Facebook, or tweets from friends and colleagues and it looks like their lives are amazing. It looks like they are doing so much better than we will every be able to do. So we beat ourselves up and start retreating into ourselves, wanting the world to go on without us. Well its just not true. In fact our lives are so amazing, and full of potential every single day, we just choose to ignore the gold. Well we want to change this and make a huge difference to everyone, by setting up Gratitude Support Group across the world. Hugely, positive and motivational and of course supportive groups of people to surround ourselves with. And we need you. We need you and your passion to change. We need you to tell your friends. We need you to make the biggest difference to people across the world that you will ever do. This is lifechanging stuff at its best, and it starts with a single decision to participate.
Mon, 10 June 2019
If you feel that you are going out of your mind, with spiralling debts, credit card interest and stress then this is the show for you. Today’s guest is Jonathan Mendonsa a man who reluctantly walked into the world of frugal living, but now will never I assume go back. Yes he was a spender, and i guess at his core is still someone that likes to splash out on the finer things in life. But he knew he had to change as at the age of 28 he graduated college as a pharmacist with $168,000 in student loans. Now 4 years later he has clawed his way out and is pursuing Financial Independence. As he says “I feel I am qualified to talk about the normal path because I have lived it for the last 30 years. My hobby and passion over the last 5 years has become learning new skills and looking for ways to develop passive income streams. I also love to talk about what I have learned. I ran out of people in my immediate social circle to share all this awesome information with so enter ChooseFI… He has developed passive income streams, based around community building, affiliate marketing, information analytics, videography, career hacking, tax planning and entrepreneurship that he can discuss and share with the ChooseFI community. The podcast he and his co-host Brad Barrett created to highlight the tactics and stories of people who have chosen this alternate path has become one of the fastest-growing podcasts online. With almost 1 million monthly downloads and a hyper-engaged community with over 200+ local ChooseFI chapters throughout the world and in the words of Jean Chatzky, The Today Show’s Financial Editor, “it (the FI movement) has grown to be a movement in large part because of a podcast called ChooseFI.” So with so many things on the go at once, does he want to run away to the nearest shopping mall for some major retail therapy? And how did he get the FI community up and running, and engaged? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jonathan Mendonsa. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Jonathan Mendonsa How Jonathan first went out and got the idea that being financial freedom was not just possible it was highly doable – so he did it. Why minimalism is a great starting point, but why not focus more for the value than going after the scarcity. Is failing a bad thing or should we simply look at failing forward as quickly as possible. And lastly………… Jonathan shares how his podcast has grown to massive proportions and the things he did to make it happen. How To Connect With The ChooseFI Team Website Facebook Linkedin Twitter Audio Transcription Of ChooseFI Founder Jonathan Mendonsa Intro [0:00] When we’re young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling join up dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here’s your host live from the back of his garden in the UK David Ralph David Ralph [0:21] Yes. Hello there. Well, good morning to welcome to another edition of the I like to say sexy podcast, which is a join up dots Yes. When two men get together, and we bring you also conversations, stimulating thoughts. And yeah, it’s a podcast episode. That’s what it’s about. We do it from this and you listen from there. Well, today is one of those shows that if you feel that you’re sort of going out of your mind we’ve spiralling debts credit card interest in stress by NBC to show for you because our guest is a man who reluctantly walked into the world of frugal living, but now will never I should go back. Yes, he was a spender. And I guess at his core, he is still someone that likes to splash out on the finer things in life. But he knew he had to change as at the age of 28. He graduated college as a pharmacist with listen to this 168,000 in student loans, how many meals at Hooters Can you have to wrap up? I don’t know. Now, four years later, he’s clawed his way out and he’s pursuing financial independence. As he says I thought I’m qualified to talk about the normal path because I believed it for the last 30 years. My hobby and passion over the last five years has become learning new skills and looking for ways to develop passive income streams. I also love to talk about what I’ve learned, I ran out of people in my immediate social circle to share all this awesome information with so enter choose f5. Now he’s developed passive income streams based around community building affiliate marketing information and analytics, video graphic video graphic. I should have saved videography, career hacking, tax planning and entrepreneurship, but he can discuss and share with his choose FBI community and the podcast he and his co host Brad Bauer created to highlight the tactics and stories of people who have chosen this alternative path has become one of the fastest growing podcast online. Yes, the swine. We’ve almost 1 million monthly downloads and a hyper engaged community with over 200 Plus Local choose Fei chapters throughout the world. And in the words of Jean Chatzky, but today’s show is financial editor. It’s the movement has grown to be a movement in large because of a podcast called choose, as I said, With so many things on the Go at once, does he want to run away to the nearest shopping mall for some major retail therapy and splurge splurge splurge? And how did he get the FBI community up and running and so engaged? Well, let’s find out as we bring on to the show, to start join up dots with the one and only Jonathan Mendonsa. Morning, Jonathan, how are you sir? ChooseFI [3:02] David, I am doing great. And I don’t think I’ve ever said this to another man before. But I really want to see the back of your garden, David Ralph [3:08] you come to the back of the garden. And we’re sitting here and we will record live. Because actually, as we speak at the moment, I do recall that in the back of my garden, I’ve got a studio bear. And I thought to myself, I go home for lunch today. And I’ve been locked out, I can’t get back into the house. So until my kids get back from school, I’m here I’m trapped. But I can’t think of somebody nicer to be trapped with because Jonathan, you are a man who’s been on a journey. And it’s a journey that so many people are struggling with and you’ve come out the other side. Do you feel smug about it? ChooseFI [3:41] No, it’s more than I just feel like almost this calling, or I have to tell as many people as possible. This idea that I think all of us have kind of been given this normal narrative that we’re expected to follow to follow society’s rules. And at a certain age that may or may not be considered our golden years, we have permission that is do what we want basically kind of our desires, whatever you wanted to do as a child has to go on a bookshelf. And then you have to go through the slog to get the house you get the car, get the second car, you have to get you have a second kid, you get the promotion, you get the next promotion, you work the corporate ladder, you somewhere along the way pay off the student loans, student loans, they may be so big that they may outlive you, there’s literally means dedicated to the perpetuity of student loans, maybe at 65, there’s some government security in place for you. And then you are allowed to do maybe go work on your golf game, something along those lines. I was on a cruise ship relatively recently, and I went on there with my family. And I should say that we’re just kind of in our 30s. But I realized on the cruise ship that the vast majority of people that are on these cruises were like 60 years and older. And when they are asking people if they want to get off the ship, many of them just simply couldn’t at that point. So finally they had the freedom to go see the world do whatever it is that they wanted to do. And they quite literally just had to stay on the ship at this point. That just doesn’t seem right. Like why do we just get permission to our golden years? What does it look like to get our best years and I think just kind of thinking about that as a framework for you know, my personal story. And what we’re talking about on the show is a really powerful way to look at it. David Ralph [5:10] Isn’t that good vote to keep all the old people on the ship. So that can get me on the street easier. And you know, that’s what Yeah, isn’t it? ChooseFI [5:20] Yeah, that’s the conspiracy from the top down. That’s really what it’s all about. You got it? I think David Ralph [5:24] so. So with yourself in you are based in Richmond, Virginia, which is a lovely place in the world. And here. Yes, I have been here many, many times. And yes, it’s, it’s one of those places I always hit in the summer, dirty, sweaty. I don’t know how you guys charged? Yeah, I jumped out and I put the air con all the time. But for somebody like myself, what what interests me is I am I’m fine. I’m fine. financially independent. I, ChooseFI [5:52] I can cool to be able to say that, like when you say that I’m financially independent. I work because I want to not because I have to you’re doing this podcast out of love out of a passion out of a calling, not out of any sort of scarcity. I need to figure out how to keep the lights on like, think about that, how powerful that is? David Ralph [6:09] Well, is is but what I also have to say is no matter how financially free I become a debt always appears, I’ve never got to the point where I’m totally debt free, no mortgage, yes. And then I take out a car loan, and then I pay off the car loan, and then some there’s always something going on. Are you totally free from that? Are you totally free from you know, having the debt hanging around? Even if it’s only a small debt every now and again? ChooseFI [6:37] Yeah, that’s a great question. I think it just kind of depends on how you define it. So basically, the way that I consider financial independence is you have reached a number At which point, if you were to never bring in another dollar again, you could maintain your current lifestyle, right. So in my community, people do that. Either way, many people keep the money in an account and have the money grow the basically like if you decide to make the choice to pay off your mortgage, you’re essentially locking in a three or 4% rate of return depending on what the interest rates are in your particular area of the country, I’m the United States going rate is just around 4%. UK may be different. As opposed to that other people say, Well, you know what the market, I believe that over time, the market will outperform that. So I am going to take the money that I would be paying towards my house, and I’m going to grow it and an investment account. And you know, I have the choice of any point I wanted to pay off my house, I could, but you know that that’s my particular choice. But certainly other than the home mortgage, yes. 100%, debt free, no car debt, no. Student loans, and I’m not financing a couch or a blinds, there’s nothing running, you know, parallel to that, Mike, my budget looks relatively simple. And then I personally would rather just hold on to the mortgage, but that’s just more out of a cash interest rate arbitrage rather than something else. I think, you know, really the larger point set, the framework for your audience is really just talking about that, that kind of framework, because it ties so perfectly to the overarching theme of your show, which is joining the dots. And what I look at when I when I think of this is bandwidth, you know, how do you create bandwidth in your life, you so many of us when we’re paycheck to paycheck, we are one financial crisis, even a tiny financial crisis, we’re right next to the cliff, right? The financial cliff, we if our if the tire goes flat, it’s a it’s an existential crisis. If we lose our job, because of layoffs, or downsizing or whatever else, it’s an existential crisis. If if there’s something that we can do along the way to create that amount of space, it means that finally you might have the time in your life to actually start looking at what lights you up, to start thinking about how to make that next connection and really open yourself up to the possibilities of future that you can get excited about, you know, not 65 beyond but now let’s start moving yourself slowly in that direction. And I think that’s kind of like the my entire story, because I was sure that business of businesses, small business owners, I was sure that, you know, all businesses fail, the vast majority failed, quote, unquote. And I think along the way, one thing that I failed to realize is that while many businesses fail, those are that’s the first failure. And most business owners, most entrepreneurs iterate on that first idea, and come up with something that works. But you can’t do that, or it’s very difficult and dangerous to do that. If one you have to take out a ton of debt to do it. And to you don’t have any financial space, any financial margin in your life. So in my case, I googled in 1999, I googled, you know, top 10 professions, because I don’t want to do this crazy entrepreneur thing that people are doing top 10 professions that you know, will guarantee that you quote unquote, make it and somewhere on that list was pharmacy right? and and you know, there’s some other obvious ones on there, maybe now it’s computer software engineer, or doctors or lawyers, you know, you can get up, it’s probably a very stereotypical list of 10. Even still, but quite literally, for someone that wanted to guarantee an outcome. That’s like, all right, well, I’m going to do one of these. Now you’re saying, Well, that sounds kind of dumb, but I guarantee you that there’s tons of I’m not the only one tons of people do this, because we want to take the safe path, right? Love this guaranteed outcome. David Ralph [10:07] Did you get fed up with talking about this, Jonathan, because I can hear the passion coming from you. But I bet I bet there’s people around you that goes okay, john, okay. I know it. I know it, just just give you know, we’ve even got a critic in the Back Bay bad enough. ChooseFI [10:23] Ya know, I never get tired of it. And they may get tired of it a little bit here. Fortunately, we’re only here on Mondays and Fridays. So you get three days of break in between? Yeah, so I mean, like, that’s kind of the path I followed. And so to become a pharmacist, you know, it’s four years of undergrad, and then it’s four years of pharmacy school, so eight years of education. And so I graduate with $168,000 in student loan debt, and then four years pay that off, because I just, you know, you can kind of sense that he’s kind of anti debt for the most part. So I was like, I gotta pay all this off. It’s 12 years. And by the end of that little cycle, I kind of burnout, right? I mean, just, my quality of life in this job has just gone down. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I mean, in retrospect, you’d look back and say, there was a lack of passion that led you there initially. So that was probably one mistake early on. But the larger point was, this guaranteed path didn’t allow me to feed that creative instinct, that creative juice, right, that that I think all of us at some level probably would enjoy would lean into would make for a happier work environment. And what’s interesting about that, though, even though, you know, my quality of life was was kind of going down the hill, as I was staying in this gig. I had no debt now, right? That’s the one thing that I did right, is that I crushed my student loan debt burden, if I had $168,000 in student loan debt, and immediately when I graduated, I had grabbed that high lifestyle, you know, that we’ve kind of just described earlier with maybe the multiple car payments and the large house and the extravagant entertainment budget and private school for kids and all that are jazz, like, I probably would have just felt trapped, right, I have to always make sure that I can continue to fund that lifestyle need to do whatever it takes to happen. That’s what you see people, when they first get that first job, they get their first taste of safe money, they immediately inflate their lifestyle to be able to sustain that, even though what they’re really just sustained is payments. And what so i what i did personally, is, when I graduated from school, I just kept my lifestyle very, very lean, we bought a very modest home, we bought a very modest car, we paid off all of the you know, we paid off the car note. So there was virtually in the United States, our cost of living was probably somewhere between 30 to $40,000 a year depending on depending on the you know, depending on the year, and that allow me to effectively achieve a 70 plus percent savings rate, and just crush that student loan debt. And that math is really helpful, you know, in terms of met charting your own particular path to financial independence, in that it’s pretty obvious if your paycheck to paycheck, you can never retire. If you can say 25 percent of your income, then that means that you work three years, you can take a year off, if you can say 50% of your income, then that’s pretty obvious, too, right? You could work a year and take a year off, you can do that forever. But it’s little more nuanced than that, that if you can save 50% of your income for even a relatively short period of time, like 10 to 15 years. And you invest that into pretty common sense investments. I’m not talking about cannabis and Bitcoin here, just regular index fund investing, low cost index fund investing, you can get to the point where working is optional, basically within that interim, interim period of time, and it’s not get rich quick, which usually leaves you a little bit broken better and your money in someone else’s pocket. But it’s get rich, quick ish, which can work every time because it’s based on simple math. David Ralph [13:44] Now, I love this. And there’s a lot of movements out there at the moment. And there’s one of the things that I got in about was minimalism. And I thought this is brilliant. If you reduce the amount that you’ve got, then you don’t have to service Batman by going out to work. So for a while I was into that. And then it started to get a bit sort of icky, where I was seeing people who were, you know, you go into the house and it was like a cave with one garden chair, and one spoon and one another on come on, you need a little bit more to it. Now, what we’re saying here, we’re just saying sort of, it doesn’t have to be too far into the sort of the been landing in a cave scenario. It’s just ChooseFI [14:31] did you just establish David Ralph [14:32] he was my number one minimum. So I can just imagine him sitting there on a garden chair with a spoon waiting for the Americans to find him. So it is is that a problem? When people look at this? And they go, Yeah, I’d love to be financially free. But it’s all a bit crap. I like to go out for a meal. I like to do this, I like to do that. Is it just about sort of reducing what they like to do by half to make a small difference? ChooseFI [14:58] Wow, it I genuinely love this question like this is the heart of it, isn’t it? I think that when you go through life, just purchasing everything, you have no cost, it’s almost impossible to know what you value, because you’re just going to get it right. And if you can’t afford it, you’ll just finance it’ll all work out, I can afford the payments. And the reality is you simply can’t afford it. You know, you simply can’t afford the risk that comes with financing everything in your life. But to your larger point, like finding that balance there, I’m kind of the same way no one. I mean, no one will look at me and say, well, that guy’s a minimalist. So you just and I think that’s kind of like it’s both cool. And it opens up the door. For us. minimalism is incredibly powerful as a concept, my slight pivot on it that me and my co host Brad have kind of leaned on is this idea of focusing on value. And so minimalism, the heart of minimalism is intentionality, right? Do you, you know, cut ruthlessly on the things that you don’t value and spend lavishly on the things that you do? I think some people certainly would say it’s the white wall, it’s Apple, it’s the you know, it’s the certain it’s just a very minimal setup. And but I think you can probably the common sense individual can take the heart of minimalism and apply it to their own life and tie it to this and find their own balance point for them. So for example, what would that actually look like? You the average individual that’s burned through 10, or 20 years of just consumption, has no idea literally no idea what their life costs? What would it take to unwind that? Well, the most obvious place would be just to track your spending over a 1234 month period of time, I don’t know why I have three four in there, I just felt like maybe instead of three will say four months. And once you do that, then you finally have a sense of where your outflow is where your outflow is going. And you can make this as high tech there. Certainly software solutions for this or a low tech get a very minimalistic pen and paper, I don’t care. I’m not going to judge you for it. But once you’ve done that, now we know what we’re spending on. And so once you go through that, now you can start what I would say, Yeah, I actually would say, cut to the point of deprivation, I mean, just barely to the point of deprivation, right? And then once you’ve reached that point, you’re like, Man, this is not so much fun anymore. Start adding back the items that you really miss. I mean, now, you know, I actually value this, do you really value the subscription magazines that want a free trial you got three years ago, the only reason you haven’t cut it out? Is because you didn’t want to make a phone call? Do you really value the 300 channels that you have on TV? And you go to that and there’s nothing on? And you say that out loud? Does Do you really value that? David Ralph [17:29] value that but it’s their wives that do value Unknown Speaker [17:32] that? David Ralph [17:34] Because you know, I could cut back on everything, I’d be quite happy. But my wife, she likes it. How do you overcome that when one person is going, we’re going to come back and the kids are going Please don’t. I want the Disney Channel because I’ve had that anytime. a five year old crying for a whole weekend because I was getting rid of the cable. ChooseFI [17:52] That’s hilarious. I can’t help you with all the kids that’s on you, brother. Let’s talk about your spouse for a second. This is a really important conversation. So one of you listens to my podcast or this podcast, and you’re just like, I’m going to go crazy, we’re going to get rid of everything. We’re cutting it all out and go home and you tell your spouse about this crazy plan that you concocted say we’re doing this. And she looks at you like you developed a third head, right? This is about tactics, right. And it’s about aligning your life, your as in plural, you know, you and your spouse are on this journey together. And if you’re going in opposite directions, two ships are going to crash, right, you need to get alignment there. In order to do that it’s going to require more than you drop in the master plan. It’s going to be a conversation, I think one of my best example that the most crystallized example I have of this, there’s a documentary that’s going to be it’s actually available now there’s actually a screening in London, but it’s going to be all around the world. And you’ll increasingly hear about it called playing with fire, talking a little bit more about this movement in financial independence. And in this documentary, Scott comes home to his wife Taylor with this master plan. And she kind of gives them that two heads, you know, look that we’re just described. But ultimately, what he does in this exact situation is he says Taylor, what I’d like for you to do is make a list of like the 10 things that you value your most your ideal day, like what makes your day and he just had her take some time, not on the fly, think about it, come back to them with her 10 things. And she read through those. And then once they had that once he had that he just made observations that you know, as you just pointed out, Hulu or TV TV wasn’t on there. And to just other items, like a lot of the items that were on there didn’t include didn’t include like what you would expect it include the Louis the time the expensive handbags, expensive car, like you just wasn’t there and involved, a husband is being present, right? It’s putting the phone down time with their baby quality time, just like the list went on and on it. And if you think about it, you’re like, Oh, yeah, of course, that would be amazing. But think so many of us have bought into this idea of convenience, and the pleasure that comes with convenience. And we trade that for happiness all the time. So the object of this is not to be miserable. I’m miserable and rich, you winning. Instead, focus on what actually makes you happy, right? And you won’t do that. If you always do what’s convenient. There’s a great quote by jersey record, I love this quote, but I have so much trouble saying his name. But basically the quote says, easy choices, hard life, hard choices, easy life, you’re going to have to slow down in your life and actually consider what is it that makes me happy. Now what brings me the most pleasure all of us like checking our Facebook, all of us like checking to see if we got any likes or any retweets or anything else. But what actually makes me happy. And if you look at that over a duration over span of several weeks or several months, the cadence of your life, it’s probably not going to involve Netflix vendors, right, especially when they screw up the finale. Yeah, David Ralph [20:49] my wife is saying, I know she’s going to seven, seven series of Games of Thrones, we’ve been about four days. And she can’t get the last one she can’t get and she’s she’s going mental. But let’s play some words now. And then we’re going to come back because I’m going to tell you gentlemen, what I did to my wife, this is this is sexy time. Here we go Jim Carrey Jim Carrey [21:09] my father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. And when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job. And our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love. David Ralph [21:35] Right. So this is how I did it with my wife to get on board. And she’s not totally on board, because you know, give her three grand, she’s going to spend three grand, but um, basically, she was doing all these little jobs and she would work in a pub, and she do a bit base and she do a bit of a, and I wanted her to reduce her hours that she was working elsewhere. And it wasn’t gonna be dramatic. But I said, if we drop this package that we’re paying, that you say that you want on the TV, sailor Amazon, but you don’t really because you got Netflix, and Amazon is not that important. That means that you can drop down three hours a week, but you don’t have to work. We’re saved. And I’ll give that to you. You know, I’m happier. But you’re having it and you’re not working van, it’s just going off to this big corporation. So that’s how I planned it. And I went through everything saying, right, I’m going to drop this down a couple of stages, we were paying this, let’s go down to the budget version. And then you can have the money she bought into that she bought into that quite quickly. And once you get into that sort of mindset, you can’t go back because you realize, as you say that the finances are slightly out of control some somehow and more often than not, it’s just effort to regain that control. ChooseFI [22:52] Yeah, and what you did is you tied money to her life, energy, your life energy. I mean, that’s Vicki Robin, and your money or your life was a book that was released in the 1990s essentially made that same case, are we making a living are we making a dime, when you look at your clothing rack, you know, and it’s full with all the latest name brand stuff, the latest tech toys or whatever else, realize that ultimately what that represents is your life energy, right. And while obviously like all of us are going to have stuff and enjoy stuff, to varying degrees, make sure it’s something that you don’t look back at with regret. And to your lot to that quote which man Wow, I’ve heard it now multiple times to Jim Carrey as I was listening to episodes of your podcast. And what’s so amazing to me is how true it is, and how you can even iterate it slightly to give yourself a couple different outcomes. So like in the case of his father that decided to take the safe path in this account, and then was just laid off, right. So the one path should be never take a safe, safe route. But some of us feel like we’re already pot committed. In my mind, if we’re already there, we’ve already chosen that that path. Let’s make sure that we have an escape route for ourselves, right? Let’s like don’t don’t, here’s my biggest fear advice. Don’t leave your only stream of income without plan. There you go that that feels like that’s probably bankable. Now behind that though, how do we give ourselves th
Fri, 7 June 2019
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When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be.
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But I'm things things are a lot more on an even keel.
This Week In Join UP Dots
This week's been a bit of a bit of an unusual week, because I've been away.
I often say that I'm very good at disconnecting. But it's very hard to 100% disconnect.
It's very hard not to just go "Oh, I'll go on the internet, I just do this. And I just do that."
This week, I've been trying my hardest to really be free from everything, not knowing what's going on in the news, not knowing what the football result are.
And Im about 80% achieving my aim.
I needed to do that because I started to feel myself getting a little bit frazzled by the amount of work I was taking on.
That's kind of what I'm going to be talking about today.
Because when you start your online business, when you start any business, more often than not, you go for the dream.
I suppose the dream isn't what the dream ends up being.
Because first of all, you start with a tiny little dream thinking "Oh, as long as I can get x y Z, then ill be alright".
It's a kind of scraping through kind of dream.
Which is perfectly acceptable, because you haven't moved through to the next stage where you you've had the proof.
As my wife always says, "When I see it, I'll believe it. "
When I See It I'll Believe It
And so that's what happens in Join Up Dots and everyone that I coach have to have that moment of realisation that this can work.
Now, when they're starting to build it, you set a ceiling on what you need.
