Join Up Dots Podcast (Entrepreneurs)

Todays guest gets asked the same question again and again and again.

Why is your company called Dancing Elephants?

So I will do my very best to not ask this question as I wouldnt want to get off on the wrong foot, with a lady who is an author, speaker and consultant for companies around the world on sales and marketing.

She knows what is needed to attract clients, that become loyal consumers of a companies products?

Nope don’t see the elephants connection yet?

But how has she achieved the kind of sales knowledge that is sought after across the globe, and how did she and her partner Will Turner, develop the “Six Secrets of Sales Magnets” and the soon to be available “Sales Magnetism: The

Ethical Salesperson’s Guide To Success” which brings a different perspective to the sales technique.

Well lets find out as I bring onto the show, to start Joining up the dots of her life, the one and only Laura Posey.

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Linkedin, Success Principles, Digital Marketing, Action Taking, Starting A Business, Successful Entrepreneurs, Personal Branding, Amazon, Lead Generation, Career Change, Life Planner, Comfort zone, Simplicity, Break The Rules, Book Launches, Personal Finance,

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Todays guest is someone who likes to ask four key questions as he seeks to build the life of his dreams

How can I have more free time?

How can I make money doing what I love?

How can I travel the world pursuing my passions?

How can I run a real business from my laptop, anywhere in the world?

They seem very good question to ask yourself I would have thought, and perhaps another question is why do so many people not ask them very same questions themselves?

But the journey to budding entrepreneur, and smart and debonair businessman was not a usual one, as we normally find on Join Up Dots.

From developing a love of music and travelling from his Dad, our guest first stepped into young adulthood as a wannabe Jon Bon Jovi, travelling around Europe and the States playing his guitar in bars, and getting up to god knows what in Amsterdam.

But it was when he landed in Nashville, the home of country music, that the path to his unique and authentic self started becoming apparent.

Along with his business partner, our budding Bon Jovi decided that they had two choices: One sign for a record company, or two: build their own record company and retain control of their music, image rights and everything else that goes into making a band.

They took the bold choice, and so started a love of business that brings him onto the show today.

So lets introduce to you, and start joining up those dots, and of course find out what DID happen in Amsterdam, the one and only Mr Jesse Krieger.

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Todays guest is a man who has travelled a path most unusual.

Starting off by gaining his education in Pennsylvania he has now found himself living in Yokosuka in Japan.

Whilst working fulltime for the US military he has focused his downtime on self development and the study of the small habits we have in our life, that when used effectively can build up to something amazing.

I didn't know this, but from reading his blog I have found out that one-third to one half of ALL our daily actions are habitual?

That’s right.

Everything in our lives, and I mean EVERYTHING are the result of these automatic habits.

So our guest believes that our level of wealth, social circles, happiness, love, energy, fitness, fulfilment are all created by the subconscious mind.

We don't realise that we are building our own futures be allowing these habits, some negative to go unchecked.

It is his mission to help educate 100,000 people to become liberated. To take control of these habitual behaviors and change them.

Well this is the kind of man that I need to talk to, so its with delight that I bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only Adam Smith.

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Todays guest is a man who for over 30 years has helped the world build better relationships with the world.

Never before have we had such an opportunity to do just that with a click of a mouse, but unlike many who just make noise on social media,  he has learnt the skills to connect at a deep level.

And its not surprising that with that kind of relationship building at his disposal, he has clients across the world who ask for his help to improve their own skills.

Not just on social media, but in their own lives.

And in his coaching programmes, unlike many life coaches he focuses on providing a step by step guide.

He focuses on the "What Now" and not the "Why"

A strategic mindshfit that gets his clients moving in the right direction, as he push's them ever upwards to success.

So shall we talk to him about, his social media skills, his coaching skills, or how he found himself as the go to man for both.

Well lets do the lot, as we start joining up the dots of his life with the one and only Mr Gary Loper!

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Today guest is a man who when it comes to talking literally has the world at his feet.

A motivational speaker, coach and author he speaks on his own successes of turning a $5000 company into a $5.000.000 company in only 5 years, how he attracted big reputable sponsors, and more importantly “ how to run a Successful event"

Growing up in Tehran, he first began work at the age of 19 as the first interpreter to the former Iranian President, which led him to meeting up with many Presidents, heads of states, and Prime ministers, as he travelled the world from

South Africa, to Malaysia, From Dubai to London, and from Paris to Tokyo.

This must have been an amazing experience and of course an incredible learning curve to go through?

So how did he limit the fears that we all have when going into room after room of high achievers, and dignitaries?

And how do you get to be create a speaking brand, and achieve so much success whilst staying true to yourself and your authentic path?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up some dots, the one and only Mr Sepher Tarverdian

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Direct download: Sepher-Tarverdian-episode-119.mp3
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Todays guest is a man who believes that we should all have freedom in our life, and most importantly can show us how to do it!

He has become one of the most sought after speakers and thought leaders on this subject in the world.

But how has he done this?

How has he designed his life, so that he can focus in on the things that light him up inside instead of getting wrapped up in the things that don't.

Well he specializes in creating extremely profitable cash flow streams and businesses that work without compromising your lifestyle.

He ensures that he has the cash flowing, which then allows the choices that make up a life of freedom.

And doesn't that sound good?

So lets get onto the show to start joining up the dots of his life, so he can go back to his life of Freedom, the one and only Mr Ryan Daniel Moran!

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Direct download: Ryan-Daniel-Moran-episode-118.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the top rated Join Up dots podcast interview is a globe trotting, double Guinness book of records world holder, with a story based on constant action.

An adventurer, film-maker, travel blogger and TV presenter from Liverpool, England, on January 1 2009 he crossed the River Plate into Uruguay and began The Odyssey Expedition: The first official Guinness World Record™ attempt to visit every sovereign state on Planet Earth without flying.

That's the 193 members of the United Nations plus Taiwan, Vatican City, Palestine, Kosovo, Western Sahara and the four home nations of The United Kingdom.

A staggering 201 international borders crossed by foot, bus, taxi, train, ship or canoe.

No planes, no helicopters and no hot-air balloons.

Along the way he self-filmed and presented the TV show Graham's World for the National Geographic Adventure channel and raised funds for the registered charity WaterAid. 

So what is it that made him leave the comfort and security of a life in the North of England to travel the globe, in the hardest manner possible?

And are there any countries that once he arrived he thought...right I'm not staying here time to move on?

And did I tell you he is now the owner of his own island "JinjaIsland" which he won in a competition too?

So is he the luckiest guy on earth, or just someone that by taking huge action has put himself into positions that others would miss out on?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, the one and only, Ginger Scouser himself.....Mr Graham Hughes.

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the top rated Join Up Dots podcast interview is a globe trotting, double Guinness book of records world holder, with a story based on constant action.

An adventurer, film-maker, travel blogger and TV presenter from Liverpool, England, on January 1 2009 he crossed the River Plate into Uruguay and began The Odyssey Expedition: The first official Guinness World Record™ attempt to visit every sovereign state on Planet Earth without flying.

That's the 193 members of the United Nations plus Taiwan, Vatican City, Palestine, Kosovo, Western Sahara and the four home nations of The United Kingdom.

A staggering 201 international borders crossed by foot, bus, taxi, train, ship or canoe.

No planes, no helicopters and no hot-air balloons.

Along the way he self-filmed and presented the TV show Graham's World for the National Geographic Adventure channel and raised funds for the registered charity WaterAid. 

So what is it that made him leave the comfort and security of a life in the North of England to travel the globe, in the hardest manner possible?

And are there any countries that once he arrived he thought...right I'm not staying here time to move on?

And did I tell you he is now the owner of his own island "JinjaIsland" which he won in a competition too?

So is he the luckiest guy on earth, or just someone that by taking huge action has put himself into positions that others would miss out on?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, the one and only, Ginger Scouser himself.....Mr Graham Hughes.

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Direct download: Graham-Hughes-Episode-One-116.mp3
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Welcome back to a lady who first appeared on the show, way back on episode 32 of Join Up Dots.

She must be a glutton for punishment to come back on, but aren't I simply delighted that she has done just that.

Since her travelling adventures started over four years ago, she has covered the globe observing the characteristics of the people who live in each of the countries she has spent time in.

And its not a surprise to her that whether she was living in the United States, Germany or Thailand she found that we all want the same things.

We want to be  Happy, feel peace, and have a freedom of suffering whether this be fear, negativity or frustration.

The only difference is how we go about getting to those results.

Being a naturally adventurous and positive person obviously helps enormously, but what about the listeners who don't embrace adventure and freedom of spirit in such a gungho way?

Can they also achieve these positive results, and take control of their own lives in the process?

Well our guest today believes so, and through her role as Peak Performance coach has made it her mission to help others find the path to excitement and fulfilment that makes a life well…….memorable to say the least.

So if you are wondering if there is more to life than you are getting at the moment, and don't know how to go about it, then let me introduce you once more to the salsa dancing, fun loving, creative spirit that is Miss Ginger Kern.

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Todays guest is a man who not only has an unusual surname, but also has a surname that is famous throught the world.He is the son of the late Zig Ziglar, and is the current President of Zig Ziglar Training Systems which is a position that he has held since 1996.

And wow this seems to be a position that he was made to hold as within six months of taking up the position production increased 40 percent, with 30 percent fewer people on the wage bill.He shares his fathers belief that "You can have everything in life you want if you just help enough other people get what they want.But this show isn't just about celebrating the successes, but looking at all the dots that make up a life.So how he did he feel when stepping into his fathers shoes, and did he want to I suppose is a good question?

And how did he overcome those same fears that we all have but are surely worse when following along in the family business? And lastly if he focuses on helping others get what they want....what is it that he truly wants? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Tom Ziglar.

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Direct download: Tom-Zigler-episode-114.mp3
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Todays guest is a man who can attest to have tried, enjoyed and had mixed success at many things before finding his true calling in life.

From a musician, to a blogger, to martial arts participant, to even a dog trainer, it seems that his path to success has been a mixed one.

But as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, getting to where everything pulls together in life is often a bit of a journey.

And its only by looking back and  guess what,...Joining Up Those dots that you can see how it all began working for you.

Our guest found the thing that has taken him to the top, by realising his limitations as a blogger.

He realised that no matter how much content he was producing not enough people were seeing it.

"How the hell do you get your content out to the widest audience possible?" he thought.

It's all right, writing the latest works of Shakespeare, but if noone gets to see it then what's the point?

So our guest created Triberr, an online community of bloggers who work together to share each others content.

And the rest, as they say is history, and now with this success under his belt, he is now a sought after speaker, strategic Marketing consultant, and if you need a love song banged out for your special person, I'm sure he could do that too.

So lets bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only Mr Dino Dogan

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Direct download: Dino-Dogan-episode-113.mp3
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Todays guest is another example of someone who seems to have been born with the skills to make their own money.

At a very early age, whilst his friends were going the normal route to get jobs, by creating resumes and attending interview after interview he had other ideas.

He realised that the only person who is going to get wealthy in that scenario would be the employer not the employee.

So he set on of an entrepreneurial path to start making his own money, and at quite an early age too.

At the age of 11, you could find him selling his personal snacks at scout camp and by age 17 he had hired his friends to help him operate his landscaping business that earned him $10,000 for college.

All in all, by age 20 he started and ran over $320,000 in businesses.

But that was just the start of it all as he realised that the skills that he had built up were transferable and most importantly teachable.

So he began teaching other college students to run their own successful businesses, which led him to receive the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award from Young Entrepreneurs Across America.

 He now speaks to students across the country teaching them the lessons he's learned as a young entrepreneur and encouraging them to take the entrepreneurial leap.

So how has he managed to take the leap of faith that for many seems too big to handle?

How did he persuade a bunch of 17 year olds to work for him.....I cant get my kids to do anything even if I pay them!

Well lets find out as we start joining up dots, with the one and only Chandler Bolt

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Direct download: Chandler-Bolt-episode-112.mp3
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Todays guest is just seventeen years old, and has packed more into his last few years than most of us manage in a lifetime.

An entrepreneur investor, author, go getter, speaker, money lender, lover of riding dirt bikes, and writing music, he really has the drive to make things occur and on his own terms too.

As he says in his own words "I learned early that you don’t get what you don’t ask for. When I was 13 I asked my parents if I could put my income from appearing in a TV commercial to better use by partnering with them on a real estate project. They said “Yes.”

When I was 14 and working on my first book I asked Donald Trump if he’d answer some questions about entrepreneurship. He said “Yes.”

Like anyone else, I’ve heard my share of “No’s,” too. “No” is a part of life and certainly a part of business but I try not to take rejection personally. Hearing “No” motivates me to try harder next time."

So is it that simple, or is there so much more to becoming a success and a millionaire by such an early age?

Well we are going to find out as our guest planned to be one before leaving college! Big dreams indeed.

Its a delight to bring onto the show, to start joining up the dots of his life, the one and only Houston Gunn.

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Direct download: Houston-Gunn-episode-111.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 4:01am UTC

Todays guest is a man on a mission to help the world self develop, progress, and move to a better future, all at a time and pace that is convenient for them.

He started his first business at the age of twelve, and since then has travelled the world whilst pursuing his passion of leadership and team culture development on a larger scale.

In 2008, he founded Actionable Books, which led to him winning in 2009 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, by using business books as a platform for leader and team growth.

But knowing that by utilising technology, that is both easy to get and easy to carry around, he could grow his brand even further, in 2010 he went online, and launched actionable interviews where he has conducted interviews with such big thinkers such as Seth Godin, Susan Cain and Sir Ken Robinson.

If this sounds like success after success, then think again, as with all entrepreneurs the story is one of success, failures, stumbles and falls.

So lets bring onto the show to start joining up the dots of his life, the one and only,  Mr Chris Taylor.

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Direct download: Chris-Taylor-Episode-110.mp3
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Todays guest is someone that I have wanted to have on the show for quite awhile. In fact since the very first episodes of Join Up Dots were released.

But due to him hitting his stride, travelling through South America, and generally having a kick ass life I only get to speak to him now.

But hey, doesn’t that just add more dimensions to a life that is already perfect for a show like mine.

He is a man who is inspired to find the true definition of “Consciousness” and how we can all become more conscious to build a better life for ourselves.

He wants us to overcome the self limiting fears that root us to the spot, and instead focus on the “Go Getter” mentality, which is the way to create the success that we all want, and of course he is living.

So how did he get to the point in his life when he realised that mind-set was the key to everything?

How did he find travelling through the jungles of South America, without WIFI, Starbucks and all the other comforts that we rely on daily?

And why did he feel the need to shave off all his hair recently?

Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up the dots of his life, the one and only Mr Michael Jacobs

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Todays guest is a man who is a father, keynote speaker, executive coach, community leader, entreprenuer and agent of change.He loves life, and loves providing as much value to the world and others as possible.He believes that change can and should be made at grass roots levels, and has spent his whole career helping improve the lives of at risk youth and families throughout NYC.He has worked with the largest non profit home care agencies in the country developing and managing programs focused on Fatherhood, Crisis Intervention, Education, Mental and Emotional Health.But although that sounds like he wouldn't have time to do anything else, he is also an active blogger on www.nowlegacy.com where he provides tools and techniques for all for us to achieve our best.So how does he find time for all this, and still make time to come on the show today? Well lets find out as we start joining up some dots with the one and only Devon Bandison

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business interview started life in Poland, and it was fair to say that he has come a long way since then, both Geographically and financially.

he is now a huge success which is 

Arriving in the United States of America with just $194.00 dollars in ihs pocket and a sprinkling of English he set to work with a passion.

The entrepreneurial bug has always been a keen element which makes him who he is, so it was with little surprise, but a lot of hard work that he transformed his finances by creating a series of business opportunities around California.

First of all he co-owned a collection of bagel shops,  and then moved onto running a multi-million dollar business that includes consulting, coaching, training, and information publishing.

But there was of course so many stumbles, falls and triumphs between them. Isn’t that what makes a story interesting after all.

But if you think that our guest is now simply a money making machine, who values wealth against anything else then think again.

He believes that through hard work, perseverance, talent and passion we can all design our lives to be what we want….the purest definition of success.

As he says “When I say success I don’t just mean money. Don’t get me wrong – financial rewards from your business are essential but they’re not enough!

Health, family and friends, spirituality, contribution to others – that’s what combined all together creates balanced, fulfilled life. And living such life makes you an irresistibly attractive “success magnet”.

So lets see how this happily married father of two, has succeeded so remarkably when starting with so little, by bringing onto the show to start joining up the dots of his life, the remarkable Adam Urbanski.

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Todays guest is man who has learnt the secret of travelling the world, whilst being funded by something he already had.

If that sounds a bit cryptic all will be revealed in the show.

But its true to say that todays guest does not follow a normal path in life

Starting his adult working life after finishing his education in the Netherlands, he worked for an arbitrage trading firm for 6 years.

It was a normal kind of job that many of us have endured. Long hours, boring work, but hey at the end of the day it paid.

And isn't that why most of us started going to work in the first place anyway.

But he knew that he wanted more.

So at the age of 32, he revaluated his life goals and came up with a question to ponder.

Did he want to slave away at a mildly stimulating profession so he could perch atop a pile of assets at the ripe age of 65?

And after asking himself that question he knew it was time to leap into the unknown.

So in March of 2010, with no backup plan or prospect of gainful employment, he quit his job to pursue his lifelong dream: ultimate freedom.

How exciting is that?

So how many of you listeners would be brave enough to do just that, and of course was our guest brave or simply frightened that life was slipping away?

Well lets find out, as bring onto the show to start joining up the dots of his life, the one and only, Jasper Ribbers

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Have you ever been in corporate land and wondered why you are feeling sluggish and overweight.

Do you wonder why you are reaching for that sixth doughnut just because its sitting three feet away from you then todays show is for you.

Our guest today was in a similar position, before taking the leap of faith.

Working for Ernst and Young , back in 2007, he realised that he wasn't happy with his body, but lacked the time and energy to do something about it. And he was not alone.

It seemed that his work colleagues all wanted to have a fitness timetable, that fitted around their lifestyles and would ask our guest for tips.

And after hearing the same request for the millionth time, he realized something.

Something had to be done. He had to set out to create a program that would solve this problem in a big way. He had to follow his passions.

He loved helping people. he loved writing and is a health and fitness fanatic (since the 4th grade).

Bang. He slammed them all together and created the online company mybodytutor

So lets bring onto the show to provide us with the perfect plans, and of course to join up dots, the one and only Adam Gilbert!

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Todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast is a lady on a mission to empower the females of the world to...well rock!

Being an entrepreneur herself she was often struck by the isolated way that women seem to operate within the business world, and so set out to build a career and online platform for them to be heard.

She wants to give them the freedom to flourish in a way that most ladies would find it hard to do.

By launching the podcast “Biz Women Rock” she has done just that, and now provides interviews and motivational content from her base in Florida.

But that is just a small part of what makes her what she is, as with her husband Chris since 2008, the two have owned a Business Owners organization called the Tampa Bay Business Owners, which supports local entrepreneurs by providing top-notch education, opportunities to connect with peers and leadership programs…everything that could possibly be useful for a business owner to work on their businesses.

But what I want to do, is join up the dots by finding out like all our guests, what were the key elements in her childhood, that she can link to adult life?

What made her transition from her period in Healthcare, to working with her husband, and then onwards to career freedom and total choices?

And when she isn’t working 24 hours a day, what inspires her to get going again, after another exhausting day creating such value to the world.

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, the one and only powerhouse, and entrepreneur herself Katie Krimitsos.

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Todays guest is someone who might at first glance be thought of as a minority group.

He believes that sales is a honourable profession.

Wait I hear you say...surely I didn't hear the words Sales and honourable in the same sentence?

But our guest has since 2000 focused his time, passions and energy's in the world of Insurance Brokerage, and has come out the other end hardened by the work that he has performed.

