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Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who has dived deep into the world of sharks. He is the owner of The Sharks & Stripes Conference & Expo which is for military entrepreneurs, veteran owned businesses and private sector entrepreneurs/small business owners. This is a conference that features the powerful entrepreneur panel presentation featuring some of the most successful Shark Tank entrepreneurs and focuses on helping those in our Armed Forces who have the entrepreneurial spirit.  He aims to help those leaving the military transition into a new world of entrepreneurial ventures. However behind the scenes our guest has been battling a very different kind of challenge. Back in 2005 our guest was very ill indeed, after being diagnosed with a disease which there is NO CURE!  As he says "I have a great story of how I did this on the brink of bankruptcy and through immense pain and sickness from the powerful drugs and therapy I was enduring when diagnosed. But thanks to the hustle I have self published my "Conversations With Shark Tank Winners multimedia book," partnered with some of the biggest organizations for entrepreneurs and small business owners, toured the US with these organizations, have partnered with some of the most successful shark tank entrepreneurs, all the while diagnosed with a major illness." So what was his life like before this rude awakening...floating through like most of us or as focused and determined as he is now? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Rey Ybarra Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Rey Ybarra around subjects such as: We discuss why it is such a powerful method to tap into a business that already has an audience interested in that subject. You can shave years of your progress. Why Americans love to show the success and in fact celebrate success in a far greater degree than the Europeans.  Rey talks about the dark times in his life, when his illness took hold of him and why this is so similar to the entrepreneurial journey. And lastly Rey shares why it is so important to delay gratification to truly be able to understand and accept the reward for what it is.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who is joining a merry bunch of former guests who have appeared on the show twice, back on episode 271 He is Inc. columnist, Professor of leadership, entrepreneurship, and hustling, and Entrepreneur, MBA, Astrophysics PhD, studied with Nobel Laureates and also swam across the Hudson river and almost drowned in the process. Yep, you thought he was really clever up to that point didn’t you! As he told us last time on the show “I do what I love in life and do my best to cut out what I don’t. Loving what you do means you will do more than if you don’t, so I’ve accomplished a few things to high levels while enjoying the process. I’ve also made my life easy and fun. I think anyone can. In fact I think making life easy and fun is easy and fun, so love what you do while accomplishing more than you thought you could too.” And it certainly seems that he is a man of his word. And now he is bringing his experience to the world in written form after converting a course that he has taught for years with the soon to be released book Leadership Step by Step This is a book that offers that rare breed of learning—genuine, authentic, effective, engaging, and, most of all, fun. It is based on the best leadership philosophy and practice. As it says on the book “The results of doing its exercises insure that you will become an authentic, great leader, able to serve and to live to the best of your ability. Anyone who aspires to lead, to lead more effectively, or to live life to its fullest would benefit from Joshua’s exercises. This is true for business, public service, the social sector, the arts, education, and any sphere where leaders serve.” So how has he managed to bring the word “fun” to the forefront of his business, when so many people think that this is for the weekend, or for kids? And is he a trailblazer for this, or is there more and more leadership experts looking at the “F” word as something that is how we should all be operating? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show once more to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Joshua Spodek

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On today’s episode of Join Up Dots as normal for a Friday show, David Ralph answers a couple of questions from listeners across the world, and even brings back the words greatest competition – The Gargle Game. Lets start however with a rating and review on Itunes which then lead me to connect with the chap to say thank you, and gain some advice of my own. This is from an English guy called Steven Harper, who is a musician, teacher and opera singer in the UK. “Thanks David for all the work that you have put into the podcast. I really appreciate it, it has been a kick up the bum that was needed to get me out of a complacent slump. My job is teaching singing and piano and i never considered that my students would be taking my work one day and for less money. Now I am trying to become Steven Harper music teacher and and not just an anonymous teacher. I have listened to all 1000 plus podcast and looking forward to the next 100.” Now what Steven is doing there is talking 100% about gaining a personal brand. He is building celebrity into his work, so people see him as more than the normal and subsequently will seek him out to gain tuition and be accepting of higher prices. This takes a focused approach in regards to putting more of himself out into the world, through visuals, youtube channels, podcasts and live videos of his students transformations. People don’t want to play the piano, they actually want to see people who are playing sexy tunes and becoming like them. That is the real transformation that makes a business fly, as the world wants the outcomes as quickly as possible. Now the second question came from a listener in Belgium, by the name of Henry Madsen, who asked “David, I have heard you say on previous shows that 95% of businesses fail within the first five years. What do you think is the reason for this? And any suggestions as to what you would advise myself in trying to start my own business…..kind regards Henry Madsen” The answer to this is quite simple as you will hear on today’s show. A business fails due to not selling another of their products, and this comes down to two main reasons. Either they aren’t getting the traffic, or even worse they build a product that nobody wants it. Enjoy and I hope to hear from everyone who loves this episode and has ideas of starting their own business.

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Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who last appeared on the show back in 2017  when he connected with us after being a listener for awhile. Back then he was trying to find his way to becoming the master of his own future, creating his own business, and finding clients. He wanted his own business more than anything and had several ideas as to businesses he potentially had the skills for. Well since that conversation he has started his business Cassus Media back in August 2017, and officially left his last employer in January 2018 to strike out on his own as an entrepreneur. Cassus Media is a digital marketing solutions agency, originally launched with the idea of creating marketing videos which has now expanded into full-service organic social media and pay per click management services for small to mid-size businesses. He has worked with clients from around the United States and even the world in just the short time he's been in business, most notably from Norway, Sicily, and Ethiopia. Now the entrepreneurial journey is not easy for sure, and he has gone through some very difficult challenges with his career, not least being discharged from the military abruptly after making some mistakes caused by traumatic events in his teenage years, of which he's now overcome and is thriving, and becoming recently single. He also has ploughed into the life of not knowing if his efforts will come to anything, but being excited by where he is heading, in his words "The sky is the limit in the coming years" So what was the hardest part of taking the leap and becoming his own boss? And is the true battle one with the outside world of actually within his own head? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Paul Cassarly Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Paul Cassarly around subjects such as: Paul shares how he created his first business without clearly defining the needs of his customer and how to service them. We discuss why it is a bad thing to put all your eggs into one basket, and the reasons why you have to diversify your offerings. Why the coaching business is such an amazing way to create a quick business, due to the personal interaction that you can get. And lastly........ Why niche, niche, niche until you become the category of one is the easiest way for business success.

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Today’s guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who has been ready to join up his dots for quite awhile. Overcoming huge odds earlier in his life, he now loves to share that story to inspire others to do the same. He likes nothing more than connecting with entrepreneurs to motivate them to “do big things” in the world. Inspiring them by his own story as much as the actions that he takes everyday. His story begins in an average family where he had to work for everything he had. He started “at the bottom” and worked his way into the American Dream. In fact, dropping out of high school, until he went back to get his degree and even went to college... ending up on a popular reality TV show. As a guy who started his working life stocking shelves on the overnight shift at a giant retailer, he has seen the spectrum. Now he grows and scales companies, using real-world experience to make this happen. His most recent company is on track to do $25 million in gross revenues. He is a serial entrepreneur who develops systems to help other entrepreneurs run multiple companies without having to be there. In 2012 Mike appeared on the ABC television show Extreme Weight Loss, losing 255 pounds. He has overcome a stutter. He has gone from the bottom of the corporate ladder to the top of the mountain... and he loves helping others do the same. So why did he appear to lack consistency and desire when younger, but now has it in spades? And what is it about his life that he loves the most now he is rocking and rolling? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michael Giannulis Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Michael Giannulis around subjects such as: Michael shares how at the age of five he was already five stone thanks to the eager feedings habits of his grandmother. We discuss how to create content that continues to pay you back forever. Evergreen is the key to a lovely relaxed life if you do it right. Dark sides exist in every business no matter what it is, but how do you get through them and into the light? And lastly Michael reveals why money is not important to him, and what he truly feels is the gold to be gained.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady from Melbourne Australia who has one belief in life. That all of us are capable of being a bigger, brighter version of ourselves than we give ourselves the opportunity to be. Her official bio states that she is "is a best-selling author, workplace well being teacher and playful change activator" which is of course true but is not something that occurs by magic. Back in 1994, she was working for PR Works as a general manager where she built a profitable IT portfolio, as well as creating a media training service for CEOS. Which I find fascinating, as someone who is now firmly entrenched in the people development world, this wasn't an area of her life that just burst into being after several decades. It was there right at the beginning, which grew larger in her next job as a PR Manager for Sausage Software. But it seems to me that things moved up a gear when performing the position at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, as their international leadership coach, where she worked across the world to implement the companies brand strategy using Positive Psychology theories across their culture. And then there comes the time where our guest could have continued to rise up the ranks in corporate land, gaining the salary and working tirelessly to build someone else dream. But our guest had other ideas, and left to create her own company and her own dream, after completing her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at the University of Pennsylvania And with a career history scattered with roles lasting a couple of years or so, it appears that she has truly found her thing, as she has stayed where she is ever since. Developing her company, bringing in bigger clients and well......loving it. As she says "I'm passionate about bringing out the best in people, particularly at work. Fusing Neuroscience and Positive Psychology into tested, practical actions, I create happier, more rewarding and more profitable workplaces for employees, their bosses and their organisations." And who wouldn't love to do something that you are passionate about everyday. That is the dream after all. So when did she get the inkling that building her business was awaiting for her? And was it scary time or "Hell yeah, lets get going?" And is there a similar theme that stops most companies, and the employees of those companies operate at the highest level? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michelle McQuaid. 

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In today’s episode of Join Up Dots we look at what makes a successful business and why so many people nowadays truly go the hard way to success. But first of all lets start with answering a few questions from listeners across the world who have been following the show. The first one, is less of a question and more of a statement, but it comes from a guy in Perth Australia, who I have had the pleasure to connect with a chat to over the last few months. His name is Craig and he is an English guy living and working in Australia, who mention that he often lacks focus and will allow days to drift into weeks without achieving what he truly wants. He said “David, I need some of that focus you have! I love how you are able to visualise and attack! Has it always been a skill of yours or is it learned? Of course to hear the answer you will need to listen to the show….we cant have people just reading a podcast and not giving us our ears after all. The second question that comes from a lady also in Australia called Ebony Richards from Hobart Australia, is in regards to creating success and the mistakes that I have made in the past. She says “David Ralph, podcasting legend. Why did it take so long for you to come into my life. I am well and truly hooked and listen to multiple episodes a day. But for all of us, listening and hoping for the day that we can become our own boss. What have been the biggest mistakes (if any) you have made through your business? If you say that you have never made a mistake then I will quit my job today…..not! Thanks for a great show and look forward to being a guest on Join Up Dots one day. Ebony Richard, Hobart Australia. Lastly…. we have a question from Canada, which is nameless, but asks “I am thinking of starting my own podcast and I am a bit daunted by what to do first. Should I buy the equipment or start building the website and social media following?” Now we have got those out of the way, it’s time for us to look at what makes a successful business. I will butet point them into three main categories and you will see that they are not anything clever in any shape or form. Number One: Look for a need that is already out there already. What I mean by this, is dont try to be clever and create something unique. This is prone to failure, even though the upside if its a success is massive. I would much rather see something already working and then create something similar with a different spin on it. Number Two: Now that we have a need, we need to seriously think about who our customer is and where they are hanging out. You dont want to ne spending a ton of money on throwing mud at the wall and hoping that it sticks. Number Three: Own your own traffic. You really need to be able to communicate with your audience, whether that is through Facebook, Email marketing, or any form of collection. Without that your business is dead in the water.

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Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is Alfie Best, a man who has made a huge success of finding the potential in areas he has knowledge in and then working really hard to make it all come together. He is a successful entrepreneur driven by tenacity. With humble origins, born and raised in a Romany Gypsy family, this self-made man studied at “University of Life” and started his professional path totally from scratch. However, coming from a poor background and a minority group only gave him even more desire to succeed. As a gypsy, he had to face many obstacles and prejudices but he has never allowed those to ruin his dreams and ambitions or to disrupt his investments into the businesses he operates. Instead, he has taken those negative prejudices and turned them into positives by surrounding himself with a diverse and multicultural team. As he says "My philosophy for good business is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration; my sole focus is to drive the businesses forward without losing sight of the goal. Park homes were my upbringing so it was a natural progression to purchase a mobile home park; from 1 park to more than 40, Wyldecrest Parks has now become the No.1 Park Home Operator in the UK for the retired and semi-retired wishing to enjoy the quiet life and community spirit.  And when it  comes to seeing the potential in an idea, Alfie Best has a very up and positive outlook for sure.  "In my view" he says "there is no such thing as a bad idea, just the ability to drive it forward with a realistic approach." So if there is no such thing as a bad idea, why do so many people fail when it comes to starting a business? And if he looks back at his life has he learnt more from the knocks he has endured or from the  Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alfie Best Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Alfie Best around subjects such as: Alfie shares how the competition inspires him everyday to raise his own standards and that of his team. It truly is what lights his fire to find more and more value. We discuss how Jeff Bezos has created Amazon, and why it was nothing spectacular in the beginning but how he of course has hit it out of the park. Alfie Best talks openly regarding why he considers himself to be 99% stupid, and what it has done for his decision making. And lastly We discuss his plans for his business moving forward, and why Alfie Best cant wait to see what is possible in Europe And America.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a lady who is living an amazing life of inspiration, mind altering process and travelling the world helping others. She is an unconscious mind expert in the field of leadership and professional performance, world-class ultra-endurance athlete, successful corporate executive, professionally certified executive coach, keynote presenter and best-selling author. After many years of coaching leaders, our guest discovered that the unconscious mind is the scientific key to elevated levels of success, with greater velocity and ease and founded her company, Velocity Leadership Consulting to bring this difference-making model and tools of success to all leaders.  She realized her own transformation and discovered the keys to achieving greater success in her personal and professional life when she achieved a 28-year dream of competing in the toughest race in the world, the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, as an amateur, non-triathlete at age 46. As we will see she parlayed this experience to the business world and now helps CEOs, executives and managers connect with and realize their own goals, with greater velocity and ease. She helps us get unstuck, loosen the handbrake, put on lives running shoes and grow a kick ass life of our owns. So its all very easy to say these things, but build them into a business that people want is a different ballgame altogether. And most importantly, how did she then allow as many people as possible to find it? Well let's find out as we bring onto the the show, to joining up dots, the one and only Karen Brown. Show Highlights Karen talks about how she has changed her life simply by uncovering the six mental barriers that was holding her back from the future that she deserves We discuss the naviety that allows us to discover our dream business and think that we have all the skills to make it occur without issues. Karen talks about having to make the decision to limit the amount of people that she was willing to work with. Go for the cream of the crop and it pays back bigtime. And lastly…….. Progress not perfection is the mantra that all entrepreneurs should be living. We struggle with the vision being bigger and more realised than the reality.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man that as soon as you hit his website and see “Love the Life you Live! Freedom is taken, not given. By living an Intentional Life, we ordinary people can live extraordinary lives.” you know he is perfect for Join Up Dots. He is a speaker, writer, educator and adventurer who has traveled to over 80 countries around the world and 49 of the 50 states in the USA, and he’s lived in France, Japan, Thailand, French Guiana, Washington State, Virginia, Alaska, and California. All the time learning from different people as well as having time to think. Allowing the brain to disconnect and focus on the present is the greatest way to get everything back in focus and on track. He has ridden a motorcycle on six continents and crossed the USA on one twice, and he’s summited of the highest mountain of eight countries and five states. He also has extensive experience teaching at the university level and working in business development, and he still pursues an adventurous lifestyle with his family. Now let’s reflect back on those first words. Freedom is taken, not given. And I’m sure there would have been many times when our guest would have thought “I would love to do this, but nah, I can’t…it’s not for people like me!” So when did he first start his first adventure, and was it as small journey into the unknown or a huge leap into the unknown? And where does he see so many people going wrong, who say “Erik, I would love to do what you are doing?” Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Erik Seversen. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Erik Seversen such as: How so many people fail to realise that there is a world of adventure on their own doorstep. Get in a car at the weekend and see what’s waiting for you nearby. Erik shares how he started his first business, and the steps that he took to ensure that a steady growth was occuring month by month. How the power of the work life triangle is the way forward. How many of us add a big dose of “Me Time” into the balancing act? and lastly…. We discuss how the skill of delegation, and allowing people to do things even if its not the way that you would do it, is a key part of business growth. 

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When it comes to living the dream, do you ever stop and consider whether the life you are living is actually the life that you really want to be living? Do you consider that you can get bigger and bigger achievements in your life (and actually beat yourself up because your not) Well that is what's today's episode of Join Up Dots is all about as you will hear. This all came about, after I got told by a businessman that when asked "How are you doing?" and getting the reply from myself of "Yeah great living the dream" he stated. "David if you think you are living the dream it's only because you aren't dreaming big enough!" So how do you start living the dream if you are already 100% believing that you already have the dream? Is being content and happy enough or are we letting ourselves down? Well, I think that being content and happy is one of the most amazing states that you can achieve in your life. It may not seem sexy and inspirational but it is amazing. Waking up without any stresses and pressures. Knowing that you can pay all your bills with no issue at all. Feeling healthy and fit. Is that not the best way of being, or is living the dream our right to work harder and harder to gain more and more. I really don't have the right answer to this, as I suppose living the dream is so personal to each and everyone of us, we should never be told by others whether it is right or wrong. We should look deep into our hearts and know if we are being true to ourselves or not. We should look at what we have around us, and think "Is this making me happy or is it just more stuff to maintain and nurture?" Let us know by dropping us  a line, so we can see how many of our listeners are living the dream and how many of them or simply helping others to live the dream as they struggle through on their own. Thanks for reading David Ralph

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Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who has been floating around my world it seems from the birth of Join Up Dots. So why he has never been on the show before I dont know, but I do know that it is going to be a good interview for sure. As he says “I’m committed to helping people make their lives the most amazing adventure possible! After getting fired from numerous jobs, dropping out of my PhD program, recovering from failed marriage, I realized I had been living someone else’s dream. I set out to construct a career and lifestyle that would let me be the explorer and teacher that I was always meant to be. I asked “What does it look like to be the hero of your own life?” So in 2014, I started “The Art of Adventure Podcast”, and it has become one of the top podcasts in the world for Location Independent Business, Adventure Travel, and cutting edge topics. I’m thrilled to be offering coaching for location independent entrepreneurs! I work with people who want to get out of their cubicles and create a life of time, financial, and location freedom. My clients are adventurous, inspiring, creative, motivated, confident, and unique people who are ready to make a big impact on their world Well he is certainly making a big impact on the world for sure, and when passion comes together with a vision then things get very sexy down. So when he was in his dark times, looking for a new way of making a living that was fun and inspiring did he imagine that he would end up here? And its ok to have the vision but when did the mindset shift to one of fun and money? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Derek Loudermilk Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Derek Loudermilk around subjects such as: Derek shares those moments when his life becomes so playful that his work increased in quality exponentially. Why the most obvious thing in life is more often not the thing that you should be doing the most. Derek shares how customers are more likely to purchase from him if they personally get to know him. A good message for us all. And lastly Derek reveals the steps that he is going to take to get Bono and Richard Branson into a room to solve food issues across the world.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a man who has previously appeared back on Join Up Dots episode 654, where he shared his amazing journey to a life of inspiration, travelling the world helping others, and flying drones. But if things hadn’t occurred in his life, like experiencing the horror of a neighbours discovery that her son had committed suicide then he may well have coasted through his life as a sales assistant in a retail store. From 2005 to 2010, he clocked up over 7,000 hours in sales, management and training roles in big box retail and apparently still holds the record in one of the stores for the most amount sold in a single day. In 2010 he started his first coaching business and ramped up studies in the field of personal, professional and business excellence. He invested all the time, money and energy he had and went through an intense period of rapid transformational growth. As he says ” I was now a man on a mission. I broke through patterns of behaviour that had been holding me back for years, gave up alcohol, coffee and energy drinks, and consciously chose a vegetarian lifestyle.” That was however all covered in the first show, so where is he now? Where has the last 8 years  gone? We he now speaks to audiences around the world on how to thrive in an ever changing world. He delivers multi-sensory experiences on stage, blending education with storytelling videos and live music on a grand piano. As he says "Our world is changing faster than ever. To deal with this, companies need a workforce that is fully engaged, high performing and adaptable to change. But 67% of employees in North America are still not engaged or actively disengaged at work, with actively disengaged employees cost $450 billion to $550 billion per year alone. I help solve this by helping companies develop high performance teams, increasing innovation, employee engagement, emotional intelligence and adaptability to change." But that is just a favour of what this man is all about. So it's with great delight that for the second time, i can bring onto the show, to joining up dots, the one and only Cameron Brown Show Highlights Cameron shares how he has managed to bring the greatest quality in to his work. He is unwilling to take half measures to the work he is bringing to the world. We discuss why it is so important to be your own best friend. As Cameron says "If you are spending the most time with yourself then you might as well try to like who you are" Through the show we reveal the steps to breaking through the ceiling of whats possible in ones life. And lastly…….. Cameron demonstrates perfectly that the "quality of work" will always beat out the competition who deliver just enough to get by.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who certainly seems to have found her thing in life, and is now taking that out in to the world to help others find theirs too. With a diverse background in retail, hospitality (resort and restaurants), event production/promotions, both for and not for profit, and executive management, she built the stepping stones to what leads to success. And you could see that it really started to go her way after joining a start up media company in 1993. Within this business she grew the profits from $60K a month in revenue to finishing the first year in business with $7mm, leading to the company having explosive growth each year thereafter. After selling the media company in 2007, shee was asked to stay on with the new organisation to be an integral part of their aggressive growth strategy, acquiring 5 media companies in under 2 years. And more success followed, before she stepped out on her own by creating her own Strategic Marketing and Operations Consultancy business. Now, if that isn’t interesting enough the bit that i like about her career history, and where we will spend time, is her understanding that at their core, all businesses thrive or die on 3 key areas. and this doesn’t matter what business they are operating in. She is an expert in The MESSAGE, the MARKET, and then the MEDIA, and within these three areas, she likes nothing better than creating successful marketing campaigns that will naturally generate more revenue to the bottom line as well as a broader reach in the market place. And that is what we all want after all. So was she always an entrepreneur at heart, or did she reluctantly go about building her own dream life, and career? And if business can be simplified to these three stages, why do so many people struggle, especially in the online environment? Well lets fin out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dost the one and only Carrie Hartunian Smith

