Join Up Dots Podcast (Entrepreneurs)

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who certainly seems to have found her thing in life, and is now taking that out in to the world to help others find theirs too.

She is a world class expert and believes we should all find ways to make online marketing easy, with the right plan and strategy.

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

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If you are about to start college and need the kind of career advice that works, then my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who can help.

She is on a mission to impact millions, not allowing the obtacles of life to get in her way. As she says "I am from New Jersey in the U.S. and was the first person in my family to go to college. My parents only made it as far as elementary and middle school. When I look back on everything, it seems as though my dots simply aligned to take me towards my goal of pursuing a purposeful life. It's quite amazing to see them all join up. After graduating from Georgetown University, I went on to work in fashion and corporate marketing, before realizing that I didn’t want to wait to start living the life I want. During that time, I was diagnosed with depression, got into a bad car accident and more importantly started volunteering as an admissions interviewer, which made me realize how much I loved working with high school students and guiding them through one of the most stressful and sometimes influential time of their lives. I have been a full time college admissions counselor for almost 4 years now and have almost 10 years of experience. In addition to working one-on-one with students, I have also developed an online college admissions planning course to make the knowledge and insight I have accessible to families everywhere for less than $1/day. My goal in life is not to make a lot of money or become famous. It is to inspire our future generations to put their best into this world so that I may one day leave this world better than I found it through the lives I’ve touched. I’ve had such amazing students, including a legally blind student who later went on to study at an Ivy league institution. I will never feel like anything is hard or impossible after being blessed at the opportunity to work with her." Isnt this brilliant as so many people, and i think I at my heart I was in this group too, who start out with the goal to make a lot of money, and have a comfortable life just go through otions. But this is actually the wrong way to do it, and instead we should look to find a way that helps as many people as possible, and makes us feel as good as possible. Only then will we find true success. So what made her realise that a life in education is what lights her up, when so many adults cant wait to get out the doors and never return? And does she see a change in what students today think is possible, after so many amazing changes in the last few years? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to starat joining up dots with the one and only Anna Ren

 

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To our gustes today, Joel Capperella, startup success takes many different factors, and he is an expert at bringing those factors together like magic.

Lets start with one fact.... he is a man who can beat me hands down in one key area of his life.

He is the father of eight children!

Yes, eight…even more than I have wrapped up in my fatherly grip.

But what makes this guy even more remarkable is when he makes decision, he goes for it big-time, such as quitting his corporate job to finally chase his dream of entrepreneurship as soon as his twins were born.  

Yes, at that time when most people would just get their heads down and think “I can’t take a risk like this now” he was throwing it all up into the air and flexing the old hustle muscle.

However as he says “Out of the gate it didn’t really work out very well, and the entire first year was more or less a wash.  I pivoted early in ’16 and am still at it, gaining traction and more revenue daily.  Is it risky?  Hell yes.  Could I wake up on the other side of this and look at my self in the mirror as if arising from a bad dream asking myself “My God, What have I done”, perhaps.  But those risks pale in comparison to looking back on my professional life and holding the regret of never trying.  

What I have found since being on my own is that you never really truly know what it is going to be like until you are in it, and that the most difficult things you’ll face are hidden in the details of the fact that you are solely responsible for your own success or failure. “

But he is getting there, and now spends his time helping people in business tell a bigger story that gets them more awareness and speeds up their sales process. 

He builds up the confidence to talk to more people. . . get more business, and find ways for his clients to sell more products and services without hard sell techniques.  

So why did he take such a bold risk when he kids were born, and was this one that he would go back in time and change?

And is there a key element to building success that he can see so clearly now, but was 100% hidden to him at the start?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the to start joining up dots with the one and only, Joel Capperella

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Leading Matters with Joel Capperella

Description

Host Joel Capperella offers up conversations with business & marketing leadership across the US. The nuance and complexity of creating and executing strategy across the entire company.

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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 today we delight with bringing the classic leap of faith story to your ears, with the lovely Beth Cochran

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.

 

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I failed big time. I hate to admit it but I have. There is no point in continuing the journey, when it's quite obvious that I am nowhere near where I should be at the moment. And how have I come to that realisation that there is not point in going on as I failed. Well you can see it on social media, FB and the images that the world shows the world. Everytime you see a picture on FB showing some amazing moment in someones life, you can see that you are so far behind the curve of where you want to be. Its obvious. But this isn't true. Its not that you failed, its just that these guys started earlier than you. They dipped their toes into the waters of where you want to be and have hustled their way to success. And do you know what? These people are looking at other people have thinking "I Failed" This is the normal way of life, but it doesn't have to the case as you can create your own success....the success that is right for you. So are you ready to stop thinking that you life is rubbish and everyone else has the answers? Well???? Lets start creating your own highlight reels to inspire the people behind you. That is the true mark of success after all.

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Amazon Income, may not be the way that many people build a huge fortune, but my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who without a doubt can call himself a serial entrepreneur as he has done just that.

He has built several multi-million dollar companies in both Australia and the United States, and really doesn't look like he is slowing down in the regard to creating his own destiny.

In 2005 he co-founded one of the first crowdfunding platforms in the world which went on to raise in excess of $100M dollars for start-ups and early stage businesses.

He currently owns a cloud software business, an Amazon review company (based in Florida), a home-wares company that sells its products exclusively through Amazon into 8 countries, and Reliable Education.

None of his companies have outside investors and all are profitable.

But what is super interesting to me is how he has created businesses in environments that we all hang around in, and almost take for granted.

Such as in 2012, he learned about the opportunity to sell on Amazon through a friend.

Now like all of us, he was used to seeing Amazon boxes all over town and he was a big user of Amazon himself.

But it wasn’t until he took a course that he learned that anybody could sell on Amazon, and that Amazon would handle all of the warehousing and shipping for him.

Once he understood that, he soon launched his own brand which now sells in 8 Amazon marketplaces around the world.

So how does he see these things, when so many people will just walk past them time and time again and never think "Wow what an opportunity!"?

And does he feel that anyone can do these kind of things, or to become a serial entrepreneur, do you require special talents and skills that are god given at birth?

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

 

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Aaron Anastasi is my guest today on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview.

He is an man who has been creating his life work from the age of 13 years old. Yes, when most of us are playing soccer with our mates, or playing X-Box our guest was singing and learning to play the guitar, even writing his own songs. His early songs were mostly rock, but he played acoustic and expanded his skills, until at the of 18, he recorded his first series of original songs, and started touring all over the United States, Europe and South America as well. Before taking the lessons that he had learned in the music world, to start teaching karaoke lovers, and shower singers how to make the most of their own vocal talents with his course Superior Singing Method But that is just one part of his backstory, as since those days he has flourished in the online world especially on Youtube, where in his own humble words he says "I’ve also had some success in the YouTube space (10 mil organic views/100k+ subscribers) But now is the next stage of his professional career with the release of his first book "The Voice of Your Dreams" where he shares his own successes, and struggles. It is a Self-help/Transformation book about silencing the voices of limitation and living a bigger life, a life with abundant possibility. Which is of course what this show is all about as you know. So with a background that encompasses film production, music, and now authorship how does he know where to channel his energies everyday? And does he know what his sweet-spot is, or is he in the rare breed of people that flourish by juggling many plates at once? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Aaron Anastasi

 

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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.

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Podcast: Hustle Culture Podcast

Description: The Hustle Culture podcast features interviews with entrepreneurs and hustlers from all walks of life going through the climb and trying to make a difference simultaneously. These hustlers share tips and ways they overcame difficult situations. Please email hustleculturepodcast@gmail.com for any questions or suggestions.

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Entrepreneur podcasts don't come better than this.

Today's show is a solo show when your friendly neighbourhood UK podcaster shares what he feels are the five key things that if you are looking to build a business you should focus on.
So instead of just ploughing into a world of hardship, effort and expense you end up with a business that you love and grows with you.

So are you ready to become a super entrepreneur like Steve Jobs, or well...me David Ralph

I hope so as the dream is ready waiting for you to grasp.

 

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Marketing an online business is so hard, and my guest today is a marketing expert and the host of the Market Like A Nerd Podcast who can show us all where we are going wrong.

Comin on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a young lady, that has endured more than most people will do in their whole life.

Growing up very poor with a father who was a drug addict and an abusive stepfather her mother was too scared to leave, you can imagine her life was full of dreams of something better.

You would think her life would have turned around when she graduated, and was accepted to one of the top universities in the world, Johns Hopkins, but just before she began her freshman year she was hit by a car and had to learn to walk again, and then was raped during her recovery period.

Still struggling with the aftermath of the accident during her freshman year, she found out some of the symptoms she was experiencing were actually signs that she was 4.5 months pregnant.

Not to be deterred, she was induced on a Saturday in April and returned to school on Monday to take a final exam.

With support from her mother and now-husband, she was able to graduate in four years with three majors.

But it wasn’t until she worked as a social media marketing intern that she found her calling, quit graduate school and started her first business at 21.

Now this is of course all very inspiring stuff, depressing in many ways, but also inspiring to see someone overcome so many obstacles in their lives, and fight their way back.

But what is most inspiring is the manner that she has created her own business personality, which is full of lightness, fun, and almost cartoon like quality which is really unique.

This is someone in control of how she wants to present herself to the world, and she is not willing to follow the route that everyone else takes.

She had her first $10k month at 22, made $150k in four months at 23, and now at 25 has completed a six-figure launch in 90 days while expanding her business to 19 countries.

She has mastered the art of working smarter not harder, paring down her work to part-time while taking at least 10 vacations a year.

Brilliant stuff!

So how did she manage to fight off the victim mentality and come back in such a spectacular manner?

And is this something that everyone can do, or do you need three majors, a business degree, and an ever expanding email list?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Amanda Goldman-Petri

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Podcast: Market Like A Nerd™ with Amanda Goldman-Petri | Work Smarter Online Marketing Strategies For Business Owners And Entrepreneur
By Amanda Goldman-Petri, International Online Marketing Coach For Service-Based Business Owners

Description: Welcome to the “Market Like A Nerd” Podcast, where we geek out about business and marketing strategies that maximize your profits while minimizing your efforts. This is your go-to resource for learning how to increase your income and impact without having to work too hard, hustle, or sacrifice... cause who wants to do that?!

 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who has been on a personal journey, of success and discovery leading him to become the first Hispanic and Gay American to serve in two senior executive roles in the White House.

In 1980, he graduated from Harlingen High School, in deep South Texas, and it seems to me he spent most of his time playing a part to fit in to what the community, and his peers expected a Texas boy to be.

He hunted, fished, played football and baseball and lived the life of someone else, certainly not what he wanted to be: An openly gay man.

It was a difficult time for him as you can imagine, and things didn’t change until he got through to College age.

As he says “Getting to college gave me permission to finally start to be me. It was OK to start to live my little secret. It was accepted and celebrated in so many ways. That was a life-saving experience for me.”

So what do you do when you can finaly start to relax into your own personal power, and live the life that you want?

Well you head to the White House to hug the then vice president Al Gore, and burst into tears on his shoulder.

Well that would be the usual way of doing things, but not the Join Up Dots way of doing things, or our guests, instead he went to New York to try to make it on Broadway, believe it or not, to try to make it as a singer, before returning to school, to study for his law degree, until finally 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue beckoned and his life changed forever.

And now with his book “Little Secret Big Dreams” on the shelves he tells his story, as he overcomes the hurdles of his life to be who he wanted to be.

As he says “I wrote it because I want kids and adults to realize you can come from the Valley and get to the White House. I wrote this for anyone who has ever felt different. The message is to

every kid and ever parent — celebrate who you are. We are, each and every one of us, worthy, unique and special, and we have a place at the table of life.”

So could he have got to where he was today, by missing any off the dots that have made up his life, or did he need every single one to occur?

And did working within the White House, see that the power of change was something that everybody wanted, or was it simply a minefield of red-tape which made that change so difficult to achieve?

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

 

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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.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who was kind enough to have me as a guest on his show Smashing The Plateau.

This is a great show where he raises the question that we all need help with in our lives - How to get past that huge obstacle that keeps us stuck in our lives.

How to smash the plateau. you see its all in the name.

Now the interesting thing about our guest is his desire to not only help individuals achieve success, but also companies too which has taken up the bulk of his life over the last decade..

He is the President of TEND Strategic Partners, and is a recognised authority on leadership and management capabilities that lead to organisational excellence.

He is the creator of the TEND System™, specifically designed to take advantage of existing resources from a team…building upon successes they have already achieved… integrating and managing structured changes, with built-in accountability, without adding excessive workload or unnecessary expenses.

By tapping into time-tested blueprints to overcome emotional and tactical roadblocks, he designs and implements the innovations needed for business to thrive, and empowers organisations to become the recognised go-to resource in their niche.

But of course within all organisations their are individuals with their own problems, so is it as simple as helping the man is the quickest way of helping the boss?

Or do we simply have to find a world where the right pegs are banged into the right holes.

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr David Shriner-Cahn.

 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady with a fascinating story of personal acceptance, and battling other peoples personal perceptions of her.

She is a Manchester born, award winning playwright, director, who is driven to get her words onto the page to provoke thought, view point, and change.

Her plays capture the unspoken complexities of human relationships – the things we say, the things we hide, the secrets that shape us – in a way that few contemporary dramatists manage. Immensely subtle and beautifully observed, her work gives voice to unforgettable characters and leaves us mysteriously changed.

Now growing up as mixed-race teenager in Moss Side, Manchester in the seventies was quite an experience.

If you dont know the reputation of Moss Side, then it would be fair to say that it is known as a tough, working class environment, with back in the seventies, very few opportunities to grow into a person different from your peers.

But our guest had other ideas, and was determined to break free and do as we say something different.

But the fascinating moment, or should we call it a Big dot moment seems to me to be the realisation that it was good to be different.

It was ok to say “I am what I am” and I am happy to be different.

As she says “Because my dad came from the hills in Jamaica – a proper country guy. It makes me really proud that my dad came here as an immigrant, my mum came from Ireland as an immigrant, and in one generation they made a playwright, and next they made an actress. So I feel historically wonderful!

So was this reinvention of themselves, the inspiration for her to create a bigger and bolder version of herself?

As in 1999, when before our guest hadn’t written a play before, she took the North West Playwrights’ course and won the 2001 Alfred Fagon Award for her The Well, followed by an attachment at the National Theatre Studio in 2002.

Or was, the big dot moment when in rehearsal for a play she stood up to her director and said “‘You ask the secondary white actors what they think — you tell the main character, black actors what to think. bu never me” receiving the response “You are barred and if you try to come back in the police will remove you.’ ?

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

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My guest today on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a Yanran Carpenter, a coach, business lady and host of the newly released podast the Yanran Career lab.

She is now based in the US, after starting her life and then running away from her home in China to find her true purpose.