As he says he was bloodied, bruised, kicked in the teeth, chewed-up, and spit-out.
But instead of becoming cynical to this work, he has instead developed a passion for helping others learn from his successes, mistakes and backstory.

The owner of Empowering Sales, and founder of “The Insurance Coach.”  he loves bringing value to salespeople, teams, and business owners through writing, speaking, classroom, and online training.

Focusing on four main areas, Sales training, Attitude, Connections and Loyalty.

So how has he remained true to his values?

How does he break down the perception of old style sales techniques and reputations?

And being a father, husband and full time employee too, how does he find the time to bring it all together?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only Brent Kelly.

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Podcast 102: Simon Knapp: Freedom To Launch Cherished Ideas Into The Air

Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is Mr Simon Knapp, a man who can literally fly to heights that we can only dream about.

he has the freedom of time and altitude as being a commercial airline pilot, he has for the last few years travelled the world transporting businessman, holiday makers, and screaming children to destinations across the globe.

All the while planning other ventures, businesses and careers the ability to provide a fair deal to the world of freelance work.

After realising that a vast proportion of the fee charged by a freelance agency did not go the person doing the work, but instead into their own coffers for what seemed minimal effort, Simon Knapp knew he was onto something.

So along with his wife, Simon created “Cherished Ideas”, where freelancers can virtually sit in the same room with potential employers and sell their wares, with no commission passing hands.

A real bonus to all concerned.

So how did this Englishman first manage to get into the rarefied world of commercial airlines, and why does he seem so focused on building a life away from it?

What was the moment when the motivation to tackle his first business opportunity first raised its head, and was it the first venture he tried?

And with a plane at his disposal where does he truly call home?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Mr Simon Knapp.

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Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is Dina Proctor, a lady who has been on a harrowing journey of hitting absolute rock bottom, and finding her way back to the top.

 

At the end of 2008, her life had spiralled out of control as she battled everyday with alcohol addiction, food issues and suicidal depression.

 

She was in a mess and could not have been lower.

 

Trying everything Dina Proctor possibly could to pull herself up and get herself going, she fell time and time again. Nothing worked for her, and she was lost.

 

But by unintentional action she created her own salvation, as she began an amazing transformational programme called “3×3 Mediation” which has changed her life and the lives of her clients time and time again.

 

From weight loss and banishing addictive cravings to reconstructing relationships, this easy and yet incredibly effective method has caught the attention and support of Jack Canfield and Bruce Lipton among others, and the media. 

 

Now with a day filled with writing, public speaking, coaching and being madly happy, I am delighted to have her on the show today.

 

But how did she change her life so dramatically, on something apparently so simple?

 

How did Dina thankfully not enter in to suicidal actions that would have meant that the world would not have got the gifts that we now have from her.

 

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Dina Proctor

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Michael ONeal The Host Of The Solopreneur Hour Podcast  Joins The Dots On The 100th Show

Todays guests is Mr Michael ONeal, the podcasting master behind the hit Itunes show "The Solopreneur Podcast". The top ranked business show, or The Solohour as it is known to its friends, teaching online marketing and entrepreneurship skills. 

Michael is a man who quite simply without him, then I wouldn't be on the mic today.

So you know where to send all your complaints too.

He is a born entrepreneur with a fascinating story, of successes, setbacks, leaps of faith, and finding his unique path with the guidance of John Lee Dumas and Pat Flynn.

Growing up in Philadelphia, the thought of being the host of his own podcast show was the last thing on his mind. He was a normal type of kid, obsessed with sport, finding trouble at school, and generally being a kid.

But unfortunately that freedom of thought and energy changed when he was moved from his beloved Philly, and taken down to Florida, and it seems to me this was the start of him looking for his path in life.

He didn’t fit in down in the Sunshine State, so as soon as he could, he got himself back up North, and discovered one of the first dots in his life that links him to where he is today…the internet.

He was fascinated by the worldwide web, so developed skills to be a web designer.

And that was his life for fifteen years, until unfortunately his parents both passed away in a very short time, and he found himself sitting with just $14 dollars in his pocket.

He was over 30, with a decision forced upon him. Would he accept the punches that life had dealt him, or would he start fighting back?

And that descision was made and he took the steps that made him “Know too much” and not want to work for anyone else again?

He was going to become a solopreneur and own his own future.

But how did he know he had the skills to be a success in the online arena?

How did he know where his true passions lie?

And does he regret inspiring guys like me to jump into the pool too?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the 100th show to start joining up dots, the man on the mike, the host of the “Solopreneur Hour podcast”, the one and only Mr Michael O’Neal!

 

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They say successful people put their pants on the same way we all do. This show is about watching them put their pants on. Nominated As "Best New Show of 2013" by Stitcher Radio, Our range of guests takes us from comedy, to acting, to the NFL, to UFC and MMA, to Top Music Stars, to Millionaires, to Business Experts, to Real Estate moguls, and everything in between. Guests like Nicole Arbour, Adam Carolla, Hines Ward, Sam Jones, Tucker Max, Jonathan Fields, Derek Halpern, Pat Flynn, Amy Porterfield, John Lee Dumas, Chris Ducker, Chris Brogan, Guy Kawasaki, Mike Johnston, Rich Franklin, and many more, these casual conversations contain tons of action-inducing content wrapped up in an entertaining candy shell.

 

Yes hello. How are we all? Can you believe it. Episode 100. We have been building up to this for well, it seems like a hundred episodes and we are finally here.

We have got a man who who quite simply rose to the top and was going to be the only person who would fit the mantle of being my 100th guest.

And I’ve had people banging down the doors. I had Paul McCartney phone up the other day and say I want to be on the show, I’ve heard it’s a big thing and I said to him, “Paul, unless you can get the other four Beatles to join you, it’s not going to happen” We’ve had  David Bowie crying. It’s been pathetic really.

So today’s man has been nailed on to do this today, and I’m absolutely delighted that he’s on the show because quite simply without him I wouldn’t be on the microphone. So you know where to send all your complaints to!

He’s a man with a fascinating story of successes, setbacks leaps and finding his unique voice. Growing up in Philadelphia he was a normal type of kid obsessed with football at school, and generally being a kid. But unfortunately that freedom of thought and energy changed when he was moved from his beloved Philly and taken down to Florida and it seemed to me this to stop him looking for his path in life.

He didn’t fit in down in the sunshine state so soon as he could he got himself back up north and discovered one of the first dots in his life that links him to where he is today the Internet.

He was fascinated by a World Wide Web so develop skills to be a web designer and as he’s known for 15 years until unfortunately his parents both passed away in a very short time and he found himself sitting with just fourteen dollars in his pocket. It was over thirty with a decision forced upon him.

Would you accept the punches that life had dealt him or would he stop fighting back and that decision was made and he took steps that made him know too much and not want to work for anyone else again. He was going to become a solopreneur and own his own future.

But how did he know he had the skills to be a success in the online arena and how did he know where his true passions lie?

And does he regret inspiring guys want me to jump into the pool too. Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up thoughts the man on the microphone.

The host of the Solohour podcast, the only Mr. Michael O’Neal.

Well how are you Michael?

 

Michael O’Neal

Oh here is what I can’t even what is happening. I am so flabbergasted by that intro. OK. Two things.

Number one that was the best intro I’ve ever had. And formerly Chris Cerrone had that that title of the best in show to a show I’ve ever had. But it was one of the best I’ve ever heard for anybody which is why you are so the right person for this job. Well we’re all thankful you have a microphone in front of you David.
Trust me on that. Second thing is I would pay to hear Zombie John Lennon if you could figure out a way to get all four Beatles on the show.
That would be cool.

David Ralph

Well I can do Steve Jobs every day. So I might be able to do them as well.

Michael O’Neal

Ah so dude that was incredible. I am . I am flummoxed. David Ralph I’m so excited to be on David Ralph’s show.

David Ralph – Yeah. Go go and do that because I know you have been doing an action of me on a few shows and we’ll show you a few times night.
Yeah you got a little bumper for me on my show. I have these little things that when people ask you me I have a guest on the show that I have them do a little like Hi this is David Ralph and then I get interested in this opener with Mike O’Neill and your voice is so. What’s the first thing I ever said to you. I said you have the ultimate voice for radio. Didn’t I say that you did.
Absolutely.

David Ralph

I haven’t got the face for television but I’ve got a voice for Radio

Michael O’Neal

Well as long as you’ve got the radio part worked out and you have taken this thing and you’ve run with it my friend. So I’m honored. I’m honored to be at the 100 episode Mark. Thank you. Thank you.

David Ralph

Absolutely. It is an honor to have you here because it is amazing when you start this thing,because you started your show what was it August 2013.

Michael O’Neal

Eleven month ago.

David Ralph

Yeah,11 months ago and now you are rocking and rolling with the best of them you surround yourself with, with the Internet movers and shakers the ziggers and zagers and you know you’re going to be humbled by this. So maybe you won’t. You are an online celebrity of note. When I was saying to people is my show a lot of people sort of touch on the shows of said to me I know who you’re going to have. And I said no you don’t.
And I go Yes I know who you’re going to have and ego going and going to no one. And I when Martin O’Neill and I went oh term term how did I know. Really I know.
Yes yeah I did it because I had pain you know I don’t want to suck up to you Michael but the early days I didn’t know what the hell I was doing.
So I just kept on saying your name over and over again or some kind of benchmark of what I was trying to achieve because you like that you’d come out the gates really and say look like a rocket ship. It’s unbelievable. But you’ve only been around so long because it seems like you’ve been here ever in a day.
Does it seems like that to you?

Michael O’Neal

It is weird. It does feel like it was yesterday that I launched the show. It feels really really recent to me that it happened. So but then at the same time I look at the memories that I’ve had over the last 11 months and all the cool benchmarks and you know different things that have happened and, but it’s packed full of stuff right. So I think if there’s any celebrity it’s sort of a z list celebrity and only at certain conferences. But yeah it’s been it’s been an incredible journey.
I couldn’t be happier with how it’s gone. And I can’t wait to see what happens in the next 365. You know I’m really excited about that.

David Ralph

Is there a plan to the next 365 because you seem to me somebody who is very much stimulated by the now and then. Are you somebody who knows what you’re aiming to achieve?

Michael O’Neal

No I’m a notorious non planner. Much to the chagrin of my girlfriend who is a total planner and if I didn’t have the you know a calendar app on my phone I would be I would be completely floating out there now because I I wake up and I look at I go OK what do I have to do today. And then I see what’s going on for the day. And sometimes that doesn’t work out for me like in a social situation because people actually make plans to go out and do things.
But and I’m not one of them. And all of a sudden it’s Friday I’m like I probably should have planned to do something. Yes I watch movies tonight.
But yeah I I’m in an interesting spot right now because I have had this kind of five year run of as you mentioned in the intro bringing myself in this very circuitous path from $14 and not having a clear direction to now.
When someone says What do you do. I say I’m a podcast host. And that’s a thing like I. That’s what I do.
So I sort of a couple of weeks ago had an occasion to kind of put the cap on that five year journey and now I’m going to be looking ahead but I haven’t quite formulated what that ahead looks like yet.

David Ralph

And how did you do that? How did you put a cap on that. How did you say that is five years, finished boxed up?

Michael O’Neal

Well it was as i say I’m I’m a notorious non-celibrator. I’m a guy that usually gets to an achievement and then continues to go without acknowledging it.
And I have what is probably a weird story that you’re asking for but hey here comes.

So I’ve been a Porsche fan for my whole life.
And you may already know where you’re heading with this but I was a Porsche fan my whole life and I don’t know why particularly. I was I had a Volkswagen in high school and I think that maybe planted to see a little bit and I was a car guy and so you know those Porsche ads from the 80s with like the big fender flares and the big wing.
I think I was attracted to that and I eventually in 2003 I bought my first vintage Porsche so I bought a 1972 11 and it was a piece of crap.
I bought it in New York. I didn’t know better.
I drove across country midway across the USA and midway across the country the engine blew up.
So that’s how badly.
Where were you when this happened. I was in the dead heart middle of Nebraska when it happened in Nebraska I suppose.
You it’s nothing. It is hundreds and millions of acres of wide open like cornfields and nothing else.
I mean we are I was I have a picture of my car sitting looking like it’s a panther wading in the grass.
Waiting to you know to prowl and it’s just sitting there with with like a hundred miles in each direction of grass. There was no middle of nowhere when it happened and I ended up finding a Volkswagen place 60 miles away that towed me in. And the guy dropped the oil pan in the car and just giant chunks of metal came out and I’m like I’m pretty sure that’s not how it’s supposed to be.
So I ended up getting a tow truck driving it from Denver where I was living at the time and picking it up.
Neither here nor there.
So I eventually traded that piece of crap on and got a nicer one. Not when I bought it but in 2005 and I restored this car it took me four years and 2000 hours to restore this car back to better than factory condition when I still have it now.
And as part of the dynamic this one in 1969 9/11 and the 69 through 73 nine elevens are very very sought after. They are the iconic 9/11. So when you would see Steve McQueen and a picture of him in the 60s you know you know in LA MA or something driving a 9/11 he was driving one of these sort of 69 to 73 virgins.
And one of the sponsors of Porsche in the 60s was a company called Hoyer which was tag Hoyer before Tagg was involved in the mid-80s.
So just Hoyer and it’s a guy named Jack Hoyer and he made these beautiful tiny pieces chronographs based on race timers.
So you’d have a co-driver with you as a race car and there was a race in Mexico called the career of PanAmericana and the first Porsche Carrera was named after this particular race.
So Hoyer as a sponsor of Porsche created a watch based on the chronographs that they used for the race cars and they called it the Hoyer Kura.
So this was a very utilitarian type watch you could use it as a race time or you could just click one of the buttons and it had this chronograph on it.
It was beautiful automatic beautiful timepiece.
And as I’ve been going through this journey for five years this has been on my vision board because these are about three grand and above to get one of these watches.
But that was so superfluous for me because I had no i like zero money.
And for me to spend three grand on something as excessive as a watch wasn’t even on my radar.
So about a month and a half ago now I was in this position where I was like this could be the time. And I scoured the world. I ended up buying a 1972 Hoyer Carrera from a guy in France and it came to my house and it was more beautiful in person than I.
I’d never seen one in person is more beautiful than I even thought it could be.
And I remember at the mid midday I’d gone to this little swimming pool by my house I belong to this little pool club which is where I work out and I was swimming in the middle of the day two o’clock in the afternoon like Tony Soprano in the middle of a work day and thinking I just did this like this just happened.
This 5 year journey comes stops right now like this is where my new journey begins.
I’ve gone through this trial by fire. I’ve come out hopefully like a phoenix.
I’m in a position where I can buy this watch now which is insane to think about and I’m peaceful and grateful for the life that I’ve built.
And so that for me was the cap of a five year struggle. I mean a real struggle to get to where I am today.

David Ralph

Mr. O’Neill is a perfect story. It started and it made me think if I’m ever in a pub quiz and a question about Portia comes up you’re my man that does it to Luli you are obsessed by that and you. The amount that you were quoting then.

Michael O’Neal

Ah. I mean I think. I think it’s kind of a lifetime obsession for people that become afflicted by it. In fact there’s a great ad I will send it to you on YouTube and there’s an ad for the new Porsche about the time the new Porsche Carrera ad and it was there it’s a little boy. And he’s a little kid in his classroom and he’s daydreaming and on 9/11 drives by him and you just see him like looking out the window and his pencil drops and you know then he he gets in trouble.
And then he runs to the you know was on his BMX bike to the Porsche dealer after school and and he you know he ends up sitting in this car and the steering wheel is bigger than he is and you see Mike raised his head he’s 12 or something and that he goes to the dealer or the guy goes you have a card and the guy goes yeah here you go and he goes I’ll see in 20 years.
And then there’s this great voice over that says something like there’s a there’s a there’s a particular moment that happens with you know a Porsche fan. There’s that time you want one.
Then there’s the time you get one and for the truly affected afflicted there’s the 20 years in between.
And it just like it gives you the chills and my buddies sent it. I sense my body goes man. Pass the Kleenex.
So I guess there is a real passion there for this.
It’s a very visceral feeling that is so different because of the way they build their cars and because the engines in the rear and it’s a totally different experience than you have with with any other vehicle that yeah there becomes a real passion a real obsession with him.
Did you read that because this shows about joining up dots, but do you remember as a young kid having the same kind of obsessive compulsive in both words and things when when you was a little kid running around the streets of Philly pretending you Rocky did most will keep you alive without paying him for the

Michael O’Neal

No no no. I was a BMX kid. Now I was I was in a suburb. I was the only gentile I was in a super Jewish town north of Philadelphia. And I was a BMX or I rode my BMX bike. I mean I was from 1984 until I mean I was racing bikes from 84 until 2000.

David Ralph

So Rocky wasn’t on your radar at all?

Michael O’Neal

No not at all. Tony Hawk and Dave you know Dave Voelker and Matt Hoffman and you know BMX guys Bob horo. They were all on my radar.
I’ll tell you here’s here’s a little here’s a join up dot that is current. I rode an entire daywith real wow I just blanked on his name. That’s embarrassing really.
I’m killing myself right now this is bad radio.

David Ralph

What  does he look like?

Michael O’Neal

He’s a big famous director now and he will watch films John Malkovich. Being John Malkovich won a friggin Oscar. We’re ready. Come on. With it and it might seem seamless Spike Jones for crying out loud.

David Ralph

Spike Jones

Michael O’Neal

Yeah Spike Jones the director was a dude I rode with at a place called Rockville BMX and we were just BMX or dudes riding around. And then he he became a photographer for one of the BMX magazines and then started doing filming because he did Beastie Boys first video I forget which one and then started doing independent films then did Being John Malkovich and now he is like an international you know massive director like one of the best most well-reputed directors in the world. And it was kind of cool. I mean so he did adaptation he did Being John Malkovich Where the Wild Things Are You know just just done amazing stuff. So the Academy Awards. And so a pretty pretty bad ass. He did her you know the movie Her most recent Yeah that’s Spike Jones.

David Ralph

So is there any similarity between the young kid in Philly and now, because from what I see across the pond and I listen into the conversations that you have with your internet guys and it does seem from this side of the pond that you’ve got a gang of friends and followers and whatever that basically control the Internet. I had Rick Mulready on the show. And I said “Do you ever feel like slipping something into Pat Flynns drink, so that the next morning you turn on your screen and see if there’s a black hole on the Internet because he’s not functioning at this time because it kind of seems not” But he wouldn’t be pushed in to slipping a Mickey into his drink in any shape or form. But you seem a little bit edgy to most of them.

Michael O’Neal

Yeah.

David Ralph

Is that because you’re from Philly. Is it because he’s a very sort of industrial Con. Its a real city you know. Its like a working class city when you’re there.

Michael O’Neal

Yeah I think the the edginess is something that I’m kind of a known for. I don’t know if you curse on your show but I’m kind of a no B.S. kind of guy and I’ve never been one to straddle the fence very very much. And I think what happened with Irwin what happens with a lot of these sort of Internet type celebrities is that they’re so concerned about getting the broadest audience that they sometimes come off as being a little bit milktoast or a little bit vanilla.
And I come from a totally different perspective where when you think about media you think about New York Philadelphia Boston. These are like the media centers of the world.
It’s where you know you go to Boston College that’s one of the broadcasting school that’s where Howard Stern went. That’s where many very famous broadcasters come from those places I went to Temple University which has an incredible media department.
And when you look at the people that are iconic in history they’re not people that are vanilla.
There are people that have strong opinions one way or the other and people either love them or they hate them but they’re definitely them.
So they definitely have a presence. They definitely have a voice that’s unique to them.
And I think I always think it took me a little while to settle into that on my show but it is ultimately as you as I developed the show and I developed my own voice I realized hey I’m not in the interest of pleasing everybody. Like that’s not my job.
My job is to talk from my perspective on certain issues and try to extract really good business advice from people without them or my audience really seeing what I’m doing.
And one of my favorite quotes to that is and you probably heard me say before but which just never let him see your work.
You know that’s from Bill Cosby also from my alma mater Temple University in Philly and that basically means that go through your process ask your questions you know have questions written down but you don’t have to be so blatant about it. You can you can ease through you know great standup comedians do this like Louis C.K. talks you know he’ll be sputtering and angry and going through all this process on stage and you think that that’s just how he is. You laugh at his angry energy but he knows all the beats within that he knows exactly what he’s doing within that realm and that is that is him not letting you see him work on him.

