Join Up Dots Podcast

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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???

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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.

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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.

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

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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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:42am UTC

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.

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

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.

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

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.

 

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:00am UTC

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)

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

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

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:49am UTC

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.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:52am UTC

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.

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

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

David

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

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!!!!!!

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

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