Join Up Dots Podcast (entrepreneurs)

Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is the founder and CEO of Nectar Consulting Inc., and co-author of the best-selling book “Breakthrough Healing”. She works with executives and entrepreneurs bringing over 25 years of experience, intuitive insights and strategic business savvy to their success. She is an expert at enhancing the capacity of leaders, to build high performing teams and exponentially increase bottom-line results. Now what interests me, and why I have invited her onto the show is her unique Rapid RewiringTM approach This is a culmination of years of study in the realms of emotional intelligence, neuroscience, organizational psychology and Rapid Transformational Therapy. She helps catalyze shifts in thinking and eliminate mental/emotional blocks to rapidly rewire your brain for greater confidence and success. As a nationally recognized speaker, certified executive coach, Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) practitioner, change management consultant, trainer, and writer, her passion for helping amplify natural talents and expand leadership is conveyed through all aspects of her work and writing. But of course as we see on Join Up Dots, time and time again our guests come to us when everything is amazing and success swims around them on a daily basis. But we all have dark times getting things off the ground, before we find the path that really lights us up inside and makes work not seem like work anymore. So how did she find her way to where she is today? And would she say that she needed to rewire her own brain as she built her business? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michele Molitor Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Michele Molitor around subjects such as: We share why it is so important to reflect on your core drivers to help you imagine what life could be. Your values should drive your passions not the other way around. Why the more gratitude we share with the world brings about greater and greater rewards into our lives. Life shouldn't be hard if we only say "Thank You" The best thing you can do in a terrible job is to find an aspect of that job and savour it. Whatever it maybe find that gold and polish it until it shines And lastly…….. Michele shares the journey from corporate unhappiness to fulfilled entrepreneur, and knows that everything in life has been for a reason.

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

Welcome to todays episode of Join UP Dots, where in the show we continue on with the Mini Course - How To Start Your Own Business - Part Three This has been in response to the amount of people that have connected with the show with the same frustrations. "David I would love to start my own business, but I simply haven't got a clue what I want to do!" Which isn't a surprise, as when do we really ever stop to think about what we do really well and how to make a business from those things? We don't, we simply go through the education system and get used to being told what we are good at, and more often than not what we aren't very good at. We have to remember that this is just one persons opinion, and in history it has been proved wrong time and time again. From sportsmen, to dancers, to artists to musicians, people have been told that they shouldn't go into an environment when actually the world was waiting for them to do just that. So how do we do this? How do we start changing our lives and finding the thing that will light us up inside more than anything? Well, following on from Part One and Part Two, as you will hear in today's episode we have to do our research to delve deep into ourselves and ask the big questions. We refer you to an amazing resource called Strength Finders 2.0 which really helps you find the things that you are best at, and turn them into super strengths. The more you can do in your life what you are best at, then the greater the value you can provide, leading to huge income coming your way. Its a bit more than that, and does take work, but it will certainly head you in the right direction for sure. So  focus in on what you do well, and then return to episode four of our mini series which shows how to find the money in those talents Things are starting to get sexy!!!

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Todays guest is an expert in effective communication and the author of the books Yes You Can! Everything You Need to Know From A to Z to Influence Others To Take Action and Influence Redefined...Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday®. Her books provide practical and immediate skills and techniques that have given thousands the ability to enhance their influence Monday to Monday®. He helps individuals eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery - to persuade, sell, influence and communicate face-to-face with a clear message and has now trained over 15,000 people to rid themselves of bad body language habits and choose words wisely. Well you might be thinking what does it take to be an expert communicator? Well lets ask the big questions..... Do you sometimes wonder why people in positions of influence remark in less-than-influential ways? Perhaps you've been amazed at those without fancy titles and how they are able to inspire others to action? What does it take to be a person of influence and impact? Well as we said today's guest has been wondering those things time and time again and is on a mission to teach the world how to do things the right way. So is there a right way to communicate or does it change dependent on situation? And what would be the number one mistake that people make when opening their mouths in a group scenario?  Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Stacey Hanke Show Highlights Stacey shared the first steps of starting her company  We discuss how it is so important to set the scene of why communication training is important to a room of reluctant attendees Stacey reveals how the idea came to her, and the steps that she took to make it into a thriving business. Great stuff. Stacey remembers how the first five to seven years of growing the business were so difficult, but also so needed as she strengthened throughout. and lastly......... Why the route to gaining the first client is always the hardest one, which is as much due to the fact that you get into your own way.

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

In the last episode of this mini series helping people find the idea that can make their own business come alive, we went through a very simple exercise. If you haven't listen to the show, then let's go through it again. But really for maximum effect jump back on to episode one, so that you can hear what to do in full. Well, as we spoke about, one of the big problems that people have is that they get so wrapped up with their own lives that they are unable to see what is under their own noses. They wake with the alarm (because they have to), they go to the office (because they have to) and basically do what people expect them to do for the remaining hours. Not good. So how do we break free from that mindset and start reconnecting with the real us. The real us that could in the future wake up with excitement and passion, due to doing what they love to do the most. Go back in time and look for all the clues you can find about your life. These might be tucked away in your Mum and Dad's house. They might be in photo albums. They might be in a box of treasures that you aren't sure why you keep but can show so much. Look for the things you used to do, just because you used to do them. You loved doing them, and never considered them a waste of time. You just enjoyed every second and would do them for free. We give some more exercises that can really break those things down and now lead us into episode two. Now you have a list of the things that you love doing, what do you do with that information? How can you translate this into a great business, that not only you love but your customers love too? Well, we need to go and do some more research to see what other people are doing. You see that is one of the problems that we have in life. What we see around us becomes our reality. We see people working in offices, so it's really hard to break free from the thinking off this is what life is about. This is where YOU go to work everyday. But believe me, through Join Up Dots interviews I have spoken to people who work from home, up mountains, in forests, on beaches, in community work spaces everywhere you can think off. They have broken down what life wants them to think, and gone a different way. So imagine that you have created a list where there is an overriding theme of fitness activities. You love to be active and would love to build a business around this. You might also see a smaller theme whereby you like being outside in the fresh air, instead of being trapped in a cubicle with a suit and tie on...BOOM. Now this is the fun part when you can start taking those ideas and playing around on the worldwide web to see what other people are doing. Some things you will think “Nah, couldn't bear doing that everyday”.....whilst other things you will think “Yeah that looks really fun”. So get the list going and see what the world has to offer, and believe me the world has more to offer than you can possibly imagine.