David Ralph

When your on the mike then how much is you now being absolutely authentic and how much is it creating a mood creating an atmosphere on the show.

Michael O’Neal

Well it can’t. Can’t you have both?

David Ralph

Oh I don’t know CAN you?

Michael O’Neal

What are you asking? Are you asking how much is sort of pre-written and how much is off the cuff?

David Ralph

Well on this show for example some of the things I say I only say to get a reaction from the guest. You know do I really mean it kind of. Do I think that they will go against it. Yes. So I will say it. How much do you actually say that you believe 100 percent.

Michael O’Neal

Well first of all you do that because you understand this and you’re a pro. I mean this is a very natural place for you to end up.
So I think that that I do very similar things to you, as you do just because yeah sometimes you want to extract some stuff from a guest that is being difficult.
But yeah I mean I’m pretty authentic dude. I there’s not a lot there’s people that have met me in real life and go Oh you’re exactly like you are on the show. Yeah Im exactly like I’m in the show. I turn it on and I talk so I don’t have this, I’m not affected in any way.
I just go.

David Ralph

So you’re not like you haven’t got a human graphic equalizer when you press record you just kind of increase certain parts of your personality.

Michael O’Neal

Not really. No. This is pretty much how I am. Yeah I’ll speak like I speak. I’m probably slightly dirtier in real life.

David Ralph

Well you don’t know where the words will land do you!

Michael O’Neal

I probably curse a little more which is fine. I’ve done a few podcasts now where I was allowed to do that and it did make it really nice.

David Ralph

Are you in the same situation as me because I used to listen to your show all the time and it was a staple diet during my transition at that time and now I’m doing this. One of the failures of me is that I don’t get time to listen to other people’s shows. I listen to your one  the other day because I just suddenly realized I had a gap but you almost become an island of your own success where before I used to listen to shows and I used to think oh I’ll take a bit of it and I’ll take a bit of it and become like a magpie. And now I don’t know what vibe is out there and I don’t know whether I’m being edgy or whatever. It just seems to be you. Speaking to the mic and I throw it out to the world and hopefully it goes well. It seems to be a fault of mine, and so do you have the same thing?

Michael O’Neal

No I’m exactly the same way. I’d say partially by choice and partially by by time. So when I when I do have time to consume podcasts I don’t tend to go business. I tend to go comedy. And lately I tend to go NFL football. I listen to podcasts related to that because I want to be able to clock out a little bit when I do want real inspiration. I’ve been listening to here’s the thing with Alec Baldwin it’s WNYC. I’ve not heard a better intro or production or interview style than that show. It’s his in his intros are nothing short of brilliant. I mean they’re amazing how he brings a guest on an and then how he interviews and his questions are very in-depth and he’s such a pro that it makes it really easy for me to like look at that bar and go OK that’s where the soul open for hours going.
That’s what I do. I actually honestly David I find now the more that I get into this show the more I almost can’t stand other people’s shows like there so few that can capture my attention and that I feel like are being done well even with really good friends of mine that do shows I just go and that is almost unlistenable. You know it’s so. So I just don’t I definitely look far above the kind of Internet Marketing slash business world for inspiration on how I want to run mine.

David Ralph

because the only two that I listen to now is yours.
And I went on started. I wanted to listen to every single one. And but the nerdiest and there the only two reasons.
Yeah great and Nerdist is good for a number of reasons.

David Ralph

Yeah I just like the way it kind of flows and you don’t even know it started and it just kind of teases right.

Michael O’Neal

That’s right. Yeah they just start it. We kind of did that today didn’t we.

David Ralph

Yeah absolutely and that was the good stuff.

Michael O’Neal

And we talked for a while before we started recording. You know me I mean it just felt like yeah hit it. Go for it. We’ll start like Nerdist. But yeah no I think that there’s a sense there’s such a glutton of new shows out there and I don’t. but if I’m being opinionated I don’t. There’s a lot of places where people are learning quote on quote how to podcast. And I think they’re feeding them crap information.So often a big problem.

David Ralph

And I know he’s a mate of yours and I wish him all the success in the world, but the problem is so many people are trying to duplicate John Lee Dumas and that’s not right. He came first and he created the structure of his show, and whether you like that format or whatever that is he’s and he’s made in his own by being him.
And I hear these shows and after about three minutes I think oh my god it’s the same thing again. Now I will listen to your shows and I will go all the way through. But people miss a trick don’t lay up coming back to my all the time is finding your authentic self playing to your streams.
And and if you do that you create a bigger loyalty. You know if you are totally yourself people either hate you or like you but the ones that like you will love you. And that’s where these people are missing out because they’re not even being authentic to themselves they’re just kind of a middle ground.

Michael O’Neal

Yeah. And John would tell you and I’ve said this a million times in front of him and said do you the success of your show or his show has nothing to do with his format. And it has nothing do with him as a podcast for that all.
It has everything to do with the fact that he has a financial background writes great marketing copy and has a schedule and a rigidity too. He has a military rigidity because he was in the military to his to his business.
And unless you come with that exact kind of background you will not have success in that way.
People think that because of the way he does his show because it’s structured and because he has these set questions and does it seven days a week that that’s why he’s successful and is completely irrelevant to that.
So the problem is is like you said so many people listen to that or they go to podcasters paradise and they learn a certain way to do things. And I’m almost diametrically opposed to every single thing that they’re learning.
So it’s like it’s like man I it’s it’s frustrating for me in that way.
And I shouldn’t say that like I want to rephrase that I’m not time actually oppose everything they’re learning what I’m what I’m worried about is that the things that I think make podcasting successful aren’t emphasized in a lot of training courses.
And like you just said finding your own voice is a number one you have to be successful.
You have to find your own voice and you have to have a great brand and it’s not something that people speak about a lot. Like I took a lot of cliff Ravenscroft stuff. I’ve taken all the stuff.
I’ve seen a number of course is out there a lot of them don’t pay a lot of attention to that piece and I worry that with this next phase of podcasting and what’s you know since everyone’s starting a show they’re going to find it a lot harder to sustain it unless they’ve found their own voice on their voice.
And and it’s within this brand that they’ve really created. So we’ll see.
But that’s the jury’s out on that.

David Ralph

Did you really have to love doing this because I’m going to play a speech in my Jim Carrey and I’m actually I’m going to play now and we’re going to talk afterwards. This is Jim Carrey.

Jim Carrey Sound Clip

My father could have been a great comedian but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice.
Instead he got a safe job as an accountant. And when I was 12 years old. He was let go from that safe job. And our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father. Not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

David Ralph

Is that the true message that we should be getting across?

Michael O’Neal

Yes it is unfortunately the connecting of the dots joining of those two dots which is I found this thing that I love and now I have to figure out how to get paid for it is difficult.
That’s a difficult journey. And that’s my that was my five year journey. Right. First not even knowing what it was that I loved. I had no idea I was going to podcast five years ago but I had an initial foray into public speaking. I started teaching social media on stage and I ended up traveling and going to 17 cities teaching people how to use social media to grow their business and I found it very like oh this is something I could be good at.
And then that morphed into doing back end production on a podcast for a year and a half and just starting to understand the podcasting industry that finally morphed into me starting my own show and here we are. But it was a five year journey to find that you know like I had indicators of it and if someone in 2009 it said hey do you want to get. You want to make six figures and be a public speaker.
I be like totally that be great. But at the time I had nothing to speak about.
And now I do.
So it’s kind of a I I do feel like you have to find something that will and you’ve probably seen this in your life with your show something that will make you walk into that studio and record an episode even if you’re exhausted or not in the mood or whatever because you truly love it and you’re excited about it. Oh yesterday.
That’s how I am.
Yeah I’ve had times when I’ve recorded 12 shows back to back and now I’ve.
Why just because I knew I was going to do it seven days a week show and that was the hardest time I had.
I had no internet for two weeks he just crashed on me and I suddenly panic but I didn’t have enough to cover. And I was going away as well.
So yes seven days a week he goes out and I needed the boke. And so I did it and I started off at six o’clock in the morning and I just went through through move through and I edited and I did everything in the gap between when I recorded the next one and he just went seamlessly.
And when I pressed record yes I was on I was on. Once I was off it was just like I was you know on drugs or something I was just slump too much.
But it wasn’t until the very last ones that I realized actually about that passion that you’re talking about the ability to actually do it when you’re tired. I’ve gone past by and I was actually feeling ill. And I remember doing this show and the sweat was pouring off me and I listened back to and it doesn’t sound like it but I realized brain actually no you’ve got to look up to yourself as much as you do actually doing something.
Yeah I’m very committed to that.
DAVID It’s I have I have three sort of pillars if you will that I do I think make a good soul a partner or a successful soul a partner. And there’s there’s time freedom there’s financial freedom and there’s location freedom.
And so the first one is really easy time freedom simple you walk into your boss’s office tell him to go screw himself and then you have time freedom. There you go.
Location freedom. You can pretty much just get in a car and go somewhere that we have that kind of freedom in the U.K. and in the United States.
Yeah there’s some complications in between. But technically you can just go do that.
It’s the financial freedom part. That’s the tricky part of the three.
That is a little harder.
But I find that I’m so unwilling to compromise my time freedom.
I’ve turned down so many more so much more money because it would compromise my time freedom like I could have a lot more coaching clients and a lot more people in my my group coaching. It’s called Solo lab.
But with that I would have to commit another couple of days to taking care of them and I’d I’m willing to do that at all. Like i will i love my life the way it is right now and I can be comfortable financially I can go do fun things. And I don’t have to compromise that.
And you know hopefully I can continue to grow and continue to you know make more money maybe have more speaking gigs things like that but I don’t intend on working any harder.
I just want to you know work smarter maybe try to over deliver a little more to my audience and that’s what I’m looking for.
Well was sensible and that’s exactly what I want to do as well because I hate these people and it’s almost like a badge of honor. But I’ve quit in nine to five job. And then you go yes I’m an online marketing do I do this I’m a diva and I cook my time and I’m doing 80 hours a week and I think right. Right. What the hell do you do that. Why don’t you just do two days hard work and have the rest of the time of it.
It seems stupid that I say that.
That’s right. And it’s. It does. It is counter intuitive. The thing is when my parents passed away you mentioned this in the intro when they did that. My perspective on time completely shifted and I just I. Life’s too short. So I am very much a person that says both.
When someone says would you like this or this. I say both.
When I get an opportunity to do something I say yes. Win you know and I just do it like it’s a thing that I have committed to and not mentally like I don’t just go yeah this is what I’m going to do from now on. I just do it now I just say yeah let’s do that. That sounds fun. Let’s just go for that. I’m going to go on a hike. Yeah. Great book a ticket. You know and we just do it.
And I found that that has served me really well because when I do that and I put that as a priority in my life then the the stuff that I’m not so thrilled about I still end up having to do it.
It still fills in the blanks but my priority is to really extract the most that I can out of my life and I’ll tell you not a person that does that well I think as John John Lee Dumas he works probably a little more like the person you were just mentioning. He works a lot but he’s also great at saying yes when when something comes across his desk he goes yeah lets do that. And it’s like on the schedule. And I think that’s that’s part of I think what that’s part of success. To me that’s part of what success feels like is being able to do that.
I remember hearing an interview with Billy Joel and the interviewer said to him Billy you’ve sold X squillion albums and singles and you’ve done these tours and you play Madison Square Garden five straight nights. What has success given you. And he just said time and that was it. He can wake up each morning and if he doesn’t want to do something he doesn’t. And that single word resonated with me hugely especially when I was in my 9 to 5 job and I realized then that things were not right. And why should I be doing a nine to five job when there are options I suppose. I began to know too much. And then once you know too much brain you realize you can’t ever go back.