More often than not, I call it my keeping the lights on figure.
That point when you can get to a certain point where you go, "Yeah, we're okay now. I'm actually earning the income. That means that the bills are paid, but I've got free time and everything is good."
But of course, of course, things get a little bit greedy.
It's very hard not to go out and just squeeze in another client, or just do another little bit of this and a little bit of that.
I found myself falling into that trap where I was actually starting to think, "Oh my god, I need to do this and then I need to do that. "
In many ways, it wasn't becoming fun.
It wasn't when I was connecting with people and thinking, "I'm really looking forward to this"
It was like what I need to get this done because I got another person straight afterwards.
So I've tried to clear the decks, I've gone back to basics with Join Up Dots where I'm doing the bare minimum.
But what I need to do to actually sort of make a living. And if you can make a living, that's great.
If you make a greedy living then more often than not, it comes with certain sort of restraints.
Matt Devella And Minimalism
You know, along that line, when I did dip into the internet, I saw this video now there's a guy that I've mentioned on the show called Matt D'avella.
He's on YouTube, and he does a lot of lifestyle design videos, and they're very good.
They're very professional.
But as with most things, once you've seen a few of them, you start to think, "okay, you're kind of repeating yourself."
It must be very hard as it is with Join Up Dots .
I'm sure after 1500 shows, you guys are going "God, he's talking about the same thing. He's constantly telling us Yes, you can go out and do it."
And I'm gonna keep on doing that. I will keep on doing that until the last breath is in my body.
And I'm laying there.
And I say," Did it work? Did it work? "
And we open the window.and if I hear crying and mourning across the globe, and I'm hoping Yes, it's worked and join up dots delivered what I was hoping for.
Anyway back to Matt Devella, as these are really good videos.
And one of the ones I watched this week was a minimalist approach to business.
Now I like minimalism, although I am more into essentialism, which I will actually talk about later.
But minimalism is how you reduce everything in your life to that which you need.
You don't need to be out having to work to support them.
Now, it's a long standing principle, really, so many people are going to work just to pay for that car loan, which they don't actually get a chance to use because they're going to work to pay for it.
They have a big mortgage too, and they're supporting a lifestyle that isn't conducive to having life experiences.
Life Is About Having Your Breath Taking Away
I saw a sign in the pub the other day.
It said something like, "Life isn't about the amount of breaths you take. It's about the amount of moments that your breath is taken away."
That's brilliant, isn't it, where it's all about having those experiences and those moments when you say "Oh, my God, that is wonderful."
I think most of us don't get many of those because we're so busy just living a life and sort of moving on.
Now, Matt, the minimalist guy. He done that.
H has stripped his life down. He's made it very basic.
He was talking to a guy called Paul Jarvis, who's got a book out which I jumped onto Amazon and bough.
I bought his book "Company of One", which is saying, staying small is the next big thing for business.
The principle which is building minimalism into your business.
So not to think to yourself "Right? I want to have a million pound a month."
Instead saying "If I can get to my keep the lights on figure, and then double it. That's good enough. That's, that's fine."
So if I could get like two clients a month, and that gives me what I need, and then double, why go for five clients and 10 clients?
Why get staff and employees?
You keep it all stripped back.
Now one of the things he was talking about is how so many people people start paying for employees.
When you're better off is having people on contract that only get paid when you need them. So they're kind of non paid employees.
So if you're sort of struggling with your website design and your email marketing list, have somebody that is ready, and you've signed them off, and you know them and you trust them.
You can say, "Jane, Jane, I need you to do that today." And she does it.
When you pay her, it's not an employee, but it's a contracted worker to keep your business small, meaning that you can just focus in on what you're doing.
Well when I was watching that video i was thinking "Yeah, I think that's what I need to do."
Because I've taken on so many client, which is brilliant, me, my 30 day business coaching course, has been flying, and which is great.
But as I say you get a bit frazzled. And you think to yourself, "Actually, I can't do this. And I can't do that, because I've got this person to speak to"
Building Your Own Company Of One
So that's what I've been doing.
If you jump onto YouTube and look for that Company of One, why staying small, it's the next big thing in business by Paul Jarvis and Matt, they develop a very interesting conversation.
The other thing that I'm going to say is I want to read an email.
Now I won't give this guy's name, but I'm going to be speaking to him live tomorrow.
I just wanted you guys to hear somebody out there who's listening to the show.
I will tell you that his name's Scott, nothing else, nothing else. But I will tell you, he's named Scott. And I'm going to be speaking to him live tomorrow.
He's connected with me. And I'm gonna, I'm going to try to help him on his way.
He said me? I'm Scott. Good morning David massive fan of the show.
Thank you for the effort you put in, I know you're a busy guy.
So out of 12 months anyway, so I'll be brief. I'm totally into your way of thinking.
My goal is to create an online business, that I can operate from anywhere and spend more time doing what I want, when I want, who I want with, just don't tell the wife.
The issue is I'm totally lost as to what the business will be.
The more podcasts and videos I watch, the more lost I get.
I totally understand that. You can go into sort of analysis paralysis, as they say where every single person's got a point of view.
I always say to people find two or three people that you really believe in and ignore everybody else. Now, I still got the same two. But I look at all the time.
One of the guys is Pat Flynn from Smart Passive income. And the other is a guy called John Lee Dumas who runs Entrepreneur on Fire.
He's taken his podcast into seven figures.
It would be stupid for me not to at least go over every now and again and have a look at what he's doing and how he's structuring it.
Everybody else I ignore, got no interest in them. I just go for the two guys I believe in and I trust and you should do as well.
Now, Scott says, "The issue is I'm totally lost as to what that business will be. And the more podcasts and videos I watched the more Lost I get.
Digital marketing, affiliate marketing, FBA, God knows, I'm just getting stressed trying to figure out what way to go.
I'm open to anything, I just need to be shown the path and not told I'm going to be worth a million quid in a week's time.
Now that is one of the thing I loved about this email. And that's why I decided to connect with him. Because I hate these things where you see somebody next to their infinity pool.
It's not their bloody infinity pool. They've just gone on holiday and said to somebody else "Can I make a video and jump into the infinity pool?"
Or they walked past a jet while they're trying to get into EasyJet, and they taken a quick photograph of themselves.
So it looks like their lifestyle. I don't believe any of it. I really don't.
I think most of it is total rubbish out there. I'd much rather see somebody wearing, you know, a pair of jeans and a T shirt and saying, you know, I live my life.
I go and pick the kids up from school, I come home, I do three hours work. And I make a full time income.
To me that is far more doable, and far more believable than what these people are saying "Yes, if you follow me, you can be a millionaire in a week's time, total total rubbish. "
Scott also says "I don't need a Lamborghini, Chelsea and New York homes, I'd be happy knowing every month the bills are paid no matter where I am in the world".
And that is totally doable. It really is.
And there's three ways you've got to think about how to do this.
The Three Ways To Build A Company Of One
You've really got to stop thinking about affiliate marketing.
It's great, but it's small potatoes.
You've got to step more into the bigger part of the business.
If you've got something that you can do, and believe me, you will have something that you can do that somebody else wants, you can become that product and that service .
You then making more money.
Now what you then need to do is obviously separate yourself from the business by training somebody up to be able to do what you do so that you can then service two people.
You can scale it and it doesn't mean that you're trapped in the business. It's just you have to get the ball rolling.
Now there was a guy on the show the other day called Geoff Cook, who is the founder or Growlr, the Gay Bear app.
Yeah I bet Yogi's having a great old time in the woods.
The Gay Bear man, Geoff Cook was saying that at the beginning, he started a CV resume business in college.
He was doing all the work himself.
He had to until he could find people that would help him. And then his issue was about how to make sure those people remain good.
Keeping the quality up. So there's certain issues at the beginning.
But the strategy really is if you can put yourself into the service, first of all, you're going to start making more money.
Why My Company Of One Was An Early Failure
I think with Join Up Dots I screwed up on that.
I kind of thought that you could just make a podcast, be like a radio host and make a million pounds.
But of course that's not the case.
You've got to be more in your business than out of your business.
Now Scott also says "I'm a builder of 25 years working self employed and although massive potential in the industry, I fell out of love with it and the desire for the online business lifestyle you dangle" Yes, my dangling out, I dangle in front of him every week.
"I know that there's a shitload of work ahead of me. And that's something I don't have a problem with at all.
Please help or show me where to start maybe.
So I love that email. There's realism, there's understanding that it takes work.
There's understanding, that you aim to pay your bills.
There's understanding that yes you could be a millionaire but who wants to you know?
I used to want to be a millionaire. And now when somebody says to me, "David I'm going to Be a Millionaire Next year, I just go Yeah, go and go for it." #
Because making a million pounds online, does happen. But it's difficult, more difficult than making a replacement income from what you've got at the moment to where you want to be.
But you've got the free time, you've got the choices, you've got all that kind of stuff. That is totally doable. That is a company of one.
So I suppose in a summary of blending this podcast in with the company of one, why staying small is the next big thing for business, and Scott's honest realization of what it takes.
I think that I was on the wrong track recently, I think I've started to go for certain points of business.
Well, as I said, I'm aiming for a million listeners. Now I am I'm still aiming for a million listeners, because that's part of my overall strategy.
That doesn't mean that I've got to do any more work, I've just got to do the right things behind the show.
Totally doable, and will bring me a lot of rewards. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
But on the other side, I can have too many clients, which means that I am restricted from having a life and feeling frazzled.
Wanting to disconnect and hide out online. Can't do that, because that's not going to be good for me.
You got to think about that right at the very beginning.
You got to think about how much you're willing to put in.
But always having that ability to separate yourself, you know, don't trap yourself, paint yourself closer to the door, but then leave yourself on the other side of the door that you can close it up behind you and disappear.
I can literally turn off for months at a time my business will still operate I close it up.
I'd say I'm not going to take any more coaching clients any more mentoring clients and then I'll come back in August or September or whatever and then I will go again totally controllable.
That is the company of one, I am heading for.
Wed, 5 June 2019
Introducing Mario Nawfal
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast interview is Mr Mario Nawfal
He is an entrepreneur who enjoys the challenge of building businesses that scale globally.
It was just a few years ago, back in 2012 when he started his first e-commerce business.
After going door to door selling blenders he came up with the end of doing the same online -Froothie Australia was born.
With just $300 in the bank, he was up and running, and by building into this process unconventional marketing techniques, efficient logistical systems and a team of global contractors That company became a smash hit.
He propelled Froothie to $1m in year one and over $10m in year 2, all bootstrapped.
How The Dots Joined Up For Froothie
After replicating the same model with a wide variety of products, he then established GoGlobal, an accelerator which identifies businesses that have a high-potential for growth.
They partner with quality manufacturers in the niche and leverage their global marketing and customer support teams to sell the products around the world.
But this is just a glimpse at the business's bursting forth of our guest today.
So where does he come up the ideas, as this seems a stumbling block for so many people online today.
And does he ever worry that he is taking on too much and he could lose focus?
Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mario Nawfal
During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Mario Nawfal such as:
Why he is such a fan of Jim Collins "Good To Great" book, and loves the pebbles analogy.
Why being an expert really helps, but you only have to be able to be one ahead to truly inspire and coach someone else..
Why Mario now feels that it is so important to have a Plan B to ensure a safety net, something he wasn't big on at the beginning.
Why there is no such thing as an overnight success no matter how many people seem to state that they are.
Mon, 3 June 2019
Introducing The Growlr Founder Geoff Cook
Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching is a serial entrepreneur and public company CEO.
He started his first company from a Harvard dorm and sold it for millions of dollars at age 24.
He sold his second company for $100 million.
Of all the guests that have appeared on Join Up Dots he is one of the hardest to research.
Most have a fixed talent base that they spin their ventures around.
However our guest seems more than most to be an "idea" man who has an idea, finds an audience and then BOOM business time.
He is currently the CEO and co-founder of The Meet Group (NASDAQ: MEET), a social dating and live-streaming company with a $400+ million market cap.
He has also spent $200 million in the last 3 years buying 4 companies, including most recently, Growlr, a dating app for gay bears.
How The Dots Joined UP For Geoff Cook
If you have no idea what a Gay Bear is (I do as I Googled it) this will of course become clear in today's show.
Geoff also runs the leading podcast player, Podcoin, which is an app that pays a digital currency called Podcoin to listen to podcasts.
Geoff is the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner for the Philadelphia Region.
He is also a children’s book author of "Veronica And The Volcano" and a mentor at Princeton University’s Keller Center.
So as you can see this interview can literally go in any direction, with any question fitting perfectly.
I suppose a great one to start with is what is his definition of an entrepreneur, and is this a title that is earnt or actually born with?
And do the ideas come more and more easily once the first shoots of success occur in a business?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Geoff Cook.
During the show we discussed such weight subjects with Geoff Cook such as:
Geoff revealed how he never claimed the badge of an entrepreneur when he first started earning his own cash. It was just something that he did.
Geoff talked about his early stages in business and how he knew that he would need to scale as soon as possible
We discuss about Product Market fit, and why it is so important to try you best to fit three key strategies - entertainment, status and utility.
Why Geoff feels that the Live Streaming is still in its infancy and is ready to explode in all our lives. Watch out NBC and CBS!
Fri, 31 May 2019
How to find a business mentor is the main subject of the Join Up Dots episode.
Feel free to either listen to the podcast through the link above, or simply read the content below.
Lets start however with a few things that have been going on behind the scenes of the show this week.
This Week Through Join Up Dots
When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be.
But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling.
Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams.
This is your blueprint for greatness.
So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK David Ralph
Yes. Hello. Good morning to you.
Good morning, and welcome to Join Up Dots. How are we?
Oh, I hope we are okay. You know, I can't hear anything in my ears. I'm not even sure if I'm recording at the moment.
I'm just blasting it out.
There we go suddenly, suddenly its burst into my life.
Ok, I can hear myself, I can hear myself. So I know I'm recording and I'm not wasting my time.
So how are you?
How's your week been?
Hopefully, it's been good. Hopefully, you've been rocking and rolling it.
We've been we've been doing a lot of stuff. Behind the Scenes this week, on Join Up Dots.
I've taken on this big body of work. And without going too much into it basically through Join Up Dots, I do a lot of coaching and group coaching people.
Every now and again, something comes up, and I think to myself, that's a great idea for a business. That's brilliant.
And so I started researching a business online. And I bought the domain name.
And I started doing the keyword research and looking at what the target customer is.
And it's a it was a really good business.
I thought to myself, this is what I'm going to do, I'm going to start this, and I spent about a weekend, probably about four days.
I lose track of when the weekend is as Fridays, and Saturdays don't mean anything to me now.
I spent three or four days doing this. And I've got this business platform ready to roll. But just before I started doing it, I hit the Five Year Anniversary of Join Up Dots
The Five Year Anniversary Milestone Slump
Through the show we have joined up many many dots.
As we say, "Please come back again, when you have more dots to join up as I believe that by joining up the dots and connecting our past it's the best way to build our futures."
Iwas talking to a guy who I've been connected with for quite a while called Mark Egan and he's an ex cameraman from the BBC.
I taught him to be a podcaster many years ago, and we've stayed friends.
He was saying to me, "Congratulations on hitting the five year anniversary, you know what, what you're doing moving forward?"
And I had moved into a slump.
I felt there should have been a big fanfare, there should have been something, you know, rewarding at the end of five years, and I didn't have anything.
So I kind of went into this, this depression for about three days of, I don't know where I'm heading.
I can't just keep on doing what I'm doing all the time. Because I'm going to get the same results.
As they say, "if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get the same results."
So I said, "You know what I'm gonna do, I'm just going to sort of leave it behind."
The Big Plan Moving Forward In Join Up Dots
So anyhow, I started doing the sample business.
Then through the process, I thought to myself, "no, I've already got a business, I should be going back and actually making my business is stronger."
Although Join Up Dots is going extremely well, I thought to myself, now what I'm going to do, I'm going to go back, and I'm going to work on all the shows.
I'm going to develop a strategy for it as I'm going to aim for a million listeners a month.
Okay, now there's some podcasts out there that get that. And believe me, I look at the figures. And I think I don't know how you can get those kind of numbers.
Because you're looking at something like 30,000 a day, which is a hell of a lot.
But I've started working on the whole strategy because I realized that five years of work needed to be reviewed again.
I needed to go back and join up my dots to connect my past to build the future.
So that's what I've been doing.
How To Find A Business Mentor
I was talking to another guy and he said "Can you be my business mentor?"
And I went well, you know, it's all very flattering. But you know, I've got a lot on my plate at the moment.
He he instantly started telling me what he wanted from me and sort of pressurising me into helping him.
He was like, it was kind of like going into a bar and going straight up to somebody and saying "Have this drink, eat these crisps, you're coming with me?"
You know, no one's going to do that.
Sso I said to him, "No, it's not for me, really, it's not for me."
This is what this episode is all about
How to find a business mentor,were actually you can build up the right relationship, and it works for you.
It's valuable. You certainly can't steam in on someone and say "I need your help, you know", because it's just not going to work.
So this is my thing, for guys in How to find a business mentor.
How To Find A Business Mentor - Phase One
Right, the number one.
I've broken it down into basically three strategies. There's three phases.
I would say the first phase is know what you really want. Why are you wanting to know how to find a business mentor?
Now you don't want to just go, I just want somebody to push me on.
I want somebody to, you know, show me the errors of my ways because it's too vague.
You've really got to drill down and work out what your goals are, what you're aiming for.
Then start looking at your business strengths and weaknesses.
Now one of the great ways of doing that is doing the Strength Finders 2.0 tests that you can get online.
You answer about 178 questions and it tells you your five key strengths and your weaknesses as well.
To be honest in business more often than not if you know your strengths and work on developing those, and get other people to do the work where you have weaknesses.
Its job done.
So strategy one on how to find a business mentor without making it just desperate is know what you want.
Set your goals and work out what your business strengths and weaknesses are.
How To Find A Business Mentor - Phase Two
Then start looking at your network, that you already have.
That's the second point.
Don't just think Branson, I'm gonna get Branson if he's not bit busy.
If he's too busy, I'm gonna get Ralph that's what I'm gonna do. Ralph he just he sits around in his lucky pants all the time.
He's not doing anything.
Consider your friends. There might be people locally for you. There might be a local businessmen, there might be sort of a local network, evening classes, whatever.
You don't have to steam in on some high powered businessmen, you can just go for somebody who is in your vicinity is in your network already.
They might actually know somebody that could help you.
How To Find A Business Mentor - Phase Three
Okay, so be strategic content.
Of course, you need to do your homework on the people that you come up with.
One of the best ways is the internet, have you heard of it?
You can go on there and you can find good things, bad things, you can find things that you shouldn't let other people know you're looking at.
You can find lots of stuff.
Believe me, if you listen to the early episodes of Join Up DOts ,when I first started doing doing them, I used to spend probably about two hours building the intros.
But now I can find out anything within about four or five web pages.
I know exactly where to go to find those kinds of details that make people nervours.
Stop this, that can't be out there.
So do your homework, go on their LinkedIn platform, look on the internet, try to find their biography, their history, some kind of track record.
You need to work out whether those people of course, have got the strengths and the weaknesses that you might need or may not need.
Okay, so let's summarize how to find a business mentor.
Phase one, figure out what you want, first of all.
Set your goals, your business strengths and your weaknesses, and then consider your own friends.
Do you have a local network?
Can you speak to somebody in your sort of group?
Do they know somebody?
Then once you get a name, do your homework, really find out about them. Know 100% that they're the right person.
How To Find A Business Mentor - Build Value
So now the second stage is to contact them.
Don't just sort of ask for stuff straight away. You know, one of the best ways is praise them.
You know, I get a lot of emails now.
I'm so shallow, I'm so shallow, where they sort of say "David you sexy person, or David you're gorgeous or David this or that".
I'm easily bought, I really am.
But they praise. They say some nice things, so I'm open to start a conversation with them.
Now, what you don't want to do is praise for stuff that you know, it's not true.
Why You Must Be Authentic and Honest
llI give you a story.
A guest who's going to be on my show, probably four months time, probably about August time.
He came to me last night, he said, "David, thanks for having me on the show last week."
And when we recorded it, it was good, it was really good and pleasant to have. He had passion. He had a true story.
But when he pitched through to me, it was "David I've been listening to your show, I love it, I can provide great value."
I got a feeling that he hadn't even listened to an episode, however I went with it anyway.
Whilst I was speaking to him, I was thinking this is obvious, he hasn't.
Now that kind of leaves a bad taste in a lot of podcasters mouths, because the person hasn't really done any research.
They just say "I love your show, but I haven't even listened to it."
So be genuine and be, you know, really honest about your appraisal of their work.
If you like it, tell them why. Tell them how you found it, tell them what you you enjoy about it, praise them.
Then ask them about their business. Okay.
Find out how you can help.
Is there any way that you can help them? Do they struggle with something?
You've got a good network of people, or you're willing to put some work in.
Try to provide value value value to build up a relationship.
Share some information, if they respond back to you. That's very interesting. I found this.
Maybe you would like that.
It's something that I do a lot of with other people.
I find tools and stuff that I think would be very good for podcasting.
So I send it through to people and I just say I saw this, I'm using it, I'm testing it out, maybe you would like it.
You know, I don't do anything more than that.
Then we build up these nice little relationships where they would then say to me, "oh, I was thinking about this, and maybe you'd like to be part of what ever,"
So share information that you think can be useful for these people and could help them with their business. Okay?
Then the last thing.
How To Find A Business Mentor - Final Stage
Even at that stage, don't push or pressurize them.
Don't say right now, yeah, I've done all this for you. I want this from you.
Don't pressurize you know.
Just let it go naturally, just just make them fall in love with you to build up that relationship, okay.
If at this stage, they are still not willing for it, then move on to somebody else.
You know, you've really got to think about value first value first. But don't just go invade, don't just go in, I want your help know exactly what you're looking for.
Know exactly how they can help.
Really pick them up, praise them, do your research on them, and and be genuine and honest.
Don't just say," Oh, I love your work" if you've got no idea about it in any shape, or form.
Its quite easy to really think of how to find a business mentor.
You just start with doing things the right way...thats not hard after all.
Wed, 29 May 2019
Todays guests on the show are freedom junkies and prolific content creators who have launched over a dozen businesses.They have also been coaching, speaking, writing, and teaching for more than a decade.After almost losing it all due to a sudden illness after travelling overseas, they converted their coaching and training programs into online courses.Today, they’ve created over 200 hours of content and more than 75 online courses, taken by more than 100,000 students from 191 countries.As a former psychology professor and k-12 educator, Joeel has a unique perspective on the changes occurring in education today.They are advocates for the democratisation of education and capitalising on current and emerging educational technologies to help expand access to real-world knowledge.Through their online education company, Transformation Academy, they empower other entrepreneurs to leverage their time, diversify their income, and ensure their legacy by teaching what they know and love online.So why are they so passionate about showing the world how to transform themselves?And where do they see the world of online business heading moving forward?More and more transparency and connection with the founders, or perhaps somewhere different?Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Joeel & Natalie RiveraShow HighlightsWe discuss how you can build an online business simply by researching a subject and developing material.Why so many of the successful businesses left them burnout and miserable until true passion was found.The reasons why it is so powerful to show daily gratitude in your life. Be grateful for the small things to gain from the big.Natalie shares her guilt of having a lovely life as a youngster, with nothing to truly rally against. And lastly.....Joeel reveals how he built the process of celebration into their lives, which is so important as you build success.
Mon, 27 May 2019
Introducing Lisa Avery
If you want to know how to become happy then today's guest is someone who can show us the way to a smiley world.
I know that for sure as she has done this to me every-time I spend time with her.
There are times when you meet someone through you work, who instantly connects deeper than most.
That is certainly the case with today's guest, who I am pleased to say has become a really great friend to me and the show.