And it seems that her true purpose is now coming together with her flourishing business, where she helps students  and  working  professionals  who  want  to  pursue  a  career  they are  passionate  about  and  live  a  regret  free  life going from strength to strength.

But it has taken a few years to get this going, as she says “Growing up in China, I spent most of my childhood in school and buried myself in mountains and mountains of books. At that time no one thought anything different. Parents and teachers were all telling you this is the only way to get ahead in your life—get good grades, go to good school and get a good job. After junior high, things changed. There was a voice in my head telling me to be different. I found myself in love with personal development books and started to rethink everything: Why do I go to school 8 hrs a day? Why do I study something I probably never going to use? Why are painting and knitting known as wasting my time? 

The voice in my head got louder by the day. Finally, I decided to leave the home and country I familiar with, come to America to find the purpose in my life. Things are very different here. Children go to school for only 5 hr a day with little to no homework. They can do pretty much anything without getting told as wasting your time. Everyone here is saying follow your heart and go get what you want in life.”

So how do you transition to a life you want, when the voices are getting louder and louder, but you haven’t decided where you should focus your life?

How do you make the next step the right step?

Well you don’t.

You just have to do something, and then something else, until it becomes clear to you.

And from studying textiles and design in University,  to working for Clark’s shoes as a Retail Manager, to becoming a Freelance Designer, our guest certainly tried something else before Yanran Career coaching burst into life.

So when she was about to leave China, and move to the US, did her family tell her she was making a huge mistake, or “Go for it Yanran, we believe in you!”?

And now she is doing what she is doing, does it become easier to attract clients because she has a backstory, or is it harder because of it?

Well lets find out as w bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Yanran Carpenter.

(Jobs, Freedom, Business, Lifestyle, Success, Best, Career, Top, Podcast, Startup, Steve, How, To, Content, Dream )

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Podcast: Yanran Career Lab

Description: Yanran Career Lab - The place to discover the career and personal stories from every day people just like you and get inspired to find your passion, follow your dreams and accelerate your personal growth.

 

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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.

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Happiness is our right to feel.

Happiness is within us all the time, if we can only dig around to find it.

So todays entrepreneur podcast dont come better than this.

Todays show is a solo show when your friendly neighbourhood UK podcaster shares his feeling of happiness and poses the question.

When was the last time that you felt truly inspired, and happy when you are at work?

It's a big question and one that so many of us do not stop to consider, as we are so focused on the future, the in trays and that ever increasing email inboxes.

But we really should as its the only way to operate.

Happiness is our divine right to grasp at every opportunity.  

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has one of the greatest "About Pages" that I have ever read. It was like a movie in the making, where after working in an office for eighteen terrible months, her whole life came crashing down after finding herself in a room with three of the most terrible managers that you would ever find. As she says "I worked at the office for 18 dreadful months before I was very unprofessionally relieved of my duties on August 8, 2011. Three managers (I’ll call them Randi, Candi, and Mandi – they were all old enough to be my mother) sat me down in a room and, instead of just firing me (which I did, in fact, deserve for my poor choices), personally attacked me with verbal venom. “You’re a sack of trash,” said Randi, who was president of the company. “You’ve been stealing from me for months.” “You make me sick." Unbelievable comments that were only made to strip away the self-esteem, and leave her in a pool of self despair. But looking back, these horrible managers were the start of something amazing in her life. A changing of her mindset to rebuild, restart and find her true path and that was found in the world of proofreading, which within just a few months changed her life in a way she could never have hoped to experience. Alongside her partner Ben, together they went from a $4,000-a-month average income to a $100,000 a month business in just over a year. In the last 15 months their online businesses have grossed over a million dollars and have helped over a thousand people live better lives. As she says "We no longer believe earning money has to be a lifelong struggle or endless exchange of our time for money. Instead, we believe following our “genius” — our own unique know-how — plus a lot of passion and hard work (read: action taking!!!) can and does bring a greater reward. Now we’re paying it forward by coaching other people in obtaining the necessary skills and resources to turn their own “genius” into a valuable product that enhances not only their own lives, but others’ lives, too." So does she look back on Randi, Candi and Mandi and ever think......"I would love to get them in a bar and buy them a drink to thank them for their poor management? And if she can now have a life that can be taken anywhere, is there ever a desire to set down deep roots and call a place a real home? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Caitlin Pyle 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man whose careers have taken him across the globe and exposed him to leaders, master communicators, persuaders, influences, and negotiators in hundreds of nations and across many different cultures. Starting his career back in 1985, as an attorney assigned to large litigation matters such as aviation litigation and tobacco litigation it was obvious that this was a young man full of ambition, Moving through a few quick career steps, it seems obvious to an outsider than upon creating the company Success technologies he had found the thing that he was waiting to do. He now uses his experience to teach leadership, sales and marketing, persuasion, influence, interrogation, and negotiation to audiences ranging from computer hackers turned “good guys” to entrepreneurs, the military and to civilians. Appearing on NPR, MindTV, PBS, Fox News, and on over 120 radio and television programs it is with little surprise that he has also been flourishing within hes own freelance keynote speaking business. He has authored several books related to persuasion, influence and business, and co-authored Einstein’s Business with M. Scott Peck, Steven Covey, and many other folk, whilst still being a practising lawyer. So how does he manage to do all these things whilst still keeping his hair, his sanity and managing to spend anytime with his family? And what is the area, if it was all taken away from him that he would now like to step into, bringing his talents to a whole new audience? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dave Frees

 

 

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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.

In todays show we bring you Leslie Sann, a life coach who has most certainly been through the The Life Coach School of hardknocks, and can how point the way to a future of happiness and fulfilment. 

So if you want a career in life coaching and great career advice then this is the show for you.

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Terri Levine is my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview.

She is a business mentoring expert, startup coach and the Chief Heartrepreneur™ at Heartrepreneur™

She is also the host of the Heartpreneur Radio Show on iTunes.

She is also a best-selling author of over 17 books, keynote speaker, radio host, and appears regularly in the media as a business coaching and consulting expert, and has been named one of the top ten coaching gurus in the world. And if that is not, she also seems to have the biggest smile the world has ever seen. Honestly, it is like happiness has found a place to live. But what has lead her to this point in her career? Was it like so many of us who search for instant success, but in fact wander through several years of ups and downs before finding our thing, or did she hit the ground running? I guess we will find out during today's shows. But one thing for sure is she is on a mission to change the way that business, solopreneurs, and entrepreneurs operate when dealing with their customers. A few years back she got fed up with how businesses were treating prospects, customers, employees, and vendors and decided to create the term Heartrepreneur™ making thought leaders operate from within their hearts instead of their wallets. So is this something that she now sees as her legacy work, or is the ambition still to achieve something bigger, bolder and brighter before she departs? And what does she feel are the biggest obstacles to overcome when working from your heart for most people? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Terri Levine (startup expert, startuppodcast ,freedom, Lifestyle, Business, Steve Jobs, How To)

 

To hear more from Terri Levine go to:

Podcast: Heartpreneur Radio

Description: Each week we discuss coaching, mentoring, and training techniques and tips to be more heart to heart with prospects, customers, employees and vendors.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is lady who has done something truly amazing in her life. And this is something that we can all do in our owns live too. She set out to re-write her story and create a different ending to the one that she was living, and achieved it. As she says "I was a shy security guard, working 60 hours a week earning £1,000 a month before I was made redundant after coming back from my second maternity. Lacking the strength to pull through, I slipped into a slight depression, lost 50% of my hair, and had a massive breakout on my face, all because I thought I was going to lose it all. I had no spark, no enthusiasm, and no zest for life. The thought of experiencing anything miraculous, not to talk about making money in my own business, never crossed my mind. I actually thought, “This was the end of rope, I’m too old to start making any impression.” Then one morning while having a hot shower, listening to Beyoncé, I heard a big bang on my door, and I ran out naked with this look on my face, WTF..... So what happened to make this soapy, naked lady, turn into a super successful woman coaching all around the world on personal branding and marketing, bringing in a minimum of £20K a month? How did she go about making the different choices in her life that lead to the success she craved, when she had no idea how to go about it? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Joyce Oladipo

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Jaime-Lee Fraser  is my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview.

She is a business strategy insider, the Co-Founder & Director of an award winning Financial Advice Firm, Master NLP Practitioner and a Business Growth Expert. She is on a mission to help the world create their own freedom, and financial independence after almost seeing her own future snatched away from her in the most terrible of ways. Starting her career as a Customer Sales Representative for United Airlines, she was very much on the corporate path, working for the man to build his dream. Whether she had desires at that point to build her own dream, who knows, as she then moved into another position in Financial Services , before working for Comminsure as their National Technical Manager? All pretty standard stuff. But one thing is for sure, her focused changed almost overnight to one of "Lets make my time on this planet the way that I want it to be!" And who can blame her, as back in 2002, our guest was enjoying a night out in the tropical paradise that is Bali. The Sari Club in the popular beach resort of Kuta had been full of holidaymakers, enjoying the evening, the conversation, the music and the drinks, before a bomb detonated. She was trapped by the explosion, facing death and trapped in flames. As she says "While it was the worst and best day of my life as I miraculously survived, I knew I had more to give in this life." And now she is very much her own woman, and has transformed herself into a financial entrepreneur, business & performance strategist joining forces with visionary leaders and emerging entrepreneurs, to guide them to create their most powerful, happy and successful life possible. She speaks passionately about what she thinks we should achieve, as she says "The reality, money is a significant element to creating freedom. But I also believe it's living with more meaning to be who you really want to be. It's a process of growth, improvement and a deeper force to become the most powerful, happy and successful you possible. So how did this lady transform herself from survivor to business leader in such a short period of time? And does she feel that although not wanting a bomb to go off next to all her clients, the world more than often needs a shock for it to realise "Time is limited....let's get going?" Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start join up dots, with the one and only Jaime-Lee Fraser

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Rob Cubbon a freelance designer from London joins us to share how he has built astonishing business success. 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.

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Freedom to find out the stuff that governments push to the bottom is key to big change.

And that is where my guest expert, and host of the hit podcast "Congressional Dish" Jennifer Briney, joins us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview.

She is a lady who is doing stuff very differently from the majority of people that I have on the show.

We have had the life coaches, adventurers, entrepreneurs, sportsman, and authors. We have even had the public speakers, freedom fighters, and dreamers.

But today’s guest is different, as she has found a passion within the reams, tomes and amendments that make up American Politics.

As she says “I startup most mornings ready to spend most of my time reading through the ridiculously long bills that are voted on in US Congress and watching fascinating Congressional hearings. I use my podcast to discuss and highlight corporate influence on the bills. Most Americans, if they pay attention to politics at all, only pay attention to the Presidential election. I think that’s a huge mistake because we voters have far more influence over our representation in Congress, as the Presidential candidates are largely chosen by political party insiders. My passion drives me to inform Americans about what happens in Congress after the elections and prepare them for the effects legislation will have on their lives. I also want to inspire more Americans to vote and run for office.” All fascinating stuff, and I feel it mirrors what happens in the UK too, when we only slide off the sofas, and put our X’s in the boxes when it comes to the big stuff. But what makes it doubly fascinating that with a history of waitressing, saleswoman. and Operations Intern for AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, there was seemingly nothing that indicates a change in this direction? But Im sure we will find out during the show that the truth is very different indeed. So how do you take a passion for the hidden world of politics and convert it into a business, that entertains and inspires the American people that can make a difference, but are unaware of the power they hold? And does she feel more and more frustrated the deeper in she goes, or more and more encouraged that a change is a comin? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only Jennifer Briney

To Find our more about Jennifer Briney and her podcast "Congressional Dish" go to:

Podcast: Congressional Dish

Description

Congressional Dish: The only podcast that explains the laws and bills passed by the U.S. Congress, and exposes their dirty little secrets. Hosted by @JenBriney. Notes and links available at www.congressionaldish.com

 

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Dream careers come in many different forms, and my guest today on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady with an interesting story to how she got her dream career for sure. And one that so many ladies listening today will no doubt feel great resonance with. Starting her career back in 1995 as a Consultant for Accenture she was on a mission. Her ambition was high. Her drive to achieve on full power. There was a ladder to be climbed and she wasn’t hanging around on the first rung for anyone. She was getting to the top. So tucking her skirt in, taking off those heels, she climbed quickly, and moved her way through many different companies for the first decade building her skills, learning from different cultures and climbing that corporate ladder. However as her income increased, her business opportunities flourished and the world looked in her direction and said “Good job! You are living the dream!” inside the true story was anything but success. She was unfulfilled personally, and no matter how well her professional life was going, inside their was a void. A void that brought her to the crossroads where a decision, as to where her future lied was waiting for her. As she says ” When I was 36 years old, I was unmarried and also felt judged. It seemed that all of my friends were married and having children. And I was so tired of my dates asking me, “Why are you still single?” I longed to find a life partner, but couldn’t figure out why my love life wasn’t as successful as my professional life. The continual reminder that my husband wasn’t showing up led to a growing sense of loss – loss of what should have been and the loss of the life I had hoped to live. After many tears, I decided to do whatever I could to change the trajectory of my love life, including taking a 9 month break from dating. That was scary when I thought I needed to be “out there more than ever!” The path and actions I took led me to increased confidence, joy, self-love, additional professional success and a new life purpose – all before I met my husband. I met my husband at the age of 39. We married one year later.” And that change in her personal life coincided with her finding the path that has led her to where she is today, sharing her knowledge with the world as a love coach. Yes, I think this is the first of these that we have had on the show. She has now built a flourishing business coaching ladies everywhere how to find their perfect partner, create that dream-life, and perhaps even getting a little more oomph between the sheets than they have had in the past. So when did she see that this was what she wanted to do in her life, and instead of working tirelessly to build someone else dream it was time to go after her own? And is there a common issue that stops ladies from finding their prince charming and going to the ball? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jennifer Spaulding

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Sometimes success is found in the most unusual places, and our guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is waking up every morning with a “Yay” as it seems that he is living a life that is ticking so many of his own personal boxes.

And why is that you maybe asking?

Well today’s guest has been on a roller-coaster ride as an entrepreneur which has seen him hits the heights, crash and burn, and then fight his way back to where he is today. Where he wants to be...a startup expert, and the host of the Business Revolution With Stephen Christopher podcast.

Starting his business career firmly in the corporate America camp, by working for Merrill Lynch, where he was responsible for Coco-Colas 401k and pension plans for a couple of years, he was like the majority of young man.

He was going to work, putting on the suit, and earning the cash for that weekends relaxation and enjoyment.

However, with several quick career moves, you could see that the early years was simply stepping stones to taking the entrepreneurial leap of faith.

It was inevitable that he would stop putting all his faith in building someone else dream and start building one himself, and that occurred when he became the Founder of Real Estate Investors Network.

