Join Up Dots Podcast (Entrepreneurs)

Kavit Hara is todays guest on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an entrepreneur grounded in the age-old marketing principles, but using the latest technology advances to help small businesses thrive online. I know that this sounds very impressive, but in a nutshell today’s guest is a master at helping people finding their passions and creating thriving businesses based on those passions. That’s the dream really isn’t it. But the fascinating thing about this guy is although he now provides the fast-track to business success, he has been on an amazing journey to find those skills himself. Over a decade ago, he was determined to become the worlds best tabla player. Now if you don’t know what this is, imagine an Indian musician kneeling before two, what I would call bongos, then that gives you an understanding of what he played. And he played them very well, even performing with legends such Sir Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, and Donovan to name just three. But this is a very niche instrument to play, and as a tabla player, he went through the ups and downs of the typical struggling musicians life. For years he faced struggles to find opportunities to perform, create a band, record, gig and tour. And as he says “Not only was this an outer battle, it was an inner battle too. Struggling with self-confidence and a lack of marketing know-how, things never looked up.” And this is the key thing to everything. You can have the greatest product in the world, but if nobody finds out about it then you are dead in the water. So how did he decide that there was a gap in his knowledge, that probably wasn’t the most obvious gap for a table player to realise he needed to fill? And is there a common problem that he now sees time and time again with wannabe entrepreneurs? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kavit Hara Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Kavit Haria such as: How as long as you are willing to get up and keep on going then there isn’t failure in life, everything is just learning. Why most people managing a virtual team should fix clear goals and deadlines, but remain focused on the personal side of the team. Why none of us should wait until its time for retirement before looking for the dream-life, instead let’s focus on a whole life of amazing experiences. Why you shouldn’t subscribe to every newsletter you can at the beginning of your business , instead stay focused on just one or two high profile experts. And lastly…. Why he feels that entrepreneurs are the true change creators in the world, not the politicians, and how he wants to make big change himself. 

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How many times in your life do you look for the excitement and adventure?

Perhaps on you vacations at Disney World you actively seek out the biggest roller coasters for the scary thrill.

But what about in your normal life?

Well if you are like most people then the last thing you do is try to shake things up and make things exciting and different.

Well just this week, I spent a lovely day travelling around my local seaside town with the family trying to complete a treasure hunt.

It was simple, it was cheap and it was a total break from the norm.

I could have said, "No I have work to do actually", "I could have said "I rather would not!"

But instead it was a "Yes, sounds good" and it was good.

I set out my stall to have a good time and I did.

And that is the key message to this show.

By jumping in feet first and doing stuff, without trying to make things perfect or fully realised we get a real gift in our lives.

As lets be honest, more often than not it won't ever be any better anyway.

Life is more often than not about preparing to make things perfect in our lives, but actually what we get is a mild, diluted version of the Mini Adventure of what occurs when we leap.

So in this episode we talk at depth about going for the quick gains in our life.

We talk about just saying "Yes" and doing your best in life.

And I promise you, you will be amazed at the results of that you get.

Ready for the challenge? 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast Join Up Dots is a man whose official bio states as an "international business transformation expert who specializes in turning around manufacturing, technology and service business's. His ability to consistently and quickly drive triple-digit growth is the result of his unique leadership style, breadth of experience and expertise in Lean Manufacturing methodologies." Sounds great, but of course on Join Up Dots we want to know more about how he got himself into this position. Where did he poistion himself straight from school to start the journey to where he is today. And this is an interesting one, as unlike most people who appear on the show, he hasn't jumped from role to role building up experience for many different companies and employers. Instead our guest today has been with the same company for over 21 years. Since 1996 he has been a professional interim manager normally acting in the role of Ops Director or MD for the Business Turnaround Group. where he goes into manufacturing/technology & service businesses that are under performing and turns them around. And now his has joined with Norwegian Serial Entrepreneur Erlend Bakke to bring to the world his new book 90 days to profit, which brings about all his learning's that have worked wonders for companies across the world. So with a degree in Industrial Relations and Marketing following from a diploma in Production Engineering, was this a path that he always envisaged himself being on? And what would be the key thing that someone could to today to make their business start going in the right direction? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Steve Shoulder Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with such as: Why Steve spends so much of his time dealing with people in business who are unwilling to change, and what he does to overcome the objections. How Steve found his latest business partner, and the steps he took to make sure that it was a rewarding partnership that works Why Steve created the content for his new book to be as entertaining as it is educational, and why he thinks that this is the way that learning should always be. and lastly…. We bring to the world the amazing story of why a group of Northern Englishman felt the need to hang a monkey after believing that he was a french spy....yes seriously. 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an a lady who calls herself a global storyteller, metaphysician and entrepreneur. As she says "I’m truly devoted to teaching people how to follow their dreams, manifesting a life they love through the spirit of GIVING. My life has been filled with character-building moments over the years to get me to where I am today. I went from being a divorcee living out of a suitcase with two small children, to now living a life of FINANCIAL FREEDOM and ABUNDANCE with the love of my LIFE. My mission is to empower you to create a life you deserve filled with love, abundance and GIVING." Wow, positive statements to start Join Up Dots are always a great way to go. So in 2010, she made the decision to leave her first marriage. Within one year of learning the law of attraction, she finally found the gumption to ask for a divorce. After 18 months of waiting for her family home to sell she left a tumultuous 7-year marriage with only her suitcases and her two little boys with over $50,000 worth of debt. She didn’t know where she was going to live or how she was going to eat. Meanwhile, she had started her company 18 months’ prior there was only small revenue coming in. Although, her new freedom felt empowering, she felt alone and scared about how she was going to take care of herself and her children. So how did she do it? How did she clear $50,000 of debt, find her way, and then start getting noticed to build the success that she wanted so badly? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Janét Aizenstros Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Janét Aizenstros such as: Why the power of giving is such a big part of her life, and why it has always been the case even when things were tough for her financially. Why she left her marriage and the dots that joined up to force her to make that decision. The big goals that she has set herself, particularly in regards to becoming the first ever billionaire to ever live in Canada. and lastly…. How she came to the realisation that she was holding onto childhood issues that needed to be resolved before she could move forward. 

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This is a magic episode for sure. If you listen to Join Up Dots on a daily basis then you will hear me wax lyrical when introducing a guest as I certainly like to do my research, but todays show is different. When my guest connected with us to request a place on the show, he hit me with this little tale and I didn’t think i could out do this little lot. So in his own words “On the day I turned 30 years old I looked around me and I knew things had to change. I looked up at the barbed wire toped concrete walls of the maximum security prison I had called home for the last 2 years and I wondered where everything had gone so wrong. Only a few years earlier life had been about fast cars, women and parties. I was born in England but schooled and grew up in Johannesburg in South Africa. I had a career in television that put me in peoples living rooms on a daily basis. I was a household name and people would ask me for my autograph when they saw me out and about. The choices I made led me to class A drug addiction and the results pulled the carpet from under my feet. Everything was gone within 3 months and I found myself living as a homeless man in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Johannesburg. Drugs lead to crime and crime leads to prison. After 9 months awaiting trail I escaped from prison. Two weeks later I was re-arrested buying drugs on the street. I was sentenced as a security risk prisoner and given 3 years without parol in a maximum security prison. Today things look very different and I live a happy and peaceful life with my wife Colette and my daughter Kristen. I run a number of successful online businesses that pay my bills, I have authored a book due for release in June and I am able to enjoy a balance in life through my work as a psychotherapist. “ Wow , what a story, but believe me there is so much more to the guys tale, the we could literally go three or four episodes and still not touch the surface. So looking back on his life as a famous TV magician, did he find it easier to to get to the top, than he has since getting out of prison and changing direction? Or was that just the starting point to what he would call his “Sweetspot”…..has he now found the path that he would say was truly his to find? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Kenneth Kelly Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Kenneth Kelly such as: How he found the ability to perform magic in his early days was a great way of finding acceptance with his peer group, as he felt very isolated. How me and Kenneth both have to deal with social anxiety on a daily basis. and the steps we need to take to handle the issue allowing us to perform to our highest level. He shares with is the moment that his career was well and truly finished, standing at a window looking down on the pavement deciding to jump, and what stopped him. And lastly…. Why his parents loved the idea of him becoming a magician at the age of seven, but told him to get a real job when he told them the same at eighteen…. is this a common occurrence across the globe?? Yeah of course it is!

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Time is a problem. Chances are good that, at some time in your life, you've taken a time management class, read about it in books, and tried to use an electronic or paper-based day planner to organize, prioritize and schedule your day. "Why, with this knowledge and these gadgets," you may ask, "do I still feel like I can't get everything done I need to?" The answer is simple. Everything you ever learned about managing time is a complete waste of time because it doesn't work. Before you can even begin to manage time, you must learn what time is. A dictionary defines time as "the point or period at which things occur." Put simply, time is when stuff happens. There are two types of time: clock time and real time. In clock time, there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. All time passes equally. When someone turns 50, they are exactly 50 years old, no more or no less. In real time, all time is relative. Time flies or drags depending on what you're doing. Two hours at the Department of Motor Vehicles can feel like 12 years. And yet our 12-year-old children seem to have grown up in only two hours. Related: Looking for a New Payment Company? You're 'Due' for Some Good News. Which time describes the world in which you really live, real time or clock time? The reason time management gadgets and systems don't work is that these systems are designed to manage clock time. Clock time is irrelevant. You don't live in or even have access to clock time. You live in real time, a world in which all time flies when you are having fun or drags when you are doing your taxes. The good news is that real time is mental. It exists between your ears. You create it. Anything you create, you can manage. It's time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around "not having enough time," or today not being "the right time" to start a business or manage your current business properly. There are only three ways to spend time: thoughts, conversations and actions. Regardless of the type of business you own, your work will be composed of those three items. As an entrepreneur, you may be frequently interrupted or pulled in different directions. While you cannot eliminate interruptions, you do get a say on how much time you will spend on them and how much time you will spend on the thoughts, conversations and actions that will lead you to success. Related: Tips for a More Productive Day Practice the following techniques to become the master of your own time: Carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going. You'll see how much time is actually spent producing results and how much time is wasted on unproductive thoughts, conversations and actions. Any activity or conversation that's important to your success should have a time assigned to it. To-do lists get longer and longer to the point where they're unworkable. Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments. Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of your results. Schedule time for interruptions. Plan time to be pulled away from what you're doing. Take, for instance, the concept of having "office hours." Isn't "office hours" another way of saying "planned interruptions?" Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don't start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time. Take five minutes before every call and task to decide what result you want to attain. This will help you know what success looks like before you start. And it will also slow time down. Take five minutes after each call and activity to determine whether your desired result was achieved. If not, what was missing? How do you put what's missing in your next call or activity? Put up a "Do not disturb" sign when you absolutely have to get work done. Practice not answering the phone just because it's ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Disconnect instant messaging. Don't instantly give people your attention unless it's absolutely crucial in your business to offer an immediate human response. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls. Block out other distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business. Remember that it's impossible to get everything done. Also remember that odds are good that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results. 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who is on a mission to help the worlds entrepreneurs own their own successful business that can someday be run without the business owner pulling all the strings.

Along with her team she will push her clients towards the first step in the direction of business freedom, time abundance and the ability to
ultimately sell a business at a profit.

Sound good...you betcha.

But how has she developed herself to a position where she is rightly called the “Swiss Army Knife” for Business because of her knowledge of tools, automation and needs of the small business owner.

Her ability to create the perfect solution to any challenge in the most cost effective way for the small business owner that is struggling with the business behind the business.

Well she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Public Relations with an emphasis in Marketing and Event Planning from Grand Valley State
University in 3 years, but it was when she struggled with the waste she experienced at the corporate level in large companies that the first steps to where she is today became to be realized.

And due to the fact that most people only understand what they know,and unfortunately 80% of running a successful small business is NOT their trade knowledge, it seems as if she has a never ending conveyor belt lining up to work with her.

So what is the hardest part of growing a service based company like her own?

And does she look back at her history and think "Man if only I knew what I know now then we would have been rocking in record time!"

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Brook Borup.

 

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Brook Borup such as:

Why she is so focused on building a team around her that will free her even more from her business, to tackle the things that fall within her own personal super talent.

Why Brook believes that it is so important to spend as much money as you can possibly on hiring a VA. If you go cheap, you get cheap results.

Why a great way to start a business is to simply look around at the people you already know, and ask them "How can I help you?"

and lastly….

Brooke reveals her worst client ever....and you will be surprised to know exactly who she said.....i was for sure :) 

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

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Todays guest is a man who for over a decade chased the Hollywood Dream. Hustling like mad as a writer to get that breakthrough that would make everything possible in his life However he hit a crisis point on New Year’s Eve of The Millennium when he became terrified that 5+ years of driving a taxi to survive would be irreversible career suicide. He quit writing, dove into an intense transformational period of self-help and personal development work, and focussed on making money for the next 8 years, becoming fat and happy. Obese, actually. As the economy collapsed in 2008, Clint was at a men’s self-help meeting when the shaman pointed at Clint across the yellow and orange crackling flames of the camp-fire and said, “You don’t know it yet, but you’re already dead.” Well that is one of those comments that you can either take two ways. One….”What the hell is this man talking about, its quite obvious that I’m not dead!” Or two………what our guest today did. He took it as inspiration to change his life like never before and in 2009, he made sure that he was going to live as if it was going to be his last year on earth He lost 40-lbs, built a factory which allowed his business to thrive during The Great Recession and beyond, wrote his first bestseller and revived his crumbling marriage. But rest assured this is not a story about a man who simply got lucky. This is a story about a man who took courgagoues decisions, and consistent action which led to a remarkable life. So does he see the turn round as simply a change in mindset, or is it much more than that? And does he look back and think, if only I started earlier, or did he need to go through the rough times, to get to the true waiting path? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Clint Arthur. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics as: How becoming a celebrity can fill out your bank account, buy you nice cars, but can never fill up a hole in your heart. How he recalls the moment that he burnt all his own writings and screenplays, and took control of his life, burning all his bridges in the process. How the first question he was presented with on the Today Show, lead to him finding the title of his second book. You never know when inspiration will occur. Why it is so important to ensure that you look the way that people expect you look when you are performing the role. And lastly…….. How he can now see his big dot as the moment that he stopped smoking marijuana, and he has never looked back since he tool the decision to quit. 