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In today's episode of Join Up Dots, we answer "How long to create a successful online business" and other listeners questions as ever posted on an email from across the world. We love receiving these so much, as it really shows that our words are having an effect and the world is starting to think in a different way. You see everyone has doubts, everyone has moments when they think that they can't get past that obstacle. Everyone runs into a closed door that they think is the killer of all there dreams, but it rarely is. So today's questions are part of the mindset shift more or less and we will start with one Mexico. Hi David, I am a shopkeeper in Mexico and listen to your show every day. I was interested when you revealed you had a business too, which I think was your parents? I don't enjoy running the shop anymore and don't think I ever did. How can I escape without hurting my parents who started the business 20 years ago?" Now for the second question for Angela in Bennington, Vermont USA who asks..... "David, really inspiring and different type of show. I would love to know if you could go back in time and give your younger version advice what would it be? Thanks for the show, that makes me laugh and then assess my own life in every episode" Angela And lastly, the third question comes once again from the United States of America and the town of Encinitas. "Hello, Mr Ralph and everyone connected with Join Up Dots. It seems to me when starting a business you have to expect to earn no money for a period of time, and then reap your rewards later? What timescales do you think would be realistic for someone who is inexperienced with business building"  Michael, Encinitas San Diego County, California Thanks as always for listening, and until next time if you have any questions then feel free to jump over to the Contact Page and send your own for later answering on the show.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a man who knows the secret ingredient that most people online are searching for. How to make things go viral in an ever more shouty online world. He is one of the country’s most influential progressive communicators. He is Chief Science Advisor for “Years of Living Dangerously,” which won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Series and now generates viral vidoes online seen by tens of millions a month. He is the founding editor of ClimateProgress.org, which NY Times columnist Tom Friedman called, “the indispensable blog.” And if that isn't enough he is also the senior advisor for New Frontier Data, the leading “big data” firm providing actionable analysis in cannabis, whose content reaches hundreds of millions of people a year. Yeah that is a bit eclectic to say the least. Now with his new book out across the world  "How To Go Viral and Reach Millions: Top Persuasion Secrets from Social Media Superstars, Jesus, Shakespeare, Oprah, and Even Donald Trump" he has even more things to talk about and do everyday. So what of course is the key to going viral like Jesus? And where does he find his focus turning to everyday? A day off, or more and more work? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Joseph Romm Show Highlights Joseph shares the three A's that make viral content explode across the world....powerful stuff. We discuss the power of "replacing" which has made Hollywood screenplays bring insight and excitement to the screen for years. Why the first rule of communicating is making the receiver know that we are one of them. Bridge the gap between sender and receiver and you will win the game.  And lastly…….. How and Why "The Hero's Story" has become the key to so many of the inspiring content that we see in film, and platforms everywhere.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a lady who last appeared on the show back in April 2016, where we discussed claimed fame in a very unusual way. But most excitingly for a show like Join Up Dots she hasn’t set her stall out to allow that initial success to define her but has gone on for bigger and bolder things. As the creator of the Purse Process in 2013 her new adventures started in earnest when she started the process of being a bit nosy in ladies handbags. And digging around to share how the secrets of the stuff that a lady carries around with them in their bag actually defines them. Now though her dots have taken her in quite a different direction, and she is inspiring the world by posing a big question everyday........ “I wonder what would happen if…?” She explores this question for herself, her friends, fans, and followers by trying new things. All the new things! As many new things as she can pack into a day, a week, a year. This looks like exploring new places, trying new services, discovering new products and sharing it all through in-person appearances, her multi-platform social media presence, and her IGTV show, the Danielle Daily Show. The second way is by sharing not just her adventures, victories, and triumphs but also her perseverance, determination, and grit when battling adversities like anxiety, being a natural introvert, and the grief of a devastating divorce. Although each of these very human battles has proven difficult, all have subsequently helped her to rise towards becoming the fearless, beautiful, and powerful woman she has always aspired to be. Ultimately, she inspires people with her sense of courage and playfulness coupled with a willingness to take risks, admit her mistakes, and reveal her vulnerabilities. Fans know she is a reliable source of positivity and a strong advocate for people, products, experiences, ideas, and resources she thinks are awesome. This is a lady putting herself out there in a raw and honest way that is making a difference, and I love her So why did she pivot from digging around in the handbags of the world? And how does she come up with her ideas and new adventures? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Danielle Watson. Show Highlights How being confident in life is not something that we can carry around to every environment. It might be something that flourishes and dims throughout the day. Danielle shares how her new business grew simply from the process of digging around and trying things.  She shares why she feels so many people miss out on having the amazing life because of their unwillingness to match up with others outputs. Why it is better to ask for help and support from people in your local community and close to you before ever reaching out to strangers. And lastly…….. Danielle shares deeply personal insight as to how the phrase life changing income can mean so much to many people in the world (but sometimes we forget that we are doing so well)

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

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In todays episode of Join Up Dots we answer a few listeners questions, posed on email from across the world. We love receiving these so much, as it really shows that our words are having an effect and the world is starting to think in a different way. You see everyone has doubts, everyone has moments when they think that they can't get past that obstacle. Everyone runs into a closed door that they think is the killer of all there dreams, but it rarely is. So today's questions are part of the mindset shift more or less and we will start with one from Martin the lawyer. Hi David, Must say love the show and listen to a different one daily. Great insight and inspiration for a person like myself who is working hard on my online business with the goal of quitting my lawyer job (I am 27). I have a quick question for you. I do dropshipping with a good deal of success. I care not to call myself an expert on the topic but do have a few years experience doing this and running facebook ads etc to generate revenue. Having been involved in the internet marketing spectrum for a few years now I understand the importance of the personal brand and acquiring an audience to teach other people with the intention of utilising that audience to sell related products. I plan myself to start my YouTube channel. Do you think this is feasible considering I am not an expert per se? Nevertheless I do have useful content and techniques that I can pass on and teach those. And of course I want to get started on this to grow and learn on creating such content to create an that may indeed branch out to other related areas I have expertise on like mindset, daily habits etc. Do you have any related podcasts on Youtube specifically? Keen to know your thoughts on same. Many thanks, Martin Followed on by a question from the lovely Adrea, Stuttgart, Cameron McCarthy and Benjamin Louder. Hi David, I recently had the personal honour of speaking to you one to one, and found you to be insightful, deeply focused and very very very different from the person you are on the wonderful and inspiring Join Up Dots. So my question is, as I wasn't brave enough to ask you at the time, is why if you are focused on being authentic are you so different? And also, if you have time, I often hear you say "If an idiot like me can do this"....why?  Why do you say that you are an idiot as you are brilliant in many many ways? Thank you for you time, and the personal connection Adrea, Stuttgart. Dear David and the Join Up Dots Team, do you ever have doubts that what you are doing is any good? I start loads of projects with a huge amount of emtheisuams, and then I start thinking its not very good, or people will laugh so stop. I was wondering do you have those thoughts and how do you get past them? All the best and thank you for the best show in the world Cameron McCarthy, St Johns Canada. Hi David, love, love, love the show. I heard an episode recently when you said you were looking to work one month on and one month off. How have you managed to do this, as I would imagine that Join Up Dots is a highly busy enterprise? Thanks for your time Benjamin Louder, South Africa. If you have any questions then feel free to jump over to the Contact Page and send your own for later answering on the show.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a man who is thriving in the online world by getting business's to ask the right questions. Originally from a small rural town in central California he started his first business installing lawns on people’s yards at the age of 16. He eventually started tinkering with and selling computers, and made his way down to Los Angeles to attend college at UCLA. It was then that he began taking on consulting gigs building websites for small local businesses with a few of his friends. After getting a request from one of these consulting clients to have a quiz built for his website, he had a bit of a lightbulb moment.  He is a co-founder of Interact Quiz Builder. Along with his friends he spent a few weeks building this first quiz, and after that started to talk to other business owners about whether or not they’d use quizzes in their marketing efforts. This year alone, it looks like the sacrifices required to build a business are paying off, as they have seen a 300% jump in growth and are anticipating 500% by the end of the year. Great stuff, so are there certain quizzes that convert like gangbusters or do all types do the magic? And why does he think that this works so well, in regards to lead captures unlike a normal tired old magnet? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Josh Haynam Show Highlights Josh shares how he has developed a belief system that means he walks his own path in life. Strong will and firm mindset all the way. Why the position of grand leaders in business are not sought out by the individuals themselves, but more often than not are placed there by the followers. Why so many business's struggle with the lack of income coming into the business. This is a phase that hinders growth for most and can often be the killer. And lastly…….. Why Josh believes his mindset changed forever by attending college. It wasn't the course material but the students he studied with that made a huge change.

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Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a lady who connected with the show through the contact form, and so eloquently did she pitch herself I just had to have her on the show. As she said "I believe I would be a great fit for your show, as I am a business owner who is open and honest about both the struggles and the excitement of this entrepreneurial journey. I’ve worked for Fortune 500 companies, and started several different types of online businesses. Here’s my story…. -I graduated in 2010 from The University of Michigan with a degree in business and after graduating from college, I rose through the ranks of PepsiCo, managing marketing campaigns for some of the largest brands in the world, working alongside celebrities, and working with partners such as The Golden Globes, The Grammy’s, and the NFL. During my time at PepsiCo, I tried to launch a side hustle selling branded sports bras to collegiate athletic teams...this failed - so I quit Pepsi to launch my first successful business: The Dessert Place. This was a revived family business, in which I turned my mother’s famous bakery (which had closed in 1996) into an e-commerce platform. - I realized I didn’t actually like baking and my heart wasn’t fully into this business. So I built an online course teaching parents how to navigate college admissions with their kids. I love getting to help families with this journey, and love chatting about colleges and visiting college campuses. Based on the podcasts I’d listened to and the courses I’d bought, I thought that creating a sales funnel for my online course would be a walk in the park and I’d be an overnight success. I was wrong! This business has been a challenge, but I’m slowly and steadily building it up and loving the challenges. In just a few weeks, I’ll be packing up my life and moving to Bali where I’ll be living/working/traveling around Southeast Asia for an indefinite amount of time (one way ticket booked!). The last 3 years of entrepreneurship have, without a doubt, been the most challenging years of my life. The hardest part of entrepreneurship has been the mindset, which I never expected. I have spent every spare moment of time reading more self development books than I can count, and binge listening to podcasts for countless hours. I love that Join Up Dots shares real stories, including the failures, the fears, and the mindset struggles that come along with the entrepreneurial life. Binge listening to this podcast (and the stories of others who have gone before me) is the reason that I’ve had the confidence to keep persevering, and I’d love to give back and help others who are on the same path.  Well if that doesn't excite my listeners as much as it did me then I dont know what will. So when the idea for the college business came to her did she think "Nah, that must have been done before...i'll find something else." And does she now consider herself and success or simply just getting going? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Marisa Meddin. Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Marisa Meddin around subjects such as: Why a lucrative business is not always a good business. No matter how much you think its about the money it never truly is.  Marisa shares the first steps she took to get to make her campus business get off the ground. Powerful simplicity at its best. We discuss how having a life where vacations can blend into real life brings about an amazing lifestyle which is available to all. And lastly Why building a business is 90% mental and 10% technical. You have to get out of your own head to be able to achieve what you want.

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man with a fascinating and somewhat intriguing branding of "The Suited Monk" Now if you are thinking "I can't remember the last time I saw a monk in a suit?" then let me explain more. How many times have you realised that you are living a life that is expected of you. The kind of life that was always on the cards due to your surroundings, parents, friends and a myriad of other outside influences. Well our guest today was considered to be successful in the corporate world at a young age by colleagues, friends and family. However, his personal life was anything but successful. He was deeply unhappy in his job, he was struggling to find a sense of purpose and meaning, and wanted more than anything to find happiness in his work and life environment. Modern society exerts a constant, subtle pressure to conform to the expectations of others, and to seek a version of success that is acceptable to the people around us but that does not necessarily meet our own most heartfelt needs and desires. Even if we manage to reach certain goals, the happiness they bring us rarely lasts long. Because they aren't truly what we want. How depressing is that...but so real to all of us too. So he did something about getting rid of this feeling, and got off the path that he was on and now spends most of his time speaking and teaching on the subject of authenticity in life. Finding the suited monk in all of us, where we can join our intuition, happiness, love, purpose, and life force (which is your inner Monk) with the external world of success and achievement (represented by the Suit you wear). Once you do that he believes that you will be able to close the gap and tap into the vast abundance that exists within you, both in your professional life and personal relationships. Wow, that sounds good doesn't it. So, how did he come up with the Monk aspect of this concept? And what did his family say when she said "Guys, I need to go out and do my own thing!" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Raf Adams.

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Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who with three fitness facilities’ success stories to his name, is an Iraq War veteran,and has been characterized as a true fitness, nutrition, and mindset empowering powerhouse. He is a contributor for Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine, Consumer Health Digest, and Smart Healthy Women, as well as featured on ABC 24’s Good Morning Memphis. As he says "I don’t just build better bodies; I help build strong, motivated, and empowered women. As a coach and fitness specialist for over five years, I've finally found a way to put power back in my students’ hands. Through exclusive and individualized workouts for women, motivational talks, and regular check-ins, my coaching sessions transcend the confines of time and space. I'm there for you whenever and wherever you need me! My innovative approach is based on the radical notion that we're all different. I know there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to fitness, which is why I evaluate each client to see where they are and provide highly personalized training solutions to help each woman meet her individual goals. I'm passionate about helping others take charge of their lives and become physically, mentally, and emotionally stronger, and I strive to lead by this example every day. When we tap into our potential, there's nothing we can't achieve! Powerful stuff, but of course all success comes from a trial process of trips, falls and leaps of faith and a dawning realisation of where our guests should be heading. So when did it all start coming right for todays guest? And was the business an instant success, or like so many the idea was good but the marketing failed bigtime? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jay Kali Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Jay Kali around subjects such as: How he has managed to develop a mindset that leads him to an "enough is enough" mentality. Business should be about supporting the lifestyle not the other way around. Why he once went seven months without a client and how he managed to keep going pushing through to where he wants to be. Why he doesn't feel like so many other veterans that he was hindered by the rules and regulations that working for Uncle Sam can sometimes bring. And lastly Jay shares how he spent many thousands of dollars looking for the right mentor until he found the right one. The improvement to his business was massive. 

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Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, was previously on the show back on episode 533 where we talked about learning to be unbreakable Now he is back with a new book, and to be honest most of the time people ask to come on the show I refuse, as its all "Yeah in chapter five I talk about......" Not what this show is about at all, but this new book by todays guest pricked my interest as it ties very much into the message behind Join Up Dots It's called Sequentiality, and it provides a simple, but highly prescription for personal development. By means of real life examples will find how to gain the right sequence of steps towards your dreamlife...or as we say "How to join up the dots" It has been proven through generations that have gone before us that it is better to let things naturally flow than to direct our focus with intention. So with chapters like Your steps should be logical, not random, Let organic growth determine your steps, and you can figure out what steps to take next lets he is a dotsmeister for sure. So why this subject in particular, and does he see patterns that occur time and time that have become more than obvious to him? Well lets find out as without further a do, lets start joining up those dots with the and only Mr. John Vespasian  Show Highlights John shares why it is important to build your assets through your life, network, financial, health. They dont have to be balanced to be highly effective. We discuss the life of Cassanova and discover how he spent years building up to the success he is now viewed as. True entrepreneurial spirit at its best. How we should not try to force things but let them flow naturally for maximum effect in our lives. And lastly…….. Why John writes his books upside down, and researches in a very different way to most authors in the world today. 

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Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, has a story of resilience, perseverance, psychology and some strategy (with very high risk). Back in 2007 he founded the Result Based Training gym at the age of 27. This was going to be a huge success as all new ventures are thought to be, but the truth was very different. He soon found himself sleeping on the floor in the upstairs office (with his dog) where the gym was located in South Melbourne because he could not afford to pay the rent. Things were not looking good, his venture was going under and he could either fight back or join the masses of entrepreneurs with a sob story to share with the world. He decided to fight and went on take one of the biggest risks of his business career. He needed an infrared sauna so started a Groupon campaign to sell vouchers to utilise the infrared sauna in his gym. The only problem with this was; he did not have the sauna, and didn’t have the money to buy the sauna or pay his next month of rent that was due on the building!   This risk was one of the most riskiest moves he will admit to, but it paid off!  Within 10 days, he sold 800 vouchers, generating the money he needed to buy the sauna and pay the month of rent that was almost due. Stating, “In that moment, I knew in order to survive, I had to commit to always think outside the square, to lead, not follow.” Fast forward to today, and Result Based Training is now a $10million dollar business, with over 90 staff members, and over 20 locations across Australia, with additional locations in the US. Put simply in his own words, “Find your passion, reverse engineer the shit out of it, and go get it!” Since then he has gone on to become the Founder of multiple successful business ventures and a foundation and quite simply looks like he is loving life. So with Gary Vee stating recently that entrepreneurship is found in the DNA, would he consider himself born to this life or just good at finding the doors when trapped? And with bigger and bolder actions and entrepreneurial ventures filling his days, does he ever look back on the floor with the dog and think "Actually life was so much simpler then?" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Travis Jones Show Highlights During the show we had deep hitting conversations around subjects such as: Travis reveals why it is so important to know your "Why" right at the beginning, because more often than not its not what you are going after for sure. Costing staff that can push you forward is one of the most valuable things you can do for your business Why even though you may feel that you want a life that is free and loose maybe the wrong thing and will hold you back from ever getting it. And lastly…….. Travis reveals the steps of reversing engineering, and why he doesn't set goals without a clearly defined route back to its source.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an a man who connected with me to request to be on the show. And this request was very different from most pitches that come through to me that says "David, I should come on to your show as I created a business in my downstairs toilet, and within 30 minutes was making six figures per month!" No, No, No, that is not how it works, or at least not for the majority of the world, who decide that it is time to create their own income. Our guest nailed it when he told me "David, the first time I tried starting a business, I thought one juju priest from Africa placed a ‘curse’ on me. I failed at almost everything. I tried all the stuff the ‘gurus’ said I should. I blogged 7 times a day, promoted my blog post like crazy, I started a podcast, I created multiple infographics, I spent hours on social media,I wrote a book, I did cold email , I did influencer marketing, I did LinkedIn marketing, in fact, I did 1000’s of things. I did everything NOT to fail but I failed WOEFULLY! I learned something from my experience. Most of this self-acclaimed ‘gurus’ are ‘talkers’, they are not ‘doers’. What I did immediately was to stop taking advice from the ‘wrong’ people. Most so called ‘gurus’ don’t even take their own advice. So, I asked myself this question. ‘What makes the most important ‘thing’ in a business?’ I had to ask the right questions to get the solution to my ‘problem’. And that friends is how it works. You look for the 80/20 in your business, and then start solving others problems, and you are up and running. And that is what happened to our guest, and now he has a flourishing business called Clients Attraction where he shows the world 1: How To Package & launch High Ticket Program That Attracts Your Ideal clients 2: How To Consistently Attract & Close High Ticket Offers By Offering To Help People For Free, and..... 3: How To Build A Dynamic Marketing & Sales Funnel That Converts High Ticket Clients Consistently While Building Goodwill in your marketplace And it seems that the juju priest from Africa, is a vague and distant memory, and things are only going to get better. So did he ever think of stopping working on his business, and go back and get a job behind a desk somewhere? And if he could go back in time, would he create the same business, or do something different now he knows what he knows? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots. with the one and only Johnson Emmanuel

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On today's episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph officially launches a major masterclass "Start Your Own Online Biz In 30 Days" If you have been a listener of Join Up Dots over the last four years you will know of the struggle, persistence, failures and ultimate success that has gone into the show. From humble beginnings to a global hit, David Ralph has taken the online world by storm and now has a multiple six figure business. But it's not just the show that makes this all impressive, as unlike so many business experts who focus in just one area of business David, has not just one but three very ecletic businesses running simultaneously. He has an online business www.whats-at-florida-keys.com that brings in serious money each and every month on automatic pilot. One hundred percent passive income, which is in many ways the dream that so many people want. He also runs an offline business, which is a retail enterprise in the United Kingdom which once again has become a raging success.  But of course the business that he is best known for and has provided the bulk of his income each month, which is Join Up Dots. Now he is bringing the best of everything he has learnt over the last 15 years to you in the form of an amazing new online course, hosted live by himself  everyday. If you want to know how to gain more income in your life, then this is for you. Its certainly not an online course of recorded information that leaves it up to you to find your way through the doubts. This is a 30 day hosted live online course, where you can ask David Ralph anything you want in regards to online business building based around a fixed schedule of: Marketing Customer Definition Target Setting Sales Generation Sales Funnels Traffic Generation to name just a few Imagine being allowed direct access to your own successful business coach everyday. Nothing hidden. Nothing left behind. Just like you have your own business coach pushing you and encouraging you to success. Take control of your life and contact us now for an open and free discussion with the host of Join Up Dots, David Ralph Get An Interview For The 30 Day Business Mastery Course Here

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Today's guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is a chap from the UK, founder of the ‘Hero Forge' project and is the author of a book by the same name. He delivers talks, workshops and training for how we can develop the virtues and attributes needed to become everyday heroes, and he does his best to walk his talk! But that is just the starting point and the dots have joined up in a very eclectic manner for sure. As he says "I ran away from a decent career in advertising in my 20s to join a circus in Malaysia. Performed as a trapeze artist, dancer and clown. Almost drowned during a failed underwater escape attempt! Survived a minor plane crash on my return to the UK. I have lectured to the magic circle and once got into a heated argument with Uri Geller - we made our peace and he bent a teaspoon as a gift which I still have in my kitchen! I have taught in UK schools (as an English teacher and pastoral leader) for almost 25 years while also working as a nightclub doorman in the evenings (quit the doors once I became a dad 6 years ago). I raised £3k last year to support provision of safe water in the 3rd world, by performing as many burpees as possible in 6 hours and then leading almost 100 11-18 year olds barefoot across hot coals! (Managed 1240 burpees - hampered somewhat by a dislocated finger - no kids were burned!). Lots of dots for sure, all linked to his desire to take action and make things happen. So can he spot an everyday hero before they ever do anything heroic? Are there traits that establish that a hero is being made in front of you? And with all these different things occurring does he get exhausted by the effort, or stimulated by the variety? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Andy Fisher. Show Highlights Andy discusses the reasons why so many people are rooted to the spot when seeing an issue or situation unable to jump in and help. We talk about why the world has given us so much opportunity to change our lives, but so many are unwilling to give it ago. Why Andy loves getting feedback from listeners and gains a lot from the understanding he gains from their insights. And lastly........ Andy shares a deeply personal reason he considers himself a hero, and ill be honest i agree with him wholeheartedly he is!

