Join Up Dots Business Coaching Podcast (Entrepreneurs)

My guest entrepreneur following the words of Steve Jobs today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has a myriad of careers since heading out into the big wide world back in 1980.

Ranging from Project Manager for a Research Company to Owner (code for as she says "everything that people don't want to do") and Manager (code for "how to get people to do what they don't want to do") of a salon spa, through to her current position as author, speaker and owner of several self development companies that she runs concurrently.

In fact since leaving academia she has created over ten different companies, which has given her the kind of schooling in what works and what doesn't, most people would take a lifetime to gain.

And what makes this knowledge even more remarkable is at its core it seems to me that this lady isn't too focused on business.

She has huge motivation to build success and a lifestyle for her clients, by working with business as simply a home for ideas, relationships, action taking and belief.

A home containing everything that the humans in it can dream and start building

There is a distinct vibe of knowing that the only thing that can hold anyone back is themselves, and this passion has been sought after by companies individuals and audiences across the world, who listen to her speeches, by her books and enter her courses.

So was she always a people person, or has she developed those skills through the rough and tumble of business?

And does she see the entrepreneurial mood growing stronger in the world, as more and people like her tell it as it is "The safest way is by taking action. Consistent action based on personal beliefs?"

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the late Steve Jobs, with the one and only super entrepreneur Wendy Lipton-Dibner

 

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

It's with great delight that I get to speak to Candace Rose Rardon, a lady, who was first introduced me to a guest who appeared way back on episode 15 of the show Mike Sowden.

After the show without hesitation he told me, you have to get this lady on the show "as she is having an affair!"

Well actually, I don't know if he did say that, but they are the first words that you see on her website "The Great Affair"

But what does this mean?

Well let's tell you more about her, as you will see this lady is seriously in love with life, travel and her art, and experiencing life not just living it.

She is an writer, sketch artist, and illustrator, and now calls the world her muse.

She travels with a passion to capture not just the images, and architecture of the world, but also the flavour and emotions too.

This makes her unique in my view.

She is someone that shows us through her words and also her amazing sketches how she sees the world.

Her character and personality shines out through her work, like no photograph can ever capture.

So how did this all start, well we find out during the show.

But like my own life has been changed by the Steve Jobs "Join Up Dots" speech, it there to see that hers was changed by the words of Joseph Campbell who once said "We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

And now in her own words, "Seven years ago, I hesitantly took Campbell’s advice. I let go of the life I had planned and opened myself to the myriad possibilities the world has to offer. While stepping off the edge of my safe existence into the unknown was a terrifying prospect, I also had a feeling that something incredible awaited me if I could take that initial leap of faith.

Life has been a crazy adventure ever since."

So what is it about travel that lights her up, and is it all plain sailing or are their times that she longs for a cubicle in a grey office somewhere?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur and artist, Candace Rose Rardon.

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

Entrepreneurs like today's guest, joining us on Join Up Dots podcast interview have quite simply trod a path to freedom, that so many of us tread at first when going after the dream.

She found the motivation to start working on building her dream, she slowly began instead to build a nightmare in its place.

Unreasonably long hours, hunched over her laptop, she worked 3 jobs, saying goodbye to her friends and weekends and quite simply wondered "What was the point in doing this?

But at the point of darkness, when things cant get any darker you have two choices

Number one sit down and stay in the dark, or number two push on until the dark is replaced by light and you come blazing out into your sun filled future.

Well that is what out guest did, and instead of remaining in the dark she realised that it was time to learn from the best.

She looked at the dream careers of others and went after it.

So she studied the best entrepreneurs, thought leaders and guys and ladies who looked like they were having a blast. And little by little she turned her life around and now this former PR and marketing strategist and Music editor inspires people across the world to consume passion like its going out of fashion.

Become a passion junkie she literally shouts across the world, and live a life so great that others will wonder how you did it.

Leave them wondering she says and in her own words "When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did it."

So how did this lady from Italy, find herself inspiring the world?

And do you need to be inspire yourself first and foremost, or is it others that light your own personal spark?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only super entrepreneur Fab Giovanetti.

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

Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on he Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has the answers to many of the problems that afflict us in the working world.

The aches and pains that we just put down to our jobs and our lifestyles.

The creaks and groans we make when we roll out of bed each morning, seem to be something that this lady has well….I guess put firmly to bed.

But this wasn’t always the case and like most of us she put up with chronic shoulder pain for over ten years, as she sat in front of the pc and bashed away for hour upon hour.

Now she believes that we all have a right to movement, and by focusing in on the way we move everyday we will put ourselves in a far better position to achieve, good health, good wealth and a pretty great life everyday.

She is lives in Singapore, and is the owner, investor and director of several businesses in the fitness industry, the author of Born to Move: 5 Steps to Achieve Mobility Fitness & Say Goodbye to Aches and Pains and now the owner of the Bodytree Asia’s first ever Adult Gymnastic Strength Building Studio.

As she says “Success can’t be sweet when your body is tired and in pain”.

So does she now look back at those ten years in pain, and think “What was I doing? Why did I let it go on for so long?”

And is the world getting in a worse shape than ever before, or does she see a realisation that “Yep, we need to start moving people”?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only inspiration, Lay Yong Ooi

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

Today's bonus episode of Join Up Dots poses a big question.

The type of question that every single listener of Join Up Dots needs to ask themselves at least once a week.

How much do you want it?

When you are sitting on your sofa, half watching the television wishing you were somewhere else in your life?

When you are at a  job that leaves you flat, and the money isn't what you want it to be?

How much do you want to change it?

Do you really want the dream-life that we show time and time again.

Because today your host David Ralph said goodbye to two high level coaching clients, who over a period of a few weeks were unable to put in the effort to change their situation.

They were willing to put in all the effort to find a series of excuses, but not the time to change the obstacles into opportunities.

And that is the killer.

Why is it that people are willing to make all the time in the world for things that on the surface aren't important.

They will find the time to have a drink with their friends.

They will find the time to watch the last few episodes of that box-set of TV programmes that a friend lent them.

But finding the time to change their own lives and make their future remarkable.....no.

So this episode of Join Up Dots asked the simple question "How much do you want it?"

Are you willing to do the hard stuff to savour the sweet taste of success?

If you are then contact us at Join Up Dots, or connect with us on Facebook and tell us "Yes I am ready!!!"

And we will meet you halfway!

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

Today's show is another departure from the standard Join Up Dots format.

 
In this show your host discusses and answers a question by a Join Up Dots listener who asks....
 
"Hi David, hope you are well.
 
Could you advise me do you think that a podcast is a great way of beginning in business or do you think I should create the business first?
 
All the best
 
Linny Bartholomew
 
And if you have time, what would be the best bit of advice that you have received from any of your guests?"
 
David answers this question, in his normal contagious manner, adding a few laughs into the mix.
 
And the answer may not be what you would expect a podcaster to deliver.
 
So sit back and enjoy, and if you would like to drop him a line and get your own message or question presented on a future episode of Join Up Dots then contactjoinupdots@gmail.com
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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man who since 2006 has performed the role of Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in the United Kingdom.

Now if that’s doesn’t mean anything to you, then let’s give you an understanding of the mission, and of course the size of the task that he has taken on.

The RSA Boldly state this as “creating the conditions for the enlightened thinking and collaborative action needed to address today’s most pressing social challenges.

We serve this mission by acting as a global hub, by enabling millions of people to access the most creative ideas, by nurturing networks of innovators, and through researching, testing and sharing practical interventions.”

So if you are sitting at your desk, thinking big dreams, and craving the individual freedom to make your own decisions then you have already tapped into this mission.

You are our guests target audience.

You are someone who is eager to live a creative life.

But how do you do it?

How do you go against the status quo and the conditioning of life.

How do you start moving towards something that seems at the start too big for you to create?

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

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

Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a woman who loves nothing more than ensuring high performing teams in organisations across the world.

She believes that all teams should be well oiled engines, lubricated by honest and meaningful communication between its members.

This is the mission of her San Francisco based company Double Forte, which over the last few years has positioned itself as one of the key companies to turn to in the event of a company needing to find ways to up its game.

What is interesting with this lady is although she has created this company, and so is in effect an employee, at her core she is quite obviously an entrepreneur with hustle muscle running through her big time.

Starting her working life back in 1988 as the Account Executive to the Account Supervisor for The Weber Group, she moved through quite a few positions quickly, as her ambitions forced her to find her true calling.

And it seems now that she has found it, and with her acclaimed book "Millennials & Management: The Essential Guide to Making it Work at Work", where she shares what's she's learned from leading big, medium and small teams and companies over the last 20 years selling well, her history seems to be connecting nicely.

Or said in another way it appears that she is well and truly joining up her dots.

So when she joined the work force back in 1988, did she have a plan to lead her to where she is today, or has it occurred organically over the years?

And are there common themes that she finds time and time again with non-producing teams?

Well lets find out as we start joining up dots with the lady that says "I'm a straight talker who doesn't hold too many punches, although I try to be pleasant about it." the one and only Lee Caraher

 

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:30am UTC

Today's guest is a lady who has been on a bit of a journey in her professional life, to find the thing that she loves doing.

Now known as a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent writer to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog, it seems from the outside that she had a master plan from an early age.

A step by step blueprint to success and the life that she is living today.

But then you read in her words this interesting section detailing the life before it all came together and you can see that this is far from the truth.

As she say "I grew up in a very small town in North Carolina – pre-Internet era – and felt incredibly frustrated with the lack of opportunities and like-minded people. I left home early to head to college, so I could get a jump-start on doing the things I cared about, like getting a masters degree in theology and becoming a political reporter, presidential campaign spokesperson, nonprofit executive director, and documentary film-maker.

In 2006, I launched my marketing strategy consulting business, and eventually started writing, speaking professionally, and teaching for business schools. I’m passionate about helping others take control of their professional lives and make an impact on the world, and have written two books – Reinventing You and the Stand Out – to help make that a reality."

And the key word being "eventually"

She took action, worked hard, undoubtedly hustled until eventually it all come together and she became being who she is today.

So looking back to her younger days, would she still leave home early or would she take a different road to where she is today?

And what would be the biggest learning that he has gained over the last few years?

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

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

My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Ken Dunn, a man who seems to be able to juggle more things at once than a juggling octopus.

He is a husband, Father and serial entrepreneur with a history of taking start-ups to huge success in a very short time.

But like so many of our guests, his career didn't start where you would expect it to start.

He started as far away as is possible to where he is today, helping the world change the way people write, read and experience books, with his company Readers Legacy.

Instead, he started on the path to where he is, by working as a police officer in Halifax Nova Scotia, performing Patrol duties, undercover drug enforcement , surveillance ops, industrial fraud and theft investigations.

Whilst moving through the ranks, he was learning the kind of skills that you wouldn't think would help him shoot to such entrepreneurial success, but were in fact the stepping stones to building companies of his own that flourished.

Organisational skills, leadership skills, an eye for detail all were honed, and in 2001 he started KPLJ that competed in the mortgage business in Canada, and it's rapid financial success, coupled with a start in direct selling, forced his exit from Law Enforcement and he has never looked back.

So if he knew then what he knows know would he still start his career in the Police force?

And does he know what the true super talent that he has always possessed is, and could he have used only this and still made it to the top?

And did he take the handcuffs with him....and you know what those kind of things are used for?

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

Direct download: 443-Ken-Dunn.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

On the 21st October 2015, it was a delight to be interviewed on the astonishingly successful OpenWorld Mag by its founder Danny Flood.

From my base just outside London, and Mr Floods base in a hostel in Malaysia we overcame technical barriers to create show 56 in the OpenWorld Mag podcast series

It was an inspiring conversation covering entrepreneurial activities, podcasting, overcoming self-limiting doubts and how to carve out the dream life.

This content has been authorised to share by Danny Flood, courtesy of OpenWorld Mag

Podcasting is really hot right now… it seems that everyone and their auntie is starting a podcast. But most people give up after 7 episodes. And of the ones who persist, far too many of them become “me too” also-rans… not able to become unique enough, drive enough downloads, or monetize their show.

Interview with David Ralph, Join Up Dots

Why is it most people fail at podcasting while a few standouts crush it and kill it – and how can we avoid the fatal mistakes so many smart, well-meaning podcasters are making?

I invited David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, a daily podcast with nearly 500 episodes, on to the show to discuss this and a whole lot more. Join Up Dots is a best of iTunes podcast, receiving 1 million downloads within the first 4 months! It’s fair to say that David is crushing it right now.

He’s also created a training program called “Podcaster’s Mastery” which helps people create successful podcasts with real tactics, build an audience, and establish connections.

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David is a true master at making human connections, and a veteran speaker and presenter. He shared some deep and profound insights in this episode. We discuss topics such as how to create a brand that’s uniquely you, how to engage with your content, and create a successful business in general.

If you’re ever curious about doing podcasting, or want to learn about how it can boost your business, then you’ll want to listen to this interview! David lays it all out on the line and drops a ton of knowledge bombs.

David’s story of his former life in the UK
The secret to becoming the best at what you do
How to bring FUN into your business – and why it’s critical to success
How to immediately engage with people, break the ice, and build rapport – so they feel comfortable opening up to you
How to perform at your best – even when you’re feeling low
How to create premium package products and support high pricing – whether you’re a consultant, freelancer, etc (hint: this is the key to creating a “lifestyle business”)
How David created a unique daily show and carved out a success story by differentiating himself (even in the market presence of other daily podcasts, such as Entrepreneur on Fire)
How to monetize a podcast and build your audience (David went from zero to 1 million downloads in just 4 months)

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

Today's guest joining us on Join Up Dots is one of those names that has turned up time and time again in the Join Up Dots history, so it's with delight that we finally get them on to the show.

He is a man who quite openly states "I'm good at many things, but I know what my sweet spot is, and so focus in on this as much as possible"

And that sweet spot?

Helping people discover their purpose and passion for life.

As he says "When I’m coaching people to put the “extra” in their ordinary life and turn it into the extraordinary life they want and are capable of living, I am where I should be. Actually most of my writing is on this topic because it is my passion!"

And that my listeners is the true mark of building success into your life.

Finding that one thing that you find fulfilling and enjoyable, and subsequently will find so much easier to do to become better and better until becoming the recognised expert in that thing.

But this isn't just another episode of a life coach that loves helping people as this guy is an entrepreneur juggling many plates at once.

And since 2003 he has also been the co-founder of CompanyBE a cloud based software which was designed and built in direct response to the challenge of running a small business more efficiently and effectively.

So with his talents listed as Author, Life Coach, Speaker, Podcaster, Personal Development, Runner, Dad, and Business Owner he is a man who is in demand.

So when did he realise his sweet spot, and grasp the fact that he could make a living out of doing what he loves?

And is he at the point now where he spends all his time only doing things he loves, outsourcing the things that he doesn't?

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

To hear more from Bruce Van Horn go to:

Podcast: 

Life Is A Marathon: Life Coaching | Self-Esteem | Personal Development | Personal Branding | Positive Thinking

By Bruce Van Horn: Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Thought Leader, Author, Blogger, and Runner

Description: The Life is a Marathon show gives you inspiration, motivation, and resources to empower you to thrive and win in the marathon we call “life!” Bruce Van Horn is a Transformational Life Coach, Mentor, Thought Leader, Best-Selling Author, Empowering and Motivational Speaker, Dad, and Marathon runner who loves you too much to let you live an ordinary life. His personal motto is "Life is a Marathon, so let's train for it!" He brings his respected insight, wisdom, perspective, thought leadership, and storytelling abilities to this podcast to share with you information, life training tips, entertaining and heart-warming stories with the goal of helping you to transform your life, change your ordinary life into Extraordinary, build your self-esteem, recognize your value to the world, and live as the fullest expression of who you were created to be. Your thinking defines who you are in every way. Your mindset, how you think about yourself, others, and the world around you, effects your self-esteem, self-image and self-worth and personal branding. It also controls the way you perceive the world and how you interact with others. You can change your life by changing your thoughts. Use this podcast as your personal mentoring program as you transform your life by the renewing of your mind. When you find peace within yourself, know your life's purpose, and have a clear vision of what you want in life, you will have the emotional endurance to go the distance in life!

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

Kavit Hara is todays guest on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an entrepreneur grounded in the age-old marketing principles, but using the latest technology advances to help small businesses thrive online.

I know that this sounds very impressive, but in a nutshell today's guest is a master at helping people finding their passions and creating thriving businesses based on those passions.

That's the dream really isn't it.

But the fascinating thing about this guy is although he now provides the fast-track to business success, he has been on an amazing journey to find those skills himself.

Over a decade ago, he was determined to become the worlds best tabla player.

Now if you don't know what this is, imagine an Indian musician kneeling before two, what I would call bongos, then that gives you an understanding of what he played.

And he played them very well, even performing with legends such Sir Paul McCartney,  Jimmy Page, and Donovan to name just three.

But this is a very niche instrument to play, and as a tabla player, he went through the ups and downs of the typical struggling musicians life.

For years he faced struggles to find opportunities to perform, create a band, record, gig and tour.

And as he says "Not only was this an outer battle, it was an inner battle too. Struggling with self-confidence and a lack of marketing know-how, things never looked up."

And this is the key thing to everything. You can have the greatest product in the world, but if nobody finds out about it then you are dead in the water.

So how did he decide that there was a gap in his knowledge, that probably wasn't the most obvious gap for a table player to realise he needed to fill?

And is there a common problem that he now sees time and time again with wannabe entrepreneurs?

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

Direct download: 441-Kavit-Haria.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:00am UTC

My guest today, on the very first episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lovely lady who has gone out on a limb to do things her own way.

In fact when you read her linkedin page and see under her achievements and awards section a statement as bold and determined as this

"I live in Thailand! That is my "award" for having the guts to get away from the big city and live the life of my dreams. I am thankful for the people who have supported me to have the guts to run away and live on an island. I stand on the shoulders of people braver than myself. I am so grateful!"

And this one statement seems to say so much about a lady whose path started at the age of four and now has turned her vision for a wellness retreat into reality.

She believes that it was a desire with which she was born and in fact she was training for her whole life.

And that is something that is so powerful.

The ability to train over a long period of time to get your dream.

Or said in another way, she is the perfect candidate to demonstrate to all of us the power of the compound effect which we are so big on at Join Up Dots.

You do one thing, and then another, and then another, and then another until you find that you have developed the muscles, talents and skills to take adavnatge of the opprtunities that start forming around you.

Takes awhile, but the effort gets rewarded.

And so from her base in Thailand she is now living her dream, or perhaps the beginning of her dream everyday, and helping others to detox, relax and move their lives onto the next level.

So did she have the total vision right at the beginning, or was it just a feeling of what she wanted to do?

And does she see her success as just the beginning, or does she now fancy a life of relaxing and detoxing everyday?

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

Direct download: 440-Melanie-Proctor.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:00am UTC

Over a hundred years ago, a young man from the Midwest had a dream to become a partner of the greatest inventor on Earth, Thomas A. Edison. So strong was his desire to form this partnership, Barnes made up his mind that he would relentlessly pursue his goal of becoming a business associate of the famed inventor until he met success. There would be no retreat, and nothing was going to stop him from reaching his goal, the young man pledged to himself.

Barnes could not afford to purchase a train ticket for passenger fare, and he had no special technical skills. Furthermore, he had only meager clothes to wear. But, these obstacles could not stop this determined man from visiting Edison's famous laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey and pursuing his dream.

On a fateful day in 1905, and driven by a desire which transcended poverty and a lack of know-how, Barnes rolled into West Orange on a freight train. He then, poorly dressed and looking more like an outcast than a man of achievement, walked into the famous Edison Laboratory and told the great inventor that he had come to form a partnership with him. Nearby members of Edison's staff were amused by the boldness of the poor-looking man, and they laughed at him hysterically. But, Edison did not laugh. For, what he saw was a determined young man who was prepared to do whatever it would take to help bring new growth to his company.

Thomas Edison sharing a funny story with Edwin C. Barnes (center) and Nelson Durand (right).

Impressed with Barnes' ambition and internal drive, Edison decided to give the poor man a chance of realizing his dream — not as a partner, but rather as a floor sweeper. Barnes wisely accepted Edison's offer, not dejected in the slightest by the job his mentor had in mind for him. The new arrival understood that he was given a chance of a lifetime to show Edison what he could do for him. And, he knew that accepting the inventor's humbling offer would open the door for him to observe how the brilliant man thought. Barnes also understood that Thomas Edison was extending to him a tremendous opportunity to meet his friends and associates, some of the most influential and most powerful people in the world.

Starting with a broom in his hands, Edwin C. Barnes did the best work he possibly could for Edison, and he never once backed down from his goal of establishing a partnership with the world's leader of practical technology. Months went by, and, to the unobserved, nothing special seemed to happen. But, Barnes was learning what made Edison tick, and he was setting the stage to attract opportunities his way.

After working for Edison for nearly two years, Barnes “saw” a golden opportunity, and he seized it with full force. Following many years of preparation, the inventor was ready to commercialize the Edison Dictating Machine, a recorder specifically designed to capture the human voice. Edison's machine, later renamed the Ediphone, recorded “voice letters” on a wax cylinder, and its inventor thought very highly of it. However, when members of Edison's sales force looked over his new machine, most of them doubted that the invention would prove successful commercially, and they expressed little interest in trying to sell it.

Edwin C. Barnes listens intently as Thomas Edison explains the transophone, a new device from the master inventor that features a dictating machine that can be controlled electrically from a typewriter keyboard.

Barnes, in contrast, recognized that Edison's new machine could help thousands of executives across the country by allowing them to dictate at any time, day or night, for later playback. No longer would the executive need to have at his side a stenographer to record his thoughts, Edison's enthusiastic employee envisioned. Barnes also realized that the dictation machine could help business executives save time, accomplish more, and increase profits as a result.

After working out a marketing plan, Barnes approached Edison and urged him to let him sell his dictation machine. Edison, impressed with his employee's desire to sell the new machine and thoroughness of preparation for doing so, readily agreed to his proposition. And, within months Barnes had sold thousands of Edison dictating machines. He also gained a lucrative contract to market and distribute the recording device across America.

So successful was Barnes at selling Edison's dictating machine, he became a multimillionaire at a relatively young age. But, more importantly, Barnes became a man who helped thousands of people across the country benefit from Edison's device. And, it is probable that the true potential of Edison's machine would not have been realized had it not been for the uncanny insight that Barnes fostered during his working years at the famous laboratory complex in West Orange.

Edwin C. Barnes dressed not only to look successful, but to feel successful.

There were many factors, both tangible and intangible, that transcended Edwin C. Barnes from a young man with little money and a rather lame portfolio to one of the most capable and accomplished salespersons Thomas Edison ever knew. However, the remarkable success that Barnes enjoyed can be attributed largely to 12 key habits that he consistently exhibited with full force. They were:

  1. He knew what he wanted to accomplish;
  2. He used the power of imagination to circumvent poverty and other difficulties;
  3. He was willing to start at the “bottom” in order to gain know how and exposure;
  4. He created and seized opportunity;
  5. He maintained a dogged determination to bring his goal to reality;
  6. He worked long hours with concentrated focus for many years to get what he wanted;
  7. He talked relatively little and produced big;
  8. He was not deterred by ridicule, criticism, setback, or obstacles;
  9. He created ideas and made them happen;
  10. In alignment with his goals, he found a way to help other people become more successful;
  11. He made himself invaluable in his work;
  12. He was committed to providing his customers with excellent service.
Direct download: 439-Edwin-C-Barnes.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today's guest is a man who when you start researching him you can't get a firm steer on what the man is all about.

He has chosen many different paths in his life, and tried many different things that for whatever reason turned out to be the wrong ones.

At the moment as he says in his own words " I primarily write and consult with authors, entrepreneurs and CEO's about how to find clarity and confidence in their businesses, expand their marketing through thought leadership and scale their internal business systems."

Well that sounds very professional doesn't it.

But let's tell you that this guy first wanted to be a Lawyer and changed his mind, to become a freelance Spanish Interpreter, then an English teacher in Brazil, before playing semi-pro football.

And then he built a profitable business selling advertising to kitchen furniture manufactures.

And job done he had found his thing!

No, actually he was just fine tuning his talents, developing his skills and finding out what doesn't work in his life.

So what you can see is this guy at his core was and is an entrepreneur, a man who needs to be challenged by tackling bigger and bolder projects.

Its the uncertainty of life that stimulates him and makes him come alive.

So when did he decide that he wasn't going to be an employee sitting in a cubicle making calls for eight hours a day?

And does he see that his dots have well and truly lined up, or is he simply just getting started to what he now believes he can truly achieve?

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

Direct download: 438-Taylor-Pearson.mp3
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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a guy who is a serial entrepreneur, successful business strategist and a marketing expert who before laying the foundation of his various successful entrepreneurial ventures, served organizations ranked among the top 10 of Fortune 500 companies.

The founder and president of GMR Web Team - a leading Orange County digital marketing agency dedicated to helping businesses maximize revenue from the Internet - Ajay also owns and operates GMR Transcription, a seven-figure web-based business and award-winning transcription and translation company which he founded in 2004 to fill a void in affordable and accurate transcription and translation services for writers, students, professors and businesses.

In the short span of a decade, the company has expanded its reach to include government institutions and non-profit organizations and has become a trusted partner to more than 9,000 clients across the globe.

So the key question to ask is, why does he feel that the entrepreneurial bug first bit him, or was it always an integral part of his character?

And does he see a path that others can duplicate, or is it simply the case of making it up as you go along?

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

Direct download: 439-Ajay-Prasad_Master.mp3
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Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots show is a lady with a really eclectic career.

In fact it's more like a group of careers, which has lead her to where she is today.

She has worked as a radio and TV script-writer and a children's author for approaching 30 years.

Her CV includes penning 2 series of an original prime-time BBC 1 sitcom The Crouches, a 10-year stint as a core writer for Eastenders and various engagements as a film Dialogue Coach and even raising from a child the current Moneypenny in the latest James Bond series.

Yes, she is the mother of Hollywood actress Naomi Harris too.

If that is not a enough she is also an intuitive and certified healing practitioner.

Now the interesting thing for me, is how she confesses that since a small child she cold see that she was always looking for the thing that was uniquely her.

A thing that lit her up inside and made her feel that she was on a path that is hers and hers alone.

And this path, unexpectedly appeared when she visited a terminally ill young woman who rose out of a coma after she placed her hand on the woman's abdomen.

She had joined up her dots, and now with her writing, and focus on wellbeing she is connecting all the elements of the last thirty years.

So how did this lady born in Jamaica, find herself developing characters for such an English establishment as "Eastenders"?

And does she see a change in the attitudes of the world, are we getting more open minded as we look for a different way of healing and looking after ourselves?

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

Direct download: 436-Carmen-Harris.mp3
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It's with great delight that I get to bring on to the Join Up Dots show a man from the UK, who in many ways had a background similar to myself.

A few years back he was working in London on a string of meaningless freelance jobs doing picture research, typesetting and a little design for various agencies.

He knew that he wasn't stimulating himself, so in 2006 he set up a website to start his own company in an attempt to do some of this boring work at home rather than in a boring office.

And to his delight it worked, and he worked for someone else for the last time in 2008.

By keeping blogging, creating content and doing web and graphic design work for his own clients, his business grew and grew, and then in 2012 he came to a big decision in his life.

His marriage failed in 2012, and being inspired by the words of Tim Ferriss and location independent entrepreneurs asked himself the question "Why am I living in London?"

So since September last year he has been mostly living in Thailand as well as travelling in Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

So does he look back at his life with totally new glasses, and think "Wow, once you start taking consistent action what a life you can create?"

And does he think that anyone can do this, or is their a huge super-talent that he has that no one else does?

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

Direct download: 435-Rob-Cubbon.mp3
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Today's episode is a combination of studio recordings and live presentation brought together as a very special episode of Join Up Dots.

 

On the evening of the 19th September 2015, your host David Ralph performed a live version of Join Up Dots to the National Speakers Association in Northern California.

 

Broadcasting from the UK to an airport in San Francisco via Skype, David brought his winning style and personality to the conference as he discussed Podcasting and the power of connecting a business by using a microphone.

 

But actually this episode is so much more than this presentation.

 

This episode of Join Up Dots is about taking imperfect action and working out what has worked afterwards.

 

This is about giving something a go, which could well be a home run and drive you forward to greater success, but could also go badly wrong.

 

You just don't know.

 

You see in life more often not we all look at the successes of others, and assume that they had everything worked out before they begain.

 

They were destined for huge success because they had the all the answers laid out in the perfect order in front of them.

 

But that is never the case, and all success is built on faith, belief and more than a few mistakes.

 

It's the mistakes that actually are the true power to success.

 

These are the moments when you stop for awhile and try to work out what went wrong, aiming to find the true path to the goal.

 

Do you always achieve your aim?

 

Of course not, at least not at first, but unless you are willing to take imperfect action and give it a go then you will never even find the first path (be it the wrong one!)

 

So today I urge everyone of you out there to look at something that you want to do, and move forward with confidence, safe in the knowledge that the worse that will happen is you need to start again and find the better way of operating.

 

And I am sure that we can all do that.....don't you?

Direct download: JOIN_UP_DOTS_LIVE.mp3
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In today's episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph shares a little about what has been going on in the show over the last week, and also answers a great email from a listener in New Zealand.

It has been a strange week in the land of Join Up Dots with huge highs and lows.

The week started by hitting the highest of highs by almost getting a clean sweep on Itunes and becoming the number one show in three categories.

Yes, Business, Education, and Health was ours to look down on.

The big boys were trailing in our wake, which was a delight to behold and another step forward for the show.

But then he was hit by sickness and literally crawled from the microphone to his bed for a few days.

But did he look at this as a huge blow and disappointment or an another situation to find a positive?

Well you will find out during the show

So let's start with today's email.....which is a good one 

Hello David

I'm not sure what I am really writing here, but I just felt drawn to drop you a line to say first of all thank you so much for creating the show Join Up Dots.
 
I hadn't heard of it until recently, but now I feel like I have a lot to catch up on.
 
One of the things that I would like to know if you could spare the time, and I can only imagine how busy you are, is do you truly know what you are doing is right?
 
You seem to have so much going on, that it makes me wonder is it all right for you, or are you doing stuff because you think it should be done?
 
I don't know if that makes sense at all, so if it doesn't please ignore this email, but I have a feeling that I would like to start breeding miniature ponies as I have always loved them since a kid, but can't convince myself that their is a business there.
 
So should I just do stuff close to this passion, or dive right in.
 
Should I just do stuff to earn money so I can leave my job that I hate?
 
Any advice you can give would be gratefully received.
 
Claire Mallion
Palmerston North New Zealand
Direct download: Bonus_-_Minitature_Ponies_And_Native_Sharks.mp3
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Today's guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast business interview is a man who quite simply it seems does things his way.

He built an amazing career for himself, and is living life to the full and experiencing in a few hours the kind of stuff that most of us wait until a vacation for.

Amazing inspiration at every turn

Born in Mendoza near the Andes in Argentina, it would seem obvious that his path would have gone the way it has in some ways, but then again we see time and time again on Join Up Dots that the obvious is not the normal.

He was born with asthma, and instead of his parents giving him medicine when he needed it and keeping him away from sport and exertion, they instead encouraged him at the age of four to go skiing.

On the mountain tops, where the air is thinner would seem a strange place to send an asthmatic child, but actually they laid the first dot in his life...the love of doing things differently.

And from that small boy, he has grown into a man who has built a career tackling the land above and below the water to bring the fragile but astonishing beauty of the world to all of us.

Mountain biking down volcanoes, diving the oceans of the world, he is inspiring a generation to take care of what we have all around us

As he said when asked about his desire to be a true adventurer "The notion of being an adventurer is great, the more adventurers we have in the world, the more nature will be respected. By getting closer to the environment – at 3000 metres watching the sunset, or being underwater with a clownfish, seeing the difference between corals that are alive and corals that are dying, we better understand the world around us. We, as humans, need to touch or see things for ourselves otherwise we can’t fully relate to them. If you don’t see something, you don’t feel it. I think that can be extended to everything. The more people that ride bikes around the world, the more people that climb mountains, the more people that get close to nature in any form, the more advocates we have for conservation.”

So is this a message that is getting through to the world, or are we all programmed by the "Well I can't do anything on my own" mentality?

And what would he choose if we only allowed him to keep doing one of his three main passions "Biking, mountain climbing or diving?"

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only exploreer and of course entrepreneur Manuel Bustelo

Direct download: 433-Manuel-Bustelo.mp3
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Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast is a TV Host, published author, speaker, business branding, and video marketing expert.

 

Her passion is helping entrepreneurs attract their perfect clients and position their brand for higher sales by sharing her branding and marketing expertise.

 

She is the host of Mimika TV, a web show that inspires entrepreneurs to build a brilliant business brand, and quite simply seems to be having the time of her life.

 

And why shouldn't she when she is 100% authentic and is quite obviously playing to her strengths everyday.

 

Strengths that she has built up by throwing herself into the kind of environments that would freak so many people out.

 

Standing and presenting live in front of the camera for UK TV, working in the modelling industry, being a public speaker.

 

All of them taking her further and further outside her comfort zone, helping to building a future that is all her and her alone.

 

So why has she had such an eclectic career and challenged herself in environments as we have already mentioned?

 

And where does she see it all leading? To a perfectly defined master plan, or a make it up as she goes along type of vibe?

 

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

Direct download: 432-Mimika-Cooney.mp3
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y guest today Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a fascinating lady who has had more than a bit of life's rubbish thrown in her direction.

 

In fact the first words you will see when you visit her website are "I smashed myself against the walls of life so often I should have died. I survived, then thrived, and lived to tell the tale."

 

In fact her words are so much more powerful than I could write, so in her own words. 

 

"Life threw some pretty nasty curve balls at me as a young woman, sent to boarding school at the age of eleven, never to live at home again and the victim of a serious sexual assault as a teenager; what seemed like an inevitable decline into drugs and alcohol defined most of my 20’s. I lived a double life, one of a successful young woman (having started the first of many profitable businesses at the age of 21). The other, a woman in deep pain, relentlessly trashing my body as the worthless object the rape had taught me it was.

 

I had a burning desire to live and an inexhaustible appetite for self-harm and self-sabotage. For a decade it was touch and go which side was going to win. I started reaching for self-help books in my late teens and spent hours with counselors, trying to find a way through the torment that seemed to be my life. Each year I would take two steps forward and one back, some years it was three steps back.

 

I never gave up, I believed it was possible to be happy and whole and have relentlessly pursued this vision for the last thirty years."

 

And certainly now it appears that she is fighting back in life and encouraging the world to have the belief that life is there to be lived and savoured.

 

And with her platform "Belief School" going from strength to strength it appears that she has learnt the greatest lesson of all.

 

The more you give to the world the more you gain yourself.

 

So does she look back on her life and is glad that those things happened, as it allows her to connect with more people on a deeply personal level?

 

And is there a big dot in her life that turned her life around and lead her on the path that she is on today?

 

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots the one and only Paula Gosney.

Direct download: 431-Paula-Gosney.mp3
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Today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired top rated Join Up Dots podcast is one of those guys that you could find yourself next to in a bar one day, and have the urge to buy him drink after drink.

And why would you have the motivation do this you maybe asking?

Well this is a guy who has achieved what most people yearn for in life, and is willing to let us in on the secret.

He has made a career out of doing something that he loves, and in the process started a business with nothing and made it into a multi million dollar company.

As a veteran, registered nurse, writer, and successful entrepreneur, he brings a wealth of experience that he has gained through the years, welding it all into a tremendous passion for impacting lives.

He is an author of BINK, where he helps us create miracles by recognizing and honoring those life changing moments that open the door to what’s next…which he calls Bink moments

And also it seems, he has an almost unnatural connection to sheep…….the last guy who got him drunk in a bar told me this.

So what is it like to live a life that is pire inspiration and a WOW more often than not?

And is this something that anyone can learn, or do you need a talent or skill that is inbuilt to gain the keys to the kingdom?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start in the words of Steve Jobs, joining up dots podcast with the one and only entrepreneur Mr Rick Martinez

Direct download: 430-Rick-Martinez.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

When you see someone boldly state that they were born to make money, you either think that this guy is very bold, or he is very good at what he does.

 

Today's guest seems to be both, and from his base in San Diego California is spinning many plates as he literally loves the life he lives (and gets paid very well to live it too!)

 

He is the New York Times bestselling author of What Is Your WHAT? Discover The ONE Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do, the Business Technology Book Of The Year, Internet Prophets: To name just a few of his publications

 

And he also appeared in the ground-breaking film, The Keeper of the Keys, alongside Jack Canfield and John Gray

 

But there is no getting away with the fact that at his core, he is a hustler who works incredibly hard, has passion by the bucket load, and has honed his talents from opening his first nightclub back in 1989,  through to starting a wine business with his Mum.

 

And I guess the question is now with a real estate business, wine business, keynote speaker business.....how does he know What is his WHAT?

 

And do you find your what naturally, or do you have to take action and try many many different things to get there?

 

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

Direct download: 429-Steve-Olsher.mp3
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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Robert Mallon, a man driven to make a difference to the men of the world.

 

Alongside his business partner, Bill Watkins, he is the founder of RustyLion Academy, where they work with men between the ages of 30 and 49 to help them make huge steps forwards in their entrepreneurial ventures.

 

He knows better than most, that no man is an island, and by connecting with mentors and other like minded individuals across the globe their students make bolder and bolder decisions and believe in themselves to achieve greatness.

 

But it hasn’t always been a road full of such positivity.

 

As a child, he struggled with the absence of his father he left the family when he was in the third grade.

 

His mother suddenly losing the partner in her life, and the income provider had to take three jobs to survive.

 

He knew that he had to do something and as he says in his own words “I started working at thirteen to help out at home. I took jobs in restaurants and waited tables at a dinner theatre. I did paper routes and yard work around the neighbourhood. I was a hardware store clerk, a roughneck, and I’m sure other things I can’t remember. In one sense, I was very lucky because I went from elementary school through high school with the same group of people, so I had a lot of friends, but I was unlucky in the same sense. Divorce wasn’t as usual as it is today. I was ashamed my parents had gotten divorced, so I made people believe my dad just travelled a lot. That was tough. I felt really alone because no one knew what was actually going on.”

 

But through that darkness a man came into his life, who showed such kindness and wisdom, that life was changed for ever

 

He had discovered his first mentor, and realised how life changing and powerful having someone to bounce of ideas with, or just converse with one to one could be.

 

And this seems to me to be one of the first big dots, on his Join Up Dots timeline.

 

But perhaps he would say otherwise, and point to other moments that have led him 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 Robert Mallon

Direct download: 428-Robert-Mallon.mp3
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Hello there and welcome to a bonus edition of Join Up Dots.

Have you ever looked at things that you can do in your lives easily, and think what's the point in taking time to do them?

Such small insignificant actions that appears to not make any difference at all to the big picture?

Well most people think that way, which is why they are reluctantly content to stay in their current situations.

Unless they get instant gratification for their actions, then they fail to grasp the simple fact, that all these small actions add up to something amazing.

Learn to cook over a period of time, by learning about the oven, food, and cutting devices and you never go hungry.

Simply keep throwing  packages into the microwave eating happily, until you get a power cut and then what are you going to do?

It's the small actions that make the difference.

Well in today's episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph lays down a challenge to all his listeners to take such a small action that on it's own it wont make any difference.

But the compound effect is huge, and best of all everyone of you reading this can do the same and join in.

He was inspired by reading the story of Kyle Macdonald, who went on an epic adventure swapping items to see how much value he could gain each time.

Starting with just a red paper-clip, he travelled the globe until someone was willing to swap a house with him. Amazing.

He was also inspired by the many people who have started with 1 penny, and doubled it in just 28 steps to over £1,000,000....equally amazing.

The true inspiration being that these people believed in the impossible.

They could see that these small steps all add up, unlike the majority of the world who will look at the penny and say...."What's the point it's only 1 penny".

However action takers will say that it's actually 1/28th of a million dollars.

Totally different mindset.

So in today episode he has simply asked everyone of his listeners to go out and tell two people about the show, and ask them to listen.

If they like the show then he would like the two additional listeners to tell two people.

Nothing huge, but the start of a world changing compound effect.

Will they do it, or think what's the point?

Will they head to the instant gratification of a tweet, FB post or other form of social media and fail to tell anyone, as they won't be able to see the results of their actions straight away?

Well, if they do share in twenty eight days it would be possible to have over 1,600,000 new listeners starting from just one pair of ears.

A total movement being created in less than a month. Once again amazing.

So today instead of just doing what needs to be done in your life, have a thought about what would happen if you look for the compound effect in your actions.

Where could you be in 28 days, by working on a series of small actions leading to a big dream?

Well, you could be a millionaire for a start, which would at least make you extremely popular with opposite sex.

 

And that is a dream worth having I would have thought!

Direct download: Bonus_-_The_Two_By_Two_Red_Paperclip_Experiment.mp3
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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Adam Dicker, a man who is a lifelong entrepreneur and domain expert who at age 18 received a $100,000 job offer while he was just beginning university.

He got online in 1985, right after he got his first Macintosh computer and in 1989, then started running a large computer store in Toronto.

He did this until 1994 when he started his own Internet Service provider, and as you can imagine by that time he was hooked on the internet.

But of course being hooked on something that in many ways was just finding its feet, is both invogiarting and also unpredictable.

This was still four years before Google was formed?

What did we say before we could tell everyone "Oh, just go and Google it?"

He registered his first domain name in 1996 and is one of a small group of individuals to sell a domain name for seven figures.

In 2003 he purchased DNForum.com, which is now the most popular domain name forum on the Internet.

He is considered the domain expert by many in the domain industry.

So looking back did he come along at the right time, when the world wide web, was finding its feet, or has he made smart decisions throughout his adult life?

And what would he be able to do if we didn't have a network of information available to us?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only, yes, domain man himself......Adam Dicker

Direct download: 427-Adam-Dicker.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

My guest today on Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an amazing lady who I first connected with back on episode 66, and I’m proud to say that she has become a great friend too.

Back on episode 66, we talked openly about the journey she had been on to get to the point where everyday she lives at a ten plus.

Yes she was once asked to rate her life happiness and fulfillment between one and ten, and she honestly replied “a ten”plus, which is just one of the reasons she genuinely feels that all of us should be living to our full potential so that we can go off the scale and also live like her

But like all people that achieve great success, its been a long journey starting back when she was 18 years old when she saw the the late great Jim Rhon speak live.

She has been a co-host of the global variety talk show, “Samira’s Show, which airs to over 150 million people in Asia, Europe, Canada, United States, and Iran, she has had her own “Getting Your Life to a Ten +” web series with the Hallmark channel, she is an author, coach, motivational speaker, and a great person to be around.

But quite simply it seems that she has the confidence to be able to tackle most things, and push out of the comfort zone that holds so many of us back

She has the confidence to accept the opportunities first and then work out how to make it happen

So how do you get your talents to the point that people feel that you can do anything?

And how do you stop being dragged away from what you want should truly be doing in life, by accepting these challenges?

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

Direct download: 426-Kim-Somers-Egelsee.mp3
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My guest today Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Greg Schwem, a man who has combined two sought after talents and created something rather unusual.

He knows how many business conferences are dry, flat affairs, with keynotes presentations by grey men, in grey suits, spouting grey material.

Leaving the audience wondering when the next breakout session will be, or what happened to that cute girl they saw earlier that morning.

Instead he brings a comedic approach honed by working the stand-up routines in Chicago, with an eye for detail for the written word developed through his study at Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism.

Two distinctly different specialisms, which complement each other perfectly.

But as we see time and time again where someone ends up, displaying what seem like god given talents, is quite often the last place that they envisioned at the beginning of their career.

Leaving University, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach, until when he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.”

And that was that. With a lot of hard work. A lot of persistence. And a desire to be the best that he can be he was on his way.

So how did this young journalist take such a detour in his career?

And why did he feel the need to take an already difficult art of public speaking, and make it doubly tough by trying to make business folk laugh at 9:00am in the morning?

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

Direct download: 425-Greg-Schwem.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

In today's bonus episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph shares something deeply personal that he should have got dealt with years ago, but was scared to do it.

Finally making an appointment at the hospital for an issue that has caused him distress and discomfort for far longer than it should have, he realised that he was trapped within the comfort zone.

That zone where dreams die.

Adventure shrivels.

And experiences are never gained.

He was scared to confront something that was out of the normal experiences that he dealt with everyday.

Preferring to ignore it until it become something that he couldn't ignore it anymore.

But why do we do this?

Why do we all crave the life of our dreams, where excitement wakes us up everyday with a cheery eagerness, but instead prefer to be greeted by the cold hand of boredom and frustration instead.

Its quite simply that as human beings we like nothing more than routine.

We don't like to be scared, or feel apprehension and discomfort.

But actually being brave and attempting new things, feeling frightened and full of adrenaline, is what keeps us young and feeling good about ourselves.

It doesn't have to be big like tying a bungee chord to your office window and leaping out, but just speaking up when normally you might have stayed quiet.

It might be going into a bookshop and choosing a totally random book to what you would normally reach out for.

Just stuff that is different.

We impose a lot of restrictions on ourselves that keep us small.

Stopping us believing in the impossible.

And by stepping out of our comfort zone in small ways, we actually build up our confidence to tackle the big things.

And in big thing land is where our dreams start becoming real.

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

Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots, is a man who is tackling an issue that is in so many ways bigger than one man can tackle.

But that is not stopping him.

In fact the enormity seems to spur him on to greater and greater achievements.

From his home in Senegal Africa, he has founded R.I.S.E an organisation to help counter the unemployment issue that is affecting so many young adults and their families in his country.

He is trying to inspire and encourage a new generation of Young Africans to believe that they can become entrepreneurial and create their own incomes.

He is trying to change mind-sets, so the unemployed  can start thinking of ways of creating  their own economy and changing their own lives.

What makes this program so fascinating is how our guest brings together education, fitness, Language studies, inspiration and communication to give his students the greatest chance to achieve.

He builds a foundation of achievement before certifying the students as graduating his course and setting them off to go for their dreams..

So what was it that got the fires burning to start establishing these centres across Africa?

And how did he overcome those initial fears that stop so many great ideas from even finding their first faltering steps.

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to sqtrt joining up dots with the one and only Mr Badou Kane

Direct download: 424-Badou-Kane.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Leslie Sann, a lady who has joined me in bed every night for the last few weeks.

No, not in the way that you are thinking, and probably not they way she is hopes its not either.

But she presented me with a copy of her new book  “LIFE HAPPENS What Are YOU Going to Do About It?” and I have been reading a chapter a night, and it’s a great little book of stories, insights and exercises to take your life to where it wants to be.

And the main thing that the book rams home time and time again,  is that life should be easy.

We should enjoy everyday and find better ways of doing stuff when life seems to hard for us to deal with.

She is the founder of Living by Design, an educational coaching organization, where for more than 25 years she has been helping people live a joyful life by showing them how to live by design rather than by default.

Make the right thing happens by conscious thought, and not just get pushed around by what life throws at you.

So did she get to a point in her own life when she thought “Enough is enough, its time to make life what I want it to be”

And does she see that most people can build the dream life, or is there a select special group of forward thinkers that get the dream?

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

Direct download: 423-Leslie-Sann.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is, Nina Kaufman a lady who is on one hand a career focused business lady with a huge interest in law and on the other someone quite different..

Yes, she is the founding is a founding partner of Paltrowitz & Kaufman, and also a founder of Wise Counsel Press, which offers legal advice for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Seems pretty standard doesn’t it, and if you are like me you already have an image of who we are going to talk to today.

But then how about if we tell you that she was also a stand up comedian, and loves nothing more than bringing humour into her work as a business lawyer?

Yeah, now you are interested aren’t you!

Receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College (cum laude), her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and her law degree from Boston University, she layered education on to the passions she had since a young girl to use the law to help change lives.

She saw the film  “To Kill A Mocking Bird” and quite simply the passion for helping change occur became something that she couldn’t deny.

But it seems to me that a key part to what has made he who she is today occurred in her first role straight out of law school

As she says in her own words “I was working with a firm that had a revolving door of attorneys and support staff. Employee morale was low. The partners were often verbally abusive; they yelled a lot. My first experience was one where I realized I was going to have to fend for myself and that I couldn’t really rely on all the old assumptions that I had gone through much of law school with. It’s one of the reasons I became much more entrepreneurial in the way that I handled my practice and the clients I chose and what I’ve done with my J.D. since then.”

Another black dot actually became the keystone to future successes.

So why was she driven to go into stand up comedy when her life was built around serious issues and high level business stress?

And is she now where wants to be, or is their even more dots to join up on the way to to her final destination?

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

Direct download: 422-Nina-Kaufman.mp3
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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Tex Allen, a fascinating man, who has taken something so simple, and so common to us all and created something astonishing.

Our guest, wears a red nose everyday, one of the comic relief ones that most of us have had tucked away in a draw at home.

But he is not a clown, but a man using this item to break barriers, connect across the world, and open up conversations that would have otherwise remained closed.

This all started when he started getting annoyed by bumping into people in a local mall that had their noses glued to their phones and tablets.

Frustrated by the disconnection in the world, where even the cashiers who rang up his transactions seemed to have forgotten how to have an authentic, human interaction he too action.

And so on a whim, he decided to put on a clown nose he’d recently been gifted at a friend’s wedding before going into a Starbucks for a post-shopping coffee break.

He needed something to cheer him up and decided that since no one pays attention to each other anyway, he might as well do something fun.

And that has now lead him to creating a movement which is global, fun, and all about getting us connected again.

So did it have to be a nose, or could anything have done the trick?

And does he ever feel embarrassed by wearing this everyday, or does it actually make him feel truly authentic?

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

Direct download: 421-Tex-Allen.mp3
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My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is  a man who can call himself a global mindset coach, with clients across the world who seek him out to help them go to the next level.

From entrepreneurs, world champions, professional sports athletes, multi-millionaire business owners, TV and film producers, TV and stage actors, trauma survivors and even Royal Family have all benefited from his skills.

But what fascinates me, is coming from Liverpool he would have found himself surrounded with friends and families who are just looking to get by.

He would have been on a path like so many of us that is almost expected.

Study hard, leave school, get a job, start a family….you get the drift.

But our guest didn’t do that, instead he left everything behind and traveled to Sydney Australia, where he discovered Neuro Linguistic Programming in a sales and marketing environment.

Breaking multiple sales records whilst helping clients successfully structure and invest in real-estate and at the top of the business in Australia, he was head-hunted to New Zealand.

There he began to share his skills with CEO’s and again being in high demand was prospected to many companies, helping them develop their sales teams and set up internal departments.

At the age of only 26 he opened a company developing a project to build a 100 Million dollar resort in the Fiji Islands. After marketing the company over in Dubai along side multi billion dollar developments the global real-estate industry began to slow down and he had a decision to make.

After so much success would he batten down the hatches and go into survival mode?

Or would he do the unexpected and get bigger, opening his arms wide and screaming “Come on world its me, just watch what I can do!”

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

To hear more from Andy Murphy go to:

Podcast: MindSet by Design: NLP | Self Improvement | Health | Wealth | Happiness. World-Class Mind-Hacks for Peak Performance By Andy Murphy: Entrepreneur, NLP Expert, Mindset Coach inspired by: Anthony Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, Jim Rohn, Steve Jobs, Brendon Burchard, Gary Vaynerchuk, Frank Kern, Tim Ferris & Bruce Lee!

Description: Andy Murphy uses his 12 years of experience working with VIP clients such as Saudi Arabian Royalty, TV producers & world-champions to give you a competitive edge in your business and life. Join him while he uses his wisdom to interview world-class entrepreneurs, internet marketers, martial artists, Ironmen, Forex experts, and copywriters, from around the world.

Direct download: 420-Andy-Murphy.mp3
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Devin Thorpe is a man who has a path similar to so many people in the world and certainly many of the guests of Join Up Dots.

He was on a path, that had been created out of study, education and hard work, leading him to perform as he says "The best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of the multinational food and beverage company MonaVie" until they let him go.

And upon those words "Sorry we don't require your services anymore" his life it seems became what truly it should have been at the beginning.

He and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote "Your Mark On The World" and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream.

And that is what truly fascinates me.

Why does a man work tirelessly in his education, and his employment, but not allow this effort to take him to the land of his dreams.

The places where his heart, brain, enthusiasms, all come together and he wakes up excited every morning.

And now he is an author, advisor and Forbes contributor, and is a devoted full time to championing social good, writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good.

He travels extensively, sharing inspiring messages as a keynote speaker, and trainer.

So have the dots joined up naturally for him, or does he feel that he is now just starting the journey that is truly his?

And what would he say to his younger self if he could go back in time, do what he did, or change direction even earlier.

Well we are going to find out later, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Devin Thorpe

Direct download: 419-Devin-Thorpe.mp3
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It’s an absolute delight to have on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, two ladies who literally bound around the world like some excited Labradors.

And believe me that might not sound like a compliment, but it certainly is.

As the two of them have had some huge setbacks in life, but haven’t allowed them to lose their spirit for life, and their desire to create adventure in their relationship.

After originally meeting in 2010 at a course in Sydney, called ‘The Quest for Truth’ it became evident that the quest for truth, was going to be linked with their love of travel.

A few years back, after leaving Australia, they entered into a business opportunity in Dubai, which of course they thought would be a good move, but turned out to be anything but.

Or so hey would have thought at the time, but as we see literally everyday on Join Up Dots, the darkest times in our lives become the moments where we find our true paths.

Left with literally nothing, they had to reassess what they wanted to do, and how they wanted to do it….with the caveat of making it as cheap as possible.

With a mere $300 in their pockets they decided to start travelling through house-sitting as a way to save money on the rent they could no longer afford.

They figured if they could save themselves rent and utility bills for six months or so, they could get back on our feet… and then go and do something they really wanted to do, which of course would involve travel.

But actually they had found it already, and now are the creators of the international housesitting community, where they share their knowledge and experience with anyone who has that desire for the nomadic lifestyle….which I think most of us have at one time or another.

So do they look back at Dubai, and go “Do you know that was truly the making of us…we wouldn’t change a thing!”

And do they believe that within all of us is a business that can be built purely on our passions, leading to a life that we love?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only, Nat & Jodie

Direct download: 418-Nat-and-Jodie.mp3
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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has worked tirelessly to achieve his dream in life

And as we know the dream is always hard to achieve, but sometimes it can be made so much harder by the people that you are surrounding yourself with.

Sometimes your path is hidden from you by the actions and words of others, and no matter how much you try to get going, they will place obstacles in your way.

Which is certainly true with todays guest, who after a terrible time passing through the education system, stumbled through over 30 jobs, looking for the thing that lights him up.

He knew he wanted to be in entertainment in some way through his whole life, but was always told that it could never happen.

He vividly remembers telling his mom that he wanted to be an actor and being told to “get real.”

He recalls being told by a school councillor that he should go to work at the local mill cause that was all he would ever amount to.

He was directed by not what he thought was possible, but what others were willing to believe.

He needed the support of others, who could help his dreams come true.

The kind of people that would allow the shoots of his dreams to start growing.

And he found those people, and their positive words started showing the path.

As he says “They were telling me I could do something bigger, that I was someone. They were true friends to me. I learned I could work for myself. They kept asking “what’s your dream?” I thought ‘well maybe I could make a movie if I had $1 million dollars.’ I had no clue how movies were made! I just wanted to make one. – Age 26 I started studying stand-up comedy thinking maybe this was a way to get a movie made.”

So has he made his dream come true, by delivering a movie to the world?

Has he found the path, that he knows is truly his?

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

Direct download: 417-Doc-Kennedy.mp3
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Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots is a man who is on a mission to change lives.

And it seems to me he is doing at the very spot where we need those lives to changed the most...the classroom.

Yes, he is a teacher who is focusing on a very simple principle but one that can make so much difference.

He believes that "A secure and trusting relationship between teacher and students is at the heart of positive discipline and a safe, productive classroom.

The positive effects of building teacher-student relationships impact all aspects of classroom life.

Students come to class and like to be there, they are more engaged in learning, they retain more of what they learn, and their creativity is unleashed. There are fewer behavior issues, lower dropout rates, and more harmony between class members."

And that period of our lives when we are going through the system to be pushed out into the real world, is the time when we should be inspired and encouraged to think big, be creative, and love our studies.

And now with a bestselling book "You've Gotta Connect: Building Relationships That Lead to Engaged Students, Productive Classrooms, and Higher Achievement" and more and more people taking an interest in his work it seems that this is a mission that we can all connect with at heart.

So when did he realise that its more about connecting and less about the content that he teaches that truly makes the difference?

And did he always have a desire to be a published author, or is he surprised to now see himself sitting proudly in the author section of "Amazon"?

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

Direct download: 416-James-Sturtevant.mp3
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In todays bonus episode of Join Up Dots your host David Ralph, tackles the subject of "How do you start when there is too much choice"?

This has become the number one question that he recieves everyday....."I Know I Want To Do Something But I Don't Know Where To Start"

So David, details two amazingly simple and powerful exercises that you can all do, that will start your brain working on what you would like to achieve.

What is your perfect day built around?

And most importantly what steps you need to take to make them occur.

Direct download: BONUS_-__Getting_Started_Is_Hard_But_Not_Impossible.mp3
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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who like so many of my guests started on the path to his current success, due to a lack of satisfaction with his situation.

His whole life seems to me to have been built upon hustle, more than personal talents.

He started his adult hustle by commissioning into the US Navy, where he decided to go after the dream of being a nuclear engineer and struggled more than he thought possible, though still achieving his aim and grabbing the dream.

But there is a famous quote which states "Sometimes on the way to a dream you get lost and find a better one" and this certainly seems to be case here.

As whilst he was in the Navy, he realised that he wasn't going to see his family, was missing out on key events that he should have been experiencing, and just felt disconnected.

Now, as we will discuss on the show he has come full circle, and through developing online strategies, learning SEO and the wonderful world of Amazon, it looks like he has now found the true dream.

The dream that he didn't realise at the beginning was the right one for him.

So when he was in the Navy, did he enjoy much of it, or none of it?

And do the dots in his life join up like we see time and time again, or have they started much later in life?

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

Direct download: 415-Dave-Chesson.mp3
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If you have listened to todays bonus episode you will have heard the host David Ralph talk about how he has changed his life by investing heavily in areas that he lacked.

Back on episode 400, he released a Bonus episode talking about how he was struggling to achieve the goal on a few things that he was working on.

He had the dream, but couldn't quite bring it to the finishing line.

So he had a decision to make.

Should he consider his actions to be a failure or should he look to improve the areas where he was lacking?

Well he spent $10,000 dollars on hiring coaches that he believed would share with him their areas of expertise, and whooshhhh!

He has joined up his dots and found the answers to the problems that he was dealing with.

And now he wants to share this with you all.

Therefore he has opened the doors on Podcasters Mastery and his group Mastermind Dream Starters Academy for one hundred people only and is now ready to rock.

So if you are interested in starting your own business, living the dream-life, and sacking your boss then there is no better time to join up with us.

Just go over to the site http://podcastersmastery.com/   and add PROMOCODE: f74dfae943 for the huge discount

THIS OFFER WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR TWO DAYS FROM THE LAUNCH OF THIS PRODUCT

Direct download: BONUS_INVESTING_IN_YOURSELF_-_DREAM_STARTERS.mp3
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My interview today on the Join Up Dots free business podcast is a lovely lady who was kind enough to allow me to spend time with her on her own show Freedom Academies.....Turbo Charge Your Success.

Now during our conversation it was clear to me that this was a lady that I needed to get on Join Up Dots, as she has a story that shows all the characteristics that we find in the succesfull.

She has motivation.

She has hustle

And alongside her business partner Laura West,  a few years ago found themselves homeless

The business they ran together was going south and they were exhausted.

They had no option at all but to move into two rooms in the office.

They had a problem that most business owners have at one time or another.

They were very good at that they did, but nobody knew about it.

Thye couldnt get their talents out into the world.

They started researching business growth systems, high performance ‘gurus’, wealth creation experts and all the investment strategies they could get there hands on.

Within twelve months they had a property portfolio worth over $2,000,000 that they had bought with others people’s money.  More importantly the income from that property was double the income from their business that they had spent years building up! 

They also applied all the business knowledge they had gained, transformed their business and went on to sell it!

They did all of this while being homeless, using the leisure centre across the road to shower and working 80 hours per week.

They were at such a rock bottom that they had the ability to create huge freedom of choice in their lives.

So was it just that the dots joined up, the time became right for them to flourish?

Or was it more to do with the undertanding that upskilling your knowledge is the way to go.

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only property entrepreneur Kemi Egan

Direct download: 414-kemi-egen.mp3
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My guest on todays episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a lady who wont let things in life get in the way of what she wants to achieve.

She is an amazing woman who overcame a near fatal car accident, chose to remove her left arm, became the US National Champion in the Paralympics, competed in the World Championships in New Zealand, and is now a brand-new mother.

That's not a bad start for any introduction.

But the key thing to this story, and is what we will delve into in great depth, is how most of the things may not occurred, if she hadn't realised that mentally she was holding herself back from what she could achieve.

As she says "I was in a car accident 17 years ago. So I had to always wear this sling and didn't have any motivation to move forward. My arm was paralyzed, a brachial plexus injury,"

She was intrigued and stimulated by here friends stories of running marathons, so set off to achieve the goal herself.

But the whole experience was one of pain and distress, as her paralyzed arm pulled down the entire left side of her body, causing knee pain and even whiplash.

It was like running with an anchor attached.

She began to realize that her paralyzed arm not only weighed her down physically, it was a metaphor for all that was holding her back from living life fully.

The anchor was weighing her down.

Keeping her in one position, and stopping her moving towards the future she craved.

So she realised that removing the arm, was going to be her saviour.

Cutting the ties with the past could very well be the best thing that she could do.

So she started considering amputation.

"I wasn't there before, I think, emotionally" she says "I knew it was going to be different. The outward appearance is very shocking (to people); it's different now. I used to be asked all the time, 'What happened to your arm?' when it was in a sling,"

Making the decision to undergo such a major surgery proved difficult, even though she knew intellectually it was the right choice.

Her solution? Set a series of athletic goals that would only be possible after the surgery.

Make the surgery the first step to achieving what she wants in life, and wow hasn't she done just that!

So, has the whole process been one that going back in time she would have done earlier?

And does she see that the power of the mind, truly outweighs the capabilities of the physical body?

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

Direct download: 413-Tisa-Cawthon.mp3
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Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is Alison Pena, a lady who ever since she was 15 years old has been fascinated with how money and affluence has so much to do with our view of what’s possible.

 

In her own words she says "My dad was a 3rd generation Wall Street investment banker. My great-grandfather was one of White Weld & Co's founders. We lived in an apartment on Park Avenue. The family firm was sold to Merrill Lynch in 1978.

 

We regularly hosted influential financial and world leaders for dinner parties and social gatherings.  I attended a well-heeled private all girls’ school, as you do when you’re part of that world.

 

But when I was 15, I began regularly leaving my white, wealthy, privileged world… and setting off on what can only be described of as “expeditions.”

 

Back then, it meant heading north of 96th Street (the northernmost boundary of my known world) into Harlem.

 

Until that point, my world was Park Avenue and bankers, Latin and piano lessons, nannies and au pairs.

 

And then I started making friends who showed me a whole other world.

 

I came from a world where anything was possible, because there was plenty of money. I could have any career. I could go to any school. I could shape my life into whatever I chose.

 

In contrast, my friends had different expectations. Different obligations. Different ideas about security. Different opportunities.

 

And a lot of that had to do with money.

 

This observation got me wondering… Why does money have so much to do with our view of what’s possible?

 

So I suppose the question is, does money have as much to do with confidence and mindset, or is it just a tool for making ideas happen?

 

Is it the key to attracting more money into our lives, not because of it directly, but because we can make things happen and go after it?

 

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

Direct download: 412-Alison-Pena.mp3
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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free business podcast interview, is a guy that has an amazing and slightly strange route to where he is today.

If you were setting off on a path, to become an author, clinical psychologist, popular speaker and blogger for Huffington Post would you say to yourself "Right I need to travel to Nepal and India to learn from Buddhist Monks in the Himalayas, oh yeah, and I must seek guidance from Big Bird, and Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street."

Probably not, but our guest has, and now from his practice in downtown Manhattan, shares his proven strategies to take action.

He believes that we are all meant to create.

And he teaches people to discover their true selves, what they really need out of life – and how to make it happen.

He provides them with a practical plan to find the right path for them, face what’s holding them back, and break through the illusions that have been keeping them from living a life of possibilities.

And that word illusion is the key thing.

Why do we constantly create these illusions that make us think that things have to be in a certain way?

Why do we not think "Ok Sesame Street is the way to go" as every journey is full of experiences that can help us find our true path, if we only look hard enough.

Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dr Ben Michaelis.

Direct download: 411-Dr-Ben-Michaelis.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots is one of those true Amerian success stories.

The ones that you see in films and think "Really, is that possible"

Well as you will hear in todays show, it is possible to go from almost rock-bottom to astonishing success within six years.

All done by mainly changing his mind-set and going for gold everyday of his life.

Through a series of life­ altering events, including the serious illness of his then­ pregnant wife, an accident that left him with a punctured lung that excluded him from being able to

work, and even losing and squatting in their foreclosed family home, our guest learned quickly that he had to change his mindset if he wanted to survive and thrive.

He immediately took action, immersing himself into intensive real estate investor training.

He hasn't looked back and has built a booming investing business, using very little of his own cash or credit.

He now owns an impressive portfolio that includes over 300 units of residential and commercial properties as well as private notes and mortgages.

And I guess he is a lot happier than he could possibly hope to be too?

So is it a simple as changing your mind-set?

Is it as simple as taking consistent action everyday?

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

Direct download: 410-J-Massey.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

In this episode of Join Up Dots your host David Ralph considers the big question that Steve Jobs would ask himself everyday.

" If this was the last day I had on earth, would I want to be doing what I am doing today?"

How many of us can say that we would always answer a "Yes"?

Not many.

But David believes there is a way to bridge that gap between the life we have and the life we want.

Let's see if any of you are willing to take on the exercise he offers and make big changes in your life?

Direct download: Bonus_-_Looking_In_The_Mirror_Everyday.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots free business podcast interview, is a lady who seems to be able to turn her hand at most things and make it successful.

Born in Belgrade, and raised in Paris, she came from a European family of entrepreneurs who believed hard work was the way to career success.

And certainly she has taken that mind-set but also added motivation linked to a vision to what she can achieve, even before the work starts.

From regional sales, to real estate, to public speaking, she is doing what she wants and in the way that she wants, but it wasn't always the case.

For many years her life was only going one way, and that wasn't the way she would have hoped.

As she says "By 2006, the lessons that I had learnt was that life was rough, that it was a struggle, and it made me believe that I should live like that. And on that year my dad passed away, I left my husband, and ended up feeling more and more depressed. There was nothing inspiring in my life at all.

No money, no love, alone in the middle of nowhere having to pay for a house I hated. I was drinking and smoking and tired of living. One day, I seriously considered suicide. My life had been a success of painful circumstance. I had the feeling that all the shit possible was happening to me.

But I didn't know about how to kill myself. 

Also, I didn't know about self development, and tools to improve your life. She was trapped

But then when she felt that her life couldn't get any worse, she heard a knock at her door. Opening it her life changed forever.

It lead her to a lifestyle of freedom that could only present itself to the person that was most ready to receive it.

So what occurred on that day she opened that door to two complete strangers?

And was she ready for the message they would present to her?

Well it seems to me that she was and now, after over 25 books written, some translated in 3 languages, 3 best sellers, a thriving international coaching business and developing attractitude-kids, she understands how much everything made sense.

So lets bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only super lifecoach, entrepreneur and author Slavica Bogdanov.

Direct download: 409-Slavica-Bogdanov.mp3
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Todays guest is a musical one, who is striving to get to the top of his chosen career.

 

And it certainly seems that at the moment, the hustle, the talent, the perseverance, and the passion are doing just that, and he is building a momentum that is getting him noticed in the country music world.

 

With the release of his debut album, It’s All Country, in early 2012, (and its re-release in 2013) he has showcased his signature sound, which he cultivated from years of touring camps, churches and conferences across the US.  

 

Even playing in an airport once, to impress a pretty girl for one of the band members, he has blended the traditional influences from country music’s past, like the Gatlin Brothers and Kenny Rogers, with modern contemporaries like Toby Keith and Trace Adkins.

 

He has created an original, honest and authentic sound all his own.

 

Which is a key point to todays discussion.

 

With so many influences smashing into us everyday, how do your separate and become yourself, and not become a pale imitation of someone already out there?

 

An ordained pastor, he served at the Cowboy Church of Anchorage, Alaska, but now has moved to the spiritual home of his style of Music, Nashville Tennessee, where if the idea of the quickest way to success is to surround yourself with other like minded people is true, was the perfect decision to make.

 

So when did he decide that he wanted to make a go at a career which has beaten so many people in the past?

 

And was uprooting his family and bringing them across America to pursuit his dream, an easy or hard decision to make?

 

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

Direct download: 408-Doug-Briney.mp3
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Podcast 407: Scott Barlow: Career Expert Teaching How To Build The Job You Love

My guest entrepreneur on todays episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who like a select band of guests have decided to return again and join up more dots.

Yes, back on episode 37 of Join Up Dots, when the show was just a baby, and I was finding my feet, he came on the show with his business partner of the time Mark Sieverkropp.

And wasnt I glad that he said yes, as in the first show we discussed how they were building the online career advice platform Happen To Your Career, and in that discussion spoke about the hustle, early mornings, and desire that it takes to bootstrap something and take it out to the world.

Happen To Your Career, is a place that is built with the owners desire, and passions being its idea avatar.

You can see that the concept would have been something that our guest would have been looking for, so he created it himself.

As he says "I have always had an unusual outlook on careers. My wife Alyssa, who I met in high school, knows this to be true. I have left what others considered “good jobs” turned down job offers other people would love and any time I have wanted to make more income have simply figured out a plan and acted upon it. I have to be doing something I am excited about to be happy. Having had 8 positions in the last 10 years (including successfully self employed) has caused me to have many experiences in a short period of time."

I have owned a successful business in contracting, led others as a people and human resources professional, coached business owners and leaders to success, and helped many people develop their careers along the way. I have worked a variety of industries including: manufacturing, retail, government, food, construction and more. Everywhere I went I saw people struggling to figure out what they want to do and how to get there."

So has he got there himself. Is the platform he created truly what he wants, or is it still work in development?

Like most things created by a desire to help the world will it ever be truly realised?

Well lets find, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only career expert Mr Scott Barlow.

Direct download: 407-Scott-Barlow.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

David Bowie: The Man Who Fell To Earth And Stayed A True Oddity (Bonus Episode)

There is no doubt that among the history books holding the names of rock legends, the name of David Bowie is up there with the best of them.

A man who doesn't just play the game by his own rules, but created the game itself and then ripped up the rules too.

He took on the prescribed format of musical output in the early seventies and almost single handedly changed it forever.

In this Bowie inspired Join Up Dots biography we take a look at how this unassuming man, born David Robert Jones in Brixton, South London on January 8th 1947, could at first struggle so badly to ignite the flame of success.

Mimicking the stars of the day, and stars of yesterday, unable to find his real voice, until stumbling on the very thing that would make him who he is today

And that thing was changes, the ability to reinvent himself, and freshen his sound, image and outlook at will, keeping all of us guessing as to his next move for the next forty years.

David's start in life was about as normal as a child growing up in the United Kingdom in the 50's could have expected to live.

His mother, Margaret Mary worked as a waitress, while his father, Haywood Stenton Jones, from Yorkshire, was a promotions officer for Barnardo's a children charity.

Bowie attended Stockwell Infants School until he was six years old, where teachers considered him as a gifted and single-minded child, although not with obvious musical genius, and a singing voice only classed as adequate.

When David Bowie was a small child he was fascinated by music, and loved nothing more than tuning into the radio stations of the day to hear the scratchy sounds from some distant DJ in a basement far far away like so many other children.

But it was when he was thirteen, and encouraged by his older brother Terry, he picked up a saxophone and started making his own sounds that things started becoming more than a hobby.

Terry was nine years older, and inspired and influenced the young David greatly, as most older brothers do, exposing him to literature, rock music and the kind of influences that a thirteen year old child growing up in South London would have been unlikely to discover on their own.

David at first tried to teach himself the saxophone, but struggled with it, so made the bold decision to phone the top British saxophonist Ronnie Ross, who he had seen play in the West End of London, and asked for lessons.

Ronnie charged David £2.00 per lesson, which was more than this soon to be wealthy practicing rock star could hope to afford.

But this wouldn't deter, young Davy Jones, and he got himself a job as a butcher's delivery boy to ensure that he had the cash to allow the fortnightly lessons to occur.

Unfortunately, although a major part of setting the fledgling rock star on his way to super stardom, with his encouragement and support, David's brother Terry was not to be in his day to day life for long.

Suffering with his own personal demons, the family had Terry committed to an institution fearing for his safety.David Bowie Young Man

This no doubt had a huge impact on the young David Bowie, and although good in its intention haunted David for a good deal of his life, even becoming the topic of his song “Jump They Say” after Terry's suicide many years later.

At the age of sixteen, David Bowie graduated from the technical high school he had attended in Bromley, only memorable for a fight he had with a school friend that left him with eyes different in colour to one another, and got his first job a commercial artist.

He joined as a Junior Visualiser /Paste up Artist for the Yorkshire based company Neven D Hirst.

This is a fascinating move for David to make, as although he was still playing for bands, and striving to break into music business in the evening, he still followed the path that most of us follow.

He left school and set about getting a job.

Is there anyway that we can break from the path that has been trod for generations before us? Even if we have greatness desperate to burst out from inside us?.

Probably not, but as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, the ability to keep on pushing against the rules of conformity is what allows the great to become great.

Stopping ourselves from following the crowd, that leave school and enter the offices of the world just because they haven't stopped to question why?

Well David, did just that and after only five months, knew in his heart of hearts that he had to take control of his life, if his dreams of working as a musician were to come true.

The bands he had performed with every night had cemented the belief that he had what it took, not necessarily to achieve the dizzying heights that he later achieved, but at least earning money doing what he loved.

Interestingly, crossing his path in these early days was another musician who would also go on to place his name indelibly in the record books, one Jimmy Page the guitarist of David Bowie's band the Manish Boys.

Jimmy Paige of course become a global success with one of the most famous rock bands of all time Led Zeppelin.

Several singles were recorded and released during this period, but none could have been classed as anything but a learning curve. Allowing the young Bowie to experience a recording studio for the first time and hear his own voice played back to him.

Other than working with Jimmy Paige, the only dot on the Join Up Dots timelines that helps us to see the man that he later became, was when when he made the decision to change his name from Davy Jones, and replace his surname with the now recognizable Bowie, after the knife.

Davy Jones from the Monkees was riding the crest of the wave, with hits such as “Last Train To Clarksville”, and “Daydream Believer”, and David felt that this could be confusing to the record buying public, and ultimately could hold him back.

Did this make a huge difference, who can tell, but it was better than one of his other choices he made: Tom Jones.

It was certainly the first indication of the chameleon like character that has since gone on to characterize so much of his later work.

After recording, and performing with the bands, Bowie made the decision to go solo, and pursue a career on his own terms. He recorded his first solo album, which sunk without trace.

This was a crushing blow for David Bowie, and instead of working harder on the content he was intent to keep delivering to the world, the musician did something quite unexpected...but quite David Bowie like.

He decided to take a break from the music world, and headed to Scotland where for a period in 1967 he lived in a Buddhist monastery along with American musician Leonard Cohen.

As he says “"I was a terribly earnest Buddhist at the time I had stayed in their monastery and was going through all their exams, and yet I had this feeling that it wasn't right for me. I suddenly realised how close it all was: another month and my head would have been shaved."

So David left, and then even more bizarrely joined a group of mime artists, even starting his own group called Feathers.

Although this from the outside seems unusual, as we see on Join Up Dots everyday, a person has to try things that may not seem part of the master plan, to ultimately lead them to where they should be in life.

It is during these times, when it may seem haphazard and wasteful that most people absorb different ways of operating. Discovering skills within themselves, that they can utilise later in positions not remotely visible at that time.

And that is the case with David Bowie, as the added spirituality and theatricality become more evident in his work, as was displayed in his own classic song “Space Oddity” about a spaceman floating around about the earth.

Thanks to the BBC’s use of the song for their coverage of the US Moon landing in 1969, David Bowie had his first hit record. With the song hitting the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

What is extremely interesting is the state of mind of David Bowie at the time of writing. The words clearly show an individual lost, and forlorn about the future. No surprise after the failures of his previous musical efforts.

"Planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do" - shows the realization that there's nothing he can do about all of the problems he sees in the world.

"Can you hear me Major Tom? Can you hear me Major Tom? - He's lost communication with those on the ground (i.e. in reality).

David Bowie showed a window to his soul. He was not part of his previous life of domesticity in Bromley, and was neither part of the rock star lifestyle that he so craved.

Bowie was floating out in Space, on his own.

Slowly getting ready for the true moment that David Bowie blasted into our consciousness, and the televisions and radios across the world.

In 1973, the career that had stuttered and faltered for the last four years, exploded dramatically into life, as from that position floating above the world David returned to earth.

This time not as himself, but the androgynous alien Ziggy Stardust.

It signaled the start of the David Bowie fascination.

Where was the man, and where was the music?

Could one exist without the other?

Was the high camp fashion that he displayed on stage the true mark of David Bowie, or a curtain to hide behind, whilst the crowds surged, screamed and fainted in front him.

This was glam-rock at its peak, and quite literally anyone around at that time would be compared to the strutting, preening and bi-sexual pre-madonna that was 1973’s incarnation of David Bowie.

Even megastars such as T-Rex’s Marc Bolan, the flamboyant pianist from Middlesex Elton John, and the upwardly climbing Freddie Mercury were nothing, compared to what the world was witnessing with his classic “Starman” and “Ziggy Stardust”

David Bowie was no longer floating high above the world on his own.

To the teenagers and music buying public, he was the world, and with his backing band The Spiders Of Mars, the world waited with baited breath to see what they would deliver next.

And David Bowie delivered...but once again not in the way most expected, or wished for.ziggy-and-the-spiders

Instead of setting off on a world-tour, and crushing the charts with new albums and singles, he announced that he was retiring from touring and that Ziggy Stardust and of course the Spiders were no more.

As he announced whilst on stage “Of all the shows on the tour, this one will stay with us the longest because not only is this the last show of the tour, but it is the last show we will ever do.” This surprised everyone in the house – not least the members of his band. The hysteria was over almost as soon as it had started.

Which looking back, was an amazingly brave decision to make, but one that showed that David Bowie was in control, and knew what was right for his career.

Instead of saying “this is what you want, so this is what you'll get”, he quite firmly, and with huge confidence stated “You will get what I want, and when I want to give it to you!”

This in no short measure ensured that the mystic that has grown up around David Bowie was started off in the perfect manner.

He was not going to give an inch. And we are no doubt glad that he took that stance, as his music was becoming more creative and experimental because of it. He had created the freedom to explore what he was capable off.

And so began his personal odyssey from country to country, city to city, playing and recording with such eclectic names as John Lennon, Brian Eno from Roxy Music and even Luther Vandross,

It was whilst in New York jamming with John Lennon that the riff which became the iconic Fame was first heard, and led to David Bowie's first American number one.

And his later move to Berlin in Germany, harnessed even greater creative imagery and unexpected musical releases with the classic stripped back “Low” and the Eno produced “Heroes”, made whilst he lived in semi seclusion, painting, studying art and recording with Brian Eno.

"Heroes" was marketed by RCA with the catchphrase, "There's Old Wave. There's New Wave. And there's David Bowie..." which is very apt, and something that Bowie would have done well to remember in later years.

It is true that Bowie likes nothing more than going in quite different directions than what the world expects.

Throughout his career he has explored the world of acting from his early roles in “The Man Who Fell To Earth”, through to “Absolute Beginners And “Labyrinth” where he acted beside a series of Jim “The Muppet” Henson’s creations, and even a three month run in the Elephant Man on Broadway.

None of the roles or performances would be classed as landmarks in his career. In fact many would argue they were just a distraction to where he should have been placing his attention. On his music. The creativity being focused on areas of interest to David, more to his loyal followers.

What becomes a truth with David Bowie, is when he appears to move towards the obvious routes to success, he becomes a pale inferior version of himself.

Following the global success of the Nile Rodgers produced album “Lets Dance” in 1983, he appeared influenced by the Music of the time. And one thing for sure being in Duran Duran is never going to inspire the same level of performance as working the bars, and studying the architecture in Berlin or other such locations.

David Bowie needs to be off the radar, to be truly authentic.

He needs to be tapping into the yet to be seen musical movements, instead of being the leader of the popular and current ones.

And so for the next few years David Bowie produced work that was neither memorable nor commercially successful in the same way as his earlier successes.

He was falling further behind the crowd, and lost between the teenagers now grown up who adored him in the seventies, and the 80’s versions focused on Wham, Duran, and Rick Astley.

Throughout the next ten years, Bowie's musical career was in decline, with the albums Tin machine and Tin Machine II being commercial and public failures.

David Bowie was finished.

He had achieved everything that the 13 year old saxophone learning kid could have ever dreamed off and more. He had inspired the world to believe. He had created a new generation of musicians who studied his back catalogue with a religious fervor.

He disappeared. Retreating from the limelight, he closed the door on his New York apartment and became David Jones again. Father, husband, music legend, and enjoying retirement.

For over ten years, other than a few sightings David Bowie was invisible to the world.

We had the memories of past glories and nothing else.

But as we have seen throughout the years, Bowie returns stronger when on his own terms. When he is in control to what the world will receive. That is when he delivers, and in 2013 after ten years in the wilderness “The Next Day” David Bowie's 24th album shook the world.

The Spaceman, the Clown, The Alien, The Smooth Groover, the enigma that is David Bowie was back where he belongs. In the ears, and stereos of the world. Saying things the way that only David Bowie can.

A musician, a mystery, a creative, a leader, a decision maker, a controller, David Bowie has learnt through all the trials and tribulations, the ups and downs what leads to success. And that quite simply is being himself.

A lesson that for so many of us is the hardest one to learn.

Direct download: David-Bowie-Biography.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Welcome to a bonus episode of Join Up Dots, where your host David Ralph talks from the heart about allowing yourself to be you.

Why is it at the very beginning of our venture to a new world, we try to do it with our hand tied behind our backs?

We make it so much more difficult by not allowing ourselves to use the talents that life has given us to the full!

Tip Toeing around picking up the scraps that people throw in our direction.

Shouldn't we be blazing big to give ourselves the best chance to be noticed?

Shouldn't we be taking a close look at the things that we do amazingly well, that others are in total awe off?

In this episode David Ralph asks you all to do a simple exercise and report back on the talents that you are hiding away instead of blasting out into the world.

He asks you to take a close look at two aspects of your life.

Number One: What is the thing that you loved doing more than anything on earth?

Number Two: Where do you feel the most comfortable working, performing or using your gifts?

By looking at both of these key areas, you will gain a clearer understanding of where you should be focusing your energies.

You will gain a huge head start on others who play the small game when beginning their jounrye to the life of their dreams.

Blaze big people!

And as Katy Perry says

"You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause, baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go, "Aah, aah, aah"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colours burst
Make 'em go, "Aah, aah, aah"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe"

 

Direct download: Bonus_-_Being_You_Is_The_Best_Place_To_Start.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 1:38pm UTC

Todays guest joining us on the show contacted me to say "I think that I should be on your show, because I am flexing the old hustle muscle everyday and doing it on my own terms too"

Well, she didn't quite say that, but it doesn't take much more for me to think, this is the kind of guest I want to talk to, so here she is.

This is a lady that like most of us got to a point in her life, when she looked at her job, and her personal situation and thought "I never want to be an employee again"

Which can be one of the greatest realisations for self development, and the worst.

You have the focus to take your life to where you want to be, but more often than not, you don't have any idea how to do it.

And that is the case with todays guest who then tried out various businesses to find her thing.

She started a staff recruitment agency, became a franchisee of a chocolate brand, did freelance web designing, and none really hit the spot.

But upon the arrival of her daughter, and the realisation that when she was being with her daughter, the income production stopped that the dots had joined up.

She had found what she needed to do in life.

She knew that she had not built in the right systems to automate her businesses.

She understood that in order to enjoy true freedom she needed to create passive income streams.

She now runs a book publishing company called Awesome Life Resources and also helps people to get their books published through her new service called Publish My Book Today.

The purpose of the website is to share all the tools and strategies that have helped her improve the quality of her life, which I’m sure is what we all want.

So does she look back at the things that didn't quite work, and see that she couldn't get to where she is today without them?

And has there never been a better time for the world to take control of their own life's, and have control of their time?

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

Direct download: 406-Jyotsna-Ramachandran.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is Dov Baron an Elite Mind Strategist specializing in the Psychology of High Performance Leadership.

He serves as a mentor and adviser to corporate, creative and personal leaders.

His company Baron Mastery Institute is the only resource for training tomorrow’s leaders in the implementation of “The C.O.R.E Affluence System for Leadership”.

Being born in the UK in the late 1950’s, even as a child he became fascinated with the undercurrent of human psyche.

By the time he was twenty-one he had left his home country to travel and study many spiritual philosophies under a variety of spiritual masters.

In June 1990 while free climbing in British Columbia, at approximately 120 feet, he reached for a rock that dislodged a bigger rock.

This rock hit him in the face and sent him hurling onto the jagged rocks below.

It was a tragic moment, a moment that might have ended his life, and in fact, in some ways it did.

Now he describes that moment like this, “On that day I fell 120 feet from a self-imposed pedestal and landed on my ego.”

It was the end of the person he had been and in many ways the birth of “The Accidental Guru.”

I love this story, even before we have started the show, as it proves that there is no right time to start something, other than now.

It’s you that makes the decision to embrace your true self, and not the version of yourself that is being shown to the world.

You can become the entrepreneur that you want and build a business the delivers huge career success.

And our guest is doing just that and with the motivation to produce total inspiration  through his books, coaching, and leadership blog he is doing just that.

So what was the person like before the accident, and does he look back with fondness or frustration as to the path he was on?

And is this mission one that he feels led to do, almost a mission bigger than himself?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr career success baron.....the entrepeneur himself Dov Baron

 

Direct download: 405-Dov-Baron.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

404: Dr Tom Preston: A Man Who Knows When Enough Is Enough

Todays guest, joining us the Join Up Dots podcast interview is Dr Tom Preston, a man who has a mission in life.

He wants to inspire the world to design their life, and go for the big dreams by asking themselves some huge and deep questions.

He was asked by his coach  to ask himself "When Is Enough Enough?" and after struggling with answering that question the penny dropped.

He needed to define what success meant to him.

He needed to define the life he truly wanted.

And it certainly worked as he is now a highly acclaimed public speaker, life & business coach, chiropractic consultant, and advisor who helps unlock the potential and authenticity of his clients, readers, and listeners.

His customized approach of unifying professional goals with personal talents has helped countless people discover the success they want to achieve.

He truly believes everyone has the power to find fulfilment in their lives, bringing them closer to their dreams and providing the necessary mechanics to allow them to hold on to those dreams.

So is this the missing part that so many people fail to spend time on? We don't ask "When is enough?"

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

Direct download: 404-Dr-Tom-Preston.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Aaron Walker Give Us The View From The Top

Todays gentleman joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Aaron Walker, the host of The View From The Top podcast, and a man who from his home in Nashville USA, shows the world how you set goals, and create the life you want.

He is a firm believer that the initial "Yes, I am going to take control of my own destiny and wow the world" can only last so long, before realism sets in.

When those early mornings when you were bouncing out bed to grab your future, start seeming to be an insurmountable effort.

And the whimsical flights of fancy that crash into your brain at warp speed and are instantly classed as the worlds greatest idea, start to dry up.

You see he works with his clients to live life on purpose, ensuring that the initial dreams are giving every chance of developing, if it means sacrificing something else that is i your life.

And after starting his first business at 18, and then buying and selling eight more companies over the last 40 years, he knows what it takes to bring action into your daily routine.

And believe me these were the kind of business that you may already be thing this guy had developed, from loan companies, to jewelers and diamond exchanges, to construction he has tackled the challenges head on.

So was he always someone that knew that the way to true fulfillment in his life was creating his economy right from the start?

And does he see that most people could make things a lot easier for themselves if they only knew completely what it was that they truly desired?

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

To listen more to Aaron Walker go to:

Podcast The View From The Top

By Aaron Walker has been a successful entrepreneur for over 30 years and a top guest on Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas, Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn, and The Art of Charm with Jordan Harbinger.

Description:

The View from the Top podcast is a world-class podcast created for men interested in living a life of success and significance. In this weekly podcast, host Daniel Bauer interviews men in the Iron Sharpens Iron Masterminds facilitated by Aaron Walker. Guests share what entrepreneurial insights and success stories from working in a mastermind. This show is for men interested in being successful businessmen, intentional husbands, and better friends. Men should come here regularly for inspiration and to get to the amazing guys at The View from the Top. Each episode is 20-30 minutes perfect for your commute, workout, and making your chores at home more enjoyable! Aaron Walker has been in a mastermind with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, and Ken Abraham for more than a decade and now he wants to share what he has learned with you, the listener. 

 

Direct download: 403-Aaron-Walker.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

The Race To The White House (The Challenge For Freedom) is occurring to help you all feel that you can do the impossible.

Please watch, listen and share as many times as you feel that my actions can be supported by your own. Thanks!!!

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Do you feel that you can do the impossible?

Do you look at others and think they have all the breaks?

Well, David Ralph the host of Join Up Dots online podcast, after 400 shows has come to the conclusion that all of us can go after the dream and get the life we want.

Its down to four things intent, action, belief and the support of others. In this video he shares his dream to change the way we all think by attempting with nothing more than desire to do the unthinkable.

He will travel across the Atlantic with his family to the White House to have a photo with President Obama.

He will do this purely on the strength of his belief, something that we can all develop.

So support his desire to change the world, and share this video with everyone you can.

Tell the world about Join Up Dots and tweet your support to the world.

Thanks so much

Direct download: Bonus-The_Race-To-The-Whitehouse_The_Challenge.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:24am UTC

The Three Month Vacation

My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a man who has learnt throughout his life that simplicity is the key.

Breaking information down to be transferred from one person to another in the shortest possible route, is the way to success and fulfilment for both parties.

He knows how to make customers rabid fans of his work, by removing the questions that stop a sale.

Being born in Mumbai, India (formerly known as Bombay), he lived there for about 30 years, until deciding that he didn't have enough sheep in his life.

Who doesn't get to that point I ask you?

So he found his spiritual home by moving to New Zealand with its 4 million people and 44 million sheep.

Could there be a better place to develop his business and raise the baa??

And that business started 15+ years ago, fresh out of college with a degree in accounting (of all things) he joined an advertising agency called Leo Burnett. Which had a life changing effect on the young man.

Times were not good in the advertising world, and even though work was hard to come by  the now deceased Leo Burnetts integrity shone through.

He learnt that there is a right way and wrong way to business, and took that with him, as then moving unusually from copywriting to cartoons.

The opportunity of working with one of the best advertising agencies in the world took him on the heady road of copywriting, writing TV commercials (learning how to do them in 5 seconds), graphic design, cartoons and web design.

Which once again, the underlying synchronicity was the constant search to find ways to communicate in the simplest, most effective manner.

Write text that is absorbed easily. And build conversations never forgotten.

And now with multiple online platforms teaching this ideal, he is loving life and perhaps getting to spend quality time with a sheep or two as well

So how did he take this ideal, and expand it into an income producing machine?

And does he see that the thing that stops so many people  out there, is there desire for perfection against one of simplicity?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Mr Sean D'Souza

To hear more from Sean D'Souza go to:

Podcast: The Three Month Vacation Podcast: Online Small Business|Marketing Strategy Plan| Sean D'Souza | Psychotactics By Sean D'Souza

Description: Sean D'Souza made two vows when he started up Psychotactics back in 2002. The first was that he'd always get paid in advance and the second was that work wouldn't control his life. He decided to take three months off every year. But how do you take three months off, without affecting your business and profits? Do you buy into the myth of "outsourcing everything and working just a few hours a week?" Not really. Instead, you structure your business in a way that enables you to work hard and then take three months off every single year. And Sean walks his talk. Since 2004, he's taken three months off every year (except in 2005, when there was a medical emergency). This podcast isn't about the easy life. It's not some magic trick about working less. Instead with this podcast you learn how to really enjoy your work, enjoy your vacation time and yes, get paid in advance.

Direct download: 402-Sean-DSouza.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Podcast 401: Toni Carey: An Entrepreneur Screaming "Do What You Love. Love What You Do"

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has a huge mission in her life.

And as we see all the time, when someone has a mission in their lives, they start influencing more and more people across the world to buy into that mission too.

And that is certainly the case with todays guest, who is co-founder of Black Girls Run, a grassroots organization that encourages and inspires African-American women to live a healthy lifestyle.

While currently serving at the helm of Black Girls RUN!, she is also a freelancer writer for Zelle (a Runner’s World publication) and a blog ambassador for Brooks Running.

She has been named one of the “30 Black Bloggers You Should Know” by The Root, Essence Magazine’s and recently received Toyota’s Standing O-Vation Award presented at Oprah’s 2014 “The Life You Want” Weekend in Atlanta.

But if you think this lady has all the time in the world to get these recognitions then think again, as most of this began when she was still a fulltime employee.

 

She had the hustle muscle, and was willing to put in the out of hours effort that was required to get to where she is today.

 

So with a manta of “Do What You Love. Love What You Do.” does she find that the majority of people go "Yes, that's what I want" and then do nothing about making that happen at all?

 

And does she see what she has built so far just being the tip of the iceberg. and the true vision of what it can become is starting to truly reveal itself?

 

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays free podcast, with the one and only Toni Carey

Direct download: 401-Tony-Cari.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

What happens when your efforts don't seem to be coming together like you hoped?

What happens when your energy levels get to a level when you think you can't go on?

Well in this episode David Ralph shares with you how he is pushing through these issues on a daily basis.

This is a brutally honest episode which perhaps shouldnt have been released, but hey it is now.

Let us know what you think about his words?

Should he have held back on this content?

Tweet us at @joinupdot and tell us what you thought.

Direct download: Bonus-Episode-_I_Am_So_Tired_Of_It_All.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:28am UTC

Podcast 400: Andrew Winston: Saving The Planet One Polar Bear At A Time

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges.

 

What this means, is instead of going to work, and then coming home and focusing our efforts on being "green" and arranging our household activities on being green and protecting the planet, he says "why don't we do it all the time?"

 

Why can companies do the same as we do personally, and focus their efforts on operating in a green way too.

 

His views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including Boeing, HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever.

 

His first book, Green to Gold, was the topselling green business title of the last decade and was included in many all-time lists of 30 books that every manager should own. 

 

He is an author, Ted talk veteran, businessman and of course recognised expert across the world on this subject.

 

So where did this realisation that companies can actually find a way to profit from being green, and the excesses of the past are not the way to go forward with an increasing profit sheet?

 

And does he find his message, is getting easy to pass on nowadays, or is it still an up hill path that he is walking?

 

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays free podcast, with the one and only Andrew Winston

Direct download: 400-Andrew-Winston.mp3
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Are these the kind of people that will push you to work harder then you have ever done before?

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Podcast 399: Matt Miller: An Entrepreneur Building Income From Vending Machines

Todays guest joining us on the top rated Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a man with a fascinating tale joining up many dots to where he is today.

Spending the first nine years of his career like Maverick in Top Gun, he felt the need the need for speed, as an Air Force Pilot, before entering the corporate world to work for Abbott Laboratories and then Valassis.

And he was on top form working for both companies, and was recognised as a top performer.

Which is of course great, but underneath lurking in his passions and dreams, was a desire to go out on his own to start his own business.

The old leap of faith was beckoning, but like so many people across the world, he had the desire but not the direction.

He wanted to do his own thing, but was unsure what that thing was supposed to be.

And as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, that path can reveal itself at anytime, and this was certainly the case with todays guest.

As fate would have it, a random conversation with a friend about the gum ball machines his family owned started it all off.

That one conversation sparked an intrigue and planted the seeds for what would eventually become his business School Spirit Vending.

But not before disappointment, frustration and the downturn in the economy in 2008 knocked his confidence for six.

And then a knock on the door happened at his home, and the path got clearer.

So what was it about that knock on the door, and the conversation that happened upon opening it,that really got the juices going?

And does he now look back and think, "Man, the clues were floating around me all the time, I just couldn't see them?"

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Matt Miller

Direct download: 399-Matt-Miller.mp3
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Jeff Goins Host Of The Portfolio Life Podcast Simply Loves The Art Of Work

Lets start with a question on todays episode of Join Up Dots.

And this is a fundamental question that can derail so many peoples dreams before they even start.

How do you become something that you want to be, if you have no history, or very little history in doing that thing?

How do you get to the point when other say….”oh you are so and so, I love your work!”

Well, I’ll give you some thinking time whilst you ponder this.

Well the answer is what todays guest did.

You simply start doing that thing, keep on doing it, and be consistent until you can say that you are that thing.

He wanted to be a writer, but was trapped with his daily life, family responsibilities and a myriad of other things.

So he made a decision to start writing and made the time.

And it didn’t matter if the time was unnatural and not conducive to developing his craft, he would write.

And now in a few short years is the author of The In-Between, Wrecked, You Are a Writer and now his latest work Art Of Work.

And as he says “I now spend my time writing books and trying to take over the Internet.”

So how did he overcome those same self-limiting thoughts that stop so many people in their tracks?

And is he proud of all his writing, or can he now see that the work has improved dramatically due to the constant effort, or the personal belief that comes with achievement?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Jeff Goins.

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

Podcast: the Portfolio Life With Jeff Goins

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

Direct download: 398-Jeff-Goins.mp3
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When we left the Steve Jobs story back on part three, Steve was at the lowest point of his life.

 

His big dream of creating the perfect computer Next was finished, and in an even crueler twist of fate, his other venture Pixar was in serious trouble too. 

 

The lifeline that had been grabbed, when making the deal with Disney was slipping away from them. 

 

Disney’s Katzenberg had seen what the company had created, and quite simply hated Woody, Buzz Lightyear and all the other characters which we now see as classics.

 

And together with the majority of Disney’s creative staff, he declared that the characters were unappealing jerks, the dialogues inappropriately cynical for a children’s movie (while he was the one who pushed for such characteristics early in development) and finished. 

 

Pixar was back to making TV commercials just so it could survive — but it was obvious it would disappear if the work did not start again.

 

Steve had lost Apple, lost Next, and ploughed a huge amount of money into Pixar with no sign of a return from his investments.

 

But Woody and Buzz had other ideas. Its not often that you can say that someone's life was literally saved by some old toys, but this was going to be the case with Steve Jobs.

 

John Lasseter and other Pixar employees worked very hard at the script that Disney previously hated. They knew that they were in the last chance saloon, so round the clock developed improved character traits in the toys that worked to make them instant classics, and in February 1994, they turned out a new, improved version that won Jeffrey Katzenberg’s approval: production could resume. 

 

Steve Jobs was not overwhelmed by this tiny success, and his desire to sell Pixar to outside investors never wavered. Even as late as the fall of 1994, Steve Jobs was actively pitching the company to anyone that he felt could help him regain his investment, even getting close to selling it to Apple's arch enemy Bill Gates.

 

Times were not good, but as many things turned out later for Steve, looking back and joining up his dots we can see clearly that it was a blessing that he failed to say goodby to the animation company.

 

In fact we could say that it was less of a blessing and more of an absolute saviour.

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According to many people who with him at the time. The realisation that he had in fact tapped into something that was going to be far bigger than he or anyone could have realised came in New York central park in 1995.

 

There within the grass, trees, and open space of the big apples iconic recreational area, the movie studio had set up a gigantic tent with a movie screen showing previews of the two upcoming Disney films, Pocahontas, to be released in the summer, and Toy Story, for Thanksgiving 1995.

 

The watching audience in the tent loved what they were seeing, and watching their reaction more than the film Steve Jobs started to get back in action. The apathy that had seen him while away the hours with his daughter at home, was replaced by a vision of what might just be possible. 

 

He realised, although it was true to say that he had kept his ideas firmly grasped to his chest, what he needed to do to get back on top and be seen as the earlier version of Steve Jobs once more.

 

The man who could do no wrong, with the midas touch to business.

 

But first he needed to see if the buzz around the two films could be translated into ticket sales. 

 

Could the feeling of anticipation felt within the canvas tent be felt across the country, leading to seats being filled in cinemas across America and the world?

 

Well he didn't know, but he knew that he had things to do before he found out.

 

Steve Jobs started to get himself into position to maximize what could be achieved if the film was a hit. Getting more and more involved with the running of Pixars affairs, he made the bold move of removing Ed Catmull from his position as president and naming himself both president and CEO of Pixar

 

Not frightened by his previous recruitment fiascos, he also hired an outside CFO, Lawrence Levy, to give Pixar a respectable image to Wall Street. This would work wonders if he could force a move to take the company public. An idea that would have been laughed at just a few months earlier.

 

But now was a very different time, and PIXAR like a racehorse ready to explode from the gates and trounce the competition did just that.

 

When Toy Story finally came out on November 22, it wasn't just a hit, but it was a smash hit. 

 

Audiences, across America flocked to see the Toy Buddy movie, and to say that Pixar and Disney were delighted was an understatement. It made $28 million in the Thanksgiving 3-day weekend alone, and eventually reached $160 million in US box-office receipts — an astonishing return for a production that cost just $27 million to get to market.

 

Steve Jobs had now got a successful company at the top of his resume once more. 

 

And it is true in life, and certainly true in business, that success leads to success very quickly. 

 

Most interested parties and investors only care about the recent track record, the hot streak that the incumbent could be seen travelling along at that moment.

 

Within a few weeks, Steve Jobs went from a tarnished ex-genius computer whizzkid, to seeing his face smiling confidently on the covers of business and industry magazines on every stand in America.

 

He was back, and in prime position, to create the largest and quickest influx of wealth he had ever experienced. Dwarfing the kind of financial figures he had enjoyed back in his highflying Apple days.

 

Back in the tent watching the movie pre-launch Steve Jobs had decided that he would take the company public. No one could see how this could have been possible with a failing company who hadn't made a profit in nine years, and instead had only see money go one way….the wrong way.

 

But Steve Jobs, felt strongly that he could ignore the naysayers, and meander his way through legal issues within the company that would stop this from occurring. He after all had a history of finding his way through the insurmountable difficulties that stop others in their tracks.

 

And this situation was no different.

 

He found the solution to the legal difficulties, and fair to say made more than a few enemies within the company in the process. His decision to focus the rewards on five individuals only, with himself taking the lion's share, alienated much of the company's loyal employees. 

 

Most feeling that the company should recognise and reward their efforts to bring the film to a successful conclusion. Many threatened to leave upon hearing that new CFO Levy would find himself fantastically rewarded, when he had not done anything remotely significant in the short period he had been with PIXAR. This was a bitter pill to swallow.

 

But Steve Jobs didn't care a bit, and proved to the world that his vision was spot on, when on November 29th, one week after Toy Story was released, the company hit the stock exchange.

 

Such was the positive commentary about the film and the company, it was little surprise that the shares more than doubled from $22 to $49. It became the biggest IPO of the year. Steve Jobs had made it: he was now a billionaire, worth almost $1.5 billion. 

 

He had made in one swoop ten times the money he had ever made at Apple in the early 1980s. 

 

Steve Jobs was delighted, not just for himself, but he now had a company that had made $123 million, and wrote off all its debts in one go. 

 

He was now in the driving seat once more. 

 

And there is one thing certain about Steve Jobs, and that is his ability to gain momentum from a situation.

 

He went back to Disney, and instead of thanking them for their support, marketing and production experience, he re-negotiated the deal he had previously made.

 

Steve Jobs made it clear to them that unless a new contract was written, he would take his animation company to the other movie distributors once the three movie deal was concluded.

 

Disney could see what they had on their hands and agreed to every term Steve Jobs dicated.  

 

The world was astonished.

 

They were not going to let the golden goose fly from their grasp.

 

Steve Jobs was on a roll and had a vision for himself that most certainly did not bear fruit. 

 

To which we mean the company that he had started way back in the 70’s Apple was not on his radar at all.

 

He had moved on, and separated himself completely from his past. Reinventing himself within a totally new industry

 

However, we can also see that sometimes in a person's life there are things occurring behind the scenes that can pull them in a direction that they just couldn't have foreseen.

 

And within the walls of Apple, they had no direction, the company was in crisis and losing money hand over fist. 

 

The Macintosh which still brought in the bulk of the companies profits was in steep decline. 

 

The operating system that a couple of years previously had been seen to be state of the art and cutting edge was now cumbersome and inoperable.

 

The desires for faster and more sophisticated computers had seen their competitors namely Microsoft pull away to claim the lion share of the market and dominate the sales of home pcs

 

Apple was desperate to restore their product to its former glories, they worked around the clock to bring to market an operating system that would fit the bill. 

 

Fast, cheap, efficient to build and able to cope with the demands of every consumer in the world at that time.

 

They struggled, and after delay upon delay realised, that they needed to pursue other avenues. 

 

The word on the street was Apple were rotting from the inside out. They were unable to operate efficiently and sales were declining in such spectacular fashion that their days were numbered.

 

How could they quickly change the fortunes of the Macintosh? 

 

How could they find the operating system that would bring the company back from the dead?

 

They needed to look to what the world was doing and seek collaboration.

 

They needed outside help if the company had any chance of survival.

 

And not even the board of Apple would have considered Steve Jobs to be the collaborator that they required, and certainly not even the most optimistic dreamer would have dared imagine that he not only be that person, but would also save the company in such astonishing fashion.

 

If you recall in the previous episode of the Steve jobs join up dots biographies. Steve had worked after leaving Apple on building the pinnacle of sophistication into the computer world with his Next computer company.

 

So perfect and advanced was the system that he built, that the world was quite simply not ready for it. It had been too advanced for the development costs to be able to be transferred to the buying public.

 

But that of course did not mean that the system was not still valuable to the world, and most importantly Apple computers.

 

Hearing about the company's problems, some NeXT employees made a very bold decision. 

 

They would contact Apple and inform them that they had an answer to their problems on hand. 

 

A system that was built, tested and now able to be built at a much cheaper cost than previously.

 

The world was ready for the vision of perfection that had cost Steve Jobs, his business and his reputation.

 

When Jobs heard that the phone call had been made, his jaw dropped. 

 

He was stunned that the idea had occurred, and even more so that the idea had been placed in front of his own struggling former love..Apple.

 

In December 1996, Steve Jobs, for the first time in over a decade drove to the headquarters of Apple and stepped through its doors, and in his hand he held the future of Apple Computers. The very advanced NeXTSTEP, regarded as one of the best software platforms on the planet. 

 

Steve Jobs said, envisioning the finally widespread use of NeXTSTEP, was a dream he had struggled ten years to realize but had always wished to occur. Justifying his efforts and perfectionism.  

 

In short time he convinced the board that they should part with $400,000,000 for sole use of the NeXSTEP, with also 1.5 million Apple shares and the appointment as “informal adviser” to CEO Gil Amelio coming his way too.

 

Steve Jobs had remarkably, through a series of fortunate events involving a film company that he had tried to rid himself, and an operating system that nobody wanted, returned home.

 

No longer in the family garage, but this time at the re-birth of Apple.

 

It would not be long until he was no longer the informal advisor but instead be restored as the CEO of Apple.

 

We will see in the last episode of the Steve Jobs story how he placed himself in the midst of a company that had lost direction, lost market share, and lost the belief of the world, but through the experience and dots that were now connecting Steve Jobs would be see forever as the world's greatest CEO

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397: Joel Gould: An Entrepreneur Who Leaves The World With A Smile

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Dr Joel Gould, an entrepreneur, businessman, author, and cosmetic dentist.

A man with hustle muscle running through him and a desire to be the best that he can be.

As he says "I am the classic, typical won’t take no for an answer guy. I am a PROBLEM SOLVER; I won’t limit myself, or trust almost anyone’s opinion of what I can achieve. This level of self-confidence arose solely from hard work, dedication, experience,  and a willingness to be open to anything, and to never say never,except to say never say never."

Now if this sounds like a guy who was born with confidence, and complete awareness of what he can achieve, then think again.

This is a guy who was influenced heavily by the upbringing he received from his father, and the shocking diagnosis at the age of 14 that he was suffering from Crohns Disease.

He is also a guy who was battered and bruised through the recession of 2009, and lost everything he had worked so hard to achieve almost overnight.

He moved from a two million dollar house into a one bedroom apartment, and from that point onwards started fighting back

And now everything seems great in his life.

He has a thriving practice in California, is the author of the book "The Perfect Smile", and appears as a recognised expert on tv and media.

So how did this native of Winnipeg, Canada, find himself building his dreamlife in California, USA?

And does he accept the lessons life has thrown him as part of the game, or just unfortunate moments in his life that he didn't deserve?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Dr Joel Gould

Direct download: 397-Dr-Joel-Gould.mp3
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Podcast 396: Tom O'Stasik: An Entrepreneur Hitting His Best Shots Everyday

Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has had a fascinating path to where he is today.

For many people, as young man he would have been considered a success and leading the kind of life that many people would consider the dream.

From the age of 14, you could find him swinging the clubs like a young Tiger Woods, pursuing his passion by playing golf on the PGA tour.

And for the next six years, he followed the tour until in 2009 he decided to put down is clubs and begin starting a family.

And this is a fascinating point in his life, which will lead the conversation today.

After spending so many hours practicing, traveling, practicing, competing, and then giving up, did he consider himself a failure?

Did he embrace the freedom of making that decision, or was he surrounded by people who had a different opinion to how he was leading his life?

Well whatever he felt, he stopped the touring and become a stay at home dad, and after over two years of that very rewarding yet very challenging experience, got into the telecommunication and technology industry doing sales for a small company remotely.

But at his core is this words, his own words "I love to feel inspired.  I love feeling connected to others.  I’m a dreamer who believes bigger and better things are always coming down the road.  I get a lot of inspiration watching and talking to people who are living and walking down an inspired path.  I appreciate it because it’s something I’m constantly seeking for myself."

So has he learnt the ability through his golf, that even in his own business, if you swing madly and hook one into the trees, then the next shot could be the sweetest one he has ever hit?

And does he look back at the early golfing hustle that took him around the tour, as the perfect grounding for what he is doing now?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Tom O'Stasik

Direct download: 396-Tom-Ostasick.mp3
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395: Dr Kenford Nedd: Finding The Happiness In Everything

My guest on todays Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is driven to make us lead a happy and stress-free life.

He is a practicing medical doctor, international keynote speaker, bestselling author, and highly sought after expert on stress and happiness.

He believes that there are practices and skills that we can all learn, that can help us push away those stresses and issues that bother us all, and start smiling broadly.

And he is certainly a man that has one of the biggest smiles I have seen ,so he must have mastered it himself.

And from his base in Vancouver, he is sharing his skills via TV, presentations, podcast interviews, and even speaking directly to Prime Ministers and their cabinets, as we all want to have what he has.

A stress-free and happy life everyday.

So how has he learned these skills?

Was he a big stresshead who realised that he had to do something about it, or was it a path that just found him?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Dr Kenford Nedd

Direct download: 395-Dr-Ken-Nedd.mp3
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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Jonathan Van Keulen, a man who is driven to make a difference to the world.

A difference to all the people, and familles that during their lives get touched by the illness cancer.

Leading up to 2014, our guest was leading a very different life to the one that he leads today.

Working for Wells Fargo as a private banker, his day was very much like most men in the world.

Wake up with the alarm clock, shave, put on a shirt and tie, kiss the family goodbye and go to work.

But what do you do when suddenly that routine is taken away from you?

What do you do  when you end up wishing with all your heart, that you can just kiss your family again and again, as you might be losing the chance to do it for much longer.

Well Jonathan Van Keulen faced that prospect head on, as in 2014 he was diagnosed with a rare and serious form of cancer that is seen mostly in children.

He was told that he had Osteosarcoma, and begain with the support and love of his family to fight against it, by undertaking the necessary treatment needed.

But this is where, we get to on the Join Up Dots ideal time and time again.

When our guests are at the lowest point in their lives, the thing that they should be doing with their lives so often appear.

And whilst laying on the hospital bed, making a list of ways that he could make himself more comfortable during his extended stay, he thought "If these things would make me comfortable then what about all the other cancer victims?"

He had so many ideas about things he could do to make his stay more comfortable, along with his lovely wife he started a non profit, Cancer Can't, with the mission to attempt to give these same comforts to as many people as we can.

So does he look back at his pre diagnosis life as one that needed a shake up to make him become truly alive?

And although terrible, and arduous, has the treatment and the cancer been a good thing that he is now glad that he went through?

Well let’s find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Jonathan Van Keulen

Direct download: 394-Jonathan-Van-Keulen.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur is Tranea Prosser, a lady who likes nothing more than having a laugh, and when it comes to making her listeners and audience laugh then she is in heaven.

Where ever there are ears to hear, and a sound system to project her voice, she has been bringing laughter to folks in all sorts of venues.

And she does it in a clean, non-profane manner…pleasing to audiences of all ages — from kids to senior citizens.

It seems performing was pre-ordained for this Texas native, as both her mom and dad were singers of some note…with her late father, Harvey, being a member of the Soul Savers quartet.

She has also sung in church choirs for most of life…as well as of course being a comedian, singer, and author of the book “Celibacy: What was I thinking?”

She is flexing the old hustle muscle everyday, and making the most of every opportunity that comes her way.

But what I find amazing is that like all of us she has started and worked in jobs that seem a total wrong choice to make, and from an outsider point of view seem madness.

She has spent years working as an administrative assistant, and a legal secretary for the attorney general of Texas, responding to inquiries and general complaints. 

But were these the jobs that actually helped light the passions and started her working towards where she is today?

Did she realise that although paying the bills, the roles were actually holding her back from a life of enjoyment and fun?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Tranea Prosser

Direct download: 393-Tranea-Prosser.mp3
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Today's bonus episode focuses on another listeners email who asked an amazingly profound question that can effect us all

Dear David,

Loving the show, and im amazed that you don't seem to lose your energy.......what are you drinking?
But here is my question......when do you decide that something isn't working?
When do you decided to stop and try something else?
All the best and keep on rocking it.
Johnathan Adams

Direct download: Bonus-_Follow_One_Course_Until_Success.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man who when it comes to knowing the true value of something is the guy to go to.

You see he is the owner of the Art Of value, where he works to assist entrepreneurs, companies, and guys with a product to sell decide on what they should charge.

Most of us in the entrepreneurial world have these great dreams of working for ourselves, having time freedom and seeing the money flow effortlessly into our bank accounts.

And most of us, at the beginning at least struggle with setting fair prices for our services.

We have those self-limiting thoughts that make us go cheap, when actually we should go double.

Now our guest can trace his path back to 2009, when he found himself sitting on a panel discussing hourly billing. Set the fee per hour. Do the work. Job done.

Another developer on the panel was an advocate for value pricing, and told the audience “If you bill by the hour, there is an artificial limit on your income.”

And with those words, our guests life changed forever.

So why were those words so profound to him? Was he just at that right moment when his mind was ready fro such a message?

Or deep down did he always have the belief that you should get for value of what you offer, but wasn’t brave enough to bring it to the table?

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

Direct download: 392-Kirk-Bowman.mp3
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Welcome to another bonus episode of Join Up Dots, where we respond to a listeners email. This is a show that all of us need to reflect on.
 
Dear David and everyone connected with Join Up Dots,
 
I listened to Join Up Dots today as I have done everyday for the last few weeks, and I just had to write to let you know what happened.
 
Episode 197 made me realise that I am letting myself down. In fact not just letting myself down but throwing away the life that I have been given.
 
I was so touched by the mans story, and how his persistence never wavered, no matter what happened in his life, that I broke down in tears at my desk.
 
I couldn't tell my colleagues what had happened to me, so just made up a story about problems at home.
 
But the problems are in me.
 
I shed so many tears today.
 
Tears for him and the uplifting way that he shared his struggles and heartaches.
 
But tears for me and the life that I have led. The years that I have wasted.
 
I would love to go back and listen to the show again, but I don't want to change the mark it has left on me.
 
I want to carry the pain, to drive me forwards to bigger and better things.
 
I know that I have it in me to achieve so much more.
 
I need more shows like this to keep me going.
 
The show you have created is a gift to all of us.
 
Bless you
 
Mindy Artisan
Juneau
Alaska
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Dr Hans Finzel is a successful author, speaker and trusted authority in the field of leadership.

For 20 years he had the freedom to led international non-profit World Venture, serving in over 65 countries and now spends much of his time speaking and writing on practical leadership principles from the real world—not the classroom.

The kind of stuff that corporations across the world are crying out for as the demand for top, productive and efficient leaders become more and more desirable.

He has written nine books, including his bestseller “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” and as we said this information is a global concern, which has led to them being translated into over twenty foreign languages.

If that doesn’t sound like he has enough on his plate already then, he also serves President of HD Leaders, and is chief leadership guru on“The Leadership Answer Man” podcast doing well in ITunes and other platforms.

So did his desire to tackle leadership issues come from working with people who just wasn’t up to the job, even though they were in prime positions?

The kind of people that have built careers more by default than talent?

Or like most things that become our lifework, did it simply creep up on him and till he couldn’t resist it anymore?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start todays Join Up Dots free podcast interview, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only super entrepreneur, business man Hans Finzel

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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is Fiona Sampson, a lady who is on a mission to create a safer world for vulnerable girls and women by working to prevent future generations from suffering the emotional and physical trauma of sexual assault.

She is challenging the system that allows such acts of violence to go unpunished and by doing so, influencing a behaviour change in perpetrators of human rights violations against women and ensuring that consequences of these acts are enforced.

And this mission started as far away from her base in Canada as is possible.

In Kenya, the rape of little girls is known legally as “defilement.”

Defiling is common there — a woman/girl is raped every 30 minutes — but even girl babies as young as three months are helpless against men who know they’ll never be prosecuted for the worst brutality imaginable.

These child victims are the loneliest girls in the world.

They are often orphaned by AIDS and are vulnerable to attacks by their remaining family as well as strangers.

The myth that having sex with a virgin is a cure for HIV/AIDS is also a spur, and not just for pedophiles.

So our guest has pioneered a new way of holding governments accountable for human rights violations against women by ensuring that women in countries such as Kenya, have access to legal resources, support and remedies that have otherwise would have been inaccessible due to economics, culture, and violations of gender rights.

But that is just a part of her story, as she is also is the last known thalidomide victim born in Canada. 

She refers to this experience as one of her first life experiences where she realized that those responsible for creating harm acted without consequence, compounding the impact of her victimization.

This has amplified the empathy she feels for the suffering of others and is certainly one of the big dots that has led her on the Join Up Dots timeline.

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots free podcast interview, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Fiona Sampson

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Todays guest entrepreneur on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who unlike so many of us, was not ready to leave school behind as quickly as he could.

With an experience gained by over twenty years standing in front of students, he is a man on a mission.

A mission that takes him from his own classroom, into every other classroom on earth.

And this is providing more and more success in his own life.

He believes that the world should connect in order to discuss, create, and encourage new and improved ways of learning into our children's lives.

And unusually, or at least it seemed to me, instead of saying "And one of the things we need to do is stop the fascination with social media and Facebook" he actually encourages these tools.

He wants the educators of the world to connect, or join up their own dots, to create a powerful force of classroom improvement.

And now with six best selling books, a keynote speaker, TED veteran, and leading advocate for the no-grades classroom he is connecting to make a huge difference.

So why does he feel that instead of saying, keep social out of the classroom, we should be saying "Lets use its power for connecting?"

And of course, in true Join Up Dots style, does he remember his own passage through the education system as inspiring, or just get me out of here?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs on todays free podcast, with the one and only teaching entrepreneur Mr Mark Barnes

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As we saw in the last part of the Steve Jobs biography, Steve had arrived at a crossroads in his life.

 

After his spectacular rise to the top with Apple, things had turned sour, and he was looking for something to reignite his passions and of course his fortunes.

 

He was still a very rich man, but for the first time in his life had the stigma of failure hanging over him. This was quite unfair in many regards, but as we see time and time again, the world likes nothing more than pushing a person to the top of the pile, and then delighting as they fall back to earth with the rest of us.

 

As the story goes, Steve Jobs had returned from one of his many business trips to Europe promoting the Apple II and met a very old friend of his, Nobel prize winner Paul Berg From Stanford University.

 

The two old friends discussed Bergs work, and it became clear to Steve Jobs that this could be the thing he was looking for. The reason to build a new company thereby restoring the Apple boards faith in him.

 

His friend told him about his work on DNA, and inquired whether the molecules could be simulated on computers. Steve told him No, but that didn't mean that it wasn't possible.

 

And those possibilities excited him greatly.

 

Instead of focusing in on the home computer market as he had previously, he would instead build a supercomputer for the higher education and scientific markets. He did his research as to the computer capabilities he would need, and became even more excited by what he discovered.

 

Steve Jobs, was reinventing the wheel and giving the world something that no one else could, and as we have already seen he was not short of ego, which is why there is no surprise that the idea appealed so much.

 

However, if Steve Jobs had gone further and researched whether the higher education and scientific markets would actually be interested in buying such a super computer, he might have had a very different reaction to the concept.

 

Hindsight as they say, is a wonderful thing.

 

He was still an employee at Apple, so enthusiastically informed the board of his idea. And on the 13th of September 1985 boldly described the vision he had for the computer, the company, and of course himself.

 

Everything went well at first, and the board sided with his enthusiasm, even willing to invest in the plans that Steve Jobs had presented to them. That enthusiasm however was short lived, when  Jobs started detailing who he would take with him to the new company. This is when the board of Apple turned bitter.

 

He advised that he would go away with Bud Tribble, the first Mac programmer; George Crow, a key Mac hardware engineer; Rich Page, who had supervised almost all of Apples’ development; Dan’l Lewin, and Susan Barnes, an MBA in finance.

 

Steve Jobs had presented these people as “Low-level”, but it was clear to all that they were anything but. These employees were integral to the future progress of Apple Computers, and the board felt threatened. With no other option and determined to push ahead with his idea, Steve Jobs resigned from Apple.

 

Next Computers was born, and it did not start easily.

 

The minute it was created, the six co-founders found themselves sued by their former employer, Apple. The fruit company was accusing them of stealing their technology. As a result, for its first year or so of existence, the new company could not work on any product in particular, since there was a chance they would lose the trial and give all the technologies they had worked on back to Apple. This didn't phase Jobs at all, and in the meantime he set up to build the perfect company.

 

Building a new company from scratch needed huge investment which Steve Jobs for once had at his disposal. After his departure from Apple, Steve had sold almost all of his stock out of disgust. So by early 1986, he was sitting on more than $100 million. These were very different times from the earlier bootstrapping of Apple. He no longer needed to entice the investment of others to his new venture. This was going to be his baby. He was very much back in control.

 

Steve Jobs knew one thing and he did it better than most: When it came to recruiting he ensured that quality and integrity were at the top of his wishlist. He only recruited those individuals that were classed as extremely bright. Next even used to state that even their receptionist had a PHD, and one thing was certain, there was a buzz around silicon valley about this new start up. The hype was growing by the day, and Steve Jobs added more and more computer whizzkids, and extremely intelligent folk to the list of employees ready to create the next big thing in computing. Next appeared very much the place to be.

 

What made this remarkable was the company couldn't work on anything due to the dispute from Apple, and so were not making any income. The salaries, relocation, logo, equipment costs were all being paid out of Steve Jobs very deep pockets. Not bottomless by any stretch of the imagination, but being emptied at an astonishing rate.

 

Why did Steve Jobs do this? Was it to prove a point to his old employers, or was it to prove a point to the industry?

 

Whatever the reason it got him noticed and the word on the street was “look out he's on his way back!”

 

At the same time as this was all happening, the Star Wars legend George Lucas, came calling to enquire whether Steve's previous interest in his company, working within the motion picture industry was still alive. Steve Jobs had taken a huge interest in the work of the team at Pixar, and had even requested that the Apple board buy the company, but was refused.

 

But now with the value of the company being substantially less than he was once offered, he decided to take matters into his own hands and fork out for the computer animation team. Once again, whether this was a dig at his old work colleagues we don't know, but Steve Jobs paid £10,000,000 of his own money to buy Pixar as nothing more than an expensive hobby. His real passion was for the Next cube,the super computer that would change the industry, not for a group of budding artists trying to make splash in Hollywood.

 

It continued to be a very expensive hobby for many years, with him funding it solely something that he was reluctant to do with his bigger passion Next. He finally started to look for outside investors for that company.

 

Fortunately for Steve Jobs and Next, the Apple dispute fizzled out, and they could actually start getting to work. This occurred mainly by their lack of new creation. Holding back on working on anything new, appeared to be a very good decision

 

NeXT still didn’t have a business plan or concrete plans for its first product. Apple’s case was based on NeXT’s raiding of senior Macintosh executives and conspiring to use the confidential knowledge Jobs and the others had about upcoming Apple projects (like BigMac).

 

And that is where it  faltered, Apple couldn't then pinpoint any specific trade secrets that NeXT had violated, because they hadn't. A week later, Apple came back with a list of twenty complaints but failed to demonstrate how NeXT had any plans against Apple.

 

The case proved to be a major embarrassment for Apple and just provided Next and of course Steve Jobs, with a great deal of free publicity: A true win win.

 

When we look back at Steve Jobs time working on The Next cube we can see quite clearly, two major flaws:

 

One was Steve's personal obsession with perfection. Everything from the typeface. to the casing had to be perfect. That perfection only made it a pain to build: from the perfect right angles to its materials to its color, it was extremely complicated — and therefore expensive — to put together.

 

In addition, Steve had made a point on also designing a “beautiful” board for the Cube. All the electronic components, which are usually on several different pieces of plastic, were melded on a single square board that the chairman Steve Jobs considered as beautiful as the case itself. However it was a strenuous problem for engineers to solve.

 

The costs escalated beyond anything that a school or higher education department could afford. Steve Jobs obsession with making it cutting edge and radically ahead of its time was to be its ultimate failure. He had built the technological equivalent of the Ipad thirty years too soon.

 

No matter which way they turned, Next and Steve Jobs hit a brick wall. And through all the twists and turns, delays caused the development of what had been cutting edge two years previously to no longer be seen as such. The competitors had quietly brought their cheaper and user friendly machines to market and had killed any escape route that Next had. Steve Jobs had fallen further from grace, and now was being seen as a liability instead of a maverick and technological genius.

 

Interestingly the forgotten hobby Pixar had started making some progress. Only small steps but enough for the people at Disney to take an interest.

 

In the early 90’s times were hard at Pixar, and the company had survived several threats by Steve Jobs to cut his losses and close the whole thing down. But for some reason or another, he still persisted with its vision.

 

Pixar failed nine times over by normal standards, but Steve didn’t want another failure to be placed on his resume, so he kept writing the checks. He would have sold the company to anybody in a moment, and in fact tried very very hard to do just that, but the bottom line was he wanted to cover his loss of $50 million.

 

In March 1991, he declared he would continue to keep funding it only if he were given back all of the employees’ stock shares. The scheme involved shutting the company down on paper, and creating a “new Pixar” where he was the sole owner. He also fired almost half the staff, keeping only the software programmers as well as Lasseter’s animation department — which was, by then, the only part of the company to bring cash in, thanks to its work in TV advertisement.

 

The hardware that the company had developed to enable others to create the same groundbreaking animation was classed as finished. Disney who had an investment in the company could never understand why they should be funding a system to teach others to animate. They controlled animation, and certainly wanted to keep it that way.

 

Nearly twenty odd years after starting the company, the team at Pixar were given a lifeline. After receiving a few awards, and even an Oscar for a short animated film, Disney gave them the greenlight to go for the big one…..a full length computer animated movie.

 

Steve Jobs negotiated a three movie contract with Disney, and arranged to keep 12.5% percent of ticket sales received. Little did he know, as he had limited experience in the movie industry, that he had made a very bad deal. But I suppose a bad deal is better than no deal, and after years of self funding the unit, he was about to see money at last come his way. Or so he thought.

 

Toy Story was put into development, and like all things in Steve's life, at that time, became a lot harder to get the product to the customer than he expected.

 

1993, was now upon us, and without doubt this was the year when everything that Steve Jobs had dreamt, worked on, and developed crumbled in front of him.

 

A year that many people couldn't have imagined happening ten years previously, when Jobs could do no wrong.

 

Whether Steve Jobs had dwelled on the same dark realisations we can only guess, but it was at an end. He was 38 years old and at his lowest point ever.

 

Next computers crashed around him.

 

It began in January 1992, when Steve Jobs made the decision to allow the advanced operating systems to be used in his competitor's machines. He had taken the view that the uniqueness of what he had created would need to be shared, if he had any chance of saving the company.

 

This was the first sign of the true failure to come for Steve, although many experts had the view that he should have done this from the very beginning. However Jobs was looking to create the system of all systems. The kind of processing speed that would leave all his competitors in the shade. Not to help them in their journeys also. The death warrant had been signed.

 

At the same time in an ironic retelling of a previous dot in Jobs life, things got even worse. COO Van Cuylenburg, who was hired by Steve Jobs, betrayed  him in a cruel reminiscence of what had happened at Apple some seven years earlier.

 

Van Cuylenberg had phoned up  NeXT’s competitor Sun, and asked its CEO Scott McNealy to buy NeXT and install him as manager of the new company getting rid of Jobs. Fortunately, McNealy had some sense of honor and told Steve about the outrage. Van Cuylenburg left, but Steve was completely devastated by everything that was going on around him.

 

How could this have happened?

 

How could all his hard work and investment end up in such a way?

 

How could it be that everyone of the company’s co-founders, except George Crow would abandon him.

 

He was Steve Jobs, the genius who had created an industry from nothing. A man who had lit up silicon valley and blazed a path across the world.

 

What had he done to deserve all this at once?

 

Next was finished, and in an even crueler twist of fate, his other venture Pixar was in serious trouble too. The lifeline that had been grabbed at when making the deal with Disney was slipping away from them. Disney's Katzenberg had seen what the company had created, and quite simply hated Woody, Buzz Lightyear and all the other characters which we now see as classics.

 

Together with the majority of Disney’s creative staff, he declared that the characters were unappealing jerks and the dialogues inappropriately cynical for a children’s movie (while he was the one who pushed for such characteristics early in development). Pixar was back to making TV commercials just so it could survive — but it was obvious it would disappear if the work did not start again.

 

Steve Jobs had reached the bottom of his career. He had lost faith in himself, and disappeared behind the closed doors of his home, spending most of his days at home, playing with his two-year-old son.

 

Was there anyway that Steve Jobs could fight back from such a low point?

 

Could he recoup his investment, his self esteem, and be allowed to create the legacy that he so craved?

 

That part of the story will only come on part four of the Steve Jobs Biography.

 

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Entrepreneurs like todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is Mr John Murphy, a man who from his core is a winner.

And best of all he likes nothing more than helping us all be winners too.

He lives in the South of France, but calls the world his office, as he works with individuals and corporations across the globe to make them improve their careers and see the opportunities they have all around them.

The opportunities that can bring wealth, success, and enjoyment into their worlds.

But this guy certainly didn't start with a global approach to business, as if we go way back you would have found him pounding the pavements, knocking on doors.

You see he began his career as a door to door life assurance salesman, but ended as the CEO of a Pan European Life Assurance Company in Ireland.

So he knows the hustle that it takes to not just start knocking on doors, but actually building his own doors.

The right doors, that can lead to a life of fulfilment, freedom, success, and a life of dreams.

He is now the owner of his own international company, and of course the host of the podcast 'Winning at Business & Life'

So how John Murphy, born and bred in Ireland break free from the surrounding conditioning of what is possible for a young man from Ireland?

And does he see the issues that he encounters with his clients, the same across the world, or is there geographical reasons that hold us back from achieving what we want?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs on todays free podcast with the one and only super entrepreneur Mr John Murphy

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Todays guest, joining us the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is Christine Hassler, a lady that for so many people would have been considered a success in her earlier life

A life that appears from the outside glamorous and stimulating

She was an agent in Hollywood, California....yep, she worked the land known as tinseltown for the Artist Management Group and was on a path that seemed set.

At least from the outside.

But inside her that path was most definitely not set.

That path was leading Christine, away from this sought after position to take her into the unknown and into a world of fear and doubts.

At the age of 25 she left this job, and set out to find the true thing she knew in her heart of heart she should be doing.

And as she sought for what she needed to do in life, she discovered that so many people she met had those same insecurities and frustrations that life was slipping away from them too.

And with the publication and success of her first book in 2005,  "20 Something 20 Everything" she touched a nerve in her readers and herself.

And her future started to reveal itself.

Now as a professional speaker, Christine Hassler, leads seminars and workshops around the country, and is a sought after expert appearing on TV and Radio everywhere on the subject of discovering the answers to the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?”

So how did she end up in Hollywood where it seems so wrong now on any different levels?

And how do people begin to answer that question "Who am I " when for their whole life they have allowed people to tell them what they are.

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

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Steve Jobs Part Two: The Rise And Fall Of Steve Jobs (Bonus Episode)

 
When we dissect the Steve Jobs biography, the journey towards success seemed almost an easy path to take.


Steve Jobs had found all the skills to become a supremely talented businessman placed in front of him, to pick up and consume at will, like one would pick an apple and take a bite.


As we had already discovered in Part One of the Join Up Dots take on the Steve Jobs story, he was born at the right time, the right place, with the right interests, and the rest as they say is history.


He co-founded Apple Computer when he was 21, and by the time he hit 23 was a millionaire.


In just two years, Steve Jobs had become a wildly successful, fabulously wealthy global celebrity.


Not bad for a man who just a few years before, had travelled the continent of India, unsure of his path in life, seeking spiritual enlightenment, whilst seeking as many mind altering drugs as he could get his hands on.


And then, at 30, Jobs had the kind of humiliating defeat that for so many would signal game over, he was made to leave the company that he had helped create.


He was in the most harshest of environments hung out to dry in the newspapers, and reports across the world.


Total humiliation was forced on a man who had became legendary, and it seemed could do no wrong.


But why persist to put yourself out there, and face the world's media and consumers head on, if in all sense and purpose you had already made it, and could quite easily live the dream.


But Steve Jobs, was a man unable to seek an easy version of his future and as Alan Deutschman, author of "Change or Die, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs. tells

"Steve Jobs persisted, he had this incredible tenacity. He held on and came back with triumph after triumph, driving the company to new heights, creating the greatest corporate success of our time. It's a unique story."


So how did it occur?


How did everything that Steve Jobs had worked so hard to build, be taken away from him?


And looking back was this the key to his later success, or just another obstacle to climb over as he followed his passions and interests within the computer world.


Well we need to step back a few years in time, when this fledgling company was tittering on financial collapse to gain a clear understanding of the path that Steve Jobs was unknowingly about to undertake.


As amazing as it seems now Apple Computer was a home enterprise, and a bootstrapped company that was prone to the same issues that all new home start ups endure.


Cashflow is the killer of so many dreams, and to raise the money they needed to get the Apple II off the ground, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak knew that they needed to bring in investors.


Interested outside parties who had the kind of financial clout they needed to see their visions begin to prosper.


Finding these people in a myriad of locations, their much needed investments stabilised the company, and allowed the continued development of the Apple II, which just a few months previously had been in question.


However as the two Steve’s discovered during this period, most of the investors were not too keen to see their money handed over to the two computer whizzkids without some semblance of control on their part.


Why would you simply hand over the money for others to use as they see fit, if you also had business experience, and a background of success in the financial and industrial markets of the world, to help direct the returns from those investments?


Why wouldn't you seek a place within the company to really keep things moving in your direction?


And that is what occurred, with many of the investors claiming themselves a place on the board.


And this is fascinating part to the Steve Jobs biography, to which you can clearly see the first division of the dreamer and activator Steve Jobs, and the board of Apple.


Moneymen, believed the way to grow a company was to protect the bottom line, and to hell with the vision of consumer perfection that so intoxicated the budding entrepreneur.


Make the products, shift the products and move on.


Whilst Steve Jobs wanted to change the world and create a legacy.


The skills that Jobs would display in such astonishing fashion upon his return to Apple years later were sorely missing at this time, and the board were of the opinion that Steve Jobs was brilliant, but quite simply too young and temperamental to run the company.


He had not yet learned how to balance the desire and (occasional) ability to create insanely great products with the need to also ship them — preferably on time and on budget. The lack of this skill doomed not just Steve's tenure as the head of Apple's Mac division, but also one of his subsequent projects, NeXT.


And also as most young men are, he was headstrong, full of his own importance, and of the belief that his products were the key to the success of everything.


It was his god driven right to bring his ideals and visions to the world, which would be the saviour of the company.


Which in all honesty was probably right, but there is a way to go about bringing this desire for perfection to the world, which Steve Jobs had not mastered.


He was petulant, abrasive, and likely to steamroller the weaker members of his teams, even though he loved nothing more than people standing up to him. Even presenting awards to the one who showed this brave trait each year.


He would argue, shout, demand and put the most amazing pressure on his teams, with very few thriving, and many falling by the wayside.


In a fascinating interview many years later Steve Jobs reminisces about an old man who lived down the street when he was a young boy. The man showed him a rock tumbler, and he and Jobs went out and got a handful of plain old rocks, then put them into the can with liquid and grit powder. They closed up the rock tumbler, turned it on, and then the man told Jobs to "come back tomorrow."


The next day, the man opened the can and inside were these "amazingly beautiful polished rocks. The same common stones that had gone in through rubbing against each other like this (clapping his hands), creating a little bit of friction, creating a little bit of noise, had come out these beautiful polished rocks."


Jobs goes on to say how that is a "metaphor for a team that is working really hard on something they're passionate about. It's that through the team, through that group of incredibly talented people bumping up against each other, having arguments, having fights sometimes, making some noise, and working together they polish each other and they polish the ideas, and what comes out are these beautiful stones."


People can only find their greatest strengths, and polish their inherent talents by being tested and challenged constantly. By being placed into the Steve Jobs tumblr they ultimately would find what they are capable of. Providing Steve Jobs and Apple with the kind of groundbreaking products that the world cannot get enough off.


So realising, that at that moment Steve Jobs was not the man the board wanted to run the company, Jobs himself set out to find someone that could demonstrate the skills, characteristics and behaviours that he would want in place of him.


And he found that very man, in 1983, when he recruited Pepsi executive John Sculley to run Apple, famously asking him "Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?"


John Sculley was inspired by these words and accepted this position. Not realising that less than three years later, he would also be changing Steve Jobs life too.


Things did not seem doomed for collision when the relationship was first formed, as both considered the other a close friend. Being on the same wavelength, it was a common occurrence for one to finish the sentences of the other.


They thrived in each other's company and were seen to many as a dynamic duo that  contributed greatly to the amazing press that the company was receiving across the world at that time.


They complemented each other personally, but professionally were very different.


They had their own responsibilities and demands on their time and energies that neither could possibly understand.


Within the walls of Apple there was no getting away from the fact that things were turning for the worse.


Jobs was Apple's chief visionary, a role that put him in charge of the team developing Apple's next revolutionary product, the Macintosh computer.


John Scully on the other hand, was interested in appeasing the views of the concerned board members who saw Jobs as a loose cannon, and ensuring that the vision of Jobs did not ultimately become the death warrant of Apple.


The Mac debuted in 1984 to rave reviews but disappointing sales, putting a financial strain on the company -– and fraying Jobs' relationship with Sculley.

Jobs basically had created his own team to create his own product, the Macintosh. His team actually having its own building. He even flew the pirate flag there.


As he often would say, 'It is better to be a pirate, than to be in the navy.'


What Steve Jobs had done was ultimately created a company-within-a-company, that became pitted against other parts of the company that actually made money. The cracks were growing wider and wider by the day.


The downfall came soon, when buoyed by Steve Jobs largely overestimated expectations of the Macintosh sales, they found that their euphoria about the revolutionary Mac, which they thought they would ship 80,000 units by the end of 1984, and had produced anything but euphoria.


They had built, developed and stored 80,000 computers ready for the rush, but encountered a return just a quarter of what was expected.


And not only was the figure disappointing, but so was the performance of the Macintosh, that Steve Jobs had deemed as perfection in the making.


In fact with its 128 KByte RAM it was not simply not powerful enough, and there were hardly any software applications available yet.


During the annual board meeting in 1985, it became clear that the work that Steve Jobs deemed as important was not as important to what truly mattered: the financial bottom line.


Compared to the continued sales of the Apple II, Steve Jobs new masterpiece only accounted for 30% of the sales of Apple. It was a dead duck, and to many simply not worth pursuing with.


Steve Jobs became more and more angry and aggressive because of the continuing drop in Macintosh sales, and made sure that he blamed everyone for its failure, other than himself.


So blinkered was he to the world he had created, that he couldn't see what everyone else would consider to be obvious. The failure was not with the product, but was with Steve Jobs belief in the product. The problem was with him.


In the end, he blamed even Sculley for the crisis and wanted to lead the company himself. But this seemed impossible to everyone else: "Steve was a big thinker, an inspirational motivator, but not a day-to-day manager. What was sad was that he could not see it."


When Sculley was informed that Jobs intended to remove him from the company, he was quite concerned, but then decided to choose the company's welfare over his friendship to its visionary co-founder.


Supported by Markkula and the other members of the board, in May 1985, he dismissed Steve from his positions as the vice-president and as the leader of the Macintosh division; Jobs did not have any managerial power anymore.


The record books make it clear that Steve Jobs wasn't sacked, but was demoted. But such was his ego, and love for his creation that is a mute point.


Steve Jobs could no longer be seen as someone that could make the company fly high. His wings had been severely clipped, and now like the Macintosh was a dead duck. Perhaps not dead, but a shadow of what he had been previously.


Jobs, took awhile to decide on his next move, and by and large spent much of 1985 travelling around Europe and the Soviet Union under the orders of Sculley promoting the Apple II.


It was during these endless journeys that Steve Jobs lost interest in what he was doing. He lost interest in the company that he had co-founded. He was depressed and lost.


The charismatic young man from just a few month previously forgotten. He stopped coming to work and resigned from Apple


Jobs said during the speech at Stanford in 1985 that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that ever happened to him. “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything,” he said.

“It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life; I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple,” Jobs said. “It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.”


And so started the third part of the Steve Jobs biography. The ability for him to assess, refocus, play, and learn from his weaknesses.


It was during this period when Steve Jobs, as we see everyday on the Join Up Dots interviews, came back stronger than ever. The darkest periods of his life, showed him the light that would lead him to blaze even more brightly than he had thought possible.


He would change from the petulant, abrasive, visionary, to as John Sculley himself says “The Greatest CEO the world has ever known”


But how did he do this?


How did Steve Jobs pull himself from the dark despair that hung all around him, and start to fight back? A despair so intense that some of his close friends were worried for his safety, and considered his moods suicidal in their depth.


Once again, as we need to do time and time again with this tale, we need to step back a few months to review the version of Steve Jobs who hadn't yet decided on his next move.


The Steve Jobs that was still struggling to come to terms with his demotion from Apple, but not yet brave enough to walk away.


The telling part of the story, is the period when Steve Jobs began failing to turn up for work, and started looking around him.


Freed in many ways from the constraints of his responsibilities, he had time to think.


“Apple was founded when Steve was just 21 years old. So he never really had time to think about big picture, life issues. He obsessed on the same questions over and over: “What went wrong with Apple. What did I do wrong?”


It was an important question to ask, and within its few words would hold the answer to his true world changing legacy, ready to be unleashed on the world twelve years later.


After Jobs returned from the Apple II tour, he met with The Graphics Group, a team of 3D computer graphics technicians gathered by Star Wars director George Lucas.


Steve Jobs began to believe that the high-end 3D graphics business was going to be huge. “These guys were way ahead of anybody,” he said. “I just knew in my bones that this was going to be very important.”


He suggested to the Apple board that it consider buying the company — later called Pixar — from LucasFilm. But the board wasn’t paying attention to Steve anymore, and less than graciously decided to pass on the deal.


Jobs then floated. He spent more time with his daughter Lisa. He gardened. He mused about running for public office. He applied to fly on the Space Shuttle as a civilian, but that didn’t work out.


He went to Europe on business, but made time for museums. He spent a lot of time by himself, or with his girlfriend.


In Europe Steve Jobs met with heads of state, university presidents, artists. He’d been humbled in California, but was having his ego stroked in Europe, where he was still thought of as a “revolutionary business figure.”


Although none of these conversations, and museum visits were on their own important, they were in fact a series of dots, leading to the big dot.


The one that would create the inspiration within him, to go again.


Ready to return to the U.S. hungry for the next big thing.


He began meeting with scientists, who were telling him that they needed a personal computer with enough power for real research and modeling — “a radically new high-end computer ‘workstation.'”


Although far way from the Jobs family garage, where Apple was born, the same passion and ability for creative thinking was ready to ignite again.


Steve Jobs was on the march, and went straight into the boardroom of Apple, to declare that he was leaving start a new company, and would also be taking some low-level Apple employees with him.

And what came next, was NeXT.

Direct download: Steve-Jobs-Part-Two-Master.mp3
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There are many things that will surprise you from a Steve Jobs biography.

 

We all feel that we know the man well. 

 

We have read the stories of success, heard the tales of peculiar behavior and used the products that the man left behind.

 

But what you will find when you start researching Steve Jobs, is a man who I don't think anyone will truly understand. 

 

A man with so many layers of personality, and distinct characteristics, that we all had the potential to see the type of person that Steve Jobs wanted us to see.

 

So where do we start on the Join Up Dots take, on the Steve Jobs Biography?

 

Well we can clearly see on the Join Up Dots timeline, that Steve Jobs was from the moment he was born looking for identity. 

 

Steven Paul Jobs was brought into the world on the 24th February 1955 in San Francisco California, by two students of the University of Wisconsin, who for whatever reason felt that this new born boy, who would grow up to become the king of techonology, was not theirs to keep.

 

Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, played such an amazing part in bringing this child to the world, but would also play such a small part too, and gave the young Steve Jobs up for adoption shortly after birth.

 

And this was one of the dots in the Steve Jobs biography that Steve spoke so candidly about in 2005, when he addressed the graduating students on Stanford in a commencement address that has become a firm favourite to the world.

 

Not least becoming the basis of what became the theme behind the show “Join Up Dots with David Ralph”

 

The Steve Jobs Biography is a fascinating tale of clearly defined dots that shape what he was going to become right from the start, which would make it fascinating if we could ever go back in time and show the young Steve Jobs the steps that he should take.

 

Would he follow them, or would this young child with such a fascination for technology, and understanding of the components that made early electronic devices work, listen?

 

Well probably not, but you can see in the Steve Jobs biography those dots were clearly working in his favour right from the start.

 

His adopted parents lived in Mountain View California, which would fortuitously become what is known as silicon valley in later years, planting the budding entrepreneur in the centre of where he would later go on to rule.

 

His father, Paul Jobs who worked as a Coast Guard veteran and machinist, also had an interest in electronics and would show his young son from the confines of the family garage (the birthplace of Apple) how to take electronic devices a part, and then have the confidence to put them all back together.

 

Paul Jobs could have had fishing as a hobby, but once again the Steve Jobs biography shows that the skills that he would later utilize to such astonishing success were laid before him.

 

Yes of course, he needed the interest and persistence to make these skills work, but Steve Jobs was nothing but tenacious when that interest was in evidence.

 

A completely different Steve Jobs, to the one we would see throughout his career when he was bored, or things didn't quite go his way!

 

And those opposing, and not so dynamic and conscientious personality traits, were more than evident to everyone during his schooling. Steve Jobs was an innovative thinker. He could see things long before most people had started to even consider there was even something to be seen.

 

Which meant that during school, he struggled with the confines of formal schooling, and the structure of his lessons which as we all know, more often than not are anything but innovative.

 

The young Steve Jobs, would attempt to keep himself entertained by playing pranks and creating mischief, even once being bribed by his fourth grade teacher to get his head down and study. 

 

But there was no getting away from the fact that being born to two University graduates had provided him with the genes of intelligence. And school tests, even from a boy who had little interest in the work were a breeze. He would sail through the testing with such apparent ease that the school administrators were keen to push him ahead to High School, which his parents were reluctant to sanction.

 

So already at school age, the Steve Jobs biography shows that we have a child who is living smack bang in the middle of the soon to be formed Silicon Valley, had an interest in electronics, possessed an innovative and questioning mind, and was born in 1955.

 

And this last fact is probably one of the most interesting of all, as Malcom Gladwell attested to in his bestselling book the Outliers” in the chapter “Timing Is Everything”

 

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was born in 1953, Apple founder Steve Jobs in 1955, Sun Microsystems founders Bill Joy and Scott McNealy in 1954, Bill Gates in 1955.

 

Which made them the prime age when the first do it yourself home computers came to market in 1975. 

 

Old enough to see the potential, and risk their futures by working on what someone already established in a career in computers would consider too much a risk to take on. 

 

But not old enough to be already settled down with children and responsibilities, frightened to take the leap of faith and risk what they had already gained in life. 

 

All of them fascinated with what was in front of them, and on their own paths to becoming household names in computing, making them richer than anyone could hope to be.

 

So we are building quite a list of dots on the Join Up Dots timeline, and of course the Steve Jobs biography.

 

We can now add perfect timing of his birth, to the perfect location, an interest in electronics, questioning mind, and a passion to go against the norm. 

 

We can almost see already, the Steve Jobs that we would see a few years later, in the young man huddled over a box of wires and fuses.

 

But no matter how inspired and intellectual a person is, they will need the support of others. 

 

And Steve Jobs found this when he was introduced to Steve Wozniak, who became his future business partner.

 

The two hit it off straight away, and as Wozniak spoke about in a 2007 interview, it was obvious from the start that the two had similar outlooks and passions. Passions that back in the early years of the 1970’s very few people had.

 

As he says “We both loved electronics and the way we used to hook up digital chips. And very few people, especially back then, had any idea what chips were, how they worked and what they could do. I had designed many computers, so I was way ahead of him in electronics and computer design, but we still had common interests. We both had pretty much sort of an independent attitude about things in the world.” 

 

And that was how Steve Jobs life was throughout High School. Limited interest in what was happening within the education system, but along with Wozniack fascinated and consumed by the potential outside its walls.

 

And now in the Steve Jobs biography we arrive at that definitive time in his life. 

 

The definitive time in everyone's life. They are now ready to go out into the world as young adults and create their own paths.

 

Would Steve Jobs follow the course that so many people follow and play it safe, getting a job just because it's money in the bank, following in the footsteps of his father, or would he strive boldly into a new future, and create his legacy.

 

Well surprisingly Steve Jobs did neither, and even against a background off disinterest in studying and education, Steve Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland Oregon.

 

This appears a decision that was not well thought out, as Steve Jobs quickly realised that he wasn't suited for further education and made the decision to drop out of college and do his own thing.

 

And that thing was to start attending classes that he thought would be interesting. 

 

He would choose classes to attend, just because he was intrigued by their content, not because how they would look on his resume.

 

One of those classes, as Steve Jobs recounted once again in the Stanford Commencement address changed his life. The course was in calligraphy, and developed the love of typography that he brought to the world in such a dramatic and successful way with his first foray into the home computer market.

 

As he said to the students hanging on his every word on that day “None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backward 10 years later.”

 

In 1974, the Steve Jobs biography shows, what you would think was a great starting point to his career as a computer genius, and the young Jobs accepted a position with the promising and innovative games company Atari, as a video game designer.

 

Atari would go onto to dominate the home games console market in the late seventies and early eighties, with children across the world clambering for one of these wooden boxes that they could plug into their television sets. The demand was astonishing.

 

But Steve Jobs would not play a big part of the success of the company, as just six months later he quit, to go and find himself by traveling the huge continent of India, high on drugs most of the time.

 

When he did return to the United States of America it was now 1976, Steve Jobs was twenty years old and about get serious about what he saw the future of home computing to be. 

 

Alongside his friend Steve Wozniak, still spending hours and hours inside the Jobs family garage, they would create what would grow to become the most valuable company on Earth.

 

The two friends set to work experimenting with the knowledge that they had fostered, more often than not unknowingly throughout their lives. 

 

The hours spent fiddling with chips, and electronic circuit boards as a hobby, now finding its true importance in their lives.

 

Which is of course one of the truths of every episode of Join Up Dots. 

 

Perceived failures, or what seemed like pure time wastage can later on turn out to be the holder of the very thing that you are looking for. 

 

And that was certainly the case with young Mr Steve Jobs.

 

However greatness does not appear without a belief and a willingness to take risks. And the Steve Jobs biography is littered with incidents where he seemed to have the desire to go further and quicker than anyone else around him would consider acceptable..  

 

Selling his Volkswagen bus, whilst his friend Wozniak sold his beloved scientific computer they funded their fledgling enterprise, and began to work changing the world. Empowering every home to believe they could posses their own computer, which several years previously would have been thought an impossible dream.

 

With Jobs in charge of marketing— Apple, which they decided to call their untested enterprise, initially marketed the computers for $666.66 each. The Apple I earned the corporation around $774,000. Three years after the release of Apple's second model, the Apple II, the company's sales increased by 700 percent, to $139 million. 

 

Not bad for two guys, who just three years before were unsure as to which direction their future would go.

 

However this was simply the beginning of what Apple was to become and in 1980, Apple Computer became a publicly traded company, with a market value of $1.2 billion.

 

By the end of its very first day of trading, and buoyed by its success Jobs looked to find someone with the business acumen and vision to drive the company to even greater heights, and made the decision to bring marketing expert John Sculley of Pepsi-Cola in as the President of Apple.

 

A decision that among all the decisions made in the Steve Jobs biography was as bad for Steve as it could possibly be. 

 

A decision that would bring Steve Jobs to one of the lowest points of his life, being told to leave the company he had founded. 

 

Steve Jobs was sacked from Apple.

 

Direct download: Bonus-Steve-Jobs-Part-One.mp3
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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who from his hometown of Calgary Canada, is on a mission similar to most of our guests.

In fact it should be the mission that everyone of us who listen into Join Up Dots should be on everyday.

He is committed to studying, understanding and helping others achieve more, in less time.

If you want to better your life, your career or business, and of course your results, then there is no better way than to focus in on the needs of others.

As the late Zig Ziglar once said, "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want" which seems to be a great principle to live by, and is certainly working for todays guest.

And so for nearly two decades, he has travelled and advised people from across the continent and around the globe, from Fortune 500 leadership teams, to high achievers from all walks of life.

So how did he know that he could see a problem that had been anchoring people to the future they were not keen on, and blow it to pieces?

And does he find that he still has many of the issues that his clients have, but has managed to work to reduce them, or does he still carry around self limiting baggage?

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

Direct download: 386-Shawn-Shewchuk.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Mr Brian Holmes, a man who has many irons in the fire on a daily basis.

He is an author of the book “The Ties That Bind”, the founder and President of Strategic Living Institute, Brian A Holmes Ministries and the Strategic Leadership Forum, where he inspires everyone to find that thing that we were put on this earth to do.

He even has his own weekly podcast, that bind it all together.

As he says “Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed because there’s something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at – something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again.”

So how long did it take Brian Holmes to find the freedom ill this way?

And is it a process that we can all learn, or do people more often than not stumble unknowingly into the path that they should be taking?

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

Direct download: 385-Brian-Holmes.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:01am UTC

John Lee Dumas: How The Host Of Entrepreneur On Fire Joined Up His Dots (Bonus Episode)

John Lee Dumas is an inspiration to many people across the world, who hear him talk on a daily basis with entrepreneurs, businessman and the movers and shakers of the world.

He is the host of the award winning daily podcast, Entrepreneur On Fire, which since its birth back in September 2012, has lead the way in what can be achieved in the world of podcasting.

John Lee Dumas podcast interviewJohn Lee Dumas was not the obvious choice to become the man behind the mic, but as we always see on Join Up Dots, when you look back over the life of the person, you can see how the dots join up clearly.

And this is certainly the case with John Lee Dumas.

John Dumas was born as he says in his own words “A simple country boy from the State of Maine” and throughout his childhood was a child who was an extremely active and popular child.

The son of a preacher man, John Lee Dumas, or John Lee as his parents called him liked nothing more than hitting the school playground everyday, and indulging in kickball with his mates.

And growing up in a state where his childhood years were spent on lakes in the summer and ski mountains in the winters, it is with little surprise that when his childhood years had past, he didn’t actively seek a job behind a desk, which is where you can find him much of the time working today on Entrepreneur On Fire, but instead went for something far more active.

Active in body, and active for his country, as in 2002 he entered the military and for the next eight years, John Lee Dumas performed the role as Captain, and Armor and logistics officer for Uncle Sam.

And this is one of those dots on the Join Up Dots timeline, that helps pinpoint the success of Entrepreneur on Fire.john leed dumas podcast interview

Whilst in the military, John Lee Dumas was trained in structure, planning, organisation and effectiveness, all brilliantly useful as a soldier, but equally useful as a high flying Entrepreneur.

So many people point to the success of his seven day per week podcast Entrepreneur On Fire, and ask how can you record so many episodes and not burn out?

Which John Lee Dumas quite candidly will point out, is down to the skills that he learnt during his time in the armed forces, which he has utilised to such brilliant effect with Entrepreneur On Fire and his other income producing business spin offs.

An interesting fact about John Lee’s time in the military was that he became the first platoon in America to perform a tour of duty in Iraq, during the conflict there in the early two thousands.

For thirteen months, he worked tirelessly supporting his platoon, and building up his commitment to the task, until it was time to say goodbye to Captain John Lee Dumas, and say hello to the civilian version, that was to become anything but as effective as his previous incarnation.

The transition from the military was not an easy one to perform, and John Lee Dumas points out in his own words, that he was searching for something that could replace the self worth that he had felt previously.

As he says “My transition was brutal and different compared to others’. I thought I had everything mapped out. My father is a lawyer so I immediately thought that law would be a great profession for me to move into. I applied to law school and got accepted for the fall of next year. Before that I knew I would spend the year traveling. What I should have looked at people out there in the civilian world who were veterans and non-veterans that were actually doing things that inspired me. I should have tried to find out how I could have learned from these people. I wish I turned it in that direction.”

So in those words we can already see the makings of the John Lee Dumas podcast king that we can see today.

Before Entrepreneur On Fire was even an idea to be hatched, he was looking for structure, organization, and the ability to inspire and be inspired.

He was prepared to ignite, although at that stage John Lee Dumas was still looking in completely the wrong direction to find that spark.

Interestingly across the world, there is a similar path to how we live our lives, and it has become very much a theme of Join Up Dots.

When growing up we get told what to do, by parents, teachers, mentors, scoutmasters, the list goes on.

And so it’s with little surprise that the time comes for us to make a decision as to what we want to do with our lives, and we have no idea.

How can we know, when for the first twenty years we have barely made a decision for ourselves?

And that is where John Lee Dumas found himself, and after a gap year travelling the world and feeling lost and liberated all at the same time he returned, and entered into the world’s favourite career destination.

He followed that path that he had already seen travelled by his father, and enrolled to become a lawyer, which turned out to be one of the world’s worst mistakes, at least it did for John Lee Dumas.

John Dumas seems to react strongly to emotions and feelings, and will fight back quicker and more determinedly than most people.

Most would discover that they didn’t like something slowly, and then decide to remove themselves from that pain slowly too.

John, realised on that very first day that he hated it, and knew that what he had enrolled for was a massive error of judgement on his part. Without any idea of what he wanted to do, or what he wanted to become he quit at the end of the first semester.

He had to face his parents, his friends, his colleagues, ex-students, and worse of all himself.

In very short time he had gone from being a Captain in the military that people looked up to, and reacted strongly to his positive messages to someone that he couldn’t even respect himself.

John Lee Dumas, here is another one of your dots.

The self-worth that you now feel and strive everyday to grow within your listeners was gone.

You were being given the clearest clue that you were the ideal avatar to what you would become.

You were a person that needed to feel “On Fire” and love every second of your life.

Self-worth, passion, a clear message, followers, structure and organisation had been planted within him, and very soon those dots would explode, and Entrepreneur On Fire would be realized.

But still we have a few more dots to cover before we get to the true path of John Lee Dumas, Host of the award winning “Entrepreneur On Fire”.

John Lee Dumas Podcast InterviewIn 2008, John joined the company John Hancock and set about rebuilding his life, confidence and belief that he had something worthwhile to offer.

Entering the world of corporate finance John Lee Dumas, found that he had a natural talent for making money and quickly became seen as someone new to look out for.

For eighteen months his star was on the rise, and the decision makers of John Hancock knew that they had someone that was worth investing in.

They had an employee on fire!

But, as we see time and time again with John Lee Dumas, if it doesnt feel right, then no matter how much money or success is coming his way it still won’t make it right.

And on the day when he realised that he had survived a series of staff cuts during the downturn in the economy, the heads of John Hancock told them all “If you are not with us 100% then walk away because we are only going to work with people that want us”.

And instead of being relieved that he had a job, a career path, and a company that was willing to make big decisions, John Lee Dumas took what seems a remarkable decision.

A great one with hindsight, but one that from the outsider’s viewpoint appears as almost lunacy.

He realised that he wasn’t 100% with them, and although now earning a good income, with a new condo in Boston, told the company “Enough is enough” and walked away into the unknown and complete insecurity again.

Different roles came and went during the next four years, and John Lee Dumas traveled the length and breadth of the country, performing roles that were not him.

He switched roles, direction, and salaries and no matter what he tried the path that we had already seen was screaming out for him, was just not visible to his own eyes.

He didn’t realise that he had a mission to inspire.

He had words waiting to be spoken to a global audience.

He had followers ready to be led.

And then one day, in the most unexpected of locations, the tyres of John Lee Dumas’s car rolled another two inches and found the path that he was looking for.

On just another seemingly normal drive to perform the role of Commercial Real Estate broker for the The Dunham Group, the big dot arrived in John’s life.

The tyres had found traction on what would become the starting point of Entrepreneur On Fire.

During all the time driving around America, John lee Dumas had fortuitously consumed podcasts to pass the time, and to help him feel inspired and motivated.

He loved them, and had his favorites that were to be his daily companions, as he burnt up the miles of American roadway.

The familiar voices, that had become the soundtrack to his life.

But one day, these friends fell quiet.

The voices that had accompanied him for hour upon hour, now had nothing more to say.

He looked through his MP3 player and realised that he had run out. Such was his desire for listen to the learnings, speeches or just plain fun and informative conversations that John Lee Dumas had exhausted his supply.

He was consuming quicker than the hosts could deliver the content.

“Why can’t there be daily shows seven day per week?” mused John Lee Dumas, as he switched on the radio to listen to several hours of Miley Cyrus and musical fluff.

BOOM!!!

He had found it. He had joined up his dots, and found his path.

If no one else was delivering content seven days per week, then why couldn’t he?

Why couldn’t he be the first guy to do the unthinkable and create more content than people could consume.

And with that thought, lots of uncertainty, and no idea what he would even call this vision, Entrepreneur On Fire was born.

Now several years later, the humble beginnings of this award winning podcast are far to be seen in the rear view mirror of John Lee Dumas car.

With downloads of 1,000,000 per month, income exceeding $250,000 per month, and keynote presentations, and media appearances across the world, John Dumas is on fire.

He has joined up all his dots, and now seven day per week is helping others find their own.

So do you think that you can push through so much uncertainty and disappointment?

Do you think that you have what it takes to follow the voices in your own head, and create your own path?

Well if you do then there is one thing to say.

Reader “You are prepared to ignite”

For more information on John Lee Dumas EOfire podcast go to:

EOFire | Entrepreneur on FIRE | Chats with Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins and inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week

Awarded 'Best of iTunes', EOFire is a 7-day a week Podcast where John Lee Dumas chats with todays most successful Entrepreneurs. Pat Flynn, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins and Gary Vaynerchuk are just 5 of the over 1400 interviews to date. EOFire was created for YOU, the Entrepreneur, Side-Preneur, Solo-Preneur and Small Business Owner. If you're looking for ACTIONABLE advice during your daily commute, workout, or ‘me’ time, JLD brings the HEAT. Each episode details the journey of a successful Entrepreneur who shares their WORST Entrepreneurial moment and lessons learned, an AH-HA moment and how they turned that idea into success, and much more. Each episode ends with THE LIGHTNING ROUND where JLD extracts golden nuggets, Internet resources and action steps for you, FIRE NATION!

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Mr Marc Ensign, did me a huge favour, before he has even appeared on the show, by basically writing the shows introduction for me.

Normally, I do all the research and spin it all together, but when you go to their linkedIn and about page and start laughing straight away, then why write the thing yourself.

So in his own words "I’ve had a bit of a whirlwind of a career over the past 20 years that all began as a well known Broadway musician.

I’ve always been an entrepreneur by nature. I really didn’t have much of a choice as I was pretty much fired from every job I had as a kid for always insisting on doing things my way.

As it turns out, companies generally don’t like it when you do that…unless of course you own the company, so I started my own company. Successfully promoting my way to Broadway as a musician told me that I had a real knack for marketing, so in 2001 I picked up a copy of PhotoShop and started a website design and search engine optimization company called Sound-n-Vision.

For over 11 years now I have been directly involved in the success of well over 1,000 organizations from local Mom and Pop shops to Internet startups to non-profits to Fortune 500 Companies and everything in between by helping them to develop new strategies for success using website design, search engine optimization and social media.

With all of the success I have been able to achieve for my clients, I figured that it was a natural transition to share my real world experience and expertise on successful Internet Marketing strategies with people from all walks of life.

Marc Ensign describes his style of writing and speaking as "Internet Marketing Without the Geek Speak" meaning that I have a gift for taking otherwise complex subjects like search engine optimization, social media marketing, blogging, increasing conversion rates and other marketing strategies and breaking them down in a way that anyone can easily understand and take immediate action on.

This is a man who has found a passion where he didn't originally see that he had one?

And like me, Marc also struggles with spelling the word definitely every time he types it.

So has he created the skill that has led to his successful online business, by simply working harder than most at practicing his art?

He has found the freedom to become more of himself

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only super entrepreneur and businessman Marc Ensign

Direct download: 384-Marc-Ensign.mp3
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Todays show brings Cathi Hargaden, onto the Join Up Dots Podcast interview who is an expert in a subject that most of us have heard about, but few of us totally understand.

Cathi has built a lifestyle business around the ancient principle of Feng Shui.

Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, Feng Shui is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.

Cathi Hargaden can teach us such skills as How to improve our lives by clearing out our clutter and allowing space into our properties.

How to double our success by ensuring our internal and external compasses are aligned.

And if that doesn't make you prick up your ears, then how about How to attract the vibrational energy of money, wealth, health and happiness into your life using the principles of Feng Shui.

Now I know that many of my listeners perhaps maybe dismissive of such stuff, but this is going to be  a fascinating conversation as to how Cathi Hargaden has built a business around a passion, which has taken Cathi Hargaden from her home in the UK to teaching these principles across the world.

And now with both Wealthy Spaces and Healthy Spaces gaining more and more exposure and clients, since beginning over 15 years ago, she has certainly found the passion that lights her up inside and of course pays the bills too.

So when did this ancient principle first come into her life, and did she like so many people at first query its validity?

And did Cathi see an instant business opportunity or did the realisation that she should could gain income delay itself?

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

Direct download: 383-Cathi-Hargarden.mp3
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 Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast, is Kellie Hill, who is a lovely lady who is radiating health and wellness, and looks like the world is great around her.

But that hasn't always been the case, as she is a survivor of both heart attacks and a stroke.

And honestly, I was shocked when I discovered that fact, as I don't know what I expect heart attack survivors to look like, but its not our guest.

But from that point, her life appears to have sped up with multiple appearances on television and becoming the international radio talk show host of Eat Well To Live Well With Kellie Hill.

You see, once she had her health issues, Kellie has become the muse of neurologists and hematologists across the world, who concluded that her health diets saved her life more than once.

And this is one of those fascinating dots on the join up dots timeline, as was she already on the path to now, or did she need these life shockers to really show her the way?

Well we find out all about her healthy diet philosophy during the show, because is that there is no one-size fits all diet, but there are changes everyone can make in order to improve their health,

Because of each one of is different, most diets will work for some people and not for others, so its important to understand your own body and its need in order to attain optimal health

So how did she find out the fuel that makes her go off like a rocket, and learn the foods that are the best for her?

And does she look back at the strokes, and heart attacks as a good thing now, or just something that she hopes she never has to go through again?

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

Direct download: 382-Kellie-Hill.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business show is a man who knows a thing or two about having a laugh.

And unusually believes that laughter is a great way to develop leadership in most environments.

But does this have to be an unusual approach in business, or should showing a sense of humour in the work place, be the perfect way to find freedom in our lives, reduce stress, inspire others, and of course to show that you are in control?

Well for over 15 years, our guest toured America as he excelled in one of the hardest entrepreneurial routes you can take, that of the stand-up comic. Honing his craft.

Where the ability to learn from complete silence, and take the nights when everything goes wrong, helps you find your natural self, and ultimately bring laughter to any audience.

And why did he do this?

Well he knew he had to overcome his fear of public speaking to build the kind of careers that he wanted, after meeting a gentleman at a toastmasters meeting he knew it was down to him to beat this fear.

He was told  “The only way to get better at building the careers that you want is to do it.”

As he says, “Everybody in this world has a story to tell and they should share their stories. I believe we learn how to overcome adversity when we share our stories.”

And he is doing that to great effect, and  bringing smiles and laughter to everyone he meets?

So can he remember the nights when every joke went down like a lead balloon?

And did he know at those times that he was learning a valuable lesson towards building his perfect lifestyle, or was it just “How long till I can get off this stage?”

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only entrepreneur Mr Ray Engan

Direct download: 381-Ray-Engan.mp3
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Todays Bonus episode of Join Up Dots responds to an email from a listener, but of course answers something that we all struggle with. How do we stop our dreams being crushed. How do we Protect the Dreams?

Dear Join Up Dots team,

Thanks for the amazing resource you have created and the content that you are giving to us all.

My head has literally been spinning with ideas and possibilities as to the life I can have.

My problem is I feel alone when I talk about these things.

I don't have anyone that shares the same dreams, so the responses I have got has been underwhelming to say the least.

I have heard you talk about your virtual friends is this the way forward. Should I foget about real people who seem not to undertand

Alll the best
Mike Clinton
Maryland
USA

Direct download: Bonus_-_Protect_Those_Dreams.mp3
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Podcast 380: Dianne Collins: An Author Providing The World A Quantum Leap In Education

Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on Steve Jobs inspired motivation packed podcast Join Up Dots is a lady who has always been someone that looks at the world with different eyes.

When the rest of us, are accepting what we see and going along with the status quo, she is questioning.

Questioning how we can do things differently, leading to a better world for all of us.

When she was 15 years old, she realised that she was living in a world where people were making weapons to kill each other with, and the world thought that was ok.

And with one thought “There has to be another way of creating this world” she set off on the path she is on today.

And now as the hugely successful author of the book Do You QuantumThink?: New Thinking That Will Rock Your World she has become a media personality as she speaks across the world on the subject of changing our thinking, to a new way.

With her 21 principles that connect us to living our full potential, she is a lady on a mission to change us all.

So I suppose one of the key questions, is how does she find the motivation to overcome the old world thinking that so many people have when being confronted by anything new?

And does she see that as the older generations are slipping further away from the cutting edge of today, that her message is being received more easily than it has ever been before? 

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

Direct download: 380-Dianne-Collins.mp3
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Todays show is a harrowing story, that shows how through one terrible incident a persons life can spiral out of control, until hitting rock bottom and fighting their way back.

When our guest today was just fourteen, she was raped, she lost her virginity and her life changed forever.

Unable to make sense of what had happened to her, still a very young girl, she turned to drugs, quit school four times, and became very promiscuous.

At age 16, she fell pregnant with a child that she was unable to keep, and feel deeper from the path that could have show itself at anytime.

After the abortion, she got involved with prostitution and at the age of 18 gave birth to her son.

Now at that time, she made a decision to start fighting back and to make a difference in her and her own sons life.

She went back to school, graduated via a program for single moms, received scholarships and awards, until after attending university for 5 years, and became a high school math and English teacher.

Where she worked for 3.5 years, teaching in a small town, until and we will discuss this on the show, she made what seems a bizarre decision and quit to move back to her hometown, where she returned to prostitution and drugs because the money was better.

Her self-esteem was in tatters. Sucidical thoughts running through her days, and an accident where she nearly lost her right leg.

If that sounds to depressing to consider, she was just about to enter into the worst time of her life was during this period.

Her son moved out when he turned 19 and didn't speak to her for three years. She ended up smoking crack for ten months during this time and then it happened.

She nearly died when her appendix burst, and realized she didn't want to die without saying "good-bye" to her son.

As she says "I had already started to turn my life around about two years before this event occurred, and so when I finally re-connected with my son, my life always back on track.

Re-uniting with Julian changed my life in a very positive way. I decided to pursue a writing career.

I now own a business, Wording Well, and am an author. I live a clean life, and spend a lot of it helping others. My books are in my local library, and my business is thriving.

I'm living proof that a person can hit rock bottom and rise to the top despite all odds against them.

My son is proud of me again, too. :)"

So lets take her on the journey of her life again, as we show everyone of you, that life is a series of choices good and bad, and we can all improve our lives by simply deciding to do so.

It's with great delight that I get to bring onto Join Up Dots, the one and only Lorraine Reguly

Direct download: 379-Lorraine-Reguly.mp3
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Podcast 378: Ace Chapman: An Entrepreneur Teaching The World To Sell & Buy Businesses

Entrepreneurs like todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast is Ace Chapman, an entrepreneur, businessman, and high achiever who has made millions buying and selling business's for himself, and of course helping others to do the same.

His lifestyle is one of success, as he literally wakes up everyday with a huge smile on his face and does the thing that he loves.

But it wasn't always that way.

And just twelve years ago when he was 22 years old, he was on a totally different path

As he says " It was 2002 but it seems like it was just yesterday. I was 22 and just the thought of what the next 40 years would look like terrified me. I had tried some business ideas here and there and nothing seemed to work. It seemed nearly impossible to get ahead. I had little savings, student loans, and credit card debt. I was so sick of being broke and not being able to afford to finer things in life or the freedom to follow my passion for travel and connecting with people. But I was terrified to try anything. A college dropout, I knew I would hit a glass ceiling in the corporate world. Yet I had neither the time or money to afford more education. I has resigned myself to thinking cynically about my future. Talking to my co workers nearing retirement I saw my future as retiring on a little more than social security. It was obvious speaking to them that despite all the hype around retirement plan they weren’t working in reality.

It sucked. It was a pathetic existence spending so much of my life doing something I didn’t enjoy."

And at his lowest point, he was forced to make a decision.

He was fired from his company, broke and clueless to his talents and passions.

So he did something.

And then something else and by trial and error discovered what it took to build his first million dollar business.

And now if you were to ask him what the secret of success is he will say "Keep it simple. Provide more value than you take...your income is really defined by your value to society!”

So is it mind-set that holds so many people down, or a fear of trying something new?

And does he feel that he started at the right time in his life, or could he have started even earlier on his entrepreneurial journey?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only home flipping entrepreneur Mr Ace Chapman

Direct download: 378-Ace-Chapman.mp3
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Todays guest is a lady who quite openly states that she has always done things unconventionally starting from not going to school as a child, to still holding the record of not having a “proper job” even once.

But don't think that this is a tale about a lady who simply doesn't want to work.

No this is a tale about a lady, who has been forced to live her life in a very specific way to due to health issues that have affected her since a small girl.

At the age of 16 she lost one of her lungs, and was diagnosed with Crohns Disease coupled with a form of rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis.

Essentially, even if she wanted to hold down a full time job, then her body would not allow her to do so, which allowed her first steps on the path she is on today to start to appear before her

She asked herself "How many others are out there thinking there is no better way to live or that they can’t follow their passions due to illness or a physical condition?

As she says "It all made sense to me, the dots joined up on my unconventional upbringing that I could live in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world by leveraging my unconventional thinking.

She has now created a community where other such inspirational people could share their stories and bring together a new understanding of what it means to live with a chronic condition at Chronically Driven.

So how has she taken this idea and turned it into income?

And does she now see her illnesses as a hindrance or a blessing that has led her to where she wants to be?

Well let's bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Bhavani Esapathi

Direct download: 377-Bhavani-Esapathi.mp3
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Todays bonus 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
Direct download: What_Is_Standing_Between_You_And_Complete_Happiness.mp3
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Podcast 376: Luis Congdon: Building Careers Around Loving Relationships

Todays guest on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots is a fellow podcaster who has a great mission in life.

He is a man who is becoming an expert in helping couples find the spark in their once vibrant relationships.

He helps build bridges where there are chasms to cross.

He inspires conversation where there is simply silence.

And he encourages bedroom passions, where there are just snores and sleeping.

But if this sounds like a man who has lived a life of perfect relationships and harmonious connections leading towards the perfect career then think again.

As he says "Early in life, I learned about the heartache that comes when love doesn’t work.

Coming into this world, I was fatherless, and the youngest of three. Life in Medellin, Colombia wasn’t easy.

My Mother was 25 years old, addicted to cocaine, and didn’t have any interest in taking care of her three kids.

When I was five years old my Mother was murdered. I was homeless for three years until I was finally adopted.

My life was transformed! I had a Mother, Father, and was surrounded by a loving family in America.

Soon after though, my adopted parents divorced. I was left confused and feeling like I couldn’t rely on love.

I made up my mind that love doesn’t last and turned to spirituality for the connection I was seeking. For nearly a decade, I devoted my life to becoming a monk. My path into spirituality taught me a great deal—But no matter how much I learned there was something missing.

That all changed when I met my first love. With her I found what I was searching for. I found someone I could be completely authentic and open with and someone who could see all of me. Falling in love was one of the most amazing experiences. It was much more than any meditation or spiritual experience could offer.

Then she broke my heart and left."

So he has had some serious moments in his ife, which could have left him saying "Why me?....Whats the point in loving?"

But instead he has been left with "How can I help you?" which is allowing him to gain more and more success and of course time freedom

Well let's bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only solopreneur himself. The health expert Luis Congdon.

Direct download: 376-Luis-Congdon.mp3
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Todays guest inspirational entrepreneur joining me for an hour of discussion on Join Up Dots, is a lady with a fascinating path to where she is today.

Back in 2009 her country was in disarray. 

Iceland had suffered a huge economic crash, and financially was on its knees.

So she was asked to play a leading career role, working with the nations leaders, who collectively worked together to reinvigorate the country following the crash. 

The group tapped into the values and future vision of the island nation and transformed Iceland’s economy by branding their uniqueness, what they do the best, or their X-factor, as she calls it.

Seeing first hand the immediate benefit and long-term results of a whole nation working collectively to discover who they authentically are, the outcome of this unique assembly became one of the cornerstones of her successful business branding process.

She has transformed her own career success, and currently dedicates her work to supporting global leaders and their teams to brand their own X-Factor to unleash their fullest potential while discovering their own flow in business and life.

Now if that sounds a bit highbrow, then let's hear how she phrases it in her own unique way "Finding the thing that makes you unique is often right in front of your tits"

Having the motivation to look deep with yourself to find the thing that will make your career so enjoyable.

Which I love and totally understand, and when you my trusted listener understand this statement you will wonder how you had never seen the thing right in front of yourself too.

So does she look back and now wonder why it took a national disaster for her to reinvent herself and find her own x-factor?

And does life become more and more fun, when you do step bolding into your own areas of genius?

Well let's bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only super entrepreneur Runa Magnus.

Direct download: 375-Runa-Magnus.mp3
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When I asked todays entrepreneur to come on the show and share with us how she has created a career that gives her success and freedom everyday, she responded with "thank you so much for your delicious invitation, I love delicious conversations, wishing you a delicious day"

Yes this lady loves the word delicious, and it's not a surprise that she uses such a gushing word, as she is loving her life and what she gets to do everyday.

She has been having entrepreneurial adventures since 1980.

Initially, they were vicarious adventures while she worked directly with CEOs of small businesses.

As she says "I call those years my “entrepreneurial boot camp” experience."

I didn't really know what type of career it was that I wanted.

Then after earning her MBA in 1989 she went to work at a large national bank as a corporate lender for three years.

But can now see that this was not a culture she could ever thrive in … it’s a risk adverse environment, after all… but as she says "I felt it was important to add strong financial analysis and credibility to my resume, so I made the sacrifice. "

However in 1992 she to the leap of faith and left the banking industry and began her entrepreneurial career… and what a ride it’s been!

From a boot-strapped consulting business to an $8 million venture backed dot com business, to a food manufacturing business funded by angel money, to a highly interactive online business fueled by a charming personality and a strong sense of humor… it’s been a wild and exciting journey.

So where did she get the adventurous spirit which has allowed her to take risks that lead to high rewards?

And looking back and joining up the dots, does the sacrifice she made leading towards her big leap when working in the bank seem necessary, or was it a step away from her true path the job that she really was deserving to get?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only business expert Ande Lyons.

Direct download: 374-Ande-Lyons.mp3
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