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Today’s Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a listeners question and answers session where your host discusses the quickest way to get a pay-rise in your life. So many people think that they have to work harder. They have to go cap in hand to your bosses begging for more money from the pots that they swear are holding nothing other than spiders and dust. But more often than not this is the last thing to do, as you aren’t in control of the results. But looking at what you are spending each day in your household your are one hundred percent in control off. So here is the question……….. Dear David, this question probably doesn’t fall into what you would normally answer, but here’s hoping for some great advice as I really don’t know what to do for the best. I am looking to start a new business (I haven’t got to the planning stage yet so have no idea what I would like to do) I just know that I can’t work for my company anymore as I dont get paid enough to live like I want. I do love my job but all pay increases have been stopped for the last five years, so I don’t imagine that I could just simply ask for more money as this will not be received well I’m sure. I am working as a hospital administrator dealing with appointments and cancellations in a hospital in North Dakota, and the team are great, the work although boring to do is what I want to do, as I leave everyday with an empty workload. Which is what I love more than anything, as my own personal time means everything to me. Sorry to ramble, but can you suggest anything as I know from listening to your show that you have been on both sides of the fence. Kind Regards Eileen Vocilla 

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

Direct download: 678-Brent-Kelly.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is man with quite an usual journey to where he is today. But as we see every-time on Join Up Dots, if you look close enough you can see how the dots join up everytime. He has led two companies from $1 million to more than $10 million, and one from $1 million to $0. And now trains entrepreneurs who don’t realize they’re the VP of Sales and also individual sales people how to 10 X their revenues in a step-by-step sales formula . But starting his career as a graphic design intern, he was a million miles away from the sales king he is today. He did four four months only, before then joining Uncle Sam in the US Marine Corp where he provided visual information support, by way of photos, videos, and graphics, to enhance the combat readiness and training support needs of the Marines. Who would have thought...eh?? And then he went through a series of roles quickly as he developed his skills, gained successes, learnt from his mistakes and made his way to where he is today. As the owner of the Sandler Training DTB, a consulting and training firm dedicated to helping clients significantly improve the performance of their revenue engine. And it looks like he is loving it! So when did he realise that sales was the environment that truly made him come alive? And why does so many people struggle with this part of the business, when in truth we are all in sales every day of our lives? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jim Brown. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Jim Brown such as: Why so many people in the world refuse to dream big enough in their lives, and how the bigger you can dream the more chance you have to succeed. Jim shares how he grew up poor in Indiana, and why although he has never lost the awareness of the value of moneym he is so willing to take risks as he grows his own business. Why even after starting seven businesses Jim shares how none of them have lasted more than three years, and why he is so happy that is the case. and lastly…. Why you simply have to go back and listen to episode 82 of Join Up Dots, to hear the most amazing story you will ever experience 

Direct download: 677-Jim-Brown.mp3
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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who has been on a terrible journey to get to where he is today. At least in my perspective it looks that way, but perhaps in classic Join Up Dots fashion perhaps it was all these things that were needed to be experienced to make him who he is now. As he says in his own words ” As a small boy I had been violently and repeatedly raped from the age of three to around eight years old. Which left me feeling completely empty. So full of shame, it was incredibly difficult for me to feel safe or trust anybody at all. In fact, to deal with this trauma, my brain almost split into multiple personalities so that I could detach and protect myself when I was being seriously abused. As you might imagine, I turned to drugs and alcohol to mask the pain, trying drugs as early as seven years old.” By his late teens and early 20’s, it had gotten so bad that he was in and out of jails, institutions, halfway houses and he ended up homeless, and living on the streets. He was failing at everything, his entire life was a mess and after all he’d been through, he had every reason to hate the world. But he finally realized if he didn’t change, he was going to die. This is when he developed a simple mindset shift that changed everything. He realized that for a long time it was his mindset that had been the biggest problem he faced. In that one moment, he changed his very identity, and what happened next was incredible. And that is where we will begin today’s episode, and this is going to be a great one, as today’s guy has since seen incredible success, and is literally changing the world everyday. So does he see that the things he spends his days doing were always in him, or was it because of his history that he found the skills that he loves sharing? And does he feel that the mindset people have is the number one reason why so many keep themselves small? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Rob Scott. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rob Scott such as: Why hitting rock bottom in your life can quite often be classed as a huge gift in your life. The madness of the human race and why we are fixed on fighting against ourselves instead of making the world as perfect as we can. Why Rob loves treating life as a game to allow the mistakes to happen and the creativity to flood in. How to find the purpose within the passion. How to develop a life that lights you up but also makes you feel good everyday too. And lastly……. Why suffering is a choice that we make, whereby pain is something we have to endure. It’s your choice which one you embrace. 

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Today show is a Free coaching session, where your host David Ralph talks about what has been going on in the world of Join Up Dots this week, and also gets to answer some of the questions that have come in from listeners across the globe Question One: Hi David, loving the show, your passion and the madness. How the hell did you come up with the Gargle Game, but I belly laugh when you are doing it. Which is what my question is all about. Although I have just found your show, it isn't like any other business type show I have heard. Could you advise why you are doing these things that go against the norm. All the best Simon Mantle, Perth, Western Australia. Question Two: Hi David, I was listening to one of your shows recently and you spoke about suffering with stress and the fact that your hair fell out. I am having a similar expereince and would love to know what you have done to resolve these issues, as they are really bringing me down and making me unhappy - Claire Copod, Belgium Question Three: Mr Ralph, thank you for everything you are doing with Join Up Dots. Its the best podcast by far and I tell all my buddies that they have to listen to you. Can I ask this question. What is your day like? You talk about working hour after hour and then you also talk about walking around looking at things, like you are free. Whats the real story? - Hanna Maskel, Seattle Question Four: I have started a business recently selling fish tank equipment and although I have done better than expected, I'm not increasing my sales. Can you advise what I should be doing to get more sales as the more money I can earn the more I can support my family - Matheus Henrique Lopez, Paraty, Brazil How To Connect With David Ralph and Join Up Dots 

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

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with a background in finance but a future that is 100% entrepreneurial. As a young man you could see that he was destined for a life dealing with numbers, but not where he has ended up. Leaving the University Of Florida after studying Economics he took a position with the accurate Advisory Group providing retirees and those planning their retirement with a range of financial planning services. He presented to countless families at presentation workshops on Social Security, 401k strategies, the In’s and Out’s of the brokerage world as well as many other related topics for individuals around the Tampa Bay Area for over 9 years until he decided to Found a side business “My Tax Reduction Blueprint” As he says “We don’t want our clients to incur any risk, so we perform all our work on a contingency basis. That means we only get paid if we are able to find savings and/or settlements for you! While most CPA’s are stuck looking at the rear-view mirror of your business, we focus on your windshield, creating current and future tax savings for you.” Now for many people this may sound like boring stuff that they trey to hide from as much as possible, but this show will be anything but. This will be a show about a man finding his path, by finding a solution to others problems. This will be a show about a man going it alone, and little by little building his company into a team of motivated financial advisers. This will be a show about a man, who no doubt will have struggled with the financial aspects of building his business as all entrepreneurs do. So why did he decide that this was what he wanted to do in his life, and is he as enthused about it now or can he see bigger goals to achieve? And is there one bit of simple advice that all our listeners to take on board that can make such a huge difference in their lives, when it comes to finance? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Travis Jennings. 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with a similar career path to myself. And a man who also has a desire to see the world flourish, and help individuals across the globe to grow exponentially, becoming their greatest versions. But of course to get to that point, you truly have to go through a journey of discovery yourself, to find your inner skills that make you unique and valuable to everyone. And it would be fair to say that just a few years ago, our guest was many many steps away from discovering their purpose in life. He was working in a restaurant in Notting Hill as a waiter, as he had been doing since the age of 15, and had certain mental restrictions should we say, that were holding him back from creating his dream life. He didn’t have a degree and his level of English was not quite enough to understand the self development literature that he was starting to immerse himself in. As he says, “Just three years ago I was facing a very difficult moment of my life. I knew I had to change but I didn’t know what to do. I felt lost, like wondering in a circle in a dark room with no exit sign and this wasn’t me!! I have always been the uber-positive-hyper-charged person that was able to lift up the energy of an entire room!! Where was that me? Where did it go? I wanted to find him and bring him back! So he took the plunge and signed up for an extensive two day coaching course in London, even though he had nowhere to live, and started working on himself everyday. He built that personal belief that he had inside him what was required to create a succesful business and little by little saw his life and his finances change. He first set up his coaching company Your Power to Shine Ltd and then a personal development events company, GTeX and was on his way. And now with a flourishing public speaking, coaching and development, and didgeridoo business (well the last one isn’t a business but is very impressive) he seems to be having the time of his life. So when did he truly switch the switch of belief and start making the bold decisions that make such a difference moving forward? And does he look back at himself and think “You were always ready to find the power to shine” you just had to start? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, or as they say in Italy la sola e unica, Simone Vicenzi Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with such as: How he recalls being held back by his personal self image at the very beginning and battled as he felt he was being made to conform to the normal. How he went from being the youngest manager in a Michelin Star Restaurant, to creating his coaching business in just three years. And it was all down to building his network! Why he believes that it is a great learning experience to handle everything in the early stages of creating a business, but start handing things off as soon you can to focus on what you do best. and lastly…. The strangest stories involving body waxing, organic vegetables, ex-girlfriends, hitchhiking, and how to get free rent in London that you will ever hear. 

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Hello there, In today's episode of Join Up Dots we touch on many different subjects and also ask for a little bit of your help. This April 2017, in London we have the British Podcast Awards occurring and Join Up Dots has been entered into three different categories: Interview, Listener and Comedy And we need your help and the help of anyone that you know that could spare a couple of seconds. Please go over to the British Podcast Awards at https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote/ and type in Join Up Dots. Then its a simple case of selecting the top one in the list (Get Confident) and adding your name and email address. Your help will be massive to the continued growth of the show Later we will be bringing back the amazing Gargle Game to the show, but first lets start by answering some of the listener questions that we have been getting at the show. 1: I have been an avid listener of your show for the last six months, and would love to start a business. But I cant decide what to do for the best? Any ideas of something that I can do from home that would work for me? - Pratima Jobangi - Calcutta 2: Why did you start a podcast instead of a conventional online business. And do you think that everyone should have a podcast - Janinne Burrows, Oldbury West Midland 3: Hi David, love the show. I am amazed how you can make every show so fun to listen to. Have their been any guests that you haven't liked when recording. I am fascinated to know, as you always sound like best friends - Connor Rose, San Antonio Texas 

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

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who had a rather profound realization when only small. When she was a young girl she remembers telling her parents that sometimes "I feel as if I can leave my body and experience the world from a bird’s eye perspective." As she says "Sometimes I’d feel crazy for feeling other people’s pain and sometimes I had visions that not many took seriously – maybe not even myself." This was of course an amazing talent to have but for a small child and one growing up lead to constant turmoil within her. After a time of rebellion, she found that these feelings needed an adults perspective to really form who she is and over the past years she has developed a successful business by travelling all over to share her enlightening message of creating a powerful relationship with your true self and of trusting your own intuition. Her passion is to support young adults create, live and transform their lives by understanding the scientific and spiritual connections between their heart and brain, by discovering their unique and magical gifts hidden within and by knowing how we connect with others. She not only Joins up the dots between people, but also the dots that lie within....truly powerful stuff. So is this a talent that most of us have although we either disregard it, or let it fall into disrepair as we grow? And is it a simple as saying "Be Aware of your feelings and emotions as this is where the dots truly start to show themselves? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Isabel Hundt. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Isabel Hundt such as: Why so many of us have the power of empathy in our lives as young kids, and why we are programmed to feel so disconnected from these feelings. Isabel shares how the ability to leave her body, took up so much energy and how she learnt to manage this to positive effect. Why she heard so many people telling her that she shouldn't or couldn't be doing these things in her life.... and managed to keep the belief to keep on going. Why we should never work towards getting the breakthrough in life, as more often than not the breakthrough will come when we least expect it. Just do the work. and lastly…. How she had a dream as a twelve year old which showed her that she needed to move to the US and what she was going to do in her adult life.....and that vision lead her to where she is today. 

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Ignite Your Potential is so hard to do. So many people in life, feel that what they do, is what they will do for the rest of their lives. They go into jobs that might inspire at the beginning, but over time, little by little start to become a drag. Every minute feels like an hour, everyday feels like a month. But they put up with it until its time for retirement, when they are free to mow the lawn, walk the dog, and have nice little naps in the afternoon. Well today’s guest joining us on Join Up Dots is a former senior Derby police officer, who since 1985 when he joined the force “saw the darkest side of humanity” as he says, while dealing with horrific murders and acts of violence. He retired at the rank of Superintendent on New Year’s Eve and, just the following day, picked up his first client after taking courses on hypnotherapy and life-coaching skills. In just short of a year, he has expanded his fledgling business and now has clients across the globe, who he helps via Skype. He says “In less than a year I have built up a client base that stretches to Australia, the USA, Europe and the Middle East and I have helped all ranges of people including chocoholics, nail biters and alcoholics. One of my earliest clients was a man who had suffered with a stutter for more than 30 years. Through hypnotherapy and life skills I have learned, we stripped back his problem to when he first started stuttering as a ten-year-old and within a short space of time I have helped him stop. He has since thanked me as it has given him a huge amount of confidence and enabled him to get a promotion at work. I am loving what I am doing, and my confidence has never been higher.” And this is a key part to what makes a business begin to flourish, its not the skills, its not the global reach, but it is certainly the personal confidence. The moment you truly begin to believe in yourself is when the world says “Right we think you can handle what we are going to give you, so make this into a success” So did he struggle with the “Oh god, this is my first client, I’m not ready for this” mentality after quitting the police force?” And now seeing the future forming in front him, would he have stayed in full-time employment as long if he had the chance to go back and change things?” Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Kul Mahay Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Kul Mahay such as: Why he feels that the ability to change the world through the transformation of people is the most powerful statement that he can make, and why he takes it so seriously. How he recalls being scared of earning money in the early days of his business, and how he worked through those issues to find his true value. Why it is such a strange phenomenon across the world. how when you offer free tickets and huge value to the world people dont use it. There always has to be skin in the game. and lastly…. Why you have to be ruthless in regards to the people that you surround yourself with, as they will dip into your “energy wallet”. Protect the contents with your life. 

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My guest today, on the confidence boosting Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has been on one hell of a transformation after realising that his life was not going the way that he wanted it to go.....and then doing something about it. As he says "In the past I had been successful in a variety of ventures. I worked for large corporations as well as being a small business owner wearing every hat imaginable. In 2010, I realized those hats did not fit very well. I finally looked myself in the mirror and realized I needed to change. I’m a father, a son, a travel junkie, a dog lover, a pilot, a golfer and a lot of other things. And at that point I began a total makeover of my life, both inside and out. Since 2010, I’ve visited 32 countries, circumnavigated the globe twice, sold a business, sold an airplane, placed all my belongings in storage and became a nomad." But the key thing is since that moment of epiphany in 2010, he has realized that many people are afraid to own their greatness and enjoy every ounce they can out of their lives. Fears, worries, and obstacles prevent all of us from moving forward in certain ways and he decided that he wanted to help others step into their greatness so that they can live the life of their dreams. And now he challenges people across the world, to become the biggest version of themselves that they can be. He challenges them to ask the important questions that we all bury deep down inside ourselves. Those questions that we need to desperately ask if we ever want to stand out from the crowd and live the lives of our dreams. And in the process his work is allowing him to enjoy more and more of his life too. So why did it take a leap in New Zealand to finally realize, that everything we want in life starts with a decision to "Go" And where does he see the biggest issue with people today, a lack of belief that they can match up to what they are seeing the world doing, or simply dreaming big enough. Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Dan Simon 

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My guest today, on the confidence boosting Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who I was happy to spend an hour with when being interviewed on his successful online show Discover Your Talent. So you know that he is a podcaster. But as you will see he is so much more than that too. After leaving the army as a young man with an honorable discharge, he attended Emory University graduating with a BA in Russian Language and Literature, before taking the first steps on a path that so many of us find ourselves on. Being directed by the ideals of his father, and very little imput by what our guest truly wanted himself, he begain studying to become a dentist. Which was a false step in the wrong direction, as without a doubt at his core he is an entrepreneur born and bred, and a very good one at that. Since 1972 he has founded a new business every few years ranging from publishing to advertising and most things in between. As he now says ” As it has turned out, my experiences as entrepreneur, inventor, writer and coach in advertising, publishing and career planning is the perfect foundation of skills, passion and talent to excel in the meteoric rise of podcasting worldwide. Add to that the disturbing statistic that 87% of people worldwide do NOT enjoy the work they do every day and this podcast channel truly is an idea whose time has come…. For me and for the people who listen to it around the world.” So there we have it. At his core he is a man who needs to love his work, feel inspired everyday and make a difference to everyone that he meets. It doesn’t matter what environment he finds himself in….the work has to be classed as a passion for him to truly discover his talent So does he wish that he could go back in time and start his podcast even earlier than he did? And with that shocking stat of 87% not enjoying their work, what does he truly believe he can do to make a difference to the world? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Don Hutchenson

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During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Don Hutcheson such as: Don shares why he feels some of the things that he invented in his life, which didn’t make any money, were simply created before their time. They sometime need the right time to grow and be the things he hoped they would be. Why we all need the quiet time in our lives to really assess what we want to achieve. We need to block out the noise and feel the emotions that are leading us. Why upskilling is so important in our lives, no matter what level we find ourselves on. Stop and look where we need to go and let knowledge help ease the way. and lastly…. Why Don believes that “Knowing Your Why” is actually the second question that we should be asking ourselves. Instead we should be focusing on “The Who”……do you trust yourself and know yourself? 

