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Todays show is a solo show where your host talks about persistence, and how this is probably the most singularly most important thing you can possess in your life. Persistence is probably one of the most admirable characters a person can possess.  It’s the ability to be determined to do or achieve something regardless of any setbacks. Now everyone has the ability to set goals, and plans in their life. They set everything up to work perfectly (at least on paper) But once they get into the building process then they find that the words on the bit of paper aren't really working. There are obstacles appearing that they could never have planned for. And that is why persistence is such a vitally important skill that you just have to develop in your own lives. 6 Ways to Develop Persistence The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job. – Napoleon Hill Developing persistence is a master skill to success.  It is easier to relax and do nothing, or just live in our comfort zone, rather than face the uncertainty and discomfort of sailing thru our goals.  Plus, the idea of failure and hardship is unbearable. But if you want to create change in your life and achieve success, now is the time to develop and master persistence.  Here are six (6) ways to help you develop persistence: 1.  Identify Your Wants and Desires If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.  – Lawrence J. Peter Before you can develop persistence and eventually achieve success, you need to first identify your wants or desires.  You can do this by simply writing down specifically all the things you want to have or accomplish.  List down all your desires and wants, no matter how impossible they are to achieve in the moment. 2.  Determine Your Motivation Motivation comes from a deep reason why we want to achieve or have something.  If you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, it gives you more energy to keep moving. For an instance, you want to publish a book.  Creating a book takes time and patience.  If you don’t have enough motivation, a reason why you need to publish the book, you probably can never finish it.  But if you’re motivated by the thought of influencing and teaching millions of readers thru your words, only then will you keep pushing yourself to work on finishing the book. 3.  Outline Your Definite Action Step Identifying your wants or desires speaks of what you want to achieve.  Determining your motivation shows the reasons why you want to achieve what you want.  Outlining your definite action step is necessary to know how you will be able to achieve what you want. When you know how to get what you want, it makes it easier to achieve it.  To know how, it pays to do some research and planning of what needs to be done on your part.  Be specific on each step you need to take.  Identify at least two (2) ways and plans on how you can achieve your goals. 4.  Keep a Positive Mental Attitude The road to success is not easy, in fact, it’s challenging, this is why only few succeeds.  There will be countless times you will be face with defeat and failures that if you are weak, you’ll be succumbing to negative thoughts of fears and doubts. In order to develop persistence and eventually succeed in your endeavor, always maintain a positive mental attitude, regardless of situation.  Keep your thoughts focused on taking action towards your goals.  Avoid negative thoughts and feelings for it will ruin your concentration and persistence. 5.  Build Your Mastermind Group Mastermind Group composes of people who can help you succeed towards your goal.  Choose carefully who you will trust as part of your mastermind group.  If possible, include only those who can give you unbiased judgments and who has positive mental attitude.  You can’t afford wasting your time listening to cynical advices and pessimist people.  These types of people won’t help you succeed; instead, they will drown your energy that can eventually lead to failure. 6.  Develop Discipline and Habit All your goal-setting and planning will go to waste if you won’t be able to develop discipline and good habit. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn There will be a lot of hindrances that will stop you from moving towards your goal, and without proper discipline, it will be easy for you to sail away.  Upholding discipline and good habits can help you stay in the course, even despite difficulties.