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Todays guest joining on the show is a lady who i be honest I am a huge fan of her work. She is a singer, musician, songwriter, actress and has one the bubbliest characters it has been delight to come into contact with, whilst her album "Something I Couldn't Say" has been a constant in the Join Up dots headquarters for the last month or so. Now if you think that this is a story of a lady with talent and the world supporting her to achieve her aims then think again. This is  story of a talent shining brighter due to the knocks and obstacles she has been required to overcome. Whilst pursuing her recording and acting career, she lost most of her vision at age 23, through type 1 Diabetes, as a result of a common diabetic eating disorder (EDMT1) from her late teens. After going through laser treatment and many operations and rehabilitating herself after having lost everything (job, driving licence, independence), unstoppable and unperturbed by obstacles and negative attitudes, she continued pursuing her career. The experience simply made her more determined to follow her own path and become a success, and i have no doubt that her future is a very bright one indeed. So does she look back at her teenage decisions with a "What the hell was I doing" or "c'est la vie" it wont stop me getting what i want? And the big question....where is Waverley Bridge, and why does it sound so exotic to this humbler podcaster? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sarah Caltieri Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Sarah Caltieri such as: Sarah reveals how due to her eye issues the world has become in many ways more beautiful than before. A lovely way of thinking. Why she feels telling people that she had a rough time or a bad day is a cathartic thing to do, even though it surprises so many people that she does it. Why she feels strongly that her music and platform has to be accessible to all forms of life, no matter what their disabilities and lastly…. How it was so difficult to find the true authenticity in her voice due to her previous stage training....get more northern they cried and fortunately she listened.

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My guest today, on the confidence boosting Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who only recently appeared on the show, back on episode 675 And why is he back so quickly I hear you cry, when there are so many guests desperate to get on the show to start joining up dots. Well, during the recording it was obvious to me that there were so many stories needing to be told, which we just didn't get near to discovering and will be so useful for all of us, as we learn to trust ourselves and go for the gold in our lives. Well, after an unfulfilling first semester of college that resulted in major stress, anxiety and unhappiness, he knew that he needed to make a change. Although doing well academically, he had no passion for what he was doing. He realized that going to school and getting a degree might not be the right path for him - at least at that point in my life. So he decided to take a chance, leaving school behind to follow his heart and explore other ways of life. With just a backpack and on a shoe-string budget, he spent 4 months traveling through Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica without a phone, yearning to disconnect from the widespread dominance of social media. From living in the jungle and teaching English to poverty stricken kids, to meeting inspirational people from around the world, his quest took him to remote and exotic destinations throughout Central America. And now with an amazing book Off The Beaten Trail doing well, and his speaking career taking off it quite simply seems to me that this is a man that we need to keep our eye on. Which is why, we have him back on the show already. So when he decided to go down to South America, what was he hoping to achieve? Disconnection or actual connection with his real self. And was there anytime when he felt that he had bitten off more than he could hope to chew, but still managed to overcome? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jake Heilbrunn Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jake Heilbrunn such as: Why Jake knew that he needed to maintain a lifestyle that would protect his balance of $4,000 travel funds, so found a way of volunteering to gain food and board Why the power of story telling was so important to Jake through his travels, and why he feels that people should embrace this age old tradition more than they do today. and lastly…. Why the world is full of amazing people, who come into your life just when you need them most and will help you out when times are tough. So dont be worried about what could happen. You have support everywhere.

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Today’s guest joining us on the show, is a man who first connected with Join Up Dots looking for some help. He was trapped on the corporate merry go round and couldn't see the next step to the future that he wanted. But as we see on Join Up Dots everyday, the actual truth is he didnt need to look forward as much as looking backwards. All of us have got to a point in our life where we have had a lifetime of experiences. We had daily epiphanies and  lightbulb moments that we either jump all over, or push to the back of our minds and think "Nah, not for me....I dont know how to do it" Well today as you will hear on the show, Benjamin was in that very same position. He was working for the man, delivering huge results but gaining very little for himself. As they say he was busy building someone else's dream and leaving himself with very little time or energy to change things for the better for him and his family. However he has done this and created Sales Compass Coaching from his home in Orlando Florida Ahe he says "My goal is to help those that seek coaching and consultation cut through the noise and chatter and begin a real, one-on-one journey with us that will lead them to the quickest path to greater sales and profit attainment.  I have over 20 years experience coaching and consulting on the behaviors that drive increasing revenues with just about every vertical market.  I've worked with thousands of salespeople, sales managers, business owners, franchisees, and franchisors - all with the same common goal - to increase their effectiveness in new client acquisition and creating greater revenue and profit." Does this inspire you to do the same? Are you ready to take the skills you have built up and make it in a life changing business? If you are we are ready to help you. Send us a voice message and lets get the ball rolling for a bright new future.

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Deepak Shukla Started An Digital Agency Team On Almost No Money. He Shows You How In Todays Entrepreneur Podcast

Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots is a man who i suppose its fair to say has had three lives leading him to this point. Starting his life in a rough school, where nobody expected him to do well and gain entry to University (although it was quite obvious that he was gifted) he achieved his aim. And this to me really places huge credit to a man, who when someone says he cant do something seems to want to prove to the world that they are wrong (not least to those inner demons that hold us all in our place). Stints followed travelling the world, ironman competitions, Tedx talks, making documentaries about the homeless and the list goes on But of course a career needs focus and and as he says " After Uni, I went on to work at MEC – 1 of the world’s leading marketing agencies. I was fortunate enough to be 1 of only 6 hires out of 500+ graduates! I then went on to work at Deloitte as a tax consultant, but decided to leave during the height of the recession to pursue my own business ventures, and dedicate more time to producing music. 150 rap songs later, having left my 2 studios and ‘movement’ that was known as ‘Deep Impakt Recordings’ behind. I launched my first funded startup ‘Meet My Tutor’ in (an online marketplace connecting students to tutors) in 2010 with £75k, followed by ‘The CV Guy’ in October 2014 and ultimately Pearl Lemon in 2016.  And that is where he today running Pearl Lemon from home, local coffee shops and pretty much anywhere in the world (providing there’s an internet connection). Pearl Lemon is made up of an amazing team of SEO experts,social people and writers – together, they GROW their client’s businesses and have fun whilst doing so.  And as he says "When I’m not working, I’m typically training or watching an action or horror movie lol." Sounds like a pretty good life to have for sure. So is Pearl Lemon the thing that he has been looking for, or just another step towards where he wants to be? And can you do these things on your own, or does it really need a team to start cooking on gas? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Deepak Shukla

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Today's guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is from the Wisconsin Area of the United States and is a man who loves the written word. He is the founder of the Ghost writers for blogs company, called Ghost Blog Writers funnily enough As he says "In 2010, I founded Ghost Blog Writers. We provide blogging services for businesses. We focus strictly on blogging. Rather than spreading ourselves thin by focusing on all content we focus on being the best blog writing service provider. It's our passion. It's out expertise. We also believe in long-term blogging strategies. The best results, in our experience, come from two things. First, a consistent schedule. You're not going to find success with blogging with a post once in awhile. There needs to be regular blogging over the long-term. Second, answering questions the target customer is asking. It's really that simple. When you help your target customer by answering questions they have in relation to your industry you earn their trust and people like doing business with people they trust. So starting this business as a side hustle whilst still working as a manager for Mason Companies, in Chippewa Falls did he know that it would turn out as a full time gig, with an ever increasing team of employees? And if he could go back in time are there things that he looks back at with a "what the hell was i thinking?" type slap of the head? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Dayne Shuda. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Dayne such as How your best work comes along rarely but that shouldn't make a difference. Still press "Publish" and get it out there. Dayne recalls the process of setting his first price point, and wondered if her should have gone more when the client said "Yep" straight away.  And lastly........ We discussed whether it is truly possible to hit rock bottom of whether it is all in our minds?

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who quite simply is astonishing. Why do I feel that? Well at the age of twenty years old he is already on his way to defining his life, whilst the rest of the world are scrabbling around screaming "I don't know what I want to do...show me someone, show me!!" He is a youth speaker, author of the book "Off The Beaten Trail" and driven to show the world how everything can start if you are willing to ask a simple question. As he says "My extraordinary adventure began with one simple question: What if the biggest risk is not taking any risk at all? After an fulfilling first semester of college that resulted in major stress, anxiety and unhappiness, I knew that I needed to make a change. Although doing well academically, I had no passion for what I was doing. I realized that going to school and getting a degree might not be the right path for me - at least at this point in my life. I decided to take a chance, leaving school behind to follow my heart and explore other ways of life. With just a backpack and on a shoe-string budget, I spent 4 months travelling through Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica without a phone, yearning to disconnect from the widespread dominance of social media. From living in the jungle and teaching English to poverty stricken kids, to meeting inspirational people from around the world, my quest took me to remote and exotic destinations throughout Central America." And now he is joining up his dots on today's show. So why did he feel so unfulfilled at an age, when I certainly didn't have the awareness of knowing whether i was unfilled or not? And looking back on his journey through South America, does he see it know as riskier than was needed, or actually a stroll through the countryside? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jake Heilbrunn Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jake Heilbrunn such as: Jake tells a story of how he was breaking out in hives every morning, until finally realising that stress and anxiety was the cause of the issue and what he had to do to deal with it. How going for your big dreams is never an easy option as you have to untangle yourself from so many factors that surround you everyday of your life. People, parents and finances all try to keep you in one place. Why social media is such a double edged sword, hugely entertaining but also deeply depressing due to the constant comparison we are allowed by glimpsing in other peoples lives. and lastly…. Why he loves getting up in front of youngsters across America, inspiring them to take risks and challenging the personal status quo. You don't have to live the lives that others have planned for you.

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In todays episode David Ralph, discusses if freedom is worth more than money after he received a message from a listener in Columbia. "Hi David, big love to Join Up Dots. Do you think, I need time to build my business or money. Ok, to lose money if it comes back to me. Thank you Mateo Hernandez Columbia" You see when you start out on business its really hard to get things done. You are expected to be at work at a fixed time You want to be home as soon as you can to either, lay on the sofa relaxing or spending time with your partner and children. It's difficult for sure. So how can you get the freetime to do things that need to be done to grow your fledgling business? Well one of the things that you can do for sure, is look at how much money you are frittering away each month, as you may not have to work as much as you do. It is amazing how much money can be clawed back by making some decisions as to your lifestyle, and spending habits. Imagine you lived on an island, where the food was plentiful, you could build your own shelter and living accommodation? How much money do you think that you would need on a daily basis? I would suggest hardly anything at all......so why do we spend so much on needless subscriptions, cups of starbuck coffee each day, and gym memberships that we never use. It is astonishing how much we allow to slip through our fingers without knowing it. Which leads you to be able to make bold decisions as to your future. Could you ask your boss to go down to four days per week, instead of five? Could you ask to work from home one day per week? Could you leave your job and instead find a lower paid job, that allows you the free time to build your side hustle? Because one thing for sure, you need to make decisions that alter your current situation if you want to make a new one. You can not expect to live the same life until your new life comes along that is for sure. So let us know, if you are in the process of making bold decisions how are you doing it? Have you decreased expenditure, or perhaps you have simply accepted a decrease in income until things turn around for you. Thanks for listening and hope to hear from you personally on the voice mail messenger.

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Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is a chap who knows how to scale a business.

 

From the UK, but running away from sheep, sheep and more sheep.

Yes, he is originally from New Zealand but now calls the home of warm beer, ultimate football failure, and Ant & Dec his home. He is a Business Scaling Strategist and accomplished leader with SME, mid-sized and FTSE 250 company experience. His career track record is dominated by leading and scaling 7, 8 & 9-figure rapid growth companies. His roles have included CEO of a 25 million enterprise providing services to central and local government and MD of a 240 million business unit responsible for leading a team of over 1000 people operating in 135 sites in 23 cities. One of his greatest successes included being part of leadership team that grew a real estate business 2000%, from SME to FTSE 250 company, in 8 years. These days you will find him on “Summit SCALE™: The Seven to Eight-Figure Business Growth Model” a blended learning program that equips seven-figure entrepreneurs with an eight-figure scale model to speed the growth of their business, ultimately for control and choice over exit. His work has spanned different industries including, among others, healthcare, energy, arts & entertainment, government services, professional services, real estate, housing, and manufacturing. So how long did he hold back from saying onto the world “Hey guys you are already doing really well……im the guy to make it go really well” And did he always want to be an entrepreneur, or did circumstances more than desire lead to him making the leap? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Shane Spiers Show Highlights Shane talks openly about his dislike and struggle to find new clients and the cold calling which is 96% of businesses ever make it to a million and beyond and the reasons that keep then from breaking through that ceiling. Why as a leader you have to set the structure of the business as quickly as possible to stand any chance of making it a success. Why 90 day goal setting is such a big part of Shanes business, and he reasons that it should be part of yours too. And lastly…….. How Shane pushed past through the “holding back mindset” that can derail dreams and future ventures like a pro

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Up For A Conversation On Lust, Pride, Drug Use & Weird Weekends?

Today's guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is a chap from the UK who last appeared on the show back on episode 128 He is a man who has built his life around the use of stories, and weaving them into amazing effective ways that can help us all unlock the doors and remove the obstacles that we find in front of us time and time again. Doors to a life that is as much play as work, and as much work as play. Being in the music and film industry for over 18 years ,he has developed an approach that works well for creative types across the globe who flock to his warehouse in Seven Kings London. Its an unusual approach which for many might seem a bit strange….in fact after reading his personal website, he seems to thrive by being, well, slightly out of the mainstream shall we say! As it says "…to what is possibly the only website in the world actually designed to put people off.  A dubious claim to fame, but my point being if you read through it and go – hmmm… this is a bit unusual, weird even – then I’m probably not the person for you.  If you read through it and go – cool… this is a bit unusual, weird even – then we should talk." He goes onto say “People ask me what I do and I always hesitate – I was a psychotherapist for 13 years, then I tried calling myself a coach, I’ve been to India and trained in Tantra but that doesn’t quite qualify me to call myself a Guru and I’ve been buried alive and fasted in the wilderness for days on end but that doesn’t quite make me a Shaman… and Psycho-therapeutic Shamanic Coaching Guru is a real mouthful” So lets find out what he calls himself today, and how has he changed since the last time he was on join up dots? As we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jerry Hyde Show Highlights Jerry shares his belief that for every book he writes, it is always the book that he needs to We talk about the consequence of shame in business and life today, and why this has become such an issue. Jerry talks about some seriously out there weekends that he experienced, and why he felt they were at the edge of his level of exploration. The Seven Deadly Sins we discover are not in the Bible at all, so why do we obey them, and where did they appear from? And lastly........ Jerry shares what he has been up to for the last few years since last appearing on Join Up Dots which was a real eye opener.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lifestyle portrait photographer and image content creator who works with high-level entrepreneurs and thought leaders of various industries to produce high-quality, highly-captionable images that present informational, entertaining and inspiring aspects of their brand to their followers. More than just a photographer, our guest sets his clients up for success beyond the portrait session by coaching them on how to best leverage their image content for their websites, social channels, blogs, publications, advertisements and various other needs. But you can certainly see a path that has joined the dots amazingly well, as after leaving New York-Hunter College with a BA in Media Studies, he freelanced as a Production assistant for HBO, whilst continuing his studies to gain an MFA in Television Production And then for over 17 years worked as a television producer, and as a portrait photographer expert on several NBC Universal daytime talk and reality shows. So the dots lined up for him to go out alone and create his own production company, which he did in 2014, as he says “While my business began as a full-service photo/video studio, drawing upon my 16 years of video production experience, I now focus solely on serving thought leaders and entrepreneurs by providing them versatile, high-volume, high-production value image content that can be used for all of their content needs. There’s a lot more to my sessions that simply taking pictures; before, during and after each session, I help direct my clients so that they can maximise value from our session. I help them identify their content needs, determine the types of images we must capture to fill those needs, and then execute the game plan.. Its nice to live the dream daily” So was this a passion he persused through education and career, or like so many of us, just started to doing something until the passion was found? And what is teh hardest part of building his business, the sales and lead generation, or acually the content production? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only John DeMato. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with John DeMato such as: How John recalls how he got to the point in his life where he found that his internal compass was pointing in the wrong direction, and the steps he took to getting it where he wanted to point. How John manages to draw out the real character and personality in a photo, and why he feels it so important to do that thing. Why John can now see that through his business clarity comes confidence, and with confidence comes value. Its a real circle of development that you have to go through. and lastly…. We find out why John talks about his life as being within the matrix and outside the matrix and why he would never go back to where he was.

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In today’s episode David Ralph, answers a question received from a listener of the show in Houston Texas who is concerned about his health care issues. He wants to become an entrepreneur and create his own business, but is also concerned about what might happen if either him or his children become ill. But let’s start with following up to a review that we received from a listener in Ireland who inspired by an episode of Join Up Dots let us know what they were planning to do after hearing one of our guest experts. CLC July 13, 2018 by CillianLally from Ireland Found this podcast a few weeks ago. Since started the ball rolling for my wife and I to start a drop shipping business. Clear, informative and light hearted. No long business monologues. Sent it to several friends since? So we read this out on the show and then received a follow up message show below “Hi David, I was blown away by the shout out on yesterday’s podcast. I would love to be a guest eventually, it would be great to give back to something I have taken so much from. So an update as to where we are with the drop shipping business. I listened to the podcast a few weeks ago and I came home and said to my wife that this is what we are doing. So we are studying an online digital marketing course to ensure we can sell the product, I have taken a second job to give us the extra starter money and we have been taking webinars and researching all about Shopify. Our goal is to be up and running by late September/October time. If you like I can give you another update then and maybe if it works after a few weeks or whatever suits then I’d be delighted to talk my way through it? Oh and Cillian is pronounced with a K 😂 Thanks again for everything, let me know your thoughts if you have a better plan. Yours sincerely, Cillian” So as you will hear on the show, we have now added Cillian to the Join Up Dots guest list and look forward to sharing his story with the world when he becomes a huge success. So in answer to Chris’s comment, yes there are options as to health insurance and health care for those starting their own business but you need to listen to the show to find out. We dont want to make things too easy for you do we 🙂 Thank you so much for listening to the show David

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Today's guest joining us on the show, is a man with his finger on the pulse. There is a truth in business, especially online businesses that it's all about community. Build a community around you and you build flag-bearers, supporters and a captive audience of loyal customers ready to buy and help your business grow. But how do you get to the point of knowing how this all works, and most importantly being able to teach others? Well, he started off his career in the travel industry, at a young age, he worked his way into management and gained experience in leadership and understanding what motivated a team. Within the role, he developed an understanding of the importance of transcultural leadership and the impact this has on a business through innovation and motivation. Which lead him to where he is today. As our guest says "Throughout my career, I have understood that a community culture is needed to help power increased innovation and productivity in a workplace. From my practical research to working with different companies, I developed my consultancy in this field and have presented practical workshops that give leaders the inside knowledge on making this community-based culture work within a business. The development of my understanding led me to write a book on the subject. Titled “How to Build a Community in your Business,” So for our listeners building their own businesses, what is the quickest, but strongest way of gaining that community. And are there common mistakes that he sees being made time and time again, even by people and companies that should know better? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with Robert Mitton. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Robert Mitton such as: Why the United Kingdom are so poor at creating a community spirit in their towns and cities unlike other countries who seem to do it naturally Robert explains how there are four key elements of building a community that makes a game changing community. Why it is so important to encourage ownership within a community and get people to do their own thing to really make a community grow. and lastly............. Robert shares the steps that he took to get his business off the ground, and the number one bug bear of his.....that can stop all companies from ever reaching their true potential.