Michael O’Neal

Yeah. It’s really really is a one way street. It also but that carries over as well into my personal life as well. And I think when the there’s ever such a different confidence now just in my life in general and I think Billy Joel would sort sort of anybody that reached a level of success has this this this underlying confidence about them that is very attractive not only to you know the opposite sex but it’s what attracts other successful people to you.
There’s just there’s a subtlety in actions and just how really how you go through life when you’re confident that is very attractive to you know both both people both sexes and that is something that people pick up on pretty easily.
You become a success back humor don’t you.
You know the old Jim rhône thing about you know the average of you know five people to surrender a lot of people I talked to.
Yeah. I mean a crappy job and all these miserable people all the time. How can I surround myself. And one of the things I say to them is you know focus on success because the more success you get and the more competence as you say they end up a successful people get sucked into your world and suddenly you created what he was saying.
It’s not easy to do. But it certainly is a mindset that starts moving in that direction.
That’s right. And you it’s funny you just asked that question of me is how do you now you’re on it you’re on an island so you’re you’re in the UK you’re not.
I’m in San Diego so I get to have a bunch of people around me at all times. I will say though we don’t get together. I mean you know we get together as friends but I’m not in a mastermind with any of these people around me.
We don’t sit there and me out. So you know to answer your question I’m mean answer answered on my show tomorrow.
But you’ve got to join a group you’ve got to join a group mastermind of some sort. And there’s really no other way. If you if you’re not surrounded by those five people that that you feel are motivating you in a way that that is bettering your life and hopefully their lives.
You’ve got to separate from those people and find the people that are doing that and pretty much everyone I know that’s in this you know business Internet Marketing podcasting world has some sort of coaching program.
And my best advice is to get people that you really enjoy like how they speak and like how they deliver and join their group and that’s it.
And you know once you’re a part of that community you’ll be a lot more apt to be motivated you know learn the things you want to learn. It’s part of the reason why I don’t need to listen to podcasts anymore because I have so many people in my group that are doing cool things. I get to learn about all the cool new stuff without having to go listen. They sort of comes to me.
So so do you now feel that you’re ahead of the curve. Because when when you started the show I remember you saying it’s the Wild West and now it seems like every man Dogan whatever has made me a podcast.
So do you think now about you it’s not the Wild West but you actually ahead of the curve.
It’s good. Get a question.
Yes and no I think it’s still the wild west.
I think that people in this environment aren’t necessarily looking in the right direction to advance their business where they should be.
Let me clarify that.
I think inspiration for how someone’s podcast get better gets better doesn’t happen within the new podcasting community.
It happens with old media.
Then you go look at how you all learn how to interview you go study Howard Stern if you want to learn how to produce an an excellent show. You go you know you look at and some an NPR show or something like that like a where a BBC show something that you know pay close attention to how people are introducing guests and what they’re how they do their ads and how they integrate you know clips from this person’s body of work into their intro or into the show itself.
So I think there is really a professional side to this that will ultimately come out.
For me personally what I’ve realized over the last couple of months and this is something that I think you can you can sort of strap on as a badge of honor as well is that I’m a better interviewer than most. Just in general I’m more intuitive and I have more range of knowledge so I can connect those dots. You know I can join those dots.
And that’s what makes for a compelling and entertaining interview no matter who you are it’s the people that have the pre-scripted questions that I think are really going to struggle because that’s that’s very exhausting to an audience.
So on one side I think I’m still really ahead of the curve in that.
I come from this and as do you come from this background this history of paying attention to interviewers and then sort of bringing this natural ability to the microphone that 99 percent of people don’t have.
And that’s the building not only to interview someone in a business sense and extract what they do for a living but actually make an entertaining hour of programming for someone.
And in my opinion they can get the business data from 80000 podcasts that are on iTunes but it’s really hard to get entertainment out of it.
And that’s what I’m trying to bring to the table and I think that’s what you do a really great job bringing to the table as well because because what I’ve realized you know was a complete nobody is basically the very first interview I did was no you weren’t Yes.
Stop it.
Tom Mocha’s was episode your line on the line. Me right now David.
And he was a huge inspiration to me so I wanted him as guest number one. And he was talking to a gentleman called John Lee Dumas and so awful who’s is CHEP never heard of him. And I went over to his show and the very first show I listened to was episode 3 2 2 which was yourself and kidding.
That was I didn’t know that. Yeah that was the very first episode. And the fascinating thing about it was which got me on the show and this is my sort of join up thought was the fact that everything you see in life is normally about benchmarking against success. You see people already Veja and you go I’d like to do that but it worked for him he’s had this skill he’s got that you know he’s a natural that’s for sure.
On that show on 0 5 3 2 2 you hadn’t even lunged and he was saying to you you know when are you going to go and you and I’m going to go on Wednesday or whatever it was.
And I tuned in and I listened or whatever you do you click on it you don’t tune into you. But I heard you speak for the very first time and I found it fascinating because I was seeing but not some bouts of somebody finding their way. And you was saying Yeah and I had 17 downloads and it wasn’t that you were looking at success you were looking at somebody finding their flow finding them. Moving on.
And that’s right. But that’s what really flavored my show was the fact that you were doing something that seemed natural and you were holding your hands up and you going really.
I don’t know if this is going to work but hey if it doesn’t change we’ll move on later on.
And remember you did this show and it was it was some chap I don’t remember who was with them on the on the beach somewhere and calls were whizzing past and your battery ran out half way through. Yes and yes you still put out and I thought that’s interesting because what he’s saying back is not that this show has got to be polished and perfect what he’s saying is is a journey and I’m going to improve from that and that be the last time that my battery runs out halfway through.
That’s right and it was definitely the last time that happened.
Yeah.
Yeah it’s a good way to good insight.
I see.
If I were doing it again yeah I would probably do the same thing again. I was I’ve been always sort of a fan of the let’s just put it out at that at that time.
I was leaning more on my hopeful interview skills than I was like ultimate show quality and since I’d already put out a couple of episodes it wasn’t that bad but I really loved the guys story. So I was like yeah there was Harry. Harry Smith was the guy’s name and. And.
And I thought yeah let me let me throw that on. And why not. What happened. You know and somewhere.
This is what’s so cool about this right.
You heard one single episode I did from Johnny Dumas which was like a random occurrence.
And look how much it’s affected both of us. Yeah. Just that one thing. So if one little episode you put out catches the right person it can literally be life changing.
I will say something.
I want your listeners to go to solo our solo our dotcom and I want you to go back to like three.
I don’t know let’s say pre 70s so anything from episode like I don’t know one until episode 70 and I want you to click on those posts and read how great David’s comments are for the episodes.
They are so insightful and brilliant. And you do such a great job summarizing. I think I even wrote you once and said Do you want to write my show summaries. Remember that you did and it was just that the crux of me doing this and I knew I was just going to stall so cool.
So I am and you still you just did it the other day when you were that episode you listened to. You do such a great job summarizing. You’re going to be such a smash successful podcast. David Yeah I have no doubt whatsoever you are going to I hope you will let us be on your show someday when you do these live broadcasts in front of you know a hundred thousand people at the Wembley Stadium.
Did you know when you start this and I’m really going to open up here so I don’t really have a Chevez. But when you start based you want it to be so good and you want it to be brought in and you kind of.
There were job. You look back on them and you go OK yeah that wasn’t quite where I wanted to be but it was all right.
And then you hit sort milestones and you listened back to some of these shows I don’t know if you listen to yours and I thought oh that was a bit closer to what I had in my head my original vision. And I got to show it E.T. and that’s when I suddenly realize Michael that was the host of a show and it was my responsibility to be the host to even I think he was too grateful for people giving up their time to be on my show.
I it was a complete mind set.
Now I want this to be the biggest show out there. I absolutely do. And it’s all I can focus in on and it’s in many ways it’s killing me or my life is totally out of whack.
But all I want is about is the number one thing upset that on any show because it sounds a bit arrogant really I’m upset. Once we’ve stopped recording them when somebody asked me about it that is where I want to be and I want to be join up not as a brand. Exactly as you say. Right. Because it’s one of those things that you kind of go join up towards. What does it mean. And I’m very aware of if you provide quality and content as quality brand in many ways take care of itself. It’s like we always talk in the early episode the name that was always mentioned was Pat Flynn.
And you know he’s got that classic smart passive income and you forget that’s a premium brand but actually he’s only three words put together and he’s because he’s provided that great content and quality and value.
But it becomes the kind of the trust word where what he’s trying to achieve.
That’s right in he that he can live that now.
But I actually want I want to focus on something you said just before that you will be bigger than him and so will I. And I know I don’t mean that like he doesn’t have the same aspirations as you do.
Right.
And I’m saying in terms of podcasts in terms of like Pat wants to speak I’m not speaking for him here but just knowing what I know about him.
He he is sort of the crash test dummy of internet marketers.
So he does all these really cool things on the web.
I want my show to become about like I want to. I want to be interviewing complete legitimate A-listers you know and finding out about their kind of business and so normal journey. That’s where I will see the show going.
And because of that if when and if I get to that point.
The show the podcast itself will be bigger than all of the internet marketing type podcasts.
Does that make sense. Yeah it’ll be way bigger than that. It’ll be more like Nerdist.
You know Chris Hardwick gets killer guests on his show and that’s why his podcast is you know number one number two number three on iTunes overall.
And so it’s it’s one of those things that that I it’s what I aspire to do as well is to get working within this world like real A-list category of people because I think that they’ll appreciate talking about their journey.
And so that’s where I want to head with that.
Also I was very strategic and I changed direction. I realized that when I started I was just throwing out the net to anyone and anyone would jump on the show. I would have them round about sort of thing once again I thought to myself no I can’t do this because when I was looking at other people’s shows I was thinking Oh I’ve been on my show I’ve been on my show and it was just the sort of hybrid of people doing the rounds.
So I went off in a different direction. So if you listen to episode 88 I had Cathy O’Dowd who was the first woman to hit the summit of Everest from both sides.
I’ve got the first civilian astronaut coming on the show. I’ve got a chap over a few years ago was worldwide news because he sold his life on e-bay and he’s just sold his life to Disney and all that kind of stuff. So I realized I had to change direction to become more unique to be more interested by the stories more. Yes. Extract out of them what I wanted to show to the world and that was my original vision but I couldn’t say Eva until later on in the journey.
Yeah and that’s really what you’ve done. That’s the whole point. That’s why you will be successful because you’ve you’ve done this in a sort of a different way in your life when you look back to sort of the Philadelphia kid and you riding around on your BMX and all that kind of stuff.
Well you just sort of wanting to be the classic sports kid was. If you look back and now we all going to send you back in time soon on the Sermon on the mike.
No I was a show off though.
I think I think I was you know a performer of some sort and the PA is I keep is that makes my colonial who he is to play better racquetball with an audience.
Yes. Every single time.
Yeah I think so. I think there’s that’s there that’s in there. It’s in the DNA for sure. I don’t use that a lot but it’s in the DNA.
I work better in a performance environment which is presumably why I kind of screw myself on the show intentionally.
I don’t I I prepare in a way where I I’ve researched my guest as you have. You know you know and you certainly listen to the show but at times you know a little bit about me and you’re able to then naturally structure questions that that dovetail into my history and that’s what a good interviewer does.
I don’t write a lot of questions out sometimes intentionally and that’s because I there’s something about the performance side.
I realize now that I’m I’m doing this the shows this this month I’ve got over 300000 downloads for the first time and this is a and I realize so there’s people listening and I have to perform. You know what I like it.
It makes me it UPS my game. I’m live on the show.
And I think I do that to myself on purpose because because I work better in that environment a lot maybe underpressure a little.
Well we’re very similar. It’s fascinating. I feel like I’m finding out the real Marcantonio here. Where is the person behind the that the presenter. Because I am somebody who has spent my life doing training courses and presentations and that’s my job.
I’ve never done this kind of thing. It was totally BA and I’m somebody very much likes to be on their own likes no one near them.
And then when I suddenly go ping. That’s it. It’s performance time. And I don’t know if it’s showing off or trying to create a different persona for myself because that’s kind of not naturally me.
But I do have the ability to raise my game and present a different side to myself if you know me deep down you would say to me different people that the people who know me from seeing where I allow them to see me they would say yeah you it’s like I’m on the mike as you are when you normally doing those things because I’m letting them see what they want to see.
Yeah.
Yeah I mean I think there’s there’s an element of that and again I want people to understand this is why we and we talked earlier about sort of what John brought to the table. And I’m you know people look at my show and say it’s it’s been it’s it’s been pretty successful in the first 11 months just overall debt is not that’s not a fluke because I didn’t just start in August of 2013 with kind of media.
You know I’ve been a professional drummer my whole life.
I’ve performed I’ve been on I’ve been a racer I’ve been you know a competitive racquetball player for for many many tournaments for many many years now and before that it was tennis.
So I’ve always been performing in some way or the other.
I I coached for five years on teaching people social media in front of huge audiences.
I’ve played Red Rocks in front of 10000 people like me being on a microphone and being natural at it is not something that happened overnight.
It’s a it’s this is something that you walked in with.
You’ve been training for years before you turned a mike on yourself.
So it’s kind of like Yeah right yeah. You were new to podcasting but not nuda trying to translate a concept from one person to an audience like that’s something you’ve been doing for a long time.
So so that’s I think that it’s a bit of a misnomer within our industry that yeah anybody can you know podcast or anybody can start blah blah blah.
That’s kind of cool I get it. Yes technically you can turn on an app you can go to boss jock on your iPhone and upload it to clips and you’ve got a podcast but can you do it. Well can you do it so that when someone switches from morning radio or Howard Stern or the BBC to your podcast that they don’t notice a huge drop off in quality or you know sound quality interview quality production quality that’s that’s what I try to bring the table and I think you do the same thing.
So is that what you’re saying really and I’m going to play the words of Steve Jobs because he says it very well as well but no experience is wasted. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in your life you will pull elements and you extract what you need to create your new path.
Out 100 percent. Absolutely yes. Everything you’ve done up until this point is does training for you for this next phase.
When I have people on their show and we have these episodes called Find your swing I want to find out everything that person has done because it find your swing is like well what do I do. Like what am I naturally gifted at how can I make money off of something that I really enjoy that I’m passionate about that’s what finding your swing is.
And it’s I want to find out like what you did when you were a kid. Were you an athlete did you or you or you a professional knitter you like to knit hats. You know like what is it what do you do. And when people can start accessing those things that they’ve done their whole lives they’re really gifted and I like to find ways that we can use those talents in whatever their next business endeavor is.
We call about connecting our past to build our future and here. And one of the names as come out is if you really want to know your passion really want to know what you’re naturally good at. Don’t think about what you were doing in adult life because very much you would have been taking a responsibility for a wage or whatever.
Look at what you was doing as a kid when you weren’t being paid for it.
And if you was a drama when you was a kid and you loved doing it then try and look at something that would do that. And he says that exactly the same way as you do it and you’ll find your swing episodes.
That’s right. And I and I love those. Again that’s another instance where we totally put ourselves on the spot. I have a co-host. Her name is Dawn Mars. For those episodes and we never read the questions first. Like I only you know sometimes I glance at them to see just a copy and paste them into my Evernote when we’re doing the show. But we were reading them and answering them live and which again has another element of pressure that we’ve got to come up with an answer and these people are literally like I’ve had people that have taken what we’ve said on the show. They’ve made a business from it like the next day they’ve gone and done it.
So it’s it can be a little daunting. And I was going to ask you earlier you know your show’s growing now and this this will be big your show will have a huge audience at some point and I’ve asked this with other people that are in the space.
Have you yet felt this sense of responsibility that comes with that the fact that you’re speaking into a microphone and someone’s actually listening to what you’re saying.
Yeah. With power comes great responsibility. And it’s funny the very first show I released I got two e-mails and they were from people I’d never met and they were saying thank you so much for putting the show out there and I thought oh my God.
And from that moment of being very aware of what I’m saying or being very aware of I don’t know where my words are landing. And of also having a conversation with my wife this afternoon saying if this really takes on.
Just as I want it to really take on I’m a little bit scared but I haven’t got the value to provide the audience but I won’t and I don’t know why that is because you know success is everything you want. But I suddenly felt a pressure because I can see the downloads increasing increasing increasing. I can see the work coming towards me and I’m doing this seven days old on my own. There’s not one person that helps me and I’m also balancing other responsibilities as well. So this isn’t my only so restrained I suddenly freaked this afternoon for the exact reason that you said oh my god this is power this is responsibility. I’ve got to be careful with it.
Yeah. Have you also found it. I agree. I felt that in some I haven’t had yet. Hey buddy come back to me I’m like you ruin my life but I’ll show it. That’s going to have to happen right.
Someone will listen to something you’ve said or I’ve said and they’re going to do it and it’s not going to work for them and we won’t have the details but they’re going to say I listened to you when you were in my life. That’s going to happen.
There’s no way it that doesn’t happen. When you’re when you grow this thing to where it can go there’s no way that doesn’t happen.
Well think shows a slightly different note because you teach nuts and bolts. I think with my show I talk about hope and I told you why leap of both.
Yeah I really think I teach nuts and bolts because that’s that’s I feel like there’s a lot of shows that do that specifically.
And I I feel like I teach more of the journey and then the nuts and bolts sort of fall from there.
Well I think that’s the same thing. I think what you do you you talk about the journey you get the cogs working in your own brain and brain when you throw out the nuts and bolts which you probably don’t think have got value as such.
You’re already using those cokes and you’re thinking yeah I can use that yeah I can tell you that that’s exactly what happened with me.
You know I couldn’t see how to do this because I’ve never done this. But just by you having conversations with people you take the element and you take the element and you take that element and what do you do. He’s been up to you as an individual to put it together.
Yeah I actually find myself pretty.
I can be very socially awkward at the beginning and I sometimes I’ve actually accessed my I’ve switched into interview mode when I’m meeting someone in real life.
I just watch on Mike I like my mentally switch on a podcast microphone in front of me and I found it so much easier to have conversations with people that way.
So that’s kind of interesting to me is bizarre.
I’m getting ready to play Steve Jobs now because I’m fascinated to see your spin on this.
And this is the fulcrum of the whole show so this is a job.
Don’t be free to do that of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward. When I was in college but it was very very clear looking backwards. Ten years later again you can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards.
So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.
You have to trust in something your gut destiny life karma whatever because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path.
And that will make all the difference.
When I’m going to ask a different question because I think you’ve answered it already but you will say yes you believe in it. But why do you think so many people don’t believe in that.
I think that’s a lot. Most people get hung up on the how of something for example I think that we we pick a point be right we pick a point B that’s there’s the dot so I’ve got this I want to I want to do I want to have this show.
And to get this show together I need this this this this this this this and we get stuck in the details of the this this this this this instead of. All right I’m going to sort of flow through this. All I want to do is get to that thing. I’m not sure how I’m going to get there yet but I’m going to I don’t really know. And by the time you get there and you look back and go wow that is not the path that all that I was going to take.
My favorite metaphor.
Or maybe it’s an analogy I forget but for this is if you and I were sitting at a cafe and I there was you know a three story building across the street and I said David there’s a hundred thousand pounds sitting in a bag on the roof of that building across the street. You have 15 minutes to get it.
How fast would you be out the door to go get that money.
I’d be on the right run the window right but you wouldn’t know how you were going to get it.
You had no idea how to get to the roof of that building. You just knew you were getting to the roof.
You don’t know if you’re going to you know helicopter down you know if you’re going to call the fire department to take you up there or you know scale like Spiderman but you’re getting to the roof of that building somehow.
And I think what successful entrepreneurs do is they just keep their eye on that that you know that bag the bag that’s on the roof.
They’re not quite as concerned about the how part. And we very much get concerned about the how part.
And the second piece of that is when someone gives you an opportunity I just said this a little earlier when someone gives you an opportunity.
Our instinctive reaction is to say no because of this this and this versus just instinctive to say yes and I’m going to figure out how to work out this this and this and that is a huge mental shift even though it’s very subtle.
It’s just yes and no.
But if you’ll find that people in your world that are really successful or really look like they’re just having a great time.
They’re the ones that say yes first and then figure out how it’s going to work after and most of the people that are stuck and they don’t get from that one dot to the next dot.
Those are the ones that say no because you know I I can’t live in San Diego because I have kids in school or because I can’t afford the move or because whatever we can come up with 15 different ways. But in reality all that stuff can be worked out.
So I think that’s how I would respond to that and I hope that helps someone.
So what scares you this is probably my final question before I send you on the mike and you can have a one on one with your younger self. As you all know and you’ve got these rocking and rolling show everything’s going well you’ve just bought these the watch you’ve finished off the last five years and everything’s good and you’ve got a lovely new girlfriend.
What scares you. Well when you look at what you need to achieve.
What scares me.
I have to say I look at the bank being intimidated or being excited. I sort of treat the same way.
So I don’t get super excited about everything and I don’t get scared about everything.
I gosh I mean I don’t I I can honestly say I don’t have that for the same reason when someone said you know when I was so literally I was scraping up change so I could take in an airport shuttle for a ticket that was paid for by somebody else to go speak in front of 3000 people and that in which I was going to make $5000 or whatever that weekend. A few years ago I I literally had to scrape $8 up so I could take the shuttle like in change so I could take the shuttle to get to the airport that I had.
I had $18 in my bank account at the time.
And so it wasn’t enough to get the cash out of the machine. So I wasn’t worried about it.
I’ve never been worried about stuff like that and I didn’t even know what success was going to look like for me.
But I had a feeling that I was destined for it.
And that’s the only way I can say is that it was it was very innate and I didn’t know where it was going to come from but I was very patient about it. Now I was also very patient about about you know I knew I was going to meet a great woman at some point and I was able to reach you know like you said read about a year ago but but recently.
So I think that I have that that vibe that that it’s the same reason I don’t plan a lot. I just don’t.
I’m living very much in the moment as I go day by day.
And for better or for worse I don’t plan as much as I probably could or should.
But right now I’m not really you know scared about anything. I mean I could say you know the show doesn’t grow at all. But even if it doesn’t I’m live in a great life right now.
So I guess I’m not even that scared of that.
OK last question before we send you back this time.
Is it easier to move forward when you’ve hit rock bottom and you really did hit rock bottom.
Yes it is. It’s easier for me to keep perspective on it.
I just last weekend went to I went to Napa Valley with my girlfriend’s family and it was a very first class trip like from private private jet from San Diego to Napa Valley which I’ve never done before my life and everything was super exclusive super like Michelin star first class and I was like man I don’t want to be here like this.
No I don’t mean like I didn’t want to be at the weekend. I just I don’t want to live in that universe of that sort of high end world.
And that’s it.
I I remember looking longingly at a train that goes through Napa Valley and it stops at all these different wineries and I’m kind of like Man I wish I would’ve just taken the train and gotten kind of drunk at the third winery and kept going and that would’ve been a really fun day. Instead it was like this you know 12 people serving our table kind of thing and it just wasn’t me.
But my my Philly boy sort of like Kragen pragmatist personality carried me through that whole weekend thinking yeah I would be fine with stopping at a fast food place now and going to another winery. We don’t have to go to a hundred dollar plate dinner you know.
And so I think if anything it’s given me perspective and there’s one more piece of perspective that in my very very lowest time and it was very low.
And I thank you for not like making me go through that again like 40000 other shows have but I had a I remember the current hurricane Katrina had hit the southern United States and it just decimated New Orleans.
And this was literally at my lowest time. And I remember looking on the news and seeing like a little 9 year old little black kid who everybody in his family died.
Right. And he lost everything like lost every piece of memory he ever had including all of his family members.
And he’s this kid who doesn’t have much of an education.
He’s a minority.
He doesn’t have a lot of opportunity that are coming coming to him and I remember thinking all right no matter what happens I’m a white male with a skill set in United States and that’s not and that’s not to be racially insensitive I’m looking. That was a practical. OK.
So no matter what my situation is I can’t complain like I’m starting with these four advantages that a lot of people all over the world don’t have. I will be given opportunities that a lot of people don’t have and that really kept me grounded like that there was this you know that some people had to struggle to get to what I had innately by birth that I had nothing to do with.
So that really kept me grounded and it still keeps me grounded to this day is that I always realize that there’s people out there that do not have the same opportunities that I knew the answer.
Mike are we going to put you on the Sermon on the mike now. This is when we send you back in time lost a young Marty McFly to have a one on one with yourself and if you could go back in time.
What age would you choose and what advice would you say. So I’m going to play the music and when he gets out you’re up. This is the Sermon on the mike.
Here.
We go with the speed of this.
This man.
Who.
I think that first of all very handsome very very talented man couldn’t congratulate now.
If you could work on harnessing that Philly attitude a little bit just over the next few years if you could take the edge off of that. Not everybody is out to get you and focus on building some relationships that you will sustain forever without having that kind of you know screw you Gene.
Not Eugene. I don’t know anybody named Eugene. I’m not trying to signal that that will serve you in the future.
Yeah.
So to some or to to to bring that and I know that was very short but to bring that in I feel like over the last few years I’ve been able to take this.
There was a bit of filea attitude like where if someone slighted me in any way that was it they were erased like done.
And there was no real going back. It was partially like it was a Scorpio in me that that that’s sort of like had that stinger.
And I you know it’s it’s the it’s the patience I have now which is maybe a little bit of it’s I wouldn’t say less judgment because I think judgment makes for good comedy.
But but it’s just maybe being a little more empathetic to people’s situations and realizing that that people aren’t always in control of their actions and sometimes they’re going through a learning process as well. And to just instantly give them the guillotine and out of one’s life is not the most productive way to go through things. I don’t do that anymore but I did it for a number of years and I think it was just a reaction to losing my parents and it being so so much.
OK Wolf I’m going to lose this anyway I might as well just cut it right off.
And I think that didn’t that didn’t serve me for a long time.
So I’d fix that.
Michael how can our listeners connect with you sir. Well you know this. Oh I know you say you say in an American Xon is better I would say the same thing if you were speaking in a British accent. By the way you going to come on my show some time. I would love to come on your show it oh no great. And Howard Jones I want him to go.
Has he been on your show yet. No he isn’t knocking me back. He said he would and not me but I’ve called a few of them that sign up for it. And then you just come down and that’s a drag.
Anyway the show is called the Solar Perner hour.
The Web site because no one can spell pre-New or is solo our dotcom.
And if you’d like some coaching give a coaching program yet.
I’ve only been focused on building you audience.
That’s good. Well so if anybody needs coaching including you my friend I can’t believe you’re not in solo lab. I want solo lab dotcom and we’d love to have you in our really cool community.
Mancow thank you so much for spending time with us tonight joining up those dots on the 100th episode and it’s quite the world’s longest episode of ever done as well. Please come listen. Is. Yeah we were about seven minutes past what we normally do. So come back again when you have more dots to join up because I do believe that by joining up the dots and connecting up pasts is the best way to build a future.
Mr. Michael O’Neill thank you so much. And thank you.

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots business interview is a man who is taking huge action, as he is one of the co-founders of the Podcast Movement.

A huge conference bringing together the movers and shakers of the podcasting world.

The legends behind the microphones.

The names you see scattered across ITunes.

Commencing on the 16th August in Dallas Texas, the size of this thing must have been a hell of an undertaking.

Especially for someone who it seems to me has built up the bulk of his career success in the work of Tax returns and balance sheets.

But as he says "I am a lifetime serial entrepreneur, and have always been a self starter that takes the proverbial bull by the horns."