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My guest today, on the confidence inspiring Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who at his core understands that true business success is built by making the experience that customers feel, as good as humanly possible. Take a look at all the big boys, Amazon, Apple, Virgin to name just three, all have a background on providing what will make the customer truly satisfied (even if the customer doesn't know they want it at first.) He is the owner of Triple R Marketing, where with over 20 years’ experience in Marketing and Sales, he has helped small local businesses and brand-name Fortune 500 companies alike become leaders in their industry. He has worked alongside world-renowned author and sales expert Jeffrey Gitomer, and has helped businesses promote their products at high-profile events such as the Sport Emmy Awards, although never once losing sight of the small things that make such a big difference to his customers. Such as the astonishing tale of buying a complete caramel shop from closing for business, simply because his customers loved the handmade caramel packs that had quickly became a key part of his business. When he got word that the store was closing, the entrepreneur in him kicked in. He knew he had to reach an agreement with Fischer to keep the caramels available for everyone and in January of 2016 he took over as the new owner of Joan’s Caramels. And if that isn't enough on his plate, he developed an app called Fanvious that allows food and merchandise to be delivered to your seat while at a sporting event or concert. And with the success of the app he has been featured on the weekly television program Inside Indiana and also spoke at the IAVM 2015 Arena Management Conference on the ‘New Technology for Improved Fan Engagement.’ So what is it that excites him most invention, or satisfaction? Is it the creation or how his customers respond to his work that gets him out of bed with a spring in his step? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Matt Rudelinger. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Matt Ruedlinger such as: Why he feels it is so important to allow free-time within his business to be there for his family, which is a core value of starting his entrepreneurial route in the first place. Why being satisfied by the service that we receive as a customer is now the absolute minimum that we should expect from a business. Which makes it harder and harder to create viral word of mouth support. Why Matt loves the metaphor that there is a reason why the front windscreen to a car is a lot bigger than the rear. As it's only what's in front that truly matters in life. and lastly…. If you are going to close down your business then always think "How will my customers react to this" and if you think they wont be happy, then find another way of operating. 

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It’s with great delight that I get to speak to Candace Rose Rardon, a lady, who was first introduced me to a guest who appeared way back on episode 15 of the show Mike Sowden. After the show without hesitation he told me, you have to get this lady on the show “as she is having an affair!” Well actually, I don’t know if he did say that, but they are the first words that you see on her website “The Great Affair” But what does this mean? Well let’s tell you more about her, as you will see this lady is seriously in love with life, travel and her art, and experiencing life not just living it. She is an writer, sketch artist, and illustrator, and now calls the world her muse. She travels with a passion to capture not just the images, and architecture of the world, but also the flavour and emotions too. This makes her unique in my view. She is someone that shows us through her words and also her amazing sketches how she sees the world. Her character and personality shines out through her work, like no photograph can ever capture. So how did this all start, well we find out during the show. But like my own life has been changed by the Steve Jobs “Join Up Dots” speech, it there to see that hers was changed by the words of Joseph Campbell who once said “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” And now in her own words, “Seven years ago, I hesitantly took Campbell’s advice. I let go of the life I had planned and opened myself to the myriad possibilities the world has to offer. While stepping off the edge of my safe existence into the unknown was a terrifying prospect, I also had a feeling that something incredible awaited me if I could take that initial leap of faith. Life has been a crazy adventure ever since.” So what is it about travel that lights her up, and is it all plain sailing or are their times that she longs for a cubicle in a grey office somewhere? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Candace Rose Rardon Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Candace Rose Rardon such as: How she will never lose the appeal of having movement in her life, but realises that now its the movement of energy and passion that is the most important. How she had to build up her confidence levels to travel the world by first travelling to England and New Zealand…close enough to America but different enough to appeal. The moment when her big dot appeared and a single conversation changed her life forever. How she finds it so surreal that she has found a thing in her life that people will pay for, and will never lose that wonderment each time income is earned. And lastly…. You will find out what she misses most during her travel in her life – the pillow or the bed….and that is a deep question. 

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In today's confidence boosting Join Up Dots free podcast we spend our time answering listeners question sent through to us this week, and give some amazing answers Hope you enjoy it and if you want to send your own questions into the Join Up Dots team then simply go to the contact details at the bottom of the page and tell us whats in your mind. 1: Hi David and the Join Up Dots team, wow. I don't know how you find the energy to deliver so much amazing content. This is the best podcast I have ever heard, so wanted to ask a question that you might be able to answer on the show. This is the first time I have ever done this, so hope for a positive response. I suffer from depression and often have low energy levels that stop me tackling anything big to change my life. I would love to do what the guests are doing, but the thought of it is too demanding. Any suggestions? - Don McKenzie, Seattle USA 2: Hi David, many of your guests talk about being in the state of flow. I find this concept really interesting as I guess that is where we do our best work. Where can i find out more about this, other than Googling "Flow" - Gemma Holiester, New York 3: Hi David, I am thinking of starting a new business but know that I dont want to deal with customers, and work on anyone elses time. What do you suggest? Is this possible? - Arnold Baker, Albany, New York. 4: Hello Mr Ralph, I live in Argentina and love your show. I would love to know, do you have a support group around you. I have heard you talk about finding people, but dont know where to start. Agustín Garcia 

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My guest today, on the confidence boosting Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who a few years back was disappointed with the current mental health care solutions he was offered after suffering from stress in the workplace. So like so many guests, he didn't accept what he saw and decided to take action, turning to alternative therapies which got him through and beyond this temporary stress. These solutions began forming into a business idea which led him to creating Stressbox in Jan 2014, and he took these learnings into the corporate environment to help with de-stressing in companies everywhere. As they say "We are an up and coming mental wellness fitness brand with a social purpose to support the epidemic of work related stress. We succeed in this by creating innovative holistic fitness workshops, in-house talks on preventing stress and performing our epic yet different fitness class….StressBox. Our powerful class combines Boxing fitness with Mindfulness all to wonderful music to inspire and enlighten you within our 1 hour experience. We create magic moments in our bespoke classes to suit your busy schedule, at StressBox we understand that time in this hectic world is valuable so we combined Holistic health with musical fitness to have greater impact on your mindset not just your body." To succeed in this new business, he researched stress in society for 2 years via practical innovative coaching and academically using Neuroscience, the science of meditation and positive psychology. And rapidly this knowledge became a cult hit at a popular gym in Birmingham, England with teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and teenagers becoming fanatics with his alternative style. So why if he had an issue with stress did he then decide to build a business around it, and not run to live stress free on a hot tropical island somewhere full of bikini wearing beauties? And is this as a real life issue, or do so many people just use the word as a badge of honour nowadays? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr Liam Joe Blackwood. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Liam Joe Blackwood such as: Why so many people find themselves in situations in their lives which doesn't naturally match their skills and talents - which can obviously lead to the kind of stress which can be avoided. Why the power of visualisation is such a powerful process in building success in a persons life, and the steps that we should take everyday to bring these visions to life. Liam Joe recalls the battles he overcome in the early days to get his vision out to the world, and the steps he took to get there. Why we should never overthink anything in our lives, but simply look to do the best we can in the most relaxed method possible. That is always the best way. and lastly…. Why Liam Joe allowed himself to feel creative and playful in his life which was a complete gamechanger and turned his life around forever.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who I'll be honest with I stumbled across on the web. And every now and again you see something on a website or about page that you think "Yeah that is spot on in every-way" Well today's guest had a line about how she operated in her business at the beginning which said "I pretended to have my shit together in a life-coach imposter kind of way" Wow, let's think about this. This is a lady who was happy to say, look guys I am working at this everyday of the week. I have good days and bad, and sometimes very bad. But I keep on coming back to it, as it's what I wanted to do. And aren't we glad she did, as now she is rocking and rolling as a relationship coach from her base in Canada, where she coaches clients across the world in how to build the strongest relationships in the world. She is a TEDx alumni, international trainer, coach and writer, and with a BA in Sociology and as a certified Life Coach, she has provided guidance to people from every walk of life and income bracket to improve and empower their lives for over 25 years. As they say "She has a knack for simplifying the most complex problems into small doable steps that create lasting change." So did she always want to be in the relationship business and deal with peoples problems in such an intimate and powerful way? And where does she see this all going? Is she on the hot spot of her timeline or still working towards something in her life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Beth Hanishewski Show Highlights. During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Beth Hanishewski such as: Beth admits that she is a tragic marketer, but is always blown away that people can find her online, which will always come down to being good at what she does!. Why she feels that she became a relationship coach by accident, and explains how she now loves being paid for doing something that she loves...but that wasn't always the case. and lastly…. Why it is so important to live through real world relationships and experiences and get something from every stage you encounter. 

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the top rated podcast inter Join Up Dots is a slight departure from what we have seen recently. Elizabeth grew up in New York State, where she sang pop songs by Madonna around the house and started writing her own pop songs at an early age. Then when she was nine years old her school music teacher told her she had the voice of an opera singer, and took her to see her first opera. Her great-grandfather was a virtuoso musician who signed with Victor Records in the 1890’s, but no one else in her family ever listened to classical music. Which is a really interesting position to find yourself in. Most people will struggle with fighting their way to a new future even if they are surrounded by people that have the same passion as them. But find yourself in a world, where very few people understand what is going on inside you then it comes down to a huge amount of hustle muscle, and personal belief. And so she worked at her talent, found the right people to work with and a few years later sang her first classical piece, and has never looked back. But even more interesting is her refusal to do things any other way than her own, and is blending many different styles into her repertoire, even comedy with an off the wall version of “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer. So with all the avenues in front of her to travel, how does she make the decisions that will be right for her own career, and not dilute her natural born talent? And does she embrace the hustle that it takes to build a career, or would she like to just get up there and belt them out? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Elizabeth Tyron. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Elizabeth Tryon such as: Why Madonna is such a great role model for anyone struggling with lack of focus and an inability to deal with the knocks that life will deal you. Why being authentic to yourself and living a life on your own terms is the only way to go as it leads to finding your tribe so much quicker. How the hustle muscle is not something she likes doing, but has learnt how to let things simply figure themselves out.. And lastly…….. How it is so important to find the sweet spot within your own talent to maximise the rewards for the minimum effort. 

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Today's show is a coaching based episode whereby David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, and founder of Dream Starters Academy Coaching talks about his week and how he has come to the realisation that everybody needs more confidence in their lives. After talking to a couple of listeners this week, discussing their businesses and their lives it become evident that the number one thing that was holding them back is the belief that the results that they will get may not be good. They are unwilling to put themselves into a situation where the work they are doing behind the scenes could turn out to be not as good as they hope it will be. They are unwilling to test out the perfection they feel that have in their hands. And that is the problem with perfection...we want to cherish and protect to keep that perfection real in our mind. But that is not the way that life is, and its certainly not the way that we should be operating. What is the point in having something beautiful in our lives if we aren't allowing the world to see that beauty? There is no point at all. So in this episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph gives you his view on what makes confidence and how we can take small actions everyday to grow that much needed belief system in ourselves. He also tells a story about one of the biggest listeners that Join Up Dots has Mr Mike Buckerfield from Wales, and the life-changing battle with Welsh Ninjas that he had this week. And of course we hit part three of the Gargle Game, the online phenomenon that is taking the world of podcasting by storm 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who first appeared back on the show on episode 433. On the show we followed his journey from a small boy born with asthma, but instead of his parents giving him medicine when he needed it and keeping him away from sport and exertion, they instead encouraged him at the age of four to go skiing. On the mountain tops, where the air is thinner would seem a strange place to send an asthmatic child, but actually they laid the first dot in his life…the love of doing things differently and a desire for adventure. As he said when asked about his desire to be a true adventurer “The notion of being an adventurer is great, the more adventurers we have in the world, the more nature will be respected. By getting closer to the environment – at 3000 metres watching the sunset, or being underwater with a clownfish, seeing the difference between corals that are alive and corals that are dying, we better understand the world around us. We, as humans, need to touch or see things for ourselves otherwise we can’t fully relate to them. If you don’t see something, you don’t feel it. I think that can be extended to everything. The more people that ride bikes around the world, the more people that climb mountains, the more people that get close to nature in any form, the more advocates we have for conservation.” And now with an additional passion of creating sustainability in mobility, he is travelling the world inspiring everyone he meets to get out there bicycles and pedal happily, with a serious message behind it all. Bicycles are simple, sustainable transportation and an essential element in disaster assistance and poverty relief. They fulfil basic needs by providing access to healthcare, education, and economic development. The mission, to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of the bike. All interesting stuff I'm sure you'll agree. So of course we have all used bicycles for years as a form of fun and exercise, so why should we have a campaign like this when the world should be saying "Yeah, been doing it for years!" And where does he see this heading for him, into more campaigning and perhaps political aspirations? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Manuel Bustelo Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Manuel Bustelo such as: Why being an adventurer is such an amazing life, although it doesn't remove the financial difficulties that plagues most businesses like you might think How he was inspired to enter into the world of sustainable mobility after seeing the terrible oil spill in the Caribbean, and felt driven to tackle it head on. Why Cities like Amsterdam are taking the lead in sustainability, which proves that it can be done with the right mindset. and lastly…. How to connect with him directly to find out more information regarding this subject and where it can lead. 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has been building her entrepreneurial business since she was a young twelve year old girl interested in computers. And as we show you on the introduction and the show, a career is built by many different steps. Many different phases until you get to what looks like the natural place. The thing that you were born to do. Back in 2002 she launched her first website, a manga scanlation site (translating comics from Japanese & English into Polish) and grew it to 40K views in under 5 months and even managed a virtual staff of people who volunteered to support the growth. Jump on seven years, and she was then running a successful photography business, and this was her life for seven years, before stepping back into the corporate world when....as she she says in her own words "I worked my tail off in the marketing agency world, including a stint at a corporate ad agency as community manager and social media/email marketing strategist. This is when I got really obsessed with branding, business development, list-building and all the ways biz owners can create consistent revenue without losing their shit." The first dots had been well and truly placed, and now it was a case of joining them up with the creation of her own self named Digital Marketing Agency. This is a successful digital marketing consulting & education company where she helps modern businesses and entrepreneurs to grow their presence, make more money, and truly blow up online so they can become leaders in their field. And once again as she says "I freaking LOVE it!" So did she always know that she was gently placing the foundations in place as she went, or was each phase in her life supposed to be her legacy work? And what does she find is the hardest part of growing a business? The sales, marketing, or the hours that it takes to get it off the ground? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kamila Gornia Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Kamila Gornia such as: We discuss the reasons why she loves marketing more than anything, and why she feels this is now a big part of her life that she couldn't leave behind. Why using your super talent and personal energy to attract clients in the world is such an amazing method of finding the abundance in your life. The ability to have persistence in your business and simply turning up everyday is such an amazing way to overcome the obstacles that life throws at us. and lastly…. How freaking weird it was that she was able to run a business as a twelve year old, a fact she now looks back on and is amazed at herself.

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Todays guest entrepreneur, joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast is a man whose name came up in conversation on a previous episode of Join Up Dots. And not in a "there's this man that I know", kind of way but like "Wow, there is this amazing man who is brilliant at what he does" kind of way. And so I sought him out and I am delighted that he agreed to come on the show and start joining up his dots. Hefirst found the motivation to begin working on building his careers, as a 14 year old, in his hometown Pittsburgh, when he was hired to do a community news column for "The Signal Item," a weekly newspaper. And his life has been intertwined with both the written and spoken word ever since. He received dual degrees in Journalism and Radio-TV-Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina and also served as news editor and anchorman which meant that by the time he graduated from the University, he had already logged over 1,000 live television broadcasts. And this all occurred before joining the military as still a young man, and tackling another big dot in his life, serving his country. Although much happened in his life leading today, you can now find him tutoring speakers, in the nuances of voice control and speech writing, or presenting keynote presentations across America and enjoying himself. He has found the freedom to create his path in his life that plays to his natural talents, and brings enjoyment to himself and everyone that he comes in contact with. And that of course is the best way to build success in your life. So what is it about being a wordsmith that appeals to him on a daily basis? And is there a thrill to performing live that he doesn't get anywhere else in his life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only expert wordsmith todays entrepreneur Lou Heckler

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an only twenty seven years old, but he seems to have packed in several decades of work and hustle in such a short period of time. He has been an entrepreneur in the eCommerce industry since 2009 and has grown into a leading expert in the field with experience managing multi-million dollar businesses. But of course we are most interested in what he is doing today. What is getting him excited everyday when he jumps out of bed? Well he is the Founder and CEO of FreeeUp a company that he started 2015 after spending 7+ years interviewing, hiring, and training remote workers. He decided that there must be a better way for eCommerce companies to hire remote workers without having to spend hours interviewing and finding the most reliable people. A year later and FreeeUp is a rapidly growing company interviewing hundreds of worker applicants each week and providing remote workers for hundreds of clients. He has found a gap in the market place and filled it with his experience and passion allowing it to flourish. And with his extensive knowledge in creating business systems and processes, personnel management, hiring remote workers, the Amazon Marketplace, and advanced sales tactics this is going to get bigger and bigger. But does he see this as his legacy work, or simply something that is moving him closer and closer towards his goals? And what does he enjoy the most in his work….the creation, or the customer satisfaction? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Nathan Hirsch Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Nathan Hirsch such as: How Nathan has developed the abilities to bounce back from every failure that has hit him, ensuring that he has learnt from those hard-times before moving forward. The story of the trip to Myrtle Beach, where he suffered a huge client loss and identity fraud all within a few hours…tipping his world on its axis. Why you should always look to start hiring as soon as you can in your business, to allow yourself free time to do the stuff that you are best at. and lastly…. Why he has set up his company to have three levels of staff, to boost the quality of the work, and to maintain greater control on standards and systems..very wise decision indeed.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a lady who I am pleased to say in a very short time has become a very good friend to me. She is without a doubt a bit mad, has bright purple hair (and you dont say that very often unless you live on Sesame Street) and is the most passionate person I have ever met in regards to making people shine as guests on a podcast. Living in Ontario Canada, she is on a mission to help the world grow organic traffic in the most personal way possible – direct into the ears of customers across the world. What is more inspiring is how she managed to find herself in a job that quite simply shocked me when I found out and then decide that it wasn’t for her and transitioned to become who she is today. A few years ago she was a prison guard, not perhaps with bright purple hair, and had very much lost her mojo. She wanted more than what she was experiencing She wanted more of her life to be under her own control and so went after it big-time? But that’s easy to say, but very different when you actually decide to go after something new. So how do you make that transition when everything is within the routine of normal life? How do you look around and decide that what you have you don’t want, and what you don’t have is what you do want…and then make it happen? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Nicole Holland.