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Today's guest on Join Up Dots is a professional DJ, music producer, entrepreneur, and thought leader based in Los Angeles. A student of music since learning the saxophone at a very young age, his musical knowledge spans numerous decades and crosses multiple genres. Initially, he put his musical career on pause to pursue a traditional career path in corporate America. After moving to various cities and working his way up the corporate ladder in the hotel industry, he decided to pursue his dream in becoming of DJ. In June 2013, he graduated from the internationally renowned Scratch Academy DJ school. This intense year-long program (which is the equivalent to DJ College) has elevated the skill set of our guest in an immense way. This allowed him to create his premium DJ agency, The Amani Experience. He then returned to Scratch Academy in 2015 and completed their Music Production program. In the past three years, he and his team have produced remixes for artists such as Kehlani, Little Big Town, Niia and Camila Cabello and other artists that a middle aged man like me has never heard off. But what this guy is showing is hustle, commitment, the desire to become the best, and put himself first. So when did he realise that putting his dreams on hold was not just a bad idea for him, but actually the world that want his talents. And when did the hard part of growing his business become the fun and the excitement fuelled his passion everyday?  Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Amani Roberts. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Amani Roberts such as: Amani shares how he had to change his mindset and start believing that being a DJ is proper job Why it is so important to diversify your income streams when you are getting going in business. Amani shares how his family thought he was going mad, and tried their hardest to convince him to stay and do what he was doing. and lastly…. We discuss being humble, losing the ego and accepting when your A game is quite simply not up to scratch, forcing you to work harder on your craft.

Direct download: AMANI_ROBERTS.mp3
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Its true to say that on a podcast like the top rated business podcast Join Up Doys, I have so many guests who have interesting back stories, but not many that start with “Before I was seven years old I had lived in a house truck, on a commune, in France, in New Zealand, in Ireland, and several homes in England. I had been bathed in a sink, had a pet goose called Lucy, and I think it would be fair to say that my parents gifted me with a curiosity for the world.” So upon hearing this I knew that I had to invite this lady onto the show, but wow what part of her career history do I tell you about in the introduction because without a doubt as she says “Life has been a bit of rollercoaster!” Starting her career after gaining a BA in Theatre Practice and Scenic Art from the Central School of Speech and Drama, she went on to have a successful and (eventually) well paid career as a Freelance TV & Film Production Buyer, Stylist, and Project / Event Manager. She worked hard and played harder. She had motivation by the bucket load. However her energies could only last so long and she would suffer from burn out at the end of every job. She had money, and so she would take herself off to Thailand and engulf herself in fasting and raw food, or go off to Egypt for a yoga retreat. Recharge the batteries to blaze even brighter in the entrepreneurial world. And this was certainly the case, as upon returning she started one of the forerunners in the VA sphere and early adapters to Location Independent Business. As she says “It was a wonderfully brave and stupid thing to do. I was homeless and sofa surfing, massively in debt and knew nothing about running a business. Which meant I had nothing to lose and gave it everything I had. Bootstrapping a business when you are desperate and resourceful can be a wonderful thing, and I was given opportunities to learn from many wildly inspirational Entrepreneurs, Businesses, and Private Clients.” But of course this was just the beginning of everything that would lead her through some seriously dark moments, even contemplating suicide. Her life was a roller coaster of working till she collapsed and then ‘retreating’ around the world. And so the time came when she had her first pangs of “Is this it?!” She wasn’t satisfied, there was a huge void in her life, she felt empty and in the midst of the impending recession she set up My Girl Friday Ltd, providing Freelance Personal and Virtual Assistance to Creative Businesses & Private Individuals in the UK and across the globe. And that is where we will start today’s episode as now life is very different, but how has she made it the life that she wanted? How did she take the entrepreneurial venture, and willingness to put the effort into a new business, but structure it that it didn’t bring her to her knees too? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only misfit entrepreneur herself Ebonie Allard.

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Todays Show Responds To A Problem That Most People Have -How To Test A Business Idea

In todays episode David Ralph, answers a couple questions from listeners across the world who are struggling with finding the thing that they love in life. But lets start with a review from a listener in Ireland who inspired by an episode of Join Up Dots let us know what they are  CLC    July 13, 2018 by CillianLally from Ireland Found this podcast a few weeks ago. Since started the ball rolling for my wife and I to start a drop shipping business. Clear, informative and light hearted. No long business monologues. Sent it to several friends since. ? Now for a question or a couple of question posed by listeners of the show, which we love to answer on the show as you will hear. Dear David, I've been listening to your show for the last two years and love it. I would love to go out and do my own thing, but I just can't for the life of me think of what I like. I have been in a series of deadened jobs for the last ten years, and my inspiration is at an all time low. No matter how hard I rack my brains i come up blank...any ideas? - Jennifer Shower, St Louis. Mr Ralph, i hope you can find the time to answer this question. I have an idea for a business, which i have run past my friends and they think is great. However I am not sure that they are the best audience for me. How can you test this idea to see if it has value before starting work on it. I know you are going to say "you need to know the idea" but I am unwilling to share on the podcast" Thanks so much for the show, Eric Adler, Canada So what would you suggest for Jennifer or Eric? Do you have different advice than we have presented on the show? If you do then leave a voice message on the right hand side of the page and we will share with the world. Thank you so much for listening to the show David

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What i love about being the host of Join Up Dots is the ability to share endeavour, hustle and commitment by people from all walks of life.

Today's guest is just that, who connected with me as a listener of Join Up Dots and upon a back and forth on email i saw enough entrepreneurial spirit to think "Right he's coming on the show"

So what can i tell you about him, well he was previously bassist / co-manager for a successful British heavy metal band Panic Cell, a period of time which saw him sharing stages worldwide with some of the biggest names in the business.

He has worked behind the scenes in the music industry for over thirteen years.

As he says "After leaving Panic Cell in 2011 I formed Stampede Press in July 2012.

Notable clients to date include Terrorvision, Richie Ramone, Courtesans, BlackWolf, and more.

I originally set it up to be a PR agency, my experience playing in bands (whilst co-managing music business matters) has led to me passing on crucial knowledge to Stampede's clients, whilst mentoring musicians with support, elements of artist management, and regular consultation.

My goal is to help musicians avoid common pitfalls that bands can fall into in the music business, and maintain a grounded yet positive approach to their music career whilst having a happy mental health mindset and enjoy playing music as much as they can.

So is this the kind of business that many people can start, or do you need to have been within the cogs of metallic industry to really make things work?

And how does he find his clients, word of mouth, or knock, knock, knocking on artists doors?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Rob Town

 

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rob Town such as:

Why it is so important to find positive people to surround yourself throughout all stages of your career.

Why in a band you have to be focused on writing killer songs...if you have the songs you have the career.

Why it every member of your family should be your biggest critic and supporter to help you raise your game every time you start creating.

and lastly….

You will learn the biggest mistake that musicians make today when starting their musical career, and its actually the easiest to solve.

 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is a Marketing Fellow at HubSpot and former Head of Growth at HubSpot Labs, the somewhat-secret experimental arm of the world’s #1 Sales & Marketing platform. He teaches Advanced Digital Marketing at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education, and is the co-author of the book “How To Sell Better Than Amazon.” He also speaks across the country and around the world about startups, business and marketing. His fresh ideas on entrepreneurship, start ups, marketing, Artificial Intelligence, and eCommerce are what the world is looking for as the clammer to create our own futures and live a life of relative freedom takes hold. But where did it all start for our guest today? Was it a linear path to where he now stands on the stages of the world revealing the strategies to scale businesses like a huge company even if you are a solopreneur, or small business? And what holds people back from true success, not building a team or building the wrong team around their business? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Sam Mallikarjunan Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mallikarjunan such as: Sam shares how he stumbled across the last remaining Blockbuster in Alaska, who are thriving due to a focus on human interaction. How quickly can you validate your concept in the marketing. Why we should all try to work out what is the real job to be done in a business. and lastly…. Sam shares how he went through a series of ups and downs, similar to most guests on the show, which has lead him to the confidence he now shows today.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is a lady who claimed fame in a very unusual way. But most excitingly for a show like Join Up Dots she hasn’t set her stall out to allow that initial success to define her but has gone on for bigger and bolder things. As the creator of the Purse Process in 2013 her new adventures started in earnest when she started the process of being a bit nosy in ladies handbags. And digging around to share how the secrets of the stuff that a lady carries around with them in their bag actually defines them. Yes as her professional bio states “You see, I’m trained in ANTHROPOLOGY and ARCHEOLOGY, but I don’t much like digging in the dirt. You may have noticed everything about me has a distinctly FEMININE flair. I’m a girly girl from way back. In fact, when I was three years old I had a complete meltdown simply because my mom came home with white panties for me instead of pink. So as you might imagine, the working conditions of an archeologist doesn’t exactly suit a girl like me, so I had to get creative about how I’d apply the vast amount of knowledge I spent several years, countless hours, and paid beaucoup bucks to acquire. Which is amazing to me to see applied in action. The creativity to bring to the world something interesting, unique and career defining. And it certainly was the case, leading to media performances, TedX talks, and a myriad of opportunities as the world started taking an interest in their day to day luggage. And now our guest is tackling even bigger things, leaving behind the success that started off her career in such a spectacular way. So todays discussion could start anywhere, and go anywhere which makes it so exiting to me. But if she knew she was so girly throughout her life, why did she enter into the world of Indiana Jones, Jurrasic Park and digging around in the dirt? And does she see that experience is just gained purely to be able to shape your own reality and creative an authentic life of their own? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur Danielle Watson..

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In todays episode of Join Up Dots we look at Motivation and how to keep it, after a recent listener asked "David how do you keep motivated? I have many business failures which i started and then stopped. I just lose the motivation to keep going. Do you have any tips. Well here is what we consider are the best ways to keep yourself motivated, when the motivation is starting to depart. 1: Remind yourself of your goals. Usually before devoting time to any specific endeavor, we tend to make short- and long-term goals. Remember to keep your goals realistic, that way you wont be disheartened if you don't reach them. That doesn't mean you can't push and challenge yourself though, if you don't challenge yourself, then it's not really a goal. If you start to lose sight of your goals, then you may be less motivated than if you were always checking to see how much closer you are getting throughout the whole process. Keeping track of your goals and checking your progress can help keep you motivated day in and day out. 2: Make weekly checkpoints to track your progress. Everyone needs to see how they are keeping up with their goals if they want to stay motivated. If you see that you are on track or even excelling every time you check your progress, you will be motivated and happy that you are getting there. If you see that you are lagging on your goals, it may be the kick start you need to help get you back on track. 3: Make sure to reward yourself every time you achieve your weekly goals. This could be as simple as a bowl of ice cream after a long, hard week of working out or as rewarding as a trip to the spa for all your hard work. Whatever rewards will keep you going are the ones you should be giving yourself. 4: Give yourself breaks. Sometimes even the most determined people get overwhelmed. You may be burning yourself out, and a much-needed break might be just what you need. If it is a fitness goal, maybe take a three- or four-day rest instead of your normal one- or two-day rest. If it is at school, don't try to do all your work in one sitting, but stretch it out over the course of the day or week, if possible. 5: Don't be too hard on yourself. Everyone falls short sometimes. If you fail to meet your goals for the week, take it as a lesson. Try to complete your next target before time, so that you can use the saved time to complete the pending work. This way you stay right on schedule even if you have taken a hit. It's not always about how hard you hit, but how well you can take a hard hit and keep moving on. Don't dwell on failure; just accept it as a human occurrence, and continue working towards your goals. 6:Watch and read motivational stories or speeches. Everyone deserves a great pep talk every once in a while. Stay elevated by watching YouTube videos of inspirational moments so you can suddenly feel a new sense of motivation to keep striving. Here are just a few example of easily-found inspirational media: Mary Schmich's famous "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" speech. Almost any Hollywood sports movie. Much rap music - "rags to riches" is a common lyrical theme. Historical stories of bravery or courage (see: Jack Churchill, Audie Murphy, etc.)

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Software Development Expert Ajay Goel Shares His Story To Success In Google Chrome

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is the classic side hustle entrepreneur, that grew his work into something life changing for him. He started Wordzen. which is a chrome extension and allows busy entrepreneurs to talk into a microphone and have their emails changed into error free, grammatically correct messages. Not as you would think buy some transcription bot, but by actual people who listen and bring the human element into the approach As he says “Reduce the time you spend on email by 90%. Have emails professionally written while you’re lying on your couch, playing with your kids, or walking in the park. Its not transcription, we don’t just type the words you dictate. We listen to what you’re saying, and then write a professional email to match your intent, tone, and the context of the email thread.” So it actually started as a side project, but now 3 years later, it brings in $1 million in recurring revenue. Which lead him, to develop what would become GMass! This was born out of the frustration. While recruiting writers for his other Gmail product, Wordzen, he was disheartened by how difficult it was to communicate with all of his writer prospects at once. He simply needed to inform the five candidates that the position was of the 1099 and not W2 variety, but to his dismay, he had to find each conversation with each editor, hit Reply, and type a personalized message. Boom another business was born So is it as simple as find a frustration and then bring it to market? Or does it take a lot more to build a business that works? And where does he see most side hustle going wrong. Staying in the development phase or something else? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only AJ Goel Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ajay Goel such as: Ajay shares how he forced himself to learn as much of the process of chrome development as possible for three key reasons, which perhaps has held him back a little. Why he loves the Buddhist expression “The meaning of your life is whatever you are doing right now” We talk about how difficult it is to keep up to date with the latest developments in software and why this shouldnt frighten anyone tacking a new software role. and lastly…. Ajay reveals how amazing it is to see every generation have the same fear that technology is going to end everything good as they know it. A fear that is proved wrong time and time again.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who seems to have had three lives. One pre internet, and then two afterwards. When he was first booked on the show back in 2015, it was whilst he was high and flying with Unstuckable Now he has pivoted and is on a mission to help the world embrace the life of entrepreneurial ventures As he says “I’m on a mission to prepare people for the future of work. Work is fundamentally changing as we know it (and faster than most people think!) I’m sounding the alarm to warn people how to prepare for it. I’ve worked for myself for the past 17 years. I believe self-employment is the future of work. I believe it can be for everyone and not just a select few. You know what I’ve discovered is the most effective method for teaching people about business? Teach them first about the Life Skills That Matter before teaching hard business skills. I used to be chronically anxious and stressed out about work because it wasn’t satisfying, it wasn’t meaningful, it wasn’t making me financially independent, it controlled too much of my time and it prevented me from living the lifestyle I wanted to live. Sound familiar? Then I designed my lifestyle to work on my terms. Today I’m happily unemployable. So if you want to work for yourself, you need to learn about yourself first. You need to understand how to manage yourself. After all, you are the first resource of your business! So how long did it truly take him to embrace the entrepreneurial journey and 100% decide it was for him? And when did he come to realisation that it could in fact be for everyone, not just the chosen few? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Stephen Warley Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Stephen Warley such as: Why we should all pay more attention to the hours where our energies are at their highest to bring into the world our greatest work. Stephen says we shouldn’t keep asking permission for our lives, from employees, teachers, parents. Its our life we should all take control. Why so many people fail to look back at their younger selves to find the real clues as to how to design their lives going forward. and lastly…. How he used to be someone who couldn’t ever imagine would be able to work for himself…..and wow hasn’t he showed the world that he was wrong.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who was first introduce to me by a previous guest and friend of the show Tayo Rockson “Hi David”….he said “I had him on my show and he had such great pieces of advice to give. I am certain he would make a great addition to your show.” Well, how could i refuse such a connection, so lets give you some background on who we are going to be speaking to today. He is the founder of the Wintrip Consulting Group, a global consultancy in St. Petersburg, Florida where his mission is to eliminate hiring delays, so companies always have the talent they need instead of empty seats. During the past three decades, he has helped thousands of organizations like Bank of America, Boeing, Procter & Gamble, Randstad, and the Red Cross as well as small and mid-market companies, such as Aquent, Kohl’s, MAKO Surgical, and Valpak to make the right decisions. And this expertise has now been put into print, and is now flying off the shelves with his latest book “High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant,” being published by McGraw-Hill and through Amazon If that isn’t impressive enough then, for five years in a row, he has been named in the “Staffing 100” as one of the world’s 100 most influential staffing leaders, also making Recruiter Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40,” as one of the most influential executives under 40 years old. So when did he realise that getting bottoms on seats was a skill that he possessed and could build a business around? And what is the biggest mistake that people make when getting the talent that their companies deserve? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Scott Wintrip Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Scott such as: Scott shares his advice of how he makes the right decisions in his life, and if not what he does to then quickly make them the right decisions. Why Scott feels that he did his most remarkable work of his career whilst going through a heavy divorce with his wife. Why Scott feels that anyone who is getting into recruitment should get their recruitment education. Go work for a consultancy before ever going it alone. and lastly…. Scott shares his views on the only person that you can believe in life – yourself. Be aware if you catch yourself lying to yourself, as it can undermine everything that is possible.

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Every once in a while someone comes along that you feel a strong connection to. It could be their spirit, their love for life, or the hustle they are putting into everyday they are on this earth. One such person is an English guy called Ross Menghini, you can hear him here when he was previously interviewed on Join Up Dots. This time however it is Ross who is grilling the host of Join Up Dots David Ralph on what it has taken to create the top show you are listening to today. They talk about a wide range of subjects that have taken them both by surprise when they started their entrepreneurial lives. From the hardship, the dark times, the financial struggles and the big successes. Ross does a great job on this show, and so it was a delight to be able to share the Life Design Diaries meets Join Up Dots in today’s episode. However to give you a flavour of this amazing guy, allow us to show you his backstory, so you will spend as much time as you can following Ross and his lovely wife Lucy’s adventures everyday. “In January 2018 we traded our beloved Manchester apartment, life, jobs, wardrobes and friends for 2 backpacks, 2 macs and 2 one way tickets out of the UK. Why? Not to find ourselves, not to run away from anything bad, & not be to be on the road living in hostels. More of a, why not! Neither of us are graduates, we both went into full time, very serious careers straight from school, so after getting married in June 2017, and falling head over heels whilst honeymooning in Bali, the idea of living and working from around the world started to develop. ​Our website and social accounts are both a chance for us to personally document, learn and share experiences from our journey. We are by no means experts, we have crafted a life which is right for us, we believe there is no right or wrong way to any of this… this is just ‘our’ way. Come join!” So without further ado let’s start joining up dots with the one and only Mr David Ralph, interviewed by Ross Menghini Show Highlights During the show Ross and David discuss such weighty topics such as: How even after a decade of publication Tim Ferris’s The Four Hour Work Week is still setting the inspirational spark in people across the world. David shares the moment when his life changed forever and he knew that he could never go back to working for someone again. Why it is so important to lose the ego and change the mindset when you want to start your own business. You can’t assume that you are the man right from the start. and lastly…. Why the 80/20 principle could potentially be the greatest gift that anyone can use when creating their own business, although most people ignore this amazing mathematical formula.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has spent nearly 20 years in continual travel around the world, visiting nearly 100 countries including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Iran. Dropping out and leaving high school at 15 years old he never gave up his passion for learning, and enjoys reading over 100 books a year on topics such as finance, marketing, sales, and investing. He has lived as an Expat since 2002 making his home in Central America, South Pacific, Asia, the Arctic, North America, as well as the Middle East. And through these travels he has gradually found the thing that he is now bringing to the world and will base the bulk of today's conversation. Our guest believes people should understand that just because someone was born in one country it doesn't mean that they need to spend their entire lives there, and it certainly doesn't mean they need to keep their money and investments there…. Often there are huge tax advantages and economic benefits to building your business abroad. His mission is to help expats generate additional streams of income so they can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again. So do people need to start with savings and then start travelling, or can they go today by the time they have finished listening to the show? And does he look back at early travel adventures when he was living from moment to moment as he didn't have a penny to his name? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mikkel Thorup Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mikkel Thorup such as: Mikkel shares how from the age of twelve he was determined to leave London, Ontario and travel the world. He had the fire inside him. We talk openly as to the absence of luckiness in your life, there is only persistence and hard work that ever gets you near to looking lucky. Mikkel shares his hub and spoke form of travel, which makes so much sense in regards to seeing the world but keeping the cost down. and lastly…. Why the most important part of any business is the marketing. Before you start looking for clients buy the books that make them come to you.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has really turned his life into the one that he wanted by taking bold actions. He is a traveling entrepreneur, the host of the Travel Like A Boss podcast, the founder of the Johnnyfd travel blog and probably is waking up with a smile everyday of the week too. As he says "I was born in San Francisco which is an amazing place to live, but wasn't the best place to grow up. I battled with fitting in, self image issues, and trying way too hard to be someone I wasn't throughout my childhood. After graduating from University of California I started working a corporate job, but wasn't happy. Something was missing and I didn't know what it was. In 2006 I discovered the self help scene which ultimately lead me to the 4-Hour Workweek and gave me the courage to move to Thailand in 2008 and pursue my first ever real passion, which was scuba diving. I began being a traveling entrepreneur when traveled around the world from Australia, Borneo, all across South East Asia to the Caribbeans working as a divemaster and scuba instructor but in 2011 I decided to focus on my second found passion, Muay Thai kickboxing. After six professional fights and years of living as cheaply as possible, I turned 30 and realized I couldn't even afford a plane ticket home if I wanted to." And that is where we will start todays show. So what do you do when you realise that you are at a crossroads in your life and you've got nothing in the bank to ease the way to future adventures? And now he is living the life that he wanted, is it always a happy day in his life, or does he still have moments of "Really, im not sure Ill want to be doing this for another ten years"? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Johnny FD Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Johnny FD such as: Johnny shares the reasons why he was glad that he experienced corporate life in California and nowhere else as he already was living the dream and it wasn't good. We talk about the period of flatness when the challenge of building a traveling entrepreneur business is replaced by success and you think "This should feel better than it does??" Johnny shares the moment when he realised that he needed to get away from the naysayers and doom mongers in his life or he would be stuck forever. and lastly…. Why Johnny is so glad that he documented so much of his journey, so he can always go back and see the realism of what he went through.