And this passion for the startup, has helped him develop great relationships with clients which allow them to focus in on the value side of the business and leave..lets face it the boring side of the business with our guest.

That is a partnership made in heaven I would have thought.

So how did he get together with Jared Easley his co-partner and gain the motivation to start the Podcast Movement?

Does he actually find doing tax returns interesting? And even if he says he does I wont believe him!

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up the dots of his life with the one and only, Mr Dan Franks

 

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Today guest is the go to man if you have a band, are interested in creating music, but dont know the first thing about getting it out there.Being in the music industry and the online world since way back in 1982, our guest at first had the desire to be the main man himself.Strutting the stage like….well a John Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen, but as we find time and time again on Join Up Dots life had other ideas for him.Six months ago,he released a book called Six-Figure Musician – How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows,and Make More Money in the Music Business. As the title suggests,it was written for musicians and the people who work with them — managers, record labels, etc.During the first few years, he was able to work on promotions by several big acts… No Doubt, Bush, Run-DMC, Ratt, and others, and the names have got bigger from there. But working with the established is not what excites our man.As he says “I’d rather build something than add on to it. In my opinion, helping somebody go from zero to 10,000 records sold is much more life-changing than helping somebody go from 100,000 to 1,000,000. Plus, going from zero to 10,000 records requires more skill…and I love a challenge.”Well, lets give him a challenge as we start joining up the dots of his life with the one and only Mr David Hooper

 

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Todays guest is a lady who believes that great people are not those to whom rainbows are delivered, they are those who value rainbows, sun and rain.Its the contrasts of life that makes a life, and its within these areas that we can develop our emotional intelligence, to understand why things are going well, but not beat ourselves up too much when they aren’t.But how do we get to that point? How do we give ourselves the best chance to become more rounded and understanding of the situations that we find ourselves in? Well in short, our guest believes that we need to go back to assess the fact that we spend so much time as a child, learning about things, that are nice to know, but do not help us in the real world.Where are the true life skill lessons that some of us miss out on, but are so vitally important as we strive to create the life of our dreams?She is a social Entrepreneur, Creator of the Life Skills Report Card, Founder of the international consciousness movement Parenting 2.0. Author of “Kissing the Mirror; Raising Humanity in the Twenty-first Century.” and of course my 97th guest.We have a lot to discuss, so lets bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Marlaine Cover.

 

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Todays guest ready for the business interview is someone who as we discuss time and time again on Join Up Dots can pinpoint the moment when his life changed forever.

He knows his big dot on the Join Up Dots timeline, when his life become on of freedom of choice and a lifestyle of his own making.

In January of 2009, after seeing his career flourish, he was laid off, and found himself unemployed for three months.

And within those three months, he started learning about himself.

What he wanted to achieve in his life and of course his career.

And how he wanted his lifestyle to be.

The key thought to everything he starting planning at the time, was in his words "I really discovered how working for someone else is just as risky as working for yourself."

So he began his personal leadership blog, which he uses as a platform to share what he had learned about leadership, personal development, personal branding and how to develop a leadership mindset.

We have a lot to cover, so lets bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots, the one and only entrepreneur Mr Ellory Wells.

 

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Todays guest is a lady that I have wanted to have on the show it seems from the very beginning.She was recommended to me by one of my all time favourite guests, August Turak who appeared way back on Episode 4 who said "David, do I have a guest for you!"

She is the CEO and founder of True Change Consultants, whose tagline releasing the potential in people means she is perfect for this show.

She has spent her professional life transforming organizations through people, nurturing talent and human potential in order to successfully deliver strategic business change.

In the last 20 years she has held top posts in Telecommunications, IT, Web and Media in FTSE 500 companies.

And quite simply she knows the limitations we set on ourselves. She knows how to break those barriers down and help us dream big and feel inspired.

So its with great pleasure that I bring onto the show, to start joining up the dots of her life, the one and only Elese Coit.

 

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Todays guest is a man who is travelling a path that is 100% true to himself.As a younger man,he was classed as an at risk teenager, but still progressed to earn a B.A. in English.However continuing his studies did not go to plan,and although he had great talent,studying at Antioch University was not for him, and he dropped out of his MFA in Writing course.And then it seems to me without a clear idea of how to build a future, he lurched from one position to another and then back again, all the while increasing the debit on his credit card bills.He was depressed, overweight, constantly in pyjamas,and lost, but knew that he had something inside that he wanted to express to the world.As he says “we need something that fulfills us creatively.Everyone does. It doesn’t matter whether or not you think of yourself as an artist or not. Artists aren’t the only ones who do creative things. Cooks are creative, repossession agents are creative, my accountant is creative, my dad — who owns and runs a wholesale florist — is creative.He is now the co-owner of gocodebox a web development company,and has released two self penned publication to the world.So lets discuss his struggles, and his successes, and everything else in between,as we start joining up the dots with the one and only, Thomas Patrick Levy.

 

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Todays guest is a man that from the age of five knew what he wanted to be..a millionaire. But unlike many of us who have that dream, he set out on a path that led him to achieving the majority of his dreams by the age of 23 or 24. The big house in Florida, the time freedom, and everything else that you would set your heart on at an early age. But what do you do when you get to that point and you feel flat?

What do you do when you find the process of getting there was better than the goal itself? Well he set out to change other peoples lives across the globe, by teaching the world to be conscious in their actions.

He believes that we all have it in us, to break free from our financial restraints and gain the independence finally that we deserve, by quite simply becoming onscious.

But how did he come to that realisation?

How did he turn his fathers failing business, into a success that he can now share with the world?

Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining the dots of his life, the one and only JV Crum III

 

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Todays guest is a man who career has been one of great contrast.Joining the military back in 1998 he performed the role of tank member crewman for three years before departing the armed forces and setting off on his entrepreneurial venture.Working in a series of motor dealerships he always knew that he was on a different path, and with a show like Join Up Dots demonstrating this everyday, the path can appear at anytime.There is literally no time like the present to start taking the first step on the road that feels so right and is unique to that individual.So in Jan 2014,our guest powered up his mike and launched the Fire & Adjust Podcast,providing support and content for military veterans across the world.And with the response being phenomenal and the progress of the show showing that if you target a niche and do it the right way,then you have a great chance of a future that is nothing short of a wow.So what does our guest consider to be the big takes from his life in the Army? What was the tipping point to start speaking to the world and putting himself out there? And if he could share the things that have made it easier to transition from the forces to an entrepreneurial life what would they be? Well lets find out as we start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr Ron Fugle.

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is Shellie Hunt, who has for over 25 years been the go to lady to help companies, individuals and the world find their true path in life.

An entrepreneur and business powerhouse, she is the founder and CEO of Success is by Design, ReMake MY Life LLC, The Women of Global Change, and other multiple companies, and is known to be able to get to the core of an issue, even if it is buried deep inside ourselves.

She can find the very thing that is limiting us, and holding us back from a life that we deserve. 

Sharing the stage with some of the top speakers in the world, such as Tim Robbins, Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor, and Brian Tracy, and being a lead mentor in the Billionaire Adventure Club, has led her to appear on national talk and radio shows with audiences in the millions and has been mentioned in Forbes.com.

So she is obviously a lady who is massively in demand.

So what makes this lady such a powerhouse in the motivational arena and the entreprenurial environments across the world?

Where did she come from to have such an influence in such a competitive world?

And what tips can we gain from her to assist in our dreams of a life designed by success?

Well lets find out as we start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Shellie Hunt.

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur ready for the Steve Jobs inspired podcast interview lady is someone who quite readily admits she spent over a decade stuck in the wrong career.

But on a show like Join Up Dots we confirm time and time again, that although it may seem like wasted time, no experience is ever wasted.

Everything builds to the point that the entrepreneurial step towards freedom began and career success starts to build.

After a life threatening experience,she left her corporate litigator and mediator roll, and began a quest to study all ways to live a thriving happy life.  

It started as a personal task,but ended up as a personal mission and a career.

As the founder of and teacher at the Life Alchemy School, career and life coach, angel intuitive, author, speaker, teacher, Feng Shui expert, and Reiki Master, Monick Halm now works with clients and students all over the world to help them take a holistic approach to uncovering their dreams, pursuing their passions, and finding true balance.

The question is with three kids how does she pack that all in to her day?

Why did it take an illness to finally make her leave the job that was not what she wanted to be?

And has she found the true path to happiness that we are all seeking?

Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only inspiring entrepreneur Monick Halm

 

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Todays guest is more than an entrepreneur.

This is a lady who was has travelled the world to find her true path in life.

Searching for the freedom that her life growing up in China couldn't have offered to her.

As you can guess growing up in China, she had a childhood that was so very different to her life now in America.

The words culture shock do not really seem to do justice to the obstacles that  she had to overcome once setting foot in the country she now calls home.

In the states she pursued education with a passion, and studied to become a dentist, finally owning her own very successful practice.

And that for many would have been job done, but like her husband Joel Boggess she felt something was missing.

She felt drawn to creating a better world for others.

And so together this powerhouse of a married team, have taken it on themselves to create their own business built around coaching, podcasting, writing and being hugely positive to create a future that is 100% percent unique to themselves.

So there is no better time than today to bring onto the show and start joining up the dots with the one and only podcasting legend: Dr Pei Kang.

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Cathy O'Dowd: The First Lady To Climb Everest By Both Sides Joins Up Dots

Todays guest is a lady who could literally be singing "I'm on the top of the world,looking down at the creation"every-time she jumps out of bed.Because since University,she has had a fascination for climbing, and took part in her first mountain expedition,to the Ruwenzori in central Africa at the age of 21.And something clicked in her.Was it the challenge?The camaraderie?Or simply the thrill of doing something that so few people have seen or done before?Whatever it was since that first climb she has tackled mountains across southern and central Africa, in South America, in the Alps and of course in the Himalayas when she stood on the top of the world and made history by becoming the first woman to reach the summit from the North and South peaks. But though her days on the worlds highest peak now seem to be at an end (in her words "I have not intention in going back" )her thirst for adventure seems unquenchable  and in spring of 2004 she joined British woman Rona Cant and Norwegian Per-Thore-Hansen on a dog-sled expedition of 650 km through the remote wastes of the Norwegian Arctic to the most northerly point in Europe.With all these experiences just bursting from her, its no surprise that she has also climbed twice to the top of the book charts too,with her two self penned books Everest: Free To Decide and Just for the love of it"So before I mispronounce any more words and names, let me say it gives me great pleasure, to bring onto the show to start joining up the dots that have made her life, the one and only Cathy O'Dowd.

 

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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free business interview is someone who knew what he wanted and had a dream to achieve it.

Buying into the corporate vision of the big cars, medical cover, and the big office with the PA and secretary working overtime to support him, he started studying to be a lawyer.

That was his dream.

he was a young man and had the freedom to create that dream.

So he joined up with all the other eager and soon to be rich and successful lawyers, and for the next seven years followed the path that he had created for himself.

He was a man on a mission.

But what happens when that mission turns out to be the wrong one?

What happens when you realise that the passions inside you screaming to get out are not aligned with the day to day life you have built for yourself?

Well that happened to our guest, after a travelling sabbatical in 2013, when he came to the realisation that he wanted out of the legal rat race, and instead find the thing that lights him up inside.

So what was the path that he selected for himself?

And why did the legal rat race not turn out to be the path to gold that he had imagined it was going to be?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to find out how he made that transition, and of course to join up the dots of his life, the one and only Huzefa Kapadia

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Todays guest entrepreneur ready to face the Steve Jobs inspired business is a motivational speaker and author whose mission is to teach us all to be bold in our actions

He believes that we all have it in us to get out of our comfort zones and create career and personal success in whatever we do.

With a background in sales, and knowledge of cognitive behavioural therapy, he has the ability to inspire us all by sharing personal stories of success, and no doubt failure and obstacles (we all have those in our lives and businesses after all) and a humorous approach that has led him to be a sought after corporate speaker across the world.

But how has he managed to find the key to boldness that alludes so many of us in our lives?

And I guess the bigger question is, did he always this ability to challenge and strive for bigger and better things, or was there a key moment in his life that showed him the  freedom to choose a better way?

Well lets find out, as we start joining up the dots of his life, with the one and only boldness entrepreneur Mr Jeff Shore

 

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Todays guest is someone with a fascination for unusual facts and I guess characters and communities across the world.From a young child, he always had a interest for the obscure.And as we have found time and time again on Join Up Dots, he has now taken this childhood interest and created a career around it by travelling around the world to cultivate his curiosity of the obscure.

An expert in what he calls “small worlds”, such as the Extreme Metal scene, and the British Jewish community, he loves to research and participate in these communities, and after graduating as a sociologist at University found himself drawn again and again to these worlds.But what became clear is that there are huge commonalities within these small groups,and he developed this interest,by investigating the Luxemburg watersking scene,interviewing the most powerful politician in Alderney,and even jumped across the water to meet the Icelandic special forces known as the Viking squad.

So what got him going in this direction, and how has he managed to create a life that is both hugely fascinating, but anything but usual?Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Mr Keith Kahn-Harris.

 

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Todays guest is a man with many strings to his bow, and literally it seems a midus touch to success in business.

But he wasn't always driven to be in the entrepreneurial environment, as during college he focused on a very different path......Theatre and Musical Theatre.

This was his passion, his dream, his future.

But what happens to a man who realises that the future he had planned for, and majored in college actually was a future that filled him with dread.

What can he do to start again, when he has no experience, knowledge or connections other than in the world he had frequented previously.

Well, he went back to basics, but this time focused on the things that could stimulate him in business, marketing and entrepreneurial ventures.

He started on a new path at the age of 24, and is an entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, and bestselling author of Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business—the official book from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank on how to successfully launch and grow a business from concept to cash.

So with a fascinating story, of one mans struggle to find work that really mattered, let's bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots the one and only Michael Parrish Dudell.

 

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Todays guest has an amazing story,of a tragic accident,which ultimately could have been the best thing to happen to him.Known as Yo Pal Hal since hosting his first radio show at age 15,his greatest triumph came at age 20 after he was hit head on by a drunk driver and found dead at the scene.Despite being clinically dead for six minutes,in a coma for six days,breaking 11 bones and being told he may never walk again, Hal defied the logic of doctors and the temptations to be a victim, and he bounced back to prove that ALL of us are capable of overcoming extraordinary adversity to create extraordinary results in our personal and professional lives.Hal has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows,and he’s been featured in numerous books which is not a surprise when you consider how his mental attitude has created something so amazing,out of something that could have finished him off.So lets bring onto the show to start connecting up the dots of his life,the one and only Hal Elrod.

 

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Todays guest quite simply should have the words "Dream Big and Then Dream Bigger" all over his body.

A self confessed exponent of the Richard Branson method "Screw it Lets do it", he has over the last few years created a life that is exciting, inspirational, and more than a bit amazing...in the how hell did he manage to do that kind of way.

From making Hollywood movies, to building companies, to working with David Blaine, to being stung by a jellyfish (which turned out to be a great thing) to even meeting the main man Mr Branson himself, he has challenged himself to think big, think bigger, and confront those limiting thoughts.

But how did he start on this road to self-creation?

Was he the kind of kid that was always going against the norm at school and in life?

Or was he someone who landed firmly on the big dot, that showed them the path to a life that is uniquely them?

Well lets find out, as we bring on to the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only....Mr Eric James.

 

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Todays guest is a man who, well I dont do this very often but the introduction is in his own words. And you'll see why I haven't written the thing myself this time.

Im a world changer. Now before you think Im an egotistical, too big for my britches, jerk, I think we are all world changers. If we werent born to change the world, we’re unnecessary.

In a nutshell, I arrived at my world changer philosophy after being fired four times (twice by the same company and once by my own dad just try to top that!), after facing 42 years in prison, after starting two companies that rose and fell like the Roman Empire, and after getting married, having a wonderful wife and then daughter, I finally realized my true purpose in life."

Wow!

So where do I start first? With the 42 years prison stretch? Or that Dad who sacked him? That is harsh in anyone's book.

Or perhaps I should go with the moment he found his own path in life, that has been world changing for him and of course the world?

Or perhaps we should just probe into his skills of affiliate marketing which has been so lucrative for him both personally and professionally over the years?

Im going to love this conversation, as I bring onto the show to start Joining Up the Dots of his life, with the one and only Matt McWilliams

 

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Todays guest is an entrepreneur with a passion for the outdoors, travel, adventure, business strategy and podcasting.

He is currently based in Thailand and working to grow Authority Engine, a premium podcast creation and management agency.They specialize in launching highly effective podcasts to help entrepreneurs accelerate their business growth, gain authority in their space and put more padding in their pockets.

But the beauty of finding your passion as we see over and over again, is it can happen at anytime. You see it was only a little while ago that our guest was penned up in an office working the dreaded dead-end job, and had to find something that would help him alleviate that daily feeling of boredom and dread. 

So he resorted to listening to marketing and business podcasts, and as he listened, he started researching, and learning more about podcasting as a personal interest.

This quickly grew into voracious research trying to uncover what made certain podcasts wild successes, and others a flop.

How are podcasters using their online shows to reach and surpass their business objectives?

Well that is something that I am literally salivating to find out more about, so its with a great pleasure that I bring onto the show, to join up some dots the one and only Mr Ben Krueger.

Dream Jobs, Online Courses, Persistence, Personal Trainer, Decision Making, Publicity, Young Entrepreneur, Freedom, Addicted, Shawn Stevenson, American Hustle, Make Money Online, Motivational Quotes, Expedition, Challenges, Steve Jobs, How To Start A Business, The Secret, Rich, Online Marketing, Time Management, Blogger, Videos, Recruiting, Authentic, Travel Blogs, Ultra Running, American Football, How To Make Money, Online Business, Company Culture, Law Of Attraction, Planet Money, Jobs, Video Marketing,

Linkedin, Success Principles, Digital Marketing, Action Taking, Starting A Business, Successful Entrepreneurs, Personal Branding, Amazon, Lead Generation, Career Change, Life Planner, Comfort zone, Simplicity, Break The Rules, Book Launches, Personal Finance,

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Todays guest is someone who is a confidence coach,philosopher and passionate explorer of life.As he says on his blog he wants to be the best that he can be in all aspects of his life and hopes to inspire us to do the same.Well im sure he is going to do just that today.So how does he do it?How does he strive to the best in all aspects of his life?Well quite simply he studies the most successful men in the world to look for the commonalities that they all share Martin Luther King,Richard Branson,Elon Musk,Albert Einstein,Bruce Lee,to name just a few.You see ever since his upbringing (in Oakland, CA), especially after puberty, he always felt like he was a step behind his peers and had to put in extra work to catch up.He was quite shy and fearful and his insecurities showed up most clearly in social situations, especially with attractive girls.So being in the dating world after years of analyzing,observing,studying and experiencing the dynamics of attraction,he started to write about his learnings.And now he considers himself a highly conscious man, and is there to teach this information to the world.So lets get him on, so we can all learn from him, and of course as always lets start joining up dots to see how he got here…the one and only Jack Peterson.

Dream Jobs, Online Courses, Persistence, Personal Trainer, Decision Making, Publicity, Young Entrepreneur, Freedom, Addicted, Shawn Stevenson, American Hustle, Make Money Online, Motivational Quotes, Expedition, Challenges, Steve Jobs, How To Start A Business, The Secret, Rich, Online Marketing, Time Management, Blogger, Videos, Recruiting, Authentic, Travel Blogs, Ultra Running, American Football, How To Make Money, Online Business, Company Culture, Law Of Attraction, Planet Money, Jobs, Video Marketing,

Linkedin, Success Principles, Digital Marketing, Action Taking, Starting A Business, Successful Entrepreneurs, Personal Branding, Amazon, Lead Generation, Career Change, Life Planner, Comfort zone, Simplicity, Break The Rules, Book Launches, Personal Finance,

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Our guest today is one of the founding members of the Higher Purpose Project,which we have discussed with our previous guests Ginger Kern and Dan Adams.A powerful collection of individuals that have taken it on themselves to create a platform for dreamers,high achievers and goal setters, to channel their passions and overcome their fears.With a tagline of "Be Your Own Hero" the project is going from strength to strength as the world wakes up to what can be achieved if we only take action.But this is just one part of what this lady fills her time with, as not just in group situations but individually through coaching, workshop facilitating, and self development she helps others to identify their true path in life and grab hold of the life that they deserve.