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

In today's episode of Join Up Dots we talk about a similar problem that so many people have in the world. They think that they are not up to the level that they need to be to start taking control of their own lives. They think that they need to get their heads deeper into the world of podcasts, self development books or gurus. They are living a life with the hand brake on, which is such a problem to everyone. You see, its an issue that has been built up by years of training our minds to believe that we need to be certified by the world to prove our proficiency. We need to be accredited by some outside organization before we can step boldly into the world. This is quite simply rubbish. Yes there is of course some jobs that you need to be accredited to do. For example I wouldn't be keen on someone doing brain surgery on me, if they had taught themselves from watching YouTube videos. They is just a bad idea, but more often than not the process of doing is enough to start learning more than the people that you need to teach, sell to or inspire - Your customers. So why do people do this "holding themselves back" stuff? Is it fear, is it not wanting to fail, I dont know? It could quite simply be their upbringing, joining forces with the life they have created for themselves. What I do know is everyone who has become a master of their trade started as a novice. Everyone. Whether it was Paul McCartney, Van Gogh, Donald Trump, Steve Jobs the list would go on forever they all had to start and grow into the person that they wanted to be, So as you will hear in this episode of Join Up Dots, you have nothing to worry about. You can only fail if you fail to start. Be brave, be persistent and work towards your dream, as the dream you want is waiting for you.

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

Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is sought after for her ability to easily explain complex business principles and processes in a simple, straightforward way. She began her career in financial software design before starting her first company in 2000, providing soft furnishings for the home industry. With a varied background in working in small, medium and large businesses, she has a great grasp on the scalability factors that are essential to growing a business. As a certified Profit First professional, she strives to help creative business owners focus on the financial health and profitability of their companies. She believes that each choice is a step towards or away from profitability. Those who work with her understand the correlation between each decision and their own profitability. Pricing, profits, process and procedures are important – but can be difficult for the creative entrepreneur to implement. She has proven strategies and mindsets to overcome these obstacles, and she can give every business owner a healthy dose of confidence along the way. Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Michele Williams Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Michele Williams such as: The issue that most entrepreneurs have when starting a business due to looking at sales, against overheads expenses and ultimate profit. The strange thing that so many people when they start a business create the perfect client who hasn’t got any money. and lastly…. How by setting up a profit first system by simply setting a spreadsheet is one of the most important things that you can do for your business.

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

In todays episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph helps everyone with the age old problem that he hears time and time again. "David, I would love to start my own business but I haven't got a clue what I could build it on" You see most of us operate in a world where we do what is expected of us. We go through school because we are told to, and then attempt the exams that we think will make a difference to us moving forward. We attempt the right exams that will look good on our cvs, and not really because they are fun, play to our strengths or just challenging and testing. That is bad mistake and leads us all on to a path where we are giving our control over to other parties. So how can we change this and make a difference in not just our lives but also the lives of our families? Quite simply we start focusing in on the things that we enjoy the most and here is the kicker, the things that play to our strengths. You see the world actually need our strengths and will pay good money for the things that we can do really easily. That's not what you actually think is it? If you are reading this then you will be thinking that life has to be hard, work has to be difficult to get the great rewards but that is so wrong on so many levels. So get a piece of paper, close the curtains from outside distractions and start the exercise that David will be sharing with you in this episode. As he says, you must take it seriously and do your work over a period of time. Ten minutes here and there just wont cut it. You are changing your life after all. Look out for the next episode where we go deeper into the subject and find even more avenues to change your life forever.

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Todays guest joining us on the show is a coach, speaker and author with an expertise in improving organizational performance, cohesion and accountability. He spent 15+ years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet. He now travels the world teaching organizations how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. As he says "As a veteran basketball performance coach, I have worked with NBA superstars such as Kevin Durant and Victor Oladipo. I understand the principles of top performance, mental toughness and consistent achievement. Whether it is on or off the court... individual or collective development... the fundamentals of performance and achievement are identical. For an organization to thrive, every member of the team needs to make the conscious choice to be an influential leader and selfless teammate. I help businesses get clarity on their identity, standards and culture with a focus on leveling-up productivity, shifting mindsets and improving team cohesion. I help key decision makers, CEOs and managers develop authentic leadership skills that will enable them to radically drive performance metrics within their organizations. I now want to teach the individual how to live present in a distracted society so you will be a more connected, productive, and influential leader and teammate. Monumental change occurs only with the accumulation of the little things. Remember: it’s what all the big things are made from. Success isn’t something that happens to you. It’s something you attract, you choose, and you create. Successful people do the little things better than everyone else. This is what makes the best the best. World-class performers and the uber-successful. So with world full of twitter, FB and online pressures should you switch off from them all or just do the ones that are right for you? And when did he realise that he had it in himself to be able to make these changes occur with the people he works with? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alan Stein Jr. Show Highlights We discussed so many deep subjects on the show such as: Why the elements of leadership don't change across the world, across whatever specialism. How do you make individual strengths into a winning team. Why its so easy to be distracted by the past and be anxious of the future with the focus of competition, comparison or other peoples highlights everywhere. Alan reveals the three stages of success that can make all the difference in the world, although this means "No overnight success for you" i'm afraid. And lastly……….. Alan shares how we can only control our attitude and effort. Forget about the things that are out of our hands and work on these two you will be good to go.

