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Introducing Some Young Entrepreneurs In today's episode of Join Up Dots we highlight some young entrepreneurs who are really rocking and rolling in their fledgling bushiness's. Why are we bringing to the air such young folk, you maybe asking? Well, we find time and time again that the world is full of people who quite simply say "We haven't got enough experience to start anything!" This is of course a complete crock, and experience will only come after the action is taken. You might have heard of a global dominating podcast called Join Up Dots? Well before we launched this to the world we didn't have any experience of running a global hit podcast. We barely knew how to turn on a microphone and speak live to the world. You start, you make mistakes, you learn and you gain experience. So what about these young guys and gals, who are still in childhood and  The following information has be collected from the CNBC website, and you can find the original article here The Youngest Of The Young Entrepreneurs - Sebastian Martinez Sebastian Martinez, CEO, Are You Kidding? Source: Are You Kidding? He’s only 7, but he’s already CEO of his own company and a philanthropist. Sebastian Martinez’s passion for collecting bright and zany socks turned into a business when his mother suggested he design his own. The result was a company called Are You Kidding which Sebastian started at age 5. In 2014, Sebastian made $15,000 selling his specialty socks with the help of his director of sales and big brother Brandon Martinez. Since January revenue has continued to grow. “We have been able to already reach the $15,000 that we made last year and are on track to double and hopefully triple our sales this year,” Rachel Martinez, the president of the company and Sebastian’s mother, told CNBC. Are You Kidding teamed up with organizations like the American Cancer Society and the Live Like Bella Foundation last year to raise more than $3,000 for cancer awareness. In April, the company partnered with The Hue Studio and donated 25 percent of all proceeds from its “Eye See You” sock sales to Discovery Arts, a charitable organization that brings art programs to children with serious illnesses. EvanTube Source: YouTube What is it like to be a millionaire before you even hit puberty? Just ask 9-year-old Evan from EvanTubeHD. The face of the highly successful YouTube channel, Evan has been reviewing toys and building Lego sets online since he was 5, and it’s a staggeringly big business. This pint-sized entrepreneur has three channels on the video platform and more than 2.8 million subscribers. He has amassed more than 1.9 billion views on the platform and is estimated to make $1.3 million a year. “We’ve already maxed out certain accounts, so I think the college education is pretty much taken care of thank goodness,” Jared, Evan’s father, told NBC News in December. The father has not disclosed their family name. Alina Morse Alina Morse, CEO, Zollipops Michael Bezjian | WireImage | Getty Images Nine-year-old entrepreneur Alina Morse had a pretty sweet idea in 2014: create a sugar-free lollipop that tastes good and is good for you. With a little help from her father and a lot of research, Zollipops was born. These clean teeth pops are made with sweeteners xylitol, erythritol, stevia and other natural ingredients and help to neutralize acidity in the mouth, so the bacteria that causes tooth decay cannot grow. Last year, Alina racked up $70,000 in sales and was featured on the kids’ edition of “Shark Tank.” She’s now working to get Zollipops into dentist offices and schools across America. Moziah Bridges Moziah Bridges CNBC At 13, Moziah Bridges is well on his way to becoming a fashion mogul. This dapper CEO launched his bow-tie business, Mo’s Bows at age 9 and catapulted into the spotlight after becoming the youngest entrepreneur to appear on “Shark Tank.” His company made $350,000 in sales since 2011 and is expected to earn $250,000 in revenue for 2015, mother-manager Tramica Bridges told CNBC via email. Bridge’s collection is sold in shops and boutiques in six states and in his online store. So What Do These Young Entrepreneurs Have In Common? Amazing stuff from these young entrepreneurs. So what do they all have in common? Well for a start they weren't frightened of failure. Being so young they had nothing to lose as they started their own businesses. They weren't scared of looking stupid like so many of us who try entrepreneurship at a later age. These young entrepreneurs had a dream and made it happen. Return To The Top Of Young Entrepreneurs If you enjoyed this episode with some young entrepreneurs, why not check out other inspirational chat with Clayton Morris, Dorie Clark, and the amazing Niall Doherty You can also check our extensive podcast archive by clicking here– enjoy Audio Transcription Of Young Entrepreneurs Podcast David Ralph 0:01 Once upon a time, there was a guy with a dream a dream, which is Jobs himself online and have a kick ass life working when he wanted him where he wanted across the world. Little did he know that dream would lead him into a world of struggle, burnout and debt. Until he found the magic ingredient and knows drunk was became a thing of the past, of course, was bad person. And now My dream is to make things happen. BU Welcome to Join Up Dots. Intro 0:31 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 0:57 Yes, hello there. Good morning to you. Good morning to you. Good morning to you. Welcome to Join Up Dots. Join Up Dots. I want to start off with saying hello to a lovely lady called Kalia in Australia. Yes. Kalia Kalia. She comes from Australia. It's good to see you just stand naturally Australia, Australia, Kalia. And she dropped me an email the other day to ask me to help her with her homework. Basically, she signed up for leadership package. And she said, I recently found your podcast and have been bingeing them during my daily commute. I don't know if I ever get through them all. At the rate, you produce them. You are a sexy powerhouse, you say, get those in and you get to the top of their charts and I will respond to you. Actually, I respond to everyone I do. I try my best to respond to everyone. And so Kalia Kalia Kalia, she's from Australia. That there you go. You get your name check, you get your name check. Now what I wanted to do today. I realised recently, actually I've been a bit slack about saying thank you to people who have left ratings and reviews on Join Up Dots. And I listened to some other podcasts host and they they give name checks and I say thank you and stuff. Now it's it's a little bit boring for everybody else, but it's great for the person who's left the review. Okay? So I'm just going to do a few of these every now and again. And the first one I want to do because it's a special word is a guy called James McKay. Now, James McKay, if you're out there listening, I really want you to listen to this, okay? And I want everybody else to listen. It says given me the competence to start my own business listening to this podcast week in week out, has given me the competence to take the plunge and set up my own business. My only regret. I wish I had done it sooner. The guidance is tips and advice offered by David. It's been invaluable and I can only attribute the success I've had with my business to the valuable wisdom provided in these podcasts. So Mr. James McKay Big Big salute to you and a big round of applause and drop me a line at Join Up dots@gmail.com because I would love to have you as a guest on the show so that we can inspire even more people to take that leap and do things the right way. So James if you'd like to be a guest on Join Up Dots, oh, if other people know who James McKay CFP from United Kingdom is poking poking with a hot stick until he agrees to become a guest on Join Up Dots and I'd love to speak to you sir. But well done given me the competence start my own business know that competence is all in you. It really is. Okay, I just do one more. This is for mad and tired from United States. This show has amazing content from some powerful folks. Great Listen, definitely recommend it. Well, when I turned on the podcast this morning, my big powerful microphone. My throat Being a microphone in front of me. I thought to myself what you're talking about today? Because, yeah, we have a lot of content to fill, and it's not easy is not easy people. So I started looking at young entrepreneurs. And I thought I'd, I'd read them out for you, and you can go and you can google them. Because most of us go, you know, I haven't got enough experience, or I have can't do this, or I can't do that, or I'm too old. But there's guys out there and as these kids, and they're doing very, very well for them. Now, some of them I agree. Some of them have got their mums and dads behind them, okay. But they're still part of the business. They're still understanding entrepreneurial venture. And so I thought I'd bring them to you. I think I bring up to you, not hundreds, but just a few. Now, this is a great idea. Sebastian Martinez. why he's only seven years old, but he's already the CEO of his own company and a philanthropist Now you might say seven, seven. What's he doing? Well, Sebastian's passion for collecting bright and zany socks turned into a business when his mother suggested he designed his own. And the result was a company called, are you kidding? Which you can of course jump over and have a look at which Sebastian started at the age of five. Now, I do say that there's certain parts of this kids that, you know, he gets he kind of dumb, he kind of dumb but he's part of the process, okay, and he will grow into it. And the earlier you can get your kids to think about how to make their own money, the better. You know, it's not just about mowing lawns. Nowadays, it's about becoming YouTube stars and becoming Instagram famous and and whatever. But your young kids can do it. They're probably a lot better at doing things quickly on these devices, by the way are now in 2014. Sebastian made 15 grain setting his speciality songs with the help of his director. And big brother, Brandon Martinez and there's a picture of two of them. Brandon actually looks younger than him. I might be giving him doing them a disservice. But anyhow, he's the big director of sales. And since January revenue has continued to grow, we've been able to already reach the 15 grand that we made last year. And on track to double and hopefully triple our sales this year, the president of the company and Sebastian's mother told CNBC. Now are you kidding teamed up with organisations like the American Cancer Society, and liberal like Bella foundation last year to raise more than three grand for Cancer Awareness EC. He's putting things back people it's not all about, you know, bringing it into your life is putting it back, which hopefully comes across in Join Up Dots. Now in April, the company partnered with the huge studio and donated 25% of all proceeds from its ICU suck sales, to discovery arts, a charitable organisation that brings up programmes to help Children with serious illness. So funky socks. So if you're out there and you're good at drawing and you can find somebody to produce these things, then why not? What about funky underpants? Yeah, with pictures and stuff. I used to have a very special pair of white silky ones. These were classy. These were classy, white silky worms with from memory, I think they would kiss marks on them. But they might be love hearts. The old memory is fading. But they had superpowers. They had superpowers. And if I was wearing them, somebody else was going to see them. Somebody else was going to see them by the end of the night. I think you know, I think you know what I mean. And they but but I met my wife and they then magically disappeared and she says you don't need them anymore. Well bloody do if you've been married for 30 years like I have. You need I need an extra pair. That's what I need. What? Second one now this guy is quite funny. He's called Evan tube. Okay, that's not his surname, but he is actually a millionaire before you even hit puberty. Now, that's not bad. nine year old Evan from Evan to HD and he's the face of a highly successful YouTube channel. And he's been reviewing toys and building LEGO sets online since he was five, and it's a staggeringly big business. Now, this pint sized entrepreneur has three channels on the video platform and more than 2.8 million subscribers just watching him review toys. And he's amassed more than 1.9 billion views on the platform and is estimated to make 1.3 million a year. We've already maxed out certain accounts so I think the college education is pretty much taken care of. Thank goodness his father says, and the father has not disclosed their family name. Gonna be quite easy to find him if he's on YouTube, I would have bought by any anyhow. Okay, so Opening box is big business nowadays, I never understand that you go to YouTube and you see somebody make an amazing documentary and they get five views and somebody opens a box and talks about it. And you know, it's 40,000 in three minutes, don't really understand it. But once again, it's something that you can do. The minimum expense is only Time, time and effort. Get your own YouTube channel just like Evan and start. Start making it happen for yourselves. Okay, I've been with the two more, do two more. Okay. And these are all new to me. I haven't read these. So there's a gal called Elena moss, and she looks like from the picture she's got something to do with lollipops. Now nine year old entrepreneur, Alina moss had a pretty sweet idea in 2014, creating a sugar free lollipop that tastes so good. And it's also good for you. With a little help from her father and a lot of research Zoe pops was born and these colours Teeth pops a major sweeteners lately very good with stevia and other natural ingredients. There's some words that are can't pronounce and help to neutralise the acidity in the mouth so the bacteria that causes tooth decay cannot grow. Last year, Alina racked up 70,000 in sales and was featured on the kids edition of shark tank. She's now working to get Zani pops into dentist offices and schools across America. How about that 70 grand just by doing lucky top pubs. Now, the storey about all these three so far is persistence. They've got to get it going. They've got to bring something slightly unique to market and they've got to enjoy it as well and put it all together like a Lena. She's obviously creating value because kids like to eat sweets and candy and so parents will be happy to buy those for them if I think they're doing good stuff. If you can put something into somebody's head But actually makes their life better, when it's even better is even bigger when you know you can really find a home and make things happen because it does take a time to start by James McKay, you will know. Should we do one more? Should we do one more? Let's find this one. Okay, let's go with this. You know, I've skipped one. I'm going to keep it in order. Moza bridges at 13. Messiah bridges is well on his way to becoming a fashion mogul. Now this kid, to be honest, looks a bit of a freak. He's He's nine years old and he's wearing a suit and a bow tie. What nine year old kid who doesn't want to get beaten up at school is going to walk around like that, but Messiah if that's your thing? you're rocking it right now. This dapper CEO launched his bow tie business. Mo's Bows at age nine. Okay. Oh, I hadn't read that bit. That's why he's wearing a bow tie. And he kept catapulted into the spotlight after becoming the youngest entrepreneur to appear on Shark Tank. He's company made 350 grand in sales since 2011. and is expected to earn 250,000 in revenue just for 2015. And doubling each year from then on. He's collection is sold in shops and boutiques in six states, and in his own online store. Brilliant. I love this. I love always I could just keep going. But, of course, you don't want to hear more about these people. You want to get out there and you want to start doing yourself. You want to start building success. And success is reasonably easy to do. As I say, I'm going to give it to you once again. You've got to look around and you've got to find value that people want and provide that value and do it the easiest way possible. So you get a life and you can scale and you can just walk away from it. And it really isn't that hard. You know, I've created what we created with six businesses. This week, no more than that knowing businesses this week with different people yet they're not to the full stage. But they've already now got their ideas and they're starting to work on it and F planning and they're finding their ideal customers. And there are billions and billions of business ideas. And when people say, I can't think of anything, I always say to them, it's because you're not thinking the right thing. Okay? Look around you and look at, you know, I'm sitting here at my desk, there's a pen, that's the business, there's an F, Russia, business, there's a mark business, everything you look at, you would have bought, so that is business, you've got clothes on your back, that's business. Every single thing can be pivoted slightly so that you become a niche expert. And in the niche, you become rich. So don't sit out there go I can't think of anything is only because you're not getting your brain working like these kids have to Find value, look at something and look at a mug and we drink coffee out a mug something, okay? If I take that mug and do something different to that mug, how can I make it more appealing to people just start getting those ideas and jot them down. And you could be the next guest on the next episode of Join Up Dots. Until next time, thank you so much for listening to us. Thank you for everybody else. I'm going to give another name check for somebody who should we have? We're gonna have fantastic energy in as inspiration from Chester 454 or 5333 from the United States, slightly different week after week, but always inspiring energy and an upbeat Listen, until next time, Look after yourselves and I will be here waiting for you. Cheers guys. See ya. Bye bye. If you're inspired to live a life on your own terms, working when you want where you want yc it sit back and make the decision of how much you want to earn today. Man, it's all totally doable and nowadays easier than ever, head over to the startup business school at Join Up dots.com and check out the video testimonials from just a few of the students that are now building their dream businesses after going through our coaching sessions and if that excites them book a time to speak to me one to one to make sure you have what it takes to become the next success of our conveyor belt that started business school at Join Up dots.com