But how does she do this?How does she find the key to the lock,where others have been looking for that key all their life?

Well lets find out about this, the Higher Purpose Project and of course by starting Joining Up Dots, with the one and only Jeanine Cerundolo

 

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Todays guest is a self confessed Creative Maverick and believes that there is a better way for us to do things and earn a living.

After being in corporate land in the UK for many years, working for such companies as Deloitte, he quit his job with the firm intention to never work again.

He wanted to create a world that in the words of Richard Branson "I don't think of work as work, and play as play its all living".

And he is anything but a man of his word, as since then he has written  the bestselling book “Screw Work Let’s Play: How to do what you love & get paid for it” and is now working on his second one.

And whilst he isn't pounding away at the keyboard he has found the time to build his own 6-figure business around his programmes including the Screw Work Let’s Play 30 Day Challenge , where he has inspired over 300 people around the world to find a money-making idea they love and launch it in 30 days.

So lets waste no more time, and start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr John Williams

Dream Jobs, Online Courses, Persistence, Personal Trainer, Decision Making, Publicity, Young Entrepreneur, Freedom, Addicted, Shawn Stevenson, American Hustle, Make Money Online, Motivational Quotes, Expedition, Challenges, Steve Jobs, How To Start A Business, The Secret, Rich, Online Marketing, Time Management, Blogger, Videos, Recruiting, Authentic, Travel Blogs, Ultra Running, American Football, How To Make Money, Online Business, Company Culture, Law Of Attraction, Planet Money, Jobs, Video Marketing,

Linkedin, Success Principles, Digital Marketing, Action Taking, Starting A Business, Successful Entrepreneurs, Personal Branding, Amazon, Lead Generation, Career Change, Life Planner, Comfort zone, Simplicity, Break The Rules, Book Launches, Personal Finance,

Secret To Success, Business Plan, Health And Fitness, Tech Startup, Self Publishing, Entrepreneurs, Love, Career Path, Educational, Creativity, Selling, motivation, motivational, inspiration, confidence, success, freedom

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Todays guest is a man who has travelled an usual path to where he is today.

Starting as a musician working in the church full-time, he worked hard at delivering the kind of music that inspires, and touches the soul.

But like all entrepreneurs that awake one day with the realisation that they aren’t where they want to be in life, he was the same.

He awoke one morning with the realisation that the potential that he knew was in him, just waiting to be unleashed on the world was not being delivered to the people that could use it most.

But who where those people?

How can you transform from a church musician to a mover and shaker that is creating success all around them?

Well opportunities to find your true path in life, can come from the most unexpected sources, and in our guests case it came from someone very close to home.

Writing an advertisement for his wife’s music studio, he was astonished and of course very pleased to find his ad produced 400% return on investment.

And after selling $50,000.00 of pipe organs in one month, he realised that he had made the step, and created a real business that he could develop for himself and his flourishing portfolio of clients.

So how did he do it?

What strategies did he use to quite literally become a copywriting overnight success?

And more importantly, why did that untapped passion lay dormant for so long?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only, James Clouser

 

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Todays guest is a father who has faced the most difficult of times,and in the process started changing the world.As an accomplished businessman,author and motivational speaker,he was a man in control.He coached groups of people large and small to help them overcome the challenges that can derail all of us in our professional lives.He helped increase revenue, he developed leaders, and improved teamwork, life was good.Little did he know however, that whilst this side of  his life was firing on all cylinders, his sons life was on a path that no parent would want them to be on.Discovering his son was taking heroin, living homeless, and devoid of positivity in his life, our guest had a choice to make.In fact he had no choice.He turned his life both personally and professionally on its head to face his sons problems head-on,and provide the love and support that a father only knows.And that was just the beginning of the tale.A story, with many twists and turns, successes and failures, and an usual mode of transport which you wouldn't expect to be part of the salvation of this father and son couple.So lets bring onto the show, to start Joining  Up Dots, the one and only Mr Dave Cooke. 

 

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Our guest today, comes onto the show with a drive to make life better for so many of us who spend our days in jobs we don't like.

I think already that we are connected at birth!

Starting his life with a dream to be a news anchor or game show host, he for some reason that we will find out about, decided instead to go into Corporate America, where for 15 years he surrounded himself with the kind of folk that have gone onto become his target audience.

The moaners and groaners, the dispirited, or simply the employees that need help to find their swing, develop their potential, get promoted and enjoy working for a living.

Well unlike many people who have got to a point in their career, where success is about maintaining instead of gaining, he decided that he was the man to help them.

Pausing his corporate gig, he went back to school and earned himself an MBA and PHD, which literally was the starting point to the second half of his working life, and what seems to me to be the unique path that he had been looking for all along.

Now with his "Career Revolution" platform consisting of a podcast, blog, video tips and empowering information to one and all he is firing on all cylinders.

As he says "Creating a career takes hard work, patience, planning and most importantly, someone to help you along the way."

So lets find out what was the tipping point to the leap of faith that started it all?

Lets find out if he would still like to be a game show host?

And most important lets find out how he has managed to find the time to have produced five girls, and one boy!

It is with pleasure that I bring onto the show to start joining up the dots of his life, the one and only Dr CK Bray.

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur is a master of an instrument that until recently I had never heard off, but upon stumbling upon some information on the web, I knew that I wanted to have him on my show.

He got to the top of the Hammered Dulcimer pile, when back in 2010 he won the National Championship, even though this was not an instrument that was on his radar even a few years previously.

As he says "For years I was a musician who played a lot of different instruments. Jack of all, master of none. The hammered dulcimer was just another instrument I could play a little on but not really kill it."

But with a bit of practice he is not only killing it, but actually smashing it to pieces too (which will make sense if you listen to the show)

So what was it about this instrument that really spoke to him, and allowed him to become a musician fulltime, traveling the country performing well known classics, with a unique twist.

Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show to start Joining up Dots, the one and only Ted Yoder.

 

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Our guest today joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast business interview is on an adventure, or I guess you could call it a quest.

On one hand he is trying to travel around the world without flying, and on the other hand he will be finding himself on the trip.

Discovering the type of person that can strike up conversations with complete strangers, experience unusual cultures with fascination and ease, and suffer all kinds of discomfort but keep moving forwards.

And if you think that this doesn't sound much, then just consider that our guest was extremely shy all the way through childhood into adulthood, and found building new relationships terrifying in the extreme.

But instead of allowing this to keep him rooted in a situation that he was unhappy with in 2007, he left his hometown of Waterford in Ireland and set off to New Orleans.

Simply due to the fact that he liked the Basketball team that played in the City.

And since that day, he has become interested in personal development, become a vegan, won a toastmasters contest, and started a website, which were dots towards taking the plunge on the last day of September 2011.

He left Ireland and headed east on a round the world trip, which he expects to take four years or so.

Good for him I say, and great for us that he has allowed himself a brief respite from the constant travelling to join me on the show today.

So lets introduce to you and start joining up the dots, with the one and only Niall Doherty.

 

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Todays guest is a man who can really turn us around no matter what our state of mind to focus on a positive future.

Living in the Milwaukee area of the United States he was on a path similar to the rest of us until one day on his 26th birthday, he came to a realisation.

And unfortunately it wasn't the type of realisation that was joined by clouds parting, angels singing and the like, but instead he was struck with pain, fears and worst of all self-disappointment.

He had hit the point in his life where it was time to make a change, and he grabbed this thought with both hands and ran with it.

As a child his dad was always listening to the motivational tapes, and filling his childrens heads with success quotes, and not in his wildest dreams could he have imagined that his path was intrinsically linked to one looking at mind-set, positivity, and helping others fulfil their dreams.

Good old Dad, for planting the seed that had grown without his knowledge for years and years into such a powerful force.

Our guest now runs a company called Operation Self Reset, which was launched on May 10, 2013, the day his son Nolan was born.

As he says "Nolan gave me the motivation to do what Nike has said for many years, "Just Do It."

And now he strives to provide us all with tools, tips, and stories on ways to reset our lives.

So lets bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only reset master Jacob Nawrocki 

 

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Todays guest is the first partner of a previous guest to ever be on the show.If you listened to episode 53, then you would have heard her husband speak, with passion, eloquence and more than a splash of humour on what he is doing to help us all make our best even better.But our guest is not just a wife and business partner,as she is a mover and shaker, zigger and zagger in her own right.A renowned speaker,she loves nothing more than inspiring large groups of women to take on the world together.Back in 2009, when the world was struggling under an economic downturn that left many fearing for their futures, our guest had an idea and a very powerful one too.She invited women business owners from across the globe to join forces once a month to combine resources, share ideas and become empowered to stimulate their own economy.A real powerful force of willing and participating action takers.The result has been tremendous; jobs have been created, services exchanged and hope renewed, which led to the creation of No More Nylons the company that hosts these Women’s Business Socials.But that is really the tip of the iceberg, as both of her and her husband thrive on creating, inspiring and delivering the possibility of a positive future to all of us.But what keeps her inspired?What makes her believe that she can achieve what she is aiming to do in the world?And what  makes her agree to come onto the show today, when she has so much on her plate?Well lets find out as we start Joining Up the Dots with the one and only Jodi Womack.

 

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Our guest today seems to be a man on a mission.Since first coming to my attention early last year,he has blazed a path across the online world on as many different platforms as he can.He is an inspiring lifestyle entrepreneur, online marketer, blogger, podcaster and personal branding strategist which isn’t a bad list to build a life changing income from.Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, his mission in life is to help and inspire others to be able to have a life that is 100% on their own terms. If you want to choose your hours, income, lifestyle, or just have….well a great time whilst you are on this planet then you couldn’t choose a better resource to turn too.

He is extremely passionate about helping entrepreneurs, aspiring lifestyle entrepreneurs and small business owners with their branding strategy, building their authority and personal brand online.

He is the host of the very popular podcast The Lifestyle Architects where he interviews inspiring and successful lifestyle entrepreneurs, but of course this is just a small part of what makes him who he is.So how has he done it?How has he achieved the success that he is getting?

And what is a lifestyle entrepreneur exactly?

Well lets find out as we start joining up the dots with the one and only Navid Moazzez

 

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Todays guest is a man that is a true online mover and shaker.

In fact he probably put the move into Mover, and shaked the shake until he got more than most people would have done, because wow he is doing some great things in the online world.

He is an an entrepreneur, a marketer, and a graduate of Seth Godin's unique MBA program.

As one of the world's leading crowdfunding experts, he has helped over 50 entrepreneurs raise over $5 million on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

He is a popular public speaker, engaging audiences around the globe on innovation, creativity, marketing, entrepreneurship and the future of work.

But was it an easy path to his current successes?

Did he have doubts and fears that followed him along the way, the kind of fears that stop so many people in their tracks?

Well we will find out, as even with all the knowledge that he has gained he still found that some companies were not willing to entertain new and innovate ways of thinking.

They were stuck in the dark ages, and unable to move into a bright new and prosperous world.

So how did he battle that limited thinking?

How did he express his contrasting views of how things should be done?

Well he did what all good entrepreneurs would do, and went solo, working for companies in an advisory position.

But then whilst on vacation in 2012, a friend of a former client phoned to say they needed help, and to me this one phone call signified the moment that he had found his true path in life.

She had run a Kickstarter project to raise $20K to finish a documentary film and it was struggling and not going to get funded.

With his knowledge of online marketing, they got the project seen by the right people and saved it. It went from 20% funded with 10 days to go to 113% funded before it closed.

A lightbulb went on and our guest realized that the same marketing skills he was using to help Fortune 500 companies could be used to help entrepreneurs actually fund their dreams and change the world.

And the rest as they say is history.

So lets get chatting, and joining up some dots, with the one and only Clay Hebert

 

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Guy Vincent: The Publishizer King Talks E-Books, Leaps Of Faith, And Starting Projects Ugly and Fast

Todays guest has an amazing tale, and one that I have read more than once, as it has the classic stumbles and falls, successes and moments of inspiration that make this guy perfect for join up dots.

As a young man, our guest was always on the look out for entrepreneurial ventures. Starting with an e-book venture our guest ploughed into the online world with all the enthusiasm of someone who knew that they couldn’t fail.

Unfortunately their heart wasn’t telling them the full story, and after an initial success the business never truly got off the ground.

Was it the wrong time?

Was it that the promotion was wrong? Or was it just that nobody wanted e-books? Well, it was quite certainly wasn’t the last one, so where did he go wrong?

Without pausing for breath, he didn’t give himself a chance to dwell on it, he dusted himself down and took massive action.

Leaving his apartment, quitting a relationship, quitting a job, and selling everything he owned, he bought an airline ticket to Asia and started his new life: He was 23, scared to death, but knew there was a dream he needed to find.

So lets find out how that dream is getting on, as we start joining up dots with the one and only Guy Vincent.

 

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Todays guest is a lady who quite simply it seems cannot stop smiling.When asked to rate her life happiness and fulfilment between one and ten,she honestly replied a ten plus which is just one of the reasons she genuinely feels she can help others get to a ten plus also.Being a life coach,TV presenter,Author,Blogger and it seems a very happy person, she has made it her life mission to help others achieve that state of happiness too.She wants us all to find our passion and purpose in life, but interestingly also develop and design it too.She believes that a life that is a WOW,is as much about conscious decision making as it is talent,opportunity, passion and the ability to overcome the fear that roots so many of us to the spot.

But how has she managed to create this unshakable belief and overcome those very same fears?

How has she managed to bring so many powerful media platforms together to push her message to the millions?

And how has she managed to have two children, be married for 14 years, and still look younger than some of my daughters?Well lets find out, as we start joining up the dots of her life, with the one and only Kim Somers-Elgelsee.

 

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Todays guest is the go to resource if you are in need of strategic information to grow your business using Facebook ads.

Living in San Diego with his lovely wife Amy Clover, he has dominated the industry with a back to basics, no fuss, and extremely pleasant way of operating within this area of social media.

You will be hard placed to find anyone who has a bad word to say about this guy....and believe me I've tried.

Moving to LA over nine years ago, without a job, a home to live in, or even many friends to call on he knew that he had the "Hustle Muscle" to make a success of his dream.

And what was that dream?

He wanted to leave a six figure job in online corporate advertising that had been his life since 2000, and bring the skills that he had developed into the small business world.

He wanted to be the guy that could provide the small guys with the knowledge, skills, and insider secrets that could help them take on the huge advertising budgets that corporate America had at their disposal and win.

Win Big and Win Fairly.

So why did he take such a risk when others would have played safe and stayed where they were until retirement?

Why did he decide that the West Coast was the only place to be...ok that's a stupid question to ask..Sun, Sand and whatever else you want all in one place....duh!!!

And what is it like being friends with the movers and shakers of the internet?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up the dots of his life, the one and only Mr Rick Mulready

 

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Todays guest has from the first family vacations wanted to be free.

She was always the child kicking up a fuss when her parents told her it was time to go home.

She was always the child literally counting off the days until holidays came round again.

So its with little surprise that upon reaching adulthood, that freedom of spirit has overtaken her and she has undertaken a series of footsteps in the unknown.

Never Ending Footsteps in fact, which is the name of her blog, and the perfect description of her life in distant shores.

Starting the dream in 2006, it took her five years of extreme effort, working three jobs, overcoming a series of anxiety disorders, and saving everything she could, to ensure that her dream of travel could be fulfilled.

And on the 17th July 2011, she departed whilst crying like a baby, and now nearly three years later as her footsteps are able to be traced across 45 countries, and five continents,  it seems she has no real desire to return to England and settle back into a life of normal domesticity.

And why should she, since she has now found a way of funding her adventures, by blogging, writing, and other online activities too.

She has become a digital nomad, and is loving every second of her life away from the rain and the cold.

If this seems the perfect life, then think again, as with all things that seem an instant success, there are a collection of stumbles, falls, financial mistakes and hardships that would make many people return to the safety of their home.

But today's guest is made of sterner stuff than that, and is a perfect guest for a show like Join Up Dots.

So lets introduce you to the only and only, Lauren Juliff

 

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Todays guest started in business at quite a tender age.Yes,at the age of five,he was already on the look out for money making activities,when he negotiated with his mother a salary to lick the stamps for her flyers.Im not sure that I would have been so keen to do that,but hey as he says 0.01 per two stamps that’s a lot of money when you are five years old.But of course you cant just lick stamps for a living, but funnily enough the power of his mouth is what has taken him to where he is today. He was always fascinated by speakers, and those that would get up and say profound things, or simply just to help people improve their lot.And growing up he had a lot of professional speakers stay over at house as guests of his parents, and was given a first hand look at what it takes to work within the speaking profession.And how his internet marketing consultancy  “Red Beard Consultancy” is helping those very same people who inspired him as a child with their marketing challenges.So lets bring on the show, as we start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Mr Brian Keith.

 

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Todays guest has the biggest balls you can imagine. Well I better rephrase that really,it doesn't sound the best way to start an introduction after all.So lets go with, our guest today has three hugely successful books all based around the theme of being Ballsy in life Think and Grow Balls,Awaken The Balls Within,and 2014's addition to the balls family "The Ten Habits Of  Highly Ballsy People".Highly influenced by the classic "Think And Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill our guest has brought the book and its content up to date, and added a rich vein of humour, anecdotes and well.....himself to the pages.All of them are fun,readable and hugely powerful guides to taking control of your life,shaking off the fear that roots us to the spot,and moving forward with more momentum than you could hope for.But believe me, behind the words of the book we have a man with a personal story that has been challenging and difficult, which has allowed him to roadtest the words he has given to the world.So what makes a man take the leap of faith and attempt to change the world.And what makes a man think that he can bring something different to Hill, Robbins, and Canfields of the world?So now without further ado lets bring onto the show to starting joining up dots the one and only JD Bloodstone.

 

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Todays guest has a story that the dots can be connected all the way back to being a child.

Starting with her love for gymnastics, she excelled at flips, tumbles, and all the other things that I can't even do one off, until one day her gymnastics coach failed to turn up for a session.

Instead of doing what most kids would do when the teacher is suddenly not around, and mess around, chat, and generally savour the fact that there are no adults in the room, our guest had other ideas.

Jumping up she decided to take over the session herself and for the next seven years coached 2 year olds up to adults.

And that is the beauty of life spent joining up the dots, as most of the time there is a big dot that takes you off on a path that you couldn't have predicted when the dot first appears.

Most of the time you don't even know that it appeared at all.

But her love for coaching was born, and after a series of injuries curtailed her continued participation in competitive athletics, she quickly developed a new passion for personal training, nutrition coaching, and teaching group exercise classes.

And the rest as they say is history.....but not so fast.

As although this seems like a normal story of a lady finding her path in life and following it through to success, it was far from that, as once she started to get serious and create her own fitness business, whilst her clients were getting healthier and fitter the complete opposite was true of our guest today.

Starting a new business, paying all her bills, was making her so stressed out, that it slowly started taking a toll on her body.

6 months later her body shut down. Shut down as in can’t train clients, can’t teach classes, constant pain, and she can barely stay awake.

So what does she do?

How does she recover her mojo, her fitness and her business, and take it to greater and greater levels of success.

Well lets find out as I bring on to the show the lovely and uber fit Liz Cortez

 

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Todays guest can only be described as the new Jules Vern, or for younger listeners Michael Palin, as he is the creator of the site Around the world in 80 jobs whereby he crosses the globe,working in various positions of employment and of course sharing with us his successes, failures and crazy stories of a life on the road.