She is a lady who believes 100% percent, that if you are living your purpose, doing a job that you love, then many if not all of your problems, health, mental and financial will be a thing of the past.
Which as you will see everyday on Join Up Dots is a message that I support wholeheartedly on every episode.
I believe it's not as much learning how to become happy that is the key, as it is doing the things that bring about this emotion.
How The Dots Joined Up For Lisa Avery
Building happiness into our daily routine without thinking too much about it.
She is a positive psychologist, coach and writer, who helps individuals connect with the unique passion and purpose that drives their personal and professional success.
She is obsessed with helping her clients find the thing that lights them up inside and makes them smile both inside and out.
As she says “I am fascinated by what propels a person to pursue their vocation, entwining their innate strengths, values and interests to serve both themselves and the rest of the world.
I fuse the art of Coaching with the science of Positive Psychology to help individuals gain the clarity, confidence and courage to become all they aspire to be.
So are there tips that we can all work on if we want to know how to become happy?
And is this something that is becoming more and more a problem in today's world?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining dots with the one and only Lisa Avery
During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Lisa Avery such as:
Lisa shares why it is so important to allow every emotion to be ok in our lives. Dont fight them but assess why you are having them.
We talk about the human need for routine and connection with our pasts. However the present is where the real action occurs.
Why it is so vitally important to things in our life which allows us to get into the flow.
Lisa openly reveals that the issues of building a business can be overcome, by surrounding yourself with people ahead of you.
Fri, 24 May 2019
When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be.
But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams.
This is your blueprint for greatness.
So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK David Ralph
Good morning to you.
Good morning to you and welcome to the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast.
Is it a podcast? Is it a radio show?
Is it I don't know what it is? I don't know what it is.
But I'll tell you the audience what I've been doing.
Ive been doing a lot of work behind the scenes of join up dots.
A lot of people that run podcast, really focus in on iTunes and Stitcher and all the directories where you guys can just dip in and find your favorite hosts.
And for many years, I did that. And I got a really good audience.
But now I'm doing it through Google as well. And I'm really working hard on getting the SEO right on the show and exponential growth.
That's what it's about.
And if you are running a podcast out there, and you're finding that you're getting a small audience, but they're not interacting with you.
You really got to think about doing it. Like a proper business.
Don't just think, "Oh, I just throw a show up on to a website somewhere. And it's job done."
Oh, no, you've got to work both sides. So anyhow, that's what I've been doing this week. I have been doing SEO, Search Engine Optimization on all my shows, and I've done about what 400 of them.
It's like pulling teeth, but you sort of get into a routine and if you are me you need to do something else. I can't do this all day.
And that's the beauty of Join Up Dots, of course I can walk away and do whatever I want.
So how are you? How are you guys? Are you loving life? Are you all happy? Are you happy out there?
The DJ need a hug?
Do you need Mr Ralph to send these arms out like Mr. Tickle and wrap them around you?
Do you remember Mr. Tickle when you as a kid? The orange Mr. Man with really long arms. I used to find it a bit creepy.
There was two things in my life, that I found creepy when I was a little kid.
Well three actually, you're going to go back to the 70s to get there.
So a lot of this won't mean anything to anyone young.
But one was Mr. Tickle. Because he's long arms could come in wherever he wanted and do stuff to you.
He was like a sort of a long armed Jimmy Saville, I suppose. shouldn't have said that. But there you go. It's on a podcast is out there.
The second one were like these straws called Humphries.
They used to be red and white striped straws, it sounds pathetic now, but they used to nick your milk.
And they used to say "Watch out, watch out. There's a Humphrey about"
And these pink and white straws used to sort of bounce up and down.
If you remember that from the 70s. And I haven't just gone mad, then drop me a line at join up email@example.com or come over to the website and say "Yes, I remember the Humphreys and they had the same effect."
And of course, the last one which I think a there isnt one person out there who wasn't freaked about this, was the child catcher from teacher Chitty Bang Bang.
With the long nose and the creepy kind of tippy toe way that he used to move around and sniff.
I think everybody has had that in their life. And you know, that's really scary.
Because you look back on it now and you think why is it scary?
My son's actually doing a media course and he's creating his own film. It's a horror film, and he's trying to do it by putting the creepy stuff in. That's not gratuitous.
So it's not like stabbings and horrible things.
And one of the things we were talking about the other day is why are Nursery Rhymes sung slowly creepy. Why is that creepy?
I have no idea. Once again, if you know the answer, send data to me.
Well, this week, I've received two or three different emails through.
And we've got How many? We got three questions here. So it's not gonna be a long show today.
Because it's bank holiday weekend and you want to get out into pub gardens and live your life.
But of course, I will come. I'm a podcaster I have to be prepared for you.
Monday morning. Okay, it's pre recorded already. But no, I will be here live on Monday morning. And you will get a show. I promise you.
So anyhow, these are the three questions.
"Okay. Hi, David. I'm a oral hygienist in Colombia.
I listen to your show every day in Colombia. I would love to start my own business instead of working for someone else.
Do you think that this is a good idea?"
Well, I of course think this business is brilliant. Now, I started thinking about it two ways recently.
Now I'm teaching a guy, I won't give his business idea away, but a guy called Martin Gardner. And he is a guy from the Midlands of England.
And so he talks a bit funny, he, he's got a bit of a funny voice. But other than that, he's a lovely, lovely guy.
And one of the things that I've started to realize is, no matter what businesses that you create, if you learn how to grow traffic, you've got two wins.
You can either drive it into your own business and create money. Or you can take traffic away from other people, and then send it back to them.
So for example, shops and businesses, especially the local ones are historically poor, at web manipulation, and search engine optimization.
So they throw up a website, and basically hope what they can get is enough to actually pay their bills.
Now, I'm teaching Martin to create this business. And we're really excited about it, because this is gonna be a big one.
But I'm absolutely convinced he's going to change his life, as has all the other businesses that we've created this year.
There hasn't been one, that weve done through Join Up Dots. Well, I don't actually think through the process of working it out with the client.
But I should do this, I might jump on to this first, this is a great idea.
And so we've got them banging out left, right and center.
Anyhow, it dawned on us, that he could actually build a business himself, or sit away from it and actually just be a middleman driving traffic through to other people's businesses.
So they're getting more leads, they're getting more money into their businesses, through the skills from Martin gardener with a funny voice has got in his own.
So if you are anoral hygienist, Mateo, I would say to you, youve got two ways of going.
You can either be back and build a business where you are that person, and it's coming into your life.
Or you can become the oral hygienist web traffic expert, and learn the ways online to drive the traffic for that type of job to other people.
And when you make money from it, you sit in an office basically, and you are the manager of the traffic.
So I do think that you are right on your money to start thinking about working for yourself because that is where the money is.
Don't work for someone else where you're giving it all away. Or they're taking the bulk of it anyway, do it for yourself.
But that's why I'm thinking now guys, two ways. Do you want to be part of the business? Or do you want to be a facilitator for other people's businesses? And once you understand the online concept, and it really is kind of simple once you really understand it, you've got double options.
You can look at it and think do I provide leads to other people's businesses? Or do I bring it into my own?
I probably do both Really?
That way you make lots and lots of oodles and oodles and oodles and oodles.
Right okay, a second email and I like the first four words it says "David Ralph you sexy legend that always gets to my eyes"
"David Ralph you sexy legend. I don't know if you will get to see this question or your elves will whisk it away before your eyes ever see it?
Funnily enough, I've just seen it. However, I've been building a consulting business over the last five years and it's going very well.
Well done to us is from Jeannie Jeannie chambers. Oh, little Genie. Got so much love little Genie. Remember that from Elton John. Now I'm getting to, I'm going to be 50 next year. So a lot of things I talk about are rooted, rooted in the past.
So what's Jeannie doing?
Yes, she pays all her bills.
I have a steady if not consistent stream of customers. I can't complain.
I bet you do. I bet you sit there having a little moan down here. You know, I bet you, bet you do. Anyway.
However, of course I want more and more and more greedy Jeannie. Okay, and work less and less and less double greedy Jeannie.
Now, is this possible? Or do I need to start hiring staff which worries me?
I don't like the idea of losing what money I'm earning paying someone else's salaries. Any suggestions? pS Did I tell you that you are very, very attractive. Although you tell us that yourself with a smiley face.
I don't do that do I, it's just you know, I sit on my own a lot. I need adulation.
And if you're not getting adulation from people, you build it into your own life.
Keep up the great work Jeannie chambers.
Oh, little Jeannie. Why Okay, um, you have a steady, if not consistent stream of customers, that generally happens that it means you're not making the most of the traffic that you're getting through to your business.
There's three stages of traffic control, first of all, you got to grow it, then you've got to keep the traffic, and then you've got to monetize it.
And it's pretty much those three ways. Most people will struggle on all of them at certain parts of the business process. And just recently, I've had quite a big problem with actually making people commit to what they said they would do.
Okay, so people would come along and go, "Yeah, I want to sign up for you, I want to do this, I want to do that." And then you wouldn't hear from them at all.
So now I commit them to 25%. So they pay up 25%.
And then whenever they want to come back throughout the year when they're ready for it pay the rest of it, and then we're ready to work with them.
So that was something that I resolved where people were saying, "Yeah, I want to do this", I mean, you wouldn't hear from them at all.
So you're not going to be spending money on staff, but isn't ultimately going to be bringing back into your business if you get them to do the right things.
So one of the things you've got to do is make sure that that steady stream becomes the consistent stream.
So if you're paying someone, for example, to do pa and administration, then Yeah, that's probably going to take the money out of your bank account.
And yes, it will make your life easier, but won't make more money.
If you bring somebody on who is an expert at lead generation, and email marketing and that kind of stuff, Jeannie, then it's going to gain, it's gonna gain you can't hold back from the fact.
If you're using somebody to plug the gaps in your business, you're going to bring more incoming.
Now if you look at Join Up Dots its a podcast, but it's also a business coaching platform.
At the beginning. It wasn't it was just a podcast.
So I was podcasting, podcasting, podcasting and not gaining anything from it.
Then I got to a point I thought, what actually can I teach people. I can teach people how to do podcasting.
And so I started doing that, that was very up and down, until I realized that it's not what you're selling. Its the results that you're giving.
So with a podcast, anyone can do it, you just turn on the microphone, you start recording it, and you push it out.
That is not what people want. What people want is how to make a living from it, how to do it fast, how to get listeners how to transition those listeners, from listeners into paying clients.
That's actually part of the process, which you need to bring into your consulting process.
So it's not what you're teaching them, it's the results that they're getting.
So if you're not demonstrating both at the front end, you're not going to get enough people coming through because I won't see how it out. It really benefits them.
It's got to be what you're output gives them that they can't get anywhere else.
So that's one of the things that I would look at Jeannie, I would look at how is your branding of your business?
Is it actually emphasising the final results? Or is it just telling them what you do, if it's all about you, it's not going to work, if it's about them, and how their life is going to change.
For example, everything I do for Join Up Dots now is about finding ways of making making money online stress free.
So that you guys can have a stress free life. So it used to be about I will teach you best and then whatever.
And it didn't really appeal to people because they don't really care about SEO, they don't really care about, you know, website design. They don't care about branding.
But they do care about sitting on the sofa Monday morning when everybody else is going to work because incomes just flooding into their life, stress free.
So everything that I've done, has pivoted to be able to say yes, that is what I offer. That is what I can provide to the world.
And that is why my business is growing once again, exponentially.
I'm teaching people to get the results that they want in their life as easily as possible.
So don't be worried about paying someone else's salaries. But think about it.
Are you paying those salaries to plug the gaps in your business? Where those leakage is?
If you're struggling in certain areas, find the expert that can solve that. Ask them to prove it.
If you go over to Upwork or LinkedIn, they're all going to say they can do it. Ask to speak to people that they work with. If they don't do that, then they're not worth working with.
Make sure that they've got a track record.
And then Believe me, Jeannie, you will get the value back into your business. It's the easy way of doing it.
Okay, and be last question.
Last question is from Jack Wilshere. Not that Jack Wilshere from the ex arsenal?
And now West Ham player who only plays four minutes a day. It probably is.
It probably is Jack Wilshere because he's not doing anything. Now, quick question for you. If you could list five things that will stop success. What do you think they are?
This is for homework I'm doing for high school. Thank you. If you answer Jack Wilshere, up in Iowa.
Okay, so you're probably not the West Ham United Jack Wilshere.
Okay, five things that will stop success.
Right. Okay, off the top of my head. Lack of persistence.
So you you give up when it gets hard.
When it gets hard, you've got to think your way around it.
Okay. So that's the lack of persistence.
Secondly, I would say be clever where you're thinking, as I say, think around the problem.
Don't just bulldoze your way through it. Because you know, there is an easy route past all obstacles, you've just got to sit back and think things through.
That leads to the next one, which I would say is leave your business behind. walk away from it, give yourself weeks off, you will be so much better off because the ideas will come to you.
The easy ways you'll be able to see the wood for the trees.
So that's three: persistence, thinking around a problem, walking away from it, turning turning up, yeah, if you say you're going to do something, do it.
It's like the other night, I had about 45 people lined up for a webinar, I was doing where I teach you basically what internet strategies are and how you can take your business.
And you can quite simply get rid of all the effort and all the marketing and all the stuff that you haven't got control of.
Bring it to an area that you have got control of you've got the data, which means that you can find the right customers, you know that they're going to pay you and you can just sort of work accordingly.
Now I had a Yeah, about 43 to 45 people booked, the same sequence went out, telling them there's two days to it, there's one day to it, is half hour to it, you know, one person turned up.
Lovely guy from Berlin called Rob. And I did it just for him. And the two of us just walked through the process, step by step by step.
And that used to wind me up when I used to think " Why do you book and then not turn up?
But now I know that those kind of people that do that, they're not going to get what they want anyway, because they don't turn up for something, if you say you're going to do it, you do it.
And if you're flaky, and at the last minute you fancy something else in a business, you're going to find that in those kind of situation, a period of time when you've got something better you want to do.
But you can't do that you've got to do what needs to be done.
So turn up.
And the last one is dream bigger than you could possibly think.
Okay, when you start you dream, just what you think is possible.
Now, I was talking to a guy yesterday and I said to him, what you need to do is aim for 10 grand. 10 grand is what each client will pay me. 10 grand!!!
I said yeah, easily what you know, your backstory, your history, your knowledge, you can do 10 grand each time, and you will sell that.
And literally you could see in his eyes, he couldn't perceive it, he was so trapped in what he was used to, he couldn't see that 10 grand was just the starting point.
So get images around you get it all set up.
But dream bigger, you can possibly think if you're aiming, you know, join up dots at the moment.
I get 160,000 people, I'm listening to it, which in podcasting land is very, very good.
I'm aiming for a million. Now, I don't know if I'm ever going to get a million a month.
But I know it's possible because I know other people do it. Or at least they say they do it.
So that's what I'm aiming for.
I'm aiming for bigger than I possibly know how to do at the moment, and just keep on working towards it.
So that's your answer, Jack, hopefully that's going to be useful for your successful your high school. And I think that works for everybody. So what did I say?
Think around the problem. Walk away from your business, give yourself a chance to refresh, turn up, make sure that you're committed to something.
And what was the last one the last one was dream bigger dream bigger than you could possibly hope for?
Okay, so that was the Friday show, the Friday show, the Friday show. That's the Friday show.
So thank you so much for Jack Wilshere, the ex West Ham and Arsenal player.
I think that you made Jeannie Jeannie and Mateo, the hygienist and thank you for all of you who've dropped those questions through the emails.
And every single one of you think about it today.
Think about it.
If you want to start a business, or your better doing the business or providing business for other people is a good one that and so you could sit on a laptop anywhere you could be in Bora Bora on an island, driving traffic to your business but be new field off to somebody else.
It's a great business model where you get the profits but you don't get any of the issues.
And once you get to that point where it's running on its own, you've been hire a PA to manage it for you. And it's 100% passive income is a real good way of building a business. Until next time, thank you so much for being here to every single one. If you see some long arms come through your window that's not me. That's That's Mr. Tickle. And until next time, we'll see you again Look after yourselves. Thank you so much anybody need my help drop me a line at join up Datsun gmail.com. Look out for the next webinar where I'll be teaching you once again how to take a business away from the lack of control into a stress free pleasure that builds income into your life. And anything else we've got going on and join up dogs come over to the website and I will see you again soon. Look up yourselves and see ya.
Bye bye David doesn't want you to become a faded version of the brilliant self you are wants to become. So he's put together an amazing guide for you called the eight pieces of advice that every successful entrepreneur practices, including the two that changed his life. Head over to join up.com to download this amazing guide for free and we'll see you tomorrow on join up dots.
Wed, 22 May 2019
Introducing The Living Rent Free Expert Ian Usher
Living rent free is the dream for most people across the world.
You have a roof over your head, but someone else is paying for the majority of your expenses.
Seems too good to be true?
Well back on episode 138 of Join Up Dots I first interviewed a guy who had an amazing story of action taking.
Which has pushed him into living a rent free life across the world.
It was eleven years ago in 2008, when he made headlines across the world.
This was action taking born out of desperation and despondency.
How The Dots Started Joining Up For Ian Usher
He auctioned his entire life.
His car, home, job and friends all went on eBay, after his marriage collapsed six years after leaving the United Kingdom and setting up home in Australia.
He earnt £192,000 and instead of settling back into domestic life with the sudden windfall went for adventure.
He created a bucket list of 100 things to do and went out and did them.
If you want to hear how that all continued then jump over to the interview
After all the publicity died down, using an additional windfall from the Disney Corporation he bought an Island.
This wasn’t quite living rent free but was one of the dots getting him there.
Yes instead of slipping back into the typical life style of a northern Englishman he continued the adventure.
In 2011 he bought a small island off the coast of Panama in the Caribbean, which he later sold to Graham Hughes.
As he says “Once again, as I did in 2009 when my house in Australia sold, I find myself without any ties, no property, and very little in the way of possessions. And I feel incredibly free.”
So what do you do then on the road to living rent free?
How do you take this feeling of liberation and freedom and create additional income streams for yourself?
Well as we tackled on his second visit to the show, his action taking moved him into the wonderful world of house-sitting.
Upon a chance meeting with Nat and Jodie also previous guests on Join Up Dots his living rent free lifestyle started taking shape.
He now lives a life travelling the world.
Living rent free as he stays in properties everywhere, experiencing a lifestyle that others crave.
And now will be a simple step to start enjoying yourself.
So when he started house-sitting was living rent free the first thing that occurred to him, or a forgotten perk?
And how can be get involved and start living a similar lifestyle?
Well let’s find out how to start living rent free as we join up even more dots with the one and only Ian Usher.
During the show we discussed such subjects with Ian Usher such as:
Why house-sitting is an amazing way to experience life across the world whilst being free from major restraints.
We discuss the restrictions that appear in your life time and time again that arent there.
Why the life you take is always based around action taking first and foremost. No one can stop you other than you
Ian reveals how his dad showed him experiences were worth so much more than money in so many ways.
We talk about the effort that is involved in making something seem very very easy.
Other Tips For Living Rent Free
There are of course loads of ways to start living rent free if you think about it.
Mon, 20 May 2019
Introducing G Brian Benson
Today's guest has already been on the show back on in 2016 where we discussed his journey to success and liberation.
Back then he was finding his way past the restraints of working in his family business.
Breaking from those emotional restraints that can sometime trap us with family.
Then through reading about his personal self development that he has undertaken.
Not least working through the self-doubt that plagues all of us at differing time he was invited onto Join Up Dots.
How The Dots Joined Up For G Brian Benson
Our guest today truly started to change his perspective on his capabilities by undertakings several physical challenges.
By competing in over 50 Iron-man competitions he found the confidence to start easing into his creative passions.
The kind of passions that most people would say "Well that's ok...but how you do make a living from it?"
Well he has done this amazingly well and now with several published books, a TedX talk and other passions coming to the fore he is cooking on gas.
So is success built by you believing in yourself, or the world believing in you?
And when you realise that you can literally do what you want in life does that liberate or actually stop you in your tracks?
Do we need choices made for us at the beginning to really start going where we want?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. G Brian Benson.
During today's show we discussed such weight subjects with G Brian Benson such as:
We discuss how working for yourself can sometimes be so isolating that the quality of work can go down dramatically.
These are the times when you have to reconnect with the world to find inner spark once more.
Brian Benson shares how he finally managed to grow into his talents and accepted who he is in the world.
Brian remembers how he felt great pressure to be perfect after writing his self development book.
He finally realised that just because you want to be better doesn't mean you have to demonstrator a holier than thou persona everyday.
We talk about the gift that he had inside him, and why he just knew that he had to free it no matter how long it took
Brian shares how he needed to give himself a recharge by taking a driving trip through America. His business flourished when he returned.
Fri, 17 May 2019
Greg Barth is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview.
This was a man who was a great inspiration to me at the start of the show.
Back when I launched I was looking around the worldwide web searching for that X factor.
That thing when the person seemed to love their life as much as their job.
And their job as much as their life too...in fact they combine so well that it all becomes playtime.
That is when you are really cooking on gas.
Well today's guest wasn't always in that kind of place for sure, as back in 2009 things were very different
As he says " A very big shift happened for me on October 5th, 2009.
How The Dots Joined Up For Greg Barth
That was the day I decided I want to make big changes in my life.
Fast forward to today and I am now fit, think totally different, and a divorced dad to 2 daughters after 18 years of marriage.
It’s been quite the roller coaster ride but as i look back, I now know why each event happened and the challenges that I needed to face.
Each one of them made me a better version of myself and they continue to do so now.
I know what it feels like to be lethargic with little zest for life and just going through the motions.
I see things very different and know the endless possibilities and that is what I want to give to others.
I want that for YOU as well."
As we say on Join Up Dots everyday "by joining up the those dots and connecting our pasts it's the best way to build our futures"
So is he still connecting those dots, or is it now all about moving on into easier and more enjoyable days?
And when he was in his darkest area of life, what truly started him on this road?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Greg Barth
During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Greg Barth such as:
Greg shares how his business operates now when he tries his best to "follow the fun" which has been a game change for him.
Why we both believe that just because you can do something it doesn't mean that you should go ahead and do it.
Why it's so hard to present reality in the online world, whilst still inspiring to follow suit and have a go.
Why a business really grows when you focus 100% on building relationships. Its the value in the relationship that really make a difference.
Wed, 15 May 2019
The Art Of Doing Nothing
It's a funny thing to think about.
Doing nothing with our days. Focusing on absolutely nothing.
Not sitting watching Netflix on the TV as that is doing something.
Not laying in bed for a lovely lay in before getting up.
But 100% switching off and just existing in your own space.
Reclaiming your energy and focus, whilst losing yourself in your thoughts
Is that possible in today's world of notifications, beeps and electronic seduction?
Can you really do nothing all day and not be classed as some kind of mad freak?
Well this week i thought i would do an experiment and discover if the art of doing nothing can be mastered.
I started with something that has screwed me up time and time again.
Meditation Has Always Been a Problem For Me
Over the years I have tried to meditate but have failed spectacularly.
It doesn't matter when I attempt to sit there and go through the meditating motions I get twitchy.
I can't get myself into that zone that i guess is the art of doing nothing with meditation.
My mind always comes up with some new idea, or banging tune to play out in my fruitless attempt to silence my mind.
So for me meditation hasn't been something that I thought I could master.
However, I thought this week "How about I don't call it meditation, but just doing nothing?"
Would this slight change of mindset make a difference to me.
Well it doesn't just have a slight difference, the difference was dramatic.
The Art Of Doing Nothing - Step One
I waited until the house was empty and the family were long gone then i got in position.
Sitting in a nice comfortable chair which looked perfect for doing nothing in, i turned to my Amazon Echo.