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Todays guest joining us on the show has over the past 19 years, he has helped 1000+ coaches, consultants, service providers, and entrepreneurs master the fundamentals of sales and close more High-Ticket sales over the phone. He is known as the “The One Call Closer,” and is one of the most recognized and in-demand sales trainers in the high-ticket space. The tactics and ideas that he uses in his One Call-Closer private training are techniques that took him 20 years to develop and that less than 1% of the population even know about. These techniques are also derived from him spending over 10,000 hours on sales and business trainings, courses, and seminars. Now that sounds amazing, and of course we all will be thinking that he was born with this talent. But in fact his journey to becoming a successful sales trainer didn’t happen overnight nor was it easy. He went through a lot to get to where he is today. He started his passion for selling at the young age of 13 where he got his first sales job as a junior sales assistant at the local furniture store. It was from that experience that he wanted to pursue a passion for selling and started this never-ending pursuit of sales improvement. Up until today, he’s read over 396 sales books and has spent over $128,563 on sales trainings and seminars. During his time at college, the Dean of Special Resources told him that he should drop out of school because of his diagnosed struggles with ADD/ADHD. It wasn’t the first time he was told to give up and quit and it will not be his last. However, that didn’t affect him and he wasn’t willing to give up. And that is always the key to success, persistence outworks talent, skills and anything else you think is holding you back from your future. So what is it about selling that lights him up inside, when most people struggle with this bigtime. And where do we go wrong, blinking at the pivotal moment of quoting our price, or something else? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Kayvon Kay Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Kayvon Kay such as: Kayvon share his belief that there is no single path to success, and everybody has to create the path that is right for them if it is truly going to succeed. Kayvon shares how so many people get confused with the systems against the strategies. Use the webinars, funnels, an email optins to create a deeper connection with your clients before you ever hope to sell. We discuss Kayvons childhood, and how his fathers advice could have held him back from the future that was waiting for him. Thank god he ignored him! and lastly…. We discuss how Kayvon spent $125,000 on self development and still failed - the reason was he hadn't proved himself to anyone, not least himself.

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Being A Solopreneur Can Be Crap, and in today's show David Ralph talks about the difference of working in corporate land and the life of the solopreneur. Everyday we talk about taking your life to the next level, taking control and building your own business. It's brilliant. It's Fun. And we wouldn't do anything else even if you paid us a million pounds a second. Well, actually if you are paying that amount of cash we will do that...but only for a minute and no more no matter how much you pay us. But what happens when its not good, you are ill, and things aren't going the way you want then what then? Well this is the dark side of being a solopreneur, and more often than not you haven't got another way out. You just simply have to suck it up and keep on working and delivering what you have promised you would deliver to your clients. Very different to being in corporate land and working for the man. Then you can simply phone up, cough and splutter down the phone and leave it all behind for a day watching Netflix. So how do you do the same in your own business? Is it possible to do? Well, we actually dont think it is, no matter how much people tell you that they can do such a thing. You have to be involved as it is your business, and especially if it is a business that you are the face off. They need you, they deserve you, and god knows they are going to get you. So in todays show David Ralph talks about his own struggles with sickness, and why he still has to soldier on to make it all work for him. As we say, sometimes being a solopreneur can be crap.

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Branding And Marketing Work Hand In Hand. Get One Right And The Other Naturally Follows

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has battled hard to get to where he is today. From almost dying as a child, to doing a series of less than inspiring jobs he worked at fine tuning his talents to become the premier branding expert for clients such as Jon Bon Jovi, and Clickfunnels founder Russell Brunson. As he says "My clients call me the “Brand Doctor” because I’ve got a specific, proven process for getting you the high-impact branding that lets you emerge as the “go to” leader in your industry. It’s a lot like how a medical doctor would help a patient heal: You see, it’s about more than just “know, like, trust.” When you have expertly crafted branding, you have an audience that will sustain (and help you grow) your business for generations to come! And then, it’s time to toss away the stress and start enjoying your business again. Doctor’s orders." So how did he get to this point where people are coming to him, instead of him chasing them everywhere. And why is branding so important to the success of any business, but so many people miss the point completely? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start join up dots with the one and only Mr. Henry Kaminski Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Henry Kaminski such as: Henry shares how his lost many family members and friends as his mindset had out grown theirs, and why he is ok with that. Henry really believes that you have to go through the grind at the beginning of the business to truly understand what the business is all about. Why you must focus in on profits and bringing income into your business to then reinvest back into your work as quickly as possible. and lastly…. Henry reveals how Customer Satisfaction, Quality Work and Exposure has become the touchstone to his work, and why it was the gamechanger to everything.

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Anton Kraly Have created an ecommerce master plan. If you want an online business then this ecommerce master is for you

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a guy who has gone through the kind of journey that makes Join Up Dots what it is. He was raised in Long Island, New York where he grew up as a regular, middle-class guy, but even as a child, he was dreaming of doing big things. After graduating from college, he started his first business venture when he bought a cookie delivery route. Yes, he spent his early 20’s bumper-to-bumper in NYC selling baked goods. The cookie delivery route was his first business but was neither the “lifestyle” nor “business” he imagined. Eventually, he grew tired of the tiny margins that came with selling cookies. He knew things had to change if he ever wanted to make serious money and gain the freedom to travel. So he started asking the bakeries to fulfill the orders for him instead. He set up an online cookie shop where customers could order cookies and the wholesalers shipped the orders for him, efficiently freeing up time while increasing profit. At this point he thought the drop shipping model had real potential, especially back in the early days of the internet. That’s when he took a chance and tried selling higher-ticket items online. He began selling items such as athletic equipment and furniture, finding immediate success. “I remember telling my parents when I made my first high ticket (for about $480) sale online and they said “You’re going to be rich!“’ He has now built a passive million dollar business in only four short years, with a $29 investment. And that ended up being all the encouragement he needed to keep working hard. With just a $29 investment on an eCommerce hosting package, Kraly made $300,000 in his first year. By the second year, he had pulled in $680,000. The next year, he hit seven figures when his store did $1.2 million in sales. The next year, he sold his first million-dollar business. The best part? He only needed to spend around 20 hours a week working due to the passive qualities of a drop shipping business. But for our guest, it’s not all about the money. When he learned how to make a lifestyle business, he achieved a level of freedom that changed his life forever. After experiencing first-hand how amazing that kind of life could be, he made it his mission to pass on that knowledge and help people find their own success. So what is his life like now, humble guy to rockstar, or humble guy to still humble guy? And where do people go wrong when starting a business, as it certainly seems that investment should not be the problem? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Anton Kraly. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Anton Kraly  such as: The moment that his life changed forever when he realised that selling a $100 product is just as hard as selling a $1,000 product...so why not go for the bigger piece of the pie. Anton gives great advice by suggesting we should all find an industry where products are not being sold by others but you know there is a market waiting for them.....seems obvious?? Anton shares the story of investing $25,000 into his baking route and realising that he hated it after just one day....and of course the steps he took to rectify that issue. and lastly…. We delve into the seven steps that anyone can take to start an ecommerce business, and believe me you will want to take notes for this piece of the show.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who connected with me with the words if you like the cut of my jib" as we say in Ireland. And it was job done, get her on the show. You see not only is she being hugely authentic and not talking the way that businesses try to conduct themselves, she is speaking the language of the receiver and that is so important. So it's with little surprise that I find myself today interviewing a master on Social Media who started her online journey back in the days of the internet being powered by a donkey on a treadmill. Yes, when she started in 1999 there was no Google, No Facebook, not even a tweet or a twit to be seem. She was certainly ahead of the curve, and now has positioned herself as the go to expert for anything social media In fact she is sharing all her expertise with her new online program, “Learn Social Media Like a Pro”, where not only will she give you a step by step process to achieve the traction you want, but you also get lifetime access to the Private Facebook Group where she, along with all the other social media bods will be sharing best practise and helpful support on events as they happen. So why did a lady from Ireland first start her internet career down in Sydney Australia, and was it by complete chance or simply a step on the master-plan of life? And does she agree that the best way to use social media correctly is to make it more about YOU, YOU, YOU and less about ME, ME, ME? Well let's find out as bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Maryrose Lyons Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Maryrose Lyons such as: Why the world of business is changing from B2B to B2H - Business to human, and how Maryrose is making the most of dealing with this change. Why you shouldn't be everywhere on Social Media but you should focus on reducing the amount of content but increasing the quality of the work you do. Why Maryrose finds being a parent as a real advantage to keeping her hours at a premium, as you can often get caught up with work, work, work which is just not good. Why not having a plan is ok, as you find the real gold when you are wiling to work within the cracks of life more than where everyone walks. and lastly…. Why three is the magic number in so many regards to building a business, especially in regards to choosing a customer. Maryrose shares how she works - and this is gold.

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What I love about being the host of Join Up Dots is the ability to share endeavour, hustle, and commitment by people from all walks of life. Listeners that are sitting in an office, or a home studio creating their lives work. Working hour upon hour, struggling through the workload, making connections across the world, and believing that they will make it all work. But how do they do that? How do they keep on making the decisions to create, inspire and go for the dream when they have no track record to back it up? Well it is quite simple they go for the passion and forget all about the money, and the rewards. They dig deep into themselves to find the passion to go for the dream. But how do you do this? How do you find the passion when you are surrounded by naysayers, doom mongers and the type of people that try to kill the passion before its even started? Well in todays episode David Ralph talks about a few people who have connected through Join Up Dots and are showing that passion for the task, and how they are doing it. So sit back enjoy and we hope to hear from you as you share your work, passion, content with us so we can share it with the world. Connect with the show directly on FB by clicking here:  Send an email at : joinupdots@gmail.com

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man building a business around video and in particular testimonial driven video. What does that mean you ask? And even if you aren't asking I am going to tell you as that is my job as a professional podcaster. Businesses thrive on service, and the goodwill provided by customers who are delighted with the service that they have received is the greatest gift they can get. But how many people actually ask for someone to record a video that they can place on the website, or email marketing telling future customers about their experience. They don't as it feel like an intrusion into the whole customer experience, and subsequently miss this powerful boost to their business growth. Enter our guest today who says "Because of time constraints and the fact it feels awkward asking customers questions about yourself on camera, we understand 100% why you haven't made as much headway as you would like with video testimonials. We get it! But you could be missing out on sales every month as a result! Working on traffic, content and lead magnets is great for building your list. But it's the end of your funnel, not the start, where you really make your profit. Once you have a prospect on your list, you need to prove you can deliver the result they want, or they'll never reach for their payment card. Boom testimonials are needed.... So has he always been involved in video and the production of video? And where do people go wrong when starting a new business in an environment that feels saturated already? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mike Lavin Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mike Lavin such as: Why its such a great idea to keep your marketing as simple as possible to solve one big question for your customer. Dont try to solve too many as it gets messy. How a shorter name URL is suggested to be a much better route to take than a longer form version and the reasons why. Mike reveals why his second business has flourished due to the learnings of his first business.  and lastly…. How a young lady has created the greatest business I have ever known on Fiverr....although Mike didnt seem as keen as I did!!!

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In today's show we answer a couple of questions that have been posed over the last two weeks by listeners across the world. We love answering questions and always either deliver a personalised response directly or hold them back for shows like this So lets get on with them without further ado David, loving the show and your energy. I would love to know do you ever worry about anything at all, as you dont seem to show any sign of anxiety even though it cant be easy running Join Up Dots on your own as you revealed in episode 876. I struggle with anxiety so it's a constant battle Cheers Gemma Manda, And now we answer our second question which has been posed by a gentleman in the UK who is wondering how to get past that stage in business building when you get bored and think its not worth pursuing with. Dear David I have been working through your back episodes and now have listened to every single show. I cant believe that I now have to wait for your next episode to be released. I have been thinking of starting a business but no matter what I start working on, after awhile it seems like a waste of time and I stop and start something else. Im sure, as I have hear you say on many shows, that sometimes you feel that you were going in the wrong direction so how did you refocus your energies and create the amazing Join Up Dots? Ps second question have you ever thought of creating a YouTube channel? Thanks for everything Mick Screen, Portsmouth, England

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has such a story of overcoming work issues, personal issues and what the hell do i do issues, that its a delight to have her on todays show. As she says "I grew up outside Chicago and come from a family of employees. I was the first in my family to move from the midwest, and the first to leave a steady paycheck and become an entrepreneur; and I swear it caused my Mom to have to start blood pressure medicine with worry! I was always taught to work hard, get into a good college, get good grades, get a good job, and save toward retirement. I met my husband Mike on vacation in Hawaii in 2001 and moved to San Diego. I joined a small boutique financial planning firm where my most well known clients were owners of Ford, Chuck E Cheese, and Vinturi Wine Aerator. In 2005, Mike and I bought our million dollar dream home, and less than a month in (we hadn’t even made the first payment yet, and Mike lost his job). So, my income and hard work became more necessary and critical! Despite sitting at the dining room table with some of the most amazing business men in the world, I just wasn’t enjoying it any more! In 2008, I had a minor stroke. I was VERY lucky, but the stroke shed a lot of light on my life and priorities. I had my stroke on Sunday. I was in the hospital until 8 pm Tuesday night, and was back at my desk by 8 am the next morning. I had put SUCH a high value on being dependable and achieving, that I didn’t even take any time off to rehabilitate or just take a breath. I knew this life wasn’t working for me, but I was the primary breadwinner for our family, and we were counting on that steady paycheck." And that is where we will begin this episode of Join Up Dots. So how did she go from this point and create her own image of success, leading to a life that she didnt dread every morning? And does she look back and think "What the hell was I doing? Why did I push myself through such punishment" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Amy Mewborn.

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Masterminds Can Be The Difference To Business Success Or Failure

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is aiming to change the lives of many through the power of online connections through masterminds. Building a business can be lonely. You sit behind your computer screen wondering "Should I do this, or should I do that?" And most of the time you end up doing nothing as the confusion is so great. As he says "Having a mentor can be one of the most crucial pieces in creating the business of your dreams. Everyone knows the saying that if you are the smartest person in the room you need to find a new room. That is why it’s so important to participate in masterminds and surround yourself with proven leaders and successful business professionals. Which he is providing by the online platform Eccountability, the first global virtual mastermind platform. You join and then he will match you inside their Virtual Mastermind groups that are highly targeted, where your goal setting and accountability truly begins. They help fill the gaps of your knowledge and speed you forward to where you want to be. Now this isn't a masterminds business that isn't 100% rooted in our guests own backstory, as back in 2003 he had sunk his life savings going into business when he had no idea what he was doing. He spent a year learning marketing, networking etc- all as a side hustle because he worked full time. After 12 months I'd made just 1 $600.00 sale, had spent $30K and was close to giving up. Then he found a mentor and within two weeks made an online sale for $1,300 and his business was up and running. The life lesson he learned.  You don't know what you don't know.  But certainly someone else does, and the more people you connect with the greater the chance to find that solution to your problem. So when did this idea first come to him, and was it a "Yay let's build this thing...or great idea, how the hell do I build this thing?" And would he have got to where he is today without the year of desperation he went through? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Masterminds. himself Ronan Leonard. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ronan Leonard such as: Ronan shares how he got to the point of taking the leap of faith and how he came to the realization the fear in his head was never going to be that bad. Why everyone starts on a level field, has to start somewhere and build up confidence.......but the world still thinks they are an overnight success. Ronan talks about why its so important to mix up the pool of people that you surround yourself with to gain insights into different worlds. and lastly…. Ronan reveals why the first sale in every business is to yourself. You have to sell the idea to your own belief system before you can ever make it come true.

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What Does It Take To Earn The Right To Give Business Advice? Struggles!!!

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has been on one hell of a journey to where she is today Back in 2003, along with her husband she sat and signed a legal purchase agreement, becoming the new owner of a cash register company. After working for years as its lead technician, the owner was retiring, and she wanted her husband to buy the company.  Red flags flying, they didn’t see the danger signs. The company was behind technologically, employed one overpaid, underachieving sales person, and had one main product offering.  It was propped up by a large service contract it would be losing a year after the business was purchased. Within three years, the company was bankrupt, with a few straggling customers and several years left on our lease. They sat down to look at their options, took stock of mistakes made, and found a path forward. What did they learn from the mistakes they made running their first company? How could they change their course, so future ventures wouldn’t come to the same end? And why would they choose, in the face of dismal failure, to try entrepreneurship again? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Robin Aldrich Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Robin Aldrich such as: Robin tells how she wanted to start a business based on what she wasn't seeing from other companies in her area as her starting point and Why do so many people think that overnight success is a possibility in life? There is always a back story of hardship, achievement, struggle and disappointment.   and lastly…. We discuss the mindset that is needed to allow the past to be left behind but the learnings brought with you...which is so hard to achieve.

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Branding Expert Pia Silva Reveals The Big Mistakes Of Branding Your Biz

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an Entrepreneur, speaker and writer, and also a partner and brand strategist at Worstofall Design where they build "Badass Brands without the BS" for 1-3 person service businesses in 1-3 day intensives. She is a Forbes contributor and has spoken at a host of entrepreneurial organizations including Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses and the Million Dollar Women’s Summit and has been featured on MSNBC’s Your Business. Her company was named top "10 Design Firms Lead By Young People That Are Changing the Way We Look at the World" by Complex, and her book Badass Your Brand: Impatient Entrepreneur’s Guide to Turning Expertise into Profit launched March 16th, 2017. As she says "Badass Brands w/out the BS. We work with service based business owners in intensive Brandup sessions and execute the strategy and build out your entire brand-- positioning, messaging, logo, copy, website, materials-- in 1-3 days so you can get back to work. Because who has 6 months to redo their website anyway? For solopreneurs who need the whole shabang but don't have $50k to invest yet, we built a Brandup Bootcamp to take you through our exact process at a fraction of the cost. Now that is the official stuff about todays guest, but the real story isn't about where she is now rocking and rolling and loving life. The real story was the climb into stress, financial difficulties and the realisation that scale, and premium products were the key to her future. Being able to charge premium prices to less people has been the gamechanger to her and her partners day to day running of their company whilst making her business as lean as possible. Now she is gaining more and more exposure, loving life, and as you will read in her book (as we will discuss in today's show) she is shining the way for others to learn from her mistakes and live a life on their own terms by following her practical sensible advice. So does she see others making the same mistakes as she did, and smack her head with a "Doh!" and think "Man its so obvious that just cant see it?" And where does she find the motivation to keep growing, when things are already pretty good as they are? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Pia Silva. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Pia Silva such as: How she has built an amazing business that is lead by her lifestyle. If she wants to close up shop she does, with no clients wanting access to her. That is very unique and powerful. Why she believes that most businesses would be in a better position by turning people away as clients instead of jumping into bed with them. Pia explains why most people make a mess of their branding by confusing the message that they are sending out to the world. and lastly…. Pia shares the dark times in her life when she was heavily in debt and now looks as it just a phase that she had to go through to get where she is today.