He was up and running and success was sweet and all his own.

But it was running this mortgage company that ultimately changed the course of his entrepreneurial journey.

With the crash of the mortgage industry in 2008, our guest learned what it’s like to go from profitable to over $100,000 in debt…literally overnight.

This failure taught him more wisdom about business than any school or program could ever teach him and since then, he has evolved into a devoted student of personal and business development.

But not in the “I am a business coach, lets spend an hour a week on skype with you”….no he had much bigger plans than that.

He wants to help peoples businesses flourish in the world of Google Land where all the eyes, and fingers flick across everyday.

As he says “The Internet has become incredibly complex and competitive. It’s tough for businesses to stay visible…to stay ranked high in the search engines. Which is why I have created Seequs to ensure your business is heard–and seen–above the racket.”

And now with a flourishing marketing company, his Business Revolution coaching, Podcast, and public speaking he is getting out there where it matters.

He is changing peoples lives, and of course changing his own life in the process.

So how did this guy who was terrified to say two words in front of an audience find the courage to put his head above the parapet to lead the way for others?

And when he looks back at his early start, did he need to work for others to find the angle to start working for himself?

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

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To listen to more of Stephen Christopher go to:

Podcast: Business Revolution With Stephen Christopher

 

Description: Business Revolution Podcast is here. Our motto is simple: start a revolution in your life, take massive action towards your goals and create everlasting change in your life and business. Get your weekly dose of revolutionary insight from Entrepreneur, Web Marketing Expert, and Business Coach Stephen Christopher. Let the revolution begin!

 

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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.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is building her dream, whilst helping others to do the same.

Yes she has mastered the skills of the old leap of faith, and now is sharing those skills.

She is the founder the Women’s Dreamvision Network where she helps new female entrepreneurs build and market their businesses while providing a behind-the-scenes look into how others brought their dreams to life.

Yep, she is the wizard allowing us all (at least the females of the world) to look behind the curtain of what it takes to build a business.

But this isn't a success that is full realised. This is work in progress, so its a delight to have another guest who is really flexing the old hustle muscle to build something new.

And can share with us the struggles, issues and successes that are fresh in her life.

As she says "After working in politics, marketing, and communications for more than 15 years, I focused on a career change last summer. Deep down, I knew there was so much more I could offer and accomplish with my skill set. Though I had many ideas, after much soul searching I started coaching new women entrepreneurs. Women have so much to share with the world and incredible knowledge to pass on, but they are also extremely strapped for time, resources, and, unfortunately, they often lack confidence. I love doing my part in helping them break the cycle and get their gifts out to the world."

So she drilled down, found her niche, looked for a solution to a problem and went to work.

And I suppose as most people find, her ideal avatar looks to have trned out to be herself, as with free small children, a husband, and extended family she certainly must have times when she puts her hands in the air and says "Give me a break for five minutes......i cant be there for everyone!!"

So what made her want to create her own destiny at a time, when so many other ladies would have said "We need to wait until the kids grow up a bit first?"

And where did she find the confidence to step out to the front, when her business is still a a baby in the great scheme of things?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Michelle Huls Rice

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HR, and Human Resources Management is an issue for most businesses. But what about Human Resources For Small Busines? Well that is where todays guest comes in

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the founder and CEO of HR CUBE, a global HR Tech startup based out of Indianapolis with markets in India and the US.

And this isn't a surprise that he has a global business on the go, as he was quite obviously bitten by the entrepreneurial bug right from a very early age.

In fact it looks as if he was born with it, as when he was in 7th grade, he came across an article about Soichiro Honda (Founder of Honda) that created a blueprint for the entrepreneurial journey that he has been on ever since.

He was inspired and started to take the first steps to where he is today.

However, he knew it wasn't going to be easy to break free from the life that he was in, so started following visualisation techniques to focus on achieving his dream of building a company, and growing up in a middle class family in India, he had to go through constant struggles to make it to the US to pursue what he saw as the next logical step.

Graduating studies at NDSU, Fargo.

Which he did and then the real work began.

As whilst working in SAP consulting, he tried 3 different startups on the side in 7 years, none of them amounted to much, other than constant struggle for recognition and not getting a salary increase for 7 years.

But this didn't deter him, which is the spirit that all entrepreneurs show and develop until lightning strikes and they find their find their thing.

But through these disappointments he was working harder to define his ideas before he came to market, and during this time, he decided to pursue Online/Hybrid MBA at Kelley School of Business, Indiana University that gave him the next move to get full time into Entrepreneurship.

As he says "Those 3 years of MBA was the best decision I made in my life" as the first idea on the road to where he is today started to grow around him.

He realized that to do what he was really passionate about, he needed to do it full time.

So, one day, he told his Boss that he was leaving his job to pursue his Startup Journey, and the rest as they say is history.

So what was it about those early startups that caused them to fail, and now he looks backs could he have saved them or were thye always doomed?

And does he think that he could have achieved the same level of success without moving to the US, or did he need this change of culture?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Suddan N Shanmugasundaram

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Ross Jeffries is my guest today on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview. Now if you havent heard of Ross Jeffries, let me tell you he is a man who can teach us all about connecting and engaging with the opposite sex. Yes, this is one of those episodes that all you single men, fed up with being rejected in the bars of the world will want to take notes on. He is known as the Legend of Seduction and has coached, and mentored over 60,000 men around the world, since 1988, guiding them to the success with women they truly desire and deserve. His system, Speed Seduction®, shows you how to succeed with the women you really want, predictably and reliably, without guesswork or games, respecting yourself and the women you enjoy. Since the early 1990s, Ross Jeffries has been included CNN, Fox, NBC, the BBC, CANAL+, Playboy, Rolling to name just a few. But this is where the story get interesting as imagine you take these same levels of persuasiveness, and instead of leading back to the bedroom, you lead back to the boardrooms and company botton line? Well as he says "Look at it like this: if you can convince a guy who has been terrified of women his whole life to drop that fear in under 10 minutes, and then teach him to communicate with women in a way that truly moves and touches them, then....then you can convince anyone of anything." Powerful stuff indeed, and so now you will find our guest travelling the world as he works with a handpicked selection of high-powered entrepreneurs, sales people, and other professionals to teach them his unique, one-of-a-kind, under-the-radar persuasion blueprint. So how did he come to learn these technqies? Was he naturally gifted at wowing women, or hopelessly inaquate which lead to this knowledge? And what did he think of Tom Cruise playing him in the film Magnolia? Inspired casting, or would he have preferred someone else? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Ross Jeffries

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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.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Matt Marr, an actor from the USA.

He has a title that I have never used before on any show But it is one that I wish that I had come up with, as he has been called the Gay White Oprah which is a fantastic name. But how has he come to receive such an accolade you maybe asking?

He is also the host of the Dear Mattie Show the top ranked podcast on iTunes.

Well my listeners it can be put down to one thing, or maybe two things. The ability to be himself, and the ability to know how to connect with others and startup a conversation that builds success. You see all business success is based on these two characteristics, and it seems that our guest has them in abundance. As he says “I am the type of guy that can meet you and within two minutes have you spilling your heart out” So it’s with little surprise, that after receiving his Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2009, he has been taking this ability to open the hearts of whoever he talks to by helping people everywhere with his weekly advice podcast “The Dear Mattie Show” where he discusses relationships, sex, fear, friends, job, and even makeup in an inspiring and entertaining format. But if you are thinking that this is just another normal type of life-coach guest that you see all over the shop,then think again. He is also a singer; received a undergrad in Opera Performance from the University of North Texas, has been active in the project Get Empathy, a campaign to build a national movement to stop bullying in schools. Communication Director for Brave Trails, supporting Gay, Lesbian and Trans-Gender folk to become thought leaders in their fields, and a stand-up comic and producer. So with all these different experiences and knowledge, is there a chance that he could get lost with himself and dilute whatever he considers his god given super power? And when he get someone to start talking does he every think…”Ok, Ok, I think this was a bad idea? This person just wont shut up?” Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Matt Marr.

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To hear more from Matt Marr go to:

Podcast: The Dear Mattie Show

Description: The Dear Mattie Show is an advice podcast with a lil' bit of humor, a lot of heart, and a helping hand. Each week host Matt Marr, clinical therapist and comic, answers emails sent by listeners who need advice on love, sex, or any life lesson. To help Matt in his quest to make your life easier, he usually enlists a guest host-often a neighbor, a colleague, or the cute guy he keeps seeing at the dog park. To learn more or ask for advice, go to www.dearmattieshow.com.

Direct download: 577-Matt-Marr.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada.

And if that sounds like a pretty standard introduction then think again.

As this guy is not normal, in any shape or form, and to be honest this was one of the hardest introductions to write as it is hard to pin down the guy.

He is hugely positive. Loves his music. Is up for a laugh. Loves entertaining. But also is a deeply sensitive guy inspiring the world to do their own thing and love their lives in the process.

As we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, the people who really seem to be setting the world alight, always have tapped into the thing that they loved doing from the time they were a small child.

The kind of things that didn't require money as a reward, as they simply loved the task.

And our guest seems to be the very same, as linking him back to starting to speak at a very young age, and living in a very musical house, you can see he wanted to express himself.

His grandmother and mother also were always singing to him… and so at an early age the entertainment bug was starting to show itself.

He learned a bunch of childhood songs like row row row your boat, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmit and old Slavonic songs, and would perform for people when they came to the house and to dinner..

As he says "My family were very proud of me and I think sometimes they loved to show me off; especially if I did imitations of other people. There was a lot of laughter."

So it seems the path to his first album "Special Ed and The Musically Challenged", released in 2000 (which I admit I read twice before I grasped the pun!), was there from the early days.

And with the follow ups "Oracles and Ice Cream", and Letters from High Latitudes, (an homage to his Ontario, Canada home) he has joined up his dots taking him back to his childhood, to live the life that he should.

So can he remember the first time that he stood up on a stage, strummed his guitar and started creating his destiny?

And was it terrifying or like walking into a comfort bubble waiting for him to enter?

And knowing what he knows now what would his biggest advice to his younger self be?

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

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If you want a cocktail of success, struggle, motivation, and a slice of business talk at the weekend then todays episode of the entrepreneurial powerhouse JUD's is for you. Every weekend we find an old show and polish it off to allow new ears to discover why this has become the best podcast ever!

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.

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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

To hear more from Simone Vicenzi go to:

Podcast: Explode Your Coaching Biz Show

Description: The podcast for coaches, trainers and speakers who want to make an impact in the world building a successful biz along the way.

Direct download: 574-Simone-Vicenzi.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an musician, songwriter, worship leader, teacher, speaker, coach, husband, and father. It's certainly true to say that he has a lot of plates spinning at one time. But at his core you can tell that he is a family man, and although everything in his life holds a significance to him, it's family that ties it all together. Right from the early days his musical output has been nurtured and encouraged by the family atmosphere that he found himself in As he says ""My father is a pianist and back in the day he had a small jazz quintet that would rehearse in our basement. So I had a pretty good catalogue of bebop standards as part of my fabric even as a young boy. My mother didn't play an instrument but was a creative force in the house. She was always designing clothing, developing a new dish to eat, or drawing. Both my parents had a way of allowing me the freedom to express myself and making me aware of God as creator. Like so many from my generation the British band invasion of the mid/late '60s fuelled my desire to pick up the guitar as an instrument. Initially I'll admit that getting the attention of the opposite sex didn't hurt my drive to get better, but as I matured I discovered my passion was in the creative process. I loved writing songs from an early age in high school. So by the time I was in college I was addicted to it." And if you can find something that you are addicted to, so you can push through when the times get hard then success is on your radar. And that seems to be the case with today's guest as with the release of his last album Dig Love, and the soon to be coming The Consequence he is a man who knows what he wants in life. And we will discuss this on the show, but it feels like he has found it in his own heart, the creative process, and every-time he closes the door behind and comes home. So where does he get the inspiration for the songs that seem to be come easily to him? And does he look back as his life and ever think "Man, if I only had made a different decision at that point then life would be so much different?" Well lets find out as we brong onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Eddy Mann

Direct download: 573-Eddy-Mann.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Why is it in life that so many people decide that they are going to do something new and exciting, and then quite simply copy what has been done before?

We see so many times that the world fails to grasp that the easiest way to success is by finding the thing that they love doing and then building a business around this.

It is the absolute quickest route, as when things get hard, the love will push you through the tough times.

The ability to want to do it more and more (just because you want to do it) is the key to it all.

And so in this episode of Join Up Dots, your friendly neighbourhood host live from Spain, shares his feelings on what we should do to make things happy in our lives.

Enjoy!

Direct download: Solo-Show-Spain.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

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.

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

Accountancy leads to a lifestyle business we would all want.

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who was recommended to me by Danny Flood who appeared on episode 293 of the show. He said to me “I have a friend that you have to have on the show, as she has done something that all entrepreneurs want to achieve.” I said to him “What’s that Danny…tell me more!” And this is what he told me. Our guest went from running a time-sucking accounting consulting firm where she could never “turn off” from work to create a profitable productive service based business. And best of all this company has grown from 0-$15k MRR in 12 months, while scaling herself out of the operations to surf and spend time with family. Yes, whilst so many entrepreneurs are finding themselves trapped by the business that they have created our guest today has found the utopia that the world seeks. But its been a bit of a strange road to where she is today, as it was clear to see even as a young lady that she had the entrepreneurial spirit in abundance, evidenced when she started ‘Get a Grip Tennis’ a tennis coaching business . Over a period of 2 years she grew the business to a customer base of 70 and employed 4 assistant coaches. So you can see that she had the ideas, the hustle, the persistence, so why then slip into a quite convential route of acounntacy and auditing? And now that she gets chased by sharks through the waters of Australia astride her surfboard, does she have a blueprint that can work for anyone? Or is the lifestyle she has achieved, and that anyone can achieve, 100% down to the decisions that an individual makes? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Meryl Johnston.

Direct download: 571-Meryl-Johnston_Master.mp3
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Do you have a bad Father? Or was your Father not around that much when you were growing up?  Well, today’s guest joining us on the Steve job inspired podcast, grew up the youngest of 3 boys in a suburb of Dallas where he lost his father to suicide at age 11.

Subsequently as a young man, he did anything he could to avoid confronting the wounds he suffered as a result of being fatherless.

His craving for affirmation from a father who was not there to provide it, led him to seek that affirmation from the world in many unhealthy ways.

In an attempt to find value as a man, he created a false persona that left him completely unfulfilled.

His life was based on the pursuit of money in order to prove his success and he became a social alcoholic as he strived to be the life of every party and gain the attention of those around him.

It was only when he realized and dealt with the unresolved issues of his father wound that he was able to become truly fulfilled.

On April 10th, 2009, he finally came face to face with the issues that drove him to seek approval from a father who was not there to give it to him.