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots, is a teacher, a mom, student of life, a speaker, bestselling author, eTV host, former radio host, executive coach, and mentor. But before you think that this is a lady who mentors you by helping you find the “Inner Self” that is just waiting for you to tap into, then think again. She isn’t one those ladies that help find your inner potential and whoosh like a rocket ship, you will shoot your way to your true future. The kind of future that you deserve. Our guest instead has found that you can live your Ultimate Success, by studying the consistencies or repetitions in history, the reasons behind “what happened”. What are the patterns that occur time and time again that can send us on the slippery slope to despair and failure, and what are the ones that will lead us onto success. With her proven 5-step program, she helps all of us identify our consistencies and which of those consistencies require our attention as they may be those patterns that prevent you from having all the success you can have. As she says “After all, if we keep doing the same thing, how can we expect different outcomes?” Now this seems to me to be an amazingly common sense approach to me, so why do we not a focus in on the power of patterns in our own lives? And can she see a time in her life, when this wasn’t something that she was aware off too? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dr Natalie Forest Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics such as: Why she feels it so important to be able to disconnect from technology to give 100% attention to the people of the world. How she always remembers having a desire to be a teacher, or a mentor in her life, even as a very small child. How you can start to assess your own history, by looking at the things that make you happy, and what causes your stress levels to occur. How she has now got to the point of not excepting societies “Yes” and “No” and will make the big decisions better than ever before And lastly….. How she can’t wait to buy a BMW motor bike, and drive fast down the freeways of Baltimore loving being 100% herself.

history, history, history, history

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Todays show is a coaching based episode whereby David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, and founder of Dream Starters Academy Coaching answers listeners questions directly. He will also spend time reflecting on what occurred in his show in 2016, and his plans going forward, This is a no holds bared version of the show, that will cover the following subjects sent in by listeners of Join Up Dots 1. WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF STARTING MY OWN COMPANY? Hi David, wow what a show. I have just listened to twelve episode over the last few days and I feel I have found the inspiration to start my own business. I dont know what it is going to be (sorry as you have said on your other coaching shows you need more information), but i was wondering what the risks are in your view? Keep up the amazing work the world needs more shows like yours!!! - Arnold Mortenson Sweden 2: I AM SCARED TO START DOING MY OWN THING. I have a job that pays well, has all the benefits that I could want but isn't what I want to do. I am currently a lawyer in the south of the states, and as you can imagine its pretty stressful. I would love to have a simple life being a dog walker or something with animals. But I can imagine what would be said if I quit to do this - Calvin, Alabama ( that is not my real name) Any suggestions? 3: PROFESSIONAL AND POLISHED Listening to your show after finding it by accident, it seems so polished and professional. Do you have a broadcasting background - Nate, Perth Australia. 4: BEING YOURSELF You said on a recent episode that you felt that being yourself can hold you back in the short term. What did you mean by this, and why do it? - Art, New York 5: CONFERENCES AND APPEARANCES Are you coming to America at all? I love your accent and personality and would think you would be amazing in my country. Have you considered attending conferences, or perhaps starting your own? - Brenda Miles - Nebraska If you want to get your question answered on the show then simply drop us a line to: Email: joinupdots@gmail.com Facebook

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

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has a amazing story of finding himself and of course his true path to success. Beginning his career by studying at the University Of Michigan, he first moved into business by starting to work in Digital Marketing, where he built several different companies which generated millions of dollars in sales within a very short period of time. He was driven to succeed, and driven to make every second count for the businesses he worked in. Could this have been a direct response to losing his brother in his earlier life? I guess we will find out during the show But it is true to say that although he was able to build a business that was very successful, travel to 33 countries, play football in front of 111,000 fans on National TV, and earn 6 figure monthly checks from partners like Google, his life changed in 2015 when he visited the Sacred Valley of Peru. Through an interesting turn of events, and exploring the difficult parts of life that all of us may have encountered at one time or another, he has now dedicated his life to not only helping people succeed in terms of “Money & Business”, but also to find their true purpose in this world. He is the CEO and Founder of Love!, where through his platform Believe he helps the world not only find their passion, but also tackle money, business and a myriad of other obstacles that get in the way of true success. This is an unusual approach as most business experts will say "Niche down" and dont go broad, but it is obviously working for our guest, so lets find out why he has gone this route. So is he the classic example of someone who has had to get through many different experience in life to join up the dots to where happiness and fulfilment have come together like magic? And what happened in the sacred valley of Peru that spun him around to such a degree that his life would never be the same again? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Nicholas Upchurch

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During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Nicholas Upchurch such as: We describe the perfect way to get down to amazing sexy time with a lady or man, and why you need paper and pen for this one....notes time!! Why so many people walk around with frowns in their lives and play the serious card whilst building business, but they certainly don't need to (and more importantly shouldn't.) Why embracing the darkness in your life is ok, as long as you are aware of it. We need the dark to truly find the light that can shine a light on our future. and lastly…. Why David shares the amazing potency of "Hard Wednesday" and why everybody should build days like this into their lives.

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When you see someone boldly state that they were born to make money, you either think that this guy is very bold, or he is very good at what he does. Today's guest seems to be both, and from his base in San Diego California is spinning many plates as he literally loves the life he lives (and gets paid very well to live it too!) He is the New York Times bestselling author of What Is Your WHAT? Discover The ONE Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do, the Business Technology Book Of The Year, Internet Prophets: To name just a few of his publications And he also appeared in the ground-breaking film, The Keeper of the Keys, alongside Jack Canfield and John Gray But there is no getting away with the fact that at his core, he is a hustler who works incredibly hard, has passion by the bucket load, and has honed his talents from opening his first nightclub back in 1989, through to starting a wine business with his Mum. And I guess the question is now with a real estate business, wine business, keynote speaker business.....how does he know What is his WHAT? And do you find your what naturally, or do you have to take action and try many many different things to get there? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Steve Olsher. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Steve Olsher such as: How your "WHAT" will change over time but the essence will remain the same. You just need to tap into the clues of your life to find that thing you were born to do. Why he now believes that his kids have never seen him do a days work in his life, and would love the legacy of bringing creativity into their lives. Why he operates like a rocket fuelled drag-car. Huge action for small bits of time, to then rest before blasting the engines again. And lastly…. How he remembers hitting rock bottom in 2013, and needed to seek answers to why he was feeling so bad, that simply changed his life forever.

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Todays show is a coaching based episode whereby David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, and founder of Dream Starters Academy Coaching answers listeners questions directly. He will also spend time reflecting on what occured in his show in 2016, and his plans going forward, This is a no holds bared version of the show, that will cover the following subjects sent in by listeners of Join Up Dots I am hearing a lot of people talking about sales funnels. Do you think that this is ethical or not David, and also what do you prefer for creating Sales Funnels? - Isabel Grazzi New York I am thinking of doing a podcast do you think I should do an interview show or solo, as i have deliberated over this for a year now. I see that you do mostly interviews but have started this coaching shows (which are super useful thank you) - Lin Pai, Phillipines My colleague started a business that failed after six months. He now wants to do another one with me helping him this time. Do you think that this is wise after his initial failure? - Ray Coulter.....Australia I have heard you talk about providing value first and foremost, but how do I do this? I dont have anything to offer anyone who might be able to help me - Claire Edmonds What music do you like most David? - Leah Bowls, Jackson Country Florida

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is inspiring the world to live great, love thier lives and be the fullest version of themselves. And what is great about todays guest is unlike so many coaches, that in my view talk the talk, and then slump back into a Netflix binge watch every-night, this guy is going for the experiences. The experiences that can shape a persons percepetion of what is possible and what is their god given right to claim. He is out there doing it. But if things hadn't occurred in his life, like experiencing the horror of a neighbours discovery that her son had committed suicide then he may well have coasted through his life as a sales assistant in a retail store. From 2005 to 2010, he clocked up over 7,000 hours in sales, management and training roles in big box retail and apparently still holds the record in one of the stores for the most amount sold in a single day. In 2010 he started his first coaching business and ramped up studies in the field of personal, professional and business excellence. He invested all the time, money and energy he had and went through an intense period of rapid transformational growth. As he says " I was now a man on a mission. I broke through patterns of behaviour that had been holding me back for years, gave up alcohol, coffee and energy drinks, and consciously chose a vegetarian lifestyle." And now from his base in Costa Rica, he is living the life that he wanted and made happen. Writing songs, inspiring the world, and being the best version of himself that he could be. So when he was a small boy growing up in Australia with a pet kangaroo, does he recall ever having the desire to help people in such a transformational way? And how does he get past the thoughts off "I'm not big enough to tackle all this world changing stuff?" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Cameron Brown Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Cameron Brown such as: Why he sold 99% of the stuff that he had in his life, and what it gave him to work with going forward. Liberation and independence. Why there are days where he quite simply pinches himself to see what he has created in life, and shares how we can all do the same. Cameron brings up an amazing blueprint to creating a business through connecting with your own individuality and curiosity. Why the biggest part of any business, that we all struggle with at the beginning is selling yourself. This doesnt comme and lastly…. Cameron shares why he asks the harshest question that I have ever heard to his clients - Are you willing to never see your family again? and reveals the answers he gets.

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Todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man who has a story like so many entrepreneurs I have spoke to. He started his life with limited idea of what he wanted to become, and even less of an idea of how to start something…in fact anything. As he says ” I was born in Denmark it all started out pretty bad. I was very shy and introverted and had no idea what I wanted in life, except I didn’t want to be employed. So with no real business education I started my first business at 21. Since I had no marketing know how, it only took me a year to run my business deep into the ground and go bankrupt.” But there comes a time when you realise that after years of study at school, that most of us want to leave far behind, you need to get serious and study like your life depends on it. You need to become an expert in something that can open doors across the world. Our guest realised that its ok to have an amazing business idea or product, but unless people find out about it, you are dead in the water. And so with a total obsession he set to work understanding the skills required to become a top marketer. And so successful was he at learning these skills, that he built a worldwide business and retired whilst still a young man. And like all the greatest sportsman who find out that retirement isn’t all its cracked up to be, he returned to teach entrepreneurship and marketing and set out to create one of London’s biggest entrepreneurial communities with almost 17,000 ACTIVE members. All from just £3,500 in total marketing costs. As he says “Before you think I’m one of those people that think they can walk on water 24/7, I’m definitely not. In fact I’ve made some big mistakes that I’m quite embarrassed about. But I’m not afraid to admit it and talk about my boo-boo’s especially because I know it can save someone else from the same ill fate.” So why did he always know that he didn’t want to employed even as a small child? And what were the really big mistakes and how did he mentally recover to keep moving forward? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Patrick Powers Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Patrick Powers such as: Why he decided to change his name, lose his Danish accent, and overcome his shyness as a young man before he did anything towards creating his first business success. Why the online world needs to compliment the offline world to gain the true success. One needs the other to become fully realised which so many people fail to realise. How hitting rock bottom is more often than not the best place to find the true starting point to a life of your dreams. And lastly…….. How introverts and extroverts need to really focus in on their energy levels to ensure that they are recharging themselves in the right way ready to blaze big when required.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has been on the show previously way back on episode 242 Where she spoke candidly about her journey of success, failure, struggles and self discovery For years, she suffered from a long list of physical, emotional, and financial problems. After giving away all her possessions, an extended spiritual journey connected her to the deeper parts of herself that led her to everything she needed to find health, well-being, and peace of mind. In the 1980s, she thought she was on the way to financial security as she rapidly built a wholesale, retail, and mail order business to the point where she was grossing over $30,000 a month. Sounds good doesn’t it, but her lack of business and financial skills led to her downfall—and bankruptcy. But although a dark period of her life, she knew that she lacked the knowledge to prevent this happening, so studied everything she could to ensure it wouldnt happen again She set out on the path of learning everything she could about business and financial management and this knowledge allowed her to flourish as an entrepreneur while sharing what she had learned with others. But there is so much more to her story, than we can cover in a short introduction like this. And now after her last appearance on Join Up Dots, she was inspired to put into words her decision to free herself up from all her material belongings in The Search For Connection: A Spiritual Journey to Physical, Emotional, And Financial health now flying off the shelves at Amazon. So what was it that made her want to reconnect with this part of her life that occurred over forty years ago now? And has it helped her even more, understand how the clues to her future are always somehow linked to her past? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Joan Sotkin.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who certainly has had his ups and downs since entering into the startup world to where he is today. And so my friends, that of course makes him a perfect guest for another inspiring, motivational and educational episode of Join Up Dots After graduating with a degree in music, he of course was like so many people who follow an education based career, convinced that an employment in the music industry was beckoning. But little by little he realised that this wasn't going to happen for him, so ended up waiting tables in LA to earn some cash. At the same time one of his flat mates, was doing very well writing code for a company. In fact based on the fact that his mate could roll into work when he wanted and basically in the words of our guest "Never be fired from the company as he had written much of their programming" inspired our guest to start working on his computer skills. He went from waiting tables in LA while pursuing a career in music, to building a development agency, to building several other products and companies, and to ultimately now becoming the CEO of Crew. How he is approaching the opportunities and challenges of taking over the leadership role as CEO of Crew, which is 3 years old, has raised $11 million in funding, has a valuation of $30 million, and is at the forefront of the freelance economy (which is shaping the future of work). So everything looks rosy in the garden for our guest. He looks relaxed, is loving his work, and on his way up. So how did he get himself back on his feet after the disappointment of realising a life in music was unlikely to be happening for him? And when he realised that his development agency was going under, due to choosing the wrong business partners to work with did he think he didn't have it in him to create his own success? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Michael Sacca

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Stress is a problem that most people deal with, and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who has an amazing story that has led to where he is today as part ninja, part monk, and part of this world. Yes, that is a start that we have never done on Join Up Dots, but after you listen to the guest talk then you realise that it’s about spot on. Going back in time, our guests story started as he travelled the world as a professional athlete coming from Canada, through the US, and overseas into Australia and Germany as he followed his dreams and passion of baseball. In fact he spent most of his life as an athlete, and as he got older, he discovered a passion that wasn’t expected at the beginning of his sporting life But throughout an arduous season swinging the bat, he found he was able to stay healthy and injury free through a long season no matter what city, or continent or how far he travelled. And this was the first dawning realisation of where he wanted to go in his life The experiments he performed on himself through both nutrition and fitness started to form his fledgling business, and what he found was fascinating, He discovered that the majority of what causes us issues in our health all stem from our stress levels. He discovered that if we’re able to reduce the stress in our lives through what we put in and on our body, and by reducing the stress in our environment, we can live healthy, vibrant lives. So how did he discover this, and although part monk is he able to to now remain stress free in his life when someone cuts him up on the freeway? And what is the number one thing that we can do to induce this state of stress free relaxation around in our lives? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Drew Taddia

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Today’s guest joining us on Join Up Dots, is one of those guys that I love speaking to as when you first research them you think “They are a little bit mad” And then when you see them describe themselves as “An amateur adventurer, digital nomad and travel addict. I like to get muddy, naked and painted.” you think yeah wasn’t far wrong. But what makes this guy fascinating to me, is how very easily he could have been living the normal, humdrum lifestyle of so many of us if he had listened to the words of others. As he says in his own words “I first started backpacking when I was eighteen and was instantly hooked by all the inspiring people I met whilst hitching, camping and couch-surfing around Europe. Since then, I have lived in India for a year, worked on bars in Vietnam, herded goats in the Holy Land and conquered the highest navigable pass in the world armed with a poorly drawn map and a packet of ritz crackers. I have survived knife-point robberies in Nepal, guerrilla encounters in Myanmar, motorbike crashes in Vietnam and numerous other mis-adventures. In 2011, I came back to the UK and settled into a job (much to my parents delight!) working for a travel company; I hoped I had found my true calling! Sadly, I spent almost all of my time behind a desk and so I decided to throw it all in, start this blog, and hit the road. And now with thousands of followers actively consuming the tales of adventure and madness everyday, it seems to me that he has now found his true calling. So what was it about ritz crackers and the life on the open road that so appealed in the early days? And by surviving on just $12 dollars a day for over two years, has this been the key to totally immersing yourself into this thing called Planet Earth, that so many of us rarely truly see? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Will Hatton Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Will Hatton such as: How he almost had a mental breakdown due to feeling so lost during a period of his life that he literally didn’t know which way to turn, whilst others seemed to know instinctively where they were heading. How he almost lost his leg when trekking through the South American jungle, and what he learnt from the experience Why a business built on passion will always find the way to overcome the obstacles that will occur on the way. How the entrepreneurial spirit that allows him to thrive could not have been as developed without the travel and adventure he has tackled. And lastly……. Why you can always create a plan b if you need one, but for gods sake don’t waste time trying to make everything safe and perfect if you never get going.