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

In today's episode of Join Up Dots David, talks about Motivation, and more importantly the lack of motivation. Over the last few weeks, David has been speaking many of the listeners of Join Up Dots who indicate their desire to change their lives. They all come through with a wish that they were earning more money, having more freetime and quite simply living the life that they see others living. However, most of them are never going to get this lifestyle, no matter how much they say they want it...due to lack of motivation. Motivation isn't something that simply appears like magic and covers you with the kind of superpower that can move mountains. It just doesn't work like that. You cant take a pill and get motivation. You cant ask a friend to keep you motivated. You simply need to find it deep within yourself and nurture that motivation to achieve that goal until you actually achieve it. Through running Join Up Dots, there will have been many times when the thought of recording another podcast episode would have been the last thing in the world that David wanted to do. Hey, there is Netflix and Amazon to watch after all. But that isn't important to the success of Join Up Dots. Those things will jeep you away from achieving your aim quicker than anything. So how do you find the motivation you want, when you aren't sure it is something that you truly want. How do you start the ball rolling when it seems too big even to move an inch forwards. Well, you do it in exactly the same way that you would going to work, bathing the kids, arranging date night with the wife. You place it as a thing to do in your daily routine. You add it to your favourite mobile app, to beep and make you turn off that TV and go and do it. You say to your friends "No I cant meet tonight as I have a 30 minute motivation session" Believe me, as you will hear on today's show it isn't too hard to get going, but its not going to happen on its own. You have to take responsibility to make that motivation happen. So go out and conquer and thrive in your own lives.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:30am UTC

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man i originally connected to as a listener of Join Up Dots and now is making his bow as a guest. Originally from Victoria Australia, he we won a bronze medal for Australia in men’s hockey in 2008, where he scored a goal in the 6-2 win over the Netherlands in the bronze medal final. His other successes with the Kookaburras include a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2005 Champions Trophy title. Now what makes this guy interesting to me is a couple of things for sure, not least is his desire to win and put himself into the firing line of competition. Firstly, unlike many players who enter the sport he was a late bloomer for sure, not making his international debut until the age of 25. Which asks the question, why so late? Was it just that he hadn’t found his natural swing in the sport, or was it something else that prevented the spotlight shining in his direction until later than most others. And secondly, with a natural talent in a very specific aspect of the game “the Online Drag Flick”, how did he take this and create a nice income for him and his family? Well as he says “I understand persistence is required in business as it was the same as a player, I was not a good player I just persisted longer and harder than most.” So is his strategy simply to hustle it out and bulldoze his way forward, or something else? And what has lead him now to come out of retirement and enter the game once more in the Masters category? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Luke Doerner Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Luke Doerner such as: Luke shares how he niche downed on a specific element of his sport to sell to the masses, but actually found that only the elite wanted his product. We chat about the period when Luke hadn’t quite committed to one particular sport, and then saw a dramatic change in his fortunes when he did. Luke confesses that missing out on Olympic Gold still bothers him, which shows the true competitive edge that he has to prove himself. and lastly…. Why sending a simple email, could sometimes be the thing that hold you back from a life of your dreams.

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

In todays episode of Join Up Dots we talk about why it so important to build up your own personal belief which can deliver you to greatness. You see so many people look for outside influences for help in their lives and their businesses, when actually it's easier to grow the belief inside with your actions and successes. Add to that the belief that you can also have fun in your business then you are 100% cooking on gas. But most people in life struggle with this fact which is why Join Up Dots tries it's hardest to instill this belief into all of you. However todays  show focuses on the following three emails, and of course to get the answers you need to listen to the show Dear David, I have been listening to your amazing podcast for the last few weeks since I heard you on the Meaningful Money Podcast. I am surprised that I hadn't heard of you before, but now I am hooked. One thing I would like to know is, through the Steve Jobs speech he talks about believing in something to help you through the dark times. I believe in God, and gain great comfort from knowing that I am supported by my God. Can I ask you what do you believe in, as I would love to know, Kind Regards Ahmad Sharzir, Yorkshire. Now for the second question that came to us all the way from Canada. Hi David, loving the show. The vibe is so different from every other show I have listened to, but manages to deliver even more top class business advice. I haven't listened to every show so did you always mess around and make jokes, or has this developed over the years. Whatever the answer keep em coming - Brenda Mitchell, Quebec Canada. And finally, Hi David, thank you so much for answering this email if you have the time. I imagine that you get thousands of messages. I have been doing your free training course and one of the things that keeps on coming out of the content is my love of Xmas. Do you think that I could create a business around this time of year, who does this put all my eggs in one basket. Ie profit from November to December and nothing for the rest of the year - Gillian Articha, Bournemouth England. Thanks as always for listening to the show and for sharing with your mates, we couldn't do it all without it.

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

Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a lady who like most of us, hit a point in her career when she knew she wanted more in life. Then like most of us when she started building her business as a side hustle she looked for her ideal customer, and found out that her ideal customer was actually herself. As she says "I spent most of my 20’s hustling for the big life goals – getting ahead in my career, buying a house, getting married, saving money for retirement – checking all the boxes that are supposed to make you feel successful and accomplished. And although I was proud and grateful for the life I had created, I knew I wanted more. I was craving fulfillment in my work and the permission to be myself. Shortly after my 30th birthday, my awakening (or as I like to call it – third life crisis) began. Struggling with my weight, not feeling good enough, and hearing that deep inner calling that life was meant to be joyful, not full of pressure and anxiety. I was already seeing success building my “side hustle” on top of my full-time job, but that was also beginning to feel out of alignment. Showing up the way others were teaching me to build an online business was just creating more of that overwhelming pressure. I now clearly see that it was exactly what I needed to propel me into the work that I do today – helping other women get back in touch with themselves so they can create a business they love. Now the interesting part that of this was her realisation that the advice she was receiving was actually adding to more and more of overwhelming pressure. She believed that she was doing the right thing, by studying other people, but actually discovered that the truth was very very different. So when did she back out and start creating the path that was actually the right one for her and her family? And how does she know through her own coaching program that she isn't doing the same for her clients and presenting a world of overwhelm pressure. Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Robyn Chavarie Show Highlights During the show we touched on some deep rooted discussion points with RObyn such as: How and why it is so difficult for a lady to create her own future when she is trying to be something for everyone in their lives. Robyn shares her journey of experimentation, and the growth stage in her life when boredom lead her to assess everything.  Robyn realised that she was ok in asking for the cash right at the very beginning, which is a huge piece of the puzzle that people struggle with bigtime And lastly...... Why it is ok to say enough is enough in life, I am ready to be who I want to be and to hell with the consequences.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:00am UTC