By forgiving his father and recognizing what it truly means to be a man, he became a new man, husband and father.

And now with his film The Father Effect” highlighting to the world the damage that fathers do unwittingly to their kids, he has become an award winning producer, happier than ever, and on a mission to change lives.

So does he think that without the tragic ending of his father, he wouldn’t have got to this position now?

Did he need that to start of the sequence that has lead him to the happiness he is feeling today?

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

Direct download: 570-John-Finch.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is moving forward into his future by keeping true to his past.

Based in Waynesville Ohio, he is an American Country music artist, who has released a long list of chart topping hits in the world of traditional country music, and delights audiences across America with his brand of infectious honest to god country.

And its with little surprise that he is travelling the highways and byways, as this is a passion that has been with him since the early days.

As he says "I knew that music was what I wanted to do from an early age. We just were country people who loved country life. I remember in study hall, I would get out my guitar and we’d go pick and sing"

But what makes this guy even more interesting, is he does all this whilst still being a farmer and barn designer/builder by trade.

Yes he manages to to makes an honest, blue collar living at the same time as playing over 100 events/shows each year, all over the country.

How he fits in the two I have no idea, but we will find out during the show.

He credits much of that philosophy to the work ethic and morals that were instilled in him by his parents.

He says “I grew up on a 110 acre farm. We always had plenty of livestock, horses, and cattle – plenty of chores and things to do. We didn’t have a whole lot of money growing up, but we never went hungry or had any wants. I know what it’s like to go through hard times, but by the same token, I wouldn’t trade the way I was raised for nothing. It made me decide and realize that in life, you get what you put into it.”

Along with his band he is certainly doing just that all over America. with music as he says that is "Country, the way country music was meant to be"

So with a foot firmly planted in the worlds of Hank Williams, Hank Snow, and the Ryman Theatre legends, what does he think of the new style of country music being released today?

And if he could go back in time and record with anyone, who would he choose?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Richard Lynch

Direct download: 569-Richard-Lynch_Master.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

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.

Direct download: WEEKEND_REWIND_SHANNON_KAISER.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has stumbled into the entrepreneurial world.

She is the owner of  Ash Said It LLC, which is a full service public speaking boutique, hosting  receptions, fashion expos as well as upscale soirées. 

Which sounds great, but its the joining up the dots which is the most important part of this show. 

So how did the ex-military lady transition from Uncle Sam to Fashion Avenue?

Well as she says “I had no plans to build a company. The thought never even crossed my mind. The past few years have been tough.

I took care of my mom for 3+ years, and being a full time caregiver is a lot, although I would easily do it again.

My mother never taught me how to be a lady.

She showed me through her actions. She never let anyone take advantage of her meek yet resilient spirit. Thank God I inherited that spark!

I buried my mom in 2014, which was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my entire existence. I was lost.

My heart was no longer in military service. I needed to leave but I had no blueprint on where to go.

I did many odd jobs that year.

Helped build multiple brands & had nothing to show for it.

Then one day a light bulb went off in my head. Why the heck am I wasting time helping people disinterested in helping themselves? Why don’t I pour my 13+ years of industry experience into something I can call my own. That’s when Ash Said It was born!

And at that point we will start the show, as it is a moment that every one of our guests have hit in their own lives.

That moment when they realise that their life is their own, and everything they do should be on their own terms.

It’s the responsibility to create their own future.

So how did she move from this idea of creating her business, to actually earning her first dollars and attracting her first clients?

And looking back on it all, has it been harder than she could have imagined or simply a dream from start to finish.

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

Direct download: 568-Ash-Brown_MASTER.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who deserves to be on this show, as she is one big collection of dots.

She is an entrepreneur daily, and has been for many many years. 

And the kind of dots, that although difficult to deal with at the time turn out to be the true gifts in ones life.

As she says “Sometimes life lessons are right in your face waiting to happen to you if you just surrender to the call.

But it took me a long time to get into the position where, my passion had finally fallen out of the sky and smacked me in the face hard!”

And this she found in the form of Yoga, and she then created her dream business that is going from strength to strength.

Providing what her clients want, her family want and of course what she wants too.

As she says “I have been a entrepreneur for 20 years I know what it feels like having to create your wealth!

But I also knew that your health & inner strength matter more in this adventure of self mastery! Being a entrepreneur is all about Self: Mastery, Discipline, Awareness, Confidence, And Worth etc. You have to believe then apply the gift to create the Magic!

In between the “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda”, I became a Yoga Instructor, Holistic Health Coach, owned a MMA Promotion Business in Atlantic City with my husband (the last one was the stress factor). “

Which lead to her being the Founder of Down Dog Wellness, as she craved a way to create a bridge between work stress and life, enlightening awareness daily.

So did she always have the desire to create such a business, or was it in direct result of her four years working at New Breed Fighters, dealing with cage fighters and the entertainment industry.

And is the right business a pleasant experience, or does it still have days when you want to stay in your bed and let someone else deal with everything?

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

Direct download: 567-Kerry-Morgan.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has lived life like a entrepreneurial mountain climber.

You start building a business from scratch and things go great, but then you realise you have to go down the other side of the mountain to tackle the big climb.

The climb towards the dream that you deserve.

As she says “I started my first business as a freelance copywriter back in 2001 because I was MISERABLE at my corporate J-O-B of 13 years.

I felt out of balance not spending enough time with my three daughters and being there to take them to brownies and soccer and music lessons.

I wasn’t at work enough either….it felt like a no-win situation.

When my third daughter was born I had had enough and summoned the courage to take the scary leap and quit.

My entire life I have always done the right thing.

I went to college. Got married. Had three kids. Bought a custom home in the right neighbourhood. Had a responsible job at a good fortune 50 company. I was secure, yet still felt unfulfilled.

I learned the hard way that ‘doing’ the right thing doesn’t always bring happiness and fulfilment – how I am ‘being’ is just as, if not more, important to creating a life of purpose and profitability.”

Which sounds like a typical story of disillusionment and then taking control, but as I say there is two sides to the mountain.

What do you then do when the initial success starts dropping, and you find yourself doubting your talents, your work ethic and well….everything?

Well as she says “I worked hard and built my copywriting business alone. I started as a ‘generalist’ and after a few years specialised in the healthcare industry. A local hospital hired me and I LOVED working with them for many reasons. I had been reading about choosing a niche and knew I had found my home working with healers.

I built my freelance copywriting business up to around 50K and, after a few years of success, my copywriting business starting dropping suddenly.”

And that is where we will start todays show.

So looking back can she see what was going wrong, or was this just a part of the journey that she had to go through?

And how does she balance her family life with her business now? Better, or has the two blurred into one glorious day?

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

Direct download: 566-Kelly-RObbins.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

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.

Direct download: WEEKEND_REWIND_LINDA_F_WILLIAMS.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Sara Kaler, a lady who is climbing higher and higher into the rarefied world that we all want to have.

She is loving her life, loving her job, providing huge value to her clients, and looks great too.

She is a huge healthy package of glamour, professionalism and speciality is helping women CEO's scale & grow their businesses for global impact without burnout.

And that one word "burnout" reveals a huge amount of what our guest has been through in her life.

Mid-way through her corporate career she began to have series of grand mal seizures due to stress and exhaustion.

In the span of ten years she spent more time in hospitals being analyzed, tested and assessed than most people do in their adult life.  

My health had become a part-time job (and some years, my full-time job), and my body had become a story about injury, illness, disease, diagnosis, being different, not belonging, not being enough, not being capable, and most definitely NOT being strong.

As you can imagine, this led to a lot of soul-searching.

She knew something had to change, but she didn’t know what.

And as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, when the dark times are at the darkest, there is a deep learning waiting to be had.

Their is a gift within the struggles, and this was the case with today's guest, as pulling herself out of the darkness, she found the thing that she knew the world was waiting for, and needed help dealing with.

As she says "I suffered a massive health crisis at the top of the my career, transformed my life and created a massively successful business in an impressively short amount of time.  I support my clients on similar paths.  I stand for and support my clients creating high performance results, legacy and an extraordinary life; knowing all of these can co-exist. 

I know it’s possible for everyone and it requires being an extraordinary leader.  I believe women in leadership are changing the world and being financially abundant and well managed allows us to lead and build legacies without limits."

So how has she taken this realisation and converted it into a business which not only powers her, but also has become her own personal legacy?

And does she see the same issues in her clients lives time and time again as we all try to balance everything in our life, and more often than not fail?

Well lets find as we bring onto to show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sarah Kaler

Direct download: 565-Sarah-Kaler.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who calls himself the coolest guy in SEO.

And when you see him perched on his motorbike, in leathers and wearing a contented smile of "Yeah baby....I have created something amazing come and check it out"..then you think then he is probably spot on with that name.

He has created Ardor Media Factory an online company specialising in content marketing, content writing, search engine optimization, search engine ranking, keyword research, web analysis, web design, link building and image linking

After obtaining his degree in 2006 degree in Software Engineering from Queensland University of Technology. he decided to scratch his itchy feet by heading off to London.

During his time in London, Dublin and Brussels, he worked under contract with Euroclear, Visa Europe and Sony Research & Development.

But it was when he really stractched his itchy feet again, and started backpacking around the world a few years ago then one of his big dots really jumped out infront of him.

As he says " because of my love for software development, I built an online game. As the completion day came near for the game I made, I thought that I should learn how to market if anyone else is ever going to play with it. So, I started studying how Google works and learned about Search Engine Optimisation. I quickly discovered how important backlinks are – not just any backlinks, but only quality backlinks with relevant and compelling content on powerful industry-specific websites."

And the rest is history.

Not easy history, in any shape or form, but one that has seen steady growth, a move from his home country of Australia to set up in Davao city in Philippines in January 2013, and now clients flocking to his company from across the globe.

Life seems good and should be good, as he has taken control of his own destiny, and worked his socks off to make things happen.

So does this kind of success simply come from putting one itchy foot in-front of the other until you start too see things happening?

Or is there a blueprint for all of us to follow, as we look to leave the corporate grind, and sit on our own motorbikes to ride into our special futures?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr Cool SEO Guy Mr Kris Reid.

Direct download: 564-Kris-Reid.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who the majority of the world need to get into contact with at sometime or another.

She is a sleep expert who over the last years has positioned herself as the go to person to help you drift off into a pleasant, restful and recharging sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.

As she says "I understand that sleeping, while on sleep medication isn't really sleeping. I understand that falling asleep, but then having to lie awake for hours in the middle of the night isn't really sleeping, and I understand that waking up just as tired as when you went to bed isn't really sleeping either"

So hands up....come on people be honest "How many of you have fallen into one of these sleep patterns over the last few years?"

Yep, I know that I have, so how has our guest managed to find the solution to something that plagues all of us at one time or another.

And the answer is, she has been on a journey of self discovery, upskilling and putting herself and her knowledge out there

Starting her journey as an English teacher in Luxembourg, she had a pretty standard career for a few years until she got to the point when her interest in corporate coaching and sleep patterns became too much to ignore.

And she took the leap of faith, leaving her career in education in 2015 to start something new and inspiring.

And since then with a huge amount of hustle, commitment, perseverance and of course struggle she has built her hugely successful business coaching successful and career driven women (and inspiring men) on how to get a solid nights’ sleep allowing them to wake up refreshed, with more energy, and ready to tackle their legacy and personal life.

So how has she managed to do all this whilst still getting a good nights sleep herself?

And is it as simple as learning to switch off form everything that needs to be done, or much more than that?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only, my favourite sleep expert ever Christine Hansen

For more information on sleep issues go over to:

Sleep Like A Boss - The Podcast

Host: Christine Hansen

Description

Sleep Like A Boss - The Podcast by Christine Hansen is featuring weekly interviews with guest experts from the business and health & wellness world.

Direct download: 563-Christine-Hansen.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

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.

Direct download: wEEKEND-REWIND-CHRIS-LO-CURTO.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who went through one of the worst experiences that any parent could go through and found his path in life.

And the rest as they say is history.

Back on May 13th, 2012. Mother’s Day, his wife, Cyrena, was having an incredibly difficult pregnancy.

She had pounding headaches, blurred vision, and searing pain throughout her body.

As a matter of fact, she had been in and out of the hospital for the last two weeks.

Their tiny daughter was only developed 23 weeks in gestation.

Her due date was September 9th, 2012, and subsequently the diagnosis was not great "Less than 40 percent, but in her case it is either all or nothing. She has several good things going for her.”

But fortunately although his miracle daughter has had issues since, he, his wife and of course his daughter has seen the rise of his business due in not short measure to what he saw during those worrying times in the hospitals.

He decided from then on that he was on a mission to help physicians, and the best way to do that was to write, speak, and meet with people individually to council with them on their financial situation.

As he says "Physicians today are under fire. Reimbursements are under question every year. Taxes are getting higher and higher. They are tired by being painted as "the rich doc" taken advantage of by unscrupulous sales people. More than ever, they need direction & guidance from a trusted source."

And this is a brillaint story of adversity leading to enlightenment.

And finding a niche that is tight, well formed and of course needed. Which is the way that all good businesses and products need to be focused on.

So many people go wide and broad when actually the quickest way to success is by going deeper and deeper until you have a net that catches a select few.

You see their issues with more clarity.

You can provide the solutions more quickly.

And now with his business growing, a new book the Freedom Formula flying off the shelves, and of course his own podcast, it looks 100% like he has found the thing that lights him up inside.

But is this case?

Is he creating something that is everything that his family, and of course himself want in his life?

Or is this just the starting point to what he can now see and believes is possible?

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

Direct download: 562-david-denniston.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady from the UK who has set out to create her dream, after starting in a position that could have allowed her to say "How are things ever gonna happen for me?"

As she says " After growing up in a very poor household and leaving school with very few qualifications, I went on to forge a successful career as a top performing manager, responsible for a turnover of £9m, as well as the coaching and development of staff and agents.

But in May 2014 i realised I was no longer happy in the job or the company and decided to follow my dreams and become a author/speaker. I didn't know how I was going to achieve it, but I knew I would, I also didn't know the first thing about writing a book or how to become a speaker and started by researching on google how to achieve it.

I did take a very big gamble walking away from the security of a monthly pay-cheque, but I also knew it was time to go.

Friends and family thought I was living in cloud cuckoo land to think I could at the ripe old age of 46 take my career in a completely new direction and ultimately live the dream.

Colonel Sanders was 65 when he founded KFC so being 46 didn't put me off.

I didn't let their lack of faith stop me, I knew after growing up with very little and achieving what I already had anything was possible, so I started on my new vocation."

Well when I heard this I just had to have her on the show, as this is the classic example of finding yourself in the position where other peoples beliefs could quite easily have become her legacy.

Allowing herself to be held back by their lack of vision.

Staying where she was by the fear of doing what others think is possible.