"Alexa, set an alarm for 30 minutes time please"
Her robotic but almost human voice announced that she was now set and doing nothing was now happening.
I started with just sitting there, looking around the room but felt a bit stupid to be honest.
I shouldn't be wasting time like this really.
Let's get it done before the family came home.
Doing nothing seems really self indulgent I discovered to my shame.
To hide my feelings of guilt and disgust I closed my eyes and simply focused on my breathing.
I felt calm, relaxed and at peace.
I was in a lovely place...it was just like meditating!!!
I had discovered the key to getting into the zone I had always struggled with in just a few minutes.
I wasn't trying to do something I was trying to do the complete opposite to something.
I found that doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.
I had allowed myself the space to slide effortlessly to where I wanted to be without pressure.
So why was this?
Why was it that doing nothing, and i mean really doing nothing has such a restorative effect to me?
Well I started digging a little bit deeper and found that their is a science behind it all.
The Science Behind Doing Nothing In Your Life
There are so many benefits to doing nothing in your life, they really come to you quickly.
However it is really hard to just go cold turkey and disconnect from the stresses of life but its so important.
Danish researchers found people who disappear from social media for example actually experience a wave of positivity and great emotions.
They stop filling out their time with needless comparisons of other peoples live and achievements.
They do however start savouring the simple things in life like a wonderful conversation with a stranger of loved one.
They get into the present and the present as they say is the real gift of life.
There are actually whole movements occurring around the world where people are trying to slow down and disconnect.
Mentally this is hugely powerful to do, and gives the brain a complete detox from electrical impulses.
Which then brings better sleep into the equation, which also makes you feel better again.
This in turn gives you more energy to do what you want in your life at full power when you choose.
Heart Issues Become A Thing Of The Past
Rushing around like a headless chicken is obviously not good for your health.
Blood pressure increases, you heart pumps furiously, and bad things happen to your blood.
We are just like an engine, and you wouldn't dream of just going full pelt for hours on end in your beloved automobile.
You would expect things to over heat and stop functioning well.
The same goes for our inner workings, and medical professionals recommend doing nothing as much as possible.
Give your self a chance to cool down your engine and get ready for the next big push.
So there you have it, if you want more energy, better sleep, more time, more focus the list goes on and on.
There is really only one thing that you can do in your life.
And it starts with "N" and ends with "G"
Go out and be lazy for awhile and you can thank me later.
Mon, 13 May 2019
Introducing Runa Magnusdottir
Runa Magnusdottir is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview.
Like a few of the guests nowadays, she is appearing on the show for the second time since first appearing back in May 2015.
Back then we talked about how her life changed with the collapse of her countries economy almost overnight.
How she believed that so many people need to go through a downturn in fortune to find their true selves.
And many other amazingly interesting conversation pieces.
Now she seems to have really sped up and found her true life mission with the Change Makers.
How The Dots Joined Up For Runa Magnusdottir
The Change Makers mission with the #NoMoreBoxes Movement is to increase awareness and create BIG conversations of the limiting, isolating and divisive boxes to over 5 million people worldwide by the end of 2020 with our 2019 World Tour launching;
Facilitating and ultimately creating a safe space for a deep and meaningful conversations around the often invisible and limiting boxes human beings either place themselves or others into.
Training, teaching and certifying conscious organisations, businesses how to set up and facilitate their own #NoMoreBoxes Breakfast Clubs.
Enabling them to build an inclusive culture where people feel safe to have deep non-judgemental conversations around the boxes they have placed themselves or others in.
In 2019 the main topic will be a around these 3-Boxes: THE GENDER, GENERATION and GOOD ENOUGH BOXES
Raising awareness around the consequences of the limiting boxes and co-creating the world where humans thrive, regardless of their gender, race, religion, age etc.
Now if that doesn't really seem clear then we will delve deep to bring clarity.
So does she see this stage of her career a natural progression from where she was?
Or has this taken her by surprise and made her realise that she wasn't thinking big enough just a few years ago
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Runa Magnusdottir
During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Runa such as:
Runa shares why we have the problem that we cannot see what is in front of us no matter how obvious it might be.
We discuss the differences between being a human doer and a human being, and why it is so important to grasp.
Why we should be growing our awareness of the choices being made for us, instead of allowing others to make those choices.
Why it is ok to allow yourself to play and have fun everyday. Even if you are an adult who left play behind years ago
Fri, 10 May 2019
Today’s guest joining us on the show, is a man who first connected with Join Up Dots looking for some help. He was trapped on the corporate merry go round and couldn't see the next step to the future that he wanted. But as we see on Join Up Dots everyday, the actual truth is he didnt need to look forward as much as looking backwards. All of us have got to a point in our life where we have had a lifetime of experiences. We had daily epiphanies and lightbulb moments that we either jump all over, or push to the back of our minds and think "Nah, not for me....I dont know how to do it" Well today as you will hear on the show, Benjamin was in that very same position. He was working for the man, delivering huge results but gaining very little for himself. As they say he was busy building someone else's dream and leaving himself with very little time or energy to change things for the better for him and his family. However he has done this and created Sales Compass Coaching from his home in Orlando Florida Ahe he says "My goal is to help those that seek coaching and consultation cut through the noise and chatter and begin a real, one-on-one journey with us that will lead them to the quickest path to greater sales and profit attainment. I have over 20 years experience coaching and consulting on the behaviors that drive increasing revenues with just about every vertical market. I've worked with thousands of salespeople, sales managers, business owners, franchisees, and franchisors - all with the same common goal - to increase their effectiveness in new client acquisition and creating greater revenue and profit." Does this inspire you to do the same? Are you ready to take the skills you have built up and make it in a life changing business? If you are we are ready to help you. Send us a voice message and lets get the ball rolling for a bright new future.
Wed, 8 May 2019
Introducing Email Marketing Mastery Expert Tom Trush
Over five years ago before there was even a show called Join Up Dots I sent an email out to our guest today Tom Trush.
To be honest I can't remember how I found him.
I can't even remember the reasons why I invited him on my fledgling show for episode 17
However I certainly can remember the majority of the conversation that we had that day such was the effect it had on me.
Tom Trush is a Email Marketing Mastery and copyright expert and as he says "You know that feeling you get when you’re not generating the leads you want from your marketing?
Or the frustration of knowing you should be marketing more — but don’t know what to write or where to focus your efforts?
He now finds himself as the go to man for “Direct Response Copy writing”, and don’t worry I don’t know what that is either…..but we will soon.
How The Dots Joined To Gain True Email Marketing Mastery
He states that it was a game of baseball, but not actually getting on the pitch, and working in a library that started the path that he followed into adulthood.
And that is a hard one to join up the dots with in any shape or form.
But after working in a library as a teenager, Mr Trush picked up two books that quite simply changed his life.
By studying the subject, and developing his skills, it has know taken him all the way back to the library, joining the authors of those two books with three of his own
Since October 2001, I’ve been writing marketing materials that give entrepreneurs and executives — in 120+ industries — an alternative to the typical corporate nonsense that makes most outreach efforts useless.
From website content and direct mail to special reports and email campaigns, he now shows you how simply changing your perspective on prospects can help position you as an industry authority.
Deliver higher returns on your marketing investments and allow you to reach larger audiences with less effort.
As he says "The fact is, your prospects are more informed now than at any time in history.
This takes real email marketing mastery.
Easy accessibility to information has shifted the power away from anyone pitching products or services.
To see success with your marketing these days, you must deliver extreme value to even have a chance at capturing interest and closing clients.
So has things changed in his business and his mindset since the last time we spoke?
And is copyrighting about simply speaking in the first voice, so it's like a conversation?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Tom Trush.
During the show we discussed such weighty email marketing mastery with Tom Trush as:
Why email marketing mastery is always about speaking in the real voice and starting a conversation with your.
How a call to action is such a key component to marketing that people often over look bigtime.
Why swipe and deploy is such an amazing strategy to find the true emotion of the written word.
How we can all get to the point where we lose the challenge and the thrill of building a business. However that is when the real work starts.
Mon, 6 May 2019
Introducing Maggie Tuczapska
Facebook Ads is why our guest on today's episode of the Join Up Dots podcast is Maggie Tuczapska
A lady who for over ten years now has been creating online businesses, and of course income for herself too.
Starting her life in Poland, she now lives in the South of England where her eCommerce business develops.
As she says "I discovered my big passion when I launched my first eCommerce business.
It was 2007 and Google bots were still little crawlies.
I was fascinated by consumer behaviour and the art of turning visitors into buyers, subscribers and followers.
How The Dots Joined Up For Maggie Tuczapska
Studying this topic for years, I discovered how to use the right words, colours and images to trigger positive emotions and build trust.
After recent Google updates, these skills became essential in ranking well.
Great content will always beat even the best marketing strategy.
At the end of the day, why attract tons of visitors if none of them become a paying customer?
So many people nowadays quote numbers as an indicator of success.
This if of course a metric that shows progress, but business is ultimately about the bottom line.
There's no point in having a billion Instagram followers if you are unable to pay your bills.
So is there a huge failing that she sees time and time again when viewing other peoples businesses?
And if she could go back in time and do things again then what would she change?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up the dots with the one and only Maggie Tuczapska
What Are The Key To Facebook Ads Success?
The first thing is dont try it on your own. You will waste money.
So hire a Facebook ads expert instead.
The second thing is dont try to sell, but instead try to build a relationship.
Facebook ads work best by trying to gain a click.
Use your Facebook ads strategy to mine data first and foremost.
Find out who your ideal customer is by the info you gain.
Why it is so important to really focus down on the niche and needs of an individual customer not simply go after the masses.
Facebook Ads are an amazing way of targeting the perfect customers. but don't go for the sale straight away. Go for the data.
Maggie reveals how if her first business wasn't a success she might have not considered herself and entrepreneur.
The reasons why colour and mood of your online business can kill your chance of success before it even starts.
Fri, 3 May 2019
Five years of podcasting is a hell of a journey for sure.Which is what this show today is all about.You see on the 3oth April 2014 an unknown chap from the UK powered up his microphone and went live to the world.He was scared.He was excited.And he was most definitely extremely naive about what it took to create a successful podcast and online business for sure.You see the world is full of people who look like they have it made.They post pictures onto the social media streams showing you how great their lives are.They tell you that you can have it too if you only want it enough.However they don't then tell you that it's taken them five years simply to get to that position in the lives.Five years...who wants to wait that long to get the dream?How The Dots Joined Up In Five YearsThe biggest mistake I made five years ago was thinking that things would take six months.If I only put a million percent of effort in everyday I would get where I wanted to be quickly.But that isn't how life is really....is it?If you get a Ferrari out on the roads of Britain, just because it can go 200 miles an hour doesn't mean it ever will.The potential to get there faster is not ever going to be achieved no matter how much you try.That is the same in business, and you have to accept that five years might be a better target to set.Five years is not a long time in the great scheme of things, if your life changes to the dream-life that you want.As they say "An entrepreneur is someone who will work like nobody else for five years, so they can live like nobody else for the rest of their life"So lesson number one: Work hard but don't force it.Lesson Number Two Learned Through The DotsI certainly never considered my health before I started Join Up Dots.I never needed to as it was always something that I had.Five years ago before the show, I worked in an office where I started at 8:00am and left at 4:00pm daily.It wasn't hard at all.It was very very boring, but could never be classed as hard so my health was good.Roll on a few years and the effort that I was putting into Join Up Dots was a very different story altogether.Hour upon hour of effort and toil took its toll on me and the health gave way.I started quite honestly to fall to pieces and it took me years to get myself back on track again.Back to Ferrari story, you cant work harder than your problems no matter what you think.You have to be clever and find away around those issues in the easiest way possibleFive Years On Where Am I Heading?That is the exciting part of working on a project like Join Up Dots.You can literally go in any direction you want to head in.Do you want more money to come into your life?Then make that happen.How about having more and more listeners and a global following?The same for that too.It might have been five years in the making but once you find your passion then you dont consider the years.You dont think "Wow this has taken five years what a struggle"Instead you think "It doesn't matter that five years has past I am just getting going"That is the real lesson everything that I have learned up to this point.You are on a journey throughout your life and there is no time limits to set.Five years, fifty years, one hundred years...its all the same.Thank you so much for anyone who reads this post or who listens to the Join Up Dots podcast.We would love to hear from you with your comments, or inspirational stories.Simply click here and we will connect.If you want to be a guest on the show then also simply click here
Wed, 1 May 2019
Introducing Street Dating Expert Johnny Berba
Street dating expert Johnny Berba is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview.
Johnny is an amazing guy who has already been on the show back on episode 497 and shared his journey from lost soul to street dating success.
He is a street dating expert who does things in a very different way to how most men operate across the world.
Instead of trying to pick ladies up in I suppose the expected places..nightclubs and pubs.
Johnny Berba walks up to ladies bodily on the streets of the UK and confidently gets telephone numbers and addresses.
How The Dots Joined Up For Johnny Berba
As he says “I decided that I would no longer hit the nightclubs and would drop all the pickup lines and routines.
It was time to return to the streets to find a girlfriend.
Just work on being myself and allow my conversations to freely flow in whatever direction they would naturally go.”
Gaining confidence in his new found skills he started going out on the streets of London.
He would film his interactions for fun and posting them on Youtube.
Not just his successes, as he also added the process of filming, monitoring, and allowing all the mistakes he was making shown to the world.
Slowly and steadily he fined tuned them for better results.
His channel started growing slowly and caused stirrings within the London dating world as many believed that being ‘a natural’ was not the way to go.
Ignoring this, he stayed strong and continued to push his beliefs which eventually led to inspiring a large platform of guys to take action.
Now his business is going from strength to strength.
And it seems to me he is enjoying it more than ever.
So has he got to the point where the money making aspects of running a business are getting easier and easier?
And are there things now that he realised he was never going to enjoy doing, although were a big part of his earlier business.
Well let's start joining up dots with the one and only street dating expert Johnny Berba.
During the show we talked to Johnny Berba about such weighty subjects such as:
How the street dating legend has grown from the geeky young man at school to a confident and successful businessman.
Why by winning the inner game you will win the outer game not just in business but in life too.
Johnny shares how his early stages of online life was based around comedic routines, more than a structured business plan.
We talk about how Johnny has moved away from street dating and is expanding into new areas of income.
Mon, 29 April 2019
Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is the co-founder and CMO of TimeDoctor.com and Staff.com.These are tools that help manage remote employees productivity. Liam is also the co-organizer of RunningRemote.com which is the largest conference on remote work that’s held in Bali each year in June. Running Remote has had speakers such as Joel Gascoigne from Buffer, Dmitriy Zaporozhets founder of Gitlab and Amir Salihefendic founder of Doist.Many more influential speakers and attendees too. Liam has been working in the remote work space for over 8 years with Time Doctor and Staff.com and ran a previous company which connected university students with remote tutors. His experience in remote work spans over 15 years and over 1 million remote workers have personally used one of his products over that tenure.How The Dots Joined Up For The Time DoctorLiam is an avid proponent of remote work and has been published in Forbes, Inc, Mashable, TechCrunch, Fast Company.As well as Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Next Web, The Huffington Post, Venturebeat.Many other publications specifically targeting the expansion of remote work. The mission statement that feeds all the products and services that the time doctor is involved with stem from empowering workers to work wherever they want, whenever they want. Liam has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Sociology from McGill University. He lives in Canada but travels 3-6 months out of the year due to his ability to work wherever and whenever he likes. He chooses a new place to travel a few times a year but usually spends time in Austin, Las Vegas and Ubud each year and loves to encourage others to work remotely on his travels.So was he always focused on productivity and excellence or a lazy whatsit like so many people?And does he find it harder to want to work when he can go where he wants in the world?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Liam MartinShow HighlightsDuring the show we tackled such weighty subjects such as:How 43% of the US population have worked remotely last year in 2019, a figure that is expected to continue to riseWhy the average time of doing work in the US is only 2 hours 36 minutes and the rest is just wasted unproductive hours.Liam shares how he sold his business and then discovered boredom that changed his life.And lastly..........Liam shares the difference between a blue ocean and a red ocean, and reveals why these are colours to take very seriously.
Fri, 26 April 2019
Summary Of Todays Show
Welcome to today's show which is based around podcast questions that have been coming into the Join Up Dots headquarters over the last few weeks.We love getting podcast questions from our listeners as it really means that the world is listening to us and engaging.
After all Join Up Dots wouldn't be around if it wasn't for the listeners would it?So thank you so much for sending them into the show and today we answer four of the ones that we received this week.
We also share the winners of the recent Gargle Game who are now the proud winners of the Podcasters Mastery Starters Course.For anyone who hasn't ever heard about the world famous Gargle Game which has quite simply taken the world by storm then here it is.
Live on the show David Ralph, will gargle a tune using his talent and specially selected water which the world then have to guess.Believe me you wont hear this kind of quality anywhere else on earth for sure.
But of course this is about answering your podcast questions so lets start (you will have to listen of course for the answer)
Listener Podcast Questions: One
What do you think is the fastest way that I can get an online business up and running? I have been listening to your show for about six months now, and there seems to be a long term approach to everything you discuss. In your view (and I know what you are going to say LOL) is there a quicker way to have an online business.Thanks so for the energy you put into the show Kit Michell, US
Listener Podcast Questions: Two
Hi David, brilliant podcast. Love the gargling game too (even if i was a bit unsure at the beginning of what you were doing). Your show is very very different from any others that I have listened to. Do you think your enthusiasm and fun loses as many listeners as it keeps. The reason for asking is I am thinking of doing a video based show and of course want to grow an audience by doing things the right way. Lots of love Jenny Baxter, Sunderland, UK
Listener Podcast Questions: Three
David, if you could go back in time and start again would you do things any differently? Has the experience you gained made you realise any different ways? Mark Shaw, Toronto previously from Gillingham, Kent.
Listener Podcast Questions: Four
Dear David and the Join UP Dots team. I hear you talking a lot about personal branding. Why is this so important as I don't really understand why? Citza Jerkinzy, RomaniaWant To Ask Your Own Question?As we said we love answering podcast questions from our listeners, so if you have something bothering you then simply click here
We will then answer the question live on a forthcoming episode of Join Up Dots
Thanks for listening and lets make that dream happen.
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Wed, 24 April 2019
Introducing Laura Gassner Otting Laura Gassner Otting is a professional motivational keynote speaker and the founder of Limitless Possibility. Where she empowers innovators, idealists, and iconoclasts to get “unstuck” in their thinking, push past their limiting beliefs, and achieve extraordinary results. She is turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake. She is an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she has never met a revolution she didn’t like. Her new book Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life is like a high-energy masterclass and brainstorming session all in one. With actionable tips to transform your vision for your career and do work with purpose. As she says “Many of us spend our lives pursuing a singular idea of success, one that was created for us by someone else. We give votes to those who shouldn’t even have voices and strive to go faster and faster even as we find ourselves falling further and further behind. We chase gold stars, we check all the boxes, we lean in – and yet we still feel incomplete. When we don’t define success in our own terms, finding our purpose and carving our own path becomes impossible. So how do you break the cycle so that you can live your best life? That’s a good question isn’t it? So has she defined her own route to success, or living one that is what similar folk are doing? And when she isn’t being the greatest version of herself, how does she wind down her superpower and just relax and recharge? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Laura Gassner Otting Show Highlight During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Laura Gassner Otting such as: How to make a guest shine on a tv show by making them the best version of themselves they can ever hope to be. How at her core she is a introvert, and the reasons why she takes so much effort to prepare before she steps into the limelight. Laura shares how she was so scared in her early days in politics and seriously played the imposter syndrome to death. And lastly…… Why being authentic to one self is not the way that perhaps David Ralph first thought…but is so true.
Mon, 22 April 2019
Winston Clements is today's guest joining us on the show.A a man who is truly inspiring as you will hear due to more than the normal obstacles to overcome everyday.However with a powerful view on the positives of life, Winston is achieving more than most will ever do.He was born with a condition known as Brittle Bones disease and the main symptom is bones that break very, very easily!This disorder limited him especially during childhood because he had to undergo numerous surgeries and missed out on a lot of fun moments.As he says "I remember the intense sense of frustration I used to feel, at having to watch from my bedroom window.While my sisters and all the other kids in the neighbourhood played outside in the sunshine.The turning point for me came many years later… after I had successfully graduated from University with a degree in Computer Science.My confidence had taken a big hit because I was struggling to find employment, unlike most of my friends.Something needed to change!How The Dots Started Joining Up For Winston.
Winston Clements decided to stop comparing his life to other people, to stop doubting in his own abilities and to stop letting a disability define him as a person!Breaking through the self-imposed barriers empowered him to build a successful tech career with some of the top companies in the world – and TODAY he issuing his speaking to share learnings and practical takeaways at live team events and conferences.As he says "In today’s world stress, overwhelm and mental illness are becoming increasingly commonplace.This isn’t helped by a society that likes to put us in boxes whether it is because of gender, disability or any other bias.Having been born with a severe physical disability, I’ve been able to achieve many things which perhaps are not expected of people in my situation.One big piece of advice I would love to share with your audience is around taking extreme ownership - a mindset that puts you in a far better position to achieve results as opposed to adopting a victim mentality.Well lets get him on the show so that he can share that with all of us today.So is it as simple as deciding to do something that makes all the difference in life?And where does he find the daily challenges appearing most, through his general life or the opinions of others?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr.Winston Clements.
During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Winston Clements such as:How Winston used to have good days and bad days as a young child, and what he did to turn the majority into good.Why Winston Clements thinks that the mental challenge is in many ways so much harder to overcome than the physical one every-time.How he decided that he had the motivation to start earning his own money through his own passions.And lastly.......We reveal how you can all become a speaker on the circuit even though it isn't obvious what your message should be when you first start.