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Online Courses are what the world are delivering nowadays. And my guests today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview are a couple that know how to build online courses better than most people. They are a couple who quite simply, stopped looked at their life and then made it what they want. And with the greatest respect to both of them, and we will discuss this in the interview they are what you would call normal. A normal couple, with a normal lifestyle, normal kids but an extraordinary way of making decisions and enough of them to make things work the way they want. They are the owners of the Flipped Lifestyle business, where through their own mistakes, successes and consistency they now teach people the route to success in their own business. They teach how to create businesses that work around a family instead of the other way. As they say "In 2012, on a rare day off work, Shane stumbled across a podcast about regular people changing their lives through online business. We started brainstorming about how we could do this too, and started a couple of websites just to see what happened. No one could have prepared us for what happened next. In just a few short months, we were able to make thousands of extra dollars each month through online business. Just one year later, we surpassed the five figure mark in online sales for a single month. When our August 2013 sales surpassed $36,000, we decided it was time to stop working for someone else and start living for our family." And now with sales in excess of one million dollars all earned online, they travel the globe, in their shorts and sneakers, smiling broadly from ear to ear, as there community of wannabe entrepreneurs grows their smiles with them. So looking back on their lives as hard working teachers, do they think that the ability to change a life so dramatically is more down to mindset or talent? And was it really a rocket ship to success they launched, with a doubt that it would fail? Or did they go through the same issues as the rest of us? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Shane & Jocelyn Sams Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Shane & Jocelyn Sams  such as: Why freedom means so much to both Shane and Jocelyn certainly more than money can ever do, which is a surprise to so many people that they meet. Jocelyn shares why both her and Shane decided to become teachers, and how they were actually quite content in their lives, but now see that they had given control of their lives away. Why you don't have to be an expert to sell online products, instead you actually only have to present it to the people on the road behind you. and lastly…. Shane talks about the first 11 cents that he earnt online and how he was so excited he literally jumped out of bed and jumped up and down knowing his life had changed forever.

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Dream jobs is what everyone wants, and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the founder and publisher of Mac’s List. helping people find the dream jobs that they will love. His platform Mac’s List is now the premier resource for connecting passionate, creative professionals to meaningful and creative work throughout Oregon and Washington, with a growing monthly outreach to more than 80,000 people. Prior to moving to there in 1991, he lived in Massachusetts where he was legislative and media relations director for the state Office for Refugees and Immigrants, the first public information officer for Boston’s “Big Dig,” and a researcher in former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy’s first Congressional campaign. But this was of course a stepping stone to where he is today the recognized expert on job hunting and career management. Throughout the years our guest and his team’s mission has always remained the same: to help people find rewarding, interesting jobs that pay decent salaries and to help employers find the best possible candidates for those jobs So whether you are looking for your first dream job, a better dream job or just want to manage the direction of your career, Mac’s List offers the resources you need to make it happen. In addition to Mac's List, he also runs Prichard Communications, a registered B Corp creative agency that works with top-tier foundations, nonprofits and purpose driven brands across the country. So was this a business driven by his desire to help people change their lives or simply a gap in the market he could see needed to be filled? And where do people go wrong when looking for a job? Is it not knowing themselves well enough, or the company that they are hoping to enter? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mac Prichard. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mac Prichard such as: Why it is so important to be able to delegate in your business, as this is a brilliant way of scaling your business. The owner must be allowed to do what they do best. Why knowing your goals is the first thing that people need to be focused on when going for a job. Don't take the job without knowing what you want to get out of it. The second thing is looking for a company that interests you.....make sure you connect with people inside that organization to find out what its like on the inside before you ever go for the interview. and lastly…. The issue that surrounds the job market place, where 80% of jobs are never being posted to the world.  Recognise that most jobs are filled by word of mouth and start networking.

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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

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So entrepreneurship seems really fun? And you want to be an entrepreneur but you are too scared hat you don't have the skills to be one? Well thats not a surprise after all. as an entrepreneur is a super powerful individual that has skills that the normal man just cant possess. They need less sleep than you and me. They don't even need to stop and eat like you and I do. They are the supreme beings, controllers of their own destiny and able to cast a shadow across the world and the rest of us. That is of course the perception of what an entrepreneur is, or at least so many people want you to think that....but it's rubbish. And entrepreneur at its heart, is someone who is willing to try to do something. Accept failure. Accept risk, and go again. These are super powers by any stretch of the imagination. These are things that we all posses, if want to posses them. They are in all of us. I'll give you an example.....and this example is going to be about me the host of Join Up Dots. When I started the show, all I could do was turn on the microphone and talk. And even that small action I had to learn. Did I call myself an entrepreneur? Of course I didn't as I didn't know the first thing about it. But I knew how to take a risk and give something a go. I knew how to minimise the downside and try to maximize the upside (in this case not spend a lot to get going, but try to make some cash as some as possible) And that is what I have done, and little by little I am making more cash and having a lovely life. Now not for one moment would I call myself an entrepreneur. What I would call myself is someone who is willing to have a go, and work hard at something. No super powers at all, just pure, down to earth work ethic and persistence. So if you dont think you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, dont be one. Call yourself anything but give it a go, and you will be amazed at what you achieve in your life.