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Introducing Greg Koberger Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a lady who for many years worked in the corporate environment. He hails from the lovely town of Schaghticoke (pronounced scat-a-coke) in upstate New York. After attending RIT he made the move to San Francisco where he’s worked for Mozilla, and freelanced for a bunch of startups. In fact when Greg interviewed at Mozilla, he was asked where he wanted to be in five years. His answer? Well most of the time you would expect a response in the line of "I want to firmly providing daily value to your customers and stakeholders" or other such waffle. Our guest today instead answered "Running my own startup." Four years and 363 days later, after several starts and stops, years of freelancing, and a failed Y Combinator application, he achieved his goal just ahead of deadline. It proves that the glamorous world of startups are just as prone to failure as they are global success. Interestingly,  early on, Greg discovered a unique team-building exercise in escape rooms. He values the game so much, in fact, that he decided to build his own: Startup Escape. and to date hundreds of companies have gone through this immersive experience in San Francisco, earning it quite the reputation among startups. So why does he feel driven to put himself under so much strain and workload, when remaining as an employee would quite often be so much easier? And what are the big lessons that he carries with him everyday. as he looks back and joins up his dots to where he is today? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Greg Koberger. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such dreamy subjects with Greg Koberger such as: Greg shares how the inspiration for starting his own escape room and why he thinks these are amazing ventures for his creativity. We discuss "The Dip" that all businesses suffer with when starting their own business. Greg reveals how it took him five years to get any sense of success in his business, but that is totally fine as he learnt so much and lastly...... We talk about what energises us in our businesses (and more often than not its what we do away from it all that makes the biggest difference)