Fri, 19 April 2019
When it comes to creating your life most people get stuck before they start.It's not a surprise to be honest as generally people don't think they have a choice.Creating their lives is not part of the plan.You get told what your life is.You get told what is best for you.So you follow along with the guidance of others until your are living a life you hate.However as we show on Join Up Dots everyday that is madness.The world is full of amazing inspirational people who turned 360 degrees and now live the life of their dreams.You can hear thousands of them in our podcast archives simply by clicking here.But how can you start creating your life if you are lost and struggling?Let's show you as it's a lot easier than you might think.How To Start Creating Your Life1.What Do You Want To Do?First of all, you need to have a direction to follow.You need to start being clear on what you want to do and achieve in life.So many people try to get incredibly detailed at this point so that they can't go wrong.We don't think that truly works.What you need to do is simply start understanding your talents and what you love doing in your life.Don't worry about bills and money and all those boring things.Just start drilling down on your passions, enjoyment and what lights you up inside.If this is already a problem for you head over to our amazing free video course that helps you start from scratch.It can help you start creating your life through a sequence of videos, detailing our process of discovery.2. Is there Money In It?If you listen to a lot of people out there today they have some amazing advice.Find your passion and you never work again.When it comes to creating your life I agree with that wholeheartedly.....once you get to where you want to be.However creating your life isn't just about having an amazing time everyday.That's the goal for sure.But it's about paying your bills, keeping the lights on, and being sensible.Passion needs to earn money otherwise you are in a dodgy position for sure. So you need to make sure that your dream life has some way of being monetized even if it's not sexy ways.Sexiness can come later, at this point its about keeping the dream building going so let's be practical.3: Keep A Track On Your ThoughtsOur thoughts are our most powerful tool that we have in our box.We create in our minds and then go out and build those thoughts into something amazing.On the flip side of that we can create a miserable existence for ourselves simply by doing the same.Negative thoughts can make creating your life so unbelievably hard.Even impossible it's fair to say.Therefore if you are thinking negatively you will bring forth bad times and despair.If you are bouncing around like an excitable Tigger then that excitement will make magic occur.Keep track of your thoughts and keep them on the positive side of things for sure.4: Creating Your Life In SecretRight at the very beginning of your new life things are fragile.You are unsure of what you want to do.People are unsure why you want to do something different to them.They will destroy your dreams quicker than Lewis Hamilton in a nice car.The reason they do this, is they don't want their own life to seem even worse.Your friends and colleagues will make comments and laugh and kill those dreams in an instant.So if you really want to start creating your life the way you want to then keep your mouth shut.Don't tell people about anything until it becomes real and undeniable.Then they will all say "Yeah we always knew you would do something amazing"5: Work Harder Than You Have Done BeforeNow this is the part of creating your life that you will dread.That is because work has always been really hard up to now for you.It's been hard work as to be honest it's just a job you've been going to.Things will be different now as you want to work hard.This is where the phrase "Find your passion and you will never work again" comes from.Of course you will work as you continue creating your life but it won't FEEL like work.That is a huge difference to everything you have done in the past.Now you will want to crack on and create your dream life and effort won't come into it.6: Take Breaks And Leave It All BehindThrough building Join Up Dots to where it is today I got obsessed.I knew that I was onto something so worked harder and harder.Day after day I chipped away until I couldn't see the woods for the trees.This was a huge mistake and caused the dream to fall behind in it's momentum.Part of the process of creating your life is having breaks.Getting your mind fresh and relaxed so new ideas come into play.Going for walks in the countryside to get lots of lovely fresh-air.Sleeping more than you have done before.You will thank me for this piece of the puzzle as remember this one thingYou are creating your life to be wonderful not a prison of torture.It will take a little bit longer for sure, but not half as long as not taking breaks.7: Visualising Is A Huge Key To Creating Your LifeWoo woo stuff right?All this picture yourself in a Lamborghini and then suddenly there's one on your driveway stuff.Of course that is madness and is prone to failure.But how powerful is it to confirm what you want everyday, first thing in the morning to set your path correctly?Back in 2014 I used to look in the mirror when I was brushing my teeth and say"David you will earn five thousand per month through Join Up Dots"A simple message that I kept on ramming into my brain until i went flying past that goal.I also surrounded myself with powerful images of how I wanted my life to be like.Creating your life can be fun and hugely exciting to work on.It's like flicking through Amazon and saying "I want this, I want that..give it to me"Get those images around you so you can see where your life is heading.Otherwise how will you know you have achieved your goal?8: Celebrate Your Successes When Creating Your LifeCreating Your Life is difficult at the beginning for sure.You are turning the oil tanker of our life around and that is hard.So why do people only think they are a success when the big goal is achieved?I say this as I am a notorious non-celebrator and that is wrong.So many achievements occur everyday that we have plenty of opportunity to crack open the bubbly.Jot down the successes when they occur and "whoop and holler" to the skies.When things are hard and you think you aren't getting anywhere then you have the proof that you are.It's all down their in print for you to read and smile at your dark thoughts.That's good advice for sure!9: Once You Start Making Money Invest Back Into Your DreamOnce again we have to be practical and know that a dream life involves bills.Bills need to be paid, no getting away from it.Therefore as you are creating your life and cash starts coming your way don't spend like a maniac.Take what you have received and put a percentage away for your tax.Then also take 20% to put back into your business to develop it quicker.This could be to hire someone to perform a task that you are struggling with?It could be to hire a mentor who is where you want to be already.There is no doubt that creating your life will have times when you are strapped for cash.So give yourself a buffer financially to ease through these times and keep creating your life the way you want it to be.10: Enjoy The ProcessIf you aren't enjoying the process of creating your life then you are quite simply doing things wrong.How can you not love building a future that other people only dream about.How can you not get excited about never having to ask for time off again.As we have said through this whole podcast and article attempting what you want to do is hard.It's hard until you gain a bit of momentum and the rewards start coming in.So you can make it so much easier for yourself by enjoying what you are doing.Having faith in the process and enjoying every second it takes.We never said that creating your life is easy....but it most certainly can be the most fun you ever have for sure.Thanks for listening to the podcast or reading the article.Make sure you subscribe to the show or sign up for our lessons and tips we send out/Any questions you know where we are. All the bestDavid RalphHost and Founder Of Join Up Dots Podcast
Wed, 17 April 2019
Chris Spurvey is the Online Sales pro joining us on the show today.He is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, podcast host and author of the best-selling business book It’s Time to Sell: Cultivating the Sales Mind-Set too.He is a man who knows that the most important part of building a business is making sales.Not the kind of sales that are sleazy, hard-work, and devoid of morals but the kind of sales that make a business thrive.As he says "I believe that feeling good about sales is the foundation for success in business. I turn business owners and new sales professionals into confident and effective sellers.Also I help sales-minded entrepreneurs and leaders who are not scaling fast enough for their liking.I help them automate their lead generation and sell through relationships.Not being pushy, and leverage their book of business so they make more money.Which means more meaning, and more freedom.So why do so many people spend their time working on everything other than trying to close a sale?Why do people focus in on providing free content and communities and then get trapped delivering a never ending supply of free.Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Chris SpurveyShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such weight subjects with Chris Spurvey such as:Why Chris doesn't like to be called an expert in sales and the reason why he pushes away from it.We discuss the theory of anti marketing, which could be the way forward to greater and greater profit.Chris and David talk about the dream of building a business. And the frustration that it will never be truly achieved.And lastly.........How during a drive home from a conference he was so excited to see that he had raised his frequency and the world was responding with smiles.
Mon, 15 April 2019
Other People's Money and how to get some of it is not often at the forefront of peoples minds.The majority of the world are living in a scarcity model.They go to work everyday to get what they can get.They save as much of it as they can, allowing themselves the rest to live on.To be honest that doesn't leave much at all.Which is why there is no surprise that they are always saying the phrases like"Money is a bit tight at the moment""I would love to but I think I will have to leave it for a bit"Now here is the thing, as you will hear on the show. You never have to be worried about cash just use other peoples money.Why Other Peoples Money Is The Way To GoThe world is abundant financially.There is never a shortage of cash no matter how bad the news sounds like sometimes.You hear that the worlds economy is going badly.Then two seconds later you find out that some country or other is experiencing massive growth.It proves the fact that the money is out there, its just that you don;t have it.So how do you start changing your mindset?You start by thinking "I dont need it at all, I just need to get it from somewhere else"Long Term Interest Free Credit CardsI love a credit card nowadays to push me further in my business.In the old days I would have run from a credit-card.There was no way that I would have had taken out a debt.I was all for saving up for things and paying for things sensibly.Nowadays though I am more than happy to go over to sites such as Money Saving Expert.There are hundreds of these sites giving us advice on the best credit cards and loans that we can take out.So if you want to do something should you wait until life allows you to do it?No you just have to use other people's money and get it going today.And the best way is to get a bank to give you a long term interest free loan.Other peoples money is good isn't it?Other Peoples Money = Better ReturnIf using a credit card isn't your idea of a wise decision, then how about this.We all know people that seem to have cash in surplus.It could be a parent, brother, boss, whoever it is they want a good return.They certainly aren't getting it from banks and financial institutions are they?Other people's money is not growing in the same way as it was a few years ago.So why not propose this instead?Say to them "I want to do something and I dont have the cash.If you lend it to me I will pay it back in a year at a 5% return on your investment.That is so much better than you are getting in a bank at the moment!"Other peoples money sometimes needs help away from the norm to grow.You will get what you want, and they will get what they want.If that's not a win win then I dont know what is for sure.Kemi Eagan Used Other Peoples Money Like A MasterIf you go back to episode 414 of Join Up Dots you will hear her amazing story.Kemi was a therapist who became a millionaire all on other people's money.From homeless to owning millions of pounds of property within a year or so.And she didn't put a single penny of her own money into the game.No, she just found people that had the cash and wanted a better return.Using their cash she turned her life around amazingly well, and now lives in Portugal.From homeless to a life of luxury all on the returns she could give to other people.Now if that isn't making you think that using other people's money is the wise way to go.Then I might as well give up.Speed Through To the Future You Deserve So no matter what you want to do in life you have two choices.You either scrimp and save and try to make the best of things.Or you change your mindset and become an entrepreneur at heart.An entrepreneur would never be stopped by a simple thing of not having the cash.They would look around the problem and think "How Do I Get The Cash?"Of course they would and the answer would be........"Use Other Peoples Money!"
Fri, 12 April 2019
Carmen Wilde is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview.She is a lady who has been on a journey of discovery to find what she wants to do in her life.So let's tell you about the professional stuff.
She is a Business Success Coach and Behavioural Specialist with a passion to gear Entrepreneurs aged between 40 & 65 to be unstoppable and wildly successful.Proving there's always a way and it’s never too late to achieve your entrepreneurial dream and extract the juice from life.For many years her life was totally different.Working in a corporate job she was like most people building someone else's dream.And then she left it all behind.She now lives on the paradise island of Mauritius and is in gratitude daily to be enjoying her dream life 20 years before retirement, testament to her motto: "You can have anything you want, Just Decide!"
How The Dots Started Joining Up For Carmen Wilde
As she says " My quest for success has not been an easy ride. The ‘road less travelled’ can get pretty bumpy and has tested and challenged me in ways I could never have anticipated. The toughest part to breaking through a family history of financial struggle, wasn’t about mastering the outer world, it was about mastering the battlefield raging in my own mind.Learning to get out of my own way.Embrace and celebrate adversity and failure and find the strength to push through even the darkest moments of disappointment, despair and even terror.I’ve had my heart broken by my first love after 18 years in a relationship I never imagined would end. Even staring death in the face down the barrel of a gun when six armed robbers invaded my dream home only six days after moving in. I’ve experienced devastating financial losses at the hand of business partners I trustedYet, through these and many other challenging experiences, I’ve gained invaluable gems of wisdom and developed agility and resourcefulness.It's this that’s enabled me to break through and achieve so many of the lofty goals I set for myself that few believed possible.So was Carmen always looking to do something unique in her life, but couldn't find the right thing to focus on?And did it take her by surprise how life can be 100% what you want it to be, just by deciding to make it so?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Carmen Wilde.
During the conversation with Carmen Wilde we discussed:Why so many people in their later life become an entrepreneur and mega successful.How the university system teaches you so much about the person you want to be, more than the actual knowledge gained.How her personal relationship has flourished by living in two properties with her business partner Gary.and lastly...........We talk about giving too much access to clients and gaining really poor clients, especially at the very beginning.
Wed, 10 April 2019
So you want to start living a stress free life?Well you aren't alone, and to be honest why wouldn't you want a stress free life?It brings about a better standard of living.Supports better health, and mindset.And its just better to be thinking about your lifestyle from the point of freedom and enjoyment isn't it?Who wants to wake up every morning with that churning in the pit of their stomach.As they start thinking of all the things that they have to deal with throughout the coming day.Adding more and more things to the list as they go on their merry way.What Do We Think Stress Free Truly Is?Well i will say to you that the key to living a stress free life is starting each day with a firm criteria of what is important.Making sure that you can brush past things that occur because they were never part of your planning.So why should you be dealing with them.It's about living a stress free life, not how much can we possibly do before collapsing at the end of the day.Being a master if stress free living, I have concluded that the following list is what makes it all come together.You wake up, smile as the squirrels and birds make your breakfast and have a pleasant 24 hours.Ready to start with the Join Up Dots Guide to Living A Stress Free Life?How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part OneDo What Makes You HappyBy focusing in on what makes you happy in life everyday will be one that you look forward to.You will spring out of bed with enthusiasm and energy ready to tackle things head on.Of course, i can hear you all saying "Yeah, but i have a job to go to that doesn't make me happy"So balance things out.By all means do the things that you have to do, as you have responsibilities. But dont keep on doing the things you dont want to do. How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part TwoDo One Thing Only Per DayEveryone of us in life and business have a lot to deal with.It's life and life is betting busier and busier with more asks of our timeMore often than not, people make a huge mistake by not defining what they are doing each day.So they add more and more spontaneous things that land on them as they cant say No."Fancy a drink tonight as I really need to talk to you" asks a colleague you work with.Instead of saying "No i cant do this, but I can make the time on Thursday evening instead" we juggle everything to make it happen.That is a seriously bad mistake and won't led to anything good in your life.Living a stress free life is about you being in control of what is important.If you do so many things everyday how do you work out what is important to you and your future.Choose one main thing a day and protect the rest of your time.You will see everything start to work like an amazing well oiled machine.Living a stress free life isn't hard you know!How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part ThreeTake Time To Think And ReadNowadays people seem to read less and less.Even though this isn't the longest article in the world i bet you have fancied skipping it.You see, we are so focused on scanning news-feeds and twitter feeds we have lost the ability to focus.Don't get me onto the subject that no one can be bored anymore either.Actually I am on that subject, so why do people have to get their phones and scan rubbish at every spare moment?Sit and think about nothing or everything.Let your mind wander.Give yourself the chance to learn something worthwhile with your spare seconds.Give your brain and your eyes a chance to do nothing and you will thank me.Stress free life sometimes means doing nothing.How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part FourDon't Take On Other Peoples ProblemsIts crazy how many of us think we are letting people down by not dealing with their problems.We bend over backwards to give them advice, and find ways to help them.Then more often than not they dont do anything with our advice that makes us feel bad.Why did we spend the time helping them, when they didn't do anything with our help?Why did we give so much of our energies to them?If you want to start living a stress free life then you have to stop doing this and let them handle it themselves.They got themselves into that position in the first place, so let them get out of it.Ok, you are thinking "Wow that's a bit harsh"You would be right for them, but that's not what this article is all about.This is about dealing with your stresses and making things good for you isn't it!So don't be a doormat for everyone's problems. Be selective to those who deserve it and you will see stress just slip away.Promise you.How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part FiveStop Focusing On What Needs To Be DoneAs we move towards living a stress free life we have to realise something.You will never ever get everything done.The day you die, you will be on your death bed with a list as long as your arm of things you failed to do.That's ok.It just means that you didn't get to do them.So relax and as we said on Part Two, just choose one thing per day to tackle and do what you can.It's quite liberating to think that you dont have to do everything isn't it?How To Start Living A Stress Free Life Part SixStop Comparing Your Life With OthersFacebook is terrible for this.I guess any social media is full of people showing you the great stuff they are doing.Rarely, expect for the truly unguarded moments do people say "God my life is rubbish"So why does everyone spend so much time looking at this fake existence?Why do people stare down at their own lives and think "God this is boring compared to what they are doing?"Stop it.Living a stress free life should be about accepting what you are doing as brilliantly amazing.Comparing your own existence against what it is already giving to you.How brilliant to look at your own Facebook feed and think "Wow how amazing that life looks"?All you have to do is make it happen and the stresses will just float away.
Mon, 8 April 2019
Today's guest is Mitchell Levy a global Credibility Expert, a TEDx speaker and international bestselling author of over 60 books.He is also an expert at teaching people How To Become An Amazon Best Seller within a month.As The AHA Guy at AHAthat.com, he helps to extract the genius from your head in a two-three hour interview.His team can ghostwrite your book, publish it, distribute it, and make you an Amazon bestselling author in four months or less. He is an accomplished Entrepreneur who has created twenty businesses in Silicon Valley including four publishing companies that have published over 800 books. He's provided strategic consulting to over one hundred companies, and has been chairman of the board of a NASDAQ-listed company. Mitchell has been happily married for twenty-nine years and regularly spends four weeks in Europe with family and friends.So did he always plan to move into publishing or was this an Aha moment of his own?Why is their such a clamour for everyone to have a book out nowadays?And does he really have the know how to become an amazon best seller in such a short period of time.Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mitchell LevyShow Highlights During the show we discussed with Mitchell Levy, such weighty subjects such as:How to become an amazon best seller (even if it is for only a minute)Why the opportunities that we have everyday should wake up with excitements.Why so many entrepreneurs feel the issue of not knowing how to structure their days for maximum effect.How 99% of the effort of making a book sale occursAnd lastly...........Mitchell shares how the process of getting an amazon bestselling business.
Fri, 5 April 2019
Is starting a business worth it?That is the question that I get asked time and time again.I always respond with "How can it not be worth it?"You see, earning your own money, in a way that is good for you and your family is amazing.You decide how much you want to earn each year.Work at getting systems into place to attract customers to your business.Then scale, scale, scale like a lunatic.Of course that is the flippant and easy answer for sure, as there is so much effort that goes into starting a business.That is what people are really saying when they ask that question.Not "Is starting a business worth it?" but actually."I know this is going to be tough, and i'm not sure I really want hard times, so convince me"Actually we have over two thousand podcast interviews that can convince you amazingly wellThe First Thing To ConsiderWhat are the reasons that you are considering starting your own business?If it is something along the lines of "Hating my boss, hours, wages" then get another job.Everything that people generally moan about when they talk about work can be sorted easily.Look for a new job, make better decisions as to who you are going to work for and go for it.Pain points can be solved very easily for sure.If however, you like your job and the wages, but there is something pulling you to start your own business.That is a different matter altogether.So which one are you?Are you just dealing with some crap that getting another job will make better?Or are you really considering if starting a business is worth it, as you know that you are being drawn to a different direction.Is Starting A Business Worth It Consideration Point TwoIn hindsight I would have done a lot of things differently as I built my business.Now it is a roaring success everything is easy.However at the beginning I started throwing too many things at the wall.Seeing what would stick.Trying this and that out to earn cash.Bad mistake and advice that for anyone considering the question "Is starting a business worth it" you must be sure on.A business isn't just about earning cash, its about making life better for yourself.Going to work can of course be soul destroying.You have to get there at the right time.You have to take orders from people higher up the ladder.Most of all you are being directed to do things that most people wouldn't do given a choice.This is the next big question to ask yourself.What do i really want to do?If i could wake up every morning and think "Yay, another day working on my business!" then what would it be?Get that that right and your big question of "Is starting a business worth it ?" will never be asked again.Consideration Point ThreeI see time and time again people starting a business without asking this question.How much do i need to earn each month to keep my lights on?That is an amazingly precise starting point to building a business, but rarely people can answer.They give a woolly answer about monthly direct debits they have going out.However what about the annual stuff, the emergency stuff, the little luxuries every now and again?If you do not get totally granular in your decision making then you are in trouble.So let's ask that question again."Is starting a business worth it if it brings me in £1,000 per month working for 40 hours a week for the first year.Then in the second year it will deliver $3000 per month working 20 hours per week.Lastly third year, the in-comings are $10,000 per month working three hours per week.If that was the case would you ask "Is starting a business worth it ?" of course you wouldn't.You would know where you are heading and making it happen.Is Starting A Business Worth It Consideration Point FourMany people have a desire to start a business that runs on automatic pilot.They wake up every morning, look at their bank account and smile broadly.I can understand it, as i guess this is the dream for sure.However how do you think that dream occurs?How do you think someone goes from a job they don't like, to the dream position everyone wants?They work like crazy-balls, until they don't have to work the same anymore.They will (unless they have some magic wand that I don't know about) literally drive themselves into the ground.So is starting a business worth it, if you have to do this?I've been there and done it and I can say 100% its not worth it at all.The downs exceed the highs, massively.You can check out other peoples points of view who were asked this question here.However....let's look at it another way in our last consideration point.Is Starting A Business Worth It Consideration Point FiveThroughout this article we have tried our best to give you good advice.The kind of advice that we would have liked to give to ourselves if we had the chance again.The advice that would have kept everything balanced and healthy in our life throughout the build.We didn't get that chance and did most things wrong in hindsight.So the last point we need to make when answering the "Is Starting A Business Worth It ?" question is this.If the effort that it takes is too much for your health then no.Or the effort that it takes is too much for your family then no.If you lose friends and relationships along the way then no.Definitely if you have to threaten your existence by risking everything you have then no.However if you can find ways to leap past all of those and start earning your own money.If you can find ways of keeping control of your time.If you can start work when you want, where you want, and make more cash than ever.Then there is only one answer.Is starting a business worth it ?Absolutely in every way possible.
Wed, 3 April 2019
Movie News Release is the unusual subject matter of the episode we deliver today.I don't think that I have every released a show like this before, but there is a reason for bringing it to the world.You see through running a show like Join Up Dots for the last five years,we have have been focused on inspiring the world to take action.To realise that a life of your dreams starts with a simple starting action.Everything starts with a vision and then a lot of hard work.In today's episode we show the first episode of Movie News Release a new podcast produced and hosted by my son.This is hugely exciting for me as my son is working hard to break into the world of media, so this is his first step.Why Did Movie News Release Come To The World?My son is studying media at college and through his studies needed to create a podcast.He also needed a co-host to run the show with him.So who did he choose to perform this vitally important role?Well he chose the host of Join Up Dots to join him.The remit of the podcast was to create an engaging, free flowing podcast...ranty, opinionated and non-scripted.Therefore without any planning at all, we pressed record and saw what came out of the recording.That is what life is about after all.You prepare, press record, and then do your very best with what happens.Sometimes you get a chance to go back and polish things up.More often than not you don't, and have to make decisions how to get things back on track.Could We Have Done Things Differently With Movie News Release?Yes of course we could.We could have spent hours preparing a detailed script.Even bringing in sound effects and movie clips into the mix.However would it have been any better in the long run?Would it have been restricted by the desire for perfection, instead of just taking the action.
Mon, 1 April 2019
Ousmane Ndoye is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview.He is a man with a truly amazing and fascinating tale, of hardship and persecution.All surrounded by a burning desire to create the best life he could hope for.Raised in a small fishing village in Senegal, West Africa, as a child he endured abuse and profound humiliation.He also endured the breakup of his parents at the tender age of twoThis is of course is not what any child hopes for.The Hardships Of Early Life For Ousmane NdoyeHe found it particularly hard to accept, as he looked around at his friends who all seemed to have the family life that he would have wanted.Then later at age five he was taken to live in a compound of more than 100 people, living in extreme close proximity to each other. It was here where he quickly learned to defend himself, and to develop the inner power that he needed to flourish in this unstable environment.Many people fought for survival on a daily basis, he grew strength.It was a hard, brutal start to his life, but one that he wouldn't allow to determine his future.Ousmane Ndoye knew that he wanted a life in America.When The Dots Started Joining Up For Ousmane NdoyeSo at the age of 21, with just a few belongs and a gallon of water, he left Senegal, and amazingly managed to walk across the Sahara desert by foot.Travelling between Algeria and Libya in six arduous days.He had his dream and he wouldn't give up on it.Well he did it, and even now many years after setting foot on the continent he is pushing himself to greater and greater achievements.He is the author of "No Excuses, how to pursue a better life and lift others for a better world", and his "Mile High Momentum" training platform.He is about as far away from his beginning as it possible.But what was it about the American dream that filled him with such hope from his life in Africa?And when he started that walk across the desert did he truly believe that he would be where he is today?Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Mr Ousmane NdoyeShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ousmane such as:Why he makes sure that everyday when he stares in the mirror he asks the same question "What is possible for me today"How as a five year old lost confused and battered by life, he would not stop asking the critical questions that could lead him to a better place in his life.Why his Great Grandmother was the light in his life that kept his own internal flame burning brighter.The power moment that Ousamane Ndoye asked for 1% chance. He knew that he would get the other 99% percent for himself by pure work and effort.And lastly.........It didn't matter if he had to swim the Atlantic, or walk the Sahara he would do it to achieve his dream...the life that he deserves!