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The 5 Stages of Happiness “One has to spend so many years in learning how to be happy.” – George Eliot Happiness is very intriguing, the reason why many philosophers who have gone before us have endeavored to explain it. Or why researchers like Jennifer Aaker has studied how we can calibrate what we think make us happy in five life- stages. Discovery during childhood and adolescence, pursuit in our mid-twenties, balance in our late twenties and early thirties, meaning in our late thirties and forties, and savoring from our fifties on. They say that our sense of happiness dynamically changes throughout life and to ever think at any stage that our progress is finished is a folly. Happiness is never static. Our contentment tells us how happy we are. And with changing wants and needs and varying levels of mental maturity, our happiness lies absolutely on us. Happiness is subjective. What made you happy before does not guarantee your happiness in the future. One must adapt and learn. And so in todays episode of Join Up Dots we talk about the five stages of happiness and how no matter what we think....happiness is a choice we make and it starts within in. So here are the five stages that we have gone through when we are at our happiest. 1: Try to remove all comparison from your life It is a killer in our search for happiness, that we spend so much time looking at what other people are doing on social media. And more often than not it's not true and they are only showing us the good stuff that they want us to to see. So don't worry about what other people are doing in their lives and just focus on your own stuff and believe me you will be so much more happy. 2: Free from your heart from hatred A happy heart is a loving heart, and the world will want us to fill it with hatred and anger, Someone cuts you up in your car, and then blames you with a rude finger gesture. Someone makes some cheeky comment that they thought was a joke, but you didn't like. Well to be happy in our lives we have to look at forgiving these things and just accepting everything for what it was. A moment of turmoil in your life and not worth dragging around for a second more of what its worth,....and thats nothing. 3: Live Simply Happiness and living happy can come together so much more quickly if we just look at removing ourselves from lives stresses. Do we need the car that has the monthly repayments or the cable tv that we hardly ever watch? Do we need to go out for meals twice a week, and then have a huge credit card bill each month to pay off? Probably not, and happiness can come together quite quickly when we decide to focus on the things that make us happy, dont cost a lot and are simple. It could be sitting in the garden with some friends, instead of going out in the evening to the pub. It could be just going to the movies, but not spending a fortune on cokes, popcorn and food as well. You will be amazed at how much you are spending that doesn't truly make you happy. Its just something that you are doing each month, day or week. Live simply and let happiness come to you. 4: Give More There is a truth in life that giving a present makes us happier than receiving. It's the giving that makes all the difference. So when was the last time that you did something for someone else, just to make them happy? Probably quite awhile ago, as we are so wrapped up in our own lives doing what we need to do first and foremost. So lets start looking for happy in our lives 5: Expect Less If you can operate in a world, where you accept what life is bringing you, instead of setting such high goals that disappointment is always lurking then the happier you will be. This is the truth, and it doesnt matter who you are, or what you have achieved in life...happiness is never connected with an outcome. We think it is, but that is wrong. So do your best, enjoy yourself and realise that whatever happens, it is exactly what you was supposed to be getting.

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Have you ever wondered why people struggle with motivation?

Not just finding motivation, but also keep it flooding through their veins and pushing them forwards to success?

Well in todays episode David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots answers a question from one of his listeners who is certainly struggling with finding the motivation to change his life.

As he says "The issue I’m facing is that I’m so desperate to get out of my current position that I have the following problems:

1. I struggle to pin down an idea I’m willing to commit to as I’m so desperate to know it will work at the outset in order to get me out of my current position!! As a result, I worry I’m wasting my time!

2. I struggle with motivation when I’ve had to do a full day’s work on the day job because I’ve had no satisfaction/feeling of achievement from it. It saps all my energy and combined with the above it’s really tough to then focus and commit. Although I am making progress by committing to one idea at present, I feel if it fails to gain some early success I’ll be back to the beginning etc etc!

So what would you do in his situation?

Would you advise him to just suck it up and go for it until the motivation hits, or something else all together?

David Ralph believes that true motivation is always an internal game to win, and in this episode he gives his advice for staying motivated and of course keeping motivated for the longer goals.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who first connected with the show as a listener. However once she told me about her dreams for the future, the hustle she is showing daily, and how she wants to change the lives of millions of children across the world then she wasn't going to be only a listener anymore. This is a lady who is moving forward  to where she wants to be by hook or by crook. As she says "I was very dyslexic as a child, and rather failed at school, until the last year when I worked out a system to remember things. After lots of hard work I finally made it to a Producer Director and ended up winning a film documentary award at ceremony where the BBCs classic programmes Blue Planet and Office also won. Then I went on and created, produced & directed the longest running show on MTV uk which is still loved by teenagers and all skate boarders around the world. My children must never know I was involved in it! However at this point i felt it was time to take some time out, so I slowed down to raise my 3 children as TV work and children aren't a good combination. Which lead med to my passion project. " The work that will be her legacy is called Table Fables, which has been created to help children everywhere learn their times tables in a fun and enjoyable way, against the classic repeat in a drone until you fall into a coma method TABLE FABLES are fun memorable short stories that teach children the times tables by giving them a hook to remember the answers. Children remember the numbers by recalling the funny story, with their mantra being LEARN FUNNY. The technique is based on the peg memory system, which gives children the ability to remember the numerical position of items on a list, in or out of sequence. The peg system has been proven to be one of the most effective memory aids used to date. Each number, from 1 to 12, is represented by a character. Two characters (e.g. 8 Snowman & 3 mouse) interact to create a funny, short story, which reveals the answer. This has already helped hundreds of children already and hopefully millions more in the future. So what gave her the idea to start helping children across the world, her own childhood struggles or simply a business opportunity? And where have the been the key areas of growth that our listeners can duplicate in their own online ventures? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Rebecca Ginger  Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rebecca Ginger such as: Rebecca shares how the idea for Tables Fables first came to due to the difficulties her own children were having with learning. We discuss why the validation of others was such an important part of the growth process of her business. Belief fosters belief all the way. Rebecca reveals how powerful Upwork was for her business by finding affordable talent that helped grow her business quickly. and lastly…. We both reveal why our own childhoods education was less than inspiring, and why the world is changing for the better in our kids lives.

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How Do You Take Fun And Improvisation Into The Biz World

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man after 20 years of performing hundreds of improv comedy shows across the country has learned that the same principles that apply to improv comedy also apply to business, mental, and leadership skills .As an author, speaker, coach, improv comedian, and the Founder of Live Yes And!,  he as been helping businesses and athletes apply the cornerstone improv mindset-“YES, And! To succeed in life and business for the last 10 years. In the world of improvisation, “YES, And” means accepting whatever is being given to you, and then responding and building on that reality. Most of us live life in denial – saying “no” to reality. This leads to a life unfulfilled and lived in fear. Living “YES,And” is about accepting and embracing everything that is happening–even the bad stuff! Why? Because good or bad, the only way to move forward is by facing it and moving through it. As a professional public speaker and coach, he has trained thousands of people and dozens of organizations like the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, University of Georgia Football, US Soccer, Gatorade, PepsiCo, and Under Armour on the principles of improvisation and how developing a “YES,And” mindset will help create an engaged, creative, collaborative, and healthier life and work place. So was this a dawning realisation that his skills could be transferred into more and more lucrative areas, or a "God i need some more cash what can I do quickly?" route? And why are so many people frightened of "Yes" when it always brings some potential for growth in their lives? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Travis Thomas Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Travis Thomas such as: Why the concept of "Yes, And" was born from a desire to prove support and mindset to the corporate world which can lead to the kind of success that are required everywhere. Travis shares how throughout his journey there have been times when quite frankly he didn't have a clue...but that's ok. You can always figure things out. We discuss how the best comedy isn't about finding the joke, but is instead finding the truth. The connection with reality is where real humour is formed. and lastly…. Why sometimes, no matter how positive you are as an individual you have to  wallow in your despair. You have to sit in the goo ready for the big transformation to occur. 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the Founder + Designer of a brilliant company called Craft Street Design She 100% turned her life around to create a 6 figure business in 6 months designing quotes to hang in your house. And now she is on a mission to help us all achieve our goals, be happy, and pass on the inspiration to everyone around the world through her designs. And I think it is the truth to say that she needed this inspiration before everyone else, and the message needed to be learnt before she could ever start to give back to the world. As she says "A few years back I was making six-figure income, was working for my dream company (Apple) and had a flexible work schedule. In spite of all this, I was miserable. To make things worse one day, my 10 yr old daughter said, “ Mommy you are just not nice when you come back from your job”. That was a wake up call. I wanted to make a change. I wanted to be happy. I wanted to be a good mom. But I didn’t know how." So how do you do this? How do you find the light to move through a bad arranged marriage, a life that wasn't making you happy to the point of suicidal thoughts, and no clue as to the future. Well today's guest found that route through five words on her kitchen wall, and that is the perfect point to start today's episode of Join Up Dots. So is Craft Street Design the business she has always wanted to have, or just another dot towards the big deam that is waiting for her? And why is it that we all allow ourselves to feel such despair when the world is literally screaming "Here is the future....do you want it or not??" all around us? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Pratima Aravabhoomi Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Pratima Aravabhoomi such as: Why Donald trump might just be the kind of leader that the country was waiting for, although he might just well be the worst too. How she created her first business, and the dramatic fail of of not making one single sale of the product. Pratima shared openly how she would balance her time with her daughter, and the measures she takes to ensure she enjoys her life away from her business and lastly…. The hustle, and persistence it takes to start any business off, which frightens so many people away from creating their dream-lives.

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Welcome to Fridays episode of Join Up Dots which is a solo show, hosted as normal with the incomparable David Ralph. In todays episode we are focused on getting unstuck in business and our lives. You see this is a huge struggle in most peoples lives, they find an idea that they want to work on and then can't go any further. Or they actually find that they start getting stuck right at the very beginning and actually cant find any idea to take further. So David, in this episode gives his advice for getting unstuck and achieving success in your life when you feel its never going to happen. Also on a similar theme he answers the following question from a listener of Join Up Dots who asks: "Good morning David and the team, I am loving Joining up the dots with you every time you release an episode (there aren't enough hint hint :) ) I have a quick question for you.......of course most of your guests are on the show because they are enjoying the fruits of their labours and deservedly so. But have you ever considered stopping or doing something else? And what would be your advice for someone who cant get anything to work no matter how hard i try? Thanks for your answer Stephen Forester Cornwall" So if you need help getting unstuck in life and really want to make a go of it you really need to listen to today's podcast episode Thanks for your ears and we look forward to help you all to start getting unstuck

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Free Marketing Can Be Amazing For Any Business And Best Of All Its Easy To Do Too

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who comes to the show with quite eclectic history. If you take British entrepreneur, piano player, international racing driver and business coach who grew his own business to 8-figures, then exited and founded Jonnyhatesmarketing.com, helping coaches, trainers and therapists find more of their ideal clients, more easily, mix them all together you will have our guest. Which is unusual and similar at the sametime. As you will no doubt know coaching is huge business across the online and offline world and literally it seems million of people are chasing clients to build their own business. Our guest though thinks that you dont need to chase anyone. Our guest actually hates marketing, and is more than reluctant to pay for any type of Facebook marketing As he says “I have helped hundreds of coaches to build their thriving practice, using the Three Principles of Effortless Marketing. Yes, you can get your ideal clients chasing you, build a thriving coaching or therapy business that doesn’t need you there all the time, and join the 1% of £100k+ earners in the transformation profession…all that WITHOUT spending a penny on advertising, working like a dog, or losing your mind… So is this simply jedi mind tricks or simple honest business principles that the world has long forgotten? And when did he realise that he had to find a new way of operating for his own sanity not least his clients? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Jonny Cooper Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jonny Cooper such as: Jonny discusses the fundamental three pillars of marketing, which always start with asking the gold questions that everyone seems to miss. Why it is vitally important to define your avatar right from the start of your business. Know these characters as well as you know yourself to grow success. Johnny shares how he used to be commuting everywhere to drive his business where he wanted it to go, whilst now he lets the business come to him. and lastly…. Why Johnny now feels it is so important to not to try to please everyone….find your ideal person or client and ignore the rest.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who isn’t just a guest, but I would like to say he is now a friend. A long distant friend, who is presently living a life that so many of my listeners crave, but feel its unattainable. So let’s show you all in this episode that is most certainly not unattainable, and with the right mindset, money strategy and vision you can all be doing the very same. Today’s guest along with his wife Lucy is travelling the world, blogging, podcasting, and working on monetization channels into their fledgling business Life Design Diaries. As he says “Whilst disrupting the work and travel norms, my wife Lucy and I have created a series of adventures. We are travelling the world whilst building a portfolio of enterprises and we’re documenting the whole experience on our Podcast, LIFE DESIGN DIARIES.” Life Design is the practice of thinking and actively pursuing the lifestyle you want. Life is short, we all know that, so why compromise? We’re married, entrepreneurs, and travelling the world… all at the same time. There was a moment in our lives when we decided to take action rather than imagine. A decision that has lead to more freedom and fulfilment than we ever would have achieved in our 9-5’s. Yes they have had struggles, but they have faced them head on and now share this massive lesson with the world. They want us all to realise how much control we have in our lives, and to inspire us all to design and pursue the life you want. So when he was store manager in Sainsburys just a few years ago, did he wander the aisles looking at exotic vegetables thinking “One day I will be picking you from where you grow my friend”? And what was the first stage they had to prepare for…the leap and trust the process, or working on the nest egg of savings to ease the way to where they are today? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Ross Menghini. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ross Menghini such as: Why Ross is so clear that his and his wife are documenting the climb and not the view from the type Why it is so important to not try to be someone else when you start, even if you look unprofessional. An unprofessional you is better than a professional someone your not. Ross recalls how his childhood was surrounded by an entrepreneurial spirit from his father, so it was with a surprise that it took him years to start his own path. and lastly…. Ross shares his feelings of travelling the world with your partner 24/7 and how to gain the need for space in your life.

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Dan Lok is the master at high ticket sales training..but was it an easy route to the top of the sales training mountain?

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with an amazing story of persistence, failure, hardship and finding the thing that made all the difference. Coming to North America as a teenager with almost no English and no contacts, to ease the way to the success he is experiencing today, life was hard. As he says "“My parents and I immigrated to Vancouver, Canada when I was 14 years old. I came to Canada as a teenager with no money, no contacts, and without knowing a word of English. Then when I turned 16, my parents got a divorce. As the only child, my mom needed help financially, so I had to put school aside and put her well-being first. I learned to support my mom by practicing the basic principles of life and business. I failed at 13 businesses before having my first success. Through the process, I perfected the art of never giving up and learned from my mistakes. Life back then was never easy, but today I can say that I’m blessed to have attained a lot of my life goals. Today, I spend most of my time helping consultants, coaches, speakers, and thought leaders grow their businesses and scale it past five and six figures per month. While amplifying their impact in the world and helping them achieve their business and life goals, I know if I can impact 1,000,000 leaders, they can go out and impact billions.” And that is where he is today, known as the the King of High-Ticket SalesTM, a two time TEDx opening speaker and international best-selling author of 12 books. Not just that but he is the highest-paid and most in-demand consultant in the luxury and high-ticket space, and has been featured on the cover of Jetset Magazine. He is now a founder or partner in more than fifteen companies in various industries, ranging from luxury goods, digital marketing, education, and e-commerce. He is passionate about helping coaches, consultants and other entrepreneurs make more money selling to fewer people. A true immigrant success story, that shows that the American Dream, at least the Canadian one is still alive and kicking if you only want it hard enough. So when did the true confidence that he is showing today first come through, and the shy hesitant teeneager get left behind forever? And does he look back and think "Man i'm actually glad that those thirteen business failed or I wouldnt be where I am today?" Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Dan Lok

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Opportunities are all around our businesses, so how do we remain focused on the end goal?

In today's solo show David Ralph answers a question sent through to him this week from a gentleman and also shares a post from his coaching group Dream Starters Academy. Lets start with the question........ Hi David Firstly can i say thank you so much for all you are doing in the world today through your show. I know it can't be easy for you to maintain such an output. I used to listen to Join Up Dots when you first started, and Ill be honest due to life commitments, children, work and everything else I stopped. Not just listening to you, i hasten to add but to podcasts on a whole. I found them an interruption to my business life, but now after a hiatus I have rediscovered them and was amazed to see that you weren't just still going, but in fact seemed to be flourishing. So good on you pal. Would you mind answering a question as it seems that you have got total focus as to your life, and arent pulled in directions that aren't right for you or your business. How do you decide on what opportunities are right for you, and are your chasing squirrels like so many people that are online today. Ok that was two questions but if you get the chance to read and respond I would truly appreciate it All the best and thanks again Todd Doors Maple Grove Minnesotta And now for the post taken from the coaching group Today we had a farewell party for a colleague who is leaving his super well paid job to start his own company. When he said he‘s going to bake French bread in Mumbai, I thought at first: What??? How do you go from a business development and strategy position in a pharmaceutical company to baking bread? But in his farewell speech he explained that he saw this job as a kind of startup (it was a new project) where he gained additional skills for his own business because his first real startup failed. So I guess it can be really useful to go back into corporate to upskill yourself before jumping into a new adventure. Bettina Dream Starters Academy Of course as always you need to listen to the show to hear the answers....it is a podcast after all. Thanks for listening David

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who ill be honest I stumbled across on the web, but as soon as I saw him, i thought “Right lets have him on the show” He has a story to success that goes 100% in a different direction to what the world is telling you you must do. He is a keynote speaker and author, books including Social Media Is Bullshit and Privacy: And How We Can Get It Back. He first received attention in the late 2000s for turning his financial struggles during The Great Recession into media coverage with appearances in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, and others. After building an unsuccessful national breast cancer outreach tour around the advice given by prominent social media marketers — and subsequent success in doing the same tour again the following year by doing the exact opposite of their advice — he went on to write a book called Social Media Is Bullshit based on his experience. He later earned additional media attention for frequently taking on prominent social media experts and companies. Since 2012, he has has made presentations at the National Automotive Dealers Association Conference, South By Southwest, Social Media Week: Chicago, The Do Lectures in the U.K., R.O.A.D. in Moscow, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association Summit, Social Media Explore, and various other events to talk about the many myths peddled by social media marketers and what really works online and off. As one of the reviews of his book state ““I’ve been telling everyone for years that social media is just the same bullshit we’ve always done sped up 1000 times. Finally someone’s laid it all out in book form” Love this. So is the fundamental flaw regarding social media, simply that its not social at all? And is just a blast everywhere, scream loudest competition? Or are there even more subtle ways to create success in our business without the need for FB, Twitter, Insta and all the rest? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr B.J Mendelson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with B.J. Mendelson such as: Why BJ feels the moment that people tell you to use some element of social media is the moment that its use has gone. BJ shares why 5,000 is a great figure for multiplicity of brand, by word of mouth. Get to hat figure and you are really up and running. Why the quickest way of success is to become an expert in just one thing and become the best at that until the world takes notice. and lastly…. BJ reveals the time that he died and how he dragged himself from a field in Wales all the way back to the states to pay health bills.

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B2B

How Do You Give B2B The Real Human Touch? Hire Robin Waite For Sure

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who from 18 years old until 22 worked as a systems analyst for a medical device company. Putting systems into play, he increased efficiency and decreased cost, helping to make the company 50% more profitable. For the next he ran a successful design and advertising company, serving over 250 clients, where he delivered workshops and masterclasses to over 1,000 business owners on subjects including marketing, product architecture, pricing, websites and more. Now he coaches B2B business leaders and entrepreneurs, offering insights from systems to pricing structure to personal development. With fearless goal setting and accountability,  his program is turning dreams into reality for clients around the world. Well that sounds pretty standard to what most people who want to come onto Join Up Dots offer to me, but there was one sentence on his website that made me sit up and take notice. What does a business coach look like to you? Slick, sharp suited, maybe a little flash? That’s not my style. I believe that what you say is more important than how you dress – and I’m more interested in delivering real results than impressing you with my image. And so i looked again, and realised that this was man standing in front of his audience in t-shirt and jeans. This was a man doing things his way, and in a way that would bring more and more results into his business. He was being authentic and the person that he wanted to be. So was there once a slick, sharp suited version of todays guest, trying to find his way to his authentic self? And if it's a truth that the quickest way to success is niching down tighter and tighter, where is his target customer sitting waiting for him? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Robin Waite. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Robin Waite such as: Robin shares how he grew into the confidence level that was required for his business. It wasn't something that he was born with, but closely developed over time. We discuss why some customers wont understand that they shouldn't buy your products, but its so important to stand your ground and give them what they really need. Robin discusses his five key sectors of business focus, and how this has given him a great platform to create business success. and lastly…. Robin opens up and tells a life changing story that will inspire everybody who listens to this show. What would you do if you realised you didn't want to life the same life anymore.?

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Self Help Experts Sometimes Struggle With Developing Themselves To Help Their Own Clients.

