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How To Make Money Is Our Discussion Starter Today

Welcome to todays episode of Join Up Dots which is a solo show where your host David Ralph answers a series of questions that has been sent to the show by the listeners. Most of these have either a "How Do I Make Money?" element or "How Do I Start A Business?" So lets start with the first question..... Andrew Hedley, Australia First of all, I just wanted to say how much I am loving the podcast! It helped me exit the corporate career and into this fun and crazy world of start ups. I listen to one podcast every afternoon and it is the perfect inspiration when I start to feel lost and have doubts. Thank you. Advice please - I won't go into details, but I am working on a business that people love the concept, but it's hard to see how I can monetize it. It makes me want to stop and go back to my traditional job as a real estate but my gut says that if I persist the money may just come in ways I don't know exist at the moment. As your show tells us every podcast 'you can't connect can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward'. So should I just soldier on without a concrete strategy for monitizing the idea or should I work it out before moving forward? Isaac Burke, Seattle Your podcast is so great and matches where my life is headed. I'm excited that you're podcast is a part of my journey. You have so many podcasts and I'm new to changing my mindset. Which of your podcasts should I start with? Also, the Ultra Running podcast is missing the Jim Carrey quote, it's just silent. Kim Bola from South Africa Hello David and the Join Up Dots team. Wow what an amazing show. Thank you so much thank you so much, thank you so much. I have been listening now for the last few weeks and I am astonished by your energy are you always like this or is it just for the show? Would you be kind enough to answer a question that has been bothering me over the last few weeks? You talked about taking the leap, you talk about finding the things that you want to do, and you've been talking very much about how you managed to do it. You might have answered this in an earlier episode but I would love to know when the idea to become a podcaster came to you and did you have it all planned out, as I would love to do this myself All the best Kim Bola from South Africa Hello David Love the show I would love to know what has been the greatest business idea that you have heard on the show? Could you point out one that you thought was mind blowing? Thank you John Picard, Weston-Super-Mare, England

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an ex- American footballer, who after twelve years as a professional was in an amazing place. He played for the Houston Oilers, NFL Europe Scottish Claymores, CFL Montreal Alouettes, XFL San Francisco Demons and even the AFL. The reason he was in an amazing place, was due to the fact, once he retired as a professional he realised that he had gained an amazing insight into professional sports trauma. He had seen, and experienced the devastating effects of TBI and concussions, and knew that there was a path to transition into away from the game And that is a bridge that so many sportsman struggle with. You put your heart and soul into creating the dream life that the majority of boys crave, and then what do you do when that short career is over. Well our guest got his Doctor of Chiropractic degree as well as certifications in Advanced Sports Nutrition and Concussion Assessment and ever since the movie, Concussion, came out… he made it his mission to NOT end up like my grandfather, who died from advanced dementia at 72. He has written a book, created a web class and plan on coming out with a line of supplements all to help us be healthy in mind and brain. So its all very well having insider knowledge, but how do you turn this into a profitable business that people want and need? And is there a quick fix for head injuries? Or is it a simple case of trying our hardest not to get them in the first place? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr John DeWitt Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with John DeWitt such as: How he managed to get off the grid and disconnect from his business, and why he found that it was a bigger struggle than he imagined. Why John was quite happy to walk away from the American Football pitch even though it was such a big part of his life. and lastly…. How he transitioned from the sports arena to the entrepreneurial world, and the steps he took to create his new life.

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Ultra Running Across America Was Just The Start Of It All!

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has been on the show before, but is so inspiring in so many ways its a shock that he hasnt been on again until now. He is a professional speaker, and record breaking businessman, who focuses in on Business mastery and also has the “come on guys you can do the impossible you just have to start taking action” vibe nailed down too. He can help us all get the champion mind-set and build the strength and courage to tackle the “impossible” head on. But his life didn’t start in such a positive way, as at fourteen years old he was hit head-on by a drunk driver while riding his bicycle. The neurosurgeon said, “If he survives the night, he will be a vegetable for the rest of his life.” And certainly the diagnosis looked accurate, as he was in a coma for four days, in casts and rehabilitation for a year, and suffered problematic effects lasting many years. After the accident, life was a cycle of ups-and-downs until he learned the tools and strategies he teaches today. He started his professional career as a carpenter and exceled with woodcraft, and then created his first business at age 24, when he entered into the residential contracting and real estate investment business. But it wasn’t until after a divorce whilst still a young man, did his life really start to find traction and he began to fire sparks across the world. In 2011, he decided he wanted to do something amazing. He wanted to make a difference. He wanted to leave his mark. So from a casual runner, in just nine months he went to running 2,621 miles across America joining the ranks of the most elite ultra-runners in the world. For 100 consecutive days, he ran a marathon distance, and then gave an inspirational keynote speech to at-risk groups and donated 10,000 of his books “Dream Big Act Big” to the audiences he met. He ran into New York city waving a huge American flag, surrounded by hundreds of runners, and entered the record books. And since then he has continued to provide inspiration to everyone that he meets, undertaking many challenges that so many people would look at as daunting and undoable. So what is it about the world today that sees the challenge too big to even start taking action on? And was there a moment when he realised that he had the mental strength to tackle anything? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Croix Sather. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Croix Sather such as: Croix talks about couch surfing his way around the world, and how he has found inspiration by building connection with strangers across the world that he never would have dreamt off. Why all success is built through years and years of perspiration, hustle and courage to go after your dreams. So many people stop themselves before ever giving themselves a chance to get going. Why entrepreneurship is such a hard venture to undertake, and how Croix is now more often than not reluctant to tell people to go for it. and lastly…. Why entrepreneurship is such a hard venture to undertake, and Croix is more often than reluctant

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Travel blogs make great reading, but do travel blogs make a good business?

Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast believes in travel, more travel and then when she is finished and wants a bit of rest: Travel.

And this is not the pack your bags for two weeks each year, or for as many weekends as you can get, kind of adventure. She is a believer that “Your life does not have to fit in a box.

You don’t have to live behind the picket fence, slave away at that full-time job that sucks you dry, and the monotonous peak hour traffic runs. You can have the picket fence and a job you love of course, but, we’re pretty sure you at least want to escape your everyday life for weekend getaways or a three-week vacation every year.” But what is the fascinating thing about today’s guest, is how close she came to buying into the status quo that life seems to be lived by. Settling into the routine or a life lived on other peoples terms. After meeting each other, falling madly in love and then beginning a five year honeymoon as they travelled the world teaching English, things came to a halt As she says “We returned home after the honeymoon and hit a major slump. This travel life we loved was over. That thinking changed everything and before we knew it we were chasing money making schemes all over the world trying to get the riches we needed to keep travelling. Let’s just say $500,000 and no self-esteem later we woke up.” “Why do we need to wait until we have the money to live what’s in our hearts? Why not just start with what is in the heart today?” And with that thought, and I’m sure more than a touch of apprehension they set off on what has become their life, travelling, blogging and helping others to buy into the start the dream today mentality with their top ranked blog “Y Travel” and now with two children in tow, their success, and ability to grab more experiences in a month than most of us have in a lifetime is assured. So what was it about the nomadic lifestyle that had such a pull on them? And is it something that they think everyone can do, or does it take a certain type of mindset? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Caroline Makepeace. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Caroline Makepeace such as: Why the words of Steve Jobs send shivers down her spine, as she has learnt from life that everything works out for the best. You may not know how this will happen but it does. How she is so aware that she can’t escape the mundane routines of life that everybody else has to deal with, but can make sure that the experiences of life in between are so much better than everyone else. Why it is so important to get back to the things that you really loved as a kid, to build a life around the passion. Doing this helps you push through the hard times so much more easily. How her parents were so supportive with her dream to travel the world, although they would have been very happy for to get a safe job too. And lastly……… Why it is so important to watch out for the energy vampires in your life, and to ensure that you pull away as much as possible from the naysayers, and dream slayers.

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On today's show we talk about what authenticity means in a business, and can you create a business that brings your authentic self to the fore. Well, this week we had an email sent to us at Join Up Dots by a fellow podcaster, who asked to come on the show and then gave us some big advice. He told us that he felt that the vibe of our show wasn't right, and by doing silly stuff, voices and the like we wouldn't be taken seriously. Now this is a big statement to make, as why does he think that we want to be taken seriously anyway? And what is serious about being a podcaster who delivers conversational, motivational content to the world everyday? Isn't it about being yourself, and authentic to both your message and your listeners? You see when we started Join Up Dots, we were aware that the show had to be different from every other show out there.  We knew that we had to do things differently, so that we could be so authentic that we ended up having no competition, and would climb to the top of the charts. And so we did little things, like making jokes, speaking in silly voices and just being ourselves. These things could not be copied by anyone, so in the chance that we achieved our aim and got to the top of the charts, then it would be very unlikely that other copy cat shows would spring up everywhere. Now this, guy suggested that by doing things our way we would be holding ourselves back and not taken seriously? But seriously where? Do we listen to Billy Connolly and Jerry Seinfeld and think that they aren't serious about their craft as they want to make us laugh? Do we look at Jimmy Fallon and think "Man he is so unprofessional" just because he looks like he is having a good time? No, not at all.....we love them as they are authentic to themselves and being true to the talents that they possess. And that is where this podcaster who wrote to us made a big mistake. If someone is being truly authentic and making it seem effortless, in fact they are working in the sweet zone, where talent meets genius and that is serious business. They have mastered what they bring to the table and do it better than anyone else, which builds loyalty of audience, followers and authority in the market place. They have become their own competition, so actually have no competition. So if you are building a business and want to live a life on your own terms, then seriously consider "How you are doing" something and whether it feels "Good and Easy" And if it does, then there is a good chance that you are being truly authentic to yourself and will stand every chance of winning the game.

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Recruiting top talent is hard to say the least, but not with todays top recruitment expert on your side.

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who was first introduce to me by a previous guest and friend of the show Tayo Rockson “Hi David”….he said “I had him on my show and he had such great pieces of advice to give. I am certain he would make a great addition to your show.” Well, how could i refuse such a connection, so lets give you some background on who we are going to be speaking to today. He is the founder of the Wintrip Consulting Group, a global consultancy in St. Petersburg, Florida where his mission is to eliminate hiring delays, so companies always have the talent they need instead of empty seats. During the past three decades, he has helped thousands of organizations like Bank of America, Boeing, Procter & Gamble, Randstad, and the Red Cross as well as small and mid-market companies, such as Aquent, Kohl’s, MAKO Surgical, and Valpak to make the right decisions. And this expertise has now been put into print, and is now flying off the shelves with his latest book “High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant,” being published by McGraw-Hill and through Amazon If that isn’t impressive enough then, for five years in a row, he has been named in the “Staffing 100” as one of the world’s 100 most influential staffing leaders, also making Recruiter Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40,” as one of the most influential executives under 40 years old. So when did he realise that getting bottoms on seats was a skill that he possessed and could build a business around? And what is the biggest mistake that people make when getting the talent that their companies deserve? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Scott Wintrip Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Scott such as: Scott shares his advice of how he makes the right decisions in his life, and if not what he does to then quickly make them the right decisions. Why Scott feels that he did his most remarkable work of his career whilst going through a heavy divorce with his wife. Why Scott feels that anyone who is getting into recruitment should get their recruitment education. Go work for a consultancy before ever going it alone. and lastly…. Scott shares his views on the only person that you can believe in life – yourself. Be aware if you catch yourself lying to yourself, as it can undermine everything that is possible.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who you just cannot find a photo of her not beaming from ear to ear. And it's not a surprise as quite simply to me, it looks like she is having the time of her life. And unusually for most guests who have come on the show, it appears a pretty straight line to where she is today, but of course that probably isn't the case. Back in the day as a young girl, she would run around with a camera and create silly YouTube videos. After family and friends told her that she should pursue a career in video, she went to the Seattle Art Institute to get her degree in Filmmaking.  Which she did, and then set off working for several video companies before starting her own rocking and rolling at Serious Take Productions. And cleverly she didn't just use her skills in video to make her success rapid, but the power of connections. Working with the top entrepreneurs across the world to highlight her skills, and of course gain insights into what makes a successful online business. As she says "We’re a team of storytellers, cinematographers, editors, and connectors creating impactful videos that evoke emotions. We help established business owners build powerhouse brands through storytelling and compelling videos that attract customers now. We storyboard, shoot, direct, edit and are committed to excellence." And believe me, I started doing the research on today's guest and then ended up watching over two hours of her powerful and insightful videos so she certainly does just what she has set out to do. Inspire. Educate. And love everyday of her life. So does she love everyday of her life, or is there much of her business that she could take or leave but knows its part of the game? And where do people go wrong with their own video creations? Making it all about them instead of the viewer? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Tamara Thompson. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Tamara Thompson such as: Why Tamara has such a high degree of gratitude everyday for the things that she has managed to achieve in her life. Tamara recalls seeing her mothers entrepreneurial ventures as a nine year old, and being shown the true value of the dollar, a lesson she has never forgot. Why it is so important to develop flex time in her life for being with loved ones. A business can seem important, but nowhere near what is waiting to be with you at home. and lastly…. How she now thinks "Man if I had started years before, I could now be on Netflix"....there is never a better time to start something than today.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has stumbled into the entrepreneurial world. She is the owner of Ash Said It LLC, which is a full service public speaking boutique, hosting receptions, fashion expos as well as upscale soirées. Which sounds great, but its the joining up the dots which is the most important part of this show. So how did the ex-military lady transition from Uncle Sam to Fashion Avenue? Well as she says “I had no plans to build a company. The thought never even crossed my mind. The past few years have been tough. I took care of my mom for 3+ years, and being a full time caregiver is a lot, although I would easily do it again. My mother never taught me how to be a lady. She showed me through her actions. She never let anyone take advantage of her meek yet resilient spirit. Thank God I inherited that spark! I buried my mom in 2014, which was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my entire existence. I was lost. My heart was no longer in military service. I needed to leave but I had no blueprint on where to go. I did many odd jobs that year. Helped build multiple brands & had nothing to show for it. Then one day a light bulb went off in my head. Why the heck am I wasting time helping people disinterested in helping themselves? Why don’t I pour my 13+ years of industry experience into something I can call my own. That’s when Ash Said It was born! And at that point we will start the show, as it is a moment that every one of our guests have hit in their own lives. That moment when they realise that their life is their own, and everything they do should be on their own terms. It’s the responsibility to create their own future. So how did she move from this idea of creating her business, to actually earning her first dollars and attracting her first clients? And looking back on it all, has it been harder than she could have imagined or simply a dream from start to finish. Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Ash Brown

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In todays show we discuss Time Management, and how to create a global hit online show, when you very rarely go online...and that is generally hard to do to say the last.

Todays episode of Join Up Dots is a very unusual one, as for only the second time in our history there is a different host of the episode. In today's show the amazing host of Natural Born Coaches, Marc Mawhinney allows us to share an interview he recorded recently with myself. Yes, your friendly neighbourhood podcaster David Ralph was grilled by the main man regarding what I have done in my life to create a global hit show. You see most podcasters spend a ton of time sitting infront of their pc's either tweeting, adding content on FB, and a ton of different promotion. It's a total killer and for many podcasters it signals the end of their show and the desire for global domination. On Join Up Dots the amount of time that we spend creating the show has gone down and down, to just three days per month due to scheduling systems and social media rules. What I hear you cry? Join Up Dots only takes three days per month, how is this possible. Well the same with every job in the world, you can choose to do the things that brings the greatest results and forget the things that don't. Which we like to call the sweet spot, or said in another way the 80/20 principle. This is where you only focus on the things that work for you, as long as you can find those things. And guess what....we know these things....BIG TIME. So on today's show you will hear everything from using Itunes for maximum effect, setting up email rules, and holding back from client calls to name just a few things. I hope you enjoy the show, as it was a delight to spend more time with the one and only Mr Marc Mawhinney, and a delight to show you behind the scenes of Join Up Dots.

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Online Marketing Made Easy is our discussion on today's show with online marketing expert Mark Fortune

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who brings a very different flavour to what we generally see on the show everyday.

More often than not we talk about growing a business that attracts customers across the world He believes the most exciting part of the marketing world is working with small businesses.

Yes, the ladies and gentlemen that we drive past everyday in our own towns, and neighbouring communities. And the reason for this small town approach?

Well as it states on his official page: The technology and media landscape today makes it easier than ever before for a small business to compete and win against large competitors Small businesses are fun to work with, and results are easiest to see in small businesses; if something doesn’t work, it’s easiest to change in a small business Life is too short to spend the majority of your time doing things that aren’t fun, aren’t productive or aren’t leading to positive results. But how did he get to this point of realisation that his future was closer to home than perhaps he first recognised?

Well it seems to me that after moving through many different positions within the marketing world, it was when he performed the role of Instructor of Marketing at Arkansas University for two years. We will find out if this is true, but more often than not our future becomes evident to us when we are directing other peoples futures.

It's at these moments when the words that come out of our mouth, stop us in our tracks and make us think "Wow...its ok talking this, but Im not doing this myself!" Well lets find out this is true, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mark Fortune.

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