Fri, 29 March 2019
The Dark Side Of Entrepreneurship In today's episode we discuss the dark side of entrepreneurship.The bits that you rarely hear people talking about on a business based podcast.You see so many people will tell you what they want you to see and hear as they get their business going.They will tell you that everything is going amazingly well and business is booming.However in this episode you will hear that certainly in the first three years everything is very different.The dark side of entrepreneurship leaves many on their knees, crying at the escalating debts.Struggling with the self investment and technical difficulties that they didn't see coming.They waste so much money thinking that it will help them moving forward.Though it has a totally different result to what they wanted.So how can you get past the dark side of entrepreneurship and walk boldly into the light?Well you can start by listening to todays podcast episode where we share the challenges that you will go through.Enjoy!Today's Guest Summary Today's guest joining us on the show is a man who connected with us about three years ago.At that time he had just taken the corporate leap and started his own motivational coaching business.Taking a lot of inspiration from Americas Tony Robins, Kul Mahay has taken the best and put his own spin onto proceedings.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 as we heard the first time 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.So let's start finding out what has happened in the last three years?Has it been plane sailing, or dark nights of the soul like the majority of our guests?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Kul MahayThe Dark Side Of Entrepreneurship Show HighlightsWe discuss the difficulty of starting a business especially in regards to motivating others when the doubts start creeping in.Why modelling yourself after the best is a great way to start your business if you are devoid of ideas.Kul remembers the period of time when his business slowed down and the clients dried up...could this have been a sign to do things differently.Why knowing other peoples values match with your own is such an important part of making the right decisions.How everyone will have the struggles when starting a business. Dont believe that everything is rosy in the garden. It's not.
Wed, 27 March 2019
Do your family support you all the way with your dreams and visions for greatness?
More often than not they don't, as in a funny way they don't want you to succeed (if it means they see you fail on the way). A families job is to protect you, nurture you and see that nothing bad comes your way.
That however isn't life is it?
You have to have some bloody noses every now and again to learn what life is all about.
In this episode of Join Up Dots, David shares a story about his son's reluctance to tell the world what his Dad does for a living.
Also on the agenda is a monthly success group being formed through Join Up Dots, where we help and support you through monthly meetings, discussions and push you to where you want to be in life.
Mon, 25 March 2019
Mindset works without a doubt.We all have that ability to push ourselves onto greater and greater achievements.Gaining the success we want simply by using the power of our brain.However most people don't as they only focus on what they don't have in their lives.They spend their time and energies looking at what is missing instead.In today's podcast episode with the amazing Eric James, you will hear how one man turned his life on its head simply by deciding that he wanted more.This is the most amazing conversation (if we say so ourselves) that shouldn't just be listened to one time as you are mowing the lawn.This is one of those conversations that you should study like an MBA.If you want to know if mindset works like he says it does, then simply listen to the story at the end and watch your own life change forever.How He Proved That Mindset WorksAs you will hear through the show Eric's life was quite different from where he is today, taking photos around the world, inspiring millions.He was in a dark, dark place, where through panic attacks, and a poor self-image his life was only going one way.He couldn't even get a job in Blockbusters video store due to the stress he felt putting himself into the interview position.Eric however had a dream that he could get a better life for himself.He discovered this through one of the strangest routes possible.After a conversation with a marijuana loving gentleman one day he was directed to a book by Tony Robins, the American mindset guru.Eric, hadn't heard of Tony at that time, but through reading the pages of the book realised that without a doubt mindset works if he could only apply those lessons.Over the next few years, Eric began challenging himself to tackle bigger and bigger obstacles as he watched his life and his bank balance improve exponentially.Mindset Works Again - He Took It To A New LevelOnce you get to the point that you know that everything you want starts within yourself, you will never look back.Eric, had moved on from the scared and timid individual that would shake and sweat during crisis.Eric now was so on his game that he could dream so big that it actually could take him into space.Like we all do, Eric took lots of flights, and would waste time flicking through the in-flight magazines left for our enjoyment.Most of the time, there is nothing in those pages other than adverts for perfumes and the odd semi interesting article.When your mind starts looking for opportunities every piece of information you get given can be the key to a new amazing adventure.This was the case with Eric, and he saw an opportunity to meet one of the greatest exponents of the "Mindset Works" practice - Richard Branson.Show HighlightsDuring the episode we discussed why mindset works with Eric through such weighty topics such as:How as a small child he remembers always being excited by the opportunities that occurred around him, which he still has today!What he did to get himself in a two way shoot with another person to go up in space with Sir Richard Branson by pure hustle!How an online magic site, became his first online business and was a huge success much to his personal surprise!The magic of meeting a man smoking marijuana who taught him the ultimate formula of success ever!Why the way you feel at any moment of your life can be changed into a positive state of mind…it's purely down to usAnd lastly proving that mindset works…..How the biggest goal you can hope to achieve will actually be the easiest one to actually achieve!How You Can Change Your Mindset TooOf course the first thing you need to do is listen to this show and subscribe to every episode that we deliver through Join Up Dots.Secondly, you need to start surrounding yourself with like minded individuals who really want to go for it.Not the mates that just drag you down the pub on a Friday night, but the ones that want to challenge themselves to do more everyday.If you can't find these easily then look for local sports clubs, evening classes, and those people will come into your life.Then you need to start taking action in your life, to gain the belief that mindset works for you, as much as everyone else.Once you believe in yourself and you can see the results then you are truly on your way to greatness.Lastly, you have to keep doing it.Don't just think that you can be all inspired for a week and then fall back into your old habits when the miracles don't appear.You need to say "This is the new me and this is how I live" day in day out until the mindset works become second nature.
Fri, 22 March 2019
Today's guest Is Steven Griffith an author, speaker, researcher, and performance expert considered one of the leading authorities on the connection between time, productivity, and performance. For over 25 years, he has been helping the world’s most successful executives, CEO’s, military leaders, professional athletes, celebrities, and organizations around the world discover their true potential and perform at peak levels. He provides a strategic and effective approach to changing our relationship to time, allowing organizations and individuals to close performance gaps and realize their full potential. Based on thousands of client engagements over two decades, his new book Time Cleanse is the first solution in the world that both “adds time to your life and life to your time both in your business and in your life.”Released in 2019, The Time Cleanse: A Proven System To Eliminate Wasted Time, Realize Your Full Potential, And Reinvest In What Matters Most, provides a strategic and effective approach to changing our relationship to time, allowing organizations and individuals to close performance gaps and realize their full potential.He will show you how to get back up to 20 hours or more of free time (and do whatever you want with it!). It’s Your Time! As he says "There are plenty of things in life you can go without, but time is not one of them. You can live for weeks without food, days without water, even minutes without air. But you cannot live for one second without time, and that's true no matter who you are. No amount of influence, power, or money can change the fact. Time is life itself.So was he the classic case of the lost soul, scrabbling around, until he fell exhausted into his bed at the end of the day?And what is the biggest mistake people make, trying to fit too many things in each day, or simply just doing the wrong things?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Steven GriffithShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such weight subjects with Steven Griffith such as:Steven shares why he feels so many of us have a bad relationship with time, against not having enough of it to make a difference.2,600 times a day people across the world swipe, click, or look at their phones when they could be doing something far more productive. That's shocking!And lastly.........Why it is so important to decide and commit to what you truly want to do with your freetime, before you go out and get it. Otherwise you might well be disappointed with how you live your life.
Wed, 20 March 2019
The Financial Freedom Course You Have Been Asking For Is Now LiveDo you have a "Financial Freedom Course ?" is what people seem to be asking us at Join Up Dots day after day.For many years we didn't, as hey, we were busy living the financial freedom that other people were wanting in their lives.Do you want to sit behind a computer telling people how to get the lifestyle that they want, or instead actually be living that lifestyle?Really there is no answer to that one is there people!So, little by little, we started to get what they wanted together, and also little by little we have realised that what they wanted is not actually what they should get.We will make it clear believe us, as it can all get a little bit complicated unless you start thinking about actually what financial freedom really is.BOOK HERE: Free Live Financial Freedom Masterclass Every MonthWhat Do People Actually Want From A Financial Freedom Course?If you had asked us this a few years back we would have said "Duh...financial freedom.....it's obvious"But actually people aren't wanting this at it's simplest terms, they are actually wanting the "stress free life that comes from not being worried about money"That is a BIG DIFFERENCE for sure, as it's how they are feeling which is the driver to change their spending habits and make life easier to live.I'll give you an example.If i said to you (and I won't be doing this) I will give you a million pounds per year to do nothing, just sit around watching Netflix, having the odd beer, would you go for it?Yeah of course you would as you would instantly think "Brilliant I don't have to do anything, anymore".....the money doesn't really come into the equation does it?You instantly think of the outcome and that is a lovely, lazy, stress-free life doing what you want.So many people out there create a Financial Freedom Course and forget this element.They don't consider that people want to take control of their life once more.They want to reduce the headaches, and stresses that life is bringing them.They don't actually want the money then want what the money gives them.What Do We Teach In Our Financial Freedom Course?This is where things start to get granular, and we go deep within your current lifestyle to find the survival point.That point in your life when you are getting just enough money to keep the lights on.Your food is paid, your bills are paid, and your existence is guaranteed.We aren't talking about a few pints down the pub once a week, or a romantic meal for two at your favourite restaurant.This is bare-bones time, but the most important part of creating your own, wonderful, financial freedom.Putting a figure on the money bridge that you have to travel, to start living the life you want.Do you know how much money you need each month to the precise figure? I promise you that you don't.You will after joining the Join Up Dots Financial Freedom Course, and then we will show you how to replace that cash with other peoples money.When The Course Gets Truly Sexy...And That Is The Mindset SwitchDo you know when our Financial Freedom Course really starts to blow your mind?When your mindset changes and you realise that the world is full of money.Literally coming out of every orifice, so you never have to think "Where do i get the money from?" you just think...........Someone has the money, let them pay for this thing for me instead.That is so important that it's worth going over again.You never ever have to worry about money again, you only have to think about how to get someone else's :)Within the course we will ram this simple logic into you with every ounce of strength that we possess as it is the life changer.You wanted a stress free life and this is the key to it all.Of course the second part of this puzzle is actually how to start creating those income creating streams in your life.From idea to fruition and beyond its all in the course.BOOK HERE: Free Live Masterclass Every MonthLearn The Easy Way To Create Financial Freedom In Your LifeBONUS: Our Favourite Financial Freedom Podcast To Help You On Your WayJust before we go, if this has whetted your appetite to start changing direction and live the life you want then we have to recommend some addition listening.Our favour UK podcaster, Pete Matthew does an amazing job with his super successful podcast The Meaningful Money Podcast available on iTunes and other directories.He shares great advice for getting yourself financially fit, all in a very down to earth, practical style.The one thing he doesn't do is show you how to create additional income like we do, but hey nobody is perfect after all.Click on the image and enjoy the marvellous and sexy tones of the one and only Mr Pete Matthew you will love it.
Mon, 18 March 2019
Today’s guest is a lady who is not only working in the podcasting media, but taking it to higher and higher heights due to her entrepreneurial spirit and pure hustle muscle.She is an award-winning journalist known to stun many a personality with her quick-witted introductions and on-air antics. She left Paula Abdul in a laughing fit and Havana Brown choking!She has interviewed them all, from k.d. lang, Jennifer Beals, Ruby Rose to Martina Navratilova... and the list goes on!She has recently launched her brand new podcast The Ginni Show — Curry, Comedy & Connectivity, which invites listeners to follow the hilarious journeylife of a young Sri Lankan gay immigrant woman growing up in Australia with guest appearances from Ginni’s aunties, 170 cousins, and celebrities. Ginni Media is a boutique Podcast Production Company serving the vision of entrepreneurs, celebrities and influential organizations around the world. Specialising in podcast production and content re-purposing, they provide a concierge-style service to ensure your voice is literally being heard where it needs to be.So is the delight in podcasting due to wanting to express a certain message, or simply due to the process of content creation.And when did she realise that podcasting was going to be the way to bring success into her life?Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Ginni SaraswatiShow HighlightsDuring the show we discuss such major topics with Ginni Saraswati such as:Ginni shares how she first landed in New York and discovered herself alone in Time Squares at 2:00 am with just Batman for company.We talk about how hard it is to put yourself into the world of online personal branding. Time to grow a tough skin people.If you can wake up and start doing something for yourself before you do something for anyone else then you are a step closer to success.And lastly……Why Ginni is very aware that the goals she sets herself are more often than not too big for her to tackle. So allows herself some space in her over achievement desire.
Fri, 15 March 2019
In today’s show we answer some big questions that we have received through the show from listeners everywhere. Most of them are focused on the beginning stages to creating a life that is wonderful and profitable, which is of course everything that we do through Join Up Dots. It’s not a surprise that most people get in to trouble at this point of the life changing process as there are simply too many choices to be made. Too many directions to travel down. We know that as we have been there big time and now have the experience and knowledge that makes the difference. So let’s share that experience with you in today’s episodes. here are the questions and of course the answers will be presented throughout the show. Question One: David, loving the episodes, they always start my day with a smile. I have a question that has been bothering me after listening to your show. Why cant others allow me to be happy? I have started working on building my own yoga business and at the moment I haven’t got any clients, or know how to get them. But I love doing it. I feel that I am creating something amazing, and the clients will just come. So, and now I have added another question: Do you think they will just come? And, my boyfriend is nothing but uncooperative as I’m not heading out to bars and clubs like I once was with him, or at least as much as I did. He thinks that this is more important than what I am doing which is making me unhappy. Any ideas? Geraldine Copin, Bali Question Two: Hi David, what do you think is the most important part of business? Steve Fletcher, Truro Cornwall Question Three: Hi David, I am a 30 year old dude from Laramie Wyoming and I just need to find a way to get out and live life on my own terms. I love the message of your show and get really excited during the intro music, as I feel I am that person and now I am changing to want more. Where do you think you would go in the world if you was starting out your business today and could travel anywhere. I am excited by the possibilities but coming from where I do, the world is just too big……Scott Question Four Hi David and the Join Up Dots team. I am thinking of getting my own virtual team together and was wondering how you guys set up and operate. Thanks for answering Jancie Mincin, Adelaide, Australia
Wed, 13 March 2019
Today’s guest is a man who is a multi-talented ex American television show host and a real estate investor; notable for being the anchor of the podcast called Investing in Real Estate. He is also a co-founder of Morris Investing, where he helps people across the world to find financial freedom by canny investing.As he says " Most people know that the number one way to build financial freedom is through real estate.But the problem is most people don't know how. When they try to do it on their own they end up confused and frustrated. That's why we founded Morris Invest. We believe that everyone should have the right to this opportunity. We've helped hundreds of people buy their first rental property and we've renovated thousands of homes and filled them with happy tenants. Which is great stuff, but equally fascinating is as we mentioned earlier prior to his real estate career, he worked as the anchor of the Fox network show titled Fox & Friends Weekend; as well as the former anchor of Good Day Philadelphia and The Daily Buzz on Fox 29. Which for me is a fascinating thing, as for many people this would have been a dream position. The pinnacle of a life's work.So what made him switch from being the calm and collected star of tv, to being front and centre of the online coaching world?And was this an idea that just grabbed him by the throat and wouldn't let him go, or softly slapped him around for a while before his eyes gained focus and he could see his future.Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Clayton MorrisShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such deep subjects with Clayton Morris such as:We share how a contract can quite often be so restrictive even if it is financially very rewarding.We discuss how his father lost his job, and downsized everything to survive financially, which set Clayton on the path to take control.Why it is such a good idea to open a LLC for your business in the United States as soon as you can.And lastly………..Why being just one step ahead, of your clients is often more than enough to make a wonderful income in your life.
Mon, 11 March 2019
Today’s show is a solo show hosted by your friendly neighbourhood podcaster David Ralph, who is bringing his words and wisdom to the air once more.In today's episode, he talks about a series of conversations that he has had this month with listeners of the show who are looking to change their lives forever.They are coming through to the show, with frustration, desire, ambition but very much with the focus on trying to find the fast way through to what they want.Why, does anyone want to find the fast way? We can of course understand that desire, as in today's world you click a button, download an app, and you get you want.However when building an online income this just can't be the case. There is no way that you can throw something up online, and expect for the profits to come flying in.You see, the first obstacle to overcome is knowing yourself, and understanding what passion you truly have to work at something. If you are somebody that looks around, starts something and then sees the enthusiasm start to dwindle over a period of time then you need to think twice. Perhaps you are the kind of person that should work for someone else.However, if you are someone who starts gnawing away at the bone, until you get through to what you want, not letting disappointments take over, then you might well have what it takes.Through the Join Up Dots process of building the business, there have been many ups and downs. Times when it seemed like nothing was working, and the effort was intense. Hour upon hour of hard slog with no rewards.There have also been times when it seemed like nothing David did wasn't going to work. The wave was 100% flowing in his direction and took him further than he could possibly ever imagine.That momentum however, would never have been achieved without the paddling for hours when you aren't getting anywhere at all, other than putting yourself in position to gain that waves power.That is where business becomes life, and life becomes business. You become what you are creating. You become the centre point to your dreams and aspirations. You become your future.So we ask you my listeners, do you have the focus to become the center of your world, reclaiming your power and energy to be who you want to be?
Fri, 8 March 2019
Todays guest joining us on the show, is not just a second repeater as he first appeared on the show back on episode 574 of the show. But also I firmly class him as a friend, who has entered the inner circle of people that i trust, respect and consider to be doing things the right way.He is known as the Experts Strategist, the co-founder of GTeX, also he is a Forbes and Huffington Post contributor, TEDx speaker, host of the podcast Explode Your Expert Business, author of 3 life-changing books. He is passionate about turning experts into authorities using his signature EXPLODE YOUR EXPERT BIZ programs. Every year he speaks in front of more than 5,000 business leaders, which included sharing the stage with Les Brown, Dr John DeMartini, Trent Shelton and many more.He has also organized over 170 events, including Gary Vee speaking from York Hall boxing ring. Following his passion for making an impact on the younger generation, he also partners with the largest youth organizations in the UK, helping them deliver more effective courses and training.He is a man who has a desire to see the world flourish, and help individuals across the globe to grow exponentially, becoming their greatest versions.But of course to get to that point, you truly have to go through a journey of discovery yourself, to find your inner skills that make you unique and valuable to everyone.And it would be fair to say that just a few years ago, our guest was many many steps away from discovering his purpose in life.He was working in a restaurant in Notting Hill as a waiter, as he had been doing since the age of 15, and had certain mental restrictions should we say, that were holding him back from creating his dream life.He didn’t have a degree and his level of English was not quite enough to understand the self development literature that he was starting to immerse himself in.As he says, “Just a few years ago I was facing a very difficult moment of my life. I knew I had to change but I didn’t know what to do. I felt lost, like wondering in a circle in a dark room with no exit sign and this wasn’t me!! I have always been the uber-positive-hyper-charged person that was able to lift up the energy of an entire room!! Where was that me? Where did it go? I wanted to find him and bring him back! And he most certainly has done that.So how has he created his amazing coaching business the way he has?And how has past those first year obstacles that make growing a business so difficult if you don't do things in the right order?Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up more dots, with the one and only Simone VicenziShow HighlightsDuring the show we talked about such weighty subjects as:How he grew his business and developed a team that has helped him get his life back, instead of ploughing through seventeen hour days.Simone reveals how he started his own business, by attending seminars which gave him an insiders view of what others were doing.Why it is so important to delegate the outcomes before you ever think about delegating the tasks to a VAand lastly...............Simone reveals the moment his wife wanted to go to New York without him, and how it changed the way he thought of business.
Wed, 6 March 2019
Today’s guest is a man who has for over 25 years, worked with CEOs, owners and corporate leaders throughout the US, helping them achieve great sales performance, while accelerating their sales process.All have their strengths, and their shortcomings and from years of testing and evaluation, he developed the Urgency Based Selling® system, a unique approach founded on philosophies which drive and accelerate human behaviour.Which sounds like he has certainly found his thing in life.But his start was a bit different for sure.As a college senior, all he wanted to do was sleep late and enjoy his last few months as a student.But this was a difficult when he was required to attend a 7am math class.So what did he do?Well the emerging sales expert convinced the Math Department to move this early morning class to a noon time slot. How’d he sell the idea? Writing a page for his future Urgency Based Selling® playbook, he demonstrated bold behaviour. He told the school students wouldn’t register for a class that early in the morning. With no registrants, the school would have to drop the class and lose out on the registration revenues. Mission accomplished.Since his college days, he has now dedicated himself to perfecting his craft and sharing his knowledge with others. To date, he has performed more than 4,000 direct sales engagements; he has worked with over 90 organisations. Sometimes, they’ve occurred unexpectedly – even backwards.In fact, this is how he began his consulting practice. One year, he hired a new accounting firm. Early on, the accountant tried to sell him one of their financial products. When the sales effort fell flat, Andy convinced the accountant to hire him – and to teach the firm how to sell! His bold vision for sales techniques, combined with his bold, confident, and determined behaviour resulted in the establishment of a new business. This business taught his accountant – and every subsequent client – how to demonstrate to customers their businesses, products, and services meet the customer’s needs in a way no one else can.Which is sales!So what is the big mistake that people make when pitching a product or idea?And how can you get that person to eagerly open their wallet and increase your bottom-line, without pleading and begging?Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Andy GoleShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such deep subjects with Andy Gole such as:Andy shares the three types of knowledge bases that we have to overcome in our clients to be successful in sales.We discuss how important it is in business to draw a line between the social and the professional. Its not our job to be our clients friends.Andy shares a revealing story of how he went into business before he had any idea how to make it work.And lastly………..Andy reveals the absolute gold technique to convert any interest into an urgent need. Don't have those sales anywhere else than in your bank account.
Mon, 4 March 2019
Today’s guest is a man who has had one of the most eclectic careers that I have ever seen.With just a few of the highlights or low-lights being such as "Been in a boy band, Wished I was in a successful boy band! ,Swept floors in a factory, Managed acts on X Factor and written contestant songs, Flown Concorde, Written hit records, including 1 Pop Idol winners record, Drunk Champagne with Charles & Liz at Buck House, Been to rock bottom twice, started a business with Duncan Bannatyne, Ended a business with Duncan Bannatyne" and now he is in the digital business.Wow, there is certainly a story behind this guy for sure.As he says " For all the many high points, I’ve also experienced more temporary failure than is good for one person. There have been many, many periods in which I have made a complete hash of things when I’ve snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and flopped on the final furlong. I’ve tripped on the finish line so often I’ve questioned my own sanity.If there was a lesson to be learned I’ve lived it, studied it, absorbed it, taken it on board and then ignored it many times over – even when I think I’ve understood it I’ve had to go through it again a few times to really know what it means.And that is a great life lesson, right there – the situation that slaps you will keep repeating until you learn the lesson.If there’s one thing I have realised over the years it is that with every challenging life situation there is always the seed of opportunity and the hope of brilliance within it. You just have to look for it and be open, which can be difficult when the shit is hitting the fan, but if you are ever going to be successful you must embrace this skill with open arms.Now he is bringing those amazing life lessons to the world through a new book One Golden Nugget where he is asking the world what is there view on where success is hidden.So does he lay in bed, with his hand behind his head and smile at the journey he has been on? Content that it has put him where he was always heading?Or was there a door that he could have walked through back in the day which was the perfect one?Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Steven Foster
During the show we discussed such deep subjects with Steven Foster such as:How he honestly thinks he hasn't got the mental intelligence to know if something is going to be difficult before starting. Is that a super-talent or hindrance?Steven shares how he went into his bedroom with depression and didn't come out for over a year.How Steven failed at so many things that he didn't want to do, he finally decided that he would only go for what he loved.And lastly………..Why life is about the journey as much as the rewards, but without fail the rewards are always in the present moment, no matter how much we think otherwise.
Fri, 1 March 2019
On today’s show, David Ralph talks openly as to his struggle with the world of happy people doing what they want, apposed to the deeply furrowed brow crew that much of the world shows.You see it has always been a juxtaposition with his belief that just because someone is looking like they are having fun in their lives, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t serious about their life.Serious about having fun…is that possible?Can you work in an environment where you are 100% authentic to yourself and still be taken as a serious businessman?The reason that I ask that is just this week, I met an old colleague who after listening to the Join Up Dots podcast was very open with giving me advice.The advice was quite simply that I should be presenting a more polished and authoritarian performance to the world.He felt that because I was happily bouncing along having the greatest time in my life whilst being 100% me, i wasn’t able to provide what the world needed.However, that viewpoint is a crock from start to finish. That viewpoint is one full of limitation instead of abundance.Why cant you be happy and still be serious? Why cant you laugh and also deliver what the world is wanting?Well in today’s episode we expand on this, and as always we look forward to receiving your comments about the show.Who knows you can then be part of a future episode of Join Up Dots.