Todays guest joining us on the show is the founder of Freshbooks, the cloud accountancy company that you hear advertised on many podcasts across the globe. Now this isn't just a cloud accounting firm, but the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Its a global hit, but his journey to creating this success was far from assured, even to the point of perhaps not even being part of the plan. You see most businesses are started from the position of an individual's pain with the service that they are getting, and deciding to go and do their own thing to solve this problem. And this was the case with today's guest. He was running a small design firm in 2003 when the frustration of billing his clients overwhelmed him — so he built his own solution. He moved into his parents’ basement for 3.5 years to save money and completely revamped how he ran his design firm (to the point where he worked 19 days in one year and generated over $200,000) to bootstrap FreshBooks to what it is today. Since launching in 2003, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing and collect billions of dollars. As he says " I went through an incredibly scary time for 2.5 years while FreshBooks was rebuilding their entire platform, which is typically viewed in the software industry as the worst strategic mistake that a company can make. I even bounced back from a $1.5 million disaster — proving overcoming failure is possible, and often how to succeed in business to begin with." So its ok to say let's build this thing and solve this issue, but how do you start, where do you get the funding? And with more and more similar platforms being built, does this just increase his enjoyment everyday, or leave him in a whirl of panic? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Mike McDermott. Show Highlights During the discussion with the Mike McDermott from Freshbooks we hit such deep subjects such as:  Why you need to ask the question "Does the destination appeal to me" to truly work on the legacy of a passion project. We chat about the funding that you never thought you need when you start a business, but comes at you from every corner. Mike reveals why many of the metrics he chose to look at as success, are based around his employees happiness. Great way of operating in a business. And lastly......... Why life is a series of hard lefts no matter how much you try to make it a straight path. You just have to cling on and do your best.

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On today's episode of Join Up Dots we share the story of an amazing listener in Israel, who after listening to the show, and reading many different types of self-development books has done what so few people do but started to create their success path the right way. It's amazing how many people that I speak to that either spend all the time researching and making lists with no action involved, or take all the action with no planning beforehand. Both strategies are full to the brim of failures and easy to hit obstacles. The best way is to create a detailed plan, do your market research, work hard and take huge action just like Neriya has done. So let's start off with the first email received at the show this week Just wanted to say thanks.. been listening to hundreds of your shows, I have the very worst job ever(pays off though, worst than garbage truck workers, not to be disrespectful) Helping me to build two businesses I’m extremely passionate about, working simultaneously on both my corporate job and my things about 15 hours a day all combined with ease.. thanks to your awesome podcast I realized what it takes to make a business and with that achieving my dreams and goals. Thanks you so much, Neriya. I of course went back, said thank you and asked for more information about the passion and tasks they have undertaken to which they responded with, quite simply a blueprint for success which is my delight to break down into its necessary chunks on todays show. My business is all around making fine leather items(wallets belts straps cases etc etc). The big idea is making everything completely by hand and with the finest materials the world has to offer, literally! It was quite the challenge figuring out the “hows” and “whys”. I started off about a year ago (naturally with relatively little passion), ordering pretty much the cheapest tools I could actually afford and best materials I thought are the best but really far from it. I went on YouTube and watched literally every leather related video(mostly tutorials) Quick enough realized all of those videos was consists of pretty much hobbyists, obviously no one would teach you how to hand-stitch and work leather like Louis Vuitton and Hermes for free. Some leather artisans do teach but it costs a lot and where I’m from there are “zero” leather artisans so flight out the country was huge investment I couldn’t afford (still can’t:) I did a TON of research and by that I mean like 5 to 7 dedicated hours a day, everyday, 6 months straight and by that time I managed to develop a very simple, systematic and effective way to learn from the very best without even bothering them and it applies to all kinds of crafts. I also discovered what materials and tools Hermes LV and other top leather companies use and where to get them. it was not easy and there are almost none online stores to supply what I needed, I had to personally contact these rare suppliers I found and custom order from them, like a merchant would but at the beginning, with a typical mindset of a casual online consumer I just didn’t( that was one of many blocks I had). Your genius podcast and some books like “Sam-Walton”, “rich dad poor dad” and more, helped me tremendously!especially your podcast for being very relevant and contemporary. Plus it removed all those fears and blocks I had. One of the things I love the most in your on your podcast (your hilarious jokes aside) is the Jim Carrey quote which I recognized with a lot. So even if you do fail on doing what you love you most likely won’t die you won’t starve and you’d probably live a decent life anyways, genius! I have something I was wondering about for quite some time, about 5 years ago I used to smoke cigarettes quite a lot and I wanted to stop, I tried again and again and just couldn’t stop. One day my brother came to me, surprised me with a book called “the easy way to stop smoking” by Allen Carr, so I read it and exactly as the title says I stopped with ease as if it was magic, so I RAN to my smoking relatives and friends trying to convince them in any way I can to just give it a shot, unfortunately unsuccessfully and It was the same with business coaching and your podcast. The funny thing is that they actually do believe me but just don’t go for it. Are they too addicted to their convenient life/smoking habits? In your experience, why do think it’s like that?

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Todays guest joining us on the show is a 34 year old, husband, father of 3, engineer, sports fan and huge geek when it to comes to automating and outsourcing any activity. He is the co-founder of adbank network - a powerful online ad platform built on the blockchain, as well as co-founding a successful digital asset acquisition firm that controls over 6000 websites generating 6 figures a month. As he says "I am no genius, I HAVE NOT found a loop hole on the internet that lets anyone get rich quick, I have not quit my job but because of my online income I am able to live the way I want to and have a level of security for my family a job today cannot provide. Unfortunately, I can’t say that making money from websites is easy but through my ventures I hope to show you that without a doubt it is possible and with hard work most people that commit themselves can do it. For the last 5 years I have built up over 150 websites and use these to generate passive income, I am not an online guru I am just someone who has tried and tested many different methods. I am willing to test any system as long as it stays aligned with my online business cornerstone beliefs. My Internet Marketing Beliefs… Always add value Google wants to deliver the “best” result so be the “best” A website visitor is a renewable resource to be cultivated not something to be mined once,  enjoy what you do online. Many people may disagree with my beliefs and suggest there is a faster way to make money online. They may be right, but what our guest is doing is building businesses that operate the way that the search engines want. Building relationships, by nurturing those relationships. Not chasing some get rich quick scheme, that fades as soon as the big boys realise someone is gaming the system. So how did he develop his internet marketing beliefs, through building businesses that dropped like a stone, or simply by understanding what GOOGLE is aiming for? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Jon Gillham. Show Highlights We discussed so many deep subjects on the show such as: Jon talks about the shortcuts routes that he took for business that all led to failure before he realised that real work was needed to make the success he wanted. We discuss the blockchain strategy that is creating a completely new and exciting way for businesses to start operating across the world. And lastly........... Jon shares the discussion that he had with his parents, and friends who considered his route to success to be somewhat risky. 