And now with her own self-named company going from strength to strength, she is now a recognised authority on confidence and personal development.

And has been a regular guest on TV and radio, as well as a keen participant in a women's organisation whilst also organising and compere at events to raise much needed funds for charity organisations.

So how did she manage to push through the doubts, insecurities and bad advice of others, when so many people will listen and crush their own dreams, due to not believing in themselves as much as they do others?

And has it been harder than she expected, or plain sailing?

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

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has a background in a background in engineering, marketing and management.

Which has lead to her creating a business around.... ill let you think about if for a little while......lead generation, personal branding, communications, public speaking, social media marketing, and digital marketing.

Yeah you didn't see that coming did you?

And I guess neither did our guest today, but it is true to say that at her core she has creativity flooding through her veins

As she says " I was always an artist and writer at heart, but thought that marketing was the best way to make a living doing something that required creativity.

After a few years working in an insurance company, I realized that the corporate environment wasn’t for me, and thats when I made tough decision to leave the comfort zone of my corporate job and start my own business."

But her adventure had a rough start. There were many unknowns, including her ultimate mission.

Which is the amazing part of what Join Up Dots has become for so many people across the world.

It is where belief grows into action, and action grows into whatever you want for yourself.

You cant see the real dream right at the very beginning, you just have to find out the vague direction that you want to go in, and then start walking.

So how did our guest manage to meander her way through the obstacles and create something amazing for her, her clients and of course the world?

And when she looks back does she have those "Man, what was I thinking...I could do it so much quicker now" thoughts?

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

To hear more from Cloris Kylie go to:

Podcast: Magnificent Time For Entrepreneurs

 
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Description: Join Cloris Kylie on this show that highlights successful authors, entrepreneurs, media personalities, business experts and coaches. You'll become inspired by their stories, and will access their best insights to not only survive, but to thrive as an entrepreneur!

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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.

To hear more from Tim Conley go to:

Podcast: The Foolish Adventure Show, hosted by Tim Conley

Description: The Foolish Adventure Show, hosted by Tim Conley, has been listened to by millions of people around the world and helped many of them start and succeed in business. Even though the show has ended, it is still helping thousands each week to gain control of their Time, Income and Mobility. Enjoy all 4 seasons of the show.

Direct download: weekend-rewind-23-tim-conley.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an man who many people would stop and think “Wow, that was a risky decision to make” when you hear what he did.

He is the Automate Grow Sell - Quick Talk Podcast host and loves his life bigtime.

But that wasn't always the case.

When he was a younger man he had a job with the word famous bank JP Morgan.

This was a position that had kudos, status and would have been seen as a great career by many.

But not for our guest today, as when he was 25 he left this safe and secure position to start his own cleaning business.

Well, that doesn’t sound too bad a decision to make, as we hear time and time again in Join Up Dots, he had taken control of his life, and more importantly his time which make such a difference.

But how about I add that he took this decision when his lovely wife was pregnant with their first child.

Yes at that period in your life when your future is 100% uncertain and out of your control, he did the unusual and plunged into the dark.

But with hustle, and persistence he grew the business until it was generating over $150,000 a month in revenue and then sold it to a national buyer.

During the last two years that he owned his company, he only worked 5 hours / week on the business, but it still grew at 35% per year.

And now from his home in Costa Rica, he now runs twos two internet based businesses with a small team of professionals from all over the world teaching how to bring automatic systems into your life.

So where did he find the resolve and strength of character to leave his banking job at the very time when most people would cling to what they have got?

And do the systems that he teach work with all types of businesses, or only online ones?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Joshua Latimer.

To hear more from Joshua Latimer go to:

Podcast: The Automate Grow Sell - Quick Talk Podcast

Description: After starting a cleaning business from scratch with no money, Josh Latimer struggled to find that important balance between business success and family. He eventually grew his cleaning business to produce over $150,000 a month in revenue. He embraced the concept of implementing simple systems into his small business in an effort to set himself free. It worked big time. Now he\'s here with other amazing small business experts to share the wealth.

Direct download: 559-Joshua-Latimer.mp3
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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who in all the episodes of join up dots I dont think I have ever said these words

Yes, she is and was the Australian Person Of The Year in 2012, and is also a Doctor, a professional pianist, conductor, and music educator, consultant to HSC music students, The Sydney Opera House Baby Proms and The City of Sydney.

And tying it all together, is the fact that at her core she is a lady with music flooding through her veins.

But unusually a desire to use our love for music to inspire, help and well make the world a better place for less than fortunate children, by taking Jazz into quite an different setting.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive effect that music can have on children, helping to stimulate parts of the brain related to memory, creativity and emotional development.

So in 1997, our guests formed Kinderjazz an Australian musical collective who has been composing blues, ragtime, jazz and swing music for children, releasing nine albums along the way and performing in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Daring Harbour, Parramatta Stadium, Stadium Australia and many more.

And this is a journey that has really connected with part of her life since a small child.

As she says “My mother was a teacher and ran her own Montessori kindergarten. Music was always a big part of our lives. All the adults growing up played instruments and sang and we were taken to live performances on a regular basis. When I had my own children, I wanted to duplicate this experience for them but I found that there wasn’t the same quality around and so often children’s music was delegated to a fluffy character and a backing tape. Jazz is something that all kids respond to because of the beat. It’s dance music and there’s such a variety of genres in jazz it seemed the ideal thing. Also jazz with its solos and fresh improvisations would nurture a small child’s curiosity and gratify their imagination in the process. I chose Big Band because it would give children exposure to all the instruments of the orchestra.

And when you hear that she was mentored by great musicians namely Isador Goodman and Leonard Bernstein to name just two.

Is there any wonder she has a burning desire to pass her knowledge on!

So when she sees a sick child smile and clap along to the infectious beats of live jazz, how does she remain professional and not crumble into a pile of soggy tissues?

And are there more and more of these kind of music lead groups occirng in the world, as it seems to me to be a perefect match of inspiration, and fun, that can only help the healing process along the way?

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

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who truly has a fascinating story that has lead him to being massage therapist by profession, and the founder of Relationship Minimalism, a relationship philosophy designed to answer one question.

Is it possible for men to apply the 80/20 principle to create love, connection, stability, and sexual passion in a long term relationship with their wife or girlfriend?

Well if you have listened to more than a couple of episode of Join Up Dots you will have have heard me talk often by love of Paretos Principle, but I have never thought of it being applied to people too.

And when you see the amount of seemingly unconnected dots that have occured in his life then you can see that I just had to have him on the show

As he says in his own words

From the age of 5-10 I grew up in Venezuela, Mexico and Indonesia. When we got back I couldn't fit into Canadian culture and ended up homeschooling myself to finish high school.
I had serious aspirations of being a professional songwriter for the first 10 years of my adult life and learned extreme self honesty - I'd work on an idea for weeks and then realize it wasn't good enough and start over...for nearly 5 years.
At the same time I fell into a career as a live TV cameraman and shot my first NHL hockey game when I was barely 21, making me the youngest in Canada.
I wound up in massage therapy school on a whim at 23 with no intention of working as a professional, I just thought it would be a good skill to have if I ever got a wife and family.
As he points out "No one really creates a master plan to set off as a songwriter and do TV broadcasts on the side while going to massage school so they can spark a revolution in the way men relate to and understand women. But it certainly all makes sense now."

I love this feeling of "Hey lets go and do this, as it seems a good idea" as that is how we find the thing that lights us up inside.

Not by waiting for the passion to magically appear around you like some people suggest.

Get out there, do things, talk to people, and be aware of what is on offer, which is exactly what today's guest did and continues to do today.

So when did the idea of using the 80/20 in the environment of relationships first occur to him?

And was it a "Wow, I have just discovered something that can change lives" or more "Oh, i see what I have been doing over the last few months....better put a name to it?"

And does he think he has now found his life work, or is this just the start of the journey that was waiting for him?

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

Direct download: 557-Mark-Stefanishyn.mp3
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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.

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My guest today is a man who not only has been mentioned to me by many many people since starting the show, but also is a man who I seem to stumble over across the internet.

Take a look at Richard Bransons Necker island, and who should I see wandering around but him.

Go over to podcasts, blogs, e-books, whatever and you seem to find this man, his passion, his vision and corse his worth ethic everywhere you look.

He is an expert in many areas, but direct response marketing seems to the ney to it all/

His is on fire for sure, but delve into his back story and you will find a man who could have ended up very differently.

When he was just two years of age his parents emigrated from Russia, and it seems obvious that this moved has instilled in our guy a willingness to take risks and create his own destiny.

By 14 he began by selling medical equipment for his father's College Park, MD medical supply business at age, before in 1998 he undertook his first entrepreneurial venture: a $900 marketing course for cosmetic surgeons.

By the time he was 26, he was making $10,000 to $15,000 a month teaching physicians how to improve their sales, even though he thinks of himself as a techno dunce.

Its is recorded that he has produced more than half a dozen seven figure online businesses since then.

So you can see that this is a guy with an eye for an opportunity and the hustle to make it come true, but where is his focus now?

What does he see as the true legacy that he will leave on the world?

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

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who believes 100% that we all have the power to create the perfect day (and by rights should be doing just that.)

He is a Productivity & Success Transformation Coach from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and funnily enough the author of the book The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life.

He has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine since 2000, and his articles have also appeared in Women’s Health, Oxygen, GQ, Maxim, National Geographic, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness Hers, amongst many others.

With many other articles also being featured on Inc.com, LifeHacker.com, and Telegraph.co.uk.

But of course the journey towards being known as the "the Godfather of fitness info marketing" starts with an understanding of what you enjoy most in life, and then building a business around that love.

We have to find the belief that there is more possible in our own lives before trying to changing the world.

And this was certainly the case with today's guest, who like so many young men who now earn their living in the fitness industry, he found the love early in his life when he played a lot of sports day after day.

The competition, the physical challenge and of course the outright fun was what lit him up inside and made him want to do more and more.

So he then focused his energies on weight training, before realizing that he wanted to be a strength coach in professional sports.

He had found the starting point that had lead to the amazing business that he has today.

If just one part of what it has become.

As of course we all know, that being fit is just one half of what makes us ready to tackle bigger and bigger challenges, to build amazing success in our lives.

The physical will always bash against the mental.

So by setting your stall out everyday to tackle the world in the right way, you are giving yourself an amazing platform to then become the version that you would want to be too.

They work hand in hand to create a powerful force of self improvement.

But dont think that this a dot to dot story that was a breeze from start to finish, as our guest has had to overcome many obstacles on his journey to success, even tackling his toughest battle with crippling anxiety attacks that could have stopped everything before it began.

So looking back on his life, was he lucky that he found the thing within himself to build a business around?

Or is this a doorway that most people have waiting for them to walk through if they only work on asking the right questions?

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

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast is a man with many strings to his bow.

And also one of the most unusual stories that I have heard that has got him to where he is today.

So lets start with the unusual stuff, so as he says in his own words

“A few years ago, a co-worker of mine straddled two parking spots while parking a compact car. I watched them do it, look around to see if anyone noticed, and then walk into the building where we worked.

I was sitting in my car listening to the morning DJs talk about the start of our huge station promotion, and I was monitoring to make sure they explained it correctly. You see, I run radio stations for a living, and it’s my job to make sure the talent on the radio do and say the right things. It’s like babysitting extremely talented and temperamental babies (who usually drink a lot).

After they were done talking and started to play the commercial break, I gathered my phone and bag and headed toward the door to the building. As I passed the terribly parked car, I decided to stop and take a picture. I wanted to expose my co-worker on Facebook and have others join in my jeering of their terrible parking job. A part of me just wanted to poke fun at them, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this poor parking job was an extension of something bigger: a sense of entitlement and a slight disregard for others, coupled with plain old laziness.

I posted the picture and tagged the co-worker in the photo. My comment consisted of only two words: Try harder.”

And now with a flourishing blog entitled, you guessed it “Try Harder” which has now inspired two books, and a business that is rocking and rolling where he is one of the top minds in radio broadcasting and has enjoyed success as a talent coach, where he has advised and mentored hundreds of personalities to make them among the top talent in the industry, he looks like he has really found his things.

So from one single bad case of parking his life now has gone in a totally different and exciting direction where new doors are opening everyday.

And did he ever have the faintest idea that he was on the path to writing a book and inspiring the world to Try Harder?

And are these two words that he allows lived by, or has he raised his game because of them?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Chase Patrick Murphy.

To hear more from Chase Patrick Murphy goes to:

Podcast: Chase Patrick Murphy

Description: Husband, Father, Radio Host, Imagineer, blogger and Author of Pull The Trigger on Life Career and not being a D-bag, #Tryharder www.chasemradio.com

 

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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 todays show is with the host of Biz Women Rock podcast, and that means that it is with the lovely Katie Krimitsos

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.

To hear more from Katie Krimitsos go to:

Podcast: Biz Women Rock With Katie Krimitsos, inspiring interviews with succesfull business women and entrepreneurs

Description: Biz Women Rock: Inspiring interviews with the world's most incredible Business Women! Our guests share how they started their businesses, how they've grown them, lessons they've learned, failures and successes they've had, business practices they implement, how they stay motivated and ultimately what makes that fire inside of them burn! Inspire YOUR journey by listening to theirs!

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Todays episode of Join Up Dots touches in on a subject that although we talk about it everyday, is somehow difficult to answer.
What Stands Between You And Complete Happiness?

Well lets start with the email that we have received............
Hi David,
Loving the little bonus episodes of Join Up Dots....keep them up.
And of course still do the other ones too!
I was reading an article the other day and the author posed a good question, and as you have asked for listeners to drop you a line if they have questions my question is this....
What do you believe stands between you and complete happiness?
Clint Baxter
Tennessee
USA

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has had an amazing journey of self discovery and fulfilment

When she was a small girl, she was in a dark place, and after a failed suicide attempt she realized that she needed serious help.

Feeling rejected and confused about being given up and being adopted, she decided to do self therapy on herself as a 16 year old girl.

By doing the unorthodox shock method of becoming a model.

As she says "It was very painful going for auditions after auditions, alone, as a timid and self conscious teenager. However I was determined to redeem my lost self and forced myself to keep at it."

And that she did.

And that spirit of self improvement has carried her through her life, and now with her own self named company helping others to find their place on earth, and taking that one step further, she is also the fire-starter of For Our Children (FOC) Singapore, an initiative set up to raise funds to build schools in third world countries, helping children gain a better start in life than she was given herself..

It appears that her dots have well and truly joined up and placed her in her sweet-spot.

The place that she born to flourish in.

So did that little girl, who grew up into an empowered woman, ever truly believe that she could banish the darkness and live in world of light and positivity?

And when did the realisation of it was up to her to take control and claim her destiny start to appear in front of her?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Joy Leng.