Wed, 27 February 2019
Today's guest joining us on the show is a man with a zany, positive, outlook to life which is truly refreshing to see.He does things his way, and is as he says "a story addict". If there's one thing that I believe has the power to change the world, it's Story.Stories are how we transmit our deepest beliefs as a species, open our souls to those we care about most, relate to and empathize with people we don't know, and ultimately bring about change by eliciting deep and powerful emotions from our audience.If there's a thread that runs through everything I do, it's a deep yearning to unearth and share stories that cause the listener, viewer, or reader to feel. Whether it's podcast production and sound engineering, photography, or writing, this is the core of my craft and my purpose.If there's one thing I've learned from exploring the world through different mediums, it's that the method of portrayal matters far less than discovering and understanding the heart of a story, and sharing it authentically.We all have a story we're trying to tell, and more than anything I love helping others share their own story with the world.So how do you take the concept of a story and turn this into a business that flourishes?And is this something that was obvious to him, or like most of us it crept up and grabbed him after many ups and downs?Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jeremy EnnsShow HighlightsDuring the show we discussed such deep subjects with Jeremy Enns such as:We discuss how travel has become such a big part of his business, and how he brings it to life whilst still juggling work pressures.How the two of us find the quality of podcasts a big distraction to listening to them. If you are going to be a top podcaster remember that audio is king.Why you should benchmark your business against the best you can in your business. Look at the kings as success leads clues.And lastly...........Jeremy shares his big dot moment, that took him back to a sewing class in school. Strange place for it to happen, but true time and time again on Join Up Dots.
Mon, 25 February 2019
Todays guest bringing his experience and skills onto the show is an author, entrepreneur and CEO of ConsultingSuccess.com. He has consulted for organizations and advised leaders throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East in over 30 industries, from service providers to billion dollar multinational corporations including Panasonic, Dow Jones, Financial Times, Royal Bank and many others. He is an in-demand speaker and gives keynotes and workshops for the Certified Management Consultants Association, Canadian Internet Marketing Conference, Chartered Management Institute UK and others. His work has appeared in MarketingProfs, Huffington Post, Financial Times, FOX Business, Maclean's, HR Executive, Business Edge, Marketing Magazine and in several other media and publications. He is the author of 5 books on consulting and marketing including his most recent bestseller The Elite Consulting Mind. And if that isn't enough he also learnt how to speak Japanese and loves traveling and spending time with his family. So is there a key to building a successful consulting business, which covers most type of businesses? How did he get the ball rolling? Knocking on doors and cold calling, or a simplified strategic approach? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michael Zipursky Show Highlights During the show we discussed such wide ranging subjects such as: Why so many of us ignore the power of "gut intuition" in our lives, and the improvements we can make by simply being more aware of our emotions. How you can define if you have actually added value to your client throughout the term of working for the, We talk about the need for a team of focused individuals dealing with specific tasks in your business. Don't get caught up with the day to day tasks if they're not bringing rewards into your bank account. And lastly............... Why the 80/20 principle to life and business is something to be learnt and developed. It can save you so much additional effort by focusing in on what brings the biggest rewards.
Fri, 22 February 2019
In today’s episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph answers a series of questions that have been posed by his clients from the last few years. The one caveat to the whole thing was it just had to be one line questions which we can then answer on the show. So here they are, and now you have to listen to the show to get the answers. Hi, David, what is a normal day for you? What is the favourite thing you do through your business, and the worst? Why did you start Join Up Dots podcast? If you could do something different what would it be? What was the biggest mistake you made whilst working online? Is it true that you don’ work on social media? I’ve seen you on twitter and FB that is why I ask? Why do you think that most people fail in online business? Do you make plans for what you want to do moving forward? You are amazing at what you do for us, why did it take you so long to start? How quick do you think success can be made online? Who you you admire most and why? I’ve heard you don’t go to conferences, but everyone else says that are a big part of business. Why don’t you go? Is it true you used to be a keynote speaker?
Wed, 20 February 2019
Today's guest on the show has a similar story to your friendly neighbourhood podcast host, and i guess many of the entrepreneurs that have appeared on the show over the years. So focused on building success, and wealth, he was on the track to becoming in Steve Jobs wise words" The richest man in the cemetery" He used to work 100 hour weeks as an entrepreneur bootstrapping Grasshopper to $30 million in annual revenue, and then Chargify to an investment from Mark Cuban As a serial entrepreneur, he has done what founders dream of. Despite not having nearly enough money, he made a success of his business. In fact he made an amazing success, although in life the ying and yang can't be ignored. There is a balance between life and business which so many people ignore until much too late. As he says "After being overweight,tired and generally unwell as an entrepreneur, I embarked on journey of self-discovery and self optimization that led me to The Human Optimization Framework. He decide to finally start caring about his heath and realised that even committing to the conventional "health diet and lifestyle" (avoiding fried foods, eating a low-fat /whole-foods diet, going to the gym etc) did not work. He sold his company, changed direction and now seems happier than ever. So was the conventional advice correct, but just not correct for him? And where do we all go wrong in business. Putting the money first, or simply working too hard to get it? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. David Hauser. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with David such as: Why it is so rare that anyone who hears their body screaming for us to stop actually pays attention to it. David reveals his process of fasting for 16 to 18 hours of day and the reasons why he feels he gets more energy. How everybody has a business in them by trying to solve their own problems first and foremost. and lastly.......... David share how everyday of normality could well be stripping away our health and benefits without any knowledge that things are getting bad.
Mon, 18 February 2019
Today's guest is a husband, dad, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and Humanitarian. He started his first company at 22 years old, has owned multiple companies, and has over 22 years of experience helping business grow exponentially. He is the founder of Growth to Freedom™, ProsperityBasedLiving.com, creator of Millonaires Mindset®, bestselling author of Bootstrap Business as well as A Champion in the Making: Awaken the Champion Within Your life, Business, and Relationships and more. In 2007, 2 weeks after his son was born, Dan woke up with sharp pains in his chest, drove furiously to the hospital, and after rigosous testing, tubes, and scans, ended up on a operating table told by the Doctor that he had a 1 in 500 chance of dying going through with the procedure. Dan calls this the "false alarm" that transformed his life and since that time he has dedicated his time and energy working on worthwhile, fun projects, living on his terms - as he spends his time with industry leaders, entrepreneurs, parents, and organizations that are making a positive impact. While Dan has been on multiple media outlets including NBC, ESPN, Spike TV, Wall Street Journal online, numerous radio and TV programs, Entrepreneur, and many more, his proudest moments are when he's with his kids, setting an example, and leaving a legacy with his Growth to Freedom™ Business Building Strategies. Dan's clients include executives, entrepreneurs, parents, and leaders from over 38 countries in diverse industries. He consults with some of the leading companies in the world tody with his transformational processes and tools that drive more business, sales and profits. Dan's books, videos, radio shows, newsletters, products, consulting, and appearances have impacted over 500,000 people worldwide. Dan is recognized as the go to person for growth oriented organizations who are looking to increase their leads, sales and profits. So how did he overcome the health issues that plagued him moving forward? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr Dan Kuschell. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weight subjects with Dan Kuschell Why sleep is so important to an entrepreneurs life. So why is it that so many people pride themselves on telling the world how little sleep they get. What can you do to stimulate yourself mentally every single day of your life to change the paradigms of your life? Why Dan asks three amazing questions, that allow him to choose the things that he wants do in his life. And lastly......... Why Dan loves the speech of "Do the right things, and do the right things right" which he builds into his daily life.
Fri, 15 February 2019
Energy Exchanges might not be something that you never really think about, however in today's world of business, busyness and non stop socialising more often than not the world is running on fumes. Tiredness isn't something that takes us over, like an unexpected foe, as it is with us all the time. We keep on going and going, until either something happens to our health which rocks us on our hills, or life forces us to slow down, by taking away those constant demands. I'll give you an example, how many of us work, work, work, until we get to the weekend, and then turn our attention to the chores that we need to do around the house? We dont ever say to ourselves, "This weekend, we will just 100% unplug, relax and get sun on our faces...ready for the coming week" Energy Exchanges work both ways people. You are giving it away so how about reclaiming some of it to work better? Or, we go to the expense to go on vacation with our family and the first five days we just can't switch off from life, until a few days off relaxation appears, before thinking about the world we are about to return to. This is all taking away the energy that we have and need to perform our best work. We cant just give, give, give and expect our lives to get better and better. It's time for some energy exchanges to appear everyday. So how about we turn our focus on ourselves, and simply think this one fact "How can i put the good stuff into my body to make it work better?" This could be a change of diet, stopping boozing, getting more sleep, or my personal favourite gaining the right type of oxygen. It doesn't take any money, and more often than not will save you cash in the long run. It does take focus and commitment. Since the end of 2018. I have been working on energy exchanges everyday in my life and have never felt better. I dont exercise more (if at all). I dont diet. I do add more sleep, oxygen and rest into my life. I spend twenty minutes per day, split into two periods of ten minutes breathing as deeply as I can and then holding my breath based around the Wim Hof Method of breathing. This has been a game changer for me, and I cant express the positives you will also discover by doing the same. Energy exchanges are yours to decide on, but are incredibly important if you want to achieve the life you want. Start giving yourself the best chance you can have to rock your world, by bringing the energy back into your life.
Wed, 13 February 2019
Today's guest is one of those rare individuals who has now appeared on Join Up Dots twice. Firstly back on episode 459 when we spoke about how she developed her business to be an expert on dealing with the complexities of raising children, and the anxieties and behavioural problems that we as parents may encounter with our adorable offspring. She got to that point as for 20 years she worked in a range of settings with families with complex needs who have lived through a range of trauma and as a respite foster carer herself had direct experience of living with traumatised children. She has now been running her own company training, speaking and writing about the impact of early years trauma children’s behaviour and development needs bringing much needed attention to these issues. But since then she seems to have pivoted and is now focusing more and more on helping people overcome the stresses of life. The anxieties that slowly creep us on us until it becomes a problem that can bring us to our knees Familiar limiting beliefs like... I don’t have enough time or the money to…, I sometimes feel like a fraud, The work could dry up at any moment, I need to work 24/7 to keep my head above water, The market just isn’t good at the moment, People might not want my product or service, Everyone else is doing better than me, I need to be realistic and not aim too high, I can’t REALLY charge that, can I?, I’m doing this for my family (the one I never see), I’m always stressed out and tired, People like me never…, I never get enough sleep I'm sure there isn't one of us who hasn't had a few of those every now and again in our lives. So what can we do about it? Are there quick fixes to get us mentally back on track? And now she is an expert, does she breeze through life like a twig on the mighty stream of life, stress free, and smiling all the way? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jane Evans. Show Highlights During the show we discuss such major topics with Jane such as: Jane shares how "her thing" came to her through in the most unexpected way, but now she is 100% embracing the authenticity of her professional life. We talk about the three types of stress in life, and the reasons that stress can sometimes be a good thing which we need to perform to a high level. Jane reveals the reasons why so many get stressed out at the moments of relaxation and holiday periods. And lastly...... The secret of change is to focus all your energies on not the past, but changing the new. If you do that you wont go far wrong.
Mon, 11 February 2019
Today's guest joining us on the show is a man from Edinburgh, Scotland who is assisting entrepreneur across the world to plough through the mind-blocks holding them back. He is the founder of Mindset experts. As he says "If you are an entrepreneur who has got past the start up phase then good work, that's a tough furrow to plough. You've now got some stability, an operational team and maybe one or two senior staff involved. But if you've got ambition you will have realised that the next chapter is different. You probably feel that you're still working just as hard but your growth has slowed down. You know that something has to change. That something is you." As they always say "If you win the inner game, you win the outer game" so how does he do it? How does he help you up-level your income, or increase your prospects in the future. Well he helps by getting you onto two relevant frameworks. One to develop your business strategy and one to develop your entrepreneurial mindset expertise. These route-maps allow you to see where you are on your journey, and show you the steps you are still to take. So how did he get to this point of awareness? Was it his own stumbles or falls, or just an inbuilt talent of overcoming mindset obstacles? And where can we start today, if we have just one chance to move to the next level and change our mindset forever? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Joe Trodden. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep subjects such as: We share why the age of thirty seema to be such a landmark age for so many people. The time in their life when the light bulb switches on and possibilities reveal themselves. Joe shares how so many people come to him with a fix it job, where actually the answers are already within them they just lack the clarity. Why there can be a huge advantage to being aware of your peer group from an early age and acting accordingly. And lastly........... Joe talks openly about our innate supertalents and focusing in on your strengths as much as possible. Find the excitement in your life and you never work again.
Fri, 8 February 2019
Today's guest joining us on the show is a guy who I first stumbled across on YouTube, and if you have heard my recent cold showers challenge then this is the guy who inspired me to take the freezing plunge. So inspired by what he is doing from his home in the UK, I just had to invite him onto Join Up Dots to find out how he finds the time and the passion day after day. As he says "As well as being a full time geek, I have a passion for all things health and fitness. My experience and interests gives me a unique insight into the projects I work on. " He is cranking out the YouTube videos, releasing podcasts, blog posts, and showing us all how we can be the best versions of ourselves in a less than preachy message. That is normally enough for most people nowadays, but our guest isn't like most people as he also runs Falkon digital, which is a boutique Digital Agency, creating websites and helping clients grow their businesses online since 2009. This is a family run business, based in Altrincham,’up North’, in the leafy suburbs of Cheshire, a mere stone’s throw away from Manchester city centre and the airport, and they are ideally placed to work with companies locally, nationally and internationally. As they say "Our company ethos is to work with you, as an extension of your team, to work towards your business goals using our own expertise in design, development and digital marketing." So alongside looking after his wife and two kids, is this normal activity in his opinion or is he demonstrating a superpower of productivity and mindset that mere mortals cannot reach. And when did this all start? Was he the classic couch potato that had a life changing epiphany or always supremely fit and focused. Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Luke Sherran Show Highlights During the discussion with the Luke Sherran we hit such deep subjects such as: We share how so many people miss out on the intensity of pushing through the pain barrier to gain the true gold that is waiting for them. Luke shares the reasons why his first business failed due to naivety in his business decision making. We talk about how we can re engineer the algorithms on YouTube to gain massive success in this exciting media format. and lastly................ Luke join up his dots and can clearly see that for every success he has made in his life, the seeds were planted many many years before.
Wed, 6 February 2019
In todays episode of Join Up Dots we focus on a couple of emails from a listener of the show, who has told us off an issue that so many of us struggle with.....too many ideas, the imposter syndrome and waiting for the perfect time. Lets start with the first email that we received....... Email One Hi David, I will try and keep this short as I know you limit the time you spend on emails, and I’m sure that you get plenty. But I wanted to thank you for the content you have been putting out. I have been listening to JUD for around the last six months however some of your recent episodes have been particularly relatable. When I was younger I always wanted to be my own boss however like you say, I settled and followed the well-trodden path into uni and employment. I quickly discovered that the promised land of employment in a “good, safe, professional job” is not what it’s made out to be; it’s certainly not been my definition of good, safe or professional. It particularly hit me when one day whilst commuting into London. I noticed that the rhythmic clucking of rush-hour footsteps up tube station stairs just sounded too much like people being churned out by a factory press for my liking. I’m now in employment that suits me much better, and I am very grateful of that considering what I went through before, but I know that I need to really go it alone and dream of doing work which inspires and excites me every day. Moreover I feel like the time to act is now as I have realised that telling yourself that it’s not the right time is just a lie; now is as good of a time as any and if anything things will only get more difficult the longer you wait. The difficulty I’m having at the moment is transitioning from paper to practice. I have no issues forming businesses on paper; developing ideas, researching the idea, creating plans and to an extent even testing ideas. This however is when I seem to face a huge mental block; much like a deer in a car’s headlights that rather than bouncing along on its way to safety, only stops and stands still. A mixture of too many ideas and a fear of the unknown is the problem I guess, but something which I am very much fighting to get through at the moment. Your content is a massive help and a motivator when I’m struggling to move forwards but hopefully these small steps at the moment will be little dots that will join up in the future. Thanks again, please keep up the excellent work. David So we went back to him and followed up the conversation and found out that at his core he is struggling with "too many ideas, and waiting for the perfect time" Email Two I have never considered writing and really wouldn’t consider it a strength at all. I’m dyslexic and the process of writing is something which can be quite time consuming and painful, especially when I know that the structure of what I have written is going to be coming under some scrutiny. As such it actually means quite a lot that you commented positively on it. I have always tended to compensate for poor writing by speaking… and like a wet fish slapping me in the face, I think I need to take your advice from an episode where you talk about podcasting as a way of engaging and directing sales. While ideas are great they are now distractions more than anything and that in truth it’s probably me giving myself an excuse not to progress with whatever I was working on and I guess fall back into my comfort zone of researching etc. rather than entering the ‘unknown’. I will be sure to let you know how I get on with the ploughing on through as well as what happens after. It’s funny you should mention our old mind-set problem because I can totally relate to that. I have one friend who I discuss a lot of these things with, mainly because he has similar feelings about his job, but other than that I keep things very much to myself and perhaps that’s a mistake. Was there something in particular that got you out of that mind-set, a particular turning point when you stepped out from being undercover? I work in construction so sometimes move around a lot. During the time I was referring to with the steps comment, I was living in South East London and commuting by train to Watford and Ealing. I now live in Kent (largely because it’s so much cheaper than London) but split my time between Kent and Essex. If our paths ever cross then I think I owe you a drink.
Mon, 4 February 2019
Today’s guest has built his business by bringing the worlds desire for published success onto the book shelves of the world, against staying on their pc’s as unfinished masterpieces. As he says “If you’re like most of my clients, you know SO much about your topic that you don’t know where to start, what to put where, and how to tie it all together into something people actually want to buy. Book publishing is worth $120 BILLION globally. The industry rewards preparation—not motivation. I’m a Ghostwriter. AKA, a professional book writer who captures an author’s voice, helps you hone your ideas so they’re publishing-ready, and polishes the hidden gems in your manuscript…all without injecting my own opinions or views into your book. On top of that, I’m the first and only Ghostwriter on the planet to use writing analytics software (Stylometric Analysis) to capture and authentically recreate an author voice. When we partner on your book, we’ll get your ideas on paper in your voice. So is a book a vital part of the business branding, or just pandering to the entrepreneurs ego? And where do most people go wrong when trying to do this themselves, the writing or the actual process of marketing the book? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Joshua Lisec. Show Highlights During the show we discuss such major topics with Joshua such as: Joshua shares how his dream in college was to be a published author, which has led him after turning down many opportunities to help the world get published. We talk about the “stay in your lane” advice that so many people get given in their lives which is a crock. You dont just drive in a straight line, so why should your life be that way? How the talent stack is one of the most powerful concepts that you can bring into your life. Join up your strengths and passions and make something unique. Why it take as much effort to sell a $50,000 product as it does a $50 product. So ramp up your prices, and provide the right value to
Fri, 1 February 2019
Today's guest joining us on the show is a man with a special talent, attached to a desire to entertain, educate and inspire his clients to be the best that they can be. Most people never get close to being the full version of themselves due to their limiting beliefs, mental anchors, and quite frankly the inability to supercharge themselves by tapping into the talents they have lying dormant deep within them. That was never going to be the case for today's guest as he was determined to be the best he could be once he found the true passion in his life, hypnosis and the power of the subconscious mind. He came across his natural talent for hypnosis and suggestion in the hotel De France in Jersey when he watched a show-band drummer hypnotize a young lady, who was then told that a toy dog a little boy was playing with,was a fully grown lion. The resulting mayhem convinced him he had to discover more about the mind and imagination, he had to know why reality can change so quickly. Through that obsession, his own reality changed and he not only found that those skills being used on over 70,000 people across the world, he also found himself on the stages of London to the shiny lights of Las Vegas. Which is credit to the man, as being born with an inherited a form of Muscular Dystrophy called Charcot Marie Tooth disease, he was was told at 19, after a year undergoing disastrously bad surgery and physio, that he should only do sit down jobs. No one would have expected him to instead become "Britain's Leading Hypnotist" . As he says "The trick of success is to use what comes out of, and goes in to, the Subconscious Mind" and he certainly does this everyday with stunning effect. So what made him push himself to tackle bigger and bigger challenges when he could have simply settled for the lifestyle that others expected of him. And are there tips that all of us can start using today that can see us soar and defy expectations? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jonathan Chase. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep subjects such as: Jon shares how we should enjoy the benefits of working with high ticket clients. They value what your offer is, and you also need a lot less of them to build a dream life. How a business is all about focus. Get the focus right and your business will lead to the ultimate sophistication.......perfect simplicity. And lastly........... We discuss how humans are the only creators on the planet, due to the power of their imagination. We should spend a lot more time in our minds and be in harmony with our subconscious.
Wed, 30 January 2019
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man with many years of experience and several successful startups and exits through his history. He joins us as the founder of Needls, the first ever RoboAgency. What does this mean I hear you cry? Well it's the easiest and most effective way to advertise online. The Needls ad platform allows businesses to automatically create, target and optimize digital ads on both Facebook and Instagram. Using its proprietary intent engine, Needls identifies buying signals within posts, tweets and status updates through Data Science and AI, ultimately determining the perfect target audience for these ads by monitoring social media conversations in real time. Needls then delivers advertisements directly to these individuals, resulting in a high-quality traffic and impressive ROI for advertisers. But as you will hear on the show this is a guy who is joining up his dots everyday, as back in 2006 he started as an Internet Marketing Consultant for MenuPalace.com, where he managed all aspects of the sales cycle for online marketing campaigns. This lead him to creating a brokerage company focused on selling high end, established, web-based businesses that have a history of generating significant cash flows. Until he got to where he is today the dots have joined up From starting his first business while still in university at the age of 18 it seems that he is exactly where he wants to be As he says"Creating businesses that help people is what motivates me. Every company I've started and worked with has stemmed from a problem that needed a solution. Now with Needls, I'm excited to bring that knowledge and passion to businesses looking to leverage social media as their problem". So if business is all about solving problems for others, why do so many people struggle to find a business idea that works for them? And now he has created a solid history of online and offline success does he find it easier moving forward, or just as confusing? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Michael Koral Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Michael such as: How so many people across the world have to wait for the realisation of what they love in life. But the dots will start making sense. We discuss the power of a robo agency, which has given the power back to the individuals of the world, compared to the historic route of marketing. Why so many people in corporate land have a huge problem to define the value that they can brig to the world holding them back from success and lastly…. Michael shares just a few of the failures in his life, which have led him to where he is today. Would he be where he is without them???
Mon, 28 January 2019
So what is the most valuable commodity in your life? You might say that it is your family, your kids, your highly polished sportscar that come to the top of the list of this category. However, i would say that this is wrong. In fact I wouldn't just say that you are wrong, but you are you so wrong it's untrue. Although these things are precious to you, I think the most valuable commodity in your life is time. Agreed? Time is something that is given to us right at the very start with no clear indication as to how much we have actually ever been given. We didn't get a chart that says "Ok you are here.....follow your finger to the end." The time that you have on this planet is running out from the moment that you pop your head out from deep within your mother. There is no pause button. There is no way to wind back the hands of time and get it back. It's strange then that we all are focused on everything else in our life, but not overly on the hands of life running down the time that we have left on this planet. The time that we have to create our legacy and leave our mark on this planet. Let me ask you a question "What did you do today with your life?" Was it amazing, stimulating, exciting or just a few connected hours that ran between the time you opened your eyes to closing them again? If its the droopy eyes scenario then that doesn't sound like this most useful spending of the most valuable commodity does it? Steve Jobs the late founder of Apple, said many remarkable things as you will have heard on Join Up Dots, but during his commencement speech in 2005 he spoke these words about the use of time, and why he considers it as the most valuable commodity mankind has. If these words don't frighten you into taking action then I don't know what will. “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever used to help make the big choices in life. Almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” So do you know what you are going to spend your most valuable commodity on tomorrow? It better be something good, as it will be the most expensive investment that you have ever made full stop.