When we last met our guest on today’s episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, she was in the middle of experiencing some massive growth, Yes, in both her business life and her personal life she was smashing through the barriers. Kicking over her self limiting doubts And creating an amazing future for herself. She has done this by asking great questions to her clients that flock to her like moths to a flame. She asks “Are you someone who is burned out from working hard for many years yet afraid to step back out of fear of losing all you’ve gained? Are your work obligations keeping you from having deeply meaningful relationships with your family and friends? Do you feel stuck in a situation that takes everything you’ve got yet know there has to be more to life…an ultimate state of joy, satisfaction, and fulfilment.” Now the interesting thing about her and what I want to discuss in this show, is whether she truly believed it when she first said it? Did she fully embrace the power that an individual possesses in their day to day lives to create one that is remarkable. Was it by doing the work, and seeing the results in her clients that she fully embraced the possibilities that she could create? You see she has had three stages of success from working 22+ years n the world of finance, pouring herself into earning a high salary, collecting great bonuses and moving up the ladder. Then after facing a major life crisis followed by several tragedies, she moved towards answering the question of could She ever have both inner fulfilment and outer wealth.” And now after creating a successful coaching business, she has sold her long time home,moved to Hawaii, and now come back to Arizona and starting something new. So with all this movement and action taking, how does she know that she is travelling the right course in her life? And does she get excited by the road she is travelling all the time, or are there still “Wow, I am so unsure of this” moments, lets just sit on the sofa and do nothing today times? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Leisa Peterson

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Todays Join Up Dots free podcast interview is inspired by a guy who personally connected with via email with a huge statement of intent in the last couple of days. He advised me of a goal that he is setting in his life and that goal is to have a beer with me in a bar. As he said on his email "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)." And believe me it may seem like such a simple thing to want to do. It may seem to many of you as something that isn't really a goal. But it is 100% a goal, as a goal is a target with intention behind it. A goal is something to work towards due to an internal desire to make it happen That is where goal setting becomes difficult to achieve, when you haven't got the desire to truly make it happen.  You set a goal because you think it is something that you should be doing and not because you want to with everything ounce of passion you possess. So in this episode of Join Up Dots we look at finding the passion that that can make every goal a breeze to set and even more beeezy to achieve

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has been through a journey of discovery to get him to where he is today. Happy, relaxed and rocking and rolling After two decades of running a successful pharmacy practice and then losing it all, he entered a period of deep personal struggle. Each night he would walk along a country road hoping to find a few minutes of peace, but he ultimately discovered something far more valuable. What could you do if you had a simple plan to increase energy, get in better shape, and improve your mental and emotional health? You have more pressure on you than ever. With competing demand from work, family, friends, and our communities, it’s no wonder so many people are stressed, overweight, unhealthy, and exhausted. He felt the pressure, too. He sacrificed his mental, physical, and emotional health to the demand of his pharmacy practice until he discovered the medications he was paid to dispense often offered only temporary symptom relief and left people still suffering. He discovered that true health and happiness comes from finding balance in seven key areas, so he developed a simple plan anyone can use. In his new book, How to Live Until You Die, he makes it simpler than ever to unlock a healthier, happier, and more whole you, so today can mark a new beginning for your total health! So does everyone need to go through a dark night of the soul to become truly focused on what life is all about? And where does he see that people go wrong in their life, trying to do too much, or not actually trying to do anything? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Dr. Phil Carson. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Dr. Phil Carson such as: Dr Phil shares how he lost his business due to the downturn in the economy 2008, and the steps he took to get his life back on track. We discuss how the moto “Failure is not the economy of success, quitting is” and how it should be learnt the world over. Dr Phil shares the big but easy steps we can all take in our lives to feel better and healthy (without heading to the drugs) and lastly…. We find the secret ingredient that everyone should live by in their lives…..and best of all we have it in our lives already.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an man who has quite a journey to where he is today. Many moons ago, he purchased a website that sold various popcorn goods. During this venture, he found a need to automate parts of his business and that need inspired him to create Spark Shipping, a business that helps eCommerce retailers self-operate their connections with their vendors Currently he automates millions of orders for eCommerce and retail entrepreneurs every month, which is enough orders to fill every seat in Fenway Park hundreds of times. Or, as as our guest would say, Fenway “Pahhk.” Or as me and most people from the UK would say....nope, never heard of Fenway Park Anyway what Spark Shipping does is to automate the communications between e-Commerce sites and vendors (warehouses, distributors, manufacturers, etc). The communications that are automated are: getting inventory quantities from vendors, sending orders to vendors and getting tracking/shipment data back from vendors. Spark Shipping sits between the shopping cart and vendors to get the data back and forth between them. So its alright having these ideas of "Wouldn't it be good if we could do xyz" but how do you get this off the ground? And was it plain sailing or a rollercoaster that gradually hit its stride? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Charles Palleschi Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Charles Palleschi such as: Why he feels its so important to understand all aspects of a business when you are the leader, to ensure consistency and productivity throughout. How he manages to balance home life and work life, especially now he has young children who want to see their Dad before bedtime each day. What he does to manage the difficult times in his business, when decisions need to be made that will lead into unchartered territories. and lastly…. The first steps he took to became the entrepreneur he is today, and what he would advise anyone of our listeners wanting to do the same.

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The last time we had todays guest on the show was way back on episode of 371 of the show when we introduced him as a New Zealander that has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents. He has hustle flooding though every vein, as he has powered himself to being classed as one of the most connected people in Asia, whilst enduring his fair share of painful crashes too! He was the owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 11 countries, and he is also the CEO of Entrevo Asia, a company that runs 40 week Growth Accelerator programs allowing executives and business owners to become a ‘Key Person of Influence’ in their industry. A company whose vision is a world full of entrepreneurial people solving meaningful problems. Now though in just a few years things have changed and he is now the Head of Asia for the Unity Group. A business focused on the simple As they say "Our function is to provide corporate finance, corporate secretarial, group legal advice and carry out the acquisitions process for incoming agglomerated businesses in three simple steps. 1. Create or source an appropriate Holding Company for the Agglomeration™. 2. Select mature, profitable, and debt-free businesses (a.k.a. subsidiaries) for the Agglomeration™. 3. Acquisition – under a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”) – of the respective subsidiaries by the 
 Holding Company through the issuance of public-listed shares in Holding Company to original 
 owners of the subsidiaries. As they say "Unity Group exists to enable entrepreneurs to scale and solve bigger and more meaningful problems. Their mission "To work with great entrepreneurs and change makers to scale their businesses, solve bigger problems and connect investor capital with those who can deliver the best results." Right this is serious stuff, so let's start digging around to find out more not just about this venture but also the man himself. How has he found himself creating more and more opportunities for himself without getting a serious case of burnout? And would he have seen himself doing this the last time he was on Join Up Dots, or does he just go with the flow and see what happens? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Callum Laing Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Callum Laing such as: How Callum overcomes the dip in the business process, that everyone has to go through when growing a business. Callum explains why he never invests in his own ideas....so he always tries to pre-sell the idea before putting too much time into it. Why it is so important to surround yourself with the level of knowledge that you need, but just can't gain yourself. Don't think that you are a master of everything. and lastly…. Why the value proposition is so important in every regard of growing a business. You have to work out how you can over deliver before you ever hope to start taking back.

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In todays show David Ralph discusses the lack of personal development that he sees in the listeners to the show that he speaks to. David, talks to listeners across the world and when he asks them "So how many books have you read this month?" more often than not gets told "Nah, I dont like reading books to be honest" So where is the desire to find out more knowledge and become better at the thing that you can do better than most? Where are you getting the information from that can make you a category of one in your life, and be saught out by clients from across the world. 5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Personal Development Personal development is more than just working on talents you already have: it’s about growing, becoming more aware, and gaining valuable abilities that you can use to make an impact in this world. I always put it like this: If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Sounds extreme, doesn’t it? But it’s so true. If you’re not learning new skills and working on yourself as a person, life can get boring! Personally, I’m committed to take at least one course/ training program each year – whether an in person event or online program/ webinar. This has helped me make quantum leaps in my life, relationships and business. For example, this year, I took Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within (highly recommend going!), Marie Forleo’s B-School, Laura Roeder’s Creating Fame, The Art of Sales & Marketing training etc. Today I want all of you to do one thing for yourself. For your growth and development. For your future. Disclaimer: this may mean going outside. But that’s okay, because you’re ready to do this! You deserve to be your best self, always. It’s time to make an investment in yourself that will take you to the next level. Here are my top reasons why you should invest in your personal development: 1.You’ll make important new connections. Follow my ABC rule for networking and you’ll find yourself happier, more approachable, and with more opportunities faster than you can blink an eye: Always Be Connecting. Because growing your network means more than finding new people who can help you get where you want to go. Your network is your lifeline. It’s your relationships, your opportunities, and a support system that you can fall back on when times are tough. 2. You’ll gain confidence. The more skills you have, the more confident you’ll become. You’ll have more to talk about when you meet others, and you’ll become more certain of your own abilities and strengths. Own your greatness and live the exciting life that you deserve! 3. You’ll learn new things and grow as a person. Personal development should be something you take on for yourself. It’s more than just an investment in your career, it’s an investment in your growth, awareness, and identity. Every time I attend a training, I always get new ideas and inspiration. 4. You’ll gain marketable skills. Some great skills for you to learn regardless of your industry: photoshop, HTML, WordPress, Adwords, and advanced Excel. Other soft skills you gain by investing in personal development include communication, presentation, and decision making skills. They stand out to employers and could separate you from the hundreds of other candidates. 5. You’ll be seen as someone who takes initiative and curious to make things better. Though it shouldn’t be the primary reason why you engage in personal development, a lot of the courses, classes, and conferences you attend can be translated into experience on your resume. A well-rounded candidate has more than experience in their industry – they excel because they can draw on perspectives and learning that they have gained while developing themselves. My top tip for finding relevant and interesting events: visit www.eventbrite.com. Look for conferences, courses, workshops, and seminars that fit your interests, then take a leap and sign up! Or ask your friends and colleagues for recommendations. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. What courses/ programs/ training have you taken that transformed your life? What do you recommend and why? What is one new training you are committed to taking?

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Navy Seals Are A Tough Bunch, But How Tough Is Life After Leaving The Navy Seals?

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who has been on one of the most difficult journeys anyone can take. How to transition from a successful career in the US military to living a successful life as a civilian and top businessman. He served 23 years with distinguished Valor as a Navy SEAL, and during his military career he served in three wars, ultimately leading a team of Navy SEALs into Afghanistan in 2009 where he earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and his second Combat Action Medal. He was hand-selected to serve as Officer In Charge of the famed SEAL Sniper course from 2009 – 2011, and during his two year tenure, he transformed the sniper curriculum while successfully increasing both graduation numbers and shooting performance test scores. Now of course on Join Up Dots, we are all about the transition to business success. How do you find your thing when for many years you were doing what was expected and not what was truly inside of you. Well he is now the founder and CEO of Adamantine Alliance, a unique leadership and human performance coaching organization. He conducts training throughout the nation developing transformational performance results for various individuals, teams and organizations, using the skills that he had fine tuned over the past 23 years. Taking the seemingly disconnected dots of his previous life, to walk forward with confidence and passion into a new future? So when he was in the military did he start planning for what he was going to do in civilian life?  And when did he realise that his past was actually holding all the answers to his future? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Thom Shea. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Thom Shea such as: What he considers to be the five key areas of life and how he manages to balance time between them all. Why he loves nothing more than moving into areas that are unwinnable, due to the lack of competition and the excitement he feels.  Why social media is the only place that leaves him into a position of despair....so tries to keep out of it as much as possible. and lastly…. He hits with the perfect advice of "Dont ever find a way out, find a way through the problem."....how powerful is that? 

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Sailing Around The World With Your Family WIth Caspar Craven

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who really believes in going where the heart leads. At the age of 14 he launched his first business catching crabs and lobsters, and wow what a success. By the age of 16 he was exporting 1/2 tonne of crabs a week to Spain. Realising that catching crabs wasn't going to make an impact on the world, he then went to University and for the next 8 years worked in the corporate world - first as a Chartered Accountant and then as an Investment Banker at KPMG. In 2001 he returned to entrepreneurial life as an e-commerce entrepreneur, and over the following 15 years, raised money for, built, grown and sold businesses primarily in the technology sector. As he says "I've made mistakes. I've fallen over. I've got up again and carried on. I've had some great successes and some failures." which is of course what life is all about. But how do you take that feeling of...ok, things could go a bit wrong, but hey we can deal with it and have fun in the process too? Well he has done just that and in 2009, along with his wife he hatched a plan to sail around the world with his young children and spent the next 5 years planning how to make things happen. Now in 2016, he successfully completed his circumnavigation having experienced amazing highs, having to make heart-wrenching decisions and agonising lows on his 7-year voyage from idea to completion. He has been on a journey of discovery, not least to find the strength within himself to take forward and inspire others to take action and go for it. Now he is on a mission to be a truly inspiring leadership and team building speaker, giving actionable advice on how to achieve amazing results both professionally and personally, changing lives for the better. So how do you take your own passions and convince the family that its also a great idea for them to get involved in? And when it goes wrong, is there always an answer or sometimes just a different direction to the end goal? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Caspar Craven   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Caspar Craven such as: Caspar shares how he was advised by his father to become a chartered accountant as it was a safe job, which he can now see was never the right place for himself to end up. We talk with passion as to the delight he has found since he got back to land, taking people on a journey of discovery, through his talks, presentations and leadership lessons. Caspar reveals the moment when he sat with his wife and asked her "Is there more to life than this....and if there is, lets go out and get it" and lastly…. Why he now teaches his children to focus in on what they are most interested in and go deeper and deeper into the subject to find the path.

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Work And Travel Dont Mix...Or Do They? R Michael Anderson Has Made A Success Doing The Work And Travel Thing.

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who has had a fascinating and arduous journey to where he is today. He is the founder of The Executive JOY Institute, and specializes in teaching organizations, leaders, and individuals how to become even more successful through psychology, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness. Which if you have listened to episodes of Join Up Dots you will have heard similiar guests speak of such work. Where today’s guest differs is by the age of thirty-five, he had founded three international software companies, played semi-professional basketball (yes, he’s really six-foot nine!), and partied at the Playboy Mansion which sounds pretty amazing life affirming stuff. But our guest didn’t agree and knew that he wasn’t happy. Hard drugs, alcohol, a divorce, and a nasty lawsuit brought him to a low point where he needed to ask himself the big questions in life. A quest for change included earning a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the prestigious University of Santa Monica. And now he has taught leaders around the world, from Panama to the Philippines to Australia and Mexico, and has worked with a broad range of clients, including Microsoft and SAP So is he what he would consider to be happy now or still searching for something unattainable to him……simple contentment in life? And why does he think that we all set out on a path that appears to be wrong at the beginning even thouh the clues are all around us? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr R Michael Anderson Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Michael Anderson such as: Why he now believes that coming to grips with our feelings is one of the quickest ways to achieve massive success in our lives……let the gut lead the way and its rarely wrong.. Why he had to make a decision to change his life for one of travel and freedom of location as he knew it would be the right one for him in the long term. We discuss why we fail so much through the education systems lack of inspiation and focus on failures…surely it should be strengths all the way? Michael shares the “Should or Fear” process of decision making in his life which he applies everyday. and lastly…. Why the Buddist prinicples of “It is” is such a powerful way to operating in a business. By accepting everything for what it is, we dont waste time trying to change things into what it should never be.

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How To Find The Inspiration To Keep Going When Things Get Tough

On today’s show, which is a solo show David Ralph talk about inspiration. The lack of it, having it in abundance, and those occasions when it appears at the strangest moments but gives you the boost to keep going. Just recently David was sitting watching TV wondering what he was going to do with Join Up Dots. You see from the outside it may look like everything is worked out to perfection, but more often than not the truth is very different. More often than not you wander through a world of confusion looking for inspiration to set a goal, and hit one out of the park. This came in the form of a listener of Join Up Dots from the United States, Jason Sumner from Nevada, Missouri who connected on Facebook. Jason is one of those amazing people who wants more from life, and is focused on getting it by helping people everywhere with shi positivity and mindset. Multiple times a day he is posting great content into his Facebook page, and everything is focused on “Good vibes, and keep going” messages. He is also targeting himself to read 52 books this year on personal development, success and life changing stories of achievement. What is even more amazing is not only is he trying his hardest to make a difference to himself and the world, he is also raising two lovely happy boys who know have inspiration in front of them every single day. He is leaving alegacy on his own kids by showing them a different way of operating. How to keep ones personal good vibrations at a high level to ensure life opportunities come your way. So in this episode David talk about inspiration, and what to do when it has disappeared from you. And of course he gives a virtual high five to Jason Sumner, for keeping it real and going for it, even though the path may not seem overly clear and defined Welcome to another episode of Join Up Dots

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the founder of the Alliance Business Centers Network, which provides premium virtual office and telecommunications solutions for companies all over the world. With over 650 Office Business Centers operating in 42 countries, his is the authority on the subject of virtual offices and remote work.  So if you want to start moving around the world, remote, independent from your team, but don't fancy trying to find dodgy wifi in some bar in Timbuktu then today's episode is for you. But that is just one part the equation that our guest has brought to the world. How does the standalone entrepreneur gain instant recognition, and authority when they are in a small bedroom doing everything themselves? Well they work with our guest today, to gain a high impact business address..in say New York, London or Paris, mail forwarding, a receptionist taking calls on their behalf and all for a small monthly cost. He can teach us tons of great information for startups and entrepreneurs about flexible and remote work, along with his unique global management perspective developed during his 25 years within the Office Business Center industry. So when did he come up with the idea to create a global network such as this, and what were the first steps he took to achieve his aim? And what took him longer to achieve, finding the locations or selling the idea to customers across the globe? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Virtual himself, Frank Cottle Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Frank Cottle such as: We discuss how to get balance in ones life by finding the work that inspires, delights and never feel hard. Frank shares the importance of having a global mindset if you want to true success in your life. The huge benefits of having virtual office space ready and waiting for clients to organisations everywhere, but the difficulties of getting them to know about it. and lastly…. He highlights the simple logic, that no matter how bad economics are across the world, someone has the money. Just go where the cash has gone.

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Building A Network Is Tough, But As Travis Chappell Reveals Its The Key To Fast Success

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who believes that your network is your true net worth. Yeah, we have heard this phrase many times on Join Up Dots, but what does it truly mean, and how can you build a business around it? Well his belief that it's not what you know its who you know started for him back in high school. He started to figure out that if he could land larger landscaping jobs, it would actually pay a much higher hourly wage, while being able to afford to pay a lower hourly wage to workers to help him get the job done faster. As he says "I remember sitting in class one day while managing two landscaping jobs that I had done nothing but sell and manage, but I was still going to make the same or more than the college students I was paying to do the labor on the jobs. That is when I realized the value of selling and creating customer relationships." And so as you can see the germ of an idea which had been there niggling away for quite a few years was already there, it just needed to wait until his dots began lining up. And now those dots are well and truly lining a path across the world. As the founder of the Build Your Network podcast he is bringing tips, to interviews and weekly advice to anyone looking to blast a path to the top. As he says "If you have ever wondered how to meet the influential people in your industry, if you have ever been frustrated because you just aren't moving forward in your career as quickly as you thought you would, if you don't lack ambition or a thirst for learning, but just can't seem to get ahead, then look no further than Build Your Network." So what is it about building networks that people struggle with the most? And does he see the same mistakes being made 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 Travis Chappell Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Travis Chappell such as: We discuss how everybody is just six degrees of separation, which is why it is so important to start your network to give you the greatest chance of success. Travis shares his reasons for not going for the big love in your life, but  instead trying to find the love within a job that you may not like doing. Self development has been a big part of Travis' success, with masterminds, courses and conferences a huge but worth expense at the start. Are you ready to invest in yourself? and lastly…. Travis answer the big question that needed to be asked: Would he say he was a "Stalker or groomer"...you need to listen to the episode to find out the answer. 

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Today's episode of Join Up Dots is another one of the special ones that make me really proud to bring to the world. This is one of those shows whereby a listener of Join Up Dots, has taken so much action in their life, that they deserve to be blasted across the world. And today's guest is going to do just that, as he is a musician, teacher, singer, songwriter, father, husband and a man flexing the hustle muscle everyday. Starting his love for music when he was just nine years old when he started strumming the guitar, and by the age of 12 he had formed his first band “Splat” and was performing original music at school talent shows, ice-cream socials and private parties. And it's all these activities at such a tender age which have the opportunity to become more than something just to do. Actually becoming the first steps on the path to adulthood, and a life of their dreams. But what happens when life has different plans? What should you do when the future that you want is harder to come by than you expected? Where you find different ways of doing it, and today's guest has done just that. After recording his own album "Iowa Weather" he found himself in a slump. He was working all the hours god gave him, he was supporting his family like every father should, and his recorded album was not getting out to the world. And that is where we will begin today's show, as although I have never met him but I am proud to call him my guitar twanging buddy. So has he ever been a normal employee, sitting in a cubicle waiting until 17:00pm to arrive so he can scamper home....free from the days hassles? Or has he set out on on his path joining up his dots, with no plan B of any shape or form? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Dan Trilk.

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Welcome to the Join UP Dots podcast, it's a delight to have you here. In todays episode we have based it around the following review that we received from a listener in the UK (and believe us we LOVE getting nice ratings and reviews). Now this one was quite profound, as it touched on something that causes us all issues at times in our life. How we should deal with negativity in our day to day life, and especially the type that surrounds us because of the work and the like. You know the people who aren't really bad, and miserable, just a bit lost and make it known to others. So anyway, here is the review Join up dots     May 9, 2018 by Seacroft18 from United Kingdom Just discovered these podcasts and listen to them everyday on the way to work. Inspirational people and an excellent host! Highly recommend. I am an enthusiastic person surrounded by fairly negative people and was finding myself dragged down. This podcast is excellent for focus and new ideas amongst many other things and most of all it gives me a lift! As David mentioned on the show, the best way to overcome this is to start replacing them in your life. Yes, its not easy, but it can be done and if you want to find an easy way start with looking at other influences and not just at the people. Start by reading more positive content, or listening to more positive podcasts. Surround your workspace with motivational quotes and images. Get your mind to start looking for the good in things (and people) more and more, and little by little you will realise that the negativity is something that you wont tolerate anymore. You will need to get rid of them in your life and will take active steps to achieve that no matter how difficult it is.