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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. Having been an entrepreneur for 30 years, to say I’ve seen a few things is an understatement. I’ve definitely had more fails than successes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I sold my fitness business which I owned for 9 years a year ago to start teaching other entrepreneurs how to use story to sell. It's storytelling that is the real power of growing an online business. Then I realized that most small business owners don’t follow up with their leads, so I started teaching them how to create follow up system so they could have a conversation to share their story and make more sales. Then of course I realized that some of those small business owners wanted to speak but didn’t know how to be more dramatic with their stories. With my degree in theatre I am able to help my clients create a performance out of their presentations so it’s not the same boring presentation audiences are unfortunately used to seeing. I believe all business owners deserve the right to be successful by doing the work necessary to achieve that success, which starts with being able to sell effectively. And storytelling is the best way to do it. As he says "There likely isn’t a business issue that I haven’t seen or experienced. I’ve seen it. I’ve been through it and I’ve come out on the other end all the better for it. But it hasn’t always been that way. Like most start-ups and small business owners, I struggled to make ends meet. On a personal note, he is also a private pilot and enjoys flying around the great state of Texas. Why? Because I can! So why does he want to do this entrepreneurial stuff as certainly more often than not its easier to work for someone else? And looking back through the dots, are there things that he would change or do they all lead him to where he is today? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Tom Jackobs Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting storytelling conversations with Tom Jackobs around subjects such as: Why the easiest part of creating business success is always right under your nose, even though it takes you awhile to actually see it. Tom shares the reasons why you should never start a presentation or joke by advising "This is soooo funny, you will love this!" Why he pushes himself to get out of his comfort zone at every opportunity, as he sees this to be where true growth starts. And lastly We discuss why the online and offline world really have to work hand in hand for a business to be truly successful. 

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It's a funny old world that we live in nowadays. A world of love, creativity, but also extreme bitterness and hostility. You see everywhere we go, everyone we speak to has an instant ability to critique and be mean from a distance. We see this all the time on social media, whereby some keyboard warrier, who is sitting behind their devices can throw spears of hatred. However, behind these comments there is always a deeper message for the sending as you will hear in today's show as a response to the following email received in this week for the show. "Ralph, wow what a show. Or should i say wow what a joke you are. I have listened to one of your episodes and believe me i wont be listening to anymore. It was called Free Time, when you wasted twenty minutes of my life telling me how wonderful yours is as you can take a month off when you want to. Its funny that you felt the need to tell us, as being a podcaster, or should I say someone who wants the world to love them so tells them what they want them to hear it's not a job. You can take time off from anything that isn't a job. Hey, im an astronaut today, let's chill instead. You make me want to vomit. Anyone can do what you do, but we don't as we have proper jobs to do, and have to go to work as we don't have a choice. We live by the clock without escape. So don't try to tell me that I can change my life just by making a few mindset changes, give me a million dollars so I can make those changes instead. That my friend is one thing your show will never ever deliver to any of us. You are full of shit. Your show is shit. And no matter how great your life seems to be, it will also be shit. That is what life is and you can't tell me otherwise. So what makes someone think such extreme thoughts? Is it simply they were having a bad day, or something far more deep routed....who knows? However in todays show, David Ralph discusses this email and sends out a positive response to the sender to connect with him directly. Thanks for listening to the episode and any comments drop us a line. Cheers David

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Today's guest is an expert on Smart Investments, he is the creator and founder of the Smart Asset Opportunities  After 12 years serving in the military and over 20 years running a successful private practice, he realized if he didn’t alter his course he’d be trading hours for dollars forever. It was this belief that led him to launch Smart Asset Opportunities. In just four years, he has been involved in projects totaling over $100 million, and owns 40+ single family homes, 14 ATM’s, a coffee farm in Panama, apartment complexes, office parks, storage units, and ownership in a Belizean resort. As he says "After over 20 years of running a successful small business in rural Missouri, we seemingly “woke up” to the realization we were not on the path to a comfortable retirement, a course of not knowing when we would be able to transition out of the business. We truly did not have a plan to replace our transactional income – the exchanging of our hours for dollars. We needed some Smart Investments for sure. Truthfully, we felt stuck. Fast forward two years and our passive income from our investment endeavors has exceeded that of our practice income. The driving factor of this change was our mindset; we took control of our lives, our future and decided financial freedom doesn’t have just one path. We surrounded ourselves with like-minded individuals on the same journey and with the same aspirations. We sought out opportunities to learn more and partner with others in lucrative joint ventures. We understood our WHY and became intentional about taking action. These days we are dedicated to our new passion: helping others achieve their success. It is far more rewarding, interesting and exciting than lounging around on a beach, and we’re enjoying every second of it. Our WHY is to help others find their path to the financial freedom we found with their own Smart Investments. So it's ok to say, let's change direction and do something different but how do you upskill and make these changes occur? And is it still fun and exciting to be building what they have, or getting more and more like a job? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Ross Stryker. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ross Stryker such as: We share the dawning realisation when he realised that his retirement was not going to be as comfortable as he and his wife hoped and the actions he then took. Why it is so important to start surrounding yourself with the kind of people that you want to become in your life. Dont look for less but look higher up the ladder. Ross shares why he loves, what he is doing for the reasons because it was hard, more than anything else. It's the challenge that lights him up inside. and lastly…. Why we can learn from other peoples mistakes, much more cheaply and quickly than we can hope to do ourselves. So study other peoples route to success.