Direct download: 552-JOY_LENG.mp3
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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who quite simply spins so many plates, he better have juggling skills attached to his linked profile.

He is a veteran executive, entrepreneur, consultant, international best-selling author, speaker, life-long learner, and a man who can help any business find exponential growth in their bottom line.

And he does this by teaching the under used methods that most companies and individuals have in their grasp, but fail to use in the way they should.

He is a referral expert and believes that all business can grow more efficiently by using the social proof that referrals from previous customers will give them?

Take the promotional statement and comments, and use these to attract even more business who are attracted by honest appraisals from folk who have been there before.

Now it wasn’t an obvious expertise to gain, as starting his career back in the 80’s, he has moved through a series of positions developing teams, motivating individuals, and working with companies, all the while polishing his skills until he can with complete confidence claim to be a thought leader, and career builder.

And upon reaching this point he has been since been able to specialise, becoming known as the go to referral expert, allowing him to author such game-changing books as The Recognised Authority (2016), Always Positive in Your Business and his big success the international best-seller, The Referral of a lifetime, which is being re-released in over 12 different languages!

So why is that so many people are frightened of asking previous customers for a statement or two to promote their excellent service?

And does he see this changing, with the ever increasing advancements in social media?

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

Direct download: 551-Tim-Templeton.mp3
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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.

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My guest on today's episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has certainly hustled his way to the top.

Since starting his career back in 1996 when he performed the role of Assistant Account Executive for Fleishman-Hillard, it seems to me that this was a guy in a hurry.

A hurry to find his true calling, and in a hurry to then deliver maximum value to the world.

He moved through a couple of positions, and then started his first entrepreneurial venture with a self named PR Consultant company, before returning to the corporate gig and fine tuning his own personal and professional skills.

And it seems to me it was at this part of his career that the dawning realisation of where his life was heading started to take shape

Owning his own destiny, and becoming a business and social media marketing extraordinaire, specialising in teaching others to dream big and learn to overcome obstacles in order to reach their goals.

He is now a public speaker, an author, and a mentor who has helped thousands of business executives and select entrepreneurs take their company growth to the next level through motivation, reassurance, and lessons on how to use social media outlets, strategic planning, and improving communication skills.

Whilst he wouldn't say to anyone that he was a guru, his 20 years of experience would point otherwise.

And after helping major corporate executives, including the man we hear everyday on the show Steve Jobs certainly speaks for itself.

He holds a law degree and a masters degree in communications, has produced dozens of podcasts, has made appearances on multiple television shows, and is a best selling author of a book which has sold over 30,000 copies.

So when did the dots start joining together for him, and the lost soul that most of us experience in our early careers gave way to a laser focused entrepreneur?

And looking back on his life, and through his work with many others, do we make it harder on ourselves than we should, by not truly embracing our key skills?

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

Direct download: 550-Jason_Treu.mp3
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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.

Yes he went through the life coach shool and has come out the other side with his own life coaching business

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

Direct download: 549-Kul-Mahay.mp3
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Today's guest joining us on the Join Up dots podcast interview is a remarkable lady who has battled so much in her life, not least at a stage when most people are footloose and fancy free.

Yes, back in in 2010, when just a young lady she was diagnosed with a recurrence of malignant melanoma that first appeared back in 2007.

When she got a professional to take a look at a mole that appeared on her right temple it was discovered that she had cancer.

Having 45 lymph nodes removed she hoped that he can nipped it all in the bud, and could look forward to a long and healthy life.

But sometimes life has other plans, and in 2010 she was back under the knife having some bone from her skull and the lower half of her ear removed.

But of course the fascinating thing as we see everyday on the show, is that more often than not the worse times of life can show us the way to a life is really great.

And now she has built a whole business in regards to others to take control of their health as she did when faced with 7 tumors as a college student-athlete.

As she says "With nothing to lose I put my trust in complementary and alternative treatments and has been in remission for 5 years. Since that life-changing experience, I have encouraged and empowered others to do their own research to find their own pathway to healing with courage, faith and perseverance. "

So of course a stupid question in many ways, but is she glad that the issues that she had to deal with first came into her life?

And is life in her view one of taking your own personal responsibility, not just in regards to health, but also in the day to day writing of your own personal story?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Bailey O'Brien 

 

Direct download: 548-Bailey-Obrien.mp3
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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.

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Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired powerhouse podcast Join Up Dots, is a man who started his life in the UK and now calls the world his home.

Or at least Portland Oregon, USA is where he lays his head.

Starting his journey in Slough, Berkshire….think Ricky Gervais’s creation David Brent, or Sacha Baron Cohens Ali Gi and you are getting the idea of his roots.

But there is no doubt that unlike the character Brent, who thinks he is a great communicator but often fails miserably with comic effect, our guy has created a very different professional persona for himself.

Instead of tripping over his own tongue, our guys opens his mouth and finds the gold everytime.

He is a born communicator, and loves using the spoken word as a laser targeted weapon towards success.

Although, a friend of his’s 11-year-old son Aaron asked, “What does your Dad do?” Aaron thought for a minute, then said, “He teaches people how not to say ‘um.’”

Which I guess is a simple summary, but nails it too.

In the past 10+ years our guest has coached CEOs, professional athletes, tech startup founders, engineers, creative designers and pretty much everyone in between in what makes a wonderful presentation.

Could this be switching off power-point, and actually talking to people directly?

Or perhaps, embracing the world of storytelling to inspire the attendees listening to you speak?

Well we will find our during the show.

But this former newspaper reporter and columnist, now speaks regularly to groups about how to use clear, concise, compelling language as a strategic weapon when dealing with reporters, employees, sales prospects, shareholders, and consumers.

You use the right words that change your situation, empower you and…well stops the “Umms”

So why did he want to leave this amazing country that we call the UK, and depart the natural oasis of beauty that we call Slough, Berkshire?

And when he is standing up, and presenting, does he think “Man, this is easy, I am so in my sweet-spot” or does he have to work hard for every “Umm and Ahh” he stops in its tracks ?

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

Direct download: 547-Dave-Yewman.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

It’s not often that I say, I love today’s guest, but in this case I most certainly do.

I love what she is doing. I love the way she is doing it. And I love that our paths cross more times than anyone else I think I know online today.

Back in 2007, she began her journey to where she is today by working in the position as Field Manager for Clean Water Action, where she directed, managed and trained a staff of up to 25 canvassers. and supervised the office manager in all administrative tasks.

And quite honestly as well as I know her, I can totally see her doing this kind of thing, as she is doing a similar thing today although totally in a different environment.

After that, her organisation skills were taken to the next level, whilst her communication skills went up several notches too, by stepping into one of the hardest environments of all.

Knocking on doors and cold calling, canvassing political opinions and fund raising for the political wannabes campaign.

So you can see that she can talk, can organise data, and likes nothing more than leading a high performing team that delivers big time for her clients.

And now she is the leader of a team of amazing ladies at Interview Connections, the premier agency for booking guests onto podcasts across the world.

She has taken all those dots gained over the last nine years, and created a company that has filled a need for podcasters across the world, which is the way to build huge success.

Podcasters struggle to find guests, she has the connections, put the two together and job done.

But of course there is so much more to it than that.

So when did the idea come to her, and was it an epiphany angels singing moment in her life, or did she just stumble into something?

And how did she feel when competition started springing up online, with others seeing her success and modelling the service that she was providing so successfully?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Interview Connections legend, Jessica Rhodes.

For more information on Jessica Rhodes Podcasts go to:

Podcast: Rhodes To Success With Jessica Rhodes

Description

Rhodes to Success is a weekly podcast that will teach you how to #ROCKTHEPODCAST from both sides of the mic! Host Jessica Rhodes is the founder and CEO of InterviewConnections.com, the premier guest booking agency for podcasters and guest experts. In this podcast, Jessica teaches listeners how to get booked on podcasts as a guest, how to be a great podcast host and leverage the power of podcast interviews to grow your business.

Podcast: The Podcast Producers

Description

The Podcast Producers is a seasonal show that focuses on subjects related to the art and business of podcasting. Hosts Jessica Rhodes and Corey Coates bring a polished, journalistic, audio experience to present a multifaceted insight into the world of podcasting and the personalities who produce them. Each season presents conversations with podcasters who have experience and expertise in areas such as podcasting for hobby or business, statistics and demographics of listeners, advertising models, podcast networks, the psychology of podcasting, production, broadcast radio and more.

Podcast Interview Connections TV (Video Podcast)

A weekly web TV show that shows you how to #RockThePodcast from both sides of the mic! Interview Connections TV is hosted by Jessica Rhodes, founder of Interview Connections - The Premier Source for Booking Outstanding Podcast Guests. Learn more at Interviewconnections.com

 

Direct download: 546-Jessica-Rhodes.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays episode of Join Up Dots brings to you a story of entrepreneurial success and persistence.

Pop star Rick Astley has returned to the top of the UK album chart after a gap of 29 years.

The singer's comeback album, 50, beat new releases by Tom Odell and Paul McCartney to reach number one.

"It's amazing, it's incredible," said Astley. "It's been a very, very, very long time."

The star first found fame in the 1980s as part of the Stock, Aitken, Waterman hit factory - but his new material presents a more mature, soulful sound.

He was engaged in a battle for the number one slot over the last week, changing places with Tom Odell on several occasions. In the end, he outsold the Chichester-born singer by just 3,700 copies.

According to the Official Chart Company, Astley sold more physical CDs, while Odell secured more digital sales and streams.

"I like Tom Odell," Astley said. "I bought his last album, and I'm going to buy this one as well, but I've held off from buying it this week!"

Astley last topped the chart in 1987, three years before Odell was born, with his debut album Never Gonna Give You Up.

The star said he'd enjoyed the support of pop royalty in his quest for the top slot this week.

"Elton John's sent a few texts over the last couple of days and just called me now to celebrate and said 'just make sure you enjoy it.'

"He's one of those people I've always respected... so it was a nice moment to get that congratulations."

Direct download: solo-episode-rick-astley-master.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Fancy some motivation packed chat?

Well, 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 with more than a splash of motivation.

motivation, motivation, motivation all the way!!!!!!

 

Direct download: WEEKEND-REWIND-18-WILL-HODSON.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

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

If you want to hear more from Ken Kelly go to:

Podcast: Counselling Tutor

Description: The Counselling Tutor podcast serves student counsellors and psychotherapists in training. Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly examine the theory and practice of counselling and deliver academic content in an easy to understand and fun podcast. Students of Person Centred counselling, Transactional Analysis and behavioural models such as CBT will find something relevant to their studies on the Counselling Tutor Podcast.

Direct download: Podcast-545-Kenneth-Kelly.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

My guest today on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is a man who has had quite a varied career since starting as a Solutions Specialist for Accenture, before transitioning into a Senior Software Developer a role he fulfilled for over six years.

And it seems to me that he has spent the bulk of his time developing the skills to implement and develop IT systems and platforms, where actually he had a burning desire to develop humans.

And this is the fascinating part of life, and something I talk about often.

That when transitioning to a new life, most of us try to escape for the old one.

But actually most of it isnt too bad, just some of it doesn't fulfill us, or make us believe that we are getting what we should.

But we have skills within those old lives that we can and should be taking with us, to make it easier in the future.

And that is what our guest has done today, as since 2014 he has worked tirelessly to help the world live better lives and develop systems that can make us all dream bigger.

But don't think for a minute that this is a guy who talks the talk, but doesn't have the experience to say "Hey, I've been though some pretty tough times myself, have I told you about overcoming alcohol abuse and the story of my wife's tragic suicide due to bipolar disorder."

So how has he taken this career history and turned it into something profitable, enjoyable and valuable to the world?

And does he feel that we are always on the right path, it just sometimes takes awhile to see how the dots are all joining up ?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Jason MacKenzie.

 

Direct download: Podcast_543_-_Jason_Mackenzie.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast is a man who started his career as far away as is possible to where he is today.

Originally from Leeds, England, our guests early passions were rugby and mathematics, and although he was usually one of the smallest players, he loved to lead from the front, surprising his bigger opponents with his technique and tenacity.

Discovering his analytical skills helped other people identify a different and more effective way to do things, and his passion for being part of a winning team, he turned these into a professional purpose.

Now that is a fascinating insight into the psyche of a man who at his heart believed himself.

He believed that with effort, commitment and power of thought he could overcome those individuals perhaps holding themselves back from their true performance.

But what interests me even more is once he started his business career, he took those same athletic characteristics to go for rapid advancement.

And instead of going for the long game, where gradual performance and achievements get recognised by the powers that be, he decided to take on the most difficult challenges available; the tough jobs that no one else wanted to do or that people thought would fail.

He recognized these opportunities as a FAST way to rise through the ranks.

Knowing that nothing succeeds as quickly as success, he believed that triumphing in areas where other people thought it couldn't be done was the best use of his analytical skills and his fierce determination to succeed.

And this approach allowed him to challenge traditional thinking and come up with innovative solutions.

And how with his own consultancy company he is taking these beliefs and sharing them with individuals and companies across the world, to also go for rapid improvements.

So why does he feel that he had this different approach to tackle the hard stuff, instead of going for the easy route like most people?

And does he pull his hair out, at the generation that now feel that you can click a few buttons online and gain the quick route to success?

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

Direct download: 542-Gordon-Tredgold.mp3
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Todays guests is Mr Michael O'Neal, the podcasting master behind the hit Itunes show "The Solopreneur Hour Podcast". The top ranked business show, or The Solohour as it is known to its friends, teaching online marketing and entrepreneurship skills. 

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

So you know where to send all your complaints too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How did he know where his true passions lie?

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

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

 

For more on the Solohour Podcast go to:

The Solopreneur Hour Podcast with Michael O'Neal - Job Security...for the Unemployable

By Michael O'Neal Chats with Proudly Unemployable Solopreneurs Like Himself

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

Transcript

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well how are you Michael?

 

Michael O’Neal

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

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

Eleven month ago.

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

So Rocky wasn’t on your radar at all?

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

What  does he look like?

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

Spike Jones

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

Yeah.

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

Well it can’t. Can’t you have both?

David Ralph

Oh I don’t know CAN you?

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

Yeah absolutely and that was the good stuff.

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

David Ralph

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

Jim Carrey Sound Clip

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

David Ralph

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

Michael O’Neal

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

Michael O’Neal

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

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Today's guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots Steve jobs inspired podcast, has a fascinating story of struggle, acceptance, madness, love and finding the path to a life that he never dreamt possible.

Following on the from his previous appearance on Join Up Dots on episode 138, our guest has built upon amazing, headline making life changes, whereby he suffered a relationship break up, sold his entire life on Ebay, hit the headlines, sold his life story to Disney, bought a tropical island, found love and tackled a bucket list of amazing experiences all within a a period of a few years.