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Todays show is a coaching based episode whereby David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, and founder of Dream Starters Academy Coaching answers listeners questions directly. He will also spend time reflecting on what occured in his show in 2016, and his plans going forward, This is a no holds bared version of the show, that will cover the following subjects: Where is the honesty in todays online world? I have listened to you and you seem very open and friendly, but where would you say are people that you can trust? - Jenna Kovich Ukraine Im in a job that is ok but boring. I want to work on my own business designing clothing ranges for teens too. Can you suggest how to get my company to allow me freetime, when I have a lot of spare time when they dont need me? - Daniel Richards How money do I need to start a business - Amy Martell, Scotland 4. Hi David I would love to start my own business, and have tried several times. However I cant break out of the poverty zone and seem to market my products fartoo low. I work in the field of office productivity and time manegement - Jessica Albrough, Minestta Vikings 5. I heard on a recent show that you think you need to take three years to create a business. Why so long, as you also said on an earlier show that you made six figures in only six months? - Brian Conbar, United Kingdon

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My guest today loves sex and on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is doing things that from the outside might seem a bit unexpected. But that is what makes her perfect for a show like Join Up Dots She is a Brazilian lawyer, former legal professor, author of a textbook on international contract law, as well as the author of the hot sizzling sexy legal thriller "Behind The Door" and its follow up Lara's Journal: A Sizzling, Psychological Suspense (Hidden Motives Book 2) And this sounds like my kind of book "Simone Bennet is on a long vacation, trying to heal from the trauma she suffered at the hands of a serial-killer kidnapper. After looking death in the face, she tries to develop a new outlook on life—live in the moment! Carl, the charming lawyer, is back, asking once more for Simone’s help, this time in analyzing Lara’s journals, which were discovered by her siblings after her death. In her own words, Lara divulges all her secrets, and reveals a dramatic world of betrayal, passion, and the most unusual sexual behaviors, exposing the beautiful architect’s troubled life. Well, of course will discuss her latest work, but what interest me most is where she directs her passions. How does she know what she should be doing next in her life, as she speaks four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, she also studies Chinese. She loves to dance (Tango) and workout. She loves to travel, loves good wine, and has been studying astrology for fifteen years If this is not enough she also likes to paint and cook. So with all these different interests how does she manage to create something worthwhile, and not end up simply dabbling here there and everywhere? And when she was a young girl, what did she want to do most in her life. Was it an author, or has this taken her by surprise? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Adriana Gavazzoni.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who started his entrepreneurial life with a similar vibe to so many people on the planet today. He wanted to scream "Show me the money!" As he says" My dream growing up was to be RICH. It wasn’t about Financial Freedom or having the ability to do what I want or any of that. I just wanted to be rich. My ego wanted everything that went along with it. The big house, the fancy cars…all of it. I loved the lure of it all and in my young, immature, egocentric, male mind I mistakenly thought that money was what this life was all about. For me, in the beginning, money was my GOD. Right when I was finishing up college (I say “finishing” instead of graduating because I never did) we came into one of the biggest Real Estate Booms this country has ever seen. I immediately saw the opportunity and began obsessively looking to buy my first piece of real estate. It came fast, and I bought AND SOLD a house in the same day for a profit of $33,000!! How’s that for a days work?" Now speed on a few years and the words that he had heard so many times "like “make sure you don’t rush things”, “don’t bite off more than you can chew”, “don’t over leverage yourself”, “make sure you get out early, don’t be caught when the market turns” etc…, etc… started coming back to haunt him. As he says "All these really smart and seasoned pros were telling me this, but the cocky 20 something year old thought he knew more than these guys did, and I got burnt BIG TIME." And that is a great place to start this episode of Join Up Dots. So how did he go from crashing and burning to where he is today, where he has built-owned 6 Multi- Million Dollar Businessess across various industries, raised 10+ Million in Public Capital and 2+ Million in private capital, and alongside his wife Amy currently are owner-operators of AKC Fitness, a distribution channel for health and wellness products where they have a team of 25,000+ distributors. And is everything built in a much more stable and consistent way than he had previously achieved in his life? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Keith Callahan

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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who for many years suffered with the age old question that we all seem to struggle with “What should I be doing with my life?” On the outside, it was a question that didn’t seem to be required to answer. She had a great job, a good-life, friends, a boyfriend…..most of our must have tick boxes were well and truly filled. However deep down she had a feeling that there must be more to life than what she was experiencing. This couldn’t be what she had been placed on this earth to experience. So, within six months she had quit her job, and set about going after the life of her dreams. She worked out what she most wanted to achieve, she wrote the lists, she worked her butt off, and she ended up doing something that she didn’t like. As she says “Not every business is meant for you and just because others can make a go of it, doesn’t mean it’s your calling. It was a hard decision to make but I decided, it was time to let it go. When I did that I felt a sense of relief. While I didn’t like the fact that I had just ‘failed’, I did feel relief that there was nowhere else to go but up. Plus, my amazing dad had said to me at that time, ‘Jennifer, failure is like a badge of honour to an entrepreneur. What’s next?” That was a big moment for me. It’s when I learned, and I mean intrinsically learned in all the cells of my being that failure isn’t bad. That failure is a part of growth and it can have a very empowering meaning if we allow it. So where did this moment of relief and letting go take her? And could she have to got to where she is now, without going though this period of her life? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Jennifer Trask

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Todays show is a coaching based episode whereby David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, and founder of Dream Starters Academy Coaching answers listeners questions directly. He will also spend time reflecting on what occured in his show in 2016, and his plans going forward, This is a no holds bared version of the show, that will cover the following subjects: I have a car detailing business and I was wondering if I should get a web presence. I have always been a business card kind of guy? - Dennis Fieldman, USA I am loving Snapchat, are you on it David, and if not why? - Carol Pearson, New Zealand Every year I start with all the enthusiasm in the world to start a new business and change my life and by end of January I lose my way. What am I doing wrong? - Baird Rimmer Do you think its important to chase influencers in your field, or not? - Maxwell Harding, UK I heard your last coaching show and loved it. Why have you just started doing it? - Anne Harding UK I am starting to build my email list...do you have anytips on how to do this? - Jerrry McShriner

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

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has found her thing in life almost by accident. But as we see on Join Up Dots there is no such thing as accidental. All the dots are deliberately placed in front of us due to the choices and decisions that we make time and time again As she says "So, I started side hustling out of necessity. I wasn’t so much angry as I was resigned. “Debt is a way of life” was my motto for most of my adult life. Lack of hope kept me from putting together a solid, workable plan to get myself out of debt. Lack of hope kept me stuck. And stuck for a an embarrassingly long period of time. But, a few years ago, I found the world of business podcasts and I dove headlong into it, meeting new people who helped me challenge some long held beliefs. I started a small virtual assistant side business, providing social media and community management and other support services for podcasters with purpose. I crushed my car loan. Demolished my credit card debt. And now I’m finishing off the last of my student loan! But, this is about so much more than beating debt and bringing in extra income." What she has done is find a need within herself, and upskill until she can provide value to paying customers. And business isn't much harder than that. Find something that you are good at. Work really hard to be great at it. And then use those passions and skills to solve problems for others. And now with her flourishing business showing her skills as a side hustle coach and financial freedomfighter she is showing the world how making the leap of faith does not need to be as scary as you think. So why did she have the financial mindset that life was tough, and debt was a way of life? And does she now see that everything she was experiencing in life was down to the actions that she was taking to make those experiences what they were? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Tracey Minutolo

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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is a top ranked boxing prospect and also Trinidad & Tobago’s boxing ambassador. He is also is a sought after model who has been photographed around the world since the age of 17. And when you see the photos ladies (and of course men too) that fact doesn’t come as a surprise What does come as a surprise though, is this guy, with a highly tuned competitive streak was so obviously looking for the non-obvious route that could fulfil his dreams. Growing up he was involved in a variety of sports. He loved soccer, basketball, football, baseball and swimming and at just 10 years old started playing basketball and continued playing throughout college. At 16 he was already a certified lifeguard and a highly recruited athlete in multiple sports. In his senior year of high school he was recruited to play basketball for several NCAA Division 1 and 2 schools. Now this is when one of the big twists occured in his life, or as we say he hit one of his big dots. College proved to be quite a defining time for him, he started as a Kinesiology major, but after just one single acting course, he found that he had discovered his love and passion for acting and switched his major to Theatre. It wasn’t long after this revelation that the acting gigs began pouring in. He landed his first commercial and this was quickly followed by a well-known television ad with Nike. Now he could have said “This is easy” and coasted a bit, but instead he set out to become the very best that he can be in this new found arena. He started defining his craft, by studying at The Second City and Groundlings, schools who boast of alumni including Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogan and Steve Carell. He added to his training by studying at The Ivana Chubbuck Studio that has trained Hollywood’s elite such as Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Terence Howard and more. He knew if he was going to be the best he had to surround himself with the best that Hollywood can offer. And now away from the acting he is training for the Olympics, and once again surrounds himself with the best by fighting out of the world famous Wild Card Boxing Club, home to superstar world champions. So what has these diverse uses of his time and talents taught him, as he drives forwards with his ambitions? And is better to become very very good at one thing, or be diverse as he has been up to this point? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Daniel Hayes. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Daniel Hayes such as: How “The Revenant”is a truly boring film, no matter how many awards it gains across the film industry…..but why it has an amazing message for all entrepreneurs too! Why Mike Tyson would always get up at [4:00]am in the morning to go running, because all his competitors are asleep, and the reasons behind the decision to do this. Why being in the flow and present in the moment is the state that we must all aim for no matter what arena we put ourselves….it’s where the huge wins are found. And lastly…. Who he would choose to be in later years Mickey Rourke or Leo DiCaprio, and the reasons why he believes that both are masters of their art.

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Todays episode of Join Up Dots is a soloshow where your host David Ralph answers, in a live coaching way several listeners questions directly. There is no scripting. There is no sales pitch. This is as raw and honest as it can be. So if you are thinking about starting a podcast, or your own business then make sure you listen to this episode (and of course every other episode now released and archived in Join Up Dots

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who may not be well known, but the situation that he found himself certainly is. He is an inspirational survivor, speaker, and author and part of the miracle that occurred back in 2009. When travelling back on a normal commuter flight for his job as an application sales manager for Oracle he found himself in a situation that most people would wish that they weren't in. However our guest reviewed it in a very different manner. When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, he knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane. Despite the hazards to himself, he thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. Today, he travels the globe sharing his inspirational and motivational leadership messages to help people make a difference in how they do business and live their lives. So of course the miracle was that every single person survived, so would he feel differently operating in this new field if the result was tragic against miraculous? And does he feel that the majority people in life need something to shake them from the routine and comfortable zones that we all live in to really get the future they deserve? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Dave Sanderson

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who seems is really hitting his stride and finding his thing in life. He is on a mission to show us all how we can create a better us by being aware of what we are putting into our bodies, and what actions we are taking on a daily basis. Now e have seen these fitness guys time and time again, bring to the world some new diet or fad which for many is very hard to maintain after the initial buzz of tacking something new. But our guest believes that we should do it a different way. And instead of forcing these principles in to our life and hope that they fit, we should look to tailor our life and go about it a very different way. As he says " Back in the day I was in a pretty bad shape. The truth is I never realised how bad I felt until I finally started to feel better and this is the unfortunate reality that so many people don’t even realise they are living in everyday. It wasn’t until I nearly lost my dad to cancer and saw the pain and suffering he went through during the treatment (including 25 days in ICU, having most of his bowel surgically removed, being placed on life support and kept alive through the use breathing machines on two separate occasions, as well has having a tracheostomy) that it dawned on me how much of an influence his lifestyle choices had on causing the disease. From a diet high in sugar and processed foods, to being a pack-a-day smoker who did no exercise, all combined with having an overwhelmingly stressful career, working 14-hour days, with a minimal amount of sleep, it’s no surprise it took a toll on his health. That’s why I made it my mission to help as many people as possible avoid going through what happened to my dad." And now with his Become A Better You Book flying of the shelves at Amazon and his brand new seven day challenge now filling up nicely there is never a better time to have him on the show to join up some dots. So was there are moment when he realised that physically he was improving at a rate of knots, or was it a gradual process over a period of time? And what can we all do today to start getting into the mindset of making 2017 our greatest year ever? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Byron Morrison

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Today's guest, joining us on Join Up Dots, is Fab Giovanetti, a lady who has quite simply trod a path that so many of us tread at first when going after the dream. Setting to work building her dream, she slowly began instead to build a nightmare in its place. Unreasonably long hours, hunched over her laptop, she worked 3 jobs, saying goodbye to her friends and weekends and quite simply wondered "What was the point in doing this? But at the point of darkness, when things cant get any darker you have two choices Number one sit down and stay in the dark, or number two push on until the dark is replaced by light and you come blazing out into your sun filled future. Well that is what out guests did, and instead of remaining in the dark she realised that it was time to learn from the best. So she studied the best entrepreneurs, thought leaders and guys and ladies who looked like they were having a blast. And little by little she turned her life around and now this former PR and marketing strategist and Music editor inspires people across the world to consume passion like its going out of fashion. Become a passion junkie she literally shouts across the world, and live a life so great that others will wonder how you did it. Leave them wondering she says and in her own words "When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did it." So how did this lady from Italy, find herself inspiring the world? And do you need to be inspire yourself first and foremost, or is it others that light your own personal spark? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Fab Giovanetti.