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Today's guest is a lady who has had many careers in her life, so it will be of great interest to discover if she feels what she is doing now is THE thing. She was a Wall Street Investment banker with a desire for fashion she could wear to work,to dinner,on weekends,and on world travels. She needed the perfect dress that could do it all,but couldn’t find it. So, Sarah made it herself. Inspired to make the most comfortable,versatile,vibrant fashion on the market, Sarah launched Leota in 2011 on the principles of empowerment, size-inclusiveness, and optimism. What began with one perfect dress made on Sarah’s home sewing machine has become a complete women’s fashion collection carried in more than 500 fine retailers globally and at the company’s flagship Boutique in Manhattan. Under Sarah’s leadership,Leota scaled up to become one of the fastest-growing women-led companies in the U.S. How The Dots Joined Up For Sarah Sarah is a 2-time Inc.500 CEO,a Smart CEO Future 50 award winner,has been honoured in Women 2 Watch in Retail Disruption,and won Game Changer of the Year for 2 years straight. Drawing on her experience growing up a world class martial artist, 2-time national Kungfu champion and world tournament competitor,Sarah knows performance under pressure. You can do any thing in a Leota dress,and Sarah is here to prove it.  She cycled a 300-mile ride in Leota to raise money to fight AIDS. She even completed a triathlon in Leota. Sarah is a muse to women in the real world. Whether it’s fashion, interiors, career, or lifestyle, her taste and authenticity are celebrated. She is a sought-after speaker on entrepreneurship and the business of fashion,and hosts her monthly web show, The She Suite. Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to join up dots with the one and only Sarah Carson Show Highlights During todays show we discussed such weighty subjects with Sarah Carson: Sarah shares how she loves the idea of what men get to choose everyday due to its simplicity. We discuss the epiphany of when the business first came to the fore in her mind, and then the dip that effects all companies  We reveal how entrepreneurship is one of the loneliest adventures you can enter into, with Sarah sharing how she overcame this in her life. and lastly....... Sarah shares how nothing is going to stop her from moving forward to success. She might have a few dark nights, but the next day is game on! How To Connect With Sarah Carson Website Facebook Linkedin Twitter Return To The Top Of Sarah Carson If you enjoyed this episode with Sarah Carson why not check out other inspirational chat with Clayton Morris, Dorie Clark, and the amazing Niall Doherty You can also check our extensive podcast archive by clicking here – enjoy Audio Transcription Of Sarah Carson Interview 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 0:25 Yes. Good morning to you. Good morning to you. And good morning. Again, welcome to another episode of at Join Up. Dots are the kind of show that just can go in any direction. And in today's show, we're whizzing across the pond like we always seem to do and we're speaking to a lady who's in New York City now. She's a lady who's had many careers in her life, so it will be a great interest to discover. If she feels what she's doing now is verifying the thing that she was born to do. She was a wall street investment banker with a desire for fashion, and the kind of fashion she could wear to work to dinner on weekends and on well travels. She needed that perfect dress. Yeah, you know what he's like fellas, we need that perfect dress that could do it all but she couldn't find it. So she made it for herself and inspired to make the most comfortable, versatile, vibrant fashion on the market. She launched liotta in 2011 or later I should have asked her on the principles of empowerment, sighs, inclusiveness and optimism. Now what began with one perfect dress made on our home sewing machine has become a complete women's fashion collection carried in more than 500 fine retailers globally and that the company's flagship boutique in Manhattan now under her leadership, she's scaled to become one of the fastest growing women led companies in BUS. She is an aide to time incorporated 500 CEO a smart CEO future 50 Award winner has been on it. She's done loads of things. But drawing on her experience growing up a world class martial artist two time national kung fu champion and World Tournament competitor she knows perform under pressure, you can do anything in one of our dresses and she's here to prove it. She cycled every hundred mile ride, to raise money to buy aids and she even completed a try Apollon in her clothes. She's a muse to women in the real world, whether it's fashion interiors, careers or lifestyle, a taste and authenticity, our celebrity celebrity celebrated, I should have said that better. She's a sought after speaker. So let's get her on the show. So is this the kind of thing that she just knew from from when she started, it was going to be her thing. And Where could she have done it better? Well, let's find out as we bring onto the show to start Join Up Dots with the one and only Sarah Carson. Good morning, Sarah, how are you? Sarah Carson 2:44 Good morning. Great to be here, David. David Ralph 2:47 It's great in it. Did you feel celebrated. It's a new word that I've just created or do you do you feel celebrated by the world outside? Sarah Carson 2:55 Oh, I think being celebrated by David Ralph is pinnacle of my career so far. David Ralph 3:02 You say you're winning me over. You're winning me over already. It's gonna be an Emmy Award winning podcast. I think this is now you're speaking to the right guy because I am a fashion driven. I know what works. I wear tricky bottoms and a white t shirt 99% of the time. I don't understand fashion at all. What am I missing? What am I missing? What makes something that's fashionable and also useful? Sarah Carson 3:29 Well, I think fashion is about expressing who you are. It's like we put on who we are every day. It's an expression of your identity, which is what's so awesome about being in the fashion business. It's like, you're part of every customers decision about how they want to project to the world each day. And so, the beautiful thing is there's no real recipe for that. But I think what matters about fashion is that it feels good that it feels comfortable that you can feel like you could be your true self and that and if that's sweatpants and a T shirt for you then you go girl. What I wanted. What I wanted to do with liotta is create something that could really work for women every day. I mean, the demands on our lives these days from work home, you know, place of worship, community volunteering, can you have a friends, your spouse? What if you had one thing that you could do everything in? That would be a huge win. So that's why I'm in this. David Ralph 4:30 Well, isn't that just Truckee bottoms in a white t shirt? Is that not the kind of thing that you can do everything in Sarah Carson 4:34 100%? Especially if you're a podcast? host? David Ralph 4:37 Yeah, absolutely. Because my wife my women are different. We know women to be different. And my wife will go out to buy a new outfit. And when she comes back, I look at it and I think it's the same as you've got in the cupboard. It looks exactly the same and she says no, it's not that one's got gold colour and not one does this and does. It's a bit of a math being a woman isn't it? And I used to work in the City of London and I used to just put on a tie a shirt and a suit and that was it. But I know that ladies, there was even a pressure to be at work but I couldn't repeat. And they you know, Christmas dues, they had to wear something different from last time. It was just a big pressure. Sarah Carson 5:18 Well that's why I find men's fashion actually really inspiring David because it's so easy for men to have a uniform. You know, when you are working in London, you can wear the same button down and tie every day and he's totally fine. You know, Steve Jobs as I know is one of your you know, someone that has been a mentor for you. If he wore the same turtleneck every day of his whole career. I love that. And I admire that a lot about men's fashion and so I wonder if there could be a uniform for women. Where there they knew there was one thing they could put on and be transformed into the best version of themselves. Does it because it is iconic As you say, the Steve Jobs Look, you know, I don't know how many years he wore that. But if I close my eyes and think of Steve Jobs, it's about outfit. If I think of like Mark Zuckerberg, he's wearing a grey t shirt, basically, you know, David Ralph 6:13 unless he's being pulled into government and being pillared before he's performance. Ben, he has to wear a suit. But generally, it's that thing about not having to think about what you're wearing. That's what I was going to do it, isn't it, it takes a decision away. Sarah Carson 6:28 Yeah. And I always say, you know, you can't change the world in uncomfortable clothes. Right. And David Ralph 6:35 is that is that your standard response to most things? Sarah Carson 6:39 Well, yeah, because you look at what women are expected to do. And then it's just like, Are you serious? Right now, I'm supposed to wear these heels and these tight clothes and these Spanx, it's like, forget about it. So you know, it's funny when I was an investment banker, there were very, they're still very few women working in the industry, but the women would be kind of like cooped up in these like Tight office ladies suits that were kind of like women's versions of the men's power suit. And it's conforming, constricting. And I just started to think like, What if there was a