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Today's guest is a lady who loves to "Start With Why" everyday, but that perhaps wasn't always the case. However as soon as I heard about her daily hustle and drive to achieve a dream not just for herself, but for eight complete strangers then I knew I had to have her on the show. And so I did, back on episode 233 of Join Up Dots where we discussed the creation of her My Million To One programme whereby she was on a mission to raise one million pounds to provide housing for eight disabled children that she first met when volunteering in Africa. She was asked to help whilst volunteering in the area and quickly approached a couple of local charities who agreed to help by adopting the children and providing them a home on the proviso that she found money every year to pay for the children’s home. Seems simple, part of the start with why strategy? Well throw into the mix money for all their needs, education and rehabilitation costs – and guarantee that the money would be provided for their lifetimes then it seems daunting to say the least.. So… she challenged herself to raise £1 million – enough to build the orphanage itself and then enough money to sit in a bank, so the centre can survive off the interest payments. Now she has added even more charitable hustle and adventure into her life by starting Plucky Us, born from the people that she met previously As she says " When I was setting up My Million To One programme I set out to network with other entrepreneurs.  I expected to find a lot of other people who were positive & ambitious & trying something different but I didn't: I just met a lot of people who weren't like me at all and who didn't really understand or want to help. The people that did help me to build & promote it in the end were actors, adventurers, athletes, musicians (to name a few) and only scattered amongst them were there other people establishing similar businesses. What EVERYONE had in common though was a positive, ambitious outlook, determination, drive and a desire to be the best that they could be.  They were all successful, outgoing people who helped others: people who both inspired and encouraged. They did understand the start why why concept and why it was so powerful. As MMTO grew, an organic community formed around it of these wonderful people.  MMTO members had become friends and they were telling me about exciting projects that they were working on and I found myself CREATING CONNECTIONS between members (introducing them to one another, forwarding each other their proposals) when I saw how they could help each other achieve their chosen goals. The members in question were often in different industries and sometimes different countries but - when presented with their hopes & dreams - it was clear how they could match & empower each other and MORE IMPORTANTLY I knew that they would also GET ON WELL because they were LIKE MINDED, OUTGOING PEOPLE. So how did this lady come to find herself in Africa volunteering in the first place? And why does she think that entrepreneurs in the business world, are unlikely to help in the same way as the creative folk are? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alana Hurd. Show Highlights During the episode we discussed such weighty topics such as: How Alana walked into a world of business and health issues with all the naivety that she could muster, until realising that success comes by rest as much as hustle. Alana shares  the problems of building your mindset to look at No's as just one more step closer to gaining the big Yes's your business needs. Why Start With Your Why is such simple advice, but one that so many people ignore until it is truly too late. And lastly........ We talk about connecting with the super successful without care, as more often than not they will bend over backwards to help you in your pursuit for success.

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In todays show, hosted by David Ralph, we talk about free time, and how to build more of it into our lives. With the biggest question, and the biggest surprise being...do we actually want to have free time in our lives? You see most of us are building our lives around routine and responsibilities. We get up when our alarm says we have to get up, we deal with the things that life says we have to deal with, and then look at free time as something that is never going to happen. We push past the belief that we can choose our own time, and can actually make the decisions in our business to be free from the hassles and inconveniences. But we can make every decision in our own life. We can take control of the free time that we have, and make it more and more and more, why still becoming more successful in our lives. So how do we do it, (and of course you will hear a lot more in today's episode of Join Up Dots), how do we protect the time that we have to grow the roots of freedom? Firstly, we need to look at the work that we need to do, against the work that we are just doing because we always have done it. We need to see where the true value of the task is for us. Is it actually rewarding us for its completion or just something to tick off our list? Secondly, we need to block out time in our schedule to make sure that things we want to do can occur. It's no good saying "I want more free time, if when you get it you haven't got a clue as to what you want it for!" Which actually was a situation that I found myself in, when I started rewarding myself for the work that I have done in my life, and then ended up bored with the free time. I blocked off a whole month, made sure that the work was all completed and then sat around thinking "I think I would have preferred to be working as this is boring" Things are so different nowadays, with fun, vacations, day outs and excitement to fill my time with and recharge the batteries. I knew what I wanted the free time for, and went out and made it occur. So do you find yourself looking for things in your life to escape the norm, but dont think you have the time and resources to make it happen? Then this show is for you. Enjoy.

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You Need To See How Success Is Built (and Lost) To Be A Real Success Insider..Ben Fewtrell Is That Man

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at MaxMyProfit and author of the Business Exceleration Blueprint, is a sought-after advisor, keynote speaker and trainer. He has been featured in ‘Secrets of TopBusiness Builders Exposed’, Virgins in-flight magazine, Sky Business and many more. He started his first business at the age of 18, where he built it to be a multi-millions dollar business with 64 trucks on the road in just 4 years. As impressive as it sounds, he was working ridiculous long hours and not making any money! By the age of 28 he was over it, and just knew there had to be a better way. After selling his transport company, he decided to pursue his passion for business and spent many years and tens of thousands of dollars learning what it takes to build a successful business. This led him to personally mentoring and coaching hundreds of business owners in dozens of industries, building his own multi-million dollar business in the process. He likes to have fun in both life and business, so is perfect for a show like Join Up Dots So why was he making no money when he had a multi million pound business in his hands? And is this a similar failing of most new entrepreneurs that he encounters? They are doing all the work but not getting the rewards? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Ben Fewtrell  Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ben Fewtrell such as: How there are three types of businesses, you are either employed, self employed or you have a business. A business is where you can leave it alone and it will still make you money by operating. Ben shares how he almost when bust by trying to grow a business bigger than himself a this time. You need to work to your limits and then scale from that point. Through changing twelve jobs within twelve months he found out a very important lesson: He cant work for someone else and never has since. and lastly…. How some of his clients just cant be pushed into seeing a new way of operating. As he Ben says "They either breakthrough or they breakdown."