 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a New Zealander who has lived in London for 10 years, She is an expert in business growth and entrepreneurship, and has overcome extreme personal trauma to become a leading expert in her field. Having become a mother in New Zealand 15 years ago, whilst supporting a client during their multi-billion dollar merger – she later experienced the trauma of multiple pregnancies (12 babies in total including conceiving triplets), sadly without giving birth to another child. Through a period of personal discovery, she successfully overcame the huge emotional trauma that this period in her life involved. She is now keen to use this experience to help others identify how they can use the vulnerability they have experienced, which could be fear, failure, grief, sadness or shame, and turn it into power - regaining control of their lives and becoming successful in business and in life as they define it. Heartbreaking and life changing information I'm sure you will agree. But her life now only seems to be going one way. Into a world leaping out of bed, excited by the possibilities that are coming her way. As she says "I passionately believe that entrepreneurs should not be a slave to their businesses, rather they need to control them, enabling the entrepreneur to enjoy a full personal and family life too. I hope that I lead by example, enjoying an entrepreneurial career while also participating in many other of my life's passions and personal interests." So what made her take on the bold decisions in life instead of crawling into a tight ball and letting the world pass her by? And has she ever been the classic entrepreneur checking her emails, and twitter feed five times a minute, or has she always seen the right way to do stuff? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Adele McLay

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who has had a fascinating and arduous journey to where he is today. He is the founder of The Executive JOY Institute, and specializes in teaching organizations, leaders, and individuals how to become even more successful through psychology, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness. Which if you have listened to episodes of Join Up Dots you will have heard similiar guests speak of such work. Where today's guest differs is by the age of thirty-five, he had founded three international software companies, played semi-professional basketball (yes, he’s really six-foot nine!), and partied at the Playboy Mansion which sounds pretty amazing life affirming stuff. But our guest didn't agree and knew that he wasn't happy. Hard drugs, alcohol, a divorce, and a nasty lawsuit brought him to a low point where he needed to ask himself the big questions in life. A quest for change included earning a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the prestigious University of Santa Monica. And now he has taught leaders around the world, from Panama to the Philippines to Australia and Mexico, and has worked with a broad range of clients, including Microsoft and SAP So is he what he would consider to be happy now or still searching for something unattainable to him......simple contentment in life? And why does he think that we all set out on a path that appears to be wrong at the beginning even thouh the clues are all around us? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr R Michael Anderson

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady with a kind of bio that you don’t often see. As it says “What do you do when Alzheimers runs in your family and you fear you see early symptoms in yourself, too? She didn’t waste a single moment: She quit her job as a national award-winning teacher to pursue her lifelong dream to be a road comic. And her life has become one amazing adventure! She has entertained U.S. troops in Iraq & Kuwait; performed in comedy clubs in 40 states; and has been to Africa 4 times to perform for Ugandan audiences in two of their tribal languages, as well as going on an epic trek in search of wild mountain gorillas. What makes this so show so different is unlike so many of our guests who are escaping from a job they dont like, or guest loved her job she was trying to escape from something that went so much deeper than that. She realised due to the illnesses in her family that we are all living on borrowed time, and leaving something until tomorrow may well mean that it will never actually occur. Our buckets lists start overflowing with lost dreams, wishes and amazing experiences. And now with her book “A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO DEMENTIA: A Stand Up Comedian’s Race Against Time”, being published by Motivational Press does she look back and think “I should have done this earlier?” Or is life simply a series of dots that have to be crossed before you can truly find the thing that you want to do in life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sharon Lacey

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Todays guest on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a fellow podcaster who has a great mission in life. He is a man who is an expert in helping couples find the spark in their once vibrant relationships. He helps build bridges where there are chasms to cross. He inspires conversation where there is simply silence. And he encourages bedroom passions, where there are just snores and sleeping. But if this sounds like a man who has lived a life of perfect relationships and harmonious connections then think again. As he says “Early in life, I learned about the heartache that comes when love doesn’t work. Coming into this world, I was fatherless, and the youngest of three. Life in Medellin, Colombia wasn’t easy. My Mother was 25 years old, addicted to cocaine, and didn’t have any interest in taking care of her three kids. When I was five years old my Mother was murdered. I was homeless for three years until I was finally adopted. My life was transformed! I had a Mother, Father, and was surrounded by a loving family in America. Soon after though, my adopted parents divorced. I was left confused and feeling like I couldn’t rely on love. I made up my mind that love doesn’t last and turned to spirituality for the connection I was seeking. For nearly a decade, I devoted my life to becoming a monk. My path into spirituality taught me a great deal—But no matter how much I learned there was something missing. That all changed when I met my first love. With her I found what I was searching for. I found someone I could be completely authentic and open with and someone who could see all of me. Falling in love was one of the most amazing experiences. It was much more than any meditation or spiritual experience could offer. Then she broke my heart and left.” So he has had some serious moments in his life, which could have left him saying “Why me?….What’s the point in loving?” But instead he has been left with “How can I help you?” Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Luis Congdon. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics as: How he now feels that there is no such thing that can fall into the camp of impossible, and its simply up to him to find the way to achieve his dreams. How he loves that he can now surround himself with the movers and shakers of the world and is surprised by the skill he has for networking. How he had one really bad night with his peer group, which affected him to such a degree that his life was never going to be the same again. How he is very aware of trying to learn from the people who have developed their zone of genius by researching the work ethic that got them to where they want to be. And lastly…….. How Richard Branson has mastered the ability of separating himself from the processes that most entrepreneurs get caught up with, and brings his true value to the table everyday.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who seems to me was certainly born with the entrepreneurial genes.

Starting his first business at age 11, (even hiring his parents for logistics support), over the last quarter century he’s started and owned more than 30 different companies including an insurance agency, precious metals firms, a venture capital company, a coaching and consulting firm, and more than a dozen real estate investment and development companies.

He’s also the founder of Yokido ™, his own martial arts and holds 3 other black belts.

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing in his life, as by age 27  he became a millionaire, and then lost everything (including his Ferrari, girlfriend, and even his dog) before going again in a new direction.

But it seems to me that at his core he is a man who believes in personal control, and having the ability to show the world how we can free ourselves from the control that money worries have over our lives.

By learning the ways to simplify investments, and taking the mystery out how to make money work for us, we will all have a better standard of living, life and health too.

The life that most of us would say was the dream.

Today, he resides in Austin Texas and is the Founder and CEO of Total Control Financial, a company who are obsessed with Disrupting Wall Street & Empowering Main Street, and as we said showing the world the promised land.

So the big questions are, did he need to lose everything to be able to gain the clarity of financial knowledge that he now has?

And what is the number one mistake that people make when attempting to gain financial freedom

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Damion Lupo.

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

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an a man who Entrepreneur Magazine states, “This guy is the #1 author and world’s most-quoted consultant on Google Advertising. He has helped over 100,000 advertisers save literally billions of dollars in AdWords stupidity tax.” He is an author, speaker, engineer and world-renowned business consultant in Chicago. And now with a decade of research, he brings a fresh perspective to the 150-year old evolution debate…..he brings about a very different view to what Darwin would have classed as fact. How has he done this? How has he managed to dissect what the world has believed is fact? Well in the same way as Bill Gates of Microsoft and the founders of Google revolutionized software and the Internet through their status as outsiders. Similarly, our guest harnesses a communication engineer’s outsider’s perspective to reveal a century of unrecognized research and discoveries. But this is just one part of what has brought him onto Join Up Dots, so who knows where today’s conversation will go? So what made him start looking into the works of Charles Darwin, when the world has debated it openly for decades? And does he now have his eyes on other areas of science and fact? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Perry Marshall.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots Podcast interview, is a man who since 2001 has had a fascination with coding and technology…..Mr Bobby Gill. 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 – 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 Bobby 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 Bobby Gill 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 let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Bobby Gill.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has has a fascinating journey to where he is today. He is the co-creator of MOTIVATE International (formerly MOTIVATE Shanghai) which is a meeting place for personal and professional development in one of the worlds biggest cities (28million+ people). This was one of the first, if not the first centres to bring personal development to the mainstream public However, although it seems he has found his place this is quite a distance from where he first started. Starting his career in the Australian military he served seven years for the Army, working his way up the ranks before landing in Afghanistan for a final tour of duty. And as we see from so many entrepreneurs who have joined up their dots on the show, the military gives an amazing grounding in productivity, organization and routine which if learnt in the right way can then be taken into civilian life in spectacular fashion. And that certainly seems to be the case with todays guest as he says "A couple of years ago. Chiang Mai, North Thailand became my second home. I was living a Super Healthy lifestyle in every way. Following my passion for Martial Arts with Thai Kickboxing, Cooking Thai food twice a day, Learning Massage and speaking the basics of Thai Language. Money was not an issue. 1 hour of work a week made more Passive Income than my friends were making back in Australia and this was during a Global Financial Crisis. To be honest, I can teach you how to do it financially like I did BUT it won’t work for you. You need a system that suits you. One that suits your Personality Style, and fulfills your deeper core needs. You need to have your head in the right place and you need to believe." Which is the bridge that so many people struggle to cross. Its ok to want these things, but how do you get started and truly believe that they are waiting for you. So how did he find the path that was right for him, and then take that path to another financially viable one? And why did he take this financial freedom and then create MOTIVATE? Was it more for himself or the people that he felt he could help? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Adrian Cahill

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Todays show is a solo show where you host David Ralph shares what is on his mind over the Xmas period. This aint a long episode as he has mince pies to eat, and Xmas films to watch, But it is show that lets all of you out there today know that he appreciates you all. And he couldnt do the show without you. So from all at Join Up Dots we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year one and all.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has aligned his passions, his dreams and his talents in the world of give, give, give.

But it wasn't always the case.

For many years he operated in a way that was certainly not born out of his strengths, but was due to his work effort and ability to see opportunities and go for them.

As he says "I spent most of my life wearing masks pretending to be important to hide my own deeper insecurities. Despite building multi million dollar businesses, becoming a best selling author and buying real estate in 7 different countries, I felt an emptiness."

You see all the time he was walking a path that  was not his own.

He was doing what seemed right everyday to build income, status and prestige, but the happiness tank was running on empty.

All the time he was ignoring his own internal guidance system that he suppressed while focusing on goals and in turn, the right mindset to achieve them.

He know believes our obsession with the right mindset is leading people to create and live unauthentic lives while the very nature of goals actually pushes us to live in the future and not be present.

To prove that point he has traveled the world speaking about the importance of overcoming personal obstacles, gaining clarity, and cultivating the confidence to believe in yourself, and has shared the stage with esteemed speakers such as Steven Covey, Richard Branson, and the Dalai Lama.

He has worked with people from Olympic athletes, TV personalities, entrepreneurs, housewives to billionaires who have gone bankrupt, and everything in between.

So this is a guy who reached the top and had to stop, and thats what was bothering him. 

He needed to reconnect to the bare necessities of  life and has done this in spectacular fashion ever since.

So was there a moment when he knew that he had gone wrong in life, or was it just a creeping realisation that he should have gone left instead of right?

And if you are working on a path after giving and happiness, can you actually start to take it for granted and lose track of what you wanted to achieve again and again?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Philip McKernan 

 

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Entrepreneur podcast interview dont come better than this. Todays expert has built a business they love and career success that is a wow. Discover how you can also be a top entrepreneur in todays motivation packed episode. When I was a young man, I’m sure that I would have died and gone to heaven if I could have had a sexy boss come into my office. I may not have got a lot of work done, but still it would have been a nice to have. So imagine my delight that I get to invite a lady onto today’s episode of Join Up Dots, who is the Author of…Sexy Boss Inc Manifesto: Transform From Broke, Frustrated and Bored to Living Fearless, Fulfilled and Financially Free, and also The Game of Dating: Just for Men. “The Ultimate Secrets on How to Date Your Dream Woman Today” Buy it Now. But these movements that she has created with her publications isn’t about the old bumping and grinding. Its about taking control of your life and going for it As she says “Let’s Get One Thing Clear…. Girl, you are sexy. Damn sexy, in fact! But being sexy is NOT just about looks, or about sex, for that matter. At the highest level, being sexy is about getting off your butt, stopping the whining and excuses and reclaiming your God-given power.” And she is certainly doing that, with her business going from strength to strength. As a serial entrepreneur she is regarded as a top authority on internet marketing, business strategies and marketing, and since 2006 she started, developed and grew an online information marketing publishing company from ground zero to over $1 million in sales in less than 12 months. Starting without a list, a product, a name or an offer, she has changed her life dramatically. And as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, she appears to be loving her life, and playing firmly in the sweet spot. So when did she realise that sexual power, was something that she could package in a different way to appeal to a new market? And with all the things that she has on her plate, what would she say is the one thing that she wouldn’t ever stop doing, even if she didn’t get paid for it anymore? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Heather Ann Havenwood.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who believes one hundred percent in the words of Joseph Campbell (Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors, where there were only walls.)

But for many years her thoughts were driven by expectations far from remarkable,

She was solid, dependable and in a career which was nothing more than traditional.

As she says “I became a senior high school science teacher, driven by my passion for teaching about health and the human body. I loved and excelled in my work, and thought I would retire from this position in my elderly years. However, after a deeply transformative and unexpected personal and spiritual awakening that began in 2006, I ended up resigning from my teaching position and officially retiring in 2009.

Having just come out of my 20s, and driven to never have a “job” or work in any traditional setting again. I wanted to be responsible for my own destiny and was not interested in conforming to the cookie-cutter standards and expectations set out by society. And so despite everyone’s objections to me leaving a secure job that I loved, I was driven by the voice within that was hard to ignore if I was going to be true to myself and live in alignment with my passions and values.”

And so with no great plan, but hustle, passion and the ability to open doors that even the universe couldn’t, she is now the creator of the Healthytarian lifestyle, based on fresh thinking, smart eating and mindful living to empower individuals who wish to take a deeply holistic approach to their wellness.

She has also created video shows on her two web channel networks EBTV and Healthytarian, that feature her own teaching and other guest experts to inspire, empower and motivate people into positive action.

So when she decided to walk out of her career did she have any idea that this was the direction that she would go for?

And although going great now, was there a time when she might have been persuaded to go back into full-time employment?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Evita Ochel

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Welcome to the confidence exploding Join Up Dots Free Podcast Interview with David Ralph To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: Click Here to Subscribe via iTunes Click Here to Subscribe via RSS (non-iTunes feed) If you like the show, we would be so grateful if would consider leaving the show a review in iTunes as well as Stitcher Radio. A couple minutes of your time can help the show immensely! Thank YOU! Todays show is a coaching based episode whereby David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, and founder of Dream Starters Academy Coaching answers listeners questions directly. This is a no holds bared version of the show, that will cover the following subjects sent in by listeners of Join Up Dots 1: David, I listen to a lot of shows and I find that they are always telling me their favourite business books. You don't. So my question is what books would you recommend everyone reading if they get the chance ? - Jo Barnes, London 2: What has been the biggest difficulty to you as you have grown your business. I am thinking of starting my own business and any advice you can give will be greatly accepted. - Daniel Barkinside, South Africa 3. Hi David, thanks for a simply brilliant podcast. Its amazing how you can make me laugh, cry and scribble notes all at the same time. I was listening to a few of your shows, whilst on a long journey through Europe, and I wondered. What do you do when you are not involved in your business - Katarina Eastas - Poland 4: Good afternoon David and the Join Up Dots team, thank you for an inspiring and educational show. I am thinking of starting my own show and would like to know, how you decide on which questions you are going to ask your guests. I find this very hard indeed, and struggle to write more than five. Do you have any suggestions...thank you for your time. - John Milnard, Texas 5: I think I have a problem, which might need your help. I keep on repeating the same mistakes every-time when I start what I hope will be a life changing business. I put all my efforts into website design, content production, email list building for about six months and then let it fade away. I cant keep the motivation up to build anything worthwhile. Do you have any tips on how to remain focused. I know things do not occur overnight, but I also know that I am not ever going to get anywhere if I follow the same trend. Thank you for your time, I hope this question gets answered - Connor Sparrow Cardiff Wales If you want to get your question answered on the show then simply drop us a line to: Email: joinupdots@gmail.com Facebook

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the author of the newly published book The Gifted Storyteller which tells the story of Michael. A man who followed "the plan" and did everything he was supposed to for life to be successful; great job, money, dates, yet despite it all, everything wasn’t the dream he expected. One night after work, he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman named Jeannie, who introduces him to the Gifted Storyteller, and changes his life forever. Now the question we will need to ask is how much of Michael is fictional and how much is autobiorphicall? As it seems to me that todays guest has trodden a similar path in many ways. As certainly im sure that seeing how his life is changing so amazingly in front of him, he may well feel that he could have taken more risk earlier in his life. Allowing him to experience growth in mindset, confidence and the ability to create the life of his dreams. He works in the field of education, with over 20 years experience as a teacher and Principal in NYC. Where he has received numerous awards and accolades as a leader in his field, and utilizing his degree in Psychology from StonyBrook University and certification in Strategic Intervention in coaching, his focus is on helping people see empowering meaning in the present moment and seize the opportunity to create lasting change for themselves and others. So looking back at what he has achieved and what he is working towards, does he feel that it is simply a case of getting going, or a lot more than that? And where does he see his attention turning to now, more books or something quite different? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Gregg Korrol

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Digital Marketing King Tim Cameron-Kitchen From Exposure-Ninja shares his amazing story to creating digital marketing success

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who quite simple should be loving his life.