Fri, 25 January 2019
Cold Showers are something that I have never considered to be something that I want to get involved in. After all why would anyone want to jump into freezing cold water everyday, but apparently a lot of people do and it seems for very good reasons too. In today's show we report on the first day of a brand new challenge that I am hoping will inspire the world to try to do something that makes them uncomfortable, but builds the mindset muscle to tackle bigger and biger ventures. Taking cold showers everyday. I started this challenge after being inspired by the words of Mahatma Gandhi and on a lesser note many different YouTubers who have tried the same experiment with mixed results. The idea is by plunging headfirst into a series of cold showers each morning, you increase alertness, lose fat, get healthier skin and other such benefits. Even tackling depression in the process. The first day came, and I hesitated for a second and jumped into the freezing blast of water. Man it was a shock to the system, and even with my steely resolve I jumped straight back out. This was my first mistake. Apparently you build up to this level, instead going from a warm and lovely shower, and then when you are nice and hot turn it down for the last two minutes or so. This is an easier way of doing things, but still is difficult as you can imagine. The second day came, and i was not looking forward to it, but by taking it step by step I overcame the desire to turn that dial to red as quickly as possible. I have 28 more days of the cold showers, so what am I aiming to achieve? What are the benefits that others report from doing the same? The Key Benefits To Taking Cold Showers Everyday The majority of the benefits that we aim to get from cold showers are of course internally. An increase in the immunity of your body will allow for more colds to be fought off. Better skin, Shinier hair. All very cosmetic i guess, and I for one will do most things to look healthier than I was previously. Isn't that how the world operates generally? But what about inside. What can cold showers do for your general well being that other actions during the day can't touch? 1. Increases Alertness Take a cold shower first thing every morning and you will feel more alive and alert then ever before. Yeah, no shock there. In fact the biggest shock is the water to our heart. But i was surprised to discover that this alertness didn't just carry on through an hour or so, but actually will last for the whole day. This is due to the gasping for breath that you suddenly do, bringing in more oxygen to your body which as you can imagine is what we need to live. So if you can have more alertness, I guess this leads to better decision making, productivity and everything else that makes you shine against your competitors. Pay Rise anyone?? 2. Refines Hair and Skin We all want to look young and sexy, and unfortunately for most of us the delight of having a hot shower everyday can limit that desire massively. You see cold showers are wonderful for closing the pores of the skin and hair follicles to prevent natural oils and greases from being stripped away. We all know that after a lovely hot shower which can feel tight and stretched. Start taking cold showers and believe me you will see a rosy glow spreading throughout you. You are protecting what nature has given you and making the most of it. I am known for dark circles under my eyes, and even with plentiful sleep they can stay dark. I am hoping that after 30 days I am looking better than ever as the cold water replenishes my skin and makes me look like Zac Efron on a good day. 3. Improves Immunity and Circulation As you jump into your first of the cold showers your body needs to get used to, some of the biggest benefits wont be visible at all. In this regard you have to trust us and have, in the worlds of George Michael "A Little Faith". When the cold water hits your skin, your body will fight to increase your body temperature by increasing the amount of white blood cells in your body. This is a great thing as the winter arrives and the world is spluttering around you as the more white blood cells that you have the more your body will laugh at the viruses and germs that bring us to our knees. You will feel invincible and never have to have a duvet day watching Netflix again in your life (ok, that might not be such a good thing after all.) 4. Stimulates Weight Loss I'm not sure that this is something that will make you go "Whoo Hoo" hand me another bag of Doritos I am now a cold showers maniac. But there is recorded information that the increased coldness to your skin can attack the different types of fat our body stores. So the more you shiver the slimmer you get. This is particularly true around the belly and love handles areas that people struggle with. I'm naturally skinny, so I dont really want this to occur, and I am hoping that the cold showers recognises this and doesnt make me end up looking like a long distance endurance runner. That is not a good look at all. 5. Speeds Up Muscle Soreness and Recovery We have all seen athletes come off the track or pitch and jump into a bath with ice floating on the top. Have you however ever thought why they want to do this? The cold is amazing at stimulating what our body needs to recover energy and restore lightness in our joints and muscles. Had a hard day in the garden, then take a cold shower before going to bed and feel those aches and pains slip away. Even some of the worst sports injuries are prescribed cold treatment by the Doctors, so why would cold showers not act any differently? 6. Eases Stress I have been someone that struggles with stress throughout my life. I now say I am the worst kind of stress head. The one that doesn't look like he has a care in the world, but deep inside the body is going mad and producing a lot of nasty stuff. Back in 2018 I got hit with Gout, which is a buildup of uric acid in the joints. You can find this more often around the base of the big toe, and let me tell you...it is crippling. The worst pain that I have ever had. So upon my review of the benefits of taking cold showers I was pleased to see that perhaps this is the solution that i am looking for. Instead of taking tablets everyday, I can simply embrace this form of stress relief and little by little cure myself. So this is a big tick in the cold showers box for me, if it turns out to be true. 7. Relieves Depression Cold showers have been shown to send an enormous amount of electrical charges through to the brain, stimulating endorphins which can help with depression. With more and more of the worlds population relying on happy pills prescribed by over eager Doctors, then this must be a good thing to try. You can see it occuring why this would be true really, even if you dont deal with depression. You plunge into cold water, and come out feeling alive and sparkly. You must feel more inspired and less depressed than just moving from warm room to warm room, eliminating any freshening of your skin and blood. Anyway, as I say I have never had depression thank god, so I don't think that I will be able to report back on this, but for others this could be the winning ticket in the cold showers lottery of life. A three minute burst of stimulation can literally change the rest of your day and life. That for me is something worth trying for sure. So there you have it the start of the 30 days cold showers experiment and I am going to see what happens to me and report back. If you want to join me ( not in the shower, unless you are 30 years old and blonde) then drop us a line using the contact form and tell us how you are getting on.
Wed, 23 January 2019
Welcome to the new version of Join Up Dots, which we are beginning to start building from today onwards. These are big changes that fingers crossed will make a big difference to so many more people across the world. People who listen to the show everyday, but for numerous reasons fail to take that motivation into the real world to get the life that they want. They are consuming books, podcasts, YouTube Videos, buying courses and still not getting anywhere near to the life they want, and I now believe that it's purely from doing things in the wrong way. They are joining up the right dots, but in the wrong way. You see most people feel that success comes to them once they get money, financial success or freedom into their lives. Which I for one would say that is a great benchmark for what everyone thinks is a successful life. In fact I think I would have said exactly the same thing a few years ago. However, now I would say that health is more important than wealth for a start. There is nothing more important in your life than being fit and healthy. As Steve Jobs once said "Who wants to be the richest man in the cemetery?".....i certainly don't for sure. So being healthy is a key element that leads to success, but what gets you to that point? Well let's start by listing them in the order that they should appear.... Mindset - Is the key to everything. If you dont have the right mindset to be able to push through the obstacles and grow the possibilities around you then you will struggle. How many times have you started something and then thought "This is never going to work!" and stopped? That is because you didn't have the right mindset. You didn't have the skills that allowed you to find the keys to the locked door. Time - It is clearly evident to me that the majority of people want to keep their current life and try to shoehorn the new one into the gaps. This is of course is prone to failure and just leads to a feeling of overwhelm. Surely the better way is to make the space to allow for the new changes to grow and take shape? You wouldn't just go into a garden and keep on planting seeds where everything else is already growing would you? So why do we think that this is the way to change in our own lives? Health - I was not the biggest supporter of my health in the early days of creating Join Up Dots. In fact I'm still not the most active person, but I am trying. I try to sleep more. I try to meditate through a series of breathing exercises and I try to eat the right things. Should I be doing more exercises like running and the like? Well yes, i should but I don't like doing it so I try to find the things that will make a difference in my own life. The same must go for you and to move forward to the life of success that you want you have to be focused on giving yourself the greatest chance of making a difference in your life. YOu need to make sure that your body is firing all cylinders and that my friends comes down to looking after yourself. Fun And Inspiration - How great is it to only be doing what you love doing? You wake up every morning with a Yay! instead of a Groan? Well i think it is mega important and I know that when I am doing something that inspires me and focuses my attention then the quality of work is better and the time goes quicker too. Why would you want to be working on something that bores you? It just doesn't make sense, but I promise you the world seems to do this very thing. Madness. So lets look at the last of the five dots that lead to success.....which as I said at the beginning is normally the piece that people start on first. Finance and Business - This is of course where people consider success to lie, but as we have already spoken about it just doesn't occur that way. You need to be ready for the battle and that comes with winning your inner game. If you join up you dots and really make a go and getting yourself mentally and physically in top condition then you are on you way to the life that you want. I hope sincerely that you enjoy the new and improved version of Join Up Dots and lets us know what you want to hear from us in the next few years moving forward. All the best and thanks for listening David
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Mon, 21 January 2019
Todays guest joining us on the show is a man who has created something, that as soon as I saw it I thought "Wow, I know many people who could do with this system" It's all down to giving you the ability to focus in on a task, when the world of distractions are flying around your head. You know what its like, you have an important piece of work to finish, but you just need to check Facebook for a second, and then of course the football results, and before you know it that piece of work takes longer and longer. Pressure and stress abounds Well as our guest says " After I left my corporate job, I spent several years struggling to build a life that allowed me the creative freedom to realize my potential, while still paying my bills. I worked as a freelance writer and tutor, started a business, and pursued numerous side hustles before eventually establishing myself as a professional coach for entrepreneurs, growth company executives, and Fortune 100 managers. Along the way, I tried everything I could find that promised to boost my productivity, and to stop myself from procrastinating and wasting time. I found productivity apps that helped me organize my to-do list, stay off social media, and manage my calendar. I also developed my own systems to set long-term goals, to plan my weeks more strategically, and to stick to a strong morning routine. After helping my coaching clients implement some of these tools, I realized that today’s digital workers need a solution for procrastination that didn’t exist: A community to connect with like-minded individuals committed to holding each other accountable, hour by hour, for actually doing the actions contained in those todo lists, productivity tools, and goal trackers. I created Focusmate to help independent workers break free of the shame and anxiety caused by chronic procrastination, and to enjoy the same benefits of accountability as clients paying thousands of dollars for coaching. Love this, truly love this. So when this idea popping into his head did he think like most people seem to do "That must be out there already, so what's the point?" And where does he find the biggest need for his services, from people who are just beginning or ones much further into the game who should know better. Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Taylor Jacobson Show Highlights We discussed so many deep subjects on the show such as: Why so many people fail to get an idea of the ground quite simply due to the fact that they have too many ideas. Taylor talks about "blundering" around in his career, which allowed him to experience many things that has led him to where he is today. We chat about finding the minimum viable product for any business as soon as possible, no matter how ugly it might be. And lastly……….. What would it be like if you didn't have to worry about business and only do what you love doing in life? Then perhaps its time to find a business partner who does.
Fri, 18 January 2019
In todays episode of Join Up Dots we talk about an issue that effects every single one of us in our lives. The feeling of disappointment. You know what its like. You study really hard for your exams, and when you get the results back you haven't done as well as you thought you would. Disappointment. You pluck up the courage to ask that person that you fancy out on a date, and they look at you and say "No, im ok thank you" Mega Disappointment......and i'm sure that you can think of many different forms of disappointment that occurs in your life everyday. Now, through the process of building Join Up Dots into what it is today, on a day to basis I have had crushing failures where success was mine to have. I have invested time and money into something worthwhile and all I got was a whack in the mouth and that feeling if disappointment that can knock you off track. However, what are we really feeling at these times in our lives? Well, i have been thinking about this more and more and I dont think that we are disappointed by the result, more to the fact of how we thought our life would change moving forward. It's actually the future version of ourselves that we are upset at missing out on. Our lives wont be going into the sexy world that we had been pining our hopes on as we would have liked. But here is the kicker. This is the real lesson to be had during the times when we receive news differently to what we were expecting. Our lives have not changed at all. We are in exactly the same position as we were two seconds before hand. We have the same money. We have the same health. We have the same past and present. It's just our desired future that is different and that has never existed anyway. So what are we getting disappointed about? A fantasy? The luxury holidays, the new car, paying off loans...it doesn't matter what it is as it's never happened. Its all in our heads. Therefore all we have to do is accept it for what it was, and set about making it what it is, and i guess this is the main truth of all. When we get that life that we want then it will be all the more sweeter and we can truly savour the achievement.
Wed, 16 January 2019
Becoming A Coach An Travelling The World Could Be Your Dream Job, But How Can You Make It Happen?
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is the type of guest that i love having on the show. She has gone through the journey of crap, anxiety and ultimately finding the thing that she was placed on this world to do and now is rocking it bigtime. She loves helping people change their lives, but not in a normal life coach type of way of “Lets get your head into the game and then life will be good” Instead as she says ” Im just a girl from the Midlands in the UK, an ordinary girl achieving extraordinary things. I believe every woman, regardless of background, experience or personality type can be financially free and in control of their life. I believe this because if I can, then anyone can! My mission is to help women all over the world to enhance their income, change their relationship with money and reach levels of success they never thought possible. I am committed to making YOU one of my many success stories! Now just three years ago, she wouldnt have been so positive as life was very different then As she says “Although I worked extremely hard in my career, I still got to the end of the month only to realise I had overspent and could nearly afford to pay my phone bill. I realised I was not equipped with the right mindset to stay motivated and make savvy financial choices, I also needed an education in how to make more money and invest my time and resources wisely. I have transitioned from a job into running my own business thinking that would solve my problems but I still didn’t know what steps I needed to take to create the life I really desired. I felt confused and anxious all of the time, the hard work and little results was killing my motivation. And then just over three years ago I had a major breakthrough. I discovered the world of self development and realised that for my whole life I had been studying the wrong thing. I had been working hard at trying to earn more instead trying to be more and think differently. I can now see that all of my financial struggle and mindset battles had a purpose – because now I know the difference between what works and what doesn’t when it comes to money, and I’m able to help you. And that is where we will bring her onto the show, by starting todays episode. So does she look back and think “I could have done this earlier” or did she need to go through the pain to be at the right point to make it happen? And where do people go wrong? Is it mindset or talent? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michelle Stonhill Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Michelle Stonhill such as: Why life is very much about travel today, leading to Michelle revealing how all her decisions are taken to now place her in the position to travel with her business. Michelle shares the three P’s of business, and explains why the personal approach to business more often than not overlooked. Michelle shares how she struggles with what she calls “fog in her business”, and needs to separate herself from her work to gain the clarity that she needs. Michelle discusses how she creates two distinct avatars to base her whole business around. One that is the the person starting out and the second where they want to be. and lastly…. Why Michelle reflect on the two male influences in her life as in many ways holding back from the future that is now hers to savour.
Mon, 14 January 2019
Today's guest on the Join Up Dots podcast is truly a pioneer in content marketing, having developed a video creation software platform long before video was king online. He is the co-founder and Chief Video Officer of Animoto, an award-winning online video maker that makes it easy for anyone to create professional-quality marketing videos, even if they have no technical skills and have never created a video before. With the mission of empowering everyone to create powerful videos regardless of age or experience, he founded Animoto with his high school and Dartmouth College friends back in 2006. Animoto’s certified partnerships with Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and the Small Business Administration give it unique insight into the changing social media and business landscape -- which may be why more than 1-million businesses around the world are already using Animoto to create marketing videos. Prior to founding Animoto, he was a producer for MTV Networks and Comedy Central. So why is video so powerful for any business today? And what is the key mistakes that he sees people making time and time again? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Jason Hsiao Show Highlights During the show we touched on such subjects with Jason such as: Most people have the shortest attention on video, so don't save the best for last, but get the good stuff out as quickly as possible. Why you have to nail your business's core values and strengthen as you get going. Without it you will be going around and around in circles. If you could be the best in the world at one thing then what would it be? Become a category of one and your money will grow exponentially. And lastly........... How the words of the late Steve Jobs might just be the worst business advice that he has ever heard (or actually the best for that matter)
Fri, 11 January 2019
Today's guest joining us on the show learned about small business from his family who were in the barbershop and auto salvage yard businesses. He climbed the corporate ladder outside of the family business, working in distribution, manufacturing and engineering consulting and professional services. He’s a 3 time INC 5000 honoree after becoming the CEO of a 17 year old cash strapped company and growing it at 50 percent per year for five straight years. He accomplished that by bootstrapping the business without outside money. He now helps small business owners run profitable and well respected companies through his consulting firm. As he says "My dad was a serial small business owner. I’ve known the challenges of building a small business all my life. I took what I learned at the family dinner table added in some education, and I’ve had success most people would love to have. Let me tell you building a business is hard, but it doesn’t have to be hard forever. So today I share my business tips to help as many small business owners as I can create the success they want in their companies." So when did business become easier for him, and he moved away from the hard times? And why do some people stay trapped in to the build forever, without gaining the true rewards. Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Philip Williams Show Highlights During the show we shared such deep conversations such as: We discuss the basis of setting up a sound financial accounting system from the very first day of entrepreneurship. Not sexy but so important. Why so many people struggle with the concept of trying to express their true value to their customer. Solve a problem people. and.......... Why you wont win every job that you pitch for, so dont worry about losing on the wrong client just focus on the right ones
Wed, 9 January 2019
In today's episode of Join UP Dots we share some hugely valuable advice that can quite simply be life changing for the world. You see the world is full of people who are looking for the perfect business idea, or the perfect this or that. They walk around with ideas coming to them all the time, and for whatever reason they fail to get going on them. It might be the case that they feel that someone has done it before. It might be the case that they feel that they haven't got the personal experience to deal with the technical aspects. It might even be the case that they are frightened of trying to do the thing that they want to do, so build an unreasonable idea of what is needed. They project into the future where everything is perfectly constructed and built and stop as they aren't near to where they have to be. The key thing is you will never be anywhere near to the vision that is in your head, so stop looking for perfection...it doesn't exist. I'll tell you a little story about a coaching client of mine called Chris. Chris is building a property investment business and has had one of his friends desperate to work with him for the last few weeks. This potential client, wants to work with Chris, has the money and is willing to start straight away, however Chris has been reluctant. The reason? Chris quite simply felt that his business wasn't at the point where everything was looking sexy and completed, so he dragged his feet. However, what does a customer really ask for? Sexiness or value? Or they looking for something that looks uber glossy and professional, or are they looking for and end goal and you are the person to supply it? Well the answer is obvious. They aren't looking for perfection from you, they are in fact looking for the services that you are able to provide. You do not need to offer them anything other than what they are actually looking for. So please dont get hung up on whatever is going through your head, just blast through it by taking consistent action everyday and little by little.......guess what? You end up with the perfection you are hoping for.
Mon, 7 January 2019
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a lady who I have had the delight to spend time with as she interviewed me on her own podcast Pure Mind Magic recently. She has been fascinated by magic since early childhood, when she got her first magic box at the tender age of seven. At the age of 15, Europe's largest magic association, the Magic Circle, became aware of her and a few years later she had the honor to be included in this exclusive circle. In a male-dominated genre, our guest is still one of the few internationally recognized professional wizards, and one of the most recognized and sought after magicians worldwide. But that's not all. The trained hypnotist and specialist in mental magic also deals with finding out how our mind is built. How our thoughts take shape in reality, whether parts of the future can be predicted which is of course a mystery that remains as inexplicable as magic itself. As she says " We only use a small percentage of our mind. Ever wondered why some people seem to get along very easy while others always struggle even with simple thing? The secrets to this mystery is in our mind. We do have kind of a superpower with the abilities we possess. There are ways to train them like muscle turning you into the mind magician of your own life and create the reality you always wanted. So does these deep insights into the world work as well in the business world as the professional world of entertainment? And how does her business operate? How do clients come like magic into her life, instead of chasing month after month like most people in the world? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Victoria Mavis Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Victoria such as: Why the power of achievement is as much due to consistency as it is any god given talent. Victoria shares how the business side of things becomes so much easier, once you learn to fascinate your audience more than sell to them. We discuss how Quantum Physics can be used to astonishing effect day in day out simply by powering up the brain. and lastly…. We share how magic occurs everyday in life by being present and welcoming to the opportunities that come your way.
Fri, 4 January 2019
Through Join Up Dots i have had the opportunity to meet many people across the world, whether on skype, conferences or even in pubs.
Most of them approach me as they have been a listener to the show, and after the normal preambles will generally hit with the same question every time.
"So how do you earn from the show?"
If they are really brave, or have consumed more pinot grigio than they should. they will follow this up with the question "How much do you earn from the show?"
Good questions both of them, as a podcast in itself isn't a money maker, it's one hundred percent lead generation.
People listen, people decide that I am trustworthy and then they connect with me and buy my products.
Now I could hit them with the answer of £xyz, giving them the figure down to the finest details but more often than not I dont.
Instead I answer "As much as I Want to earn", which I can see in their eyes is not the kind of response that they are hoping for but it's true.
Once you start creating momentum online you can literally earn what you want as long you provide the value that people want.
Value equals income, and the more people who want that value then the better you will do.
Totally different to working in a corporate environment, when you are not the person responsible for deciding how much that value is worth?
We all remember going to the job interviews and being offered a position for £30,000 a year, and skipping back home like we had just won the lottery.
Roll forward a year, and we beomoan this miserly reward for our efforts as we have now decided how much value we are actually bringing to the company and it's a lot more than £30,000.
In 2019 my aim for the show is to earn £500,000 for the year which means that I have to earn £41,666 per month. Is this a big ask?
Well yes in one regard, which is why I have spent the last five years working on the show to build the momentum.
However in the other regard, its quite simple. I just need to find what people need more and more, and then find a way of providing that so they buy from me.
Value +Scale = Income.
So the next time you are working at your job, or walking around thinking "I really want that car, how can i get it?"
Dont just think of loans, or potential bonuses. Instead start considering how you can bring value to someone and then multiply this value.
Thanks for reading and hope to see you again soon
Wed, 2 January 2019
Happy New to everyone who listens to the show, so how has it been already? Are you focused on the amazing opportunities and income busting ideas flowing around your head? Or are you instead hugging your pillow whilst thinking of that last pint and half of tequila that you consumed the night before? Well wherever you are today you will never have a better time to start taking the bull by the horns and making a difference in your life. It's new year resolution time, when you decide that you are going to run a marathon, stop drinking and take control of your life. You know the kind of stuff that starts with a bang and ends up with a whimper. You start with the best of intentions, keep going for a few weeks and then stop as you don't have the desire to keep it going. I think the better way of doing things, is start doing small things in October when you aren't trying to do them because of the calendar and see if you can keep them going. If you don't keep them going then it doesn't seem as much as failure. It was just something that you tried and it didn't work very well. Seems sensible to me for sure. So in Join Up Dots land for 2019, my focus is three fold: Make more money, enjoy myself more, and get a bit healthier. Im not setting out to recreate the wheel, just focusing in on a few things here and there that can make a big difference to my life. Develop the coaching side of the business at Join Up Dots first and foremost which you can check out here as this is now the big part of what we do at Join Up Dots. Bringing in over 15 years of experience in just 30 days we show you how to build a business that works online - BigTime. Thats it in a nutshell. Just three stages to the next phase of my life and of the Join Up Dots empire all being tackled in a measured and confident manner. Let us know what is happening in your life and we look forward to being with you hand in hand as you march your way to success. Happy New Year!!!!!!