better way, and meanwhile, strolling down the street in New York or LA, I would see women wearing exercise clothes, walking down the street, and I was like, What if there were a fashion option for women that were as comfortable as wearing yoga pants or exercise clothes, or jeans and a T shirt, but was actually appropriate for our lifestyles today? David Ralph 7:39 I love the fact that you say strutting down New York because I've just been there for a few weeks. You don't stop more than about two inches without stopping because somebody is in your way. It's the it's the busiest place I've ever been to in my life. Sarah Carson 7:52 Yeah, it really is and actually was cool. for women's equality day a couple weeks ago, we took over time square with Is the probably the busiest corner in the world with a message of empowering women celebrating all of the progress we've made and the kind of struggle towards equality, and also getting motivated for the work that still needs to come. So that was pretty awesome to be in Times Square. And instead of seeing all of the ads to see this kind of feminist message for all our customers, oh, yeah, you can't move very much. Your tone is David Ralph 8:33 terrible. I didn't know how busy it was. I went many years ago, it was a YU breeding like rabbits over there. I think. I think that's the problem. I think we should bring in contraception and then give it out to everybody. You know, it doesn't matter. Instead of having movies, get on a bus tour things give out condoms on the street. That's what we want. Sarah Carson 8:54 Yeah, I would support that maybe for for different reasons, but yes, 100% Let's get some positive contraception women's health approach here in the States. You know, that's got to be a priority. David Ralph 9:09 Yeah. And I will be your your flagship, I will be the person forcing that through if anybody can bring in women health changes is going to be me, isn't it? Sarah Carson 9:19 Oh, thank you, David. I love this intersection between feminism and podcasting. So let's do this. David Ralph 9:25 Let's do this. Let's bring it all together. Now one of the things that we talked about on this show over time is the entrepreneur journey. That's basically you know, the whole thing. Now, I am amazed by what you created, because everything that I've spoken to across the world always starts with an idea of I save everything is created twice, once in your head and then once in real life. Now, you actually started with a sewing machine, which amazed me but anybody still has sewing machines. And you actually vain took that idea. How did you do it? So I don't teach you moving away. From condoms I'm not interested in that anymore. I mean, you and how did you do it? Sarah Carson 10:04 Well I started to see this trend in fashion where people wanted to be comfortable and I thought that was awesome but there I searched everywhere for this perfect dress that would be that would feel really cute though it feel beautiful in but I would also feel comfortable and like I could move and do the things I need to do. I can find this thing anywhere. So I decided to make it myself. And before I was an investment banker, I was an artist I loved to make things. So basically by day I was closing multibillion dollar deals for Fortune 50 companies and by night I was sewing and it was a I had a hobby, which is awesome. It's hard when you work on Wall Street. It's exactly like what you see in the movies. Hundred hour work weeks. Watching the sun come up over Park Avenue. I mean so many hours spent in tight office lady clothes, so it was this amazing way to unwind by making something that was going to feel amazing. And honestly, I got so many compliments and orders from friends and family after a while that I thought I might really be onto something bigger. So I decided to go for it. And it was super risky and kind of crazy. I mean, I'm a first born, traditional success driven person. So to like quit, one of the most coveted jobs in the world was, you know, really not in my DNA. David Ralph 11:37 And did you have people saying, Sarah, Sarah, what the hell are you doing? You have to be here for another 40 years and you can add that office on the corner can all that kind of stuff. Sarah Carson 11:47 Well, I had a lot of success at the bank that I was working at, and I could have done anything in that business. But I felt that I wanted to do something that I was really passionate about and I honestly didn't receive that much pushback. I mean, you would have thought I've involved parents, you would have thought my parents would have said, Sarah, you're crazy. What are you thinking? But I think that they ultimately wanted me to be happy to and they lied to me early on. They told me that I was supposed to be that I was going to love my career and that it was going to be like, so fun and amazing to have a career. And I got into my career in business and Wall Street, and I was like, Guys, this is not fun. This is not interesting. It's sexist. It's 100 hour weeks. It's like a little bit uninspiring. What's wrong with this picture? David Ralph 12:42 Come on, come on. Come on. I've been in bang, I'd have done thinking and I've done ensuring insurance as well. It's the most boring job, when you say is a little bit less than inspiring. sitting there looking at spreadsheets and making other people richer. It's terrible. It's the worst job ever. So I love the way that you had that venom of my parents lied to me. Sarah Carson 13:08 They lied to me. David Ralph 13:10 bonkers and look at me now look at me you know what I've done? And so I'm sure they're massively proud of you now. Unknown Speaker 13:16 Yeah, I think they are. Do not know Ben. David Ralph 13:19 Nice if you never asked him Sarah Carson 13:23 Well, I'm sure yeah, I'm sure the I'm proud of me. How do I know my parents are proud of me? Oh, David, I didn't know we are going to go here and so like deep childhood, Unknown Speaker 13:38 like that's Welcome sir. Sarah Carson 13:42 Well, I think I'm the firstborn of my family. I think there's always a lot of pressure on me to have traditional success. And like I don't know where you are in your birth order. But you know, like my little sister got like all the allowance like didn't have to have a job like that sent all over the world on my parents dime, you know, like, very Different experience and for me though, like, you need to have a job and you need to, you know, make sure you have like, you know, be the valedictorian and everything which was fine by me. I mean I was very successive and as well and I actually ended up naming liotta after my great grandmother. And that's because my family has been a huge inspiration to me. And so I think by naming my company after my family has tied everybody to the success and the storey, so you could have David Ralph 14:38 you could have called it you liars. have been I would have gotten a message one night. Yeah, I'm glad you went the way you did. And the reason I asked that is I'm very aware that my parents like they never say anything nice. They never say anything and never say I love you. You know, I can say to my mom on the phone, Lucky mom. She says yet another Never going to be back. By don't hug if I don't do anything. And it was something I grew up with. So I didn't realise but my wife, my wife will hug lampposts she had anything and so she sort of says you know why why do they do that? It's just the way they are. So when they started you know, when when we had our first child for example, and we stood and we said to my mama Daddy, you can be grandparents they went well hope you know what you're doing that there was there was no sort of great congratulations or anything. And so what I've created on my side of the fence here, only a small little ripple in the in the ocean of liotta course. But um, I've got no idea if they're proud or anything, so he's just, it's a leading question to make me wonder if I'm on my own. Am I on my own? Do we all need parental praise somewhere down the line? Sarah Carson 15:50 Well, ultimately, I mean, this is probably sounds a little bit depressing. But as entrepreneurs, I think it is one of the loneliest endeavours you can do and That was something that really surprised me when I first started my company. I always had like, good relationships with my team members and everything at work. But I didn't really realise how important that was until I started my brand. And I was the only person and it was a little bit lonely. And that surprised me. And I didn't realise how much having a community around what I'm doing can really feed me. So later in life I later in my entrepreneurship journey, I really worked on that like joining groups with other entrepreneurs to kind of approximate that co founder feeling. So yeah, I think it is a profoundly alone experience. Being an entrepreneur. David Ralph 16:50 I agree with you totally. I do agree with you totally. Because on the very first episode of Join Up Dots I ever recorded, I actually said to the guy, do you ever get lonely you know, because I gone from an office environment where there was everyone to sitting on my own. He said, No, never get lonely. And I thought, brilliant, that's why I'm never gonna get lonely. And suddenly I didn't see anyone. And he got particularly lonely at like Christmas when everybody was going after Christmas parties. And I think, Well, I haven't had a single invite, but you bet you don't in this environment. You know, it is It's strange. How do you find that support, but actually is worthwhile to you? Not virtually, but the real people that you can really trust as you're ploughing through the dark times that we have in entrepreneurship, and it happens to everyone, as you find a good one so Sarah Carson 17:38 well as entrepreneurs. Well, pretty