He is a creative at heart and has found his way to online success with several businesses.

Leaving the University Of Southampton in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in Music you can see quite clearly how the dots have joined up.

As he says “I decided to make a go of professional drumming. I spent a couple of years developing something called Online Session Drumming, where I’d record for bands and musicians around the world from my home studio. To do this, I had to learn to market myself effectively by building websites, getting to the top of Google, and learning how to advertise. I wrote a book introducing this way of recording which got extensive coverage in the drumming press, filmed 19 DVDs, ran 2 newsletters and membership clubs, and the method went on to become a way of life for hundreds of musicians around the world.

It turned out that I quite enjoyed the advertising and websites bit of the job, even when I got bored of the drumming. My next door neighbour at the time was a plasterer in need of extra work so I built him a website. The effect this website had on him spurred me to start JobDoneWebsites, which went on to become the UK’s leading tradesman-only marketing company.”

You see our guest was willing to put himself into environments where he was required to do serious upskilling on every turn. He didn’t have the answers but was willing to that extra mile to make those answers himself.

And upon developing those skills, he was actually building the foundations to what he has achieved today.

Presently he is the head ninja at Exposure Ninja an online marketing company that has grown to 35 Ninjas in less than 3 years.

An expansion which has been exhilarating/tiring/fun/inspiring/hard work.

The results he gets for his clients are he says are “Sick, and we’re hungry and passionate to help more dominate in competitive markets online.”

So is this the business that will be his legacy work, or just the start of other ventures?

And what was it about the entrepreneurial life that so appealed against going the normal route and entering the corporate world?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Tim Cameron-Kitchen

 

 

 

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Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Ani Alexander, someone that I am proud to say has become one of my closest friends in the world. I have never met her, don’t know too much about her personal life, but can honestly say she has become one of the people that has helped me so much as Join Up Dots keeps on growing. She has a fascinating story, which starts by being born in a country that now is no longer there, the soviet union, and as teenager loved to write. In her heart she believes that everyone has a story to tell, and would like nothing more than putting pen to paper and getting creative as a child. But as we see time and time again, the thing that we liked as kids somehow got forgotten as we grow into adulthood. And instead of thinking “Lets make a career out of something that I love doing”…which of course is the sensible thing to do, she instead went into the corporate world. And joined the masses. Yes, for the next twelve years Ani Alexander followed a path that left her with a paycheck every month, but nothing more. She was lost and definitely feeling uninspired. So she took the leap of faith and went for it on her own And now with her business flourishing, her network of aspiring authors flocking to help her get them in the bestsellers list, life is getting better everyday. She is also the author of three books “Emotional Moments”, “Dream Down” and “Highfall” But if this sounds like an easy transition then think again. I know her well, and I know the hustle and work ethic that it is taking to get to the point she wants to be. She is climbing up the ladder of success everyday, one rung at a time even when exhausted, even when she was unsure she could climb any higher? So how does she keep herself going when sometimes the world seems against her? And why did she feel along with everything else on her plate, she would go and conquer the world by recording the Write 2 b Read podcasts in English, not her natural tongue. Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots the one and only Ani Alexander

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lawyer and the host of the podcast How I Broke Into, a show all about the big breaks of successful entrepreneurs and artists. His creative career began before attending Northwestern University, when he attended the Long Island High School for the Arts (then known as The Cultural Arts Center of Long Island) as a visual artist. His 4x5 acrylic on canvas “20th Century Icon” was featured in the Sabbeth Art Gallery and a juried competition before he graduated high school. So I guess it was little surprise that he took his passion for visual creativity and founded 2 Life! Films and Media, an award-winning independent film and internet production company which produced his comedy feature “Returning Mickey Stern.” that won numerous awards in the US and Abroad But what is a suprise is why he then transitioned from being the content creator into the law industry, by working for an entertainment law firm, the performing rights society ASCAP, and the distribution company New Video Group This stage of his life appears on the outside to go totally against type, but we may find out on the show that actually it is one of the main dots on the Join Up Dots timeline. He just released the book, The Gasp: How to Seize that A-Ha! Moment and Turn It Into a Winning Business, and what with his business, podcast and Im sure a brain that runs wild with ideas he is a man spinnning many different plates at once. So why did he go into Law instead of continuing in the film production arena which played to so many of his early passions? And where does he see his life going in the future? Into a world of books or a life on the silver screen? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Michael Prywes

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who I have wanted to have on the show for quite a while, as he is becoming more and more successful on his own terms. Back in the day he took a huge leap of faith as he was graduating from Babson College. Most people will accept the first offer that comes their way after their studies finish, but our guest did something quite different. He turned down a six figure offer from Wall Street and moved into his parent's basement to start his company instead. As he says"Everyone was telling me to take the job, bankroll some money and then start the business. But I realized kicking that can down the road was dangerous. If I didn't start the business then it would become increasing less likely in the future." And he did that with the creation of VideOblocks, a company that stores video clips for people to use to make their own video production more professional and well appealing to the viewers. In the first year VideoBlocks got their footage revenue up to a million dollars, which was the goal. hen then hired his first employee and realized this could be real. And in 2010 everything started moving quickly. Revenues grew from $1 million to $2 million to $4 million – within two years. But he was in deep with the day to day running of the company, and so decided on a very different path to the majority of CEO's that we have had on Join Up Dots. He now travels around in an RV, experiencing America and the world, whilst allowing his brain to bring the growth building ideas to the fore. He has separated himself from the details, and now operates on a higher level by relaxing and enjoying his life which has allowed his business and its profits to increase exponentially. And that is where we will start todays episode of Join Up Dots. So how close was he to burn out, when he made the unusual decision to escape the hassles and set off on an adventure of discovery? And is the way that we should all operate, or does it just work for a business such as his? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the founder of Videoblocks Mr Joel Holland.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who when you look at his history you think...well where do we start? He has developed brands across East Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He liberated 49 Rwanda women from the clutches of sex slavery and trained them for work in various careers across Rwanda that afforded them income, safety and a path to dignity. He has worked diligently to promote gender, racial and economic equality, developing an ethical fashion label and even wrote a bill on women’s rights in Rwanda that passed through Parliament and had become a law. Whilst in Kenya, he founded and operated a Creative Agency that has now developed some of Kenya’s most influential brands. And those arent even the highlights of this remarkable mans life, as he truly believes that we are all extraordinary beings created to thrive through deep relationships, nature, spirituality and creativity. None of this slog slog slog business, but instead a focus on experiencing a world of abundance, beauty and soul replenish wonder. His travels include twelve years of exploring from coast to coast in the United States, a decade living and working full time in East Africa and almost two years soaking in the pure life of Costa Rica, and now he resides in Nashville, TN with his wife and three of their four children. So has he always been a person who is on a mission to experience the wonders of offer, or was it because of the horrors seen in Africa? And does he see the world living a life over-complicated, in ways that it just doesn't have to be? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jared Aganza

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Todays guest joining me for an hour of discussion on Join Up Dots, is a lady with a fascinating path to where she is today. Back in 2009 her country was in disarray. Iceland had suffered a huge economic crash, and financially was on its knees. So she was asked to play a leading role, working with the nations leaders, who collectively worked together to reinvigorate the country following the crash. The group tapped into the values and future vision of the island nation and transformed Iceland’s economy by branding their uniqueness, or their X-factor, as she calls it. Seeing first hand the immediate benefit and long-term results of a whole nation working collectively to discover who they authentically are, the outcome of this unique assembly became one of the cornerstones of her successful business branding process. She has transformed her own career and currently dedicates her work to supporting global leaders and their teams to brand their own X-Factor to unleash their fullest potential while discovering their own flow in business and life. Now if that sounds a bit highbrow, then let’s hear how she phrases it in her own unique way “Finding the thing that makes you unique is often right in front of your tits” Which I love and totally understand, and when you my trusted listener understand this statement you will wonder how you had never seen the thing right in front of yourself too. So does she look back and now wonder why it took a national disaster for her to reinvent herself and find her own x-factor? And does life become more and more fun, when you do step bolding into your own areas of genius? Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Runa Magnus.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has spent a lifetime defining her message and what she can bring to the world.

You see as a child she was on a path to being the goody goody child.

The daughter who did what was expected and chose the path of less resistance, in short other peoples paths.

But what happens when you realise that this isn't what you should be doing, but you have absolutely no idea as to what you really should be doing.

You have trained yourself to think using other peoples thoughts.

Well our guest started to see the light when she received a less than positive grade for a paper she had written at school

As she says "I grew up witnessing my two sisters getting yelled at or even having their mouths washed out with soap as punishment for being “fresh” with my parents.

Terrified by the threat of these punishments, I vowed to myself that I would never do anything that would make somebody punish me this way. Thus began my entry into goody-goodness, ensuring that — regardless of how I actually felt — my actions would bring nothing but approval from my parents, sisters, and teachers.

It didn’t even occur to me that my own opinions matter until a college professor handed me my first C grade for a paper (as you could imagine, I was a great student — at least when it came to following directions).

He said, “I don’t want you to write how you think I want it. I want you to tell me your own ideas.”

"Own ideas, own ideas, I dont have any ideas" she cried!

And so she set off on a journey of discovery to find her talents, her skills and the things that she wanted to do with her life and now appears to be where she wants to be.

Making a life that is her own, and inspiring ladies across the world to embrace their natural self, to rock their next photoshoot, host successful webinars and other kinds of live streams, feel confident giving speeches and presentations, and cmmunicating effectively in 1-on-1 sessions.

So how did this lady who had no idea of what she wanted to do, find the thing and then deveop it into a business that is flourishing?

And can she see clearly that the clues where waiting for her all along, or does she look around and think "wow this is a surprise?"

Welll lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joning up dots with the one and only Linda Ugelow

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

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an lady who seems to have the entrepreneurial genes from birth. She is an Entrepreneur and Business Performance Strategist who started her first business in her parents’ backyard at the age of 18 and turned that company into a 7 figure business. When she launched her performing arts business in 2002 from her parents’ backyard, she was a wide-eyed 18-year-old. By the time she was a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her small, backyard business had turned her life upside down. She incorporated, rented space, and threw herself into her entrepreneurial dream. Over the next 10 years, she expanded into a custom-built facility, a second location, and grew the business into 7 figures. Now the beuaty of this story was she didnt go after the money, but she built her business around her passion. She found the task that she loved and looked for a way to share that with others. And this is when it starts getting good, as viewing this success people started approaching her for business advice, and she then found a new passion: guiding women entrepreneurs to greater business success. She is the author of the book “Is Your Business Worth Saving?” where she reveals proven strategies for pulling entrepreneurs out of a rut and launching them toward business success and the host of the Business Rescue Road Map podcast. And she is youthful, lovely looking and looks like she hasn’t got a care in the world. So how has she managed to push through to such success without getting the bags under the eyes, and the hunched shoulders from sitting in front of her pc for hours upon hours? And is it as simple as finding the passion before you start working on creating a business, or much more than that? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Stacy Tuschl

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Every weekend we go back in time and dip into the Join Up Dots vaults to find a show that could well be hidden from your ears. And why do we do this? Well, you success junkies desperate for the golden ticket have been asking "With so many episodes of Join Up Dots out there now, which ones should we listen to first? And its a difficult question to answer as everyone of them has motivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore. So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random, and share with you not only their journey, but also ours. We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, but what do you think? Drop us a line at contactjoinupdots@gmail.com and let us know. Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todays entrepreneurial business chat. Todays guest is one of those guests that might seem easy to pigeonhole when you first look at him. But once you start digging down, you realise that there is so much more to him than most other artists operating within his creative area. A native of Virginia and a devoted family man, he first started making the world sit up and take notice of him when he jumped into the music world in 1996, and made his professional debut to rave reviews with the New York City Opera as Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore. And although he certainly has got a set of pipes on him, that can belt out the huge opera numbers that you might be aware of, he unsually allows his voice to demonstrate many other types of music from pop, to Buble, stage musicals, to the Rat Pack. He believes that the music is only half of what he brings to the audience. Its the whole show that sets him apart from the stand in one spot and belt out the song type of performers. And now alongside his family, who are also amazing singers, he is taking his talent to the world. He was named “Best Male Recording Artist” of the year in 2001, 2004, and 2006 by the FCMA and has been released three solo recordings on the Shadow Mountain Label “Wondrous Love”, “Then Sings My Soul” and “A New Song” all of which have received numerous accolades and awards, including several Pearl awards So what is it about himself, that unlike so many people who would class family as the thing that stops their dreams, made him willing to give it ago? And has been surprised at how brutal the music industry is, now he is fully established in its world? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only George Dyer.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who came to the show in an unusal way.

A kind of joining up the dots scenario if I ever saw one.

First of all, I started getting told of this remarkable book "How Big Is Your But?" which my coaching group were raving about time and time again.

"You have to get this lady on the show David" they cried.

And then maybe another five times her name popped up in front of me screaming "What are you waiting for....get her on the show!"...and so I did.

But who is she, you are screaming at me?

Who is this lady

She is a Certified Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, and the Director and Instructor of the Orlando Florida Externship Program for The Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy.

She is passionate about teaching because she knows the power of this work, personally and professionally and the importance of training qualified practitioners.

She has worked in ICU, Trauma/ER and Recovery Room. so as she says "It was a natural transition to pursue a career as a Hypnotherapist,as becuase of this experience, I was inspired by the powerful mind / body connection and how self–awareness and reframing negative thoughts helps us heal emotionally and physically."

And now with her book flying on the shelves, she is bringing these learnings to an ever increasing client base, who are stuck in their own lives and need her help. 

So how is it that some people can find the way through to where they want to be, whilst others just keep going around and around in circles?

And is it easy to do, if we only stop and ask the right questions. The questions that lead us to look

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Rene Brent

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who was introduced to the show by a previous guest and personal friend of mine Laura Steward.

She said to me “David, why the hell have I not introduced you to this amazing guest before?”

And I said “I dont know Laura, only you know the answer to that!”

Well, introduced us she did, and aren’t I glad that he is now here, as he is a man who is doing things in a very different way to many people that I have spoken to on the show.

He has worked in the high technology and software industries since 1978 as a programmer, salesman, field sales engineer and marketer and has joined up many dots that has now allowed him to start living a life full of passion.

He is the author of  Selling Steve Jobs’ Liver?” which is a bizarre title for a book, but seems a perfect one for Join Up Dots once you start reading it.

And he is also the author of “In Search of Stupidity: Over 20 Years of High-Tech Marketing Disasters,” too.

But that is just one side of how he also juggles his time and passions,  as away from the typewriter he is also the editor of Softletter, and happens to also be the COO of a new SaaS startup too.

So has writing about startups and entrepreneurial legends given him the secret steps that guarantee success?

And does he see an explosion of entrepreneurs coming our way due to the success of shows like this, where quite frankly they should stay as far away as they can from being the next startup?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Rick Chapman.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a successful entrepreneur, an online marketing consultant with over a decade of experience, and a nationally award-winning website designer.

He has worked with clients around the United States and internationally— ranging from tech startups to some of the largest manufacturing and construction companies and now brings his knowledge as he now teaches Online Marketing Made Easy .

Now this is all interesting stuff, but the main thing that sets this guy apart is the ability to take action. To step up to the plate and swing, even when most people would have said “Just want a few more months until you are graduated” for example. You see when he was still studying at the University of Pittsburgh, working on getting a degree in Information Science and a minor in Computer Science he launched his first business. Kashurba Multi Media was launched to the world, and eventually he turned this into a business and started taking on clients. As his web design business grew he went from building $300 websites to crafting $30,000 websites and managing enormous advertising budgets. He now leads a virtual team with clients around the world. and now advises and mentors freelance web designers and digital agency owners on how to develop and scale their businesses. So what makes him a man who screams to the world “I can’t wait and I won’t wait”? And is it as simple to say that the ones that start the quickest have the best chance to surivie the startup and flourish? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Joe Kashurba

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Todays show is a weekend rewind of a guest on Join Up Dots who was first introduced to the show by the brilliant Cathy O'Dowd who appeared on the show way back on episode 88. Now this episode is going to get us all thinking about what is possible in life. And what we are capable of achieving, as the first thing that appeared when I checked her website out were these great words " Life is a journey to find out what you are capable of, yet it is one that people often shy away from" She is an explorer and lover of the big challenges in life. But life didn't start in such a grand fashion, as like most of us she started her career in a corporate gig, and worked for British Gas. Although it is true to say that even within an environment like this, she was out to prove a few things and became one the youngest employees ever to reach a Senior Management Role within the organisation. But it was when made the decision to spend 3 moths in Kenya on her first expedition that her life truly changed forever It was then she could start to see the first footsteps on the path that she has traveled ever since, and developed her belief that she was capable of more than she imagined possible.. In 2013, she celebrated twenty five years since she made her that first expedition to Kenya, And since then she became the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, which led onto expeditions to Antarctica, the Geographical North Pole and skiing with an international team across the Greenland Ice Cap. These expeditions taught her the realities of leadership, managing change and maintaining motivation, which she now helps business leaders put into practice today through corporate coaching and keynote presentations. So why did she decide to do that first three months in Kenya, and did she have to quit her job to do it, or did she have lovely bosses that allowed such a huge amount of annual leave? And as we find time and time again on Join Up Dots, is it the true hardships that we learn from most, or do they just point us to the direction we should be moving? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Sue Stockdale.