But it is what he has done since these crazy fun times that inspires me more.

You see so many people will do so much, in a short period of time and then start to settle.

They will find themselves back in a routine, where the images of adventures past, haunt them like a character from a Charles Dickens novel.

Our guest today however has done the opposite.

He has saught out opportunities, conversations and experiences across the world and constructed a life that is on his terms.

As he says "I did my last interview with Join Up Dots while I was in Texas, house sitting for a friend there as part of our US RV adventure.

Since then Vanessa and I studied to become English teachers, then spent a year in China working as teachers in a private business, topping up the travel funds.

Since then we have become full-time nomads, using house sitting as our accommodation, and teaching online for a Chinese company as our primary income source. As our accommodation is basically free we only have to work a few hours per week to make ends meet.

It really is the global semi-retired dream lifestyle. We can live absolutely anywhere as long as we have a decent internet connection.

We have become very well known in the house sitting community, and have been very successful in securing some very sought-after luxurious house sits.

So how has he managed to build something from scratch, when right from the very start he was out of his long established comfort zone?

And could he ever go back to a life that was controlled by the decision making of someone else?

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

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free business podcast interview, is a man where you think where do I start?

This is a man with three distinct areas of his life, which he calls his key stories.

One being an explorer, one being an adventurer, and one being the start of his entrepreneurial life.

When he was in Berlin back in 2006, he was like all of us, and was in a bit of a funk.

He was studying computer science, but had no idea how to make a living from the subject that he was learning.

And we hear this time and time again from people across the world.

You start in a world of confusion, unsure of anything, even what you are doing at that time, but that is ok.

Even though throughout your life you may have times when you are lost and unsure of your next move you only have to do two things.

Gain as much knowledge whilst you are in that position, as there are gifts in your confusion.

And then secondly say “Yes” to things, to put yourself in new experiences where those learnings start to make sense.

And that is what our guest did, as without a clue to his future, a friend phoned him one day and his life started to change forever

As he says” I got a call from a friend who’s hobby it was to use an old press ID card to sneak into expensive conferences to network and eat free food.

He said: “You need to come to the Hyatt Hotel, there is a Ruby on Rails conference and the food is amazing”.

“Ruby on what??” he replied. It was a fairly new programming language back in 2006. Free food sounded good though, so an hour later he was standing at the buffet and filling my plate with heaps of tasty salmon.

A recruiter standing next to him, who had paid $1000 be there, asked if he wanted a job – working with Ruby on Rails!

He pretended to have some experience and accepted this offer. From that moment on, while studying, he worked 2 days a week programming in various startups as a freelancer, all thanks to his desire to eat fish.”

And that is where we will start today’s episode of Join Up Dots, even though I have no idea myself where this conversation is going to go.

So does he still have episodes of confusion in his life, or is it now a seamless journey of experiences and success, as he travels around the world inspiring others to create a life on their own terms?

And does he look back at his life and now see gifts in the dark times when he didn’t have a clue, which powers the belief to keep moving forward in his life?

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

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots Steve Jobs inspired podcast is a lovely lady who from her home in Miami Florida is taking huge action to create the life that she wants.

But it wasn’t always the case, as over nine years ago after earning a degree in business administration, with her whole life laying ahead of her she received one of those life epiphany’s that you just cant ignore

As she says” In December 2007 I was at a BBQ my mom put together to celebrate my graduating with a bachelors degree in business administration in finance. It was an evening of fun, laughter and dancing. Graduating was definitely something to celebrate especially because I did it while being a mom and working full-time as an assistant controller. While I was enjoying the evening with family, friends, music and great food I found myself not feeling happy or satisfied. It felt like something was missing. For some reason I thought happiness would take place after a degree. After that night I thought all I needed was to get a different job; so I went from a small business to a corporate job in search of happiness. After a couple of years I found I had a fiery desire to do something else all together. I realized I was just existing.”

And so she started taking action, upskilling herself and working like crazy towards a future that would be under her control and perfect for her.

But how many times do we feel that life is being a bit unfair, when we are working so hard to make it what we want?

And this was certainly the case with our guest, who also found herself as a single mother looking after two young boys, which I think will be the starting point of todays show.

So did she study a subject that was something that friends and family have done, or did she simply choose something that looked good on paper?

And going back over the dots, were there anytimes that she would now erase if she had the chance, or were their gifts in everything she has dealt with?

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

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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.

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When someone sends me a request to be a guest on the show, and during the email he says

"I am a huge believer in creating and achieving our own definition of success. We are all unique and we all have something incredible to share. We are the authors of our own stories and I get fired up helping and discussing with people about their journeys. I am still on my my journey and I still have a long way to go, but every day is another chance to continue growing and learning! The only shortcut in life is to start now and I try to make every day count."

Then I know that he is a guy worth talking to.

Since graduating from the University of Southern California last May he has been flexing the old hustle muscle big-time.

And this is not the old hustle muscle flexing where the doors are already half open, but the kind of grind it out flexing that takes time to achieve, with no guaranteed success waiting at the end.

He has worked for the Los Angeles Lakers, started a new business, and wrote a book, called Elevate Beyond: A Real World Guide to Standing Out in Any Job Market, Discovering Your Passion and Becoming Your Own Person

But Like most people the entrepreneurial rout was not evident at the beginning of his career, with several short terms roles being held such as Business Assistant for Relativity Sports and Samsung NBA Summer League Intern.

But you could see once he created Straight Curve Marketing, a company that offers a selection of products ranging from t-shirts to shot glasses that his career was only going to go one way.

And now with both this venture, and Fundamental Mindset, a lifestyle, entrepreneurial blog that shares stories, interviews, advice and experiences to help you maximize your potential, achieve success, and have fun doing it...it looks like he is having fun too.

So when did his mindset change to one of creating his own future, or perhaps it was there all along?

And does he see the link between the more fun he has the more success he gains?

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

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Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man who has been through so much that you would think that a smile wouldn’t be permanently attached to his face.

But attached it is, and it seems to be getting bigger everyday too.

You see this is a guy who found his path to success, fulfilment and enjoyment in such a dark place that it is testament to the truth “The real gift is waiting within”

As he says “For nearly two decades of my early life, there was always something wrong with me. I was dead tired and suffered from an avalanche of health problems. I endured all of this even though I was an athletic and supposedly fit young man.

I tried to ignore it, tucking it all under a rug, but eventually there came a day when I decided enough was enough. And it was all because of this one fateful event…

It was late one Wednesday night in the middle of March, a few days before my 17th birthday. I had just returned home from soccer practice, but I was even more of a mess than usual…”

You see he had finally come to the acceptance that there was something wrong within, that not only would change his outward appearance dramatically, but also threaten his life dream of becoming professional footballer forever.

He had found his biggest challenge, one that would take him to the brink, before he managed to step onto the first part of the path, that would lead him to where he is today.

A New York Times best selling author and one of the most trusted health experts in the world, appearing on TV and radio across the world.

So how did he beat the physical issues, when he also had to tackle the mental issues that made his teenage years so difficult too?

And does he feel that this is 100% what he should be doing with his life, or is he simply waking towards the bigger path, waiting patiently for him?

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

To hear more from Yuri Elkaim go to:

Podcast: Simple Health Show 

Description: Are you tired of confusing health, fitness, and nutrition advice? Do you feel overwhelmed by the firehose of conflicting health information coming at you from every direction? If so, then you'll love Simple Health Show. Your host, Yuri Elkaim, is one of the most trusted experts in the health industry and a New York Times bestselling author who's superpower is making fit and healthy simple again so you can live a great life in a body you love. Each week, he'll bring you clear, actionable, and science-backed insights and advice that you can trust to get your health back on track or take it to the next level. You'll discover the most effective tips for burning fat, having more energy, creating better habits, and helping your body heal naturally. To get even more of Yuri's goodness, including countless quick and delicious recipes and workouts, head on over to https://yurielkaim.com.

Podcast: All-Day Energy Diet Podcast

Description: The All-Day Energy Diet | Look Better | Feel Younger You deserve to look and feel alive. That's what author of The All-Day Energy Diet, Yuri Elkaim, is here to help you do. Enjoy video and audio episodes that will energize your life, help you eat better, exercise smarter, and become a more accomplished human being. The concepts in The All-Day Energy Diet can work for anyone and have been tried and tested with thousands of Yuri's clients with amazing results. You'll get to see some of these results in these episodes. It's time to take back control of your life and live with more energy! Visit http://www.alldayenergydiet.com

Podcast: Super Nutrition Academy Podcast

Description: Welcome to Super Nutrition Academy's Health Class with your host and registered holistic nutritionist, Yuri Elkaim. Tune in each week for up-to-date insights on breaking health news and best practices on how to eat for awesome health. It's time to get smarter, healthier, and regain your sanity in a world of information overload. And don't forget to join Yuri at http://www.supernutritionacademy.com so you too can master your nutrition and health. 

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Today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots Podcast is a man who has experienced something that we see time and time again on Join Up Dots.

Sometimes a calling is waiting to be answered.

You work through your life, doing a myriad of things until with a knock knock on the door, you are thrown into a world that for many begs the question.

“Why the hell didn’t I do this earlier….its amazing”

Well today’s guest is such a person and after growing up on the south-West side of Houston Texas, did what many young men did in the late seventies.

Saught out adventure and travel by joining the US Navy for 23 years, which had him based in Virginia where he ultimately retired in 2001.

But this is just a small part of his story as he also worked as a restaurant manager, a musician and also in the auto-mobile industry as a Service advisor.

None of these occupations giving much clue to where his life was heading.

It was however, after he started doing daily posts on Facebook that his wife Sandy had an idea, and over a period of time persuaded him to write a book

And so he started writing a novel about growing up in the sixties. which turned out to be something of an epiphany to him.

As he says “I found that I have a natural gift that I was unaware I possessed.”

And now the books just keep on coming with the name of “Best Selling author” firmly linked to his output.

He has written six novels from coming of age comedy to supernatural thrillers.

His latest work, Xtreme Options, is a fast paced Detective Murder Mystery that throws the Irish pair of Bryce Mallory and Shamus Crawley into a whirlwind of excitement as they match wits with the High Stakes Killer, who gives his victims a chance to walk away if they win the bet.

So although he states his writing skills were a complete surprise, did he ever show a passion for English and Literature at school?

And what does he say to people who often say things like “It’s ok for you, I’m just not talented at anything!”

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

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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.

To hear more from Geoff Thompson go to:

Podcast: The Geoff Thompson Inspired Podcast

Description: Geoff Thompson is a BAFTA award winning writer. He has written forty books (published in 20 languages), five multi-award-winning films, three stage plays (he was invited into the prestigious Royal Court writers Group) and hundreds of articles, many published in national magazines and broadsheets. Geoff's autobiography 'Watch My Back' was adapted into a major motion picture Clubbed. It premiered in London 's West End and Paris and was nominated for a BIFFA award. He has also adapted his first novel, Red Mist (Violent Heart, optioned by SteelMill Productions, London), into a feature film for cinema. Geoff's third feature film for cinematic release, (Romans) has been optioned by The Tea Shop & Film Company in London, and his latest stage play (Fragile) will premiere at the Belgrade Theatre in 2012.

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Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots Steve Jobs inspired podcast is a lady who has made very happy.

As this is the second time I have had the pleasure of grilling her on the show, as she last appeared back on episode 208, where we talked about her rise to the top of the fitness industry from a starting point that was more than a bit unusual.

Yep, that’s all i’m saying, so you will have to go back and listen to that one to find out her unusual past occupations.

So when she connected with me again and said “David, have I got more dots to share with you and your listeners” then I knew it was going to be good stuff.

And it as this is a lady that is tackling one of the hardest fitness courses the world has scene “The Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge” created by Jo De Sena who also appeared on the show back on episode 312

And the big question to this desire to get down, muddy and sweaty is why?

She is a beautiful lady, has a great business that is rocking and rolling, has clients across the world, and could stay in her comfort zone quite happily.

But she doesn’t want to.

She wants to prove herself and go after bigger and bigger challenges, which really joins up the dots to our first interview.

As this is not your usual uber glamorous fitness guru.

But this is a lady will drive, commitment and passion to do the unusual.

To create her own path,

And to go to bed each night content to know that she has given it her very best.

So what was the appeal of going onto the hit TV show “Spartan Ultimate Challenge”?

And did she discover things about herself that were a complete surprise, or only cement what she already knew?

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

 

To listen to more from Stephanie Keenan and the Stop Chasing Skinny Podcast go to:

Podcast: Stop Chasing Skinny Podcast SKFitlife

Description: NBC's SPARTAN RACE TV Series Season 1 Contestant... Founder of the SKFitLife Challenge and www.skfitlife.com, Stephanie Keenan is a wellness expert and fitness coach. Do you want to learn how to LOOK as fit as you FEEL? Have you thought to yourself, yeah, I DO want to reach my fitness goals in a more concise way! Listen each week to learn how to bring it all together. We know you have more important things to do with your time than slog away on the treadmill or elliptical chasing skinny.

Direct download: 535-Stephanie-Keenan.mp3
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Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots Steve Jobs inspired podcast contacted me and said "Hey I Think I Should Be A Guest On The Show"

And so of course I said, "Ok, then, do you have some interesting back-story that will make the show amazing!"

Two seconds later he hit me with:

1. Started out on 6 figure salary at age 23

2. Went broke and got evicted onto the streets with wife and first child

3. Started business from scratch.

4. Went broke again

5. Outsourced my business to a competitor

6. Ran my company out of a hotel lobby for a year

7. Grew it and semi retired on passive earnings at age 31

8. Started a podcast, digital agency and investment fund

Which is quite a good list I'm sure you agree, oh and then he also told me " ok, lets talk about how I almost died, I haven't mentioned that one"

So with this lot to cover this could be episode one of a ten part serial, but we will see what we cover in the show.

But its clear to see that this guy has hustle muscle by the bucket load, has the ability to overcome setbacks and keep going for the big picture, and of course loves what he is doing.

You can hear that on the "Can I Pick Your Brain?" Podcast.

So, the question is would he have got to where he is today without succumbing to the huge ups and downs that life has thrown at him?

And knowing what he knows now would he have done things differently or still followed the course to where he is today?

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

For more on this show go over to:

Can I Pick Your Brain? Entrepreneur Business Podcast

Daniel Gefen: Top rated Entrepreneur Interviews to give you the motivation and inspiration to start and grow your lifestyle business

Description

Learn how you can gain the Unwavering Attitude and Time Tested Tools you need to BUILD a SUCCESSFUL LIFESTYLE BUSINESS that can get you the FINANCIAL FREEDOM you deserve! In this business podcast I pick the brains of successful entrepreneurs to find out what they did to get to where they are today. • What MOTIVATION did they get to start their lifestyle business? • How they dealt with things like PERFECTIONISM, PROCRASTINATION, FEAR, PRESSURE, LONELINESS and other negative mindsets? • What were some of their TOUGHEST MOMENTS in getting their financial freedom? • What were their BUSINESS SUCCESS BREAKTHROUGHS, defining moments & tipping points? • What DRIVES them? Where do they get their INSPIRATION from? What makes them tick? What gets them out of bed in the morning? • What are some of the BEST BUSINESS TOOLS and they have used to help them along the way? My name is Daniel Gefen and i'm the host of 'Can I Pick Your Brain?' the top rated business entrepreneur podcast show that is jam packed with motivation, inspiration and practical business advice for startups and growing online businesses. If you enjoy other inspiring podcast interviews with top entrepreneurial hosts like Pat Flynn, Tim Ferris, John Lee Dumas, Nathan Latka, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk and other success stories then this is the podcast show for you. Some topics we cover: Social Media Marketing, Facebook Marketing, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Webinars, Growing your Email Lists, SEO, Adwords, PPC, Startups, Finding Investors, Time Management, Productivity hacks, Mindfulness, Success Stories, Making Money Online, Mentors, Content Creation, Starting a business, Business Advice and much more! I’m super excited and look forward to ‘picking YOUR brain’ one day :)

Direct download: 534-Daniel-Gefen.mp3
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Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots Steve Jobs inspired podcast is an author with a deep interest in what makes people tick.

What makes some individuals rise to greatness, whist others with much more chance of getting to the top fall by the wayside.

And through his seven books ranging from When Everything Fails, Try This, published in 2009 right through to 2015’s “Becoming Unbreakable: How Normal People Become Extraordinarily Self-Confident”  he helps us push the boundaries on what is possible.

By tackling subjects such as “How did Buffalo Bill cope with his tremendous financial mistakes?” and “Which crucial success principle was discovered by the Ancient Roman poet Ovid?”  their stories will show us all what to do when we are confronted with severe problems, even when everything seems lost.

As he says “This book aims at making you highly resistant to adversity. It’s principles will enable you to move on with your life despite difficulties, obstacles, and setbacks.”

So when did he decide that these were the kind of subjects that would bring him the most success, and did he stumble and fall like all of us before his first publication hit the shelves?

And with all this information he has gained, regarding dream building and successful pursuits is he more likely to achieve bigger dreams than even he thought possible?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr John Vespasian

Direct download: 533-John-Vespasian.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired podcast is a lady with a connection to a previous episode.

If you go back and listen to episode 473 of Join Up Dots you will hear an open and frank discussion with Jim Sweeney.

During the recording he spoke passionately about his amazing wife and the work she was doing, so its with delight that we now have her on the show.

So lets give you a bit of background formation about her, and what she is doing on life.

From the early part of her career she was in the words of one of her friend “Groomed” for success.

She was setting out on a path towards being a lawyers

As she says “The master plan (which certainly sounds good on its surface) would entail my following in my late grandfather’s footsteps to become a New Jersey lawyer. For a girl born in the late ’50s, it was somewhat ambitious and even professionally affirming.

There were just two problems: 1) I didn’t want to practice law and 2) I didn’t want to live in New Jersey.

Though I could have easily articulated the second (negative) goal, the first negative goal was a bit more complex. Why didn’t I want to practice law? Simply put, I had neither passion nor vision for the profession. When laid against my inward leanings, it translated to me as a solitary, rigid and uninspired career.

Despite trying to please those around me and stay true to the instruction manual that would get me to this supposed life goal as a New Jersey lawyer, I became increasingly dis-spirited. The more I moved through the law school process the more “dead” I felt.”

And haven’t most of us felt that at one time or another, simply going through the motions.

Waiting for each weekend to free us up from the life we are living?

Well today’s guest has done just that and now calls herself the Ambassador of Happiness, on a mission to help ignite the worlds on personal happiness.

She has books, podcasts, courses and the worlds biggest smile to share everywhere?

So does she think that she could have gone through the Law degree and found some kind of happiness in the role, or did she need to do a 360.

And where is her greatest source of happiness now she is surrounded by it?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only super happiness entrepreneur Maura Sweeney

Direct download: 532_maura-Sweeney.mp3
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Today’s guest entrepreneur joining up the dots and following the words of Steve Jobs, is a man who has certainly experienced the highs that life can give you.

And also certainly those times in life when the universe decided to give you a devastating kick to your confidence, self-esteem, ability to love openly, to leave you with little idea as to what to do next.

Our guest is theatrical at heart and even at the age of six could be found bursting into song where he lived, so it was little surprise that his earlier career was spent gaining the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t within the theatre world.

He studied hard, and learnt much (not least how to take down theatre sets rather quickly) when he moved from New Jersey to New York City at the age of 21 to tackle the world of fame, fortune, and the Broadway stage.

This was of course where stars are made, and soon he would be rubbing shoulders with DeCaprio, Ford and the like as he would spend his Saturday mornings ensuring that his star on the Hollywood walk of fame was free from footprints and sparkling.

As he says “By the time I turned twenty-five, I thought I’d have the perfect life—a few years singing on Broadway, followed by a starring role in my own television show.

Instead, his resume is filled with an assortment of minor league theatre and an appearance on The Maury Povich Show—a career sidetracked by his father’s suicide, a lawsuit from his mother over his inheritance, and a break-up with his long-term girlfriend.

Eight years later and through a series of remarkable life events, a bad economy, and mixture of collegiate and self-education; our guest reinvented himself as an international public speaker, author, playwright, theatre producer, educator, marketing consultant, and arts entrepreneur.

Now as we see everyday this is not about reinventing as such, but truly making the decisions that builds a life, instead of allowing for things to happen to us.

Not allowing fickle finger of fate to take away what we thought was our by right.

So how did he take his fathers tragic suicide and find the strength not only tell the tale on stage, but place a comedic spin on it too?

And even though still a young man, does he fell battle scarred and weary, or have the feeling that where he is now is the start of when things get really good?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining up dots with the one and only Mr Joshua Rivedal.

Direct download: 531-Joshua-Rivedal.mp3
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Todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast is an author with a similar tale to many of our guests.

At least the starting point is.

He was born in Michigan, where he lived for most of his childhood, before making the decision to join the U.S. Navy upon graduating high school.

He served aboard three different ships and at the U.S. Naval Station at Subic Bay in the Philippines.

And whilst on-board dealing with the idle hours, he began writing about his experiences simply as a way to pass the time.

Which is something that most of us will do, but not consider why we are doing it.

But the simple answer is we are not trying to simply pass the time, but instead are choosing to do something that we enjoy to pass the time.

Which if you can then find a way to monetize this enjoyable pursuit, you quite simply never ever work again.

After getting out of the Navy he worked at a variety of jobs, including fry cook, baker, disk jockey, electrician’s assistant, book seller, editor, teacher, and taxi driver.

But it was when he took advantage of the G.I. Bill to attend college in Hawaii, that he discovered that he could actually write well, and where he continued to polish his skills.

He worked as student writing tutor beginning in his second year, and won a number of writing awards during his junior and senior years.

All of these small dots building up to something that couldn’t be denied. He was on his way to becoming an author.

He just needed to write that first book, which appeared once he relocated to Japan and took a job in Tokyo.

He took on the National Novel Writing Month challenge, and after three false starts, finished his first 50,000 word novel in 2011 called The Crossroads at Forgotten Lake and the rest is history.

So why was it that he took so long to get to the point that his writing prowess could be unleashed on the world?

And does he look back to his life before the Navy and see any more clues as to where his life was ultimately going to end up?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Al McDermid

Direct download: 530-Al-McDermid.mp3
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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.

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Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast interview is a man who can be described, almost in just one small sentence.

He believes in himself, has big ideas and creates.

And as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, having that belief is the part that most people struggle with.

But get it, and fully embrace that belief, then you simply become unstoppable.

Which appears to bet the case with todays guest.

He is an established personal branding expert, author, and speaker, and also an author of several books, based around social media.

And as a result he regularly appears on CNBC, CNN, Fox News and Good Day New York.

As he says “I find joy in teaching, and presenting the keynote conferences & love helping people realize how powerful social media can be to create your personal brand, generate awareness & sales through social media channels.”

And that is the part that most new entrepreneurs struggle with, building the awareness of what they can offer to the world.

They have the skills

They have the passion.

But getting the word out more often than not is one step to far, and they struggle until little by little they get the ball rolling.

So did our guest today have the same issues back in the day, or was it like jumping onto a magic carpet first stop Successville?

And when did he realise that he had created his own personal brand, and was it a surprise to him, or part of his master plan?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only social media entrepreneur Chris Dessi.

Direct download: 529-Chris-Dessi.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired podcast interview is a man with a vision that matches that of my own.

He is convinced, that the future of entertainment lies not with cable or satellite television, but on the Internet….which is where we all hang out really isn’t it.

As he says “We’re about three years before our time, But What’s happening now, if you watch the financials, cable and broadcast TV are going down.

Their subscriber growth is dying and in the next three years, experts are saying 70 percent of content – news, entertainment, sports, whatever – will be viewed on wireless devices of some kind.”

He believes Internet-based streaming is the wave of the future.

But this isnt the only interesting thing about todays guest, as not only is he creating the latest viewing and listening pleasure for us all, but he also operates from quite an usual location

His company 4cast.tv is based out of an old AT&T station, which he has spent over seven million dollars preparing in case of doomsday.

The structure itself being a Cold War relic designed, as most communication buildings were then, to withstand nuclear blasts.

The walls are thick, with only a few windows break up the exterior.

Not the most obvious place for a cutting edge entrepreneur to want to work.

But our guest is different, and even before I speak to him I get a feeling that he relishes this difference.

Highlighted by the fact that instead of investing in gold and silver he went with toilet paper, due to the reasoning “We all need it!”

You cannot go against that logic after all.

So why is it that with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Podcasting and a myriad of new media rising up the world is still content with their monthly cable packages?

And would he say that anyone jumping into the pool today would still be in prime position on the curve?

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

Direct download: 528-Jerry-McMullin.mp3
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Welcome to the second anniversary of  Join Up Dots podcast.

Yes, two years ago on the 30th April 2014, your friendly neighbourhood podcaster David Ralph launch his amazing show to the world.

And now 48 months later, after over 500 shows he powers up his microphone once more to share his two year journey with you all.

From the fear of recording, the stumbles of launching and the building of his own personal belief.

And why is he sharing this story.

Well he has total belief that everyone of you listening to the shows can go out and get the Dream.

And with his coaching platform DREAM STARTERS ACADEMY and PODCASTING TRAINING, he is helping the world to do just that.

So listen to today’s episode and get inspired to change your life.

 
Direct download: 524-The_Two_Year_Anniversary_Show.mp3
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Every weekend we go back in time and dip into the Join Up Dotsvaults 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 havebeen 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 hasmotivation and inspiration flooding out of every pore.

So we have simply decided to grab an entrepreneur at random, andshare with you not only their journey, but also ours.

We think we are getting better at this podcasting lark, but whatdo you think?

Drop us a line at contactjoinupdots@gmail.com and let usknow.

Thanks as always for listening to the show, and enjoy todaysentrepreneurial business chat.

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Today’s guest entrepreneur following the words of Steve Jobs by joining us on the top rated Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man on a mission.

He is here everyday to find the best ways for companies or individuals to increase their happiness and fulfilment on all levels.

Which is an interesting statement to make, especially in regards to having happiness before anything else.

As most people would consider that they gain the rewards first, and that is where the happiness begins, but our guest feels differently

As he says “I help individuals transitioning into becoming an entrepreneur or making the best of the journey once you are on the path. And the most important, helping to find the best ways for the company or individual to create more happiness, joy & fulfillment in business and life!”

So where did he start on the road to where he is today?

Well that began many years with Berkshire Hathaway as a branch manager, rising through all Exec positions and to the CEO position in only 10 years.

During this period, he was fortunate enough to spend quite a bit time with super investor Warren Buffet and the numerous associates and high-calibre leaders that now form his inner circle.

Which was an amazing chance to view the supper achievers at close hand, working in the natural environment, and now take these lessons into his own business with Achlemy Advisors.

So did he gain more from the experience of doing, or more from the opportunity to view how these individuals operate?

And is he now where he truly wants to be in his professional life, or is he just getting going on the true path that was waiting for him to find?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only US entrepreneur Mr Steve Rogers.

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who was introduced to me by Ginger Kern who appeared on the show way back on episode 115

He is an author, host of the hit podcast "The Year Of Purpose", entrepreneur, video lover and and a guy who appears to have started moving at an astonishing speed towards the dreamlife, due basically to realising it was down to him to start moving.

As he says “I’ve held every job from being a pastry chef in a gourmet bakery to fixing iPhones at the Apple Store Genius Bar. In May of 2013 I left the corporate 9-5 world behind to become an entrepreneur.

I was still living with my parents, had next to nothing in savings and ditched my 401K to design a video production company that would place me in the White House along with NFL and NBA arenas around the country.”

But all action starts when the dots have started joining up and placing you in a position to thrive, and from starting his career as a Student Intern at Post-Op Media he moved through a series of positions that all have one thing in common.

He is a creator and a visionary.

He likes nothing more than the process of creating something eye-catching.

So it was with little surprise that he became the CEO of ZMBmedia, a Baltimore based video production company providing online marketing videos a promotional content to high end clients including AAA and Merrill Shoe Company.

But what is surprising was his next move, as after working in his business for a year and a half, it started to feel more like a job again.

He was struggling to find the motivation to make the money he so desperately needed.

So he moved out and got his own place, built a business (which brings in more expenses) and did everything right… or so he thought.

As he says “I was in a funk and had no clue what to do. But if there was one thing that was certain, I wasn’t living my life purposefully and I had to find a way to reignite the fire fast.”

And that is where we will start today’s show, in the same position as so many of our guests who are lost, confused and know that something awaits them.

But what could it be?

So when he decided to jump from his business, and break free for California?

And how did he silence the brain chatter that more often than not keep us rooted to the spot?

And, know knowing what he knows would he advise everyone to do this, or does it take a special type of person?

Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Zephan Moses Blaxberg.

 

If you want to hear more from Zephan Moses Blaxberg go to:

Podcast: The Year of Purpose Podcast: Entrepreneurship I Travel I Happiness

The Year of Purpose Podcast hosted by Zephan Moses Blaxberg features entrepreneurs, travelers, storytellers and adventurers. In each episode he talks about living a life of purpose and what it took to get there. Zephan is also the author of Life Re-Scripted: Find Your Purpose & Design Your Dream Life Before The Curtains Close. From World Record holders to millionaire entrepreneurs Zephan's curiosity always discovers new ways to be happy and experience life from people who have "been there" and "done that." Learn more at http://www.yearofpurpose.com

 

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