much in any entrepreneur who's listening to this will know everybody wants something from you, as soon as you have your own company. And, and I mean, it's so New York, it's so LA. It's like, Hi, how, what do you do? How can I like that? something from you. I mean, it's just it's a very transactional, which is great because that can be really efficient. But it's also kind of sad. And I constantly get requests for my time, like, come to this dinner, come to this meeting, join this virtual group. I mean, there's zillions of them now, which is amazing because I think people have realised how important community is for people that are really trying to change the world and trying to create something new. But finding the right ones is super crucial. So I joined entrepreneurs organisation A few years ago, and that was like a total game changer for me because all of a sudden, I was part of this group of founders who were going through the same thing as me, like how do we scale up our businesses? In some cases? How do we scale them down? How do we deal with suddenly being responsible for every single aspect of the company and that intersection between personal and professional needs to be addressed and groups that do that I think are super important. Because how many things you listen to where you only get the highlight reel, like you open up for so you look at the cover of entrepreneur, it's like this person's perfect journey towards success straight to the top. And, you know, it took five days to make $500 million. And me those and I'm like, Well, I suck. You know, I wasn't able to do that. My that my experience was like a lot messier than that. I mean, obviously, this person didn't have an entire container of their product, stuck on a container with someone else's endangered species pelts. They got stuck in customs for like two months. I mean, these are the sorts of things that are out of our control that like can seriously derailed business. And so it's neat to find groups and like podcasts like this, are people going to tell you the real deal? It's like, it's like What Messier, then Entrepreneur Magazine would have, I think, David Ralph 20:05 Yeah, I agree with you. I agree with you. I was just saying to the wife a moment ago, my business is going great. So it's wonderful. But I still feel behind the scenes away from the sexy front piece. I feel like it's a incredible jigsaw puzzle where I haven't quite got it all together. And it's, it's, you know, it's making great money, brilliant. People are listening in their files is brilliant, but it's not where I want it to be. And I'm very aware with myself as a podcaster. When I first started over six years ago, there was a phase when I'd say yeah, I'm a podcaster. And people would go and what's bad and I'd have to explain it. And then there was a bit where it seemed to open loads of doors. But now literally, every person every down and out on the street has got a microphone and they're all saying their podcast hosts and it's, it's kind of saturated, and I'm I'm looking forward to the time when all the people paga actually, a move on to something else. And I go right, I'm still here, come and come and listen to me. And I sort of ride through. But is it's messy behind the scenes, isn't it, you've always got things that you need to do. You've always got things that you're launching to the world, but isn't quite where it should be. And the vision, a vision is always harder to get than you can possibly think that's probably some words. And then we're going to delve back into this because it's very, very important is Oprah. Oprah Winfrey 21:27 The way through the challenge is to get still and ask yourself, what is the next right move? not think about, Oh, I got all of this. What is the next right move? And then from that space, make the next right move, and the next right move and not to be overwhelmed by it because you know, your life is bigger than that one moment. You know, you're not defined by what somebody says, is a failure for you because failure is just there to point you in a different direction. David Ralph 21:59 Now Bed good words for this conversation on I Sarah Carson 22:03 love you, Oprah. Yeah, totally. Now, I mean, I love that because it's like, so daunting to think of where you want to get. You can't do that in one day, can spend a lot of people into a spiral David Ralph 22:16 where you can and which gets me to where you are because from the outside looking at you, you're a natural fit. You're a glamorous lady, you're wearing bright colours, you just look like a fashion person. But of course, there was a time when you was probably wearing grey suits and black suits and sitting there. That journey, that mental journey of actually saying I'm going to do something different from everybody else. How did you overcome that? Sarah Carson 22:52 I think at a deep level, it was about becoming who I truly am and joining up the dots, wink wink between who I was on the inside and how I projected myself on the outside. And when I was an investment banker cooped up in my tight office ladies suits, trying to be one of the guys. You know, I spent my I grew up and spent my early career being led by white men in suits. And a lot of them were really nice. But it was impossible to to not start equating leadership with a certain race and gender that most of us simply can never be. And so I sort of realised within that environment as important it is as it is to make change from within that if I was going to truly be able to become a leader and embrace my femininity, then I was probably going to have to do something else. And so I think that women like me who are stepping up and taking their shot and founding their own companies are claiming kind of a transformational opportunity. Because now I mean women can look at their leadership and see themselves reflected. And I think that representation and that self expression is so important. And I'm excited to be on the forefront of that. At Liotta, the boss has frizzy hair tattoos have penchant for red lipstick and and I'm the boss are in my voice. My face has authority. And that's really different from the way I grew up in my career. Does that make sense? David Ralph 24:55 Women are taking over the world at the moment. It does it It certainly does. It PIP Women are taking over the world. It certainly, from my view, the fact that we've now got like a on a flippin level, a female doctor who now when I was growing up that would never have happened and the fact that they're saying there should be a female James Bond and there should be a female, there is definitely a movement towards ladies now it's brilliant. And I go, you know, if you can do a job as well as a man, go for it, you know, and then you shouldn't be held back. I don't want a woman James Bond. I don't. And I don't you know, I think there's certain levels but it's too far. Sarah Carson 25:38 Well, maybe it's not going to be the same thing. Maybe it's something different that can be just as exciting and powerful. Definitely just doesn't work David Ralph 25:48 that Cody James Bond. Unknown Speaker 25:50 How about Jamie? David Ralph 25:55 It's too It's too close is too close. But I do think there is a certain movement at the moment which is Which is great. And I do you know, I'd like to see it spread to all areas because there's there's nothing that can hold anyone back. Other than being a female James Bond that's not going to happen but away from every single person out there listening should be out but to go I want to do that I want to be the next Carson. I want to have frizzy hair tattoos and bright lipstick and be respected and they want to do that they can make it happen calmly. Sarah Carson 26:28 Well, yeah, and I think it's it's still feels like a little bit radical because I think our concept of leadership still looks like a certain person that students are not a Sarah Carson look and feel. But I think with every person that steps out and gives it a shot and works for a woman, start so company helps out a woman next to them. We're making those small, important steps kind of like Oprah was saying David Ralph 27:01 Now with the designs that you do, I was predicting up and down and to be honest, I didn't spend that long because I don't know what I'm looking at. It's just nice dresses. But women come in all different shapes and sizes that does your company cope for all types of women or is it very much focused on the real skinny ones? The larger ones are what is your offering? Sarah Carson 27:24 liotta is the OG size and fits a brand we've been bucking the fashion industry is systemic sizes and since day one offering sizes extra extra small through five x. Back in the early days, I actually had to fire my agent and my photographer in order to even do a campaign featuring a plus size model next to the industry's quote unquote straight models. And and then that was really radical back then because people thought well, no one's going to buy the product if it if we show somebody that's not like 18 Caucasian and and sin but I said forget that beauty comes in all shapes sizes, colours, ethnicities sexuality genders and so it's really important for me to represent that with my brand Unknown Speaker 28:18 so I think the future of fashion and when you say extra extra small David Ralph 28:22 yeah when you say extra extra small are we talking about drove drove Are we just talking very little people Sarah Carson 28:29 we're talking about some very well people David Ralph 28:31 but not drove your you're alienating too often? Sarah Carson 28:35 I would I would say I'm not sure we're supposed to say dwarfs anymore, David. But oh one little people are included in the liotta world because I think beauty doesn't have to do with size. And that's got it that's got to