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Today's episode of Join Up Dots poses a very big question. And that question is "Is My Relationship Holding Me Back?" You see so many listeners of join up dots are inspired on a daily basis to create their dream life, and take big bold actions after listening to our episodes. We fan the flames to take the kind of actions that will increase your income, boost your love life, and allow you to have the kind of amazing experiences that are a wow. And then they get home and it's back into the humdrum life that they have created for themselves. They tell their partners about what they want to achieve in their lives, but instead of getting a "Go for it, I will support you!" they get something quite different. "Why do you want to do this?" "We are great as we are already aren't we?" The kind of responses that root you to the spot, and makes momentum building almost impossible. So what do you need to do when you want to change direction, but the relationship that you are in is not interested? Well in today's episode of Join Up Dots we give you five steps to take in your own time, to assess what needs to be done in your life. Big questions are required to be answered in your life and they start here. Thanks so much for listening to this episode of Join Up Dots and we look forward to answering all your questions. Just drop us a line to joinupdots@gmail.com and we will get your message onto the show. Thanks

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who for many people across the world needs no introduction.

He is one of the worlds best selling authors, a musician and one of the most popular and powerful copywriters from the past 25 years and expert in the Law of Attraction.

Born  on December 29th 1953, in Nile, Ohio our guest was raised in a household like millions across America.

It was a household that was hardworking but didnt have a lot of money to spend on luxuries.

But there was support, and love, and a roof over his head.

Step on a few years, and our guests life had turned on its head, leaving him at a position that many people would have struggled to overcome.

He found himself homeless, broke and alone in Dallas, far from home.

He lost his entire savings, about $1000, to a company promising overseas pipeline work.

But instead of getting himself back to place he called home, he was was too embarrassed to return to Ohio.

Instead he survived the streets of Dallas, sleeping at the bus station, on the steps of a post office and in church pews.

However instead of playing the victom, he focused 100% on the vision that he wanted in his life. To be an author of inspirational books.

And little by little he held firm to this vision and changed his circumstances, to become the inspiration to millions that he is today.

So when he was at his darkest points, were they really dark or just a moment that helped point the way to the future he wanted.

And with his every increasing awards, and accolades, and of course wealth occuring everyday could he go back with the confidence that he could repeat the journey once more?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Dr Joe Vitale

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who as soon as he connected with me I thought "I need to have him on the show" First he is British, and you can't fail to love a bit of British can you? Secondly his email subject was simply "An Entrepreneur Who Lost His Mind" You can't fail to love a bit of Insane British can you? As he says "I’ve spent most of my life feeling sort of… broken. Especially in the brain department. As a teenager and young adult, I was secretly crippled with social anxiety. Going into any social situation involving anyone I wasn’t super close to would, to put it technically, cause an internal shit storm. At one point I couldn’t even leave the house without getting embarrassing sweat stains under the arms, even in the dead of winter. After managing to bury all this deep inside me (cos that's what a 'real man' does), I tried to somewhat get on with a normal adult life. I went to university, got a job, quit, got qualified as a personal trainer and embarked on a career in health and fitness that ended up with me owning my own studio. Then I hit a brick wall. Despite finally having a growing business that I’d worked my balls off for, I was miserable, overworked and monumentally lonely. In fact, I was depressed. So I gave up on what I thought was my dream business. I sold the equipment, referred all my lovely clients to other trainers and even sold my car and many other possessions. And I embarked on a journey to discover what the hell was going on in my head and heart that was preventing me from being that seemingly elusive combination of happy and successful. And when you listen to his podcast "The Enlightened Entrepreneurial Badasses" Podcast" episode one you can see that this is a guy who realises that you start with whats in your heart. And then program your brain to be able to achieve it. A quick two step, that is ready to be taken, is so simple, but so complicated at the same time. So when you hear this guy talk about the hustle he has taken to get his own business. The long hours it took. Was he always on a path to losing his mind, or could he have done something so different? And is he truly happy where he is, or is he still on the path to losing his mind, just in a different setting? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Michael Glover

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Jack Canfield knows a bit about creating success in his life, with book sales in the millions. So its a delight as we do every weekend, to go back in time and dip into the Join Up Dots vaults to find a show that could well be hidden from your ears in this case Mr Jack Canfield.

 

And why do we do this? Well, you success junkies desperate for the golden ticket have been asking "With so many episodes of Join Up Dots out there now, which ones should we listen to first?

 

And its a difficult question to answer as everyone of them has motivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore. So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random, and share with you not only their journey, but also ours. We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, but what do you think? Drop us a line at contactjoinupdots@gmail.com and let us know. Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todays entrepreneurial business chat.

 

Today’s guest quite simply needs no introduction, but hey what kind of host would I be if I didn’t build him up for the big entrance?

Well lets start with saying its rare that you will see a bookshelf or a library that doesn’t have one of his publications sitting amongst their ranks.

He is the author of the astonishingly successful series of books, that are the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, that has been sold the world over, and counts sales as somewhere beyond 500 million copies worldwide.

And the fact that Oprah can hardly state three words without speaking about her love for this book, then you know he has created something special.

But his life hasn’t always been one of success, and with three marriages under his belt and a less than spectacular start to his professional life, he knows both sides of what makes a fully realised life.

He has worked for a living as a psychotherapist, an educational consultant, and a trainer to name a few, but it was when he met Mr Mark Victor Hansen co-author of the Chicken Soup Series that things started to move in the direction that he visualised for himself.

And through those life experiences, or up and downs, successes and failures, he learnt the Success Principles, that he found were the key to create the life that you want.

And now ten years later from it first being released, he is re-publishing it, with greater insights as to what can make an amazing life, he is a man on a vision.

So does he see the up and downs are actually the key points to what gives a life success, are they the foundations to maintain the momentum gained?

And does he get told by every waiter in the world “Ah Mr Canfield, I expect you want to have the Chicken Soup tonight, ho ho ho!”

Well let’s find out as its with delight, that we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jack Canfield.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who I’ll be honest I should have had on the show along time ago. As he is someone that quite simply can put me in my place, and show us all how to create a podcast, a podcast movement and still have his own hair and teeth in the process. Nobody said it was easy after all! Starting his career back in 1995 on Tunbridge Wells Hospital Radio, it was obvious that he had set out on a path that was always going to be his own. One linked to his love for radio, and one that was linked with his passion for content creation. Then in 1997 things started to get serious, as he started seeking out work experience with many of the household names that make up national UK radio, and it’s more localised stations. He worked for BBC World Service, Capital Radio, TalkSPORT, Sunrise radio, 101.1 Rock Radio in Manchester, and even Kool FM, before he realised that in all likely hood he was going to end up building someone else’s dream if he didn’t take the leap and go for it on his own. And this he did by launching Music Radio Creative, a company that provides jingles, voice over talent, and script editing for anyone with a desire to create a podcast or radio programme too. Radio stations to your humble podcasters, have saught out his knowledge of everything sound related, and positioned him very much front and centre of the UK podcasting scene. And now with his wife Izabella, and his ever expanding family, he has taken this profile and launched the UK Podcasters Community and The New Media Europe Conference too. He is nothing but busy I can tell you. So with so many career jumps in his life, was he always on the path to where he is today, or is it one that is totally unexpected? And does he feel that being an entrepreneur in 2016, especially in the world of New Media is still wild west time, or just a walk on the golden sands of life? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Mike Russell.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man, who unlike so many people really started creating his dream as soon as he could. He left school at 16, with no network and no idea what he would do. He just knew he couldn’t keep going through the motions anymore. Even though it was extremely scary, he had to forge his own path, to start living the life that he wanted, on his own terms. As he says "I've always been a believer in doing what you love and building life on your terms. And since leaving school at 16, I've been doing that with my life. Since then, I’ve done two programs with Seth Godin, played in professional poker tournaments, traveled through 10 countries in 2 years, and started a marketing agency in Singapore with clients such as Wacoal Singapore and QuickBooks Asia. Now, I host PassionBlueprint, where I share the stories of people who have taken the step out to do what they love - to inspire and help others do the same. It seems as if our guest has 100% the same belief as your friendly neighbourhood UK Podcaster, who sees a world that is just going through the motions And why should you do that, when you have the ability connect with people across the world that you have have never had before. You have the use of technology at your fingerprints more powerful than we have ever had before? And we have more people showing us the way to build a life of your dreams, if you only decide on what you want to do! Well lets ask some questions then, such as.... Why at the age of 16 did he feel that he had been coasting, when I would suggest that the world is expected to coast at that age, and just stumble into a job, any job? And now he has done it, does he see an easier path that he could have taken, or was the work ethic required to really get where he wanted to be? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Derrick Kwa

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Todays show was inspired by a conversation with a listener of Join Up Dots who has become a great friend in a very short time.

Mr Neil Hughes from the Tech Blog Writer Podcast connected with David Ralph and shared the side hustle he was working on which has gone from strength to strength.

He is known across the world as the go to expert in everything startup and technology, and brings a podcast to the ears of his listeners who are fascinated by this subject every week.

He has a business that when he finally quits his corporate gig, is waiting for him.

And why has he gone off like a rocket and found his audience so quickly?

Well right from the beginning he has cleverly defined himself.

He has allowed himself to be 100% clear with what he is interested in, and what he can bring to the table.

The world will respond more to your interests than they will the individual skills.

They will be able to see the passions that you can deliver which will bring about the biggest results for themselves.

And that is what makes a business fly.

Not money, but results.

And that is how success is built!

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Every weekend we go back in time and dip into the Join Up Dots vaults to find a show that could well be hidden from your ears. And why do we do this? Well, you success junkies desperate for the golden ticket have been asking "With so many episodes of Join Up Dots out there now, which ones should we listen to first? And its a difficult question to answer as everyone of them has motivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore. So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random, and share with you not only their journey, but also ours. We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, but what do you think? Drop us a line at contactjoinupdots@gmail.com and let us know. Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todays entrepreneurial business chat.

Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lady that has been delivering musical performances to the world since the age of seven, and I can imagine was belting them out in her bedroom even earlier than that too.

She grew up on a farm in Missouri, and could often be found hanging around the local rodeo stadiums, where she would delight in such activities as Barrel racing, and getting up on stage and singing the National Anthem to the cowboys, cowgirls and of course the audience.

There was certainly a ballsy approach to her upbringing as a small child, that has led her to take on bigger and bigger challenges as she has grown.

And those challenges have come often as she has stepped into the country music world with her well received singles “Not Pretty Enough” and the foot stomping back to rodeo roots “Cowgirls”, whilst also forming a band and playing everywhere she can.

Its the live work, that really sharpens your tools, and turns your talent into something that the world ultimately takes notice off.

But don’t just think that this is a story that is about a hugely ambitious country starlet racing her way to the top, as she is also trying her hardest to  give back to the world with a cause she is hugely passionate with, stopping bulling in childhood.

As she says “When I started doing rodeo pageants, I received a lot of criticism and backlash from other kids. It was a difficult time, but thanks to the support I had with friends and family, I was able to overcome that time period. If I can help just one person feel like they are not alone, and that things will get better, then I will have accomplished what I set out to do.”

And with a tour of schools undertaken, to speak about bullying she is taking action and inspiring youngsters throughout America to do things a different way.

So what was it about growing up in such a rough and tumble environment that has helped her on her way to Country stardom?
 
And can she remember how she felt on those early occasions standing on the rodeo stages and the spotlight turning in her direction?
 
Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only Josey Milner

 

Show Highlights

During the episode we discussed such weighty topics such as:

How when she started in the music business she knew she had to have a plan, as she also knew that she didn’t have a clue how to start anything, so just took lots of action.

How she remembers how she lost so many friends at college due to her belief in herself and their obvious lack of belief in themselves.

How she struggles with song writing and is scared that the process is going to be hard every time she starts.

How you have to look after yourself when you are school, and sometimes it simply comes down to standing up for what you believe is right. 

And lastly…..

How she looks back at the bullying in her life as actually part of what has made her flourish in a hard industry such as the music business.

 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who I first saw on YouTube and thought in an instant “I want this guy on Join Up Dots” as he is on the search for happiness. Which is great. But as like most the guests who have made up over 60o conversations, that initial thought of “I like what this guy is doing” only touches the surface of his work. He is a Writer, filmmaker, actor, TEDx speaker, multiple award-winning self-help author, poet, children’s author, radio personality, finisher of over 50 triathlons (including 4 Ironman distance races), cross-country bicyclist and someone that believes in waking people up. Yes, he is a man with a similar mission to Join Up Dots Come on people, you are only on this planet once, so lets get going. Lets take a step into the scary zone and see what we can deal with. In addition to writing, speaking and acting in TV and film, he enjoys creating his own projects that carry inspiring, positive and conscious messages. His most recent project was the short film Searching for Happiness, which is now online and can be watched on his website and YouTube. The story focuses on an unhappy man, alone and unloved, who struggles to find meaning in his black and white reality. While over the course of a day, he learns that it is through kindness and our connection to others that we find true happiness. So how does one man wake up himself to start going after something so much bigger than what one could hope to achieve on their own? And has he truly found happiness, or is this a search that will never end? Well lets find out as we bring onto to the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr happiness himself....G Brian Benson

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

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has had a fascinating journey to where he is today.

At the moment he is the online relationship expert, with the hit podcast Together -  Podcast About Relationships

Going back in time, for so many people, he would had looked liked he had the perfect career, in the perfect location, dealing with the perfect subject. He was a former attorney,who once ran Heath-Newton LLP, the largest family law practice in the San Francisco Bay area, specialising on helping people move through the heartbreaking, but sometimes liberating stages of divorce. As he says he has been through a thousand divorces but is still a romantic at heart, and with a never ending supply of former romantics wanting to go their separate ways, you would think that this was a job for life. However, our guest had other ideas, and instead of getting bigger and bigger he began looking to close his firm and sell it. But it was at this point when his world crumbed and the ground fell from under his feet. He discovered his partner had been embezzling money and he lost everything. And this is one of those key moments, a big dot moment as we call them, when he could have gone in many different directions but instead found what looks like his true love. So his next step (...after a year of depression post-law firm crisis), he launched his podcast and magazine, Together Guide, where he helps people find the love and keep the love, through stories, podcasts, retreats and workshops. Taking all his learnings through years of divorce, to well, nip it all in the bud before it ever gets anywhere near the big D word. So could he have only have got to this point, by going through the years of legal work, or does he now wish that it was fast track all the way? And why do people who start so in love, lose their way? Is it a lack on communication, or just forgetting what thrilled them in the beginning? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Erik Newton

To hear more from Erik Newton go to:

Podcast: Together - A podcast About Relationships

Description:  We all know relationships take work, but what is that work and how do we do it? Reformed divorce lawyer Erik Newton explores those questions and many more in a series of intimate and honest relationships with real couples.

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Every weekend we go back in time and dip into the Join Up Dots vaults to find a show that could well be hidden from your ears. And why do we do this? Well, you success junkies desperate for the golden ticket have been asking "With so many episodes of Join Up Dots out there now, which ones should we listen to first? And its a difficult question to answer as everyone of them has motivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore. So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random, and share with you not only their journey, but also ours. We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, but what do you think? Drop us a line at contactjoinupdots@gmail.com and let us know. Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todays entrepreneurial business chat.

If you want to hear more from Jeff Goins go to:

Podcast: the Portfolio Life With Jeff Goins

Description: Jeff Goins shares thoughts & ideas that will help you to pursue work that matters, make a difference with your art & discover your true voice!

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