Back in 2007,after graduating from UC Berkeley our guest set out on the open road for a year of adventure.

 With no clear plan. No fixed direction. And nothing more than a vague feeling of doing something memorable it was a path very different from where he is now.

 And looking back from where he is now, it seems almost unbelievable that he didn’t immediately start blogging, creating content, or attempting to montize his wanderings across the globe.

 But that is the beauty of a show like Join Up Dots, as many times a persons true path in life only becomes visible to them when hitting a crossroads.

 

And in this case it was an economic crossroads that made him decide on what he wanted to do in life.

 

The economy had tanked in 2008, and the prospect of getting straight back into employment when returning to the US suddenly seemed a distant dream.

 

And was it a dream that our guest was…..well dreaming about anyway?

 

Lets find out as we add another job on the list as podcast guest (although Im not going to pay him…just keep that to ourselves) the amazing, Mr Turner Barr.

 

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Todays guest is someone who considers himself a life long student.And in the online environment he quite simply has submerged himself in the world of websites,traffic production, and content creation since an early age.He first learnt to write software when he was just a youthful 14 years old, and started his first company at the age of 20.But these were all stepping stones, or dots as we call them on the show, because no matter how well your site, vision and content look you are dead in the water without visiting traffic.And he first achieved this while he was graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point.All freshman were allowed to use the computers,and our guest decided to create a site on his love of Hip Hop music, which slowly but steadily became the go to place for lovers of that genre of music.So buoyed by his success and confident in his abilities, and after several false starts in 2011, he founded Nichevertising, an online business that helps business in a similar niches join forces to grow their business,and make their content hopefully go viral.Said in a different way our guest is trying to connect businesses with the same demographics so they can work together to help each others advertising campaigns go viral. Multiple businesses can join a campaign together and help each other gain huge exposure online. A real win-win for all parties, not least our guest.So the key questions are I suppose, how did he come up with this idea?Why did he persist with working online, and developing his entrepreneurial muscles when simply "getting a job" would have been the easier option?And where did he find the courage, support and faith in his abilities to push through the hard times to gain the success he deserves.So let me find out as much as I can whilst I have the chance to talk, and of course join up Dots with the one and only Christopher Mance II

 

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Todays guest is a man who since 2001 has had a fascination with coding and technology.Starting work as a QA Engineer for a company, which he quite readily admits that I cant find the right words that could do any justice to my time here.5 or 10 lines of blank text should more than suffice.he moved steadily though a series of positions that filled his days with programming, and more than a bit of messing around.One company paid him, whilst he joined a gang of eager programmers and developers to work on a slime basketball game….ok they didn’t know they were paying him to do this, but hey more fool them, they should have managed a little bit closer I think.But when Microsoft took a chance on him, then things started getting serious, and he realised that the time of playing was coming to an end.Whizz forward a few years, and he is now the founder of Blue Label Labs, a New York based mobile design and development lab for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. So how has he done this?How did he take the leap of faith that allowed him to leave the corporate environment as an employee, and build his own business (one not focused on slime basketball I can only imagine)Well lets find out as we invite onto the show to start joining up the dots of his life, the one and only Bobby Gill.

 

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Todays guest is a lady who has really turned the corner in her life,due to focus,motivation and pure strength of will to achieve huge success.It wasnt always a given that she would end up where she is today as a number one Best Selling Author,an international speaker,championship motorcycle racer,accomplished business leader,musician and vocalist who has earned more than 50 podium placements in male-dominated motorcycle competitions.Now if that seems like a wildly adventurous and fun life to have,it wasn't always like that.As a young woman our guest was in a dark place in her life.Dark enough to consider suicide, but as we said by taking a determined approach to stride boldly into the light, she undertook in 1999 a course of personal and spiritual development at The Institute for Personal Growth in Quebec, Canada.In 2001, she bought herself a motorcycle for pleasure, and two years later started motorcycle racing for sport. In 2007, she secured a Third-place finish at Daytona Raceway, against 75 men and scored 9th overall in the WERA National Championship in the USA.But really this is just the beginning of her success and now with her books, coaching, and presentations teaching us to take control of our lives and Win the race of life at 180 mph then there is no better time to start joining up dots with the one and only Nadine Lajoie. 

 

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Todays guest is the type of person that can only really be described as a serial entrepreneur.He has been founding and co founding businesses since he was 14 years old, when he started his first business a comics book rental company. And since then he has navigated the world of the 9 – 5 with, lets say wariness.Being somebody who readily describes himself as a round peg in a square hole, the life in corporate land was something that never really fitted.In fact he considers working in a cubicle or other standard position as jail, and has since 2009 been inspiring folks across the globe to escape and find their own futures, through the Breaking The 9 To 5 Jail programme.And that passion has led him to become a public speaker of note with keynotes and workshops driving home the message of “Consistent action taking.”Using his life incidents, client stories, experiences, fun observations, and a unique story telling approach, he has inspired, informed, and entertained audiences of all ages and abilities.He strongly believes that one can be over-educated however, one can never be over-inspired and inspiration is the most important element of each success story.So how does he do this?And how does he find the courage to take such huge action everyday, as he changes not just his life, but that of 1000′s of others too?Well lets find out as we start joining up dots with the one and only Divesh Dwivedi

 

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Todays guest is a lady who has had a career that can be split into two clearly defined

halves. The first half was based firmly in the military, as over 23 years she was employed by the air force as a negotiator and contracts expert. The air force used her to negotiate contracts from $1 to over $100 million both stateside and internationally.

She was deployed to the Middle East after 911, has worked in the White House,  and

even holds a Top Secret security clearance and  has been a trusted agent of the U.S.

Government for 30 years. But upon leaving the military, our guest didn't just consider the skills that she had honed, to be only useful in her past life,but has taken those very same skills and brought them into the corporate world.

She now specializes in training people how to think like a negotiator by creating win

win results and understanding the pitfalls to avoid. Now if that isn't enough, she is also an international award winning speaker and an award winning author of two books "Think Like A Negotiator, 50 Ways to Create Win Win Results by Understanding the Pitfalls to Avoid" and "GoPINK Rules of Engagement 5 Foundational Principles for Taking Control of the Handlebars of Your Life." 

So lets bring onto the show, to start joining up the dots of her life, the one and

only, Harly Davidson riding, Eldonna Lewis Fernandez.

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business interview is officially the youngest person that I have had on the show...but wow what an entrepreneur he is.

When he was 12 years old instead of asking for a Xbox, or bike like most kids his age, he instead asked for a beehive.

You see he had learnt about Colony Collapse Disorder from a beekeeper and wanted to make a difference.

Yes, he did grow up on a farm, but that is still something that lets be honest is a strange thing to ask for even from such a well grounded and well raised lad.

So he started selling honey by the side of the road to raise money and from that one beehive, our guest found the motivation to create an industry that is now present in stores across the United States of America.

Like all the best ideas its a simple one.

Having too much honey for his family to consume he started experimenting with the substance by adding spices...and BAM he created Henrys Humdingers.

But how did he do it?

How did he at such an early age continue his education whilst taking on the business world and win?

What made him so caring to the plight of an insect that for many of us, we just flip away with our hands whenever they come near?

Well lets find out as we start Joining Up Dots in todays interview with the inspirational teenage entrepreneur himself Mr Henry Miller

 

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My guest entrepreneur joining us on todays interview, is a man who has driven himself to the top of his business as a coach, productivity expert, and author, and is quite simply the guy to turn to if you want to make your best even better.He has earned two Master's degrees after studying US History and Spanish Literature, and then went on to earn another in Education to understand how to teach.Add another

masters in Psychology and then you really have an intoxicating and powerful mix that can look into the core of all of us, and help us raise our game.As an executive coach, he provides practical methods to achieve quality work/life balance.

You can say he is the lifestyle king. Allowing for amazing career success whilst also having the freedom to enjoy the income he earns.

He has worked with leaders and executives for over 14 years in the business and education sectors, with his focus on creating

ideas that matter and implementing solutions that are valuable to the organization he has been very busy indeed.While traveling worldwide, he trains and competes regularly as an age-group triathlete too.Now if all that eduction seeking and performance enhancing would make me you like me, want to throw yourself down on the nearest sofa, with a huge tub of Ben and Jerry's and take it easy, he is not like that at all.Our guest seems to have a limlitless amount of energy.Since 2003, he has completed four 1/2 Ironman distance races, several half-

marathons and several smaller triathlons around the United States, he consistently places in the top 10% of his age group in both 5K and 10K races.So without further ado, whilst we have him sitting I guess in one spot, lets start Joining Up Dots with the one and only supe entrepreneur and author Jason W. Womack

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur is a lady who found her thing in life, it seems to me by chance.

But it was a chance occurrence that like so many people who come onto the Join Up Dots podcast interview, she grasped with both hands and ran with it.

The founder of Solamente55.com a company that specialises in making unique and boutique t-shirts highlighting the niche areas of your life and town or city has been a great success.

So if you want a funky, t-shirt that probably none of your mates are wearing then this is the place to come.

But her story isn't just about marketing products, as since starting on her professional life she has literally submerged herself in cultures across the globe.

Working in Croatia, Holland, Africa and the United States, she has become multicultural and has an outlook that can only take her to the very top of her game.

But what is her game?

Where does she see her future and unique self to be heading?

Is it into corporate land, where she has so much experience, or to have the freedom to take her clothing company into every shopping mall, and high street across the globe.

Well lets find out as we start Joining Up Dots with the one and only fashion expert herself Amy Shifflette.

 

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Todays guest freedom seeker is an entreprneur who is really getting out there and making a difference to the world.

And if you are a podcaster, or consumer of online content then you will have heard this mans work without knowing the name most probably.

He has loose lips that were born to communicate, and golden tones made for inspirational comment.

And that is why he is the inspirational voice that introduces so many of the shows out there at the moment.

But that is not all he does well, as it seems to me that he was born to be an entrepreneur, and motivational force to many, as well as....your going to find out during the show.

So lets listen to the wisdom, and experience of a man who has been through the corporate route, and is now living firmly on his own terms.

Creating a lifestyle that is pure and simple to what he wants

He is a husband, father, grower of an amazing beard (which I will have to discuss) and the co-host of Love Your Leap with the legend that is John Lee Dumas.

So now is time to start Joining Up Dots as we interview the one and only golden voice over man himself.....Mr Tim Paige!

 

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Todays guest is a man who was introduced to me by Tom Trush who appeared on Episode 17 of the show.He said to me"David you have to have this guy on he has an amazing story".I think that was selling it a bit short when you realize that this guy started his first business at the age of 4 when he sold artwork to his neighbors.That certainly needs discussing.His business ventures have ranged from establishing a bathroom tollbooth at his parents home (which they shockingly agreed to play along with) to creating an angel-financed pet health insurance company to a multimillion-dollar real estate development company–and many others.Today, his advice has appeared in media throughout the world including Fox Business,Inc.,Forbes, and Business Insider, plus he has spoken to both domestic and international audiences.He was selected as one of The American Genius Beat’s “Top 50 Influencers.” On occasion,his kids even take his advice.But hang on a bit how about the fact that as a child, he was diagnosed as having one of the worst cases of ADHD (along with a litany of other learning disabilities)the doctor had ever seen,yet refused medication and alternative education and taught himself how to succeed amidst those challenges! Oh and he is a three times wrestling state champion,and well….we could go on and on.But where to start is the problem……so lets just get on with introducing you to a man who I am so pleased agreed to Join Up the Dots of his life….Mr Charles Gaudet

 

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Our guests today have been close friends since the middle of the 80's, when due to doing what most mums do, they met whilst ferrying their kids to school and back.

And that simple connection lead them on an entrepreneurial journey that perhaps they wouldn't have imagined as possible at the very beginning.

Starting in the garage looking at money making ideas and projects, these two mums started researching home remedies, studied herbal properties and used their families as guinea pigs for numerous concoctions.

Over the years, they have acquired a file filled with business cards they created for one idea after another. They have run a newspaper, produced original Murder Mystery Dinner events, operated an advertising and PR firm and generally sizzled with endless ideas.

And I took this phrase directly from their website as I loved it, had never heard it before, but it seems so apt for a show like this.

"Even a blind pig eventually finds an acorn."

And due to the ever expanding production line of grandchildren they decided they wanted to find candy, or sweets as we call them in the UK, that they would be happy with their loved ones eating.

And it seems that so many people wanted the same thing, and that blind pig had found its acorn.

And that pig started running, and running it was quite an excited pig it seems, and now these two amazing ladies have a company called Ice Chips Candy, which led to them being contestants on the American Version of the UK Show "Dragons Den" which is called "Shark Tank".

So did it work for them?

Did they gain the investment that they sought?

Are they pleased that they tried so many things on their way to finding their thing in life?

Well lets find out as we discuss Ice Chips Candy, the Shark Tank, and of course joining up dots with the amazing powerhouse couple that are...Bev Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary 

 

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Todays guest is a lady who has such a tale to tell she is absolutely perfect for a show like Join Up Dots.

Known as someone who laughs a lot, she actually says in her own words "That I don't look like what I have been through"

And she has certainly been through a lot, not least becoming a survivor of breast cancer.

Living in New York, she has spent the majority of the last 30 years working in higher education, and it is obvious that she is a lady who believes in empowerment, and inspiring others to reach for their dreams.

With her weekly radio show, her blogs, podcast, and myriad of media platforms she has set out on a path that is uniquely her and 100% giving to others.

So how did she get here?

How did she find that path, and more importantly know that it was the one that would light her up inside?

 

Well lets not delay anymore and bring on the show the amazingly inspirational and motivational Dr Fay M Butler.

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Todays guest entrepreneur is creating an amazing lifestyle for himself due to being a content marketing machine.

H has been in the business one way or another since way back in the early 2000s.

Technology seems to be something that brings him to life,and when you look at his career it has taken him in directions that like everyone who spends time with me to Join Up Dots could not have been perceived at the very beginning.

He loves to code and write programs, and this love allowed him to start creating his own IPhone apps.His very first one hitting the number 8 position under Educational Games in iTunes.I

’m not sure if this is good or not, but I am certainly going to find out during the discussion.

He has contributed to major publications including Lifehack, Social Media Examiner, iPhoneLife, Unbounce, Kissmetrics,and many more and even now hosts his own podcast focused on guess what mobile apps.So how does he come up with areas of focus for his business?

And how does he decide the direction to go into, with so many areas that must make him to want to jump in all directions at once.

He describes himself as 60% marketer, 30% developer, 10% designer and 100% hustler.And fortunately for us he isn’t very good at maths, as I would sling in 100% conversationalist too.So lets get down to business and start joining up the dots with the one and only, 200%’r…… Mr Steve Young.

 

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Todays guest is a man who over the last few years, after leaving college has taken a huge amount of action.He knew he wanted to have his own business, he knew that he didn't want to work the nine to five, but other than that dream he had no idea at all.So setting himself a deadline of five years to start and run his own business he set off on a path that he could never have dreamt at the beginning.Flexing his hustle muscle he has done many things, in a timeframe that seems almost too audacious.Managing to keep working a regular gig at nights, he has started the Billionsuccess blog and podcast, who goal is help all of us create our own successful start-ups by sharing inspiring stories of success and I suppose failures too.He is the Co-Founder of Triplefy an online service that allows businesses to sell their own “deals” (similar to Groupon) without the substantial cost and potential inconvenience having to go through a third-party company.And if that is not enough, he still works the for a security company, and has the time restraints that a father, and husband has day to day.So how has he done all this, and remained sane and youthful looking?Well lets find out as we introduce to you the one and only Herby Fabius.

 

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If you think that you need to start your journey of discovery and fulfilment from a privileged position or its never going to work then think again.

Todays guest started his journey and I guess life in quite an unusual place, and it certainly was with no entitlement.

Born in Vietnam, he was then taken to live in a refuge camp in Indonesia, before moving again to Australia, where he resides today.

He has overcome challenges both financially and physically, with incredible persistence and commitment.

He has played Rugby at the National Championship in Canada, competed in Thai Boxing at International level, worked as a Professional Chef at a 5-Star Hotel, and even run a small food business.

He has completed a Bachelor of Humanities degree from The College At Southwestern in Fort Worth, Texas and is currently doing a Masters Degree.

If that isn't impressive enough, then this man who seems to be born with an inherent talent to take action, has created his own website entitled the Wantrepreneur journey.com, where he encourages his readers and listeners to strive to find their unique self.

As he says in his own words "I believe that everything you do in life is either an expression of who you truly are or a distraction from who you truly are. Discovering who you truly are is the burning question in everyone’s soul."

So let's find out today, how he found his unique self as I start joining up dots with the inspirational Thai Nguyen.

 

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Todays' guest entrepreneur is a man who quite literally was born to be a voice on the mic.

And so its no surprise that he is now creating career freedom by creating his own online podcast.

He has been in radio one way or another since getting his first job way back at the tender age of 14, when he quite simply hustled his way into the producers chair.

And that flexing of his "Hustle Muscle" appears to be an inherent part of his character, as since then he has worked and flourished in a myriad of positions...even spending sometime working with a huge mouse as his boss.

Yep, Old Mickey paid his salary for a while whilst he worked for Walt Disney Radio (I had no idea that Disney had a radio station!)

So what takes a natural talent behind the mic, to step away from the radio business, and create his own podcasts, and his own future with the The Go For It Show  the latest motivational powerhouse to hit the ears of the world.

Is it just a case of a guy who tired of the corporate gig, and needed to spread his own wings?

Or is it someone who has a passion for a subject that he felt wasn't being provided to the world?

Well lets find out as we start Joining Up Dots with the one and only, golden voice himself the podcasting entrepreneur Mr Tysen Webb.

 

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Todays guest entrepeneur looking to join us on todays inspiring interview, is a man who upon reading his About page I thought "Man we have something in common"

He quit his 9-5 job in September 2013, and has since embarked on a daily mission to create an income producing production line, whilst inspiring motivating and empowering one million people.

Our guest wants to put a plan in place to help one million people leave their corporate job by building a business they love so they can live life on their own terms.

Total freedom of choice and freedon of time.

Well that is something that I am all ears for, and have my pen and paper at the ready.

He has worked with major companies and smaller businesses, including top professional sports teams, Fortune 500 companies, industry leading entrepreneurs and even local businesses as he helps everyone develop their mobile marketing strategy.

But how has he done it?

How has he since September 2013, found the courage to quit his job, sell his house, get married, start his own blog, podcast and coaching business whilst still retaining control of his own destiny.

Well lets find out as we start joining up dots with the one and only Mobile master Mr entrepreneur himself Greg Hickman

 

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Todays guest is a lady that I first connected with on LinkedIn, as I simply loved the message she was putting outto the world.

She is a campaigner against I suppose corporate contentment, where so many of us work in jobs that do not fulfil us simply due to our belief that this is the safest route to take in life.

The paycheck is the most important thing, but our guest today believes otherwise.

In 2011, she couldn't suppress this desire anymore to find her authentic self and she left a 12 year career in a Fortune 100 company to go it alone.

And quite simply it appears to me that she hasn't looked back, although that is exactly what I am going to be asking her to do today.

Now with her company Prolific Living Inc. she is a professional blogger, author, speaker, business coach and an expert green juicer.

She is passionate about showing her readers and clients how to define their own freedom in their health and their careers.

So how can we learn from her?

How can we find the methods, skills, and passion to create a future that is all our own, and delights us on a daily basis.

Well there is no better time than today, so let me introduce to you the lovely, inspiring and of course conversational Farnoosh Brock.

 

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Todays guest is a man who literally swims amongst the sharks on a daily basis.

The host and founder of the brilliant Shark Tank Podcast, he has found a way of combining his love for producing top notch online content, with his interest in entrepreneurs and of course the programme Shark Tank.