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Success

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Doing the impossible can quite often seem a step too far for most people. But my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who seems loves doing the impossible more than anything. He is kind of normal from the outside, but did deeper and you can see a world changing mission. One side of the fence is a coach, and a very successful one at that. He has has helped clients create multimillion pound investments from nothing, he has coached CEO’s to build thriving companies, philanthropists to set up charities, couples to conceive and lovers to start fantastic relationships. He has helped the intrepid to change jobs, change careers and even change countries. He has helped entrepreneurs to find their dream companies and senior executives to earn promotion to the Board. He is dedicated to serving extraordinary people in recreating their lives beyond recognition. Which is of course powerful stuff for sure but then you see the standout journey that he is on. At least it is for us at Join Up Dots. In 2015 he created the impossible busting Chicken shit foundation, which was created to honour and fulfill the legacy of Rafael Bejarano Rangel, who was tragically killed in Egypt, to bring empowerment, education, and transformation to all people through music, laughter and compassion, and to help re-awaken waning or lost indigenous traditions and support their sustainability and survival through the youth of the world. They accomplish their mission by enrolling the support and voices of Chicken-Shits (ie. those who need to believe in themselves more, even if it’s just at certain times with certain people, and who would benefit from taking stock of the gifts and talents they posses that the world is hungry for, and then sharing accordingly.) Our current projects include building schools in Liberia West Africa and for a community in Mexico as well as youth empowerment and preservation of indigenous traditions among youth around the world. They do this by fund raising, mentoring, providing leadership and raising awareness and through building a global community. Big stuff is going on in this mans life so it is a delight to have him on the show. But what made this English man do something, very un-english, and peer his head over his own garden fence and start to make a difference to others across the world? And does he look back and think, I wished I had started this earlier or did it appear at the perfect time for him to be able to achieve his aims? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Simon Crowe

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Sleep and getting enough sleep can be such a huge issue for us all.

Which is why Christine Hansen built a whole business around getting sleep into our lives.

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

She is a sleep expert who over the last years has positioned herself as the go to person to help you drift off into a pleasant, restful and recharging sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. As she says “I understand that sleeping, while on sleep medication isn’t really sleeping. I understand that falling asleep, but then having to lie awake for hours in the middle of the night isn’t really sleeping, and I understand that waking up just as tired as when you went to bed isn’t really sleeping either” So hands up….come on people be honest “How many of you have fallen into one of these sleep patterns over the last few years?” Yep, I know that I have, so how has our guest managed to find the solution to something that plagues all of us at one time or another. And the answer is, she has been on a journey of self discovery, upskilling and putting herself and her knowledge out there Starting her journey as an English teacher in Luxembourg, she had a pretty standard career for a few years until she got to the point when her interest in corporate coaching and sleep patterns became too much to ignore. And she took the leap of faith, leaving her career in education in 2015 to start something new and inspiring. And since then with a huge amount of hustle, commitment, perseverance and of course struggle she has built her hugely successful business coaching successful and career driven women (and inspiring men) on how to get a solid nights’ sleep allowing them to wake up refreshed, with more energy, and ready to tackle their legacy and personal life. So how has she managed to do all this whilst still getting a good nights sleep herself? And is it as simple as learning to switch off form everything that needs to be done, or much more than that? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only, my favourite sleep expert ever Christine Hansen Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Christine Hansen such as: Why its so important for us all to find the best time to create our work. Do you need an early start, or work late. Its up to you to find the time that works. How focusing in on her spider senses is such an important way to operate in business, as more often than not the bad decisions full to the wayside. How she knew that her sleep business was a great idea simply by demand. Every business needs to solve a problem for people, so look around and find a solution. How sleeping is a habit that we can create, so we must look at everything we do on our way to bed to see if it is adding to the problem. and lastly…. How she feels that her job is a secret boyfriend in her life that her husband knows all about…and she want to run and spend time with it as much as she can.

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Fun

Fun Fun. Fun is what we all want. And on todays show we discuss fun and how you can bring fun into your life, even when you think that there is no chance. You might be working in a factory. You might be working in a stuff office environment, when the last thing that the boss wants is you to have fun, when business needs to be dealt with. All of us want to have fun. But what does this mean, exactly? For some people, for example, fun is about getting wasted by taking drugs, drinking alcohol, or maybe just staying up very late at night. Fun is making the task you are doing as enjoyable as possible by being playful, creative and foolish. What we mean is fun is learning how to enjoy wherever you are and whatever you are doing, no matter how stupid it seems to be. This is a hard one for many people, but it is a key to having fun.   The idea is to make anything fun, no matter how weird or dumb it is, if you look at it right.   You don’t have to go anywhere, get drunk, or do anything like that to have fun.   That is the key here. You can be humorous, upbeat, positive and happy no matter what other people choose around you.   They can all be depressed and sad, and you can have a different attitude.   This creates fun in anyone, in any situation. You can see the humor.  You can see that people are strange, but not freak out or space out like most people do in this situation. Now, if someone or something is definitely making you very unhappy, then try to change the situation, go home, go away, do something else to change it as best you can. But for anything you do in life, you can certainly have fun and enjoy the process. And why, my friends I ask you would you not to do just that?

As the Beachboys said "And she had fun, fun, fun till her Daddy took the T-Bird Away!!

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Podcasts are hot business at the moment. In fact podcasts have never been more popular and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who not only is in the same game as me, but he has his fingers on the pulse of what is hot, what is good, and what in podcasting should be left as an idea and not actually brought out to the worlds ears.

He is the Head of Content at Spreaker, is former EVP/CTO at PodcastOne.com and former Content and Business Manager for Podcasts/TV at Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Zune.

He currently hosts the SpreakerLiveShow.com podcast Wednesdays at 3pm PST and co-hosts NewMediaShow.com/live Saturdays at 9am PST/Noon ES.

Which is of course very impressive, but even more so especially to someone like me is the fact that he is a veteran in the field, starting his  WebTalk World Radio Show in 1999, recognized as the first nationally syndicated radio program in the world to begin podcasting on Sept 15th, 2004. and has been working in the podcasting field since.

Now this is pre-google, pre-iTunes, and pre the world that we now take for granted.

He is a lover of the format of podcasting.

Is a master at his game.

And is focused on raising the standards of content creators across the world.

And if that isn't something to make you licks your lips and salivate what about this fact!

He is also a Guinness World Record Holder for creating the worlds largest glass of Florida Orange juice.

So what was it that really excited him about stepping behind the microphone and getting his words out to a world, that perhaps was not ready to consume content in such a way?

And is podcasting something that he sees as a great business model, or just a passing fad, waiting to join the Rubik cube, cabbage patch dolls, and the pet pebbles in the craze hall of fame?

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

 

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rob Greenlee such as:

Rob shares the steps that he took  to create his podcasting career, which led from a love of marketing to putting his words into the worlds ears.

Rob shares why so many podcasts struggle with gaining an audience that will reach out to them and gives tips how to build an engaged audience.

and lastly….

Why it is so important to start a business from the basis of giving value before you ever start to look to getting any back

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