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Today's episode of Join Up Dots brings you two very different stories from the world of business success.

One is from a guy in the United Kingdom who first connected with us at Join Up Dots back in 2015.

His name is Neil C Hughes, who runs the Tech Talk Daily Podcast and just recently has hit over 1,000 episodes.

The second guy is a chap who first connected with us at Join Up Dots about two years ago, and wasn't in the right position to start building his own dream.

Roll on a couple of years and he has now created a million dollar business in just three weeks.

Amazing stuff

So where do you sit in regards to building your own dream?

Ready to play the long game, or wanting to hit it out of the park as quickly as you can?

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Introducing Zachary Babcock Zachary Babcock is todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who is an entrepreneur, business coaching and ex-prisoner who has turned his life around spectacularly. As the founder of Underdog Empowerment, he teaches underdog entrepreneurs to launch, grow, and monetize top shelf passive income businesses and personal brands. But it hasn't been easy and as he says "I had to learn the hard way as I began building my business. It was time to get to work when I got out of prison on October 2nd, 2014. It definitely wasn’t easy. I got into entrepreneurship because I didn’t have many options, plus I liked the idea of betting on myself. How The Dots Joined For Zachary However, it was a struggle, and I barely got by. I did network marketing for 2 years, made almost $2k a month within my first 6 months, but that just wasn’t my thing. My business crumbled and I left after 2 years. At the very beginning of 2017, I became a ‘life coach’. I didn’t make a single penny or help anybody as a life coach because my messaging was a hot mess. And like everyone just starting out, I sucked. Every time I tried to collaborate with anyone, nobody took me seriously. I was just some ex-convict turned entrepreneur afterthought that nobody gave the time of day to. “Who is Zachary Babcock?” But nowadays things are looking very much different as his profile and business continues to grow month on month. So what has made this platform so successful, when the web is full of similar ideas that never got off the ground? And is this is lifetime legacy or just a stepping stone to what is in his heart and mind? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Zachary Babcock Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep weighty subjects with Zachary Babcock such as: Zachary shares how he struggled so much with creating a marketing strategy due to the confusion of his personal branding. Once he got clear on who he is, the business exploded. Why it is so important to really believe in your product and the value that you are able to provide. If you don't then you will never see that value come back to you. Zach shares how he is developing multiple incomes through his business, whilst never losing track of his key focus/ and lastly...... We discuss why so many people who come out of prison aren't actually ready to change their lives. In fact they need help to actually want the change to occur in the first place.

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Introducing Tim Collings Tim Collings is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a Brit living in in Australia. Tim started out his corporate working career as many of us do. Constrained by the boundaries of a system Tim quickly realised that the way he thought about things was different to the way the boss wanted things done. Luckily Tim had some great bosses and strong leaders that recognised that his potential for greatness resided not within a system but with servicing clients and delivering on their needs and once he was let off the leash so to speak he kicked goal after goal. However like many successful employees Tim wanted more and ultimately he wanted his own business. All the years within the corporate framework set Tim up nicely to make the transition into his own business. As he says " I spent 15 years working in global corporates both finding my way as a leader, and really feeling the difference between leaders who tried to model the business on themselves rather than those who nurtured the capability of their leadership team, fostering their talents and strengths." This insight has now lead him to have a great perspective on leadership and is highly experienced in working closely with many of Australia’s top executives. Tim’s ideas and thoughts around value based leadership are not just interesting, but pragmatic and highly effective. Tim is recognised as one of the top people in the field of leadership in Australia. So what makes a person a truly great leader that not only shines in their own office, but across the globe too? And where does he find the inspiration to challenge this information into his own successful business? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Tim Collings. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep weighty subjects with Tim Collings such as: We shared the journey that Tim took as he leaped across the world to find a new home and live a life of adventure. Why the word selfish isn't actually a bad thing if you can then take that decision and start serving the world better. Why so many people struggle with knowing that the service that they can provide will get better  in the future, although previous customers have missed out. and lastly...... Tim shares how he manages his time and his energy both at the start of the day and also at the end. This is a game changer.

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In today's episode we share a few learnings from some conversations we have had with listeners across the world this week. Over the last week or so we have had conversations with 35 people talking about their dreams and inspirations.

So many of them seemed to fail to grasp that it takes a bit of work to get the dream life.

In fact you have to do the dirty stuff that makes the dream come true.

But are you willing to do the dirty stuff?

I bet you arent, no matter how much you want your life to change.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:13pm UTC

Introducing Remy Blumenfeld Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who believes that life is one big game. We are here to create an amazing life, leave a legacy and do it all with purpose, grace and ease. Spending his day coaching leaders to do just that, fuelled by innovation and creativity his in arenas such as Arts and Culture, media, television, film, fashion and advertising. His clients include directors of national arts organizations, worldwide ad agencies and a wide range of entrepreneurs. Now as most of our guests share time and time again, his working career didn't start with where he is today. Starting his career as a TV presenter in the USA, he launched his first TV Production company out of his bedroom. He sold it eight years later to the world’s largest production company where it became the producer of Big Brother. How The Dots Joined For Remy He has served the board of Endemol UK and later the board of ITV Studios where he was director of Formats. There he was responsible for shows from Come Dine With Me to I’m A Celebrity. Remy has twice been ranked in the top twenty most influential gay people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. As he says "It hasn’t always been easy.  In my thirties:  I was diagnosed with a life threatening illness Lost a high-paying job Founded two companies – both failed. I saw my 14-year romantic partnership flounder and dissolve. So you can see he has an eclectic career and life, touching many key areas, but it seems to me at it's core is people. He is a man who know what connects people across the world. What drags them into the collective experience of shared experience. So has he loved every part of his career, or was it simply as case of building to where he is today? And why does he think that the world "play" is more often than not forgotten once we get into the world of adulthood? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Remy Blumenfeld. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep weighty subjects with Remy Blumenfeld such as: What are the biggest regrets of people who are on their death bed? Why there is such a growing movement to share real experiences in the world, instead of what we see on Social Media. Remy shares the reasons why he first went into TV, and why he felt that he was not good enough. and lastly...... Why friendship should be something that you trust with your life, although so many of us class acquaintances in the same way.

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In today's episode we start discussing the big failing that most companies and business fail with. That is the Value Ladder, that takes a customer on a journey to more and more expensive products. You see so many businesses hope the best by allowing for a huge drop off in their business through visitors disappearing from their services. They land they look around and they depart forever. So what can you do to make sure they hang around and become a potential customer somewhere down the line. You build a funnel and value ladder as you will see in today's show.   The Email That We Received Hi David, i have waited for years to drop you a line. Many times I have hovered over the keyboard with fingers twitching and yet, something held me back from typing. Isn't it funny how something so easy and simple can be so difficult. Just like you mentioned the other day when you spoke about walking up to a girl or boy and asking them on a date. Your throat closes up, Your mind goes blank, and you just turn red, and turn on your toes. Anyway, today I am feeling brave and so want to ask you about something you said the other day (i apologise I forget what show it was as I listen to several a day) You mentioned something about creating a business which is very black and white. You lose potential customers without being able to do anything about it. Is this because of the business, the products, or simply the wrong customers. I guess you can see that this comment lead to a major epiphany with me. In fact i sat back in my chair at work (yes, I do listen in the cubicle longing for a escape everyday) and thought long and hard about it. I have a business that operates at the weekend. I offer nail services for ladies, and although I post my prices and what I offer (and I know that I am cheaper than most of the other companies in my town) it is limping along. Some Saturdays are good, whilst others leave me sitting on my own in the office for eight hours waiting for any drop ins. Do you think that I have done something fundamentally wrong with the business to make this occur? Thanks so much for what you do everyday to keep us mind zombies from despair. Keep em coming and ill keep on listening Jen Felder, Kenya

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In today's podcast episode we look at a couple for emails that we have received in the Join Up Dots headquarters over the last few weeks. You see so many people listen to a show like Join Up Dots and actually never ever do anything to make a change in their lives. They get trapped in either making the wrong commitments to change, or even worse never making them in the first place. Well today's show starts with a guy from Australia called Simon. As you can see from his email below, Simon make a commitment to have a beer with the host of Join Up Dots within two years. And guess what...he made it happen "Hi David, Have been listening to JUD for a little while now and I must say thank you very much for delivering such a brilliant show to us. I finished today’s Healthy Living episode with Dr Phil Carson and sat there in my car thinking to myself, David has really nailed all of this, the intro, outro, all of it, just brilliant. I have a long back story, but I won’t bore you with it, however due to your podcast, your unbelievable personality and wonderful smile (I know I can’t see your smile! Lol) I am putting a goal out there for myself and that is to have a pint with you at a bar within 2 years. I know many people would have a goal of being on your show or something like that, but I know being a successful entrepreneur takes time and while I have fluttered in business/side businesses, well they were hobbies really, for a while this is the first time I’m making an investment in myself (I joined Flipped Lifestyle because of your podcast and when I’m ready to start a podcast I will certainly join your program). Sorry about the boring bit, but to be honest I just felt compelled to write you , just as I felt compelled to subscribe to your show and listen intently to your advice, your guests and everything in between. These really aren’t normal things for me, to reach out, however I can relate to you a lot and that is a special gift you have. So Well Done! Thanks for your time and keep up the great work! Simon Bampfield, Melbourne, Australia When you see someone actually doing what they say they are going to do its so inspirational to us at all Join Up Dots. and it was a delight to sit with him and have that beer. Now we turn to another listener who is taking control of their life too. This guy is from South Africa and his name is Jason...as you can see from his email....changes are happening too. Hello David, Hope you are well. A while ago you were gracious enough to give me a short consult and advised me not to give up the job just yet. The problem was that the job was so all encompassing that I was struggling to dedicate time to develop an online business. Slowly the burnout and subsequent depression took its toll, and for a while I have been struggling to find a way out of the grayness of my situation. I was toying with contacting a small company close to home and approaching them. One morning in my long commute I was getting my dose of Join Up Dots and you interviewed a couple (if I recall the husband had been sick and spent a year in bed). Something struck a chord in me with that interview. I parked my car went up to my office, closed the door, took a deep breath and phoned the company close to home. Yes they wanted to see me. After a few months of negotiations I am three weeks from leaving corporate land. Yes I take a pay cut, but will work in a far less stressful environment and I have absolute freedom, to blog, YouTube and podcast to my heart's content. Also no more long commute (I will have to find another time to get my does of Joint Up Dots).  Keep up the great work. You are making a difference. So you can see these things happen when they are ready and they cant be rushed. Thanks for listening and we will see you again soon on Join Up Dots.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:32am UTC

Todays guest is a lady who has had many careers in her life, so it will be of great interest to discover if she feels what she is doing now is THE thing. We first spoke to her back on episode 287 of Join Up Dots and it was certainly a powerful episode. Born in East Chicago Heights, Illinois she was reared in rural Hart Michigan. After beginning college at Eastern Michigan University, she returned to her roots in Chicago where she began a federal career with the department of Housing and Urban Development. And then it seems strange to see it from an outsiders point of view, but it was during this time that she became a protégé of Grammy Winning Songwriter and Arranger, Eugen Record and had three releases under the name the Chilites. But her life has been one of contrast as away from the glamour of musical output, she has for 35 years worked in civilian government service, seven years as a labor leader, and as a national negotiator. She is a lady that knows how to get her point across and can make a difference for so many. The last time we spoke to her, she had just started releasing her best selling book "Whose Apple Is It Anyway" and her starting her Empowerment Center. In the book she tells in her own unique voice, a story of emotional and physical abuse, rape, divorce and a 17-year marriage to a man who was later convicted as a sexual predator. So she certainly has a history that will resonate with so many people who have endured similar tales of distress and woe. But its with a force of character that ties it all together and gives the whole platform a central focus, that our guest has got to show her true strength. The programme is stronger because of who she is and now what she is. So why did she for so many years appear to be driven and in control of her business life, but pushed around in her personal life? And would she go back and change anything, or is this just a part of what has made her who she is today? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Linda F Williams Show Highlights During todays show we discussed such weighty subjects with Dr Linda F Williams such as: Linda shared how she got to such a low point because of how people reacted to her voice and the way she spoke. We have to understand if we are doing something right and big in our lives we will definitely attract arrows into our lives. Linda shares how she has changed her focus twice over the last few years, and has now found her path was there all along. and lastly....... Why the truly motivational and courageous that we see are no better or stronger than you are. They just have chosen to show it to the world.

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

Introducing Tom Libelt Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast has had a very interesting story to where he is today. Starting his life in Poland, he learned from a young age how to sell and negotiate business by getting haggled by Russian vendors. His family moved from Poland to the US to escape communism, and his parents took any job they could to survive. This was a huge learning curve for him, and seeing his parents work their tails off truly motivated him to never want a job. He didn't care what it was as such, but certainly the drive to earn his own cash, scaled his earning potential and living the life of his dreams was now his to work towards. And that is what he did, moving forward as an entrepreneur, publisher, salesman, and one of the top Polish hip hop artists. All of these hustle and online commitment allowed him to move where he wants to be across the world, leading him to Chiang Mai, Thailand. How The Dots Joined For Tom He now runs Smart Brand Marketing and We Market Online Courses, and too many seem like one of those guys with the Midas Touch, where everything he works on turns into gold. He has published around 5000 Kindle books, built a successful SEO & online course marketing business, partnered with a Muay Thai champion, owned a coffee shop, a retail store, a record label, created a documentary, and released two albums with five hits on top ten Polish radio. All of it was bootstrapped and done with zero outside funding. As he says "“If you can’t sell, then you’re not in business. Marketing and Sales are the backbone of a company.”  So of course with so many strings to his bow, is there something that he loves more than anything? And what would be his advice to someone who says "I want to do what you do....how long will it take to make it happen? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Tom Libelt. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep weighty subjects with Tom Libelt such as: Why it such a great idea to network with entrepreneurs who attend conferences, but not necessarily attend the event themselves. Why the education system is 100% tailored to teach people how to work and not to think they have choices. The reasons that people that really get rich aren't truly workers, but work 100% on their core skill set everyday and lastly…… Why it is so important to push customers away so that you can get the right customers into your business. Be fussy.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:10am UTC

Kelly Dinardo is today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast who quite simply has hit that spot when life is business and business is life. When you see her state "I keep expecting to be told to get a real job. In the meantime, I’ll travel the world with my yoga mat, interview future royalty and experiment with skiing uphill." then you know that she is doing things her own way. As she says "I am the author of several books, including Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique and Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom beyond the Mat. I am the host of the Living It podcast, which explores yoga concepts by talking to compelling people in the health/wellness and yoga world. And I am the owner of Past Tense yoga studio in Washington, D.C. As a freelance journalist, I specialize in exploration – whether it’s internally through yoga and meditation, physically through health and fitness, culturally and socially through profiles, or the myriad ways travel brings all of that together. I have written for O: The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Health, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveller, Glamour, Redbook, Shape, The Washington Post and others. But the key to this lady comes in one statement. And this statement is key to every success that we see on Join Up Dots "Of course, these enviable adventures show none of the butt-in-chair discipline. That’s intentional. As a storyteller, I want readers so engaged they don’t even consider the behind-the-scenes effort." So does her life still seem a life of effort, or has the days of grind been left far behind? And as a freelance, how hard was it to get the ball rolling and get those first few commissions? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kelly Dinardo Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep weighty subjects with Kelly Dinardo such as: Kelly shares how the first year of her life was the hardest work she has done (and the most of the time it was minimum wage) but still ok. Kelly shares the three stages to cultivating happiness in the present. This is a game changer. We talk about Kelly's desire to work hard on the things that interest her, even if they seem not to connect from the outside. and lastly...... Kelly reveals the connection she has with the small child and how its such a powerful way to move into your dream adult life.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:29pm UTC

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