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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is an expert in Instagram and a lady that if you opened her up would have entrepreneur written all the way through her. Actually she was back on the show on episode 259, where we talked about her early journey where she was creating an online identity and profile, alongside a brick and mortar business in the holistic world of Kinesiology, which is a holistic approach of simultaneously treating all the aspects of a person, emotional, nutritional, structural and energetic needs, whilst still working for the man.  This came about after spending a number of years suffering from a vast array of illness and discomfort, she discovered this form of treatment and founded the company Body Sync in 2010, to take her understanding and training out into the world to help others. But she needed to pivot as quite simply, although she was treating her patients to feel great,  the business was making her ill again, as the hours were grinding her into the ground. So she did what so many people do and took the learnings from all this action taking and positioned herself as the Digestion Detective  which was a franchised online show, found in ITunes and available on UK Health Radio each week, where she talked and discussed health issues. And now it seems that she has gone in a different direction, and has niched down to a tighter model, teaching health care professionals and others how to gain massive visibility online. She has seen that her colleagues are struggling to get their message out to the world, and with her Instagram coaching, podcasting school and other platforms she is showing them the way to get noticed. As she says "Having a thriving online business isn’t hard once you know a few things and who better to learn from than someone who has made every single mistake possible and still here doing her thing. " So does she look back and slap her head with a "If I only knew then what i know now how life would have been different" And is she surprised at how little people actually know today, when we are all attached to our online profiles and content like never before. Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sam Bearfoot Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Sam Bearfoot such as: We discuss how and why people are continuing to make the same mistakes online that they have always done, even though they could find the easy way through to the gold. We share the first steps to creating Instagram success, by deciding who your customers are, and focusing the content on them, not necessarily all about yourself. Why Instragram coaching is just the starting point, and success from high numbers only comes by being consistent and posting at regular intervals and lastly…. We show the world has success online is created, by the open and frank discussion as to entrepreneurial life. Sam has created an Instagram success due to her 15 years of persistence. 

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Today's episode as is normal for a Fridays show, is a hybrid between keeping you advised as to what is happening in the world of Join Up Dots, and answering a few listener questions. Well, let's start with the show first and foremost. If you have been keeping up with the new routine that we now operate you will know that October has been a rest month for the host of Join Up Dots. Being aware that a business can not operate on a low battery, has pushed David into finding a way that he can bring the business under his control and not the other way around. He has done that by compressing his activities into a four week burst of activity, and then protecting the following week like his life depended on it. Making sure that he utilized batching methods, Parkinson's law and also the 80/20 principle which he is a huge believer in. If you want more free time in your life, and increase your earnings exponentially then as he says "You must think about what you are doing, and what your customer needs most. Cut out all the wasted time that you think is productive, and just do what they truly need." It really has been a game change for sure, and allows for true focus, money building, and great ideas to flow into your brain. Now for some questions from the listeners of Join Up Dots "Hi David, I am a 26 year old female originally from Jakarta in Malaysia, but now living in Holland. I love your show and all the interesting stories that you give us. I am in a job that i dont like and find very unfulfilling. My passion is to create a business around Yoga, and specifically Pranayama, which is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force. This seems so specific that I wonder if I could manage to build a business around this. Any suggestions I would truly appreciate it."  Adelia, Amsterdam. The second question this week is from John from Cheshire who asks "David what is the first thing that you do each day in your business. I would love some guidance as I spend much of my time deciding to do something and not actually doing anything" And now the last question from the Join Up Dots listeners comes from M. Archer from Tupelo, Mississippi who wants more guidance in regards to finding money from her Toy Making business.  "Hello David, over the last few years I have been working on a toy making business. These are small knitted replicas of friends and family. They send me pictures and then I make small models of them. I love doing it, as its very therapeutic. But it is also time consuming so the money I can charge for the toys, is nowhere near what my hourly wage would be in a job. Any suggestions as to how I can develop this business that I love into one that I can do full time?"   Thank you as always for you your time and listening to the show.

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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who has been at the very top of his career, and now is on a mission to go even higher. He is a former American football center and commercial actor. He played college football at Purdue, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft, earning a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL (40) against the Seattle Seahawks. He has also been a member of the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans, and is now a Master Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). With his brand, Basic Instructions, he helps executives, athletes and others to access the resources within themselves to achieve the life experience they desire. As he says "In NLP, there’s a saying: the conscious mind is the goal setter, and the unconscious mind is the goal-getter. Your unconscious mind is not out to get you–rather, it’s out TO GET FOR YOU whatever you want in life. However, if you don’t know how to communicate what you want properly, it will keep bringing steaming bowls of liver stew out of the kitchen. Whatever it is, realize that your unconscious mind only does that because it thinks that’s what you want. (“Sir, here is your procrastination along with a side of anxiety. I’ve also told the valet to bring up your emotional baggage as per your request. Will you be needing anything else?”) You see there is a lot going on inside us which we just haven't got a clue that it's holding us back from ever getting ourselves into the end zone, for lifes touchdown. So as he worked tirelessly in his football career did he always have an eye on the next stage of his life? And where do people go wrong in life in his view...working hard for the wrong things, are not working hard enough for the right things? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Chukky Okobi Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Chukky Okobi such as: Chukky shares how the repetition of practicing time and time again can be so powerful, as it leads us to know how its going to feel at the right time Why it is so important to mentally set out your own steps, whilst not being prescribed by others and what they expect of us day to day. and lastly…. Chukky reveals how the biggest obstacle that people face in their lives is their own personal belief structure. What they believe they can achieve often gets stopped before it ever has a chance to come to life.