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How To Start An Event Planning Business With Carolien Mertens

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is helping the world of online ventures jump out of the screen and into live events. To date, she has planned over 100 events in a variety of industries, and served more than 10,000 participants. As she says "I started my career in events curating art auctions in a top European Gallery. Here, I learned the ins and outs of planning seamlessly orchestrated high-end events, and the art of “white glove” service for the upper class. Think event attendees like multi-millionaires with Swiss chalets and art-loving Middle East Sheikhs. After helping Fortune 500 companies like the World Bank and the World Health Organization, I brought my work online so that I can serve driven entrepreneurs changing the world." So all the experience that she gained in corporate land gave her the skills to create her own flourishing business. She was working everyday for someone else, but actually when the time came she had actually been working on her own self development (and getting paid for it) Now since two years ago, she has left her corporate job, got her first freelancing clients, closed the long distance gap with her partner,  moved to Italy to be with him then moved to Spain. It has been as she says "Quite a ride so far, learning new languages, making new friends, and building a business that’s 75% working from my local coffee shop La Gallofa on my computer, 25% traveling around the world to meet clients and run events. Today I’m in Amsterdam, next month I’ll cover Belgium, Spain and Sedona, Arizona." So how did she come up with the idea of event planning for herself, and now that she could make it work across the world? And where do people go wrong the most when starting their own online venture? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Carolien Mertens   Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Carolien Mertens such as: How she didn't have clue to what her life during University was going to be, but didn't care. She had total belief that her life would work out in a way that she would love. We discuss how Carolien has used her talents for observing to be a successful in her business, and why tapping into your natural talents is the best way to find success. Carolien gives great advice to everyone looking at entering the event planning world...and it is a lot more simpler than you might imagine. Carolien talks openly as to the process she took to define her ideal customer, and why it is vitally important to keep fine tuning this character as your business grows. and lastly…. Carolien reveals how she had an event that went badly wrong, and why she fought strongly to host the same event the next year. Brave or mad?

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Should We Build Success Or Go Again By Resucceeding?

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who came to the show, and I must admit I thought “Seen this type of guy before” And then I dug deeper and my interest was grabbed. So here is the official bio, he is a Franchise Consultant and Sales Trainer at John L. Scott, one of the most successful real estate companies in the nation. After becoming his company’s top performer in sales, breaking records and selling tens of millions of dollars in real estate, he experienced his “moment of disgust” and came to realize the dark side of a successful life. With that in mind, he wrote Resucceed to help others master their mindset and find fulfillment in success rather than becoming trapped by it. No here is the bit that hooked me, as it is 100% different to what I talk about on Join Up Dots most shows. He says “Here’s the deal: Just because you excel at some skill or possess a certain ability doesn’t mean that is why you are here on Earth or what you should give your life to. That’s the lie of success, the trap and enticement of achievement. We reach a point of failure when we mistakenly become better versions of our achievement instead of better versions of ourselves. Interesting stuff, which to be honest I didn’t quite understand, so of course I had to ask him on the show to explain more. So what was the moment of disgust in his life where he realises that success wasn’t quite what he expected? And where do most people go wrong in his view? Not knowing what they really want, or focusing on the small things instead of the big audacious goals? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr James Colburn. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with James Colburn such as: Why most people in life get kicked off a treadmill and why it takes so much time to climb back on. James speaks openly about that feeling of wanting more, even though he had everything in his life at that time in his life. Why it is so important to build a level of celebration into your business plan going forward. Dont just focus on the next goal. and lastly…. Why he knows that he is on the right track in his life, and why it is good news for himself and his family. 

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Building Confidence In Your Self Can Have A Huge Boost To Your Business

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who first appeared on Join Up Dots back on episode 103. When the show was just a baby compared to what it is today. Back then we discussed the unusual concept that sales is in fact a honorable profession. Wait I hear you say…surely I didn’t hear the words Sales and honourable in the same sentence? But our guest waxed lyrical about why he felt that it was in fact true, and why since 2000 he had focused his time, passions and energy’s in the world of Insurance Brokerage, coming out the other end hardened by the work that he was performing. As he said he was bloodied, bruised, kicked in the teeth, chewed-up, and spit-out. But instead of becoming cynical to this work, he instead developed a passion for helping others learn from his successes, mistakes and backstory. Focusing on four main areas, Sales training, Attitude, Connections and Loyalty he worked tirelessly to create success in his life. And now he has managed to take these concepts and turn them into a personal branding encompassing coaching, training, and keynote presentations across America. He is a man on fire, and certainly from my perspective seems to be in control of what he is doing, where perhaps the last time he was on the show wasn't quite the case. So how has he done this and still juggled the issues that comes with being a family man. And is he where he wants to be in his life, or now is he aiming for bigger and bigger things that he just couldn't have dreamt possible back in the early days. Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Brent Kelly. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Brent Kelly such as: Why there is a comfort level across the world, which has led to so many people to simply follow what everyone else is doing, which is a huge mistake. Follow the crowd and see your prospects diminish massively. Go your own way and get the rewards. Why Brent realises that their was a confidence issue in his life, which lead him to not fully grasp the value he could bring to the world. When this came together for him then everything became so much easier. Why the world is more and more looking for the "how long it is going to take" answer, whilst they should actually be looking at "How can I become good?" and lastly…. Why you shouldn't be worried about the comparisons that you see online today even though there are so many. Just get your head down and do the work.

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Hello there good morning and welcome to Join Up Dots. This is the podcast which is the number one motivational podcast on Earth. So how are we doing. How are we doing out there. Are we rocking and rolling because it's Friday today, and some of you are going to be having an amazing weekend. Some of you are going to be working, but let us know what you're up to because at the moment as you're listening to this I'm actually on vacation. Yes. That doesn't mean that you can come to burgle my house, but I am actually on vacation. At the moment I am in the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom, a place I've never ever been before and I am exploring. So how are you doing. Are you rocking rolling. In the United Kingdom at the moment., we've had two Weird Weekends. Last weekend it was atrocious. It was terrible weather. The weekedn before it was lovely. It was shorts and sandals and I was walking about with my firm buttocks my by granite like Abts shown to the world now actually me buttocks I kept them. I don't know why I say these things but my mouth kind of runs away but my brain catches up. But by that time it's recorded and it's out there. I dont go back and change things so a couple of weeks ago was a couple of weeks ago. Was it last week it was last week wasn't it. We had Wales biggest podcast prize ever. Yep I was giving away a podcast prize of nearly four thousand dollars and I was going to bring it to an end this week but we're still getting people that are stumbling across the show and dropping in responses. So we're going to keep that going for another week or so. So if you know anybody out there who has got a business and I want to learn how to podcast and really have a successful podcast bringing customers and profile and exposure into their life then get them to order got to do is basically get the tune. I was gargling which I want to again I've got to go back and listen to the episode and tunes review send a screenshot through to us and we will put you in the draw and we've got quite a few we have got quite a few up. It's funny you kind of think yeah if you give such a big prize away then loads of people are going to do it but not generally you can sort of put some really nice stuff together and people dont release or get involved in it. This one seems to take in the imagination captured the imagination or take the imagination to read captured it. And now they are coming through you know five or six seven or eight days so there are quite a few people in the draw. But you've still got another week so we're going to draw that to an end and share it with who ever and I will teach them one on one me lie reaching out with my hands to actually teach you how to podcast. But today's show is about some very very quick questions and I sent out to our email list on one of the groups that I maintain and I just said you know one line questions just one line questions and I will bash them out like like rap and dowl you throw them at me and I will whack em back with my forehand straight to you. And we didn't get that many actually. We got five of them but are quite good questions. They're quite good questions. So this is going to be a very short episode which is all right because you got nearly a thousand other episodes join up dots to go back after all. And so we get to start with Eric Eric said. What to do when you dont know what to do. So I assume that he's doing something in his life and he's a bit confused and he answers to that. Eric I think is dont do anything. I now think that if you force it. Its not going to work you just get a kind of rubbish version of what you wanted in the first place and now Ive learnt from experience when I just cant think of what to do and I've just got too much around me and it's just kind of yeah your flicking from the screen to that screen or whatever you're doing it could be jobs externally when you look at your garden and you think he's a Parkerson much to do show like true that Bush or shall I go with the lawman's. Just walk away from it just walk away from it and you will gain clarity. It's that moment when your god you get that. You need to do again. You went a little bit like Jimmy Saville where we dont want to get involved in that kind of thing. I can do a good Jimmy Saville impression but my kids wont let me anymore. Did that only mean something to the people in the United Kingdom and not worldwide and its not a good thing. But you know when you can do something really really good and you cant do it anymore because that person has turned into a bad person. It was one of my best impressions. It was I'd been doing it for years but I won't do it. So you got quality control at the moment I've got quality control my chip has kicked in and has stopped me taking it too far. It's a burning desire. it's a burning desire. Okay so what to do when you don't know what to do is just don't do anything. Just walk away leave it. It will be there when you get back and then you can make a decision and while you are away down the Powerball. Walking through life Build's or or making love on the beach you can just think about things and you can think that's what I need to do. I will just do about one being and so I do a lot. Join up dots as we're building new products and building new email marketing lists and the new website and everything. There's times that I think oh my god i just dont know what to do. And so I dont do anything. I just walk away. Okay Eric. Hopefully that answers your question okay. How do you deal with disappointment. Right well its from Teresa now Teresa has asked her how do you deal with disappointment. I think with disappointment you have to be chemically designed to not suffer with disappointment. I hate I'm a very level playing field kinda guy went when I had something really exciting in my life on kind of a yeah that's good. If I achieve something amazing I dont really feel anything amazing. I just kind of plough on to the next spring so Im not a peaks and troughs kind of guys. So my disappointments arent too low and my achievements arent too high Im just kind of where I am which is kind of disappointing because sometimes you achieve something really good and people go. What you going to do. What are you going to do to celebrate and nothing noticed. Just do something else. Just do something else. So I do think chemically there must be some kind of imbalance that makes people feel more to disappointments and failures when other people. But certainly when I have had disappointments when I have had failures all I do Teresa is just being okay. I can learn from that now I've said this a few times on the show but there was a book that I read and is called The Secrets of a millionaire's mind and it was one line in it and this guy was desperate to be successful and no matter what he did he wasn't successful and he said to this millionaire you know can you help me. The guy said Yeah no problem at all. You dont know enough about the system you dont know enough about what youre doing and he was annoyed because he thought he was going to get that a key to the door bar upping with disappointment. You just have to look at it and go Okay I need to learn more. I thought I knew enough. I thought it was good enough but its not and I go back over joined up darts and I can see why products did work. I can see why sales funnels didnt work. Theres always more learning involved. So if you can take that disappointment and just think to yourself I didnt work but I need to learn I need to work harder at it then that's how I'd do it. That's how I do it. Okay. Oh let's clear my throat it isn't going to be the Garg or but I need to take some water. Right okay. What's your fave bit of the show. Right OK I dont know about the five bit of the show or the fave bit or doing the whole show so I am going to say the whole show was a bit of doing the whole show. I think it's connecting with you listeners beyond anything. When I get MSEE true unfortunately I get quite a lot of messages through Facebook or email and somebody has taken the time to reach out and told me a little bit about their life and their struggles and why the show has helped them or changed their life or just you know it's when somebody reaches out. I think that's my favorite thing because you realize somebody's listening your words are going into their ears and they're making a difference. And we we do a lot in your online environment doesn't come back to us is just like blast it out. Blast it out blast it out and you dont know really Avalon's sort of downloads and stuff that anyone listening and it is a truth that you get more horrible things said to you. Brenda nice beings people dont often say nice things but when you do. Thats my favorite bit when somebody has made the effort to send us an email or sent us a message on Facebook and we always we always try to respond. I love that bit. What do you hate about the show. Right I think thats the same person asking two questions but I will let you off on that. What do you hate about the show. Or to worry about the show. Right. The ad men and yeah two things I hate the admin theres a lot of admin and I could outsource it to somebody I should do really but its that kind of stuff that Im so good at doing it now I can do it really really quickly so I just spend a couple of hours and I sort of get it done. But you know when you think he's got to do that. That's a bit flat. And I do hate yes. Oh yes. Yes. Dont turn up if I am being prepared. Ready to rock and roll and record an episode and I get a message that just says something like I had one the other day running behind and then I had another one the next day running behind. And thats a bit rubbish you prioritize you get being sorted if youre going to do something youre going to do something and I hate letting anyone down. I did let down a guy the other day called Robert Randall. I do apologize again but I really do. He put some time with me it didnt sync up on my calendar so I didnt see it until he sent a message through to me saying Do you glued your pig. You said you want to be here and I will do. It doesn't all like that. Hes a lovely guy as well so thats how I fell. I fell in there because I wasnt ready for him I should have been there. So yeah I think thats a bit I hate most of all guests who are desperate to come on the show even at very last minute they cancel and I have done older research Ive done all the preparation by that time so thats a little bit rubbish. Okay and last question is from Jonathan where are you heading right. That is interesting because join up DOCSIS just turn four. And so it is more than a toddler now and the first year was very much about me. Recording shows and getting better at it. The second year was just trying to find better ways of doing it. The third year is more about me becoming the personal brand. So we are building join up dots TB because I was very aware there was a time that you would come across to the show. There was very little about me on it at all. More often than not that's what you listen to you listen to the person and the content and hopefully it connects somehow and inspires you through. So we are getting more me into it. We're going to be all joined up dots TV where you can send messages in and we will deal with them live on the show. We're also building a team of business experts that will fast track people so we will have web designers we have linked in marketing guys were competence coaches all these kind of people that are trusted and reputable and if you need help in your business you'll know that they're the right people to go for because I have actually tested a. I know them to be good. So I a kind of like a Google were building. So there's a lot to be had in the fourth year but of course you just have to do it as you do it and bring it on when you can bring it on. So that's where I'm heading. I'm heading more about myself becoming a personal brand more back to the person I was before I turned on the microphone where I used to stand up in front of people. So we're going to have as I say the TV when he and I have a YouTube channel we're gonna have all the kind of things that makes it more personable and hopefully allows you guys to connect with us and know that we're we're a team of people that want to help you were a team that is inspired to turn 1 million people across the world into a success story that will you know send ripples across the world. That's what we're aiming for and it's Augusta from a certain point so very short episode today very short episode because hey I'm not here until the next time we will of course be telling you who is the winner of the world's biggest podcast prize ever. I won't once again be doing my Jimmy Saville impression or it's a good one. It's a really good one. But I will see you again later. So thank you so much for being here and oh on the 14th of May 2000 an 18. At eight o'clock in the evening Greenwich Mean Time London time I will be doing a live podcasting masterclass. So if you want to find out more about how I'm doing it behind the scenes you can jump over to podcasters mastery dot com and just book a place and I will be there live in front of you showing you how it's all done and how you can create huge success as well so that's a 14th of May 2008. But until that time we will see you again look after ourselves. Cheers and well thank you.

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

Building A Business Around Adventure And Travel With Rob Harsh

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an Adventurer, Coach and Cancer Survivor. He has been leading and guiding people in business, outdoor adventure and personal growth for twenty years. He has traveled extensively throughout the world on climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and multisport expeditions and has experience as a certified mountain guide, search and rescue operator and working with adaptive athletes and injured veterans in the outdoors. Along the way, he has climbed mountains on five continents and participated in over fifty of the world’s toughest adventure racing and ultra running endurance events. He is a Professional Coach and expert in supporting people make positive shifts in their life, helping them overcome adversity in any area of life and discover how to live in alignment with who they authentically are. In 2016 he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer with a 4% chance of survival, and as you can imagine as he is here with us today that within a year he was cured and now gives back to others through inspiration and adventure. So did he always have the adventure lifestyle set out for himself, or like so many of us did he end up sitting in an office yearning for the great outdoors? And does he see more and more people looking for the escape from the norm, or are people still programmed to follow the life that others set for them? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Rob Harsh Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rob Harsh such as: Rob shares how life hit him in the face when his girlfriend unfortunately passed away, and how he knew that he had to take the steps to change direction forever. We discuss the moment when Rob needed to take the leap of faith and why he knew that he couldn't hold back any longer.  and lastly…. Rob shares how his business has taken four years to build, even with the cancer hitting in the middle, he didn't stop building and driving forward. 

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How to Save Money & Build A Business Teaching Others How To Save Money Too

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with a real story of seeing his life change for the better, by implementing a series of financial life hacks. What is a life hack i hear you cry, and if you’re not crying then you should be? Well our guest is a master at finding ways to save money whilst exploding the enjoyment in his life. As he says “I’m an optimizer and an entrepreneur. I started my latest business to share some of the crazy ways I optimize my money and life to save more, amass countless miles and points and travel the world for free. Last year, I took my passion for optimizing my money + life and started Grove. Our mission is to make financial planning accessible and affordable for everyone. Previously I co-founded Milk, which was acquired by Google in 2012. I spent most of my time at Google as a Partner at GV where I spent my time investing in early-stage startups. I am also founder of LaidOffCamp, an organization I started in 2008 after getting laid off myself. In an effort to help those affected by the financial crisis we hosted dozens of events around the country to help the unemployed learn new skills for the evolving job market. So is this simply another step into the world on minimalism, or something far more practical for the world that like stuff! And what would he suggest would be the three things that we could implement today to change the way that money comes our way. Let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Chris Hutchins. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Chris Hutchins such as: Why to save money it isn’t often necessary about cutting out on stuff. Instead it is deciding what you most want and need. Why it is so important to run your purchases through Cashback sites to see what is available for you before making your sale. Chris shares why he felt having a personal element of his business was so important to provide for his financial affairs company. and lastly…. Chris reveals the positive mindset that he developed to get through the hard times at the beginning

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

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has since a child been working towards where he finds himself today. Today he is a business owner, author, executive coach and podcaster. Over the the last 16 years he has developed his skills as an entrepreneur. The first company he created was a global risk management consulting firm that served the private equity community. His top 15 clients had a combined revenue of $12.7 billion USD and operated in over 100 countries worldwide. Since that time he has bought and sold several multi-million dollar businesses making him a sought after, cross-industrial resource for entrepreneurs and executives in all stages of business. But how did he get here, well this is where the dots have well and truly joined up As he says" As a child I was obsessed with knowing how things worked. I could always be found tearing apart some toy, electronic device or engine to see how it worked. This eventually lead me to studying humans to figure out what makes us tick." First dot ticked off the time line. Then he continues "My Entrepreneurial addiction started at age 13 when I became a caddie. I did not know it then but the countless hours of working as a caddie on the golf course, walking, talking and asking non stop questions of the business elite, would have a profound influence on my career and life long fascination of studying and modeling Peak Performers." So that's the second dot then.... Which leads to where he is today "Trying to find ways to add value to others. Through speaking, teaching, podcasting, and sharing what he has learned with other entrepreneurs and business leaders, to help executives with limited time achieve more. He appears to be a man who has earned his stripes, by taking consistent action in environments that perhaps at the beginning were not in his natural zone of comfort. So is he now where he loves being everyday, or is he still in the "I am working towards where I want to truly be"? And what are the first steps that everyone can take to really start taking control of their own destiny? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Thor Conklin.

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

Worlds Biggest Podcast Competition Ever Episode....ready to win something huge?

On today's episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph shares his learnings from the last four years of hosting the show.

On the 3oth April 2014, and unknown English guy powered up his microphone for the first time and launched a new show Join Up Dots.

Now four years later, and with millions of downloads he has the knowledge and experience to share with the world.

As you will hear on the show, he breaks down the ten that he feels are the real big ones to focus on.

And also he gives every listener, or listeners friends the chance to win the worlds biggest podcast competition ever.

But for those people who are short of time, then here they are for you:

1: Discover Something That You Think Would Like

2: Research Others

3: Start No Matter How Imperfect You Think It Is.

4: Set Goals

5: Monitor Results

6: Relax And Walk Away From Everything

7: Allow Growth Time In Your Business

8: Re:Set Goals 9: Charge Your True Worth

10: Have Fun As Much As Possible

Direct download: 30TH_APRIL_COMPETITION_2.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Affordable Design Skills Have Made Todays Guest Able To Design His Life Too

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a rogue risk taker turned entrepreneur. The original North Philadelphian native turned Camden New Jersey resident, he has always found ways to use his creativity to transform the customer experience through innovative marketing techniques. He grew his first real startup, Waterfront Media, a digital marketing and design agency, out of Waterfront Lab with nothing more than determination and a dream. After noticing an industry problem amongst customers communicating with their internal creative teams, he knew there was a better way to streamline the process to save businesses time and money. Hence the creation of Penji, a dependable on-demand design service that helps marketing teams receive unlimited custom designs at a flat monthly cost. Need a logo or marketing images then he is your man. Need another, or to fine tune the one that you have got….then back to our guest you go. As they say “We help startups, small businesses, and Agencies with all their graphic design needs. Penji offers unlimited graphic design at a flat monthly rate. We’ll help you with logo designs, business cards, flyers, marketing materials, websites/apps design all at a flat monthly rate. No contracts, cancel anytime. Our goal is to empower the next generation of designers through education and community building.” He is also the producer and host of The Blind Entrepreneur Podcast featuring interviews with entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and business professionals to help those who may be temporally blind in business and guide those individuals to profitability. In his spare time, you can find him supporting a local startup by wearing their swag at Barnes and Noble or flying drones around the air of New Jersey. So was he always interested in the entrepreneurial route of business, or did he start as an employee and discover there was a better way for him? And what has been the biggest learning of how to bring a startup to life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Johnathan Grzybowski Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Johnathan Grzybowski such as: We discuss how children find it so easy to be entrepreneurial by going back to basics, and how we make it so complicated when we are older with choices everywhere. Why bringing elements of fun into your business is an amazing way to bring attention and traffic to your work. Jonathan shares his own Steve Jobs quote that inspires him, and man that is a great one to take into your own life. and lastly…. Jonathan shares how he took a considerable amount of time to find his true purpose, even though he knew what he was here on this planet to deliver.

Direct download: Johnathan_Grzybowski.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC