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

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

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

Sound good...you betcha.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Show Highlights

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

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

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

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

and lastly….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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