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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who has built a thriving business around SEO. Yeah, as we know Search and being found is a huge part of business success He has worked extensively in SEO since 2013, trying and testing all of the primary strategies to see what is most effective to boost rankings and organic traffic. Tom spearheaded the success of Life Coach Spotter to 20,000+ unique monthly visitors from organic traffic. As he says "I grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, New York, a 3rd-generation Italian. I went to public school and excelled in sports. I studied Philosophy at Providence College and spent a lot of time reading and learning from ancient philosophers. After graduating from college, I went off to work on Wall Street, day trading at a proprietary equities firm in Manhattan. In 2013 I started digital marketing for LifeCoachSpotter.com where I learned SEO from the ground up. I struggled with SEO for Life Coach Spotter for years, trying every tactic the so-called “experts” had recommended. When I finally “figured it out”, I knew I had to share my own expertise to drive results for other businesses who were struggling with their own SEO.  Most of what experts advise drives little to no impact. There are only 3 areas to focus on to drive impact for your site’s SEO:  links, optimization, and content. That’s it.  I spent years banging my head against the wall so that now you don’t have to.  It’s both fun and profitable to get monthly recurring traffic back to your business’s website. Today I serve a number of clients through my SEO agency Sure Oak.  We work with clients from around the world and I am lucky to have a passionate and dedicated team to work with who is well-versed in SEO, content-marketing, technical development, outreach, and more.  I am forever grateful to the amazing team at Sure Oak. So are the days of black hat, white hat techniques long gone, or just simmering below the surface for the next SEO fad to appear? And how does he market his own company, free traffic or paid? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Tom Casano Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Tom Casano such as: Why organic traffic is such a powerful and under used form of traffic generation, that pays you back time and time again. Tom shares how his first 50 blog posts led to crickets in his business, but it taught him so much as to what actually works in SEO.  and lastly…. We discuss why it is such a good idea to walk away from a business when it gets really hard, just to allow yourself space to find an easier way.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with many bold titles given to him from companies across the world. The Marketing Journal calls him one of “The Best Minds in Marketing,” Fast Company Magazine calls him a “Human Exclamation Point,” The Economist calls him “off -putting to some,” and Newsweek calls him, “The Howard Stern of Entrepreneurialism.” Which isnt easy to say all in one breath. But there is no doubt that he is a man who is rocking and rolling everyday and has found the thing that lights him up inside even if that wasnt the case at the beginning. He’s a dyslexic paperboy from Montreal with Scottish roots, and at 18 got thrown out of school, and with no other options he started a company. He served as chief marketing officer of software juggernaut Mercury Interactive which was acquired by acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2006 for $4.5 billion, co-founded marketing consulting firm LOCHHEAD, was the founding CMO of Internet consulting firm Scient, and served as head of marketing at Vantive, an CRM software firm. And then after 30 years in business he retired and it seems to me started having the real type of fun that makes a life what it is. And now he is the host of “The Podcast Silicon Valley Needs” — Legends & Losers, and the co-author of Harper Collins’ “instant classic,” Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets. Through his podcast he has 100% unscripted long form interviews with some fascinating folk, who haven’t appeared on every podcast under the sun and are fascinating with a capital F. So what made him retire at such a young age, and did he find it hard to fill the hole in his life? And where does he see his life going now….more and more into the media world, or simply exploring where the fun is in life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Christopher Lochhead. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Christopher Lochhead such as: How he started low middle class, and has hustled his way to where he is today, but knows 100% that he couldn’t have done it without the business partner that he found. Christopher shares how the legendary people in life don’t get lucky, but that do position themselves to be in the place to receive the luck if it arrives. Doing, reading and finding a mentor are the three ways that we should operate in life, something that Christopher does religiously. and lastly…. Do your homework, learn the process and focus on the solution to a problem. That is how a business is made, which is why so many people screw up on this. They don’t do the basics.

 

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Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is the host of Money For the Rest of Us, one of the most downloaded podcasts for Investing in the world with over 6 million downloads. As he says “I help investors have enough to retire. Managing your own investments can be isolating at times. No one to talk shop with. Cheer you on. Reaffirm you’re doing the right thing. Help you not to overreact to the latest financial headlines. While I’ve managed billions of dollars professionally for institutional clients and co-led a large investment research team, I don’t do that anymore. Now my biggest financial challenge is the same as yours: making sure I have enough money to retire and that those resources last. Here’s the thing. We are better investors when we have a sounding board— a community to share what we’re thinking, what we’re learning, the mistakes we make, and what we’re doing with our investments. Money For the Rest of Us is for people like you and me who aren’t relying on someone else to make sure we have enough to retire. We’ve taken control of our financial future. But just because you choose to manage your own investment portfolio doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Let’s take this financial journey together.” Prior to launching his podcast, he was Chief Investment Strategist and Chief Portfolio Strategist at Fund Evaluation Group, LLC, a $33 billion investment advisory firm, where he co-headed the 21-person research group. He also co-founded the firm’s $2.2 billion asset management division where he developed its investment philosophy and process and was the lead portfolio manager. So is it a risky gaming investing, or one built on sure footing? And has a life of travel become the real wealth from creating his online business? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only David Stein Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with David Stein around subjects such as: David shares how it took him a few years to find his place in the online world after leaving his home job, and the steps he took to get there. Why David feels that batching his work is not the fit that suits him, although I think it is amazing and should be done at all costs. And lastly…….. We discuss how any coach that is worth their weight in gold should be more focused on teaching more and more to their clients, in effect teaching themselves in the progress.

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Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is with on of the co founders of a content creation service called contentrefined.com Content Refined was born from a desire to simplify the process of content creation. As they say “With our clients, we want to have the personal touch and mutual respect of an in-house marketing team, but without the cost of in-house employees. To accomplish this, we pair each client up with a Project Manager. That PM works with the client on assessing their needs and competitive content strategy, then develops an individualized team of writers (native English speakers), editors, and publishers based on that strategy. We work through a systematized and data-driven process, combined with a dependency for very well-written and engaging articles, to produce quality content with every order. Our clients have widely diverse backgrounds and needs, from SaaS Businesses, to Portfolio Managers and Amazon Affiliates, to eCommerce Store Owners, and other unique sites, we produce content that is perfect for you and your specific needs. So was this a business that was easy to set up and get clients ready to buy their services? And now they have a team working hard on growing the business, does this make it easier or more difficult to allow the business to stay under their control? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Madeline Taylor Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Madeline Taylor around subjects such as: We discuss why negative comments are so hard to deal with when starting a business but actually should be the ones we aim to learn from most. Madeline shares the rubbish jobs that she has performed in the past, but actually turn out to teach you so much about business moving forward. And lastly…….. Getting customers is hard at the beginning so its great idea to tap into a ready made audience to test things out as quickly as possible.

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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.

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

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

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