If you are in the UK, then think "Dragons Den" and you will have the idea of what his show is all about.

So how has he managed to create an audience that want to listen to stories, that in their own way have been told before?

How has he managed to hook a stream of contestants on the show that are ready for his grilling (There were a couple of top notch fish jokes in there just in case you missed them!)

Well he has done it with passion, charisma, perseverance and a belief in his product.

He says that he is just a regular guy who married an amazing woman, and has two boys that are his life.

So when he is not being romantic to this wonderful woman, playing and inspiring his boys, or wandering around Phoenix in Arizona, then you can find him playing soccer whilst dreaming of playing for Arsenal FC from the United Kingdom.

It seems he has a lot on his plate, so I am grateful that he has found the time to come on the show and join up some dots with me today.

Let me introduce to you the Host of Shark Tank Podcast Mr TJ Hale.

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur is someone who when you were at school you would have loved to have as your teacher.

He makes learning cool, and fun, and has a desire to teach in new and exciting ways.

So what makes him unique at least to my awareness of such folk, and brings him on to a show like Join Up Dots?

Well, unlike many of the people around the world that specialize in education and particularly biology, today’s guest has gone online and created a world that can bring his passions to the widest audience ever.

Having the freedom to use state of the art video, and podcasting equipment he inspires and educates from a far.

Many of the visitors to his site, comment that he has taught them more in a hour than weeks in a stuffy old classroom.

So how has it done it, and created a career that is now so successful?

How has this man from the island of St Maarteen in the Caribbean created an income and career that is built purely on his passions.

And why the hell did he leave St Maarteen?

Come on beach, sand, laptop what more can you want? So let me introduce to you as we discuss his life, failures and success, and of course Join Up some Dots with the one and only classroom entrepreneur Leslie Samuel.

 

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Todays guest has for many, many years preached the benefits of bringing creativity into all forms of our lives, through his keynote addresses, coaching sessions, appearances all over the media, and through the 40 plus books he has written.

He was born in the Bronx, New York, where he lived until the age of 5, but grew up in the Brooklyn area of New York City.

Education and the desire to learn and develop seems to be an inherent part of his personality as after 1968, after a three year stint in the military, unlike many people who have had enough of education as children he returned once again to the classroom.

He attended Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, where he received a B.S. in philosophy.

After this he earned a master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University while ghost-writing mysteries and nonfiction and self-publishing fiction.

And then if this wasn't enough in the ’80s he returned to school and earned a second bachelor’s degree in psychology, a second master’s degree in counselling, and a doctorate in counselling psychology.

So what is creative coaching?

And can we all bring this into our lives, if so many of us are in fulltime employment, and generally feel that we have little time for anything else?

Well lets find out as we start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Eric Maisel.

 

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Todays guest quite simply appears to have stumbled onto something and then like all great ideas ran with it.

From starting a business from his bedroom as a bit of a joke "and those are his words" he has created a business which is now thriving.

With an office, employees and a lot of late nights, alongside his partner Lena the two have developed "Xero Shoes" a lightweight sandal, which gives the feeling of running barefoot, whilst protecting your precious toes from stones, injury inducing objects...and I suppose dog mess too.

That last one is worth the price of a pair of these shoes alone!

But its not all business, as with a few different content producing websites online (one that I have to discuss called the Anti Guru blog), a company that helps budding scriptwriters create the next American masterpiece, and being a published author of "Scriptwriting Secrets - Writing Your Million Dollar Story. " he fills his spare time with go-kart racing, miniature golf, bowling and on the 1st of January each year cracking open the ice and jumping into the Boulder Reservoir.

So is this man a creative action taker, or simply a lunatic.....come on the 1st of January going swimming!

Added to that he is also one of the fastest over 50 year olds in the whole of America too!

So how has it done it?

How did he do what so many people dream off, and create a future that is not only financially promising, but sounds like a lot of fun too?

Well lets find out as we introduce to you the one and only, Steven Sashen.

 

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Our guests today are the powerhouses behind my favourite podcast Happen To Your Career.

However in this case, the podcast is just a small part of what is a passion filled centre of resource for all of us who are looking for a change in our career.

They quite simply believe that it is our their unique path in life to ensure that we all fill our days with work that delights us.

So how have they done this?

Well of course, they have a passion for the task, and they also have been in jobs and positions that have filled them with dread.

Coming home exhausted, hating their bosses and seeing very little of their families they knew that they had to do something.

And we are glad that they have because without guys like this in the world, providing support and encouragement, helping with decisions so many of us would be in similar daily situations.

So lets bring onto the show to start joining up the dots of their lives, Mr Scott Barlow and Mr Mark Sieverkropp.

 

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Our guest today is the author of the book What Just Happened? How to Bounce Back in Life So You Can Do More, Have More, and Be More.

Being an eternal optimist, he has overcome many difficulties in his business and personal life which would have stopped others in their tracks.

Financial difficulties which he quite openly describes as extreme, physical difficulties, and of course like many of us have experienced over the years the one thing that generally suffers when we are under stress like this…..relationship issues too

But it certainly hasn't always been doom and gloom, as he has enjoyed his share of business success including building three different companies that have achieved revenues in excess of a million dollars.

So with all these ups and downs and to coin a phrase which I'm not sure I should use but it sounds right being an expert in “Bouncebackability” he has taken all these life lessons, and within the pages of his book teaches us how to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones in seven steps.

He has been married to his beautiful wife Tasha for sixteen years and has three kids including teenage daughters Libby and Logan, and a six year old son Fisher.

So now its time to welcome to the show…...Jimmy Burgess.

 

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Todays guest has a fascinating story, which touches on many areas of physical and emotional heartache and obstacles.

When he was just five, our guest fell over 30 feet off a bridge and spent over three weeks in a coma.

Fortunately the only damage he received from this fall was a loss of hearing in his ear.

Because of the relearning he had to do, including walking, he was always picked last for sports, and picked on the most.

You would have thought at this point he would have lashed out and fought back with resentment, but that would have been nowhere near the truth of what happened.

Instead, he enrolled in karate and in a very short time achieved black belt status, to became a teacher.

In his words he says “Looking back, while I taught the mechanics of kicking and punching, what really excited me was helping the students understand their inner strength and believe in themselves again.”

He had found his path in life, but now just had to find a way of channelling his passion.

And that is where his wife and business partner comes in and with a fascinating journey of her own, taking her from a childhood growing up in China, to the culture shock of a life in America.

In the states she pursued education with a passion, and studied to become a dentist, finally owning her own very successful practice.

And that for many would have been job done, but like her husband she felt something was missing.

She felt drawn to creating a better world for others.

And so together this powerhouse of a married team, have taken it on themselves to create their own business built around coaching, podcasting, writing and being hugely positive to create a future that is 100% percent unique to themselves.

So there is no better time than today to bring onto the show and start joining up the dots with the one and only Joel Boggess.

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Our guest today is the author of Three Simple Steps, a masterclass publication that can show the majority of people how to escape their present situation, and reclaim their future. And the author certainly knows a thing or two about reclaiming his future.He openly admits he was not afforded the most luxurious of upbringings, in fact being born into a life of poverty.But he always had an inherent knack for seeing an opportunity to make money, and therefore change his situation.Whether it was selling sweets to his classmates on the schoolbus, or developing multi-million pound businesses on a shoestring, his fingers crossed many areas of business with apparent ease.His successes have been frequent, and financially lucrative leading him to a life that many would say was a dream existence.But he is so much more than a wealthy businessman enjoying a life of hard earned luxuries.His belief that life should not be a struggle and is one that should be enjoyed, has been one that unfortunately he has been unable to deliver to countless people he has encountered over the years.People who are trapped, unable to realize the dreams that they hold in their hearts.So with an audience waiting to hear how they too can achieve a future they deserve, I would like to introduce to the show, the one and only Trevor Blake.

 

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Todays guest wrote her own introduction.

Normally, I compose the words that I use to bring them into the show, but this lady has talent flowing from every finger tip, so when I read her website About me page I thought....how can I improve on that.

So let me simply tell you about her in her own words, as we discuss how she become so fortunate to find love, create success, and have an incredible amount of happiness in her life.

She wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth, her parents were never rich and probably never will be, so it wasn't easy to gain success in her life.

In fact, it required many late nights and early mornings, heartache and pain, hardship and sorry, but most importantly it required being ballsy.

It required her getting out of her own way, never giving up even though life was brutal far more times than she anticipated.

It required an unwavering commitment to success, an unbelievable amount of faith, and a serious belief in herself and her value.

How could I write something better than that now really?

She has been captivating, inspiring and motivating entrepreneurs across the globe since her early twenties. Chosen as Evolution Magazines 2013 Power Player Under 40, and featured on CNN, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, and receiving dozens of other accolades, as her passion for personal growth resonates with audiences looking for more fulfillment in all aspects of life and business.

She is the author of "Be-Ballsy! How Not To Suck At Love, Success & Happiness" & "Be A Baller! The Blueprint To Have It All"

She states "I Love teaching audiences how to break-thru self-limiting beliefs so they can have it all, all at the same time!"

So lets get some live words flowing from her mouth, in the same passionate way that her fingers deliver as I introduce to you the one and only motivational powerhouse that is Melissa Krivacheck.

 

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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is a lady entrepreneur that has almost a lifetime of experiences and success built up already in her youthful body.

Since her travelling adventures started over four years ago, she has had the freedom to cover the globe observing the characteristics of the people who live in each of the countries she has spent time in.

And its not a surprise to her that whether she was living in the United States, Germany or Thailand she found that we all want the same things.

We want to be  Happy, feel peace, and have a freedom of suffering whether this be fear, negativity or frustration.

The only difference is how we go about getting to those results.

Being a naturally adventurous and positive person obviously helps enormously, but what about the listeners who don't embrace adventure and freedom of spirit in such a gungho way?

Can they also achieve these positive results, and take control of their own lives in the process?

Well our guest today believes so, and through her role as Peak Performance coach has made it her mission to help others find the path to excitement and fulfillment that makes a life well…….memorable to say the least.

So if you are wondering if there is more to life than you are getting at the moment, and don't know how to go about it, then let me introduce you to the salsa dancing, fun loving, creative spirit that is todays freedom entrepreneur Miss Ginger Kern.

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the join up dots podcast interview is someone that can make us both physically better, and professionally too.

With a degree in medicine and three years under his belt working in an Australian hospital,he knows a thing or two about injuries and the like.

But unusually for a Doctor, this career success which for many is a choice for life, was not his only focus.

As whilst performing his medical roles, he was eagerly researching and developing quite a few internet businesses, developing content which he modestly claims as “Failed or moderately successful” start ups and having the freedom to create career success away from medicine.

An online mapping site, a myspace profiling site, a divorce website, a limousine directory, various travel websites, a satellite TV comparison site, created and sold various ebooks,

He created and sold various types of software, online advertising agency, online search engine optimization agency and even a site designed to train individuals to improve their lie

detection skills!

But he still managed to earning nearly $1,000,000 in a year from a bedroom in his parents house, from affiliate marketing, which to me sounds very successful!

But he really came to the fore when back in 2012 he created Time Doctor, a way to manage your staffs time, if in his case he was eager for them to work more remotely than they had previously.

After all how do you  know that they aren’t sitting watching Harry Potter 27, when actually they should be head down working?

And so he took the leap of faith and found the motivation to really build a business that he could call his own.

Now with the success of this under his belt, he increased his portfolio of “Successful start ups” with the creation of Staff.com which is a global online platform for recruitment.

So what does he do when he isn’t working?

Does he use the Time Doctor software himself?

And what is this nasty rash that I have developed recently?

So many questions I need to ask the one and only Time Doctor himself…the online productivity entrepreneur Mr Rob Rawson.

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast is someone that makes me think,if I was to choose any theme for a podcast then it would be one looking at how people moved from one role to another.

One dream to another.And add a few stumbles,falls,and mistakes,before ending up where they should be in life.

I would call it “Join Up Dots” and have this guy on everyday, because man he has a history that, well, you really need to have a stiff drink or two to work out the connections.

Starting way back in 1998, for over seven years he ran the golf shop as the Assistant Golf Professional at the Los Serranos Golf Course in California, before finding the motivation to leave and work as a teacher for the Chino Valley Unified School District.

Jump on a few years, and he was to leave this career, to go it alone with a home tutoring set up with his sister, to bring isnpirationto students that would gain greater benefit with some home tuition.

Ok, then so its a job in Education for our guest then!Nope, as he then went back to the Golf Course by setting up 19th Hole Media, to help local courses grow their profile and memberships by developing an online community.Using the power of the web, to develop the game at grass roots level.

And with an amazing podcast called “Defining Success”, and being President of both Welborn Social Media , and 19th Hole Media, our guest is most certainly a busy man.

In fact it makes me wonder how he creates the freedom of time to go out and do his work.

So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to todays guest….Mr Zeb Welborn

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the free Steve Jobs certainly comes from an entrepreneurial background.

After successfully launching his first business at eighteen he found he had a skill for building business process alongside the marketing of those businesses.

He adopted the philosophy “marketing is a part of everything,” where marketing is approached as part of every business process from product development to accounts receivable, which certainly from my experience of working in corporate land goes against my knowledge of things.

It is from this philosophy and his years consulting businesses in Arizona, that he fell in love with the many different ways that social media can be used to flood the marketing machine with rocket power.

As social media evolved, he continued to explore the new networks and tools that came along with the changing landscape. He joined Renegade, an agile social media agency in New York City, in 2012.

In 2013, he published his book, You Get What You Give on social media principles and strategies for companies and brands of all sizes.

But its not all work work work, as in his free time he brews his own craft beer and travels extensively with his wife.

He states that "He is a geek and always enjoys a good strategy board game. You’ll also find me in the mix wearing funky socks!"

So what do I start with first the socks, or his amazing business acumen?

And where does he find the motivation to keep going when things start going against him as he builds amazing career success

Well lets just start by introducing you to the one and only Merlin U Ward

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur waiting to join us on the Join Up Dots business interview, has been an athlete since he could first walk, with Hockey being the true love of his life.

It was all he wanted to do, and it was all he focused in on until he reached the age of 23.

Then he knew that it was time to make his mark on the world in a different way , but how was he going to do it?

Did he go straight for the idea of a life of freedom and choice, enjoying amazing online success?

Not instead like most of us do, off came the skates and on came the suit and tie, and into the corporate arena he went.

But over six years, and multiple positions such as working for 2 different Fortunate 500 companies as a leader of management, and for a financial firm managing a group of agents who maintained a portfolio of 35 million dollars , he knew it wasn't for him.

Waking up at the same time every  morning, going to the same job, seeing the same people and completing the same mundane tasks filled him with dread.

So this left him with no choice but to quit and move onto something that he was really passionate about. 

And now in the online world off internet marketing he is quite steadily making his mark, and finding a world that fulfills him.  

As he says "I love to learn, I love new things and new experiences and I love to help other people.  Creating something that I can call my own was everything I ever wanted and desired."

So with his new website Wide Eyed Concepts being the hub for this passion and knowledge, lets tap into this expertise and start "Joining Up Dots" with the only and only hocky loving entrepreneur Mr Sean Roulston.

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur that I am looking forward to interview on the inspiring Steve Jobs based podcast, is the go to lady if you are inspired to take control of your life and create your own income producing business.

For over twenty years she found motivation working for a large Fortune 500 company helping company leaders, departments and teams create and put their plans into action to make change happen.

In short she is an "action lady" who loves the thrill of inspiring others to take action and get things done.

But if we look at her history it has a similar tale to many entrepreneurs and self starters, where its clear that career success hasn't been achieved overnight.

Starting her first blog "Just For Small Business" way back in 2004 was just the first of her online Dots that can connect us to today.

This led to a relationship with her book publisher Wiley.com who published "Small Business Cash Flow: Strategies For Making Your Business A Financial Success, as they liked her knowledge, her style and believed there was a need for small business owners to manage their cash better.

So what more has she got on her plate ?

Well not just content at being a coach, author, and business owner, she has since November 2012 become a video star too.

As now you can find her on you tube with her weekly online TV show the "Little Big Show" for business owners, giving great advice in small bite size chunks!

Whilst having a lifestyle that is totaly under her own control.

Her motto is "Absolutely Nothing. That’s Exactly What Will Happen If You Don’t Turn Your Great Ideas Into Action™ " and even better...or at least I liked it her initials spell DO!

So lets delve into her life and start joining up some dots with the one and only entrepreneurial powerhouse Denise O'Berry.

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur discussing business and creativity is the head of Growth and Business Development at Gumroad, where he focuses on building the company into the easiest and most popular way for creators to sell the content that they make make.

If you havent heard of Gumroad,this is the place where creative folk such as musicians, filmmakers and artists can sell their work directly to their eager audience using cutting edge eCommerce tools. So cutting out the middle man, and retaining greater control over their work.Make an album and put it straight into the waiting arms of your fans.So imagine our guest must be having some great gossipy meetings with the rich and famous of the world.But his entrepreneurial journey didn’t start in Hollywood or silicone valley, instead it was in Africa strangely enough that the bug to develop and assist in start ups really hit home.And once he had the vision of his future he set out on a path that has led him to “Join Up Dots” with me today.So where does he get his inspiration now he is moving and shaking with the best of them?What does he do when he isn’t building Gumroad into a major force to be reckoned with?Well let’s find out as we invite the amazing entrepreneur Ryan Delk to the show.

 

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Todays guest entrepreneur waiting to be interviewed on the Steve Jobs free business podcast interview, is a man who is fascinated with the process of entrepreneurship.

What makes someone fight through so many obstacles to achieve success?

Why do some people seem to literally have no obstacles and breeze through to a life of abundance and fulfilment?.

Well todays guest has taken it on himself to go out and discover for himself, and in return developed a life of freedom and career success.

With his online video resource “Trep Talks” he has managed to have one on one conversations with the likes of Tim Ferries and Guy Kawasaki to name just two.

So how has he positioned himself to get into the minds of such startling successful folk?

Well I certainly have the motivation to do find out.

But “Trep Talks” is just one small area of a life that must keep him madly busy, as he is also an experienced eCommerce professional, and founder of Yogamatstore.com, with a passion for  Yoga and fulfilling the role of Energy practitioner , which I’ll be honest I’m not sure what that is at all.

So let me find out as much as I can whilst I have the chance to talk with the one and only super entrepreneur himself Sushant Misra

 

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Our guest entrepreneur today joining us on the Steve Jobs inspiring business interview, has a similar background to myself Insurance, but don't let that turn you off to what will be another great show.

With Insurance being just one thing on his resume, he is full on busy, as he creates a huge amount of content to deliver to the world.

An online marketing production line, that is simply exploding on all platforms.

Type in his name and you will find him actively participating as a blogger, public speaker, Podcaster, Internet marketer, published author and recent father to a new son.

But weaving a theme through all these different areas, it is obvious to see that at heart he is a storyteller, and a very good one at that.

He creates content that not only inspires, but assists his avid followers with building their online lifestyle and money making ventures.

Helping them to find the freedom in their lives.

Without doubt he has certainly conquered the fear of starting, and taking the kind of action that halts so many people as they search for their dreams.But how far has he progressed towards his goals?Where would he mark himself against where he wants to be?

Well its time to find out as we bring onto the show, the one and only master of Content Warfare, the super entrepreneur Mr Ryan Hanley.

For more information on Ryan Hanley and his podcast go to:

Content Warfare: Find Your Audience, Tell Your Story and Win the Battle for Attention Online

Description:

Every week on the Content Warfare Podcast, Ryan Hanley interviews the Internet's most prolific content creators to extract their secrets for winning the battle for attention online. Popular guests include: Chris Brogan, Marcus Sheridan, Mark Schaefer and Gini Dietrich. Popular topics include: content marketing, writing, podcasting, social media and audience building. Find out more: www.RyanHanley.com

 

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